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  1. 4 Bad Childhood Habits To Address Before The Teen Years
  2. Momma Bears: What You Should Do If Your Baby Is Injured At Birth
  3. How To Baby Proof Your Bathroom
  4. Preemie Babies: What Every Mom Needs To Know About Their Special Little One
  5. Breastfeeding: How Important Is It?
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4 Bad Childhood Habits To Address Before The Teen Years

4 Bad Childhood Habits

Some people believe children are a direct reflection of their parentage. Sometimes, when a parent chooses to discipline their child and give them sound advice, the child learns what they should do. However, this isn’t always the case. Sometimes, a parent can do all they can and a child will still refuse to listen. Even still, it is up to the parent to be the moral authority of their child. While they are young, there are a few childhood habits to abolish before they develop and mature in the teenage years. Work on eliminating as many bad childhood habits as possible before the teen years.

Temper Tantrums

When a child has a temper tantrum in the grocery store, onlookers usually try to act like they don’t notice because it is a child. However, it is embarrassing for everyone to witness. It gets even worse to see a teenager or an adult throwing a temper tantrum to get their way. Temper tantrums repel people and simply aren’t attractive habits to have. They are a source of manipulation and no one likes to be manipulated. In order to get rid of the habit, it will require the parent to stand their ground, no matter what the situation is. The child must learn that temper tantrums aren’t allowed.

Stealing

Stealing is very serious. Not only is it an inconsiderate act, it is a crime punishable by law. When a child steals a piece of candy from the store, take it seriously. Children need to understand that stealing isn’t okay and they can go to jail for it. If a friend of the family is an attorney, consider asking them to take some time out to explain how serious shoplifting is and what happens when people shoplift. For instance, professionals, like those at Surrey criminal defense lawyers, know that retaining a lawyer can help ensure that the consequences of being charged are minimized.  If needs be, you could even show children pictures of jail cells and people in jail.  It might be a little extreme, but if a child isn’t getting the point, this might be a good measure to take.

Lying

Lying isn’t a habit any child should get into the habit of keeping. When a person lies habitually, it is difficult for them to keep friends and gain the trust of others. When a child tells a lie, force them to admit it. Don’t brush it off as a “white lie”. Whether it is the loss of certain privileges or a time-out, make sure children experience a type of punishment to help reinforce the seriousness of the matter.

Thumb-Sucking

Unlike the others on the list, thumb-sucking is not a crime. While it is common to many children, it is also an unattractive habit to keep. Keep in mind that it isn’t very sanitary either. Getting a child to stop thumb-sucking might take a little patience and might involve the purchase of braces in later years. Therefore, try different tactics to help a child grow out of this habit.

Even for adults, habits are difficult to break. Imagine how much more challenging it might be for a child. However, it is better to break bad habits while a person is young and beneath the law. Take the hard road now and the child will be grateful in the long run.

    

Momma Bears: What You Should Do If Your Baby Is Injured At Birth

Momma Bears What you Should do if your Baby is Injured at Birth

The birth of your child is one of the most anticipated events in a person’s life. When something goes wrong during the pregnancy or birthing process, the results can be incredibly devastating and life-altering. Your child and your entire family will be affected for a lifetime. While your child may have to struggle to accomplish everyday tasks, you will be left with the financial and emotional toil of caring for a child with special needs. You should know that there are steps you can take in order to provide financial security for handling your family’s needs related to the injury of your baby.

Examples of Birth Injuries

There are a number of complications that can occur during the birthing process, though birth injury is actually quite rare in the United States due to innovations in technology and modern medicine. That’s why it’s important to investigate when such a rare situation as your family’s unfolds.

Some examples of birth injuries that are seen are:

  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Lack of oxygen to the brain
  • Should dystocia
  • Anoxic brain injury
  • Infantile seizures or spasms
  • Undiagnosed preeclampsia
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Bone fracture
  • Severe jaundice
  • Erb’s Palsy
  • Infant or maternal death


Reasons for Filing a Birth Injury Case

While you likely want to just get on with your life and may be reluctant to consider court action, it’s wise to consult with an attorney to determine the cause of your baby’s injury and whether you may be due some assistance in meeting future needs. Your family shouldn’t be forced to shoulder a lifelong burden alone when it wasn’t your fault. When medical staff do not recognize and treat serious medical issues immediately, there can be terrible repercussions.

How a Birth Injury Attorney Can Help

Birth injury attorneys are well-versed in the signs related to the most common incidents leading to complications. They are also able to gain access to medical tests and records that can provide insight into what may have led to the birth injury. These experts also know the statute of limitations on such cases and can ensure action is taken in a timely manner (Source: Philadelphia birth injury attorneys at Cohen, Placitella & Roth, and P.C.).

Seeking legal assistance in the event of a birth injury that leads to medical problems or even death is not selfish. Such action can ensure that you receive the help you deserve and can provide you with peace of mind.

    

How To Baby Proof Your Bathroom

How To Baby Proof Your Bathroom

Once your child starts to crawl and later walk, every room in the house becomes a potential threat. The little one will instantly look for something interesting, aside from the toys, to play with which is why you must eliminate all the possible hazards. Bathrooms can be particularly interesting to search through, which is why you must pay special attention to babyproofing it. In order to prevent your child from hurting him or herself, make sure you complete a few tasks.

What to Pay Attention to the Most

Close the bathroom door each time you leave the restroom, in order to prevent your child from going in without you. It is never a good idea to let him or her roaming the room without your supervision. Bathroom is full of different chemicals, detergents and water threats, and it is not the place for your child to be alone. Furthermore, install a hook-and-eye latch on the outside of the door for even better protection.

If a child loses his or her balance, they can easily slip into the toilet. Young children do not have the necessary coordination and they could easily drown in this situation. In order to avoid a hazard, put the lid on the toilet down. Moreover, install a toilet lock, which will prevent the child from lifting the lid up.

Razors nail clippers, tweezers, scissors, and any other sharp objects should be placed in locked cabinets. If you do not have one, a high closet can be just as good place for storing all the dangerous items. As long as they are out of child’s reach, it is a great place.

When it comes to medications, they can also be a potential threat for the child, considering kids adore playing with little boxes and bottles. Therefore, any pills, ointments, herbs, or powders should be safely stored in a cabinet that only you can unlock and reach.

Hair dryers, curling and flat irons, as well as any other device that produces heat should be outside the child’s reach, on a high shelf or in a locked drawer. Moreover, it should always be turned off if you are not using it. Do not leave the curling iron for a second turned on, on a counter if you are not in the room. You never know if the child will be able to reach the cord and burn her or himself with the device.

Make sure you have installed the ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI). This will help you keep the plugged in items away from water, including bathtub, sink, or toilet. It is an inexpensive life-protection, of both your and your child’s life.

Another important thing to keep in mind is a rubber math. Place the nonslip mat inside the tub and outside of it. This will prevent the child from slipping and hurting a head, arm, or any other part of the body.

Hardware and plumbing fixtures should be with soft edges. If you already have the ones with sharp edges, the perfect way to make them safer is to use a soft cover on hardware. Not only is this safer for children but for adults as well.

Children are naturally very curious and like to explore as soon as they start to walk. Therefore, make sure you have baby proofed the entire house, because there will probably be times when you will lose them from your sight. In order for your child to be unharmed during that and every other moment, keep the bathroom door closed, every sharp and dangerous items outside the child’s reach, and make sure they will not slip and hit on some sharp piece of furniture. Follow these suggestions and your child will be perfectly safe.

    

Preemie Babies: What Every Mom Needs To Know About Their Special Little One

Preemie Babies What Every Mom Needs to Know about their Special Little One

Babies born before 37 weeks gestation are considered premature. These little ones have more health problems than those born after 37 weeks, including long term health issues which may affect them throughout their lives.

The March of Dimes reports that as of 2015 in the United States, 9.6 percent of all babies are born premature. That is one in ten, so some of the new Moms you know have likely delivered a premature baby.

Who is at risk for having a premature baby?
There are certain indicators that a mom-to-be may deliver her baby early. While these risk factors are not a definite sign, they each provide some insight into who is at risk for a possible premature birth.

Some of those risk factors include:

  • Preeclampsia
  • Infection during pregnancy
  • Placental abruption
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure
  • Drug or alcohol use
  • Diabetes

Others who are at risk include very young moms, older mothers and those with multiple babies, such as twins, triplets or quadruplets. It is important to note that if a prior baby was born premature, subsequent siblings will likely be born early, too.

The keys for a healthy delivery of a term baby are to be honest about your lifestyle with your doctor, then work with the medical team of your OBGYN in order to offset any risk factors. Modern medicine can work wonders while the baby is still in the womb, as well as after premature delivery. If you do not yet have an obstetrician/gynecologist, Revere Health Women’s Center has a quality staff of exceptional OBGYNs in American Fork.

While there are no guarantees, there is greater hope for each preemie born in the U.S. today. In fact, even babies weighing less than one pound can survive. Those born at 26 weeks or later now have an 80 percent survival rate.

Health Complications for Preemies
The longer a baby remains in the womb toward the due date, the less likely he or she will be to suffer health problems. Some babies born prematurely must remain in the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit, where the hospital staff can provide specialized care. This is what is best for a preemie, providing the most positive outcome toward survival and good health.

Some of the health problems a preemie may experience include:

  • Apnea
  • Patent ductus arteriosis (PDA)
  • Intraventricular hemorrhage (IVH)
  • Respiratory distress syndrome
  • Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP)
  • Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC)
  • Anemia
  • Jaundice
  • Bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD)
  • Infections

When can a premature baby go home from the hospital?
Your baby’s healthcare providers will be able to determine when he is healthy enough to go home. There may be a period of time when he must remain in the NICU for specialized care. While you are eager to take your baby home, ensuring the timing is right for your preemie’s best health is very important.

Milestones which may mean your preemie can go home include:

  • Weight of at least four pounds
  • Able to remain warm without an incubator
  • Breastfeeding or bottle feeding is consistently going well
  • Steady weight gain of at least 1/2 ounce per day
  • Breathing is independent of any assistance

Having a premature baby is scary. But your professional medical team has followed you throughout your pregnancy and will work with you to ensure your preemie has the best chance of a healthy, normal life. They will guide you through use of any equipment or treatment your baby may need and help you find resources in your area for support and other needs.

    

Breastfeeding: How Important Is It?

Breastfeeding a Baby Photo

Ever since the introduction of formula, mothers have had the choice to opt whether to breastfeed their baby. For decades there were debates whether a mother’s natural milk was better for her child than the vitamin fortified formula created in a lab.

As the nutrition amongst the majority of the population became better, it became clearer that breast milk was more beneficial to a child’s early development than baby formula. Research has shown again and again that breastfeeding is better for both the child and the mother. This has led many doctors to urge new mothers to breastfeed if they are able to do so. We often hear about the numerous benefits of breastfeeding but what exactly are they?

First of all the simplicity of breast milk makes it very easy for babies to digest. This prevents them from having bouts of diarrhea, gas, and upset stomachs. Since your baby is less likely to have tummy troubles when breastfeeding, this will make it less likely that your baby will also suffer from colic. That fact alone will also make it much easier to be a mother since your baby is not up fussing constantly.

An additional benefit is that it is more cost effective and more convenient than formula. By breastfeeding you can avoid frequent trips to the grocery store to buy formula. You never have to worry about not having enough on hand in order to feed your baby as your body will naturally produce enough for your baby that will often coincide with the times that they are hungry. Saving you money by not having to buy formula and time not having to prepare the mix are some big perks of breastfeeding.

A child who is breastfed also has less health problems in the long run than those who are bottle fed, according to numerous medical studies. There are less risks for obesity, cancers, eczema, asthma, diabetes, sudden infant death syndrome, and many other diseases for children that were exclusively breastfed for the first six months of his life. Also, the immunities to many different diseases is passed on through the mother’s milk, allowing the baby to develop a stronger immune system, which is very important during the first few years of life, since the immune system in very small children is easily compromised.

There are many health benefits for the baby that exclusively breastfed for the first six months including less developmental and behavioral problems, as well as boasting higher I.Q.s than their formula fed counterparts. Mothers can also enjoy several health benefits of breastfeeding including a lower risk for both ovarian and breast cancers, help to fortify your bones, and will burn more calories so that you will burn away your baby weight faster.

The Center for Disease Control, The World Health Organization, and the Department of Health and Human Services are now urging mothers to breastfeed as it is much due to the overwhelming evidence of it benefiting children in both the short and long term. Breastfeeding is one of the best decisions that you can make for your baby for the present and for their future.

    

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