A study by the New England Journal of Medicine finds that children born to mothers who eat foods that contain allergens during pregnancy tend to develop less allergies. As it is known that infants who are in contact with pets tend to develop fewer allergies as well. Let's get back to nature and back to normal. This is the lesson. An aseptic and hypoallergenic enviroment is not healthy.
Great fanfare: pediatricians involved in a malfeasance against infant and new mothers. They prescribed the use of artificial milk powder in exchange for bribes by the manufacturers. Against the ethics. I hope, however, we would reflect that the damage is not the gift received but the fact that they have altered the nutrition and the development of the infant. Infant formula is not comparable to the modern one. And it never will.
American pediatricians write on the American Heart Association website the rules to make our children eat healthy. The classic dilemma, how to let them eat veggies and fruits etc. The last advice is perhaps the only one that matters: eat well yourlself, because children do not learn from teaching but by example.
We talk about postpartum depression and only marginally we refer to the role of DHA. DHA supplementation before and during pregnancy and lactation (and not just in the last three months) reduces the probability of maternity blues or at least attenuates the symptoms. It's not magic, it's simple chemistry. Yet, as all that is natural, mysteriously finds little attention in the scientific debates.
A psychologist on the radio says that boredom in children is a creative space. Don't keep your child always busy, and worse than ever "busy" in front of the TV. The child needs quiet moments where it can process the information it has received. The child doesn't get bored when thinking, even though adults may think so. So let your child has his/her moments, slow, creative.
Children who watch television for too many hours can develop aggression. Let's abandon the myth of educational TV. The information learned from the TV are unidirectional, the child takes it passively. Many hours of the TV are times when the child does not expressed him/herself as he/she needs to. Therefore possible, if not probable, that the child may experience restlessness or, as reported in a study today, aggressiveness.
I just commented on a magazine article that talked about the link between childhood hypertension and table salt. Our eating habits are mostly acquired and not innate. Children do not feel the need to use salt until they discover its existence. Sooner or later they will discover it but the later they get used to salty flavors (and sweet ones for that matter), the less addicted to it they will become.
Two behaviors to best avoid when your child misbehaves: 1. Repeating over and over that he did something wrong. It's enough to just say it once or twice, but clearly. Incessant repeating creates habit and takes away from the importance of the words. 2. Showing anger. Your child will be more startled by your rage than by the reason behind it. And never use violence, not even if it is only verbal. You'd be teaching him that the bigger one wins.
Trying to discipline a child by force is an act of arrogance and ignorance. A child should only be accompanied in its growth. With courage, patience, sensitivity and humility. Our repeated reprimands (a continuous dejavu) and moments of anger only serve to complicate your life to him and to you. The child learns by our attitude and if it is an attitude of anger, he will learn only the fear and anger.