28 November 2023

Cradling hope through skin-to-skin contact

👉 Follow us on our WhatsApp channel:  Recibe información por WhatsApp UNICEF Parenting Portal  for more tips. You may also be interested in: Home Parenting  | Food and nutrition Food and nutrition  | Early learning Early learning  | Nurturing care Nurturing care  | Health Health | Security and protection Security and protection  |  Short…, Why is skin-to-skin contact so important? , "The importance of the Kangaroo Family Care Programme goes beyond a simple technical and medical methodology; it is a story of love, resilience and the power that human touch has to change lives and make a difference".  enfermera está ayudando a una madrea a cargar a su bebe recien nacido en el pecho, plan canguro The method involves holding the…, Emotion in every heartbeat , The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is divided into several sections, depending on the severity of the patients’ condition. "On average, we take care of no more than 130 babies a day, however, lately, we are treating over 140 patients," says Dr. Fadlallah.  The Panama Children's Hospital has implemented significant changes in its neonatal care unit as…, Company during the process , When Arantxa was born, her lungs were not fully developed, and she had low birth weight: "She had surgery at 20 days." "Now Arantxa is 33 weeks and one day old. It was a natural birth, and she weighed 3 pounds," says her mom, Karen Vernaza, with great pride.  Nurse Orellana was the one who introduced her, and the rest of the families, to the…, “If he can fight, I can too” , bebé recién nacido, en el pecho de su madre, en cuidados intensivos en plan canguro Jennyfer Simpson and her baby, Lian Jennyfer Simpson gave birth to Lian at 32 weeks of pregnancy: "Learning to use the wrap was simple, and for me, this experience has been beautiful. With the Kangaroo Family Care Programme, I have strengthened the bond with my…, Teamwork is key , In the ICU, it is increasingly common to find fathers who are fully involved and committed to the Kangaroo Family Care Programme. For the programme team, this has been essential to ensure that the responsibility does not only fall on mothers. "Dads love it, and most of them are very happy to do it".  One of these dads is 20-year-old Javier Barrios…, Love Stories, Happy Endings , bebé prematuro, apoyado en el pecho de su madre, plan canguro. Yoryelis Guruchaga with her baby, Carl Yoryelis Guruchaga, a dental student in Panama City and native of Bocas del Toro, broke her water at just 32 weeks of pregnancy. Then Carl was born: "He cried like any child, but he would get tired, breathing was difficult for him."  She believes…
10 March 2022

7 questions about babies every new parent asks

👉 Follow us on our WhatsApp channel:  Recibe información por WhatsApp UNICEF Parenting Portal  for more tips. You may also be interested in: Home Parenting  | Food and nutrition Food and nutrition  | Early learning Early learning  | Nurturing care Nurturing care  | Health Health | Security and protection Security and protection  |  Short…, Transcript of '7 questions about babies every new parents asks: Mini Parenting Master Class' video, “Did you know that your baby is developing memory from as young as two or three weeks of age? A baby as young as two or three weeks will remember your smell. You’ve asked me lots of questions that many parents have about their young child growing up and I’m here to answer them. Hi, my name is Professor Frank Oberklaid and this is my Mini Parenting…, Why do babies sleep so much?, “Babies don’t know that the norm is to sleep at night-time and be awake during the day. So they sleep in bursts of three or four hours usually, wake up to have a feed and then go back to sleep. As their brain develops, there are reasons for them not to sleep because there are things to be curious about; they’re engaging with their world, parents…, Can a baby’s brain be stimulated while it’s still in the womb?, “For some time, a number of years ago, it was thought that babies being exposed to classical music made them smarter. There’s no real evidence that babies listening to classical music makes them more intelligent. On the other hand, it certainly doesn’t hurt. So if parents want to introduce music into the household, that’s a great idea because as…, How does nutrition affect brain development?, “A baby will get all the nutritional needs they need from breastmilk and we say that it’s really important for mothers to try to breastfeed. After that, that’s when there’s a danger period for some children in some countries where there’s food insecurity, where the quality, the diversity isn’t there, where there isn’t enough food to put on the…, Why do babies need human touch?, “There’s pretty good research evidence now about the importance of touch in newborn babies, not just for human beings but, in fact, all animal species. We talk sometimes about kangaroo care, about placing a newborn baby on the mother from a very early stage and that’s comforting for the child, it’s [also] calming for the mother. So for lots and…, How much should you actively engage with your child?, “Children are innately curious; they want to explore their environment. Everything’s so new, it’s a big world out there and so parents shouldn’t get in the way of that. What they should do is make sure the child is perfectly safe. Don’t try and structure the child too much. But there are many learning opportunities, for example, sing to the child…, How should we approach and encourage language learning?, “As the young infant and toddler starts to develop language like, very simple things – ‘dog’, ‘bye bye’, ‘ta ta’ etc. etc. – parents can reinforce that, they can mirror that, they can mimic that. Young children love repetition, so to hear the same song again and again, to read the same book again and again, they’ll start to see what the patterns…, What’s the best way to teach your child different languages?, “I think what’s important is to have some sort of consistency, so the young child isn’t confused. So sometimes one parent, one language works. Sometimes one activity, one language works. But at the end of the day, the kids are going to sort it out themselves and use both languages in an appropriate way. In those early years of life, what babies…
10 March 2022

How music affects your baby’s brain

👉 Follow us on our WhatsApp channel:  Recibe información por WhatsApp UNICEF Parenting Portal  for more tips. You may also be interested in: Home Parenting  | Food and nutrition Food and nutrition  | Early learning Early learning  | Nurturing care Nurturing care  | Health Health | Security and protection Security and protection  |  Short…, Transcript of “How music affects your baby’s brain: Mini Parenting Master Class” video, Did you know a lullaby will make your baby calmer because it slows down her heart? Music is the most important thing in our life. Is your baby getting enough music? My name is Dr. Ibrahim Baltagi and this is my Mini Parenting Master Class on how music affects your baby’s brain., What effect does music have on babies in the womb?, It is proven that music has a role in brain development before birth. Listening to music during pregnancy will not only have a soothing and uplifting effect on the pregnant woman, but also a positive influence on the unborn baby. Around 16─18 weeks of pregnancy, the little one hears its very first sound. By 24 weeks, the little ears start to…, What music should a pregnant mother listen to?, In the third trimester, the baby will be definitely able to hear the music you play. Classical music, gentle sounds like lullabies, nice melodies that inspire happiness all are designed to be soothing., How can music help develop a young child’s brain?, Music ignites all areas of child development and skills for school readiness, particularly in the areas of language acquisition and reading skills. Learning to play a musical instrument can improve mathematical learning, and even increases school scores., How can you use music to soothe your baby to help her sleep?, Music inspires emotions, so music can be a popular recommendation to soothe the little one peacefully. And it is a welcome addition to the baby’s sleep routine. The music must be soft, soothing, relaxing, to create a calm atmosphere to nurture their sleeping patterns. A familiar tune or music or song becomes like a session of music therapy. Slow,…, Where do lullabies come from?, The English word “lullaby” is thought to come from the “lala” or “lulu” sounds made by mothers or nurses to calm children. “Bye” is another lulling sound, or a term to say “goodnight”. A lullaby, or so-called cradle song, has a story to soothe babies and small children to sleep. Lullabies are found in every culture and sung in every language.…, What are the best musical instruments for toddlers?, There are many ways in which you can create music with your child for free. Vocal chords are the only innate instruments that are created in a human being. There are other instruments that we can use, which is percussion like clapping, snapping, stomping and patting on your thighs. Also, there is  tons of stuff around your home such as if you get…, Can music help your child socialize?, There’s something about listening to music or playing it with other people that brings its own social buzz, making you feel connected to those around you. Music at early ages helps children express themselves and share feelings. Even at an early age, they can sway, bounce, move their hands in response to music they hear. They can even make up…
10 March 2022

Building babies’ brains through play

👉 Follow us on our WhatsApp channel:  Recibe información por WhatsApp UNICEF Parenting Portal  for more tips. You may also be interested in: Home Parenting  | Food and nutrition Food and nutrition  | Early learning Early learning  | Nurturing care Nurturing care  | Health Health | Security and protection Security and protection  |  Short…, Transcript of 'Building babies’ brains through play: Mini Parenting Master Class' video, "I’m Jack Shonkoff. Did you know that the most important interaction you can have with your child is through play? Building your baby’s brain sounds a little bit intimidating so step back and take a deep breath. Parenting is much more of an art than it is a science. I’m Jack Shonkoff, and this is my mini parenting master class on building babies’…, 1. Why are the early years of a child's life so critical for brain development?, The early years are important because the experiences young children have and the relationships they have with the important people in their lives literally shape the development of their brain. And that early foundation affects all the learning and behavior and physical and mental health that follows through a lifetime. It’s impossible to…, 2. What is the most important thing a parent can do to support brain development?, The most important thing that any parent can do to support the development, and particularly the brain development of a young child, is to get to know that young child, get to be able to read that child’s cues, get to be able to engage in what we call “serve and return” interaction., 3. What is 'serve and return' and what does it look like?, Serve and return is just like play. I’m getting better! So this serve and return; you get better with practice. The reason why ‘serve and return’ accurately describes what’s important about the interaction is that it goes in both directions. A baby serves a smile, a coo, a babble, a gesture, and the parent or other adult caring for that child…, 4. How is 'serve and return' related to play between parent and child?, For very young children, all important learning takes place within the context of play. Play is exploration. Play is trying things. Play is trying to kind of figure out when you do one thing, something else happens.  Play is trying to develop a sense of mastery of the world. A lot of that is done by providing an environment that is safe and…, 5. How would you advise a parent on how to do 'serve and return' in a playful way?, I would start by making the idea of ‘serve and return’ to be something that is easy, friendly and relaxing. Play can occur when you are feeding a child, when you are changing the child’s clothes, when you are bathing a child. All of those are opportunities for playful interaction and learning between adults and children. To help parents understand…, 6. Why are some games parents can play with their child to help boost their brains?, In infancy with very young babies, it’s all about interaction, kind of visual, sound, looking your baby in the eye, making that personal connection, being sensitive to your baby’s feelings. Here are some things people may not think about as games, but they’re games; they’re play.  Peekaboo – putting a cloth over your head. “Where’s baby, oh here…
10 March 2022

Baby talk

👉 Follow us on our WhatsApp channel:  Recibe información por WhatsApp UNICEF Parenting Portal  for more tips. You may also be interested in: Home Parenting  | Food and nutrition Food and nutrition  | Early learning Early learning  | Nurturing care Nurturing care  | Health Health | Security and protection Security and protection  |  Short…, Transcript of 'Baby talk: Mini Parenting Master Class' video, "Hi! My name is Dr. Marina Kalashnikova and this is my Mini Parenting Master Class on baby talk. I am a researcher and I study how babies learn language., What is baby talk?, Baby talk is much more than just a silly and cute way of talking to babies. Actually, baby talk is more about how we say things. When parents or other caregivers use baby talk, they use normal language. But they make it simpler: they repeat words a lot and speak slower. We also exaggerate our facial expressions when we talk to a baby. So, for…, Why is baby talk important?, Parents should immerse their babies in speech. Listening to more baby talk helps babies build their own language abilities. Baby talk works like a spotlight – babies hear a lot of sounds around them. But when they hear baby talk, they know that it’s time to start listening and paying attention. This happens for two reasons: First, baby talk is…, When should I use baby talk?, When we see a baby, most of us instinctively use baby talk. But it still does not come naturally to everyone. Parents should start practising baby talk from early on so they can learn what type of baby talk to use. The best time to practise baby talk is when you engage in daily routines with your baby. For example, when you’re feeding, bathing, or…
10 March 2022

How to build your baby's mental health

👉 Follow us on our WhatsApp channel:  Recibe información por WhatsApp UNICEF Parenting Portal  for more tips. You may also be interested in: Home Parenting  | Food and nutrition Food and nutrition  | Early learning Early learning  | Nurturing care Nurturing care  | Health Health | Security and protection Security and protection  |  Short…, Transcript of “How to build your baby's mental health: Mini Parenting Master Class” video, New babies are a lot of work, and parents experience a wide range of emotions when they have a new baby. They feel joy, frustration, fatigue and nervousness. There's no reason to be frightened of having mixed emotions about a new baby. Hi, I'm Dr. Lisa Damour, and this is my Mini Parenting Masterclass on how to build your baby's mental health.  , I’m about to become a parent. What should I expect in terms of emotions and stress?, Becoming a parent for the first time is a huge transition. It will change everything you do. Every aspect of your life will be different now. And one of the things that we know about stress is that it happens any time we have to adapt to new conditions. And adapting to a new baby is a new condition. So expect stress. That doesn't mean anything is…, At what age should I start thinking about my child’s mental health?, You should start thinking about your child's mental health right from the moment you meet. From the very beginning, your child will look to you for love, learning and safety. When you provide your child a warm and tender relationship, help them to feel protected, comfort them when they're upset and help them navigate the world, that's how you lay…, How does stress affect the emotional development of my child?, There's a stress response that gets activated when babies become frightened or they worry that someone has forgotten them or their needs aren't getting met. Our job as parents is to help them to calm that stress response. When that stress response has calmed, everything goes back to normal and your baby actually learns that the world is a safe and…, How can I learn to show affection and love to my child if I did not grow up with those things myself?, Parenting is hard. It's something that everybody has to learn how to do. And it's something that we can actually do a really good job with if we set our minds to it. There's so much to focus on in becoming a new parent. Here are the things that will make a huge difference and will help make sure that you give your child what you wish you had had…, How can I promote positive mental health in my family?, Decades of research have taught us that what children need are two things: They need home to be warm and they need to feel like people around there like them and they need life at home to be predictable. They need to know what to expect. They need a good sense of structure and reliability around them. So for the warmth part, enjoy your baby, enjoy…, Is it okay for me to show emotions like being angry or sad in front of my children?, You are your child's first teacher and your child's going to learn all about feelings from you. So when you have feelings, especially painful ones, you're going to want to think about how you express them, to express them in a way that is honest but not overwhelming or frightening. And then you're going to want to model how you manage having a…, What should I do when I feel overwhelmed?, What are some coping techniques for dealing with stress. If you're feeling overwhelmed, you should definitely take time to manage your own stress and there are lots of good ways to cope with stress to help bring it under control. First make sure you've got good social support. Everyone needs somebody to tell their worries to, and a person or a…