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Baby Myths

Published:Monday | May 4, 2015 | 5:00 AM

If you grew up in the country or even visited, you might be familiar with some myths that are associated with babies. Flair shares some Jamaican myths with you as part of our Child Month celebration. Remember ,these are just myths.

- Burying the baby's umbilical cord (navel string) after birth under a young tree. As the tree grows and blossoms, it would be an indication of how successful the child will be.

- Be careful not to call the baby's 'real' name out loud. Ghosts will steal it.

- Placing a piece of thread on the baby's forehead when he or she has hiccups will stop it.

- An open Bible above the baby's head as it sleeps will ward off evil spirits.

- Tying a red string in the baby's hair or putting a scrunchie on the baby's wrist or in his or her hair to 'run duppy' and ward off evil.

- Not cutting an infant's hair before he or she starts speaking to avoid impeding speech.

- The baby will become a thief if his or her nails are cut with a pair of scissors instead of a pin or baby nail clip.

- New mothers should stay indoors for a few days so as not to catch 'baby cold'. It used to be customary for both mother and baby to be isolated for eight days after birth.

- An expectant mother is believed to 'mark' her child with the things she craves during pregnancy. So if the mother craves mangoes, the baby is likely to be born with a birthmark resembling a mango.

- A pumpkin vine will bear abundantly if a pregnant woman steps over it.

- If a lizard jumps on a woman, it means she is pregnant or will soon become pregnant.

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