Shaken baby syndrome: Information for parents and caregivers

What is Shaken Baby Syndrome? Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS), is the severe injury that occurs when a larger person violently or forcefully shakes a baby or a toddler. It is also called abusive head trauma, shaken impact syndrome, or whiplash shake syndrome. Shaking a baby is very dangerous, and it’s a form of child abuse.…

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Nigerian Baby Names: 230 Ijaw Names For Girls And Their Meanings

Haaa Izon! Looking for beautiful traditional Ijaw female names? We’ve got you covered. The Ijaw people, historically referred to as Ijo or Izon people, make up the fourth largest ethnic group in Nigeria. With a teeming population of over 15 million people, they are the most populous indigenous inhabitants of the oil-rich Niger Delta. They are…

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Nigerian Baby Names: 400 Ijaw Names For Boys And Their Meanings

Izon-otu, adoo! Looking for beautiful traditional Ijaw names for your baby boy, or your baby girl? We've got you covered. The Ijaw people are historically referred to as Ijo or Izon people. With a teeming population of over 15 million, they make up the fourth largest ethnic group in Nigeria. They are the most populous indigenous…

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World Autism Day: Get Support For An Autistic Child In Nigeria

April 2nd is World Autism Day, a day set aside to create global awareness about Autism and people living with Autism. Autism is a learning and behavioural disability that affects the way a person communicates and interacts with the world around him. The exact cause is not known for sure; though environmental factors and genetics may play a…

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Many parents still place their babies to sleep in dangerous positions

Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), or 'cot death' is a sudden and unexplained death of a healthy baby. Unsafe sleeping is one of the leading causes of SIDS. Despite all the warnings and public education campaigns about SIDS, it's been found that many parents still do not adhere to safe-sleep recommendations for their babies. A recent study from…

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Breastfeeding can lower the risk of Type 2 Diabetes in women who had Gestational Diabetes – new study

As a result of associated metabolic changes, breastfeeding for more than 3 months in women who suffered from gestational diabetes while pregnant, can protect them against type 2 diabetes; a risk that persists for up to 15 years postpartum. These were the findings of a study by German researchers at the Helmholtz Zentrum München, who studied whether…

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Shocking! 72% of Lagos mothers don’t practice exclusive breastfeeding – LASG

Every first week of August has been set aside as a week to create awareness for the numerous benefits of breastfeeding our children. The World Health Organisation and UNICEF recommend that mothers put their babies to the breast within the first half-hour after birth and breastfeed them exclusively and on demand for the first six months,…

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Why your child needs to be on the FOUR STAR diet Plan

Each year, no fewer than 1 million Nigerian children die before their 5th birthday, with malnutrition contributing to nearly half of these deaths. Is your child getting enough nutrients?  When it comes to baby feeding, quality is definitely better than quantity, especially during the first 1000 days of a child's life (from pregnancy to 2 years old).…

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Creative mom transforms her baby’s naptime into a dream wonderland

You have to see it to believe it! This very creative mom, Sioin Queenie Liao, gets to work every time her baby sleeps off and creates the most mind-blowing wonderland ever. What is even more amazing is the tools she uses to create these dreams every baby would love to have. Bed sheets, blankets, clothes, toys, cutlery and…

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Mom pens an open letter after son with Down syndrome was excluded from party

In this time and age, it's shocking to find that some people still discriminate against children with special needs, but we can only chalk it up to ignorance. Mom to son with Down Syndrome, Jennifer Kiss-Engele, took to Facebook to address the parents that invited the whole class to their child's birthday party, and conspicuously excluded her…

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Low thyroid hormone in pregnancy raises the risk of schizophrenia in babies, new research

Schizophrenia is a mental health condition caused by a combination of environmental and genetic factors. Its symptoms are usually psychological, and include hallucinations, delusions, and muddled thinking. This is why schizophrenia is normally referred to as a psychotic illness. In the first few months of pregnancy, a developing baby derives its thyroid hormone needs from the mother.…

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Mom wrestles her 5-year-old son out of the jaws of a mountain Lion

A mom hears screams outside her Aspen Colorado home, where her son had been playing. She quickly runs outside to meet the most chilling sight ever. Her 5-year-old son was being attacked by a mountain lion. The predator was completely hunched over her son, biting him. The brave mom charged at the animal and yanked off one…

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Munchkin has recalled pacifiers over choking hazard

Does your baby use a Munchkin LATCH ™ pacifier? It might interest you to know that Munchkin has recalled over 180,000 of its Latch lightweight pacifiers and clip over the risk of choking the product poses. The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, says the pacifiers come in five styles and different colours and were sold between $11 and…

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Swaddling your baby to sleep has potential dangers – new study

The verdict is in, and the conclusion is that swaddling your baby to sleep has potential dangers. Traditionally, moms found that wrapping up their newborns in light fabric, comforts and helps them sleep better; but a recent study has linked this practice with an increase in the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Researchers at the University of Bristol, in…

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Too much folic acid in pregnant women raises the risk of Autism, says new research.

Even while still trying to conceive, folic acid is one prenatal supplement you will surely be advised to take. How is it then possible that there is a downside to this most important nutrient needed to prevent neural tube defect in a developing foetus? New research from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg College of Public Health suggests…

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Current Nigerian Child Immunization Schedule

Immunization remains the safest and most effective way of protecting children against diseases. It also helps to control the spread of communicable diseases. For this reason, new parents or parents-to-be always wish to stay up-to-date with the current Nigerian child immunization schedule. Immunization and vaccination are often used interchangeably because they mean the same thing. Vaccines are basically…

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