Washington: Babies whose mothers had low levels of vitamin B12 just before and after they were conceived could be up to five times more likely to be being born with a congenital defect, a study said.
Those women, who eat little or no meat or animal-based foods, were the most likely to have low levels of vitamin B12 and give birth to babies with a neural tube defect, according to the joint study by Trinity College, Dublin, the Health Board of Ireland and the US National institutes of Health.
"Vitamin B12 is essential for the functioning of the nervous system and fo... read more
The immune system can be simply described as an integrated series of mechanisms that protects the body from various ailments. The adult immune system, to a great extent, is the result of how the infant's immune defenses developed during the first years of life.
At birth, a baby's immune system must be developed to be equally strong against both allergens and infectious agents. And this starts when a baby is born normally. He comes in contact with good bacteria in the birth canal during delivery. He gets to swallow these good bacteria, which then multiply in... read more
A lot of moms develop instinctively a way of putting their babies to sleep. However, experts agreed that a regular bedtime routine is an effective triggers to tell them it's sleep time.
A good way to adopt a baby bedtime routine is to consistently practice it every day because, according to studies, babies as young as a few weeks respond well to bedtime routines that include baby massage. The Baby Bedtime Routine is a simple three-step process.
1. Give the baby a five-minute relaxing warm bath for an initial exciting activity for the baby.
2. Give the baby a two-minute oil massage applied... read more
Pregnant women are ironically even getting fewer calories, iron and fiber from food than the recommended amounts for non-pregnant women. A study done by nutritionists at the Manchester Metropolitan University published in the Journal of Maternal and Child Nutrition found that the average daily caloric intake of moms-to-be was 1,907 calories, significantly lower than the 2,140 calories recommended during pregnancy and even below the 1,940 calories advised for non-pregnant. The dietary intake of fiber, including supplements was 4 grams below the 18 grams recommended daily intake, while iron intake was 2.3 milligrams below the 14.8 milligrams daily recommended dosage fo... read more
Depriving infants of slumber can have serious consequences
Filipino parents believe that their babies sleep well at night. But think again. A global sleep survey revealed that Filipino babies ranked in among those who has the lowest number of nighttime sleep hours (an average of 9 hours and 9 minutes) compared to the Caucasian babies who were registered to have the longest duration of nighttime sleep (10 hours).
Conducted recently among 30,000 respondents, 1,100 of which were Filipino moms with babies, a study2 found Filipino and Asian babies woke up several times during the night-an average of 32 minutes every night-compared to... read more