Monthly Archives: January 2012

Nutrition for Infants and Toddlers

This post is generously sponsored by Golden Horses Health Sanctuary

Topic of the month : Pediatric Nutrition
Topic of the week : Nutrition for Infants and Toddlers

Feeding your infants
Birth to 6 months
Babies get all the nutrients they need from breast milk/infant formula.

By 4 to 6 months
Babies continue to get most of their nutrients from breast milk/infant formula. Iron-fortified infant cereal like rice and barley or pureed meats helps to replenish iron reserves.

6 to 12 months

Feeding your toddlers and preschoolers

Food Allergies

  • Food allergies in children are relatively rare –only about four in 100 children.
  • Most children outgrow food allergies, especially to milk, eggs and soy. Food allergies are much less common in adults than children.
  • Eight foods cause 90% of food allergies in children: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts (pecans, walnuts), fish, shellfish, soy and wheat.
  • Four food groups cause almost all allergies in adults: fish, shellfish, tree nuts and peanuts.
  • Two ways of reducing a child’s risk of developing food allergies are:
    1. Exclusive breastfeeding for at least 4 months decreases the incidence of atopic
      dermatitis, cow’s milk allergy and wheezing in early life when compared with feeding
      infants cow’s milk-based formula. The use of soy-based infant formula does not appear
      to play a role in allergy prevention.
    2. Introduce solid foods only from 4 to 6 months of age. There is insufficient evidence to
      recommend avoiding specific foods (including fish, eggs or peanuts) during pregnancy,
      breastfeeding or beyond 4 to 6 months of age to protect against the development of
      food allergies.

Breastfeeding benefit (Source: New Straits Times, 24th June 2011)

Breastfeeding mothers should be applauded for their decision to breastfeed. Although overtall awareness of the importance of breastfeeding has increased, there is still a long wat to go to reach the objective. More efforts should be made to encourage mothers to breastfeed exclusively for six months.

Milk production increases with the decrease in the level of progesterone, i.e. 30 to 40 hours after delivery. During this period, the body releases prolactin and oxytocin (milk producing hormones). milk production is also stimulated by the suckling of the infant. The production of milk requires a high level of prolactin, however it could slow down in cases of improper breastfeeding. There are cases in which the milk produced is not secreted, even though the prolactin level remains high.

Normally, babies breastfeed only three times within 24 to 48 hours after birthd. The frequency increases on day fivev and decreases on day seven or eight.

In order to encourage breastfeeding, mothers should refrain from placing a pacifier in the mouth of their babies as it hinders the breastfeeding process. It is interesting to note that mother’s milk is the purest and most sterile milk for babies. Poisoning is highly unlikely even if the mother is infected with a disease. Breast milk could be given as frequently as possible and as long as the baby needs it. Factors like confusion, fear, pain, embarrassment and anxiety could hinder the production of milk.

Women should totally avoid smoking and drinking alcohol during and after their pregnancies. Breast feeding is not merely about mutually exclusive benefits for mother and baby, as it has considerable impact on society. mothers must understand that babies have the right to receive nothing but the best source of nutrition. Any other food apart from breast milk is not encouraged, except under certain circumstances.

“Mothers should refrain from placing pacifier in the mouth of their babies as it hinders the breastfeeding process.”

“It is interesting to note that mother’s milk is the purest and most sterile milk for babies. Poisoning is highly unlikely even if the mother is infected with a disease.”

“Breast milk could be given as frequently as possible and as long as the baby needs it.”

“Factors like confusion, fear, pain, embarrassment and anxiety could hinder the production of milk.”

Benefits to the baby:

  • Mother’s milk contains protein, far and the easily digestible omega 3 fatty acid essential for the brain development of the baby.
  • The milk contains antibodies which protect the baby against infection, gaatrointestinal disease, respiration difficulty and ear infection.
  • It could also reduce the rish of diabetes and cancer amont children.
  • Children who are breastfeed develop resistance to allergy.
  • Breast milk also reduces the rish of gastro-enteritis amont premature babies.
  • Breast milk is known to reduce the rish of caries, sight and speech related problems and is known to strengthen the jaw.
  • Breastfeeding prevents sudden death syndraome in the baby.
  • Breast milk is known to reduce the rish of heart attack in adulthood.
  • Breastfed infants are not prone to diarrhoea, thus reducing medical expenses.
  • Breastfeeding strengthens the bond between mother and baby.

Benefits to the mother:

  • Protection from breast and cervical cancer.
  • Naturally reduces weight especially around the waist as the oxytocin hormone helps to shrink the uterus faster.
  • This process helps to shorten the puerpurium flow period.
  • Hastens post delivery wound recovery.
  • Reduces the rish of osteoporoses and heart problem.
  • Cost effective alternative to infant formula.

Benefits to the society:

  • New parents could spend their time effectively with their family and the community.
  • Reduces treatment, medical and lab test costs.
  • Conserves the environment by reducing pollution and unnecessary wastage.
  • Children with fewer health complaints indirectly help the parents become more productive at work.

The girl who silenced the world…

An extraordinary speech that silenced the world at a United Nations meeting. A speech on the environment and how we must do our part to save Mother Nature. We do not have time anymore – we NEED to ACT. It is built in us, so why waste more time? Do we only realise when a child speaks the hard truth? Let us all do our part – for us, our future, their future.

“If you do not know how to fix it, please do not break it”

A big thank you to leeks5229 and YouTube

Vegan & Vegetarian Differentiated

Animals are abused in slaughterhouses. There is only one way to stop that, go vegetarian. This is a video I made about vegetarianism and veganism and animals. The pictures belong to either Peta, Peta2, or Google. The song is Everything by Lifehouse. Add me on Facebook: Nellyanne Elizabeth Nash 😀 and join my group MaybeGreenLuvvIt & if you want, like my animal rights page: Animal Rights MaybeGreenLuvvIt. I made all of the names my username here on YouTube so you could remember them easily. Save the Planet, go vegetarian 🙂

 

 

Facts & information on being Vegan and Vegetarian. Very well differentiated for your general knowledge. Lets learn something today!

 

Video courtesy of MaybeGreenLuvvit from YouTube

 

 

Organic Life in Korea

In Gangwon province, Inje city has a place named Gombaeryeong. This is a place where more than half of year is winter. And there lives a lady who consumes only nature’s gift of food and water. A true organic living. Worry-free…

 

 

A big thank you to ExploringKorea on YouTube

 

Earth Hour 2012 – Official Video

 

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