Monthly Archives: August 2017

10 Tips Avoid Your Toddler’s Dinner Meltdown

So statistics say that eating dinner together as a family helps kids to develop into emotionally adjusted, socially responsible, and just plain happier, adults. But how do you possibly create that conducive, feel-good familial atmosphere when every night at the table is an exercise in misery–born purely out of something so banal as toddler food refusal? Check‘s advice on how to turn down the heat during mealtimes, and help picky eaters to overcome their anxiety.

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Hair Loss after Pregnancy? Don’t Freak Out

No–you won’t go bald; it’s just another random quirk of pregnancy. Here’s why you shouldn’t lose sleep over losing your hair.

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Telogen effluvium, the excessive shedding of hair that occurs one to five months postpartum, is fairly common, affecting around 50% of women; and, most importantly, is not a permanent condition.

During pregnancy, more hairs go into the resting phase; this means the hairs are released from the follicle to make way for new hairs. Because it’s short-lived, however, and because pregnancy itself stimulates hair growth (also meaning the resting hairs are released from the follicle but don’t fall out), the phenomenon does not lead to bald spots–or permanent hair loss.

After delivery, once hormones begin to balance, the ‘resting’ hairs fall out–sometimes all at once, and usually around 3-4 months post-birth. Normal hair cycle tends to re-establish between 6 and 12 months.

(If you’re losing a substantial amount of hair, though, the likely culprit is vitamin or mineral deficiency–not pregnancy hormones.)

To help minimise postpartum hair loss, consult with your doctor to rule out hormonal imbalance, eat plenty fruits and vegetables–which are high in flavonoids and antioxidants which help protect follicles and aid hair growth, use shampoos and conditioners containing biotin and silica, avoid excessive use of hair dryers and straighteners as well as fine tooth combs, and keep taking a robust multivitamin post delivery.