Infants raised on breast milk tend to score higher on tests of mental development than those on formula ||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. ||Set aside time for your partner and share what's happening in each other's life ||Expressing milk should be painless. If it hurts, stop. ||Always keep the number of Poison Centre posted beside your phone ||Trim your baby’s nails weekly after a bath when the nails are softened ||Bathe baby for no more than ten minutes in warm water especially if he shows signs of skin eczema. ||Make sure your baby wears a hat if she will be in a cold environment ||Don't forget to watch what you say and do around your child: Imitation is one of the ways toddlers learn socially acceptable behavior. ||Plan for regular family meals. Enjoy being together as a family and give a chance for everyone to decompress from the day ||
Eating Disorders - Getting Help

 

Where can I get help?

If you think a young person may be developing an eating disorder, don’t be afraid to ask them if they are worried about themselves. Quite often young people with eating disorders are unable to acknowledge there may be a problem, and will not want you to interfere and may become angry or upset. Adequate nutrition, reducing excessive exercise, and stopping purging behaviors are the foundations of treatment. Specific forms of psychotherapy, or talk therapy, and medication are effective for many eating disorders. Treatment plans often are tailored to individual needs and may include one or more of the following: 

    • Individual, group, and/or family psychotherapy 
    • Medical care and monitoring 
    • Nutritional counseling 
    • Medications.

 

Is prevention possible?

These simple suggestions are useful to help young people to maintain a healthy weight and avoid eating disorders. 

    • Eat regular meals. Which usually means three main meals and three nutritious snacks in between such as fruit, yogurt or nuts. Too many sugary or high fat snacks should be avoided. 
    • Try to eat a ‘balanced’ diet. One that contains all the types of food your body needs including carbohydrate foods such as bread, rice, pasta or cereals with every meal. 
    • Don’t miss meals. Long gaps encourage overeating. 
    • Exercise regularly. 
    • Try not to be influenced by other people skipping meals or commenting on weight.

Source The Royal College for Psychiatrists factsheet about eating disorders in young people

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