Cerebral palsy is a broad term cover to describe a number of neurological conditions caused by injury to the brain during the developmental stages of the fetus, during birth, or soon after birth. Though it is not a very common disorder, it remains a fact that thousands of children are born with this lifelong condition every year. Since a child affected with cerebral palsy may not develop symptoms until early childhood, the condition may not be diagnosed immediately in some cases. The below infographic from UKSMobility takes a quick look at the top things everyone needs to know about cerebral palsy, including symptoms and social issues affecting people with the condition.
Are you one of the moms who feel like all your child do is rest, eat and convey messy diapers? Well, the good news is: things are precisely as they ought to be. An infant’s body stores fewer liquids as compared to grown-ups. Given their inefficiency to store an abundant quantity of liquids, their tiny little digestion system has a lot to do. However, if your baby’s dried out and is not messing up as many diapers with pee or poop, it surely implies that he/she is not having as much liquid as required by their body. This is an early indicator that your baby is facing dehydration. Babies and kids are more inclined to getting dehydrated than grown-ups. Drying out can be mellow and effectively revised, moderate, or serious and life threatening.
Signs of dehydration
- Less than six wet diapers in 24 hours or diapers that stay dry for a few hours
- Pee that looks darker and smells more concentrated than normal.
- Rapid breathing.
- Fussiness and if your child is particularly weary
- Sunken eyes.
- No tears while crying
If your child exhibits any of the following symptoms then without any delay you should rush him to your pediatrician or to your nearest pediatric urgent care.
Things that can lead up to dehydration and how to tackle the situation in hand
Fever is a stand out amongst the most widely recognized reasons for dehydration. At the point when your child has a fever, the baby will sweat more and water dissipates from their skin while the body tries to chill off. The infant might likewise be inhaling and exhaling quicker than usual so as to lose more liquid.
Do not try to treat the fever with self- medication and call your specialist immediately so they can tell you what to do. But, before you call your child specialist try to put the baby in a cool environment which might help in bringing the fever down.
If your child has an intestinal ailment, particularly intense gastroenteritis, he/she’ll lose liquid through the runs and vomiting. Try not to give them fruit juice, because it might simply aggravate the infant’s condition. It’s suggested that you don’t use over-the-counter diarrhea medicines for children under the age of 4 unless their specialist prescribes it. So, opting for self-medication in cases like diarrhea and dehydration can only increase the risk.
If the infant’s condition gets a little serious then they might need intravenous fluids (IV) which are received in a hospital. If your kid can chew solids, then introduce them to solid foods like strained bananas, and rice cereal until diarrhea stops. Moms who are breastfeeding may need to change their own diet and routine, leaving any foods that could trigger diarrhea in their child, like cutting down on the caffeine, and gas inducing veggies such as cabbage and broccoli.
Infections and intestinal diseases can prompt puking. If your kid is experiencing difficulty holding fluids down, he/she has to be dried out.
Take a stab, at giving them little amounts of liquid, basically, breast milk. Even when they’re throwing up it can be helpful because in between all that puking your baby is likely to absorb a minimal amount of fluids which can benefit them. So don’t stop because the baby is vomiting.
Electrolyte fluids are useful for infants 3 months or older, who have been constantly throwing up. Begin by giving them moderately, continuous sips when their tummy settles down – around 1 teaspoon at regular intervals for two or three hours. At that point, if all goes well, you can build the sum to 2 teaspoons.
Give your child excess liquids than normal during hot climate. If your kid is really active, has been moving a lot on a hot day or simply sitting in a stuffy, hot room, it can prompt sweating and loss of substantial amounts of fluid from the body.
Dress them up in clothes that aren’t thick and allow air to pass through. If your child is already de-hydrated immediately put him/her under an air conditioned environment for a few minutes until they are not warm anymore.
How to prevent dehydration
- Ensure your child is drinking a lot of liquids; particularly, on extremely hot days and when ill.
- Keep on breastfeeding or bottle-encourage the baby. If they’re 6 months or older, you can supplement with a little water – around 4 ounces for each day until they start eating solids.
- If your child is younger than 6 months and you’re worried about the lack of hydration, talk to their pediatrician about giving them little measures of water.
- Try not to give your infant, carbonated, soft drinks, as they’re horrible for their teeth and wellbeing.
- If your child is consuming juices don’t increase the quantity of juice, your little one drink, in a day. However, you may try diluting it with water, so that it’s easier for them to digest. For instance, if your baby is drinking 3 or 4 ounces of juice, a day; you could substitute this by giving them a total of 6 or 8 ounces of fluids.
- Another practice to avoid is wrapping up your baby when putting them to sleep. You may think you’re sheltering them from the cold and it’s going to keep them warm but it’s only going to aid in the dehydration process.
- Also, keep them away from the scorching sun, whenever possible. Kids tend to get dried up way easily and when exposed to the sun; it can have various harmful impacts on their tiny bodies – dehydration being one of them.
- Keep them in cold temperatures so their body temperatures don’t rise.
- Keep them in the shade when you head outdoors.
Moving to their own room is a major milestone in every child’s life, but in parent’s life as well. Although we aspire to create independent and capable children, sometimes we find it hard to admit that our help is no longer needed. The truth is, however, the moment a parent stops holding their child’s hand to help them walk, is the moment when they start watching over the kid’s, and that mission never ends. To make the transition to the world of magic called “the kids room” easier, you can design or redesign that room together with your children, and be the superhero mom that makes everything happen. Here are some projects you can do together with your kids.
Adorn the Walls
After you have painted the room, you can call your kid to join you in making it a bit more fun. There are many simple steps in adorning a wall that a child can participate in.
- Puffy paint wall sign – a simple, fun and very decorative way to make some interesting wall hangings. You will need:
- School/craft glue
- Shaving foam
- Food coloring (of your choosing)
Mix the first two ingredients together (equal amounts) in a ziplock bag, add the food coloring, and squash and shake until you get a homogeneous mass. Give your child a paper to paint on (you can make a layout previously) or let them paint directly on the wall.
- A piece of art made by your kid will surely make the room feel more personal and warmer. You can just frame some of the old art class works, but you can also step up the game with:
- Large sheet of watercolor paper
- Old picture books, comics, magazines…
- Craft glue
You have probably realized by now that we are talking about a mixed media collage. There are no rules here, just have fun painting the paper first and then gluing on some fun images and motifs.
Finally, add a colorful Zado rug that matches the room in order to make it much more fun and cozy. The choice of the rug itself you can leave up to your kids so that they as well can feel all the charms of interior design.
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A Reading Nook
It is no secret that cultivating the love for books can benefit the child’s mind and academic success. Make that love an everlasting one by creating an amazing space for reading. First, remove the door of a walk-in closet and equip yourself with:
- Shelves (or pine boards you will nail into the closet)
- A mattress
- Abundance of throw pillows
- Fun paint
- Accessories (floor lamp, toys, drawings for the wall, etc.)
If you do not own nails, hammers and similar items, try to find affordable tools online. It is easier than touring around brick & mortar tool stores. Paint the inside of the closet with some fun paint and start arranging the books and hanging the wall art with your kid.
A Place to Stash the Toys
If you have ever stepped on a Lego than you know that every kid’s room must have a toy storage solution. Here are two options.
- Under the bed, old drawer storage – Find some old dresser drawers and paint them with vivid colors. Depending on their age, you can allow your child to participate in the painting, or just have them put on stickers afterwards.
- Crates storage – You do not even have to hide this one, if you do it right it can be a decoration on its own.
- Crates (1, 2, 3… take as many as you wish)
- White acrylic paint
- Chalkboard spray
Paint the crates white (or in some other color if you wish) and make a chalkboard rectangle with the spray to make a writing space. You can frame that rectangle with pieces of a miniature canvas stand or just leave it that way. Now give your kid a chalk and start organizing the toys.
Up in the Clouds
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You can make the kids’ room look dreamy and playful by hanging some floating clouds. You will need:
- 4 or 5 packages of polyester stuffing
- 1 roll of fishing line
- Hot glue gun
- Hot glue sticks
- Large, medium and small paper lanterns.
Hot glue the polyester stuffing on the paper lanterns and shape the clouds. Use fishing wire to hang the clouds on the ceiling and enjoy.
We’ve tried to outline some interesting ideas for revamping or designing the kids’ room for the first time. Use these lovely spring days to work on them, together with your kid.
A new baby in the family often brings both joy and disruption from your old way of life. This is especially true if baby has an older brother or sister. For many children, a baby can feel like a threat to their own chance to be loved. Though this is normal, and will go away when the fears don’t come true, there is much you can do to help ease the transition.
1. Prepare Them
Whether you are pregnant or trying to adopt from an agency such as A Child’s Dream, start a conversation with your child about the new baby that is coming. Do this no matter how old or young your child is. Show them books, introduce them to other babies, and talk about what an amazing big brother or sister they will be.
2. Involve Them
Let your child help to pick out things for the baby. Colors and decorations for the nursery, clothes, high chairs, bassinets, or anything else you plan to buy. Even if it’s not to your taste, let your child have some say in the baby’s surroundings if it is out of a spirit of love and sharing.
3. Entertain Them (Quietly)
There will be times that your new baby will require your full attention, and your older child will need to be able to entertain himself or herself. Reading, puzzles, train sets, blocks or other quiet activities are a great way to give your child another thing to do while you are briefly unavailable to them.
4. Spend Time with Them
Mommy dates, daddy dates, and other special one on one moments are a great way to ensure your child that you are still important to them. Let them choose the activity, but encourage something that baby couldn’t come do, to further enhance how special they still are in your eyes.
5. Praise Them
This is the biggie. The more that they are helpful and supportive, the more you should be giving them good attention. If they are lacking that attention, they will seek it either by doing well or doing badly. By choosing the way to get the most special mom or dad attention (good is always better than bad), you will help to encourage them to do more to get attention instead of less. As a bonus, it means you get a caring big sister or brother and maybe a break from some of the hard work of a new baby or child.
Though every child is different in the way that they react to a new baby, following these steps can make the transition easier for the whole family.
A child undergoes various stages in the process of development. Anxiety caused by separation from the parents when the child gets enrolled in a kindergarten facility is just one if those stages. Parents should get informed about the best ways to cope with this so as to prevent their children from having intensified feelings of anxiety as well as how to feel at ease in kindergarten.
- Talk about the experience
One of the most important things that should be done is to approach the experience openly. A parent should pay special attention to the child’s feelings, respect them and talk about them directly. If the child is aware that the parent listens and understands, they will cope with any changes coming their way. A parent should also mention his or her own experience, and talk about the fun part of spending time with other children in such a facility.
- Foster your child’s independence
Independence in children should be fostered early on. A parent should never shy away from employing positive reinforcement and praising the child’s efforts to perform activities successfully without the help of an adult. In addition, teach your children that it is of utmost importance to take part in activities that involve sharing with other kids and joining efforts in order to be able to perform a task.
Yet another invaluable asset in these efforts is a good book featuring the issue. Go to your nearest bookstore and ask for books that deal with this topic. Kids will love this, and one of the best ways is to have them listen to stories and imagine the fantastic experience that is to come their way as soon as kindergarten days commence. You can also have your child help you write a short story about his or her first day in a kindergarten facility. If the child feels involved in the whole process and excited, then there will be no reason to fear the experience. The story might feature interesting characters, loving teachers and a lot of toys, all for the benefits of a great narrative.
- Explain the benefits of kindergartens
This is yet another very open and successful technique of approaching the topic. Kindergarten facilities are places where children get the opportunity to learn to work with other children, to share their possessions, to listen to an adult who is in charge of the situation. It should also be a fun experience. An early learning centre indeed entails numerous benefits, which you can share with your kid. There might be classes of learning wonderful foreign languages or activities that involve sports. A lot of toys and resources are also a key part of the process. If your child feels that you genuinely believe that it is true, then there is no reason for them to be doubtful or afraid.
Last but not least, a great way to ensure that your child is prepared for this new stage in their life is to dedicate some time and effort for them to get acquainted with the physical aspect of the experience before it begins. Visit the kindergarten facility with them, take a stroll around its immediate surroundings thereby minimizing the possibility that the child might fear the strange new environment once kindergarten begins. Also, see if you can organize play dates with other children who will be sharing the new environment with them.
These are just some of the numerous ways to help your children enjoy the experience. It really does not take much time or effort to do it, and if you approach it as team work, your child will definitely get the most out of the experience.
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