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Pregnancy

  • Folic Acid - You Don’t Know What You’re Missing!

    Folic acid is an important vitamin for healthy living.

    Even women who put a lot of thought and planning into eating the right foods can miss out on important vitamins.

  • When To Call For Help

    Most women sail through pregnancy and the postpartum period but it is good to be prepared for any untoward incidents. Problems during and after pregnancy have warning signs. Know the signs so you know when to call your health care provider for help.

  • I’m Gaining Too Little 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:

  • Managing Your Emotions During Pregnancy

    Not every woman experience the same emotions during pregnancy. Even if your pregnancy was planned, you may have interchanging episodes of highs, lows and uncertainty.

  • Diarrhea During Pregnancy

    Diarrhea during pregnancy is one of the unfortunate discomforts that sometimes shows up more easily. Diarrhea literally means “flowing through” and is defined as having three or more loose or liquid bowel movements in a 24 hour period. If you are experiencing three runny, watery bowel movements in one day, the main concern would be staying hydrated. You can lose a significant amount of fluids with diarrhea during pregnancy. Dehydration can be serious, even deadly. You will need to make sure you are re-hydrating yourself. Diarrhea is rarely life-threatening, but it shouldn’t be taken too lightly, especially while pregnant.

  • Nosebleeds During Pregnancy

    Is there an increased risk of nosebleeds during pregnancy?  When you become pregnant your circulatory system must expand in order to accommodate your baby. With this expansion, your body creates more blood and the circulation of blood increases. These changes may lead to some problematic side effects such as more frequent nosebleeds while you are pregnant.

  • How to Get Better Sleep During Pregnancy

    Sleeping can be an almost impossible feat when pregnant. As your stomach gets larger, you will find that you have very little choice as far as sleeping positions are concerned. Therefore, discovering different techniques that help you get better sleep during pregnancy is ideal.

  • Leg Cramps in Pregnancy

    Leg cramps are a common experience in pregnancy, especially in the third trimester.  It is estimated that about half of all pregnancy women suffer from muscle spasms in their legs which occurs more frequently during the evening.

  • How to Alleviate Constipation During Pregnancy

    A few factors during pregnancy can combine to make constipation a problem for some women. The growing baby leaves less room for the bowels to work and your doctor may prescribe vitamin and mineral supplements that can bind you. Plus, the hormone progesterone makes the muscles of the large bowel less active. Alleviate constipation during pregnancy by getting enough fluids and fiber and by exercising and going to the bathroom as soon as you feel the urge.

  • Getting Pregnant in Later Years

    If you are 35 or older, you and your baby may be at an increased risk for problems. Most women of advanced maternal age who are in good health will not have problems during pregnancy, but they have an increased risk of complications. A pregnancy can initiate or worsen high blood pressure, heart disease, or kidney disease. Older women also have a higher risk of miscarriage and stillbirth.

  • Breastfeeding - A Father’s or Partner’s Involvement

    It helps to have the support of a partner when the decision to breastfeed is made.

  • Lifestyle Habits May Impact Fertility

    Couples that are having difficulty getting pregnant may benefit from changing some lifestyle habits. According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, three lifestyle factors that may have an affect on fertility are weight, smoking, and exercise.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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:

  • How to Get Your Husband to Help out Around the House

    The division of “household labor” is non-existent in many busy homes. Between work, kids and social outings, housework usually falls on one set of weary shoulders:the wife’s. After a while, many wives become resentful, especially if they have a day job, as housework becomes the “second shift.”

  • 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:

  • Antenatal care

    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.

  • Keep fit

    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.

  • Eat well

    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.

  • Cyber-smart Mums

    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

  • 3 Ways to Handle Your Child’s Temper Tantrum

    As a parent, temper tantrums are one of the most stressful and frustrating things you’ll have to deal with, especially once your child hits the terrible twos. However, according to child psychologists, most children don’t throw a tantrum just to be naughty or manipulative. Rather, the screaming is a symptom of the child’s anger and frustration when they don’t have the vocabulary to explain what’s really wrong with them. Therefore, staying calm and learning to identify what is really bothering your child will help you to handle the situation quickly and effectively.

  • How to Keep Your Kids Occupied

    Children are curious and energetic, and they’re always looking for something to do. Whether you want to spend some quality time with your children or you need to keep them busy so you can get things done around the house, you’ll need activities to entertain them. Luckily, there are lots of fun ways to keep your children occupied while also encouraging their creativity, keeping them active, and teaching them new skills.

  • Protecting Babies from Mosquito Bites

    Mosquitoes are pesky insects that can bother and bite any person from infants to the elderly. Although generally harmless, mosquito bites can be itchy and make your child miserable.[1] However, depending on where you live, mosquitos can also carry diseases such as dengue, Zika and malaria.[2] By wearing mosquitos repellents and securing the surrounding environment, you can protect your baby from mosquitoes.

  • How to Raise No TV Children

    Nowadays it can be very hard to raise a so-called “No TV Kid”. Yet if you want your child to have a better imagination, more free time, and treasured memories of quality time spent with family, getting rid of the TV could be a great option. Moreover, studies link frequent television viewing with obesity, lower academic performance, and other issues, so raising children without television can improve their quality of life. By choosing the right method of ending TV viewing, and by planning alternative activities, you can get your children on board with the idea and enrich their youth.

  • How to Raise an Only Child

    A recent cover story by Time Magazine indicated that 1 in 5 American families are choosing to have only one child. This is a shift in previous decades, where larger families were the trend. There are a lot of negative stereotypes that get attached to an only child, such as “spoiled” and “selfish” as well as positive labels, such as “mature” and “independent.” Regardless of research, every child is different and behaves and develops in his or her own way, regardless of how many siblings, if any, are in the house. Raise an only child by encouraging socialization and cooperation with others.

  • How to Solve Parenting Differences

    The way people parent is often directly related to their own childhood experiences. When 2 people with different backgrounds are raising children together, it can be difficult to agree on the best way to parent all the time. Conflicts in how you parent are not unusual. Deciding who is right and who is wrong is not important at all. What is important is resolving the difference and setting a good example for your kids. Solve parenting differences by communicating about them when you are alone, accepting each party’s parenting style, utilizing each parent’s strengths and getting help from experts when necessary.

  • 4 Fun Ways to Use Photographs to Teach Your Child the ABCs

    Is your child learning the ABCs? A growing body of research indicates that when kids view learning as something enjoyable, rather than a tedious obligation, they’ll be more alert, more engaged and better able to retain new information.

    So what can you personally do to help your child associate learning with fun?

  • Parenting Tips for ADHD: Dos and Don’ts

    Raising a child with ADHD isn’t like traditional childrearing. Normal rule-making and household routines can become almost impossible, so you’ll need to adopt different approaches. It can be frustrating and disheartening to cope with constant impulsive behavior from your child, but there are ways to make life easier.

  • Internet Addiction - How Much Is Too Much Time On The Internet For Kids?

    Many parents today are concerned that their kids may be spending too much time on the Internet. However, the U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports that “screen time” as a whole is the problem.

    What is screen time? It’s any time spent in front of a digital screen of any kind. This includes TVs, video game players, handheld digital devices, and of course computers. So, how much time is considered to be too much for kids to be on the Internet and in front of screens in general?

  • How to Encourage Your Child to Love Learning

    Ultimately, we want our kids to love to learn. A passion for learning is quite different from just studying to earn a grade or to please parents or teachers. Those who develop a love of learning at an early age continue the process throughout their lives and are generally more successful, interesting, and happier than those who don’t.

  • Helping Your Baby Sleep Safely In A Crib

    You can help your baby sleep safely in a crib by following these guidelines:

  • Keeping Children Safe In Hot Weather

    Babies and young children should be watched carefully during hot weather. They can quickly lose body fluids through perspiring, which can lead to dehydration. They need to drink regularly, wear light clothing and be kept cool.

  • How to Be Patient With Kids

    A mother once asked her child to pick a balloon in her favorite color. The child said “pink” and reached for the pink balloon. The mother said, “No, you like yellow, it’s better”. Then the mother took the pink balloon from the child and handed her the yellow balloon.

    Do you ever feel the urge to step in and form your child’s opinions, tastes, and to complete tasks that they seem to be doing “just too slowly”? If so, you’re teaching your child a few unhelpful lessons, including that the child must rely on you to make decisions, that impatience is a virtue, and that the child’s carers will always fix things rather than having to take on personal responsibility. Ultimately, impatience with a child risks lessening their independence and understanding. Learning to let go despite the messes, frustration, and mistakes that will inevitably arise is a vital skill when caring for or being with children. Whether you’re raising children, or working or volunteering with them, a little patience goes a long way.

  • Feeding your child (1 year and over)

    We recommend that your child eat 3 meals per day plus snacks in between, from a variety of foods.

    Most children will eat when they’re hungry, although they may eat very little at times. If your child is rejecting certain foods and drinks, there’s a range of things you can do to encourage their eating. See Fussy or picky eating for more information.

  • Managing your Child’s Behaviour

    Helping children to learn to behave the way you want them to is one of the most important jobs of being a parent.

    Children learn by copying you. The people they learn most from are those closest to them: their mums, dads and family.

  • Caring for your child’s teeth: 1 to 2 years

    Your child will have most of their baby teeth by the time they are two. Find out how you can look after them.

  • How to Teach Your Child to Read

    Teaching a child to read is a fulfilling and educational process, both for the parent and child. Whether you home school your kids or just want to give your child a head-start, you can begin teaching your child to read at home. With the right tools and tactics, your child will be reading in no time.

  • Promoting Healthy Lifestyles in Children

    The best way to promote better eating habits and healthy activities for your kids is to involve the whole family.  Work together with your kids as a team to achieve good health and well being.

  • Swimming Safety for Little Kids

    Whether you’re in the backyard, at the beach or at a community swimming pool, keep your toddler safe by following these simple tips.

  • How To Trim An Infant’s Fingernails

    You buy those little mittens to protect your infants precious little face, but eventually those mittens have to come off and here is how you can trim those thin, sharp finger nails.

  • Teaching Kids About Gratitude

    Teaching kids to be thankful for what they have can help make them less selfish.

    Grateful young children compared to their less grateful counterparts are happier and more optimistic, have better social support,  are more satisfied with their school, family, community, friends, and themselves, and give more emotional support to others. So how do we foster gratitude in children?

  • Diaper Care

    Have you ever changed a diaper before or are you an old hand? Don’t worry - most parents make common mistakes like putting on a diaper lopsided or backward, getting a spray of urine from their baby boy, etc.

  • Caring for Your Premature Baby

    Do premature babies need special care?

    Yes, babies who are born prematurely (before the due date) may need special care during their first 2 years, especially if they were very small at birth (less than 3 pounds). Here’s some advice on how to care for your baby when he or she comes home from the hospital.

     

  • When does my child need antibiotics?

    By Michael C. Lucien, M.D., M.P.H.

    Imagine that your child has had three days of a cough, fever, runny nose and feeling just plain sick. You bring her into the doctor’s office in the hopes of receiving something to make her well. Not long ago, many doctors would have handed over a prescription for a broad-spectrum antibiotic. Maybe it would work. Conventional wisdom held that even if it didn’t, at least no harm would be done. And no matter what the treatment, the patient would probably be better in a few days.

  • Burns and Scalds

    The smell of cookies baking in the oven or tasty sauces simmering on the stovetop is hard to resist for adults and kids alike. Here are a few simple steps to keep your little chef safe from potential burns, whether in the kitchen, around a fireplace or in any other part of your home.

  • How to Practice Conscious Parenting

    What do we do so our children understand the importance of a healthy body, learn to manage their emotions, and nurture love for their friends and family? What do we do to help them grow into inspired adults that will make a positive impact on our society, love our mother Earth, and discover the purpose of life and ways to be happy?

  • 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?

  • Help Prevent Child Abuse

    Child abuse survivors can suffer long-term physical, emotional and psychological problems. They may have extreme difficulty establishing normal relationships and achieving normal development milestones.

    Physical wounds heal but research shows that the effects on a child’s social, emotional and future physical health is far more damaging. So know the signs of child abuse to catch the problem as early as possible and get both the child and the abuser the help they need.

  • How to Select a Child Care Giver

    Selecting and evaluating a child care giver or day care provider is one of the most important decisions a parent must make. Below are tips on how to choose a child care program for your child. There are several options to consider ranging from in-home care with a day care parent, usually a woman, or selecting a large facility which is run more like a preschool. Parents can also select after school programs or hire a nanny to care for their child depending on circumstances. Below are tips on how to select the appropriate child care for your child.

  • Prevent Diaper Rash At Every Change With Bepanthen

    There’s something stronger than a mother’s instinct to protect:
    We call it, the instinct to prevent…

  • How to Deal with a Clingy Child

    As young children begin to learn about the world around them, they develop various personality traits and coping mechanisms. While some children seem to become confident and independent from an early age, others remain clingy, seeking safety, protection, and reassurance. Want to help your child let go of his or her clinginess and move toward independence? Start with Step 1.

  • Keeping Your Baby Safe From Germs

    Once your baby gets to 6 months of age, keeping the germs away becomes a real concern. The reason is that younger babies tend to carry immunity from their mother and this acquired protection starts to wear off at about 6 months of age. Children in their first year or two of life gets on average 8 to 12 incidences of cold, flu and fever.  The good news is that most of these infections are mild and they do help to build up your child’s immune system.

  • Baby and Child Sickness – Danger Signs

    Get help quickly from a doctor if your baby or young child shows any of the signs listed below. Learn CPR (rescue breathing) to be prepared for emergencies.

  • Helping Your Child Learn To Speak

    You won’t hear your baby say his first word until his first birthday at least but your baby has been learning language even before he was born. Your baby loves to listen to your words whilst still in your womb.

  • Baby sleep and settling

    For many parents there’s nothing more peaceful than a sleeping baby. Learning about baby’s sleeping patterns and how to settle baby may help you cope better, and help your baby develop good sleeping habits.

  • How to Unspoil a Child

    Most parents do not intend to spoil their children. It happens gradually: you give in to whining, you let chores go undone, or you buy too many toys and treats, and your child slowly becomes bratty and entitled. Fortunately, you can undo the damage. Start with Step 1 to learn more.

  • Vitamin D and Your Baby

    Vitamin D helps our bodies use calcium to build and maintain strong bones and teeth.

    Low levels of vitamin D in babies/children can cause rickets. Rickets can result in weak bones, delayed walking, bowed legs, and swollen wrists or ankles. If untreated, rickets can lead to failure to grow, deformed or broken bones, pneumonia and seizures.

  • Biting

    It’s painful when your baby clamps down on the nipple and ‘bites’ when at the breast. But there are things you can look out for to avoid or reduce the problem.

  • Does My Behaviour Affect My Child?

    It is a reality that your child will inherit good as well as bad habits from you. They will copy you so if you are rude to your child, he will be rude back but if you are nice to your child he will be nice back.

  • Nutrition For Young Children (1 year and over)

    We recommend that your child eat 3 meals per day plus snacks in between, from a variety of foods.

  • Ensure Food Given To Your Baby Is Safe

    A good way to remember the importance of food hygiene is to think in terms of the four Cs:

    • Cleaning
    • Cooking
    • Care with chilling
    • Cross contamination
  • Weight

    The best way to check how a baby or toddler is growing is to mark their weight, length (infants) or height (toddlers), and head circumference on the growth charts on their Well Child book.

  • Food-related choking in young children

    Reduce the risk of food-related choking in babies and young children.

  • Fussy Eating

    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:

  • Preschooler development

    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?

    Sleeping

    “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

    The Basics:

    1. Wash and dry your hands.
    2. Set up a warm, clean dry area to change your baby.
    3. 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
    www.AbacusForMoney.com
    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
    www.AbacusForMoney.com
    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.

 

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