Sadly, each year, SIDS and fatal sleeping accidents claim the lives of many infants as a result of unsafe sleeping environments. It is essential that parents ensure their young infants and toddlers sleep safely at all times and that the research-based guidelines are followed.
Colostrum is the first fluid made by the breasts from around 16 weeks of pregnancy. Some women don’t realise their breasts are producing colostrum until they notice dried yellow crusts on their nipples, or their breasts start to leak. It is possible to express your colostrum while you are still pregnant and freeze it so you can feed it to your newborn baby. It is important to note however, that it’s not essential or necessary for all women.
It’s true to say that at some stage, all babies get sick. No matter how much loving care and protection they receive, there are times when they become unwell. Apart from needing to manage their symptoms, there are often changes in a baby’s sleep, feeding and awake routine when they’re sick. It can help to know what to do and how best to cope when they’re just not themselves.
Food safety is important at all ages and stages of life, but for babies and young children it’s particularly wise for parents to be careful about their food. Babies have immature digestion and immune systems and can become sick very easily if they eat contaminated food. Babies can also take longer to recover than adults do and develop complications if they’ve been unwell.