Small doses of adult medication are OK: NOT TRUE! Children and babies aren’t “little adults.” Their biology is fundamentally different; they should only be given medications designed for their age.
Babies need water when the weather is hot: NOT TRUE! Babies’ kidneys are not fully formed, and too much water can cause an imbalance of electrolytes. Babies should get adequate water intake from milk. Ask your provider when to start your baby on water.
Bumpers protect babies’ heads in the crib: NOT TRUE! Soft objects like bumpers are a hazard for babies. Babies are also unable to generate enough force to cause injury to their heads even if they “bonk” themselves against the rail.
Teething causes fever: NOT TRUE! Teething does not cause fever, and the risk is that an illness will be ignored rather than promptly treated. Fever is caused by illness, not the physical discomfort caused by the eruption of teeth.
Walkers help babies learn to walk earlier: NOT TRUE! Not only are walkers dangerous around steps and stoves, walkers can inhibit the development of a baby’s ability to walk. For entertainment, a standing disk without wheels is better.
(This article is part of Virginia Gay Hospital’s bi-annual publication, “Thrive” Spring/Summer 2018 issue. An online version of the entire publication can be found at https://myvgh.org/thrive/)
Virginia Gay Family Medical Clinics provide prenatal care to 30 weeks for pregnancies without complications. Well-child visits are available beginning after the first postpartum assessment, and children are cared for through adolescence. To schedule an appointment, call the clinic of your choice: Atkins, Urbana, Van Horne or Vinton Family Medical Clinic.