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.

Jul 16, 2010

The end the World Coup - Oh! Relief to my ears!

The baby, if could talk would say this, or..."stop vu-vu-ze-la"

Hannah baby was born in Brazil and its first month of life went on during the FIFA World Cup. Can anyone imagine the noise of fireworks and the famous "vuvuzelas" (big cornets) on days of football games here in Brazil?

The city here has several colonies of foreigners and their descendants, mainly Portugueses, Spaniards, Germans, Japanese and Argentines, so beyond the party on game days the team of Brazil, was also party to all other teams in the world!

A horrible thing use make of these bad "vuvuzelas" accompanied by the infernal noise of explosions of firecrackers and fireworks mortars.

The baby cried and was very scared. Even with all the windows closed the noise from neighboring buildings was hellish.
We tried to go to a hotel on a beach not so far in the our city, but there, was not a happy thought - the whole world seemed to be contaminated by "vuvuzelas" in the mouths of idiots blowing monstrous sound. An bad idea of people who does not caring about their ears.

The article below, by Bruno Rodrigues, alert to major problems resulting from too much noise for babies:

Vuvuzela, noise and risk of hearing children 

The vuvuzela made famous in the race of the World Cup in Africa. The cornets are taken to the stadium or anywhere where you see games, making a noise naughty.

Lively for some, the vuvuzela can bring risks to children. A big cornet used in World Cup matches, for example, can emit a sound to 125 decibels. And guess what, moms, as the human ear can withstand without much trouble? - According to the Brazilian Association of Otolaryngology, sounds supported by the human ear are those up to 85 decibels.

Look at the size of the risk. The sound of vuvuzela is louder than a chainsaw or lawn mower, that reach 110 decibels, or an ambulance siren, which can reach 120.

Of course it is not necessary to have a panic. Sometimes not have problem.

A very loud and sudden noise can cause acoustic trauma, ie, lesions in the external and internal ear.

On the outside ears, can occur tympanic membrane perforation. And if the injury get inside, the riparian cells may be damaged, both external and internal may be injured. It is these cells that boost the sound in the ear, converted into nerve impulses causing the listening sounds.

The result damage may be temporary or permanent. The greater the exposure to noise, the greater the damage to hearing. Symptoms of an acoustic trauma for children are tinnitus (noise in the ear even in quiet environment), dizziness and irritation. Small that they can not speak can become restless and uncomfortable for no apparent reason.

The problem during the celebrations are not only plastic cornet, fireworks, loud music, and other types of high sound are also dangerous.

A loss of hearing in young children can lead to impaired speech, not language acquisition and combination words.

Tip: Avoid crowded places and noisy with children. If this is not possible, protect the little ones with ear plugs for the high sound  any kind.

Reminder: These advice are for adults too.

Jul 9, 2010

Bath of the Sun - Every child needs

She say:  Hello my friend "Sun - Shemesh"
Question: Hannah "tinoket" (baby girl) born and lives in the beach town with hot weather. As the baby Hannah did not suffer under the sun?

Much is made of the importance of sun for growth and development of babies, but moms know why this habit seldom remembered by many families?
Simple: The baby receives the mother's breast milk vitamin D, which lies dormant in the body of the small. To synthesize this vitamin and to provide the absorption of calcium, the baby needs sun bath. Are the rays that making vitamin D in active idle, getting better absorb calcium, essential for the development and growth of bones.

Therefore, sunbathing should be daily, or at least three times a week, and start the 30-day-old baby, but not at any time, no! The sun has to be one of the morning, up to 10 hours, or the late afternoon, after 16 hours. The sun between ten o'clock and four o'clock are very strong and harmful to the baby.

Importantly: Not should pass sunscreen on babies up to six months of age, because these little skin is still very thin and sensitive and can cause irritation and allergy.
In the early days, the sun bath should last five to ten minutes, gradually increasing to a maximum of one hour. The sun is to the health of your child and not for bronzed.
Costumes for sunbathing - Another important factor is the clothes that the baby must use to make sun bathing. Most of the baby's body must be exposed to the sun directly without any obstacle, even though a very thin clothes. Do not forget your hat to protect your baby's face.
The sunbathing done at home is also true. Let the little near the window where the sun between. Just can not close the glass. The sun's rays to synthesize vitamin D do not pass through glass.
Lack of vitamin D in the diet or inadequate exposure to sunlight can cause rickets in children, disease of the bone tissue that occurs during the growth phase, characterized by inadequate mineralization of bone due to lack of vitamin D active. The initial symptoms may be irritability, sleeplessness and sweating abundant in the neck during breastfeeding. But the perspiration in the neck may be normal in our country since the heat is intense.
In Brazil, a tropical country, it is difficult to find children with the disease rickets, even in families with low socioeconomic status, as the sun comes up almost the entire year.
Exposure to the sun with care and protection is essential for development and healthy growth of your baby.

Tips
- If you take the baby to take the late afternoon sun, a light jacket if cool later. Baby is not adult. So nothing wanting him get a bronzed.
- At the time of exposure to the sun always have a clock to control the schedule and time, hydration is key.
- Breast milk is the best source of vitamin for baby up to six months. 
- Sunscreens should not be used in this initial six months of life!