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When To Take Your Baby To A Child Health Professional?

All parents are familiar with visits to the pediatrician. In fact, it is recommended that the first visit is before the baby is one week old, since breastfeeding problems often arise during those days. During the following two months it is advisable to go to the pediatrician every 15 days and after that time and up to six months of age, the visits should be monthly, unless the pediatrician indicates otherwise.

Why are visits to the pediatrician so important?

The pediatrician usually performs a physical and psychomotor examination of the baby, to check that it is growing and developing as expected.

These visits to the pediatrician not only serve to detect possible problems, this specialist will also give very valuable advice to parents so that they can promote healthy lifestyle habits in their baby, recreate a developer environment at home and use early stimulation exercises.

Child Psychologist

If your baby had low birth weight, suffers from a genetic disorder or suffered from a problem in pregnancy such as hypoxia, your pediatrician will likely recommend that you see a developmental psychologist who will follow up to make sure that your little one’s brain follows a suitable ripening rhythm.

You should also take your baby to the psychologist if you notice that he is delayed in babbling or walking, he is irritable without being able to detect an obvious cause, he does not show interest in the environment or demands your attention or if you appreciate an involution in his development; that is, he loses some of the skills he had already acquired. This professional will be able to detect the cause and indicate the most appropriate psychological treatment.

Ophthalmologist

During the first month of life, the pediatrician will look at the back of your baby’s eye to rule out problems such as infantile cataracts and will check his photomotor reflex.

Some warning signs that indicate that you should visit the ophthalmologist are: appreciating a whitish spot in the pupil, deviation of one eye, watery eyes or if the baby suffers from conjunctivitis frequently. If you do not notice any visual problems, you can schedule the first visit at 3 years of age, doing annual check-ups until at least 6 years of age.

Dentist

Did you know that approximately 25% of children under 4 years of age already have cavities? Before, it was recommended to visit the dentist for the first time when children had all their milk teeth, but now it is advisable to move that visit forward when they reach their first birthday.

The main objective of that early visit to the dentist is to check for “bottle tooth decay” and to assess the possibility of problems such as crossbite. The dentist will take the opportunity to correct bad cleaning habits of the child and teach parents prevention measures that protect that first teething.

Nutritionist

The nutritionist will provide you with healthy dietary guidelines to meet the demands of your child throughout their development . It can also treat problems such as childhood obesity or overweight, which affect 40% of children in Spain, and it can prescribe specific nutritional schemes that help alleviate the symptoms of certain diseases that the child suffers, such as asthma, diabetes or autism.

Help Your Teenager Overcome A Romantic Breakup

For a teenager, a breakup is a very deep pain that they feel they can never overcome. You will feel a lot of emotional anguish that you will not know how to channel correctly. Actually, as a parent, a breakup in your teenager gives you the opportunity to teach him how to deal with this pain, rejection, disappointment, and this wave of negative emotions. It is important to teach him how to deal with these types of breakups to prevent him from feeling even worse as the days go by.

Validate emotions

The first step is to validate your teen’s emotions… even though you knew it wouldn’t be a lifelong relationship, maybe your teen thought it was. Respect their emotions and make them see that you understand that it is difficult for them, that it is normal for them to feel sad. Avoid phrases like: ‘this is not really a big problem’.

Support their decisions

It may be your adolescent child who has decided to leave the relationship with his / her partner, but this does not mean that he / she will not suffer too. Even if you like his partner, don’t try to dissuade him from his decision, let it be his choice.

Find the middle point

Your first reaction may be to say soothing phrases, but these ‘cliche’ phrases are not always the best option. Phrases such as: ‘there are many fish in the sea’, it is better to leave them aside. As an adult, you know that life continues when a relationship ends, but your adolescent does not have this hindsight. He needs your hope for the future to know that he won’t feel this way forever, although it is necessary for him to accept his uncomfortable emotions, he must go through the grieving process.

Listen to everything he has to say to you

When your teen talks to you, don’t interrupt him with your opinions. You need time to express your frustration, confusion, and all those intense emotions… without anyone clouding your thoughts.

The technology…

We are in the age of social media so teenagers rush to update their sentimental status. It’s important to have a conversation about how long to wait (at least a few weeks) after the breakup so that you don’t post anything that you may later regret.

Distractions and routine

There is nothing better to be well than having a distraction that prevents your teenager from having unwanted thoughts. You can go for a walk, go to the movies, go out to dinner, go shopping… Think about the activities you enjoy the most and then schedule them to do as a family. Keep your child away from social networks and remember that they have a great life even if they do not have a boyfriend.

Routines are also a must after distractions. Academic tasks, housework, family outings, and sports should follow their schedules.

Roller coaster of emotions

After the first few days of drama, it is normal for your child to begin to calm down even if he or she has a bad day every now and then. Your teenager may go through phases in which they will feel better at the end of the day and others in which they will cry inconsolably. Don’t be surprised if he goes through different phases before his mood calms down completely.

Seek help

If you find that things start to get too complicated, then do not hesitate to see a professional to help your teenager cope with the separation. A therapist can be a great idea in the weeks after your breakup.