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7 Reasons To Quit Being a Butthead!

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One would think that in the 21st century, with the number of studies and readily-available information on smoking and it’s ill effects, that we would see a decline in parents smoking in the vicinity of their children. Sadly, this does not seem to be the case.

We’re discussing the effects of smoking on your children in this edition of

What Your Pediatrician Wants You To Know

Second-hand smoke is harmful to everyone, especially babies and children. It can be the cause of, amongst other things, ear infections, breathing problems and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Often overlooked, third-hand smoke, that which gets trapped in clothing, hair, furniture, and carpets, is just as dangerous. So then “smoking outside” is no longer a fair excuse, is it?

Why are babies and children more at risk from second- and third-hand smoke?

1 They have a faster breathing rate, which means that they breathe in more air relative to their body weight
2 Their immune systems are less developed
3 They are not able to complain about being in a smokey environment and are less able to leave by themselves

What harmful effects does second-hand smoke have on my child’s health?

1    More susceptible to coughing and wheezing
2   Suffer from more ear infections
3   Have less lung capacity
4   More respiratory tract infections
5   Increased occurrence of asthma and severity of asthma symptoms
6   Lower test scores in reading and maths
7   More likely to take up smoking themselves

New evidence is also suggesting that babies exposed to second-hand smoke may be more at risk of cancer later in life. Our children have a right to be protected from harmful second- and third-hand smoke. It’s time for us to quit lighting up in front of our kids!

Till next time, I leave you with these pearls of wisdom…

Having a smoking section in a restaurant is like having a peeing section in a swimming pool ~ Author Unknown

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Growing Pains In Children

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What Your Pediatrician Wants You To Know #6

Growing pains are crampy, achy muscle pains that some preschoolers and pre-teens feel in both legs. These pains usually occur in the late afternoon or in the evening, and can even cause your child to wake up in the middle of the night.  Continue reading Growing Pains In Children

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Lactose Intolerance vs Milk Allergy in Children

What Your Pediatrician Wants You To Know 5

What Your Pediatrician Wants You To Know #5

Have you noticed that a lot of parents throw the terms ‘lactose intolerance’ and ‘milk allergy’ around very loosely? But do they know the difference between the two? Continue reading Lactose Intolerance vs Milk Allergy in Children

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5 Reasons You Should Set Boundaries For Your Kids

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Boundaries are indicative of who we are. They tell a story about us, they describe what we will and wont stand for. They invite people with similar morals and ethics into our lives because people know what we’re all about. Likewise, if we have no boundaries, or nothing to stand for, we will invite people into our lives of a similar calibre – those that may mean no good for us. As the saying goes: “stand for something or you will fall for anything”. Here are a few reasons that setting boundaries for your children, as trying as that may be some days, is going to make your life so much easier 🙂

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What Your Pediatrician Wants You To Know #1

What you pediatrician wants you to know about re-hydrating children with diarrhoea | Penelope & Bella

So, I’ve decided to start a new series called “What Your Paeditrician Wants You To Know”, because, let’s just say I’m privy to some information that I thought you might benefit from. So this series will be all about random facts, tips and tricks that you may, or may not have come across during the visits to your doctor. Please make sure you are familiar with my DISCLAIMER and be reminded that any info you may find on Penelope & Bella should not take preference over any other info or instruction you may receive from your doctor, paediatrician, or any other medical professional.

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