Put a photo of a face – yours – on the side of the cot for your baby to look at. Human faces fascinate babies ||Your toddler may be clumsy simply due to her trials to master so many new physical skills at the same time. The more active she is, the more likely she will drop things, run into things, or fall down. ||When giving suspension or liquid medicines, use the dosage cup enclosed in the package or a syringe ||Make sure the highchair has a wide base, good fit, adjustable secure straps. Consider a post between the child's legs. ||Infant constipation is the passage of hard, dry bowel movements — not necessarily the absence of daily bowel movements ||Excessive warmth and overdressing are as harmful as cold weather. Temperature inside your home should not exceed 23 degrees ||Your baby's foot may seem flat, but that's because a layer of fat covers the arch. Within two to three years, this extra padding will disappear. ||Every milestone is an accomplishment, but it means your child is more independent and needs you a little less ||In case of eczema, use mild, unscented body and laundry soaps. Pat baby's skin dry; don't rub ||Sleep sacks and sufficient layers of clothing are safe alternatives to blankets for children less than six months of age ||
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

 

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