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Don’t Let Heat Rash Suffer your kid

Don’t Let Heat Rash Suffer your kid

Every school going kid gets excited thinking about their summer vacation and they wish their holidays to be filled with a lot of fun. The hot and humid climate during summer increases the chance of suffering one or the other heat-related health issues, especially in kids. And one of the most common, irritating heat-related conditions is heat rashes; often known as prickly heat. Though heat rash is common in all age groups, it is mostly seen in kids.
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Does Iron Deficiency Make Your Child Anaemic?

Does Iron Deficiency Make Your Child Anaemic?

Most of the parents won’t care much about the blood unless they notice pale skin or pale lining of eyelids in their kids. But it is really important to get the children screened for regular blood tests which help to find any abnormalities at an early stage.

 As blood is the most important fluid in our bodies, abnormalities in the blood may lead to serious illness in children which affects their growth and development. But for now, let us know about a common health issue in children which is related to blood, known as “Anaemia”.

Anaemia is a health issue which results due to the lack of healthy red blood cells in our blood.  The main function of these cells is to carry oxygen to the tissues all through the body and carrying away the metabolic waste such as carbon dioxide. Red blood cells are produced inside the bones, in the bone marrow. The iron in our diet helps to make the red blood cells and the lack of iron lead to anaemia, which is termed as “Iron deficiency anaemia” in medical.

Causes of Anaemia:

                           As the name suggests, iron deficiency anaemia is caused due to the low iron level. Our body gets iron from the diet and the iron from old red blood cells is also reused. Children who don’t get enough iron from their diet are at higher risk to suffer from anaemia.

Symptoms of Anaemia:

The common symptoms of iron deficiency anaemia seen in children are listed below:

  • Pale skin, especially palms, nails and lining of eyelids.
  • Poor appetite
  • Tiredness and weakness
  • Become short of breath
  • Irritability
  • Sore tongue
  • Brittle nails

Treatment for Anaemia:

                           Taking healthy diet is the most important way to prevent and treat iron deficiency. Including iron rich foods in children’s diet may help them to recover from anaemia. A list of foods which are a good source of iron is mentioned below:

  • Fortified breakfast cereals
  • Eggs
  • Dark green leafy vegetables
  • Apricots
  • Raisins
  • Prunes
  • Peanut butter
  • Oatmeal

If your child is suffering from anaemia even after having a healthy diet, he/she might be prescribed for iron supplements by a pediatrician. It is suggested not to give your child iron supplements on your own without doctor’s advice. Always remember that the sufficient amount of iron is good for overall health and growth of the child, but too much of iron can cause poisoning.

Does Your Child have Developmental Delay?

Does Your Child have Developmental Delay?

As parents watch their child grow and anticipate his/her milestones, it is very common to wonder and even worry about whether his development is on track or not. Though every child develops at his or her own pace, it is important for parents to notice that their child reaches his developmental milestones such as rolling over, sitting, walking and talking around the expected age. When a child couldn’t reach his developmental milestones around the expected age it could be a sign of developmental delay.

What is a developmental delay?

The term developmental delay is simply the delay in a child’s development, which refers to when a child does not achieve his developmental milestones within the broad range of what is considered normal. The developmental delay can be in one or more areas. There are different types of developmental delays in infants and young children which include:

Communication and language skills –  understanding and speaking

Gross Motor Skills – Actions that involve using of arms, legs or entire body like crawling, running and jumping.

Social and Emotional skills – Ability to relate to other people, making eye contact.

Visual Motor Skills – Ability to find the difference between alphabets.

What causes a developmental delay?

The specific cause of developmental delay is unknown. But it can have many different causes such as genetic defect like Down syndrome, complications during pregnancy or at the time of birth such as prematurity or infections.

How a developmental delay is diagnosed?

No one can know better about a child than his parents. So it important for parents to keep track of all their child’s activities and consult a healthcare professional if concerned about their child’s development. Usually a developmental delay is diagnosed after a child’s health and development are assessed by a pediatric specialist.

Treatment for children with developmental delay:

Children with developmental delay take longer to develop new skills and may learn in slightly different ways. They need to be shown skills in smaller and simpler steps and need more opportunities to practise. According to the type of developmental delay seen in children, the following therapies might be able to help to treat it:

  • Speech and language therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Behaviour therapies

 

 

 

 

Do’s & Don’ts of Introducing Solids to Your Baby

Do’s & Don’ts of Introducing Solids to Your Baby

Most of the moms are confused while introducing babies to their first foods. One of the things that concern most mothers is how to properly feed their children right from the time of introducing solids. Introduction of solids to babies is also called as complementary feeding, as it is mandatory to feed them with breast milk or formula feed which should be the primary source of food till they are one year old. The solids must be an additional source of nutrients.

Feeding an infant shouldn’t be a stressful situation. To help out the new mothers, here are some do’s and don’ts while feeding their babies

DO’s:

  • Do check with your pediatrician before starting solids to your baby.
  • Look for the physical signs such as sitting up with limited support, have good neck strength and ability to chew the food.
  • Introduce one food at a time in small quantity i.e. about one to two teaspoons and gradually increase the quantity over time.
  • When solids are introduced before your baby turns 6 months, make sure they are pureed. Later introduce different kinds of textures such as minced, mashed or shredded food which helps the baby in transitioning to eat regular food.
  • Make sure to provide necessary nutrition for your baby to aid healthy growth.

DON’TS:

  • Don’t introduce two new foods at a time; maintain a gap of three to four days between introduction of each food. By following this tip it is easier to figure out any possible reactions like diarrhea, vomiting or rashes.
  • Don’t stop breast-feeding or formula-feeding just because you are working on the introduction of solids. Breast milk or formula feed must be a main source of nutrition and calories.
  • Don’t add honey, salt or sugar into the baby food just to make your baby like that food.
  • If your baby doesn’t show interest or rejects while being introduced to a new food, don’t force them to eat. Try again and again by maintaining a gap of few days.
  • Don’t distract your baby during the mealtime. Turn off the TV or music, and keep away the toys while feeding.

It is very important to be patient while feeding your baby. Don’t get frustrated when your baby does not accept the food you have introduced to him. Remember that the every food you are introducing to your baby has never crossed his lips before and he has to get used for its new texture and flavour.