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Swimming is an activity that a lot of families enjoy, whether it’s during the summer break, a staycation, or in an inflatable pool in your house. As parents, we should be aware of how we can ensure our child’s safety whenever they’re in the water. Even at 2 inches of water, children can still be at risk of drowning.

According to UNICEF, drowning is the second leading cause of death among Filipino children under 14 years. Follow these tips to ensure your time in the water is safe and enjoyable:

  1. Never take your eyes off of them

When you’re on vacation or whenever you’re in nearby a pool area, ensure that you’re always watching your child and that you never take your eyes off of them. Most accidents happen because no responsible adult is watching over the child.

This tip may sound simple enough, but as you know, accidents happen all the time. The split second you take your eyes off them could be an accident waiting to happen.

  1. Let your kids understand basic pool etiquette

Talk to your child and ensure that they understand basic pool rules, such as no running in the pool area, avoiding the shallow area when diving, or not forcing someone who can’t swim to go to in the deep water. If you foster this kind of mindset with them whenever they’re in the water, they are less likely to get into an accident or cause harm to other people.

  1. Understand that drowning can be silent

When we think about someone drowning, we imagine someone yelling for help with arms flailing in the air, but that’s not usually what happens in real life, especially with kids. The truth is, drowning can be fatal fast, which can all happen in just 30 seconds.

In some cases, drowning is silent, and a child struggling may not look like it as it looks like ordinary water play. Pull your child out of the water immediately when you see signs of distress.

  1. Check the layout of the pool

If you’ll be swimming in a pool that’s unfamiliar to you, it’s advisable for parents to check the depth of water and the layout of the pool before letting your kids get in it. Some pools have uneven floors, which can be a cause of injury or drowning. If you’re on the beach, be mindful of the tide and rip currents.

  1. Get your children some lessons

The best way to ensure that your child is water confident is by enrolling them in a swimming class. Some swimming classes offer basic personal survival lessons for children. Swimming lessons are also a great way to help them become comfortable with water and learn a valuable life skill.

Whenever your in or near the water, make sure to follow these tips so that you can avoid the unexpected. Always keep a watchful eye on your child and make sure that you can easily reach out to them when you need to pull them out, the seconds you save could be the difference needed to protect your child from injury or death.

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Philips Avent, one of the world’s leading mother and childcare brand, is actively supporting parents through their journey with the launch of Pregnancy +, an application designed to support a healthy full-term pregnancy and a safe delivery that gives expectant parents a comprehensive guide through all stages of pregnancy. This App has been downloaded by 25 million moms worldwide.

         Rochelle Rivera, using Pregnancy +

Philips Avent understands that more parents are turning to technology to help give expectant moms guidance in their journey. Through the application, Pregnancy +, parents now have instant access right in the palms of their hands – helping them navigate at every life stage their child is currently in, through a mixture of expert advice, real life experiences and brand created content. In this digital age, moms are turning to their smartphones as the first port of call for problem solving, interaction, advice and guidance.

Maite Uy, Business Development Manager of Philips Personal Health Philippines

“The first 1,000 days are critical to set the stage for their future health and with that even lay a foundation for the health of our society,” said Maite Uy, business development manager, Philips Personal Health. “We understand how overwhelming becoming a parent can be, and we believe it’s important for parents to start their journey with a guide that provides them the right information at the right time,” she added.

Digital Connected Parenting: Everything you need in one pregnancy App

Advancement in both the demands of millennial moms, plus technology, means Pregnancy + is able to create a more personalized digitally connected parenting approach – combining data derived from their most popular baby care products and parent-led input – to produce specific insights for each child, enhanced with recommendations from experts and development specialists.

Pregnancy + gives new parents the confidence of a support and reassurance, 24 hours a day through its features:

– Daily pregnancy info 
– Color and Scan images 
– Personal Diary
– Pregnancy Weight log
– Doc Visits log
– Diet, exercise and labor info 
– Kick Counter
– Contraction Timer 
– Contraction Tracker
– Baby Shopping list 
– 1000s of Baby names
– Baby Size Visualizer
– Pregnancy week by week info 
– And much more … 

The Pregnancy + app is now available as a free download from the Apple and Google Play stores in the Philippines.  

To learn more about Pregnancy + visit https://www.philips.com.ph/c-e/ifa/products/pregnancy-plus-start-better.html

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By: Anna Katrina J. Bolivar

We often hear the health advice “Breastfeeding is best for babies for up to two years and beyond.” Indeed, no other milk can measure up to your liquid gold in terms of providing nourishment for your baby. But do you know that us moms can benefit from breastfeeding as well? Yes, you read it right! Mothers can benefit from breastfeeding as well.

Benefits of breastfeeding for babies

  • Your breast milk contains all the nutrients that your baby needs for the first six months. It provides your baby with all the vitamins, protein, fat, and everything else that your baby needs in order to grow.
  • Breast milk also serves as protection from different diseases. It contains antibodies that will help your baby fight viruses and bacteria. It also lowers your baby’s risk for allergies, asthma, respiratory illnesses, ear infections, and diarrhea.
  • As if nutrition and protection are not enough, breastfeeding has also been linked to improved mental, social, and even emotional development. The eye contact, physical closeness, and skin-to-skin touching during breastfeeding increase the bond between you and your baby and help your baby feel secure.

Benefits of breastfeeding for mothers

  • Never mind the sleepless nights and no-nap days. Never mind the seemingly endless feedings. Never mind the muscle strains here and there. Despite those, you’re ironically doing your body good as well.
  • A lot of moms can attest to the fat-burning benefit of breastfeeding. You see, when you breastfeed, you’re like doing cardio exercises. You might just be sitting there holding a baby but mom, believe us, you’re burning calories! Breastfeeding can help you get back to your pre-pregnancy weight.
  • The act of breastfeeding results in the release of the hormone oxytocin. This hormone can help your uterus return to its pre-pregnancy size. It also reduces the risk of uterine bleeding.  Breastfeeding also lowers your risk for osteoporosis and breast and ovarian cancer. Talk about protection against the Big C, moms!

Breastfeeding is not just simply hitting two birds with one stone. It’s more than that! It’s actually hitting two birds multiple times with one golden stone! So for all the preggy moms out there, believe that your body can produce enough milk for your babies and endure the endless feedings. And for the currently breastfeeding moms, you guys are doing a great job! Let’s all breastfeed on!

Anna Katrina Bolivar is a first-time mom to a baby girl. She’s a stay-at-home, breastfeeding, cloth diapering, and cosleeping mom. She has her own blog at The Everyday Nanay. Despite all the challenges of a stay-at-home mom, she always goes to sleep with a heart that is overflowing with love for the Lord, her husband, and their precious little girl.

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By: Cha Cababaro

Great news, moms!

More than two months after President Rodrigo Duterte signed Republic Act No. 11210 of the Expanded Maternity Leave Act, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) finally released its implementing rules and regulations or IRR on May 1. Talk about the perfect Labor Day (pun intended) gift ever!

Because of this, mothers are now granted over 3 months of paid maternity leave regardless of civil status, child’s legitimacy, mode of delivery, and employment status. Here are more of what we can expect from this benefit:

  • Working mothers are granted 105 days of paid maternity leave by both the government and private sectors.
  • Voluntary contributors to the Social Security System are also covered along with all female workers in the informal economy sector.
  • Solo working mothers get a total of 120 days of paid maternity leave – that’s an additional 15 days! They can also share for up to 15 days of paid leave to a working relative to help attend to the child.
  • There’s an option to extend to an additional 30 days, without pay. Mothers should inform the employer in writing at least 45 days before the 105 days are up.
  • In the event of miscarriage or emergency instances during pregnancy, female workers will be granted 60 days of maternity leave with full pay.
  • Fathers can spend more time with their newborn with 14 days of paternity leave instead of the previous 7 days. A mother can pass up to 7 days of leave to her husband with the new law. More time for adjustments, recovery, and just being together with the little one!

For expecting moms out there, you can now plan your maternity leaves ahead and loop both your family and employers in. As moms, we can’t really say we’re ready to go back to the grind and be hours away from the little ones but with this provision, we can make the most out of our precious time with the people we love.

Cha is a 20-ish something Christian, solo, millennial Nanay to a soon-to-be 4-year old little girl. While working as a creative in an advertising agency, she finds time making music, travelling, and spacing out once in a while.

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By: Cha Cababaro

I’m not one to be regretful but I kinda wish I had my pregnant self’s photos taken professionally. My daughter’s turning five, praying for a sibling, and bombarding me with questions about pregnancy.

How did I look like then? How come she was inside my belly? Heck, I don’t even remember how big I got. I do recall my extra glowing skin and thick, lustrous hair. But with nothing to see them by? Yeah, I hope I could change that.

Pregnancy is a wonderful milestone for a woman and her family. Each conception is unique and is a memory to behold in itself. More than the physical changes it brings, maybe these reasons can pump you up to have one yourself!

It won’t last long. Needless to say that after the nine-month bout (or less), that’s it. The bump goes away. Sorry, momma, but you’re going to miss that pregnant feeling, that intimate connection you have with your little one.

You look great! No matter how less hot you think you are with your wobbly walk and full circle, pregnancy does wonders to your skin, hair, and overall look. It’s a different kind of beauty to bear a life within you and it will surely show in those snaps! Flaunt those marks – you earned them.

Get to bond with your family. Don’t worry about you or your hubby being uncomfy in front of the lenses. The less staged a photoshoot is, the more it shows off your vibe as a couple and as a family. You can also tag your kids along and get creative with your photographer!

More than uploading them on the ‘gram, you can even opt to have your photos printed so you have quick access to your preggy memories. Worried about the budget? No problem. There are lots of DIY ideas and pegs online that you can get inspiration from.

Cha is a 20-ish something Christian, solo, millennial Nanay to a soon-to-be 4-year old little girl. While working as a creative in an advertising agency, she finds time making music, travelling, and spacing out once in a while.

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By: Kurly de Guzman

A newborn baby’s grand entrance to this world is one of the most beautiful things moms and dads look forward to. In order to make this more than a memorable moment for photos, the World Health Organization and the Department of Health are advocating “Unang Yakap” or “First Embrace”. You might have heard about this mostly from your breastfeeding mommy friends, but here are essentials on what you need to know.

What is Unang Yakap?

Unang Yakap is the campaign of the Department of Health (DOH), in cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO), launched in 2009, to adopt the Essential Intrapartum Newborn Care (EINC) in the Philippines. EINC is a series of time-bound and evidence-based interventions in caring for newborn babies and their mothers. Through the EINC protocol, there is potential to decrease newborn death by at least half.   

How is Unang Yakap done and what are the benefits?

Unang Yakap is done in four steps as described below:

Immediate and thorough drying of the newborn – Immediate and thorough drying for 30 seconds to one minute warms the newborn and stimulates breathing.

Early skin-to-skin contact between mother and newborn – Early skin to skin contact between mother and newborn, and delayed washing for at least 6 hours prevents hypothermia, infection, and hypoglycemia.

Properly-timed cord clamping and cutting – Properly-timed cord clamping and cutting prevents anemia and protects against brain hemorrhage in premature newborns. Properly timed cord-clamping means waiting for the cord pulsations to stop (between 1-3 minutes).

Non-separation of newborn and mother for early breastfeeding – Continuous non-separation of newborn and mother for early breastfeeding protects infants from dying from infection. The first feed provides colostrum, a substance equivalent to the babies’ first immunization in its protective properties. Evidence shows that breastfeeding in the first hour of life prevents about 19% of newborn deaths.

Is this something that I need to tell my OB about or do all doctor’s know about this?

According to pediatrician and breastfeeding advocate, Dr. Raissa Paje-Bayawa doctors know about Unang Yakap since it is already a protocol. But she believes it is still best for expectant parents to discuss this with their OBs and pediatricians PRIOR to delivery.

In relation to the previous question, how do I tell my OB about this without sounding like I know more than he/she does?

In the quarterly babycare workshops that Dr. Raissa conducts, she encourages her participants to make a Birth Plan. She says that expectant parents can make a detailed birth plan and include the Unang Yakap protocol, then discuss this with their OB prior to delivery in a suggesting (not demanding) tone.

Are there any restrictions or exceptions for Unang Yakap?

Dra. Raissa assures that Unang Yakap can be done both in a normal vaginal or a CS delivery. The only exception would be cases wherein the baby, the mother, or both are not well. For example, when the baby is not spontaneously breathing or crying or when the mother is having delivery complications.

Special thanks to Dr. Raissa Paje-Bayawa, a pediatrician and breastfeeding advocate and counselor practicing in Cagayan de Oro City and for Rylie Favorito, a Breastfeeding Advocate for connecting us. Other references for this article include the DOH Administrative Protocol and EINC materials by Dra. Maria Asuncion Silvestre, FAAP Consultant, Essential Newborn Care,

Kurly de Guzman is a life coach and CIO (Chief Inspiration Officer) of KurlyConnects. She is a hands-on mom to an energetic boy and a furbaby. She believes that parents ought not just to teach and preach, but to demonstrate, encourage and inspire.

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