14 Beliefs About Maternal Health and Child Health No Place in 2020

If you go to the forums for parents, you can find dozens of ways to determine the gender of the unborn child: from the presence of acne to fortune-telling on the engagement ring. This is not the only superstition associated with children and without a logical explanation.

Be Best Friends searched the net for popular prejudices about parenthood and explained why it’s time to forget them like a nightmare.

1. It is necessary to shave off the baby’s first hair so that it is thicker in the future

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This myth is common in Asian cultures and post-Soviet countries. The first hairs of the baby are shaved off so that the next ones grow thicker, and the hair is thick. However, this procedure does not affect hair growth in any way: their volume and density depend on the number of follicles in the scalp.

Follicles can fall asleep and wake up throughout life. It is impossible to destroy or add them. The only thing that parents can achieve by shaving is that a child from an early age will be accustomed to a haircut.

2. To prevent the child from being jinxed in social networks, you must cover your face with a sticker

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Photos with stickers instead of children’s faces cause many people to laugh with annoyance: why publish a photo of a child if the parent does not essentially show it? Superstitious mothers and fathers are convinced: to show a baby earlier than 40 days after birth (in other variations – up to a year), it is impossible not to jinx it.

Guided by this in the XXI century is very doubtful, but it is worth remembering the safety of the child. It’s enough not to specify the geolocation so that the attackers do not figure out where you live. If you are afraid that the photo will be used by unknown persons, just do not publish the picture of the child or restrict access to it to those you trust.

3. Baby hiccups because it’s frozen

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Since childhood, we heard a recommendation to wear something warm in order to stop hiccuping. As adults, many continue to wrap up their children to stop hiccups. But hiccups occur due to involuntary contraction of the diaphragm. She does not do any harm to the baby, and to stop it, just give a little water or rub your back.

4. Girls take away the beauty of mother

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When a face is covered with acne during pregnancy, “experts” say that a girl will be born, and it is she who spoils the appearance of the mother. This has nothing to do with reality: during pregnancy, the hormonal background of any woman changes, almost everyone has acne. This is due to an increase in the amount of androgens – they increase the production of sebum. Over time, hormones stabilize and pimples go away.

5. A pregnant woman has heartburn – that means the child will have thick hair

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The older generation consoles expectant mothers suffering from heartburn, that their children will have more hair. In 2006, a group of scientists verified this: 64 women participated in the experiment, whose babies were photographed shortly after birth. The mothers themselves were asked if they experienced heartburn during pregnancy.

More recent studies have found that the hormones produced by the pregnant woman relax the esophageal sphincter and cause heartburn. Theoretically, these can be the same hormones that enhance hair growth in a child. But obstetricians are sure that there is not enough data for a direct relationship between heartburn and the amount of hair.

6. For the child to learn to walk faster, he needs to wear shoes

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Many grandmothers put on a child shoes so that he starts walking faster. In fact, it only hurts. The lack of shoes strengthens the muscles of the foot, which means that he will take the first step faster if the legs are free. As soon as the child begins to walk, choose comfortable shoes, taking into account the fact that the leg will inevitably grow.

7. If a child sucks a finger, it will grow crooked teeth

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As soon as the parents notice the finger in the child’s mouth, they immediately comments and forbid them from pulling their hands to their lips. Otherwise, in their opinion, the child will grow jagged teeth that will stick out ugly when smiling. But up to 4–5 years, a child can suck a finger unhindered. But when his milk teeth fall out and permanent ones begin to grow, the finger can put pressure on them. Therefore, weaning from a habit is necessary only after a change in milk teeth.

8. Breasts need to be given rice cereals for the night so they sleep better

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The best food for a baby up to 6 months is breast milk or its replacement formulas. It contains all the nutrients necessary for proper growth. If you give the baby porridge, his sleep will be shorter. For example, rice porridge is quickly absorbed, and as soon as it is digested, the child will get hungry and wake up.

9. If you listen to classical music during pregnancy, the baby will grow more intelligent

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Many still include classics during pregnancy. But they don’t realize that the only effect they will get is that the baby will be able to recognize the melody after birth.

Such mothers believe that they will receive the “Mozart effect” and the intelligence coefficient of the future child will be higher. This myth was replicated in 1993. Then, a publication was published in the journal Nature, which said: students who before the test listened to Mozart’s works showed the best results.

But this effect is temporary and weak: if IQ becomes higher, then by no more than 1.5 positions. Therefore, do not feel guilty if you did not listen to classical music during pregnancy. This is probably all just a skillful marketing gimmick.

10. Due to the fact that the child’s teeth are being cut, diarrhea and fever occur

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During the appearance of the first teeth, the child may become moody, show less interest in food. Body temperature may vary, but slightly. If you notice diarrhea, intense fever, it means the child got an upset stomach or caught a cold. But this is not directly related to cutting teeth. Immunity at this time is at the formation stage, so the child is more vulnerable to infections.

11. Products from the mother’s diet can cause stomach problems in the child

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Some mothers during lactation avoid certain foods, believing that they can adversely affect the health of the baby: cause gas, indigestion, or other digestive problems. In most cases, your diet does not affect the state of the intestinal microflora of a son or daughter. Breast milk can change the taste and aroma depending on what you eat, but this does not harm the baby.

If a child has food allergies or sensitivity to certain foods is too high, there really can be a reaction to the mother’s diet. But this happens only in 3% of children. But with taking medications, you should be careful: through milk, they can enter the children’s body.

12. During pregnancy, a woman should not raise her arms above her head, otherwise the umbilical cord will curl around the neck of the fetus

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Another superstition says: a pregnant woman should never raise her hands above her head (some interpretations of the myth also prohibit knitting!). Otherwise, the umbilical cord will curl around the neck of the unborn baby and strangle him right in the stomach. Everyone who took a school biology course knows: hands and umbilical cord are not connected in any way, therefore no gestures can lead to entanglement. In about a third of cases, the umbilical cord is wrapped around the neck of the fetus, but this does not lead to any problems.

13. Children can swim at least an hour after eating

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Moms and dads warn children against swimming in the sea or any other body of water immediately after eating. The reason is a cramp, and the child will drown. Why is this supposed to happen? Because for the digestion of food, oxygen-rich blood rushes to the stomach. This means that less oxygen remains in the extremities, which should lead to a cramp.

The risk of such a development for amateur swimmers is very low: in the human body (even children) there are enough oxygen reserves for both physical activity and digestion of food. But professional sports will require some time to restore balance.

14. With each born child, a woman loses one tooth

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Another myth common in European culture. It is believed that with every child a woman loses a tooth on the background of hormonal changes. There is no clear parallel “one child – one tooth”, however, a study of more than 120,000 adults in 28 countries has confirmed: the more children a woman has, the higher her risk of tooth problems.

Oral health is deteriorating due to a change in eating habits, ailments (vomiting worsens the condition of enamel), etc. In addition to changes in the body, prosaic factors play a role: pregnant and lactating women have much less time for regular visits to the dentist. To minimize possible risks, try to visit the dentist at least once a year.

And what myths about children did you believe in and when did you realize that they were untenable?

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