The world becomes more awesome when the new babies come. For new parents, it’s an exciting and meaningful moment to hold a baby for the first time. But most of them find it a little awkward and clunky to hold a baby in the first time. Although practicing many times to get familiar, there are still a few mistakes they may have while holding the baby. In most cases, these mistakes will increase the risk of falls or injury to the babies, which may do little harm to baby’s growth. Since muscle in baby’s body have not yet quite developed and need many of support, special considerations are needed when holding newborns. Here are 8 common incorrect posture of holding baby , which will potentially cause danger to babies. It might helpful to hold your baby in a better way.
1. Not enough head support
The first mistake is that there is not enough head support to the newborns, as their neck muscles have not developed very well. Normally, it takes a month before a baby can move his/her head somewhat on his/her own. Only after 3 or 4 months can parent begin easing out head support. Then the baby is able to lift steadily at 6 months. Without enough head support, the baby’s neck may get flexed or flop to one side to another. What’s worse, baby may get difficult to breathe. Therefore, it needs to make sure that the baby’s head is supported by either a full hand or the crook of the arm.
2. Hip and back support
In fact, newborns also need support of the hip and back. Though some people hold babies with support under both the head and buttocks, it may harm the spine by being pulled down by gravity. Therefore, it had better to place a hand or an arm under the baby’s back and hip. Then the same arm or the other hand can support the head. When the baby can sit down on his/her own, you can withdraw some back support as long as the baby is not in risk of falling down.
3. Head and body in different directions
Usually, babies who control their heads may turn their heads to a side where they can breathe better. If baby’s head and body are facing different direction for long time, the baby will feel a bit sore. It might force baby’s delicate muscles and affect the muscles of back, neck and stomach. Generally, It’s recommended to keep baby’s head and body in proper alignment when holding the baby. What’s more, parents need to pay more attention to baby’s airway when carrying him/her. In this way, baby may turn his/her head occasionally, but won’t twist it to breathe in an uncomfortable way.
4. Face close to adult’s body
This is a common incorrect posture when burping babies. It’s not recommended to chest to chest baby and adult when burping baby. The recommend posture is turning baby’s head to one side or lifting baby higher until baby’s face can breath fresh air. Why need to do this? The reason is that baby face too close to adult’s body may have trouble in breathing. Especially when the carrier is wearing a fluffy, soft fabric that can get in baby’s mouth and nose. So it’s wise to make sure the baby is breathing properly and his/her head is in a comfortable position.
5. Pressing against fontanels
There are soft spots on a baby’s head, which is called fontanels. It’s holes which allow flexibility of the baby’s skull when it goes out through the birth canal. Besides, it also allow for further growth and development of the brain after childbirth. One fontanelle is located at the front of the skull and is called the anterior fontanelle. Another one is located at the back, called the posterior fontanelle. There are then two smaller fontanels on either side of the head, at around the temples. Please always provide firm but gentle support on the baby’s head. In addition, please do not grab on it with a claw-like hand because it may press against these delicate fontanels.
Sometimes it needs to hold baby in one arm and then do something else with the other arm. But actually, it’s dangerous, and multitasking should be avoided as much as possible because multitasking may lead to dropping or bumping. One solution is to carry the baby with a sling or a baby carrier. In this way, parent can use one hand to support the baby and the other to do other tasks. But remember not to carry the baby when doing potentially hazardous tasks like cooking. If have to, it’s best to put the baby in the crib.
7. Distorted limbs
Generally speaking, it’s a bad idea to carry babies in a way where the support is under limbs, legs and feet. Because the gravity will pull against the baby’s body and bring all the weight upon the limb. This may cause injury to baby’s joints, bones or muscles. Usually, the recommend supporting point is head, back and hips. It’s recommended to left baby’s limbs hanging freely, with some support under the thighs as they are relatively light body parts and need space to move freely around. If the baby’s limbs need to be restrained for some safety reasons, it’s best to hold him/her in a chest-to-chest position. Not only ensures that the baby can not reach out too far, but also keeps his/her limbs in a safe position.
8. Not enough baby contact
In fact, all babies craves warmth and comfort, so the best carrying position are those with a good amount of body contact. A position where a baby feels like he/she is being hugged and cuddled is likely the one that he/she will love. A baby will also get the adequate amount of warmth in these positions. Now many experts discourage carrying a baby facing away from the parent, because it may insufficiently support baby’s head, back and thighs. It may increase the risk for hip dysplasia. So it is inappropriate to carrying a baby for too long.
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