If you have trouble emptying your breast, apply warm compresses to the breast or take a warm shower before breast-feeding ||Don't ever be afraid to ask for help from a friend or relative. Time away will let you recharge. ||During the day, don't try to catch up on chores while the baby sleeps. Lie down and rest ||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. ||In case of eczema, use mild, unscented body and laundry soaps. Pat baby's skin dry; don't rub ||Proper weight gain is the sign that your baby is having enough milk. Not crying and not comparing with other kids ||When giving suspension or liquid medicines, use the dosage cup enclosed in the package or a syringe ||To help your kid stand up to negative peer pressure, encourage him to talk, use role playing with him, get to know the parents of your child's friends and finally deal with your own peer pressure. ||For protecting young children during summer months, apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before going outside ||If your child's scalp is very crusty, put some baby oil or olive oil on the scalp 1 hour before washing to soften the crust ||
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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