Grandparents are the epitome of wisdom, after all, they raised you! However, when it comes to the ever-changing parenting advice, they may not be up to date on safety precautions when it comes to young children. Check out these parenting myths that changed over time:

Myth: Infants should sleep on their stomach: Infants and newborns should always be left to sleep on their backs. There should not be any other items in the crib such as pillows, blankets, stuffed animals, or any other toys that may cause harm to the child. Incorrect sleeping environments are a major cause of SIDS and can be prevented by following correct sleeping guidelines.

Myth: Immerse in ice bath to alleviate fever: You should never place a child in an ice bath to attempt to reduce a fever. Inserting the child into too cold of a bath may cause shivering, which will in turn cause the body temperature to rise more. Instead, if your child has a fever, any excess clothing should be removed. The child may also benefit from a lukewarm bath, or sponge bath. You should take your child to a doctor immediately if he/she has a fever of or over 100.4°.

Myth: Apply ice to minor burns: Ice should not be applied to minor burns. According to the Mayo Clinic, icing a burn may cause frostbite or other damage to the surrounding skin. Instead, you should run lukewarm water over the burn. You may also treat the burn with ointment and gauze after, as well as take a pain reliever.

Myth: Car seats are safest when facing forward: While it is still recommended that children ride in a car seat until they are at least 40 pounds, parents are encouraged to secure a child’s car seat facing the rear of the car. This may help prevent injuries to your little one in case of an accident.

Next time you drop your little one off for some quality time with the grandparents, remind them of these tips!


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