Five Simple Ways to Keep Baby Healthy

Your baby’s delicate immune system isn’t fully developed like yours. Take a few extra steps to keep your baby healthy.

1.Avoid germs. This means keeping baby away from someone who has an obvious cold and away from crowded areas during the first six weeks of life. Also try to dissuade people from grabbing at your tiny baby’s hands in greeting. People love to do this and babies first comforting place for their hands is their mouth. Obvious conflict.

2. Wash your hands often. This may mean a lot of lotion but washing your hands and having anyone who will be handling baby wash their hands before picking up your baby is a good idea. Alternatively have a bottle of hand cleaner handy.

3.Avoid smoke. Smoke is good for no one especially not your baby. This means all kinds of smoke. Allergies and breathing problems for children can come from being early exposed to cigarette smoke, exhaust fumes and the like.

4. If you are breast feeding your baby and food allergies run in your family watch what you eat. If your baby also has a food allergy what you eat may affect him or her.âEUR¨

5.Make sure your baby gets good restful sleep. Constant upsets in your baby’s schedule could make them irritable, unable to settle down and exhausted from too little sleep. Work up a schedule for your baby based on their eating and sleeping habits and try to keep things as regular as possible.

These simple steps can help keep your baby safe during the first few weeks of life.

Healthy Food For A Good Night’s Sleep!

Sleeping is essential for our health, for both baby and parents. Lets face it – when she or he sleeps well and for a long time, we also have a good night’s rest. From my experience with my little girl, the best food that promotes a good night sleep is something that has a low GI, (Glycemic Index) as the last meal of the day.

The best food to give to your baby at around 6 months, would be something that fills her up so she dose not wake up hungry in the middle of the night.

For dinner, I give my Olivia meals such as sweet potato mixed with rice cereal and some home made fruit jelly for dessert. The jelly is made with fresh fruit juice such as apple juice. Some cottage cheese with a bit of avocado mashed together is also great and filling. A few whole meal noodles she can hold in her hand, as she does like to feed herself, seems to be a favourite. Yoghurt, some grated fresh apple, mashed banana, carrot and potato mash are also suggested to keep your baby healthy and well feed. I usually choose 2 different dishes for any meal time. Porridge is a food she likes anytime of the day, it is warm and filling especially as the last thing at night.

In our house we are very big on vegetables. We try to live by the 2 x fruit and 5 x vegetables per day rule.

At first, when I gave Olivia a lot of vegetables in the evenings, I found she was dirtying her nappy through the night. I had to keep checking her nappies, as a dirty nappy irritated her skin when it was left on for a long time. This did not promote sleep for either of us!

I also found that if I gave her citrus fruits she developed nappy rash. From this I learned to feed her the bulk of the fruit and vegetables early in the day.

Her diet is now has the following structure:

o Fruit for breakfast and morning tea

o Vegetables for lunch and as a snack during the day.

o Carbohydrates, protein and dairy foods at night.

This seems to produce dirty nappies in the day which is fine – much quicker and easier to deal with than in the middle of the night! Oli has lots of wet nappies during the day and less leaky nappies at night. She has stopped waking up crying in the wee morning hours because she was all wet. A better night sleep thus results for all of us!

This type of eating may seem a bit strange, with the heaviest meals at breakfast and lunch, but it is the type of diet pattern followed in Europe, where I am originally from. The
pattern of a biggish breakfast, a main meal at lunch with lots of vegetables, and a light, but filling evening meal, with lots of carbohydrates, protein and dairy foods may suit your baby’s growing and developing needs very well.

After Breast Milk Or Formula – What Next to Keep Your Baby Healthy

After breast milk or formula what next to keep your baby healthy,obesity and the wrong diet causes many health problems, To be more diligent start your baby off on the right foot is the best way, give them lots of green vegetables baby food and fruits, fiber do not forget lots of fruits, and if your child has slow bowels, watch them as they will hold their bowels when it is time for them to move as it hurts them to have a bowel movement! This is age 2-3. We bought a book about a prize they will get if they have a bowel movement, So we would read that book and tell him he could do it and he struggled so hard and cried (we cried too) But he did had a huge bowel movement and had broken out into a sweat. What a night that was and he was so exhausted, he stuck his thumb in his mouth snubbing and went off to sleep.

Some of our friends are having the same problem. This seems to be a common problem today as the diet the little ones eat is far from healthy. Here is one diet:

  • Hamburger with cheese
  • Cat sup
  • French fries
  • Cola or sugar loaded soft drinks or milk

Here is another one:

  • Chicken nuggets
  • French fries with lots of cat sup
  • Milk shake, cola or milk
  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Yogurt
  • Snacks
  • Banana
  • Berries
  • Blueberry Yogurt

Obese children cannot climb up the stairs, they do not have much energy, so they do not burn up all that food they consume. And the sadness of all of this is that they want to eat, french fries, hamburgers with lots of catchup. The do not eat green vegetables, you can forget that and give them what they want to keep peace, I wonder how many mothers do this? A lot I bet! All he would do is pout and say, “no” if you tried to get him to try some thing else.

As soon as lunch was over which ended up being Macaroni and Cheese and not home made, how dare I say such a thing, it would end up being all processed boxes of Macaroni and cheese. With our grandson, we had the bowel problem, he would hold it by putting his knees together and going to a quiet place, hoping we would not bother him, at first we did not bother him, until we could see he was not having one he was struggling not to have one because he said, “it hurts”. its amazing even though he drank lots of water and was very active, he would still be able to hold almost a cup of warm water in his enemas! He is not obese but we worried that he would be,

We seem to be caught up in a macaroni and cheese world filled with preservatives and man made chemicals and peer pressure. Young mothers are so busy learning how to take care of their children that taking the easy way out does not seem to be harmful and so they go along with the crowd! Does any one remember when we had birthday parties at home with birthday cake and ice cream! Our children were happy and we were delighted with the success and how all who came enjoyed the party, but now they are held in fast food pizza eatery with all those video games that children love!

Have you noticed all those big birthday cakes made with lots of sugar and butter. The problem with all the sugar the children eat is they are a ball of fire the rest of the day, cannot sit still and jump from one thing to another, there is very little down time in a household after one of these birthday pizza parties. So young mothers have their hands full and in my mind I think all they can do is the best they can!