Every baby is unique! Some babies literally sleep all day and move at night when you are asleep, whereas others seem to be moving all the time. But, it is also possible that you just notice your baby’s movements more at night as it is easier to feel the baby move when you are relaxed and lying down than when you are walking, standing, or occupied with other things.
Your stress levels and temperament, your eating habits, your lifestyle shapes that little life in your womb. Here are some simple tips that will help you stay healthy and deliver a healthy baby. Do some light exercises every day, get some sunshine in the morning, massage your baby bump with almond oil, listen to soothing music, and try communicating with your baby by reading, singing, and chatting.
It is quite a challenge to make sure that your little one’s oral hygiene is on point. Keeping up with a little powerhouse of energy that runs around and puts anything and everything into its mouth keeps you on your toes. When your toddler is 24 months old, it will have[.....]
Avoid feeding your child with spicy, acidic, and scratchy or hard foods like nuts, potato chips, which can aggravate tender mouth sores. Be sure your child uses toothbrushes with soft bristles and avoids toothpastes or mouthwashes which contain sodium lauryl sulfate. For a quick fix, rinse the mouth every 2 to 3 hrs with salt water or apply a wet tea bag to the sore for relief.
Baby dropping or lightening is the movement of the baby to the lower part of the pelvis. For first-time moms, it can occur in the latter half of the third trimester, a few weeks before the birth; for second-timers, it may happen a few hours before labor. Visible signs include a change in the shape of your abdomen, ease in heartburn, frequent urination, and ease in breathing.
The importance of hand hygiene cannot be understated. New generation personal care products like hand sanitizers offer a convenient way to keep your hands clean on the go. But are they truly safe to use? Can your children use them? Are there more natural alternatives? We're here to bring well-researched facts to the table so you can keep your hands clean, the healthy way.
If you are pregnant/trying to conceive, you should be extremely cautious of this mosquito-borne illness that can even threaten your unborn baby's health. Zika can cause microcephaly and other severe neurological defects among newborns including vision problems, impaired growth. The best approach is to prevent mosquito bites, avoid traveling to zika-prone areas.
Co-sleeping is native to many cultures but it's a tradition that modern medicine is questioning. With the yearning for parent–child bonding and physical closeness to the young infant, co-sleeping has its fair share of takers. If this is something you do want to do, taking some precautions can make it safer for the child.
In auditory processing disorder (APD), the brain and the central nervous system can't process sound properly. About 5% children are affected by it. Kids with APD can't locate the source of a sound or tell similar sounds apart and have trouble understanding speech, especially in noisy places or when someone speaks too fast. They are inattentive, have learning difficulties, and perform poorly at school. Auditory training exercises, visual aids like graphs/pictures, and environments where they can hear better can help manage the condition.
Music therapy is a clinical intervention by a trained professional that can support the emotional, psychological, cognitive, social, and communicative needs of people. It especially works for children because it’s non-threatening and playful, promotes trust, and doesn’t need verbal skills. In the brain, music can bypass the parts involved in planning and language and go right to the limbic system which is associated with emotions. It is also thought to stimulate the functioning of the right-brain which is involved with feelings, particularly sadness. Music therapy can help children manage difficult emotions, communicate better, and improve behavioral and social problems.
With over 5 million children struggling with some form of learning disability and countless others living with autism spectrum disorders that impact their social skills, there is a need to look beyond medication. Music therapy shows promise, with studies revealing its ability to heal and support skill building in children and teens with developmental disorders. If you’ve dismissed it as much ado about nothing, here’s why it is worth a second look.
We’ve all played doctor at some point, battling common colds, pains, and itches with over the counter (OTC) medication. While OTC drugs can be an easy and convenient option to treat unexpected mild ailments, they can pose severe health risks – when we use them indiscriminately, in inappropriate doses or intervals, or on vulnerable/high-risk individuals like children or the elderly. To minimize the risk, read the labels carefully, follow instructions that come with the package, and ensure the right dosage. You can also opt for safer natural alternatives where possible.
Preggos are always excited to feel their baby’s movements inside. As it may seem, every baby turns out to be different while in the womb than after it enters the world. The American Pregnancy Association says that by your seventh or the eighth month of your pregnancy a woman might[.....]
Excess folic acid may harm your baby by causing nervous damage (leading to autism), insulin resistance, obesity, or cognitive impairment. It may also increase risks of mammary tumors in the to-be mom. Daily recommended supplement intake of folic acid for pregnant women is 400–800 mcg. Folic acid available in natural form in dark green leafy veggies, fruits, nuts, and beans is not harmful.
Celiac and non-celiac gluten sensitivities make strong cases for giving up gluten. Along with fostering healthy gut flora, going gluten-free can help alleviate type-1 diabetes, IBD, and autoimmune disorders. But if you are not gluten intolerant, stick to a regular diet as consumption of gluten-free products may deprive you of essential nutrients like vit B and D, fiber, calcium, magnesium, folate, and iron.
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