Coping With Colic

Written by Margaret Tye

A new baby with colic is one ofrepparttar most difficult problems a new parent has to cope with. Most new parents are under pressure trying to deal with a new routine and lack of sleep,repparttar 147859 added burden of a crying infant you seem powerless to help can be overwhelming. The only comfort that can be offered is, with 1 in 5 babies developing colic, many other parents are suffering too and that byrepparttar 147860 timerepparttar 147861 baby is four months oldrepparttar 147862 problem normally disappears.

The normal symptoms of colic are continuous loud crying, flexing and extendingrepparttar 147863 legs, clenching fists and often a distended tummy. Very often this occurs inrepparttar 147864 late afternoon or early evening, although it can happen at any time.

So what is colic and is there a remedy for it? There are many possible causes, but initiallyrepparttar 147865 most important thing that a parent must do is establish thatrepparttar 147866 child is actually suffering from colic and there is not another reason forrepparttar 147867 crying. Colic, however distressedrepparttar 147868 baby seems, is not life threatening, but it is essential not to assume a crying baby has colic, check with your doctor immediately.

Once colic has been diagnosed you should try to identifyrepparttar 147869 cause. If you are breastfeeding avoid foods that are likely to cause gas. Make a note of what you are eating, baby may be intolerant to something in your diet, including dairy products. Ifrepparttar 147870 baby is bottle fed your doctor may suggest a change of formula. Don't overfeedrepparttar 147871 baby, we all know that bloated feeling when we have overeaten, so why shouldn't baby feelrepparttar 147872 same. Try hard not to get stressed, I know this isn't easy but many experts believe that babies are sensitive to stress around them and react. It's a catch 22 situation,repparttar 147873 more cryingrepparttar 147874 greaterrepparttar 147875 stress. Try to take turns in dealing withrepparttar 147876 crying baby, even rope in grandparents or a close friend so that you can walk away for 30minutes.

Child Obesity and Diet

Written by Margaret Tye

This article is looking at child obesity asrepparttar result of poor diet. Medical conditions resulting in child obesity, orrepparttar 147858 physical appearance of obesity, are issues to be discussed with your physician and beyondrepparttar 147859 scope of this article.

If you are concerned about your child possibly being overweight then you need to decide whetherrepparttar 147860 excess weight is part of a growth pattern, that may change over time, or whether there is a weight problem. Your doctor will advise you on this. Child obesity can result in an increase in health problems. Don't be embarrassed about seeking help, your doctor would rather treat child obesity or teen obesity now, than diabetes or heart disease later.

Statistics show thatrepparttar 147861 level of child obesity in America is amongstrepparttar 147862 highest inrepparttar 147863 world, and a major cause is a diet of fast food, or food that is high in fat or sugar. Most children, with a change in diet and an increase in exercise, should see an improvement.

Look atrepparttar 147864 diet of your child. Is it mainly takeaways and processed food? These often contain high levels of fat, sugar and salt and should be cut back. Snacking is a bad habit, think ofrepparttar 147865 calories in a candy bar! Fizzy drinks can also pile onrepparttar 147866 weight, when pure water is whatrepparttar 147867 body really needs.

Every parent should try to implementrepparttar 147868 5 A Day program. At first it may seem difficult to serve five portions of fruit and vegetables, never mind persuading your child to eat them, but if you study a list of suitable foods it is surprising how varied a diet you can provide. A glass of orange juice at breakfast, a banana mid- morning, beans or salad for lunch, fresh or frozen vegetables with dinner, dried fruit as a snack,repparttar 147869 list is endless once you start looking. Having foundrepparttar 147870 right food,repparttar 147871 next problem is persuading your child to eat it . Try making small changes gradually alteringrepparttar 147872 eating habits ofrepparttar 147873 whole family. Unless a child is very overweight, maintainingrepparttar 147874 present weight without increasing it and lettingrepparttar 147875 child grow to absorbrepparttar 147876 excess fat, is better than dramatic dieting. Ask your doctor about this as he can make a decision based on your child's age and weight.

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