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A baby’s food is a mother’s prime concern.  A variety of nourishing foods are available. However babies’ eating preferences are very sensitive. A darker side of this is food allergy.

It has been noted that 1 in 12 children face an allergy due to food. It is paramount for every mother to know how a particular food affects their baby. This becomes all the more important to new mothers who don’t have elders to advice.

So what is a food allergy all about?

1- Food Allergy

An allergy is a reaction mechanism developed by the immune system to deal with any new substance detected in the blood stream. As a result the human body produces antibodies to flush out the foreign element. While this battle rages inside the body a few symptoms are bound to show outwardly. These can consists of fever, body aches, rashes, and skin infection. The intensity of these symptoms varies.

Food allergies can badly hit baby health. Since babies have sensitive digestive system and their immunity is not well developed skin allergy is a potent health hazard for them

2- Symptoms

The commonest symptoms of an allergy are as under:

runny nose, sneezing, wheezing Swelling in eyes, tongue, or lips Irregular, difficult, noisy breathing or a tightened throat itchy skin rashes, swelling, hives Persistent pain in abdomen or diarrhea Vomiting, Infantile colic, blood in the stool Poor growth.

3- Do you suspect an allergic reaction?

If your toddler exhibits any of the symptoms enumerated above be quick to call 911. If you have access to any other emergency line, use it.

Check for consistency in the effect of the food administered daily. If you suspect a pattern in symptoms that show up after taking certain foods consult the pediatrician. Sometimes the cause of these symptoms is not  any food allergy but food intolerance a similar but entirely different problem

4-The diagnosis

The best practice when you observe your baby developing the aforementioned symptoms is to consult the doctor immediately. Based on your inputs the doctor will suggest a future plan. He may suggest an allergist for specialized and immediate treatment. A number of tests are done to confirm the particular food allergy.

A skin test is the basic test preferred for its simplicity. A miniscule amount of extracts adduced from the suspected food is introduced into the skin via a tiny needle. Usually this test is done on forearm of the child. If the allergy exists the punctured skin will respond immediately with wheals. Wheals are reddish spots that populate the skin. The effects of the test can be seen in 15 minutes. The allergist can suggest more tests for confirmation. The RAST are a category of blood tests which are performed to confirm the presence of IgE antibodies which arise in response to a particular food. RAST stands for radio allegro sorbent tests and measures the IgE concentrations of the blood. Every food has a set limit for a particular antibody. When the limits are crossed the allergy to the food is confirmed. The positive results in the skin test and the RAST confirm the presence of allergy in the blood and further tests are seldom sought. Sometimes the allergist may get ambiguous results from the tests. He may then resort to the food challenge. This is a very sensitive test and can be performed only by expert technicians in a fully functional and equipped laboratory.

You must talk to your doctor immediately and know whether your child has any symptoms of food allergy. Remember, it is very easy for a parent to misinterpret the signs and symptoms of food allergies. So being aware is the only option available with you.

5- What to do after the allergy is confirmed

Once you have consulted the specialist and got the medical opinion it’s time to prepare you for any such future attacks.

Ask the doctor to prepare a line of action if the problem resurfaces. This basically consists of detailed instructions about dealing with a similar situation. These days a doctor usually suggests an auto-injector to administer epinephrine. These are handy devices to administer epinephrine automatically to arrest any allergy. A food diary may be the next thing which can be used to identify what particular food is causing the reaction.

Remember that you have to be extremely careful with food allergies. Once they have been confirmed, just start being very cautious in what food your baby eats.

6- Taking care of the baby

Taking care of a baby with an allergy requires minute attention to the doctor’s instructions. There are other steps that need to be taken so that the baby has a speedy recovery.

The preferred action plan is to avoid the particular food suspected completely. This may be difficult since it may sometimes impact the food habits of the family. However this is the key to an effective recovery plan. If you rely on relatives, babysitters, or daycare workers it is very important that they be made aware of the situation. Explain the doctor’s advice to them in plain words. How to check which food contains what and the action plan if a symptom is detected. Antihistamines are believed to be the general treatment of allergies. So these must be carried always. But seek very specific advice from the doctor if they can be used with the baby. A baby must be administered the best diet which supports its growing needs. However if the baby has been barred from specific foods the nutrition may not be amply conveyed. This is a serious issue with infants allergic to milk. Fortunately, special substitutes for milk exist today. Check out similar solutions with your allergist that specifically applies to your baby. 7-Can the food allergy be prevented or delayed?

It is a question that would exclusively concern new mothers. If their baby has had an allergy they will surely want to prevent the problem in future, as the baby grows.

Breastfeeding is suggested by most experts for the first 4 initial months of childbirth to gain resistance against eczema and milk allergy. A lot of experts believe, provides protection from allergies. This is especially important if you know of that it’s a genetic problem that recurs within the family. The protein content of Breast milk is much lesser than say soy formulae and cow milk. Moreover its chemistry is quite similar to infants own body. Some babies are hyper-allergic and exhibit reaction even if the breastfeeding mother is eating those foods. In such cases it is advised that the mother desist from those particular foods. Introducing new foods to the baby is a topic that only the doctor can handle. Ask the doctor about the best ways to do so. Fee the new food with intervals of days. This will improve tolerance. Moreover it may provide hints as what particular foods the baby is reacting to. Please don’t forget to take the baby to the doctor as it grows. Allergy tests may have to be repeatedly tested for the impact medication and preventive measures have had. Regular visits are also important to check if the baby is developing any similar allergies caused by other foods. Ultimately the baby can outgrow the particular reaction and grow into a healthy child. The prohibited foods can now be reintroduced to support the body growth. At that point, you may be referred to a gastroenterologist to pinpoint the cause of the intolerance or to investigate other explanations for your baby’s symptoms.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has suggested that delaying certain types of foods has basis in genetics. It is believed that it works because possibly the parents had similar problems in childhood. Delaying the food introduction could allow the body to outgrow those tendencies.

The AAP in January 2008 published a report and confirmed that its previous stand on delaying certain foods is not supported by clinical evidence.

8-Outgrowing food allergies

Evidence suggests that a number of food allergies can be outgrown. Peanut allergy is known to be outgrown in about 20 percent of the children suffering with the problem as infants.

The allergy to wheat and soy are overcome by the time the child is ready to join a school. Similarly it takes 8 to 10 years to outgrow allergies due to egg and milk.

However allergies caused by tree nuts, peanuts, shellfish and fish may take a lifelong to be subdued.

9-Avoiding food allergies

Here are some tips against allergies suggested by the American Academy of Pediatrics:

Don’t introduce solid food until the child is 4-6 months old. Introduce a single food and then wait for at least 4 days and then use another food. Watch for the specific reaction to each food and if any occur consult the doctor. If a parent or a sibling of the baby has shown sensitivity to a particular food the baby is susceptible to the particular food allergy. Mention this information when consulting the pediatrician


This is a phenomenon wherein the allergy is induced in an individual due to a particular group or category of food. These foods are related chemically or some common ingredient is common to them. As an example, consider allergy induced by shrimp. Then there is a possibility that the person will exhibit similar reaction to related food like crab and lobster.

Common foods responsible for allergies

Dairy products such as Cow milk Tree nuts like pecans, walnuts etc. Berries and Citrus fruits Soy, Wheat, Peanuts Eggs, shellfish and fish 11-What is the treatment for food allergies? Extensive research has revealed that there is no direct cure for food allergies. The only solution to allergy seems to be a plan for preventing the reaction and continued supervision of the baby’s health. Much work has been done in the field of desensitization wherein certain drugs can be used to subdue the symptoms. There should be a constant correspondence with the pediatricians and the dietary experts to decide the best diet for the baby. This has to continue into later years so that the baby’s development is not hindered.

12-Genetics and Allergies

It has been suggested by studies that the baby is prone to food allergy if the siblings have had similar problems. Moreover if the symptoms existed in parents then the baby may also show sensitivity to specific foods. The chances of getting food allergies from parents vary from 50 to 75 percent.

13-Food intolerance- different but similar

Food intolerance is different from food allergy in a very fundamental way. Allergy occurs in response to allergens and the signature effect is the production of antibodies with a variety of resulting symptoms.  In the case of food intolerance there is no production of the antibodies.

The symptoms of food intolerance resemble those produced by the food allergies. However they are milder. The real reason for food intolerances is the inability of the body to digest particular food due to its chemical structure or due to the preservatives and additives added to these foods. Lactose intolerance is the commonest form of the malady among babies. This is caused when people lack a particular enzyme needed to process cow milk and similar dairy products.

American Academy of Pediatrics believes that food intolerance disappear or is subdued by the age of 5 years.

14-Symptoms of Food intolerance

Skin rashes, Eczema, hives Sudden congestion  of the nose Eyes become red or puffy or encircled by dark circles Diarrhea, bloating, excessive gas

15-Becoming aware

If your child is suffering from food allergy educate yourself about it.

Do your researches on the internet, read books, talk to people who have faced similar problems and if necessary consult an expert. Try to ascertain the ingredients with the help of food labels. If you are unsure consult the vendor or a dietician. Seek help from organizations like Food Allergy Network and try to build a network of such resources.

In the end, we would recommend you to be alert and try to learn as much as you can about food allergy for this is essential for yours baby’s health.


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Feeding your baby will become the most essential job that you have to perform as a mother. During pregnancy, you will mostly be concerned about personal nutrition only. However, after childbirth, you will have to take care of two people. Today, we will be discussing some common things that you should keep in mind while feeding your baby. This would ensure proper nutrition to the baby and would also help you in regaining your vitality and vigor.

What could be a perfect baby-feeding schedule?

Every baby is different and can have a different appetite as well. However, most of the parents are looking for rules of thumb when it comes to baby feeding schedule. Your first need to understand that there can be no fixed rules about a child’s diet. One size does not fit them all. There are babies that want finger food and cereal at an average time while others may want it sooner or faster. So keep a close check on your baby’s development and you will be able to find the right schedule for him. Here are some rules that can fit your child. Customize them according to your child.


A newborn will need breastfeeding about 8 to 12 times in a day. This is essential to supply them nutrients. As your baby starts to grow and gain weight, you can feed him only 8 times a day. However, during his growth spurt, the baby may need more feedings. Here is a small guideline on the frequency of feeding according to the age of your baby.

Newborn babies- 8 to 12 times in a day Aged 3 to 4 months- 7 to 8 times in a day Aged 5 to 6 months- 5 to 7 times in a day Aged 7 to 12 months- 4 to 6 times in a day More than 12 months- 3 to 4 times in a day

As per the American Academy of Pediatrics, you should be breastfeeding your child for as long as it is comfortable for you. You should ideally breastfeed for a year. However, if you have to stop breastfeeding before 12 months, then you should definitely provide your child with an iron fortified formula.

Baby formula

Baby formula can be safely fed to a child right from his first month. About 3 to 4 ounces of baby formula can be given in every feeding when the kid is one month old. As the baby grows up, you can increase the quantity of baby food by 1 ounce. Keep doing this month by month, unless it reaches 8 ounces. Never give more than 8 ounces of baby formula to your child at a time. Moreover, you can also experiment a little with the quantity. The most favorable quantity of baby formula for most babies is 4 to 6 ounces per feeding. If you do not follow this guideline, then there is another rule to stand by. You can feed about 2 ½ ounces of baby formulation to your child for each pound of his weight. That means that a 12-pound baby will eat close to 30 ounces of baby formula per day.

However, before you find the right quantity and frequency of feeding baby formula, check out some statistics about an average baby’s baby formula consumption:

A 6 month old baby can easily consumes about 4 to 6 ounces of formula A 9 month old baby can consume between 3 to 5 bottles of formula A 12 month old baby can consume 3 to 4 bottles of formula Once a baby is more than 12 months of age, he can consume 3 to 4 bottles of toddler formula or the same quantity of whole milk.

Baby food and cereals

Most mothers are confused about the right time when they should start feeding their child baby food and cereals. They often wonder whether cereals should be started first or vegetables and fruits. An average baby can easily start having cereals and baby food when he is 4 to 6 months old. You will have to check if your baby is ready for such food or not.

When you are feeding your child cereal, make sure that it gets a good consistency. Your baby would not like food with too many lumps. In order to do this, mix at least 4 teaspoons or breast milk with 1-teaspoon baby cereal. Mix with well together. Once your baby starts eating it, you can go on reducing the amount of liquid in the mix. In the beginning, you should start with only 1 or 2 teaspoons of cereal. However, you can keep increasing the quantity to 3 to 4 teaspoons a day. Do not feed the child cereal more than twice a day.

Before buying cereal for your child, consult your doctor. The cereal should always be iron fortified and made of rice. This is the healthiest first food for your baby. Let your baby get accustomed to this rice cereal for some weeks and months. When he starts feeling okay with this kind of cereal, you can go ahead and mix oatmeal, wheat, barley and other mixed cereal to your kid. However, do not let your baby eat cereal for too long. If he is already eating 3 to 4 teaspoons of cereal a day, you should start feeding him vegetables as well.

Most people believe that fruits should be fed to the babies before vegetables. However, feeding your child with vegetables is always better. This is because children often love the sweet taste of fruits and then they dislike the bland taste of vegetables. You should be getting peas, green beans and other such mild vegetables in the diet of your kids. Just like cereal, you should also be using 3 to 4 spoons per meal. You should never make your baby eat more than two servings a day in the beginning.

Until the time your baby is 4 to 6 months old, you should feed three to four tablespoons cereal every day. You can also give him one or two servings of vegetables and fruits every day. Most of the infants can easily wait for 6 months of age until they can start eating baby food and cereal. Once the child is 7 months old, you can also start giving him protein food and meat. As the child grows to 12 months old, you can increase the servings of vegetables to eight spoons per day. Similarly, increase the fruit and baby food serving as well.

Table foods and finger foods

The best time to introduce your baby to finger foods is 8 to 9 months of age. This is a time when you should let your child enjoy food all by himself. Just make sure that the food is of the right size. Most parents are too worried about finger foods as they think that such foods present choking hazards to the kids. However, this is not true. You can carefully supervise your child while feeding him raisings, cheese, vegetable chunks, and even whole grapes. Some other things that your child can eat are: Cheerios, pasta, crackers, toasted crusts of bread and even small slices of banana, pear, and peach. Some yogurt snacks can also be fed to the babies.

Foods you should avoid

You should be very careful about the foods you make your child eat. Some foods like honey, egg whites etc. are strictly prohibited for children. You must have heard a lot about the health benefits of these two foods. However, they are only beneficial for the adults, not for small babies. Egg whites can often pose the risk for food allergies while honey can increase the chances of botulism.

You should also think twice before preparing baby food at home. These are usually made with turnips, spinach, collard greens, beets, and carrots. These veggies often have very high levels of nitrate. Therefore, they can be harmful for your child. If you are preparing baby food at home, you should focus on pumpkin and other such vegetables. Bananas are also a very good option when it comes to babies. Try to avoid cow’s milk for as long as possible, especially when you are using baby formula or breast milk to feed your child. Cow’s milk is very low in iron content and might not be tolerated by the digestive system of the baby.

What vitamins does your baby need?

Your baby needs vitamins too. However, the real question is whether you should be providing your baby with extra vitamins or not. Usually, a baby will get his nutrition from the food he is eating and there would be no need for extra vitamins. Hence, while planning his diet, keep in mind the vitamins he needs the most and find foods that contain a good quantity of these vitamins.

Iron- this vitamin is needed the most by babies, even in their first year. Hence, it is essential that you find iron rich foods for your baby. Moreover, look for baby cereal that consists of iron. Fluoride- bottled water usually does not contain any fluoride. Hence, you can make your baby drink fluoridated water. Vitamin D- if your baby is only being fed breast milk, and then he might need a Vitamin D supplement. However, when he is being fed baby formula, then you would not need any extra supplements. Just make sure that the baby formula contains enough amounts of this vitamin.

Baby poop is a key to his health

Generally, it might become difficult for moms to define whether their child is healthy and is following a good diet. However, his poop can tell you a lot about his health and his diet. We will now discuss about the indications that you can get:

If you are breastfeeding your baby and also supplementing baby formulas, then the bowels will likely have a very strong odor. Moreover, the bowels will be firmer. The color is usually brown or tan. On the other hand, breastfed babies usually have looser stools. At 6 months of age, your baby will be introduced to solid foods and his poop will show the same changes. Depending on what kind of food he eats, his poop color will change. If the baby is eating a lot of sweet potatoes and carrots, his stools will become orange. On the other hand, peas and beans may turn the stools green. Remember, solid foods may also mean constipation for your baby. So be very careful. When a baby is constipated, he experiences problems in passing bowels and the stools will be dry and hard. In such a condition, avoid giving any laxatives to the bay and talk to the pediatrician immediately. Breastfed babies often pass less stools because they have lesser waste to produce. The breast milk is digested very easily. Therefore, do not feel concerned if the baby is not pooping enough while he is breastfeeding. If you think that he poops too less, consult a doctor immediately. Breastfed babies often have looser stools and most mothers would easily believe that their baby is suffering from diarrhea. However, this is not true. Breastfeeding babies rarely suffer from diarrhea. Breast milk actually reduces the chances of loose motions and can even prevent infections that may cause diarrhea. When a baby really has diarrhea, he will have watery stools very frequently. The poop will be brown or green in color and will likely have a very foul odor as well. In case you notice anything like this, do not wait for a second and call your pediatrician immediately. During this time, breastfeed your child so that he does not suffer from dehydration.

We have tried to explain all that we could about feeding your baby, providing him the right nutrition and even monitoring his health. However, this is not an all-inclusive information. There is a lot more that you need to know about feeding your baby. Talk to your doctor. In the end, we would like to advise you to bond with your baby so that you can learn more about him. It helps you understand him better and solve his problem when he grows up to be a toddler.



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It is a fact that raising kids is physically and mentally and exhaustive task that can drain lots of energy from the mothers. One should be playful and watchful while engaging the child as it is a full time job. If you are serious and take the activity as a burden, you are bound to get tired quickly while the child still has energy. Parents must devise innovative ways so that they could pass the time in fun and frolic. Kids want to interact with surroundings however they cannot do it alone unless helped by parents. There are certain tips that need to be followed by the adults to prevent irritation and make the whole ambiance as well as children happy.

Important tips:

Rather than letting kids indulge in pranks, join him or her to release the stress accumulated in the mind. For instance, if the children sleep heavily, you can put them in another bed and witness their surprise when they wake up.  It will definitely invite giggles from the young ones who would be more than happy to see their mother and father join the fun. Another wonderful prank could be placing the realistic animal toys inside the lunch boxes of the kids and watch their reaction. They would be shocked while showing priceless reaction.  Some time parents can also turn the photos as well as other objects on the wall upside to surprise the children when they wake up from the sleep. One has to be creative in playing the pranks so that the young ones do not get bored. Pulling faces can be a wonderful past time for the family members with the kids and parents competing on putting wackiest face. It is a wonderful exercise forcing the children to be more creative. You can take smart phone and capture the snaps o f the young one when they are looking funny. Parents can organize a family slumber party where even the grandfather and mothers are invited with their sleeping bags to sleep on the floor. Children enjoy the get together when the families congregate at one place. Barbecue parties are fun as you can invite your nephews and niece so that they could play along with your children making the evening a memorable one. Special festivals such as the upcoming valentine day can be treated as the special family day where in kids as well as parents can visit the mall, dine in a restaurant and also indulge in shopping. If as a parent you have committed a mistake apologize to the kids while trying to make them happy.  Mothers can work closely with the children to surprise their husbands by giving them attractive gifts in an impeccable manner. One of the most important ideas to have fun is the playground scavenger hunt where kids can engage with regular or rope swing. Moreover, in the park different types of slides are available for the kids so that they could roll on by indulging in different types of games. Parents on their part must keep a close watch on the activities of the kids to ensure that they do not get injured. You can hide different objects in the playground, make up a list and give it to the children to search. It is an intuitive exercise that they will find interesting as their brains have to work out on their own.  Watching them running around the park and exploring the hidden items is a wonderful scenario wherein the parents would relish the joy. As far as adventure is concerned, the trip is a great learning experience for the kids. Mothers can involve the children to make milk shake on their own so that it could served to the guests. For instance peanut butter shake is quite easy to prepare because you need to have 3 cups of soy milk accompanied by a small quantity of peanut butter. They are combined together and blended into a blender without any hassles.  Soy milk popsicles should be kept in the freezer for preservation as it would go a long way in providing wonderful smoothie for the kids as well as adults. Bubbles forming in the cup appear to be quite interesting to the children. All kids like to listen to the interesting stories about fairies, demons and superman. Some of the books are very famous in which silly characters are portrayed following their bed time routines. Boys will like to listen to the stories about trucks, vehicles as well as tractors.  There are certain books that teach the toddlers to learn different languages without any hassles. You can buy the book and read out the bed time stories on a regular basis. It is vital to make learning activity fun for the kids so that they are not burdened with one way flow of information. Interactive session will go a long way in delivering sterling results to the users. There are different types of techniques used to teach the concepts of science to the kids. For example as a parent you can take the children outside and get them acquainted with the numerous plants, tress and insects in the garden or the park. You can tell the children that as soon as the insect sits on the flower, the process of pollination starts. While on vacation, take the kids to the bird’s park and show them how many species of birds migrate from different parts of the world to the park so that they could obtain food and requisite temperature to survive.  A very classic prank played by the parents on the kids is the usage of pipe cleaner disguises that will help two persons to talk to each other in different voices. Father can deploy different ways to connect with the kids including providing piggyback ride to the toddlers.  Sometimes you can organize tickle parties with the children and seem them go berserk with laughter.  Airplane prank is very popular as the dad can use the child as a plane and fly him in the room. Children would definitely enjoy the exhilarating experience along with the dad. You can somersault the child by helping him climb the leg but precautions should be exercised to prevent injuries during games. By emitting different sound from the mouth, the dad can encourage the kid to do the same. It is an astonishing activity that fills up the home with laughter as well as happiness. Rather than ignoring children, you can call them and participate in puzzle games together. They would be forced to find the answers by applying knowledge and logic. You can act as a catalyst to make them work together in a diligent manner. Fathers can involve kids by asking them questions even if they do not know the answer. Effective communication with the children enable them to open up to their parents and discuss with them all their problems as well as insecurities.  Simple activities like singing simple songs together can rejuvenate the atmosphere and make the kids happy to a great extent. Families in which the parents do not communicate with the children tend to become introvert by hiding real problems that could snowball into major issues. All work and no play makes jack a dull boy, therefore it is important to take the kids on a short ice cream party when you return home from work. It is a wonderful distraction and a great activity to reduce stress by many notches.  Some of the attractive alternatives could also be telling kids jokes that will make them laugh to the hilt. It is vital for the parents to tell their kid’s everyday that they love them a lot and also discuss with them funny activities that can be done without any problem. During summer season, you can become a completely cool parent for your children.  You can organize a picnic with the kids by grabbing fruits as well as drinks. When the children go out they learn lots of new things by engaging with the surrounding atmosphere. If the parents want to update the knowledge of the kids about machines, it is better to give them screw drivers so that they can get on with the odd jobs quickly and effectively. Kids can also play with the flash light in the dark along with the parents to have fun in a wonderful manner. To help the kids gaining knowledge, organize a trip to the local museum where in the children will get valuable insight into the different events of the history. In order to have fun with the kid’s parents should think on their feet to find creative ways of engaging them in an impeccable manner. For example, gather all the small boxes so that the kids could construct something out of them. They can build make shift homes for the pets or storage shelves for keeping necessary items. Children like to paint themselves but they do not need to participate in any event for accomplishing the task.  Parents can buy the face paint kit comprising of step by step illustration on how to decorate the body in an amazing style. While having vacation in the mountains, you can ask the kids to capture photo from the top to make the moment memorable.  Moreover, you can also accompany them to visit the light house or the old fort. Each parent should teach their children how to swim in water but care should be taken to ensure that the kids are protected. Father and mother not only need to shoulder the responsibility of the children but also have a blast with them when required. Set aside the weekend for yourself so that you can enjoy the moment with the giggles of the children. It doesn’t matter whether you are tired; spending time with the children is of utmost importance. While playing with children, be like them so that the whole environment reverberates with laughter. Initially you might feel uncomfortable however later on it becomes a habit as you will relish the time with the young ones. For instance, you can team up with the children and watch their favorite game show. One of the most unique methods of keep the children busy is by singing songs using pots and pans. Generally children are tired of listening to the convention rhymes and poems; therefore they might like the novel idea.  As the kids grow old and become teenagers, you can indulge with them in adventurous games such as scuba diving. Plethoras of activities are available to keep the persons engaged without any hassles. Some parents are too worried about their child becoming dirty while playing outside the house however one should not freak out. It is vital to maintain the calm and composure. Kids play because they are bundled with tremendous energy and you should enjoy their activities. There are many ideas that would go a long way in inspiring fun among the children. Playing football, baseball or cricket would help to instill in them focus, concentration and competitiveness. They are essential attributes necessary to make a person successful in life. Majority of the parents suffer from low energy levels when they are having fun with the children. People want to join their kids but can’t do due to exhaustion. It is a serious situation and can only be controlled with the help of exercises. Parents on their part must eat good food that will help to keep the body and mind healthy to a great extent.  Brisk walking for about 15 minutes would go a long way in delivering exemplary results to the parents. If the kids are old, you can arrange bike riding through the rugged terrain to provide them new experience as well as adventures. Furthermore, parents can also inculcate an interest in creating music.

In a nutshell, it can be said that if parents take a little time out from their daily routine, they can play a stellar role in bringing smiles on the cute faces of the kids.



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It is a well known fact that parents are quite worried about the kids and their safety because young ones tend to venture out and interact with people in real time situations. One should be alert enough to know with whom the children are communicating with, be it their friends, relatives or other individuals. Even inside home the kids are prone to accidents and other problems, therefore parents should be always on the vigil to ensure that the children are protected. There are certain precautions that have to be taken for their safety.

Rules and Guidelines:

When the kids are growing up, they are at an increased risk of physical and mental injuries. For instance, when the kids are going to school they need to be alerted about the possible dangers.  It is important that the child has the contact information in case of any eventuality. The kid must know your full address and name so that untoward incidents can be averted without any hassles. There have been many instances of child abduction in recent times\and the parents should be aware of the consequences.

One of the most important precautions that parents can take is not to print the name of the kid on the uniform or the school bag because strangers can become friendly with the child. It is a dangerous situation that might lead to kidnapping and other issues from a long term perspective.

When the child arrives home after the school, ask open ended questions about the events. If he or she is uncomfortable about any person, it is important to discuss the situation with the teacher and act accordingly. Regular communication with the kid would go a long way in finding solutions to the problems. The child should be encouraged to talk to the elders and discuss problems without any inhibitions.

Before enrolling the kids into the school, parents should check as to how the institution manages emergency situation associated with the kids. They must have advanced information about the school lockout to ensure that the kids are safe in adverse situations. Many parents are not ready for the unwarranted events resulting in lots of mental and physical problem s as aftermath. The contact information form has the emergency number and the address to which the school can contact if something happens to the child. Parents must also let the kids know about the information so that they do not get confused.

Parents must get actively involve with the child’s school to know more about the out of home activities. It is vital to join the volunteer groups so that you are in active touch with the child.  With proactive participation, parents can ensure child success in an easy and hassle free manner.

One of the most important attributes that parents can teach child is to make friends while at school. Regular interaction would help the kids to improve outlook about life and their surroundings. Children can be involved in different types of group activities and can also participate in the play dates. By communicating with their peers, the kids can enhance their personalities and feel confident about the presence. There are instances when the children become introvert and stop interacting with their friends. To avoid such situation, parents should always keep the communication channel open with the children. It will go a long way in delivering sterling results.

Another important activity for the parent is to indulge with the child in role play games. They are intuitive exercises that allow kids to solve the problems faced during difficult situations. It is a kind of simulation that prepares the children for the unfortunate incidents. For example, if the kid lost his lunch money, he can always tell the teacher about the situation and get the issue resolved without hiding anything.

To ensure safety of the children, a preprogrammed mobile phone with sets of contact numbers could be a boon. A child can use them when facing security or health problems while in school.  Kids going to school by bus must be taught by the parents about safety rules however he or she must call the adult after reaching the school. It ensures the protection and safety in wake of kidnappings of the children happening in recent times. In some cases, police are not able to recover the bodies of the young ones. Parents should always be on guard and monitor the movements of their sons and daughters.

It is important to check the behavior of the kids over a period of time. For instance, if the eating habits of the child are changing, it might lead to lots of problems in the long run. Sometimes toilet habits deliver a signal that something is wrong with the body and the child would need emergency help. If the kid is withdrawing himself into a shell, you should consult him and interact with the medical consultant for possible solutions. Changes in sleep pattern need to be watched carefully and action must be immediately taken to prevent the occurrence of any problem in the future.

Internet has become an integral part of the lives of people whether they are adults or kids. Children might meet unwanted people in the cyber space who might wish to take advantage of them. Hence, it is important to take necessary steps to maintain their safety and security. There are cases when children have received many hateful and insulting messages from the people located across the world on internet.

It is important to install the antivirus on the system to protect it from the Trojan horses or other types of malicious programs. The hackers might contact the children and lure them in clicking on the attachments so that they could steal vital financial information from the computers. Parents need to keep a close watch on the browsing habits of the kids to ensure that they do not visit the improper sites.  Parent control software can be installed to control the habits of the kids and ensure that they get only relevant information pertaining to the enhancement of the knowledge.  You can also create a good quality password for the internet connection to prevent Intrusions.  Parents must teach their kids not to click on the suspicious links or files seen on the internet as they might be carrying virus or other types of undesirable programs.

Cyber bullying is common problem faced by the kids whenever they logon to the social media websites on the internet.  Similarly chat services are also not secured because threatening messages are sent to the children using the medium. It is important to teach the child to generate appropriate response when faced with bullying on the internet. Parents must consult with the kids if they downloaded any suspicious file by mistake. Discussing the issue frankly can help to resolve the problem without any hassles or tantrums.

All the parents must work closely in coordination with the schools and local communities to prevent the menace of cyber bullying.  Kids are advised not to share their passwords even with closest friends as it might lead to manipulation of the accounts accompanied by the stealing of vital information.

Some parents think that the online world of the kids should be private but it is a huge mistake and can snow ball into a major problem if not attended to. Father and mother must be in loop about the information of the sites they are accessing during free time. It has been found that many criminal cases related to kids happened because of their continuous interaction with shady people on internet.

It is vital to decide the time span for which the kids would be logged on to the virtual world. You can also paste a list of dos and don’ts near the computer system for the children to follow while they are browsing on the internet. Children must also be told in no uncertain terms about the consequences of breaking the rules with regards to internet. Mothers can play a very important part in ensuring that their children do not become an object of cyber bullying.

In real time situation, parents are advised to build the trust with the kids so that they can tell the truth during difficult times. Whether its internet browsing, playing or studying parents must be an active participant and help the child if he or she is going astray. One of the most important techniques to increase the awareness of the children is to discuss with the indents in the news and know about their opinion. It will play a stellar role in ensuring that the kids and the parents are on the same page.

You should instruct children that they can be rude to the adults who are behaving inappropriately or passing snide remarks. If the situation goes out of hand, the parents must contact relevant authorities for the protection of their kids.  Safety must not be practiced only in the outside environment but also at home. For instance, bathing the kids in water is a great way to provide them relief but it can also be a hazard. It has been observed that only few inches of water can cause the drowning of the toddlers.  Therefore parents must be very careful with the newborns when they start to move around and explore new objects in their vicinity.

Parents must not leave their children near water even when they are busy. In cases of ringing door bell or phone call, you can pick up the child, wrap and put him up on the bed before proceeding ahead.  In case of swimming pool, make sure that it is properly fenced to prevent the kids from venturing near and causing damages to themselves.

Another source of accidents in the house could be medicines as the young kids have the tendency to put everything into the mouth.  Child proofing the home could go a long way in providing stress free environment to the parents. All the medicines must be locked into the cabinet because it will protect the kids from accidents and emergencies.  Rooms containing hazardous material for the children should be locked in a proper manner and must be opened only when required. A strict vigil needs to be maintained to prevent the toddlers from barging in.

Similarly cosmetics and toiletries need to be kept away from the children as they contain harmful chemicals. Majority of the kids have the tendency to imitate their parents on putting the perfumes or the lotions on their face resulting in damages to the tender skin.

Parents who are in the possession of firearms should be very careful as there have been many cases of accidental shootings in recent times. The weapons must not be loaded and locked safely away from the reach of the kids. Special types of gun safes are available to prevent the children from brandishing the weapons publicly.

When the toddlers are sleeping, it is vital to make sure that the area is free from any object that might cause suffocation. Mouth and the nose of the infant may get accidentally covered by the pillows leading to constriction in breathing.

Parents should discuss the matter of suffocation with the older kids so that are not careless while sleeping. Moreover, they should also not keep the furniture opened as the toddler might climb in out of curiosity. One should dispose of the unused refrigerator or dismantle its door as it may harm the kids.

It is important to keep the plastic sacs out of the reach because they are known to cause suffocation and pollute the atmosphere. Majority of the kids get injured in the house due to electrical accidents. In order to prevent such a scenario wall socket must be covered so that the young ones do not put their hands into them. Proper grounding on the electrical devices would go a long way in protecting the family members from the health hazard.

In a nutshell , responsible parenting requires the father and mother to help the kids in ensuring safety and security outside and inside the house.


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Young parents need to be very careful while they are raising the newborns because they tend to move around and get themselves hurt. A toddler is too young to understand the numerous objects existing in the real world. As a result, he or she might get into trouble with electrical appliances, sockets and other devices located in the house. Babies are also curious to touch smartphones and watches because they want to explore the various facets of the environment. As a new mom, there are certain safety tips that you should follow the secure the child.

Safety tips for different categories of the items:

Electronic devices such as battery should be kept out of the reach of the kids because they tend to harm the soft skin and also cause other complexities. Some of the other objects such as remote controls watches and pocket calculators might also be attractive to the babies who would like to ingest them. There have been cases in the past when electronic and electrical devices have cause serious harms to the newborns. If a child has accidentally gulped batteries, it is important immediately to contact the hospital and the medical consultant. Treatment at home should not be carried out because it might lead to the further complexities including loss of life. Sometimes it is difficult to detect the symptoms; however the signs of coughing or discomfort can give enough worrying signals to the parents who should take the toddler to the doctor. According to experts, the ingested battery mixes with saliva, generates an electric current and might harm or burn the esophagus. Although surgeries can be performed to pull the child out of danger but damage to vocal chords and other parts of the body cannot be ruled out. Parents take babies for a ride on bicycle or trailer when they are less than 12 months old. Precautions for the babies’ state that it is a dangerous activity and should be avoided at all cost. Moreover, the infants must not be carried as a backpacker load because they feel suffocation and may suffer from respiratory issues. If a toddler is riding in the biking seat, he or she should be covered with a round helmet and not aero shaped ones because the latter tends to throw the toddler off balance. When you are carrying infant on the bike for a ride, make sure that the speed of the vehicle is not fast because the toddler may get injured due to the rough terrain. Place the toddler into the cover can because it will prevent the debris from flying and landing in the eye. Mothers should select only those helmets that could properly fit with the kids. Prior to the selection of the head guard eye, ear and mouth test should be performed in order to ensure security from long term perspective. It is a well-known fact that kids are bound to adorn helmets for all the wheeled activities as it saves them from sudden accidents. Similarly, mother must make sure that the child wears helmets while engaging in skateboarding or longboarding. Whenever a kid is handling bicycle, his legs should be touching the ground and mothers must also check the brakes along with reflectors. Moreover, the tires must be secured and properly inflated to avoid untoward incidents. Wearing long clothes for driving is a recipe for disaster; therefore tight but comfortable clothes are ideal for the kids so that they could ride the bicycle safely. Mothers are responsible for teaching the kids good traffic behavior. In fact, they should become role models because children tend to emulate their elders. Some instructions such as driving on the right side of the traffic will go a long way in avoiding accidents. Some families tend to prefer boating while they are on vacation for relaxation. Therefore, kids also get an opportunity to try their hands on boating. Mothers can play a critical role in following crucial tips to ensure the safety of children. For instance, you can hold the baby while boating and wearing a life jacket. Furthermore, the kids below a certain age are not allowed ride on row boats, kayaks or motor boats. Infants can catch hypothermia due to cold weather during boating; hence they should be covered with warm clothes or blanket depending on the surrounding temperature. Children must be old enough to wear flotation devices so that they can be saved from drowning. Babies never tend to rest and always move around to explore the surrounding environment. Therefore, they are prone to burns from hot water or liquid or even from the electrical appliances. As a part of the Precautions for the babies don’t carry the baby while holding a hot vessel in one hand. If you are using water heater in the bathroom, it is important to set it at the lowest temperature to ensure comprehensive safety to the toddler. Prior to the kid taking bath for the day, mother should check the temperature of the water. It is a well-known fact that baby milk should not be heated with the help of microwave oven because it tends to create hot spots that are not beneficial for the health. The bottles filled with milk must be washed with warm water and then cooled must be served to the toddlers after they are washed with warm water and then cooled. In addition, you can also use safety gates to fireplaces or ovens to prevent the children from touching them. An electrical appliance is producing an enormous amount of heat must be kept away from the child as it has the potential to cause lots of burns. Food spill on the hot ovens and stoves are quickly removed lest they grab the attention of a toddler. One of the most important ways to provide security is to keep the hot food away from the table top. Oven mitts or pot holders can be excellent alternatives to the storage of food without any hassles. The vessels from the microwave oven need to be opened gradually because sudden burst of steam is liable to cause injuries to the small limbs. Mothers can teach their older children how to cook and distribute responsibilities accordingly. Kids are taught that they must not leave the kitchen when oven or stove is switched on. There are times when people are not aware that a particular dish is being cooked until it starts burning. Moreover, moms can order the kids to place the dishes in a pot holder so that they are at a safe distance. Another important step to prevent accidents is to install fire and smoke alarms that generate warning the signal beforehand. Furthermore, the flammable material must be kept away from the space heater as it may start a fire and create problems for the kids. Candles should be placed away from the objects that can burn. The light is the major source of distraction for the child. Whenever, mother is leaving the room she must ensure that the candle is blown off. Adults are responsible for teaching the children that they do not mess with the fireworks or the objects that cause burns. If there are no alarms in the house, carbon monoxide gas can seep through quickly and cause irrevocable damage to the kids especially toddlers. Keeping generator or other devices that are powered by gasoline away could be the best protection against the gas poisoning.  In order to prevent disaster, it is important to install alarms inside the house for they are known as early detection mechanism. Grill, generator or stove must not be operated near the windows of the house as they may cause breathing trouble to the children. Car or other vehicles should not be left in the garage with their ignition switched on. It is a well-known fact that unlike adults, the children are more receptive to Carbon mono oxide poisoning. Once the alarm in the house goes off, open the windows and doors to obtain fresh air from outside. A call to the fire department is essential when situation goes out of control. Kids consume medicines to treat various diseases however they should be kept away when not being used since the toddlers may consume and fall ill due to side effects. Initially, different types of medicines in the house must be bundled together and removed from the sight of the child. Even if the child is to be administered medicine, it is bound to be kept at an arm’s length because the little ones move very fast and can consume them without any warning. Mothers should teach kids that taking medicine without any reason is harmful in spite of the latter having good taste. The medicine caps should be fixed tightly over the bottle of syrups and vitamin solutions. Kids tend to hog on to the medicine of the grandparents by accident; therefore, all the antibiotics are kept away from them. It is a well-known fact that the majority of life-saving drugs become life threatening once the kids lay hands on them. Purses, coats, and bags must be out of bounds for the child as they tend to contain medicines or other articles of daily usage. Playground is another area that needs to be protected because kids often spent time with their friends and enjoy the ambiance. As a responsible mother, it is important to supervise the children while they are engaged in swinging and jumping. When the kids are playing, make sure that the equipments on the ground are rust free so that they do not cause injuries.  The children, on the other hand, are taught that pushing or shoving among themselves will lead to accidents as well as eventual injuries.  Small kids play in a different away s compared to the older ones. Therefore both should have separate areas in the playground. Babies that have still not learned to walk should play on the smooth ground rather than the rough one. Areas of surface made of asphalt, concrete or glass should be avoided as particles may pierce through the soft skin of the toddler resulting in injuries. If the baby is bestowed with a good balance, the bucket shaped swings could ideal play devices. The playground must have rubber matting materials for the toddlers because they are safe, unlike gravels.  Total depth of the surfacing should be more than 12 inches and could go to a maximum of 2 to 3 feet. Swings can extend from back and the front, exceeding the height of the suspended bar. Before visiting the playground, mothers should verify that it is maintained by qualified people. Child care center is the best source of information with regards to the play area, and it might also check the standard of the equipments used in the park. If proper precautions are taken beforehand, the young ones will not get injured. If there is any hazardous equipment found on the ground, it must be reported to the concerned authorities for immediate actions. Likewise, there are various safety tips for toys that can also turn into choking agents if not handled carefully. While selecting play devices for toddler, mother should make sure that they do not contain small components that might be ingested. Small gaming pieces are intuitive however they can quickly become a choking hazard if the kid is too curious. Once the playing session is over, the toys are placed in the bin so that they do not clutter the floor of the room. Soft toys are avoided because they tend to spread bacterial infection if they are not properly cleaned. Mothers can sign up emails from the stores to return toys that are harmful to the children. The program known as product recall goes a long way in keeping the child safe as well as secured.

In the end, we can conclude that Precautions for the babies are extremely necessary so that they can spend their childhood safely with utmost love and care for their parents


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Select appropriate baby foods for pregnant women

Pregnancy is a very important aspect of life for a woman because she gives birth to a child who is the source of happiness for the parents and family members. Although it is a festive occasion to rejoice, pregnancy requires caution on the part of the ladies while doing movement or consuming food. If the nutrition does not meet the required standards, it might have a detrimental effect on the development of the brain of newborn. For instance, Vitamin B is essential to create lots of red blood cells and vitamin C is necessary to make collagen for the skin. Similarly, Vitamin D is used to make the bones of the baby’s stronger while zinc plays a very important role in their overall physical development. There is a long list of Baby food for brain development, and some of the components are enumerated below in great detail:

Continental food consisting of fishes goes a long way in supplying the Omega 3 nutrition to the baby. According to experts, if women increased the amount of fish in their diet, their kids exhibited very high level of IQ. Omega 3 has been found to create a positive impact on the brain functions.  If an individual is allergic to fishes, she might consume fish oil that is alspo very nutritious.

While increasing the intake of fishes, make sure to drink only those that have a low content of mercury. Therefore, aquatic animals such as shark or swordfish must not be taken as they have a very high content of the metal. Instead, one can hog on to salmon fish as it is healthy, tasty and beneficial for the still to be born kids. The fishes should be consumed twice per week to get the best results from the health perspective.

Fruits and vegetable prove to be important healthy food for baby brain development as they consist of antioxidants that eliminate free radical from the body. Moreover, the compounds prevent the baby brain cells from getting damaged in the body. Green leafy vegetables are also a rich source of Iron for the kids to increase their hemoglobin count. Papaya along with blueberries is beneficial for babies as well as mother. It is a well-known fact that fruits should be eaten only when they are properly washed to prevent the entry of the germs inside the body.

When you are pregnant, try to make a list of foods that could be consumed because hogging to onto conventional fast food can do more harm than good. Logically one should prefer eggs because they are rich sources of protein, proving to be a boon for the baby that grows at an exponential rate. Furthermore, pregnant women also require protein for their body; hence eggs prepared in different ways can form a staple diet for them.

Eggs are rich sources of elements called CHOLINE, responsible for enhancing the growth of the baby and eliminate defects if any arising at the time of birth. Pregnant woman can consume 2 eggs on a daily basis without worrying about the cholesterol levels in the blood

Another important Healthy food for baby brain development is the sweet potato. They acquire orange colors from the plant pigments which enter into the body and get transformed into Vitamin A. One of the advantages of the consumption is that the conversion happens on demand; therefore requisite fruits are the best bets for consuming a nutritious diet. Furthermore, potatoes also comprise of vitamin c and FOLATE that help to develop the immune system of the babies.

Popcorn is a very attractive food for a pregnant woman as it is a rich source of grains that provide fibers, Vitamin E, selenium and many more beneficial substances. Other types of grains include oatmeal and barley that act as roughage and help to improve the digestion system of the baby as well as the pregnant mother. Grains also contain proteins in moderate amounts; therefore they offer great value to the users. One should consume grains thrice a day to get maximum results as far as nutrition is concerned.

Doctors advise pregnant mothers to eat walnuts because they are the natural sources of Omega 3 and improve the health to a great extent. DHA offered by dry fruit is particularly useful for both mother and babies as it assists in brain and retina cells development.

Nutritious Greek yogurt is a very popular feed for the mothers because the protein content is higher as compared to the conventional product.  Yogurt is also regarded as a rich source of calcium, an important element in the development of bones. If you are not consuming enough calcium, it can be detrimental to the bone structure of the body. One of the primary objectives of the pregnancy diet is to provide nutrition to the baby without cutting down on the amount of nutrition to the mother. It can have a very positive effect on the newborn as far as mental and physical healthy are concerned. Plenty of calcium is bound to increase the strength of baby’s bones without any hassles.

As stated in the preceding paragraphs, pregnant women turn to leafy vegetables because they are rich sources of Vitamins A, C and K that assist in warding off disease like Beri Berui and many more. One can also consume lean meats that are devoid of fat to eliminate the creation of cholesterol in the body. It is imported to look for cut versions while buying red meat in the market because they have only 5% of fat content. Hot dogs should be avoided at all cost because they contain bacteria that might dissolve into the blood stream of the mother and reach still to be born babies.

One of the most interesting aspects is the consumption of colored fruits and vegetables in diverse varieties such as orange, green, yellow and many more. They are indispensable for the mother and baby because of the presence of multiple nutrients beneficial for the body to a great extent.  During the final month of the pregnancy, the baby enjoys the taste of the food with the help of amniotic fluid, therefore if the toddler develops a diverse taste, it will be easy for him or her to recognize the fruit after the birth and increase the diet according to requirements.

The pregnant woman prefers Orange juice not only because of its color or taste but also due to the nutritional value on offer. It is a healthy mixture of Folic acids that prevent the rise of birth defects. Moreover, the presence of potassium ensures that the born child is healthy and has a well-developed immune system to ward off diseases. It plays a key role in enhancing the metabolism of the body and improves the functioning of the muscles to a great extent.  One glass of orange juice in the morning is sufficient for the pregnant mother.

Potassium is also necessary to ensure support to the blood volume that expands during the time of pregnancy. Vitamin C acts a supplement and protects the mother as well as baby from harsh cold \weather. In addition to orange juice, one can consume broccoli, tomatoes or strawberries to get the nutrition necessary to prevent the occurrence of life-threatening diseases.

Women are very conscious of the rise of cholesterol in the blood vessels at the time of pregnancy.  For instance, ground flax seed sprayed on salads is essential to curb the deposition of fat. You can also consume high cocoa chocolate every alternate day to prevent the enhancement of the high blood pressure.  Vitamin E is a very important supplement consumed during pregnancy since it plays a vital role in increasing the immune system of the body.

Women who are alcoholic should stop the consumption of wine or beer during pregnancy as it causes a variety of birth side effects due to the fetal alcohol syndrome. Some of the symptoms in the kids include mental retardation, low weight and immunity of the body. Pregnant mother should not resort to raw meat eating as it leads to the entry of harmful microorganisms in the body. Eating salmon could activate E Coli bacteria which in turn will cause sickness of the stomach resulting in situations such as miscarriage. Meats comprise of pathogens leading to the proliferation of additional problems in the long run.

The cardinal rule of the pregnancy states that a woman should drink lots of water on a daily basis. It has been noticed that dehydration causes premature labor and delivery resulting in the birth of the child with poor health.  8 Glasses of water would help to ensure the supply of vital minerals in the body. Nutrients in the water are synthesized by cells so that they remain healthy for a very long period. A prenatal vitamin along with water is an ideal recipe for improving the health of the newborn.

Herbal tea is beneficial for the pregnant women as compared to the conventional versions however it is important to ensure that the solution is free from caffeine. One should not consume a mixture as it can be harmful during pregnancy; instead tea bags can prove to be the highly beneficial for the mother.

Apart from Omeg-3 fatty acids, Omega 6 is also essential as it is a rich source of protein that assists in regenerating the cells of the body. Some of the natural sources are vegetable oils such as canola and soybean. The chemical is also available in controlled amounts in beef, pork and egg, therefore, balanced consumption of all the food products is necessary at the time of pregnancy.

As a precautionary measure soft cheese and lunch meat should be avoided because they tend to increase the cholesterol level and also create complications for birth. Hot dogs must not be consumed however if no other choices are available they should be steamed for a very long time before being served for the breakfast.

People preferring a vegetarian diet can opt for starchy foods such as bread, cereals, rice or pasta because they provide a large amount of energy during the pregnancy period. In addition, they also contain fibers that prevent the occurrence of constipation.  During winter season, a hot porridge soup is an ideal choice for the pregnant mothers due to its high nutritional value and health benefits. Jacket potato is a lesser known commodity in the food market however its skin is very rich in fibers and preferred by lot of people ranging from pregnant mothers to elders.

While cooking meat, make sure that there are no pink traces left because it can prove to be a source of germs. In a nutshell, ensure that the food is cooked properly before proceeding ahead for consumption.  Some foods that need to be avoided include salad dressings, cream, chocolate, crisps, and butter. They are high in sugar and do not add to nutritional value causing problem such as obesity, tooth decay, and \many more issues.

To become pregnant is a vital decision in life, and it should be taken after careful deliberations. As a result, parents must take all the precautions to make sure that the toddler is in the pink of health when born. A slight misjudgment in the type of diet being consumed can cause serious health complications for the baby as well as mother. A balanced, nutritious food apart from other precautions would help the prospective mothers to survive the tumultuous months of pregnancy. Fat, protein, iron and fiber are extremely necessary for the quick growth of the baby cells because in the absence of any one element mentioned above, the newborn kid would suffer from either physical or mental disorder.

To get more details, it is important to contact the pediatrician because a medical consultant will help to solve the dietary problems in a better way. From the above discussion, one can conclude that consumption of fruits, meat and vegetable in a proportionate amount will lead to the birth of a healthy and happy baby.


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Baby is a priceless gift given by god to a mother. A mother feels heavenly when the baby smiles. At the

same time, it gives a feeling of hell when they cry. It becomes very difficult for the mother to judge the

reason behind baby’s cry unless they have some knowledge about the common reasons behind their

struggle and the ways to soothe them. The current articles shares few common reasons behind baby’s cry

and the ways to soothe them.

Babies cannot speak so; cry is the only language for them to express different feelings like hunger, pain,

need for sleep, fear and many other feelings. It is quite tricky for the first-time mother to expect the

reason behind baby’s cry.



You will perceive hunger as prominent reason behind the cry. This is the case of most of the mothers.

Rather than judging with your perception, knowing about the signs of hunger will help you make a

perfect judgment. You can even feed the baby before he cries if you can identify the signs of hunger.

Few signs of hunger in babies include fussing, smacking of lips, rooting and putting their hands to their

mouth. You can calm it down by feeding them.


Dirty diaper

This another common reason behind baby’s cries. Some children will notify you immediately about the

dirty diaper by crying while some will tolerate it for a while. As soon as you change a diaper, you can see

blushing smiles on their face.


Needs sleep

A common misconception among the adults is that babies are lucky enough to sleep whenever and

wherever they want. In fact, it is very hard for them; they may cry expressing their need to sleep when

they are exhausted.


Wants to be held

Baby needs great cuddling from the parents during their initial months. The creation of god is

wonderful. The newborns can easily recognize the faces, voices and heartbeats of their parents.

Sometimes, they are good enough to know that unique smell of parents. Crying of babies can be

expressing their desire to be held to their parents. If you feel that your arms need some relief, you can

take the help of front carriers or sling.


Tummy troubles

If you find that your baby is crying in spite all your efforts to sooth him, tummy upset might be the

reason. He might be facing tummy trouble related to gas or colic. You can recognize the tummy

problems of the baby with few signs. A baby suffering from colic, you will see him crying continuously

for three hours in a day or three days in a week or three weeks in a row. If you observe that your baby

fusses right of after feeding, you have to pay immediate attention to address the problem. He may be

experiencing some tummy pain. Most of the parents take some over the counter medicine or prefer

using anti-gas drops. Taking the suggestion of a doctor in either case is advisable. Though you don’t

find your child suffering from any tummy upset, occasional gas pain make the situation miserable till he

works out so, if you suspect anything like that, try putting on his back, holding his feet or move legs in

by-cycle motion. Other reasons for baby’s tummy upset include milk allergy, constipation, stomach flu or

intestinal blockage. Consult a doctor if your child does not calm down after doing all these efforts.


Extreme cold or hot

You can observe babies crying when they are exposed to too cold much like removing clothes, change

diaper and clean with wet wipe. Babies love to stay warm; they are comfortable wearing an extra layer

to keep their body warm. At the same time, you should take care that you are not leaving the baby in

extreme warm conditions.


Small things

If your baby is crying continuously, you can check if their hair is wrapped around the tiny toe. Your baby

may start weeping if he is extremely sensitive to things like scratchy clothing tags or fabric. They will

notify you with crying if the position that they are held into the bottle is not correct.



Most of the babies cry because of teething as they push out through tender gums. If you are not sure

about the baby’s cry, you can check his gums with a finger and realize the emergence of new teeth


More or less simulation

Some babies are crying wanting less simulation. They feel irritated with the lights, noise and being

passed from hand to hand. They express their irritation through crying. Some babies on the contrary cry

wanting more simulation, you can calm them down to take them out and show the world they want to



Not feeling well

If your baby still crying after all these efforts, you should realize that something is wrong with his health.

Rule out the cause of illness by taking him to the doctor.




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Comments Off on Why breast milk is the best food for babies and infants?

Breast milk is considered as the best healthy baby food which is simply unbeatable. This kind of food is highly beneficial for the proper development and physical growth of babies along with the increase of weight and height. To be more precise, breast milk is highly responsible for maintaining proper health of the babies at least till 3 years from birth.

Though bottle-feeding is regarded as the best alternative for breast feeding but it fails to provide those vital nutrients those are present within mother’s milk. One of the main reasons why mother’s milk is referred to as the best baby food is that it increases the immunity power of the babies to a great extent as a result of which different diseases can be effectively and easily prevented from time to time. The antibodies that are present within mother’s milk are highly useful in strengthening the babies’ immunity system to a great extent. On the other hand, the digestive power of babies can also be enhanced or boosted up as a result of the same along with the improvement of the metabolism system.

Your baby will never suffer from stomach ache or cramps due to congestion while taking breast milk on a regular basis. Different kinds of severe diseases or critical illnesses like diabetes, inflammatory bowel-diseases and high cholesterol can be highly avoided by the babies if breast milk is provided to them. If you make a thorough analysis of Breastfeeding vs. Bottle-feeding, then you will surely come to know about the basic differences in between the two. Breast milk provides necessary amount of vitamins and calcium to the body of the babies as a result of which the bone joints and muscle fibers of babies can gain the outstanding strength.

On the other hand, the babies remain full of energy and vitality throughout the day by avoiding unwanted inactiveness. The blood-pressure can also be effectively controlled by the same along with proper nourishment. As per the medical reviews online, there are a lot of benefits of breastfeeding and this you must go through those web based reviews in order to have a fair idea about the same. The heath experts and child specialists say that breast milk is also quite useful in developing and energizing the brain cells of babies. This brain development is highly needed for getting an improved study life and moreover it will also help in leading a healthy life.



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