Asthma affects between 4 and 12% of pregnant women but it doesn’t cause any significant risk when it’s well controlled. Take asthma medication as prescribed by your doctor to keep the condition under control and to avoid potential risks to both you and the baby.
Your baby may need between 11–17 hours of sleep a day and getting enough sleep is extremely important for their growth and development. Sleep helps with physical growth, neurosensory development, and brain development. It also helps babies learn better and may impact their temperament.
More nutritious than an apple or a banana, even 1/4 of an avocado can give a 7- to 12-month baby a healthy bowel. A half can meet 100% of her folate and 86% of vitamin B6 requirement. Being a complete source of protein, it has the 10 essential amino acids a baby needs from food and also has minerals like potassium and magnesium. But give your baby avocado puree only after she crosses 6 months.
Start cleaning your baby’s gums and tongue when they are a few days old. Cradle the baby comfortably with one arm and use an index finger wrapped in warm wet gauze to clean the tongue. Use circular motions. White patches on the tongue that can’t be wiped off may be due to thrush.
A vitamin A deficiency (VAD) is usually triggered by poor nutrition or health problems that interfere with its absorption. VAD can cause eye diseases such as night blindness, Bitot's spots, corneal xerosis or ulcers, and keratomalacia,. Anemia and poor skin and hair health are also common as are frequent infections. Young children and pregnant women are especially vulnerable.
Babies start making repetitive noises by the time they are 6 months old. They typically say their first words by 12 months and have an expanded vocabulary of 6–20 words by the time they are 18 months. You can expect short two-word phrases by 2 years and sentences between 3 and 4 years. Help them along by reading and singing to them and holding conversations.
If your baby has eczema, use coconut or sunflower seed oil to moisturize and ease symptoms. Also try adding colloidal oats, rice water, or chamomile oil to your baby’s bath to soothe the skin and prevent itchiness and inflammation. Moisturizing the skin frequently, avoiding irritants, and using anti-scratch mittens can help. Give your baby probiotics to ease eczema linked to food allergies.
Hydrocephalus is the abnormal accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in the brain. Either congenital or acquired, hydrocephalus is caused by conditions that affect CSF movement. The triggers could be premature birth, neural tube defects, enlarged ventricles, ventricular hemorrhage, trauma, brain tumor, infections, surgery, or health conditions that impact blood flow.
While your baby's favorite toys must be cleaned every week, visibly stained toys or toys used during your baby's recovery from a cold or an upset tummy need immediate cleaning. Hand wash fabric toys, wash metal toys in the dishwasher, soak bath toys in a white vinegar solution, give plastic toys a soap soak, and wipe down wood toys. Use natural cleaning agents like mild castile soap, tea tree oil, and vinegar.
Children manifest stress through sudden changes in behavior. A stressed child may suddenly throw temper tantrums, or have a meltdown over simple tasks, or show apathy toward everything. Their eating and sleeping patterns too may change, and they may complain more frequently of headaches and stomach aches. They may even show tic disorders like excessive blinking or throat clearing.
Chubby kids are the cutest, with all the baby fat making them even more adorable. But, what most parents don’t know, or don’t want to know, is that 1 in 5 kids (aged 6–19) suffers from obesity. Childhood obesity is a major epidemic that’s on the rise in the US[.....]
It is important to initiate potty training when your child is developmentally ready. Make them an active participant in the training process and allow them to learn at their own pace. A consistent training schedule, tons of praise and rewards, and lots of patience and positivity are key to successful potty training. Also be sure to never admonish your child if they have an accident.
Babies typically tend to fall asleep at the breast when they’re satiated. Sometimes, this can also happen when your baby has not latched on properly. If you experience pain during nursing, that’s another sign of an improper latch. Babies who were born with a low birth weight may also be sleepier during feedings. As long as your baby is steadily gaining weight and passing stool and urine normally, there's no reason to worry.
To ease night-time battles with your toddler set a relaxing night time routine with a strict bedtime. Let the baby make choices such as which pajamas to wear and allow a favorite toy or blanket in bed. Avoid scary stories and movies and imagine happier endings for nightmares to dilute frightening dreams. Also, make sure they nap in the day but limit sleeping after mid-afternoon.
Give only sponge baths till your baby’s umbilical cord stump falls off to ensure it doesn't get wet. You can then bathe your baby thrice a week till the time they start crawling around and getting dirty. But certain areas like the face, hands, neck, and diaper area still need frequent and regular cleaning during this time. Once they start crawling, give your baby a bath every day.
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