Caring Tips

Mother and baby

  1. To relieve a cough: Try half a tea spoon of honey for children aged 2-5, 1 tea spoon for children aged 6-11 and 2 tea spoon for children 12 and older. If honey given at bed time, make sure you brush your child’s teeth afterward. Remember: It is not safe to give honey to babies younger than 1 year old.
     
  2. The number of obese children in the Middle East is at rise.  As a parent, we need to take extra care to prevent this condition, there are important steps we can take to help , check below http://1.usa.gov/VfFUkH

  3. Play classical music to your new born to increase their intelligence.
     
  4. Encourage your family specially your children to drink plenty of water during the day to stay hydrated.
     
  5. Spend some time with your baby playing simple games like peekaboo or patty-cake.  These will not only entertain them but also will help their brain grow and respond to the stimulation.
     
  6. Establish a healthy sleeping routine for your new born as early as two weeks.  Over tired babies have a hard time falling sleep and wake often during the night.  There are clues but not limited that will help you determine your baby is sleepy e.g. yawns, rubbing eyes and jerky movements.
     
  7. Sterilizing baby toys can be hard and time consuming. There is an easier way!! Toss everything in your dish washer (Sans Soap) and run it on a short, hot cycle.
     
  8. If you have a child with special needs, activities like reading and singing songs may help boost their math and reading skills once they start school.
     
  9. Living in a villa? Install safety gates near stairs.  Falls are the main cause of brain injuries in kids under 10.  It is also important to buckle up your baby into her highchair or the stroller.
     
  10. Make sure your baby is safe and securely buckled in her/his car seat.  Never let your children sit in front seat of your car, and make sure they sit properly in their booster seat and have their seat belt on properly.
     
  11. Serve your children’s food in smaller portions.  Do not demand or reward “a clean plate”.  Let them ask for more if they are still hungry.
     
  12. Kids should wash their hands before meals, after using the bathroom and as soon as they walk into the house.  If you are consistent, they’ll start doing it on their own eventually.
     
  13. It is highly recommended by health professionals that children participate in at least 60 minutes of moderate physical activities most days of the week.
     
  14. Always place your baby on his or her back to sleep, even for naps.  This is the safest sleep position for a healthy baby to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
     
  15. When looking for a car seat, consider a five point harness system (the safest according to several studies).  It is equipped with an easy to real ease locking mechanism, straps that are easily adjustable as your child grows and a cover that can easily be removed for washing.
     
  16. Even if you were a lean mean marathon running machine before pregnancy, it will still take a while for your body to shrink back to your pre pregnancy size.  As they say “nine months on, nine months to work it off“ is a good mantra to follow.
     
  17. Do not offer a dummy every time your baby cries especially during the first six months. There are many other reasons a young baby cries including gas, sleepiness, hunger, over stimulation,  etc.
     
  18. Some colicky babies have more than the usual amount of gas and they might be more difficult to burp.  Feed the baby in an upright position and burp after every ounce, if bottle feeding.  For breast fed babies, burp after feeding from each beast.
     
  19. If your baby has a cold or cough, you can ease your child’s congestion by running the hot water in the shower and sitting in the bathroom for about 15min while the steam fills the room.
     
  20. Temper tantrum? As hard as it may be, the best approach is to ignore the behavior and let your child get bored, calm down and regain their composure.
     
  21. Get your new born used to his/her own room from day one to avoid much anxiety and many tears later.  From the very beginning, parents should use the baby’s room for nappy change, naps and feeding.  By using this method, your baby will very quickly enjoy being in his/her own room and will see it as a peaceful haven.
     
  22. Here are some tips to help you detect your child might have an allergy. http://www.babycenter.com/0_food-allergies_12409.bc#articlesection1

 

General  Health  tips

  1. Living happily: Attaining total wellbeing isn’t as hard as it may seem but can stem from simple shifts in everyday behavior. To achieve total wellbeing you should keep it simple and start with the basics. Adequate sleep and rest, a nutrient rich diet, physical activity and a little sunshine each day are all contributors to total wellbeing.
     
  2. Avoid stressful situations and pessimistic thoughts.  It is known that stress and depression spoil the nervous system.
     
  3. Quit smoking.  People who smoke will end up suffer from smoking related lung and heart disease.
     
  4. Try going to bed around the same time every night and sleep no less than 7-8 hours.  This will help you fall sleep easier.  If you suffer from insomnia every night, seek professional help.
     
  5. Laugh more; positive thinking is a 50% of successful life and good health state.  It will also boost the blood flow by more than 20%.  Some researchers say laughing may reduce the risk of heart disease.
     
  6. Tempted to skip breakfast? Studies have found that eating breakfast may improve short term memory and attention.  Students who eat breakfast tend to perform significantly better than those who don’t.
     
  7. The Middle Eastern diet is too high in saturated fat which causes heart disease.  By adding healthy fatty acids to your diet, e.g. Omega 3 fish oil improves your overall health which then positively improves your performance.
     
  8. Stick to a healthy diet, eliminate over processed and include five servings of fresh fruit and vegetables.  You will feel more energetic in a short time.
     
  9. Stay active, find a sport that you enjoy and keep moving for a healthy heart and bones. 30 minutes of exercise that gets your heart and lungs working is the minimum.
     
  10. If you are overweight, start eating healthy today and have a goal. Successful weight loss and management depends on sensible goals and expectations. There is no such thing as quick fix for weight loss.
     
  11. Improve your mental health with cross word puzzle.  Research has found that frequent participation in mentally stimulating activities can reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
     
  12. Have leisurely meals: Cut the risk of over eating by eating slowly. This will also protect your digestive system.
     
  13. Cut down on your salt intake:  It is proven that by reducing your salt intake, you will reduce the impact of it on your blood pressure.  Try using herbs and spices such as oregano, nutmeg and paprika to season your food.
     
  14. Be bone friendly: A diet rich in calcium and vitamin D will lead to strong bones and healthy nerves and muscles. Good sources can be found in egg yolk, broccoli, oily fish and direct sunlight.
     
  15. Have a fiber rich diet: Fibers aids the digestive system to speed up the movement of waste through the body. Therefore cancer causing materials do not stay long enough in the bowels to have any damaging effects.
     
  16. The magic of garlic: Garlic is a powerful cleanser of the body. Regular consumption of garlic promotes a healthy heart and good circulation by lowering blood pressure and cholesterol. It also helps to fight infection and boosts the body’s immunity.
     
  17. Drink 2 liters of water every day (2liters=8 glasses). Cells in your body are made predominantly of water and they need to stay hydrated in order to function well.
     
  18. Maintain friendships: Just listening and talking to friends who are feeling down can make a huge difference. So make sure your devote time to maintaining your friendships both for their sake and your own.
     
  19. To improve your sleep, opt for an afternoon peppermint tea instead of a coffee. Too much caffeine can overstimulate your nervous system, affecting your sleep and depleting the body of nutrients.
     
  20. Attention office workers: Sitting for extended periods of time at work have a significant negative health impact according to recent studies. It is important to break sedentary periods with a bit of exercise. Some suggestions include taking frequent micro-breaks, introducing mobile 'walking' meetings particularly when brainstorming or problem-solving and finding ways to stand while working where possible.