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Archive for May, 2010

When’s the best time to have a baby?

New statistics show that record numbers of women in their 40s are having babies. Over the last 20 years, the number of fortysomething women giving birth in England and Wales has almost trebled. Experts put this down to several factors: we are postponing childbearing because of our careers, our men don’t want to commit, or we are having a “prolonged adolescence” in our 30s and simply don’t get around to it.

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Diary of a Mum of Two…. Mama told me, there’ll be days like these

Last week wasn’t a great week in the Catyn household. The husband had strep throat, the first-born had an infection, and the infant was himself – charming and smiley during the day, the anti-christ at night. But sometimes all you need is one good day to see you through – and, thank goodness, that day was Sunday.

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Fathers can suffer baby blues as much as women

Many men suffer from post-natal depression that can be just as debilitating as it is for women, doctors have found.

New research published in the ‘Journal of the American Medical Association’ suggested that around one in 10 new fathers developed the condition. Symptoms were most common in the first six months after a baby was born.

Men were more likely to have the ‘baby blues’ if their wife or girlfriend did too.

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Allaying Allergies

If you suspect that your child has an allergy that is affecting their quality of life, you should seek out medical advice to get to the root of the matter.

RED, itchy eyes; blocked nose; sneezing; coughing; hives … sound familiar? These are the classic, telltale signs of an allergic reaction. It’s believed that a quarter of Irish children have some type of allergy, which can manifest in diseases such as rhinitis, sinusitis, asthma, dermatitis, eczema and hayfever.

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Lying children will grow up to be successful citizens

The earlier a child starts telling convincing lies the more likely they are to be a success in later life, new research suggests.

Researchers have found that the ability to tell fibs at the age of two is a sign of a fast developing brain and means they are more likely to have successful lives.

They found that the more plausible the lie, the more quick witted they will be in later years and the better their abiliy to think on their feet.

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Parents wrongly advised on weaning – survey

According to the Irish Times, parents in Ireland may be getting inappropriate advice from some health professionals about weaning their babies on to solid food, new research has found.

Official guidelines here currently recommend that breastfed babies should be introduced to solid foods at six months of age, while the age is four months for formula-fed infants.

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Diary of a Mum of Two…. Contented Little Babies

Pretty much everyone in the mothering business has come across Gina Ford. Remarkably, the firstborn was already about 3 months old when I first heard the name – I asked a work colleague whether her baby had a “routine” and with her answer, a whole new world opened before my eyes; a world where organisation and structure is the order of the day, a world where babies go to sleep at 7pm and wake at 7am, a world where you know what comes next. You see, there are babies, and there are “Gina Ford Babies” or as she puts it herself “contented little babies”. There is no doubt about it, Ms Ford has something, and the many people who follow her routines swear by her.

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