CHILD CARE IN SUMMERS-FOOD

The beginning of the enjoyable summer season brings with itself, the complexities too. And the most vulnerable to this scratchy weather is the tender health of kids. The most responsible of all is the summer vacations wherein the kids, in the urge of enjoying to their limits, completely forget about their proper living schedules and patters. Other than the clothing and hygiene factors, the most obvious and striking target is the food they intake, the quantity and the quality provided.

It is scientifically proven fact that the stomach is the first affected part of the human body, and also kids are most prone to get attacked by the bacteria and germs; especially in the summer season. It is highly recommended by the doctors and the specialists to take care of the children regarding what they eat, to plan the food items according to their taste but keeping in mind, the proper precautions; because every time it is the health that comes first.

We may not realize the diseases; kids can be exposed to if they continue with the uneven and disturbing food habits. It is human tendency to enjoy at family gatherings by the source of entertainment being the food counter, least realizing the outcomes. Here are some of the tips which can be kept in mind by the family members for protecting their loved ones from bad situations-

1. Food poisoning is the most commonly prevailing disease among small children because people technically are not sound with the proper maintenance of the refrigerators. It should be made sure that the ice in fridges should be replaced regularly at the freezer temperature to be below

2. Food related problems can also be caused when the bacteria attacks the food items at a rapid speed. It usually happens when the raw food like meat, chicken and chilled seafood which are uncooked are kept at the same shelf in the refrigerator or close enough with the cooked food. Hands should be thoroughly washed after chopping or touching the raw stuff.

3. In families with large number of members, the food prepared is usually left after the meals. And it is a normal tendency to use the food later or store it anyhow. But there should be a proper cooling system as a storage area. Also, every left over or stored food item should be consumed.

4. If by any chance, the food items are forgotten to be stored, and say left open for 4-5 hours, it should be directly thrown away; no matter how tempting they still look, no matter we think it still could be edible or fresh, specially cooked rice, pasta, and non vegetarian food items.

The researchers say that kids spend most of their times in sun, playing and exhausting themselves; resulting in increased hunger which they usually satisfy with the junk food which makes them fat and sick. It is a tried and tested concept to plan the summer vacations of children by a proper made up.

1. A home maker should always set a routine for their kids to eat food and be healthy even in vacations. Any disturbance in the meal timings also affects the health of children. Breakfast should be served between 8-9 am in the morning; lunch should be consumed between 1-2 pm and proper dinner lastly by 9 in the night.

2. After playing and exhausting themselves badly in the summer sun, the kids have an urge to go for packed items, say a packet of chips or cold drink. Rather than satisfying their hunger by cooking highly fried and heavy items, the mothers should serve them with easy to digest food items like salad, curd, milk etc.

3. Since children now-a- days are getting too moody with their taste buds, not everyone in this upcoming generation has a fondness for the highest source of calcium i.e. milk. The best way to feed them the same is to bring out the better tasting alternatives like buttermilk, milk shake.

4. People think that fruits can be eaten in any form and can be served at any time. But the case isn’t true in summers. The freshly cut fruits should always be kept in fridges or should be made eaten by children in the raw form, not by cutting. The cutting of fruits releases their nutrients. The foremost important way to keep children safe in summer season is by restricting them to eat or drink outside because we cannot assure of the cleanliness of the ingredients and the manner of the preparation of the food items at the outdoor stalls.

Baby Napping!

Some mothers think that getting their baby sleep is not much of a deal. Their baby will sleep right on time, according to the schedule and they can do the household chores peacefully and take rest. But often times it turns out to be a fantasy and not a reality. Making your baby nap is like a battle ground between you and your baby. But it’s not as hard as you fear. To avoid the battle ground between you and your baby you need to know everything to make a nap work.

So let’s start:
How long does my baby need sleep?
Every child is different when it comes to how much sleep they need. Some babies need two or more hours of sleep than other babies. And some need one hour more than other babies. It takes awhile for newborns to develop a sleep schedule. During the first month, babies usually sleep and wake round-the-clock, with relatively equal periods of sleep between feedings. After the new born period, from 4 months your baby will likely nap at least twice a day- Once in the morning and once in early afternoon. Some babies also need a late afternoon nap. Many babies nap a total of three or more hours during the day.
Now here are some dos and don’ts for a safe and happy baby napping:

Dos of baby napping:
• Make sure baby sleeps in the crib.
• No one is smoking in the area where the baby is sleeping.
• Baby’s face is uncovered.
• Baby is sleeping on his back.
• Firm mattress and a tight fitting sheet and firm pillow.
• Keep the temperature of the room around 20 degrees Celsius. Anything above maybe too hot or anything below can be too cold. Don’t fluctuate the temperature of the room or cause overheating.

Don’ts of baby napping:
• Don’t bed-share in a room that is too warm or dress your baby too warmly.
• Don’t use heavy comforters, duvets or fluffy pillows.
• Don’t leave a baby alone in an adult bed.
• Don’t over heat or over dress your baby
• Don’t wait until your child is overly tired before beginning your going-to-sleep routine. If you do, your child may be too wound up to sleep well – or even to go to sleep at all.

Follow these few tips and hopefully there won’t be any trouble in your baby’s napping.

Chores for Children

Making your little tykes complete their daily chores is one of the most common arguments families have. You’re yelling, “Why haven’t you cleaned your room yet?” while your child is on the couch playing video games, shouting back, “I’ll do it later!”

The reason kids don’t like doing chores is because household tasks are generally boring. Let’s face it; the satisfaction of getting the dishes done is not a very big reward in this day and age of video games and instant gratification. Another big reason is because children feel like they’re being taken away from something they’d like to do in order to do something that’s not exciting or stimulating. And most kids don’t solve that problem by using their time more efficiently to complete tasks quickly. Instead, you’ll see them showing disinterest and dragging their feet.

As a parent it is definitely your duty to make them participate in daily chores as a matter of routine and to make sure they complete their assigned tasks within a proper deadline. If your child is already 3 and still is not participating in chores, it would definitely be detrimental for him or her as they will be lagging behind other children in time management and general vigilance. Having a fixed routine of chores daily makes your child more independent, planned and capable handling many types of work which will definitely come in use later on in their life. Here are a few ways to ensure that your child completes their quota of proper planned chores in a day.

1.Age tailored chores
Make sure the chores on your chart are easily understood by your kids and that each chore is tailored to their age level and your household expectations. Children as young as two can carry out simple chores like collecting the bathroom garbage cans.

2. Set deadlines
Try to have as many chore deadlines as possible be correlated with naturally occurring family rituals like breakfast, lunch, dinner, leaving for school, going to bed, etc. That way, it makes it easy for you and your child to remember when any one chore should be done. You want your family member’s to get into the habit of checking the chore chart before each naturally occurring transition

3.Decorated chore charts
Toddlers may be much more excited about cute pictures, cartoons and images than words on a chore chart. An older child may have more complicated assignments that need an explanation.

4.Place Chore Charts in a Visible Location
Charts need to be posted or stored where they’re easy to see and can be accessed by everyone. The place is often the refrigerator door, but lots of other locations would work too, such as a bulletin board hung in the hallway, kitchen, or even right in your child’s bedroom.

5.Offer Rewards
Some parents see a reward system as a powerful tool to motivate kids and teach lessons about earning. Even if you chose not to reward your children with money, they may need to complete tasks around the house to earn privileges, such as a playdate, a movie or another reward.

Remember parents —— Main motto: Do whatever you got to do to make your kids completed their daily tasks and turn in to independent and organised young men and women when they grow up.

Is your child getting enough exercise?

One of the prime worries that a parent faces these days is to maintain a healthy exercise and diet routine for their children. As your child turns into a toddler, it becomes essential for you to keep track of their daily routine so that they do not miss out on their required amount of exercise every day. As your child grows older, their willingness and time for physical activities will decrease and it is your duty to make sure that their exercise is optimum in their childhood so that they can make a habit of it later in their lives.

A healthy child is a happy child. Regular exercise has many benefits:
-Strong muscles and bones
-Weight control
-Decreased risk of developing type 2 diabetes

-positive thinking
-Better sleep
-A better outlook on life

Healthy, physically active kids are more likely to be academically motivated, alert, and successful. Physical competence builds self-esteem at an every age.

How to inculcate this habit in your child-

Find a fun activity-
Help your child find a sport that she enjoys. The more she enjoys the activity, the more likely she is to continue it. Get the entire family involved. It is a great way to spend time together. Choose an activity that is developmentally appropriate. For example, a 7 or 8 year-old child is not ready for weight lifting or a 3-mile run, but soccer, bicycle riding, and swimming are quite appropriate.

Plan a routine-
Make sure your child has a convenient time and place to exercise.

Ensure safety-
Make sure your child’s equipment and chosen site for the sport or activity are safe. It is also important to ensure that your child’s clothing is comfortable and appropriate.

Provide active toys-
Young children require easy access to balls, jump ropes, and other active toys.
Be a role model. Children who regularly see their parents enjoying sports and physical activity are more likely to do so themselves.

Limit TV watching and computer use-
The American Academy of Paediatrics recommends no more than 1 to 2 hours of total screen time, including TV, videos, computers, and video games, each day. Use the free time for more physical activities.

Do not overdo it-
When your child is ready to start, remember to tell her to listen to her body. Exercise and physical activity should not hurt. If this occurs, your child should slow down or try a less vigorous activity. As with any activity, it is important not to overdo it. If your child’s weight drops below an average, acceptable level or if exercise starts to interfere with school or other activities, talk with your child’s doctor.

Exercise along with a balanced diet provides the foundation for a healthy, active life. This is even more important for children who are obese. One of the most important things parents can do is encourage healthy habits in their children early on in life. It is not too late to start a healthy living today! Get fit, get going!

Baby massage- a plethora of benefits

Touch is the first language babies are exposed to. Warm, affectionate touch helps your baby stay calm and joyful. Newborns are often placed on their mother’s chest for the same reason. These touches create strong emotional bond and brings your baby closer to you. Research suggests that massaging is the best way to bond with your baby. Gentle touches relax and comfort you baby. Among all 5 senses, touch is most developed right after birth. Massaging also improves circulation and boosts immunity in children.

 

A few tips and techniques for better massaging-

 

1. Don’t massage your baby when he is sleepy or tired or hungry or full. Best is to massage after your baby has taken a nap. Keep the room warm with low lighting. Keep clean clothes and a clean diaper close-by. Place your baby in a safe area and adjust in a way so that she can see you and can make eye contact. Ensure that your hands are clean. Try to make massaging last for 10-30 minutes. Use good quality oil. Avoid using lotions as it may cause rashes or red skin. Start by laying your baby on his stomach, and turn her head to one direction. Take a small amount of oil and begin massaging from head then down the nape of her neck. Then across each shoulder from the center of the neck out to the arm, one side at a time. Manage down to the hips. Avoid the spine. Then go to your baby’s legs with your finger pads. And repeat it on your baby’s arms. Turn your baby over on his back and repeat the same steps on his chest, front of his arms and legs. Then massage the ears, face, head slowly and gently. Throughout the process, connect with your baby through eye contact.

 

Benefits of massaging-
 Creates a soothing effect on your baby and reduces crying.
 Helps in baby’s digestion by relieving gas and constipation.
 Enhances awareness and sensation
 Relieves nasal congestion.
 Boosts baby’s immune system.
 Improves their skin quality.

 

Try to make massaging a part of your infant’s daily routine and consider massaging your baby around the same time everyday. Be gentle and don’t try to put too much pressure on your baby’s body. Understand your baby’s discomfort and cease it according to your baby’s convenience.

How to handle fussy eaters?

What is the most challenging bit about parenting? Making sure your child is getting the right nutrition will definitely top the list.

 

Probably you are struggling with making your kid eat Beans, spinach, capsicum, carrots etc. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Many children can be fussy when it comes to eating the right food.

 

Here are some practical tips which you can do to make your child eat-

 

 Create a schedule: – Your child needs to eat every two to three hours in small amounts. Three meals, two snacks and lots of fluid gives your child a balanced and healthy diet.

 

 Get your kids involved in cooking: – Make your child your cooking partner. Let them choose what meals they are going to have and also let them watch you prepare the meal. Make cooking an interactive session by talking to them about the goodness of their food. Take them to the grocery store with you and let them choose what they will like to take home.

 

 Be a good eater first: – It means- include vegetables and low fat dairy in your diet. Introduce lots of vegetables, fruits into your diet and eat them with your child. They will eventually start to enjoy their meals.

 

 Fill the meal table with options: – Kids enjoy choosing food when they see there are plenty of options on the table. Let them pick what they like best but also ensure that they get complete nutrition.

 

 Good presentation helps: – Try to make meals look creative. Smilies, made-up names and cute shapes generally work. Make eating fun by introducing a story. Tell what happens next after your child has taken the next bite and so on. Don’t loose your patience or try to scare them to get them to eat.

 

It is a good idea to sometimes leave them alone with their plate of food. Tell them the importance or right nutrition. Enable them to decide what is good for them and what isn’t.

 

All the best!

Does your kid watch too much television?

You just got home with a new batch of groceries. Your phone has been ringing. You decide to put your little one in front of the television for a little while to be able to tend to the chores. The toddler sees a big screen with incredible features. All sorts of sounds and visuals. It is a different, probably a lot more exciting kind of toy! Oh and the little one has seen you play with this toy as well. So it works!

 

Such trivial events mat lead toddlers to love watching television. Even if what they see does not make a lot of sense to them, they see something new every time. It won’t be surprising if they start to prefer watching television over other toys.

 

This situation raises flags because the first three years are the most significant period of a child’s development, especially for the brain, which grows faster than other parts of the body- tripling in mass in just 12 months. During this time, a child’s brain is more receptive to positive influences and more vulnerable to negative ones. The stimuli children experience during this period profoundly influence brain development.

 

While TV provides no educational benefits for a child of this age, it also eats up time for physical activities that actually develop his brain- experimenting with cause and effect. It also takes away the time a child needs to develop necessary skills like language, creativity and social skills. Language, for example, does not improve by passively listening to the TV. It is developed by actively interacting with people as he learns to talk by interpreting adult language.

 

When kids who watch TV go to school, they have to make a change from being primarily visual learners to listening learners. If a kid watches more TV than interact with the family,the transition will be hard and school learning will suffer. TV may also expose the kid to negative behavior if the parent is not careful. The child does not know the difference between right or wrong. Television may induce baby’s sponge like brain to always expect fast paced inputs. They may not get such fast-paced inputs in their real life which may later affect their personality filling them with frustration, anger and anxiety. It is also found that children watching too much television are more likely to have shorter attention spans, problem concentrating and impulsive by age 7. Sitting in front of the TV while day long ceasing outdoor activities and may cause obesity right in the early years.

 

While it is advisable, it isn’t always possible to have someone to watch over the kid while you take care of chores.

  1. Plan chores around baby’s nap time
  2. Little exposure to the television does not harm, but the parent should accompany the child. Make it an interactive event, use the events to instigate some learning. Respond to their smile, speech and actions.
  3. If the child asks to watch the TV very frequently, do not always give in. Create a little ecosystem which instills learning, inquisitiveness and curiousness in them.
  4. Since children tend to mimic their parents, avoid watching too much television in their presence.

 

Their personality and thoughts depend on what they learn and gain. spend your time with them and make their personality stronger and better.

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