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You and Your partner: Post Pregnancy

While parenthood is an incredible journey, your relationship with your partner matters too. Here's a post pregnancy guide for you and your partner.

Finally, the anticipated “everything is going to change” idea is turning into a reality. With the baby in your hands, your family is much bigger now. Now you are parents and you have a complete “family” to take care of. A family brings together everybody’s effort to grow and flourish.

We did speak to a few new moms and dads on how things change after marriage. One factor that stood out in our conversations is how couples try to rekindle their romance with the baby in the room.

 

The matter of spontaneity

“It happened all too fast” or “we just did it because it was fun” are repeated cliché dialogues from newlyweds. But this spontaneous attitude has to last for a lifetime. Couples have many favourites - eat-outs, picnic spots, movies and music. It was a wonderful couple-time.

With a new baby in one hand, the movie nights have vanished into thin air. You probably cannot remember the last time you put on that little pretty dress and high heels. Who says so? We do have couples telling us about their sleepless nights. Crying babies force parents out of their beds at odd hours and exhaust them. During the day, they can hardly get their tired body to make a cup of coffee.

Experts say that couples have unrealistic expectations once the baby arrives. True, if you did a lot of thinking until the baby arrives, then it is best to tone down a few things until it has actually happened. Once the baby is here schedule your day, week or month to do at least one activity out of the ordinary. Think out of the box and try something you have never done before together. Bring those heart-throbbing moments back into your relationship.

 

Baby Blues

When you are pregnant, you are counselled about many things related to the little one but most often you may forget to ask your doctors what happens to your body after the pregnancy. Caregivers can give you ideas that will help you heal your body.

The process of delivery and labour was not an easy job and it will truly change the way you are, both mentally and physically. Baby blues are real and they give you a very hard time. Research calls this feeling as postpartum depression or anxiety. It is a roller-coaster ride of emotions and feeling absolutely out of your body. Let’s not forget postpartum depression or anxiety is not only for moms but also for dads.

With a lot of changes happening around you and your body, it is no wonder that you are going through this rough patch. When your priorities change, you tend to forget to take care of yourself. Remember, these symptoms are temporary and can be helped with the right kind of discussion with your doctors.

 

Communication

 

Snapping at your partner too often?  With a baby on board conversations are limited to ‘did you check the crib’ or ‘can you hold the baby’. The pattern of conversations between you and your partner revolves around the baby.

Even these tiny conversations spark a war. There is an incredible amount of work to be done around the house. Even though you stick to your set of fixed responsibilities you will feel like the other has not done enough. Another disagreement begins with each other cancelling out the other’s parenting styles.

Instead of walking around nagging about the other, have a sit-down session with your partner. Things are not the same as before, so the two of you need to find another solution. If you think you cannot remember instances, write them down and communicate with your partner nicely. Give time to each other to find your way around this phase of life. There are a lot of books suggested by doctors that can help you communicate with your partner.

 

Sex

With the nagging as mentioned before and the constant change in the body, getting naked under the cover is probably the last thing you want to do.

There are a lot of things that could kill your mood during this period. A crying baby, sleepless nights, numerous diaper changes, breastfeeding etc. are a few mood killers to mention a few. Even after the doctor’s green signal that allows you to have sex, couples find it hard to reconnect with their partners.

Research suggests that you take it slow and bring it back to the basics. In order to get over this roadblock, couples are advised to schedule hot date nights to rekindle their romantic days. If you think you feel pretty in that dress and want to shave your legs to feel sexy, get out there and do it. Even after your pregnancy, the romance in your relationship should be a priority.

 

There are a lot of responsibilities shuffling at home and at work. When times are hard, step back and pause for a moment. Having an open communication system with your partner will strengthen the bond and provide positive energy for your baby to grow. Spend quality time with your partner to cherish these lovely family moments and enjoy the ride! 

 

February 12, 2021 |  read

First 24 Hours of the Baby

Congratulations! Your baby is finally here! Let us unfold what the first 24 hours with your newborn baby will look like.

Birth of your child is an extremely joyous and emotional occasion. From the moment they are born, you’ll learn to bond with the little one and care for them. The first 24 hours of your baby are crucial and important, as doctors check for his/her health conditions, weight, the Apgar score and the ballad score. Taking care of a newborn is not easy - be it the mother or the father. Even though the medical procedures vary across hospitals, this timeline will give you a brief idea about how the first 24 hours of the baby will unfold.

 

First few seconds after birth

A couple of seconds after birth, you should hear your little one’s first cry. This is to ensure that there is no blockage in the respiratory tract. Following this, the nurses will clear the amniotic fluid and mucus from your baby’s mouth and nostrils to check if both the nostrils are fully functional.  Post this, your baby would start breathing on their own.

 

First 5 and 10 Minutes

5 Minutes

Typically, after your little starts to breathe on their own, the doctor cuts or lets your partner cut the umbilical cord. Post this, your doctor will evaluate the baby for the Apgar score. Apgar score is based on the baby’s heart rate, color, reflexes response, and breathing. This is determined at 1 minute and 5 minutes post-delivery. This test score ranges from a scale of 1 to 10, but anything above 7 is considered completely normal. If your baby’s apgar score is below 7, there is nothing to worry about. Babies with low apgar count will still grow up to be healthy and happy. 

 

First one hour with the little one

The first 24 hours of the baby begins with the baby being given antibiotic eye creams to avoid any infections and vitamin K shots in thighs to prevent any blood clot. Then the baby is wrapped, covered in sheets, and diapered. You can start breastfeeding if you are comfortable and up for it. This is an amazing time to start bonding for the three of you.

 

2-3 hours post-birth

Now that your baby is done with the initial round of testing, you and your little one could spend time in your hospital’s recovery room. You can also feed the baby if the little one is up and you are comfortable. Sometime now, the nurse examines your baby to make sure she’s adjusting to her life outside the womb. The nurse would also check the baby for pulse, abdomen, make sure her genitals are formed properly, and verify the baby has a full set of fingers and toes.

The nurse also records the ballad score, in which the baby’s head circumference, chest circumference, and length are measured to confirm her gestational age. If your baby is premature, she would be kept at the NICU.  Where they could monitor the heart rate, temperature, and respiratory rate could be monitored closely every 30 minutes.

 

Hours 4 to 22

In this period, you’ll experience many of your baby’s firsts like, first bath, diaper change after your baby’s first poo. You would also learn how to nurse your baby, hold and swaddle the baby. You’ll also learn how to care for umbilical-cord stumps. If you have opted for breastfeeding, you’d be feeding the munchkin every 2-3 hours in the first 24 hours of the baby. The baby might fall asleep halfway through nursing and be asleep for almost around 6 hours. The best way to rest is to get some sleep while the little one is asleep. Your nurse might ask you to keep feeding to avoid any pain in your breasts. Your baby will have a pediatrician’s visit to ensure the baby is doing alright and healthy.

During this time, you might have your friends and family visiting you and the little one. This is a joyous occasion for everybody. But make sure to ask them to wash their hands or use a sanitizer before holding the baby. Be sure to not wake the baby-up or cause any noise around the baby. 

 

23rd and 24th hour

During this period, your pediatrician will formally evaluate the baby. This could be your little one’s first physical examination, during this, the doctor will look for malformation, signs of infections, jaundice, monitor breathing and feeding. Your doctor would generally encourage you to feed as frequently as possible to check for the baby’s bowel movements. In addition to all the routine check-ups, your baby would be evaluated for various potential infections and disorders, including sickle cell anaemia. By this time, your baby would know that you’re the mother by your voice and heartbeat. Remember, the baby can hear your voice and recognize it from the womb.

If you have a vaginal delivery, you would be discharged from the hospital within 48 hours, if both of you are healthy and alright. If you have a c-section, you’d be staying in the hospital for about a week. Make sure to get essentials to the hospital beforehand to avoid unnecessary trips to home by your partner.

Post this, you would be getting doctors visiting you on rounds to monitor and make sure you and your little one is alright. Can you believe that your baby’s first day is officially over now? This day would be etched in your memory forever. The happiness of holding your baby for the first time surpasses everything you were worried about. You now have plenty of time to put all your plans into action.

 

February 09, 2021 |  read

Emotional and social changes in parents after childbirth

Parenthood is an incredible journey with it's ups and downs. Here are the emotional and social changes parents may go through after childbirth. Don't worry, you are not alone!

Holding your little one in your arms after waiting for months feels like a dream come true. All the parenting books you have read, and the plans you made can now be put into action. For some of you, it could be the greatest moment of your life to see the little darling smile at you or hold your fingers with their tiny hands. The sudden change in atmosphere and lifestyle can be overwhelming for you and the baby, and can bring some emotional and social changes in parents after childbirth. 

 

A week into being new parents you might realize the drastic changes that you may have to make with your lives and social groups. As a new mother, you would be going through extreme physical changes that may have an impact on your emotional and social health. As a new father, you may not understand the nuances involved in raising a baby or supporting your partner and you may doubt yourself. Worry not! It’s all tricks and treats of nature; you have absolutely nothing to worry about. In time, you will learn it and master it. 

 

If you are a new parent or a parent-to-be and worried about what it would be post-partum, there are a few emotional and social developments you or your partner might experience.

 

Emotional Developments

Childbirth might make you feel a bit lost at times. It is because of the changes happening around you and with you. It is normal to experience fear or become anxious at times; this only means that you have become more responsible. Here are a few emotional changes you might experience post-childbirth. 

 

Baby Blues

Once the baby is born, strong emotional changes in parents after childbirth are felt, especially by the mother. It would last for about two weeks, and you would be back to normal without any medication. It’s just your hormones tickling your brains a bit. About 80% of new mothers experience this, and it is normal. To cope with your emotions, you can always ask your partner for help in taking care of the baby. This could be an opportunity for the three of you to bond and understand each other better. You are just new to this; you would need a few days/weeks to get familiar. You can always rely on your little darling to cheer you up.

 

Anxiety

Being a little worried or anxious is normal, but too much can affect your bond with the little one. Again, it’s the sudden changes accompanied by hormones that are making you anxious or worry-some. Know that you are not alone in this, you can talk to your partner or close ones about this, or even seek professional help if you feel the need. It is okay for both of you to be anxious about a sudden change, but remember, it is for the best.

Know that you are excellent parents, and your munchkin loves you both to the moon and back. 

 

Mom brains!

Through the course of history, mothers have grown to be extremely sensitive to non-verbal cues and sounds. They react instinctively when the little one starts crying. As a new mom, it would be your superpower to understand the non-verbal cues of everyone around you. Another fact is, post-partum, your brain has the power to learn new information quickly and efficiently. It helps you understand your little one and his/her requirements.

 

Social Developments

Having a baby can alter your social life in ways you cannot even imagine. As a parent, you make it a point to prioritize your little one over any other social gatherings, parties, etc.. Though you may not be able to hang-out with your friends and family like before, you will find a middle ground.

 

You become wiser

Call it a boon, if you may. Childbirth can make you wiser. You learn to value other people’s feelings and emotions and understand the needs of people. You will learn and understand things that are better than everybody else in your social group. These are just your mom instincts trying to make you a better person. As a new father and being around your little sweetheart, you become more sensitive and understanding; you start understanding your baby’s non-verbal cues. Use this to strengthen your relationship with your partner and the baby. Sooner or later, you’ll have people relying on both of you for advice. Make the best use of this.

 

You make new friends

Another one of the changes in parents after childbirth is seen when their definition of hanging out with friends changes. You start making new friends with people you like and have something in common. You are most likely to befriend people with babies and tend to talk about your babies and other topics you never imagined you would talk about. It helps in widening your social circle, who knows you might find your new BFF here.

 

You get closer to your family 

With added responsibility, it is quite natural to rely on your close ones for help. At times like these, you’re more likely to rely on your parents for help; you finally realise what your parents went through. Family here means your close ones, who you trust, and always have your back. It is a great opportunity to bond with them and seek advice and help, you would be surprised to see the ideas they can come up with. Your bond with your parents grows, mainly because you are now in their shoes. You see the world differently from a mature and wise point of view. 

 

These are just a few of the many emotional and social changes in parents after childbirth that may be experienced. Know that everything is natural, and there is no need to worry. Parenthood is an exciting and tricky path; you would learn a new lesson each day. Do not worry yourself; you are going to be great parents, one step and a time!

 

February 09, 2021 |  read

Pregnancy and Babies with Down Syndrome

Down Syndrome is an intellectual disability found in children. Here is everything you need to know about Down Syndrome - signs, symptoms and the next steps.

One of the most common intellectual disabilities found in children is Down Syndrome. This can be detected right at pregnancy and the causes for it can be heavily dependent on the parents. There is a lot of confusion surrounding the syndrome. While some screening tests show a positive test result, the mother may go on to give birth to an absolutely healthy child. Some others find out that their child has the syndrome much later, after the birth. Here is what you need to know about babies with Down Syndrome and how you can look out for the symptoms in your child.

                                                                              

What is Down Syndrome?

Every child is born from the genetic material of both the parents. This genetic material is found in the form of thread-like structures called chromosomes. An average human being has 46 chromosomes in 23 pairs, half of which comes from the mother and the other half from the father. However, in the case of an individual with Down Syndrome, the  chromosome  number  21  has  an  extra  copy  which  can  result  in  delayed  cognitive competence  and  slightly  different  physical  growth  hence  its  other  name,  trisomy  21. While the disabilities of a person with Down Syndrome may  last  lifelong  and  their  life  expectancy  may  be  shorter,  the  recent  cultural  and institutional  developments  provide  the  individual  with  a  healthy  and  fulfilling  life, nevertheless.

 

What Causes Down Syndrome?

Down  Syndrome  is  caused  when,  during  reproduction,  the  chromosomes  do  not  split properly, resulting in the partial copy of the chromosome number 21. Some parents are more likely to produce babies with Down Syndrome than others. The first factor is age. If the mother is over 35 years or the father is over 40, the chances of having a child with Down  Syndrome  is  more.  The  second  factor  is  of  familial  history.  If  there  are  other individuals  related  to  you  in  your  family  who  have  this  condition,  there  are  more chances that your child may have the same. Parents who carry genetic translocation also have a higher probability of having a child with Down Syndrome.

 

The important thing to remember is that these are only probabilities drawn from studies over a large population. For example, if you are a pregnant woman who is 38, it is not a given that your child will definitely have Down Syndrome. This is just to say that your chances of having a child with these traits are more than a mother of, say, 25.

 

How Can I Find Out if my Baby has Down Syndrome?

Yes, it is possible to find out if your child has Down Syndrome. Prenatal screening and postnatal diagnosis are the two options available.

 

During pregnancy, a prenatal screening test can be performed to look at the foetus. A screening test only categorizes women as at a high risk or low risk of having a child with Down  Syndrome.  A  common  available  screening  test  in  India  is  the  Combined  Test which  includes  a  blood  test  and  an  ultrasound  scan.  While the  former  looks  for abnormal  levels  of  proteins  and  hormones,  the  latter  looks  for  more  fluid  around  the baby’s  neck,  both  which  could  mean  a  baby  with  Down  Syndrome. However, remember that a positive result for a screening test is never an ultimate assurance that your child is affected.  Only 1  in  20-30  women  who  are  tested positive  for  this  end  up  having  a  child  with  a  Down  Syndrome. This test is only to separate women to take them to the diagnostic test.

 

A diagnostic test includes more specific testing methods like Amniocentesis to separate out fluid or other material from the mother to test for the syndrome. They look for the chromosome that causes the Down Syndrome and can give a more accurate result.

 

After the child is born, a quick check-up by a paediatrician can assure you if your child has a Down Syndrome or not. Fried’s Diagnostic Index is one such method that looks at 8 signs including the shape of the child’s face, ear, tongue, and toes, to come to a conclusion.

 

What are the symptoms of Down Syndrome?

At birth, babies with Down Syndrome usually have certain characteristic signs, including: flat facial features, small head and ears, short neck, bulging tongue, eyes that slant upward, atypically shaped ears and poor muscle tone.

 

People with Down syndrome usually have some degree of developmental disability, but it’s often mild to moderate. Mental and social development delays may mean that the child could have: impulsive behavior, poor judgment, short attention span, and slow learning capabilities

 

How Can I Treat My Child’s Down Syndrome?

Unfortunately, there is no cure yet found for Down Syndrome. However, there are many supportive  measures  to  help  your  child  cope  up  and  lead  a  fruitful  life.  Speech, occupational, and physical therapies may be offered to help the child cope better with life  and  develop  to  their  full  potential.

 

Having a baby with Down Syndrome may seem challenging but with proper professional medical support, things will be much easier over time. Remember that your child needs your constant support and needs you to protect him or her not just from severe concerns like heart disease but also the usual colds.

 

 

Remember that, any child – with or without a syndrome – has certain challenges to face in life. Your child may be facing a different set of challenges compared to other children but this does not make them any less beautiful. Over the years, babies with Down Syndrome have gone on to show that they can compete equally well with other children in various fields. As a parent of a child with Down Syndrome, it becomes your responsibility to give your child the best life you can and nurture their talents.

 

December 24, 2020 |  read

Things You Need to Know about Autism

ASD or autism is a developmental neurological disability that impacts development of the brain. Avoiding eye contact, repeat phrases and words are some common signs. Here's what you need to know.

Oftentimes, something that is different may seem to be intimidating. However, educating oneself about it can render great help. Have you recently learned that your child might have or has Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)? Are you worrying and wondering about what comes next? As a parent, or a concerned person, you would want your child or your acquaintance to be happy and healthy. An autism diagnosis could get discomforting, to put it mildly. Know that Autism is not something that one grows out of, simply. There are several treatments that can help overcome developmental challenges. Learn about ASD, understand your child, and do not give up. You have got this! Let us find out what Autism is, and how it can be managed. 

 

What is Autism?

Autism is a developmental neurological disability that gets in the way of the development of the brain. It affects communication, behaviour, social interaction, and cognition. Since its characteristics and symptoms manifest in many different combinations, it is called a spectrum disorder. It affects children and young adults in many different ways. While some may face tricky challenges, and would require some assistance, others may be in a position to manage and handle their tasks with very little or no help, independently. Each condition under this disorder is now given an umbrella term, and called the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Anybody with ASD would typically demonstrate delay in language, repetitive behavioural patterns or interests. 

 

When and How Can Autism be Detected?

Some of the early signs may be observed during the child’s initial three years. They might vary from being mild to moderate to extreme, and change as and when the child grows. They vary from one child to the other. There is no medical test to diagnose ASD. Doctors understand a child’s development and behaviour to run a diagnosis. Autism awareness of the parents may help their ability to identify signs and symptoms in the early stage. Here are some of them :

 

Signs and Symptoms

Let us look at the communication, emotional, and social skills that children and young adults often might have issues with. Certain repetitive actions and behaviours can be observed in the daily activities. They have various different ways of reacting to things, paying attention, and learning.  Some of the signs and symptoms include (and are not limited to) : 

 

  • Like to be alone, and avoid eye contact

  • Do not look at objects when pointed towards them by someone else

  • Might find it difficult to understand the feelings of others, or convey their own

  • Show interest in people, but somehow unable to talk to, or play with them 

  • Prefer to not be hugged or held, unless they wish so; sensitive to touch

  • Seem to be unaware about people talking to them, instead responding to sounds other than that

  • Might exhibit sudden changes of mood

  • Repeat phrases and words

  • Find trouble in expressing requirements and needs in regular words

  • Replicate actions again and again

  • Might not be able to follow directions or instructions as prompted

  • Give in to a set routine, but find difficulty in adapting to something new when the routine changes

  • Might exhibit reactions that may be unusual pertaining to taste, sight, touch, smell, or sound

 

How Can Autism be Treated?

While there may not be a cure to autism, there are treatments involving therapies that can be considered to aid the condition and alleviate some symptoms. Some of the approaches to treatment include therapies like play therapy, behavioural therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy. Meditation is also recommended as a relaxing technique. There are several other alternative treatments. However, results of a treatment depend totally on the severity of the condition, and may vary. While some might respond to them, others may not. An early intervention (or an intervention when aware) might help in the child’s or person’s development.

 

Some Tips to Help Overcome Challenges

There are several things one can do to help people or children with autism thrive. Here are a few tips on how to do so :

 

  • Start Treatment Right Away - Do not simply wait for a diagnosis, instead, start the treatment as early as possible. If you suspect something unusual, seek assistance. Do not keep a wait-and-see approach.  Early intervention might speed up the development, and reduce symptoms. 

 

  • Design a Schedule - It is important that you stay consistent with the child, plan a schedule, and stick to it. Learn what the therapists do, and try to redo them at home. Therapies can take place in more than one environment so that the child is able to transfer the same knowledge from one place to another physically. It helps to reinforce learning. Time for school, meals, therapy, play, etc should be fixed. However, if there is a change which is unavoidable, let your child know and be prepared in advance.

 

  • Create a Safe Space - Create a safe space for the child where he/she can find peace, feel sure, and relax. You can use color tapes, pictures to label areas for them. 

 

  • Acknowledge the Good - Let them know that they did a task correctly. Positive reinforcement can work well. Be appreciative of their appropriate actions, or when they learn something new. Reward and praise them for good behaviour.

 

  • Connect Nonverbally - Try to find out ways to connect with them non verbally. You can communicate in the way you look, by your body language, monitoring your tone. They will learn to communicate too. Find time to understand their tantrums too. Like any other child, they will also try to convey their emotions, feelings, or frustrations. Understand them.

 

  • Make Time for Play - Let them have a little bit of fun, for it can work like therapy, without it being educational or therapeutic. Time spent with you, unpressured, could benefit the child tremendously. Find out what makes them smile, laugh, and allow them to come out of their shell. Slowly you can infuse learning with play.

 

  • Find Help and Support - Know that while you are looking after a person with ASD, you are important too. Be emotionally strong. While it requires  a lot of energy and time, do not hesitate from seeking help. Find out about ADS support groups, turn to families dealing with the same challenges as you, for advice. You can reach out on our community platform as well, others in similar situations as well as our experts will be more than happy to answer your queries and help you out.

 

Just remember that you are not alone and you will receive all the help and support you need. It is always okay to seek a helping hand

 

December 24, 2020 |  read

Homeopathy for Children's Growth Issues

Some children take more time to develop and it’s natural for parents to be worried. This needs to be addressed at its root to deal holistically. Homeopathic treatment to help in child’s growth

Being a parent is as stressful as exciting. You are constantly anxious if you are doing enough as a parent and if your child is growing as well as he or she should be at that age. Rest assured. You're not the only one. It's only natural to feel worried if you notice that your child is not as developed as his or her companions. What is important is to identify the problem at the right stage and look for possible remedies. Homeopathic treatment to help in child’s growth problems is an effective method to overcome these. 

 

Book an appointment with a homeopathic doctor near you and discuss your child’s growth issues. While most traditional lines of treatment look at the problem through a symptomatic lens, homeopathy will address the root cause of the issue and offer medication accordingly. At Dr Batra’sTM, they have a team of medical experts who are trained in pediatric gastroenterology, nutrition, and psychology, with a success rate of 96.8% when it comes to treating children with growth issues.

 

 

Keeping Track of Your Child’s Growth

Parents are often unaware about what growth their child should have attained at a particular age. Here are some points to keep in mind to monitor your child's physical development.

 

By the time a baby attains four months, he or she would weigh about twice as much as their birth weight. If you have a girl, you would notice that she is half as tall as an average adult at 19 months. For a boy, however, this can be observed only at the end of 2 years. At this age, he or she should have a head size that is about 80% the size of an adult’s. As you celebrate your child’s first birthday, he or she would have gained considerable weight which would now be about three times of that at birth. If you notice a decline in the pace of growth during the toddler years of your child, this is no reason to panic. The chubby baby may now slim down as he or she attains a steady pace of growth.

 

Given this, remember that each child has his or her own growth rate. These are only estimated milestones found commonly and a little deviation to this side or that is only natural.

 

Why is My Child Not Growing Enough?

There could be multiple reasons why your child is not showing the growth he or she is expected to. It depends upon each child and the family situation they find themselves in. Some children may have certain diseases that affect their growth like conditions affecting the digestive system including gastroesophageal reflux (GER), chronic diarrhea, cystic fibrosis, chronic liver disease, and celiac disease. The child may also be suffering from disorders where his or her body is sensitive to certain kinds of food items. For instance, if a child has an intolerance to milk protein, then their bodies would not be able to absorb these from food items like yogurt and cheese, which could have an impact on their growth.

 

Lack of proper attention to the child’s nutrition is another possible reason why your child may not be growing as well as he or she should be. At times, when both the parents are busy with their own schedules and do not pay enough attention to the hunger cues or nutritional needs of the child, this could lead to child growth issues. Some families may not be able to afford the nutritional food requirements of the child, having similar effects on their growth.

 

Lifestyles are in constant flux and these changes have an effect on our children as well. More reliance on food from outside and less physical activities that a child indulges in become important factors that affect their growth. This makes it important for you to visit a doctor regularly with your child and get health check-ups to understand what your child’s issues might be. 

 

How Can Homeopathy Help My Child?

Homeopathic treatment to help in child’s growth problems has been gaining popularity over the years. Homeopathy gives your child a holistic treatment addressing the root issue of the growth problem. You can stay assured that there are no side effects to these. These medicines are completely safe for children of all age groups and come from natural sources. These are beneficial for them in the long run as they boost the immunity.

 

Roshan’s Story

Roshan was a 15-year old boy who found himself much smaller in terms of size compared to other children around him. While he was as smart and intelligent as others, this affected his self-esteem and confidence. Upon consultation with doctors, he was prescribed a Growth Hormone Treatment which his parents were afraid to pursue, fearing side effects. It is at this stage that they approached the experts at Dr Batra’sTM. He was given a personalised treatment which soon started reflecting on his development. 

 

 

This is how homeopathy can be a boon to those facing growth issues. Assess your child’s state of health and find out the way in which you can address these through a holistic approach. Homeopathic treatment addresses the individual emotional, physical, and mental states of a child before planning out a treatment. Homeopathic treatment to help in child’s growth problems will further boost the overall resistance of your child’s body in the process.

December 24, 2020 |  read

Causes for Poor Weight Gain in Children

As parents, you will see growth/developments in your child within the first 5 years of their life. Children need enough care and nutrients to support these developments for a healthy growth.

Children attain two levels of growth- mental and physical growth. While mental growth helps to develop an emotional quotient in the child; physical growth helps to increase height and weight in the child. Each child’s development is different from the other. Therefore, it is important to keep a check on your child’s growth patterns so that it will help you to find solutions to any problematic growth and development.

 

Children will show a steady development in growth and weight in the first few years of their life. But there are still exceptional cases where the growth will be slightly different from other children. These are signs of what is known as a ‘Poor Weight Gain’ in children. 

 

Growth and development in the child are very important in the first 5 years of their life. During these years the child develops physically, cognitively, socially, and emotionally.  

 

There are many ways to describe poor weight gain in children. Your doctor or a caregiver will be able to check into your child’s development and help you to eradicate the problem to bring in a healthy growth pattern.

 

Watching Child’s Growth

Poor weight gain in children affects their ability to take, keep, or use the calories in the body which will help them to be strong.

During the first year of the child’s birth, the brain also grows as much as the body. Hence, the lack of nutrients during this period will have a lasting effect on the child because it will affect brain activity.

 

At 4 months, the child is double the weight, triple when they turn one. A child with such a condition will not be able to reach these milestones. A ‘plump’ toddler may slowly reduce weight later which will then affect their height growth. 

 

Signs in an Undernourished Child

  • Show no interest in their surroundings
  • Distracted and avoids eye contact
  • Bad temper and fussy
  • Take more time to reach milestones like walking, talking or sitting up

 

Here is age-wise information that can help you identify the ideal weight and height for your child:

 

4-6 months

A child is expected to gain weight twice their birth weight at this age. There will be steady growth in height too.

 

1 year (12 months)  

Children of this age will gain weight thrice their birth weight when they turn one year old.

 

1-2 years old  

Kids have to gain 1.5 to 3 kg more weight than when they are at 12 months. Even their height will develop to increase by 3-5 inches.

 

2-9 years old  

While the growth of the child goes steady at this age, the child should develop another 2.5 kg body weight each year.

 

9-15 years old

A child should gain 4-5 kg per year during this time period. This is also a period where you will be able to see a sudden spurt in growth in the child.

 

 

Poor Weight and Its Causes

Feeding Patterns :

Worried parents tend to get the measurement of the formula wrong and because they are worried that their child may become very fat. This results in fewer calories in the child’s body. 

 

Children Do Not Eat :

Some issues like prematurity, development delays, or autism leads to problematic eating patterns. Children refuse to eat food or dislike certain types, textures of food.

 

Digestive System :

Diseases like cystic fibrosis, chronic liver, gastroesophageal reflux (GER), and celiac diseases can prevent your child from gaining weight.

 

GER irritates and causes pain in the child’s stomach that he or she will refuse to eat food. Diarrhea leads the nutrients, proteins, and calories from food to leave the body. Your child might be eating a lot, but diseases such as these do not allow food to remain in the system.

 

Intolerance to Food :

This is not the same as a food allergy. In cases like this, the child is sensitive to certain types of food. For example, if your child is intolerant to milk protein, it means that his or her body will not be able to absorb that particular protein from milk products like curd, milk or cheese.

 

On-going Illness :

Premature babies will not be able to consume enough calories to support their growth and development. Illness to the body systems like the heart, liver or endocrine system will require the child to eat more than usual and the child may sometimes fail to take in enough to keep up.

 

Infections :

Children with infections like UTI may face long or short term imbalance in growth due to the body’s rapid use of nutrients and decreased appetite.

 

Poor weight gain in children can be a combination of both medical and environmental problems. For example, a severe case of GER makes the child refuse food and stress on the eating pattern. This causes the child to be irritated and frustrated and the caregiver will not be able to feed him or her enough food.

 

Problems with Poor Weight Gain:

  • Lack of growth and development
  • Periodic infections
  • Late puberty
  • Bone diseases (Osteoporosis)
  • Severe cases of cardiac problems

 

When Do You Have to Meet Your Doctor?

It is usual for your child to have steady or slight variations in weight for a small period of time. But if you don’t see any changes for a period of 3 months in the first year of life, then you should visit your doctor. 

 

Homeopathy and Growth Problems in Children

Homeopathic treatment is a healthy method to take care of underweight children. They have a wide range of medicines that have no side-effects, increases immunity and decreases infection in children. Homeopathy uses natural methods to enhance food absorption and homeopaths give a calming medicine to children for treating psychological or behavioral issues, while also treating for poor weight gain.

 

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December 24, 2020 |  read

The Do's and Don’ts: What to Eat While Breastfeeding

Look no further! This is the complete guide on what to eat and what not to eat while breastfeeding your baby.

Hello mommies! We hope everything is good with you and your lil’ cutie pie. Your food was your baby’s food while in the womb. Now he/she drinks your breast milk. So, you must be wondering about what to eat while breastfeeding. It is a little different from when you were pregnant, you can now eat a lot of stuff you didn't while pregnant, but you still need to be careful. Read ahead to know more.

 

What are some foods you must eat?

 

1. Fruits and veggies for the win!

These come first in every diet. The reason is simple. They are rich sources of minerals and vitamins. While fruits help you with your fibre and help you with issues like constipation, veggies have antioxidants. Consuming sufficient quantities of each will help make up the nutrients that are used in the making of the milk. Eat fruits like bananas, cantaloupes, oranges, grapefruits, mangoes and prunes. Tomatoes, spinach, kale, sweet potatoes and especially carrots (they have beta – carotene, which is good for lactation) can be some good vegetable choices.

 

2. You need more proteins

Your body will require extra 25 grams of proteins per day while breastfeeding your baby. Beans, legumes, nuts and seeds are great sources of protein for vegetarians. If you are a meat eater, you have a lot of options too. You can eat lean meats, eggs, seafood like oysters, salmon, trout and any fish that isn’t high in mercury. Omega-3 fatty acids which are very good for your little one’s brain development are found in seafood like salmon, sardines, etc.

 

3. Please consume dairy products

What to eat while breastfeeding can be easily remembered if we understand what our bodies need. Your body needs a lot of calcium while you’re nursing. If you don’t consume enough, your body will leach it from your bones. Make it a point to consume at least 3 cups of dairy, daily. Milk, yogurt, cheese, paneer are all good sources of dairy. Please make a habit of drinking milk every day. Dairy products are also sources of fortified Vitamin D, which is good for you and the baby.

 

4. Whole grains are healthy

It is very healthy to eat oats, barley, quinoa, brown rice and whole wheat bread while breastfeeding. These provide energy and secondary proteins which are essential for milk production. Stay away from the refined grains as they have little or no nutrition in them. You can also eat fortified cereals which do not contain added sugar. 

 

5. You may need supplements

Sometimes, despite a balanced diet, you might need doses of mineral or vitamin  supplements. Vegetarians or vegans might miss out on Vitamin B12 which are sourced from animal products. If you can’t/aren’t able to go out in the sunlight, you might be deficient in Vitamin D, whose presence in the milk will help your baby absorb calcium and phosphorus and strengthen those tiny bones. Have a chat with your doctor about your diet to find out if you need supplements.

 

6. Don’t forget to stay hydrated

Lactating mothers need a lot of liquid intake to avoid dehydration. Even if you’ve got all ticks in the what to eat while breastfeeding checklist, the diet is still incomplete without water. Always keep a water bottle with you to remind yourself to drink enough water. You can also drink fresh fruit juices but try to stay away from sugar as it might lead to unnecessary weight gain.

 

 

What are the foods you should stay away from/not eat?

 

1. Alcohol

While in pregnancy the alcohol consumed passes through the placenta to the baby, during breastfeeding the alcohol passed on to the baby is what is in the mother’s blood stream after drinking alcohol. You can now drink in little amounts, but if you are planning on doing so, then pump your milk beforehand or wait till the alcohol content is cleared from your body (wait 2 hours after drinking alcohol to breast feed).

 

2. Caffeine

Be careful about how many cups of coffee you drink. While the amount that passes to the baby is very little, it might still make the little one fussy or might interfere with their sleep cycle. Tiny amount of caffeine is enough to keep your tiny human awake. Still got to be careful with the coffee!

 

3. Fish with high mercury is a BIG no!

Do not consume swordfish, tilefish or king mackerel or any other seafood which is high in mercury. They are not very good for you or the baby. Always exercise caution, while eating seafood. Do not eat any meat that is raw or undercooked.

 

4. Foods that make the baby fussy

In general, you might want to avoid any food that makes the baby fussy. Of course, consumption of a varied diet will introduce him/her to new tastes, but some foods, like the spicy curries or vegetables like cabbage, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts etc can make the baby feel gassy. Some babies might not be affected at all by any of these.

 

5. Any food that gives the baby allergies

The signs of an allergy can be a rash, diarrhoea or wheezing and irritability developed as soon as you finish nursing. There is no need to panic, contact your doctor and they will tell you what to do. However, notice what you ate before feeding which gave the baby an allergy and steer clear of them from the next meal. Some of the common allergens are dairy, wheat, and gassy vegetables.

 

 

There. Now you know what to eat while breastfeeding and what to avoid. All babies are different and there is nothing better than a mother’s instincts to tell you what is good or not good for your baby. Yet sometimes you need to follow a few tips and take some advice from your doctors for your and your baby’s well being. Maybe it is already time to nurse your baby. Happy Motherhood!

 

December 24, 2020 |  read