Tips & Diet Plan For A New Mother.

Tips & Diet Plan For A New Mother.

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Dear New Mom’s generally after child birth women required extra care.

Preserve your body heat.

Post delivery, women are requested to cover their head with scarf the whole day according to Indian tradition. This is because generally the body heat is lost primarily, covering your head is believed to keep you warm and protect you from unnecessary cold.

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.

During this period your digestive system will be very sensitive, hence proper diet plan should be maintained.

Always prefer fresh food and avoid leftover food.

The new mother is advised to eat on time and not too much or too little.

  • At first take plenty of oral liquids including water, juice, and milk.

Milk contains calcium which boosts milk production, drink 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.]*

  • Cook dill leaves with 10 pieces of garlic cloves, consume medium quantity in the morning and night for 3 days.It is rich in fiber, vitamin K, iron, and antioxidants which promotes enough BM and easy to digest. Garlic cloves stimulate lactation (galactagogue).
  • For non-vegetarian eat mutton thrice a week which boost BM.

Among fish you can go for Salmon which is rich in omega-3, it also helps to boost lactation.

  • take spinach noon time it contains iron, folic acid, vitamins which is beneficial for both mom and baby.
  • Soak 5 almonds overnight & morning grind it, mix with milk and drink. Almonds are rich in calories, vitamins & minerals which boost BM.
  • take iron rich foods like pulses and legumes, green leafy vegetables, red meat, beetroot,
  • for vitamin D – exposure to morning sunlight will help, because during delivery mom would have lost calcium and vitamin. Till 6 month, doctor would have given calcium and vitamin supplements , continue the same.
  • Do not skip breakfast.
  • Avoid oily food, spicy and junk food like chips, chocolates, cakes and soft drinks, also avoid gassy veggies like cabbage, potatoes and cauliflower for the first three weeks after childbirth, as they disturb the digestive system.
  • Among Fruits: any fruits which doesn’t trigger cold. You can take apple, melons, small banana, papaya etc.

Avoid foods which cause indigestion, it depends on individual, check and go accordingly.

Take care dear MoMsters and follow our tips, stay healthy.

Harmful Effects of Mobile Phones on Children

Harmful Effects of Mobile Phones on Children

N number of parents want to make their kids engaged in some activities so that they can do some other kinds of stuff. It might be cooking or household chores or office work or watching tv etc. In order to do that the most easiest way parents adopt is to hand over a phone to their kids. Few know and few donot its side effects on children. They provide mobile phones and make them engaged to spend long hours over mobiles.

But the question is,  did anyone ever thought it might be harmful to give the mobile phone to your child? If yes, then find out what are the possible effects and how to avoid giving mobile phones to your child.

The rate of radiation absorption is higher in children than adults because their brain tissues absorbs quickly, their skulls are soft. Pregnant ladies should be careful, because fetuses are particularly vulnerable, because radiation exposure can lead to degeneration of the protective sheath that surrounds brain neurons.

Children who use mobile phones are likely to suffer from the following:

Disruption of memory: They won’t be able to have the same level of thinking.

The decline of attention: Children get addicted to either social media or video games, hence they find difficult to concentrate your words or lack of healthy communication with parents.

Increased irritability: They get irritated very soon and lead to a behavioural issue.

Sleep Disruption: They may suffer from insufficient sleep by staying up all night texting or playing games which causes fatigue and restlessness.

• They face diminishing learning and cognitive abilities.

• Longer-term hazards include “depressive syndrome”.

Safety Precautions:

  • Devices should be kept away from a pregnant woman’s abdomen.
  • A mother should not use a cell phone while nursing.
  • Cell phones should not be allowed in a child’s bedroom at night, unless a cell phone is turned off, it is always radiating.
  •  When not in use, it should not be kept on the body, the best place for a cell phone is somewhere like a selves or top table.
  • Boy child should not keep a cell phone in their front pants pockets, because there is a potential harm to sperm after puberty.
  • Wi-Fi routers in the home should be placed away from where people, particularly children, spend the most of their time.
  •  Wireless Bluetooth headsets should be avoided.
  •  Use the speakerphone or a plug-in earpiece when you make your child talk to their grandparents or daddy. This helps to protect child from harmful radiation.
  • Most importantly avoid giving mobile phones for children to play games or to watch video. (If possible delete all the games from your phone, games won’t help your child anyway in future.)

  • Change the YouTube settings to restriction mode in order to protect them from watching any inappropriate content.
  • We as a parent use mobile phones almost everytime infront of our little kids which adversely trigger them to use mobiles like mumma and papa. (Children generally follows parents footsteps). Instead, spend quality time with your little wonders and try to give healthy/talented youngsters for our nation.

Dear parents please go through our content and take an immediate step on protecting your kids from mobile phones. 

Many parents cry aloud that they are missing their happy and lovable child once they had, just because of a healthy communication gap.

80 % of parents report that their child no longer communicating with the family, the phone is always beside the child day and night, their homework is pending, their aim in life and achievements no longer exist.

The simple handset can be provided for school going children just to manage missed school buses, sudden school holidays so on, provided monitor their mobile activity and lastly recharged currency for mobile.

Talk with children wisely, carefully and with all your love. Make them engaged in other activities that improve their knowledge.

Last but not the least, it is easier said than done. It might take time for the transition. But, have patience. Now, you know the harmful effects of mobiles on children. In that case, keep motivating yourselves till your kid gives away the phone and gets indulged into some healthy engagement. 

Take care MoMsters
Happy Parenting..

Nipple Shield-I could avoid it

My dear Momsters,

I would like to share my story about using Nipple shield. I am blessed with a baby boy recently. I had C Section. I was not conscious and it took time to come back to my normal condition. Nurses were extracting colustrum from my nipple. I even didn’t ask, why expressed colostrum was given. After sometime they said I have a flat nipple problem.. My son WILL NOT latch.. 🙁 I mean.. how could they say without trying.. !! But Baby was crying so all my family accepted what they were saying. Using Nipple shield was easy and baby was able to latch.. but sterilizing it again and again was a big headache. My mother was only strong enough to do all those things. I was getting irritated. It continued.. and after 2 months we decided to try once again to make him latch.. After few days he latched 🙂

But, the story doesn’t end there… when I started interacting with other new moms.. they said that they were also told to use the shield but they didnot do and tried to make their kid latch and they were successful. I used to feel angry, disappointed and helpless as I could not do that due to lack of knowledge.

Hence, my request to new moms is that Flat nipple is just a shape. Baby will latch slowly. Just keep trying. Easy ways are many but breastfeeding is like a dedicated work and every mom should do it. It takes one week for baby to latch properly. So.. don lose hope, don panic.. Just say to yourself.. My baby will find its way soon to latch soon.. !!
🙂 🙂

Happy Breastfeeding 🙂

Vaccination-Gift Your Child A Life-Time Protection From Diseases.

Vaccination-Gift Your Child A Life-Time Protection From Diseases.

Dear Momsters, as a parent, you will be wondering, why vaccinating your kiddo is so important !!

Some parents think that their baby’s immune system is immature and cannot handle vaccination at such a young age. But, the fact is, as soon as they are born, babies effectively start dealing with trillions of bacteria and viruses. The challenges to their immune system from vaccines are tiny compared to the everyday challenges of living!

Concept of Vaccination:

The vaccine is a biological preparation that resembles a disease-causing microbe, generally made of dead or weak microbes. When vaccinated our immune system creates a memory of a disease-causing organism (virus, bacteria), and produces antibodies which fights any further attack of microbes.

Getting your child vaccinated on time will help in protecting him or her against several diseases.

There is a saying – “Prevention is better than cure”

Certain diseases have no treatment, such as smallpox, polio, hence vaccination is a boon for us.

Where should I go to have my child vaccinated?

Any Paediatric clinic and also government hospital in India will provide few free vaccinations for your child. For your reference, we are providing the vaccination chart.

Vaccination should be started from birth until 12 years.

Tuberculosis, Polio, Rotavirus, Gastroenteritis, Tetanus, Haemophilus Influenza type B, Diphtheria, Whooping Cough, Hepatitis B, Pneumococcal infection, Flu and Measles are the vaccinations that your child will be protected against.

Note: Before deciding which vaccine doses to provide, kindly show to paediatrician your child’s previous immunization status.

Dear MoMsters, we hope, if you are reading this blog, you should be in a position to understand why vaccines are so important to the health and well-being.

BCG Vaccine

The BCG vaccination is given to all the children after birth to prevent Tuberculosis (TB).

Tuberculosis is caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis, transmitted by the airborne route (cough/sneeze or dust particles). Commonly affects the lungs.

Rotavirus Vaccine

Rotavirus infects nearly every child before their 5th birthday. Rotavirus in children can lead to severe diarrhoea, dehydration, electrolyte imbalance and metabolic acidosis. 

Rotavirus transmission is by faecal-oral spread, both through a close person – to – person contact and by fomites (such as toys and other environmental surfaces contaminated by stool). It is also transmitted through faecal, contaminated food /water and respiratory droplets.

Rotavirus vaccination is given to all infants of 6 weeks to  24 weeks in age.

Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV)

Polio is a disease caused by the genus Enterovirus from the Picornaviridae family. Polio can paralyze arms, legs and breathing muscles.

Transmission occurs in areas of poor sanitation, where there are contaminated water and food.

You can protect your child from polio with vaccination.

All children should get 3 doses of polio vaccines (starting at 2 months of age) and a booster dose at 4 -6 years old.

Diphtheria

Diphtheria is a bacterial infection that affects the mucous membranes of the throat and nose.

It spreads from one person to another through droplets of moisture coughed into the air.

Diphtheria can be prevented by vaccination. In children, less than 5 years who are not vaccinated, the mortality rate can be as high as 20 %.

Tetanus

Tetanus results from a toxin produced by the bacteria Clostridium tetani.

C.tetani spores can be found in the soil and in the intestine and faeces of many household and farm animals and humans.

The bacteria usually enter the human body through a puncture in skin/wounds.

Tetanus directly affects the Central nervous system followed by muscles contract and making it rigid, and stiffness of the neck, difficulty in swallowing and stiffness of the abdominal muscles.

There is no cure for tetanus once a person develops symptoms.

Hence prevention through immunization is necessary.

Pertussis (whooping cough)

Pertussis is caused by bacteria. You or your child can get pertussis by breathing in bacteria from an infected person who coughs or sneezes near you.

Pertussis normally starts with symptoms of a cold like a stuffy and runny nose. You might also have a mild fever or cough. Your cough will get much worse after 1 or 2 weeks. Many children have hard and fast coughing that causes a whooping sound.

Pertussis is very serious for babies because they are not always able to fight this infection. Babies less than 1-year-old will have breathing problem and pneumonia (an infection in the lungs).

Most adults do not have severe symptoms of the disease and do not realize their cold is pertussis. Adults can easily pass this infection to a child unknowingly. 

Even pregnant ladies are given a Tdap vaccine to protect their babies. Tdap is a form of tetanus. 

The vaccine that also has the pertussis vaccine is given in the same shot.

[All children,  at the early stage of 2 months, and adults need protection against these three diseases – Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis (Whooping Cough) – DTap. Routine booster doses are also needed throughout life]

Haemophilus influenza Type B (Hib)

Hib is the common cause of life-threatening bacterial infection in children.

The bacteria are spread by an infected person sneezing or coughing respiratory droplets into the air, which are inhaled by another person.

A person with Hib disease may develop Meningitis (inflammation of the membrane around the brain), pneumonia, epiglottitis, bacteraemia, infects the joints, bones, lungs, skin, neck, urinary tract and other organs.

Vaccines are available for children more than 6 weeks of age. It is important to start the doses on time because infants are particularly vulnerable to this infection.

Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV)

Most of the parents are not aware of pneumococcal vaccines, many tries to skip this particular vaccine, just assuming it is not of much importance.

But dear parents, this disease is easily transmitted to infants and young children.

Pneumococcal disease is caused by a bacterium called Streptococcus pneumoniae. The bacteria are dispersed into the air when infected people cough or sneeze and are inhaled by the person.

Pneumococcus infection includes pneumonia, meningitis, middle ear infection, sinusitis and bacteraemia.

PCV vaccine protects the children against this disease.

Hepatitis B Vaccine (Hep B)

The Hepatitis B virus attacks the liver and causes serious damage. Hepatitis B is a deadly disease but it’s preventable with vaccination.

Babies can get hepatitis B virus from their infected mother at birth and children can get if they live with an infected person or even if they share the water, food contaminated by an infected person.

All newborn should get Hep B vaccine.

Hepatitis A Vaccine (Hep A)

Hepatitis A is a viral disease transmitted through food that comes in contact with contaminated faeces.

Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver. Hep A is caused by the HAV virus (Hepatitis A Virus).

Children are routinely vaccinated between their first and second birthdays. Adults who have not been vaccinated previously and want to get protected against hepatitis A can also get the vaccine.

Typhoid Vaccine

Typhoid is a serious disease. It is caused by bacteria called Salmonella Typhi.

People get typhoid from contaminated food or water.

Typhoid symptoms are high fever, weakness, stomach pain, headache, loss of appetite, fatigue and sometimes a rash.

Typhoid vaccine can prevent typhoid.

 

Measles

Measles is an acute childhood infectious disease caused by a virus.

The virus is transmitted from person to person through coughing or sneezing.

Symptoms are usually fever, runny nose, cough, loss of appetite, pink eye and a rash.

MMR vaccine is given to prevent.

 

 

Varicella Vaccine

Varicella (Chickenpox) is caused by the Varicella zoster virus.

Chickenpox is usually mild, but it can be serious in infants who are 12 months of age or less.

Symptoms of chickenpox include skin infections, rashes, fever, inflammation of blood vessels, tiredness, loss of appetite, headache.

Generally, 2 doses of varicella vaccine are given at the age of 12th to 15th months and the second at age of 4th to 6th years.

Talk to your paediatrician for more details.

Flu shot

The flu vaccine is available but it does not cover all cough and cold viruses. Since flu is seasonal,  a person has to take it yearly.

Flu is most commonly caused by the influenza virus. It is transmitted when the infected person coughs or sneezes, they spread the flu virus in tiny droplets of saliva over a wide area.

The best time to take flu vaccination is in July and August.

Who should consider having the flu vaccination?

  • Pregnant women benefit from the flu vaccine because it will reduce their risk of serious complications, in the later stages of pregnancy.
  • The flu vaccine is safe for anyone 6 months of age and older.
  • This vaccine is also safe for breastfeeding mother. A breastfeeding mother can pass on antibodies made in response to the flu shot through their breast milk.

Flu shots are usually given once in a year.

 

 

 

 

HPV Vaccine

The HPV vaccine prevents infection from Human papillomavirus types that are associated with many cancers including cervical cancer.

HPV is generally recommended for girl child at 11 or 12 years of age, but it may be given at the beginning of  9 years till the age of 26 (before marriage).

Few points to be noted:

  • Do not get your baby vaccinated if your baby is sick, having an infection or running a high temperature. Once he/she recovers, go for it.
  • Vaccination is safe and well tolerated. Mild side effects are fever, soreness at the injection site, pain. But do not worry MoMsters these generally heal quickly.

Few remedies to heal mild side effects after vaccination (collected by asking many other Momsters) :

  • On swelling part sponge with an ice cube wrapped in a cotton cloth, generally swelling will be there for 1 or 2 days.
  • If the baby is less than 6 month, breastfeeding can make them comfortable.
  • Only if fever crosses 100 F then give crocin or paracetamol drops as per doctor’s suggestion.
  • Few doctors prescribe gel to apply on the swollen area. Kindly consult a doctor regarding this.
  • In addition to vaccination, additional measures to protect children are adequate nutrition, exclusive breastfeeding, reducing pollution.

We hope that after going through the post you might have known the importance of each vaccine and felt relaxed. Please consult your paediatrician if your child is not up to date with all recommended vaccines. 

Please feel free to post your query/comment.  

Lactose intolerance in babies

Lactose intolerance in babies is very transient.
Stool reducing substance being positive means lactose intolerance.
That means those babies cannot digest milk ( lactose) .Sometimes lactose intolerance settles on its own depending on severity. Some kids can tolerate some amount of milk but not too much. So you Will have to wait to see whats tolerable for your baby.
During that time it is suggested to give formula feed lactose free ( ask doctor which formula feed is lactose free) for 2mnths and then reintroduce breast feed, by then lactase enzyme regeneration in baby gut would occur and will tolerate breast feed.

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