Let us sacrifice our today so that our children can have a better tomorrowAPJ Abdul Kalam
This post is dedicated to all new mothers.
In this post, I would like to focus on a few difficulties I faced during the upbringing of my children, up to about the age of about 3 years. I have always tried to learn from the mistakes of others and hence was extra cautious during my children’s formative years. Some of the problems I faced during that time were common to everyone, and I will be talking about how I dealt with them.
Preventing Thumb Sucking
It is known that a child starts sucking their thumb whenever they feel lonely. My daughter, being the first born never had that problem as I was at her side all the time. My son however started sucking his thumb as I had to divide my time between my two children. Thumb sucking can lead to dental as well as speech related problems. When I noticed my son sucking his thumb, I first put socks on his hands to prevent him from sucking his thumb, but lo and behold, he started sucking his toe. Then I tried putting socks on both hands and feet and he started sucking on the socks. I finally decided to start monitoring him whenever he was awake and within three days of monitoring, I managed to get him to stop sucking his thumb. This is something that can be easily dealt with if caught early and be a terrible headache if the habit is well formed.
How I Improved Immunity
I never bottle fed my children or gave them baby food available in the market. When they were 3.5 months old, I started giving them banana shake regularly and at the age of 6 months, I started feeding them khichdi (mixture of rice, pulses, mixed vegetables, egg all cooked in a cooker and then coarsely ground in a mixer). Due to the balanced and nutritious diet, they rarely got sick which also helped them with teething. My children did not exhibit any teething symptoms like diarrhoea, vomiting, rashes, fever, fussiness or extensive crying. Rather, it was a cakewalk for me and on one fine day, I just noticed an erupted tooth in the lower jaw of both my children.
Teaching Sense of heat
Whenever I used to iron clothes, my children, especially my son used to think of the iron as a toy and tried to touch the hot surface. This scared me as I had seen other children suffering from burns due to this. I decided to make them touch the hot surface of the iron before it got too hot and that ensured they did not try to touch it again and hence did not get burnt by this. Prevention is better than cure.
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