By rising the temperature, the body can stop a virus's ability to grow. That's why we get fevers ||Look for early signs of hunger, such as stirring and stretching, sucking motions and lip movements. Fussing and crying are later cues ||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. ||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 ||Colostrum is rich with all what baby needs for the first 2-3 days till the breast begins to produce milk ||The most important thing on growth curves is how your baby grows over time. If he's small but growing at the appropriate rate, there's usually no cause for concern. ||Don't ever be afraid to ask for help from a friend or relative. Time away will let you recharge. ||After the first hectic weeks, babies take longer naps at predictable times. And you'll become a much better time manager ||Make sure your baby wears a hat if she will be in a cold environment ||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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