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Yoga for Kids – 5 Simple Poses to Start With

Yoga for Kids

Yoga for Kids

Yoga is one of the most preferred, revered and safe forms of physical activity that can be done by both adults and children. Besides, practicing yoga with your kin is one of the many ways you can work out together and maintain a healthy lifestyle.  Below are five yoga poses that are appropriate for children of all ages;

Butterfly Pose  (Badhakonasana)

Butterfly Pose

Butterfly Pose

The butterfly pose is a brilliant pose which makes it possible for children to make use of their imagination. The pose enables your young one to better stretch the spine and legs.

Sunrise/Sunset Sequence

Sunrise/Sunset Sequence

Sunrise/Sunset Sequence

The poses entail a combination pose of the big toe pose and the upward salute. This is a pose that is more appealing to your younger kin as the pose (sunrise/sunset) will see them imitating the sun rising and falling through body motions.   The yoga pose is a structured two pose sequence one that needs to be performed for at-least ten times. You should begin with the sunrise pose (upward salute) and afterwards the big toe pose (sunset) which requires the child to bend forward.

Gorilla  Pose ( Padahastasana)

Gorilla  Pose ( Padahastasana)

Gorilla Pose ( Padahastasana)

The gorilla pose is a name given to help you child assume the wide-legged forward bend. Fortunately, the pose can be held in place. However, in most instances, the children will enjoy swimming back and forth on the waste as they go into full gorilla mode.
This is a perfect pose that helps your children put their minds at ease. The gorilla pose also eliminates back pain.

Tree Pose (Vriksasana)

Tree Pose

Tree Pose

This is a pose that needs optimum balancing. To have your children better perform this pose, you should ask them with authority to have their eyes trailed on one of the objects to eliminate any chances of a fall.   The tree pose is one of the greatest poses that help children learn self-control. The pose will help your children improve both their strength and balance.

Fish Pose (Matsyasana)

Fish Pose

Fish Pose

This is one of the most fun yoga pose loved by children of all ages. The pose is enjoyable and the children will not be aware that the pose helps them strengthen their neck muscles and upper back.  The yoga position provides your child with a perfect posture and your children will be fully stretched

 

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Breastfeeding for New Mothers

Breast Feeding

                       Breast Feeding

Motherhood and breastfeeding:

Entering motherhood and bringing a new life into this world is undoubtedly the most overwhelming experience for all mothers, particularly at the time of their firstborn. What make this experience even more overwhelming are the several changes in the body and lifestyle that needs to be dealt with, the most prominent of which is breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is nourishing a child naturally with milk that is the staple, essential diet of all infants to promote early growth and to strengthen their immune systems. Breastfeeding not only form the basis of ideal health for babies, but also for the mothers as it regulates hormones and contributes to proper functioning of the organ systems.
Experts agree that it is best for the child and the mother both, to continue breastfeeding for at least a year after birth.

What is the importance of breast milk and breastfeeding?

There are countless advantages associated with breastfeeding and breast milk that all new mothers must essentially be aware of. While most may prefer the use of infant formulae immediately after birth, breast milk is always fresh, entirely safe and mild enough to be easily digested and absorbed by the baby’s body, contains all vital nutrients that are required for ideal development and strength, is always the ideal temperature, does not cause diarrhea or other gastric disorders, and does not cause any allergies to the child.   Apart from all these prominent advantages, perhaps the most important one for a new mother is the fact that breastfeeding develops a close, special bond with the child and allows the child to gain comfort, fondness and attachment for his/her mother and caregiver. It is important to breastfeed for at least a year in order to develop this mutual, intimate bond.

When should a new mother essentially start breastfeeding her child?

Experts agree that the perfect time to start breastfeeding is immediately after birth, or soon as the mother is in a condition to comfortably hold her baby and feed him/her. It is true that all new mothers initially tend to think that may not know the right way, position, technique or posture, but the sooner breastfeeding is initiated, the better for both the mother and the child.
Because breastfeeding is an entirely new experience, it is important to acquire information and guidance from nurses, doctors, midwives or other professionals in the field who can provide comprehensive insight into all do’s and don’ts of breastfeeding. This can either be done before or immediately after the birth of the child, but it important to not delay breastfeeding, or to allow someone else to do it.

What are some important breast care tips which must be practiced after feeding?

It is completely natural for the breasts to undergo slightly tender or sensitive after breastfeeding, it usually takes a bit of getting used to initially. It is recommended that new mothers should alternate breasts for each time they breastfeed their child for more comfort. Once the baby has been nursed, the nipples should be allowed to dry for a while; experts suggest that towels and cloths should be avoided because they may cause further irritation to the already sensitive breasts.
A common problem that new mothers frequently face is the leaking or letting down of milk which can spontaneously occur. In order to manage this and to avoid embarrassment, absorbent bra liners can be used to clear any excess milk. In the absence of bra liners, one can simply cut an old cloth into small piece and use these as cheaper, ready to use bra liners which are just as effective. If the leaking is frequent, bra liners can be used during pregnancy and even after each breastfeeding session safely.

How to determine the baby’s milk needs and timing?

It is essential to breastfeed the child once every three hours initially to provide optimal nourishment to his/her system. It is normal to nurse a newborn baby at least twelve times a day. In case the baby sleeps more and is only getting six to eight feeding session during his/her waking hours, the mother may wake the child up especially to nurse milk to complete the daily dietary requirements

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Pregnant women can transmit stress to babies

At Risk in Womb

At Risk in Womb

Washington: A pregnant mother may pass on damaging experience of stress to her unborn baby through the placenta,a new study has found.
Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine found that if a mother is exposed to stress during pregnancy,her placenta translates that experience to her foetus by altering levels of a protein that affects the developing brains of male and female offspring differently.
The findings suggest one way in which maternalstress exposure may be linked to neurodevelopmental diseases such as autism and schizophrenia,which affect males more frequently or more severely than females.
Most everything experienced by a woman during a pregnancy has to interact with the placenta in order to transmit to the foetus, said Tracy L Bale,senior author of the study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Now we have a marker that appears to signal to the foetus that its mother has experienced stress, Bale said.
The study builds on previous work by Bale and her colleagues which found that female mice exposed to stress during pregnancy gave birth to males who had heightened reactions to stress.
Further research showed that the effect extended to the second generation: The sons of those male mice also had abnormal stress reactions.
The Penn team hoped to find a biomarker that could account for these changes and risk factors.To be an effective signal of maternal stress,the researchers reasoned,a biomarker would need to show differences in expression between male and female offspring and would need to be different between stressed and unstressed mothers.
They also wanted to find a marker that behaved similarly in humans.
They went about their search by first exposing a group of female mice to mild stresses,such as fox odour or unfamiliar noises,during the first week of their pregnancies,a time period equivalent to the first trimester of a human pregnancy.Another group of pregnant mice was unexposed.PTI

Source :- Times of India