Friday, May 05, 2006 

Baby massage: A Cure for Colic

By Lucy Curran

Colic hurts. Any parent who has an affected child will know that there is almost no pain like it – the physical and vocal response to the problem can be highly tiring and its very difficult to stand by and cope as a parent. It’s often tough to ask – what the hell is going on inside my baby?! When the problem arises, as it’s so common and many health visitors expect parents to be aware of the nature of the affliction and how to deal with it.

The fact is: NOBODY knows what colic is, it was thought for a time to be a intestinal problem, and related to trapped wind, but the only thing that even the medical profession know about the cause of such pain is that is causes up to three hours of crying a day, for more than three or four days a week. Your baby isn’t alone either: 20% of children, males and females, suffer colic as infants; usually when they are but a few months old. Apart from the application of gripewater: a, shall we say, interestingly flavoured product; there was for many, many years no cure for this elusive problem…. Until now…

Many parents instinctively rub their children when they are in pain. We all know that, just as we need to massage our limbs when we get cramp, they need physical stimulation so that blood flow and wind movements can be righted. Baby massage allows for intense and structured contact with colic afflicted babies – and has been accredited to the dissolution problem completely.

Flowing from the head to the toes, this specialist form of massage sees babies have full, much needed skin to skin contact with their caregiver; a soothing prospect for those suffering pain. A particularly encouraged technique for parents of colicky babies is the stomach massage, which sees the masseuse rub the babies belly in a gentle, circular motion beneath the rib cage, an action that encourages the correct movement of digested food through the body.

Classes teaching baby massage techniques are available worldwide, as many families have now begun to reap the benefits of the special, quiet times massage allows them to spend with their children. The BBC recently ran an article on the enriching quality of the exercise for mothers who have suffered from post-natal depression and their babies, noting that the bonding process can be strengthened by the intimacy of massage. It has also been suggested that the strong bond developed naturally by the exercise can prevent behavioural disorders later in life, and that the muscle stimulation involved can see children sitting, and even walking much sooner.

Available at the majority of Sure Start centres in the UK, baby massage provides at last a positive solution for parents suffering the effects of a colicky child. Righting sleep patterns and ending infant anxiety, it is perfectly simple, and the perfect solution to a huge number of childhood ailments.

To find out about baby massage courses or classes in your area simply visit

About the author:
Lucy Curran

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Tuesday, April 18, 2006 

6 Simple Rules to Come Up With the Perfect Name for Your Baby

I found this article about how to come up with the perfect name for your baby from the internet. Which might be useful for new coming mommy. Enjoys reading.
By Mouloud Siaci

Choosing a name for your baby is the most crucial decision
you have to consider. It is very exciting and quite
difficult at the same time.

During the pregnancy, you will spend many hours trying
to decide on the baby's name.

You have to choose and select from a huge names list
and consider suggestions from family, friends
and other relatives...

In fact, you are going to face a big challenge, really.

In this article I will help you to manage all those factors
and give you important ideas to come up with the perfect
and ideal name!

And then I will show you an easy yet powerful software that
you can use to make advanced and personalized search into
a huge names database easily. This tool will literally
make naming your baby a very enjoyable task!

But before that, there are 6 imprtant aspects you have
to be aware of before we can go any further. And that's
what we will discuss right now.

Important Note:

You can apply the following simple tips whatever the
origin of the name you are considering. Feel free to apply
them if you wish to invent a new name, use a place name,
honour a family member...

The 6 Simple Rules to Keep in Mind:

Rule #1. Uniqueness:
Having a unique name, may make your child stand out of the
crowd. It is always good to feel "special"... Not being one
of the several "Johns" or "Taylors" in the classroom.

The downside is that "invented" or unusual names may be
mispronounced or misspelled by others most of the time.
And this could be frustrating for the child.

To resolve this dilemma, you can balance an unusual
surname by a more popular first name.
For example, a name like "Kyle Minkowsky" may be
preferable to "Regenweald Minkowsky".

On the other hand, you could balance a common surname by
a creative first name, say, "Eleonora Smith" rather
than "Jessica Smith".

Rule #2. The Rhythm of a Name:
How your baby's name sounds is very important. Before you
go any further, try to say it aloud with the middle name
you are considering and your surname too.

The full name should be sweet to the ears with no harshness.
Please, don't get me wrong, what I am trying to say here,
is that your baby's name should be fluent.

You can achieve that if you keep in mind the following tips:

* Balance a short surname with a longer firstname,
and vice versa. There is no good if it takes your child five
minutes to write out their full name!
e.g. "Jake Huntington" or "Elisabeth Wood" are fine examples.

* Avoid names that end with the same letter as your surname
begins. I will try to illustrate this second rule here:
The following names tend to merge together:
"Alexis Smith", "Erik Kramer" or "Jarod Deals"

...Do you get my point?

Rule #3. Alliteration:
Alliteration brings a kind of fine "decoration" to the
baby's name. If used properly, it is a combination of
letters that make the name easier to say and to remember.
e.g. "Len Livingstone", "Opal Ohara" or "Jerry Johnson".

Rule #4. Meaning of the Name:
At this level of the search, you should find out the
meaning of the name you are considering. It is always
gratifying to know that your baby's name means:
Love, hope, joy, life, tolerance, peace...

Rule #5. Check the Initials:
Once you have an idea for the baby's name, always check the
initials! While the full name may sound pretty, the initials
may bring some surprise!

Imagine the feeling of a child who grows up and realizes
that their initials are: "N.I.L.", "Z.I.P." or "S.A.D."

In order to avoid such embarassment for the child, check
the initials before you make your decision. You will be
glad you did.

Rule #6. Nickname:
Make sure you like the pet forms of your baby's name.
e.g. If you plan to name your baby boy: Richard, then
expect him to be called also: Rick. So, if you don't like
this shortened name, you may reconsider your decision.

Now you have all the elements to come up with the perfect name!

The challenge is that you have to combine ALL these factors
and apply them to EACH of the thousands names available!

Do you really think it's too much work?

About the author:
What if There Was a Piece of Software that Could
Help You to Create The *Perfect* Name for Your Baby?

"Baby Name" is a brand new software...
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I hope you would find any inspiration or idea for your baby's name after reading the above article.

Friday, April 14, 2006 

Right Brain / Left Brain

I done a research on left right brain and abstract the following finding;

In general terms the left-hand side of your brain plays a major part in processing logic, words, mathematics and sequence - the so-called academic parts of learning.
The right-hand side of the brain deals with rhythm, rhyme, music, pictures and day-dreaming - the so-called creative activities.

British businessman and researcher Colin Rose, author of Accelerated Learning and developer of several rapid-learning foreign language courses, gives a simple example of how different aspects of the brain can work together in an integrated way. "If you're listening to a song, the left brain would be processing the words and the right brain would be processing the music. So it's no accident that we learn the words of popular songs very easily. You don't have to make any effort to do that. You learn very quickly because the left brain and the right brain are both involved - and so is the emotional center of the brain in the limbic system."

If you grow up in China or Japan, you learn to write a "picture" language - and this is largely learned through part of the right-hand side of your brain.
Grow up in one of the Western "alphabet" cultures, and you learn how to take in information through all your senses but to communicate in linear writing.
The English language, for instance, has about 550,000 words, yet each one is made up of variations from only the 26 letters of the alphabet. Communicate in alphabet languages, and you will largely be using a section of the left-hand side of your brain.
I've started some program for training my baby right brain, would share with you all in due course.


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