How you carry your baby now can affect his future development! Read this now!

As parents we are always so careful about only giving our babies the best care. However, there are little things that we mess up because we simply don’t know about them. One of the things that could be harming the baby is how we are carrying him. Read on to know the dangers that your baby faces when you carry him incorrectly. 

Swaddling and hip dysplasia

The baby’s femur or thigh bone joins the hip bone in a socket. In the case of hip dysplasia, the socket containing the ball of the femur is too shallow and the femur gets easily dislocated. One of the reasons why this happens is, we swaddle our babies too tightly. 

Swaddling our babies is not a very old concept and in recent times, a lot of Indian mothers have begun to swaddle their babies tightly as they see on YouTube videos and the like. It is undeniable that swaddling makes it easier to carry a baby, but swaddling the baby too tight keeps your baby’s leg straight and tightly bound. In this position, the baby’s ball and socket is not able to form correctly. 

To avoid this, swaddle your baby but don’t wrap him too tightly. Try to hold your baby in the frog position so his legs are spread out and the knees are slightly higher than the hip. This put the femur into the cup, leading to a deeper development of the cup to prevent dysplasia. Wearing your baby so he is in a frog position or even putting them on your hip and holding him in a frog position also helps. 

Spondilolysis

Children who are worn in hard-backed baby carriers are forced to be in a load-bearing spinal position even before their muscles are ready to support weight. So the muscles are not able to support the spine and the spine begins to slowly break down, causing spondilolysis. 

Instead of using hard-backed baby carriers, put your child in a softer carrier where his lower spine is curved outwards instead of inwards to prevent this. 

Irregular development of spine

Your baby might be as risk for irregular development if you put him upright on your chest and only hold him under the buttock to support him. A baby’s neck and spine take some time to develop enough to hold his head and support his back. The muscles are not developed enough and holding the baby this way before he is able to sit on his own can cause severe trauma to the spine and the surrounding muscles. The spine’s shape has stages of development but holding your baby this way can prevent the natural progression of the spine from C to Lumbar. 

When your baby is still very small, his head should be cradled in the nook of your arm and he should be supported underneath with both your arms. 

Plagiocephaly

Constantly keeping your baby in the stroller or carrier and not carrying him in any other way can cause plagiocephaly in your baby. An infant has soft bones at the skull, and keeping them in this position for long hours tends to flatten and deform the shape of their head. Over time, babies with plagiocephaly tend to have lower cognitive skills and underdeveloped motor functions. 

Don’t keep you baby lying down for very long. Lift him up from time to time and change how he is lying down to prevent this. 

Your baby is extremely delicate in the first few months after his birth and how you hold him can give him severe developmental issues that will later require medical intervention if you are not careful now. Make sure you don’t hold the baby in any way that can put pressure on his neck or spine or any joints in his body because these are still developing and the more stress you put on them, the more long-term damage you are doing to the baby. 

Feature Image Source: www.thetimes.co.uk

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