A great deal of body heat is lost through a bare head, so make sure your baby wears a hat if she will be in a cold environment ||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 ||Alternate the first breast you offer at each feed ||There are parenting mistakes that are harmless. When in doubt, ask your pediatrician ||Try to develop passions outside of work. Don't define yourself by your job, and have the courage to be imperfect. ||Design a kid corner and fill it with things safe for your toddler like Tupperware, toys, empty boxes, etc. ||Expressing milk should be painless. If it hurts, stop. ||Put a photo of a face – yours – on the side of the cot for your baby to look at. Human faces fascinate babies ||Massaging infants' arms and hands can significantly reduce their pain from needle sticks ||Use a firm mattress and avoid placing your baby on thick, fluffy padding that may interfere with breathing if your baby's face presses against it ||
Eating Disorders - Signs and Complications

 

What are the signs of anorexia or bulimia? 

    • Weight loss or unusual weight changes. 
    • Periods being irregular or stopping. 
    • Missing meals, eating very little and avoiding ‘fattening’ foods. 
    • Avoiding eating in public, secret eating. 
    • Large amounts of food disappearing from the cupboards. 
    • Believing they are fat when underweight. 
    • Exercising excessively, often in secret. 
    • Becoming preoccupied with food, cooking for other people, calorie counting and setting target weights. 
    • Going to the bathroom or toilet immediately after meals. 
    • Using laxatives and vomiting to control weight or sometimes other medications/herbal remedies to lose weight.

It may be difficult for parents or teachers to tell the difference between ordinary dieting in young people and a more serious problem. If you are concerned about your child’s weight and how they are eating, consult your doctor.

 

What effects can eating disorders have?

It’s important to remember that, if allowed to continue unchecked, both anorexia and bulimia can be life-threatening conditions; but if treated, most young people get better. Over time, they are harder to treat, and the effects become more serious.

Complications include: 

    • Death 
    • Heart disease 
    • Depression and suicidal thoughts or behavior 
    • Absence of menstruation (amenorrhea) 
    • Bone loss 
    • Stunted growth 
    • Seizures 
    • Digestive problems 
    • Kidney damage 
    • Severe tooth decay 
    • High or low blood pressure 
    • Type 2 diabetes 
    • Gallbladder disease

 

Eating Disorders - Definition and Causes

Eating Disorders - Getting Help

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