New and expectant moms very often suffer from depression and anxiety. The challenges faced during the pandemic have compounded this even more.
There are several factors affecting a mom’s mental health…
Firstly, family members and friends very often show more concern for a pregnant mum, asking whether they’ve been eating enough, taking rest, and regularly attending their healthcare appointments.
When the baby is born, a mom’s health becomes secondary to their newborn baby’s health, especially since the world is aware that the first few months in a baby’s life are the most sensitive. Throughout the pandemic, moms have faced an added emotional burden of fear and anxiety in terms of trying to protect themselves and their babies from Covid.
This very quick shift from being the focus of attention and the excitement of welcoming baby to the reality of what comes with looking after baby can be extremely tough. The changes in mom’s body, the lack of sleep and the change in hormones can be difficult to deal with and this this can cause loneliness and frustration, a loss of interest in the things they loved to do at some point and an identity crisis.
And then there’s the guilt and the supermom complex that moms do not even have the time to think about and internalize because of the hustle-bustle of pregnancy and then the primary caregiving of the newborn.
Through all this, there is the potential of reaching burnout which moms of course, want to avoid which means that you must look after your mental health thoroughly, throughout this period especially.
We need you to remember that you’re not a bad mom when you think about yourself occasionally and even more so that you need to look after your mental well-being. Happier mums give better care to their newborns.
Before we dive into the problems and solutions for mothering, the disclaimer is that if you face symptoms of clinical post-partum and prenatal depression, please seek professional support from a certified therapist.
Top Challenges Busy Moms Face and How They Can be Dealt with:
Society, your friends and your family mediate and fixate on perceived flaws in your mothering. Your love for your child makes you second-guess, regret and face guilt in accordance with what you feel you should be doing and whether you should be doing more. This is one of the main factors causing anxiety and can result in depression.
How can you deal with this?
Find a mom’s group. No one understands the initial stages of motherhood better than the next pregnant/new mom. You’ll find that you relate to almost all the issues discussed by the other moms in your group, resulting in reduced feelings of self-doubt and guilt. You’ll be reminded of the fact that you’re not alone.
Balancing Work, Family and Household Responsibilities
Looking after the household and work-related responsibilities when you’re already exhausted and emotionally unavailable due to pregnancy or looking after your newborn is the recipe for a period of burnout. In most cases, you feel as though you have no choice. Giving attention to your partner can seem tiresome too.
How can you deal with this?
Baby steps (pun intended).
AKA set smaller goals for yourself. You don’t have to complete all your household chores alone or all at once- leave some for your hubby and if you want, do them together and talk about how you’re feeling.
If you must do laundry, wash dishes or work, start with the smaller tasks. If you feel like you can do more, do more. Don’t push yourself to the point of burnout.
Body Image Issues
If you find yourself scrolling through social media often in a day, you’re also likely to be following mom influencers. Celebrity mom bodies are posted minus the stretch marks and pregnancy weight gain, making you question your self-worth. The worst is when your friends and family comment on your baby weight gain.
How can you deal with this?
Get off social media for a bit or spend less time on it. As you are probably already well aware, the media can be misleading, and the celebrity moms you see on it may conceal many of their issues. Having stretch marks and gaining weight is normal.
There are PLENTY of mom pages with REAL images from pregnancy that speak about the real issues all moms face.
You can also refocus your time on rest and recovery or picking up a hobby.
No Time for Yourself
“But I can’t- “
“But I need to. “
“What if my baby- “
You have probably prepared a list of reasons why you can’t take time out to do something you enjoy for a while or to pamper yourself.
How can you deal with this?
First, you must remember that you’re not being advised to spend long hours, every day, every week, taking time for yourself. Try taking one moment a day. Watch your favourite movie, get your hair done, read a book or nap.
Pro tip: If your friends or family are unavailable to look after your little one, especially when you need urgent me-time, we’re here for you!
Our certified nurses will provide the best care for your little one.
A few extra stress-relievers suggested by new mums themselves:
Write Down your Thoughts
Journaling about your negative thoughts helps reveal thinking patterns. Once you realize where your negativity stems from, you can shift your thoughts to more positive ones.
Pick up a New Hobby
Finding something new that interests you helps you realize you’re moving on, and you end up feeling proud of yourself again.
Yoga and Light Exercise
Exercise may not always leave you feeling exhausted. The activity requires attention, focus and patience, resulting in you feeling refreshed and fulfilled since you’re able to focus on something other than parenting.
Eat Your Vegetables (sound familiar? 😉 )
Healthy eating helps you feel energized and less tired. It also makes you feel good about yourself! Substitute those gluten-heavy comfort foods with nutritious and yummy vegetables.
Some days are great mom days, making you feel good about your new sets of parenting skills. For those not-so-great days, positive affirmations help. It involves showing yourself compassion and understanding.
Repeat after us:
“I am a great mom. I’m doing my very best, and it’s enough! I am blessed to have my beautiful baby, whom I love very much.”
Repeating these words will help you believe them.
If you’re likely to forget saying this mantra to yourself, write it down in a note and stick it up on your refrigerator, computer screen or bathroom mirror.
Stop Comparing Yourself to Other Moms, or Your Baby to Other Babies
Every mom excels in different areas of motherhood. Every baby has different periods for developmental milestones. Knowing this keeps you from self-doubt.
Lastly, try appreciating this phase for as long as it lasts. Your baby will become a toddler, and then a preteen, and then a teenager. Whether you believe it or not right now, you’re going to miss these baby moments!
Doctors explain the causes, symptoms, and treatment, along with tips on how you can help but this is not always enough.
We believe that every person affected by Dementia needs to have people around them that are patient, compassionate and can help to ease their frustration.
With a few simple tips from this blog and some practice, we hope that the families whose parents/grandparents struggle with the condition, can tackle it, guilt-free and happily.
Before we get to it, here’s some information about Dementia:
Dementia is not a disease. It is a condition or syndrome which affects the cognitive functions of those who have it. The person struggles to think, remember, reason, or make decisions, which interferes with their everyday lifestyle and activities. The symptoms depend on the stage and type of Dementia, varying from mild to severe.
Speak Clearly and Calmly
Stay focused on what you want to convey and communicate using words that they are familiar with.
You can use shorter sentences and speak slightly slower than you usually would. At the same time, try not to be vague or use slang and figures of speech- describe actions directly.
Stay composed and give them time to respond. Asking them to speed up will result in them feeling pressured and can lead to frustration on both ends.
Most importantly, don’t talk too loudly. Not every person with Dementia has a hearing impairment and talking loudly may make them feel as though you are yelling at them.
Be Positive with your Body Language and in Your Tone of Voice
Non-verbal cues like eye contact and a warm smile convey that you are glad to be around them. They feel reassured and happy.
Use gentle touch while you’re talking to them to reassure them of your positive relationship with them. Watch their body language to see whether they are comfortable with you doing this.
No one likes to be ignored or feel isolated.
Include the person with Dementia in every group conversation to reduce feelings of isolation. They might understand more than you give them credit for.
Do Not Patronize/Infantilize the Person
Despite a person’s impaired ability to understand, we must ensure that we speak to them with dignity and respect. Use their names and preferred titles instead of using words like “honey,” “sweety”, or similar terms as it may come across as demeaning, even if you speak to them with affection.
If they’re sitting down, re-position yourself to be at their level to accommodate a more comfortable and respectful conversation.
How to teach children to communicate to a person with Dementia
Be Direct and Honest with your child
Age-appropriate honesty is the best solution when you explain Dementia to your child.
Your children are more likely to notice household and lifestyle changes. They can pick up on cues such as whispers and frustrated body language.
While you might be inclined to try to protect them, it is better to give them direct answers to their direct questions.
“Why does Grandma Mary do silly things?”
“Dementia makes people confused and makes people do silly things. Try not to laugh at her because it might make her upset. You can help her instead!”
“Why is Grandpa Shawn angry all the time?”
“Grandpa is getting older, and his brain is slowing down; he gets snappy sometimes. He’s just a little frustrated because he can’t do some of the things, he used to be able to do.”
Play Make Believe
A person struggling with Dementia may say nonsensical things. You and your child should play along with them instead of contradicting or correcting them.
It is better to do so rather than asking your child to lie.
Enter their reality with them.
Prepare Conversation Topics in Advance
Have your children carry the weight of the conversation with a person with Dementia.
“Hey! Why don’t you tell Grandpa Shawn about the birthday party you went to last week?”
You can also plan activities that your child and their grandparent with Dementia can indulge in together. Be it colouring, listening to music, solving puzzles, or even singing.
Have your Children Stay in your Family Member with Dementia’s Line of Sight
If a person with Dementia can’t see you when you’re talking to them, they can get startled. All you need to do, is slowly nudge your child in the right direction as necessary, making it a habit to notice where they’re standing.
Don’t be afraid when your child spends time with an elderly person with Dementia. Encourage their curiosity and accept what is happening.
There are also children’s books about Dementia that you can read to/with your child:
Lovely Old Lion
Grandma and Me
If you’re unable to be around your loved ones with Dementia because of your busy schedules, you can contact Emirates Home Nursing and we will provide one of our expert nurses to come and support your family.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
If you’re lost when it comes to keeping your child busy during the Summer of ’21, don’t worry because we’ve found multiple at-home DIYs online to keep your children active and stimulated.
In this short listicle, we have subdivided our DIY finds into those fit for toddlers and those fit for children aged 6-10.
DIYs for Toddlers
For toddlers, you need safe, easy, and super fun activities for them to engage in.
1.Card Slot Drop – activity by Busytoddler.com
This activity requires an old empty can, a utility knife, and a deck of play cards.
Step 1: Carefully cut a hole onto the lid of a container, wide enough for the cards to fit through.
Step 2: Teach your child how to drop cards through this whole.
We find this helpful activity for your toddler’s sensory skill development!
2. Impromptu Drum Circle – activity by MamaPapaBubba.com
This activity requires round household objects, wooden spoons, or any safe stick-like object you can find at home.
Step 1: Arrange your round household objects into a circle
Step 2: Hand over the wooden spoon or stick to your child and show them to hit these round objects with them.
It may get noisy, but it will ensure that your child has tons of fun and stays busy! Plugin your pair of headphones if you need to our join the fun with your toddler.
3. Pouring Station – activity by BusyToddler.com
This activity requires a storage tub, plastic containers, food coloring, and of course, water.
Step 1: Place a few containers filled with colored water and a few empty ones in your storage tub.
Step 2: Teach your child to pour the colored water into empty containers or mix colors by pouring colored water from one container into another container filled with different coloured water.
This activity helps your toddler develop their motor skills, learn about color, and to be creative! It’s messy and super fun, assured to keep your child busy.
4. Pom-Pom Race – activity by emmaowl.com
This activity requires pom-pom balls (you can substitute this with cotton balls), colored tape, and straws.
Step 1: Stick the colored tape onto your floor, write down “start” at the side of the tape line. If you want, place another tape line as a finish line or a box at the end to blow the cotton balls into.
Step 2: Place your cotton balls or pom-pom balls onto the start line.
Step 3: Place straws ahead of the start line before each cotton ball/ pom- pom.
Step 4: Teach your toddler to blow through the straw to make the ball move. Make it a race!
This activity teaches your toddler how to blow through straws and is super fun and easy to do. You can try this game for your toddler’s next birthday party or playdate.
5.Sort and Drop Colour Activity – by Toddlerapproved.com
This activity requires a cardboard box, white paper, colored markers, and Lego bricks.
Step 1: Cover a cardboard box with white paper or just the lid if you don’t have too much paper to use. Use tape to secure the same paper in place.
Step 2: Cut 4-5 square holes onto the top of the box, wide enough for the Lego blocks to fit through them.
Step 3: Outline these square holes with colored markers- those that match the colors of your child’s Lego bricks.
Step 4: Teach them to match the colored brick with the outlined holes, adding the bricks to each hole accordingly.
The set-up may take a while; however, once completed, you can reuse this box to play the game more often. Your child will learn how to sort and identify colours at the same time.
6. Painting with Cars – activity by playteachrepeat.com
This activity requires child-safe washable paint, toy cars, paper, and tape.
Step 1: Tape the paper onto your floor, nice and secure.
Step 2: Add a line of paint to the start line
Step 3: Teach your child to move their toy car through the paint and onwards.
Watch them get creative and use their imagination to form patterns with the car and the paint. This activity helps develop your child’s motor skill development, also allowing them to get messy and creative. AND it’s super easy to try at home.
DIYs for Children aged 6-10
Expose your children to their crazy creative side this Summer with crafty DIYs. It’s an excellent opportunity for you to feel like a child again too! Get messy and creative together.
If you’re a busy parent, we’ve mentioned a pro-tip at the end of this article that can bring you the peace you require to work and keep your child active and entertained through the Summer.
1. Egg Carton Boats – activity by lifeattthezoo.com
This activity requires an egg carton, chopsticks, ribbons/yarn, paper and paint, safety scissors, and blue tack/tape.
Step 1: Have your child paint patterns onto a piece of paper. Hang this paper up to dry while you prepare the rest of the boat.
Step 2: To make the boat mast, Tie two ribbons to one end of one chopstick. Connect the other end of the chopstick to the dip in the middle of the egg cart. Secure this chopstick by sticking it through the cart, adding a tact or tape at the bottom.
Step 3: Stick both ribbons to either side of the cart. If your ribbon is long enough, you can tie the two along the bottom of the boat.
Step 4: Cut out the sail and some flags from the dry painted paper. Stick them along the mast and the ribbon of the boat.
Voila! The boat is ready.
2. Bubble Printing – activity by TheChocolateMuffinTree.com
This activity requires dishwashing soap, food colouring, water, straws, and papers or envelopes.
Step 1: Mix half a cup of water with food colouring or paint, adding a few dozes of dishwashing soap, and mix.
Step 2: Add a straw to each container and ask your child to blow into the mixture to make it bubbly.
Step 3: Once you have enough bubble foam at the top of the container, lay your paper on top!
You can try using envelopes instead or any paper item you wish to decorate with your child’s fantastic print bubbles.
3. Paper Plate Dreamcatcher – activity by TheCraftTrain.com
This activity requires paper plates, paint, yarn, glue sticks, paper sheets, a hole-puncher, and items you can decorate with beads, stickers, etc.
Step 1: Fold your paper plate in half and cut out the inner circle for the mainframe of the dreamcatcher. Paint the same with colours of your child’s choosing.
Step 2: Draw out a line vertically in the middle of a paper strip and then draw half feather shapes on one side of the vertical line. Fold the paper and cut the same out to make leaves/ feathers for your dream catcher.
Step 3: On another sheet of paper, draw equally distanced lines, cut them out into strips to be pasted across the hole cut-out on the paper plate ring.
Step 4: Add beads to the yarn strings or add stickers to the strips on the paper plate ring. *Optional*
Step 5: Punch holes along the bottom of the paper plate ring and at the stem of the paper feathers. Tie yarn strings through the punched paper feather holes, connecting it to the paper plate ring.
This activity can keep you, and your child entertained for at least a couple of hours. You can hang these beautiful dream catchers in your child’s bedroom, or maybe even in your room.
4. Sunflower Marshmallow Pops – activity by TheDecoratedCookie.com
This activity requires paper, lollipop sticks, marshmallows, chocolate sprinkles, a bowl of water, a Styrofoam box, and green paint.
Step 1: Stick a marshmallow onto one end of a lollipop stick and dip it into the bowl of water. Use a paper towel to dab off the excess water from the marshmallow. Sprinkle a few chocolate sprinkles onto the marshmallow.
Step 2: Cut petals or oval shapes out of a yellow sheet of paper (or any other coloured paper). Stick one end of the cut-out paper through the lollipop stick from the bottom, pushing it up to the marshmallow. You can secure these papers with tact or with some tape.
Step 3: Paint the lollipop stick green from below the paper petals.
Step 4: Paint the Styrofoam block green to portray grass. Poke the lollipop stick through the Styrofoam.
This is a fun idea to present birthday party snacks, and it’s super easy to execute.
Try it at home!
5.This one’s a Pro Tip:
If you’re a busy parent looking for a caregiver to entertain your child or even accompany them with the activities mentioned above, contact Emirates Home Nursing for Child Care Services on 800NURSING6877464.
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You already know this- Summer 2021 is going to be different.
If you haven’t already predicted the outcomes, there is a small list of facts to consider.
– Travel restrictions are going to make it difficult for you to leave the country to go home- the grandparents and cousins that ideally would keep your child entertained, are not going to be around to do so.
– Most parents are likely to work for at least 1 of the 2 months of their child’s summer vacation period.
– Children are likely to be indoors the majority of the time. They’re very likely to get bored.
Between travel restrictions, increasing work-related responsibilities, and your child’s vacation needs, you are bound to get flustered. You are very likely to spend a lot of your time thinking about how you are going to ensure that your child gets their daily dose of mind and body stimulus, especially when they are about to spend most of their time indoors.
Let’s get right to it then-
Here are a few ideas for you to try, to ensure that your and your child’s summer flows smoothly and productively!
1. The Performing Arts- Online Edition
All businesses have begun functioning online due to the current situation, including learning centers, talent institutes, and… literally every other service/product industry.
First and foremost, we strongly suggest enrolling your little ones in Online classes for talent-based skill acquirements. Be it singing, dancing, or theatre, your child can learn them all from the comfort of your home. And you can watch it!
These classes are not only useful in mitigating your child’s boredom- but they are also responsible for your child’s overall development.
– New hobby/ talent acquisition. By that, we NOT ONLY mean that your child will be able to perform like Beyonce in a crowd of 20K (throwback to physical concerts), there’s also the developmental by-products such as an increase in mobility, literacy, and the ability to grasp information.
– Knowledge. All performing arts institutes also teach your child history and culture, having them belong to a whole community of creative individuals, helping them hone their creative instincts at the same time.
A boost in confidence. Excelling at any art form can give your child the confidence of a King, owing to the frequent interactions with other students, the sense of accomplishment of performing well, and of course, the great confident posture that activities like dancing evoke. Most importantly, confidence also aids and strengthens your child’s mental health.
The performing arts help develop essential lifestyle habits such as discipline in the right diet, following instructions, dedication, and practice.
2. Chores are Fun
Making chores a fun idea is as simple as creating a game and an R&R system.
Whoever folds the most clothes (well) and the fastest, gets to choose the next board game to play/ movie to watch.
This is the ideal two-birds-one-stone situation that ends with your house looking spectacular and spotless, your children being entertained, and your time being saved or spent well.
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3. Prepare Schedules- One for you and one for tiny you
How often do you find yourself at home with your little one, not knowing what to do next to help them utilize their hyperactive energy? If the answer is anywhere close to “quite often,” you need schedules.
Plan out your and your child’s everyday to-do list. Specific times for tasks, activities, naps, and meals.
Basic Guidelines- Include an hour of TV time, an hour of board games for the whole family, an hour of reading, an hour of practicing art, an hour of playtime with their friends (safely and under regulations), or anything else you deem fit for your child/ren and yourself.
This also becomes the perfect opportunity for you to induce discipline- yes, the big D word- in your child, in a fun way. The structure is very important in your child’s life, making sure that their mind and body needs are met.
4. Childcare services all day every day
This is for that one month in which you may not be present to look after your little one. Nannies, babysitters, and childcare service providers are your best friends! Like an extra member of the family, you cannot make do without.
There are plenty of home care providers, but we strongly suggest Emirates Home Nursing!
There are several added benefits of hiring childcare specialists:
Trained nurses can assess and understand what development stage your child is at and provide services that best suit your child’s individual needs.
Routine Development- Based on your child’s development stage, childcare specialists prepare a neat and interesting schedule filled with mealtimes, slumber times, and activity times. All to exploit your child’s growth potential.
Pro tip- Book Emirates Home Nursing’s babysitting services during this year’s summer vacations and get a free week of the service within the same period.
All said and done, try to make the most out of summer 2021 with your little one/s. Learn with them, about them, about yourself, or about whatever your interests lie in. And be patient- things are not all bad, but they can be better. Stay safe and stay home and have a good time.
We hope you and your little ones have the best summer!
One of the most challenging experiences in a parent’s life is to be able to ensure that their child remains well taken care of while they’re away at work or when they’re busy.
Assistance is necessary more often than not. Hiring a babysitter or a caregiver for your child can help take a load off your chest and even ease the guilt you may face during the initial phases of having to leave your child behind!
Hiring a babysitter for the first time is a lengthy and complicated process. A few parents have reasonable reservations for not wanting to hire a babysitter, such as their lack of trust or even sometimes cost. The first thing you must keep in mind is that hiring a babysitter is SAFE and the spend is worth it!
73% of parents hire a babysitter at least once a month. If they can do it, you can surely do it too! The secret lies in the process.
This blog will tell you exactly what you need to do to hire the perfect babysitter, whom you and your child will learn to adore.
There’s also a bonus section on things you must not say to a babysitter- which is something you should keep in mind to build and maintain a healthy relationship with your child’s caregiver.
Step 1: You must figure out exactly what you want and need.
Break down a bunch of reasons why it is necessary to hire your next babysitter.
Be it your work timings, your duties to your family members, or even the basic need for a night out.
Step 2: Figure out your budget based on your wants, needs and requirements.
Figure out your budget based on your wants, needs, and requirements.Keep in mind that a lot of specialized babysitters charge a little more for younger children or multiple children which is natural because they require more attention and effort to be taken care of.
Pro tip– A detail you mustn’t miss out on while planning is the tone of voice you need your babysitter to have for your and your child’s needs to be fulfilled.Do you want an upbeat and fun babysitter? Or a strict babysitter that can enforce house rules? What are your dealbreakers? What extra qualification would you prefer them to have?
Bonus pro tip– You may even look for CPR-trained nurses with additional first-aid skillsets. All nurses at Emirates Home Nursing carry such qualifications.
Step 3: Plan according to availability- how often you need a babysitter and for how long?
This step is crucial and needs to be carefully planned since your next babysitter’s costs may vary according to timing, hours, and frequency.
Step 4: Communication
If you haven’t heard these words enough in a variety of contexts, here it is again- COMMUNICATION IS KEY!
Once you’ve developed a list of babysitters to interview, you move on to meeting them and discussing all your requirements and expectations.
Do– Expect the basic childcare-centric tasks- making sure that the child eats, sleeps, and plays on time.
Pro tip– Routine development is something you must look for in your next babysitter. Child Care Service providers like Emirates Home Nursing specialize in planning activities for your child that keep them engaged and also build timely eating and sleeping habits.
Don’t– The main task of a babysitter is to ensure that your child’s needs are fulfilled. It is unreasonable to ask them to mop floors or dust all the shelves in your household (yes, a few employers do that), If you’re looking for a nanny to be able to do both, you’re going to have to rethink your budget. Generally, qualified babysitters may not abide by instructions related to cleaning/cooking meals for your whole family. Don’t be surprised when they say no!
Step 5: Schedule or book your babysitter at least a week in advance.
Anticipate any likely events/occasions, flights, meetings, etc. for which you may require a babysitting service.Canceling a booked appointment Is still better than being stranded at the last moment.Although, if you decide that you may not need a service at a given time, keep your babysitter informed a night or two in advance.
Bonus Step 5
DO NOT FEEL INSECURE.
“What if my child starts liking my babysitter more than me?”
Now, this is a mindset you may experience after you hire your first babysitter.Your child will look forward to your babysitter coming over and spending time with them at some point. It’s reasonable because your child will imagine your caregiver as their friend! They will also care about them, talk about them, and more.That DOES NOT MEAN that your child will love you any less.
What should you do when you have such thoughts?
It’s as simple as substituting these thoughts with the idea that this person has taken care of your child, nurtured them, and taught them important new things. All in all, your babysitter has been there for you in your time of need.
Last but not the least, it is our duty to let you that your relationship with your babysitter is important.
Here’s what you must not say to a babysitter:
Last but not the least, it is our duty to let you know that your relationship with your babysitter is important.
“Sorry, I’m late”: Being late is one thing, not informing your babysitter about the possibility of you being late is unreasonable. Ask your babysitter about her flexibility in timing, considering her personal schedules or other work schedules.
“I’ll pay you next time”: Okay sure, at some point you may feel super comfortable with your babysitter- as if she or he is an extended member of your family. Nevertheless, they’ve got bills to pay and things to do that they’ve planned for themselves based on their paydays. Decide in advance, when you’d like to pay your babysitter and stick to it.
“We treat you very well”: This statement is not compensation for the timely appreciation your babysitter deserves for a job well done. Don’t forget that your babysitter is an actual person- with basic human needs for acknowledgment, appreciation, and job satisfaction. A few kind words are all it takes.
“Today, you must…”: Just like you may not appreciate being micromanaged by your employer, neither does your babysitter. Once you have conveyed your needs to your babysitter beforehand, you must leave it to them to carry out your prior-given instructions.
Certified caregivers like those from Emirates Home Nursing may even be able to provide you with childcare advice- which you need to be open to listening to. Your babysitter knows what they’re doing, and they may even be able to help you take better care of your child.
“Can you do the dishes?” / “Can you clean the house?”: As mentioned earlier, there are those parents who may suggest “while Dora is asleep, you can wash the dishes or vacuum the house.” While your child is asleep, your babysitter will spend their time making sure your child’s room is cleaned, your baby’s feeding bottles are sterilized,your child’s clothes are cleaned, dried, and ironed. Their Job description must match the task assigned.
We hope you find these tips helpful and wish you the best of luck in hiring your next babysitter!
Feel free to contact Emirates Home Nursing for your Babysitting and Childcare needs. Click on this link, to learn more about our Babysitting services.
Ramadan this year brings along several health concerns in light of the Coronavirus spread. From compromising your immune system to keeping the virus at bay through drinking water, we debunk some of the most common fasting myths surrounding during the holy month.
Common Fasting Myth: Fasting can compromise the immune system
Reality: Fasting improves your immune system
According to scientific research, fasting triggers cell regeneration which could regenerate the immune system and reproduce new white blood cells with a stronger ability to fight disease.
Common Fasting Myth: You need to drink water every 15 minutes to prevent the coronavirus
Reality: Drinking will not prevent anyone from catching the coronavirus
Healthcare providers warn against believing homegrown social media advice to prevent the coronavirus and instead following recommendations from official sources. Recently many social media posts encouraged drinking water every 15 minutes and gurgling. While this can keep your body hydrated, doctors say it will not prevent anyone from getting the virus.
Common Fasting Myths: People Gain Weight During Ramadan
Reality: Fasting Aids Weight Loss and Boosts Metabolism
Iftar feasts and Arabian sweets can be tempting, but if you stick to healthy eating habits, fasting can aid weight loss by limiting calorie intake and boosting your metabolism. According to a research published by Pubmed, fasting can increase metabolic rate between 3.6 to 14%.
Common Fasting Myths: Fasting Makes you Lose Focus
Reality: Fasting Improves Brain Function
Fasting reduces brain over-activity, allowing you to focus on your tasks. Various studies proved that fasting enhances memory performance, cognitive behavior and reduces depression activity.
Common Fasting Myths: Fasting Cause Fatigue
Reality: Fasting can Boost your Energy Levels
There is a misconception that fasting can leave you feeling tired and low on energy, but, scientifically, limiting the intake of carbohydrates and sugar over a long period of time will prompt your body to use stored fats for energy and therefore boosting energy levels. At the same time your body will be releasing growth hormone and regulating insulin levels to create an energy mix in your body.
Being a new mum is difficult as it is, creating a bond with your newborn baby is a whole new worry. Studies find that 20% of new moms and dads feel no real emotional attachment to their newborn in the hours after delivery. Sometimes, it takes weeks or even months. For moms, this is usually because of the tremendous hormonal changes taking place during, and immediately after pregnancy (including baby blues and sometimes PTSD).
For both, moms and dads, it could also be the initial hassle with the diaper changes, vomiting, crying, and endless sleepless nights. These major changes take longer for some to adjust to and for a few others, it’s a breeze.
However difficult, parents must have significant emotional attachments to their babies. One of the biggest reasons is the impact of neglect on your baby’s mental health in the long run- an increased risk of depression, anxiety, learning, and memory impairments. (1) There’s no need to feel underwhelmed with the lack of initial baby attachment, it takes time and effort for a lot of people. #YouAreNotAlone
Here are the 9 Baby Bonding Tricks we recommend in helping you make a strong bond with your newborn baby.
First thing’s first, make sure you set aside a time for your baby, once a day, every day. Believe it or not, your baby is a creature of habit. When you set a schedule, your baby will feel more at ease, knowing that her/his mum magically knows when they’re about to get hungry, sleepy, or even when they just crave attention. It also makes them feel cared for and understood.
2. A song just for you and junior you
It’s as simple as listening to your favorite song on repeat when you’re around your baby. Be it Beyonce or even Justin Bieber, your child will start to identify the sound and before you know it, you will see your baby bobbing their head back and forth and wiggling to your favorite tune. It’s so cute!
Frequent Eye-Contact may seem funny or awkward in a spectrum of contexts, but that’s not the case when it’s your little one whose eyes, you’re looking into.While you’re bottle-feeding, make sure you look into your baby’s eyes. When they stare back into yours, you’ll just know what you mean to this baby and how much you love them.
Skin-to-skin contact is a highly effective and recommended method of baby bonding. Your baby feels secure, comfortable, and safe while touching your skin. They’re used to the idea that you’re their caregiver and guardian angel- an idea they develop when you’re breastfeeding them or carrying them.
They’re able to recognize your warmth, scent, and skin very early on in their development stages. And let’s face it, it’s a beautiful gesture altogether- cuddling someone you love- a baby, a piece of you, it’s the happiest feeling in the world. In a way, you feel secure too.
5. Acknowledge when they’re crying
This is for those parents who believe that carrying a baby when they’re crying means spoiling them.
It is a hoax. Your baby, however young they are, is going to feel worse with the lack of attention. Comfort stems from the fact that you have someone to acknowledge your sadness/discomfort. Carry your baby, swaddle them, calm them down- make your baby feel like you’re there for them.
6. Speak to your baby
Babies are the best listeners (and yes, it’s because they can’t talk).
You can speak to them about your bad days, good days, insecurities, anything! Your baby loves listening to you speak, and you’ll feel a load off your chest at the end of this conversation. Relish these moments because before you know it, you’ll have them speaking back at you.
7. Be funny
As absurd as it sounds, it is a huge stress-relief for mums that also results in toothless smiling babies.
Stick your tongue out, dance all weird or maybe even babble like a baby. It’s all worth it especially when your baby starts smiling back at you.
8. Baby massage
Never, EVER underestimate the importance of a baby massage. Once again, this has to do with skin-to-skin contact. It also improves your baby’s flexibility; it makes them feel relaxed and the oil you use moisturizes their delectate baby skin. Soon enough, your baby looks forward to it and enjoys it! Make sure to keep eye-contact.
9. Ask an expert
When it’s too difficult for you to handle work life, personal relationships, and caring for a newborn baby, owing to a busy schedule, it is always best to seek help from a professional such as a Midwife who will be there with you through your pregnancy and for the first few months after birth. They’ll be able to help you with baby bonding tricks, sleeping and eating patterns, and other methods of taking care of your baby, making both yours and your baby’s life easier.
Lastly, you can try asking yourself the following questions to empathize with your baby.
> How does my baby see the world?
Your baby’s perspective is entirely different from yours. Their eyes constantly waver, looking and trying to understand new shapes and sizes, people, and more.
> What does my baby like or dislike? and why?
Since babies cannot communicate on their own, they express their feelings through cues like crying or smiling. When they cry, it means that the object of their immediate reaction is making their life difficult. For example, certain babies are susceptible to feeling discomfort with different kinds of fabric. Them crying is an indicator that this fabric is making their skin itch or burn as an undiagnosed allergic reaction. Do not ignore these cues. In social scenarios, your baby may want to stay with you instead of being passed around by family members. Keep an eye out for all kinds of reactions. Happy baby means happy you.
> Am I being flexible?
Your life patterns may not match your baby’s. And that is completely normal. Adjust.
“Many parents struggle to build a relationship with a newborn who can barely make eye contact, let alone communicate in a way to build a close relationship,” says Chuck Schaeffer, Ph.D., reproductive psychologist.
“As long as you’re having fun and feeling happy around your kid, he’ll feel happy and safe, and bonding will naturally occur.” (2)
Always remember that time is the main player in this game of forming an attachment with your newborn baby. Be patient, calm, keep trying, and it will happen. In gist, love, support, and time with your baby are all it takes to build attachments between the two of you.
Feel free to contact Emirates Home Nursing for your Newborn Care needs.
Click on this link, to learn more about our Midwifery and Newborn Care Services.
As the Covid-19 continues to pose a threat for our community, Emirates Home Nursing wants to encourage everyone to stay at home and practice recommended hygiene and quarantine measures.
Here’s a checklist to keep yourself and family safe and prepared.
1. Find the Numbers to Call for Help
The UAE is taking strict measures to fight the spread of Coronavirus. Abu Dhabi set a dedicated hotline to answer all Coronavirus (COVID-19) queries. You can reach out to Abu Dhabi Department of Health (ADDH) through the Estijaba at 8001717.
In Dubai, the Dubai Health Authority provided a toll-free number 800 342.
2. Know the Symptoms
By now, everyone should know the signs and symptoms of the Coronavirus. The symptoms range from mild to severe illness. It could take 2 to 14 days for the symptoms to appear after exposure.
The most common symptoms are:
Shortness of breath
Emergency warning signs include:
Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
New confusion or inability to move
Bluish lips or face
Get immediate medical help if you experience any of these symptoms.
3. Protect Yourself, Family and Vulnerable Loved Ones
Elders, expectant mothers, and family members with pre-existing conditions are at a higher risk for more serious complications of the COVID-19.
In addition to social distancing, hygiene and regular daily precautions, you can protect vulnerable family members by taking the following steps:
Write down any prescriptions they have and stock up for emergencies
Write down the numbers for healthcare providers and figure out the services you can ask for
Monitor essential medical supplies and care needed, such as oxygen, incontinence, dialysis, wound care
Stock up food and minimize store visits
4. Create a Plan
A plan helps you stay prepared for all circumstances. Your plan should include:
prepare a place to isolate yourself
stock up food, prescriptions and over the counter medications for two weeks
organise a healthcare provider who is willing to help you at home if you don’t require a hospital visit
create an emergency contact list
Emirates Home Nursing supports the stay-at-home drive and urges our community in the UAE to practice social distancing. To support our healthcare system and relief medical workers, we join global efforts to encourage patients and residents to avoid visiting hospitals except in emergencies and opt of online consultation services.
We continue to offer value packages for childcare, healthcare, prenatal and newborn care at home, we are expanding our offers to include online checkups and follow-ups for expectant and new mothers.
Pregnant women, babies and toddlers are often considered at a higher than average risk of infection. Our online consultation services offer expert consultations during your pregnancy without exposing you or your baby to the risk of direct contact with your care provider.
Reach out to our Midwife Anoesjka for all your prenatal, newborn and parenting concerns or call us at 800NURSING6877464.
We are here to help you from the comfort of your own home.
None of us wants to think about ageing, and especially the idea of having to rely on others, or our loved ones, to take care of our most basic physical needs; but knowing that professional support is available is incredibly reassuring. When it comes to senior care in the UAE, Emirates Home Nursing focuses on not only delivering exemplary medical support, but on building relationships with our elderly clients and their families.
According to Dubai Health Authority figures, the geriatric population in the emirate is growing as life expectancy increases, and with that comes burgeoning demand for senior care. Ahead of World Health Day on 7 April, we talk to Dr Momina Javed about the importance of seniors care in alleviating the burden on families.
Care in the home
“We’ve definitely seen a rise in elderly care support requests from Emirati and Indian families in particular, as these nationalities culturally tend to have older relatives living with them,” says Dr Javed.
“Most families are not at all phased by bringing someone into the home as it is part of the Dubai culture. It still gives them the sense that their family member is being cared for by the family, as the care takes place in the family home,” she adds. When you bring a ‘stranger’ into your home, you want to know that they will go beyond merely offering basic care and will establish a rapport with their client – you mother, father or other elderly relative – and one of the priorities for the Emirates Home Nursing team is to match the best resource with the client.
Says Dr Javed: “We allocate nurses primarily based on the case of the patient and the experience of the nurse. It’s important that the best care is delivered, so we want to assign the most qualified nurse for that individual’s care plan. This might mean assigning a nurse with experience in lifting and moving heavier patients, or experience providing care for an elderly patient suffering from a memory disorder such as Alzheimer’s or dementia.”
Matching personality with professionalism
Professional skills ticked off, there is an equally important element in the matching of nurse to client. Says Dr Javed: “We also think about the personality of the patient and family members. Our nurses spend a lot of time with the patient, so it’s important that the personalities match on some level. Where possible, we consider personality, cultural backgrounds and language.”
The Emirates Home Nursing care team represent multiple nationalities, and with that comes language skills from Arabic to Hindi to Malayalam, with English spoken by every staff member. Another key factor is promoting independence, which means ensuring that the senior client feels as comfortable as possible at all times. “We want our elderly patients to feel supported and have a companion in their nurse,” she adds.
Home Nursing Support System
It’s a slightly different story when it comes to 24/7 care, with Dr Javed noting that in these situations, a rotating team of three nurses is assigned to each client. “It’s not productive to have nurses working for over 12 hours, they get tired and the quality of care is compromised so we rotate the nurses, but always deliver the same level of personalised care,” she says. Dedication is the foundation of the Emirates Home Nursing senior care offering from bedside activity to behind-the-scenes support, as Dr Javed explains: “With us, not only are they receiving the best quality of care available but they have access to a dedicated office support team.
“We have a great team of admin staff on the phones who handle all the booking requirements and changes. We also have a dedicated clinical manager who compiles an individual care plan for each senior client, and all progress notes are recorded in the same way a hospital would – on an app.”
In the event of deteriorating health and possible hospital admission, the Emirates Home Nursing team can pass on detailed medical and care records to the physicians, ensuring that everything is done to support the client even when they are out of their direct supervision.
Specialists in Ageing
With Dubai Health Authority also placing new impetus on engendering a culture of ‘healthy ageing’ so as to mitigate some of the issues associated with geriatric care in the future, Emirates Home Nursing is well aware of the most common conditions its clients are living with. “Within our elderly care clients, the most common issues we are dealing with are arthritis, osteoporosis, dementia/Alzheimer’s, hypertension, diabetes and loss of balance,” notes Dr Javed.
For its clients, and their relatives, the reassurance that the team’s expert levels of professional care extend across a full spectrum of life-affecting issues, is a major decision influencer when looking at potential providers.
Says Dr Javed: “When hiring our nurses, we look for individuals who have specialised in certain healthcare areas and have experience working on certain wards. With homecare for seniors in mind, we hire nurses that have worked on geriatric hospital wards or within an elderly nursing home.
“Under the term ‘geriatric’ there is a huge list of age-related healthcare issues. Dementia and Alzheimer’s can be a little more difficult to handle, and until the patient is used to the nurse it can be a little rocky establishing a relationship between the two. These diseases obviously cause huge personality shifts and it is important that the nurse not only has the physical skills of moving and handling an elderly patient, but the correct mind and skillset to handle the difficulties that come with caring for a dementia or Alzheimer’s sufferer.”
This dictates a highly personalised approach with the team creating personal care plans, tailored specifically to the senior’s ailments, with progress notes regularly recorded to ensure that the plan remains current. A dedicated GP, clinical manager and nursing supervisor manage the care plan and assigned team.
Relief in Respite
Respite care is another area where Emirates Home Nursing adds immeasurable value, allowing full-time family carers to take time out for the sake of their own health and wellbeing. Dr Javed elaborates: “Respite care can be from anything from one day to a month. It is physically and mentally draining to look after a patient or family member full time. Respite care allows the primary care giver to have that well-earned break and recharge.
“We have requests for respite care from people and families who don’t realise that that is what it’s called. It is something that should be promoted more, especially in this region.”
Emirates Home Nursing also offers support for those who may have relatives visiting, and need an extra caring hand. “Our services are not just available in the home setting, but also in and around Dubai and are mainly requested by Western expats. Promoting independence, our nurses accompany families as they explore Dubai or, if they are here for a wedding, for example, we provide a nurse to aid the senior family member, so that the rest of the family can enjoy the day confident that their loved one is cared for properly,” says Dr Javed.
And our families agree. Says a private client: ‘We have been using Emirates Nursing for several years and have found them to be professional, caring and adaptable in all respects. The admin team all take an interest in the care and welfare of their patients and their colleagues, and we have received excellent service and personal attention from the nurses right up to the general manager.
‘Their nurses are well trained and show great empathy for their patients even in the most challenging situations.’