INFANT COLIC A PARENTAL STRESSOR OR NOT?

infant colic.jpgThere is nothing more distressing to a parent than a cranky, irritable and crying baby,  Infant colic is manifested by persistent, unexplained, inconsolable crying, that can continue for several hours each day, often occurring in the evening,among  yorubas  it is called COLI(pronounce with a Yoruba accent). Colic can be a source of distress for many parents especially when the baby does not respond to usual methods of soothing. It can occur by 2-3 weeks of age and it can continue until the infant is 4-6 months of age .The cause of colic is still a mystery to many but some believe it to be gastrointestinal in nature, some believe it to be caused by gas, a developing nervous system or a moody baby.

One thing you should know however is that  there is no particular method to resolve infant colic, it usually resolves on its own by 4-6 months. To help in soothing your baby it is best to try one method of soothing before you try another and see which best works for your baby. If you are having concerns about colic you can see your doctor to help you rule out medical causes for your baby’s irritation.

Other things that can make your baby fussy or irritable include:

-An infection

-Stomach problems or acid reflux.

-Eye trouble , like a scratch.

– Injury to the bones or fingers.

 

WAYS TO SOOTHE YOUR BABY

Ensure to try one at a time to know which would soothe your baby:

  • Changes in the amount and type of infant stimulation such as putting baby to sleep in a quiet, low-lighted room or dark room.
  • Rocking of your baby
  • Also you can try massaging your baby.

 

WHAT TO DO WHEN COLIC STARTS STRESSING YOU OUT

First thing to know is that colic does resolve on time just takes a few months , this would prepare you mentally for how long it might take. You should know it is fine for you to leave your baby to lay safely in the crib and leave to take a break , you shouldn’t feel guilty and nothing would happen to your baby so take a break for a while and come back to your baby.

You should seek support from family and friends or wherever you can get support to help you during this period.

Worry less your baby would grow and develop properly regardless of the colic.

 

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CESAREAN BIRTH: THE NIGERIAN EXPERIENCE

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The one thing I love best about Nigeria is how our culture shapes us and the mix of religion to it makes it more wonderful, it literally influences every aspect of our lives from how to relate with people especially the elderly to the kind of food we eat and the cloth we wear. Growing up as a child we are ingrained with different beliefs, one thing that I know is hardly ever discussed in a Nigerian home is pregnancy and birth, in short it’s like a taboo Continue reading “CESAREAN BIRTH: THE NIGERIAN EXPERIENCE”

END OF THE YEAR POST

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so its the 31st today end of another wonderful year of blogging and giving out information  i enjoyed every part of it and it has been a wonderful year. 2017 promises to be better, i have lots of plans for the blog and i hope you would love them.i hope you all have your goals for next year because i do and  next year the blog would look better and be inclusive of daddies we don’t want to leave the daddies out anymore they deserve to know so they can better support and help with the baby so watch out for that.

I therefore want to use this opportunity to appreciate all my readers and followers you keep me going every morning , thank you for always finding time to read my blog because it would be nothing without you. see you in 2017!!!!

 

Merry Christmas and a prosperous new year!!!!!!!!!!!!

PELVIC FLOOR EXERCISES(KEGEL EXERCISES)

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Pelvic floor exercise is an exercise done to help in strengthening the pelvic floor muscles. The pelvic floor muscles are muscles  located between your legs, and run from your pubic bone at the front to the base of your spine and at the back. They are sling shaped and hold the pelvic organs (uterus, bladder, vagina, bowel) in place. The pelvic floor muscles support the bladder and bowel and gives you control when you urinate.

 

WHY YOU SHOULD KEEP THE PELVIC FLOOR MUSCLES STRONG

As you get older the pelvic muscles get weaker, Continue reading “PELVIC FLOOR EXERCISES(KEGEL EXERCISES)”

High blood pressure in pregnancy

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There are certain conditions in pregnancy that can be a source of threat to the mother and baby , most of these treats are preventable and can be avoided. Some of this conditions include diabetes, high blood pressure, preeclampsia, eclampsia etc. this is however one of the most important reasons to book for antenatal as early as possible to help in early detection of this condition. Continue reading “High blood pressure in pregnancy”