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Essential Steps to Take When Finding a Pediatrician

There is no more precious a day for parents than the day of your child’s birth.  On day two, however, you start to realize all of the questions you need answered and problems you need solved. One of the most pressing needs to be met is finding a pediatrician for your newborn.

The pediatrician you choose will be a large part of your new family for many years to come, so it is vital that you do your homework and ultimately be comfortable in your choice.

In the first year of your new baby’s life alone, you will be making upwards of six visits to the pediatrician for basic checkups. Plus, you’ll be there for any unexpected visits for their first cold or fever.

With that in mind, here are five great tips to help you in finding the pediatrician that is right for your baby and you.

1.  You cannot do enough research when finding a pediatrician

A great way to start this process is by asking fellow parents about the doctor they use.  Or, if you prefer, you can try an online service to find a pediatrician. Just remember when looking, that while it is essential to find a doctor that has the credentials and reviews that pass your test, it is also important to take into account their location, their hours (including after-hour care), and whether they accept your current insurance.

2.  Examine their experience and their credentials

Pediatricians are doctors that specialize in the care of children from birth to young adulthood.  When looking for a pediatrician, it is advisable to find one that has been trained at a reputable University.

Also, it is essential to find out how long this doctor has been practicing medicine and even the range of practice they have provided.  Has their entire history been in an office setting or have they also worked in environments like hospitals and urgent cares?  Are they currently operating in multiple environments?  It is not at all uncommon for a pediatrician to have regular office hours and also do rounds in a hospital environment for newborns.

3.  Make sure they are up to speed on the latest methods and practices

There may be no field that changes more rapidly than medicine.  When entrusting the health and well being of your newborn to a physician, it is crucial that they are staying current with all of the latest knowledge and practices in the medical field, especially when finding a pediatrician.

You will most likely be searching high and low on the internet for tips, tricks, and advice about how to care for your newborn, so make sure that your pediatrician is someone who has the experience and current understanding of best practices to be able to give you sound advice for the wealth of questions you will most certainly have.

4.  There is no “one-size-fits-all” when it comes to finding a pediatrician

Even when you think you have found a doctor that is current in their practices and has a thorough and comprehensive background of training and experience, there is a chance you may just not get along with that person.  Maybe you feel a crying baby should always be picked up and your potential pediatrician thinks they should sometimes just “cry it out.”  There is more to this decision than just a résumé, so make sure this is someone you feel entirely comfortable with.

5.  What does your newborn think?

If you find someone that you think is a good fit but every time you go for a visit your baby does not seem to “click” with his/her new doctor, take note of that.  If this is something that continues, this may be a sign that it is time to reassess your choice.  This may not be anyone’s fault necessarily, but it is essential that your doctor has a great relationship with both you AND your baby. 

Remember, this is someone your child will be seeing for the next several years so be sure that you feel comfortable with that relationship moving forward.

Also read about Early Child Development.

You can also leave comments and share experiences below on how to help parents find and get a good pediatrician.

Written by Charles Davenport for Senior Planning. Senior Planning is a one-stop shop for senior resources, health resources, and care resources.

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Child Obesity

Child obesity is a serious medical condition that affects children and adolescents. Children who are obese are above the normal weight for their age and height. And this is not healthy.

Childhood obesity is troubling because the extra weight often leads children to health problems regardless of their age — diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

Many obese children can become obese adults, especially if one or both parents are obese. And it is more likely to be so if they don’t help their child watch it.

Childhood obesity can also lead to poor self-esteem and depression.

Symptoms of Child Obesity

Not all children carrying extra pounds are overweight or obese though. Some children just have bigger-than-average body frames.

And children normally have different amounts of body fat at the various stages of development.

So you might not know just by looking at your child if weight is a health concern.

The body mass index (BMI), which provides a guideline of weight in relation to height, is the accepted measure of overweight and obesity.

Your child’s doctor can help you figure out if your child’s weight could pose health problems by using growth charts, the BMI and, if necessary, other tests.

When to See a Doctor About Child Obesity

If you’re worried that your child is putting on too much weight, talk to your family doctor.

Your child’s doctor will consider your child’s history of growth and development, your family’s weight-for-height history, and where your child lands on the growth charts.

This can help determine if your child’s weight is in an unhealthy range.

Causes of Child Obesity

Lifestyle issues — too little activity and too many calories from food and drinks — are the main contributors to childhood obesity.

But genetic and hormonal factors might play a role as well.

For example, recent research has found that changes in digestive hormones can affect the signals that let you know you’re full.

Risk factors of Obesity

Many factors — usually working in combination — increase your child’s risk of becoming overweight:

  • Diet.
    Regularly eating high-calorie foods, such as fast foods, baked goods and vending machine snacks, can easily cause your child to gain weight.
    Candy and desserts also can cause weight gain, and more and more evidence points to sugary drinks, including fruit juices, as culprits in obesity in some people.
    Kids are prone to eat much more during festive periods like birthdays, Christmas and new year holidays, school breaks, etc
  • Lack of exercise.
    Children who don’t exercise much are more likely to gain weight because they don’t burn as many calories.
    Too much time spent in sedentary activities, such as watching television or playing video games, also contributes to the problem.
  • Family factors.
    If your child comes from a family of overweight people, he or she may be more likely to put on weight.
    This is especially true in an environment where high-calorie foods are always available and physical activity isn’t encouraged.
  • Psychological factors.
    Personal, parental and family stress can increase a child’s risk of obesity.
    Some children overeat to cope with problems or to deal with emotions, such as stress, or to fight boredom. Their parents may have similar tendencies.
  • Socioeconomic factors.
    People in some communities have limited resources and limited access to supermarkets. As a result, they may opt for convenience foods that don’t spoil quickly, such as frozen meals, crackers and cookies.
    In addition, people who live in lower income neighborhoods might not have access to a safe place to exercise.

Complications of Child Obesity

Childhood obesity can have complications for your child’s physical, social and emotional well-being.

Physical Complications:
Type 2 diabetes. This chronic condition affects the way your child’s body uses sugar (glucose). Obesity and a sedentary lifestyle increase the risk of type 2 diabetes.

This cluster of conditions can put your child at risk of heart disease, diabetes or other health problems.

Conditions include high blood pressure, high blood sugar, high triglycerides, low HDL (“good”) cholesterol and excess abdominal fat.

High cholesterol and high blood pressure. A poor diet can cause your child to develop one or both of these conditions. These factors can contribute to the buildup of plaques in the arteries. These plaques can cause arteries to narrow and harden, which can lead to a heart attack or stroke later in life.

Asthma. Children who are overweight or obese might be more likely to have asthma. Sleep disorders. Obstructive sleep apnea is a potentially serious disorder in which a child’s breathing repeatedly stops and starts during sleep. 

Social and Emotional Complications

Low self-esteem and being bullied. Children often tease or bully their overweight peers, who suffer a loss of self-esteem and an increased risk of depression as a result.

Behaviour and learning problems. Overweight children tend to have more anxiety and poorer social skills than normal-weight children do. These problems might lead children who are overweight to act out and disrupt their classrooms at one extreme, or to withdraw socially at the other.

Depression. Low self-esteem can create overwhelming feelings of hopelessness, which can lead to depression in some children who are overweight.

Prevention

One of the best strategies to prevent childhood obesity is to improve the eating and exercise habits of your entire family.

Whether your child is at risk of becoming overweight or currently at a healthy weight, you can take measures to get or keep things on the right track.

Limit your child’s consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages. Provide plenty of fruits and vegetables. Eat meals as a family as often as possible. Limit eating out, especially at fast-food restaurants. Adjust portion sizes appropriately for age. Limit TV and other screen time.

Treating and preventing childhood obesity helps protect your child’s health now and in the future.

Also, be sure your child sees the doctor for child welfare checkups at least once a year. During this visit, the doctor measures your child’s height and weight and calculates his or her BMI. An increase in your child’s BMI or in his or her percentile rank over one year is a possible sign that your child is at risk of becoming overweight.

Being obese is no evidence of good living. And yes obesity can be controlled! Feed your child with the right food and the right amount so they can grow healthy.

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IFs of parenting

Some IFs of Parenting

This piece was said to be written by Tiruvalluvar (a Tamil poet/writer). It’s one of the ancient sciences on Human Behaviour, which has not changed in spite of modern education  & technology!

They usually happen as a result of a parent saying or doing something. Here are some IFs of parenting:

  1. If your children lie to you often, it is because you over-react too harshly to their inappropriate behaviour.
  2. If your children are not taught to confide in you about their mistakes, you’ve lost them.
  3. If your children had poor self-esteem, it is because you advice them more than you encourage them.
  4. If your children do not stand up for themselves, it is because from a young age you have disciplined them regularly in public.
  5. If your children take things that do not belong to them, it is because when you buy them things, you don’t let them chose what they want.
  6. If your children are cowardly, it is because you help them too quickly.
  7. If your children do not respect other people’s feelings, it is because instead of speaking, you order & command them.
  8. If your children are too quick to anger, it is because you give too much attention to misbehaviour & you give little attention to good behaviour.
  9. If your children are excessively jealous, it is because you congratulate them only when they successfully complete something & not when they improve at something even if they don’t successfully complete it
  10. If your children  intentionally disturb you, it is because you are not physically affectionate enough.
  11. If your children are openly defiant, it is because you openly threaten to do something but don’t follow through.
  12. If your child is secretive, it is because they are sure that you would blow things out of proportion.
  13. If your children back-answer to you, it is because they watch you do it to others & think its normal behaviour.
  14. If your children don’t listen to you but listen to others, it is because you are too quick to jump to conclusions.
  15. If your children rebel it is because they know you care more about what others think than what is right

One great secret to understanding children is seeing them as individuals separately so as to be able to handle them efficiently.

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Happy International Men’s Day

[dropcap]F[/dropcap]irst conceived in the February of 1991, the project of International Men’s Day was inaugurated a year later– in February 1992. The project of International Men’s Day was revived in 1999 in the Caribbean islands of Trinidad and Tobago.

Jerome Teelucksing, a doctor from Trinidad and Tobago, chose November 19 to celebrate International Men’s Day in honour of his father’s birthday. International Men’s Day, Dr Teelucksingh believed, is not just a gendered day but an event to address issues relating to men and boys.

This day also aims to celebrate “invisible” men who positively influence their gender, are inspiring role models for boys and try to raise awareness of men’s mental health.

International Men’s Day tries to create a conversation around things like mental health, toxic masculinity and the prevalence of male suicide.

International Men’s Day also explores issues like real-life options, poverty, hunger, homelessness, fatherlessness, parental alienation, mass incarceration, religious and ethnic intolerance which may prevent men and boys from living healthier, purpose-driven, and longer lives.

Who is the real MAN to be celebrated on International Men’s day?

A man is one of the most vital parts of God’s creation.

He sacrifices his dreams for just a smile on his parents’ face.

He spends his entire pocket money on buying gifts for the lady he loves, just to see her smiling.

He sacrifices his full youth for his wife & children by working late at night without any complaint.

He builds their future by taking loans from banks & repaying them for his entire lifetime.

He struggles a lot & still has to bear scolding from his mother, wife and boss.

His life ends up only by compromising for others’ happiness.

If he goes out, he is careless.

If he stays at home, he is lazy.

If he scolds his children, he is a monster.

If he doesn’t scold them, he is an irresponsible man.

If he stops his wife from working, then he is an insecure man.

If he doesn’t stop his wife from working, then he is somebody who lives on his wife’s earnings.

If he listens to mom, he is mama’s boy.

If he listens to his wife, he is, his wife’s slave.

If he does not play he is too serious, stern and stiff.

If he plays, he is a joker who never matures.

If he dresses well, he is extravagant and a possible womanizer. If he doesn’t dress well, he is a loser who is not a gentleman.

Respect every male in your life. You will never know what he has sacrificed for you.

Happy International Men’s day!!!

So, today is a good day to make a difference in this world on International Men’s Day. Be more empathetic and open in understanding gender. Be a man for a day and see what it is like?

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Lessons President Xi Jingping Learnt from His Father

Three powerful lessons Xi Jinping learnt from his father Xi Zhongxun. 

He narrated the story of growing up thus:

As a small child , I was very selfish, always grabbing the best for myself.

Slowly, everyone left me and I had no friends. I didn’t think it was my fault and I criticized others.

But my father gave me 3 sentences to help me in life.

One day, my father cooked 2 bowls of noodles and  put them on the table.
One had an egg on top while the other bowl had none on top.

Then he asked me to choose a bowl of noodles.

Because eggs were hard to come by those days, I chose the bowl with egg!

I was congratulating myself on my wise choice/decision and decided to wallop the egg. To my surprise my father’s bowl of noodles had two eggs at the bottom of his bowl beneath the noodles!

With much regret, I scolded myself for being too hasty in my decision.

My father smiled and taught me the first lesson to remember that, “what your eyes see may not be true.”

He added that, “If you make a habit of taking advantage of people, you will end up losing.”

The next day, my father again cooked 2 bowls of noodles: one bowl with an egg on top and the other bowl with no egg on top.

Again, he asked to choose the bowl I wanted.

This time I felt smarter so I chose the bowl without any egg on top.

Hmmm. To my surprise, there was not even a single egg at the bottom of the bowl!

Again, my father smiled and said to me, “My child, you must not always rely on experiences because sometimes, life can cheat you or play tricks on you“.

Never  be too annoyed or sad with situations. Just treat experience as learning a lesson experience that cannot be gotten from any textbooks.

The third day, my father again cooked 2 bowls of noodles: one bowl with an egg on top and the other with no egg on top.

He asked me to choose the bowl I wanted.

But  this time, I told my father, “Dad, you choose first. You are the head of the family and you contribute the most to the family.

My father was happy to choose for me.

He chose the bowl with one egg on top. But as I ate my bowl of noodles, to my surprise There were two eggs at the bottom of the bowl.

My father smiled at me with love in his eyes, he said “my child, you must remember that when you think for the good of others, good things will always naturally happen to you.”

I always remember these 3 sentences of my father.

Xi Jinping.

So what were the lessons in the story?

  1. What your eyes see may not be true
  2. You must not always rely on experiences because sometimes, life can cheat you or play tricks on you
  3. You must remember that when you think for the good of others, good things will always naturally happen to you.

As a father, mother, guardian, teacher or a child’s caretaker how do you use simple everyday life happenings and activities to teach your ward/child? 

Do you make them memorable? Do you also see to it that they learn the morals of the story/experience? 

Share with us how you teach and train your child in the comment box below.

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