Pediatricians’ advice for healthy babies

A baby is a developing individual and therefore remains vulnerable. Parents, who generally only want the best for their child, do everything in their power to protect them and offer them the best conditions for growing up well. However, the latter being sometimes inexperienced, it is up to health professionals to better guide them. Here are 8 tips from doctors to take care of baby’s health.

There are several factors that influence the healthy development of a baby. Among these we can for example count a good diet, an environment conducive to their development as well as quality sleep. Discover without further delay the 8 tips from doctors to promote the well-being of your child.

1. Reflexology, calming pain through the feet

Plantar reflexology is the practice of specific pressure points in the foot in order to relax. This practice is based on the  theory  that the  foot  is linked to different places in the body. In fact, a  study  published in the scientific journal World News Evidence-based Nursery found that applying foot massage to babies would help reduce pain. So if your baby feels any pain, do not hesitate to massage his feet to calm it down before of course consulting a doctor so that he can determine the cause of his pain.

2. Touch and stroke

A mother usually shows love for her baby by touching and caressing him. This gesture which comes naturally would have consequences which are likely to surprise you. Thus, according to an  article  from the University of Washington, children who received   their mother’s love through gentle gestures would have a larger hippocampus. The hippocampus is a brain structure that plays a key role in learning as well as memory.

3. Massage the baby

A massage is a moment of rest and relaxation that comes to rid us of stress. According to this  study  published in the scientific journal Frontiers in Psychology, massage can have several positive consequences not only for the baby but also for the mother. Thus, it was observed during this study an improvement in the mother-baby relationship after the mother has massaged her child, this could in particular reduce the stress felt by the latter. This study therefore concludes on the usefulness of a baby massage and therefore recommends regular practice.

4. Spend time on the stomach for a stronger baby

Putting a baby on his stomach would have significant positive consequences on his health. So according to the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK, letting  baby  spend time on his belly is important. This helps him strengthen his muscles to help him crawl. You can always start this practice very early by putting your baby on his stomach and on his chest. Be very careful of course when handling it. Do this practice only when you and your child are fully awake.

5. White noise for better sleep

It is by analogy with   white light which is a mixture of several colors that we qualify white noise, itself is a mixture of several sound waves. The latter tends to saturate our hearing receptors, so it would help to mask and attenuate other sounds.  White noise could help baby fall asleep faster, according to this  study in the scientific journal Archives of Disease in Childhood. It is therefore a solution that would be recommended to mothers to put their baby to bed.

6. A crying baby is not necessarily a hungry baby

It is in an  article  from Harvard University that doctor Claire McCarthy develops the following idea. According to the pediatrician, when a baby cries, we tend to too often think that it is because he is hungry. This can lead to overfeeding the baby and could even increase the risk of obesity. The latter can because of this practice begin to assimilate pain, boredom or even fatigue to food, habits which he will have a hard time getting rid of when he grows up.

7. Family meals

As soon as baby is able to sit in a high chair, it is recommended to have him participate in   family meals . This will not only allow him to acquire good eating habits but will also represent a moment of conviviality.

8. Soft baby music

According to this  study,  carried out on babies aged 12 to 24 months, playing soft music to a child could help the child to better manage his anger and to relax him.