Here are 5 Confinement facts and myths:
Myth: Do not shower or wash one’s hair.
Fact: Why do we shower? To wash all of the excess sebum, right? So, if you don’t wash your hair or even take a bathe, there are more chances of infection due to blocked hair follicles. It is perfectly fine to continue one’s bathing habits. Bathing can maintain personal comfort as well as can help to prevent skin and wound infections. But, the mother should not bathe with cold water. After bathing, you should dry your body immediately to prevent exposure to cold air.
Myth: Do not drink plain water.
Fact: There is no harm in drinking plain water. You need to be well hydrated for producing enough breast milk. However, new mothers should be encouraged to drink warm water instead of cold water.
Myth: Consuming alcohol to warm up the body.
Fact: Alcohol is secreted in breast milk and it passes onto your baby; hence it should be avoided.
Myth: Consume plenty of herbal supplements.
Fact: Incorrect and excessive intake of herbal remedies may cause more harm than benefits. Before consuming any herbal supplements, do some research first and if you are lazy to do so, just go ask a doctor. However, avoid cooling foods like cucumber and watermelon.
Myth: Do not use fans and air-conditioning.
Fact: Rest and comfort play a major role in recovery but do remember the key is moderation. When the temperature is hot, of course, you and your baby cannot sleep well, so moderate AC or fan will cause no harm. In fact, fans and air conditioners may be essential for preventing heat rash in a hot and humid climate. It is recommended to keep the temperature between 25°C – 27°C.
It’s said that, if confinement is well done, the mother will be healthy for the rest of her life. While confinement is important, it’s even more important that we get the myths busted and follow the facts.
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Credit: Gynaecologist, Dr Eunice Chua from TLC Gynaecology Practice.