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Friday, 30 December 2011

Pregnancy Diet Menu

Usually, a woman goes through different experiences in her life and the one of the best experiences of her entire life is pregnancy and becoming a mother. This is the time when she requires special mother care and attention from her husband and her family. Apart from the medications doctors suggests maintaining a healthy eating habit during pregnancy. Mother needs to follow a healthy diet menu during pregnancy and after pregnancy. This healthy eating will not only produce positive effects on mother’s health but, also will improve the development process of the baby.

Even though, during the initial months of the pregnancy women suffer from nausea and vomiting and it is very hard for her to intake appropriate amount of the food during pregnancy, but, still the doctors recommend to maintain a good healthy eating schedule that contains sufficient amount of the vitamins and proteins. A proper amount of the nutrients is vital for mental and visual growth of the baby and to improve entire process during pregnancy. 

Health benefits of DHA to the fetus

DHA has immense benefits both for the mother care and child care. DHA is essential for infant health both inside the womb of the mother as well as in its early life. We will see here some of the benefits that DHA provides for infant health.

Thursday, 29 December 2011

Importance of DHA during Pregnancy

DHA is the short form for an essential omega-3 fat called decosahexanoic acid. It is very important for the development of eyes and brain in babies. Algae and the fishes are the richest source of the omega-3 fat. If you are pregnant then you should understand the importance of DHA.

This is a vegetarian source and essential for child health. DHA and pregnancy are co-related to each other for the infants health. DHA is produced naturally in breast milk and plays vital role in mental and visual development during baby’s first few years of existence.

DHA and pregnancy- Health benefits during pregnancy:

In the past both doctors and the mothers were unaware of the DHA’s benefits. But, current studies show, DHA is essential for both mothers and infants health. It is one of the most important nutrients for baby’s nervous system. It supports the neurological development of the baby. 

Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Breast Feeding vs Infant Formula

With a pregnancy mothers start reading about the arguments about going for breast feeding vs Formula milk for their infants. Both the sources provide DHA in milk for your infant which is necessary for good infant health. If you are conceiving a baby then lots of question would be rising in your mind like, what brand of milk will be better for health of children, breast feeding, soy-based formula, or generic brands. After reading this article you can find out answers to these sorts of questions.
Infant formula:
There are three main types of the infant formulas:
· Cow's milk formulas: In most of infant formulas cow’s milk is formulated to make it more beneficial like mothers for a good infant health. This formula contains right balance of DHA in milk and other nutrients necessary for health of children and it is easier to digest by your infant. Though, this formula is perfect for most of the infants but, for some babies who are allergic to protein that is present in a cow’s milk require other kind of infant milk formulas.
· Soy-based milk formulas: This formula is preferred if you want to avoid animal proteins from the diet of your baby. Soy-based infant formula can be a substitute of cow’s milk formula or mothers who or nor breast feeding due to some complications. But, in most of the cases if an infant is allergic to cow’s milk, there is a possibility that he/she perhaps allergic to soy-based milk as well.
· Protein hydrolysate milk formulas: A Protein hydrolysate formula is also called hypoallergenic formula. It is easier to digest and have minor allergic reaction as compared to other infant formulas. This is a good alternative to soya-based and cow’s milk formulas and doctors have started recommending it for the benefits it offers to infant health.

Breast Feeding:

Breast milk is a natural and complete source of diet for a newborn baby. Mothers milk contains almost everything that is required for the development, growth and health of an infant. some of the key ingredients of the breast milk are as follows;

Fats: Amino Acids and DHA are present naturally that is important for brain building and vision development of an infant, and also contains cholesterol, lipase, and fat-digesting enzyme.

·         Protein: It contains soft, easily-digestible proteins essential for the health of a baby i.e. sleep inducing, brain, and body building proteins, Lysozyme and Lactoferrin proteins etc.

·         Carbohydrates: Mothers milk contains lactose and oligosaccharides, which are effective for intestinal infant health.

·         Immune Boosters:  Breast feeding provides your infant with immunoglobulins and white blood cells to provide natural immunity required for health of children.

·         Vitamins and Minerals: Mothers milk is rich in zinc, iron, calcium, and an antioxidant selenium to boost the growth of an infant.

·         Enzymes and Hormones: Breast feeding provides digestive enzymes like amylase and lipase, and hormones like oxytocin, prolactin, thyroid, and other important hormones for good health of children.

Cost Effectiveness: 

Breast feeding does not only provide essential nutrients for 
infant health but is also cost effective. The cost of different infant formulas is varied from $1,200 to $2,500 per years, while breast milk of a mother cost around $600 per year because of extra food is given to her. So breast milk is not only rich in with every kind of nutrients but, also a cost effective source of diet for your children.

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Healthy Eating to Help Childhood Obesity

Childhood obesity is the problem on the rise in today’s modern world, especially the first world countries are hit hard by this epidemic kid’s disease. The unhealthy eating habits with lessor physical movements are adding up to the problem of childhood obesity.

The problems of early childhood, diabetes type 2 in kids and many more problems are the cost of obesity problem many developing nations are bearing. With the problem being addressed by United Nation, more emphasis is now being put on child health and healthy eating.

Mother Care for a Fresh Skin after Pregnancy

By the birth of a child, the mother finds herself too occupied in child care and all the stuff. With a little time for herself, the mother can revitalize her skin as fresh as before pregnancy. Holy Mother n Kids present you with natural skin care methods for mother care.  These are very effective natural treatments that can bring wonders in mother’s life.

It took 9 months to give birth to the baby and it would take almost that bit of time to reshape you. The re-shape process is time taking but the results are long lasting.

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Pregnancy Stretch Marks – The Pregnancy Aftermath

There's nothing like having a newborn in the family, and nothing like pregnancy stretch marks, you also get after. It can be really frustrating that after nine months of special care directed towards your body, you're faced with an after effect in which is out of your control. Holy Mother n Kids give you an easy option for treatment of those marks.

Friday, 21 October 2011

Lemon: A Natural Skin Care Remedy

While it comes to skin care we run after to the artificial and cosmetic ways of skin treatment and forget the natural skin care remedies that not only help in skin treatment but also have anti aging potions in them.
Available throughout the year, the lemon is a Jinny in a bottle. It has key ingredients for all types of skin care.

Lemon is an anti oxidant and rich with Vitamin C. Either taken in food or applied directly on the skin works wonder when it comes to skin treatment.

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

What is Dengue Fever

Dengue is transmitted primarily by Aedes aegypti It is a cosmopolitan insect, found mainly in places of high human concentration. It lives inside the houses (under tables, chairs, cabinets etc) Feeding on plant sap. Only the female transmits disease when it bites a man in search of blood to mature the eggs. She attacks during the day, especially at dawn and late afternoon, preferably in the legs.

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Parenting Autism

The symptoms of autism are difficult to access for the parents of an autistic child. The absence of a behavior is more difficult to detect than the presence of a typical behaviors. Parents who suspect their child may be autistic; they should consult the pediatrician for a referral to a child psychiatrist, who can diagnose autism for sure, their level of severity and determine the appropriate educational measures. Autism is a disease and autistic children may have a serious disability for life. However, with proper treatment some autistic children can develop certain aspects of independence in their lives.

Autism Spectrum

HMnK proudly present the spectrum of autism tendencies present in the children, compared with normal children of their age. These signs distinguish an autistic child from normal. These autism spectrum is explained below;

Signs of Autism in Children

The Autism is a developmental disorder of brain function in some children which become noticeable in the first year of life. Autism signs start showing in early childhood. If the autistic children is given proper treatment in that stage, chances of recovery increase many fold.

HMnK present you some warning signs of autism by a thorough study of the disorder. If your child possesses these signs then they may be at risk of developing autism. Thus a regular and an immediate thorough assessment should be sought.  The warning signals in social interaction / communication are as follows;

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Symptoms of Autism

Parents of children with autism suggest that something is wrong with their child when the child is 18 months old and look for support when the child is 2 years old. Autistic children typically have difficulties in verbal and nonverbal communication, social interaction and imaginative play. Some also show aggression towards other people or even themselves, have repetitive body movements, unusual preferences, difficulties in adopting change, aggression towards fast moving things or things out of routine. Some people with autism are sensitive in the range of the senses (sight, hearing, touch / feeling, smell and taste).

What is Autism

The word autism derives from the Greek pronoun "autos" means "self" where "autism" meaning "self-centeredness". Autism is a particularly difficult to understand and complex mental disorder which are characterized by:

  • Living in own thoughts, feelings and ideas.
  • Self separateness from the outside world.
  • Social cut down with other people.

Friday, 24 June 2011

Causes of Childhood Obesity

Many factors can contribute towards your child to get obese. Here is a list of factors that may, individually or collectively, be the reason for your young one to be obese;

Complications of Childhood Obesity

Childhood obesity is not a problem to be overlooked by parents and society. It has devastating effects on the individual life of the sufferer, but to the family and social life also. The diseases and complications associated with childhood obesity not only effect family economy but is hurting nation’s economy as well, in the shape of increased healthcare expenditure. The opportunity cost of a lazy, lethargic couch potato is much more than an active sportsman, athlete or army marine.

What is Childhood Obesity

Childhood obesity is a serious disease that affects children and adolescents. Childhood obesity occurs when a child has a much higher weight in the normal weight given his age and size. Childhood obesity leads to many serious diseases that was once only known to occur in adulthood (such as diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol).  Childhood obesity not only causes these mad medical conditions, it also hits socially to the kids in the shape of bad self-esteem and depression.

Saturday, 18 June 2011

Early Detection of Breast Cancer

HM&K proudly present the guidelines for early detection of breast cancer. These guidelines have been worked out and are recommended by the American Cancer Society (ACS), which is a reputable institute to help patient against breast cancer. These guidelines include:

Breast Cancer Aftermath

The patient who has just defeated the greatest danger to her life has yet to face a long struggle to maintain the winning posture. The treatments of breast cancer are so hard for the patient that she may feel the side effects for a longer duration of time.  Women are sometimes left frail and weak long after their cancer is gone. Some factors that have been found to make survivors more susceptible to fatigue are lower age, greater percentage of body fat, poor low-extremity muscle strength and less physical activity.

The doctors conclude the post breast cancer treatments into two categories; Social Treatment and Medical Treatment.

Breast Cancer Treatment

By the advent of modern technologies and research in medicine, new treatment methodologies are developing which are more effective and have fewer side effects. Various treatment options with their merits and demerits are discussed below;

Friday, 17 June 2011

Causes of Breast Cancer

Today, breast cancer is the most common of all cancers in American women.  It causes more deaths in Hispanic women than any other cancer and killed a total of 41,491 women in the United States in 2005.  These numbers won’t go down with around 80,000 new cases of breast cancer diagnosed every year.

There are many different factors that can put a woman at risk for breast cancer. Although women can’t control all of these factors, there are several preventative measures that can be taken to reduce one’s risk. Few of these preventive measures are as follows;

Nail Fungus

Where summer gets fresh air, lots of sun, outdoor activities, it also brings sweat, humidity and sun burns. Thus the summer calls for special care for your skin. HM&K present you some of the beneficial tips to cope up with these skin related issues, starting from the nails.

Nail fungus is an often complained problems associated with summer activities. To treat nail fungus one needs to know the cause of change of state of the nail. There are two main stimuli for the nail fungus; 

One of fungal infections of the toe nail is trichophytosis. It begins at the end of the nail and and then spreads throughout the toe. After a while the nail begins to thicken, crumble, and painted in white or yellow. The nail in that condition may not hurt, but it degrades the outlook of your beautiful nails into hideous looking structure and thus reduces your self-confidence. If you have formed a fungus on your toe, it is likely that in the near future, it may move to other body parts. If you find yourself in such a nail fungus, see a doctor immediately. He will be able to properly diagnose and tell you how best to treat the infection.

Another type of nail fungus is Candida. Symptoms of the disease may be the same as when athletes foot, except for any creamy discharge. This infection is most often seen in people who have long-term contact with soapy water. It should be noted that Candida is difficult to treat and calls for long term treatments.
To win nail fungus, caused by candida the patient must:
·         Cut nails as short as possible;
·         Include sprouted wheat, vitamin B, as well as yogurt in his/her diet.
·         Avoid repeated and long contact with water.
·         Dry your feet thoroughly to avoid any humidity there. 

Monday, 13 June 2011

Kids Room Ideas

HM&K proudly present you creative ideas for the kids room decoration items. In this post we focus on the pillows of kids room and walls designs. We hope mothers will get creative ideas for the kids room decoration from this post. Your comments and suggestions are welcomed like always.

Friday, 10 June 2011

Designer Wears for Moms n Kids

ΗΜ&Κ present you comfy and cool wears for your princes, inspired by designer wear dresses. These tops and accessories will give an astonishing look to your girl for casual and party occasions. HM&K present a full package of apparel for trendy mothers, who are young, enthusiastic and funky by heart and soul. 

Sneak into some of really awesome dresses for you and your girls this season with HM&K designer wear collection.

A cute party wear for your princes, that will let her stand out of the crowd by the astonishing look of the transparent top, beneath black lining top.

  Give your princess a royal look in this classic fur coat jacket. 

A perfect looking frock for you and your girls, giving both of you spot light in any casual wear occasion.

Thinking of some funky dresses, here is HM&K special funky wear thats suit you and your sweetheart. 

Time for some funky Hawaiian Aloha frocks for you and your little princess. This soothing looking apparel will give coolness in the hot summer ahead. 

 Thinking of some elegant looking dress for some hi fi party, here is one just for you.

Isn't it a comfy looking dress blending comfort and fashion in one white rob. Simply awesome.

Looking for a classic 70s style party dress, here is one just for the occasion in your mind. A blue long pent with a soothing shirt for mothers and complimenting elegant frocks for your girls. 

Be funky with your kids in this stylish funky dress.

 Thats what we call a true Funky dress.

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Dont Let Those Flowers Wither in The Sun

Skin of a child is 10 times more sensitive towards the changing environment. Those tiny limbs are more prone to the harmful effects of the ultra violet radiations of the sun light. Children's skin is more fragile than adults: firstly, it is thinner on the other hand its melanocytes (cells that produce melanin) are much less effective than those of adults.  If the child is not properly protected, exposure to sun can have serious repercussions in adulthood in the form of sun burns and uneven body tone.

Remember, the skin cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer mortality among young adults. It is therefore essential for parents to ensure the protection of the skin of their children.

Essentials Steps Towards Child Care:
Kids are innocent, they don't know they harms they may encounter through sun light. Thus it is duty of the parents to educate the kids about the harms. Parents should give awareness to the child to identify risk situations and to identify the threatening signs of the sun like sun burn, itching and most fearfully, skin cancer. 

Thus, to train the child to risk sun, parents can use the fun way. The play of shadow instance permits: when the shadows are short, we must protect ourselves.

When a trip to the beach is scheduled to bad hours (between 12 and 16h), parents must bring their children in a UV armor to avoid sun burn. Precautions to take can be summarized in five points:

- Stay as possible in the shade of a tree or an umbrella.

- Wear protective clothing to cover your body, polyester and Lycra can be used for clothing.

- Use a sunscreen to avoid rashes and sun burns. Reapply every two hours and after swimming.

- Wear a hat or cap.
- Wear wraparound sunglasses protection category 3

What Harm Sun May Cause to Your Child:

In the short term, the risk is limited to pain and fever more or less intense that can cause sunburn. In the long term the risk is much more serious. The repetition of sunburn, or a few severe sunburns have the effect of greatly start solar capital, that is to say, this ability to repair skin damage due to UV. Twenty years after overexposure may occur from skin cancer, especially melanoma who have major risk factor for sunburn from childhood and the practice of artificial UV radiation.

So next time you are going on a family vacation and to make Vitamin D, don't forget to keep these tips in your mind. Have a Happy Summer.