12 Conditions Where Parents End Up Hurting Their Children Without Even Knowing It

5Hiding mirrors from children because of popular superstitions

Many parents follow this popular superstition of not keeping mirrors in their baby’s room for fear that a baby might see their own reflection making them ill. Pediatricians find this strange and Doctor Suzy Green founder of the Positivity Institute says that parents should play with a baby using a mirror as it can develop self-awareness.

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6Creating a sterile environment for children

According to research done in different countries, if an environment is too clean, that isn’t healthy for the child’s development. A sterile environment reduces a child’s immunity and the development of a strong immune system with the ability to fight infections. Sterile environments also give rise to allergic reactions like rhinitis, asthma and atopic dermatitis. Moreover, some parents don’t even allow children to come into contact with pets. Dealing with potential allergens early in life improves and strengthens a child’s immune system faster.

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7Teaching children to use the potty too early

This isn’t a good idea and the concept of potty training in babies is controversial. Never follow the suggestions of those who aren’t experts and don’t expect your child to use a potty as early as 1 or even 1 and a half because they still wouldn’t be able to react to their bodily signals properly.

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One child urologist Stephen Hodges says, “Sooner or later, the child will learn to control their signals. This is when they will start to use the potty. The bladder needs about 3 or 4 years for normal development. Free urination — for example, in the diapers, actually helps the development of the bladder.”

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8Letting children walk barefoot on flat surfaces

This is another mistake that parents make with babies. Many get excited when they see their children begin walking and will immediately get shoes for the child but research says that not all surfaces are good for a child to walk on. On the contrary, while it is good for children to walk on sand, smooth rocks or grass, it is not a good idea to let them keep walking on flat tiles of a house floor. The child’s muscles will not develop and the entire load of their body is placed on their tendons that could result in foot problems.

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