WHEN CAN YOU START TO GIVE WATER TO YOUR BABY?

Fully breastfed babies don’t need any water until they’ve started eating solid foods.Once you have started weaning (4-6 months), due to this hot weather, do give some water after a solid meal, atleast 3 times a day. Milk is mostly water, so you don’t need water with it.

For babies under six months, use water from the mains tap in the kitchen. You will need to boil then cool the tap water as it’s not sterile straight from the tap. Water for babies over six months doesn’t need to be boiled.

Bottled water isn’t recommended for making up formula feeds as it may contain too much salt (sodium) or sulphate.

 

How to reduce risk of getting Hand, foot and mouth disease

You can reduce the risk of getting infected with the viruses that cause HFMD by following a few simple steps:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after changing diapers, and help young children do the same.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact such as kissing, hugging, and sharing cups and eating utensils with people who have HFMD.
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.

There is currently no vaccine to protect against the viruses that cause hand, foot, and mouth disease.

Mouth Ulcers (Stomatitis)

We all suffer with mouth ulsers at some point in time. They can be quite painful and becomes a major problem in little children when they refuse to eat or drink. They can be caused by

Rare causes include

Most of the time, they can be treated with Antinicrobial mouth washes (Not possible in small children < 5), local anaesthetic gels like Bonjela, LA sprays. Sometimes, they can get infected, needing Antibiotics, but this is rare as long as good oral hygeine measures are followed.

https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/mouth/mouth-ulcer

http://www.bonjela.co.uk/conditions/mouth-ulcers/general-advice/?gclid=CjwKCAjwr-PYBRB8EiwALtjbz85nIcUzcK20sprvCZt7w9Y82Kecw2pWy3cMRayvqe100JWm_9It2xoCkUAQAvD_BwE

A new laxative – Laxido

Recently, I’ve seen lots of patients being prescribed Laxido, instead of Movicol. It is bascially the same composition and pretty much the same electrolyte balance.

Each sachet of LAXIDO  contains the following quantitative composition of active ingredients: The laxatives are very safe and should be used in the correct doses to releive constipation.

Macrogol 3350

Sodium Chloride

Sodium Hydrogen Carbonate

Potassium Chloride

13.125g

350.7mg

178.5mg

46.6mg

The content of electrolyte ions per sachet following reconstitution in 125ml of water is equivalent to:

Sodium

Chloride

Hydrogen Carbonate (Bicarbonate)

Potassium

65mmol/l

53mmol/l

17mmol/l

5.4mmol/l

https://ramnikmathur.com/2016/06/08/constipation/

 

Epilepsy – some good resources

Epilepsy is a neurological disorder marked by sudden recurrent episodes of sensory disturbance, loss of consciousness, or convulsions, associated with abnormal electrical activity in the brain. (Source: Wikepedia)

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/epilepsy/

https://www.epilepsysociety.org.uk/

https://www.epilepsy.org.uk/info/what-is-epilepsy

https://patient.info/health/epilepsy-and-seizures