Epidural During Pregnancy- 101

One of the main anxieties of the most mother-to-be in the 9 months of pregnancy is the pain of childbirth and whether they will be able to handle it. There are so many horror stories about how bad the labor pains can be, which are enough to wake the poor mamas in cold sweat in the middle of the night. However, it is reassuring that there are several pain relief options which are available for the expecting moms nowadays, one the biggest names of which is the epidural. An epidural is a kind of anesthesia which is injected in the back to stop you from feeling pain in part of your body, commonly given for pain relief in childbirth and in some types of surgery.  Epidural eases the pain while delivering a baby. It is a regional anesthesia that blocks pain in a particular body part. Whether you chose for the epidural is completely up to the parents, however, it is your basic right to know about the options available to you.

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Baby skin care 101

The skin of your baby is extremely vulnerable and needs special care to maintain its softness and smoothness. Any abrasive product or poor handling of your baby’s skin can lead to rashes, acne or dryness.  “Babies’ skin is thinner and more prone to irritation, but it’s very resilient,” says Bruce Brod, MD, a dermatologist in Philadelphia. So it is important to take utmost care while choosing the products you use for your child, as you cannot afford to compromise on quality when it comes to your child. Let us go through certain things you can do so that your baby’s skin remain protected and glowing.

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Better Sleep in Pregnancy

Pregnancy is one of the most delicate phases of one’s life.   Your body goes through a remarkable transformation in the process of making another little life within itself. Even if you have been a great sleeper in all your non-pregnant years, the chances are that you will toss and turn through the night during pregnancy. Now is the time that you need a good night's sleep more than ever and unfortunately it is harder than ever to get it, especially in your first and third trimesters. According to the National Sleep Foundation’s (1998 Women and Sleep poll) 78% of women report more disturbed sleep during pregnancy than at other times.

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Bedtimes with toddler

Bedtimes are incredibly important for a toddler, as the day finally wraps up for your little one, and gives them a chance to unwind and relax.However, bedtimes are not as easy as they sound and brings their own set of challenges. The kids generally don't want to miss out on all the fun and want to delay the bedtime as much as they can. However, a sound sleep is essential for a child. Infants of 4 to 12 months need 12 to 16 hours, babies of 12 months to 3 years need 11 to 14 hours of sleep and children of 3 to 5 years need 10 to 13 hours of sleep in every 24 hours.

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As new parents, you are excited to welcome your bundle of joy. However, you baby throws you a curveball when they cry for hours at end, while you stand perplexed what is it that happened and how you can change it to make the baby stop crying. It becomes a challenge for a mom to identify the cause of the irritation in the baby, as the baby might be crying even if it is well-fed and healthy. For a full-term baby, colic is likely to occur at the age of 2 weeks; and for a premature baby, the colic takes relatively longer time to arrive. Thankfully, this does not last for long and by the span of three or four months, colic disappears automatically. In the meantime, a little knowledge and a lot of patience will help you survive this mysterious period of endless crying.

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 Fever in Kids

Every parent has those heartbreaking episodes of staying up until dawn, taking care of their little ones, while they languish in fever. Fevers can be a terrifying thing for parents, whether you are first-time moms and dads or you have been through your fair shares of fever. Every child will inevitably experience a fever, no matter how careful the parents are. Fever is when the body's inner "thermostat" boosts the body temperature above its usual level(98.6°F/37°). During fever, the internal thermostat, the hypothalamus resets the body to a higher temperature in response to contamination or illness, as it is the body's way of combating the germs that cause infections and presenting the body as a less suitable place for them. The temperature of 38C (100.4F) or above is officially termed as a fever.

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