Dec 28, 2010

Childish and Child - Redundant?

The words, Childishness and Child, seems to be redundant, "childish" and "child" seems to sound good when used together. However, it is not because children are living the period of childhood that they need to be forever "childish children"

Childhood is a very dynamic period of human life. In childhood we begin to walk and talk until a burst of hormones at puberty. That's fantastic! The skills and the body matures during this period, and evolve as well, all at the same time. And this is where the problem starts from childishness.

Many children are educated like babies forever. The years pass, the physical changes that occur in the body, but the maturity seems to develop at a snail's pace. Often, the mother (or father) is an immature adult or child. Other times, the person who creates the child feels the need to always have your baby, whether by trauma, loss, or even fear a possible loss, and forgetting that he was a baby, but now is a child, will soon adult young. Thus, the young adult will be completely childish, immature, then need to be pampered, but today the world no longer allows it. Some refuse even to take your age, not involved with other young, but still playing with the kids, dressing and acting like a child.

Next post: "The Small Adult".

Dec 17, 2010

Education: Punishing the child or not?

Have you noticed that no other animal attacks with violence their offspring?

Punish or not the children is a question that always goes through the minds of parents in the hours of education. But some parents are unable to discern "educate to learn what is right "and "educate under distress"and the distress occurs when the child is replaced by minor trauma to the bad teachings of your parents.

The education starts when children are small. The goal is to teach boundaries and not simply punish, as many do not know what they are doing.

The children needs to understand the reason for the punishment and did not they are being punished for authoritarianism or irritation of adults. The young child should be reprimanded immediately after the misbehavior. For example, if the child tries to put a finger in the socket or climb dangerous place, parents should do "ugly face" to show that this attitude is not right and explain that "can not" doing it because may feel pain or get hurt.

Punishment, when necessary, should be a simple punishment, get and take the toy, prohibit from leaving the bedroom, no watching TV..., and make understand why "it not can". Whenever a punishment, say why this punishing and listen to what the children says, this will help them make understand why you say "not"

Establish goals to retrieve a toy, for example, is a good solution to reverse the penalty, giving the child the satisfaction by making the right thing and understand so what you taught.

Dec 11, 2010

Principles of Education

Vision of Judaism
The secret of parenting is to understand the nuances of the nature of their children and educate them according to that nature.

The King Solomon says in Proverbs:
"If educate (Chanoch) the child according to his nature, when grow up will not abandon what it learned."

Although no children alike, all children should learn that stealing, for example, is wrong! The personalities and temperaments can vary, but the need to be good, compassionate and ethical is universal. A child may be shy, another creative, and another yet be impatient. All, however, need to learn what it means to be a "Mensch" - A good person.

Jewish parents are urged not only to teach children the skill needed for life, like eating with fork and knife or use the computer - but also to teach them values and ideals that will bring meaning to a life of their children.

The essence of Jewish parenthood-motherhood is teach the child engage a saluter education. The Talmud says: At so the child learns speak, the parents should teaching the Torah and Shema.

What does it mean to teach *Torah and *Shema?
So like do not let them grow to decide whether if them can learn read or write, we should not suspend the teaching of values and character until they are old enough to decide for themselves what principles require sacrifices, what principles are negotiable and which are not morally.

And this is the true spirit of Hanukkah: the soul of a Jew can never be extinguished, but depends on us, of the education we pass on to our children, how much they will shine or remain only as a spark waiting for call to increase the potential burning..., Eternally!

Note:
*Shema - Deuteronomy 6: 4 - 9, Deuteronomy 11: 13 - 21, Numbers 15: 37- 41 http://www.jewfaq.org/prayer/shema.htm
*Torah - Old Testament

Dec 8, 2010

Stimulation Baby Massage

Preparation
- Choose a moment in which you and your child are relaxed and calm. A half hour after the baby has eaten is recommended.
- Be sure that the room temperature is warm (78 degrees Fahrenheit). Undress the baby completely, if the weather is cold or humid cover the areas of the baby's body that are not being massaged.
- Put the baby on a soft surface so your baby will feel comfortable and secure. Keep some little pillows handy.
- It is a good idea to put some cream on your hands and rub them together so they will be soft and warm.
- Basically the massage flows from the head to the toes. With soft and gentle touches you will work on the head, face, shoulders, arms, chest, stomach and legs.
- While you massage your baby look tenderly at him/her. Doing this you stimulate all the senses of the baby and establish a more intense visual and tactile communication. Feel free to speak to your baby, do not inhibit yourself.

Remember that your touches should be tender do not make mechanic motions. Try to be flexible by not keeping a rigid routine.

If the baby wants to change position let them do so. Do not force your baby to keep a position, you can go back to these areas later on.

Pressure to use:
Close your eyes and pressing your eyelids. The pressure you should use is the same as pressing your eyelids without any discomfort.
In the small areas use your fingertips. In bigger areas use the palm of your hand. "Little strokes" mean to touch your baby's skin gently and "massage" is to softly move the muscles under the skin.

The head:
Touch the forehead, temples and the base of the cranium
Eyebrows and eyelids
Nose
Cheeks
The area around the mouth
Ears and surrounding area
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Jaws:
The frontal part of the neck
(Remember doing this very gently)
Make small strokes and massage the posterior part of the neck with slow movements down to the shoulders.
Softly put both hands on his/her shoulders.Caress the baby from the neck to the shoulders in the direction of his chest.
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Shoulders and arms:Form a ring with your fingers and thumb around your child's arm. Begin to caress around the armpit and then go down along the arm. Be very careful when you arrive at the elbow, it is a very sensitive region. In the wrist you can gently practice turning motions using. Remember to take great care with all these motions.massage3.GIF (1848 bytes)
Stomach:
Massage the stomach in a circular way (the genitalia area is excluded from the massage). Caress the abdomen moving your hands clockwise beginning below the ribs.
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Legs: 
Caress each leg with your whole hand, press gently on the thighs.  Slightly flex the legs and knees pressing the thighs gently against the body.
Heels and feet:
A foot massage is very relaxing. Begin by putting a soft pressure on each toe, then the foot and return to the toes again. Sometimes a foot massage can help reduce stomach pain. Caress gently all the toes. Apply circular movements at the heels.
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Back:
Turn your baby around.
Begin with large and slow movements that include head, neck, back and legs always in one direction.
Give your baby soft strokes on the shoulders and back and massaging with your fingertips with circular movements. Do not massage the spinal cord, only put your hands over it and let the baby feel the warm sensation. You can even make small circular movements on your baby's back.
Put your hands at the top of the legs and  begin gently caressing while working your way down towards the foot.
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When you arrive to the feet start again from the top.  With soft and slow movements finish the massage starting once again at the head and back to the toes.
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REMEMBER:
  • Repeat these exercises when you want to have a few special moments with your baby.
  • Do them when you have adequate time for you and your child.
  • Do not feel impatient if the baby does not cooperate...simply  try again later.
Finally: There are many ways to express your love, this is ONLY ONE of them...

Nov 30, 2010

Hanukkah for Children

What's Hanukkah, you ask? Spin yourself back in time to learn the story.

Nov 29, 2010

Fun Outdoor Street Games for Kids

The child got nothing to do indoors? Means are only any time can play on a Playstation, Xbox, Nintendo? Well, below are some outdoor games that you might have heard of. Do you remember?

Street Games for children are a fun practice, traditional and encourages healthy activity for kids.


- British Bulldog
Okay this is a golden oldie it’s a fairly simple game. One person stands in the middle of the play area. The rest of the group stand at one end. The group has to get from one wall of the playground to the other wall, the person who is 'IT' shouts someone’s name from the group shouts 'BULLDOG' then everyone has to run to the other end of the play area. The person who is 'IT' must touch as many people as possible. Any person that is touched by the person who is 'IT' has to remain in the middle. Then you start all over again but you keep getting more people in the middle and it gets harder and harder to reach the other wall, don’t believe me? Try it and see!

- Hop Scotch
This is a classic game, first you need to draw squares on the ground using chalk, and depending on the size of the pavement slabs outsize you might be able to use them! The first player throws their marker (stone) onto the first square.

**The marker must land within the square and not touch any of the lines around it, if the marker is touching a line or bounces out of the square then that player loses their turn!

If successful then the player has to make it all the way to the end. When entering a single square the player must hop on one leg, both feet are used on double squares, one in each square.
When the player reaches the end they must turn and hop back through the course in reverse order, don’t forget to collect your marker on the way back!
If the player manages to make it back successfully then they can then throw into the next square. If while hopping you miss a square, touches a line, or lose your balance then you lose you turn.
The winner is the person who manages to complete all squares from beginning to end.

- Run Outs
One person ~ guard, stands next to something steady, this could be a lamp post or tree and it’s called 'home base'. The rest of the group run away while the guard closes their eyes and counts to a high number. The guard has to spot people and touch them before anyone can touch the home base. Any person that is touched by the guard is out and has to sit and watch they cannot help the other players.

- Hide and Seek
This game can be played inside or outside, I’m sure you’ve played it before but if you haven’t... One person is chosen as "IT" The others all go and hide somewhere while the person who is "IT" counts to a high number, when they’ve reached this number, "IT" shouts; "Coming ready or not!" and starts to look for the others. The first person to be found is "IT".

This last game is a favourite amongst most people who love being cheeky.

- Knock Down Ginger
This is very cheeky game, the aim is to ring a doorbell or knock a knocker loudly on a door, and then run away as fast as possible. To make this game even more exciting you can play the game but with different style such as after knocking you hide as close to the door as possible, behind a tree or just around the corner. The test comes when you try a second time on the same door, giving the owner a few moments to settle down in front of their TV, the quicker you do this the more exciting it can be. Maybe you shouldn’t try this one!!!

Nov 26, 2010

Child's care on Christmas or Hanukkah

For most, the holiday season is a special and joyous time.
Unfortunately, children sometimes complete their celebrating in the hospital or an emergency room, needless victims of accidents caused by the very things designed to delight them -- toys, Christmas trees, decorations and plants. As daily routines are disrupted and adults involve themselves in merrymaking, parents sometimes forget how much trouble their little ones can get into. Since more children seem to get in harm’s way during the holidays than any other time of the year, parents need to be especially diligent for their child’s safety.

House fires take a terrible and unnecessary toll every holiday season. The candles that light the Hanukaha menorah or the electric lights that give the Christmas tree its glow pose dangerous threats. Fires can be prevented by keeping all matches and lighters out of your child’s reach. Candles should be removed from flammable materials, such as paper, plastic, and plants. A dry Christmas tree is a potential fire hazard, so always test your tree for freshness (Bounce the trunk sharply on the ground- if the needles fall off, the tree is too dry). Maintain a tree’s hydration by providing one to two quarts of water daily, and be sure to keep the tree away from fireplaces and other sources of heat. Electrical fires are easily prevented by discarding decorative lights that are broken, cracked or have frayed wires. Use only three sets of lights per extension cord and plug lights with childproof plugs behind the tree. Lights should always be turned off when you are away or upon retiring for the evening (use a timer!).

Decorating with plants can make a house more colorful, but be aware that their ingestion by a small child could cause a serious problem. For example, twenty to thirty holly berries can be fatal for a toddler. While mistletoe berries are less toxic, ingestion by a youngster can cause vomiting, diarrhea, nausea and abdominal pains. A severe overdose can lead to convulsions, loss of blood pressure and serious heart problems. Keep both types of berries out of the house, and call poison control immediately should you discover an ingestion. Contrary to popular belief, poinsettia leaves are less toxic than holly and mistletoe; but ingestion does cause a skin rash and stomach upset.

Tragically, a few years ago a Pinellas County infant choked on pine needles she picked up from the floor around the tree. Keep needles swept up or use an artificial tree as long as there are small children around. Anchor your tree securely to prevent toppling and trim branches at a toddler’s eye level since the needles and branches can injure an eye. Preservatives put in the basins of some Christmas trees serve to keep them green, but inquisitive toddlers may find these chemicals more appetizing then dinner. Beware!

Children are naturally attracted to colorful and glittering decorations. Keep out of reach any breakable decorations, especially those keepsakes of great sentimental value that have been handed down from generation to generation. Avoid edible decorations such as candy since toddlers have trouble distinguishing between decorations that can be eaten and those that can’t. Every winter small children are treated after they have swallowed such diverse objects as pine needles, tinsel, angel hair, styrofoam and artificial snow. When glass ornaments break, sharp pieces are formed that can be inhaled or swallowed, easily cutting your child. It is wise to keep these breakables out of their reach.

Even when potentially dangerous decorations are kept out of their reach, other holiday hazards are threats to children. For example, when wrapping gifts, be sure to dispose of the numerous pins in clothes, sharp plastic tags, and plastic covering. After wrapping, put away scissors, knives, and ribbons.

When choosing toys for your child, use caution, judgement and common sense. Matching the proper gift to the child by ability and age is important for both safety and enjoyment. Don’t ignore age guidance given by manufacturers. Seemingly safe toys can cause tragedy. For example, even something as playful or innocent looking as stuffed animal may have eyes which can come loose and swallowed, or interior wires which can cut or stab if exposed.

Happy Holidays!

Nov 22, 2010

Playing is more than having toys

The play develops the perception of the world.

Participate in the process of creating a toy is highly educational.

The play has to be encouraged in all children, regardless of their socioeconomic status. A child can develop their creativity, when stimulated by other people. This can be done with creativities and diverse materials.

The playing develops the perception of the world for the child. Through music, dance and even the use of creative approaches, objects and materials that we have at our disposal, such as simple things that we have at home.

You can encourage a child to invent their play with fabrics, ropes, rubber bands, scraps, newspapers and an infinite number of materials which are available everywhere.

Creation of toys
The toys created by them are be much more remarkable in theirs personalities. With availability and creativity, parents and educators can encourage them to have their own toys and games that are more playful and sharpen the wits.

When they participate in the creation of a toy or game, all your senses are stimulated, and is strongly recorded in its memory.

When a child is encouraged to participate in the process of creating the play and / or toy, he learns more and feeds your soul with a way to enjoy much more complete than when he picks up a toy manufactured.

Examples:
Noodles: You can be create playing wtih noodles at home - mixing flour, water and food coloring. Let the child participate in the process of implementation of this mass.
Foods: The child may participate in the preparation of foods such as sweets, snacks, and then experience the taste.

The positive references, acquired with this practice are enormous. Remember that it is very important the supervision of an adult, then hands-on playing...

Nov 19, 2010

Intellectual development and behavior of Babies

Something reminds Einstein?
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The development of behavior and intellect varies considerably from one child to another. Some babies develop more quickly than others, though within a family may have typical features, such as walking or talking later than usual. Environmental factors, such as a lack of sufficient stimulation, or physical, such as deafness, can delay normal development. Although the development of a child custume be continuous, there may be temporary pauses in a particular function, such as the ability to speak.

Normal development in the first year of the baby:

1 month - It takes hands to eyes and mouth.
Shakes his head from side to side when he is face down.
Following an object moving in an arc, approximately 15 cm from his face, until the middle line (in front).
Responds to a noise anyway, for example; start crying or being quiet.
Can look in the direction of voices and sounds.
Recognizes faces

3 months - Lift up your head 45 degrees (including 90°) when lying face down.
Opens and closes hands.
Pushing your feet, when it is placed on a flat surface.
Swinging in front of toys that move and touch them.
Follow an object moving in an arc over his face from side to side.
Observes faces intently.
Smiling at the sound of mother's voice.
Begin to emit sounds, like speech.

5 months - Holding the head, without rocking when in the raised position.
Turn over, usually while lying face down, to turn up.
Stretches to pick up objects.
Recognizes people at a distance.
Listening closely the human voice.
Smile spontaneously.
Emits sounds of pleasure.

7 months - Sits without support.
Hang in the legs, when held upright.
Passes the objects from hand to hand.
Looks for fallen objects.
Answers to his name.
Responds when you say 'no' or "yes".
Babbles, combining vowels and consonants.
Stir with excitement before starting to playing.
Laugh when jokes to hide and appear suddenly.

9 months - Strives to get a toy that is out of reach.
Opposes you take the toys.
Crawls and creeps on hands and knees.
Try to stay upright.
Remains standing holding on to someone or something.
Saying 'Mom' or 'papa' indiscriminately.

12 months - Sits alone, even if are lying face down.
Walking cling to furniture, can taking a step or two without support.
Remains standing for a few moments without support.
Says 'Papa' and 'mom' to the appropriate person.
Drinking on the cup.
Making "applauds" and "bye bye" with his hand.

Remember: It's very important the stimulus in baby care. More interaction and stimulation, the baby develops easily.

Nov 8, 2010

Breast milk - Best food for Baby


When was the last time you had a well-balanced meal that was easy on the stomach, exactly the right temperature not to mention packed with the equivalent of the best antibiotic to thwart any potential cold or flu coming on? On top of it, the meal was essentially free?
Breast milk does that for babies with every feeding. What are some interesting facts you may not know about the ingredients in breast milk - nature's nutritionally-perfect food?

Breast milk - Best food for Baby: Breast milk is the most nutritionally-perfect food for babies.

Oct 30, 2010

Activities for babies -

Babies need stimulation and our response from the moment of his birth.

This can be done playing, sharing activities, talking, laughing and singing together. If a baby makes a sound or a gesture, the older can repeat them to him. That's how babies learn to communicate. The tender and affection relationships are vital to the physical, social and emotional child. The holding, hugging, smiling and talking to the baby helps you grow and feel safe. Here are some suggestions of games that the controller or the older children could use with babies up to two years old.

1 - Tie or hang objects such as spoons plastic, for example, near where the baby is lying, so he can reach them and hold them.
2 - Tell your baby's name or clap for the baby look to see where the sound is 3 coming from.
3 - Singing and pack it to the rhythm of a song. Take a walk with the baby and give name the objects. Even if a baby does not respond to this type of stimulus at the beginning, it is important to continue talking and singing to him.
4 - Once the baby begins to understand and use language, he likes to play using the words "Where's my nose?" Or "Find the cup."
5 - Give the baby smooth objects and ask them to bring them back and pass from one hand to another. Use objects large enough to prevent the baby put in the mouth and choking.
6 - Play with your toes and the baby's hand.
7 - Encourage the baby to clap and shake to say goodbye.
8 - Make it a soft ball to play.
9 - Give it two objects and you hold two more. Hit with objects at each other and see if the baby can copy it.
10 - Give him a box of different sizes and objects to put into it and get them out.
11 - Hide an object under a plastic cup or a piece of cloth in front of the baby and see if he can find it.
12 - Gifting for baby an rag doll (sew well the hole to close the filler cloths). Tell stories about the doll for the baby.
13 - Draw in with washable paint with a stick or your finger and see if the baby can copy it.
14 - Show the child an animal or a picture of an animal, make the sound the animal makes and encourage baby to repeat the sounds.
15 - Encourage the baby to feed herself alone.

- As the baby grows, make jokes to encourage him to crawl, stand up and walk.
- Make or buy a toy on wheels that can be pulled or pushed as they begin to walk. The toys with wheels that make pleasant sounds are nice idea.
- If the baby can not get around without help because of a disability, you can tie a strip of cloth around his waist, and can use it to lift it and put it on all fours, so it can crawl.
- Encourage him to crawl, holding a toy or fruit before him. remember to show you are happy with him, with his attempt to do new things.

Praise him with words, smiles, cuddling or hugging him. Never forget that!

Oct 18, 2010

Oral Hygiene Of The Baby.

Baby at Dentist
The care of oral hygiene should start from birth.

In newborns, the cleaning should be done with a diaper or gauze moistened in clean water to remove residual milk. With the birth of the first teeth (at around 6 months), the diaper should be replaced by a finger stall. At 18 months, with the birth of the first deciduous molars, hygiene should be conducted with an infant toothbrush without toothpaste or a toothpaste without fluoride. The fluoride toothpaste should be used only from 2 or 3 years old when the child is able to spit through their excess.

Caries is a transmissible disease. Streptococcus mutans, the bacterium that causes tooth decay, can be transmitted from mother to child by direct contact. Therefore, one should not blow the baby food or try it with his fork. Do not allow strangers to kiss the little baby's face, because it is possible to transmit the bacteria.

The first dental visit should be made even during pregnancy. The ideal is that the mother make an appointment to receive the necessary guidance to maintain proper oral health of your child. Regardless of the consultation have been undertaken of the pregnancy, the baby's first visit should be around 6 months, coinciding with the birth of the first deciduous tooth. Preferably, the query must be performed with the dentist, because he is a qualified professional to make that first call.

The baby bottle tooth decay is rapidly (acute), causing pain and difficulty in feeding, causing loss of weight and height. It is caused by ingestion of sugary liquid in the bottle, especially at night, when no made oral hygiene in the baby.

Dr. Caio Racy

Oct 6, 2010

Maternal affection in excess, good or bad?

The overwhelming motherly affection given to babies a few months makes them better prepared to face life's problems in adulthood, according to a study published  in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, "an American magazine.

In research conducted over several years with 482 people in the U.S. state of Rhode Island, researchers compared data on the ratio of babies of 8 months with her mother and her emotional performance, as measured by tests at 34 years of age.

They wanted to check the notion that the strong emotional ties from infancy provide a solid foundation to succeed in the response of life's problems.

Until then, studies on the subject were based on reports of childhood memories, without a monitor.

The quality of the interaction of the babies with their mothers at 8 months was evaluated by a psychologist, who noted the reactions of the mother's affection and attention. Classification - dating back to 60 years - was a "negative" to "excessive", through "warm".

In about one case in ten, the doctor noted a low level of maternal affection for the baby. In 85% of cases, the level of affection was normal, and high in 6% of cases.

These people were tested together, then aged 34, on a list of telltale symptoms of anxiety and hostility and unease about the world.

Whatever the milieu, it was found that those who were the object of affection over the eight months had levels of anxiety, hostility and unease lower. The difference reached 7 points on the item anxiety compared to others of more than 3 points to hostility and five points for the malaise.

Interestingly, there was no difference between those who received a low level of affection and normal. This could be explained mainly according to the researchers, the lack of truly negative interactions observed in the show.

According to them, this confirms that the experiences, even the earliest ones, can influence adult life. Memories biological constructed early can "produce latent vulnerabilities," the study says.

Oct 3, 2010

It's bath time baby!

It's a moment of affection and care, after all, the baby can enjoy a lot of contact with the mother or father, and can be very enjoyable stay cleanly and much fragrant.
Some cares must be followed for the bathHygiene plays a crucial component of a baby's overall care. Practicing a good hygiene is extremely important to keep your baby happy and healthy all the time.
Apart from the basic cleanliness, there are certain areas that require special attention to avoid any kind of infection. Learn how to follow a good hygiene to keep your baby jolly and healthy all the time.

Bathing
A good bath is necessary to keep the baby clean and tidy. But make sure you are not over-bathing your baby. Bathing the baby 2 or 3 times a week is sufficient in the first year. Excessive bathing can lead the skin to go dry and chip. In places where time is always too hot, the baby may suffer more from sweating and need more bath 3 or 4 times with plenty of water.

Sponge Bath

  • It is advised to go for sponge bathing your baby till the time the navel area gets completely healed.
  • Position the baby on a surface that is not hard (spread a soft towel), in a warm room.
  • Arrange for a warm water, a cloth or towel wet and gentle baby soap . Make sure all these things are easily accessible.
  • One of your hands should all the time be on the baby.
  • Expose only that area of baby's body which is to be washed, keeping the rest of the body covered by a towel.
  • Do not use soap on baby's face. use only water. And wash rest of the body using mildly soapy water.

Bathing The Baby

  • Arrange for a tub, towel, warm water (to measuring temperature use the elbow or wrist, about 37 degrees Celsius is ideal), mild soap, soft cloth and baby shampoo.
  • Make sure all these things are ready before undoing the baby's clothes.
  • Liner the tub with a clean and soft towel.
  • Fill in approximately 2,5 liters(5 or 6 cm) of warm water.
  • No wash with soap baby's face, only the body with a soft wash cloth. In the hair, make sure that shampoo does not enter in baby's eyes . It is essential to shampoo baby's hair once or twice in a week.
  • Wrap the baby completely in a soft and clean towel immediately after the bath.


Nails

  • Baby's nails are an important part that requires proper hygiene.
  • Always keep baby's nails well trimmed so that he/she cannot scratch himself/herself.
  • The ideal time to trim your baby's nails is when he/she is in sleep.
  • Do not cut the nails too deep, it can hurt the baby.
  • Baby -sized nail clippers or scissors can be used to clip the nails.

Ear

  • Mother's must pay special attention towards the baby's ears.
  • Make sure you are washing only and strictly the outer ear and not the inside of the ear.
  • Never use a cotton bud or swab to clean baby's ear as it can lead to damage of eardrum leading to permanent deafness.
  • If your baby shows symptoms like fever, irritability and again and again touches his/her ear , it is possible the baby might have an ear infection. Take him to the pediatrician immediately.

Nose
Proper cleaning of baby's nose is also essential part of the over all cleanliness of the baby.

  • Look out for dried mucus collected in the nose, this can sometimes create problem for the baby to breathe.
  • Use a damp wash cloth to gently clean any dried mucus in the nostrils.(Stop if the baby is feeling irritated and upset.)
  • a nasal syringe can be of great help to remove excess mucus from a co
  • Use a nasal syringe to remove excess mucus from a runny or engorged , to avoid any kind of breathing problem.

Umbilical Cord
This an important part of the baby and it requires extra special care and cleanliness, until it falls off, which happens normally in a few weeks after birth.

  • Make sure that you clean the cord, every time you change the diaper. This will keep the cord dry and will prevent any kind of infection.
  • Use a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol to clean the area around the cord.
  • Make sure that the cord does not get inside the diaper and get soaked in urine. To avoid this keep baby's diaper folded below the naval area.
  • Any kind of pus or redness near the base of the cord, should be reported to the doctor.
  • Make it a point to visit the doctor if your child cries on touching the chord.
  • Mother's should be aware of the fact that a little redness and a little amount of discharge is an indication of normal healing.

Sep 25, 2010

Swimming for babies

Babies are born swimmers, but soon after birth they should be encouraged to swim in a safe environment and preferably without contamination of the water, to enjoy the benefits of the activity.



Babies born in warmer regions with abundant water can be encouraged to start swimming very early, either with their parents in leisure activities or under the guidance of experienced professionals. There is no objection to the temperature of the environment, but yes with the water temperature, for swimming to start early babies. It is important to be initiated preferably accompanied by specialists in local safe.

A new study from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), has shown that babies who learn to swim have the best balance and are also better at grasping objects, than those who can not swim. The results showed that this difference persists even when are children has five years old.

The study involved comparing 19 babies swimmers with a control group of 19 children who had not participated in swimming for babies. All other factors such as parent education, housing and economic conditions were the same except the experience in swimming.

Babies swimmers had participated in swimming lessons for two hours per week from the age of 2 - 3 months, until about 7 months old.

With nearly 5 years of age, baby swimmers and the control group were tested with similar exercises. The exercises included walking on tiptoes, balance on one foot, jumping rope, rolling a ball into a goal and get a bag of beans. The researchers said the results were clear, "we saw clearly what the babies swimmers were better in exercises related to balance and ability to achieve things," said study author Hermundur Sigmundsson.

"It's amazing that specific training for babies to have an effect later in life. The development is a dynamic interaction between maturation, growth and learning. Our study shows that we should never underestimate the learning aspect," concludes Sigmundsson.

Security: Depending on where the classes are taught, the care of the local conditions should be quite frequent. But it is up to parents make sure that the place is safe, with hygienic conditions are suitable, and ideal water temperature. Use of buoys and clothing should be carefully watched. If swimming is in natural waters (rivers, lakes, sea water or other places), parents should be alert to possible water contamination by pollutants caused by sewerage flowing into residential or industrial and also the occurrence of organisms harmful to connect human.

Contamination: Special care must be taken when swimming is done in pools treated with chlorine, studies show that trichloramine - a chlorine byproduct that gives indoor pools their distinctive "chlorine" smell - is one of the most concentrated air pollutants to which children from developed countries are regularly exposed. Consult your doctor.

See more about study on "volatile chlorination products of indoor pools and possible link between baby swimming and breathing problems in children" in Science Daily."

Sep 23, 2010

Think's to do with the kids!


On the website "Museum of Childhood" we can find series of interesting articles about the history of childhood. one of the highlights is the link to "Kid's Page"

There you can find all kinds of things to do with children, providing interaction and development, along with their son or daughter.

Just click on the links below to find pictures and instructions on how do a lot of cool games and toys.

- Think To Do On-Line

- Think To Make At Home

- Think To Tell Us

Sep 17, 2010

Mommy, I want!

When the baby cries, is asking for and needing.

The baby crying for five reasons: Hunger, Pain, Heat, Cold, Dirty Diaper. Moreover, they sleep all the time. Easy? For parents seeking advices, the Pediatrician Marcelo Reibscheid provides some.

Give more milk: "Hunger is the most common crying reason. And the baby stop crying when be breastfed"

Use the good old diaper-wrapped: "Caught up in the fetal position and unable to move arms and legs, he feels protected with a cloth used to wrap the buttocks and legs of newborn children"

Do you make the baby smell the mother: "The old mother's shirt, put near the baby, making their presence felt"

Play music: "There are songs to CDs for babies ranging from classical music to rock, preferably to calm music"

Give hugs and walks: "The baby can be spoiled. But if there is no other solution is what should be done to calm the baby"

If the baby still crying: "Quickly leads the baby to the pediatrician for medical examination"

Be patient with your baby: Because once the little baby grows up fast and you'll missing him.

Sep 6, 2010

Technology for the Baby's room

A modern, with safety features and to enhance the lives of mothers are the main goals of the new design decorator Pompeii Mosque The environment on display is a real Big Brother of the baby. The cameras are installed to monitor "see" with the Internet everything that happens in the bedroom.

In addition to monitoring by imaging, another system works to remember his mother by the alarm, the time to breastfeed and change diapers, etc..

The crib has height adjustment that provides comfort, preventing the mother needs to go lower when the baby or play.

"We need to innovate and bring technology to the baby's room. The modern woman needs solutions to make life the most," says the decorator Pompeii Mosque.

The lighting is a system that allows the light intensity is controlled according to need. On the wall texture "that fools the eye" gives a touch to the decor. The technique of painting gives the impression that those who observe from afar there is a garden print on the wall. For the environment do not miss the purity and warmth, the furniture of the room as a crib, changing table and cupboard, it has shades of beige and pale green, all in clean style that soothes the baby. The predominant color is beige, light and current.

Baby dolls that look real are used to represent the main character of the room. They have quite remarkable expressions with eyebrows and other features to give more realism.

Sep 2, 2010

Toys - Playing is important and necessary

Toys

The toy is a tool that contributes to the discovery of the universe that surrounds every child, helping to develop their creativity and ability perception. Therefore, the choice of a toy requires some care and must take into consideration the taste, interest and limiting the ability of the child.

Choose the most appropriate
According to age, children experience a different world and dreams. Thus, the ideal is to choose a toy that is best suited to their development. Prefer the more education, to stimulate motor skills, intelligence, affection and socialization. Toys should be lightweight, durable and without corners or edges, antihistamines, have sounds nice, do not let the ink out and can not be very small with loose parts.

0 to 9 months - is the phase where the children gradually discover the color, sound and shape of things. Choose toys that it can lead to mouth, with sound, color and texture.
From 9 to 12 months - children who crawl and take everything they see. Enjoy this stage to know that different materials, offering objects of fabric, rubber, plastics, wood etc..
1 year - The manual skills and body should be developed. You can give children toys to fit, open-close, to push or to stimulate the motor coordination of hands: catch, hit, play, etc..
2 years - Acquire the manual skills already developed and curiosity itself this stage to offer toys that allow multiple combinations (games with parts to assemble).
From 3 to 5 years - is the time of "pretend". Opt for toys that encourage imagination and creativity of children, such as dolls, puppets, books of history, allowing all the drama of what they see on a daily basis.
5 to 7 years - The group are gaining importance. Toys that incorporate children outdoors and to encourage competition are defined in the same period.
From 7 to 9 years - The games of the mind and memory are adapted for children who master their motor skills and invent rules. They are the display of games, puzzles, games of simple rules.
From 9 to 12 years - In this stage the children already have "wants": they want activities with more complex rules. Discover and learn about the preference or tendency of the child, before buying, for example, a violãozinho when she'd love a video game.

Aug 27, 2010

Bank of Umbilical Cord Blood

"Hey mommy! The navel is not just for tickling!"
John is a donor of stem cells umbilical cord
Aiming contribute to the improvement of medicine in our country and be consistent with their vocation, the Beneficent Society Hospital Albert Einstein is a public bank for umbilical cord blood: the RedeCord.

This initiative, linked to the network BrasilCord the Ministry of Health and with the collaboration of the transfusion centers from Unicamp and USP - Ribeirão Preto, aims to benefit thousands of Brazilians.

Current applications of stem cells in medicine - Stem cells from umbilical cord are used as an alternative to bone marrow transplant to treat leukemia, lymphoma, aplastic anemia and inherited disorders of blood, like sickle cell anemia and thalassemia. Stem cells are derived mainly from bone marrow and, in addition to its use in bone marrow transplantation, recently they have been used in the treatment of refractory cardiac vascular diseases. Other types of stem cells are derived from preimplantation embryos (blastocysts) have great potential for differentiation and, theoretically, could give rise to any tissue type.

World Overview - Banks Umbilical Cord Blood are being created in several countries, especially the global network NetCord, a nonprofit institution, established in Europe. This network, which already has about 180 thousand units frozen gathers associated banks in Europe, Australia, Israel, USA and Japan
In Brazil, the Ministry of Health regulates the operation of banks of umbilical cord blood. For operation of the bank RedeCord also will adopt the principles of ethical and technical NetCord.

Objectives RedeCord - In 5 years, the RedeCord should reach 10 thousand samples of umbilical cord blood among the 20 thousand samples provided for the initial phase of BrasilCord. Moreover, there is the possibility to exchange samples with foreign banks participating in the global network Netcord, increasing the chances of finding compatible cells for transplantation.

Aug 24, 2010

Bilingual Babies!

In my house we speak Hebrew, Portuguese and English. We live in Brazil (portuguese language country). My little baby Hannah (only 3 months) can develop speech and language comprehension usually in any language?

Teaching your child a foreign language


Primed for Learning: Your newborn has a better chance of becoming fluent in a second language than many highly educated adults.

"Between birth and age 8, your child's brain is uniquely hard-wired to absorb languages and to learn to pronounce words with a native accent," says Stacy DeBroff, mother of two and author of The Mom Book: 4,278 of Mom Central's Tips – for Moms From Moms (Free Press 2002). "Children learn languages very differently from adults, with studies finding that children even store a second language in a different area of the brain." 

DeBroff, a former Harvard lawyer who also runs Mom Central, Inc. and the www.momcentral.com Web site, understands the benefits of children learning foreign languages on a neurological level as well as a social one.

DeBroff says it is never too early to start teaching children a foreign language. When most parents are concerned only with comprehension of English, they fail to understand just how incredibly children's brains function. "The earlier children start learning a second language, the better, even as early as 1 year old," she says. "Many teachers and linguists recommend starting the language learning process as soon as possible, even before children become verbal in their first language. Even though children are not speaking at that point, they are actively absorbing and processing language."

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Aug 18, 2010

Cow's milk in the mommy's diet can cause colics in infants?

Give your baby a gentle tummy massage  
The one food that is the most common offender in causing problems with sensitivity and allergies is cow's milk. That's why it's the first food you should work on reducing or eliminating if you suspect your baby has a food sensitivity. It may take ten days to two weeks to eliminate cow's milk protein from your diet, so wait at least two weeks before you decide whether cow's milk is the problem.

The problem with cow's milk is the protein, which is difficult for babies to digest, not with the lactose. Human beings are not born lactose intolerant, unless they are born with a rare metabolic disorder. Lactose intolerance is caused by a deficiency of the enzyme lactase, which breaks down lactose (milk sugar) so it can be easily digested. Mammals are born with this enzyme in their intestines. As they grow older and wean, the lactase enzyme decreases. That's why lactose intolerance rarely shows up in humans before age 3, since that's the average age of weaning (if that shocks you, check out the article on "Weaning".) Lactose intolerance is more common in Asian and African adults.

The proteins in cow's milk are primarily caseins, which are harder to digest than whey
proteins, which are more prominent in human milk. The proteins in cow's milk pass into your milk, and can cause digestive problems for your baby. These proteins can even sensitize your baby before birth if you drink lots of milk during your pregnancy. If you decide to reduce or eliminate dairy products, remember than processed milk presents less of a problem than whole milk.

You may be able to continue eating yogurt and cheese while cutting back or eliminating milk. Since milk and milk products are important sources of calcium, be sure to calcium from other sources, such as broccoli, nuts, spinach, and canned salmon. Taking a calcium supplement would be a good idea if you are limiting your intake of dairy products. You need about 1,000 mg of calcium each day if you are between 18-50 years of age, whether you are lactating or not. While nursing mothers do lose some bone mass during lactation, by the time your baby has been weaned for a year, this lost bone mass in not only completely restored, but research has shown that women who breastfeed have half the risk of bone fractures as women who never breasted, and the longer you nurse, the lower the risk. Breastfeeding actually protects you from osteoporosis.

*If you’re breast-feeding, try to eliminate dairy from your diet along with other foods such as onions, cabbage, cauliflower, spicy foods, caffeine, beans or other gas producing foods. Before eliminating diary from your diet be sure to check with your doctor first. Your doctor may or may not want you to eliminate dairy from your diet or he/she may want you to take calcium supplements

Aug 13, 2010

The musicality of the babies.

Music’s roots may lie in melodic exchanges between mothers and babies
By Bruce Bower - ScienceNews Magazine

“Babies are born with a musical readiness that includes a basic sense of timing and rhythm,” declares Trevarthen, of the University of Edinburgh.

Scientists have been finding that these chubby-cheeked cherubs heed a musical sense that moves them and grooves them long before they utter a word. Within a day or two after birth, babies recognize the first beat in a sound sequence; neural signs of surprise appear when that initial “downbeat” goes missing. Classical music lights up specific hearing areas in newborns’ right brains. Even more intriguingly, babies enter the world crying in melodic patterns that the little ones have heard in their mothers’ conversations for at least two months while in the womb (Read more, click here)

Read also: The Music of Mozart for Babies

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Aug 10, 2010

The suction of the breast mommy is important for the Baby

Facilitates proper dental and jaw development
Nursing is good for a baby's tooth and jaw development. Babies drinking from the human breast have to use as much as 60 times more energy to get food than do those drinking from a bottle. Obviously, a nursing baby's jaws are receiving much more exercise as she pulls her mother's milk into her mouth. Apparently, this constant gentle pulling assists the growth of well-formed jaws and straight, healthy teeth. Among breastfed infants, the longer the duration of nursing, the less chance of dental malocclusion.

Breastfed babies have less tooth decay
Breast milk contains bacteria fighting cells that may help kill the bacteria that cause tooth decay. Furthermore, bottle-fed babies "are at increased risk for baby bottle caries, a destructive dental condition which occurs when a baby is put to bed with a bottle containing formula, milk, juice or other fluids high in carbohydrates. Extensive dental repair may be required at a cost of thousands of dollars." Furthermore, breast milk contains bacteria fighting cells that may help kill the bacteria that cause tooth decay.

Less money spent on corrective orthodontia
The longer you breastfeed, the more likely the babies teeth will come in properly. If the teeth come in straight, there's no need to fix them.

Better speech development
Tongue thrust problems often develop among bottle-fed babies as they try to slow down the flow of milk coming from an artificial nipple. This can lead to speech problems later on. "Early weaning may lead to the interruption of proper oral motor development provoking alterations to the posture and strength of the speech organs and harming the functions of chewing, swallowing, breathing, and articulation of speech sounds. The lack of physiological sucking on the breast may interfere in the oral motor development, possibly causing malocclusion, oral respiration and oral motor disorders."

Better social development
The psychomotor and social development of breastfed babies clearly differs from that of bottle fed ones and leads at the age of 12 months to significant advantages of the psychomotor and social capabilities.

Jul 31, 2010

Using the fabric baby carrier.

Honestly these bags to carry babies K'tan* are excellent. It really do not require other care for the baby when we're walking. I give more attention and hands always stay free, up to quickly to protect and helping the baby from danger.

I think K'tan's better than using the Pushchairs for babies. On shopping in streets on small-shops (as I like to do in my town) is much more practical.

Only advise you to buy the stronger colors and differents kinds K'tan. Light colors show a little dirt. But the washing is ease and the fabric is very good, besides being beautiful, sure!

I'm fan by "Baby K'tan" and I think Hannah "tinoket" too.

Baby K'tan Baby Carrier Hug Position Instruction

Jul 23, 2010

Pacifier; use or not use?

That is the question!
The nutritive sucking is a function vital for the survival of the newborn as it is by sucking the baby gets its food.

Since nature is wise, and "Daddy of Heaven" also, the sucking reflex is already present around the 18 th / 20 th weeks of intrauterine life.

Doubt (using or not using pacifiers) begins to exist when "we", and especially mothers, we realized that besides the nutritional function, suction is also a source of pleasure. As usually every source of pleasure and relaxation generates stability, mothers using non-nutritive sucking (pacifier use) in an attempt to leave the baby quiet.
However, what we observe is that, in most cases, anxiety, nervousness and uneasiness is the mother who is having difficulty coping with the crying baby, so it is used up everything in its power (generally the chupetinha) for your child stop crying.

For the mommy who fit this profile, please do not feel guilty, because the non-nutritive sucking has its clinical indications. Preterm infants (less than 37 weeks), hypotonic and / or have difficulty in sucking the breast, can benefit from using a pacifier, since this is an orthodontic and used with the monitoring of a qualified professional for training of motor skills oral.

For babies born at term (37-40 weeks), not having difficulty in breastfeeding, my suggestion is to avoid using a pacifier, especially during the first days of life because the baby may cause nipple confusion (womb x pacifier) to suck and have difficulty breastfeeding.

Furthermore, the use of non-orthodontic pacifier, can provide changes in the dental arch and consequently difficulties in speech. Importantly, finger sucking (finger) did not nutritious, it is more damaging to teeth and says that the pacifier, so should be avoided.

For moms who have "fallen" into the temptation of pacifier use and / or for those who are prone to "fall", I suggest you offer only orthodontic pacifier for their alleged that Allied did not turn into a villain.

Remember: Consult with the Pediatrician on the best anatomical pacifier for the baby.
By Tania A. Lopes Cardoso - Phonoaudiologist.