As for the health of newborns, babies and children, parents can forget all the information they have received so far and lose their coolness and panic. Especially hearsay information or widespread beliefs in society can negatively affect the health of parents and children. From Memorial Şişli Hospital Child Health and Diseases Department, Att. Dr. Seda Günhar gave information about the mistakes known in child health.
False: “Tea dressing should be done to prevent burrs in the eyes of babies.”
True: Congenital obstruction of the tear duct in infants can cause discharge, burr and watering. Besides, watering can be a sign of glaucoma and burring may be a sign of conjunctivitis. Tear duct obstruction, which occurs in approximately 5 percent of newborns, is manifested by tear pooling and burring attacks in the first few weeks after birth. This situation improves spontaneously in the first year. For this, the massage aimed at opening the tear canal should be done regularly with the technique that the ophthalmologist will teach.
False: “Tongue bond automatically heals.”
True: The tongue bond allows fixing the tongue to the base of the mouth. If this bond is shorter or thicker than normal affects then the functions of the language negatively. In this case, sucking, eating / swallowing problems, speech disorders, poor oral hygiene, dental problems and tongue-like defects can be seen. If the baby has dysfunction, a small intervention in the tongue ligament is required. In infants younger than 6 months, the procedure is easily performed with local anesthesia. Almost all of the tongue is made up of muscle. There is no muscle information about how to use your baby’s tongue. It usually starts after the second week when the brain regulates the work of the tongue and the baby learns to absorb effectively after the tongue bond is released.
False: “The dandruff is seen in every baby and is normal.”
True: The dandruff is not a natural formation and develops as a result of some frequent mistakes.
Washing the baby frequently and treating the head area with extreme sensitivity, especially when cleaning the head area, leaves soap, without rinsing, worrying about the damage to the fontanel, accelerates the formation of dandruff.
B While the baby’s head is being washed; light touches should be made with the nails and should be cleaned thoroughly. To treat dandruff, apply olive oil to the child’s head and wait at least 2 hours and comb it with a soft comb or brush. Dandruff must be cleaned; it should never be considered a normal thing. After the dandruff is cleaned, only soap or shampoo should be applied once a week so that it does not start again while taking a bath. Apart from that, only bath with clear water should be done. Shampoos for moisturizing shampoos should be preferred. You can consult your doctor for shampoo recommendations, especially for treating dandruff.
False: “Baby’s pooping after every meal is a sign of a problem in the digestive system.”
True: The frequency of defecation in children varies from child to child. From the moment the child gets his food in his mouth, the digestive system is activated. This is perfectly normal. However, if your child is not diarrhea, his growth and development is considered normal by the pediatrician, and if there is no condition such as resistant anemia, iron or vitamin deficiency there is no need to worry about any health problems. If a child has one of these complaints, a specialist should be consulted.
False: “It is normal for young children to rub their eyes frequently.”
True: The child’s constant wiping may be a sign of an allergic eye disease. The eyes can often be itchy because of a foreign substance that touches the eyes, seasonal allergies, dry eyes, and scratching of the cornea. When the complaints of a child who constantly wipes his eyes are observed, it is necessary to investigate whether there is an allergic eye disease..
False: “Tropical fruits such as avocado, pineapple, coconut are also healthy for children.”
True: While giving additional food to babies under the age of 1, extreme caution should be taken against foods known to be allergic. Some tropical fruits that mothers prefer and babies also love can cause serious allergies. In addition, some fruits, apart from allergies, may trigger reflux due to their high acid content and cause serious rash. Avocados and mangoes are fruits with high allergic properties. Pineapple has high acid content. However, after the 9th month, it can be given carefully, following the rule of 3 days. Each food should be started one by one and tried gradually in 3 days. It is okay to consume coconut as a grater or milk. Such foods can be consumed up to 1 coffee cup 1 time per day.
False: “Children with a bottle habit do not have to drink milk from the glass.”
True: 4 ages and older ages are process in which children develop rapidly. The fact that a child who has passed the infancy still drinks milk from the bottle shows that he was stuck in his infancy. To give up the bottle, it can be said goodbye by flying the bottle with the balloons, and taking care of the adults it can be an example of drinking milk from a small glass with a straw by emulating the adults.