I am a pediatrician, always find some babies will wear jewelry, even just full moon baby, will wear small bracelets or necklaces. Here, I want to remind the majority of parents: for the sake of baby’s health, must wear children’s jewelry reasonably.
In China, it has a far-reaching history to wear jewelry to children. From Jia Baoyu’s psychic Baoyu to Runtu’s collar, we place our best wishes on this small object.
However, small jewelry has a series of health and safety risks.
1. May cause baby suffocation
Asphyxia is the leading cause of death for babies under 1 year old.
Babies of this age like to explore the world with their mouths. Even their little feet have to be tasted and chewed in their mouths. How can they let go of what they wear and not [explore] it?
And these jewelry are likely to become toys for babies to bite.
When such jewelry is damaged, if the person looking after the baby does not find it in time, it is likely that the baby will eat it in his mouth and even have an accident.
In addition to the risk of suffocation caused by swallowing by mistake, there may also be accidents when the baby is playing, such as the jewelry around the neck being caught on the slide and climbing trees, resulting in tragedy.
2. Hazards of Heavy Metals in Jewelry
Parents may say that my baby wears pure gold and silver and does not contain heavy metals.
Is pure gold and pure silver really free of heavy metals?
Although I don’t know anything about metallurgy, I have read the product description. The better gold is 99 gold, or 999 gold, which is not 100% pure gold. It is still mixed with some impurities, such as lead, cadmium, mercury, arsenic and other heavy metals.
This part of heavy metal contact can be completely avoided by not wearing jewelry.
3. Terrible skin allergy
Those babies with eczema and allergic constitution are likely to have rash after wearing jewelry.
Dermatologists sometimes diagnose nickel dermatitis and cadmium contact dermatitis on babies.
Does it sound scary?
Most of these are allergies caused by wearing jewelry, mainly baby allergy caused by some ingredients in jewelry. In addition, the mechanical friction of jewelry on skin and the hidden microorganisms indicated by jewelry are also important reasons for allergic reactions.
4. It is not conducive to the development of the baby.
Children’s jewelry will also bring many effects to the growth and development of babies.
For example, accidental pulling damages skin, too tight jewelry restricts growth and development, microorganisms carried by jewelry bring infection risks, jewelry with bells affects attention, and accessories that emit light increase button cell’s mistaken clothing, which is also a kind of noteworthy harm.
The doctor has something to say
The younger the baby, the more he should avoid wearing jewelry. Babies under 3 years old are not recommended to wear jewelry.
If you want to wear it, it is recommended that:
- Wear it only for a short time on special festivals and occasions. It is best to buy jewelry marked with children’s wear. Wear jewelry that does not contain small accessories that are easy to fall off; Choose round jewelry that will not hurt the baby. Don’t let your baby bite the jewelry when wearing it. When wearing, pay attention to observe whether the baby has skin allergy. Remember to take off your jewelry when your baby sleeps.
Infants and young children lack the identification of risks and are often unable to actively avoid risks.
Although these small objects hold the good wishes of parents, grandparents, relatives and friends, what has to give way to the baby’s health, collect these wishes well, and give them to the baby when he is older.