Great summer greetings to all dear MoMsters and their little wonders!
I know, few might be enjoying the summer season while others might be counting days to welcome the next one. You are enjoying or not but you might be worried about the scorching summer which can make you sweat, get dehydrated and a few heat rashes.
Here are some suggestions to keep you and your kids comfortable in the heat. This is also useful for pregnant ladies.
During summer getting dehydrated is very common.
Symptoms of dehydration.
Dry lips and mouth
Irritability and cranky babies
Dark strong smelling urine.
(If urine is light yellow in color and clear, it usually means that you are getting enough to drink. If the urine is dark yellow with strong smell then it is a sign of dehydration) – applies for both adults and babies.
For infants no wet diapers in three hours.
It is important to keep baby comfortable in summer. In hot weather, babies are at the risk of heat rash, dehydration, sunburn and heat stroke. Babies become overheated much more quickly than adults.
Hydration is vital to our overall health and well-being. During hot and humid weather you should increase fluid intake, when it’s hot and sunny you will lose more water from sweating. Even when you are not roaming around you will lose water.
Generally hydration controls
your body temperature
carries nutrients around your body
flush out wastes
cushions organs and joints.
A few tips can help you to stay hydrated and makes you feel cool.
Children are less tolerant of high climatic heat stress than adults and also babies are prone to a lot of sweating. A baby is dehydrated if they take less milk. Therefore, keep infants below 6 months hydrated with frequent breastfeeding. Babies older than 6 months can be offered fresh home-made juice to battle the heat.
Drink a glass of water when you wake up each morning.
Don’t ignore thirst, drink water or another healthy drink when you feel thirsty.
People who are sensitive to refrigerated water can use mud pot for the storage of water. (Water kept in mud pots quench thirst better than cold water or ice creams.)
Don’t wait for your child to tell you he or she is thirsty. Make them drink water at regular intervals. Children are too busy playing to know they are thirsty. They will continue to play no matter what. Don’t wait for them to ask you for water, get them to drink regularly.
For babies above 7-month purchase sipper cup which is non-spill design and free of BPA plastic.
Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.
Instead of making juice eat fruits directly because blending fruits destroy a few % of nutrients that are present in food.
Offer food with high water content, for example, watermelon, muskmelon, soups, cucumber, and tomatoes.
If children are traveling outside, squeeze a lemon in water and keep that bottle with you.
But, are we waiting to see our little ones to catch a cold and suffer with it… No, right?
As it is said… “Prevention is better than cure”. Let us see how can we prevent our babies to suffer from cold and cough.
Try to keep your surroundings clean & dust free. During winter cover the child with Dettol washed sweater & head cap.
Make sure breastfeeding mom is not suffering from cold. If so, cover your mouth with a mask while feeding the baby and wash your hand each time when you carry the baby.
[Remember through breastfeed common cold will never transfer to baby, it’s through inhaled air].
For babies of 6 months and above provide plenty of vitamin-rich fruits and vegetables to boost immunity. [Our future blog says a lot about vitamin-rich recipes.]
Consult the doctor if you notice the following:
If the child has a fever that lasts over 2 days & seems to be more tired than normal.
If the child is getting dehydrated or vomiting repeatedly.
The fever is up and down.
Babies & toddlers begin to sound wheezy & secreting uncontrolled phlegm.
If the child not feeding & reduced urine than normal.
If they are unusually quiet.
If the child wakes up frequently at night time.
If the cold continued for more than 7 days.
If the infant has constant ear pain or pulling at ears.
If the child has skin rashes.
If the child has a chronic or bark like cough?
General tips on giving medicine:
If the infant has a fever, give Ibuprofen for pediatric use or consult a doctor what to keep in the medical kit in case of an emergency. (look for recommended dosages on the cover of a bottle or go as per doctor instruction).
Don’t give any medicine to a baby younger than 4-month-old, unless your doctor suggests you to do so.
Any medicines don’t give 5 doses in one day.
Give the right dosage by reading the doctor’s prescription carefully.
So, this much for now. We hope, you have gone through the tips and would have felt relaxed for a while. Now, you are a step away to deal with cough and cold in your infants/toddlers.Thanks, MoMsters for loving your child more than yourself.We care for you.Any query please feel free to comment.
Some of the home remedies to ease the symptoms are:
First, make your infant comfortable. Provide him/her extra rest and an increased amount of fluids. If you find nasal congestion during cold, use saline nasal drops that are available in medical stores. [Dosages – 3 hours once, 2 drops in each nostril.]
If the infant is more than 1 year old give steam inhalation 3 times per day. (Trust me it really loosens mucus in the nose and eases nasal congestion and sinus symptoms).
Note: have a careful look at babies while making them inhale; they should not get burnt by hot steam.
Mustard oil massage
During the cold period, give mustard oil massage before bath (recommended for both babies & toddlers).
During bedtime, warm mustard oil with small pieces of garlic cloves dipped in it should be massaged.
Apply mustard oil on betel leaves and slightly warm the leaf on low heat. Place the warm betel leaves on the chest area and also on the back of the kid.
[By doing this you will notice baby stool with mucus – i.e. removing phlegm from chest congestion.]
The phenol present in betel leaves contains anti-inflammatory & antiseptic properties that provide quick relief from chest congestion.
Prepare Tulsi ( Ocimumtenuiflorum) extract and karpuravalli (Plectranthusamboinicus)extract.
[Dosage: 3 ml/per day for babies of 6, months and above and 5 ml for toddlers once in the morning (before morning food)]
Tulsi and Karpuravalli is an excellent cure for cough & cold.
A very simple & effective method is Ginger (Zingiberofficinale) rasa with a pinch of turmeric (Curcumalonga)powder which reduces cough & cold. [Recommended for babies 6 months and above].
Turmeric+Honey in Warm GheeAdd pinch of turmeric (Curcumalonga) and honey in warm ghee. This (honey) is recommended for babies of 1 year and above. It gives immediate relaxation in cough. Note: This remedy is quite effective as one of our momsters use it whenever required. If you need more detail, kindly post your query in the comment section.
Last but not least, “Breastfeeding your baby will provide antibodies & enzymes that help to protect against illness”.
Note: Home remedies for common cold should be followed only for 4 days, if still cold persists, please consult the pediatrician.
So, dear Momsters, these all are tried and tested by various moms. Please do let us know in the comment section if you have used any of these remedies and how did it work.
There are few tips which will be helpful to know. They are as follows :
Good latch allows your body to produce the hormone prolactin, which is responsible for milk production. Make sure you are holding your baby in the correct position, try offering by sitting upright with your back supported and raise the child level using a pillow. Mom can also try C shape pillow for feeding on the lap.
Holding your baby in the correct position will avoid trapping of gas in baby tummy.
Do not give cow’s milk to your baby till they turn 1 year old, because its protein is very difficult to digest by the little kidney.
No for bottle feed, bottle nipples are suspected for lots of infection as well as the gas filled in the bottle leads to stomach upset for the little wonders.
Don’t think you can’t breastfeed if you go back to work. Many mothers expressing the milk using a variety of breast pumps available in the market and feed with sterilized bowl-spoon.
To check whether the infant got sufficient breast milk, just observe per day how many times they wet their cloth. During day time better don’t use a diaper, the cloth is the best way to check. If the child passes 6 to 8 wet diaper then that should be enough. You can reassure the weight gain for every vaccination visit.
These tips are to help you with a few more unsaid suggestions that are ignored or unknown but are very important.
I hope you would have given your best to breastfeed your baby 👍😊 There are lots of benefits of breastfeeding for both mom and the kid. (refer our article)
Many of the new moms have gone through a stressful situation and as a result, their Breastmilk supply decreased over a period of time.
But, the good news is that there are various natural ways to increase Breastfeed milk .!! Have a look… 😃
Methods to increase breastmilk naturally
Keep yourself Stress-free☺️ Stress plays an important role in decreasing breastmilk (BM). Hence find a way to take rest, nap with baby. Try to assign housework to other members during your nap.
Regular suckling by the baby🤱 Breastfeed your baby every 2 hours once for 6 months, feed on one side for 10 mins then shift to another breast, total spend 20 mins of time. Longer your baby nurses at your breast the more milk will be produced. This is the single most important way to increase your milk production.
Stay hydrated🥛🥛 Take plenty of oral liquids including water, juice, and milk.🥤🥤 Cow Milk: It contains calcium which boosts milk production, drinks 1 glass of milk morning and before bedtime. [Limit drinks that contain caffeine like coffee, soda. Too much intake of caffeine can cause irritability to your baby and also it can interfere with your baby’s sleep.]
Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-gracecum) These seeds promotes galactogogue to increase milk supply. It is completely safe for breastfeeding mom and their baby. (However, the asthma patient is not recommended to consume.) You can just swallow 1 teaspoon of fenugreek seeds 2 times for 5 days.
Dill leaves + Garlic cloves It is rich in fiber, vitamin K, iron, and antioxidants which promotes enough BM and easy to digest. Garlic cloves stimulate lactation (galactagogue). Cook dill leaves with 10 pieces of garlic cloves, consume medium quantity in the morning and night for 3 days.
Mutton and Salmon For non-vegetarian eat mutton thrice a week which boost BM. Salmon is rich in omega-3, it also helps to boost lactation.
Oatmeal It is rich in fiber, thiamine, vitamins, and magnesium, thus helps in promoting milk supply.
Spinach It contains iron, folic acid, vitamins which is beneficial for both mom and baby.
Almonds Almonds are rich in calories, vitamins & minerals which boost BM. Just soak the 5 almonds overnight & morning grind, mix with milk and drink it.
Please take a tour of your kitchen once. You will find most of the items in the kitchen. If not found, it can be bought. Readily available in the market.
Do you know any other method to increase the Breastmilk supply naturally? Please do share in the comment box below.