7 Baby Myths that Parents Should Know

7 Baby Myths that Parents Should Know


Your parenting style rearing attitudes results from various factors, including the extent of your knowledge about children and the stages of their development, cultural practices you grew up with, and the way you yourself were parented.

Does sleeping with wet hair cause colds?

Do you remember having been told as a child that sleeping with wet hair would cause blindness? That old tale seems to have disappeared, thank goodness (it has absolutely no scientific basis), but the fear of bad things happening when one sleeps with wet hair persists.

[pq]The truth is, sleeping with wet hair does cause colds—but only indirectly.[/pq]


Pediatrician Lilian Collado says that when kids go to sleep with wet hair, it takes longer for their hair to dry.

The cooler temperature caused by the wet hair “creates vascular constriction,(which may restricts blood circulation) –then it is easy for bacteria and virus to enter. If there iis blood circulation, there is always a supply of oxygen in that part of the body. Remove that oxygen supply and (the bacteria and viruses that can live without oxygen) attact, (and) that creates colds.”

Doesn’t teething cause a fever?

The discomfort and mild pain of teething may cause fussiness or irritability in babies, or they may simply experience drooling and a desire to chew on hard things. If teething causes fever, it would be mind. A high fever indicates another cause, like a cold or another viral infection. Your babies’ gums may become swollen and tender.

To help relieve this, you may massage their gums for a few minutes, or give them a smooth, hard teething ring to chew on.

Don’t my kids need to take multivitamins?

In Pinoy cultures, Dr.Collado observes, “a pediatrician who does not prescribe vitamins is not a good pediatrician.” It isn’t vitamins that give your kids health and strength, through—“it’s the diet that you’re giving.” says Collado.

“It’s the discipline in diet. I teach the parents how and what to feed the child and the child will become healthy…I tell you those that vitamins are not necessary but if (they) fell inadequate without that….there’s no problem with that.”

Collado does prescribe vitamins for children who do not eat enough fruits and vegetables, whether it is because their parents cannot afford them or because the parents do not eat fruits and veggies themselves. “Without vegetables and fruits your sources of vitamins are lessened,” says Collado. Otherwise, the multivitamin in tablet or syrup from is not necessary.

“I never gave my children vitamins,” says Collado, “And they’re very intelligent.”

Does rubbing kids down with alcohol help bring down fever?

Rubbing feverish children down with alcohol may even make them sicker. According to kidsgrowth.com, “Alcohol evaporates so quickly that it can bring on chills, which signal the body to raise its temperature even higher.

Furthermore, there have been cases of alcohol intoxication it too much is applied and it is absorbed into the skin of a child.” Because a fever is a symptom, it may in fact be helpful in fighting infections.

Do babies learn to walk sooner with a walker?

The muscles kids use while moving in a walker are different from the muscles used when walking, so a walker might actually keep them from walking on their own sooner.

Dangers also accompany using a walker: kids may trip or fall over when reaching for something; they may fall down the stairs in the bulky walker that allows them to scoot around faster. Lose the walker, and give your children supports (such as heavy chairs, cabinets, or walls) to hold on to as they take their first wobbly steps.

My kids’ move their bowels only every other day; are they constipated?

No, they aren’t. Young kid’s bowel “schedule” may be every day, every two, or every three days, and as long as their stools are soft, you have no cause to worry. If your babies grunt and squirm while “going potty” in their diapers, and the resulting stools are soft, you have no cause to worry, either.

If you observe them having great difficulty moving their bowels only every four or so days, and the stools are small and hard, then they may be constipated.

“There are natural ways of solving constipating, “ says Collado, “Increase water intake and then fruits, prunes (if they can already take it), raisins, papaya, and leafy vegetables to give roughage to the stools.”

Shouldn’t my kids be toilet-trained by age two?

Most children exhibit readiness to be toilet-trained between 18 months and three years old. But instead of sticking to a chronological schedule of toilet-training your kids by age “so-and-so,” note the developmental signs that indicate that they are actually ready for this.

These signs include: a more-or-less predictable schedule in bowel movement, the diaper stays dry for longer periods (say, two hours at a time, indicating that their bladders can store urine), their being able to follow instructions, their asking to have their dirty diaper changed, their asking to wear regular underwear, and their asking to use the potty chair or toilet.