My ‘well duh’ relationship with science began early. As a preteen child who liked to play with fire, I discovered that putting ice or cold water on a burn worked great. However, the standard nursing / medical treatment at that time was to put butter or some other salve on the burn. Some years later, this cold treatment caught on and is now standard.
Now, I don’t know what I don’t know. I mean I can’t believe that I was the first to guess that cold would help soothe burns and even forestall blistering. So what gives? Who knows?
This week’s Science News article, Infants, whether mice or human, love to be carried, provoked another ‘well duh” moment for me that I must speak to.
As my photos here show, I intuitively knew that infants loved to be carried! This is clearly a no brainer, just like sleeping with your infant. This is simply healthy, natural primate behavior. I’ll add that this natural way makes life a whole lot easier for the parents as well! The photo below shows how we could even hang our baby in his out-of-the-womb womb and let him gently sway. As I’ve experienced it, parenting need not be as great a hassle as some parents find if they conform to the natural models.
While science is by far the best means of myth busting we have, it certainly does have its weaknesses… human error! 😉