Breastfeeding - A Father’s or Partner’s Involvement
It helps to have the support of a partner when the decision to breastfeed is made.
Thyroid Problems and Pregnancy
By Dr Zanariah Hussein
Head of Endocrinology Unit, Putrajaya Hospital
The thyroid is a gland located at the front of the neck. It produces thyroid hormones, mainly triiodothyronineor “T3” and thyroxine or “T4”. Thyroid hormones regulate metabolism and function of many systems in the body, including the heart rate and the rate at which the body burn calories. Other hormones from the pituitary gland and hypothalamus regulate thyroid hormones.
Understanding Abdominal Pain During Pregnancy
Abdominal pain during pregnancy can vary from very mild to very severe and the cause can be just as varied. Understanding the different causes of abdominal pains can help you determine whether your symptoms are normal or require immediate medical attention.
Trying to Conceive - The DOs and DON’Ts
Trying to get pregnant? Here are the DOs and DON’Ts:
Contraception After Having a Baby
Contraception should be discussed soon after giving birth. Until your baby is 21 days old you cannot become pregnant. After that you will need contraception. There are many choices available for women. If you feel your family might be complete, long-acting methods or sterilisation should be discussed. If you want to have more children, choose an option that is easily stopped so your body can return to normal.
Do I Have Postnatal Depression?
Contrary to the often imagined picture of a mother looking besotted with her newborn in her arms, about 10 to 15 per cent of women often experience a period of mood disturbance following childbirth. This can range from a mild “low” period or baby blues to severe depressive illness.
The Top 7 Pregnancy Myths
Can you color your hair? Get a flu shot? Have sex? Experts clear up your biggest concerns.
What You Can Do During Pregnancy To Make Birth Easier
Most of us would have at some time or other listened to a friend’s labour horror story. Has it left you in fear of labour?
How to Emotionally Prepare for Pregnancy
Bringing a baby into the world can be an emotional roller coaster ride. During the nine months of pregnancy, feelings can wax and wane between excitement, joy, fear, and frustration.
Why And When Should I Do Pelvic Floor Exercises?
Pelvic floor exercises are very important in pregnancy. It is recommended that you start them as soon as you find out you are pregnant.
Am I Pregnant?
Whether you are trying hard for a baby or you are not ready to be pregnant yet, waiting for the early signs of pregnancy can be really stressful.
The Pregnant Couple
If you are expecting, it is not unusual for your other half to share pregnancy symptoms! These could range from mood swings, weight gain and nausea to food cravings. The advent of the birth of your baby is always a deeply transforming event, not only for you but for your partner as well.
Dental Care and Pregnancy
It’s important for you to take good care of your teeth and gums while pregnant. Pregnancy causes hormonal changes that increase the risk of developing gum disease which, in turn, can affect the health of your developing baby.
I’m Gaining Too Much Weight During My Pregnancy. What Can I Do?
How Much Total Weight Should I Gain?
The right amount of weight to gain during pregnancy depends on how much you weighed before getting pregnant. Talk with your health care provider to find out what amount is right for you. General guidelines for weight gain are:
Predicting The Sex Of Your Baby
by Gerhard van Niekerk
Couples that are already pregnant sometimes want to be surprised by whether they have a boy or a girl, while others want to know before the baby is born. There are a number of ways that couples can try to predict the gender of their child, ranging from the scientific to the silly. There are even some ways that couples can use to attempt to predict the gender of their child before conception even takes place.
Quit It—How Smoking Harms Your Fertility And Your Chances Of Having The Healthy Baby Of Your Dreams
Everyone knows that smoking is hazardous to health; and that the sooner one quits, the better the body is able to repair and reverse the effects smoking has had on various bodily functions and systems. Most studies and public warnings focus on the adverse effects of smoking on the respiratory and the cardiovascular systems. However, the effects on the male and female reproductive systems are often not as well appreciated despite the real damage it causes
Rest & Recover
Balance the Blues
Most new mothers feel a little down for a few days up to a week or two. This is caused by:
Pregnant and Beautiful
Are you groaning about being ugly with your growing body? You can look beautiful when you are pregnant. Celebrity moms and models are such excellent examples. Don’t they just glow like beautiful pregnant godesses? You may argue that they have a personal stylist or a professional stylist at their beck and call. Well, we have some tips here to help you look beautiful too on your budget:
Pregnancy is a period of physical and emotional upheavals. It is important that you learn as much as possible to allay your worries and to enable yourself to make informed choices and right decisions for you and your baby. This is where antenatal care plays an important role.
Managing your pregnancy
Pregnancy brings about an increase in the levels of many hormones in your body, particularly oestrogen and progesterone. Progesterone relaxes your muscles and ligaments to accommodate your growing baby. It also prevents your uterus from contracting until the baby is fully developed. On the other hand, oestrogen is responsible for the growth in the size of your uterus and breasts, as well contributing to fluid retention.
If you have a pregnancy without complications, you should be able to enjoy some level of exercise throughout. You would need to select a routine that is suitable, or if you already have one then perhaps there might be a need to modify it. Do consult your doctor on what would be the most appropriate in your situation.
The temptation to indulge in your favourite food is great since the additional calories could be camouflaged by your pregnancy itself. But bear in mind that a healthy amount of weight would ensure a more comfortable pregnancy besides reducing the risks of complications such as diabetes and high blood pressure. You do not need to eat for two in terms of quantity. Just eat for two in terms of nutrition.
Discomforts and common concerns of pregnancy
Pregnancy causes many changes to your body. Below are some common discomforts of pregnancy, their causes and what you can do to cope with them.
Here comes Baby!
After nine months of pregnancy, the moment of birth is usually filled with anxious anticipation and you don’t really know what to expect.
We have heard it all before – you become a mum, you have no time for your friends, you lose touch with the rest of the world as your life now revolves around baby. But wait, the internet is changing all that…
Motherhood & newborn
How Safe are the Ingredients in your Baby Diaper Rash Products?
We have all heard scary stories about the ingredients in cosmetics and skin care products so how do you choose a baby skin care product that is safe for your baby?
You may find your toddler is a fussy eater, or isn’t eating very much. This is normal, and there are several things you can do if you’re worried about their eating.
Is Babywearing Safe?
When done properly, carrying a baby in a soft baby carrier can be safer than carrying a baby in your arms. Your carrier doesn’t have muscles that get tired, and your carrier doesn’t have arms that reflexively reach out to balance you or catch you when you fall. But, as with anything concerning babies, good safety practices are of paramount importance. This article has many safety tips, but no set of guidelines can anticipate every circumstance. You are responsible for your child’s safety as well as your own.
Preventing Diaper Rash
Diaper rash is extremely common amongst babies and sometimes, you simply cannot prevent it. However, you can take measures to minimize your baby’s chances of developing diaper rash.
How to Create a Pregnancy Memory Album
A baby memory album will help you save memories of your pregnancy - the moment you found out you were pregnant, the first time you heard your baby’s heartbeat, that adorable ultrasound photo. You’ll be able to share it with your child, or just cherish it for yourself. The best part about making a digital book is that you don’t have to be artistic. Anyone can create a great baby memory book these days.
Is Baby Safe In Your Bed?
Do you believe that your bed is just where your infant belongs? But is it safe?
Understanding Your Baby’s Skin
A baby’s skin is as delicate as it is soft which makes it vulnerable to damage and irritation. How do you care for your baby’s skin?
How to Answer Where Do Babies Come From
It is not unusual for young children to ask questions about pregnancy and childbirth, and the sight of a pregnant woman or a baby is often enough to spark that curiosity. For adults, the question, “where do babies come from?” may trigger some uncertainty and apprehension, as the subject of pregnancy encompasses sensitive subject-matter, much of which may seem too adult for child consumption. Fortunately, it is possible to address questions about the birds and bees in an age-appropriate way that will satisfy a child’s inquiries. Follow these guidelines for how to answer where do babies come from.
How to Help Your Child Cope With a Bully
Bullying is all about exercising power and control so you need an authority to back up your child. You may be saying kids need to fight their own battles but not when the extreme of abuse takes place. Sad but true: it could be a teacher or an adult who is your child’s bully. You may have to remove the child from a class or a teacher or even a school or another child’s parent. Your child should not be made to feel miserable every day, childhood is hard enough. You are responsible for your child’s welfare and bottom line if you have to offend a few people that is just how it has to be to protect your child.
How to Determine if Your Child Is Being Bullied
If you have a child and you suspect if he or she is being bullied? It can be a parent’s worst nightmare. Here are some helpful pointers that can help you, AND take action quickly.
Munch into Veg and Fruit Everyday
Vegetables and fruit contain important vitamins and minerals, as well as antioxidants and naturally good chemicals called phytochemicals.
Vegetables and fruit are also low in fat, salt and sugar, and are a good source of dietary fibre.
The unique composition of vegetables and fruit makes them good for the health of both children and adults.
Keeping Baby Safe Outside Your Home
We have often made our home childproof to keep our children safe but have we given any thoughts about the dangers that lurk outdoors?
Young children cannot tell what is harmful outside. We need to safeguard them against potential harm when they are outside our home.
Active Play for Children
By around two years of age most children have mastered their walking skills and are ready to progress to the next stage of their physical and social development. From here, it is important to introduce children to a range of activities that help to develop their full range of fundamental motor skills (FMS). There are twelve fundamental motor skills and there is an extensive range of activities and games that children can be encouraged to play so that they learn and become proficient in each of them.
Active Play for Babies
Babies spend a lot of time sleeping and feeding but it is very important to make the most of the time that babies are awake and not feeding to encourage movement or active play.
How to Travel With Children on Long Trips
Traveling with children is not always easy, especially on long-haul flights, or any long trip by train or car. However, with a little preparation your traveling time can possibly become as smooth as a baby’s bottom.
Keeping Kids Happy During School Holidays
The long school holidays are here again! Whilst you may be breathing a sign of relief for not having to get up early to prepare the kids for school or battle the traffic jams to send them to school, there is the other problem of having to deal with the constant little pleas of “Mom, I’m bored”.
How do you keep your kids occupied and happy?
Tips To Help Your Preschooler Stop Thumb Sucking
Babies suck their thumbs to find comfort and to soothe themselves. It comes naturally to them.
Thumb sucking is harmless until your child reaches the age when they start developing coping skills beyond thumb/finger sucking. Research shows that continuing this habit into the age of 2 to 4 can interfere with growth of the mouth, jaws and teeth and subsequently cause speech problems.
Is Preschool Really Beneficial?
Parents are sending their children earlier and earlier to preschool. Some preschoolers are as young as 2 years old!
Is early childhood schooling really beneficial? Well, there are the advocates and the critics.
Colic in Babies
Colic is common in babies. It is estimated that about 40 per cent of all infants have colic.
Understanding colic can help in coping with a colicky baby as it can be distressing and overwhelming especially for a first time mother.
Returning To Work After Maternity Leave?
Most mothers return to work at some point. The move can be quite overwhelming for you. Your baby will be adjusting to a new caregiver and a strange environment. You will be juggling the demands of work, managing a household and caring for your baby at night.
How Attached Is Your Toddler To Your Smart Phone Or Tablet?
Many of us are so used to our smart phones and tablets that we cannot imagine life without them. And if you have toddlers, how long do you allow them to use your gadgets?
Experts have warned that toddlers who spend several hours a day on smart gadgets can suffer “dangerous” long term effects.
How to Prevent Infant Flat Head
Positional plagiocephaly, more commonly known as infant flat head, is a concern for many parents. Some cases of misshapen heads are attributed to the trauma of childbirth, but flat spots are mainly associated with placing infants to sleep on their backs. A newborn’s skull bones are somewhat soft and flexible, which makes them susceptible to pressure. The “Back to Sleep” campaign, which encourages back sleeping to prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), has resulted in a rise in positional plagiocephaly; 1 in every 300 babies is affected. Below are some steps you can take to help prevent and reverse infant flat head.
How to Teach Your Baby to Self Settle to Sleep
The idea of having babies settle themselves to sleep seems crazy to parents who have sat up all night trying to get them to stop crying. But it can be done. Try these steps to get your baby to settle themselves to sleep.
Tips for a Working Mom
The term working Mom is really a silly one because if you are a Mom you are working! Still we all know that this term refers to Moms that work both in the home and outside. If you belong to this category you are either reading this because you feel that you need some urgent advice to make it all work out or because you want to make the situation even better.
How to Teach Manners to a Toddler
It’s never too early to teach little ones good manners. Even kids who cannot yet speak can learn to communicate by signing words with their hands. While learning to share is a life-long lesson for all of us, it’s especially crucial during the tender ages between two and four. Likewise, greeting others warmly is a trait that many youngsters can manage when encouraged on a regular basis. Like all aspects in parenting, teaching manners is never easy, but here are a few tried and true tips for sticking with it and being successful.
Keep Kids Safe Around Medicine
“Ask any parent, and they will tell you they store medicine where children can’t get them,” said Kate Carr, President and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide. “But they might not be thinking of pills stored in purses, vitamins left on counter tops or a diaper rash remedy near a changing table.”
How To Breastfeed
Successful breastfeeding takes time, patience and practice. Correct positioning and attachment are essential.
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the sudden and unexplained death of an infant under one year of age, sometimes known as crib death.
A recent study published in the journal Pediatrics found that many magazines targeted toward women often portray infants sleeping on their stomachs or on their sides, sleeping on a soft surface, or surrounded by soft or loose bedding. All are considered unsafe sleeping positions.
New Dads: How to Bond With Your Baby
You’re a dad now! It’s exciting, though parts of it may be new to you—like changing a diaper or soothing your crying baby.
How to Develop Social Skills in Children
Developing social skills in children prepares them for a lifetime of healthier interactions in all aspects of life. Social skills are an integral part of functioning in society. Displaying good manners, communicating effectively with others, being considerate of the feelings of others and expressing personal needs are all important components of solid social skills.
How to Teach Kids About Money
As kids grow, they tend to become more thoughtful about money, and it’s a process to teach them how to save more, shop wisely and earn money through small jobs. The current economic troubles provide a fitting time to school our kids on personal finance, according to Eric Tyson, author of Personal Finance for Dummies. If you’re feeling guilty because you can’t buy your child that video game system he desperately wants for Christmas, or you’re asking him to choose between playing recreation basketball or taking karate lessons this winter, Eric Tyson has one word for you. Don’t. In fact, he says, now is the perfect time to teach your kids some valuable financial lessons and learn that budgeting is how the world really works.
How to Prepare a Child for the First Day of School or Kindergarten
Your child’s first day of school or kindergarten is always a moment for pause. Suddenly your toddler is no longer and your 4 or 5 year old is heading out to pastures anew. While it is an exciting time, it can also be quite stressful for both the child and the parents, so removing first day jitters is a number one priority. Good organization and planning will help some of the way, along with being alert for signs of a child’s unease and aiming to relieve any potential for distress.
Fun Places For Kids In Malaysia
We are very lucky people living in Malaysia where there are lots of theme parks, great outdoors and malls to spend our leisure time in. There is always something for everyone!
Children Safety On The Web
The Internet exposes children to a whole new world which can contribute greatly to their education and can be very enjoyable.
In our dynamic technological world where knowledge is power, parents want their children to surf the Internet, and learn as much as they can. With this wish there is also the desire to protect our children.
Children’s Dental Health
Good dental habits start early:
Parents play a big part in helping their children develop good dental habits by:
Definition of Preschooler development:
The normal social and physical development of children ages 3 - 6 years old includes many milestones.
Toddlers In Their Second Year
Toddlers in their second year are fun to play with although you may find the daily showdowns too much to cope with sometimes. Here are some guidelines on your toddler’s milestones in the second year:
Adoption: Getting on the Same Page With Your Partner
By Joni Mantell
For many, the decision to pursue adoption comes after years of struggling with infertility. Letting go of the dream of the biological child and embracing the deepest wish - to become a parent - usually involves some emotional work, your own and between you and your partner.
Fathers and Their Impact on Children’s Well-Being
A noted sociologist, Dr. David Popenoe, is one of the pioneers of the relatively young field of research into fathers and fatherhood. “Fathers are far more than just ‘second adults’ in the home,” he says. “Involved fathers bring positive benefits to their children that no other person is as likely to bring.” Fathers have a direct impact on the well-being of their children.
How to Be a SUPERMOM
by Mellisa Dormoy
Everyone has a different definition of what being a good mother means. Most of us feel that we do not meet our own high standards and think everyone else must be a SuperMom. We’re all trying to keep things together on the outside. But it’s what is going on internally and in our homes that actually determine what kind of mom we are.
Reading to Baby: When to Start and How to Do It Well
By Jamell Andrews
In the age of television, internet, and ubiquitous gadgets, there is something refreshing about the quiet act of reading a good book. And although childcare experts say reading to a child has little significant effect until he or she is around the six-month mark, it is never too early to get started. Young children may not get the same things out of books that we do, but the reading experience is valuable for a number of reasons, and reading daily to your baby is a crucial stepping stone toward future linguistic and educational development.
Preparing For A Second Child
by Wyatt S Doolittle
Having a second child can make you a little nervous just thinking about juggling two kids and taking care of the family. You may also be worried about the increased daily budget allocation you will have to consider once your second baby is born. Although more than the budgetary concerns, most mothers are more concerned about raising two children well and helping them develop physically, mentally and emotionally.
How do you choose diapers?
Dr Khoo Phaik Choo, Consultant Paediatrician shares some tips on choosing diapers:
Why My Baby Does Not Sleep Much?
“My baby does not sleep much”. This is one of the most common problems new mums face.
Why Is My Baby Crying?
Newborns cry to communicate their needs.
The Scoop On Newborns Poop
Something mums are going to become very well acquainted with during the starting months, is their babies’ poo!
Newborn Pee Habits
Mums Worries: Is orange urine normal in newborn?
What Does A Newborn Really Look Like?
Mums Worries: What does a newborn really look like?
How To Change Diaper For Your Newborn
- Wash and dry your hands.
- Set up a warm, clean dry area to change your baby.
- Prepare your supplies.
How To Take Care Of Umbilical Cord?
Always keep the umbilical stump clean and dry.
Dettol Tips: Laundry
Let’s face it. Laundry is not sexy. Often, laundry is a forgotten area of household hygiene as laundry areas are perceived to be clean. However, studies have shown that transfer of microbes between contaminated and uncontaminated clothing can occur during washing. Furthermore, low temperature washing may not destroy all the germs. The lower the temperature, water volume and detergent level, the greater the risk of infection.
Dettol Tips: Hygiene in the Kitchen
Why is hygiene in the kitchen so important? If you think about it, germs can be transferred from one food to another by using the same knife, cutting board or other utensils to prepare food. What’s more, the kitchen cloth, if not disinfected, can spread germs across table tops, cutting boards, and other surfaces.
Dettol Tips: Hygiene In The Workplace
Many of us spend the majority of our waking hours at work. On average, working Malaysians spend at least nine hours each day at work. When you actually think about it, we spend more of our time at work than we do at home! So it’s no surprise that many of us can catch colds and the flu bug from colleagues. To stay healthy at work, it’s worth spending some time thinking about the health of your workplace - where harmful germs, as well as other hygiene hazards, are invisible in plain sight.
Dettol Tips: Hygiene On Holiday
School holidays are here! It’s time to get the kids out of their uniform and into their holiday gear!
Dettol Tips: Hygiene with Baby
Babies are born with an immune system that is not yet fully developed. Therefore, you would need to protect your baby from exposure to harmful germs until their immunity has matured.
Investing Towards Your Children’s Education Fund - Part 2
by Carol Yip
CEO and Founder of Abacus For Money
Personal Financial Coach & author of two books, Money Rules and Smart Money-User
Property investments for your children’s education fund
You can save towards purchasing property as an education fund for your children in the future. Here are some tips.
Investing Towards Your Children’s Education Fund - Part 1
by Carol Yip
CEO and Founder of Abacus For Money
Personal Financial Coach & author of two books, Money Rules and Smart Money-User
Ever wondered how our parents paid for our undergraduate education? Some of us attained our degree without our parents’ financial help, but it is safe to say that majority of us had help. For parents who had saved and paid for their children’s education, they worked hard and saved from their hard earned money. Some of them knew how to multiply their savings by investing in businesses, properties and shares, yet others merely kept their savings in the bank’s fixed deposits. Regardless, sacrifices were made to place us where we are today.
Tricks To Faster Potty Training
by Gabriella Gometra
Training your child to use the toilet on their own can be a very hard task for new parents. It is important for a child to learn how to use the bathroom once he/she is old enough, and before he/she needs to go to school. There are many different ways that you can make this potty training or toilet teaching a lot easier on yourself and on your child.
Children Obesity: Who To Blame?
by Dr Mohammed Al Ateeq
Consultant , Family Medicine & PHC Department Director,
Residency Training Program , Family Medicine Chairman,
Continuous Professional Development Committee,
Assistant Professor, Family Medicine, College of Medicine,
KAUHS, National Guard
Weight gain in children is a health problem that cannot be ignored. It is important to point this out to the parents who have this misconception that weight gain in children is a sign of good health so much so that some mothers seek to increase their children’s weight. Therefore, it is pivotal to stress that children face the same consequences of obesity that adults face.
Is Watching TV Bad For Babies?
How many of us, parents, are guilty of using the TV as a babysitter? TV is so often our answer to keeping the kids happy whilst we go about our daily chores: cook dinner, chat on the phone, do the laundry, etc.
by Jack Newman, MD, FRCPC
1. Many women do not produce enough milk. Not true!
The vast majority of women produce more than enough milk. Indeed, an overabundance of milk is common. Most babies that gain too slowly, or lose weight, do so not because the mother does not have enough milk, but because the baby does not get the milk that the mother has. The usual reason that the baby does not get the milk that is available is that he is poorly latched onto the breast. This is why it is so important that the mother be shown, on the first day, how to latch a baby on properly, by someone who knows what she is doing.
Welcome to Motherhood!
Parenting is a lifelong journey, and it is not a bed of roses. But every mother will agree that the experience is priceless as nothing beats coming home to a waiting baby!
Motherhood is a magical journey of joy, sorrow, anticipation, anxiety, guilt, pain and more. Through it all, one thing remains – the satisfaction of giving unconditional love and care to another, which is the ultimate essence of motherhood.
This is probably the most exciting part of your pregnancy – shopping for the new arrival! You can’t wait to get your hands on those pretty little dresses or smart tiny suits. But, hang on! First, you need to reorganise your house, only then can you look into shopping for your baby.
From hospital to home
Think you have done all the necessary shopping for baby stuff and you are ready for baby’s grand arrival? Think again!
Some mums take to breastfeeding like duck to water, while other mums feel like a fish out of water trying to breastfeed! Here are some breastfeeding tips to help guide you along.
Bath time for baby
Babies love water! After all, they were swimming in a sea of amniotic fluid for 9 months before being born. Here’s how to enjoy a splashing good time with baby!
Immunisation: What Every Parent Should Know
The first year of a baby’s life is usually the busiest for every parent, with trips to the doctor’s clinic every other month. Find out more about vaccinations and why they are crucial for your baby.
Starting on Solids
By the fifth or sixth month, your baby will be beginning another new exciting phase in life- eating! Unless you have had a baby before, you will never quite know how challenging it is to feed a baby. Some babies seem to enjoy eating, and are happy to take in mouthful after mouthful of baby food. Other babies resist being fed, twisting and turning in their high chair to the frustration of their mums. So if you have ever thought eating would come naturally to baby, think again.
Baby’s First Year
Yes, parenting lasts for a lifetime; yet nothing beats the excitement of baby’s first major milestones! Here’s what to expect in the first twelve months
Now that you have a baby in your life and his safety becomes your top priority, you can forget about keeping a designer home or the interior of your car looking immaculate at all times!
My Special Child
Most mums feel their world crashing down when they are told their child is ‘not normal’. Here are some tips on how to cope with a special child.