Grandparents can be a huge asset to the lives of their grandkids. However, some issues may arise when some grandparents rely on outdated parenting beliefs to raise these children. While some of these practices are harmless, some of them could be potentially very dangerous to the health and well-being of the youngsters.
Grandparent’s Outdated Parenting Beliefs Potentially Harmful To The Health Of Their Grandchildren
The world moves fast, and that includes medical sciences. As a result, things that we used to do decades ago have become outdated, and we’ve evolved for the better. Unfortunately for older generations, they may not have known that the things they did when raising their own children could have been putting kids at risk. And who knows, maybe in 50 years, we’ll be having the same discussion about the current generation?
According to Science Daily, Dr. Andrew Adesman, chief of developmental and behavioral pediatrics at Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park, New York, researched this problem. He surveyed over 600 grandparents on various outdated parenting beliefs. His results, which were presented at the 2017 Pediatric Academics Societies meeting, showed that many grandparents, to no fault of their own, use techniques that can cause serious harm to a child.
A couple of the practices in question include how to bring down a fever and what position babies should be put to bed in. According to coverage from CBS News, Forty-four percent of grandparents’ surveyed believed that children should be placed in an ice bath to bring down a high fever. However, this is dangerous and can potentially cause hypothermia. So pediatricians now recommended a tepid or lukewarm bath instead.
A worrisome number of the surveyed grandparents also were unaware of the danger of putting a baby to sleep on their side or stomach. In the last 20 years, pediatricians learned that this practice increases the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). So instead, they now recommend putting babies to sleep on their backs.
Raising Grandchildren Also Takes A Toll On Grandparents
Typically, grandparents don’t have the same kind of support system when raising their grandchildren as parents do. They don’t typically have the same social connections, either, where often young parents will discuss the latest information in parenting techniques. To top it off, they are older, and raising grandchildren put a heavier strain on them both physically and often financially, too.