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Dealing with a colicky baby can be frustrating but there are many simple things you can try to soothe your little one. Swaddle the baby and limit stimulating factors like loud sounds, bright lights, and visitors. Rock your baby, play some white noise, and try a gentle massage to calm them. Probiotics, lemon balm, chamomile, and fennel can help too.
Yoga isn’t just for adults! Asanas like the tree or corpse pose can help improve your child’s concentration and physical and mental health. The upward facing dog and happy baby pose are designed to ease fatigue and anxiety. And for that characteristic stretch and physical feel-good factor, have your child try the bridge, cat, bow, and warrior poses.
Yoga has much to offer children – from physical benefits like enhanced strength, flexibility, better posture, improved immunity to mental benefits like reduced stress, better self-esteem, and confidence. It also benefits children with special needs like autism and ADHD and specific medical conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome and asthma.
Hair loss in babies is completely normal, especially in the beginning few months. In a few cases, it could be caused by a medical condition. After your baby turns 6 months and is still experiencing hair fall, it's time to see a doctor.
To keep your baby’s skin clean, bathe them thrice a week when they are young and daily after they start crawling. Light cotton clothing can keep heat rashes in check. Natural plant oils like coconut or sunflower oil can combat dry skin and eczema. Change diapers frequently and use chamomile and coconut oil to clear a diaper rash.
Toddlers hitting others is not abnormal behavior. They do it to assert independence and also because they lack the necessary verbal skills and impulse control to check their behavior. They may also be copying caregivers who spank. Set an example, stand your ground, and they will eventually outgrow the violent streak.
The birth weight of a normal term newborn is usually between 5.5 and 8.8 pounds. Babies then generally gain an ounce a day for the first couple of months and about a pound a month after that. Check with your doctor if your baby’s growth pattern changes considerably.
Skin-to-skin contact and lots of cuddles can help strengthen your bond. Responding when your baby cries and taking care of them when they are hungry, cold, or distressed also helps. Also try talking, singing, or reading to your baby, giving them a massage, and making bath time fun.
Water safety is crucial for anyone with a child. Being aware of hazards and ensuring your children follow water safety rules could lower risk of drowning in the pool, at home, or out by the sea or lake. Temperature, cleanliness, and sunlight exposure too could make water perilous so stay informed!
If your baby is reacting to milk, it could be either lactose intolerance or milk allergy. While lactose intolerance causes stomach aches, vomiting, or diarrhea, milk allergy can also cause rashes and breathing difficulty. Avoid giving cow's milk to children below 1 and avoid it yourself if your child is breastfed and shows allergy symptoms. Your doctor can help adjust your baby’s diet to tackle lactose intolerance.
Children with good self-esteem grow up to be emotionally resilient adults who are prepared to handle whatever life throws at them. Show affection to your child, encourage them to freely express themselves, and listen to them. It is also important to love your child unconditionally, let them do things on their own, and praise their accomplishments.
Earwax protects your baby’s ear canal from water, infection, and foreign objects. It typically moves out of the ear on its own and doesn’t need to be cleaned. If your baby has excessive earwax, your doctor may suggest ear drops or oil or use irrigation to remove it.
In the age of technology, it’s hard to get kids to focus. But, some simple tweaks can help them increase their attention span. Get them to practice yoga and meditation to improve concentration. Avoid multitasking yourself to teach them to focus on one task. Ensure that they have adequate nutrition and actively participate in sports. Ban gizmos in certain areas to enhance mindfulness. At home, break down tasks and encourage participation in discussions.
Dental care needs to start early. Clean your baby’s gums and tongue with a damp gauze. Once teeth emerge, brush for 2 minutes twice a day. Limit snacking especially of sugary, sticky, acidic foods and give them a nutritious diet. Ayurvedic techniques like oil pulling and using neem chewing sticks can keep dental problems in check.
Many people underestimate the importance of physical activity in the well being of a child. According to studies, students who get regular physical activity perform better academically. The benefits of exercising often include better attention, memory retention, performance on standardized academic tests, problem-solving skills, enhanced reaction time, creative thinking, and much more. And this applies to college students as well.