6 Winter childcare mistakes to avoid

 6 Winter childcare mistakes to avoid

The time of New Year (winter and spring), in the lowered temperatures, it is very cold, damaging cold with unstable moisture. Between cold days and dry days are wet days. Unstable weather always embarrasses mothers in how to care for their babies well and properly. Many mothers only look after their children based on some folk experience or their limited knowledge, which makes their children become more seriously ill. Below are the common childcare mistakes of parents on cold days.

1. Wear diapers up to 24/24

Children wear diapers during the day, which will be more convenient for mothers and keeping children warm. However, it is not good because wearing diapers for a long time can cause damage to the baby’s health and skin. During the whole day, children wearing diapers soiled with urine are prone to ulcers and adverse effects on the skin. Therefore, children with rash are an unavoidable thing when wearing regular diapers. Moreover, when children urinate without being timely changed diapers, urine in the diapers would make children cold.

In particular, wearing diapers frequently for a long time is harmful to the testicles of boys. Wearing diapers is often airtight and closely tight to the baby’s body. This is easy to make temperature increase while the most appropriate temperature for the testicles of boys is about 34 degrees Celsius. When the temperature rose to 37 ° C and if this situation occurs for a long time, it will affect the sperm production of the testicles in the future.

2. Use air conditions and heaters at high-temperature

Keeping your child’s bedroom sheltered and warm is essential. But if keeping the door closed all the time (24/24), it will cause stuffy air and lack of oxygen, causing the body to fatigue and increasing the bacterial growth. Besides, many families abuse heating equipments such as air conditioners and heaters. This makes the air very dry and makes the body be at risk of dehydration, dry skin and dry nose, affecting the respiratory system and causing difficulty breathing for children. Therefore, it will be the best if parents just make sure the room temperature is always warm with the temperature of about 28 ° C, sheltered and airy.

Before letting children go out, you should make sure that they wear extra warm coats and shoes to avoid sudden cold.

3. Use too hot water to bath babies

Despite cold weather, you should also bathe children 2-3 times a week. It is wrong when you do not bathe your children or you use too hot water to bathe children because you think children will be cold. Water temperatures are suitable for bathing children in winter from 33-36oC. When checking water temperature by hands, if you feel that water is warm enough, it will be hot for children. Therefore, parents should use a thermometer to determine the temperature of bath water for children properly. When bathing your baby, you need an airtight bathroom. If necessary, prepare a heater and only bathe your baby from 5-7 minutes to avoid colds.

4. Keep children too warm

To combat the cold of winter, parents tend to wear a lot of clothes for children. However, this is something completely wrong; keep children too warm could cause many diseases to children. Parents need to know that the child’s body temperature is not the same as that of adults so they will feel hot or cold faster. If wearing too warm, children are prone to sweating in the back, head, and then sweat will be infused opposite to the child’s body, leading to colds and pneumonia … The accumulation of sweat on the skin is also favorable conditions for bacteria to grow, causing skin diseases such as itches and discomfort.

It is especially common to see children in rural areas wearing warm hats when they go to bed. For newborn babies, the head is the place to generate about 40% of its body temperature, but it also is the home to release 85% of body temperature. Therefore, wearing hats and fontanelle bandages is necessary for newborn babies (especially premature babies). However, it is unnecessary for healthy babies and was a-few-month-old babies and it will increase the temperature of the baby’s brain, affecting the operation of respiration system.

5. Don’t let children go out

During the cold days, most of the children are in the house. Many babies don’t go out for a few days. Staying in the house for a long time will make children sick and more susceptible. For children under 5 years of age, they should go out every day to absorb vitamin D. It is very beneficial for a child’s development process.

The ideal time for children going out in winter is from 8 a.m to 9:30 a.m and about 10-15 minutes from 3.p.m to 5 p.m. Young children also need to be outdoors to increase the ability to adapt to weather elements, increase resistance and prevent infectious diseases. However, when children play outdoors, it should be noted that they should be kept warm enough but still well-aired so that they do not feel hot when sweating. You should regularly check the children’s back to timely change clothes for children.

6. Let babies catch a belly cold.

When sleeping, young children often kick the blankets, which makes their legs and bellies be uncovered. This will cause their bellies to get a cold, leading to abdominal pains or gastrointestinal problems … However, not all the fathers and mothers can stay up all night to cover their child’s belly … So, before going to bed, young children should put on coveralls or be covered with a blanket bag and use stockings to prevent a cold.

Doctor's advice

A healthy child is always the wish of the parents. So, people need to know scientific methods to protect the health of their children. These are:

  • Enhance the resistance for children by adding nutrients, especially green vegetables and fruits which are rich in vitamins necessary.
  • Let children drink enough water and drink warm water.
  • Keep children warm properly; do not wear so too many clothes that children sweat and get a cold again.
  • Remind children to wash their hands before eating and after touching public objects such as doorknobs, faucets, furniture …
  • Keep children’s living environment clean.
  • Don’t allow children to go to the crowded places; avoid contacting people who are sick; stay away from pollution sources such as dust, smoke…
  • Timely and timely vaccination coverage for children.

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