Although there are zillions of books on the market debating the question of child care and education, new reports show that some moms hear surprisingly little from doctors when it comes to essential aspects related to the baby’s health and safety. Doctors usually fail to provide enough information to young mothers, ignoring fundamental aspects which could be extremely helpful for a natural and well understood childcare management.
A new study, recently published in the journal Pediatrics, shows that moms indeed get more advice from doctors and nurses, compared to the levels of information they receive from family members and media on aspects related to vaccination, pacifier use, breastfeeding and sleep safety. However, a nationally representative survey performed on more than 1000 young mothers shows that 75% of them have heard too little from doctors about pacifier use. More than 50% of the surveyed women declared they heard nothing about the best places where babies should sleep. Could it be that is healthier for a baby to sleep in his or her own crib or in his or her parent’s bed?
When becoming a mother, advice is extremely important. Of course there are tens of thousands of data bases that could provide extremely large amounts of information but no information is more precious than the one received by the ones who are close to us. They know who we are and they can target their advice on our particular situation. In cases of young moms, doctors know best about both their health and their baby’s education and needs.
According to the recent study, 20% of moms reported that they did not receive any piece of advice whatsoever, related to breastfeeding or the way babies should be positioned for a goodnight sleep. Furthermore, 11% of the surveyed women said doctors offered no advice on vaccinations.
As paradoxical as it sounds, new moms don’t get enough advice on baby care. They can go to libraries instead and read giant amounts of information on childcare although it doesn’t equal the value of an advice coming from someone close.
The recent study was conducted by a team of researchers from Boston Medical Center, Yale University in New Haven and Boston University. An important nuance of the study is that African American and Hispanic women are more likely to get advice, compared to white women. Also, first time mothers are more likely to get advice, compared to women who are on the second or third child.
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