Aproko Doctor: Simple rules for babies you should know

  1. Don’t shake them, your baby is not a tambourine
  2. Don’t kiss them
  3. Don’t put mentholatum on them
  4. They should sleep on their backs, not face down
  5. Don’t give babies honey. Very important.
  6. Wash your hands before carrying a baby

Babies have big heads compared to the rest of their bodies.

They also have weak neck muscles causing their heads to move freely

Shaking a baby causes the brain to hit the insides of the skull over and over again

Basically beating the brain. It doesn’t recover easily.

Don’t give your child honey until they are more than one year old

Sometimes honey can contain bacteria that produces toxins that can cause muscle weakness and breathing problems.

This is known as infant botulism and can be very serious.

DON’T place babies on their stomachs to sleep

Put them on their backs to sleep, this helps reduce the chances of Sudden infant death syndrome

Babies can be placed on their stomach when they are awake and playing and somebody is watching them

Don’t use pillows, blankets, quilts, sheepskins,
pillow-like crib bumpers in your baby’s sleep area, and keep all those items away from your baby’s face.

They should also not sleep on adult mattresses or sofas, only in their cribs

This prevents Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

Kissing babies! Their mimmune system is not yet fully developed. Kissing them could expose to a common virus that causes blisters around the mouths of adults when theyre sick or stressed and can infect the brain of the baby. I’ve seen cases.

I know they’re cute. But please…

Don’t yank or carry children from their hands, you can easily dislocate their elbows

Don’t put camphor around newborn babies, it could damage blood cells and lead to jaundice

Don’t use mentholatum on babies, it could also cause jaundice

If you think they are cold, wrap them

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