Beginning dental care early is important for your child’s health and to keep teeth healthy for a lifetime. Healthy baby teeth help children eat and speak clearly. Passing on good oral habits to your child is one of the most important health lessons you can teach them. This means helping him or her brush twice a day, showing the proper way to floss, limiting between-meal snacks and seeing your dentist regularly. Continue reading “Toothbrush review and Dental hygiene in toddlers.”→
Many parents of newborns ask me if ‘Grip water’ should be given to new born babies, as it is usually recommended by family and friends. WHO recommends exclusive breast feeding to babies till the age of 6 months. The beliefs and customs of people have a greater impact on the child rearing practices pushing the aforementioned guidelines to the back seat. One such irrational practice is the use of gripe water for infants on a routine basis and for colic. Anything (including gripe water) other than breast milk administered to a baby during the first six months may increase the risk of introducing bacteria, causing allergies and irritating the baby’s intestines. Gripe water just like any other prelacteal given soon after birth may cause delay in establishment of breastfeeding and reduce breast milk supply. Continue reading “Gripe Water: Ingredients & side effects”→
Lactogenesis is the onset of milk secretion and includes all of the changes in the mammary epithelium (breast glands) necessary to go from the undifferentiated (not developed) mammary gland in early pregnancy to full lactation sometime after delivery.
Water has many important roles in the body. It helps transport nutrients, maintains blood volume, regulated body temperature and removes waste products. It is very important for children to drink enough fluid so their body can function properly and they can feel their best. Continue reading “Age wise Fluid/water requirement in children”→
Growth charts are an important tool for monitoring the growth of children. Growth Monitoring is a screening tool to diagnose nutritional, chronic, systemic and endocrine disease at an early stage. Record of measurements is usually taken during your routine child visits to your pediatrician for vaccination or during sickness. Since the visit to your doctor may be sometimes hurried, it is better that you, yourself have a better understanding of the growth and development of your baby by plotting your own graphs. Continue reading “Understanding and plotting growth charts of newborns and children”→
Ultrasonography is a very important tool in pregnancy to check the baby’s growth, development, position and movements. It also gives parents the first glimpse of their baby. It is very important that you understand the terminologies and other factors in the scan by which your pregnancy will be followed up for 9 months. The doctor will also give you an ultrasound report with a printout of your baby’s images. 3D and 4D color scans are becoming very popular because they offer a more life-like image of your baby.
Diarrhoea remains one of the most common causes of morbidity and mortality in children worldwide. Almost every child will experience diarrhea at some point and the potential for dehydration is great, hence any form of loose stools should not be taken lightly. In this article I have noted down basic points which can help in preventing diarrhea and managing mild form of dehydration at home Continue reading “Managing Diarrhoea and Dehydration in children at home”→
A new baby is completely dependent on loved ones and they need lots of care and attention. You are responsible for their welfare and this means trying, as much as possible, to prevent your baby from acquiring infections. Hygiene and cleanliness are very important for a young baby. As babies can’t wash themselves, it is vital that you, as the parent, have good hygiene practices in place. These practices are important in terms of protecting against viral flu and other illnesses, but also to protect against the all too common gastro bugs which can make a young baby very ill and at risk of dehydration. One of the most effective ways of preventing infection and safe guarding your baby is good hand hygiene and basic hand-washing. Continue reading “Basic Hand washing: A very important step, which we tend to over look in baby care”→