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You did what?!?

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I don’t know about any of you all, but not every single one of my friends hail from the nursing profession. So sometimes, I get a little weirded out about what people do in the name of medicine, science, or child care. A couple examples:

My Dad (Sorry Dad) had a weird toe fungus. He had been to his doctor and was given some anti-fungal cream that he used for the better part of a year. Apparently, it was not working. At all. So my bonus mom (aka step mom) who is an equine expert decided to try some horse remedy on my Dad’s foot that involved soaking it every night in a strange and toxic concoction. My Dad told me he was doing this and I was truly skeptical. But after two weeks, you know what? It actually worked. I will keep you posted if his foot falls off anytime soon.

Another example, I was talking to a new mom who has a six week old baby at the time. She was telling me that she hates getting up in the middle of the night so she puts the baby in bed with her to sleep. TRYING TO KEEP MY JAW FROM FALLING LOUDLY TO THE GROUND…my mind is racing trying to think of the nicest and least freaked out way to tell her that this is quite possibly, the worst idea ever. Having taken care of two full arrest victims in the past couple years alone who arrested because of this very scenario, I did not think this was a good idea. Not in the least. I also didn’t want to seem like an alarmist or a freak so I gently told her that this is not recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and perhaps she should invest in a co-sleeper or something like that.

I’m not saying I have all the answers, but sometimes, just sometimes, I’m surprised the majority of the population makes it through the day alive!

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Rebekah Child

Rebekah Child attended the University of Southern California for her bachelor's in nursing and decided to brave the academic waters and return for her master's in nursing education, graduating in 2003 from Mount St. Mary's. Rebekah has also taught nursing clinical and theory at numerous Southern California nursing schools and has been an emergency nurse since 2002. She is currently one of the clinical educators for an emergency department in Southern California and a student (again!) in the doctoral program at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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5 Responses to You did what?!?

  1. Renea

    In regard to the new mom with the child sleeping with her, I remember my grandmother telling a story about one of her cousins losing a child that way. Her cousin rolled over onto the baby and the baby suffocated. So PLEASE don’t put that precious baby in the bed with you! Thanx!

  2. Megan

    I once had a patient who refused to use a bedpan….brought a metal ham can from home!! Yep and she peed in it! Funny thing was, she was able to get up to go to the bathroom!!

  3. Natascha

    I co-slept with both of my children after my nurse practitioner/midwife advised this is a safe sleeping position as long as the mother is not on drugs or drinking alcohol, she is fully aware of her baby next to her. I have to agree with that, I woke every time they moved, and it was certainly easier to breastfeed. I think sometimes the recommendations are a little overkill for the majority of people.

    Did those 2 patients of yours have a medical condition or were using drugs or alcohol?

  4. L E

    I slept with both of my kids in bed with me. Researchers have done sleep studies with moms and babies, and they found that their brainwaves are almost synchronized. The mom’s sleep cycles are a few minutes ahead of the baby’s, so the mom is already in “shallow” sleep and ready to be awakened when the baby starts fussing to be nursed or otherwise comforted. Most cultures sleep with their babies, and most babies live through it. True, it’s horrifically tragic when a baby dies for any reason. I hope that goes without saying. And anyone who has been drinking or using drugs shouldn’t be sleeping with a baby in his/her bed. But the enormous benefits of co-sleeping completely outweigh the few and far between risks. Another way to think about it is this: we don’t sleep alone. We like to have a nice warm body to snuggle with. Why would a baby, who has been all warm and cozy inside his mother, want anything different?

  5. I co-slept w/ my daughter and she is now a healthy and Robust 8 y/o. I breast fed her and when she would start to even think about fussing, I would pull her a little closer, latch her on and we were both happy as clams! I NEVER had a problem knowing EXACTLY where she was when we co-slept; I always had a hand on her and was very aware of her. I did also have a co-sleeper but having her in bed w/ me was a huge plus!!