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Dumex Insights: 3 Common Concerns of Mums According to Heart Knows Best

As a child grows, mothers may feel overwhelmed with new parenting concerns. While it can be challenging trying to figure out things like what to feed your child or how to treat a tummy ache, the experience can be rewarding if done together with your loved ones or a community of support.

According to Dumex’s Heart Knows Best Community, there are three main concerns mums face when raising a child:

1. Common tummy issues that your child experience

While identifying the cause of your child’s upset tummy can be tricky, being able to tell that they have a tummy-ache is a good starting point1. Usual symptoms to look out for include:
• Vomiting
• Diarrhoea
• Crying more than usual
• Refusing to sleep or eat

What you can do next is to try to identify the cause and remedy. This will help you decide if it is something you can manage at home or if a visit to the doctor is needed. Here are some of the typical tummy issues young children face:

Constipation

Your child’s tummy can hurt when they are having difficulties pooping. Among the common causes of constipation among children are:

• Not drinking enough water
• Side effects from medications
• Not eating enough fiber
• Milk allergies


Lactose intolerance

Symptoms like diarrhoea, bloating, and stomach cramps can begin between 30 minutes to two hours after your child eats food containing lactose3. Here are some tips for managing their lactose intolerance:

• Avoid dairy product • Introduce soy-based formulas like the Dumex Mamil Gold Soy

Food allergies

A food allergy happens when your immune system overreacts to food protein that is usually harmless to the body, treating it as an invader and sending out chemicals that causes symptoms of an allergic reaction. Your body can react in several ways:

• Stomachache
• Hives (red and itchy bumps on the skin) or eczema
• Diarrhoea and bloody stools in some severe cases
• Shortness of breath and wheezing
• Runny nose

Typical food triggers among children include peanuts, shellfish, eggs, cow’s milk and wheat4. As allergies can be severe, you may want to bring your child to the doctor for a diagnosis. Here are some tips on how you can manage your child’s condition once you get a diagnosis:

• Monitor their diet
• Educate them to avoid food triggers
• Alert caregivers of your child’s dietary concerns. If your child is allergic to cow’s milk protein, you may want to consider switching to an extensive hydrolyzed formula or soy milk formula based on your doctor's recommendation

2. Food ideas to prepare for your toddler

Figuring out what to feed your toddler can be daunting, as their nutritional needs change quickly with age. Our Dumex Careline Advisor team recommends feeding your child nutrient-packed foods to support strong and healthy growth.
As your child grows, you should also introduce more variety of solid food to their diet as chewing helps their teeth and jaws develop5. Dr. Liew Woei Kang, a specialist in Pediatric Medicine and a contributor in the Dumex Heart Knows Best community, recommends reducing the blending of food to encourage chewing. Gradually doing so prepares your child to take on more solid food.

3. Getting started with Mamil Gold

When it comes to milk formula change, mums typically get worried about the procedures at different stages of age. Without enough knowledge, the expectation to thoroughly understand the nutrients your child needs can be intimidating.

A good resource you can refer to are the guides on the Dumex website. These articles contain information on how Dumex Mamil Gold milk formulas can provide your child with the nutrients needed at different stages of growth.

Featuring milk from Europe and New Zealand, Dumex Mamil Gold comes in Stage 3 (for children aged one to three years old), Stage 4 (for children aged three to six years old), and Stage 5 (for kids aged six years old and above). Each blend designed to provide nutrition based on your child’s age, with every feed containing the following essential nutrients:

• DHA ensures that your child receives enough essential fatty acids for healthy brain and eyes development for children aged 1-3 years old.
• The unique prebiotics blend in Dumex Mamil Gold milk formulas contains galacto-oligosaccharides (GOS) and long chain fructo-oligosaccharides (lcFOS) in a 9 to 1 ratio, an optimal combination which helps support a child’s natural defences (2) and a healthy digestive system
• Calcium to encourage strong bones and teeth growth
• Vitamin E acts as an antioxidant to help protect cells in the body
• Zinc for growth

Ease your worries with the right feed

With Dumex Mamil Gold growing up milk formulas, you can rest assured that your child receives the right nutrition to support strong and healthy development. Get your free sample or visit https://www.dumex.com.sg/products for more information.

References:

1. Bhargava, H. D. (2019). How to Soothe Your Child’s Stomach-ache. WebMD. Retrieved May 25, 2020, from https://www.webmd.com/children/guide/help-child-tummyache#1

2. Arslanoglu et al. 2008. Journal of Nutrition, 138.1091-1095.

3. Stanford Children’s Health (2020). Lactose Intolerance in Children. Retrieved May 25, 2020, from https://www.stanfordchildrens.org/en/topic/default?id=lactose-intolerance-in-children-90-P02003&sid=

4. Watson, S. (2018). Kids and Food Allergies: What to Look For. Healthline. Retrieved May 26, 2020, from https://www.healthline.com/health/allergies/kids-food-allergies#common-triggers

5. Raisingchildren.net.au (2020). Introducing solids: why, when, what and how. Retrieved May 25, 2020, from https://raisingchildren.net.au/babies/breastfeeding-bottle-feeding-solids/solids-drinks/introducing-solids

6. Moreno MA, Furtner F, Rivara FP. (2012). Vitamin D and Bone Health. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2012;166(7):684.

7. Gavin, M. L. (2014). Vitamins. KidsHealth. Retrieved May 26, 2020, from https://kidshealth.org/en/kids/vitamin.html

8. WebMD (2002). Zinc Helps Kids Grow. Retrieved May 25, 2020, from https://www.webmd.com/children/news/20020524/zinc-helps-kids-grow#1

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