My people, the hot-water massage given after birth is more painful than labour itself! I would scream as the extreme hot towel is placed on my stomach *shudder* It is to help the stomach go back to shape by expunging 'bad blood and fluid'. This was done both day and night for a month! Here, I soaked myself in the bath tub and hubby massaged my body, it was more fun.
The soft spot, umbilical cord and circumcised penis were handled delicately. In 9ja, the nurse told me to clean the cord with Spirit/alcohol and cotton wool constantly to aid the drying up. Here, nothing of such! Infact, I have already bought the items at home, only to observe that the nurses didn't do that! Instead, the bigger clamp was changed to a tiny transparent clamp that blended with the shriveled cord on the day I was discharged. Surprisingly, it fell off within days and healed after 2 weeks. I was worried initially 0!
Oil was to be dropped on the soft spot to aid the 'closing up' and should never be dry, so I was taught. I even mixed it with eucalyptus oil (silver bird brand) to avoid cold. But now, I only apply oil after bathing.
The circumcision was what really surprised me most. First, I usually do it after the naming ceremony. But, it was scheduled for the next day because the surgeon comes to the hospital for few hours only and perform circumcision on all the boys whose parents wants them to be circumcised and leave. He was not able to make the appointment, hence, I had to stay another day. He was very fast, and no plastic ring was placed on it as done back home, to hold the fore-skin down and form the shape, infact, the shape was already formed! It was a very neat and beautiful job! I was given only a tube of vaseline to apply continuously so that the diaper won't stick to the flesh, until it heals. Back home, I would be applying olive oil continuously until the ring falls off itself.
Pacifier was never in my list of baby things when in 9ja, because babies get attached to it and to start them on solid food would be a problem. But it was put in my baby's mouth during the surgery to calm him down. Usually, after circumcision, I would nurse him. I tried the same method, but my baby boned me and continued with his sleep, and there was no tears on his face or sign of distress. The nurse told me he was given medication to suppress the pain and make him sleep. But in 9ja, my baby cries would be heard which pierces my heart. The pacifier was in his mouth till we got home, since then I bought more pacifiers, which helps me 0!
There are other myths, which I have found to be baseless, but this post would be too long ... am tired sef ... typing with a finger, carrying my sleeping baby on the other arm ... my addiction to blogging no get part 2 o jare!