Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently. It’s not the type of soap that prevents the spread of bacteria and viruses; it’s how you wash your hands. ||Excessive warmth and overdressing are as harmful as cold weather. Temperature inside your home should not exceed 23 degrees ||By rising the temperature, the body can stop a virus's ability to grow. That's why we get fevers ||Proper weight gain is the sign that your baby is having enough milk. Not crying and not comparing with other kids ||Never pick up your infant by the hands or wrists as this can put stress on the elbows. Lifting under the armpits is the safest way ||In case of eczema, use mild, unscented body and laundry soaps. Pat baby's skin dry; don't rub ||If you have trouble emptying your breast, apply warm compresses to the breast or take a warm shower before breast-feeding ||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 ||Toddler's appetite may change almost daily. Let her be the judge of how much she needs and wants to eat. ||During growth spurts - around 6 weeks after birth — your newborn might want to be fed more often ||
Nightmares and Night Terrors

 

Nightmares:

    • These are scary or vivid dreams that cause your child to awaken suddenly.
    • Occur mostly around ages 3 to 5, but can occur in older children.
    • Usually occur very early in the morning (4:00 to 6:00 a.m.), when your child is sleeping relatively lightly. However, they can occur at other times.
    • Your child will probably recall the dream very clearly. The dream may involve something disturbing experienced that day. Your child may have the same dream repeatedly.
    • Because nightmares are so scary, it may be difficult for your child to settle down and go back to sleep.

How to manage: Awaken and comfort your child; talk to him to ease any stress that may be bothering him; avoid watching TV before bedtime.

Night terrors:

    • Your child suddenly screams and sits up in bed. He or she may seem very agitated—sweating, heart racing, pupils wide.
    • These episodes are most common in preschool and older children.
    • Even though his or her eyes are open, your child may actually still be asleep. It may be several minutes before he or she finally wakes up.
    • When your child does awaken, he or she doesn’t remember any bad dream. As a result, getting back to sleep after night terrors may not be difficult.

How to manage: Treatment with medications not effective; try putting child to bed a little earlier to avoid tiredness. Most children outgrow having night terrors.

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