Seminar on Developmental Milestones – Thursday 15th October at Safari Kid

This could be especially interesting for all you Pok Fu Lam parents, but obviously everyone is welcome. The talk will cover from newborn to three years old.
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Baby Development clinics

Developmental baby clinic

I have recently linked up with Safari Kid and will be continuing our highly successful development assessment clinics and talks

We are aware more and more that parents are concerned that their babies are meeting their developmental milestones, and it is important they are checked for this and we can reassure the parents.

I am offering 30 minute consultations and developmental checks for babies and toddlers up from 0 to 2 years old on various days. This will include:

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  • Baby weighing, with length and head circumference measurement
  • Feet, spine and hip checks
  • Growth and feeding concerns
  • Assessment of developmental milestones
  • Advice on positioning and handling.

Many countries, such as in the UK, provide these checks as standard, but in Hong Kong this is often sadly missed out. We want to change that!

It is very important to have a developmental check in the first 6 months of life and once again when the child is slightly older. Very often, parents have questions about their child’s growth development and posture and I will be on hand to answer them all, no matter how big or small! From toes that turn out, to knees that turn in, heads that are flat and tummy buttons that stick out, crazy crawlers and reluctant walkers, I will be there to advise and reassure you

Cost: HKD 700 per 30 minute consultation. Strictly by appointment only.

For more flexibility with times, Helen can see you at Physiobaby in Mid Levels.

Safari Kid 2015 Date:

  • Thursday 5th November

Time:  10.00 am till 12.00 noon

Safari Kid is at 101, Chi Fu Landmark, Chi Fi Fa Yuan, Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong. www.safarikid.com.hk

To book a developmental assessment or consultation with me, contact me now by E mail to helen.binge@gmail.com or phone, WhatsApp or text to +852 9075 5194

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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.

 

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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Free talk on Positioning and handling your baby: June 16th 2015

baby on tummyI will be doing a talk at Tiny Footprints in June 2015. The subject will be Positioning and Handling your Baby. How you position and handle your baby has a direct and crucial impact on their development.

I will be covering the subjects of sleeping positions, play positions, tummy time, baby carriers, slings, pillows and more. In addition I will be talking about developmental milestones and the ways you can encourage and stimulate your baby in their first year of like.

If you would like to attend the talk, it is FREE and you just need to RSVP to Tiny Footprints at contact@tinyfootprints.com or telephone them directly on 2522 2466.

The talk starts at 10.00 am. Please note that the Tiny Footprints newsletter has the incorrect time.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

 

 

Free talk on Babies’ Developmental Milestones at Tiny Footprints – 12th May 2015

baby on backHave you ever wondered when your baby will learn to sit , when they will learn to crawl, when to expect their first tooth and when they will first smile at you? These are important milestones in a baby’s first year of life

Come and find out about your baby’s development and when to expect these magical moments in a child’s life.

Helen is a Paediatric Physiotherapist, Developmental Specialist and one of the founders of Nest4Mums. She has been working with parents and babies for over 30 years. She is also a mother of two boys and cannot wait to share her knowledge and experience. She will explain how a baby develops and matures, discuss gross and fine motor function and show you ways to encourage and stimulate this development.

There will be plenty of time for questions and there will be some handouts to help you understand further.

This talk will take place at 10am on Tuesday 12th May 2015 at Tiny Footprints on Duddell Street in Central. Come along with or without your babies. See you there!

From TOP to TOE, free talk on development concerns at Tiny Footprints

Tuesday April 14th at 10 am

baby on backI will be talking, once more, about flat head syndrome, torticollis, tip toe walking, hip dislocation, bow legs, feet that turn in and feet that turn out.. and a whole lot more! These are common issues that can affect your babies and they can often be prevented and certainly corrected, if you know how. Come along with your concerns and questions and I will be ready to answer them. This is always a very popular subject so please register with Tiny Footprints or email me at helen.binge@gmail.com

Hope to see you there.