5 Tips that new mothers need to know

World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA), a global network dedicated to the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding worldwide, coordinates and organizes the World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) between August 1-7.

Breastfeeding is very important in the initial stages of a baby’s life as it builds the baby’s immune system. As a part of this celebration, we have come up with a few tips that every new mother should be aware to give her baby a good start in life.

Help your baby get a proper latch
Help your baby get a proper latch
Choose a position to feed your baby that can help your baby latch well. If your baby cries even after you feed him/her for hours or your breast becomes sore, it indicates that the baby didn’t have a proper latch. If you have latch-on issues while breastfeeding, it is advised to consult your doctor to get it resolved at the earliest.

Keep your nipples clean
While breastfeeding, it’s always important to keep your nipples clean. Wipe it before and after your baby breastfeeds. Don’t keep your nipple too dry or too moist. Use lanolin to moisturize your nipple. Don’t use harsh and powerful soaps to clean the nipple. While cleaning, ensure not to wipe out the natural oils that the breast secrets.

Feed your baby only when needed
Each baby is different, so is its feeding capacity. Feed your baby only when he/she is hungry. The time and intake vary from baby to baby. A baby should normally be fed for 3-4 hours. If he/she sleeps more than that, it’s better to wake the baby up and feed him/her. In a few days, you will get used to your baby’s feeding pattern.

Bathe your baby daily
Bathe your baby daily
You can bathe your baby right from its birth. Some have the misconception that the baby should not be bathed until the umbilical cord falls off. Bathe your baby daily twice and use cleanser that is prescribed by your doctor.

Help the baby bond
Help the baby bond
Bonding is one of the most pleasurable parts of baby care. Breastfeeding helps you connect with your baby and lets you observe him/her closely. It is the time where you can notice all the changes happening in your baby and observe skin conditions such as eczema, cradle cap and rashes. Help your baby bond with your family members.

Motherhood is one of the greatest blessings any woman can experience. Relish in it as you take care of your baby and bond with her well. Consult your doctor to get your queries resolved as and when it occurs.

Happy Parenting!

Habits of People who age well

Exercise, diet and the attitude is as important as genetics when it comes to growing old gracefully.

Growing older affects mostly every part of your body, your hair, skin, heart, muscles, and others—but aging well may be as simple as adopting these easy everyday habits.

1.Stay connected with people

Maintaining and existing in relationships is certainly important, but meeting new people can help provide older adults with a world of new possibilities and opportunities. People might treat you differently by judging you with your age, but that is when we kick up and prove them wrong! Surround yourself with others who are a source of positivity. Make friends and you never know when they might turn into family.

2.Keep the brain exercised

Engage in mentally challenging activities and learn new things. Often times, seniors enroll themselves in a class or join a group to do just that. This is beneficial not only for one’s mental stimulation, but also for their social well-being. Play games like candy crush if nothing!

3. Maintain physical activity

Incorporating at least half an hour of moderate physical activity (particularly aerobic exercise or Zumba) into one’s daily routine is vital for well-being. The goal with any exercise is to elevate the heart rate, but it should never be painful. Be sure that your loved ones consult a physician before starting a new workout regimen.

4.Set personal goals

Similar to learning a new skill, setting (and accomplishing) personal goals helps provide a strong sense of control and fulfillment. Most importantly, meeting goals instills a strong sense of independence. Whether it’s doing an exercise routine five days in a row or completing a project at home.

5.Minimize stress

Although it’s impossible to escape some of life’s stressful situations, it’s important to find the best personal method for overcoming feelings of negativity, in a healthy way. Whether it’s deep breathing or taking a walk outside, finding the right solution to tackle this is how we stay out of it.

6.Eat healthy and fresh

Nutrition plays a major role in our body. One of the research shows that a low-glycemic diet high in fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein is the healthiest. One great example is the following diets with fruits and vegetables, rich in plant-based foods, whole grains, nuts, and red wine. It also involves eating nuts, dry fruits and cutting down on salt. Research shows that this type of diet may help you age better by off guarding heart attacks, strokes, and premature death.

7.Make exercise a part of your routine

Staying active during this period is a very essential part of the process. Staying fit also reduces age-related memory loss. Even if it takes just is walking around the place or going out to the closest shop to get some grocery. Keep your heart rate to a higher level. Do exercise such as breathing, yoga and other light exercise just to remind your body that you still are as young as ever! Keeping yourself fit in this process is very important. Everyone fails to understand the need to do so. As we keeping ageing we start taking our body for granted and that is something we should stop. Our body is used to the exercise and activity we used to do and slowing that down can lead to gaining weight.

Weirdest skin care treatments used by celebrities

Snake Venom Beauty Product:Weirdest skin care treatments used by celebrities

I know this sounds a little odd, but our favorite celebrity, Gwyneth Paltrow is quite the daring diva who applies snake venom for her skin nourishment. Scientists have found a way to convert the deadly venom into a friendly product which acts like a Botox and stuns the muscle. It seems Gwyneth is a fan of this treatment.

Weirdest skin care treatments used by celebritiesVampire Facial:

Even my eyes opened wide when I saw this process for rejuvenating the skin cells. Kim Kardashian posted a picture with her face covered in blood that went viral on the internet. Questions were raised. The weirdness of this treatment lies in the fact that infusing blood in the face soars up the platelets count which in turn reduces wrinkles. Substantial trials haven’t yet been done for this so-called Vampire Facial,  but our role models leave no stone unturned in age reversal.

Weirdest skin care treatments used by celebritiesSkin care products with Earthworm poop:

As the list goes down, it becomes even more disgusting. There are certain skin care products which contain earthworm poop which is seen as an essential element by skin care manufacturers. The excreted material contains Collagen which helps the skin to remain tight and supple.

 

Weirdest skin care treatments used by celebritiesGeisha Facial:

Another facial treatment that has poop.This time, it’s not of an earthworm but of a bird – Nightingale. The excreted material is mixed with other stuff like bran and then the combined mixture is applied on the face. Geisha Facial method originated in Japan,  but famous star Victoria Beckham regularly uses this product for her skin.

 

Weirdest skin care treatments used by celebritiesSnail Facial:

Popular Hollywood star Demi Moore is known to use Snail Facial for her skin. Snails excrete slime which contains antioxidant ingredients. It fights aging and keeps the skin smooth and wrinkle-free.

Louis McMorris affected by Albinism

Often we see people with light and dark skin patches yet we know nothing of it. Albinism is genetically inherited skin abnormality which is caused due to the body’s inability to produce melanin- a substance needed for pigmentation.

Not only skin, but the hairs also lose its color due to this skin disorder. It is also associated with vision problems. According to the National Organization for Albinism and Hypopigmentation, about 1 in 18,000 to 20,000 people in the United States suffer from albinism.

It broke my heart when I read online that people with Albinism in Africa are hunted down for their body parts. They are forced to live in exile. Due to false superstitions, they are dragged out of their houses and killed. Toddlers are snatched from impoverished single mothers or while walking to school.

As I dug deeper, I found even worse information about the superstitions. People in Tanzania kill even their loved ones with albinism and sell their parts. People pay $3,000-$4,000 for a limb or $75,000-£50,000 for the full body as they believe that their body parts will bring luck and more wealth.

While some see this as a very absurd and disturbing disorder, one girl from Denver became an internet sensation when her mother shared her pictures online. Louise Mcmorris’s video became viral when she was just 6 months old and people from all over the world embraced her as a special child.

She was born with no pigmentation and had a very poor sight.

This is Louise Mcmorris at 3 and she looks stunning.

“Albinism is truly beautiful and nothing to fear, something to embrace,” Megan McMorris, Louise’s mom said. “We just want to provide hope and inspiration to families in the same situation.”

baby skin care tips

A newborn baby skin is DIFFERENT from adult skin.

The differences are newborns have a thinner outer layer (aka epidermis) of skin than adults. A thinner outer layer of skin means increased the risk to irritation.

Be cautious of using too much soap and fragranced products for this reason. Secondly, baby skin has higher water content than adult skin. Thus, baby skin has quicker absorption as well as quicker water loss. Because of these differences, your baby needs a special daily skin care routine.

Baby Skin Care Basic

baby skin care

  • A massage is an important one-on-one time. Research shows that a baby’s very survival depends on being touched by others – as touch triggers hormones, boosts immunity, and helps fight disease. Also, massaged babies are calmer, sleep better, and cry less — every parent’s dream!
  • There’s no special technique for massage. Lay the baby on a soft blanket or fabric massage the baby’s chest and tummy with a warm baby oil or lotion and make eye contact and talk to the baby.

baby skin care

Following a regular bath calms a baby and also washes away oils and excess dry skin which is not good for the baby.

  • Using warm water in most areas is more than sufficient. Save your fragrance-free, ph-balanced soap for the areas that need it, like baby bottoms and chubby folds of skin.

baby skin care

  • Moisturisers replenishes what your baby’s skin loses and gives your child a protective barrier.
  • Ensure that you moisturiser your baby within 2- 3 minutes after bathing.
  • When choosing the moisturiser it is preferable to use a fragrance free, hypoallergenic, preservative free moisturiser as your baby’s skin will be very sensitive.

baby skin care

  • Most often, diaper rash is caused by the irritating wetness of a soiled diaper.
  • The rash can also develop when baby’s skin is not properly dried after a bath.
  • Sometimes, a bacteria or yeast infection will cause diaper rash.
  • Babies taking antibiotics are especially vulnerable to a yeast infection diaper rash because the drugs allow fungal growth.

baby skin care

  1. Check diapers frequently and change every 3 hours
  2. Wash the diaper area with mild fragrance-free cleanser or plain water.
  3. Use a soft, baby wipes preferably perfume or alcohol free wipes
  4. Pat baby dry. Don’t rub. Let the diaper area air-dry fully before putting on a fresh diaper.
  5. Apply a thick layer of diaper creams containing zinc oxide before every diaper change

See your pediatrician if the rash doesn’t clear up in two to three days. If the rash is caused by eczema, a bacterial or yeast infection, or other condition, you may need a prescription treatment.