The very moment a woman knows she is pregnant, she starts taking care of her baby. She thinks a thousand times before doing anything big or small, "what if it hurts the baby?" and "will it affect my cutie's health?', are the question that pops up in her mind every now and then. Taking care of your baby should indeed start during pregnancy. The very first step in taking care of your baby is taking care of yourself. Always remember, your baby's emotional and physical growth depends on how you treat the mother to be, during your pregnancy.
Having a healthy diet, taking your vitamin supplement and regular exercise will help you to have a normal, problem free pregnancy. It also ensures your baby's normal growth and mental development. Doctors say that having baby talks with your 'precious gift' will help in the mental development of your little one and also help in emotional bonding with your baby. Taking care of your body, while pregnant can reduce number of health problems in the baby so do avoid taking any medicines unless advised by your doctor and try to be happy most of the time. Always remember, you are nurturing one of the most beautiful things inside you.
As a parent, most of us are concerned about the dos and don'ts after child birth. And you can have all sorts of opinion and advices from almost everyone, on the issue of keeping your child comfortable and in good health. As most of us know good health starts from the first bit of breast milk, colostrums you feed your baby, it is believed to keep your baby healthy even in the coming years. So it is always recommended to breast feed your baby at least for the first six months, researches confirms that breast feeding improves the baby's health and immunity. Breast feeding also improves the bonding and love between mama and baby.
Taking care of your little one is a 24X7 responsibility which starts the minute you become a parent. Most of the time, we can see the new mothers getting together to have heated discussion about their baby and parenting; they have a hundred questions about to ask each other about his sleeping hours, his food habits, his growth and so on…Taking care your baby is always an interesting but most of the first time parents know little about baby care. Bathing your baby, breast feeding, comforting them and putting them to sleep are all a bit confusing in the beginning but you are going to get a grasp of baby care techniques with time. Later on you will even know why your little one is crying from the tone of it.
Babies are prone to infection and illness, and it is heartbreaking to see your baby suffering. Never take chance in case of baby's health as they require much attention at this age. A slight increase in temperature of your two month may be indications of some sort of serious infection so always consult a doctor and never wait for the fever to subside on its own. But indeed there are cases when an increase in temperature is normal; when the baby is vaccinated or kept under many layers of clothing or dehydrated, there is a chance to have high temperature. So don’t worry, all fever are not serious. It's not just fever that you should worry about, refusing to feed, crying for a long time, pale complexion, irritability may also indicate some illness.
Constipation is rare in small breast fed babies, they may have several bowel movements a day to two a week, bottle fed baby may have one bowel movement a day to one a week. So you should not worry until your baby has difficulty in passing stool or it becomes hard and pellet like. Most of the time baby's constipation may be due to your low fiber diet, if you are breast feeding and some infant milk powder may also cause constipation. Change in food habit or change to solid food may also cause constipation. There are many home remedies to relieve constipation but consult a pediatrician before trying them.
Taking care of your child does not stop when they grow. Looking after the restless toddler is the most challenging phase in parenting. At this age they get less fever and cold shots as their immune system starts to develop but new issues arise. Most toddlers are fussy eaters, refusing to eat almost all types of food, usually making them anemic, try to feed them a iron rich diet by making the food interesting either by making it colorful or more tasty (for the toddler).When your baby starts to walk, there is more chance of him picking up something and eating, sometimes it might choke your toddler or else might get poisoned so do keep an eye on them.
Good food is not the only requirement to be healthy, try to prevent many diseases by routine immunizations. As your little one grows up, try to include some sort of plays and games in their daily routine because health refers to both mental and physical health. As the saying goes "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy'.