As parents to be and new parents, much of our focus in preparing for the baby is around setting up the nursery, buying the appropriate car seat and baby gear and learning about birth and after care. It is human nature to not want to focus on the worst case scenario. But it's worth considering: are you equipped with the knowledge to deal with an emergency situation with your child? Life will inevitably bring on bumps and bruises, but are you prepared for the scarier situations that life might throw at you?
Constipation is a common issue that many children experience as they grow. It’s defined as infrequent bowel movements or a difficult passage of stool which may include pain. Starting from birth, the bowel movements of babies are quite different than those of a healthy adult. Within 48 hours of birth, babies will pass meconium -- substances ingested during the time spent in the uterus. Around the first week of birth, babies will normally have a soft bowel movement after each feeding.
A pacifier soother, sucky, soo soo or whatever you chose to call it can be a great tool in the early months and even as your baby gets a little bit older as a comfort item when they go to bed. Some infants are born with an extreme urge to suck, which is likely when you introduced that soother.
Using a soother is a family decision and it does not have to be considered a negative sleep association. It gets tricky when you are needed to re-plug it all night long but there are ways that you can teach your child to be able to do that on their own.
Mealtimes can be the cause of a lot of stress, especially in houses with picky eaters and busy parents. Add in after school activities and mealtime becomes a rushed, whatever you can find in the fridge, meal. This can make it really difficult when you have a child who struggles with trying new foods. Involving your child in the preparation of meal making, including the grocery shopping, can really help your child develop a love for food and could potentially bring out their adventurous side. This is especially true if you are dealing with a picky eater.
Have mealtimes become a dreaded power struggle of pleading and arguing with your child to eat something, anything, just one bite? The challenge is real and although it can cause anxiety for us as parents, it is beneficial for us to take a step back and allow our children to be in control of what they eat.
Flame retardants sound like a good thing, but more and more scientific evidence is finding they can be harmful—especially when it comes to kids.
Scientists have learned that some chemicals applied to furniture and household items to slow down the spread of fire aren’t saving lives and can actually make smoke more toxic. One type of flame retardants, PBDEs, are also linked to lower IQs in babies and disrupt thyroid function.
One of the most common questions I get from parents this time of year is “what do I do to protect my baby from the sun”? First of all it is important to understand that there are many benefits to sun exposure, for both adults and babies. One of the more well-known benefits of the sun is that it helps to increase the levels of Vitamin D in the body. In Canada, due to the angle of the sun, we are only able to produce Vitamin D via our skin from May to October. Twenty minutes of sun exposure is thought to be enough to prevent Vitamin D deficiency.
Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, can occur at any age, even as early as a few weeks after birth. It commonly presents as itchy, red, and flaking skin, which may look like inflamed and oozing areas anywhere on the body, usually at the creases of the elbows, knees, and groin. It can later appear on the face, scalp, and behind the ears.
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