Diarrhea, Parenting

 Is it really Diarrhea?

Diarrhea is quite common among babies who are on teething and who are being introduced to solids. Every time when Vrisha’s potty colour changed, it was a concern for me – from yellow to Green to red, mustard, black. Similarly I kept checking its consistency too and I think all new mothers must have come across the same situation.

Once my daughters’ poop was dark green and blackish, I immediately visited my daughters’ pediatric the very next day, what she advised was satisfying and logical enough to understand. She said, “so many new things will happen with your baby, PLEASE DON’T PANIC! Since she’s on breastfeed, she’ll sometimes get more of the fore-milk and less of hind-milk which will cause pasty and loose potty due to lactose overload”.

Myths of Diarrhea in infants

Change in colour and consistency of poop are not always related with diarrhea. Since exclusively breastfed baby’s potty is not well formed, thus it’ll be little loose or pasty till they are on solids/semi solids.

Warning: if potty is too watery/loose, has foul smell with blood or mucus then you should immediately contact baby’s pediatric. You should also watch incase the frequency of the motions increase. 

Possible Reasons Of Diarrhea

  • Teething

Although babies are prone to catch bacteria easily during teething period, it is not a serious concern. They may have loose potty and mild fever during teething period

  • Antibiotics and Vaccination

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Medications like Antibiotics cause mild diarrhea in babies and toddlers. Also, dose of rotavirus vaccine etc. cause Diarrhea and mild fever in babies.

  • Stomach Infection and its Reasons:
  1. Unfiltered water
  2. Allergy to dairy Milk and dairy products
  3. Large quantity of food intake
  4. Outside food esp. street food
  5. Contact with Unhygienic stuff

Symptoms and how it effects the baby

  • Watery motion
  • Blood or mucus in potty
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach ache
  • Rashes
  • Fussiness
  • Bloating
  • Less active baby
  • Dehydration

You can take measures to prevent Diarrhea, there are simple yet necessary things to remember specially while travelling or while away from home such as;

Hygiene 

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Make sure that you and your baby’s hands are clean before having food or breastfeeding. Babies and toddlers have a habit of putting everything in their mouth, hence their toys should also be cleaned periodically. It appears to be a very small precaution but is very important since bacteria enters the body through hands easily.

Food and Water

Yet another point which plays a big role in causing Diarrhea. Hence, filtered water and fresh food to be given to the kids. Baby’s digestive system is quite sensitive, thus taking care of what they eat or drink requires utmost attention

Do not overload 

Feed in smaller quantities after interval of two hours, feeding too much or stuffing your baby at a time can also result in Diarrhea.

Probiotics

One can prevent Diarrhea in babies after getting antibiotics and vaccination by giving probiotics to the baby or toddler. Curd can also be given, it is a natural probiotic.

Home Remedies

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  • Give lots of fluids like coconut water, buttermilk and water with little sugar and salt. It helps keep the baby hydrated.

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  • Light and easily digestible food such as banana, potato, steamed apple/carrot, boiled rice with lentil soup (daalchawal / khichdi), curd with grated cucumber (optional).
  • Keep changing diapers to avoid rashes. Also it is advised to keep the baby in cotton lower without diapers for some time.
  • Completely avoid giving bottle milk or cottage cheese (Paneer) rather breastfeed the baby frequently.

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  • ORS (oral rehydration solution) can be given to the baby or toddler to keep them hydrated and probiotics can also be given.
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Festivals, India, Rakhi, Siblings day

Raksha Bandhan – Siblings day


Raksha bandhan festival – as the name suggests “Raksha” means “protection” and “Bandhan” means “bond”. Brother promises to protect his sister and she prays for his wellbeing by tying him a thread or Rakhi with all the love and blessings. Women can tie this thread to the person whom they consider as their brother and this is the real beauty of this festival.

Rakshabandhan is celebrated on Purnima of Shravan month. This day sister ties rakhi on her brothers’ wrist, puts tilak on his forehead, offers sweets to eat and pray for his wellbeing. They also express love to their brothers (who are away from home) by sending them Rakhi or thread.

it is also a touching and emotional way of showing your love to your siblings or cousins while they are far away. Sisters write letter for their brothers and keep the thread of loveMoreover there is a flood of emotions and blessings that you pack in that small envelope.

It is widely celebrated in India and Nepal too.

  • Nepal

Nepal is also a Hindu populated country and thus rakhi is celebrated, it is called “Janai Purnima” in Nepal. On this day women tie thread on the wrist of senior members in the family. Men change their Janai (Janeu – sacred cord of threads worn diagonally on the torso) and visit temples too

  • Rajasthan 

Nowadays there is this ongoing trend in tying a thread or bracelet on sister-in-law’s wrist and the logic behind this ritual is that, sister in law ensures the wellbeing of her brother. Mainly, this is a tradition of Marwari and Rajasthani families. 

This rakhi is called as lumba rakhi, sister ties this rakhi on the wrist of her sister-in-law. Yet another beautiful ritual which connects you with your sister-in-law too

Similarly it is celebrated throughout India with some other rituals like:

  •  In Madhya Pradesh and bihar, it is important festival of farmers and known as kajari Purnima
  • In West Bengal, Lord Krishna and Radha are made to sit on the jhula or swing. This starts on pavitra ekadashi and ends on rakshabandhan called as jhulan Purnima
  • Along with rakshabandhan people of Uttarakhand also celebrate Shravani Purnima. Brahmins change their janeu, it is also known as janopunyu.
  • In Orrisa, Gamha Purnima is celebrated on the same day hence domesticated cows and bullocks are worshipped.
  • In Gujrat, Since Rakhi is considered as auspicious day thus they also worship lord Shiva too and it is called as pavitropana.
  • People in Maharashtra celebrate Narali Purnima on the same day along with raksha bandhan. Since it is also the beginning of fishing season thus they perform few rituals and pray to the sea god and lord varun (air).
Parenting, Travelling

Travel Essentials for Babies/Toddlers


It’s summer time and the time for a long awaited vacation. My Husband (Abhinav) finally took an off from work after a very busy and hectic season 😀

India being a tropical country is hot and humid during monsoon (June to September). Thus travelling in north India during this period is quite a heavy task with a toddler. We decided to visit Vrindavan & Agra in Uttar Pradesh for 3 days. Though it was moderately hot but was quite humid.

Whether we travel by train or road/car, we have to make a checklist while traveling with a baby or toddler which should include the following travel essentials –

  • Cotton Clothes and Nightwear Sets

I prefer cotton clothes for whole day, frocks or cotton top with shorts during the outing and similarly loose cotton clothes for sleeping time. Since it helps in absorbing sweat, dries faster than other fabrics and keeps the baby cool and comfortable

  • Diapers and Wet Wipes

Since Vrisha is on teething, I keep some extra diapers, lot of wet wipes and dry tissues too, as few times you don’t get water to clean the poop and wipe off the sweat/moisture or dirt

  • Medicines


Always carry a theromometer and medicines prescribed by your doctor for common cough, cold, fever, vomiting and diarrhoea. These are very helpful in case of emergency

  • Mosquito Reppelent or Sticker


Quite necessary these days since we hear of so many cases of dengue and malaria. I usually keep it with me all the time

  • Baby Care Products


Anti-rash cream, sunscreen, oil, powder, shampoo and soap or body wash

  • Cotton Scarf or Dupatta

Breastfeeding mothers should always carry this while traveling. This sometimes also helps in covering your baby, thus avoiding exposure to sunlight and scorching heat

  • Hat or Cap


To cover your baby’s head, keep a big hat. It guards against heat and direct sunlight exposure, since it can cause itchiness in eyes and dehydration

  • Filtered Water

Make your baby drink lot of fluids when out in sun. Juices, coconut water and always carry or buy filtered water and for babies under 6 months (exclusive breastfed babies) should get frequent feeds while traveling, It prevents dehydration

  • Hand Sanitizer 

Just like wet wipes you might also need hand sanitizer

  • Easy Snacks and Feeding Bibs


For unexpected hunger pangs, I always carry some fruit (usually banana) and steamed veggies ( potato, carrot etc.) for my 18 months old munchkin. Yogurt or plain curd is also Vrisha’s favorite and easy to carry while traveling. Frequent breastfeeding is also advisable for young toddlers to boost their immune system. Don’t forget to keep baby bibs, nowadays disposable feeding napkins are also readily available since there utilization is rather facile

  • Car Seat and Baby Stroller

If you’re traveling by road you’ll need a baby car seat and a stroller. It’s indeed important for the safety of your kid and moreover for your own comfort while traveling

  • Umbrella & Plastic Bags


Last but not the least, since you are out in monsoon with a baby or toddler and you do not want them to get drenched. Plastic bags will be needed to keep soiled diapers or other waste and wet clothes

Be prepared and docile enough for sudden changes during alarming circumstances such as your baby falling ill with diarrhea or fever. Sometimes you need to change your complete itinerary.

Whilst nobody is perfect so do I, few times I also forget something or the other and that’s how our human mind works. One more point I just forgot to mention above, always carry a small sling bag since you will always need some wipes, diapers, a snack and sipper, thus it’ll keep your stuff handy.


if you also forget things while packing your stuff like I do, then do share your experiences in the comment section below.

Blogger award

Unique Blogger Award


I am so delighted and excited to get nominated for this award in a very short period of time. I’ve so much to share with you all and writing is not new to me though I’m new to this blogging world. As soon as I’ve started exploring articles, poems, recipes , real life stories and fictional fairytales, I realised that there is so much talent, art and beauty in words and I end up calling their work as “a piece of art”.

Now, I would like to thank 2 lovely ladies here on WordPress.com Anusha https://anushascuisines.com/ and Shivangi https://meshivangi857.wordpress.com/ . Do visit their blogs since they are fantastic writers in their own unique style. Once again thanks Anusha and Shivangi for nominating me for this award and for appreciating my writing.

The Rules:-

  1. Share the link with the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you.
  2. Answer the questions.
  3. In the spirit of sharing love with our blogging family, nominate 15 people and notify them.
  4. Ask them three questions.

As per the rules Anusha and Shivangi’s questions to me and my answers:

Who is your inspiration and why?

Each and every soul who is fighting with circumstances, not giving up, working hard to make a living, who make others smile, who forgets the painful past and moves on and lives a contented life, though People with worries/tensions in their lives tend to get jealous and annoyed by others happiness yet if someone is happy by seeing people happy are inspiring.

Which is your favorite dish and cooked by whom?

I like Indian and Italian food. Thus rajma chawal by my Mumma, kadhi chawal by Maa (mother-in-law) and pesto pasta by my husband. These three are my favorite cooks.

What are you scared of and why?

Tenchnically speaking I do not have any phobia but like it is said that we are scared to loose our loved ones and i totally agree, it is true indeed. This is my biggest fear and I’ve few dear and near ones around me so I just wish them healthy and long life.

Which gift can you give to your mother?

Since I’m married now, so visiting her and staying with her for few days is my mom’s dearest gift and this is what I can give her “my time”.

Which is your favorite place?

A park or garden, I love greenery and the liveliness of parks. I can sit there for hours and admire the natural beauty though with my toddler I don’t get that “peace/me time”.😁

What makes you laugh?

Bad humour. Seriously! Even I wonder few times I just laugh in the dumbness and bad jokes of the others, therefore good humor makes me smile and think.


It’s the time for nominations, according to the rules I’ve to nominate 15  bloggers for their unique style of writing. So 15 blogger whom I’m nominating are mentioned below:

Tanvir Kaur

Bel

Two girls in the city

Rohini

Naya

Swati Awana

Simple Ula

Tamara Hoerner

Shraddha

The godly chic diaries

Kurian

Gaurav

Khushboo Dixit

Miriam Hurdle

Ticket eats the world

I will recommend these blogs, do visit them since their writings are exceptionally unique and informative.
My Questions to nominees:
Q1. What style of writing attracts you?

Q2. Give two tips to new bloggers.

Q3. How many blogs do you manage to write per week?

 
Congratulations to all the nominees. Thanks for sharing your part of world with all of us. Keep sharing and writing! 

Parenting

Baby gas – reasons & remedies

Gas is the most common problem, specially in infants and babies who’ve completed six months. Baby being fussy, burping, bloating and crying are few symptoms of gassiness. It is a natural occurrence in kids and adults too. It is just that babies are uncomfortable while they pass gas. Few familiar reasons of gassiness are:

  • Food: Breastfeeding mother’s and child’s (six or more months old) intake of gas causing food e.g ; cauliflower , kala Chana (black chickpeas) , spicy meals etc
  • Positioning and Burping: No burping during and after the feed and not keeping baby’s head a little higher while feeding
  • Bottle & Pacifier: few milk feeding bottles that make babies gulp milk speedily and pacifiers can make them sip bubbles and generate air
  • Low Physical Activity: babies below 6 months are less active, thus passing gas is difficult and painful
  • Less water intake: not drinking enough water for proper bowel movements
  • Overindulging: filling babies with large amount of food or milk in one feed

Although the above mentioned points are relevant, it is not the case with all the babies and after experiencing this with my daughter (Vrisha), I can jot down some veracious causes of gas like,

  • Food allergy (mostly intolerance  to protein and caffeine)
  • Feeding when baby is starving & crying 
  • Lactose overloaded
  • Feeding food other than breastmilk to newborns

Fore-milk and Hind-milk

Lactose overload: it is due to abundance of breast milk. hence, baby gets lots of mother’s fore-milk i.e initial slim milk (contain less fats) and little of hind-milk i.e last portion of milk (more creamy milk). The large amount of low-fat milk goes down quickly and lactose is not digested completely, thus causes gas, discolored potty and even loose motions.

Few precautionary measures are:

  • Check milk bottle that won’t let the baby gulp milk


  • Keep baby’s head upright for feeding
  • Feeding her before she’s starving otherwise she’ll gulp speedily

 

Exclusive breastfeed is recommended for babies below 6 months, as their system is not mature enough to digest different foods. Still one should try a new food for at least 4 days for 6+ months baby, to check if she has any allergic reaction

Home remedies:

  • Baby bicycle Exercise: 

Moderately move her legs in circular motion to help release gas

  • Massage & tummy time: Put her on tummy (under the supervision) for some time to help release gas. Also, a gentle massage on tummy is advised since this puts a moderate pressure on her stomach and help her pass gas
  • Hing (asafoetida) : 

Usually my daughter (Vrisha) gets gassy during the night time, while hing is a saviour for me, I dissolve it in warm water and apply on her tummy, it does wonders for us

  • Feed the Hind milk: 

Try nursing on only one side each time and make sure that the breast is empty before switching to other breast, so that your baby get the hind milk (full of fats)

  • Gripe water:

It can also be used as an alternate however I haven’t used it yet and prefer home remedies since they have always worked

These were few remedies which always worked for me and Vrisha. Other than this breastfeeding mothers can always take ajwain (carom seeds), jeera (cumin seeds) and saunf (fennel seeds) with warm water, it will go through milk to her baby to help release gas.

Cold and cough, Parenting

Myths about Cough and Cold in babies

Cough and cold are quite common problems in babies and toddlers and may need paediatric consultation, in case the issue persists for a longer time.


Moreover there are some home remedies which are miraculous but can lead to other side effects. E.g. A few people believe that fruits and raw vegetables can aggravate cough & cold and are hence avoided. Here the child is deprived of the essential vitamins and micro nutrients present in fruits and veggies, which are helpful in recovery and building strong immune system. 

Some other myths:

  • Milk & Curd : leads to bad coughing and fever 
  • Fruit juices : cold nature can lead to tonsils and other throat infections 
  • Fruits & Salads : people avoid fruits (citrus), raw vegetables and salads as it can worsen coughing
  • Rice : it is also considered to be cold in nature
  • Ghee : it creates mucus
  • Bath : bathing is the most common thing which parents avoid

In reality, above mentioned things has nothing to do with cough and cold. In fact few of these things help in speedy recovery from cold. A few examples mentioned below:

  • Milk & Curd : keep it out of the fridge for some time before eating. Curd contains good bacteria which helps developing strong immunity

  • Vegetables : carrots and tomatoes are full of vitamin A and C respectively and can be given in the form of soups

  • Fruits : Apple, orange and berries has vitamin C and are high in fibre. Can give juice during the day time or can make them eat the whole fruit
  • Rice : give them warm and fresh rice, it will never do harm. Only old and cold rice is harmful in cough
  • Ghee : it is most therapeutic dairy product in India. It heals internal injuries, can cure fever and beneficial in cold and cough too
  • Bath : hygiene is the most important thing. Sponge bath is recommended for babies and toddlers can get a proper bath with warm water



For new born babies breastfeeding helps a lot, it has all the nutrients and helps fight cold, cough and fever. Hence frequent feeds are recommended.  

Keep your babies warm and hygienic, make them wear warm clothes and socks during winters, eat healthy and fresh food, and also make sure they take proper sleep.