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.
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.
Whether you can give birth to fraternal twins depends on your genes. Other factors that raise your chances include age above 35 years, a higher BMI, a diet rich in dairy products, and multiple pregnancies. IVF is known to hike the chances too. Do note, however, that the factors responsible for the conception of identical twins remain unknown.
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.
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[.....]
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.
Folic acid is a critical B vitamin for your body when you’re planning a pregnancy. It significantly lowers risk of major neural tube birth defects in the baby including spina bifida, anencephaly, and encephalocele and can ward off folate deficiency anemia in the expectant mum, too. Just be sure to get the right dosage – too much can be equally bad. If you have a family history of neural tube defects, are diabetic, or have epilepsy, however, you may need higher folate intake. For everyone else, a 0.4mg intake will suffice.
We often wear comfortable clothes at home. But, research indicates that spending more time naked comes with a host of benefits. It improves one's body image and self esteem. It also boosts metabolism and burns fat. Sleeping naked improves one's quality of sleep, prevents vaginitis, and boosts sperm count. Going bra-less strengthens pectoral muscles, prevents infections due to breast feeding, and improves the mothers' bonding with their newborns. Lastly, going nude promotes intimacy in relationships.
Every newborn is different. Some of them have glorious locks of hair on their heads that make them look absolutely adorable. Scientific studies have proven that expectant mothers who suffered from chronic heartburn during pregnancy are more likely to have newborns with hairy heads. In many cases, this is due to the hormonal influence of estrogen on the growing fetus.
Having a proper vision is indeed a privilege. Not everyone has 20/20 vision and variations are bound to occur. If you have 20/30 vision it only means that you have stand 20 feet away from an object to view what a person with normal vision can see at 30 feet. Most of the time you don't need glasses or contacts for 20/30 vision. However, if you develop any eye strain or headaches, you need correction immediately.
Choking is a worry for most parents with children. For babies under one year, five forceful back blows and chest thrusts may help the baby cough out the object. For babies over a year old, back blows and abdominal thrusts can help. Take your child to hospital immediately even if you were able to remove the object choking your child.
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