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Baby Care

Dr. Sunil Jain

There is a wealth of safe and effective natural solutions to all sorts of health concerns that face babies and young children. It is always better to begin treating infants with simple, natural measures and remedies because of no toxic or side effects. Natural remedies work by reinforcing the body's own healing efforts and show effects quickly especially on babies for their bodies and mind are pure.


The early years of a child's life, especially the first, are critically important because nearly everything that happens during these years colours and conditions the rest of a child's life. Early impressions go deep and especially if they are traumatic, may have a life long effect. It is the physical and mental health of the child, to a large extent, which determines the health of the future adult. Many of the major but avoidable diseases of middle age have their roots in childhood. The behavioural patterns and habits formed in the childhood have a major bearing on the future physical, mental and social health of an individual.

There is a wealth of safe and effective natural solutions to all sorts of health concerns that face babies and young children. It is always better to begin treating infants with simple, natural measures and remedies because of no toxic or side effects. Natural remedies work by reinforcing the body's own healing efforts and show effects quickly especially on babies for their bodies and mind are pure.

Babies and children are not able to list their symptoms so it is important to make sure that the proper care should be taken to investigate at the slightest inclination of some problem.

Feeding
That the natural food of a baby is its own mother's milk is so obvious it hardly needs emphasis. It is, then, certainly the duty of the woman who brings a baby into the world to do the best she possibly can in caring for it. Br**st-feeding is a wonderful, natural way to give your baby the best possible nutritional start in life. Not only, is br**st feeding the best feed for the babies but it also helps build up the mother child relationship. The stimulation that the baby receives at the br**st will help in the development of their coordination and breathing. This is the time when a deep bonding occurs between the mother and the child. Br**st milk being the ideal food for the infant, it is certainly her duty to promote a sufficient supply of good milk for her child.

Weaning
Solid food should be started between 4 and 6 months, depending on weight and rate of growth. Weaning from milk can cause problems as some babies are sensitive to certain foods and may develop diarrhoea, vomiting or skin rashes.

Bottle-feeding
Br**st milk is undeniably the best food for the babies. Br**st milk contains 55% fat, 38% carbohydrate and 7% protein. The proportion of the watery liquid protein to the casein protein is 60:40 and this facilitates ready digestion of the protein. Cow's milk contains 80% casein.

The bottle-fed baby is deprived of many valuable antibodies present in the mother's milk. There is evidence that br**st fed babies may be less likely to develop atopic conditions such as eczema and asthma. The risks of contamination of the feed are also greater with bottle than with br**st-feeding. Gastroenteritis is very common in the bottle fed children. Cow's milk is a major source for digestive upsets and allergies in infants.

Digestive Upsets in Babies
Babies and children may suffer from digestive upsets due to overfeeding or change in diet. A child should not be forced to eat. This is a natural part of the body's digestive cycle and will normally be followed by a day or two of increased appetite.

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