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.
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.
Celiac disease is a serious genetic autoimmune disorder that affects the digestive processes in the small intestine. The symptoms of celiac vary widely and sometimes there are no symptoms at all, making it a challenge to diagnose. Common symptoms in children tend to be digestive in nature, including diarrhea and vomiting, fatty stools, constipation, and abdominal bloating. Adults are more likely to exhibit symptoms like anemia, fatigue, depression, joint pain and arthritis, skin rashes, and infertility.
Massaging your baby can help you bond better and provide emotional as well as physical benefits. Use olive oil or coconut oil and glide your fingers in slow, firm strokes over your baby’s body. Start with the feet, go up the legs, and across the hips. Then work down from the baby's shoulders to the chest and down their arms. Massage your baby’s tummy using circular motions in a clockwise direction.
While it's not clear what exactly causes cradle cap, experts feel that excessive production of oil or sebum may be a factor. Maternal hormones in the baby could account for the overproduction of sebum. The growth of a fungus known as malassezia in the sebum may also be a factor. Other risk factors include immune system problems, weather extremes, and skin disorders.
As a mother, you always want the very best for your little bundle of joy, in terms of their overall health. However, supporting your baby's health can be a problem if you're not able to breastfeed your kid. Fortunately, there are alternatives you can choose, like using donor milk, a homemade formula, or buying commercial products that are organic and which will kickstart your baby's health in the right manner.
Babies usually rub their eyes when they are tired and sleepy. But dry eyes, an eye infection, or a foreign object such as dust or an eyelash in the eye can also make a baby rub the eyes. Another reason might be that babies explore and try to figure out how the eyes respond to being rubbed.
Children with dyslexia have trouble reading and spelling. They can benefit from special educational classes which teach phonological skills – the ability to recognize and process sounds in words. In classrooms, providing clearly structured information, simplifying instructional material, teaching orally, segmenting and sequencing information, and allowing for extra practice can help. As a parent, you can inculcate a love of reading, build confidence, and be their champion!
Fetuses develop the auditory system by week 25 and respond to music by week 28. Newborns can remember music heard in the womb, and they seem to have better motor and cognitive skills, faster language development, longer attention spans, better sleep, and fewer instances of colic. Play music or sing to your unborn baby, but don't experiment with loud or unusual sounds or noise. It could affect the baby’s health.
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