Saturday, July 20, 2013

“I don’t know nothin’ ’bout birthing babies, Miss Scarlett!

“I don’t know nothin’ ’bout birthing babies, Miss Scarlett!

Well, Prissy, if you were still around and here in Hungary, you would not have a worry. Hungarians may know about birthing babies, but they are choosing not to go through the bother. According to the latest statistics, during the first five months of 2013, there was a decrease of 54,208 babies born from the previous year. The previous full year stats show a similar decline with the data from the previous year. 

Guess those maternity leave benefits are just not that appealing when considering all the other factors that will last 18 years or more.

While on the topic of babies, one thing that has really shocked me is the number of children sucking on a pacifier. I have seen kids who were running down the street with a pacifier in their mouths. This has been all too frequent to just chalk off as a one time event. 

The Mayo Clinic states on their website: 

Pacifier use might increase the risk of middle ear infections, after the age of six months.

Prolonged pacifier use might lead to dental problems, if a child continues to use one. It can cause the front teeth to come in crooked.

"To reduce the risk of SIDS, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends offering a pacifier at naptime or bedtime until age 1. However, the risks of pacifier use begin to outweigh the benefits as your baby gets older. While most kids stop using pacifiers on their own between ages 2 and 4, others need help breaking the habit."

I would be curious to see if there is a correlation between extended pacifier use associated with either obesity or alcoholism later in life. 
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