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Child development

Child DevelopmentParenting
May 13, 2019

How to wean your child from sucking their thumb

Thumb-sucking makes babies feel secure, and some develop this as a habit when they're in need of soothing or going to sleep as they get older. Finding ways to help your child stop the habit will be beneficial to their dental health in the long run.
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Pregnancy
May 3, 2019

Foetal alcohol syndrome 101

You’re pregnant and your doctor has advised you steer clear of alcohol. But it can’t be such a big deal, right? Surely the odd glass of wine won’t do much damage? Wrong.
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Child DevelopmentParenting
May 2, 2019

Does your child have autism?

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a group of developmental conditions that affect communication and behaviour. It’s called a “developmental condition” because signs show up in the first two years of life.The symptoms usually include...
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Child DevelopmentParenting
January 23, 2019

Does your child have Electronic Screen Syndrome?

Believe it or not, a child’s nervous system can become overstimulated by regular screen exposure that comes from cell phones, computers, iPads and other digital devices. These devices can cause chronic stress on the brain, which may result in various different learning and behavioural disorders. Electronic Screen Syndrome (ESS) is considered an unrecognised modern-day disorder. The interaction with screens can shift the nervous system into fight-or-flight mode, which causes dysregulation and disorganisation of different biological systems. Once in this state, your child’s mood, behaviour, and focus can be affected. ESS isn’t limited to teenagers obsessed with digital devices; toddlers can…
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Brain and Nervous System
November 30, 2018

Could your child have Rett syndrome?

Rett syndrome is a rare, severe neurological condition that affects mainly girls. When it comes to diagnosis, the age varies but often infants only start to show signs between the age of 12 and 18 months. Symptoms can come on suddenly or progress slowly over time. The most common symptoms of Rett syndrome include: Slowed growth. Stunted development can affect the size of a baby’s head (small head) and brain growth. This becomes clearer as your baby grows older. Lack of language skills. Kids with Rett syndrome may struggle with social and language skills between the ages of one to…
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Child DevelopmentParenting
October 22, 2018

10 Tips to keep your kids happy this holiday

Kids look forward to the holidays all year long. Amid all the fun and merriment, keep their brains exercised and engaged. Here are a few ways to prevent the summer brain drain. 1. Switch off the TV and go live This holiday, give the television a break too. Instead, take your kids to watch theatre shows or outdoor concerts. Live shows teach children the value of audience participation and boost their confidence. Introducing them to different forms of storytelling (other than movies) is also good for their cognitive development. 2. Get out! Encourage your kids to play outside. Set up…
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Child HealthParenting
September 18, 2018

How to produce more breast milk

Being a new mother can be scary! Even more so, if you a low milk supply. There are different reasons for this condition, including waiting too long to start breastfeeding, not breastfeeding enough, breast surgery and certain medications. Other factors may include premature birth, pregnancy-induced high blood pressure and maternal obesity. If you're struggling with producing enough milk for your baby, here are some things you can try: Latch on If your baby has a poor latch, he’ll struggle to remove the milk from your breast. To check that your little one is latched on properly, make sure his mouth…
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Child DevelopmentParenting
May 11, 2018

At what age can my kid have a cellphone?

You’ve decided to give your child a cellphone for safety reasons. But you’re worried. Will he spend his days glued to the tiny screen? What kind of horrors will he be exposed to on the Internet? Is it a big mistake to give him a phone at this age? A child receiving a cellphone has become a 21st century rite of passage, but there’s a lot to consider, with all the emotional, developmental and social risks involved. Know the risks A study by the Journal of the American Medical Association found that cellphones pose possible health hazards for the brain,…
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Child DevelopmentParenting
March 7, 2018

Tips to help your emotional child

We’re all emotional beings. And we all express our feelings in varied ways. Children are no different but they may have different modes of expressing themselves as they go through development stages. According to the National Council of Developing Children at Harvard University, the emotional health of children or the absence of it, is closely tied to the social and emotional characteristics of the environment in which they live, which includes their parents, families and communities. So, as a parent, you need to understand that those frequent emotional outbursts your child has are not just temperamental. Be prepared and know…
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