Health

Important Things to Know About Vitamins for Your Kids

Vitamins are coming up every day, each one promising its own benefits. It is natural for a mother to want your kids to leverage the most out of these vitamins. But then again, amidst all these vitamins, it becomes difficult to know the best one for your kids. You, however, need not worry. The following are the important things about vitamins for your kids that you should know.

Leave the Prescription to a Professional

Sometimes you may feel that your child needs vitamins and you cannot fight the urge to rush to a pharmacy for one. However much as the temptation is, it is not good to buy one over the counter. Be sure of the vitamin that your child needs by visiting a doctor or a nutritionist. He or she will be in a position to evaluate your kid’s health and prescribe the best vitamin or multivitamins. In this way, you will be avoiding the danger of megadosing, which can lead to other effects such as headaches and nausea.

Health Status and Kid’s Physical Activities Matter

Not all kids need to take vitamins.  On the other hand, some may need to take more than one. For instance, if your child is healthy, he or she will not need any vitamins. The case is however different for children with conditions such as food allergies or development challenges. On the same breath, physically active children require different vitamins from their less active counterparts.

Consider the Age and Gender

A child’s nutritional requirement increases as he or she grows older. When they are between 2 and 3 years of age, the number of vitamins, calories, and other nutrients are much lower than when they turn 4. For instance, the vitamin C daily requirement for younger children stand at 15 milligrams. This goes up by 10 milligrams when they are between 4 and 8 years of age. In addition, boys will require more nutrients than girls will as they advance in age.

Gummy Vitamins are Not All Glamor

To ensure that kids take vitamins without a fuss, most are made to look and taste like candy. While they may be tempting, it is good to avoid them. Just like candy, they are capable of causing cavities. Oil dropper or powder vitamins are the best choices for kids.

Not All Kids Benefit From Sunlight

Previous studies have shown that dark skins do not effectively get vitamin D from sunlight. It, therefore, becomes important to give children of color more vitamins compared to the ones with a lighter skin. On the other hand, milk alternatives lead to lower vitamin D levels in kids. If your child takes milk alternatives, it is advisable to give them a vitamin D supplement.

Do not Over-indulge on Some Vitamins

It is good to note that some vitamins such as D, E, A, and K otherwise known as fat-soluble vitamins are more difficult to digest. It is good to give them sparingly as they can affect the liver and kidneys.

As a mother, you want the best for your child’s health and welfare in general. To ensure that this is not compromised, it is paramount to carefully evaluate what enters your child’s mouth. Keep in mind the above factors when you want to start your kid on a vitamin regimen.

Joys of Kids

What I Love About Being a Mother

I am currently a mother of two kids– a nine-year-old boy and a six-year-old girl. Both these children have given me unforgettable moments of joy. I have also experienced a lot of tensions and have spent hours worrying about the welfare of my kids and myself. I have successfully placed these negativities aside and only carry the pleasures, the awesome surprises and the magical moments that are a gift of motherhood. I wish to share, with everyone who is interested my stories of becoming a caring mother from a carefree- easy-going- twenty-

two-year-old young woman.

Loving naughtiness

A couple of years ago, when my kids were not as understanding as they are slowly becoming now, I used to have a tough time keeping them in control. They wanted the same things and often quarrelled. The younger one would snatch at the elder one’s picture books and before I could stop them, their favorite rhyme page was in pieces. The toy basket was always tumbled upside down, and both of them wanted to climb over it at the same time. I had my daily chores to complete, yet I had to help them climb over the basket. The laughter that followed was more precious than everything in the world.

Responsibilities

Growing kids demand time. The modern age with its technical overgrowth is making my kids smarter than I expected. My responsibilities today are to help them develop their understanding of the world and its ways. Moving in pace with time they need to know all yet refrain from things that can contaminate their innocent minds. I want them to grow up with pleasant memories, and for this, I spend as much time as I can with them. I know that very soon they will grow independent and their innocent mischief will not be there in the days to come.

For now, I enjoy everything that my kids do. It is a time that I wish will not pass too soon!

Breastfeeding, Tales

Week 1 with My Baby: The First Problems I Encountered

There are so many things that make people happy. We are overjoyed with things that are special and expensive like a diamond ring or a holiday package. Sometimes, ordinary things also offer pleasure like a blooming flower in the garden or a flowing stream. But, the joy that a mother gets from the first look of her baby is above all these kinds of happiness. It cannot be compared to anything.

When I saw my son for the first time, I just could not believe my eyes. The doctors were still fidgeting with my body- stitching, injecting and what not, but my senses were all drawn towards the little screeching thing in the nurse’s hand.

I smiled and felt so good. Gradually sleep overtook me, and I was asleep.

The next significant moment I had with my baby was the painful enjoyment of breast feeding. It was so painful, and the tiny lips could hardly suck a drop. The nurses helped me for sure, yet it took a couple of days for my boy to learn sucking.

The trial did not end here. There was much more to learn. I was at my wit’s end when after a few days, I felt milk squirting out in full force and making me all wet. What was even more panicking was that my poor baby was almost choked. My nurse and my mom came to our rescue and taught me how to control the flow.

The next problem was my baby sleeping only after a few sucks and again beginning to cry in a few minutes. He was unable to suck enough.

Everyone, including my doctor, friends, and relatives, laughed at my small discomforts. Soon my baby was an expert, and I was trained how to do it right.

Motivation

How I Turned My Pregnancy into a Pleasant Experience

It is not easy to go through all the physical and mental troubles of pregnancy, but it is a phase that passes quickly. It’s a journey that you have to value. There are a lot of things I can complain about it. However, there are also a lot of things that make it pleasant.

Consulting a doctor is necessary, so you have to do it a lot. However, to have a doctor who is more of a friend than a physician is rare. My pregnancy wasn’t complicated, but it was my first time and I was very nervous, but it was my doctor who made me feel that everything was fine and normal. She helped me keep my spirits up by always speaking positively.

Aside from my doctor, I also had my family with me. There were certain advice I had from my loving parents and in-laws that I would like to share. These things will help pregnancy easier for you, too:

  • Always remain positive. Think positive and act positively. If there are complications, accept them and go for a treatment feeling positive that things will turn out well.
  • Be happy. Your mood affects the baby’s health.
  • Prepare a cosy and decorated space for the newcomer. It will keep you engaged and also keep you happy.
  • Do not over exert or tire yourself. Take help from others.
  • Walk and do small household chores or office work. The more you keep your body in movement the easier will your labour be.
  • Eat nutritious food and lots of green vegetables and fruits. However consulting a dietician is always good.

I followed their advice, and kept myself busy taking care of myself and my baby. When I felt tired, I only had to touch my belly and told myself that I would soon see my child.

Pregnancy Testing, Tales

How I Knew I was Pregnant

I was married at the age of twenty-one. My husband is a tall, handsome person who has great affection for little children. Wherever we went, he was sure to find a kid and start playing. He used to laugh and did all sorts of tricks to make kids happy. At times, he got so involved with the kids that he used to completely forget my presence. I felt a bit jealous, but I admired him even more for this, and one day, I thought that I should have my own baby.

It was as if Providence was reading my mind. That very evening, I felt uneasy and nauseated. We went out for dinner, but the sight of my favorite food made me feel dizzy. I went twice to the washroom and returned home. I felt very sick. My husband was really worried, but I was feeling a bit happy. “What if I am pregnant?” I thought. I bought and used a pregnancy test strip and was overjoyed. The result was positive.

The next morning, we went to the doctor, and my pregnancy was confirmed. My husband was really glad, and my happiness was so great that I completely ignored my dizziness and my nausea.

The period of nine months was a period of mixed feelings. Most of the time, I felt really happy- the soft kicks of tiny feet, the imaginary face of my little angel, the preparations and shopping for my baby and above all, the loving care of my husband made me feel so precious. Sometimes, I was worried, tensed, irritant and moody. But there were lots of people who coaxed me out and everything was fine.