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“Mga Sabi-Sabi”: Infant Care Myths

May 20, 2010

We’ve all heard these warnings before. From pregnancy to birth, I’ve heard so many old wives’ tales (tama lang old, kasi always “may edad” ang nagsasabi sa kin) about pregnancy and children that I’ve come up with a “sabi-sabi” poker face in order to maintain respect to these well-meaning people. Here’s a handful of these infant care myths:

1. “Hamog”

If you expose your baby to “hamog”, they will get sick. And “hamog” appears at dusk and you shouldn’t bring out the baby by then. I don’t believe in “hamog”, neither does my pedia and neither should you. I do believe in fresh air and if the only tolerable conditions to bring out my infant is at 5pm, the onset of “hamog”, I don’t care. You can take your “hamog” to your albularyo and make it patawas.

2. Colic is kabag.

No, it’s not.

3. If you eat raw eggs just before you deliver, your “entrada” will be madulas and the baby will come out easier.

This one was shared by a neighbor and cracked me up. I don’t think she’s ever heard of salmonella and would feed me raw chicken while I was pregnant.

4. Drinking cold water will make your milk supply dry up.

And here I am drinking a tall glass of iced water with porno-star proportion breasts because of my overabundance of milk.

5. You should feed your baby from both breasts at each session because one breast is the “kanin” and one is “ulam”.

Someone call La Leche League! This is a scientific breakthrough!!!

6. Pinching your baby’s nose will make it “matangos”.

Stop mangling my baby with your hands and your colonial mentality, please.

7. Breastfeeding for more than 6 months will make the baby attached to you.

Better me than the yaya, the TV or a DS Lite, thank you.

8. You have to be super super careful with the baby’s pusod. And use a bigkis.

Dr. Elizza Senseng grabbed my hand and made me poke Basti’s umbilical stump to prove to me that it was a dead nerve. Using a bigkis does not protect it any more and neither does it prevent a baby from having a big tummy. Newborns are naturally frog-bellied. Deal with it, lolas.

9. If you’re pretty while pregnant, then you’re having a girl.

I had a boy, thanks. And, yes, I was pretty while pregnant.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. May 20, 2010 2:04 pm

    Hahaha, shet kainizzz. AS for ilong, well, when I was born daw, my nose was so flat, it looked like 2 holes on my face. My mama and papa pinched my nose every day and now it’s my super favorite feature. Maganda ang ilong ko! So true or untrue???

    Pero when they cut my lashes (para daw humaba at kumapal), well. Wala akong lashes. As in my makeup artist friend counted my lashes sa sobrang sparse!

    • Eliza permalink
      May 21, 2010 9:09 am

      I would rather believe you have that nose naturally. 🙂

  2. Veronique permalink
    May 20, 2010 8:58 pm

    Love it! There are so many more, but these are really great. Love the raw egg one. Never heard that before. Hope you’re well!!!

  3. September 11, 2010 2:59 pm

    Hehehehe! hello!!! I just started reading your blog and I love it!!!

    May I please repost this entry of yours? It’s so hilarious, i wanna share it to my readers as well =D

    • Eliza permalink
      September 11, 2010 6:11 pm

      Thanks so much!! 🙂 Please feel free to share and link back. 🙂

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