Here you’ll know 10 common mistakes made by new mothers.
The experience of motherhood is not an easy experience especially for new mothers who have a lot of puzzlements and questions about the health of their babies.
In the following lines you will find the ten most common mistakes you may have in the early days of your baby’s life:
1- waking up the baby for feeding in the night:
It’s one of the common mistakes made by New mothers always think that their babies need to eat at the night, so they wake their babies for food even if they don’t show the signs of hunger. This is wrong because there’s no need to wake up the infant to feed him because if he feels hungry, he wakes up by himself and cries or shows the signs of hunger.
Sleeping is one of the most important needs of the baby and it’s one of the signs of a healthy baby especially in the evening because the growth hormone in children is secreted at night. I also fell into this mistake and I was waking my baby up again and again at the night until he used to wake up a lot and this became his routine. Now, he is fifteen months old and he wakes up at least three times a night and I’m trying hard to make him sleep all night.
Note// You should first consult the doctor about this point because there are some cases requires waking up the baby in the night for feeding.
2- New mothers feel frightened and puzzled when their babies cry:
Crying is the baby’s way of expressing his presence, he may cry without feeling pain or needing to the food.
When to worry about your baby’s crying?
When crying is accompanied by high temperature and strange movements exhibited by the baby like squeezing himself, and when he keeps crying for more than an hour because the normal crying of babies does not last more than an hour.
In such cases, it is a matter of concern and must be taken to the doctor.
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3- shaking the baby:
Some mothers resort to shaking their babies when they cry to calm them down.
It’s a dangerous behaviour because that’s may affect the baby’s brain and causes paralysis or delayed growth or speech and understanding difficulties in the future.
Because moving the baby’s head rapidly, right and left, may cause bleeding in the brain.
You can know more about the risks of shaken the baby syndrome by asking a doctor to explain that to you, or simply by watching a video about it.
4- clipping the baby’s nails:
One of the mistakes made by new mothers is clipping the baby’s nails while he is awake, it may cause fingers injuries.
That’s because babies constantly move their hands, so it’s difficult to control and trim their nails safely.
That’s why you should clip the nails during their sleep only.
5- Baby’s teeth:
attention should be paid to the health of the teeth from the first day of the birth, by wiping the baby’s gum with a wet cotton cloth after finishing each feeding to keep his teeth healthy.
You should not try to make your babysitting before he finishes his fourth month of age so that he doesn’t have deformities in his back because of his spine still weak.
It is essential that the mother put her hand behind the baby’s neck while trying to make him sit because he can’t control his head.
And you should try to make his back straight and unobstructed by using pillows to fix it.
7- Using accessories is one of the common mistakes made by new mothers:
Sometimes, a mother of a baby girl rushing to wear her baby a ring in her fingers or another accessory.
This is very dangerous because she may swallow the ring while putting her fingers in her mouth.
It’s also preferable not to pierce the baby’s ears until she is vaccinated against tetanus at six months.
8- leaving the baby alone with his siblings who still kids:
It’s one of the common mistakes made by new mothers especially in the case of jealousy.
9- wrapping the baby tightly:
Wrapping the baby in his first months is controversial, some support it and another against it.
The main mistake of baby wrapping is when the mother wraps him tightly, it hurts his bones and prevents the gases from coming out naturally with the movement of the baby’s legs resulting in colic.
10- Using some old inherited habits in dealings with babies:
Some new mothers dealing with their babies according to the experiences of grandmothers.
Sadly, many of them do not have scientific origins, but it’s just an inherited experiment.
For example, in some traditions, they put eyeliner to the baby after the shower, and some do a salt massage to the body of the baby after a week of the birth.
If you know a new mother, share this information with her to help her with the experience of motherhood.
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