#AVONBABY2018 – It’s Time For Baby Cuteness Overload!

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Babies are simply adorable! Regardless of how you might be feeling, all it takes is a baby’s cackling giggle to put a smile on your face. You’re simply never thesame once you see or hold a baby and if you disagree, we have one legitimatereason to *side-eye* you. Babies are one reason to never doubt a mother’s awesomeness because it takes incredible care, love and dedication to birth and nurture … Read More

Is My Baby Getting Enough Breast Milk?

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While more women know how long to breastfeed their babies, there’s still a bit of confusion among mothers (especially new ones) about when their babies can start trying other meals. Here’s a short thread to help out. So does your baby need more than milk? Yes, but not until he’s six months old. Paediatricians advise that it’s best to exclusively breastfeed your baby for six months. After this, your baby’s … Read More

All You Need to Know about Polio

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While polio is a distant memory in most of the world, the disease still exists in some countries like Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Currently, one in 200 infections leads to irreversible paralysis (usually in the legs). Among those paralysed, 5% to 10% die when their breathing muscles become immobilized. The goal is to ensure that in the very near future, children under 5 will have one less deadly disease to … Read More

Infant Mortality: 5 Deadly Childhood Diseases And How To Prevent Them

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When it comes to most infectious diseases, children are among the most vulnerable – largely because their immune systems haven’t fully developed. According to the WHO, nearly 6 million children under the age of five die annually and these infant mortality cases are caused when they contract preventable diseases. While a range of factors – ranging from poor healthcare infrastructure, lack of vaccines, etc. – are responsible for these high … Read More

Common Health Problems Your Child Can Inherit From You

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When we look at kids, we mostly focus on the physical attributes they share with their parents – eyes, shape of head, nose, mouth, etc. Some attributes are understated while others are so striking that there’s no need for a DNA test, should there be any doubters. However, not only do kids inherit physical attributes, they also inherit some of their parents’ health problems. There are ‘simple’ issues such as … Read More

For Dads: 5 Tips for Expecting Fathers

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Expecting fathers? It sounds weird but it’s not. When a woman is pregnant, men shouldn’t just say “But I’ve played my part, am I not done?” Far from it – you’re just getting started. It’s time to ‘step up’ the support you are giving your partner and you can start by adopting the ‘we are pregnant’ approach. Many men, especially first-timers, find the pregnancy exciting yet bewildering and even a … Read More

Got Milk? 5 Breastfeeding Benefits Every Mother Needs to Know

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For something so natural and beneficial, it’s hard to believe that less than 40% of infants below six months of age are exclusively breastfed globally. This, according to the World Health Organisation is a trend that needs to change, especially when one of the major breastfeeding benefits is the capability of preventing 800,000 infant deaths every year. Breastfeeding remains the best source of nourishment for infants and the benefits not only accrue to … Read More

How to Prevent Iron Deficiency During Pregnancy

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Do you know that some pregnant women chew weird stuff like ice, chalk, clay and even sand? This sounds strange but it is due to a condition called ‘Pica’ which is sometimes attributed to iron deficiency anaemia. When you think about all the weird cravings some pregnant women have, this begins to make sense. There are various kinds of anemia but iron deficiency anemia is the most common. When a … Read More

When is The Right Time to Have a Baby

Career, life goals, holiday plans etc. is there ever a right time to have a baby? Children have always been considered a blessing. In Nigeria, where the average family size is 6 people, the question of ‘When you go born pikin?’ is never too far from the discussion. If you are planning to have a baby, it is important you consider as many factors as possible before making the big … Read More

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: Advice for Parents

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There are some life events that tug at the heartstrings of even the most stoic. The birth of a new baby and the possibility of new beginnings is celebrated all over the world. Sadly, not all babies live to realize their promise. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) occurs when a baby, 12 months or younger, suddenly dies during sleep with no warning signs or explanation. For many years, little or … Read More