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The Love-Drug For New Mums

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A new nasal spray has been developed for mums that are not bonding with their babies, the spray allegedly helps them become closer to their babies.   The trials of the new spray took place in Sydney last year where a chemical version of the naturally occurring oxytocin is created and used in a spray format.

Oxytocin is also known as the love-drug or bonding hormone.

For Mums with low levels of oxytocin, it is harder to respond to the needs of their babies.  They don't notice or respond to the baby's cries as quickly as other mothers. So the spray helps them with their low levels of oxytocin by giving it to them in a chemical format.

Oxytocin is vital during child birth as it triggers uterine contractions, and helps the delivery of the placenta and then it helps to stop bleeding. After the baby is delivered it helps in breast feeding by causing the 'let down' reflex which means milk will flow.



Swaddling a Baby

Permalink by Tikal, Categories: Babies, Health , Tags: babies, calm, comfort, cot death, reflexes, sleep, swaddling

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Swaddling a baby is a good way to help them sleep and you can even get some pre-wrapped swaddling blankets that are easy to fit and remain in place.

Why Swaddle?

  • It's a good way to calm an unsettled baby.
  • New babies are used to the closeness of being in the womb or being in their mother's arms. They are often unprepared for total freedom and it unnerves them. By swaddling, you recreate this closeness which makes them feel calm and secure.
  • For many, swaddling is vital as its stops their limbs from flaying while they are trying to sleep.
  • It's a way to calm the Moro Reflex, that startle reflex that all babies are born with. They have an innate fear of falling and so throw their arms out if they are startled. This reflex can be triggered even when parents place babies in their cot for sleeping.  Swaddling helps prevent this from happening.
  • Studies have shown that swaddling can enhance the development of low weight babies.
  • It may reduce the risk of cot death.
  • It soothes overstimulated babies.
  • It can help with colic.

Do you need any more excuses to give your baby a special cuddle?!



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