Saturday, September 24, 2011

Do I need to put salt on my child's food

Do I need to put salt on my child’s food? I also ask the same question onto my baby’s health visitor and she answered no. There is no need to add salt or sodium chloride to your child’s food because there is enough naturally present in foods. What happens when a child has too much salt intake? When you begin to give salty foods to your child this will then lead to a liking for salty foods and contribute towards high blood pressure in later life.

The FSA suggests babies under six months old should have less than 1 gram of salt a day and those aged seven to 12 months one gram a day. But since salt is already present in our daily food, even in milk, it is so hard to know how much has our child has eaten in a day, so it is just best to avoid it if possible.

Actually, the whole family will benefit if you gradually reduce the amount of salt in your cooking. Also you should keep salt off the table and limit the amount of salty food like crisp, savoury snacks, and some mixes that your child has.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Mumps do spread

Some mothers do not know but yes, mumps does spread easily. I remember on my little girl’s 2nd birthday a little girl arrived with mumps, so I ask the mother politely to leave the party with her child as there are many children at the party that could get the said virus from her daughter. Her daughter no longer have the fever, but the swollen jaw is still visible so I think it is still not safe for her to be with other children.

Anyway is some information about mumps, I learned some of this from the nurse who gave my little girl the MMR shots and some from the National health services website.

Mumps is an airborne virus which can lead to fever, headache, and painful, swollen glands in the face, neck and jaws. It can result in permanent deafness, viral meningitis (swelling of the lining of the brain) and encephalitis. Rarely this can also cause painful swelling of the testicles in males and the ovaries in females. This said virus usually last about 7 to 10 days.

Now how does this virus spread?
Mumps is an airborne virus and can be spread by:
• an infected person coughing or sneezing and releasing tiny droplets of contaminated saliva, which can then be breathed in by another person
• an infected person touching their nose or mouth, then transferring the virus onto an object, such as a door handle, or work surface; if someone else then touches the object shortly afterwards, they can transfer the virus into their respiratory tract
• sharing utensils, such as cups, cutlery or plates with an infected person

So if you think you or your child is infected with mumps, do see a doctor, so you’ll be given the proper treatment.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Children’s safety on roads

As a parent, I think it very important that we should set as a good example to our children when it comes to road and traffic awareness. Explain to them what traffic is all about, traffic light colours, stop and looking both ways before crossing the road. Anyway, I have here a few very good tips for parents with regards to safety on roads with children.

• Never let a child on or near the roads alone, as young children do not understand the dangers of traffic.
• Hold your child’s hand when you’re near roads. When you’re with a toddler, a walking rein would be very useful.
• Look out for and encourage your child to be aware of hidden entrances or driveways crossing the pavement.
• Teach your child to cross roads safely by always crossing safely yourself and explaining what you’re doing, but do not expect any child under the age of eight to cross a road alone.

These are just a few helpful tips and there are a lot you can get from a government agency website on road safety for children under 7 years of age.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Tips on managing an over active child

A child suffering from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is what they call over active child or hyperactive child. Now hyperactivity may require treatment but here are some very good tips I got from my sister who has a hyper active child. Here are those tips you may try:

• Keep to a daily routine as much as you can. This can be important if your child is restless or difficult and could help you stay calmer and stand up better to the strain.
• Make giving your child time and attention a part of the routine. In different ways your child may be demanding your attention most of the day, if not most of the night as well. Make a certain time each day to give your child all your attention.
• Avoid difficult situation as much as you can. Example, keeping shopping trips short.
• Try to get out every day to a place where your child can run around and really let go.
• Avoid giving your child cola drinks, tea and coffee, as these drinks all contains caffeine.

Now these are just tips in helping you manage your child’s over active behaviour, however if these do not help, I would suggest that you talk to a doctor as your child may require some treatment.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Safety Razors Shaving Tips

My husband (Chloe’s dad) shaves almost every day and he had a somewhat routine when doing it, he usually shave his face after a shower, in the sink, with all those creams and hydration techniques to avoid razor burns. Well, in 5 years being with him, I think I only saw him with razor burns once and that has something to do with the new crappy razors I got for him. Anyway, I think he has a good shaving routine, so I ask him if I could share his shaving tips here on my blog and he said yes, so here it is!

1. Hydrate your skin by having a shower and using a shower gel to take away all the oil, dirt and dead skin cells on your face.

2. If you are in a rash and do not have time to shower, you can hydrate your skin by washing it with warm water and a body wash for at least 2 to 3 minutes.

3. Then apply a shaving cream or a gel in a circular motion on your face where you want to shave.

4. Using a safety razor, only shave in direction of the hair growth and on a slow light stroke. It is important that you do not put too much pressure on your skin as this would create irritation on your skin.

5. Apply a shaving cream again if you wish to shave your face the second time.

6. At the end of every shave, always rinse your razor and take out excess water and store in a cool and dry place.

7. Rinse your face with cool and dry water and gently pat dry your face with a face towel.

8. Lastly use an after shave to cool and moisturize your skin.

These steps might look a bit long, but honestly it only take about 3 to 5 minutes to get it all done and you will soon get the hang of it!

Disclaimer: I am participating in a blogger campaign called The Art of Shaving from Bucks2Blog and was compensated. However, the views and opinions are my own.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Preventing Diaper Rash

This is probably the most common rash you will find in babies and toddlers, especially around the age of 18 months. Research says it is cause by skin being in prolonged contact with ammonia from urine or bacteria from stools burning or irritating the skin, which may then break open. But in some cases, the causes would be due to sensitive skin, rubbing or chaffing, strong soap, detergent or bubble bath, baby wipes, diarrhoea or illness, changes in diet such us weaning or due to changing from beast to formula milk.

I have been doing a lot of research before and found some useful information on preventing diaper rash on my little one. These are the things that will help prevent diaper or nappy rash on babies:

By changing the diaper as soon as you can when it becomes wet or soiled. By cleaning the whole diaper area thoroughly. Wipe the baby from front to back. Use a mild soap with plain water or a gentle baby wipes. Make sure that you rinse the soap and pat dry before placing a new baby diaper on your baby. It is also best to lay your baby in a towel and leave the diaper off for as long and as often as you can to let fresh air get to the skin.

Sometime rashes can lead into infection, so it is somehow important that you should keep your baby dry and clean at all time.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Simple advice on buying shoes and boots for toddlers

These are just some of the things I always do when buying a pair of shoes or boots for my little girl. Now, I am aware that children’s feet grow very fast and it is important that the bones grow straight, so here are some of those things to look out when buying footwear for toddlers.

• Buy footwear that is made of natural materials, example: Leather, cotton, or canvas as these materials breathe. What I understand plastic shoe is that they are not really advisable for toddlers as plastic shoes or boots make feet perspire and can cause fungal infections and abrasions.

• When buying it from a shop, have your child’s feet measured for each new pair of shoes. What I know is that a child under 4 years of age should have their feet measured every 6-8 weeks.

• When buying over the internet, I have here a measurement guide, got this from the online shop where I usually get my little girl’s footwear. I also use a tape measure to measure her feet and look it up on this guide.

• Lastly, it is best not to keep shoes for the best, as your child may outgrow these without proper wear.