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Baby Food Safety

A child's growth is directly impacted by food intake, hence it is important to ensure baby food safety. These tips on do's and don'ts will help you give the safe and right nutrition to your baby

Babies grow faster than we think; one day they are so tiny and wrapped up in a cozy blanket, and the next thing you see them starting to crawl and play with everything in the house. To match this rapid growth of babies, they need the right food and nutrition. Babies post six months tend to gain appetite; Your breast milk may not be enough. Their physical activities also increase as they grow along with their appetite. Feeding them semi-solid food would be a great idea. 

 

Most new mothers worry about baby food and its safety. Recent research has found that canned baby-food contains traces of heavy metal elements like lead and arsenic. One has to be careful while choosing baby-food. Apart from canned or ready-to-use baby food, several foods are not considered safe for the baby. One must be vigilant while choosing baby-food or preparing them. 

 

If you are a new parent and would want to switch your baby to solid or semi-solid food, here are a few ideas and tips on do’s and don’ts on baby-food.

 

Do’s 

1. Check labels

Every time you are at the supermarket to buy food for the little angel, make sure to read the labels carefully. Labels usually mention everything you need to know about the food, from ingredients to storing to any hazards. Next time you are out shopping for the munchkin, take a few mins to read through the labels and find out what is best for your baby. 

 

2. Home-made food

Relying only on canned and packed food like purees and cereals is not a healthy practice for you and the baby. When you make baby food at home, you have control over what goes into it and whatnot. This way, you can put your mind at ease and feed your baby with no worries. There are several ways to make home-made cereal or puree for the baby. You can even make malt powders of ragi, rice, and oats and keep them handy at home. This way, you can ensure a safe and happy meal for your little one.   

 

3.Cook thoroughly 

Make sure to cook the baby-food thoroughly before feeding it to the baby. Since you are just starting to feed them with semi-solids, it is necessary to ensure that there are no raw or hard-to-swallow parts in the food. Make sure to mash everything and feed them in small, bite-sized quantities. Since your baby is just starting with solids or semi-solids, make sure to keep the taste bland or slightly sweet and warm. Babies are used to breastmilk, and it would take some time for them to adjust to this new alternative with breast milk. Be patient and understand what taste your little one prefers. 

 

4. Feeding time!

Make feeding time a bonding time for you two. Talk and play with your baby when you feed them. But make sure that both of you concentrate on food. If you are feeding a toddler, make sure to sit them down while feeding. Feed in small quantities and sufficiently. Give them time to chew a little and swallow. Allow them to take their time and eat. After a few months, around 9 to 11 months, you can ask them to eat by themselves. Don’t worry about the mess or time. Let them enjoy and savor the food. 

 

Don’ts

1. Canned food 

As discussed above, do not entirely rely on canned and store-bought baby food. About 3 to 5 months into feeding them baby-foods, you can give them regular home-cooked food. But make sure to soften or mash them before feeding them. When you feed your baby, make sure to take in small quantities to avoid any food waste. Avoid refrigerating half-eaten baby-foods and feeding then straight from cans. The mouth-to-can procedure fosters an environment for bacteria to thrive. Take how much is required in a separate bowl or plate and feed your munchkin. 

 

2. Uncooked food and meat

Avoid any food that is uncooked or undercooked. Be it vegetable, fruits, eggs, or meats. Make sure to cook them thoroughly and feed your baby. Instead of feeding your baby raw vegetables like carrot or beets, cook and cut them into finger food sizes. Cut up meat in bite-sized quantities and feed your baby and make sure that the meat is cooked. By cooking the food, you kill germs present in the food. 

 

3. Food that are choking Hazard

Avoid feeding food that is high choking hazards for toddlers like grapes, chocolates, gummy bears, pop-corns, or dry cereal flakes. Keep food like these away from their reach and sight. Even the unexpected food like jellies and peanut-butter are choking hazards. Make sure to cut up fruits and vegetables into small pieces and cook fruits like apple and pear and feed them. This way, it is easier for them to swallow as well as digest the food.

 

4. Feeding only certain food

Avoid feeding your baby only certain foods that they like. Avoid making the same type of food each day. Change their food now and then. Just because they prefer a certain food or taste, does not mean you have to give them the same. It might lead to nutrition deficiency and picky eating. Make your baby’s food colorful and tasty

 

These are just a few Do’s and Don’ts of what to feed the little sweetheart. Take your parent’s help in making their food and feeding them. After a while, you would be able to figure out what to feed and what not to feed.

December 21, 2020 |  read

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Beverage Feeding Guidelines for the Baby

Don't know which beverage to introduce to your baby at each stage? Don't worry, let us break it down for you: What to give your baby to drink and when.

Every day with your newborn is a heart-warming experience, but along the way, there will also be many firsts. Even with all the books you started reading since before you were pregnant and all the advice you have received from every other person out there, there might still be some things which are new for you. But we have got your back.  In this article, we will tell you about the baby beverages that can be introduced at various stages and the reasons behind it.

 

Only Breast Milk Till 6 Months

All of your baby’s nutritional needs are fulfilled by breastmilk up until the age of 6 months. Even if you are living in places with high temperature, do not feed your baby any water. If you feel he/she might be thirsty, you can breastfeed them instead as your milk is about 80% water, especially the milk that comes out first during every feed. Giving water to babies under 6 months might put them at risk for diarrhoea and other infections (if the water isn’t clean enough). If your little human’s tiny stomach is filled up with water, they might not drink enough breastmilk, which might lead to malnutrition.

 

If you can’t breastfeed due to medical reasons, then of course, baby beverages like instant formula and the water in it is enough for their hydration.
 

What About Water?

Water can slowly be introduced after the age of 6 months. Babies between the age of 6-12 months only need 2 – 4 ounces (59 to 118 ml) of water a day, along with breast milk. Water is very essential for your baby’s good health as they start growing up. According to research, they require more water than adults as they are growing up quickly and have higher metabolic rates. It is also necessary to regulate the baby’s body temperature and ensure good functioning of all the organs. Mommies, introduce your babies to sippy cups filled with water!

 

By the time your baby is one year old, their breastmilk intake relatively decreases. At this stage, you can let them drink approximately 8 ounces (237 ml) of water per day. As they grow older, you can also increase the amount of water. When they are two years old, you can give them 2 eight-ounce cups of water and 3 when they are aged three and so on up to the age of 8. Once you introduce a solid breakfast, lunch and dinner routine with your toddler, you can let them drink small amounts of water after every meal and even after snacking.

 

In a toddler’s world, everything is colourful and fun and just plain water may seem boring to them. What can you do if they refuse to drink it? As he/she gets adjusted to drinking water, you can make the experience more fun by pairing it with fresh fruits and herbs. These, while giving water extra taste, will also fulfil some of the baby’s nutritional needs without adding any extra sugar calories. As they grow up, you can also let them choose pairings they like the best.

 

Some of the best ingredients to infuse in water are pineapple, mint, tulasi, cucumber, watermelon, berries, orange or lemon. You can try a combination of these ingredients too. For example, mint and pineapple or watermelon and lemon.

 

When to Transition to Cow’s Milk?

If there is no history of cow’s milk allergy in your family, then experts say that you can start giving very small amounts of milk to your baby after they turn 11 months old, just to familiarize them with the taste. After they turn a year older, you can start giving them milk in limited quantities. You can give them a minimum of 8-10 ounces of whole milk every day (if you have weaned them off breastmilk) but the total intake should not be more than 24 ounces (approx. 700 ml). Kids under the age of 2 shouldn’t drink reduced fat milk and should only drink whole milk. Also ensure that you are not giving your kid flavoured milk, but just plain milk.

 

Milk contains calcium, phosphorus, protein, magnesium and many other nutrients which are essential for the baby’s development as well as good bone strength. Experts say that cow’s milk is the best choice for your baby when compared with other plant-based milks like almond milk. The nutritional values of plant based milks aren’t as rich as cow’s milk and might vary with each product.

 

All the Other Beverages

100% fruit juices can be given to your little one between the age of 1-6 years in small quantities, 120-180 ml, to be precise. You can also introduce them to coconut water by the age of 2 as it is healthier than other sweetened beverages. Avoid sweetened beverages like sodas, coffee and energy drinks up to age of 12 years as they might have adverse effects on the kid’s health. Smoothies can be introduced as soon as they can start sipping from a straw or sippy cup, which could be as early as 9 months.

 

 

A child’s nutrition is very important and hence, it is advised to have a conversation with your paediatrician before you introduce new baby beverages to him/her. As your little darling grows up, you can alter the beverages to their preferences keeping in mind these guidelines.

December 23, 2020 |  read

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Tips on Parenting from Mothers

With advice flowing all around you, especially when you are new to parenthood, it can get quite confusing. Here are tips on parenting from mothers to let you know what to focus on.

We have often heard that parenting is not easy and involves fighting constant battles. But is it worth the battles? Of course, it is. Your kids would be all the reward that you would need. However, some advice from the experienced, can help you understand and prepare better.

 

Here, we have compiled a list of tips on parenting from mothers that’d help you navigate through the growing years of your child.

 

1. Let your little one discover the world

By this, we mean that we give them the freedom that they need. As a mother or a parent, it is understandable that you would always be worried. But ask yourself a question: if you do not let them wander around or are constantly worrying, will they grow? Growing up means getting out of the safe cocoon, which is what your child ought to do, as well. Of course, an amount of regulation is necessary but don’t worry too much. Let them learn by making mistakes.

 

2. Be a role model for your child

We, as humans have this inherent habit of imitating what our role models do. For your little one, you would be their role model. Therefore, be the person you want your child to be. Love them unconditionally, for they would do the same. Read to them, show them what is right and what is wrong and inculcate positive behaviour among them.

 

Loving your child, on the other hand, does not mean giving them whatever they want. That would simply indulge them. Leniency and indulging them in too many materialistic things would not be healthy. One of the best tips of parenting by mothers is that loving them means listening to your kids and understanding them, above all.  

 

3. Firm and positive parenting

A firm behaviour with your child does not mean taking punitive measures whenever they are wrong. If your little one has made a mistake, which they will (at some point), show them why it is wrong and make them understand why they should refrain from repeating such behaviour. Having such a positive attitude towards their growth will inculcate compassion among them and they would grow up to reflect the same.

 

Have little traditions of your own like singing a silly song while you are bathing them, a family picnic every weekend in the park, dramatic display of the characters in your baby’s books by your partner and you, to name a few.

 

4. Praise them on their good behaviour

Think of it this way: how do you feel about a boss who would constantly pick on you as against a boss who praises you for the tiniest work you did well? Exactly.

Your little one would love it if you noticed their positive behaviour and praised them. They would realize you are noticing them, and your encouragement would lead them to be better. Be generous with your rewards; which need not be materialistic. A simple hug or your love would do wonders.

 

5. Discipline and consistency

Discipline is a necessary element for kids to grow up. It helps them to understand acceptable behaviour and learn self-control.

If you outline what they ought to do or how they must behave, make sure that they know the consequences of bad behavior. This does not mean you ought to be harsh. You can very well specify that they cannot watch their favourite cartoon unless they finish their meals and homework. But do make sure that you are consistent with your words. If you are not, they would understand that you are being too lenient and would never take you seriously.

 

5. Have your own quality time with them

It is important to play with your children or read to them. Let them choose the game and let them win, now and then. What is important for you is to have fun with them.

You children would love your voice. That’s what soothes them. So, read to them or sing them a lullaby. Let them know that they are important. It is important to make them feel loved. Don’t let anything intrude your time with your kids.

 

6. Be ready for sick days

This is probably one of the most important rules of parenting: stock up on the essential supplies of medicines and other materials. This will prevent you from running errands now and then or realizing at the last minute that you do not have something important.

 

7. Finally, find your tribe

 

Your little angel is important but so are you, to yourself. Do not be too hard on yourself. Remember to let it out, now and then. Take turns with your partner to be with your kids while you go out with your friends. Plan for that date night with your partner that you have been postponing. If not anything, take just time off to watch your favourite movie or make yourself a perfect bath and a meal.

 

Kids are a reflection of their parents and the way they grow up. They learn from their surroundings. This is why no one ever said parenthood is easy. It is constant hard work but very rewarding. We hope that these few tips on parenting from mothers and their experiences would give you a head-start and give you a little insight into the experiences of other parents.

 

December 24, 2020 |  read

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Baby’s Social and Emotional Development (0 to 12 months)

Here is a complete guide to your baby's social and emotional development. Keep a track of your baby's development by looking for milestones every month in their first year.

An infant’s development during the first few months is extraordinary. With rapid developments, both physically and mentally, the child starts becoming a social being. While this is an exciting period for the new parents, you may feel a bit apprehensive. Here are the answers to some questions that you may have. Keep a track of your child’s social and emotional development by looking for the subsequent milestones in their first year. 

 

0 - 2 Months

By the first two months, the child’s observation skills have developed and they try to look at their caretakers. This is also the period when they start to smile at the ones around them. To support the baby to remember and recognise you, the caretakers can hold the child close to their face and make eye contact. The child also turns towards familiar voices and sounds around him or her.

 

By the second month, babies start to develop a ‘social smile’ which is the way they start to engage with others. They start making small sounds with their gurgling and cooing and begin to draw people in by keeping eye contact, moving their arms, and smiling.  She or he also learns to soothe themselves, by the end of this period, by sucking on their thumb. Physical, skin-to-skin contact is important during this time and parents should engage in softly touching the child and establishing this. This warmth will also keep the child comforted and at ease. 

 

3 - 4 Months

There is more social and emotional connection that the child exhibits with the people around him or her. They start mouthing the vowel sounds and can be seen smiling frequently. They start to recognise familiar faces and objects, even from a distance, in their third month. Facial expressions now consistently reflect anger, joy, interest, fear, disgust, or surprise. They may even try to copy your facial expressions and movements to initiate communication. They are much more welcome to people playing with them and enjoy this. In fact, the child can get upset when this playtime gets over.

 

Parents can encourage their child’s social and emotional development by being an active member of this. You can try looking and pointing at things to increase the child’s interest and curiosity. You can also smile at your baby when you pick him or her up and talk in a soft-spoken voice to make them feel comfortable in such interactions.

 

5 - 6 Months

The child shows much developed social and emotional stages at this period. By the end of 6 months, they will be able to say consonant and vowel sounds. They enjoy playing with their caretakers and exhibit emotions like crying or whining when they are sad or angry or squealing when they are happy. They have learnt to identify and recognise faces by now and can differentiate between familiar ones and strangers. They also love to look at themselves in the mirror and identify themselves. They tend to respond when people call them by their name. Parents can look for toys which have mirrors attached to them, to help the child look at their movements and understand themselves better.

 

This is the period when parents should start initiating the child into the social environment physically as well. Play games with them that involve body movements like peek-a-boo. You can also help the child understand what is going on around them by talking to them about this in a soothing, sweet tone. 

 

7 - 9 Months

By the seventh month, the child has already grasped emotions and what they mean. They can recognise it from your voice if you are happy or angry with them and they start responding to your facial expressions as well. They are now able to put together strings of consonants together while babbling. They can understand the word “no” and grasp its meaning.

 

They start to cling on to the adults that they are familiar with and might show fear to interact with strangers as well. They do not like parting with toys that are their favourite. To help the child in their social and emotional development, you can let them lead you in your interactions with her, like playtime, and go with their actions.

 

10 - 12 months

Your baby is now much more of a social being. By the tenth month, they can shake their head to say “no” and wave their hand to say “bye”. Soon, they will start picking up words like “mama” or “dada” and even inflections like “uh-oh”. They start to understand instructions that are told to them like “Don’t sit” and may respond to these. By the eleventh month, your child will be seen copying your behaviours as well. This means that the parents should be conscious of the way they carry themselves and talk to each other during this period.

 

By the time they are 12 months old, they can produce simple words like “hi”. They can also recognise objects and even use them correctly. By the end of this period, your baby has grown into a toddler with basic social and emotional competence.

 

 

The first few months are a really important period in establishing their social and emotional connection with their parents and other loved ones around. Remember to keep these milestones in mind and support the child in his or her development. However, do keep in mind that these are average timeframes. In case your child doesn’t reach a milestone, remember to give him or her some time and take them to a pediatrician only upon a considerable delay. Above all, remember that every child is unique and so are their patterns of growth

December 21, 2020 |  read

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Milestones Your Baby Reaches in a Year : Month 7 to Month 12

Babies from 7-12 months of age are growing quickly. Here is how you can monitor their physical, cognitive, emotional, and language development at different stages.

6 Months have gone by, in the blink of an eye! Your little sunshine doesn’t just want to stay in the safety of your arms anymore. S/he is busy living an adventure, every second throughout the day.

 

Here are a few things you can expect in these months to come:

 

Month 7th:

Your baby is now, officially a crawler and trying to explore the entire house on all fours! It is a proud moment to see them being able to sit upright and grab for the toys or objects they want to. You will notice that he/she is able to bear more weight on the legs and can hold on to almost stand, with your support. A seven months old eyesight allows him/her to see across the room.

 

Among the developed cognitive skills, they respond better to their names and recognize familiar faces. They can sway you away with their cute babbles but keep in mind that every baby is different when it comes to communicating. Hence, it is important to let them grow at their own pace.

 

The average weight in this age is usually 18 pounds for boys and 16 pounds for girls with heights of 27 inches and 26 inches respectively.

 

Month 8th:

Does your ball of cuteness refuse to go into the arms of strangers? Don’t worry. S/he is in her/his anti-social phase now and will eventually socialize. They may be going through separation anxiety, which is them knowing who you are and refusing to be away from you. That’s affection and while you definitely can be busy at times, make sure something like a security blanket or a special toy is there to fill your absence.

 

They can now even scoot backwards and make specific sound tied to a particular emotion. You can introduce them to music at this age to calm them down. Keep reading to them which will eventually lead them to speak.

 

Typically, a baby is 17.5 pounds to 19 pounds and 27 to 27.8 inches at this age.

 

Month 9th:

By now, your little Mr/Ms. Intelligent understands object permanence which is the existence of something even when it is not visible. Their pincer grip, that is, holding an object between thumb and forefinger develops which means improved dexterity.

 

They can point towards something they want and that’s quite an adventure. You would be proud to see them being able to stand upright with support and starting to cruise which is walking with the help of furniture. But they are still mastering their balancing skills and need a lot of attention.

 

It is also the perfect time to tap into their creativity by providing them with musical toys and even art supplies as they make a constant use of their hands for everything.

 

The average weight is 18.1 pounds to 19.6 pounds and height is 27.6 inches to 28.3 inches for girls and boys respectively.

 

Month 10th:

By now, your little star is pretty busy doing things like putting an object in the container and taking it out, feeding themselves finger food, shaking their head etc. They can feel and understand the difference in objects, and this is when you make them learn different shapes and sizes. They know what they are doing and are always curious and playful. You would be proud of their newfound skills and burgeoning independence.

 

With growth, their appetite starts declining. It is time to start with a proper balanced meal which includes protein, carbs and healthy fats as well as fruits and veggies.

 

Your baby at this age can be between 18.7-20.2 pounds in weight and 28.1-28.9 inches in height.

 

Month 11th:

Already tearing up at the occasional ‘mama’ and ‘dada’? You would be prouder of tiny perfectionist’s better crawls and cruises or reaching out for objects. They even understand your instructions like not to touch something but will be more prone to mischief like not listening to you or shredding anything that they can. This is a good time to teach them the differences in right and wrong. On the brighter side, they sleep well now.

 

Typically, the average weight is 19.2 to 20.8 pounds and height is 28.7 to 29.3 inches for girls and boys respectively.

 

Month 12th:

A year already, phew! You have come a long way. You are officially the parent of a toddler now. Your little star can now stand without support and may even take a step or two. They will be exploring different objects by banging, dropping or throwing them, can comprehend your basic questions and even speak simple words such as hi, no etc. Their vision has improved to that of a normal adult and they can imitate gestures or reach out to something they want. With the first tooth, you will now have to take care of their dental hygiene. Your little baby may stumble a lot, but it is all a part of growing up.

 

The cutie, by now will have tripled his/her birthweight, and will be 28-32 inches tall.

 

 

All of the facts kept aside, it is important to remember that every baby is different and therefore, will grow at their own pace. There is nothing to worry about if your baby is doing something earlier than they were supposed to or hasn’t gotten there quite yet.

However, be sure to watch out for red flags and keep your pediatrician on the loop.

December 21, 2020 |  read

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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.

 

Click here for more details on homeopathic treatment.

December 24, 2020 |  read

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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

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First Aid for Babies

It's scary for any parent to see their baby get hurt. Which is why it is best to always be prepared. Keep a first aid kit ready for your baby. Here's what you need!

When children of any age flock together they are bound to leap, bounce and play around which may lead to a fall and then an outburst of tears. It is always good to know a few tips on first aid for babies in the back of your head.

 

Just as you are a parent today, you are also a chef, teacher, manager, or any other professional job holder. Life is a race to balance the two - family and career. In this race, there are sure to be a few bumps on the road (or on the head). And none of that proves that you are bad at your job being a parent or a professional. It is simply another learning opportunity.

 

Especially when it comes to newborn babies, every day is a learning, head-turner situation. Nobody is 100% perfect in the picture of childcare. We all need the right amount of support and care system to help us through the journey.

 

Children fall, react and cry for so many reasons beyond our imagination. Let's prepare for a few common things that we see around us. Prep a small kit for first aid for babies.

 

 

Baby emergencies

From the tiniest crawling insect on the floor to the big screen, everything is very intriguing for your baby. To be honest, they want to taste and smell everything. No kidding, we have seen children lick television screens and mirrors just like how they lick their mother's cheeks. Their element of exploration also goes into their mouths if we are not careful.

 

In case your baby has not swallowed sharp or large objects, you can hold and watch your baby's food processing manner. If she is choking, vomiting or drooling excessively you should probably take her to the hospital immediately. If you think your baby has swallowed something or is choking, slap it out. Lay the baby facing down on your thighs, while supporting the head, and give a few taps on the baby's back near the shoulder blade area. These objects are dangerous and can block her food and air passage. Avoid blindly sweeping the baby’s mouth as it may push objects further down and sometimes into the windpipe.

 

Babies also have a keen interest to put things in their ears and nose. If you see any kinds of discomfort portrayed by your child, contact your doctor or rush to your nearby hospital to seek help.

 

Sure enough, you would have heard the numerous "the baby locked me out" horror/comedy stories. These parents are now gymnasts- specialized in climbing windows, A/c vents and lock pickers. It is always best to baby proof your home and vehicles before the baby arrives. Consider replacing the locks of your bedrooms which can be accessed from both sides, are at a height of at least 4 feet, or have a spare with your neighbour or friend. 

 

Burns, Bites, and Bruises

We can't possibly watch our children like hawks. We do tend to turn around and pay attention to things like the kitchen or work. For some reasons, stories tell us that these are the exact moments when babies run off to jam their fingers within a door hinge.

 

There will be bees and all the other flying insects out there to bite your baby, especially in India. All kinds of animals are not as exciting on the screen as they are in real life. Animals and insect bites are seen very often on babies, therefore it’s better to speak to your pediatrician and keep the appropriate creams ready at home for precaution. At this age, babies have a tendency to touch everything around them – so it’s very important to be watchful and take the right safety measures. 

 

Before you panic in front of a crying baby, take a look at the wounds in cases of bites. Clean and press down on the wound with a cloth or gauze until the bleeding stops. Clean around the area to avoid any dirt, avoid applying home remedies like coffee, honey or toothpaste on the wound. After the bleeding stops, look out for any infection and report the same to the doctors. Always consult your pediatrician before applying anything to the wound. 

 

In the case of burns and jammed fingers, use a cold pack treatment, or keep the hand under flowing tap water for at least 3-5 minutes. Let it sit for a few minutes until it reduces the pain. We urge you to consult a doctor for the right treatment.

 

Baby emergency – Help!

First-time parents have numerous emergency numbers varying from their neighbours, their parents, partners and even the police. No kidding, a wounded crying baby is our cue to panic. Especially when these little ones cannot explain their pain.

 

First aid for babies also means getting aid from someone in the case of emergency. So when to call your Doctor/Emergency Room/Hospital?

 

  • If you think your baby is choking and the item is not coming out- then definitely rush to the hospital
  • Vomiting due to a head injury
  • Deep cuts or burns
  • Change of colour in the skin or lips to grey, purple or blue

 

The truth is, we have to accept the fact that babies are bound to get injured and bruised all the time.  We know it breaks your heart to watch them cry or the crying shouldn't scare you away. Babies have strong systems within their body that can help them to develop and heal from wounds. It takes time and lots of patience. At the end of the day, know that the little one will be okay and know that you are an amazing parent. Always keep your pediatrician on speed dial and be prudent to make the call when you sense something is wrong.

 

December 22, 2020 |  read

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