Free Talk on Baby proofing – Top Ten Tips to keep your moving baby safe at home. Tuesday 11th August 2015 at Tiny Footprints

Selectrico your baby is finally there. They can creep, they can crawl, they can shuffle on their bottom so now you really need eyes in the back of your head. Baby is on the move! Moving babies are great fun, but we do need to be extra vigilant once they can move, walk and toddle. They are naturally curious and want to explore the world, but how do we let them do this safely?

Come and listen to Helen talking about this important phase in your baby’s life. She will provide you with her top ten tips to keep your baby safe in their home environment. It is important to stimulate your baby and yet be mindful of their safety at the same time. Helen will also cover topics such as baby walkers, baby bouncers, pushchairs and strollers.

This FREE talk to start at 10 am with plenty of time of question and answers. It will take place at Tiny Footprints on Duddell Street in Central. Places are limited, so please rsvp to contact@tinyfootprints.com or telephone them directly on 2522 2466. Look forward to seeing you there.

 

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Why are developmental checks important for your baby?

four babiesFor those of you that have been to any of my talks, you will know that there will never be another time in your child’s life when they will grow so quickly or develop so fast.

The first year of life is a year of unbelievable change. They start out as a helpless newborn, full of uncontrollable jerky movements and unable to even lift their head, and one year later they will have tripled in weight, be standing up and maybe even walking, waving bye bye and uttering their first words. It is truly an amazing time.

Sometimes, however, there can be a few minor blips on the way,  As far as growth is concerned, maybe your baby is struggling to put on weight, maybe you have fussy eater,  maybe your child was born prematurely ( before 37 weeks). These babies need a careful eye on their weight gain, length and head circumference.

Developmentally, your child may be slow to roll over, maybe use one hand more than the other, may hate tummy time, or resist crawling. All these things are usually very normal, but they do need to be checked, to make sure nothing is being missed.

In  Great Britain, typically babies are checked on the NHS, at 3 , 5  8 and 12 months, here in Hong Kong, there are no hard and fast rules, it all depends whether you adhere to the local public system or see your paediatrician privately.

All babies should have developmental checks but in particular the babies with the following should be assessed

  1. Low birth weight babies
  2. Premature babies
  3. Breech presentation babies, ( more at risk of hip problems)
  4. Babies with any perinatal complications, such as breathing problems
  5. Very large birth weight babies
  6. Twins and multiple births
  7. Babies born with tight muscles  eg Torticollis ( tight muscles in the neck)  Talipes ( tightness in the feet a.k.a Club foot)
  8. Any baby who you are concerned about.

I think sound advice is that all babies should have 2  thorough developmental checks in their first year preferably one in their first 6 months and one later in the year: this will have the benefit of checking thoroughly for any differences in their all round  development. Most babies have no serious problems at all, but even if they have minor ones, the earlier it is picked up, the easier it is to remedy and the better the outcome. In every case, without doubt, early detection end intervention is the key.

As well as weight and measurements, muscle tone, head shape, spine, hips, sight and hearing should be checked

If you are concerned about your baby in any way, the earlier you check the better, and at very best you can be reassured that there is nothing to worry about.

Remember to look out for the baby clinics I will be holding in Lima, conducted in English. All the details will be on this site. Watch this space!

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