GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT: SMALL CHILDREN

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RISKY LIFE: incumbent danger

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EATING

Parents’ concerns

Perhaps it is precisely because of its unpredictability and inconsistency that a child’s taste is often treated by parents as a whim.

Parents often fear that, by trusting him and allowing him to regulate himself, he would eat in such a disorderly and irrational way as to risk serious nutritional depletion. This is because they often see the child preferring to eat only a few favorite foods and stubbornly refusing new things, especially meat, vegetables and fruit.

These concerns, however, are almost always based on deeply wrong assumptions. Among these assumptions, one of the most misleading is that the child, in order to be able to eat well, should always eat a “varied” diet. People often think that only by eating every type of food the child can get the vitamins, proteins and other essential elements for his nutrition.

Hence they try to convince him (or force him) to eat against his will what they think is right for him, and sometimes torture him for hours just to make him gulp down a few bites of the foods they consider essential. Yet it would be enough to reflect on the fact that, if this belief were correct, many children should be severely malnourished, as they almost always resist these pressures and end up eating what they want anyway.

 

Nutrients are spread broadly into many food groups

Fortunately things are not like this. In fact, even the monotonous and limited diet (that so many children prefer!) contains all the essential nutrients.

Let’s remember that in the first months a baby grows perfectly feeding only on milk.

It is also important to note that vitamins are not only contained in vegetables or fruit. Foods such as milk, pasta and eggs each contain sufficient amounts for the needs of the child.

In short, contrary to what many “desperate” parents fear, the child who “never eats vegetables and fruit” does not risk remaining without vitamins.

Furthemore, proteins are not only contained in meat or fish, but also milk, cereals (pasta), legumes and eggs provide these in abundance. Thus, a child who, for example, never touches meat or fish will still get his necessary dose of proteins even just from pizza, milk, eggs and beans.

 

Children’s instincts should be trusted

But I would like to make another consideration to give you an idea of ​​how absurd the struggle is that many parents go through to force their children to eat a “varied” diet.

It is indisputable that the sense of taste is the only tool that nature has given the child to guide him in choosing foods. It is through taste, for example, that he “knows” that he should not eat wood or rubber and chooses substances much more suitable to nourish his body.

If an instinct of this importance were really so unreliable as so many adults seem to think, how could the human species ever have survived so long?

I suspect that the above, however convincing, leaves a question unanswered: does the fact that taste is such an important instinct mean that the child cannot and must not be educated in his diet?

The answer is that, as we can all see from experience, taste can definitely be educated. In reality, the complex mix of foods that each person eats as adults depends largely on the influences of the family environment. The flavors offered to a child from the start, the example of his parents and the type of cuisine in the culture in which he lives are essential in establishing his permanent food preferences.

However, education can only show its effects over the years, and will be most effective in the long run if it respects the wishes and rhythms of the child. We must know how to wait. The famous “varied diet” in fact for many children begins to become a reality only after many years of life with their parents, perhaps only on the threshold of adulthood.

VACCINATIONS

Why it’s important to vaccinate your children

The main goal we parents have is to make our children feel good, help them survive.  We feed them, we dress them, we protect them.

If children today were exposed to all the diseases they were exposed to 50 years ago, without the protection of vaccines, they would end up in the same situation as the children of that time.

For example, diphtheria outbreaks caused many deaths, as did whooping cough. Today people in the developed world don’t know what diphtheria is, there are few people with whooping cough. We no longer see this phenomenon because two generations have already been vaccinated and therefore these organisms are no longer circulating in the environment.

A short time ago, meningitis caused by meningococcal, pneumococcal, Hemophilus, measles or mumps caused many deaths.

Rubella killed, and also resulted in many children with severe deformations if the mother contracted rubella during pregnancy. Today this no longer happens because mothers were vaccinated against rubella when they were young girls, 20-30 years ago.

The bacterium of tetanus is present on the ground, or on rusty nails. If it gets inside a wound of a person not vaccinated against tetanus, the individual will have terrible neurological symptoms and die a very excruciating death. When I was a child, you could hear of so many children dying of tetanus.

Polio used to deform many children, and in Italy alone one thousand children died of measles each year.

 

Vaccines are the reason for the survival of millions of children around the world who would have died of these terrible diseases. 

 

Vaccine table

The table below (you can download it) is the recommended vaccination schedule.

Vaccines are done  as soon as possible to reduce the risks.

Until a child has been vaccinated, he or she risks contracting the actual disease.

The only reason to delay vaccination is  if  the child  is very ill with very high fever fever, if he has an important ongoing disease (not a cold or other trivial disease).

 

Download Vaccination Shedule

 

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POTTY TRAINING

Work in progress.

SLEEPING HABITS

Work in progress.

LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT: does my child speak to little?

Work in progress.

ELECTRONIC DEVICES: when do they become harmful?

Work in progress.

RELATIONSHIP WITH THE FAMILY

Work in progress.