6 Common Mishaps of New Parents
Raising a child is one of the most difficult jobs that exist. When new parents are raising their first child, it’s easy to see how mistakes can be made fairly often. The key is to learn from these mistakes in order to make your life easier down the road. Here are some common mishaps of new parents:
1. Total Panic
Not surprisingly, new parents tend to panic over anything and everything that happens to their child. It’s important not to waste all that time worrying when, most of the time, there’s absolutely nothing wrong. When a baby spits up, vomits, or seems a little sick, these can be taken care of fairly easily and should not force you into a panic.
2. Let Them Cry
A newborn baby will inevitably cry – a lot! Since new parents aren’t familiar with this reaction to almost anything, it’s easy to see how this could cause some trouble. Your child could be newly diapered and well fed, and they’ll still find another reason to start crying. As long as you’re sure that nothing is wrong, it’s okay to allow your baby to simply cry it out sometimes.
3. Wake to Feed
Parents sometimes get so worried about making sure their child is properly fed that they’ll even wake them up in the middle of a good sleep. If a baby is hungry, they’ll be sure to let you know, so waking your child up to breastfeed them isn’t necessary.
For a newborn, even slight fevers can be very serious, as their immune systems aren’t developed enough to fight infections. Any fever over 100 degrees in the first three months of a baby’s life is an emergency and should be treated as such. Don’t just judge if your child “feels warm”; be sure to measure their temperature.
5. Oral Hygiene
With so many other issues to worry about when it comes to a newborn child, it can be easy to neglect their oral hygiene a little. Once their teeth begin to appear, don’t give your child milk in bed, as this can cause cavities. Also, use wet gauze to wipe down their gums, or begin lightly brushing their teeth when the baby turns one.
6. Baby Over Marriage
While a newborn baby clearly becomes the priority between couples when it arrives, it certainly doesn’t mean your marriage should suffer at all. In fact, a baby should bring you even closer together. Many times, the stress of a child can magnify a weakness. It’s important to maintain your relationship along with the baby.
Written by Dr. Nina Farzin, Inventor of oogiebear
Nina is a wife, mother and career professional who never intended to start her own business. When her children were newborns, she ached to ease the discomfort from dry, stubborn, crusty mucus (boogers)! As a doctor, she knew there were no safe solutions on the market to help her kids, so she invented oogiebear, a revolutionary booger removal tool that helps babies breathe easier.
Nina graduated Howard University where she earned her doctorate in Pharmacy (R.Ph, Pharm.D). She is a Registered Pharmacist in Washington DC, Maryland and New York. Nina and her family are fitness enthusiasts who enjoy outdoor activities and healthy eating.
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Note: This blog post is intended for informational purposes only and not to give professional medical advice. Please consult your doctor about any questions you may have regarding your child’s health and before following any of the suggestions in this post.