Set aside time to spend with each child individually, so they don't feel like they're competing for your attention ||Exclusive breastfeeding for at least 6 months is the best prevention of food allergies ||Infant constipation is the passage of hard, dry bowel movements — not necessarily the absence of daily bowel movements ||Breastfeeding releases Oxytocin which causes contractions of the uterus, helping to stop hemorrhage and initiating weight loss ||Excessive warmth and overdressing are as harmful as cold weather. Temperature inside your home should not exceed 23 degrees ||If every feeding is painful or your baby isn't gaining weight, ask a lactation consultant or your baby's doctor for help ||The AAP recommends sponge baths until the umbilical cord stump falls off — which might take up to three weeks ||Massaging infants' arms and hands can significantly reduce their pain from needle sticks ||Don't ever be afraid to ask for help from a friend or relative. Time away will let you recharge. ||Infants raised on breast milk tend to score higher on tests of mental development than those on formula ||
Should i offer my baby some water?

 

You should offer your child water freely as much as he/she wants. Some children prefer to drink sweetened beverages. This is not advised and might be harmful on the long term.

 

Generally, offer your child the same water you are drinking.

 

If you are giving your child bottled water, review the fluoride content of the water. Fluoride is a mineral needed to prevent dental caries and is a component of our bones. Your child needs a minimum of 0.3mg/liter if his/her age is 6 months to 3 years, 0.65mg/liter if his/her age is 3 to 16 years. If your child's drinking water contains fluorides less than what was just defined, ask your doctor or call 2356 for fluoride supplementation advice.

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