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.

Chilli and mushroom con carne

Chilli and mushroom con carne

Nothing says comfort food like a homemade chilli con carne. Try this easy recipe.

The post Chilli and mushroom con carne appeared first on Living and Loving written by Xanet Scheepers .


Chilli and mushroom con carne

Nothing says comfort food like a homemade chilli con carne. Try this easy recipe.

The post Chilli and mushroom con carne appeared first on Living and Loving written by Xanet Scheepers .

Chilli and mushroom con carne

Nothing beats a delicious chilli con carne or soup on a cold, windy day. Make this easy recipe for dinner tonight, or check out our winter soups here if you feel like something a little lighter.

*Serves 4-6

Ingredients

  • 15ml oil
  • 2 onions, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 small red chilli, finely sliced
  • 2-5ml cayenne pepper (according to taste)
  • 5ml ground cumin
  • 3ml ground cinnamon
  • 250g lean beef mince
  • 250g button mushrooms, sliced
  • 30ml tomato paste
  • 410g chopped tomatoes
  • 500ml beef stock
  • Salt and milled black pepper
  • 400g red kidney beans, drained and rinsed

To serve

  • Cooked white rice
  • Finely diced toppings: tomato, red onion and avocado
  • Fresh coriander leaves

Method

  • Heat the oil in a pot over medium heat.
  • Add the onion and cook for 3-4 minutes until soft.
  • Stir in the garlic, chilli, cayenne pepper, cumin and cinnamon and cook for 1 minute.
  • Add the mince, stirring, for 5-7 minutes, or until the meat is browned.
  • Add the mushrooms and cook for 3-4 minutes.
  • Stir in the tomato paste, chopped tomatoes and beef stock.
  • Season with salt and pepper and bring to the boil.
  • Reduce the heat to low, and simmer for 35 minutes.
  • Add the kidney beans and cook for 10-15 minutes.
  • Serve with white rice, diced toppings and coriander leaves (optional).

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