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Thursday

Baby health care

Save from diseases
If you think that diseases are only for adults, think again! Babies are prone to a host of diseases and are more susceptible to them than adults. That is why it is very critical for parents to immunize their babies against these diseases at the right time. Neglecting to do so might make you regret it for a long time to come. It is important for parents to keep a chart in order to track when and what injections should be given. Otherwise it can get quite confusing and you may end up missing out on a particular vaccination. If you are keen to know more details about these diseases, their symptoms and how to avoid them or cure them, please browse through the links provided for you along the left panel on our site.

So what are the common but dangerous diseases that babies should be protected against? We will go through a few of them in brief just to give you an overview.

Chicken Pox is one of the most common diseases that children get especially between the ages of 3 and 6. It is caused by a virus and though it is not highly dangerous, sufficient care should be taken during the infection period. A child can get this infection just by being in contact with another person who is infected.

Typhoid is quite a serious condition because if it is not treated properly and at the right time, it can lead to various complications. This bacteria is mainly transmitted to humans from contaminated food and water. Fever is the most common symptom of this disease and it can be treated with antibiotics. Vaccinations are also available these days and should be taken every three years.

Tetanus is a fatal disease again cause by bacteria which affects the nervous system in the human body. It is mainly contracted through a wound which comes in contact with soil or grime which contains animal feces. The main symptom is locked jaw. To prevent tetanus, any wound should be cleaned immediately with antiseptic lotion and it is best to get a tetanus shot to be on the safe side.

Polio is another disease that can be prevented in children by giving the vaccinations at the proper time. It is a virus which affects the nervous system and leads to paralysis. From the time a bay is born till the age of six, a child should ideally receive four doses of the Polio vaccine.

Then there are others like Mumps, Measles and Diphtheria for all of which vaccines are available. Small-pox has been eradicated and therefore vaccines are not given these days though it is available.

Parents should ensure that they do not miss the boosters for the vaccinations that the children are taking. They should follow the plan given by the doctors and should not drop it in between. If proper care is taken, many of these diseases can be avoided. We encourage you to read more of these diseases so as to prevent your children from contracting the same

Monday

Baby care-Baby teeth care

When your baby is only two months old, you should keep her gums healthy and clean. Gently wipe her gums with a wet, clean, soft cloth every day. The most important thing to remember is never to put your baby to bed with a bottle. In addition, never prop up the bottle at any time.
Any kind of drink except water can cause a baby's teeth to decay, even breast milk and infant formula. Other liquids that cause powdered fruit drinks, soda and juice. Any drink that contains sugar can cause tooth decay when your baby gets older.
A two-month-old baby should drink only breast milk, formula or water.
Here are some tips to follow to protect your baby's teeth:
Always hold your baby during feedings. Do not prop up the bottle or leave a bottle in your baby's bed.
If your baby needs a pacifier at bedtime, make sure it is clean and dry. Do not dip the pacifier in honey or sweet liquids. Your baby might like the sweet taste, but these liquids will cause tooth decay when her teeth come in. Germs in honey can also make a baby sick.

Friday

Hou to take care about your baby food

You may like to replace breast milk or formula milk with whole milk, when the child is one year old. Low fat or skim milk is not good for children as they need fat for grow .
Your child should be given fruits, vegetables, breads, grains, and the dairy products to ensure all nutrients. Give to eat them 4-5 times throughout the day, because toddlers and small children can not eat much at a time.
Follow the principles of the Food Guide Pyramid, portions and number of servings are less for children.
Opened baby food containers should be covered and stored in a refrigerator for not more than two days.Give only one new food at a time and watch for any allergic reactions.Avoid foods such as nuts, popcorn, potato chips, corn, grapes, raisins, etc. These foods may choke the baby
Do not give sweets or sweetened beverages as they contribute to tooth decay.
Do not give soft drinks, coffee, tea, and chocolate.
A child´s diet may be deficient in calcium, iron, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, and frolic acid. Healthy children should get all their nutrients from foods. Standard pediatric multi-vitamins may be given if your pediatrician recommends it.
Do not feed solids in a bottle.
Avoid giving bottle with milk or fruit juice to the baby lying in bed. This can develop nursing bottle mouth that may result in tooth decay.

Wednesday

Baby food recipes

INGREDIENTS

1 CARROT

1 POTATO

1 TBL SPOON OF BREAST MILK OR FORMULA

METHOD

SCRUB AND PEEL THE VEGETABLES. CUBE BOTH INTO SMALL CUBES. COOK THE CARROT AND POTATO TOGETHER FOR APPROX 25-30 MINUTES OR UNTIL EXTREMELY SOFT. ALLOW TO COOL. MASH OR PUREE THE VEGETABLES TO REQUIRED CONSISTENCY, ADD THE BABY MILK TO THIN AS REQUIRED.