Don't ever be afraid to ask for help from a friend or relative. Time away will let you recharge. ||It’s never too early to read for your child ||The most important thing on growth curves is how your baby grows over time. If he's small but growing at the appropriate rate, there's usually no cause for concern. ||The pacifier’s guard or shield should have ventilation holes so the baby can breathe if the shield does get into the mouth ||Always check the water temperature with your hand before bathing your baby. Be sure the room is comfortably warm, too ||Make sure your baby wears a hat if she will be in a cold environment ||By rising the temperature, the body can stop a virus's ability to grow. That's why we get fevers ||Your baby's foot may seem flat, but that's because a layer of fat covers the arch. Within two to three years, this extra padding will disappear. ||Don't forget to watch what you say and do around your child: Imitation is one of the ways toddlers learn socially acceptable behavior. ||2- Breastfeeding your new baby ...Breast milk provides all the nutrients that babies need for the first six months of their life and guards against many illnesses and allergies. Also, breastfeeding can help build a special closeness with your baby. Breastfeeding is one of the best things you can do for your baby. ||
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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