Common Eye Problems in Children


By Diana Smith,

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According to the World Health Organization , approximately 19 million children have impaired vision, of which 12 million have vision impairment due to refractive errors, while an estimated 1.4 million of them have irreversible blindness. Eyesight problems can have long-term consequences for children, preventing them from being able to learn properly, and making everyday life more difficult. Near-sightedness, farsightedness and amblyopia are just some of the eyesight problems children all over the world face.

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Strabismus

A misalignment of the eyes is called strabismus. If somebody suffers from strabismus, their eyes may turn in, out, down or up. However, if the condition is discovered early in its development, it can be corrected. Once the properly aligned eye is patched, it’ll force the misaligned one to work properly. If this doesn’t seem to be a helpful solution, the patient can also undergo surgery or wear specially designed glasses to repair their vision.

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Refractive errors

Refractive errors occur when the shape of the eye doesn’t bend (i.e. refract) light properly, which results in blurred images. Refractive errors can be in the form of nearsightedness, far-sightedness, or astigmatism. A child who’s been diagnosed with near-sightedness i.e. myopia has poor distance vision. This is not a serious condition, and can easily be treated with glasses or contact lenses. Farsightedness, on the other hand, means that a child can’t see well up close, and the condition is also treated with glasses or contacts. Astigmatism is an imperfect curvature of the front surface of the eye that distorts vision.

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Amblyopia

Amblyopia or lazy eye is a more severe form strabismus, which can occur when the eye becomes chronically misaligned. The causes of amblyopia can be crossed eyes and a difference in the refractive error between the two eyes. It’s vital that amblyopia is treated early in its development, otherwise it can cause irreversible visual loss in the affected eye. That’s why it’s paramount that a child has regular eye exams at a Sydney optometrist, so that any potential problem may be detected on time. The problem can easily be treated with a temporary eyepatch or glasses, before the brain learns to ignore the problem and make it a permanent visual impairment.

Retinopathy of prematurity

Retinopathy of prematurity causes abnormal blood vessels to grow in the retina which enables us to see. It’s a disease that occurs in premature babies, and the growth of this condition can even cause blindness. While some forms of retinopathy of prematurity are mild and correct themselves, others require surgery. Since ROP shows no symptoms, it’s crucial that premature babies have regular eye exam so that the problem is detected on time.

Congenital glaucoma

Congenital glaucoma can be genetic; it is a rare condition that happens in infants as a result of high pressure in the eye that may occur if the eye drainage canals didn’t manage to develop properly before birth. It can be treated with medication and surgery.

How you can help your child

The sooner an eye problem is diagnosed, the more efficiently it will be solved. Therefore, it’s necessary for a child to have an eye examination at least once a year. If eye problems run in the family, then the exams should be more frequent and parents should pay more attention to their child’s behaviour, so they notice if their child has vision problems. Frequent blinking, seeing double, losing place when reading, covering one eye, frequent headaches, and holding reading materials close to the face are just some of the signs that indicate your child is having some sort of visual impairment, and should visit an optometrist to find out what eye problem they’re dealing with.

Strabismus, refractive errors, amblyopia, retinopathy of prematurity and congenital glaucoma are just some of the eye problems children may face, but luckily, they’re all treatable. However, it’s essential that children have regular eye examinations so that any problem can be discovered on time and treated without surgery.

 

 

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5 Adorable Sewing Projects for your Kid’s Bedroom


By Alex Moore,

Looking for creative things to make for your kid’s bedroom? There are plenty of sewing projects for you to choose from and what’s great is that they are specifically addressed to children. These fun projects can be done in the comfort of your own home, and they’re a marvelous way to teach your children some good skills and how to enjoy themselves on a budget.

Sewing Tips and Projects

Many sewing projects can be a lot of fun, especially when there’s an opportunity to teach your little ones just how enjoyable this craft can be.

However, this requires a firm grasp of the sewing basics. If you need something to get a starter or perhaps a little something to help jog up your memory, you could always check out online resources for the best sewing tips for beginners.

The following are six handpicked projects that are great for beginners. Many of these don’t take much skill. They are also a lot of fun to make.

Your kids will also love getting involved in them. Follow along with the steps, as well as the full tutorials provided in the links. Also, don’t forget to check out the sewing tips as mentioned above.

1.     Fabric Letters

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Fabric letters are perfect for the nursery and easy for kids to make. You will need some scrap fabric, batting, some paper, scissors, a sewing machine, a PC, and a printer. Here’s what you’ll need to do. Continue reading

Step 1: Search online for some letter templates.

Step 2: Print them on a blank piece of paper.

Step 3: Using a pair of scissors, carefully cut out each letter and set them aside.

Step 4: Place a piece of batting on your work table and a piece of scrap fabric on top of it.

Step 5: Secure them in place using pins.

Step 6: With the same pair of scissors, cut out a square big enough for your letter. Don’t forget to leave a 1 ½ cm edge on each side of the square.

Step 7: Place your letter of choice on top of the fabric.

Step 8: Using a pencil, draw the letter’s outline on the fabric.

Step 9: With a sewing machine, carefully sew along the letter’s outline.

Step 10: Use the scissors again to cut the letter.

2.     Tooth Fairy Pouch Pillows

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A whimsical and easy to make sewing project that is guaranteed to put a smile on the little one’s face. For this project, you will need white and colored felt, paper, and some cotton filler.

Step 1: Cut and pin tooth stencil to white felt then cut out the shape.

Step 2: Cut shapes from the other colored felt for the tooth face and pouch.

Step 3: Sew the face pieces and pouch to the top sides of felt, leave the top of pouch open.

Step 4: Place the tooth shapes together with tops facing each other, pin together.

Step 5: Sew along the edges, leaving a hole at the bottom, stuff inside with cotton filler.

Step 6: Turn pillow inside out and sew the hole closed.

3.     Stuffed Animal Sleeping Bags

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Here is how you can make sleeping bags for stuffed animals. The materials that you need are scrap material and batting. Stuffed animals are optional for this project, but what parent could say no to his child when it comes to buying snuggly toys.

Step 1: Cut pieces of material to the desired size (see website for example), then stack the material with same size batting on top.

Step 2: Pin the material and batting together along the edges, sew the long edges and one short edge.

Step 3: Turn the stack inside out, the open short edge is the top of the sleeping bag.

Step 4: Fold the bottom edge ¾ the way up or where it is about 3 inches from the top, then stitch both sides to close the bag.

Step 5: Fold edges at the top of the back panel, iron creases, and then stitch to join them together, trim any extra material if needed.

4.     Bedside Organizer

This bedside organizer is perfect for your child’s bedroom. You will need the following: fabric, double-fold seam binding, non-skid rug pad or rubber drawer liner.

Step 1: Cut the fabric to the desired size (see website for exact dimensions) then fold it lengthwise.

Step 2: Sew the seam on the short side, turn the fabric inside out and lay it flat.

Step 3: Press or iron the folded ends, place binding along the edge of one of the ends.

Step 4: Fold bound part up about 8” to make a pocket, trim bottom corners, making them round.

Step 5: Cut 9” piece of binding and place one edge under pocket edge, stitch vertically to form the second pocket, trim any excess. Use seam binding to finish long ends.

Step 6: Stack remaining binding, fabric and non-skid liner and the top edge of organizer, stitch together.

5.     Pillow Bed

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The final project should be a great comfy touch for any room. It’s a big sewing project but well worth your time. You need flannel and four pillows.

Step 1: Cut flannel to fit the dimensions specified in the tutorial, place together and sew the short sides and one long side.

Step 2: Trim points off the sewn corners, fold long unsewn side over and pin twice.

Step 3: Sew the seam along the edge but don’t sew pieces together, turn right side out.

Step 4: From short end, mark parallel lines down to another short end, sew along each line.

Step 5: Stuff pillows into each pocket.

Conclusion

Like with any kind of project, don’t fret about being perfect the first time. It takes practice. Just take your time and have fun. Soon

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Homeschooling: The Right Choice for our Children?


By Sally Writes,

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Over the past decade more and more parents in India have been choosing to homeschool children, believing it is the right choice for them. The debate over the legality of homeschooling has long been put to bed; armed with the knowledge that homeschooling is not breaking any laws, more and more parents, especially in cities, are giving up their well-paid jobs to home educate.

Swashikstan

Home schooling is now so popular in India that most cities have homeschool communities which are part of a wider national community – the Swashikshan Indian Association of Homeschoolers. Swashikshan will have its fifth national conference this year, which is testament to not only the popularity but the support that there is in India for this method of education. Many parents of home schoolers find Swashikshan an invaluable source of support and resources.

Opportunities to be creative

One of the many reasons parents make this choice is the breadth of experience and the opportunities home schooling can offer in comparison to traditional schooling. Parents can also encourage creativity and consider their own child’s particular learning style when preparing their lessons. Some parents have concerns that schools stifle creativity. Now, in 2017 we know that the world of business needs creativity in its workforce more than ever and that companies often outsource for their needs. Homeschooling means their creativity can be encouraged until it blooms.

Social skills

Some might say that by not going to school your child will miss out on making friends and learning valuable social skills. Parents of home schoolers argue that this is absolutely not the case. With the support of the community your child will not become completely isolated but find they meet with groups of similarly home educated children. There are also plenty of opportunities for extracurricular activities, day trips or even traveling together as a family. Continue reading

Ringing the changes

As parents, we all want what’s best for our children and often worry unnecessarily about the right course of action. We might be concerned that we don’t know how to teach and if this is the case, these games are ideal for younger children. The important thing to remember is that you do have a choice. If you’re worried that your child isn’t getting a well-rounded education or is spending too much time learning facts by rote without any understanding of why, maybe it’s time to make a change. Home-schooling could be the right choice for your children.

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Infant care for New Moms


Your little bundle of joy is finally here. Those little fingers and toes sure do excite you and your family members. But one of the most common problems which new parents face is protecting infants from the harsh external surroundings. As a new parent, there is so much to do,  that sometimes we forget the most crucial things. Unprecedented rainfall of advice from families and friends leaves them more confused than being sorted as far as infant care is concerned. This means protection from the rough weather and from bugs, insects or mosquitoes.

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Protection from harsh weather comes in the form of keeping the little ones covered up. Whereas protection from different kinds insects, bugs and mosquitoes happen when we keep our homes clean and sterilized in different forms.

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Mosquitoes generally breed in standing water. In fact, that is the perfect breeding place for them to reproduce and multiply. Mosquito-borne diseases are diseases caused by bacteria, viruses or parasites transmitted by mosquitoes. Diseases transmitted by mosquitoes include malaria, dengue, West Nile virus, chikungunya.

 

As mothers, we tend to protect our little ones to our best possible self from mosquitoes. Presenting some of the tips which will help to keep the little ones safe and healthy. These tips will surely help you a great deal in keeping your infants happy and healthy and keep those diseases at bay.

1. Keep your home and surroundings clean

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This is the first step in eliminating all kinds of diseases associated with mosquitoes. Check for any places where water might get collected because that is the perfect place for mosquitoes to thrive on. Empty and change the water in bird baths, fountains, potted plant trays at least once a week to eliminate potential habitats.

2.Maintain the room temperature

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Changing seasons have a profound effect on an adult’s body, so an infant stands at a greater risk of catching fluctuating weather diseases. This also means fluctuating temperature might as well play with your little one’s system. Thus, as a parent, you should ensure that you maintain the temperature of the room. If you are living in a place with relatively cooler temperatures, you can use a heater for some time, before putting your little one to a good night’s sleep.

3.Dress them right

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Gone are the days, when mosquitoes were only during rainy seasons. While they are at their maximum best during monsoons because of stagnant water, but that doesn’t stop them from biting you in other seasons as well :-). Keep your little one well covered to avoid any nasty bites.

4.Protection Against Mosquitoes

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Mosquito bites are very harmful to the babies and with so many diseases associated with them, it is always better to be safe than sorry. To keep mosquitoes at bay, you can switch on the 2x power of Goodknight Activ+, that guarantees long-lasting protection.

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Another option to get instant relief from mosquitoes is using Goodknight Fast Card. This one is actually a paper which consists Advanced TFT dots technology and upon lighting it acts instantly against mosquitoes, leaving behind a pleasant fragrance.

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While we have talked about indoor protection from those pesky mosquitoes, we also need to avoid mosquitoes before stepping outdoors. Always apply 4 dots of Goodknight Fabric Roll-On on your clothes to ensure 8 hours of mosquito protection.

So, new moms, relax and sit back. Don’t fret. Don’t be hesitant in using these tips and hacks, and just in case you need help you always have your near and dear ones around!

 

 

 

 

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How to create healthy eating habits in your child


By Jennifer Horton,

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Childhood obesity owes its complex nature to a number of health issues. Encourage your entire family to be involved in developing healthy eating habits if you really want your children to be part of it. Indulging in such habits will certainly help you in curbing childhood obesity earlier on in life.

Meal Break in the Morning

For beginners, it’s important to have breakfast. It could be one of the important regular activities for your child. It’s equally important to that of ordering online baby clothes that you provide to your infant every day. Apart from conveying the key growth nutrients to a child’s body, a healthy breakfast is meant to prepare muscles for the daily activities and push the much-needed carbohydrates for stabilizing the levels of blood sugar. A child tends to overeat during the later part of the day when his hunger isn’t met by a heavy breakfast early on.

Quality breakfast eaters project lower stomachaches induced by hunger, little tardiness and a good attendance at school. Besides enjoying an improved coordination between muscles, your child is likely to resolve issues more easily and gain better concentration in studies.

Remain at Home

By limiting your habit to eat out, you’ll help your kids to maintain a healthy body weight. During the past few years, you must have witnessed a sudden increase in portion sizes at fast food outlets. For instance, you’re likely to receive a big punch of 610 calories by ordering French fries worth 7 ounces today. In comparison, about 20 years ago, a single order would have served you with 210 calories in a pack of 2 ounces. Likewise, a soft drink that serves 250 calories through 20 ounces now would have served around 85 calories through 6.5 ounces.

The fast-food outlets are known to serve adolescents with far more calories than before. The habit of overeating for overweight adolescents has increased at an alarming rate of late. Teens tend to opt for nuggets and burgers containing much higher calories even when their favorite restaurants have several low-calorie options. Continue reading

Restrict the Portion Size

Thus it has become very important for elders to guide teens in keeping their calorie intake a bare minimum. Remind them that they shouldn’t skip meals and enjoy snacks. It will help them in curbing health risks besides avoiding those online medicine coupons so early on in life.

Behavioral researchers have gone to the extent of proving certain environmental cues as the primary causes behind our eating and drinking habits. They have proven that the smaller cups and plates even urge us to consume less in comparison to those cups and plates that are much bigger in size. It’s truly important for us to restrict the size of our plates and cups for the entire household.

It even helps in restricting our hunger when we tend to eat frequently. Apart from the usual 3-course meal per day, children need to have a couple of nutritious snacks throughout the day. Adults can certainly keep their calorie intake at bay by re-sizing their snacks and meals to portions that are worthy of their kids. However, obesity isn’t directly related to the frequency of consuming meals and snacks. The intake of nutrients in kids can be increased naturally as they’re fond of snacks.

 

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How to Get Back on the Bike after Having a Baby


By Chloe Smith

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Nine months had passed, and the miracle of childbirth is also behind you, as painful and fulfilling it can be. Bed rest, as relaxing as it is, can bore fairly quickly, and you might get antsy to start going out for walks. That is when you see all the other healthy, recovered moms on their bikes, jogs and long walks. It’s natural that you’ll want to get back “on the saddle” as well, but the road there might be a bit tougher than you expected. So we offer some key advice on what to pay attention to once you set your eyes on that bike collecting dust in your basement.

Consult your doctor

First and foremost, consulting your doctor is a must. They’ve been following your pregnancy, as well as the labor itself, and right after you, know what exactly your body’s been through. The only thing your doctor knows better is how long it will take your body to heal. Regular delivery will leave you fatigued and your muscles stretched and aching, but you could heal faster. On the other hand, a C-section delivery takes a longer time to heal, and requires more bed rest. Let your doctor know you want to get back on the bike, and ask them for advice rather than doing everything on your own accord, as the consequences could be painful.

Baby steps

Once you get the green light from your doctor to do some physical activity, chances are that you’re not fully capable of getting back on the bike. Baby steps are the safest way to “test the waters”, and make sure your body can transition from no physical activity to a full bike ride. The way to start the transition off is to go with light exercise and walks that get longer with each day. Once you’ve conquered those to the point of not breaking a sweat while working out, it’s safe to try and get back on the bike. Continue reading

Listen to your body

Along with the first point, be mindful of your body’s reactions. Make sure you are always hydrated – even more than before you were pregnant. Don’t strain yourself, and the moment you notice your body starting to feel achy, weak or even painful stop what you’re doing, and take a breather. Take frequent small breaks during which you’ll pay close attention to how your body behaves – if there is a strain in some of the muscles or overall discomfort. Your body wants to get back in shape just as much as you do, but when it starts sending signals that something isn’t right, or it needs a break, listen to it, and take it easy.

Two’s a company

If you were a lone biker, then going back to biking will probably be returning to that solitary meditative state. However, if you’re a sociable person, you could join a biking club for weekly rides. Meeting new people will help keep you on schedule, should you find yourself wanting to rather lazy about with a baby than go outside, but also boost your social life in time when you really need it. Of course, your partner could be of immense help with either being your biking partner, or ensuring you have enough time for these little outings, while they babysit.

The right bike

Just as you are going through changes with your body, so will your bike. First, you will need to make sure that, at its current state, the bike can accommodate your recovery. Visit your shop and check the seating, buffers and tires. It needs to be in perfect riding condition to minimize injury risks. You might also want to add on your bike and bicycle accessories, like a holder for a water bottle or a basket to keep your things in them once the baby is big enough to accompany you. Secondly, when the time is right, customize the bike a little for your rider number two, to experience these outings in tandem.

Nutrition

When you decide to get back on the biking routine, you have to know straight away – you will need to eat more. Trying to stay slim by depriving yourself of that extra serving won’t help you, or the baby. Right now, you are not only providing nourishment for a growing newborn, you are also spending more calories riding your bike and exercising. Don’t halve your portions – make them healthier. Eat a lot of vegetables and fruit, and stay away from too much sourdough products, as they will build up more fat than actual proteins. Eat lean meats and fish, and steer clear of processed sugars.

All in all

The process of recovering from labor and pregnancy is long and more often tiresome. That shouldn’t distract you from going back to your bike as soon as you feel capable. But, you should also be aware of your limits, and know when it’s okay to take a break, hold off on exerting your body (if you aim to push your boundaries), and doing some light exercise instead of throwing yourself out there in an attempt to go back to your pre-pregnancy habits. The main thing to remember is to consult your doctor and go through the transition with them, as it’s a method that will have the best payoff.

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Aveeno Moisturizing Lotion- Product Review


As mothers we all take perfect care of our baby’s skin. In fact for new mothers it is an all new experience of testing new waters. That is because a New Born’s skin is extremely soft and sensitive , as a result it might not adapt to all the baby products available in the market. We try do all kinds of stuff to keep the baby’s skin soft, moisturized and supple.

Aveeno Baby Lotion

I personally have tried a lot of home remedies for my baby’s skin when she was just a few days old. Call me old fashioned, but I loved picking things from my kitchen and tried including them in my daughter’s bathing regime. I would like to highlight here, that by no means I am preaching about home remedies, and just letting the readers know something which worked for us. One such product is oatmeal , which is great for baby’s skin

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When we got Aveeno Baby Daily Moisture Lotion in our mail, I was pretty impressed with its main ingredients- Any guesses-Well it is oatmeal. Oat protects the baby’s skin by leaving a protective covering on the skin which in turn prevents moisture loss.

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this is the first time , I have been suing Aveeno Moisturizing lotion on my daughter . I had heard about it a couple of times from friends who had relatives there, but never got  chance to use it. Well , now that I have it , I know why people always vouched for it. Two weeks down into the usage of product and I am in completely love with the texture and its results on my toddler’s skin. The lotion contains colloidal oatmeal which provides ample nourishment to my toddler’s skin and keeps it hydrated for quite a long duration. Colloidal oatmeal combined with shea butter is found to provide relief from itchy skin.

FORMULATION
The Aveeno Baby lotion contains Water, glycerine,Avena Sativa(Oat) Kernel Flour,Cetyl Alcohol , Distearyldimonium Chloride , Petrolatum,Sodium Chloride, Alantoin, Isopropyly Palmitate

PRO’s
1. It seems greasy in the beginning , but it left me amazed because it got absorbed in the skin in almost like less than even ten seconds. What makes the product’s quality even more commendable is the fact that , the skin feels light and doesn’t look as of something has been applied on it.
2.The packaging is pretty decent and there are hardly any chances of leaks or spillage.
3.It leaves the skin moisturized and hydrated for 24 hours .
4.Fragrance Free- This quality is one thing which will make me buy more Aveeno products in future.Personally speaking, I am not a big fan of fragrant products for kids. That is because stronger the fragrance in any product , higher are the chances of additive in it. Therefore I either prefer minimum or zero fragrance in a baby product.

CON’s
1.It is a great product and frankly I don’t see any major cons in it. The only thing which I can point out is the price. But as a person who has been on the journey of motherhood for a little over two years now, I personally feel that quality always comes at a price. And if that quality ensures my baby’s skin remains supple and soft ,I am in for such kind of products.I also feel, that just a drop of the lotion covers major part of the skin where its applied, so a 227 gm pack will last me at least a good 2 months.

MOMMYSWALL REVIEW
We would give it a 4.5/5 . Half a mark deduction only for the pricing. But all in all, it is a good product which contains oatmeal and is great for itchy skin.

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Care for pregnant moms- protection against mosquitoes


Two pink lines! Congrats Mamma!

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Welcome to the most beautiful phase of a women’s life – Pregnancy.
As women we hardly take care of our own selves. Most of the times we are either running for those perfect jobs whilst trying our best to take care of our family. But life takes a complete 360 degrees turn when we discover that we are pregnant. Yes, with a life growing inside us, we become extra cautious and start taking good care of our body! How thoughtful, right! The life which is yet to enter this world, makes us a better person and makes us believe in ourselves.

So, families, friends and work peers usually go out of their way in providing us that extra care when we are pregnant. And why not? We do deserve a little care, protection and love during that time.

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But as an expecting mom, you need to take special care of yourself in this weather. The rains may have brought with them a much-needed relief from the heat, but this does not come without a host of diseases. This humid and muddy weather along with mosquitoes which breed in stagnant water can prove to be a dangerous combination for pregnant women.

While most of us take extra care to keep our house clean and ensure that it is does not become a breeding ground for mosquitoes, a dirty neighbourhood can still harbour these disease-causing vectors. Pregnant women are more susceptible to mosquito bites because of a warmer body temperature and an increased release of carbon dioxide while exhaling. Moms, this means that you need to go the extra mile and ensure that you are well protected from these dreaded mosquitoes and the various diseases they may carry.

So taking care of one’s own self during pregnancy goes up one step further during this time of the year – the dramatic change in weather during and post-monsoon results in a range of health concerns. Let’s take a closer look at some of the diseases which are spread by a mosquito bite:

 

Dengue

Dengue is one of the most common illnesses which is caused by a mosquito bite (that of the Aedes aegypti mosquito). Off lately, dengue cases have been on the rise in the Asian sub-continent. This behavior can be attributed to longer spells of summer, as mosquitoes thrive well in hot and humid climate. If you contract dengue while you are pregnant, then you need to check with your doctor as dengue often results in low platelet count and a suppressed immune system. While there aren’t a hundred percent cases, most indicate that the baby is at risk only when you are in a later stage of pregnancy.

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 Malaria

Malaria is also caused by the bite of an infected mosquito which carries the dangerous parasite, namely the Anopheles mosquito.  Malaria is one of the most significant health problems worldwide[D1]  and is often said to cause low weight babies.

PROTECTION AGAINST MOSQUITOES
Research has suggested that mosquitoes are attracted to pregnant women more than anyone else. As discussed earlier, the prime reason for this is that women generally exhale a higher amount of carbon dioxide in their later stages of pregnancy and this carbon dioxides is one of the most attractive fragrances for a mosquito.

Presenting some easy tips for expecting women to easily prevent the occurrence of these illness:

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Try to remain inside:
We all know, as pregnant women, it is just impossible to sit inside sometimes because of nausea. But try remaining inside during sunrise and sunset as this is the time when mosquitoes are most active. And remember to use mosquito repellents whilst you are indoors, especially during the day as dengue mosquitoes mostly come during that time. Good Knight Activ+ is of great help in this respect and ensures complete indoor protection – it comes with Dual Mode advantage which allows you to switch between Activ and Normal mode, depending on the number of mosquitoes.

Apply a repellent:
Yes, before you get surprised, the best way to beat a mosquito bite is by using a repellent. Repellents are particularly helpful if you are traveling or are spending your day outside. Just make sure that the product is Deet free. Deet is one of the major ingredients which is found in effective repellents. However, over the years it has been found that Deet can do more harm to your body than protect it. With recent advancement, more and more companies are coming up with effective Deet-free repellents.

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Good knight Fabric Roll-On is currently the best personal repellent available today. Just apply 4 dots of Fabric Roll-On on your clothes (it is non-staining!) and you will be shielded from mosquitoes for up to 8 hours. Don’t worry, this product is pediatrician certified and completely safe to use – it is 100% natural, made of citronella and eucalyptus oil. For babies younger than 2 months, it is advised to apply Good knight Fabric Roll-On on their cots, prams and cradles.

Making this simple habit of applying just 4 dots on clothes before stepping out a part of your everyday care routine can go a long way in protecting yourself and your family from mosquito-borne diseases.

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Wear appropriate clothing:
Try to wear full sleeved clothes whenever you are out. Since most couples go for a babymoon, you don’t have to be covered for the entire part of your holiday. Just make sure that you have applied repellent for protection and are properly covered during sunset and sunrise if you are outside.

So expecting moms there is a lot for you as far as protection from these mosquitoes is concerned. Don’t let the weather get you down – stay safe, stay protected!


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How to Help Your Child Concentrate and Focus


By Diana Smith,

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Sometimes it’s hard for grown-ups to concentrate and focus, let alone a child who would rather talk about their dog, a cartoon or even a nail on the wall than do their homework or some kind of a house chore. It’s a simple fact that children can get easily distracted, and for some, it’s even harder to focus on the task they’re doing. Nowadays, it’s even more difficult for kids to concentrate due to all the technology that surrounds them and this is quite unfortunate considering the fact that children today get more and more homework at school. Thankfully, there are some ways parents can help their children focus and finish their tasks.

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Use up the extra energy

It’s a simple fact that the brain works better if the body is moving. It’s also a simple fact that children can get super restless, so this is why it’s important that you make sure your youngster has a chance to run, play some sports or even walk every day before starting homework. This way, they won’t be restless and full of extra energy once it’s time to sit and do homework. Continue reading

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Make a to-do list and divide big tasks into small ones

To-do lists make everyone’s lives easier and this is especially true when it comes to children. They can help your child organize better as they probably won’t memorize all the chores they have. Once a task is done, the child can simply cross it off the list; this will even give them a sense of accomplishment. You should also be aware that if a task seems too difficult to your child, it can overwhelm them. This is why it’s better to split that task into several easier ones. As each part of the task is completed, your child will be able to see their progress and feel closer to the finish line.

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Set tasks according to your child’s age

One of the factors that might affect concentration is the task’s difficulty. While it can be very difficult to do something that is boring, it’s important to teach children that sometimes we have to do things which are tedious and uninteresting. However, it’s recommended that a child works on an activity which is age-appropriate as well as suitable for their skill level. This way, the child will not feel overwhelmed with the task, nor will they finish it in a matter of minutes.

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Minimize the distractions

Unlike most adults, it’s much harder for children to concentrate if there is something interesting going on around them, so it’s recommended to find a quiet place for your child to do homework. Also, make sure there are no cell phones or TVs close to the child. Even if there is a TV in the next room, keep the tone down so it won’t distract the child. While it’s recommended that you eliminate these kinds of distractions, it’s not a bad idea to play some soothing music while the child is working on an activity as this will help them calm down and focus. If necessary, you can even give them headphones, like the ones AKG in Australia offers, so they’ll only hear the music playing and not the other sounds coming from outside.

Take breaks

You can’t expect a child to work for an entire hour, so it’s recommended that they take a break every ten or twenty minutes (depending on their age). During a break, let the child drink some water, eat a snack or simply walk around so that they can relax; but don’t let them start playing games because it will be difficult for them to get back to the task that is waiting for them.

It’s quite common for kids to have a problem with concentration and focus. However, if you’re patient and consistent, you’ll make things easier for them and eventually, your child will learn how to concentrate and finish the task at hand.

 

 

 

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6 Benefits of Prenatal and Post Natal Massage Therapy


By Sara,

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Pregnant women have to go through a lot in their prenatal and postnatal days and we believe that they deserve a break from all that pain and those mood swings and loosen up for a while and what better way to do that than with a relaxing, therapeutic massage.

If you have proximity issues or you cannot find time to go out of your house to receive massage therapy, you can simply pick up a good massage chair online and have it delivered to your doorstep and we can assure you they will have the same benefits.

Promotes Regulation of Hormones

Hormonal imbalance is the bane of every pregnant woman’s existence so much so that they don’t come under full control even after pregnancy. You still have mood swings and your body is still not under control. Massages stimulate the nerves in ways that improve milk production in new mothers; they even help in reducing hormones that are associated with postpartum depression like dopamine. Simple perineal massages can help in balancing the hormones. Continue reading

Helps Your Body Reduce Swelling Naturally

Trying to go back to your original size after delivering a baby is not an easy job. It takes many months to restore yourself to your original size even after careful diet and exercise. Even though this is not a magic trick, getting regular massages is a great way to make it easier to reduce the swelling in your body.

Relieves the Body of Pains and Aches

Pregnant women and new mothers often experience pains in their back, migraines, and cramps. A great, natural way to get rid of these pains in the body is through messages. Massages have been known as great pain relievers and can ease tension and stiffness in all the muscles of the body, leaving you happier and painless.

Induces Feelings of Relaxation

Newborns are notorious for crying through the night and keeping their mommies up during that ordeal. Post-partum depression is something around 15% of all pregnant women face, according to new research. Anxiety during days of pregnancy is also a harsh reality of mother-hood. So to feel relaxed during all this, the best thing you can do is get regular massages because they will help lower the levels of stress-inducing hormones in the body so you can love your new baby to the fullest.

Makes it Easier to Breastfeed

Massages are even said to improve blood circulation around the body and better the milk production in breastfeeding mothers. So if you feel your breasts have difficulty in giving milk to the baby when he latches on to you, your answer to that is also a therapeutic massage.

Your Body Can Return to its Pre-Pregnancy State

The best part about receiving massages throughout your journey to motherhood is that your body will be able to return to its original state before pregnancy in a much easier way. This doesn’t mean that you don’t control on your own, but a little stimulation is all you need sometimes.

Author Bio:

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Sara is a psychologist by profession and she loves massage therapies. She enjoys home-based work and traveling. She is obsessed with massage chair therapies and other relaxing techniques. She regularly posts at https://mymassagechairs.com/.

 

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How to Pick the Right Lighting for Kids


By Diana Smith,

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Lighting solutions are very important both for adults and kids. Whether you have a baby or a toddler at home, it is necessary to pick out the right light for their rooms. If you have kids, then you probably know how painful it is to step on a Lego, or the misery of stomping on some squeaky toy and waking up your kid when you have just put them to sleep. You can forget about this with a proper nightlight, where your precious one can sleep calmly and you can enter the room to check up on them without being afraid you’ll wake them up. We are giving you some splendid tips on how to pick just the right light for you and your kid.

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Think about what you need

The first thing you need to do is to think about what sort of light you actually need. Do you have a four-month-old baby sleeping in a nursery or a four-year-old toddler who sleeps in their own bedroom? If you have a small baby, you don’t need some strong light and it doesn’t have to be close to the baby. You should definitely think about where you need the light, where it is more convenient for you since you will be the one feeding the baby, changing the diapers etc. On the other hand, if you have a toddler, especially a kid who gets up at night, you need a bit stronger light, closer to the kid’s bed, so they can reach it when they want to go to the bathroom. This is also very practical for you if you are reading your kids bedtime stories. When the kids fall asleep, all you have to do is turn off the light and let them enjoy their night sleep. You should also think about lights with timers and whether you want a battery operational or plug-in light. Today, you can get lamps with some extra features, like an option to play music or a display showing temperature and humidity info. Think if this is something you may find useful.

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Kids love different colours and shapes

Does your kid enjoy watching a Sponge Bob, or maybe is fascinated with the stars and the Moon? In any case, all you have to do is pick a light in the shape of a character that they love. When it comes to babies, you can always pick something simple. Go with clean shapes of the moon, clouds or hearts. You can always get your handyman hat on and get creative in making your own light using some string light.

Types of nightlights

There are a few different types of nightlights and you should think about what is the best option for you and your kids. There are projection lights, plug-ins, soft lights, lamps, portable nightlights, and neon lights. Projection lights simply project your kid’s favourite cartoon characters or a starry sky onto the wall. A small issue with projection lights is that they have to be placed at a perfect distance so they don’t become blurry or too small. For this, we recommend hiring a Sydney electrician, who will be able to help you thanks to their great work experience. You can also opt for a stuffed animal with a light inside, which you can put in your child’s bed. This is recommended for toddlers who like to cuddle their animals and still have fear of the dark.

The lighting in your kid’s bedroom is highly important both for them and you. Even when they are small babies, you should get them used to a nightlight. It will become a necessity when they get older and start using the bathroom by themselves. They are also useful for light sleepers and kids who are afraid of the dark, so this way they can go through the night without calling out for you if they want their favourite teddy bear or a doll. Your options are quite numerous; all you have to do is pick.

 

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Useful Tips on How to Childproof Your Bathroom


By Diana Smith,

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Sometimes it seems that kids simply go searching for trouble and an opportunity to hurt themselves. And while sometimes the entire house seems like a huge minefield where every corner is a catastrophe waiting to happen, the bathroom might be the most dangerous place for babies, toddlers and young children. However, there are plenty of preventive measures parents can take in order to ensure their youngsters are safe. Continue reading

Restrict access to the bathroom

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Probably the best way to avoid any possible accidents is to make sure your child can’t get into the bathroom that easily. The simplest way to secure the bathroom door is by installing a hook-and-eye lock on the outside as this will prevent anyone getting locked inside the bathroom. Another way to make sure your little one doesn’t get in is by adding a childproof cover, which makes it possible only for adults to open the door.
Keep dangerous objects out of reach

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The bathroom is simply filled with hazardous objects, like razors and scissors, as well as toxic liquids, like detergents, cosmetics and various medications. Make sure all the cabinets containing sharp and small objects like nail clippers, tweezers and scissors are locked. Keep all the appliances which create heat, like curling irons or blow dryers, unplugged and store them on high shelves. Also, make sure that all liquids and cosmetics, as well as drugs, are absolutely out of reach in order to avoid poisoning or choking hazard.
Lock the toilet and secure the waste bin

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The combination of curiosity and undeveloped coordination can be extremely dangerous, and all parents know just how curious and uncoordinated kids can be. In order to avoid any possible injuries or even worse, drowning, make sure the toilet lid is always down and secured by a toilet lock which will prevent a child from lifting it. Another place where kids can get their curious little hands in is the wastebasket, so make sure it’s properly secured and impossible for a child to rummage through it and find any dangerous objects, like disposable razors or anything alike.

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Secure the bathing area
While it’s smart to make sure your young child has access to the bathroom as little as possible, it’s simply unavoidable that they’ll have to spend some time there, considering this is the place where you’ll bathe them. The best way to ensure your child is safe while in the bathroom is to always be with them and supervise them. Bathrooms are covered with slippery surfaces like baths, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make them less dangerous, so make sure you put non-slip mats in the tub and around it. Another way to avoid any falls is by using a bath seat, which will secure the baby in one position while in the bathtub. Aside from securing the bathing area with non-slip mats, it’s recommended to install a soft plastic or rubber guard over the tub spout in order to avoid any major injuries in case your child bumps their head against it.
Another thing to pay attention to is adjusting the water heater temperature. Baby skin is especially gentle and it takes only three seconds for a baby to get serious burns from hot water. A lower water temperature will ensure a safe and pleasant bath time, but help avoid any possibility of scalding.
While it’s probably impossible to avoid some minor bumps and bruises, it’s recommended to follow these simple tips in order to avoid any major injuries which are quite possible to happen if not careful. Remember to always supervise your child as this is the best possible way to ensure they are safe.

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