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  1. Helping Your Child Build Inner Strength - How Can You Help Children Build Inner Strength?

    The single most important thing you can do to help your children is to show that you love them no matter what. Knowing that you are close by and available gives your children a sense of security. Although your children's world is expanding,you remain their primary influence. Always remember that you are a role model. Your children learn by watching you. So be sure that your actions and ...

  2. Healthy Eating: Influences on Eating Behavior - Topic Overview

    Being aware of the factors that influence what and how much you eat can help you make informed eating choices. Food is everywhere. For most people,it is easy to find something to eat,especially unhealthy options. Routines. Plan to eat,and make family meals routine. Children benefit from the social skills,plus everyone gets a balanced meal. Marketing. Unhealthy foods can look fun,easy,...

  3. Postpartum: First 6 Weeks After Childbirth - Newborn Basics

    During your baby's first few weeks,you will spend most of your time feeding,diapering,and comforting your baby. You may feel overwhelmed at times. It is normal to wonder if you know what you're doing,especially if you are first-time parents. Newborn care gets easier with every day. You may get to know what each cry means and be able to figure out what your baby needs and wants. Feeding ...

  4. Breast-Feeding: How to Use a Breast Pump - Topic Overview

    Using a breast pump is a good way to provide the benefits of breast-feeding when you have to be away from your baby. Pumping will help keep up your milk supply and prevent discomfort and breast engorgement. You can also use a breast pump to slowly reduce your milk supply if you have to stop breast-feeding suddenly.There are different types of breast pumps to choose from. They may look confusing at first, but they are easy to use. If you have any problems with pumping, ask for help. A lactation consultant or other breast-feeding expert can help you learn how to use a breast pump. Getting ready to pumpRead all the instructions that came with your pump. Be sure you know how to put it together and how often you will need to clean and sanitize the parts.Choose a good place to pump. Find a spot that's clean, comfortable, and private so you can relax. If you're pumping at work, you may feel more at ease in a room that has a door you can lock.Using a breast pumpWash your hands before you

  5. Breast-Feeding: When Baby Doesn't Want to Stop - Topic Overview

    Sometimes a mother wants to stop breast-feeding,but her baby shows signs of wanting to continue. If possible,continue breast-feeding a while longer. If this is not possible,the following suggestions may help you: Offer breast milk pumped from your breast,formula,or cow's milk (if your baby is more than 12 months old) in a cup or bottle before you breast-feed or between breast-feedings. ...

  6. Healthy Eating for Children - Changing Your Family's Eating Habits

    Healthy eating means eating a variety of foods from all food groups. It means choosing fewer foods that have lots of fats and sugar. However, it does not mean that your child cannot eat desserts or other treats now and then. With a little planning, you can create a structure that gives your child (and you) the freedom to make healthy eating choices. Think of this as planning not just for the kids

  7. Healthy Eating in Children: Problems Caused by Poor Nutrition - Topic Overview

    Children who eat poorly are more likely to develop certain long-term health problems and complications,including: Osteoporosis in later life. Cardiovascular diseases. Growing up eating foods high in fat,sugar,and salt can increase the risk for developing high cholesterol,high blood pressure,and atherosclerosis as an adult. 1 Type 2 diabetes,which in children is linked to being ...

  8. Bullying - How Adults Can Help Stop Bullying

    As with many issues related to growing up, openly talking about bullying before it happens is most helpful for children. Teach your child how to recognize and react to bullying, regardless of who is the victim. Also, talk about and model empathy, which is being sensitive to and understanding how other people feel. This can help prevent your child from becoming involved in bullying others. ...

  9. Weaning - Promoting Healthy Growth and Development

    The weaning processThe American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies be breast - fed for at least a year and as long after as mother and child desire.1Weaning from breast - or bottle - feeding can be done gradually or abruptly. If you are not breast - feeding and your baby is younger than 12 months of age, use iron - fortified formula. Do not offer your baby cow's milk.1 The iron in cow's

  10. Bottle-Feeding: Disadvantages for Babies - Topic Overview

    Infant formulas take two times longer for a baby to digest than breast milk. The slower digestion of infant formula can affect:Feeding frequency. Babies who take infant formula usually want to feed less often than babies who are breast-feeding.Sleeping patterns. Babies who take infant formula may sleep longer at night once they are about 2 months old. But babies who are breast-fed usually catch up shortly after, at about 3 to 5 months of age.Bowel movements. Infant formula causes formed, brown stools that have a noticeable odor. Breast milk causes loose, yellow stools that have less odor.Breast milk, unlike formula, has antibodies. Breast-feeding may lower your child's risk for many types of infections and allergies. Breast milk may also help protect your child from some health problems, such as eczema, asthma, and diabetes. For more information, see the topic Breast-Feeding.

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