Drawing, painting…All kind of art is important in your child’s development.
One of the first things a child can do is pick up a pencil and start drawing.
Drawing makes children more expressive. They can’t always express their feelings with words, and a picture is the first physical form of communication they use. You can even use art when a child is having a tantrum. This will help the child to calm down and concentrate on something else. And your child will try to draw, model Play-Doh, paint the reason why he was upset about and express his feelings.
Drawing is also about making decisions and representations.
“What colour should I choose?’ or ’How do I draw a ball?’ “How can I represent myself”.
You can see your child’s thoughts through their drawings and artistic expression is a great way to stimulate a child’s intelligence and artistic development. And creativity IS a form of intelligence in an educational way. Your child’s imagination is to become wild. And each time they draw, they try to make a representation of what’s in their mind.
Starting drawing and painting at a young age will help to improve the hand and eye coordination, by stimulating the fingers muscles. They will be ready before they start school and see different kinds of supports with no big surprise! It’s also an escape for children who might feel a bit shy and wish to do something on their own before they introduce themselves to the group. So, they will be able to do something they already know and won’t feel frustrated.
From 14 months to 3 years old, you can clearly see your child’s progression art skills throughout a large variety of art craft and writing materials.
Obviously, they will start with random scribbling. They are just figuring out the coordination of their movements result in lines and shapes. They start to feel the crayon in their hand…
Until they will be able to control their muscles and their moves and the scribbles around the age of 2.
They will then, make lines and curves in a repeating way.
More they will practise, sooner they will discover that drawings making shapes, and shapes make letters, numbers…They will connect the dots, in their mind, they will remember seeing these shapes in books, pictures…
Don’t expect the most sophisticated piece ever…the only line is a gigantic effort for them. And don’t judge the result, but the process they’ve used to make it happen. A great occasion to ask questions: “What colours have you used?” “What is that shape?”.
Childhood vaccines or immunizations not only protect your child from deadly diseases, such as tetanus, polio, and diphtheria, but they keep other children safe from decreasing dangerous diseases.
A vaccine is a part of the germ that causes the disease. When exposed, the immune system is fighting the bug and builds up antibodies to protect from contracting the disease.
Children can react to any vaccine with possible side effects, including soreness, and fever, when they have their first one at birth to 6 years.
Today, most schools and nurseries will not let your child start school without a complete vaccine immunization. There are, somehow, in some controversy over safety, but there has been no evidence that it will cause any harm.
The most common is for measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR).
The vaccinations for diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (DPT).
The polio vaccinations (IPV).
The vaccination for varicella (or chickenpox), if your child hasn’t contracted yet past 12 months.
Then, from age 4 to 6, your child will need a booster shot for DPT, IPV, MMR, and chickenpox.
NOW, if you choose not to vaccinate your child, there are some risks to be aware of. Especially, when you’re traveling, they will be at a higher risk of contracted serious diseases.
For example, Measles can make the brain swells and causes brain damage or death. Mumps and Meningitis can cause permanent deafness and brain damages.
There are no treatments or cures for these diseases like measles, mumps, and polio. Vaccines are the only way to protect your child and avoiding spreading the germs to the population.
So, if you still refuse to give these injections to your child, you have to tell your school and other childcare establishments. However, there can refuse to welcome your child, or they can ask you to stay away for weeks.
Lightopia will bright up your mood in the early new year. Open from 22 January to 1st March 2020. Taking place at Chiswick House Gardens, an 18th-century villa with its 65 acres of gardens, it’s a step between history and new technology.
These charming illuminations are suitable for families and perfect for a romantic moment for couples. You are guided by light trails and will explore the senses with unique interactive lights, colourful lanterns installations and an astonishing 3D projection on the old Chiswick House.
“You Light Up My Life”
The dazzling fairy lights will remind you of Christmas and walking among the glowing dinosaurs and animal-shaped will put a smile on your children’s faces.
The festival is divided into six areas: Tree of Life, Flower Hand, Elysian Field, The Flower Road, Happy Valley, and The Love Gate.
The 18-meters peacock, the mushrooms, the honeycomb and the flowers are “the must-seen”, the cutest things you will see!
Once you have finished your journey, you can find live entertainment such as musicians, street food and family rides.
And the other “WOW” factor goes to… the acrobats! They lift the event to another level!
Bbrrrr…don’t forget your gloves and wear good shoes. Even with all the lights, some areas are still very dark!
We all have the obsession to keep our children healthy. Adverts will tell us to eat 5 vegetables and fruits per day, so we try our best to cook nice meals for them. They tell us to get them lots of exercises. So, we are thinking about getting them into activities and make them drink lots of water. Water is a bit of an issue.
Children copy us and they are influenced by whatever we do. So, be the role model! Make sure that you regularly drink yourself, before you ask your child to start drinking.
Your child’s body is at least 70% of water. It’s the roots of your child’s health in the future! It forms the basis for their blood, the digestive juices, create the sweat and stools…
Teaching them how to serve themselves. The quantity of food and drink refers to how much they think will match their hunger.
By adding some frozen fruits or lemon to water. This will create a settle fruity flavours without any added sugar.
By freezing funny shapes
You can easily find an animal-shaped ice cube tray and add a few drops of juice and make drinking water more exciting. Children love playing with water. It’s everywhere. In the bathroom, the kitchen, but also outside, in different forms. Even though they know, we can’t play with the water, which is frustrating, but we suppose to drink it.
To get your child drinking water, offer them some tea that you can share with him. Get yourself a cup, but instead of tea, pour some warm water into your child’s cup. Let’s have a “tea party” like grown-ups!
With a syringe
Probably, of their favourite game. By using a syringe from a Calpol bottle or the doctor toy box, or the medicine spoon…It can also help them have a laugh and get used to these when they will get sick. “Last time, it was water, for fun, this time it’s to help you feeling better”
By challenging them
Make them drink to a certain level of the cup. Let’s drink until you reach the bottom and see the drawing, or make your child tracing a line on the cup to make him decide the level of water he’s going to drink during lunchtime…
Of course, just by explaining how important it is, how the body works. That our body is like a car, we need to check the water levels so it can still work…Sometimes, explaining is enough to make them more drink.
By checking your pee
To make sure your child is healthy, you could explain that checking your pee, its colour, its smell, is the best way to know it! And it’s the truth, you won’t tell a lie! Very yellow means not enough and clear means you are fine.
Let your children choose their bottle they will be responsible of
Go to the local shop and let your children choose a colourful bottle, a funny straw, a Spiderman cup. Encourage them to drink from it throughout the day, they are more likely to have water.
Make a cup of juice as a reward
You could offer them a diluted fruit juice (from real fruit) but, of course, remember to dilute it one part to ten parts of water and offer it with meals. So, you will help to prevent tooth decay and make them happy.
Great ways to appreciate your daily servings of H2O!
It is just a harness and a leash for your child, but let’s face it…It does look like the kind you’d use to walk your dog. It’s a simple length of webbing with loops at each end. One for your child’s wrist, and the other, held by the parent or carer.
And guess what? It’s not the brand new idea from the early 1990s…
But it’s believed to be invented more than 300 years ago, as its first apparition shown on an early 18th-century painting, at the court of Louis XV of France. They reappeared in the early 1920s and still used today. Of course, the controversy of the idea, parents are treating their children like a dog, is stronger than ever.
The harness and the wrist link are mostly for toddlers and children with special supervisory needs such as ADHD or autism. The primary use is a safety tool for a child when walking by preventing from being separated from their parent. No serious incident has been reported so far.
It’s a scary moment that we all have experienced. When you’re walking with a child, already stressed out, until it happens. You turn your head for 2 seconds and, like a magic trick ALAKAZAM! Your heat pulse is starting to rise like crazy.
The controversy of the image a harness can send is understandable. People are staring at you. Like if you’re mistreating your child. That you are using a “leash” instead of teaching your child…that you’re lazy…And you’ve probably have heard some other things. It’s all about teaching your child about a reasonable and safe distance. And show them we trust them and ready to give them a bit of independence. As long as you’re not brutally pulling the leash back.
But let’s not forget, not too long ago, parents’ methods have been invented as being for the best for their children. Today, it would make us FUMING!
Such as the baby cage invented to give a baby to “give fresh air and purify the blood”, hanging by the window.
Or the wine cocaine and the morphine syrup were to calm a child down.
Don’t forget, perfection does not exist, and you are doing whatever is best for your child…
Why do babies keep putting their fingers in the mouth?
Sucking on fingers is mostly the baby’s way of handling stimulation. The noise, being surrounding by people. Everything is new to them. Sucking on something is a way to make them feel safe.
Obviously, teething is the most reasonable answer that you will come up with.
When they’re teething (most babies start teething between 4 and 7 months) the irritation in the gums might cause some pain and a lot of drooling. They feel like they are chewing on something, to relieve the pain.
It usually lasts, till a baby turns 8 months old and, in some cases, it may continue till the age of 2.
Being bored or hunger could also be other explanations. They might think they’ll get milk by sucking on fingers. They don’t understand that they need to hold the bottle first.
Once they have finished exploring what they can reach (their hands), they will then get more curious, start crawling, and grabbing whatever is around them…
And it is about that time that you start fricking out …cleaning the floor non-stop. You’ll buy some plug socket protectors and safety table corners…
“I am missing grandad…Why can’t we go to the playground?… I want to go to school, see my friends…Are we going to get sick if we go outside?” …
Keep Calm And Carry On!
It’s normal to complain, being confused! Like us, our children need to know what is the situation, and we have the duty not to lie. They can already feel our anxiety, that’s a fact, and they might be frightened later when they will understand on their own.
First, ask your children what they know and what they understand.
Get the general information and simplify them for your children to make them less anxious. You know your children best, so make sure about the quantity and if you will be able to answer their questions calmly.
Once you are sure they understand the situation, reassuring them.
That you understand this can be scary and it is okay. But we are taking all the precautions to stay healthy and if we get sick, we will do everything we know to feel better again. We, parents, have some medical knowledge and our doctors and nurses are working hard.
Staying at home is “the safest way, the more careful to care and save people.”
People look scary outside.
When going shopping, your children are seeing people wearing masks, gloves and sometimes plastic bags. Why?
While you are playing, or having a bath, explain to them how important it is to wash our hands more than usual.
It is a great occasion to remind them about the basics. How to wash hands thoroughly and often. That we should cough and sneeze into our elbow and try to make it fun!
You can sing a song or make bubbles while scrubbing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Returning to class is one of the most recurrent questions. Even though we cannot go back to school now, we can still learn together. We will try our best to stay up to date to the school program so it will be comfortable when they go back.
If we are all at home, let’s all play together!
Many people do not have the choice but to work from home right now or had their hours cut.
“I have to stay home with you to make sure we’re healthy, but that you still have to work.
There is a time to play and a time to work. Exactly like you at school.”
Until the age of 10, children do not have a well-structured notion of time. So, tell them you will be available at break time and play with them. Set a timer or teach them how to read the time, so they can see how long they have to wait.
School at home is the most challenging task for our families. You can structure an approximative school week. Set them a timetable with start and end time with breaks. Show them rules are the same at school and home.
Teachers are suggesting to choose a book or create an eBook account. They could read aloud as an activity OR listen to an audiobook.
Converse with them around the table during a diner. Talk about what they read, ask questions, what are they think about it.
This time of self-isolation could be a great time do be bored and build new desires. Learning new skills and create bonds.
Writing a summary could be the next English/writing skill and develop their memory.
If you can set your working hours, you could work a few hours in the morning, a bit in the afternoon and then in the evening. You can, of course, wake up a little later like if it is the weekend but stick your usual routine.
Activities at home
Ask yourselves some questions. What can we do with a single egg?
Cooking, make a shampoo, painting…
An empty bottle can be a new shaker, a feeding box for the birds…
Have a party with disco lights and some music. Be crazy yourself, dance, jump with them.
Cook with them, be creative, have a picnic at home.
Practice your ballet dance class with some classic music to discover.
Sharing the laptop to FaceTime, Zoom with your tutor…
Involve them in daily activities at home together!
Ask them to help you to clean the house, check what they wish to keep, and make a list of games they want to have for later. Let’s relax together, deep breathing, massage, OR meditation. As well as being great ways of calming the mind and relieving stress, they are all activities children can get involved in too.
“Have some fun seriously and let’s seriously have some fun!”
Socialise online. Let’s call our friends, our grandparents. It makes you feel less isolated and help you cope. Calling the teachers is essential to keep the link, and your children will feel proud to show them what they’ve done by themselves.
And guess what?…
Being alone and being bored is essential in our lives but almost vital these days. Your brain has to think about a way to fill this emptiness. It solicits the imagination and creativity in all of us.
Don’t be too hard on yourself. Some days will be worse than others!
Some days you might feel anxious and think about the worse and some other days you wish to be productive, learning a new skill.
But don’t worry about spending a full day watching movies, being on social media.
Having a baby during the coronavirus pandemic.
The virus shouldn’t change new parents’ choices about their plans.
There are uncertainties around coronavirus, about social distancing, what could happen to future mums and babies. However, some hospitals have installed some restrictions, such as no family members during delivery. Others might ask you all for a blood test as prevention and wear masks while breastfeeding.
Thank you, Technology!
Let’s all be honest, our kids are going to be getting more screen time. In front of a Netflix cartoon or an iPad game. As long as you set a time setting and explain to your children there is a time for everything…YouTubeKids is a good application. It’s safe, without ads and with a set timer, you will find your favorite cartoons and DIY videos. You will be amazed by all the great apps that are very educational and funny out there.
If your baby is overheating, he’ll feel uncomfortable, especially while sleeping. The sweat can easily cause a rash.
But, in the worst case, it can raise the risk of infant sleep death.
Which is what we call SIDS (Sudden infant death syndrome). Unexplained death, usually during sleep.
Infants could be at a high risk of SIDS, mostly during the winter months. As we want the best for our baby, we tend to overdress him and put a high-temperature room. That is because we worry that their baby may get cold.
But at any time of the year, the room temperature must be respected. The ideal should be kept between 20°C to 22.2°C.
In very hot weather, you can let your baby sleep, just wearing a nappy and wrapped in swaddle blanket (no regular blankets).
Let’s remind us, the normal temperature in babies is around 36.4°C. And overheating and fevers in babies are around 38°C. Of course, that temperatures can vary in your baby throughout the day.
If your baby is too warm, he will become restless, which means less sleep for him… and, obviously you! You won’t help it but feeling guilty, so…NO MORE!
How to know it?
When you’re touching the ears and neck if the ears are red (sometimes with red dots and chills) and hot and the neck is sweaty…That’s how you know it. Your baby is too hot!
The “heat rash” is salty sweat and irritates the skin. It mostly appears on their necks, chest, back, armpits, or thighs.
If you see the skin being red and your infant being confused/unresponsive.
In addition, a rapid heartbeat and/or a fever but no sweat are big signals.
You can help your baby to cool down by simply bring him to a cooler room/dress him more lightly.
Or sponge him/give him baby fluids.
Some parents use baby powder to stop the sweating. However, young children’s bodies can not regulate their body temperature, so they will keep sweating anyway. It is only good to ease when your baby has a skin rash.
So the only way to cool down is to follow the tips above. If you find the excessive sweat unusual, (especially during meal times), then you should call the pharmacist or your doctor for advice. As it can be a sign of congenital heart disease or trouble sleeping.
Characters in movies do have a psychological impact on our children, and these effects can be both positive and negative. We can use them as a tool to engage a conversation about topics such as death and dying, which could be a difficult topic to approach with our young ones. Using characters as an example may help you to go all the way through, in such difficult times.
But, of course, if you’re not leaving your child in front of the TV all day long! (Your TV is not a Babysitter!)
In the films sometimes, they do have to deal with a death scene, for example, you could find: Gaston in the Beauty and the Beast, the Evil Queen in Snow White, McLeach in The Rescuers, Professor Rattigan in The Great Mouse Detective or Frollo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Those characters: most of them, they fall, or they die “by accident”.
Think about it; you have the mean guy, falling to its death. It gives an excuse to the hero from having to killing him. This death means he is not guilty of murder, and so, it means that he still is a hero figure. Young viewers do not have the impression that “killing” is the answer to justice.
What about Ursula? Eric killed her after all!
Well no, actually, he impales her with the ship, which stops her, but it is the bow that got struck by lightning, so she died by electrocution, not by Eric.
Still, she had it coming!
Killed by his brother. I mean, really?
The exception is with Mufasa’s death and. Get the tissues ready everyone. We see it’s the ugly Scar who kills him; it wasn’t an accident.
Death is something you can not avoid, and it could also be painful, especially for children.
People respond and react to it in different ways. Children do not yet have the experience that we have. Most of them are unprepared or not mature enough to deal with death in real life, with their loved ones and even with a character’s death in a movie. They are still in an experiencing and playing “phase”.
Which means they haven’t made up their mind yet, and they do not have experienced enough to realise what the real world is and what imaginative world is? They are still very impressionable young beings.
The Comprehension of Death
A five-year-old does not understand that death is final and permanent. He/she does not have the notion of time yet. Children manage to understand death as being a fact around the age of 10-12 years old. Their comprehension of death depends on their experience and their psychological development. In that situation, a child may not understand that death is permanent, and it is final.
It is why how essential to understand that death is inevitable and, well “normal”. We can see the development in two stages:
The first development stage is to understanding what death is and being able to recognise it when they hear it. At this point, a child should feel self-protected, they need to know that just because someone passed, does not mean the child or a parent is in danger.
The second development stage is to understanding that death is real. And accepting the emotions that they could feel. We know it as “the grieving process”, a process, which we all need to go through. Reassure them that there is nothing wrong about remembering the time they’ve spent with them in the past. And maintaining those memories isn’t wrong either. We should never give a child the hope that a loved one may “come back” after death. However, they’re still present in our memory, and we can again feel connected to them.
They need to image it.
Depending on the age and the developing progress, a child may use expressions, you may have heard already, such as “that person won’t wake up anymore” or “he’s taking a long trip” or “nap”. It helps them to reduce the impact of death in their minds, and it is also to protect themselves from this sad thought. Although describing death as a long “sleep” might be a bit confusing, and it may also create a new fear when going to sleep at night. Like if death will happen to them or others during the night.
It is a parent’s job to watch films with them, and Disney films may help you to talk through about a death scene. It’s also the occasion to clarify that some views are quite exaggerated. So, helping them realising facts from reality to fiction. And, of course, spending some quality time with your child.
Don’t worry! It is OK to say “I do not know”. I do not know what happens after death, how it feels. Your child is not going to blame you for that. But he is going to be thankful to hear from you, telling the truth.
Some parents say that grandpa is still watching over you; he is in the sky; he is with the angels. But you may be wrong! It is fine to give a comfortable image to your child. But please, make sure your child understands that you do not know for sure what happens after death. But you BELIEVE that he may still be around. It is your opinion, not necessarily the truth. Ask your child what he believes if he has an idea about this.
It could be safe to think that Disney and other Princess culture is safe. And it is…At some limits… Although, parents should consider the long-term impact of the princess stereotype culture.
Parents try to pay attention to what media their children use, and they look at the ratings to guide them in their choices.
Some movies may influence young children from potentially damaging stereotypes on the long-term. These stereotypical behaviours can be limiting in the long term, especially for young women.
But interact with the “Princess Culture” only, such as the dolls or costumes… Using these interactions with the princesses would lead to a more “female gender-stereotypical behaviour” later.
However, we might see a negative effect on girls, damaging a stereotypical behaviour alone. Girls with a lack of body esteem will use more of the “Princess Culture” over time, perhaps seeing a role model in them.
Most of the Disney Princesses, for example, represent some of the thin ideals. As women, we do start watching Disney movies around the age of three.
Children don’t have to stop interacting with the princess culture. Of course not. However, parents should offer the chance to get their child curious and find other interactions.
It is all about the way parents talk to their kids about Princesses and Princes.
When you say “Here’s my little princess!’ well there is much more than that. We hear less of ‘You’re are very smart, you work very hard, you are strong…!’ this is the message we should be sending.
Parents also shouldn’t be afraid to discuss reality and Disney Princess culture.
Young girls, nowadays, worry a lot about body image. But watching a movie starring a stereotypically thin princess doesn’t mean it will increase a child anxiety.
Some young girls worried about their body image early on in their life. And they are more likely to suffer from an eating disorder while growing up. The consequences for young girls strongest influences depend on how much time they spend, and they are watching.
That’s why it’s important to start communicating with their children about the diversity of people ( the weight, their beauty, their skin colour).
First of all, when will your baby be ready to eat solid foods?
When they are chewing their fingers and asking for more milk, here’s a sign!
You then can start introducing a fruit/veggie. Starting with simple mash at first (potato, sweet potatoes, carrot, pear, apple…).
We often say that routine is the key to succeed in your child’s education, but with food, diversity will prevent your child from becoming a fussy eater while growing up.
It is round the age of 6 months that you can start offering food which contains allergens. But only one a day and you may be able to see if your child has an allergic reaction or not.
I know that you will start being scared at this point of your child chocking.
We all are!
But babies are less at risk to choke if they feed themselves than being provided with a spoon.
But don’t be afraid, they seem to be choking, but they’re gagging. It’s a gag reflex which helps to prevent choking. As they learn to eat solids, they’re pushing the tongue forward or out of their mouths and do a retching movement to bring food.
The eyes may water, cough or even vomit.
Easy to say… but, don’t panic!
You may even make things worse by letting your child seeing you acting crazy!
Just wait and let them cough!
Coughing is the sign your baby isn’t chocking.
Chocking: you are not able to cry, cough, or gasp. Big differences!
Babies can also be offered to drink a few sips during meals with their first cup.
From 7 to 9 months
Your baby will be eating up to 3 meals a day.
More finger food is to encourage so they can feed themselves, and they will slowly develop their co-ordination. That’s when they learn how to start biting. You should be able to begin trying small pieces of meat, fish and green vegetables. Their curiosity in tasting new flavours will encourage a baby not becoming a fussy eater.
Babies do not need any salt or sugar added to their food (or in cooking water).
From 12 months
A child will now be eating three meals a day: healthy and balanced.
As your baby grows, eating together will encourage him to copy (imitation is a key) and develop good eating habits.
In addition to milk, (about three feeds a day) and with two healthy snacks in between meals.
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Let’s not forget breastfeeding. It’s recommended to do it for up to 2 years or longer.
But that’s up to you!
Don’t be surprised if your child will need less breast milk as he/she will make room for more foods. They are usually weaning quickly at this point.
Which also means, no more infant formula. You can use whole cows’ milk, as he/she will need the vitamins found in it. But also, he/she can now, use a cup with more confidence.
From 2 years old, if the child is eating well, he/she can have semi-skimmed milk.
Suppose you choose a healthy, balanced diet. You can use alternatives, such as soya, oat, or almond drinks, from the age of 1.
However, we should not give rice milk under five years old, as it contains traces of arsenic.
So good luck!
Food intolerance or food allergy?
A food allergy is a reaction by your immune system (it thinks like proteins are dangerous).
The body releases a chemical: histamine, which causes the classic allergy symptoms of hives or swelling, to the anaphylaxis shock.
Symptoms could be a rash, eczema, itching, just after eating. It is believed that babies with eczema problems are more likely to get a food allergy, but it’s not automatic.
Food intolerance is considered as “less dangerous” (the body is merely struggling to digest).
Symptoms could happen a few hours after eating with a tummy ache or a skin rash.
If you have any suspicion of food that may have triggered some symptoms, you can try removing it from your child’s diet and observing if he experiences new signs in the next two weeks.
Afterwards, reintroduce the food and see if symptoms return.
Of course, read on the labels to see if a packaged food contains any allergen.
Which explains why schools and other childcare establishments are so strict about food policies, and so, to avoid any responsibility.
Here are the most recurrent food reaction categories:
Cheese can form part of a healthy, balanced diet for babies and young children, and provides calcium, protein, and vitamins.
Babies can eat pasteurised full-fat cheese from 6 months old. This includes hard cheeses, such as mild cheddar cheese, cottage cheese and cream cheese.
Babies and young children shouldn’t eat mould-ripened soft cheeses.
Brie or camembert, or ripened goats’ milk cheese and soft, blue-veined cheese, such as Roquefort, they are a higher risk that these (unpasteurised) cheeses may carry a bacteria called listeria.
You can check labels on cheeses to make sure they’re made from pasteurised milk.
But you can use one of these cheeses in a part of a cooked recipe as the bacteria is killed by cooking. Baked brie, for example, is a safer option.
Babies can have eggs from around six months.
But, of course, avoid raw eggs, including into an uncooked cake mixture, homemade creams, or desserts.
Cod is usually the first and the most favourite fish in our children’s meals.
However, fish can increase the risk of food poisoning, depending on how it’s been cooked. And the amount of mercury can affect the development of the nervous system. So be reasonable!
Some people remove gluten from their diet because they “believe” they have experienced some symptoms after eating wheat.
It’s essential to make sure what the symptoms are. If you have noticed your child having reactions to a portion of food or have any suspicious … check with a GP. He might ask you to pass some detection tests with a specialist and check for any digestive or stomach illnesses. (which is a condition, not an allergy)!
It shouldn’t be given to children under five years old, as they can choke on them.
So you can prepare some from 6 months old, as long as you make sure they’re well crushed.
You might need to check with your GP if there are allergies in the family before introducing any kind of nuts and peanuts.
As we mentioned before, we shouldn’t add any salt or sugar in their diet.
So do not add, and only check if the food is too salty or too fat as babies don’t have well developed or strong enough their kidneys yet.
Babies don’t need sugar.
(Including sugar found in juices and other drinks), it’s just about dental hygiene.
Honey, sometimes, contains a bacteria that can lead to botulism, (an infection which causes weakness in the muscles) which can be very serious.
So, you can give your child some honey when he turns one year old.
And, of course, honey is a sugar, so be careful about tooth decay.
But Parents, don’t necessarily overreact!
Sometimes babies have a slight reaction, (usually a small red skin reaction), simply because it is the first time they are trying something new…the body is figuring out how to react.
There is no known cure for food allergies or intolerance. The only responsible thing you can do is to avoid being in contact or being close to an allergen.
When you see the doctor, he might refer you to see an allergist. An allergy test is necessary, and with no risk and pain-free.
It’s usually a skin test, a drop of the allergen on the tip of the finger. A moment later, a reddish area and a lookalike mosquito bite will appear. Then you will know if your child is positive for being allergic.
Otherwise, for children with strong reactions, a blood test is being required, checking the level of the allergen.