Not a few hereditary habits in caring for babies are in fact contrary to the medical world. One of them is stretching the baby’s stomach with octopus. Baby octopus is believed to be useful for preventing colds, shrinking the stomach, and also preventing children’s navels from bulging. In fact, the use of baby octopus can actually harm your child’s health.
Is it true that baby octopus is effective for shrinking the stomach and deflating the bulging navel?
Babies are often put on the octopus maybe because their parents are worried about their big belly. The size of the baby’s stomach is determined by the thickness of the skin, fat under the skin, and the abdominal muscles which function to hold the thrust of the bowels. The baby’s skin and fat and muscles are still thin because they have not fully grown, so they are unable to hold the bowel movement that pushes out. This is what causes the baby’s stomach to be large, looking like bloated.
The baby’s tummy will shrink on its own as it grows and develops when the skin and fat and muscles are thickened, because the stomach is more able to withstand the thrust of the intestines. So, the appearance of his stomach will no longer be large – unless he eats a lot.
Your baby’s stomach can also appear bloated because he swallowed too much air, and this is not something to worry too much about. Flatulence of babies can be caused by crying for too long or how to drink milk that is not correct. Colic can also cause gas in the baby’s stomach. However, no medical research to date has been able to prove that using baby octopus can shrink the stomach for the reasons above.
Likewise with the bulging navel. Many parents are worried about the condition of their baby’s navel. What needs to be understood, a bulging navel will not cause serious health conditions. The bulging navel is more caused by the abdominal ring muscles that do not close completely or because the stump of the baby’s umbilical cord is indeed large and long, and not the result of not wearing it. The bulging navel will heal or disappear as the child grows – usually when the child is between 3-5 years old.
The use of baby octopus to deal with the umbilical cord which has not been closed is not the right treatment. Just letting it slip off on its own is actually quite helpful. Try not to get the umbilical cord wet and not get into the baby’s urine or feces. If the umbilical cord is dirty, wash it thoroughly with running water and soap and then dry it with a clean cloth. Instead of being beneficial for babies, using baby octopus is actually detrimental to their health.
Baby octopus that is too tight can cause the baby to be short of breath
Using baby octopus that is too tight can make the baby feel hot and sweat a lot. This can then cause various skin complaints such as prickly heat or skin rash like diaper rash because the sweat that sticks to the skin cannot evaporate properly due to the obstruction of the octopus cloth. In addition, using octopus that is too tight can also cause food that has entered the stomach to flow back into the esophagus, which in turn can cause the baby to vomit repeatedly.
Another risk of baby octopus is that your child can have difficulty breathing, especially if the twists are too tight. How to bandage an octopus that is too tight in the stomach will interfere with the baby’s breathing, because newborns cannot breathe directly with their lungs. Babies generally still breathe through the stomach.
Babies breathe faster than older children and adults. The normal respiratory rate in newborns is generally around 40 breaths per minute. This can slow down to 20 to 30 times per minute while the baby is sleeping.
The breathing pattern in babies may also be different. The baby may breathe rapidly for a few times, then take a short break for less than 10 seconds, then breathe again. This is often called periodic breathing and is normal, which will improve with time. So, using baby octopus that is too tight can interfere with the respiratory system of this immature baby, and the consequences can be fatal.
Shortness of breath in babies can be fatal – from brain damage to death
Changes in the baby’s breathing rate or pattern, persistent coughing or choking, loud snoring sounds, or a change in skin color that turns blue can mean that your baby is experiencing respiratory problems and needs immediate medical attention. When a newborn is deprived of oxygen, his breathing will be rapid and shallow. If the situation continues, he will stop breathing completely, his heart rate will drop, and he will lose muscle strength.
If this happens, it is actually still possible to restore the baby’s condition by providing breath support and continued oxygen exposure. However, if a newborn continues to be deprived of oxygen, he will start panting, and then he will stop breathing again. His heart rate, blood pressure, and muscle strength will continue to drop, so he will lose consciousness. There is also a risk of brain damage if not enough oxygen reaches the brain. In fatal cases, babies can die from suffocation from suffocation from lack of oxygen.
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