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Six Canny Tips to Save on Baby Shopping

Shop at the hypermarket

It may not be the ultimate five-star shopping experience, but hypermarkets stock quality clothes at reasonable prices. Babies outgrow them quite quickly, so why spend more when you can save it for later?

Check on discount markets

Dubai has its fair share of markets and savers’ paradise events. But there are also plenty of online saving havens for second-hand products too, including Dubai-based Baby Bazaar on www.babybazaar.org.

Rent, do not buy

Have visitors or need that one item for a limited amount of time? www.rentacrib.ae has a wide selection and they offer pick-up and drop-off services for your convenience.

Borrow and swap with friends

Some of your friends may have had babies and will probably have a thing or two they can loan to you or swap. Do not be afraid to ask. Save hand-me-downs from your first child to pass on to your younger children or swap them with friends.

Be coupon savvy

Subscribe to discount newsletters like Marhababy, which will welcome your newborn with a free gift box. Be sure to check websites like www.groupon.ae and www.cobone.com too and you can also go for Preloved items from www.dubizzle.com, www. momsouq.com and www.weebaby.com, to help you save, save, save!

Try being in a Group

If you live in a gated community, check the availability of groups on the Facebook page where a lot of buying and selling happens along with the basic training.This will also help you make new friends and enhance your circle.

Also, try and attend free sessions like Parent’s connect and Mummy’s Circle organised by Aster Nurture for free goodie bags filled with loads of surprises for you and your little one.

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Three Things You Really Need to Know About the Maternity Leave

Planning to take maternity leave? It may not be exactly what you think — or hope — it is if you live in the UAE. Here are some tips to bust your queries.

The government recently announced that a committee has been set up to review UAE maternity leave.

What are the current rules for UAE maternity leave?

Private companies in the UAE currently offer some of the lowest levels of maternity leave in the world. Compared to The International Labour Organisation’s recommendation that mothers take a minimum of 14 weeks off work, the UAE currently offers women around 6 weeks maternity leave.

This differs depending on a few factors:

Women in the private sector

According to UAE law, all women employed in the private sector are entitled to 45 days maternity leave if they have worked for their current company for more than 12 months, this includes both pre and postnatal periods. Women who have worked for a company for less than a year, however, are only entitled to 45 days with half-pay during a leave.

Women working in DIFC

Women working in Dubai International Financial District (DIFC) are entitled to a slightly different deal, under the free zone’s rules they are allowed a total of 65 days maternity leave, including 32 days on half-pay and 33 days on full pay.

Women working in the public sector

Women working in the government sector are entitled to 60 days paid leave and 100 days unpaid leave.

 

So what’s changing?

The biggest change is the creation of a new committee in the month of November 2016, to review all aspects of the UAE’s current Maternity Law. It is still not clear whether the committee will advise the government to increase maternity leave in the country, however, the fact the government is having a conversation about maternity rights is a positive step towards any possible reform.

 

Are there any other changes we can expect?

Although it is not certain which (if any) changes will be implemented, His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai has made it clear that improving gender equality is set to be a key government focus. Earlier last year he set up the UAE Gender Balance Council, which is currently reviewing several aspects that affect female employees, including flexible work hours, support for women at work and improving overall gender balance.

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It’s Not Easy for the Parents to Move On.

What mental/psychological impact does a child’s death have on parents, especially if it is an accidental death?

A death of a child is generally considered the worst kind of grief and it causes long-term impacts on the life of a parent. The circumstances around the death also matter and are a deciding factor. Grief is a process that must be allowed to happen. For instance, if the child has been ill for a prolonged period, parents may come to terms with the reality and it could have been something they anticipated and therefore a bit easier for them to grieve. On the other hand, a sudden death is expected to leave the parents more traumatised and will leave them in a state of shock or disbelief for a longer period of time. The age of the child is also an important factor. It is often believed that the older the child, the lesser the grieving – which is untrue. Losing a child by any means of abortion, miscarriage or death are all very painful and indescribable emotions.

The most common form of grieving includes anger, guilt, a sense of never being able to detach oneself from the sorrow, a feeling of disorientation and this feeling affects all aspects of life. There are mental and psychological impacts of the loss of a child on a parent. The most common physical symptoms of grief include loss of sleep, mood swings, anxiety, inability to concentrate etc. Other serious symptoms could be having nightmares, shortness of breath, etc. At times, parents become very strongly associated with their grief and disagree to let go. If any of the symptoms continue for more than a year or two it is important for the parent to consult a specialist.

How can parents stop blaming themselves for the death?

The death of a child can cause grief in parents and it is normal. They blame themselves for the death of the child, especially if it is an accidental death. Parents may go into depression and the self-blame is part of the guilt feeling caused by depression. Grief or depression up to six months can be considered normal. After six months if the depression still continues, they should get help from a specialist psychiatrist.

Parents need not blame themselves because the death of the child is not their fault. Once depression is cleared, the self-blame will be controlled.

Please share some tips on how the family can move on?

The time period of parents’ grief is uncertain and parents may at times have a very slow recovery. They are most likely to accommodate the loss of their child without long-term interruption of life, although ‘moving on’ is not a smooth process. How quickly parents get over the death depends on the pre-existing issues that they have. Although this may sound like a philosophical cliché, time will recover the loss. It may be difficult to reconnect with people immediately after a child’s death, but being social beings, parents will need to reconnect with the society be it work or any other purpose. Parents can visit a counsellor to begin the healing process. Getting professional help to assist them to understand their emotions and making positive changes in their life, is what the grieving parents should consider. There are also clinical approaches to help parents find meaning and a sense of purpose for their own life in order to gain a sense of well-being and lead a normal life.

Does the impact of the death spill on to all members of the family including other children?

A child’s death brings pain to everybody affected by it, along with incredible difficulties for grieving parents. The cultural beliefs of each family differ and the impact may depend on it. In some cases, parents do not seek concern from the extended family or choose not to seek support from them for various reasons. If the parents had only one child who passed away, having another child may sometimes help.

Dr. Mohammed Yousef 

Specialist Psychiatrist

Aster Clinic, Al Muteena(DMPC)

News Source – http://www.khaleejtimes.com/nation/its-not-easy-for-the-parents-to-move-on

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GERD Blog

GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux disease)

Gastroesophageal reflux is essentially the reflux or regurgitation of stomach contents back into the food pipe or esophagus. This is a normal process that occurs in otherwise healthy children, and adults. Most episodes are brief without causing any symptoms or problems. However, in some people, acid reflux can injure the esophagus and result in symptoms such as heartburn, vomiting, or pain when swallowing. This condition is called gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD).
GERD occurs when the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) becomes weak or relaxes when it shouldn’t, thereby causing the stomach contents to rise up in the esophagus. Increased pressure on the abdomen due to excessive weight, obesity, pregnancy, and certain medicines such as those for asthma, calcium channel blockers, painkillers, sedatives, antidepressants and smoking, all contribute to the eventual weakening of the lower esophageal sphincter
The most common symptoms of GERD include heart burn, the regurgitation of food, chest fullness/ pain, feelings of excessive salivation and so on. Some patients also experience feelings of nausea, pain or the feeling of constantly having a lump in their throat, bad breath and the wearing down of their teeth. These symptoms are further exacerbated at night while lying down flat to sleep.
GERD can affect people of all ages, from infants to older adults. People with asthma are at a higher risk of developing GERD as asthma flare ups cause the stomach contents to flow back, or reflux into the esophagus. Conversely, acid reflux can make asthma symptoms worse by irritating the airways and the lungs. If one has both GERD and asthma, managing the GERD may help control the asthma symptoms.
Investigations may be necessary in some cases and may include Endoscopy (inserting a tube through the mouth to examine the inside of the esophagus), an X-ray of the upper digestive system, an ambulatory acid pH test (which monitors the amount of acid in the esophagus), and an esophageal impedance test (which measures the movement of the substances in the esophagus). If you have accompanying symptoms like persistent vomiting, loss of appetite, weight loss, difficulty in swallowing or vomiting blood etc. it is advisable to immediately see a doctor and get their advice.
Treatment for GERD starts with changes in lifestyle measures such as waiting for at least two hours after food before lying down, raising the head of the bed, avoiding tobacco, losing weight if overweight, decreasing alcohol intake, avoiding heavy meals, and decreasing caffeine intake.

However, the first step for treating GERD is to begin making the necessary dietary changes to help reduce the severity of your symptoms and give your body time to heal. It is important to consider which foods cause heartburn and discomfort and which foods don’t cause any painful symptoms at all. Few foods which are best avoided when on a GERD diet are spicy foods, trans fat and high-fat foods, very hot foods and liquid, mint and chocolate, alcohol and other foods which could be triggering an individual’s GERD. It should also be noted that each individual’s case is different and not everyone reacts the same way to particular foods. One needs to take the time to find out what ‘triggers’ theirs symptoms and make their own ‘safe to eat’ and ‘foods to avoid’ lists. It may take a little while before you fully understand your body’s reactions, but the most effective way to manage the condition is to “listen” to your body and work with it to devise a plan that will help in your specific situation. If these symptoms interfere with your daily life it is time to see your physician. Medications like proton pump inhibitors or histamine blockers may be necessary. Although sometimes in severe and intolerant cases, surgery may also be recommended.

Dr. Vijay Anand. V

Specialist Gastroentrologist

Aster Clinic, Al Qusais

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5 Secretly Healthy foods for Pregnancy

5 Secretly Healthy Foods for Pregnancy

Below mentioned foods are loaded with delicious flavors and pregnancy friendly ingredients, to keep you involved in this festive season. So go ahead mommy to be and indulge.

Melon with lime

Watermelon or other melon with a squeeze of lime

Watermelon is 92 percent water, so it’ll help you stay hydrated during pregnancy while also providing a sweet treat. And each cup of diced watermelon has 170 mg of potassium approximately. You can also make homemade watermelon juice by blending it with some fresh lime squeeze and strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve. Then just chill and sip!

Yoghurt with Citrus and Mint
The thick, creaminess of yoghurt feels indulgent enough to scratch that itch for a treat. Punch it up with orange segments plus a sprinkle of chopped mint for a dessert recipe that packs 11 grams of protein and less than 200 calories, plus a dose of brain-development–boosting vitamin C.

Buttermilk with a twist

If you are having a craving to take buttermilk, try it with a hint of mint, ginger and a pinch of salt. This remedy will enrich your taste buds with the boost that you need.

Munch time try raw nuts

Here’s another winning combo of protein and healthy fats. It’s great post-dinner, but you could also easily throw a handful into a plastic baggie for an on-the-go indulgence.

Tofu, fruit, and granola

A small bowl of diced tofu topped with 1 cup of diced mango and 2 tablespoons of high-fiber granola

Many types of store-bought granola are high in sugar and don’t have a lot of fibre. Look for one with at least 3 g of fibre per 1/3 cup serving and no more than 9 g of sugar.

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