Breastfeeding Failure

Most women hope to feed their newborn child for the first few months of life, but unfortunately not all women succeed. The most common reason for failure is emotional or physical stress. The harder the woman tries to succeed, the more she will experience breastfeeding failure. Being relaxed with the…

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Breast Milk

Breast milk is the perfect food for babies, and can be used alone up to three months of age. It is cheap, easily digested, results in minimal faeces production, protects against numerous infections (eg. gastroenteritis, bronchiolitis) and is conveniently packaged for immediate use without any messy preparation. Colostrum is the…

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Bonding

Effective bonding between a mother and her baby is critical form the well-being of both. If an infant is deprived of maternal care, although fed and kept comfortable, it will develop slowly in all areas including physical, intellectual and emotional. Such infants are small for their age, poorly nourished, apathetic,…

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Shaken Baby Syndrome

Shaken baby syndrome, also known as abusive head trauma, occurs as a result of mishandling of a baby. Babies have larger heads proportional to their bodies than adults, and have weaker neck muscles. Their skull is also thinner compared to a fully formed adult skull. If a baby is picked up and…

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Endocrine Glands

Glands without ducts are called endocrine glands and secrete hormones (chemical messengers), which are released directly into the bloodstream. Some glands are large organs such as the liver, pancreas and kidneys, but more commonly they are very tiny. The endocrine glands are enormously important in the functioning of the body.…

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Witch’s Milk

Babies of both sexes sometimes produce milk from their nipples in the first few weeks of their life. Witch’s milk is the rather off-putting term used for this rather common problem. Babies can be influenced by the hormones in their mother’s milk, or may be affected immediately before birth by…

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Weaning

Weaning is the process of transitioning a baby from liquids to solid foods. When weaning is desired, it is best done gradually over several weeks, with one breastfeed at a time being stopped in favour of solids, formula or cow’s milk. The milk supply will gradually reduce, and the breasts…

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When To Take A Child To The Doctor

Mothers are often thought to be over-reacting when it concerns the health of their children. So how do you know when to take a child to the doctor? The signs that indicate that a doctor should be consulted include: Fever a child with a fever over 41°C requires immediate medical…

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Viral Meningitis

Viral meningitis is a relatively condition that may be caught by close contact with someone who has a viral infection, or it may be a complication of diseases such as mumps, glandular fever and Herpes. It causes a fever, headache, nausea and vomiting, tiredness and sometimes muscle weakness or paralysis, and…

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Vaccination

Vaccination is the process in which a substance (antigen) is injected, swallowed or otherwise taken into the body in order to trigger a reaction in the immune system. This reaction the production of proteins (immunoglobulins) known as antibodies. A very small number of the antibodies against a particular antigen remain in…

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