Hygiene plays a crucial component of a baby's overall care. Practicing a good hygiene is extremely important to keep your baby happy and healthy all the time.

Eight essential hygiene rules for your baby. Here are eight simple good hygiene practices to adopt when you have a baby.

  • Washing your hands with a good antibacterial soap is essential for removing harmful bacteria and germs that cause colds, flu, diarrhea and other infections. Be sure to dry your hands properly and wash your hand towels regularly. It's especially important to wash your hands before feeding your baby, after handling raw food, after changing a nappy or going to the toilet yourself, after touching pets, after touching anything dirty such as dirty nappies, rubbish or food waste.
  • You don't need to clean the house every day from top to bottom with disinfectant, you just need to pay particular attention to the surfaces that are most likely to harbour germs and bacteria. Focus on the areas that have a lot of contact with food, bodies and hands, such as bathrooms, kitchen benches, tables, crockery, cutlery and glassware. You need to be cleaning these properly. Use hot water with detergent for crockery, cutlery and glasses, while kitchens and bathrooms will need a thorough clean with a good disinfectant. Pay particular attention to taps, toilet seats, benches and door handles. Dry surfaces as well if they are not in a well-ventilated area with natural light.
  • Babies love to put things into their mouths, and toys are often the closest thing to hand. Be sure to regularly give your child's toys a clean with a good disinfectant. Wipe hard plastic toys down and make sure you rinse them thoroughly or put plush toys through the washing machine.
  • A good bath is essential for keeping your baby clean and tidy, but you need to make sure you are not over-washing as this is damaging to your baby's sensitive skin. In the first year of your baby's life a full bath is necessary only two or three times a week. Check out our step-by-step guide to bathing your baby.
  • These are three areas that need some special attention. Always keep your baby's nails well-trimmed so that they can't scratch themselves — the best time to trim them is when your baby is asleep. Be sure to use baby-sized nail clippers and not to cut the nails too short as these will hurt your baby.
  • Only wash the outside of your baby's ears, never the inside, and never insert cotton wool buds into your baby's ears. If your baby is unhappy and touching their ears repeatedly, this could be a sign of infection — be sure to get this looked at by a medical professional.
  • Clean any dried mucous from your baby's nose, as this can cause difficulty breathing. Use a damp wash cloth to gently remove the dried mucous. A nasal syringe may be needed to help remove excess mucous, but consult your baby's health practitioner before using one of these.
  • Be sure to keep your baby's eyes clear of any dried mucous. Use damp cotton wool to gently clean their eyes and seek medical attention if you notice your baby's eyes are irritated.

The secret benefits of turmeric for pregnant and breastfeeding moms

The secret benefits of turmeric for pregnant and breastfeeding moms

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The secret benefits of turmeric for pregnant and breastfeeding moms

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The secret benefits of turmeric for pregnant and breastfeeding moms

Known as the Queen of Spices, turmeric has a number of powerful medicinal benefits. The golden, pungent spice has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiviral, antidepressant, anti-aging and anti-carcinogenic properties. But is it safe for pregnant or breastfeeding moms?

Scientifically known as Curcuma Ionga, turmeric root has been used in India as a medicinal component in Ayurveda, which has been around for around 5 000 years. More recently, scientific studies have been done on curcumin, the main bioactive ingredient in tumeric.

According to tumericforhealth.com, oral turmeric supplements are not considered to be safe during pregnancy, as it could stimulate the uterus, which could increase the risk of miscarriage.

However, University of Maryland Medical Center states that turmeric in low doses as a spice is safe for pregnant and breastfeeding women to consume, and has a number of health benefits. Do not use this spice if you are prone to bleeding disorders, or are allergic. Speak to your doctor or caregiver if you are unsure.

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Benefits in pregnancy

 A dash of turmeric in your food, or in a glass of milk can help:

  • Ease joint pain and inflammation
  • Help to prevent constipation and maintains healthy levels of bacteria in the gut
  • Helps improve immunity
  • Helps detox the liver and purifies blood
  • Helps maintain healthy blood sugar and lipid levels

Benefits for breastfeeding

A dash of turmeric in your food, or in a glass of milk:

  1. Acts as an immune booster, as it contains anti-bacterial and antiviral properties.
  2. Helps reduce the risk of mastitis, as it helps reduce inflammation.
  3. Helps beat the blues as it works as an anti-depressant. Turmeric improves brain function, improves memory and dopamine levels.
  4. Helps promote digestion as it helps in the production of bile and keeps gas and bloating in check.
  5. Is a natural painkiller, so helps to heal your body from the inside out.
  6. Is used as a galactogogue. Turmeric is widely used in India as it is believed to boost the production of breastmilk. While this has not been scientifically proven, it is believed to help due to its anti-inflammatory and healing properties.
  7. Helps improve your cholesterol levels, as curcumin improves the lining of your blood vessels, and helps prevent heart disease.
  8. Helps boost blood circulation and aids in general good health.

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Don’t want to eat it? Try these home pregnancy beauty remedies instead:

  1. Mix turmeric and curd into a paste and apply over your stretch marks. Leave for 15 minutes and then wash off.
  2. Blend cucumber into juice, add lime juice and turmeric powder to make a paste. Apply to any areas that has hyper-pigmentation. Wash off after 20 minutes. Turmeric is believed to prevent melanin production and helps lighten skin tone.
  3. A paste of turmeric and water works well on acne-prone skin due to its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties.
  4. Drinking a dash of turmeric in milk with a squeeze of honey (every few days or so), helps cleanse impurities in your system and gives a clear complexion.

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