Sugars..Heart Disease Risk In Kids

Does your toddler have a bigger appetite for drinks with added sugar such as soda, fruit-flavored and sports drinks, than fresh fruits and green vegetables?

Be warned, as children between the age of two-to-18 consuming more than six teaspoons of added sugars a day — equivalent to about 100 calories or 25 grams of added sugars — may be at an increased risk of obesity and elevated blood pressure that are key factors for developing heart disease.


Kidney Disease’s Double in India

Doctors said that change in way of life is the main reason behind the rising kidney illnesses. “Lesser fluid consumption, smoking, extra consumption of medicines and medicines and salt consumption are the explanations contributing to the rising persistent kidney illnesses.

Healthy way of life in kids to fight preventable kidney injury which will embrace acute kidney damage.
Issue in gaining weight for the kid and poor development, frequent physique aches, urination issue or longer time in urinating, swollen face, legs, ankles whereas getting up within the morning are a couple of signs of kidney issues.

An excessive amount of of sodium can result in hypertension, so chopping down on salt consumption is healthier. About 1.5 to 2.three grams day by day is the prescribed quantity of salt consumption. Wholesome fluid consumption is important for kids, particularly water, to keep away from kidney issues.

Poor Heart Health In Kids

About 91 per cent kids scored poorly on diet measures and located that kids aged between 2 to 19 years old get the majority of their day by day energy from easy carbohydrates akin to sugary desserts and drinks.

The healthiest metric for kids was blood strain, with practically all kids within the ideal group. Most youngsters additionally had ideal measurements for complete blood ldl cholesterol and blood sugar ranges.

Physical inactivity and Poor diet affected physique weight and the proportion of weight problems was additionally excessive. Surprisingly, amongst these older kids, the speed of cigarette smoking was excessive.


Junk Food ..Unhealthy For Kids

Junk meals commercials on pizzas and burgers throughout TV programmes affect meals decisions amongst kids and their mind actions as properly, say researchers, including that the youngsters’s choices are pushed by tastiness somewhat than healthfulness.

For the research, 23 kids aged between Eight-14 years rated 60 meals objects on how wholesome or tasty they have been and the researchers studied the youngsters’s mind exercise whereas watching meals and non-food commercials and present process purposeful magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).

Nevertheless, style was much more vital to kids after watching meals commercials in contrast with non-food commercials.

Can i Use Sippy Cups For My Baby?

It seems like the go-to cup of choice for parents of babies and toddlers is the sippy cup. They’re convenient, portable and  prevent a mess. And as a mom of three little ones, I get it–sippy cups are easy (for both parents and kids!) and tempting to use all of the time. But what you might not know is that they can also cause delays in the proper formation of oral muscles, as well as nutritional and dental issues if overused. Although I, too, turn to  sippy cups now and then with my baby and preschooler, as a dietitian, I do my best to use other types of cups when I can. Here are 3 reasons why.

1) Oral-motor development and speech:

Using sippy cups prevent the opportunity to practice mature oral-motor and swallowing skills. Sippies force babies and kids to use an immature, infant-like sucking motion when drinking, and the spout prevents the front of the tongue from elevating during swallowing. Frequent, everyday use of sippy cups may prevent a child from developing the proper lip, jaw and tongue movements  needed to successfully drink from an open regular cup at the proper time (by about one year of age). An immature swallowing pattern (when little ones use a bottle or sippy cup) can also affect tooth alignment and speech development. Kids with a tongue thrust (that immature swallow learned from excessive use of bottles, sippies and pacifiers) often have difficulty with producing some speech sounds, such as the “s” sound.

 2) Sippy cups are similar to bottles:

The spout of sippy cups (depending on the sippy cup), can be similar to that of baby bottles or pacifiers, which can easily become a source of comfort for a baby or toddler. So, when you’re trying to wean your baby or toddler off a bottle or pacifier, the sippy cup could potentially just replace it and delay the process. What’s more is that sippy cups often serve as a vehicle for sugary beverages such as milk, formula or juice (the last is definitely not recommended), so the excessive sucking is coupled with excessive sugar exposure for poor little teeth.


3) Dental and nutritional issues:

When babies and toddlers sip on their sippy frequently throughout the day (which they will given the chance, especially if it’s full of something sweet!), they’re exposed to excess calories and sugar, which can lead to unhealthy weight gain and health issues down the road, not to mention an increased risk of cavities. Sending a baby or toddler to bed with a sippy or bottle of milk is also not a good idea, as it allows the natural sugar in milk (lactose) to sit on their teeth all night, putting a them at risk for cavities.

So what type of cup should my baby or toddler use?

Many parents don’t realize that babies can and should be introduced to regular, open cups at about six months of age (when they start solid foods). The most recent infant-feeding guidelines say that open cups are the best choice right from the get-go. As soon as a baby is introduced to real food, she can begin using an open cup for water or even small amounts of breastmilk (with help from Mom or Dad). Personally, I’ve found that introducing an open cup at six months helped both my daughter and my son  “get it” sooner. By the time they were both a year old, they were using regular cups fairly independently without too many spills (although, it takes most babies a bit longer to master the open cup).


What about the spill factor?

When your baby is first learning, you’ll likely need to reserve open cups for family mealtimes at the table, when you can help and be on spill-watch. When on the go though (or when you don’t have time to sit with your little one at the table), a better option would be a straw cup. Straw drinking, in a nutshell, is harder work than sipping from a sippy cup. It develops the same oral muscles needed to successfully and safely manipulate food in a baby’s mouth, and the same muscles needed to make sounds and talk! So, by choosing a straw or open cup over a sippy cup, you’re helping to lay a stronger foundation for developing these important skills. And if your toddler is struggling with solids or speech, moving away from a bottle or sippy cup might just help!

Babies are typically ready to learn how to drink from a straw cup at nine months of age, but you can start right from six months (or sooner). He might choke on liquids at first when using a straw or open cup–this is normal. If it happens often though, try putting a thicker liquid into the cup (something like a smoothie) until he gets the hang of it.

If you have only ever used sippy cups, don’t worry! Your baby isn’t doomed to a life of cavities, weight issues and speech delays, I promise. And even if you continue using a sippy cup once in awhile (which is ok!), start using an open cup when you can. Even better, slowly wean your little one from the sippy and start using a combination of open cups and straw cups.  Your little one will surprise you at how quickly he learns!

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Baby’s Sickness Guide


Sick babies have a way of making parents feel helpless! It can be hard to know what baby needs and how to help. Here are the most helpful methods to help new moms with baby’s first illness.

Check baby’s temperature

If baby is acting extra fussy and you suspect sickness, the first thing to do is check baby’s temperature. Many moms are able to touch baby’s forehead and get an idea of if baby is running a temperature because they will feel hotter than normal. But to be safe, taking an official temperature is always a good idea.

Doctors Recommends taking a baby’s temperature (up to age 2) is best done with a rectal reading, and the second best option is an armpit reading. Rectal readings can be intimidating for a few reasons, including safety, sanitation, and comfort.

You really need is a basic digital thermometer (buy here).  Only to receive it and find out it wasn’t meant to be used for babies under 6 months!

A normal temperature for a baby is about 95.7* F, so a fever is generally considered anything over 99.5* F. If baby is running a fever, make sure to consult with your doctor.

baby breathe easier with a humidifier

Baby is just a little sick. If no medical attention is needed, your main job is to help baby feel more comfortable and help them sleep!

Helpful is to put a humidifier in baby’s room. Adding a little humidity to the air helps break up mucus in the lungs and nose, as well as soothe coughs. This is especially helpful if it’s wintertime and the heater is running because indoor air becomes very dry.

Make sure that baby’s room doesn’t get too humid because you don’t want to encourage mold growth in your home. If baby seems to be sick for a long period or to get sick repeatedly, you may want to check your home for mold.

Using a nasal aspirator

Baby’s congestion is bad enough that breathing is difficult. While humidifiers help with this over time, Nasal aspirators can be a great way to help baby breathe easier. Nasal aspirators help parents suck excess mucus out of baby’s nasal passages.

If you are using a nasal aspirator, be careful. Especially for newborns, too much rubbing can cause problems with nasal passages becoming inflamed, making breathing issues worse. Baby becomes agitated with this process, so I highly recommend having a helper when possible.

Why baby chest rub?

You may wonder what it’s all about. It’s certainly something I was unfamiliar with until becoming a parent. In a nutshell, baby chest rub helps sick babies feel better.

Baby chest rub helps calm congestion and coughs. Once rubbed on baby’s chest, the essential oils in baby chest rub help baby breathe easier and also help strengthen baby’s immune system naturally.Baby was really soothing and calming, and she was able to sleep better because she could breathe well.


Human Milk Bank Started in Delhi

Human milk bank was started in Lady Hardinge Medical College in Delhi on Wednesday, for the who cannot be nursed   breast milk by their own mothers

Union Health Secretary C K Mishra, who inaugurated the facility, mentioned the bank would supply life-saving human milk to all newborns in and around Delhi. He said regardless of everyone understanding the significance of mom‘s milk for a kid, breastfeeding isn’t widespread in India.

The human milk bank and lactation counselling centre, ‘Vatsalya – Maatri Amrit Kosh’, will gather, pasteurize, check and store milk donated by lactating moms and make it accessible for infants in want.