This weird obsession with ROUTINE

My first baby was barely a week old, and already some misguided fool asked me, "So, is he in a routine yet?"
"Are you mad?! Of course not!" (OK, I never actually said this, I'm much more timid in real life than on paper. But that's what I was thinking.)
Why are people so obsessed with routine? I suspect it's because our lives are governed by the clock, rather than by the sun, the seasons and our bodies. We have become obsessed with numbers and measuring and quantifying things, and now we want babies to be ruled by the clock too. The thing is, babies are ruled by their biology, by their basic needs, and they don't give a damn about your clock.

Here's a newsflash for you: Forget about "getting your baby into a routine"!


What to do when you are stressing for two!

Stress is a very real phenomenon in our lives. We are living busier, faster and more pressured lives than ever before. Technology enables you to be plugged in at all times. But how good is this for you and more importantly how does it impact on your unborn child?

Here is a fabulous brochure highlighting the impacts of stress and the many solutions that are available to you to help you reduce your stress levels!

Click here to view the Brochure: What to do when you are stressing for two!

 To get in touch with the author Dr Nicole Bernic (Chiropractor) click HERE.



Spinal Health and Car Travel

Written by Dr Jacqui Bunge (Chiropractor)

As we set off to our various holiday destinations we have considered the house, the dogs even the post that clutters our letterbox. One consideration we often neglect is our spinal health and that of our children's.
With the increase in the number of road traffic accidents we need to ensure our children are safe and secure in our cars, and therefore securely strapped into a car seat. Experts believe that 80-90% of car seats are NOT used/installed properly. Nationally, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages 1-14 years.


Eating well during pregnancy

pregnant-mom-articleWritten by: Azza Motara (Registered Dietician, and Mom of 2)

As a mother embarks on her gestational journey, many are left pondering if they are making optimum nutritional choices. Choosing wisely makes for both a healthy mom and baby during and after that precious bundle has arrived.

First trimester: There is no need for increased kilojoules during this time. Exhaustion, nausea, food aversions and vomiting during this time make optimum nutrition rather tricky so eating in response to hunger and what a mother is able to tolerate is best. But this need not be a time of only toast and ginger biscuits! Try rice/oat cakes with a little hummus and a dash of lemon juice, fruit juice ice-lollies (watermelon blended with mint and lemon is great), cold crudités, fruit and veggie kebabs or yogurt and smoothies placed in the freezer.



Baby Nasal AidEvery year, families face their share of colds and/or the flu. As concerned parents we take our sick children to the doctor, and are often surprised or confused when we are not given a prescription to get them antibiotics. But your doctor could be doing you and your child a favour by not prescribing antibiotics.

Antibiotics1 are powerful medicines that fight infections caused by bacteria. They either kill bacteria or stop them from reproducing. The body's immune system then is able to fight the infection successfully. Used properly, antibiotics can save lives.



The Flu

Baby Nasal AidInfluenza1, or what we commonly refer to as 'the flu', is an illness caused by viruses that occur mostly in the winter months in South Africa. It is easily confused with the common cold, which is also a winter illness caused by viruses. The flu and colds are caused by different viruses.

Flu and colds spread easily from person to person through droplets that are distributed through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes or, quite commonly, through hand-to-hand contact.

Viruses that cause influenza can infect the nose, throat, sinuses, upper airways and lungs. There are three types of flu viruses: types A, B and C. You may be infected with any combination of the viruses in the same season, even, although not often, at the same time.