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How to Choose Your Child’s Pediatrician?

Parents will always want the best for their children. From the food that they eat, milk to drink, school to study, and even clothes to wear, parents see to it that they are of good quality to suit their child’s need. Aside from all the essentials mentioned, one of the things that parents need to ensure that their child has is a good pediatrician.

Having a good pediatrician is important for your child to have because you will play partners in making your child healthy. There are a lot of pediatricians available and finding a good physician that suits your standards can sometimes turn confusing considering that you have a lot of things to take into consideration.

For parents who are having a hard time deciphering on picking a physician for your child, here are some of the points that you need to consider:

  • Pediatrician’s Background

The first step in looking for a pediatrician is by looking into his background. You should try to ask about the doctor’s education, board certification, length of service, expertise, and if there are any existing lawsuits charged against him with regards to his practice.

  • Consider your child’s gender

Although it may not matter to some parents, but some children want their doctors to have the same gender as theirs. Girls may find it uncomfortable to be examined by a male pediatrician especially when she is already on her puberty years.

  • Pediatrician’s Age

It is given that older physicians are more experienced on their field. But these doctors may be too old as your child grows older. Younger pediatricians are at more advantaged although they lack the experience but do not mean they are not competent enough. At least younger pediatricians will have more years in service so they will be able to take care of your child’s health for a longer time.

  • Pediatrician’s Clinic Address and Schedule

Of course it would be hard to choose a doctor that lives far away from home and the clinic hours does not suit your schedule. It would be better to have a doctor that practices nearby and suits your schedule so that you can have hassle free appointments for your child’s check-ups.

  • Pediatrician’s  Hospital Affiliations

The doctor of your child should be accepted and affiliated to a hospital near your area in this way you will have no problems if in case you need your child to admitted. Checking on your pediatrician’s hospital affiliation is also a great tool to assess whether your child’s doctor’s capabilities and competence is recognized.

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Hygiene Basics for Teens

Teaching your teens about the importance of personal hygiene is very important. Although hygiene practices are being taught in school, yet knowledge should start at home. It is very important that you have already inculcated on your teens about what these hygiene practices are and the importance it gives the health before they learn the wrong way from their peers.

Also when your son or daughter is already a teenager, it is the time where their body transitions from child to adult. Their hormonal levels are different this time which makes them prone to have both dry or oily scalp and body odor. Knowing these changes that your child is bound to have now that he has reached that point in his life, it is your role as a parent to teach him ways on how he can keep himself clean and hygienic all the time.

Here are some of the ways on how you can teach hygiene basics to your teens:

  • Be a role model. As a parent you should always live with the saying that you should practice what you preach. If you constantly tell your child to take a bath everyday but he is seeing that you hardly hit the shower, then surely he will not follow you no matter how hard you remind them every day. You should be your teen’s role model, because their parents are like their idols and what you do is what they will follow.
  • Tell your teen about the hygiene basics especially these five basic practices which include bathing every day, brushing the teeth every other meal, using a deodorant, cutting the nails short, and meeting the dentist every six months. These hygiene practices are very important and when your child gets used to these ways then this becomes a habit in their daily lives.
  • For mothers tell your daughters on what are the changes that her body is bound to have now that she is already a teen. Inform her that she is bound to menstruate and can become pregnant. Teach her on how to properly use sanitary napkins and how to dispose them afterwards. Also inform your child that she is also bound to have body hairs and body odor and how to get rid of them.
  • For fathers, it is best that you tell your sons on what changes his body will be going through and how he can take care of himself with these changes. Make sure that you tell him on how to take care of his body especially on how to clean his intimate parts. Tell him that he is bound to have body odors and the importance of using deodorants. Teach him how to properly shave his mustache especially if it is beginning to grow.
  • Tell your teen on how to dress appropriately in every occasion that he is in.
  • Ask if he has any questions and do not forget to assure them that even if they have all those body changes, they can get away with it by practicing good personal hygiene.

Being a teen is a very exciting part of your child’s life. It is your responsibility as parents to guide them along the way to that they will not be getting wrong information from somebody else especially when talking about hygienic practices.

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Preparing Your Child for School

School is a very exciting part in your child’s life. It is the time wherein he can experience being out of the family circle for a few hours and get to interact with kids from other families. Parents are very excited too as their kids start going to school. This simply means that their baby is starting to mature and build their own dreams.

Most kids are very eager when asked about going to school. They are so used to watch television shows that talks about school, hear stories that their older siblings talk about school, and learning about different things with a teacher. Plus what adds to their excitement is shopping for school bag, uniforms, and other school essentials.

But those are just one of the things that kids know about school. It is very important for parents to prepare their kids on what to expect in school. In this way their bodies will be adjusted to the different type of activities in school, change of sleeping and waking-up pattern, and meeting other people. Here are the tips on how to prepare your child for school:

  • Orient your child on what school is like. Tell him on what to expect and he will be having classmates and teacher. It is also best to check his room days before classes starts so that he can have a view on what his classroom would be like.
  • Let your child know his daily schedule. Tell him that he needs to wake up at a certain time so that he won’t be late for school and tell him what time his school ends. Your child may have difficulty adjusting to his new time schedule so it is best to orient him first.
  • Have some sort of dress rehearsal days before school starts. This will teach your child independence so that he can dress himself in case you are not there to look over him.
  • Ask your child on what he expects school to be like and then correct his views when what he is thinking may be wrong. If ever he has worries and fear, tell him that he can make it. And his classmates too will be feeling like that on the first day of school. Tell him that you also had similar feelings of fear when you were still a student. In this way your child can develop inner confidence.
  • Tell your child that some other children can be mean at school and when it happens, tell him to just ignore it and if the other child harasses him, he just needs to tell his teacher directly.
  • Assure your child that you would always be thinking of him while he is in school and you will long to hear what stories he is going to tell every after class. This will give your child the assurance that he needs especially when he is not used to be without your presence.
  • Tell your child that school is fun and he will be meeting a lot of friends there.

The first day of school would be the hardest for your child, but if you have already prepared your child for it, he will have lesser fears and anxiety.

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Making Breastfeeding a Breeze with Helpful Gadgets

It is a requirement for all moms to breastfeed their babies to ensure that they are healthy. For most mothers, they find breastfeeding very natural. But for some, they find it very challenging. There are a lot of issues which makes breastfeeding a challenge, but with the help of certain gadgets, these breastfeeding problems will be put to rest.

The Silicone Nipple Shield

A common problem encountered by a lot of breastfeeding mothers is the pain they feel when they nurse their child. This is experienced by a lot of mothers, especially the new ones. Proper latching is important so that breastfeeding would be effective, and for pain, you can use a silicon nipple shield which shields your nipples from your baby’s mouth. In addition, it also helps make a firmer latch.

Breast Shells

Not all breasts are the same. Every breast has different sizes and shapes, and for some women, they have the so-called inverted or flat nipples. This becomes a problem because the baby will have a hard time latching on the nipple of the mother. Breast shells could help you with this problem. All you have to do is to wear them before you nurse your baby and take them off when they want to feed. These breast shells pull the nipples out so that it would be easy for the baby to latch.  

Lanolin Cream

Because of breastfeeding, cracked nipples could result, as well as soreness. The nipple shield will help a lot in relieving the pain from breastfeeding, but applying lanolin cream will be more helpful in making sure that the cracks heal quickly. The good thing about the lanolin cream is that it is purely natural which means you do not need to wash your nipples before feeding your baby.

Boppy

Aside from the breasts, there are certain body parts which take the toll when a woman is breastfeeding. One of these is the back. Because breastfeeding normally takes a couple of hours, backaches are often experienced. Having a boppy in handy will greatly help relax your back during long hours of nursing.

Electric Breast Pumps

Because most mothers do not have all the time in the world to feed their babies because they have to work, or they are in need of precious sleep, electric breast pumps can be very handy. All you have to do is operate the machine to pump out some milk and have it stored in feeding containers. 

Natural Nursing Bottle

Mothers also get tired and experience a lot of pain when they breastfeed. As a result, they want to rest their breasts and introduce a bottle instead. But they are not very comfortable in doing this because they know for a fact that their babies might experience nipple conclusion. The natural nursing bottle can help address this problem, for they are manufactured in such a way that it feels like natural breasts for babies to latch on. But before using this product, it is recommended for mothers to seek the advice of her baby’s pediatrician.

 

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5 Ways to Comfort a Fussy Baby

Not all babies are the same. Some sleep most of the time and make minimal noise while some babies cry and become fussy all throughout the day. Some parents can be frustrated especially if they are not able to stop their babies cry. Others, especially first time parents are scared because they are clueless on what to do on how to make their babies stop fussing. Oftentimes parents feel frustrated when they are unable to calm their babies.

Comforting a fussy baby may seem like a big challenge, but once you know how to handle your baby’s fussiness, everything will be easy. Below are 5 ways to help comfort a fussy baby. These are suggestions you can use to ease your crying baby.

  • Babies fuss and cry as it is their way of expressing what they need. They cry when they feel hungry, they have wet diapers, feel warm or cold, and even when they want to be held. Once you know why your baby is crying, you can give them what they need.
  • Let the baby feel your presence. Babies need love and security from their primary caregivers. When they cry, carry them and swing them gently. It can help the baby stay calm knowing that you are there.Gently massaging the baby also helps them to relax which can console them. Some babies stop being fussy once they smell the scent of their primary caregivers.
  • Sing to your baby and let them listen to soothing music. Babies love to hear lullabies especially if you are the one singing. When the baby is crying sing those lullabies or nursery rhymes.For parents who are not that musically inclined, you can also play classical music, nursery rhymes, and other calming tunes. Music therapy also works in fussy babies.
  • Find ways to distract your baby. When your baby cries nonstop and you cannot pacify them, divert their attention. Most parents turn on their electrical appliances like the vacuum cleaner when the baby is already very irritable. When the baby is distracted, he or she stops crying and focus on something else.
  • Decrease disturbances in the environment. Babies are very sensitive to sound, light, and heat or cold. Make sure that it is not too hot or too cold for them to sleep and rest comfortably. Babies should not be in a room where there is too much noise. Extreme noise can cause stress to the baby making them fussy. Make sure that the room is well lit. During sleep, do not turn all the lights off as the baby can wake up anytime. They can be afraid of the dark causing them to cry.

Comforting your baby when they fuss is not spoiling. It simply means that you love and care for your baby that you want them to be comfortable and feel loved as much as possible.

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Easy Ways to Care for Your Child’s Hair

 The hair is said to be the crowning glory of every person. And for your child to have great hair that she can be proud of one day, you should begin by taking good care of it now. Because of the many products that flood the market nowadays when it comes to hair care, it can be very confusing at times. For parents like you, you might often think of giving the latest product for children which is introduced in the market. But on the other hand, you also are thinking if this certain product is the best for her. Below are some tips which will help you determine the right product to use and how to take care of your child’s hair the easy way:

Frequency of Washing

The number of times you have to wash your child’s hair is dependent on his or her age. For babies with normal hair and scalp, washing their hair one to two times a week will suffice. But for babies with flaky and oily scalp, doctors recommend putting some baby oil on their scalp and washing their hair with an anti-dandruff shampoo for babies 2 to 3 times a week.

On the other hand, for toddlers, it is recommended that washing their hair 3 times a week is good. For preschoolers and up, washing their hair once a day or every other day is recommended. In addition, you can also use a light conditioner so that their hair won’t get tangled.

Which Products Should I Choose for My Child’s Hair?

This is the common question that goes into the minds of all parents. The best way to choose the product appropriate for your child’s hair is to determine first the hair type of your child. Your child’s doctor would be able to help you determine the hair type of your child, as well as give you advice on which product you should choose.

Combing Your Child’s Hair

Combing children’s hair is one of the problems of most parents because the kids get easily irritated when their hair is being combed, especially when it is tangled. Here are some tips that you can put to use for you to be able to painlessly comb your child’s hair:

1. Use a comfortable comb. Using brushes or combs with small teeth would make your child uncomfortable due to the stinging sensation it brings every time your stroke their hair. Make sure you use a comb with big teeth or some paddle brushes.

 2. Comb their hair the proper way. The right way to comb your child’s hair is to begin with the hair tips all the way to the shaft of the hair. This will also make the tangles easier to remove.

 3. Manage the tangles well. You cannot remove tangles just by simply wetting the area. Instead, make use of baby hair conditioners or some hair sprays which removes tangles, and make sure your hold their hair while you comb them gently.

 

 

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Common Causes of Skin Rashes in Children

Sometimes, even if mothers give the most resolute kind of care to their children; the fact remains that there really are some things in life that cannot be eliminated, let alone, be avoided. Although, arming yourself with information will help you cope with different problems that might come your way during motherhood.

A rash is obviously a reaction of the skin to something; the reasons may be varied but it will boil down to a situation or condition that does not seem to fit the delicate skin of children. During the diagnosis of the problem, the associated symptoms are the ones that are investigated as these give the clue on what exactly is the problem. Since most rashes are almost always the same, it is important to be able to decipher the difference. Yet, as a precautionary measure, your doctor or a trusted healthcare personnel should be your resource person in evaluating the rashes although admittedly, rashes are rarely an urgent matter in the past compared to these days with epidemics happening anywhere.

The most common cause of these bumps is an allergic reaction. Your child could be suffering from being exposed to harsh and irritating agents like bath soap, the detergent used in clothes and even the clothes he is wearing. Be wary when his rashes are accompanied by difficulty in breathing as this could indicate an allergic reaction to foods. Moreover, a bee sting could also be possible. The breathing difficulty should be a reason to rush your child to the hospital. Otherwise, if the rashes are pretty much controllable particularly when a child has colds or fever, then, the hospital rush is not exactly necessary.

A collective group of viral illnesses is also identified as a common cause. Chicken Pox, Roseola, Coxsackie and Fifth Disease could be culprits of the rashes. These rashes are accompanied with fever. Distinctively, Chicken Pox rashes start as the ones similar to insect bites and then progresses to blisters; these eruptions take undergo several change in the features over time but Day 3 will really tell you if it is indeed the disease. On the other hand, Roseola is a condition that has the rash disappearing on the fourth day. The rash starts from the upper trunk specifically the back until it spreads to the extremities.  Coxsackie, meanwhile, is just concentrated on the mouth, hand and feet. Finally, the Fifth disease will look like your child has been slapped in the cheeks which then spreads to the trunk then the extremities. Accompanied by a runny nose and cough, the disease disappears with relatively no complications. Measles, another condition caused by a virus are also pointed as common causes. The drill is to make sure that the child is protected by a vaccine; if not, a doctor should be seen immediately.

Certain conditions of the skin referring to eczema, warts, facial rash, scabies, dermatitis, ringworm and impetigo are also some common causes of skin rashes. These situations necessitate the use of medications as opposed to heat rash and insect bites where helping the child feel cooler and a gentle touch in the affected area works out.

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Over-the-Counter Cold Meds: Too Risky for Kids Under 2…

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned against parents giving their children under two years old over-the-counter cough and cold remedies. They claim such drugs can pose a danger in children that small, a danger that could prove to be ‘serious and potentially life-threatening’, and that parents should avoid them altogether.

In some cases, although rare, the use of over-the-counter cough and cold drugs has resulted in rapid heart rates, convulsions and, unfortunately, death.

The FDA is yet to come to a decision on whether certain widely-sold drugs are safe for kids older than 2. They are currently looking into the age 2-11 age bracket and a decision on that will be made by spring at the latest.

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