Taking the Bite out of a Biting Child
August 30, 2013 – 1:12 am | No Comment
Child care is a continuous learning process and problems are usually a stepping stone in learning more about children. Biting is one such problem that has to be handled with tender loving care. A biting child is a negative child and has to be tackled with immediately. Whether it is a home care or a day care or whether the child is just with siblings, a child who bites has to be taught the rules. The  [...]

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Dealing With Toddler Fears
June 14, 2009 – 2:36 pm | One Comment
Dealing With Toddler Fears
Many a child in the age bracket of two and three suffer from typical fears, which should not be mistaken for any kind of irregularity. A familiar fear is that of the dark. One can try to keep the night light on or replace the normal bulb with a colored, low wattage one. The child needs to be reassured that there is nothing to be alarmed about the dark. One could indulge in night strolls with the child, pointing out the interesting and unique things that are there only in the night, like the moon, stars, some nocturnal animals or birds in the zoo. Many are afraid of lightning, thunder or fireworks bursting, the ideal ploy is distraction, by either telling a story or reciting his favorite number, turn the television volume up or pull out a game he likes a lot. Physical activity is the best form of dispelling irrational fears. If the child is fearful of ghosts, play up by saying you can magically blow them away or assure the child that you would get rid of them by switching on the vacuum  [...]

Effective Tiding Over Child Bowel Control Issues
June 13, 2009 – 8:35 pm | No Comment
A very usual occurrence in children is the tendency to pass bowels that are caused by contraction and relaxation of the intestinal muscles during the passage of food in the midst of a meal or after a meal. Once the child starts making a correlation between her inner sensations and the visual evidence of passage of faeces/urine means the child is ready for some adult assistance. The child will make his sensation of full rectum/bladder evident with definite attention grabbing tactics like crying, shouting, diverting your attention to the diaper, certain movements or weird sounds. Many a tots find it easier to control a full rectum than a full bladder, so one might find the child adapting better and faster to controlling his bowel movements than bladder movements. Due to this, it will be advisable to introduce the potty for bowel training first, as bowel motions are more knowable, thus one can get the child ready for it. Once the child displays typical behavioural stints, make the situation  [...]

Shockproof Shock Remedies
June 8, 2009 – 1:50 pm | One Comment
A basic hands-on knowledge of first-aid helps one tide over unexpected traumatic situations which many a times endanger our children’s life. Many a times a harrowing injury is accompanied by severe bleeding and burns, violent& persistent vomiting, diarrhoea, extreme pain or fear as the child lapses into a state of shock. Many times there may be symptoms of pale-coloured, cold, sticky skin; depressed or aggravated breathing with yawning and sighing; sickness and unconsciousness. If in doubt that child has suffered a shock, one needs to act on the spur and call for medical assistance immediately with the following must do’s to ensure the child’s safety before medical help arrives. One needs to lay down the child on a mattress with the head low and to one side to allow easy fluid drainage of any kind from the mouth. The legs need to be raised to a higher level to facilitate blood circulation in the centre part of the body, unless one suspects a broken bone. One needs to  [...]

Prudent First-Aid Pointers For Tots
June 8, 2009 – 4:49 am | No Comment
Children who are always in the habit of rough play many a times land up with broken bones. Children are more susceptible to greenstick fractures, in which there is a bending in the bones rather than breakage with minimal damage to the skin. One can suspect some trouble if the free movement of the affected area is plagued with pain, bruising, swelling or deformity. One must avoid touching the wound or straightening any curved or bent limb. If there is visible jutting out of the bone through the skin, one needs to cover the area with sterile dressing. If there is no bone protrusion through the skin, to avert further aggravating the problem, it would be ideal to put the joints surrounding the affected area out of action by putting the affected arm in a sling or immobilizing the leg by tying together the knees and ankles and keeping the affected area in a raised up position. It is advisable not to offer any eatables or fluids in case the child might need to be administered general anaesthesia. If  [...]

Ways To Recognise And Deal With Autism
June 6, 2009 – 10:39 am | No Comment
How would you feel in a situation when the sound of fan rooms felt like an electric saw in your head, or the normal lights felt bright enough to split one’s head or someone speaking in front of you seems like a distant roar that means nothing, which means one’s body is not able to comprehend when situations begin or end, or extreme difficulty in sitting still or sitting down or concentrating. Many a times the pen one might hold may seem like broken glass, or the paper one may seek to write on seem blinding or the ordinary odours of life seem repugnant and obnoxious. It would seem an extremely difficult venture to undertake the task of learning, if one is bothered with just one such sensory nightmare, also known as autism. Children from birth to the ages of six have been diagnosed with this Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), a neurological development disorder for which there is no cure, with no two people suffering from this disease are exactly alike. But early intervention and other  [...]

How To Help Your Baby To Talk
June 4, 2009 – 12:36 pm | No Comment
The initial kind of words the baby learns are brand label words identifying the names of things. So, when conversing with your baby lay stress on the name of objects and repeat them frequently. When feeding the child talk repeatedly about the spoon and putting the food on the spoon and licking the food off the spoon. One must avoid using pronouns. It is better to say ‘I’ll pick my bag’ rather than ‘I’ll pick it’ or saying ‘here is the cat’ rather than ‘Here it is’. As the child is busy finding the difference between himself and others around him, hence constantly use his name when conversing. One must not expect too much from a child’s pronunciation. If he cannot say a word properly, but as long as you are able to comprehend it, one must not keep pushing him repeatedly to say it right as it might only frustrate him. Make an effort to comprehend the child own personally invented, mispronounced words. If the he is trying to explain something to you, try all permutations  [...]

Making Air Travel With Toddlers Pleasurable
June 3, 2009 – 11:35 am | One Comment
Making Air Travel With Toddlers Pleasurable
Air travel is the easiest and fastest and convenient modes of public transport one can undertake. But despite that fact, one need to chalk out the scrupulous details way in advance, especially if one is travelling alone. Several pointers outlined herewith will definitely go a long way in making air journeys with tiny tots a pleasurable experience. When one is making reservations, one needs to specify that one is travelling with an infant. Therefore, request for a flight that is not jam packed. Always ask for bulkhead seats and a cot, if needed while booking your tickets. Bulkhead seats provide more leg space, where one can lay out a towel or rug on the floor in front of them where the child can be placed and can be monitored while playing. Air Cots and baby vests, if they are provided, can be ordered so that the child can sail comfortably through the flight. Keep a baby sling handy as one’s hands are free for other purposes. A push chair is also a viable option. One can request  [...]

How To Handle Pre School Nerves?
May 31, 2009 – 1:40 pm | No Comment
How To Handle Pre School Nerves?
There might be few instances of children who happily skip their way to school with a happy wave and ever look back. One needs to prepare the child well in advance, although you might feel initially that your child will be confident enough to tide through the phase. One needs to firstly span through the various schools in the locality. The visit should involve talk to the teachers, sitting through their classes to get a feel of the place, to find the level of teacher’s involvement and personal attention tendered. An essential rapport with the concerned teacher is vital as otherwise there is no point sending your child there, no matter how good the school appears to be. Take the child along for brief visits way before the start date of school, to acclimatize the child to the surrounding. Let the child get a feel of the place by letting her wander about and touch and feel the things around her. On the first day of school be ready for a jittery start and be ready to be with the child  [...]