When your infant is carried, he should be oriented toward the carrying adult ||The only acceptable punishment for our children is time-out. No spanking, no shouting and no threatening ||Colostrum is rich with all what baby needs for the first 2-3 days till the breast begins to produce milk ||Try to keep other elements of your baby's routine as normal as possible during the strike. ||For protecting young children during summer months, apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before going outside ||The pacifier’s guard or shield should have ventilation holes so the baby can breathe if the shield does get into the mouth ||The sun is the most important source of Vit D ||Make sure your baby wears a hat if she will be in a cold environment ||During growth spurts - around 6 weeks after birth — your newborn might want to be fed more often ||Plan for regular family meals. Enjoy being together as a family and give a chance for everyone to decompress from the day ||
Mercury in fish and shellfish

 

Fish and shellfish are an important part of a healthy diet. Fish and shellfish contain high-quality protein and other essential nutrients, are low in saturated fat, and contain omega-3 fatty acids. A well-balanced diet that includes a variety of fish and shellfish can contribute to heart health and children’s proper growth and development. So, women and young children in particular should include fish or shellfish in their diets due to the many nutritional benefits. However, nearly all fish and shellfish contain traces of mercury. For most people, the risk from mercury by eating fish and shellfish is not a health concern. Yet, some fish and shellfish contain higher levels of mercury that may harm an unborn baby or young child’s developing nervous system. The risks from mercury in fish and shellfish depend on the amount of fish and shellfish eaten and the levels of mercury in the fish and shellfish. Therefore, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are advising women who may become pregnant, pregnant women, nursing mothers, and young children to avoid some types of fish and eat fish and shellfish that are lower in mercury.

By following these 3 recommendations for selecting and eating fish or shellfish, women and young children will receive the benefits of eating fish and shellfish and be confident that they have reduced their exposure to the harmful effects of mercury:

    • Do not eat Shark, Swordfish, King Mackerel, Tilefish. They contain high levels of mercury. 
    • Eat up to 340 grams (2 average meals) a week of a variety of fish and shellfish that are lower in mercury. Five of the most commonly eaten fish that are low in mercury are shrimp, canned light tuna, salmon, pollock, and catfish. Another commonly eaten fish, albacore (“white”) tuna has more mercury than canned light tuna. So, when choosing your two meals of fish and shellfish, you may eat up to140 grams (one average meal) of albacore tuna per week.
    • Check local advisories about the safety of fish caught by family and friends in your local lakes, rivers, and coastal areas. If no advice is available, eat up to 140 grams (one average meal) per week of fish you catch from local waters, but don’t consume any other fish during that week.

 

Follow these same recommendations when feeding fish and shellfish to your young child, but serve smaller portions.

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