Sleep sacks and sufficient layers of clothing are safe alternatives to blankets for children less than six months of age ||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. ||Most newborns need eight to 12 feedings a day — about one feeding every two to three hours ||Toddler's appetite may change almost daily. Let her be the judge of how much she needs and wants to eat. ||Ask your baby's doctor about vitamin D supplements for the baby, especially if you're breast-feeding ||Try to develop passions outside of work. Don't define yourself by your job, and have the courage to be imperfect. ||Don’t forget to put labels with date and time on your expressed milk bottles to check expiry dates ||Always check the water temperature with your hand before bathing your baby. Be sure the room is comfortably warm, too ||It’s never too early to read for your child ||In case of eczema, use mild, unscented body and laundry soaps. Pat baby's skin dry; don't rub ||
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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