Covid Vaccines to Protect Pregnant Women: New Study

Scientists have accumulated a small but steadily growing body of evidence that the covid vaccines are safe and effective during pregnancy. Preliminary results from two continuing studies provide additional encouraging news.

The Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines produce robust immune responses in pregnant and lactating women and are likely to provide at least some protection against two dangerous coronavirus variants, according to a study published in JAMA.

Vaccinated women can also pass protective antibodies to their fetuses through the bloodstream and to their infants through breast milk, the research suggests.

Covid presents serious risks during pregnancy. Research has shown, for instance, that pregnant women with coronavirus symptoms are more likely to be admitted to the intensive care unit, require mechanical ventilation and to die from the virus than are symptomatic women of a similar age who are not pregnant.

Because of these risks, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended that the covid vaccines at least be made available to pregnant people, many of whom have opted to receive the shots.

The researchers also found neutralizing antibodies in the breast milk of vaccinated mothers and in umbilical cord blood collected from infants at delivery. “Vaccination of pregnant people and lactating people actually leads to transfer of some immunity to their newborns and lactating infants,” said Dr. Ai-ris Y. Collier, a physician-scientist at Beth Israel who is the first author of the paper.

The results are “really encouraging,” Dr. Iwasaki said. “There is this added benefit of conferring protective antibodies to the newborn and the fetus, which is all the more reason to get vaccinated.”

The study will continue, with researchers monitoring women’s longer-term immune responses. And larger epidemiological studies are still needed to confirm these lab-based results, Dr. Collier noted.

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9-months Old Baby Dies at Unlicensed Aurora Home Daycare

Aurora Police confirms the death of a very young child under the age of 1 last week. The cause of the death was an item found to be a dried pinto bean, which was in a sensory bowl that “included dried pinto beans, hair bows, pacifiers and rubber balls” the infant was given. The child care center (Bright From the Start) has been ordered to close immediately following an investigation into the death of an infant in its care, according to the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning.

According to WalbNews, during its investigation, Bright From the Start found the infant, after being dropped off that morning, was “engaged in an inappropriate-age activity where (it) had access to an item too small” and which was “capable of causing asphyxiation or strangulation,” prior to its death, according to the closure order.

According to the order, the infant put its hand in the bowl, took a fistful of beans and moved it towards its mouth. A staff member took the items from the infant’s hand and checked its mouth to see if there was anything else in it.

Staff members spotted the infant’s “abnormal” and “labored” breathing shortly after that, the order states.

Later that day, staff noticed the infant’s breathing was worse than before. The order states the center’s director took the child into an office, reached a family member and called EMS. When the infant’s mother arrived, the baby was “pale and crying,” the order explains.

The mother said she would drive her child to the hospital, which was a few minutes away, but the center director said she was in no condition to drive and that they should wait for EMS, the order states.

EMS was called several more times and eventually, the infant was taken to Coffee Regional Medical Center.

The order states the child suffered a heart attack while waiting for treatment and was then airlifted to a hospital in Savannah. A peanut-shaped item was found in the child’s throat and surgery was attempted.

“The attempts to remove the blockage caused the obstructive item to break into pieces,” according to the order. “After three attempts to remove the blockage from the infant’s airway, the infant died.”

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From a House Maid to a Graduate

Women breaking boundaries. From a housemaid to a graduate. Ntombizodwa Merriam knew what she wanted and went for it. This is a motivation for anyone out there struggling or feeling left out. I want you to know that you can achieve absolutely anything you put your mind to.

Ntombizodwa Merriam Mahlangu, made headlines after obtaining her BA degree, following years of working as a domestic worker. She also has written and published her first book ‘Brightness of Diamonds Through Soil’

In an interview with The Phoenix Tabloid, Mahlangu said, “It is a biography about my life’s journey from being a domestic worker to a graduate and now author. I grew up on a farm, and also attended school on a farm. “Many of my classmates gave up on education and never pursued their dreams due to challenges we faced during that time, such as the language barrier, poor educational system, no electricity etc. There are still learners from farm schools that lack confidence and end up in construction, domestic work and other odd jobs,” said Mahlangu. Mahlangu said it took her almost two years to put the book together due to other employment opportunities while working on the book. “The book aims to benefit every child from a disadvantaged background and also the youth who have lost hope on their dreams.\”

Her message to other women who are experiencing uncertainty is: “Giving up is not an option! Sitting in the corner and crying about your situation will not make it better. Pray to God and give your burdens to the Almighty. Work hard and believe that he will provide whatever he has promised,” said Mahlangu.

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Woman Sets Record After Giving Birth To Nine (9) Babies In A Single Birth

On the 6th of May, 2021, a young lady from Mali sets a record after giving birth to nine babies alive in a single birth. When she was still pregnant, doctors had already informed her of the number of babies she was carrying, although gave the wrong number. According to the BBC, these doctors detected only seven babies on ultrasounds.

This lady, by her name, Halima Cisse gave birth to four boys and five girls in Morroco. She was taken to Morroco by the Mali government for specialist care. According to her husband, Adjudant Kader Arby,

I’m very happy and my wife and the babies are doing well.

A team of 25 paramedics and 10 doctors assisted with the cesarean delivery. According to a medical doctor of the Ain Borja clinic in Casablanca, Youssef Alaoui,

‘The delivery was extremely rare and exceptional. The preterm babies weigh about 1-2 pounds each and will be kept in incubators for 2 or 3 months.’

This young lady pregnancy became so popular in Mali when doctors felt that she was carrying septuplets. The doctors were bothered about the babies survival and even her welfare,  so the health authorities intervened. Cisse was transferred to Morocco after a two-week stay in a Mali hospital.

Also, in the words of Alaoui;

\”Arby is still in Mali with the couple’s older daughter but says he has been in regular contact with his wife. He told BBC Afrique that he’s not worried about the babies’ health and that the family has received overwhelming support. Everybody called me! Everybody called!” he said. “The Malian authorities called expressing their joy. I thank them … even the president called me.\”

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Become the best dad for your kids

Today, more fathers like you are reaping the benefits of taking a more active role in their children\’s lives. We drafted out some important ways to assist or remind you to begin a new journey today—one that will affect your relationships and your kid\’s life.

  • Love and Respect the Mother of your Children

Respecting your children\’s mother is one of the best things you can do for them as a father. If you\’re married, this should go without saying, but just in case, I\’ll say it anyway: keep your marriage solid and balanced. Make time to focus on this relationship at least once a week to keep it healthy. Even if you\’re not married, it\’s crucial to love and respect your children\’s mother. A father and mother who love each other and show it to their children create a safe atmosphere. Kids are more likely to feel welcomed and appreciated if they see their parents loving each other.

  • Create Time for your children

I recognize that this is more complex than it seems. However, how a father spends his time reveals what is essential to him to his children. No matter what you say, if you always seem to be too busy for your children, they will feel unloved. Spending time with your children sometimes necessitates sacrificing other items, but it is critical to do so. Kids grow up in just a short period. Chances that are misspent are forever lost.

  • Listen First, Talk After

Far too often, a father\’s only contact with his children happens while they are in trouble. Consequently, when their mother says, \”Dad wants to see you,\” many children can panic. Take the time to listen to your children\’s concerns and suggestions. They would feel more appreciated and heard if you listen to them. Start listening and conversing with your children when they are young so that tough topics will be easier to deal with when they get older.

  • Scold them with love

All children require guidance and training, not as a means of punishment, but rather to create appropriate boundaries. Remind your kids of the consequences of their decisions and give them tangible incentives for good conduct—fathers who discipline their children calmly and reasonably demonstrate their love for them.

  • Be A Role Model

Whether they realize it or not, fathers serve as role models for their children. A girl who spends time with a caring father learns how to handle boys with respect and what qualities to look for in a husband. By displaying integrity, modesty, and accountability, fathers will teach their sons what is essential in life.

  • Teach Your Kids

We have a propensity to assume that teaching is something that only other people do in a school building. However, a father who teaches his children the difference between right and wrong and helps them to do their best will see his children making good decisions. Fathers who are actively involved in their children\’s lives use daily examples to teach them life lessons. Consider how much essential information you, and you alone, have about music and classic films at this stage!

  • Encourage Family Meals

Sharing a meal (breakfast, lunch, or dinner) with your family can be an integral part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. It offers kids the opportunity to talk about what they are doing what they\’d like to do, in addition to providing some structure on a busy day. It\’s also a good time for dads to pay attention. Above all, it is a time for families to spend quality time together every day.

  • Encourage Reading

In a world where children\’s lives are dominated by television and technology, fathers must attempt to read to their children. Doing and reading, as well as seeing and hearing, are the best ways for children to understand. Encourage them to read independently as they get older. Imparting the love of reading in your children is one of the most important ways to ensure continued development.

  • Express Love

Children need the assurance that they are wanted, welcomed, and cherished by their parents and siblings. Make yourself at ease when it comes to hugging your kids, Dad. The best way to let your kids know that you love them is to express love daily.


Whether it\’s continued education, a new career, or a wedding, fathers remain an integral part of their children\’s lives as they grow, marry, and start their own families.

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How to Handle Separation Anxiety in Toddlers

It\’s normal for your child to cry when you leave, but it\’s still upsetting. Leaving your child is never easy, and it\’s even more difficult if they call and clings to you every time you go. Separation anxiety, on the other hand, is a standard part of growing up. It\’s a sign of a child\’s attachment to his parents. Finally, this strong sense of security will aid your child\’s development into an intelligent toddler.

When Does Separation Anxiety Start in Toddlers?

Separation anxiety can be traced back to cognitive development. During the first few months of life, your baby has no idea that they are self-sufficient. That\’s why young babies jump from one lap to the next with ease.

Your baby, however, starts to differentiate between people around the age of eight months, and he develops deep emotional attachments to his caregivers. They are also learning about object permanence which means that objects and people (including Mom and Dad) continue to exist even though she can\’t see them. When you combine all of these developmental advancements, you have the perfect formula for separation anxiety.

Separation anxiety in children usually begins between the ages of 8 and 14 months. It can show up when you\’re dropping your child off at daycare—or even when you\’re just going to the bathroom. Separation anxiety resurfaces about 15 months, just as it seems Baby is slowly adapting. This time, though, it\’s a little different: your child knows that you\’re going somewhere else when you go, but she has no idea whether you\’ll be gone for a minute or forever.

Factors That Affects Separation Anxiety

Your child\’s reaction rate is determined by their disposition. Other considerations come into play as well: Infants who have been introduced to caregivers other than their parents at an early age are more likely to cope with separation in later months. If you are leaving your baby tired, hungry, or sick, she would most likely give you a hard time.

Tips for Separation Anxiety in Toddlers

Although your baby\’s cries can persuade you to cancel your plans, doing so would exacerbate the situation the next time you need to leave. Here\’s what you can do to console your baby.

Practice separation: Play peekaboo to reinforce the idea that you\’ll still return to make break less of a shock. You may also send stuffed animals or dolls on mini-adventures before returning them to your child. Finally, consider leaving him with someone he knows and trusts for a few brief periods—a half hour to an hour. Try a babysitter until he sees that you still return (and that the other caregivers are all friendly and loving).

Develop a goodbye ritual: Routine is particularly relevant for younger babies. Build a farewell routine that will relax both of you while also preparing Baby for separation. Just before you step out the door, sing a little song, give your child a hug and kiss, or wave. Discover what works best for you and stick with it.

Resist sneaking out. Trying to leave while the child isn\’t looking or running out when the child is engaging in an activity without saying goodbye is a significant mistake. The child may become nervous or distressed because she did not have the opportunity to say goodbye or kiss goodbye. 

Don’t draw out leaving: Don\’t be shocked if your baby cries when you go; it\’s normal and safe. A solid emotional base is the ability to be conscious of and articulate one\’s feelings. That does not, however, imply that you should postpone your departure. Trying to console him would likely only add to his suffering. Instead, hug and kiss your child and tell him you love him before handing him over to the caregiver. He\’ll stop crying eventually, and you\’ll stop feeling bad.

Control your emotions. Keep back the tears, as tricky as it might be—at least before you get to the car. If your child sees you sad, he will become even more anxious.

Plan a fun reunion: The importance of happy reunion rituals in strengthening the parent-child bond and reducing separation anxiety cannot be overstated. If she approaches you when you arrive, give her a big hug and stay with her for a few minutes before returning inside. Get down and play with her for a few minutes if she waves a toy. These happy returns teach your child that no matter how sad it is for Mommy and Daddy to leave, it is still good when they return.

Always keep in Contact. It doesn\’t matter how often it tends to happen; your heart will break when your child cries when you leave. Checking in during the day isn\’t anything to be ashamed of. It will provide you with peace of mind and reduce your remorse about leaving.

Establish a tranquil bedtime. Dealing with nighttime separation anxiety in babies? Create a bedtime routine that involves stuff like a bath, reading, and a goodnight kiss. This will help Baby cope with the impending separation. You can also record yourself reading stories or singing lullabies and play it back for her when she\’s lonely or afraid.


Children are developing, and they are growing attached to their parents or caregivers. Helping them understand how self-sufficient they are is a gradual process that you should rush. Separation anxiety can be corrected or avoided in children, follow our highlighted steps. We hope this could help; cheers!!

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How to Avoid Vaginal Injuries at Child Birth

Around 90% of women experience vaginal injuries (tearing) that occur during labor. Also, minor tears are so widespread and recover quickly that it seems to be a natural part of the birth process. Yet, during birth, most women fear tearing and want to stop it at all costs. Although certain vaginal tearing can be challenging to prevent, the risk of severe vaginal trauma can be lowered.

Factors that Causes Vaginal Injuries (vaginal tear) at Birth

The baby\’s head descends into the vagina during the second stage of labor and passes down onto the perineum. The perineal skin (the region between your anus and vagina) must be thin and spread over the head of your baby. The labia and vaginal opening begin to bulge as the baby\’s head starts to crown and extend around the head. A tear will happen if the skin and perineum have not stretched enough. Factors that increase the likelihood of vaginal injuries are:

  • Big baby
  • First birth
  • Ethnicity
  • Baby posterior positioning
  • Increased weight gains in pregnancy
  • First vaginal birth

Categories of Vaginal Injuries (Vaginal Tear)

Perineum tears or lacerations are categorized into four groups.

  • First and second-degree tears are the most common. When the skin is torn, a first-degree laceration occurs, but it is considered minor and does not require any or just a few stitches. Skin and muscle beneath are involved in a second-degree tear and typically require some stitches.
  • A break in the vaginal skin, perineal skin, and muscle that spreads to the anal sphincter (muscle around your anus) are third-degree lacerations. Except that it reaches into the anal sphincter and the tissue surrounding it, a fourth-degree tear is the same as a third-degree one. Both may affect the role of the pelvic floor and anal muscles.

It is impossible to predict which women will have a tear, but if it happens, there are things you can do to minimize the chance of a tear or the extent of an incision. If you don\’t want to take the chances of an injury, take advantage now and enroll in our short but very effective program on Avoiding Vaginal Injuries at Childbirth.

How to avoid tearing during birth

Here are some suggestions to reduce the chances of vaginal tearing during birth:

  •  Prepare your body

It sounds easy, but it is a must to ensure that your body is prepared for labor. Not only is work a peak performance of the body (think running endurance), parts of the body will do things they have never done before.

We certainly need to include some form of exercise in our daily routine during pregnancy, given the amount of time modern women spend sitting and not moving. Exercise increases circulation, which improves the elasticity of the skin in turn. Improving the flow of blood by orgasm to the perineum and vagina may also enhance the health of tissues.

Your skin and muscle health is improved by good nutrition and hydration. Many good fats are included, especially omega-3s (from fish, chia seeds, walnuts, and pumpkin seeds) and grass-fed or free-range lean protein.

Nutrients such as vitamin E, vitamin C, and zinc can be found in a wide variety of vegetables that complete a balanced diet. These will have the capacity of your body to stretch during and heal after labor.

  • Pelvic floor exercises

Popular advice for pregnant women is to do exercises on the pelvic floor (known as Kegels) to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles. The principle is that the pelvic floor muscles will snap back into place after birth, and you are less likely to experience incontinence (wetting yourself).

You want the pelvis and vagina to open during the second stage of labor and the muscles to relax, optimizing the baby\’s space to descend. Spending all this time tightening the muscles in that region seems counterproductive when we want the opposite to happen at the critical moment. What\’s the best thing to do, then?

Using squats and pelvic floor exercises together, it is possible to expand and strengthen the alignment of the pelvic floor muscles with the other muscles in the body. It is also essential to learn to relax the pelvic muscles, and performing pelvic floor exercises will help you recognize those muscles and then relax them.

  • Labour in water

The perfect picture of relaxation is immersing yourself in a big hot bath. Warm water has a multitude of advantages at work. There were no variations in tearing between birthing in water than land in a Study in 2009. Still, many midwives and women swear by warm water softening perineal tissues and relieving the crowning\’s discomfort phase.

Interesting Read: 5 Simple & Fun Ways To Document Your Pregnancy

  • Birth position matters

When pushing, the place you are in has a significant effect on whether you are more likely to tear. Lying back, lithotomy position or semi-reclining positions place pressure on the tailbone and perineum, decrease the pelvic floor\’s size, and increase the risk of tearing.

The best place for your baby to be born is the one you naturally want for yourself and feel most secure in. The role that helps them cope with contractions at each stage will be identified by women who are free to move about during work. Some women prefer to float in water free of gravity; others like to keep their feet fixed firmly on the ground. Birthing positions that reduce perineum stress include:

  • On all fours, on hands and knees.
  • Leaning forward in an aided standing, crouching, or sitting position
  • Lying on your side.

Although squatting and kneeling are helpful upright positions, the perineum is extended sideways if the woman\’s knees are very wide apart and can increase the risk of tearing.

  • Perineal massage

Perineal massage will help a woman become acquainted with her own body and trust her ability to stretch and give birth to the child. If you are not familiar with the perineal massage concept, note that it is not a must. Although it decreases the risk of perineal trauma, the reduced risk can appear to be due to a reduced chance of getting an episiotomy. Researchers are unsure why this is, but one hypothesis is that women are more motivated to prefer perineal massage to prevent an unwanted episiotomy. The risk of requiring stitches rises with episiotomies, so less chance of episiotomy indicates less risk of perineal trauma.


Vaginal tears (lacerations or perineum tears) are dreaded complications that often throw women off the idea of going through the birth process. With the right antenatal care, proper exercise regimen, and good massages, these occurrences can be avoided. The best type of birth experience is the one you are prepared for; speak with a birth specialist today.

Severe cuts or tears during birth can lead to complications, such as substantial blood loss and infections. In case you have any questions about AVOIDING INJURIES AT CHILDBIRTH, do feel free to ask, and we’d contact the creator of the Course on your behalf.

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Bathing With Kids – What Parents Should Know

If the kid you\’re caring for is 2 or 12, bath time comes with things to bear in mind. If you\’re babysitting or nannying at night, make sure you share information beforehand with the parents about the kid\’s tub time routine to know what to expect and what to try to avoid.

Bath with Newborns 

Newborns are not ready for a bath, even one in the sink, till their umbilical-cord stump has fallen off. Until then, you should sponge bathe them every day, paying particular attention to their underarms, hands, skin folds, and bottoms. Only use a damp cloth and plain water while they\’re newborns. It would help if you started the bath routine after they lose their cord stumps.

You only need to give your baby a whole-body bath a couple of times a week; some of the critical things to keep in mind are: 

  • The first and most important rule is this: never, ever leave your infant or toddler, even for a minute, unattended. In less than an inch deep, infants can drown. So, before you start, collect all the supplies you will need (soap, towels, clean diapers, clean clothes, etc.). Always hold your baby with at least one hand while he\’s in the water. Scoop your baby in a towel and take him with you if the doorbell or phone rings and you feel you have to answer it.
  • Ensure that the bathroom is warm and cozy (around 75 degrees F or 25 degrees C), as babies can get cold quickly.
  • When the water is still running, don\’t put your infant or toddler into a pool. (The temperature of the water might change, or the water could get too deep. For some infants, the sound of rushing water can also be too intense.)
  • Bathtubs can be incredibly slippery, so dress yours for more comfortable seating with a rubber bath pad. A cushioned spout cover or hand towel that is strategically covered will defend against painful bumps. Also, make sure the safety glass is made on any sliding glass shower doors.
  • Make the bathwater warm comfortably. To ensure it\’s not too hot, measure it with your wrist or the inside of your elbow. A much cooler tub is commonly favored by babies and toddlers than you probably do.
  • Fill the tub with just 2 to 4 inches of baby water and not more than waist-high for infants and kids while sitting.
  • Teach your child that they should not stand in the tub.
  • If you want to, wash your little one in water as long as you clean the diaper region and the skin folds nicely. Baby-soft skin can be dried out by soaps and shampoos and can cause rashes. Choose a gentle one tailored for newborns, and use it sparingly. Play at the beginning of the bath and save the soap and shampoo until the end to avoid making your child stay too long in soapy water.
Bath with Babies and Toddlers

Babies and Toddlers slowly switch from the sink or baby tub to the standard bathtub. Place the child gently in the water, dropping their feet first. To calm them, talk to them in long, low tones. Gently cleanse their face and hair once they are in, making sure to keep soap out of their eyes by carefully putting your hand over their forehead. 

Bath with Preschoolers 

Your child might wash their own body when they reach school age, but will certainly also need help with their hair. As they get more relaxed, let them take over more and more, but continue supervising them until they are mature enough to pick themselves up if they go under the water. Ensure that you review the procedure with parents if the older child is opposite to you in gender. The parent may have suggestions or privacy advice that will help them feel more secure for both you and the child.

At what age should you stop bathing with your Child? 

It is important to note that bathing with your children has to stop at some point as they are continually learning and are evolving by the day. It\’s a common belief that parents-kids bath times should stop when the child is around 2 years as at this stage of their life they become very intuitive. Although it can be quite hard as the parent-child bond is usually established at bath times like this, endeavor to cover up adequately, especially if the child is of the opposite sex. 


Bath time is a fantastic time to bond with children. Baths can be just as safe and pleasant as any other activity with a little planning.

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How Long Does it Take a Newborn to See Clearly?

Experiencing the growth of the senses is one of the many joys of having a newborn child. A baby is born with eye structures needed for vision but must learn how to use them together for sight. While newborns do not see quite clearly, they can see quite a bit. 

A newborn baby can sense light and motion at birth; they can later grow into differentiating faces and large forms. A baby will make eye contact and concentrate on items about 12 inches off by the end of the first month.

How Newborns See Colours 

Babies can notice highly contrasting items, such as black and white patterns, checkerboards, and other opposing pairs of colors. Be sure to give your baby several different colorful and highly contrasting things to look at, as this will help develop your baby\’s sight quicker. 

Your baby was in a dark setting while in the womb, but they have been able to distinguish between light and dark since birth. For a moment, your baby will not see all colors, but their color vision will rapidly improve. It is not clear how many colors they will see, but they would most likely not be able to see florals or brighter colors until they are about 2 or 3 months old. As their sense of depth increases, they can concentrate on objects up to 3 feet away and observe movement around them. If you move or rattle a few inches from their face from side to side, they will follow it with their eyes, an ability known as tracking.

Newborns Nearsightedness/ Temporary myopia 

Newborn infants are extremely nearsighted, which means that objects that are far away are blurry. A newborn has, in fact, little ability to concentrate further than 6 or 10 inches away. This myopia may explain why babies seem to look at objects nearby. Research has shown that infants enjoy looking at faces, but they may not see a lot of facial detail. Your baby may seem to focus on your face attentively, but they are possibly studying your hairline or your face outline. Isn\’t that just beautiful? 

Even though your baby can identify objects that are near to them, it takes more time for depth perception to improve. The eyes become capable of working together to form a three-dimensional view of the world by around the third to fifth month.

Newborn vision Pointers 

An infant is unable to see fine details, but their eyesight will quickly improve as they grow. When their sense of sight grows and they continue to be conscious of their surroundings, you can find vision pointers. Your baby\’s sight will be their most potent sense when they are six months of age. Some kids develop eyesight in six short months, which is better than some adults.

Put your baby\’s face about 6 to 10 inches away from yours during the early months. Your baby will be able to see the outline of your face, and their favorite thing to notice might probably be your face. A baby will begin recognizing facial features, such as the nose and mouth, by two to three months of age. Most babies may distinguish between the mother\’s face and the face of a stranger within three to five months. For the first year of life, a baby\’s eyesight begins to grow and improve.

The Takeaway

By the time your baby is 12 months old, your baby will be able to see pretty clearly, but their vision won\’t be formed entirely until their between 3 and 5 years old. Seek help from your child\’s healthcare practitioner if your baby is not watching things move or if they appear to have difficulty moving one or both eyes in any direction by the time they are four months of age. Their regular well-child checkups include simple vision tests, but until they are 3 to 5 years old, they probably will not have a standardized vision screening. 

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How to Clean Your Baby\’s Ear

Keeping your baby\’s ears clean is critical. While bathing your infant, you can clean the outer ear and the skin around it. A washcloth or cotton ball and some warm water are all you\’ll need. 

Using cotton swabs or putting something inside the ear of your baby isn\’t healthy. If the earwax inside the ear is not visible enough, you do not need to remove it. 

For your baby, ear wax is safe because it is protective, lubricating, and has antibacterial properties. Removing it can result in potentially harmful harm.

How to clean your baby\’s ear 

Getting a clean baby ear doesn\’t require much skill set, but it requires extreme caution and, in rare cases, a pediatrician\’s help.

For a typical baby ear wax removal procedure, you\’ll need a cotton ball that\’s been soaked with warm water to clean your baby\’s ears on a daily or frequent basis. With some warm (not hot) water, you can also use a gentle washcloth. Follow the following steps To clean your baby\’s ear: 

  • Damp the washcloth or cotton bud in warm water(not hot water). 
  • Ring out the washcloth well if using one. 
  • Carefully wipe around the outer part of the baby\’s ear and also wipe the behind the ear.

Do not stick the washcloth or cotton ball in your baby’s ear. This can lead to damage to the ear canals. 

Follow these steps if your baby has been prescribed eardrops or choose to use them to extract wax buildup. 

  • With the affected ear facing up, lie your baby on its side. 
  • To open the canal, pull the lower lobe down and back gently. 
  • Place a drop or five in the ear (or the amount your pediatrician recommended).

Always use drops as per the advice of your pediatrician. Follow their guidance on how many drops to give your baby and how frequently to give them.

Precautionary tips 

It is not safe to use cotton swabs on babies or young kids (we can not over emphasis the severity of this information). In fact, ear cleaning was the most plausible explanation for a child in the United States to be omitted from 1990-2010 in the emergency room for an ear injury. 

There were more than 260,000 children affected. These accidents most often include an object trapped in the ear, perforated eardrums, and injuries to soft ear tissues. 

The safest rule to bear in mind is to use a soft, wet washcloth to gently clean it away if you see any waxy residue or discharge on the outside of the ear. 

Leave the part of the ear that is outside your view (the amount which you can\’t see). For your baby, damage to the eardrum, hearing bone, or inner ear may all cause long-term health problems, so be watchful full how you stick objects in their ear. 

Some Frequently Asked Questions 

What can cause ear wax buildup in babies? 

Earwax buildup is rare in babies. The ear canal typically generates the right amount of earwax that it needs. However, excessive earwax buildup may interfere with hearing in certain instances or cause pain or discomfort. As a sign of distress, your baby can tug at their ear.

Certain earwax accumulation triggers include: 

  • Using swabs made of cotton. These force the wax back in, and instead of extracting it, pack it down 
  • Fingers caught in your ear. It can build up if the ear wax is pushed back by the fingers of your baby. 
  • Wearing plugs for ears. Wax may be forced back into the ear by earplugs, causing the accumulation. 

Don\’t try at-home methods to prevent earwax accumulation. See a pediatrician if you\’re worried about earwax accumulation. If your infant\’s earwax needs to be removed, they will decide. 

Is earwax hazardous? 

Earwax is not harmful. It has many significant roles, including: 

  • Protecting the ear and ear canal,
  • Keeping it dry and avoiding infection caused by germs 
  • Prevent penetration into the ear canal, which can cause pain or damage (if care is not taken)
  • They trap dirt, dust, and other particles.
When is the right time to seek help?

Let the pediatrician of your baby know if your child is tugging their ears. You can browse for pediatricians in your region if you don\’t already have a pediatrician. If you think a blocked ear canal makes it hard for your child to hear you, or if you detect any yellow-green discharge from the ear of your child, let them know as well. If it causes irritation, pain, or impairs your baby\’s hearing, your doctor may remove the wax. 

A pediatrician will typically extract the wax during a routine office visit without needing any further evaluation. In rare cases, the wax may need to be removed in the operating room under general anesthesia. 

They can prescribe antibiotic eardrops for your baby if your pediatrician notices signs of an ear infection. 

If you find bleeding from your baby\’s ear after an item has been inserted in the ear canal, seek medical attention right away. If your child appears or behaves ill or their walking is unsteady, you can also seek medical assistance. 

The takeaway 

Keeping your baby\’s ears clean is critical. In most instances, during your regularly scheduled bath time, you should clean the outer ear and the area around the ears. Everything you will need is a washcloth and warm water. 

Although there are many products on the market specifically designed for a thorough baby ear wax removal process, many of them are not safe. Cotton swabs are not healthy for your baby either. 

Let your pediatrician know if you find a significant amount of wax accumulation or are worried about your baby\’s ears. If it has to be removed, they will assess it and advise you on the appropriate care. 

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