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Know more about growth spurt

The first few years of your baby’s life are vital. Parents are always on the lookout for signs that may hinder growth or what’s to be expected as they grow. One thing that has gotten a lot of confusion is – growth spurts. Read on to know more about growth spurt.

What is a growth spurt?

A growth spurt is a period in time, multiple times as the child grows, where the child grows faster on average than in other periods of the child’s life.

What are the signs of a growth spurt?

Signs of a growth spurt typically include:

  • Increased appetite. Unlimited hunger, wanting to feed around the clock—whether they’re latching onto the breast at every opportunity or feeling dissatisfied even after a full bottle. Increased appetite. A child’s nutritional needs increase before and during periods of rapid growth.
  • Sudden bone and muscle growth. You’ll notice that the baby has suddenly gotten stronger or that they’ve grown more “boney” to feel.
  • Restlessness. Unable to sleep and irritable. The baby was, perhaps, a great sleeper but has suddenly become constantly restless and awake throughout the night and constantly hungry. 
  • Baby fat. There is an increase in the amount of fat stored in the body. Baby seems to have suddenly gotten bigger and are storing more fat in the body now than they used to.

What age do babies have growth spurts?

While every baby is different, there’s a recognized growth spurt timeline that newborns tend to follow, says California-based pediatrician and AAP spokeswoman Lisa M. Asta, MD. “The first spurt occurs around 7 to 10 days after birth, right around the time a breastfeeding mom’s milk supply is established and most babies are finally starting to put on weight,” she says. “The second happens between 3 and 6 weeks.” After that, the baby might experience more spurts at 3, 6 and 9 months of age. Do know that babies don’t read calendars, so your baby may do things differently.

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How to Handle Growth Spurt Symptoms

So you’ve recognized the signs of a baby growth spurt. Now what? Experts recommend resisting the urge to greet every sob fest with a meal: Asta says parents can be more liberal with feedings during the day (baby’s busy little body needs the extra fuel) but should hold off on an extra middle-of-the-night meal. Growth spurts can negatively affect babies’ sleep, and they need all the rest they can get.

Soothing with food can also lead to overfeeding. Before you brandish a bottle or breast, look for basic hunger cues, like rooting around for the breast or bottle, and respond accordingly, says Ian M. Paul, MD, head of general pediatrics at Penn State Children’s Hospital. “When babies turn their heads away from the breast or bottle, it means they’re done, yet some parents continue to try to get them to finish the bottle,” he says. “That’s not great behavior.”

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As every child is different and has their own and unique “growth chart” it’s still always best to be aware of what’s going on with them and what parents can do to assist in ensuring that they are growing healthily.

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Brain development activities for newborns and infants

It’s within a child’s first three years of life that are critical for learning and development. Parents wonder how soon their babies can start learning and if they can do anything for their child’s brain development. As each child grows day by day, they are constantly learning about everything around them through every engagement. The best and most active way to do so is interacting with them on the daily. Now that everyone is on lockdown, take this time to do just that! Read on for some brain development activities for newborns and infants.

Brain development affects all areas of a child’s growth. There are four main areas of development: motor (physical), language and communication, social and emotional, and cognitive. Brain development is part of cognitive development. Cognitive development describes how a child’s intellect grows, and includes thinking, learning and problem-solving skills. These skills affect all other areas of development.

Below are activities to encourage brain development for newborns and infants.

Playing

Playing is a fun and wonderful way to encourage brain development in babies. A baby is able to get a sense of wonder that allows them to understand what is going on around them and the interaction they get is a great engagement. Every and any form of play helps foster imagination and creativity.

Brain development activities for newborns and infants: playing

Simple yet great examples of play with babies are:

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Reading / Talking

Reading is an absolutely great way of promoting and encouraging a child’s brain development. Constant reading and talking with your baby is a way for them to start realizing language and how to communicate. Moreover, this is a great way for them to learn even before they can start to understand letters or words.

Activities that include reading and talking with babies:

  • Read them a storybook
  • Greet them daily (good morning, good afternoon, good evening)
  • Responding to your baby’s cries with words of comfort
  • Singing nursery rhymes
  • Talking to them about what’s in the room
  • Talk to them with every engagement – changing their diaper, bathing them, feeding them

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Physical movement

Any and every movement a child does and learns is the best way for them to trigger their brain to continuous development. From birth, a baby only knows how to communicate through their cries and body language. As they grow, they start to learn more about themselves – like discovering their hands, feet, face, body and learning what to do with them and how to communicate. Physical movements help develop brain and motor development.

Here are some physical activities to help with brain development:

Conclusion

In conclusion, babies are constantly learning and will continue to develop on their own, but with constant interaction and engagement with their parents, their development progresses better and it’s more fun for them!

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Preparing or giving birth during the COVID-19 pandemic

Updated: May 21, 2020

2020 came with much surprises. From bush fires around the globe, reports of the Antarctic ice breaking due to global warming – and now the COVID-19 pandemic putting most of the world into a lockdown. It seems to be a very scary time to be bringing a new born into this world right now – but the baby is inside of you and coming out very soon. Read through for some tips whether you’re preparing or giving birth during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The number one advice every health practitioner will tell you, especially when you’re pregnant, is not to stress yourself too much. Does this even seem possible at a time like this? With the news and the need to prepare for both your newborn, this time really calls for proper “stress management”.

Here are some ways to help prepare for your newborn during this trying time and some stress management tips.

Clean/disinfect and rearrange the household

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We all know that keeping good hygiene and constant disinfecting is a great way to prevent the virus from entering. If you’re nearing labor – you’re probably already in your “nesting phase” where you’re trying to get everything ready for the baby already.

Here are some recommended cleaning and disinfectants:
Stress management tip :

Take this time to really focus your time and energy on getting the household “baby ready”. If you have to go online – use this time to search for baby room ideas. We all know how addictive it can be to look at cute nursery rooms and DIY decor making. Get creative, not stressed!

Stock up on your needs/ essentials

Preparing or giving birth during the COVID-19 pandemic - doing groceriesIf you’re able to – now would be the best time to do all the grocery and buying in preparation for when the baby arrives. You’re going to be spending most of your time taking care and getting used to life with your newborn – so things like going out for your weekly groceries or last minute buying will become challenging.

Stress management tip :

Make a list of everything that you need. You can separate your lists per place for buying. Example : Make a list for all your food groceries, another list for all baby equipment needs, another list for all mommy and daddy needs, and another for something you’ll need that’s meant to be bought elsewhere. Try to think long term – so you won’t need to end up buying something you’ll need soon at the last minute. If you have everything ahead – you’ll be less worried and stressed and will be able to focus on caring for your newborn.

Check ahead for your preferred pediatrician

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If you already have a preferred pediatrician in mind, you may want to check their availability ahead. See if they are able to do online consultations or even via phone. It’s essential to know that your preferred pediatrician is readily available, willing, and someone you’re comfortable with – since they’ll be someone you’ll be calling frequently for any baby related matters.

Stress management tip :

Get in touch ahead or with their secretary. Let them know that you’re expecting your newborn soon and opting for them to be your child’s pediatrician. You can search online as well for feedback/reviews to see how they usually treat their patients and if they may be how you expect them to be. You don’t want to end up with a doctor who you’re not comfortable with or someone you cannot be completely open to. So check around ahead.

Hopefully these tips will help you manage stress and things in your household – in preparation for your newborn. Most importantly, try to stay away from the things that usually trigger your stress so you can welcome your newborn happily. We all need to stay safe and healthy during this pandemic.

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Prenatal visits during the COVID-19 pandemic

Are you a pregnant mom during this COVID-19 pandemic? With all the hospital scare of possibly contracting the virus, are prenatal visits during the COVID-19 pandemic even possible?

Frontliners around the world are being kept busy. All health practitioners are either being recommended to self isolate or have been discouraged to meet face to face with outside patients. Due to this, trying to make a physical appointment with your doctor may become difficult. In these trying times, it may be hard but people are constantly finding ways to cope and operate even during this time of an outbreak.

Prenatal visits during the COVID-19 pandemic - woman having a video call with her doctor

The world is now unlocking its full potential – and we’re seeing a different side to how everything is indeed possible if we just allow it. Doctors are now doing check ups online and even offering free consultations! So if you’re a pregnant mom – here are ways that you can still get your prenatal check ups without the risk of contracting the virus.

Check with your doctor if they’d be willing to do a prenatal over the phone.

If you’re under 37 weeks pregnant, your OB/Health practitioner will likely be offering this already and will hold your check ups over the phone. There’s likely less of a need to see you physically since you haven’t reached full term yet. You just have to be very honest with everything that you’re feeling and going through so your doctor can prescribe you with what you need -and if all is well, there shouldn’t be a need for you to make a physical visit.

Prenatal visits during the COVID-19 pandemic - pregnant woman using her phone

In the case that your usual doctor isn’t available because they’re either busy fighting against COVID-19 or have been infected themselves, you can:

See if online consultations or phone calls are possible.

Check your local community. Call the hospital or check online through social media or their website. You can ask if they have doctors who are offering consultations online. This is definitely likely happening everywhere already as patients are being discouraged as well from visiting hospitals – unless in dire need of medical assistance or if you’ve contracted the COVID-19 virus as well.

You’ve probably noticed people sharing infographics online with doctors who are offering online consultations – and even some for free! Check the list of doctors available and their time slots and book a schedule with them. A lot of these doctors will either do consultations via e-mail or through text/call.

You can always call your preferred or nearby hospital to see which doctors can do consultations online. If you haven’t gotten a prenatal check up yet and just starting to, you may want to:

Consider birthing homes / birthing clinics instead.

Yes, there is another option other than a hospital check up and hospital birth! Few are aware, but, you can try searching for a good birthing home/clinic. The risk of being exposed to the virus is less – as their only patients would be birthing moms.

If you’re considering a home birth as well – you’ll most likely be able to find a midwife or doula who will be able to grant you with your want for a home birth. However, even though birthing homes/clinics are less risky – they too have been advised to practice social distancing. So you’re likely to also get consultations with them online or via the phone. But there is at least some security in knowing that if you need to visit – the risk is less.

We should all be in this to help fight the spread of COVID-19. It’s essential that we know our rights and options to be able to have access to proper healthcare.

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Rashes – what’s common and what’s not

The journey of parenthood can be quite scary if not armed with enough knowledge or the right information. There are too many things that end up happening which can either set off a panic attack or push you off the road of sanity. One of the things that likely come up is baby rashes. As your baby grows, you’ll notice skin conditions developing or growing – some alarming and some not – but how to tell if it’s something you don’t need to worry about or something that needs medical attention? Read on to know more about rashes – what’s common and what’s not.

What causes rashes in babies?

To better understand what’s to be considered as something concerning or not, let’s first understand what typically causes rashes in babies.

Rashes - what's common and what's not - person covering infant with swaddling blanket

Newborn baby skin, even up to toddler life, can be very sensitive and susceptible to irritation – depending on family allergy history and other factors – there are many things that can trigger rashes in baby’s skin. Baby’s skin is easily affected by things like heat, dust, their own drool, and a lot more. Fortunately, most of these skin reactions and conditions are short-lived and tend to clear on their own – of course with proper hygiene practice and constant skin care.

In severe cases, however, there will be a need for creams, medication, ointments, and even steroids. Of course, all these will be prescribed by your baby’s pediatrician and the dosage for the need, depending on the severity of the rash.

Common causes of rashes in babies include:

  • heat
  • allergies
  • friction
  • dampness
  • chemicals
  • fragrances
  • fabrics

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Common types of rashes

Some of the most common types of infant skin rashes include:

  • Heat rash
    Also called prickly heat or miliaria, occurs when sweat ducts become clogged and the sweat cannot get to the surface of the skin. Instead, it becomes trapped beneath the skin’s surface causing a mild inflammation or rash.
  • Cradle Cap
    Appears as patchy scaling or thick crusts on the scalp and greasy skin covered with flaky white or yellow scales. Cradle cap usually doesn’t bother the infant.
  • Baby Acne
    Also known as neonatal acne, is a common, usually temporary skin condition that develops on a baby’s face or body. It results in tiny red or white bumps or pimples. In almost all cases, the acne resolves on its own without treatment.
  • Diaper/Nappy Rash
    The main cause is wearing a wet or dirty nappy for too long. Soaps and detergents left on cloth nappies after washing can also contribute to nappy rash. Sometimes children also have other conditions like eczema, psoriasis, thrush or impetigo, which might make nappy rash worse.
  • Eczema
    Is most prominent on the cheeks, forehead, and scalp of an infant within the first few months of life, and often tends to make the skin look redder and “weepy” than at other ages. Eczema can appear on other parts of the body as well, including the diaper area.
  • Drool Rash
    Can appear around the mouth and cheeks, in the folds of your baby’s neck, and on your baby’s chest as a result of too much saliva causing wet skin.

When to be concerned with rashes?

If you answer Yes to the following questions below – then it’s a telltale sign that you should bring your child to their pediatrician for a checkup.

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Teething and what you need to know

Your cutie patootie is growing and you’re starting to notice a change in behavior and/or something in their gums which seems to make them a little uncomfortable – if so, your little one is probably starting to teeth! For some babies, teething isn’t really a bother but for the most, it truly is. It’s important for mom and dad to know how to
deal with a teething baby so the household isn’t too stressed out. Read on for some facts about teething and what you need to know.

When do they normally start teething?

Understand that every child is unique with their growth – the typical eruption of a tooth can start anywhere from 3 months and could have no visible signs of the actual teeth yet. So your baby may start feeling gum tingling and the tooth may appear between 4 – 10 months.

For some babies, teething eruptions can happen one after the other consistently, while others may have huge break gaps – having some teeth come out months later after the first eruption. This continues on until 30-36 months of age, usually ending with the molars.

How do you know if your baby is teething?

Babies that start teething early on usually show signs of some discomfort/irritability. This can include disrupted sleep, inflammation of gums, loss of appetite, and a mild temperature. If you notice them starting to want to bite on more solid things – that’s one clear sign that teething is happening. There are other symptoms that will show to determine teething in babies but it’s best to know what is normal and what isn’t.

Teething may cause the following symptoms:

  • Fussiness
  • Increased want to latch on the breast for breastfeeding babies
  • Increased drooling
  • Restlessness
  • The constant need to put things in the mouth and biting
  • Rubbing the cheek or ear region

Teething and what you need to know - Baby biting a storybook

Importantly, these are symptoms worth noting that isn’t normal to be considered and would require you to visit
your baby’s pediatrician:

  • Fever (above 38.5°C)
  • Colds and Cough
  • Diarrhea
  • Body rashes

Is it normal for babies to have a fever while teething?

While teething can cause some distress to the baby resulting in tension and warming of the baby, teething does not and should not cause fever. A baby’s normal temperature, in their first year of life, can run up to 38.5 C – anything above that would be considered a fever. If your baby’s temperature goes beyond, you should
immediately see your baby’s pediatrician.

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What can I do to soothe my baby while teething?

  1. If you’re still breastfeeding, continue to breastfeed and let the baby latch as often as they want. This soothes
    them and helps with the fussiness they get from gum irritation.
  2. Freeze or chill fruits and offer them to your baby – ensure proper supervision.
  3. You can use approved baby gum soothing gels. Ensure to check with your baby’s pediatrician with what brand
    or type is safe.
  4. A cold/frozen spoon is a great soother which you can place against your baby’s gums.
  5. Massaging your baby’s gums is one way to help them soothe.
  6. Teething toys are a great way to help with the irritation and drooling.
  7. Keep the baby close to you and keep them lovingly cuddled!

We may not be experts with baby care but it’s important that we have some knowledge when it comes to teething.

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Activities to do at home

The family is at home with the whole COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing. Days go by and the kids are starting to get restless, itching to go out or do something, but you’ve probably exhausted most things to do already! What else is there to do? Whether you have a tiny baby, a growing toddler, or a pre-teen/teen – here are some activities to do at home with the whole family.

Watch a new or old series and prepare food for it.

Got a Netflix subscription? Hulu? Disney Plus? Or even just a YouTube account? There’s a ton of series out today that you and your family can start watching or catch up on – if there’s already one ongoing. Prepare some snacks/food, and drinks that you’d want to try making at home – like that shake you’ve been wanting to have. Now’s the time to experiment and enjoy during your watch!

Activities to do at home - watching tv at home

Schedule “reading time” at home.

It can become pretty overwhelming to keep trying to do something. Here’s a win-win thought, a “quiet time” activity – like reading. You can schedule a certain time of the day with the fam to read any type of book. Kids get to choose their own and so does mom and dad. Even a mere 30 minutes – 1 hour will be good for everyone.

Activities to do at home - reading books at home

Make cleaning into playtime.

Tricky, tricky but not impossible! You can get creative and get the entire family to do some cleaning. Whether it be pretending to open up a car salon and clean the car or as some parents are doing, offer “money” (monopoly money for kids) for every household chore they can do. You can make it a themed way of cleaning so it doesn’t seem like a bore.

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Continue learning with free online classes/sessions.

There’s a ton of people and organisations offering free classes and art sessions. This can be a time for mom and/or dad to learn a new skill for work or to make out as income later or kid classes like art sessions for the kids to do at home. It’s always fun to learn and be able to connect with others online too.

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Doing DIYs.

All those saved links on Facebook and Pinterest boards can now be put to use! Get the family to do some fun DIY activity. Whether it be a food hack for some yummy snacks or arts and crafts for home decor – or even that fixer-upper that dad has been pending to do!

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Conclusion

There are a lot of activities to do at home. There’s so much you can do if you just look around. Ultimately, use this time to be present and spend precious time with family. Let’s all do our part in helping the world heal by practicing social distancing and being home. And more than just scrolling through our social media feeds, let’s be present with the people surrounding us at this time – our family. Let your creativity run wild and do everything and anything at home!

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Homeschooling during this outbreak

Most community quarantines have been set for 1-3 months, while others are on lockdown indefinitely due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Not only the businesses are affected but most schools around the world have also closed as citizens have been advised to stay home. Kids have no school and both mom and dad are home too.  As a parent, you worry about your children’s continuous education. You may want to consider homeschooling during this outbreak, as a solution.

How can we keep them learning?
Can we homeschool?
How do we start with our homeschool journey?

There are so many resources online and even parenting groups that parents can access – make it possible to do homeschooling. It seems appropriate to do so as well with the crisis this world is currently facing. But is it for you?

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Why homeschool?

Here are some reasons parents decide to do so.

  • Provide better focus with the parent teaching the child.
  • Want to be aware of what the child is learning.
  • Religious reasons – allow teaching faith in depth
  • Put less pressure on what the child needs to learn at certain ages.
  • Family reasons
  • The home atmosphere is more relaxed, and schedule can be tailored to the child’s needs
  • Focus on growing proper morals
  • Social problems usually encountered with traditional schooling
  • Student behavior problems at school
  • The child has special needs/disability
  • Transportation/convenience
  • Enable family to travel – These only to mention a few.

To help give a better understanding – here are some references on the benefits of homeschooling.

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Benefits of homeschooling

Don’t know how to start? Here’s a helpful guide for creating a lesson plan if you’re keen to do homeschooling during this outbreak.

Academic growth is better and more tailored.

The traditional school entails being of a certain age and having to learn specific curriculums. While this is “standard”, it’s not always at the child’s best interest. Children are unique and have their own pace – so for some, being able to have more freedom of what to learn and not be restricted allows them to learn better – resulting in doing better in academics.

It provides more personalized one-on-one learning opportunities.

A usual problem faced with classroom learning is that there is less focus on a child’s individual progress as a teacher would likely handle a large number of children. Homeschooling helps guide children better as there is more focused attention on one-on-one learning.

Social development.

Contrary to popular belief, homeschooled children are able to better socialize, provided with proper guidance and exposure, as they are not limited to just the kids in a classroom. If you’re a family who travels often, homeschooling provides a vast opportunity for social engagement. Children are able to speak with people not only of their age but with those that could provide wisdom.

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Families can take better vacations.

Because the world is the child’s classroom, they can learn anywhere and everywhere. Sometimes, travelling can be something that’s part of your learning curriculum – the exposure they get always provides something to learn from.

Conclusion

If you’re thinking of taking this time to switch to homeschooling – there are a ton of references online to get you started. You just need to be patient with learning the system and applying it at home.

What can we do during this outbreak? — read our helpful article.

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Baby food for first-time parents

Giving your baby his or her first food is one of the most nerve-racking moments for first-time parents. When’s the right time? What solid food is allowed and what food is healthy for my baby? These are the types of questions that will run through our mind. Not to mention the recipe. Thankfully, there are now a lot of ways to make baby food around the internet. Read on to know more about feeding your baby plus a few tips.

When is the baby allowed to take solid food?

According to Mayo Clinic, newborns only need breast milk or formula, and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breast milk only for the first six months after birth.

Babies 4 to 6 months old are ready to begin eating solid foods as a complement to breast-feeding or formula-feeding.

4 to 6 months old: Puree them all!

A good steamer and blender are all you need. It doesn’t take a master chef to feed a baby. We suggest a simple single ingredient puree. You may ask, “why to use a single ingredient?”. Single-ingredient purees are the way to go simply because this will help you identify if your baby has food allergies or sensitivity to certain types of food. If you mix ingredients early on, it would be difficult to tell which ingredient caused the allergy. Make sure to check your baby’s tolerance to food if you are going to combine ingredients.

Tips:

  • You can only cook one vegetable at a time. This will ensure even cooking and a smooth puree, plus it makes the preparation super easy and quick.
  • You can use mild seasoning like cinnamon, basil, garlic powder, ginger and many more. This makes the food’s taste even better.
  • Always have a bib or towel ready when feeding your baby. Expect a messy table.

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7 to 9 months old: Unleash your inner chef

Babies around this age can enjoy various types of purees and mashes. You can now try a more complex combination puree. This is the time to experiment with new flavors and textures. Like we’ve mentioned, there are a lot of recipes floating around the internet that you can follow. On this stage, you can also start training them to hold the spoon and fork properly. In the next few months, they’ll be able to feed themselves and can join in the family meals.

Conclusion

Babies usually reject their first pureed food. Don’t be angry and don’t even try to force-feed them. This is because the taste and texture are new to them. If they refuse, it’s fine, you can try another day or another recipe. If this habit persists, go to your baby’s doctor just to make sure that the resistance is not a sign of a problem.

Being a new parent will require a huge amount of patience and understanding especially because your baby will not like each and every food you will prepare, that’s guaranteed. But whenever you feel tired, just look at your baby’s sloppy tray, gooey hands and sticky face! That’ll crack you up. It’ll be great to capture moments like this too, so when they’re older you can show pictures and videos of them wiping their face with puree!

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What can we do during an outbreak?

The world is now in a pandemic due to the COVID-19 virus. Some countries are in lockdown and cities all around the world are following community quarantine. As parents, we are responsible for taking precautionary measures at home as well. Given the current situation – we shouldn’t fret. We must remain calm and continue to take care of ourselves and our home. 

What can we do during this time of an outbreak?

Maintain a healthy lifestyle.

A strong immunity helps protect yourself from the virus. If you’re a breastfeeding mom, ensure that you keep yourself healthy so your baby can keep reaping the wonderful antibodies from your breastmilk. 

“The CDC recommends that those with coronavirus continue breastfeeding or feeding expressed breastmilk to their child while taking precautions to avoid spreading the virus to them. Given low rates of transmission of respiratory viruses through breastmilk, the World Health Organization states that those with COVID-19 can breastfeed.”

Don’t take everything you see and hear to heart. Always fact check! Fake news is rampant so you’ve got to read and listen from credible sources. 

Worry Less

By limiting your time on social media. There are too many things you can read that can put you in panic. Instead, spend some wonderful, quality family time. Concentrate on creating a happy home for happy hearts.

Don’t panic

Don’t feel guilty for taking extra caution but don’t panic! While it may be tempting to give in and follow suit, panicking never leads to anything good. Avoid Panic buying – If everyone maintains normal buying levels, supply will be steady. Especially parents who are formula feeding, do not take more than what you need. It would be catastrophic if other babies aren’t able to get what they need due to panic buying. Refrain stockpiling formulas.

What can we do during an outbreak - Panic Buying

Stay clean and sanitize

Wash your hands frequently. The best way to take precautions and be preventive is to stay clean. As much as possible, avoid physical contact with others, respectfully, and frequent hand washing. As recommended by WHO (World Health Organisation), 20 seconds of hand washing is the best way to go about it. 

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The CDC recommends these things in preparing your family for a breakout.

Create a household plan of action to help protect your health and the health of those you care about in the event of an outbreak of COVID-19 in your community:

  • Talk with the people who need to be included in your plan, and discuss what to do if a COVID-19 outbreak occurs in your community.
  • Plan ways to care for those who might be at greater risk for serious complications, particularly older adults and those with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease.
  • Make sure they have access to several weeks of medications and supplies in case you need to stay home for prolonged periods of time.
  • Get to know your neighbors and find out if your neighborhood has a website or social media page to stay connected.
  • Create a list of local organizations that you and your household can contact in the event you need access to information, healthcare services, support, and resources.
  • Create an emergency contact list of family, friends, neighbors, carpool drivers, health care providers, teachers, employers, the local public health department, and other community resources.

It is always important to maintain a calm demeanor when facing a crisis. Keep calm so that others will follow suit. We shouldn’t be adding to the stressors we’re already facing and when in doubt – always ask – but ask towards credible sources.

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Conclusion

Share good and reliable information and refrain from actions that can cause an uproar or further panic.