Can Exposure to Screens Lead to Speech Delay in Toddlers?

How often do you sit with your baby in front of the television or handheld devices so that you can drink that coffee in peace, get your child to eat or even get a few minutes of shut-eye?

It is a full-time job to take care of babies when they are toddlers and the amount of time spent can drive any person to crankiness.

Considering the easy accessibility of entertainment on a screen, they help a ton in keeping your child busy while you finish some other important task.

Dr. Birken’s study, which was revealed at the Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting in 2017, suggests that children under two years can face speech delay if they spend too much time with smartphones, tablets, and other such devices. Many pediatricians in Sharjah often quote Dr. Catherine Birken and her findings. The study involved 894 children whose age fell between six months and two years. For every extra 30 minutes on a screen, as revealed in the study, the risk of expressive speech delay increased by 49%. (more…)

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Tummy Time for Babies Is a Good Practice  

Becoming a parent is a very new and different experience for a couple. Especially when you’re a first-time dad or mom, everything about the baby, from its slightly smooshed head to the fine hair on its body, can feel as exhilarating as strange.

While the baby is still settling in its new life out of the womb, as you may notice, most of their time is spent on their back. They either sleep flat on their backs in a crib, on a bed, or in your lap.

What you may not realize is that infants need to spend a few minutes on their tummy while they are awake, say several Pediatricians in Sharjah. (more…)

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Your baby’s first visit to the dentist

“When should I take my baby to the dentist?” is often one of the most common questions asked by parents. Most parents are often surprised when told that it is recommended to take their child to visit a dentist by the time their first tooth appears. As parents, it is important to understand that babies can develop cavities on their tooth as early as when they develop their first tooth.

As per the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, a child’s first visit to the dentist should be by his/her first birthday. The first dental visit is more for the parents than the child, as parents are then made aware that good dental hygiene is not limited to prevention of cavities. It is during this visit that parents learn about various oral health practices crucial to ensure their child’s dental hygiene. Parents are made aware that;

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The basics of breastfeeding

“A newborn baby has only three demands. They are; warmth in the arms of (his) mother, food from her breasts and security in the knowledge of her presence. Breastmilk satisfies all three.”

  • Grantly Dick-Read

The American Academy of Pediatrics strongly recommends exclusive breastfeeding until a baby is at least 6 months of age as it is optimal for babies and mothers. Breastmilk is your baby’s first feed and the first means of immunizing your baby against infections and allergies. Breastmilk keeps your baby healthy by supplying them with all the essential nutrients in its required quantities. It has the perfect combination of proteins, vitamins, carbohydrates, and fats.

The importance of breastfeeding and its benefits for the mother and child are commonly known and often spoken about. However, there are certainly other aspects of breastfeeding that mother’s or expectant mothers need to know about in order to be able to breastfeed their baby efficiently.

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Tips to protect your children during summer

  • The most common illnesses that occur to children during the summer and how to avoid them

Summer is the longest season in the UAE. With the summer break around the corner, children are prone to a number of allergies and infections. The most common issues seen in children during the summer are dehydration, heat stroke, dry skin, fungal infections in the foot, and sun burn.

Dehydration and heat exhaustion can happen very quickly during the summer and it is very important to drink lots of water and electrolytes to stay hydrated at all times. Fresh fruit juices with no added sugar are a great source of electrolytes. School going children need plenty of fluids because they may play outside in the heat.

Heat stroke results in high body temperature, rapidly increased breathing, and fast pulse. To avoid this one must avoid direct sun rays and heat. During the summer, it is best to avoid being outside during peak sun hours.

Dry skin, rashes and sun burn are common skin problems seen in children and adults during summers. Dry skin is caused due to dehydration, which one must drink lots of water to avoid. Keeping the skin moisturized at all times is also important to avoid dryness. Rashes are caused due to excess sweating caused by the heat. Sun burn is generally seen in people with less melanin or lighter skin color, although this doesn’t rule out the probability of children with darker skin developing sun burns.

Food poisoning is also rather common during summers. Food must always be kept covered at all times if it is kept outside.

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