Every now and then I’m bowled over by the “Well, duh” discoveries science finally gets around to making. 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 became a standard medical practice.
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?
New research on infants provoked another ‘well duh” moment for me that I must comment upon. (Google: Infants, whether mice or human, love to be carried.) As my photos here show, I intuitively know infants need to be carried! The same ‘no brainer’ applies to infants sleeping with their mother (or dad). Such 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. If parents simply conform to the natural primate model, their parenting ‘job’ needn’t be the difficulty that many parents reportedly experience. Oh, how far we have strayed from our natural ancestral models!
So, while science is by far the best means of myth busting we have, it certainly does have its weaknesses… human error! 😉