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.

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.


  • 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.


  • 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.

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.