A study published in our American Academy of Pediatrics journal showed significant improvement in fussy crying in babies receiving the probiotic
Lactobacillus reuteri which is available as BioGaia Probiotic Drops.
At the 28 day mark of taking the probiotics, the average crying time had decreased from 159 minutes a day to 51 minutes a day and 95% of the study participants had significant improvement in crying time.
All infants should be placed on their backs to sleep until 1 year of age.
Place the baby to sleep on a firm, flat mattress with only a fitted sheet.
Car safety seats, strollers, swings, infant carriers and infant slings should not be used for routine sleep.
Room sharing in separate beds is recommended, but bed sharing with anybody else, including twins, is not.
Keep loose bedding and soft objects such as pillows, quilts, comforters, bumper pads or sheepskin out of the crib.
Avoid smoke exposure, alcohol and illicit drug use during pregnancy and after birth as they are associated with an increased SIDS risk.
The American Academy of Pediatrics and the FDA released a warning 9.29.10 on the risks of Infant Sleep Positioners.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) shares the concern of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on the safety of sleep positioners, and urges parents not to use these products.
Infant sleep positioners are flat mats with side bolsters or inclined (wedge) mats with side bolsters.
“First and foremost—always place your baby on his or her back to sleep. When babies sleep on their backs, their risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS, drops by more than 50 percent.
“Sleep positioners do not prevent SIDS and in fact can increase the risk of babies suffocating. These deaths are tragic and avoidable.
“The AAP believes sleep positioners represent a risk to sleeping babies. The AAP also recommends that parents never use pillows, stuffed animals, heavy blankets or other soft or puffy items in babies’ cribs. Soft bedding can end up over their face and block their breathing. Babies should have their own crib, with a firm mattress and a fitted sheet.”
Now that school is in full swing, let’s look into what we can do to make each day flow more smoothly and to tackle some of the challenges school brings.
START YOUR DAY OUT RIGHT
BY PLANNING AHEAD THE NIGHT BEFORE. Have a regular place and time to study. Put a priority on homework. Turn the TV off until all homework is done. Let the TV be a reward for relaxing after working. Be consistent and your child will know that these rules are important.
SET A REGULAR BEDTIME AND STICK WITH IT. A good night’s rest will lead to a better start the next morning. Sleep deprivation affects the ability to learn and recall information.
A GOOD BREAKFAST STARTS THE DAY OUT RIGHT. Children who go to school hungry or get hungry before lunch have trouble concentrating and may be irritable and have headaches. Studies have shown that children who have sugary cereals or pancakes with syrup get hungry earlier and consume more calories throughout the day. Try to have whole fruits like peaches or a banana instead of juice. Plan for proteins such as scrambled eggs and milk for breakfast instead of carbohydrates like bagels, waffles, and apple juice. A meal made of carbohydrates raises your blood sugar quickly and which is followed by a mid-morning drop in blood sugar that makes you hungry before lunch time and may make you eat more calories at lunch.
SHOW YOUR CHILD HOW IMPORTANT HER WORK IS by taking the time to review it with her each day. Praise and rewards (and setting an example by being consistent yourself) will take you a lot further than criticism.
BUT WHAT IF YOUR CHILD IS TRYING HER BEST AND NOT SUCCEEDING? If your children feel that you put a priority on school work and that it is important for them to do their best, they usually will do well…but what if they don’t. How do you change that around? Talk with your child and with her teacher as soon as you notice challenges with school.