Never tie a pacifier to your child’s crib or around your child’s neck or hand. This could cause serious injury or even death ||Always check the water temperature with your hand before bathing your baby. Be sure the room is comfortably warm, too ||The pacifier’s guard or shield should have ventilation holes so the baby can breathe if the shield does get into the mouth ||As a new baby mother who has to breast feed you should make sure that you drink lots of water ... Make a habit out of drinking a glass of water every time you feed your baby. This will ensure that you are getting your water, and help your body produce enough milk. ||Only close friends and relatives should visit you during your first month at home. They should not visit if they are sick ||Don't forget to watch what you say and do around your child: Imitation is one of the ways toddlers learn socially acceptable behavior. ||If you have trouble emptying your breast, apply warm compresses to the breast or take a warm shower before breast-feeding ||The only acceptable punishment for our children is time-out. No spanking, no shouting and no threatening ||During growth spurts - around 6 weeks after birth — your newborn might want to be fed more often ||Bathe baby for no more than ten minutes in warm water especially if he shows signs of skin eczema. ||
When to give water? and which type?

Generally speaking, water is routinely advisable to your child once he/she completes the age of 6 months i.e. when he/she starts to eat, he/she should drink. You are generally advised to offer water between feeds, as much as your child want. Some children do not like water and breast feeding is the alternative for them (breast milk contains 87.5% water). The sipping cup is preferable to the bottle.

The water offered to your child should be previously boiled even if you are giving your child bottled water. One concern here that I hear sometimes from parents is that mineral water boiling might concentrate minerals to the child; the answer is that most bottled water available in Egypt is natural water and not truely mineral water as we commonly call it.

If you are using bottled water make sure to review the fluoride content of the bottle. The minimum required for children 6months to 3 years of age is 0.3mg/liter (ppm). Fluoride mineral is important to prevent dental caries and is a component of bone. If your child is drinking water with a fluoride content less than this, then you need to give fluoride supplementation. Ask your doctor or call 2356 for further advice.

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