The AAP recommends sponge baths until the umbilical cord stump falls off — which might take up to three weeks ||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. ||Dealing with slow learners needs special guidance. Find some simple tips in our articles section. ||Make a habit out of drinking a glass of water every time you feed your baby. ||Don’t forget to put labels with date and time on your expressed milk bottles to check expiry dates ||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. ||Whenever possible, don't get involved in your kids' clash. Step in only if there's a danger of physical harm. ||Design a kid corner and fill it with things safe for your toddler like Tupperware, toys, empty boxes, etc. ||As a new mommy, sleep when your baby sleeps. Silence your phone and ignore the dishes in the sink ||If you have trouble emptying your breast, apply warm compresses to the breast or take a warm shower before breast-feeding ||
Food Allergy


A food allergy happens when the body reacts against harmless proteins found in foods. The reaction usually happens shortly after a food is eaten. Food allergy reactions can vary from mild to severe. Because there are many things that can be confused with food allergies, it is important for parents to know the difference.

 

Symptoms of a food allergy

 

Skin problems

  • Hives (red spots that look like mosquito bites)
  • Itchy skin rashes (eczema, also called atopic dermatitis)
  • Swelling
  • Breathing problems
  • Sneezing
  • Wheezing
  • Throat tightness
 

Stomach symptoms

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Circulation symptoms
  • Pale skin
  • Light-headedness
  • Loss of consciousness
 

If several areas of the body are affected, the reaction may be severe or even life-threatening. This type of allergic reaction is called anaphylaxis and requires immediate medical attention.

 

Not a food allergy

 

Food can cause many illnesses that are sometimes confused with food allergies. The following are not food allergies:

Food poisoning—can cause diarrhea or vomiting, but is usually caused by bacteria in spoiled food or undercooked food.

Drug effects—certain ingredients, such as caffeine in soda or candy, can make your child shaky or restless.

Skin irritation—can often be caused by acids found in such foods as orange juice or tomato products.

Diarrhea—can occur in small children from too much sugar, such as from fruit juices.

 

Some food-related illnesses are called intolerance, or food sensitivity, rather than an allergy because the immune system is not causing the problem. Lactose intolerance is an example of a food intolerance that is often confused with a food allergy. Lactose intolerance is when a person has trouble digesting milk sugar, called lactose, leading to stomachaches, bloating, and loose stools.

 

Sometimes reactions to the chemicals added to foods, such as dyes or preservatives, are mistaken for a food allergy. However, while some people may be sensitive to certain food additives, it is rare to be allergic to them.

 

Foods that can cause food allergies

Any food could cause a food allergy, but most food allergies are caused by the following:

  • Cow milk
  • Eggs
  • Peanuts
  • Soy
  • Wheat
  • Nuts from trees (such as walnuts, pistachios, pecans, cashew)
  • Fish (such as tuna, salmon, cod)
  • Shellfish (such as shrimp, lobster)
  • Peanuts, nuts, and seafood are the most common causes of severe reactions. Allergies also occur to other foods such as meats, fruits, vegetables, grains, and seeds such as sesame.
 

The good news is that food allergies are often outgrown during early childhood. It is estimated that 80% to 90% of egg, milk, wheat, and soy allergies go away by age 5 years. Some allergies are more persistent. For example, 1 in 5 young children will outgrow a peanut allergy and fewer will outgrow allergies to nuts or seafood. Your pediatrician or allergist can perform tests to track your child's food allergies and watch to see if they are going away.


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