Many new parents become focused on their newborn’s breathing. “He just stopped breathing for 8 seconds… is that normal?” “She was breathing regularly, then started breathing really fast… is she okay?” It’s completely normal to have these worries, as it is frightening to see your little one stop breathing for any length of time. We all have variable breathing, even us adults!
We hear them at playgroups and baby showers, see them on message boards and read them on medicine bottles. Parental Urban Legends add more confusion to new parents’ already overloaded brains and with no basis in fact, they persist like Mikey and Pop Rocks. Here are 3 of the most popular- and just plain wrong- parental urban legends:
I was just reading one of the widely reported articles about the worrisome risk of babies being fed solids too early. A new CDC report states that infants should be fed solid food at 6 months because giving solids any earlier might put baby at “a greater risk for developing chronic diseases, such as diabetes, obesity, eczema and celiac disease.” Additionally, giving solids may decrease babies’ ability to get proper nutrition since they will ingest lesser breast milk/formula. The article I read happened to be from NBC News, but they all reported the same findings--- the Centers for Disease Control wants you to feed your baby solid foods beginning at 6 months.