Keeping Children Healthy and Happy in the 21C

One thing in life never changes and that is the importance of keeping our children healthy and happy. At a personal level, I hope, that parents are imbued with a driving love and nurturing instinct to care for their children 24/7. At a societal level, we need to support those parents and children who are economically disadvantaged, so that they do not miss out on that vital early nurturing. Neglecting any section of our population will only cause serious and costly problems down the track, as disadvantaged kids turn to crime and dysfunction to satisfy their needs as they grow up. Keeping children healthy and happy in the 21C is the number one priority we have in any society.

Nurture the Next Generation Now

In Australia, we have a serious problem with economic policies favouring the Baby Boomer generation at the expense of the next generations. Younger Australians are being locked out of the property market to fill up the already wealthy coffers of their Baby Boomer brethren. Coalition policies, always, favour the wealthier sections of the community, but the economic levers have been pushed too far for too long in the direction of this ageing demographic at the expense of opportunities for our future generations. Removing dangerous elements caused by inequality should be Australia’s prime objective in the 21C.

The Trickle Has Dried Up In the Drought

Nurturing opportunities for the young and vulnerable should be the governments first priority in the 21C. Education and care for the needy and the poor must be front and centre at all times. Australia and America are both run by very wealthy individuals, perhaps, it is too easy for these people to forget the poor and those that have left behind by the trickle down neoliberal economics. The trickle has dried up in the drought of stalled wage’s growth over decades, if it was ever really there in the first place.

This Gulf Dividing the Haves & the Have-Nots

The rich have got much, much, richer and the divide between rich and poor has become a Grand Canyon. Keeping children healthy and happy in the 21C is going to be harder if we have this gulf dividing the haves and the have-nots. Social media platform news feeds will only deliver the news that people want to see. Bad news about things like endemic poverty won’t make the edit. The unemployed trying to live on less than $40 a day will, likewise, miss the feed.

The Importance of Oral Health in Children

It is the parents’ responsibility to ensure the health and well-being of their children. It does not only cover their overall physical health, but also their oral health especially in this time of pandemic. When talking about oral hygiene, there’s a common misconception that it is only about having the picture-perfect smile. But the truth is, it is more than that. One of the importance of oral health in children is that kids with dental issues often tend to miss school. This could have been avoided if they have been practicing good oral hygiene. If and when your child experiences dental problems, make sure they visit a dentist.

The Importance of Oral Health in Children

A lot of parents think that oral health in children isn’t that important. They believe that the baby teeth that their kids will lose can still be replaced. Truth be told, there are many reasons that emphasises the importance of oral health in children other than losing teeth. For one, research shows that kids without dental issues are most likely to maintain a positive self-image as they grow older, and do better in school. Here are other reasons that highlight the importance of oral health in children.

  • Promotes good nutrition and a sound sleep

A child that has tooth problems makes it troublesome for him/her to eat properly and have a good night’s sleep. Chewing the food becomes a strenuous task. When this happens, the child cannot eat the right food that will nourish him/her and give the energy he/she needs. In addition, the kid cannot sleep soundly if his/her mouth is thumping.

  • Becomes a good habit

Even if the milk teeth will be replaced by permanent ones, the parents should still encourage their kids to practice proper oral hygiene at a young age. This way, it becomes a good habit that the kid will carry on as he gets older. Moreover, practicing good oral hygiene is an effective way of steering clear from dental problems.

  • Bolsters the overall health

There are studies that illustrate the relationship of oral health to a child’s overall health and well-being. If your child always experiences dental problems, he/she is highly susceptible to develop heart problems and diabetes.

Chiropractic Treatment for Children: Helpful or Harmful?

The practice of chiropractic has been growing in popularity receiving its fair share of the spotlight over the years. This revolves around the diagnosis and treatment of unverified mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system. It avoids the use of drugs and surgery making the practice itself very much accessible to a huge number of individuals in the present. This is the reason why parents even decide to have their child treated by a chiropractor. However, before you decide to setup an appointment for your child, let us first look at whether kids benefit from chiro or whether their bodies are not ready for those sometimes shocking manipulations.

Chiropractic Treatment for Children: Helpful or Harmful?

As mentioned earlier, chiropractic is very much well received due to the fact that the treatment is less intrusive which is great for patients who want to avoid going through intensive surgical operations. Chiropractic care can be kids’ stuff and the American Chiropractic Association agrees. Pediatric chiropractic care, when administered properly, is safe and effective for the treatment of a variety of conditions. For that matter, the association considers chiropractors to be important members of the integrative pediatric health care team.

A growing number of parents feel the same way as they are turning to chiropractors to treat their kids. The reason behind this is that parents are concerned about the frequent use of antibiotics which can have serious repercussions to children later down the line. For that matter some parents are seeking chiropractic care for everything from stomachaches to runny noses.

With the age of modern technology, children are exposed to several forms of entertainment. They spend a great amount of time with electronic gadgets on a regular day to day basis because of that. This however, can result to a number of problems including tech neck. This is known as a painful condition of the cervical spine that is associated with a downward-looking gaze putting increased stressors on the neck muscles and joints. Fortunately, tech neck is treatable with the help of experience chiropractors allowing kids to restore their posture and form.

Chiropractic care does indeed offer plenty of benefits to young and old ones alike. But what about with infants? The question “Is chiropractic care safe for babies?” is a pretty common and is asked by a huge number of parents. Many chiropractors believe that the adjustments can help alleviate colic, asthma, fever and ear infections.

Although rare, there have been cases where children have been seriously hurt after spinal manipulation. A good example of this is with the case of a Melbourne chiropractor who cracked back of baby temporarily banned from treating children. Dr. Ian John Rossborough appeared in a video where he was seen manipulating the spine of a four-day-old baby to treat colic.

The overall safety of chiropractic care relies on its practitioner. This is the reason why it is very important for patients to find professional chiropractors who also have the license to back their day to day activities up. Finding a trusted family friendly chiropractor can also go a long way in developing your child’s growth. You will also be getting in touch with them from time to time so having their contact information is required. Last but definitely not the least is for parents to communicate with all the members of the health care team to determine if chiropractic care is best for their children.

Deterring Crime in Domestic Domains

Keeping families and kids safe is a top priority for the majority of us adults. Being a responsible parent involves making sure that our homes are secure and that bad people cannot access them. It is not enough to provide for and nurture your children if you cannot protect them from danger. Where you live, in what part of town, can predicate how safe your home is. In some poorer socioeconomic communities, where parenting is challenged by issues like drug and alcohol problems, there are criminal activities which can threaten the sanctity and safety of your home.

Deterring Crime in Domestic Domains

In places like these, security becomes an even more important factor to consider. Lock up your sons and daughters may be an old fashioned sentiment, but it is an oldie and a goody. Protecting your home and children is not only achieved by locks on the windows and doors, but it is a positive start. Lack of community is another far larger issue in deprived regions. If family units are isolated from each other and the community at large, then it is easier for crime to flourish. Residents talking to each other and meeting regularly, makes it much harder for scumbags to operate within these communities or suburbs.

Social activities for parents and kids, like sporting groups and clubs, gives parents a chance to eyeball their neighbours near and far. Making friends and acquaintances means less room for nefarious agencies to violate your day to day life. If we all have a holistic interconnected web of friends and reliable neighbours, then, we are not strangers. It is harder to rob and assault people that you know, because they are more than meaningless faces. Reach out and become a circle of positive energy surrounding your community.

Big cities are killers of community spirit, people can slip between the cracks without the safety net of a group of peers and friends to catch them before they fall. At the same time, I am not urging people to get too gullible about every person in their community. A good relationship with a locksmith in tandem with your community spirit will get the job done. Be open, but people must ultimately earn your trust. Rome was not built in a day. It may take time to turn your community, or lack thereof, around. Sustained effort usually wins the day in the long run.


Keeping Our Disabled Children Healthy

Disabled children, like all children, deserve the very best health services available in Australia. Unfortunately, sometimes they just do not get the attention they need from health practitioners and services. Whether this failing is due to parental issues or is more systematically endemic, there are changes afoot to make sure that this situation improves. Passionate advocates from within organisations representing the families and carers of people with disability are making their voice heard in local, state and federal government. There are programs and consultative processes underway in many areas around Sydney to fast track major shifts in this sector.

Keeping Our Disabled Children Healthy

Community groups are linking up and finding common voice on what needs to be done to improve health services for children with disability. There are disability support groups for children and their families. These groups aim to help lighten the load that many families feel with disability. Knowing that you are not alone in your experiences and that together these families can help each other.  Communication between individuals, groups and the community is part of the solution to improving the health of kids with disabilities. Support on the ground. and support from the legislators making changes for the better, will make a difference in this space.

Schools are becoming more disability friendly and flexible in their approaches to kids with special needs. It really needs to be a policy of meeting individual requirements; and not one size fits all. Parents and families must be engaged by all institutions in the educational and healthcare fields; they are there to service what these families and their disabled children need. Communities need to come together inclusively and not leave these valuable members on the outer. Too many families become isolated and suffer from that experience.

Putting some fun back into life for carers and parents, can be made possible through respite programs and support networks. We must all make this issue a priority within our own communities. Don’t hang back, step forward and see what you can do within your sporting, religious, recreational and regional groups and organisations. Put disability at the top of your priorities in terms of being inclusive and supportive. Australia is beginning to grow up and this can be seen in the acceptance of diversity within our communities. Keeping our disabled children healthy depends on affirmative action taken by us all. We cannot just leave it up to government agencies.


Cot Malfunctions: Injuries to Infants

You have been blessed with the miracle of birth and new life. You are leaving the birthing unit or hospital and heading home, tired but blissed out. You have lovingly furnished the nursery; and after a reasonable amount of time, you have baby asleep in his or her cot. The mobile above baby’s sleeping form is dancing gently with its nursery rhyme characters. It is a peaceful and nurturing scene. Mum and dad watch their gorgeous infant with a deep sense of contentment. Then, the unthinkable happens the cot malfunctions and injures the sleeping child.

Cot Malfunctions: Injuries to Infants

This nightmare scene is not as uncommon as you might think. Cots are manufactured and they do malfunction; as all manufactured products can do. What can you do in case of personal injury to an infant or child from a dysfunctional cot? Nursery furniture injuries and deaths happen all the time in Australia, and throughout the world. A personal injury lawyer in Adelaide can help you take legal action against the manufacturer, and the retailer, if they have a case to answer, in regard to the safety of the cot or other item of nursery furniture.

Governments around Australia warn parents about second-hand nursery furniture and cots that do not meet Australian Standards. Babies choking to death or suffocating in cots due to malfunctions and poor design are tragedies that need not happen if people take the time to properly check things out. Second-hand cots cause hundreds of injuries in Australia every year. Things like SIDS are absolute tragedies and they can be avoided with supervision and preparation. Parents must be vigilant about what they furnish their nurseries with. Don’t accept a cot from your parents, just because it may have been in the family for generations.

Being nice to family is not worth it if a terrible tragedy results from the act. Babies spend a lot of time in their cot, so it needs to be a fully functioning and comfortable place. Road test the cot before you put baby inside it – give the structure a thorough going over to see that it will hold up. Get some professional advice about cots and putting baby to sleep in his or her cot. Awareness is always the best policy when it comes to caring for infants; set yourself the task of getting informed from the best possible sources. Remember Australian Standards when it comes to purchasing nursery furniture.


Buying Baby Cots, Mattress, Safety Mats, Safety Gates: Tips and Reminders for Parents

babyAs a parent, one is always on the lookout for ways in which to keep one’s children healthy and safe from harm.The development of one’s children should take precedence over every other concern because only when constantly vigilant can one make sure one’s children grow up healthy, happy, and free from harm.The choice of furniture such as a child’s cot mattress or a baby’s cot and other safety mechanisms as safety mats and safety gates is one area where a parent cannot be too complacent.

When one chooses the appropriate gear and accessories for children, one can be sure that their development, their physical health as well as their mental well-being,is optimal. When a first-time parent, it is always a good idea to seek advice or help from those who know better. One must be aware of the standards of health and safety to practice. When picking out products for children’s use, one must keep abreast of trends and sources of information to guide one in selecting ideal baby cots, cot mattresses, safety mats, or safety gates to use for one’s children.

Cot mattress or baby cot compliant with safety standards

Keep in mind that not all cot mattresses or baby cots are created equal. The Department of Consumer Affairs in one’s state may provide information on product safety of babies’ or kids’ furniture, what to look out for and how to pick out such.These can easily be requested without too much fuss or delay.

Tips in picking out safe baby cot and cot mattress

Since babies and young children spend most of their time asleep, it is vital to know how to pick out babies’ or kids’ cot or cot mattress which can provide safe and sound sleep for them.

Carefully assess the measurements of certain parts of the cot. The space between its bars should be wide enough to allow circulation of air into the cot but not too big as to allow the child’s head to be trapped between. The safe gap measurement between the cot’s bars is from 50 to 95 millimeters. Any wider and it could prove a hazard for a child or baby. Another measurement to be taken into consideration is the distance from the base to the top of the cot which should be no more than 20 millimeters to avoid falls when the child or baby stands up.

Check that the baby cot has no horizontal bars or any surface that can be used as foothold to step up on or climb out by.As a baby grows, discovery and exploration are very keen,and although such surfaces may be seen as something of a novelty and thrill, these may pose as a threat to the safety of one’s child without care and supervision.

The cot mattress should be of appropriate size and firmness as to be comfortable and safe. There should be no more than 20 millimeters on the side or ends of the cot when the cot mattress is placed. One’s child may find his or her arms or legs trapped into any gaps wider than this.Alterations on the cot should be avoided. Strict standards are followed in manufacturing such products as a baby cot and cot mattress that changing anything on these may only prove harmful to your child’s well-being.

Do not use any extra pillows, baby cot bumpers, or restraints as they may pose a suffocation risk. When one has chosen the right kind of mattress, not too hard and not too soft, with just the right firmness, there will be no need for all other pillow accessories.

What to look for in safety gates

Presently, no Australian Standard exists for safety gates. So a parent must exercise extra caution and sense when picking one out before making the purchase.One should mind the instructions and warnings on the product,making sure to use the product only as prescribed.

A safety gate which swings open may be safer than one where there is need to step over. Safety gates which are opened with a foot pedal are recommended. The product is supposed to keep a child in, so it should take considerable effort to open it or else it would defeat its purpose. It should not be too simple as to open in one step. For instance, safety gates which require two distinct actions would be more difficult for a child to manipulate, thus, should be safer.

One should make sure there are no bars across or any mesh that a child can climb up on to go over the safety gates. The product should also be checked for any sharp edges or points where a child can be injured by. Also, keep an eye out for any detachable small parts which can be considered choking hazards.

Of course, one must have checked that the size of the safety gates chosen fits exactly over the space or opening where it will be used as barrier. Take note of the size of the opening and compare with the safety gates’ dimensions before making the purchase.

Choosing safety mats for your home surfaces

Safety mats are a great way to avoid slipping and falling on the floor. The use of such devices is not just for one’s children but for ourselves as well. When there are children in the house, it is unavoidable to have spills and other sort of substances on the floor which can trigger a fall.

Another purpose for the use of safety mats when one has children is during play, especially when toddlers or very young ones have just learned to walk.Children bruise very easily, and safety mats can provide cushy surfaces for them to play on to avoid such bruising.

Make sure to catch a whiff of the mat before buying it. Select one made of foam.Make sure it does not have that harsh chemical smell that is almost always a sure sign that the safety mat or play mat is made of PVC, which contains flame-retardant chemicals you want to avoid.

A safer material would be EVA. Some children’s furniture and accessory shops such as Nanny Annie’s have these at hand. They even have some in poly-cotton material. Your toddler may be spending long joyous hours on this mat, so it is best to choose wisely and safely.

It would do one to remember that, when it comes to one’s children, one can never be too safe.Buy your children’s cot mattress,baby cot, safety gates, and safety mats from stores you can trust.