12 Conditions Where Parents End Up Hurting Their Children Without Even Knowing It
With the amount of information and advice on child upbringing on the internet, parents are thoroughly confused. There is always one expert of the other advising what should or should not be done concerning babies. There are also doctors and psychologists who keep on conducting experiments and analysing research to derive new recommendations for babies and children. Some of these can be pretty useful because of the authenticity of the advice backed by thorough research. That being said, here are 12 things that are harmful to babies and yet parents continue doing them because of lack of information.
1 Tickling children
It is common for many adults to try and tickle little children just to make them laugh but research from University of California says that tickling doesn’t not induce the same happy sensation that can be brought about by a funny joke and tickling gives only the illusion of laughter which is an uncontrollable reflex action by children who may hate being tickled.
2Putting toys in the baby’s bed
For a good night’s sleep, all a child needs is a good mattress, a good flat pillow, and a sheet or a blanket if it is too cold. Studies say that children don’t need pillows before a certain age. Moreover, children do not need soft toys or any sort of toys or decorations in their bed when they are babies which can cause problems for them. Such things can wake the child up or even hinder their breathing in case the baby puts their face against the toy.
3Using a night-light when your baby is asleep
It isn’t a good idea to leave even the dimmest light on in your baby’s room. The growth hormone which is produced when sleeping is manufactured in the body better in total darkness. Most parents use night light for their own convenience and only a few of them will know about how light impacts the growth hormone as it isn’t common knowledge. Some parents themselves could be afraid of the darkness and use a night light in hope that their child won’t develop the same phobias.
A neurologist from Ohio State University Tracy Bedrosian says that if parents want to use a night light, they should use the right one. Research showed that a blue light moves the biological clock for 180 minutes while a green light moves it for 90 minutes making it easier to sleep. The production of melatonin isn’t suppressed by orange and red light as much as it is by blue, white and green light. Red and orange light also do not disrupt the circadian rythmn of the body thus enabling better sleep.
4Shaking your baby
Sometimes parents make the mistake of shaking their baby to much while trying to put them to bed. The process of trying to put a baby to sleep is exhausting or many parents even though the baby isn’t and doesn’t even sleep. Pediatricians say that such problems can be avoided by teaching the baby a sleeping schedule and following it right from birth. Also all irritations like wet diapers, hunger, noise and uncomfortable clothes should be removed. Moreover, avoid shaking babies and always ensure smooth motions when handling them.