baby safety in car

How important is your baby’s safety?

Providing a safe growing environment is an important part of caring for your baby. Babies are very active, curious and often excitable by nature. These attributes also put them at the risk of injuries. As a parent or caregiver, you can do a lot to prevent injury to your baby.

DHA officials stated that traffic accidents are the leading cause of death among infants and are responsible for 63% of deaths among children aged 14 and younger in the UAE. This percentage is far above the global average of 22.3% of child fatalities caused by vehicles. As per the UAE law concerning child restraint in vehicles, children sitting in the passenger seat who are ten years of age and older must wear a seat belt. Although the Ministry of Interior prohibits children younger than ten years of age from sitting in the front seat, 28% of children continue to do so.

There are a number of road accident prevention methods you can undertake to avoid injury to your child. Children below the age of ten should not be encouraged to sit in the passenger seat. Depending on the age of the child, they must be seated in appropriate baby seats and harnesses that can prevent the baby from harm. Injuries that occur during this age can be prevented if babies are continuously monitored and supervised.

Babies learn by seeing others, they tend to duplicate what adults or other children do. As a parent or caregiver, it is your responsibility to act safely when you are around babies and young children.  Child safety is more than babyproofing the house and purchasing safety equipment’s, and has various aspects that parents and caregivers should be aware of. In order to create awareness about the need and importance of baby safety training, Aster Nurture is organising ‘Aster SHIELD’ on Friday, 10th February 2017 at Aster Hospital. This event aims at educating caregivers of babies that Safe Handy Information Eliminates Likely Dangers. For more information on Aster SHIELD/Aster Nurture and to register for the event, contact 0553378460. There is nothing more precious to a parent than their child, and nothing more important to our future than the safety of our children.

http://gulfnews.com/news/uae/emergencies/road-crashes-main-cause-of-child-death-in-uae-1.1028566

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40 Weeks to Baby – Is it Important to Reach Full Term?

What constitutes a full term pregnancy?

A full-term pregnancy lasts 40 weeks. A pregnancy is considered full-term if the baby is born anytime between 37weeks-40weeks.

Why is it important to reach full term?

Each day that the baby spends inside the mother’s uterus is important for the baby. Unless there is an underlying medical condition or any other medical reason for an early delivery, doctors would recommend waiting until the labour starts naturally. Having a natural labour is best for the baby and the mother to have a smooth pregnancy. Induced labour has its own risks. Induced labour makes it more likely for the mother to have a C-section. Having said that, inducing labour is done in different ways. Certain medications are administered to artificially induce labour by starting contractions.

In some cases, women may be advised to deliver the baby early because of some health conditions like preeclampsia, infection, bleeding during pregnancy etc. If a baby is delivered before completion of 37 weeks, the baby will be born pre-term and this could cause health complications to the baby. Babies born at full term are completely developed and are less likely to develop conditions like jaundice, respiratory issues etc. The longer the baby is in the mother’s womb, lesser are the complications.

What complications might arise from pre-term birth?

Preterm births can be spontaneous or may be due to induced labour or C-section for medical reasons. Any baby born before 37 weeks of gestation is termed as a preterm baby. Most premature babies face short term and long term health complications. These babies are admitted to a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) as they are born at a time when they are not completely ready to leave the mother’s womb. They are at the risk of developing disabilities and are cared for in a NICU until they reach at least 35 weeks and are able to breathe on their own, and able to suck milk and swallow.

Premature babies are more susceptible to health complications like respiratory issues because of their immature respiratory system, neurodevelopmental issues, conditions of the heart, infections, hearing and eyesight problems, apnea, jaundice etc. Not all preemies suffer from these conditions but being premature increases their risk of developing these conditions. The earlier they are born, the greater number of risks they have. The birth weight of the baby is also a matter of concern. Premature babies will require a longer hospital stay than other babies. Some babies may have chronic lung diseases because lungs are the last organs to develop and may also require respiratory support even at home.

Dr.Usha Suresh, 

Specialist Obstetrician & Gynaecologist

Aster Clinic, Marina

Usha Suresh

http://asterclinic.ae/doctor/dr-usha-suresh/

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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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