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Old Wives Tales

The collection of old wives tales below are based on my personal experience that I have tested over the years. However, I do not guarantee that they will or will not work for everybody.


Guiness Stout Myth

Most confinement ladies recommend bathing the newborn baby in Guiness Stout.

Reason

This will reduce body heatiness.

True or False?
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Date added: 30 May 2010

Chicken Leg Myth

Give baby a chicken leg to chew on his first birthday

Reason

The child will always have food to eat for the rest of his/her life

True or False?
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Date added: 18 April 2009

Chinese Chives Myth

Rub baby's gum with chinese chives

Reason

Teething will be less painful and easier for the baby

True or False?
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Date added: 14 December 2008

Washing hair on cold rainy days

Do not wash baby’s hair on rainy days

Reason

Baby will catch cold easily

True or False?
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Date added: 4 May 2008

Eating tidbits

If a man loves eating tidbits he will only have daughters and no sons

Reason

I do not know

True or False?
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Date added: 6 April 2008

Giving porridge to baby

Do not give porridge to baby if he has a fever

Reason

The fever will go up

True or False?
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Date added: 3 February 2008

Fifty cent coin myth

If baby has an umbilical hernia, place a fifty cent coin on it.

Reason

To close the hernia

True or False?
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Date added: 17 October 2007

Bitter gourd vine myth

Bath the baby with boiled bitter gourd vine

Reason

To reduce ‘heatiness’ in babies

True or False?
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Date added: 22 September 2007

Charcoal and nail myth

Place a sharp piece of charcoal and a nail in a red packet

Reason

Prevent your baby from being disturbed by wandering spirits

True or False?
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Date added: 19 August 2007

Baby thigh myth

The crease(s) on your baby’s thighs will determine the sex of your next baby

Reason

I honestly do not know the reason

True or False?
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Date added: 22 July 2007

Pomelo leaves myth

To stop a baby from crying non-stop bathe him with pomelo leaves

Reason

Pomelos are supposed to have cleansing properties against spirits so bathing with the leaves will drive the spirits away.

True or False?
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Date added: 19 June 2007

Mosquito bite myth

To stop the itch from a mosquito bite, use your nail and gently press all over the swelling

Reason

Pressing with the nail will disperse the toxin in the mosquito’s saliva.

True or False?
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Date added: 26 May 2007

Tissue paper myth

Place a piece of wet tissue on your baby’s forehead to stop hiccups.

Reason

I honestly do not know and neither does the contributor of this myth but I have tested it over the last 4 months.

Contributed by: Brigitte Rozario

True or False?
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Date added: 2 May 2007

Black thread myth

Tie a piece of black thread on the ring finger to cure or prevent a stye from becoming worse.

Reason

I am not sure but according to my late grandmother, the thread is supposed to tie the root of the stye and kill it.

True or False?
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Date added: 14 April 2007

Bread crust myth

Do not give bread crust to children.

Reason

They will choke on it.

True or False?
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Date added: 14 April 2007

Underwear myth

If your baby sleeps all day and stays awake during the night you should put a pair of his father’s underwear upside down above his head for a couple of days.

Reason

It is believed that the baby’s sleeping pattern is upside down therefore by placing the underwear in the upside down position it will revert the baby’s sleeping pattern to 'normal'.

True or False?
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Date added: 1 April 2007

Hammer myth

When my mother told me about using a hammer to treat bumps and bruises following a fall I actually laughed at her and said what nonsense.

Reason

Nobody knows.

True or False?
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Date added: 1 April 2007

Mirror Myth

Do not let a baby under 4 months look at the mirror.

Reason

The outcome is the child will be very good at telling lies later.

True or False?
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Date added: 11 March 2007

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