Social media is like fire. Left untamed, it can spread in breakneck speed and engulf everything that falls its way. Okay, maybe not the dire, but the ill effects of social media are secret to none. You might come across countless articles claiming a certain fact only for it to be disapproved mere minutes later. Baby health, unfortunately, has entered the wild spectrum of social media, with unfounded rumours being treated as baby care tips and young, inexperienced parents following through on every little thing they hear about online.
Let’s dismantle some of the rumours spread across social media about baby health to help you become better parents.
Ayurvedic Concoctions Are Essential
Even before you decided to become parents, you would have heard of the magical powers of ayurvedic concoctions like Janam Ghutti and how absolutely imperative it’s that your newborn baby gets a regular dose of this mythical potion. Here’s the thing. All said and done, these concoctions are still products that are created in a factory. How can one be sure if proper hygiene was maintained while manufacturing them? Moreover, a newborn baby’s stomach isn’t developed enough to digest these ayurvedic potions and if you have to feed them the potion, make sure they are older than one year.
NO To Kids Sitting In “W” Position
Another rumour crowding most social media platforms and baby forums is that allowing your baby to sit in a “W” position is an open invitation to a lifetime of orthopedic problems. Some posts even claim that sitting in the “W” position for too long can cause a delay in the development of postural control and stability and also lead to unrefined motor skills. In reality, according to a research conducted by Today Magazine, sitting in any position, X, Y, Z, doesn’t affect your kid anymore than sitting in the hyped “W” position can. As long as your child is comfortable, you can relax.
Huggies And The Glass Shards
Another prime example of the dangers of social media is the huggies and glass shards case. Given that there’s no filter on what one can post, anyone can post defamatory post about any brand they don’t’ like and it takes seconds for the post to go viral. In this particular case, an individual supposedly found shards of glass in the huggies diaper they had purchased. Once the post went viral, representatives from Huggies reached out to this individual and upon investigation, all the claims were categorically proven false. Unfortunately, Huggies’ reputation had taken a huge hit by then and subsequent advertisements had to work on rebuilding their goodwill.
These were some of the social media rumours about baby health that have plagued parenting. Next time you hear something about baby health online, conduct proper research before believing in everything you see.