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 ||Contact the doctor if your newborn isn't gaining weight, wets fewer than six diapers a day or shows little interest in feedings ||Put a photo of a face – yours – on the side of the cot for your baby to look at. Human faces fascinate babies ||Sleep sacks and sufficient layers of clothing are safe alternatives to blankets for children less than six months of age ||As a new mommy, sleep when your baby sleeps. Silence your phone and ignore the dishes in the sink ||2- Breastfeeding your new baby ...Breast milk provides all the nutrients that babies need for the first six months of their life and guards against many illnesses and allergies. Also, breastfeeding can help build a special closeness with your baby. Breastfeeding is one of the best things you can do for your baby. ||Look for early signs of hunger, such as stirring and stretching, sucking motions and lip movements. Fussing and crying are later cues ||When giving suspension or liquid medicines, use the dosage cup enclosed in the package or a syringe ||Children who gain weight quickly during their first six months are more likely to be obese or at risk of obesity by age 3 ||Do not postpone your baby’s vaccines unless he is sick or feverish ||
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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