Reducing Added Sugar in Your Child’s Diet

Most food and beverages have extra sugar and syrup added to them when they are processed or prepared. These added sugars have different names such as corn syrup, corn sweetner, brown sugar, dextrose, fructose, glucose, high-fructose corn syrup, honey, lactose, malt syrup, maltose, molasses, raw sugar, and sucrose.

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Children who drink more that 10% of their daily calories from added sugar are more likely to have abnormal cholesterol levels, including higher bad LDL cholesterol , high triglycerides and lower heart protective HDL. These kids are also at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes . read more

Birth Injuries in Newborns

During the birth process , the baby may occasionally occur some physical injury that is simply as the result of being  born. This is known as birth trauma or birth injury.

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What causes birth injury ?

Birth injury can occur due to the baby’s size or position during labor and delivery. Condition associated with difficult births include the following :

  • Large babies such as babies over about (8 pounds, 13 ounces)
  • Prematurity which is babies born before 37 weeks
  • Cephalopelvic disproportion is when the size and shape of the mother’s pelvis is not adequate enough for a baby to be born vaginally.
  • Prolonged labor
  • Dystocia which is difficult labor or childbirth
  • Abnormal birthing presentation  such as breech position

What are some of the common birth injuries ? read more

How to help your child get a good rest

It is crucial for everyone  to get a good sleep especially kids who are developing mentally and physically. Here are some tips to help parents help their kids to have a good night sleep.

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Incentives and rewards :  If your child is having a hard time sleeping in her  room, reward  her  when she is able to sleep in the room all night. You can also reward your child  for going to bed on time or being able to stay in bed till its time to wake up.

Bedtime routine : Sticking to bedtime routine is important as it helps kids feel secure because it offers predictability. For example, it is important to go to bed when its time and not let the child give excuses. read more

Why is my potty trained child suddenly having accidents ?

Your potty trained child may be   feeling anxious about being  displaced with a new baby. It is not uncommon for a toddler with a new sibling to temporarily regress  to baby behavior.

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However if the accidents are regular or if she’s complaining of pain, it is important to have her checked out by a health care professional to rule out any underlying medical condition. Its unusual for a child to suffer from Urinary tract infection UTI  but it can happen. If she does have UTI , it may be accompanied by symptoms such as fever, painful urination or change in the odor of urine.  It is important to seek medical help immediately because untreated UTI  can lead to kidney infection. read more

Hints for feeding your baby

Helpful hints for feeding your baby

  • Breastmilk is the best source of nutrition for your baby. It is beneficial  even if you nurse for a short amount of time or part time.
  • You should wait till breastfeeding is well established which is usually about 3 to 4 weeks of age before introducing the bottle unless otherwise instructed by your doctor.
  • Woking mothers can pump  breastmilk during break time and refrigerate the milk for later use. Refrigerated milk should be used within 24 hours.  However frozen milk is good for several months.
  • If you need to formula feed, offer cow’s milk  based formula with iron .
  • Keep your baby on breast or formula until he or she is 1 year old. After this time , you may switch to whole milk. Children  under the age of 2 should not  drink skim or low-fat milk.
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    How You Can Prevent Child Abuse

    Child abuse can happen in any family and neighborhood. Studies show that child abuse crosses all boundaries of income, race, ethnic heritage and religious faith. The incidence is however higher in the following category of people.

  • Families in which parents are in their mid 20’s.
  • Families who are below the poverty level or who are financially stressed.
  • Families who are stressed out because of a job or home.
  • Families with a history of intergenerational abuse, alcohol, substance abuse , depression and spouse abuse.
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    When should a child get his or her first pair of glasses?

    Your child should get her  first pair of glasses when she needs them. This could be as young as a few months of age. Eye doctors who specialize in children’s  eye care say kids usually become near or far sighted  between ages 6 and 12. However  even infants can wear glasses when they need to see well.Experts believe that children should have a screening test before they enter school.

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    The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and the American Optometric Association (AOA) recommend that all infants and children  be screened for vision problems. A child who doesnot pass one of the screening tests below should see an read more

    How to promote independent play in toddlers

    All children are different and enjoy different  toys and interactions. However the following are suggestions for toys and activities for toddlers.

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    What toddlers like 

    • Need space in which to play and explore
    • Like sandboxes , swings and playgrounds
    • Likes to imitate others  by pretending to perform adult tasks
    • Likes to play in water

    What parents can do

  • Allow  children to help with chores
  • Read to your child
  • Limit screen time
  • Provide your child with work and house keeping toys such as a toy vacuum and pots and pans
  • Stop playing for your children.
  • Give them your undivided attention during playtime. Children want to know that they are valued. Dedicate sometime during the day and watch them play.
  • Get in tune with your child’s interest and provide them with an environment that is engaging and well-suited to their needs
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    How can you help your baby sleep ?

    Babies may not be able to establish their own sleeping  and waking up patterns. However your can help your baby recognize the signs of sleep readiness, teach her to fall asleep on her own  and provide the right environment for a comfortable and safe sleep.

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    What are the signs of sleep readiness

    The signs of sleep readiness include the following :

    • Rubbing eyes
    • Yawning
    • Looking away
    • Fussing

    How can you help your baby fall asleep ?

    Not all babies know how to put themselves to sleep. Most parents want to breastfeed or rock a baby when its sleep time. It is important to establish a bedtime routine. However you have to make sure the baby doesnt fall asleep while eating or in your arms.  This may become a  habit and the baby may require to feed or be in your arm before she sleeps. If the sleeping baby  briefly awakens during the sleep cycle, she may not be able to go back to sleep on her own. read more

    When Can I Give My Baby Solids ?

    Solids are usually introduced into a baby’s diet within 4 to 5 months depending on what the doctor says. If you start your baby on solid foods too early, it increases the baby’s  risk of food allergies which will prevent the baby from growing well.

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    When it is time to starts solid

    •  Give the baby one solid food at a time  for a few days  to help determine if he’s allergic to it or not.
    • Start your baby on iron fortified cereal and then slowly  fruits, vegetables and meat.
    •  Feed your baby on a small amounts of food at a time. Start with a teaspoon and the build from there.
    • Prepare mashed foods such as sweet potatoes, applesauce, carrots, bananas, and peaches. It is important to give the baby a variety  of foods so that the baby can get proper nutrition.

    What should i avoid giving my baby ? read more