• 02 AUG 16
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    Have a healthy diet in pregnancy

    Have a healthy diet in pregnancy

    A healthy diet is an important part of a healthy lifestyle at any time, but is especially vital if you’re pregnant or planning a pregnancy. Eating healthily during pregnancy will help your baby to develop and grow.   You don’t need to go on a special diet, but it’s important to eat a variety of

    • 01 AUG 16
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    Backache in pregnancy

    Backache in pregnancy

    During pregnancy, the ligaments in your body naturally become softer and stretch to prepare you for labour. This can put a strain on the joints of your lower back and pelvis, which can cause backache.   Avoiding backache in pregnancy There are several things you can do to help prevent back pain from happening, and to help you cope with

    • 20 JUL 16
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    Dehydration in children

    Dehydration in children

    Babies naturally have a low body weight and as a result are more sensitive to even small amounts of fluid loss; this may lead you to ask yourself ‘is my baby dehydrated?’. Like adults, babies and young children need to drink plenty of fluids to avoid becoming dehydrated.   Symptoms and signs of dehydration in

    • 19 JUL 16
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    Which medications are safe during pregnancy?

    Which medications are safe during pregnancy?

    When you’re pregnant, treating a simple ailment can seem complicated. While you may be tempted to reach for the remedies you used before pregnancy, you’re probably concerned about their safety. The truth is, many medications are safe to take when you’re expecting, but there are some that can hurt your baby.   In general, it’s

    • 12 JUL 16
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    Plagiocephalie

    Plagiocephalie

    Definition:   La plagiocéphalie (du grec « plagios » = oblique et « kephalê » = tête) ou « syndrome de la tête plate » est classiquement décrite comme une déformation asymétrique plus ou moins important du crâne caractérisée par un aplatissement de sa partie postérieure.   Il en existe deux formes, aux natures totalement différentes :   La plagiocéphalie

    • 08 JUL 16
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    Baby constipation

    Baby constipation

    What causes it?   The breastfed baby A breastfed baby will very rarely get constipation because breast milk is more easily digested. Breastfed babies have several helpful types of bacteria in their large intestine that are capable of breaking down some of the otherwise indigestible carbohydrates, proteins and fats in milk. As a result, their stools

    • 06 JUL 16
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    Crying

    Crying

    What do we know about crying in the first three months of life?   Some babies cry more than others. All babies fuss and cry most in the late afternoon or early evening. All babies cry more in the first three months of life than later in development. Many studies have shown that during the

    • 06 JUL 16
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    Colic and baby

    Colic and baby

    What exactly is colic?   Colic is a term used to describe uncontrollable crying in a healthy baby. Colic is common among newborn babies. It starts at about two to four weeks and is over by the time they are three or four months old. A baby with colic cries for more than three hours

    • 06 JUL 16
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    Baby massage

    Baby massage

    Research has shown that massage can relax babies, improve their sleep patterns, and calm them when they are irritable. Infant massage should last around 15 minutes. Don’t worry if you have only five or ten minutes: even a short massage is good for your baby. Choose a warm, quiet room and play background music if

    • 06 JUL 16
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    Routine health care for newborn babies

    Routine health care for newborn babies

    Your newborn baby will receive a considerable amount of health care immediately after birth and in the first few days of life. His skin will be patted dry to minimize any heat loss caused by evaporation of amniotic fluid. He will be kept warm and his temperature will be checked regularly.   Your newborn baby will

    • 06 JUL 16
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    Intellectual disability

    Intellectual disability

    Intellectual disability (ID), once called mental retardation, is characterized by below-average intelligence or mental ability and a lack of skills necessary for day-to-day living. People with intellectual disabilities can and do learn new skills, but they learn them more slowly. There are varying degrees of intellectual disability, from mild to profound.   What is intellectual

    • 06 JUL 16
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    Colds, coughs and ear infections in children

    Colds, coughs and ear infections in children

    Children’s colds   It’s normal for a child to have eight or more colds a year. This is because there are hundreds of different cold viruses and young children have no immunity to any of them as they’ve never had them before. Gradually they build up immunity and get fewer colds.   Most colds get better

    • 05 JUL 16
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    Being Too Clean May Not Be Good’ for Baby

    Being Too Clean May Not Be Good’ for Baby

    A recent study suggests babies who are exposed to allergens and bacteria may have lower incidences of allergies and asthma later in life. For years I’ve been committed to (some would say obsessed with) the idea that the cleaner I keep my home, the healthier my kids will be. Many of us parents have spent

    • 05 JUL 16
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    Study: giving babies antibiotics may cause obesity later in life

    Study: giving babies antibiotics may cause obesity later in life

    The negative effects of penicillin on good gut bacteria early in life may make it easier for children to become obese when they are older.   A study has found a possible link between giving young children antibiotics and them developing obesity later in life. The study focused on penicillin’s effects; however, the problem appears

    • 05 JUL 16
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    Sunburn

    Sunburn

    How do I know if my baby has sunburn?   If your baby has sunburn, her skin will look red and feel hot to the touch, even if you try to cool her down. If her sunburn is severe, her skin may blister and become swollen, and she may develop a fever.   Sunburn is

    • 05 JUL 16
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    Caring for your baby’s teeth

    Caring for your baby’s teeth

    When should I start brushing my baby’s teeth?     Start cleaning your baby’s teeth twice a day as soon as you see his first little tooth bud emerging. If you start early, your baby will get used to having his teeth cleaned.   Your baby’s first tooth will most likely be a bottom front

    • 04 JUL 16
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    Pregnancy and prenatal vitamins

    Pregnancy and prenatal vitamins

    What are prenatal vitamins?   Eating a healthy diet is always a wise idea — especially during pregnancy. It’s also a good idea during pregnancy to take a prenatal vitamin to help cover any nutritional gaps in the mother’s diet.   Prenatal vitamins contain many vitamins and minerals. Their folic acid, iron, iodine, and calcium are

    • 04 JUL 16
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    Multiple pregnancy

    Multiple pregnancy

    Multiple pregnancy means carrying more than one baby, normally twins.   Multiple pregnancies are getting more common because they are linked to infertility treatments, which are becoming more available. The most common multiple is twins.   Twins can be monozygotic (one fertilised egg splits in two) or dizygotic (two eggs are fertilised). Monozygotic twins will normally

    • 04 JUL 16
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    Antiphospholipid syndrome

    Antiphospholipid syndrome

    Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s immune system makes antibodies that attack and damage its own tissues or cells.   Normally the immune system makes antibodies to attack infections, but in APS antibodies are made against phospholipids – a type of fat found in many different cells and tissues. It

    • 04 JUL 16
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    All about exercise in pregnancy

    All about exercise in pregnancy

    People may tell you that pregnancy is a good time to put your feet up. If your pregnancy is uncomplicated it is actually much healthier for you and your baby to stay active during your pregnancy.   Now you’re pregnant, being active will boost your health – it’s good for your unborn baby, too. It

    • 04 JUL 16
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    Eating for two

    Eating for two

    Eating healthy foods is more important now than ever! You need more protein, iron, calcium, and folic acid than you did before pregnancy. You also need more calories. But “eating for two” doesn’t mean eating twice as much. Rather, it means that the foods you eat are the main source of nutrients for your baby. Sensible,

    • 04 JUL 16
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    Antenatal exercise classes

    Antenatal exercise classes

    Exercising in pregnancy is important for lots of great reasons. It also offers the chance to meet up and get to know other pregnant mums. It’s fun seeing everyone else’s bump and helps you to feel more normal (rather than the fat one in the office), and everyone is usually very friendly as you are

    • 04 JUL 16
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    Signs of labour

    Signs of labour

    How will I know when I’m in labour?   Every woman’s experience of labour is different. You may only be able to work out when labour truly started after you’ve been through it! However, changes that take place in pre-labour and early labour may cause tell-tale signs and symptoms that labour is imminent.   In pre-labour or early labour

    • 04 JUL 16
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    10 pregnancy myths busted

    10 pregnancy myths busted

    So you don’t need to kick your caffeine habit completely. Flying is fine. And sex actually gets better (for some). We reveal the truth behind 10 of the most misunderstood pregnancy myths.   Rule 1: Though shalt not exercise   As tempting as it can be to declare a state of hibernation, it’s actually a

    • 04 JUL 16
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    Five ways to relax in pregnancy

    Five ways to relax in pregnancy

    We all dream of floating serenely through pregnancy, channelling a sense of calm for the growing baby inside us. But, often, the reality is somewhat different.   Pressures at work and home, or worries about the future, on top of coping with health issues, tiredness and sickness can be overwhelming. As many as one in 10 expectant