You know, like the toddlers. But Mama Sandy, who in their right state of mind would take a toddler to a bar??? My dear friend, sanity is not for all of us I guess. I have seen and heard of women who take kids as young as one year to the bar, stadium and music concerts. I penned this article as I was seated across a lady smoking shisha with her daughter, who to me looked below 10 years. She was curiously watching on and inhaling most of it. Every mother raises their children differently and how they please. Yes! But this very girl could be my daughter’s next best friend or my future daughter-in-law. So bear with my kajanja but I am looking out for my children too.
I will not be hypocritical and tell my children that smoking is bad or they should not go to the bar and then laugh at my neighbour’s children who accompany mum to the bar. The festive season is upon us again and all the happening places are going to be full to the maximum. It would be nice for parents out there to spare their children from partaking in these events. I definitely know my own children are not going to be anywhere near these events, perhaps because unlike some mothers I do not have a whole lineup of ‘proggie’ and no nanny but seriously, death will not strike you if you stay home with your child.
How can I tell if my baby is constipated?
First, consider what is normal for your baby. She may have a bowel movement after every feeding, or she may wait a day or more in between. Your baby’s individual pattern depends on what she eats and drinks, how active she is, and how quickly she digests food.
If your baby drinks formula or eats solid food, she will probably have a regular bowel movement at least once a day. If your baby is breastfed, there is no “normal” number or schedule – only what is typical for your baby. It is not unheard of for breastfed babies to have one bowel movement a week.
After a while, you will be tuned in to your baby’s unique habits. If you are concerned that your baby may be constipated, watch for these signs:
– Less frequent bowel movements than usual, especially if your baby has not had one for three or more days and is obviously uncomfortable when he/she does
– Hard, dry stools that are difficult for him/her to pass – no matter how frequently
I have a very big problem with parents mostly mothers who take children to the bar and music concerts. And I am not talking about children in their teens—those in the 13-17 age bracket (those who are 18-19 can be regarded as young adults). Not that I find it appropriate for them too but well, most of them have gotten to an age where they can determine for themselves what is right or not. I choose to discuss the above category on another day. The children I would like to talk about here are the ‘proper’ kids!