By rising the temperature, the body can stop a virus's ability to grow. That's why we get fevers ||It’s never too early to read for your child ||As a new mommy, sleep when your baby sleeps. Silence your phone and ignore the dishes in the sink ||Don't ever be afraid to ask for help from a friend or relative. Time away will let you recharge. ||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. ||Bathe baby for no more than ten minutes in warm water especially if he shows signs of skin eczema. ||Trim your baby’s nails weekly after a bath when the nails are softened ||Newborns are expected to lose some weight after delivery due to fluid loss. Don’t worry ||Exclusive breastfeeding for at least 6 months is the best prevention of food allergies ||Ask your baby's doctor about vitamin D supplements for the baby, especially if you're breast-feeding ||
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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