outdoors malta

10 Reasons Why Every Kid Should Play Outside

Between school-work and the increasingly popular video games and tablet-use, children seem to be spending more and more time indoors. This trend has prompted a number of studies which have been published highlighting the negative impact the lack of outdoor activity is having on children’s development and health. But what are the real benefits of…

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Breastfeeding

7 Tips All Mums Planning To Breastfeed Should Hear

“Of course you should breastfeed!”  “Maybe you shouldn’t breastfeed.” “Are you still breastfeeding?!”  “Have you stopped breastfeeding already?!”  “I felt no pain whatsoever.”  “It was excruciating.”  “Are you sure you want to do this?” Frankly, we wouldn’t blame any mother for feeling confused or downright scared when it comes to breastfeeding. Too many people have…

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vaccine

Why vaccinate your child? by Dr Robert Cassar

Every parent wants the best for their child. No doubt. I am convinced that people who choose not to vaccinate are doing so because they genuinely believe that injecting something into their baby could ultimately harm their baby instead of protect them. I have these discussions often. The general feeling I get is that some people…

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Giving Birth in Malta? What should you really pack in your hospital bag?

While packing your hospital bag many questions will pop up. We tried to answer most of them by speaking to a number of mummies and a midwife who works at Mater Dei Hospital to include the extra items one would not find in the normal hospital bag lists, and also remove those that are not…

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The ‘Mummy Tummy’ – What is ‘diastasis recti’ and how can we tell if we have it? by Carolyn Sultana

Lately ‘mummy tummy’ or as scientifically known ‘diastasis recti’ is being more widely recognized and there is improved awareness on how to manage it.  In my practice as a physiotherapist, I still meet a lot of new mothers who are given misleading advice and get confused as to what they can do to fix the…

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10 Facts Every Parent Should Know About Speech and Language Disorders – by Christian Farrugia

The professional who works with communication disorders is often called a ‘speech therapist.’ However, a ‘speech therapist’ evaluates and works not only on speech difficulties. Given this, I prefer to use the term ‘Speech-Language Pathologist’ (SLP), even though it does not describe our profession fully because we also evaluate and manage feeding and social difficulties.…

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What to expect when visiting the Breastfeeding Walk-in Clinic

The Breastfeeding Walk-In Clinic is not only about breastfeeding. It’s about infant feeding and providing support to mothers. This is the first thing that Practice Midwife Helen Borg , who runs this clinic at Mater Dei Hospital highlights when we sit down with her. “Our main aim is to make sure that babies are happy…

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Church School Applications open on 22 January (by lot & second criteria)

Agħfas hawn biex taqra dan l-artiklu bil-Malti On 22 January the Church School applications for the 2018-2019 scholastic year will be available for children drawn by lot or those that fall in the category with the second criteria (those who are in need of learning support; asylum seekers or children of asylum seekers; and social cases,…

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Dressing your baby for winter in Malta – how many layers?

Agħfas hawn biex taqra dan l-artiklu bil-Malti During the winter period, parents are often unsure about the amount of layers their babies and young children need to keep warm. FRANICA PULIS spoke to a midwife to find out how best to dress newborns and babies, depending on the situation For such a warm country, as soon…

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Travelling With Young Kids: 12 Essentials To Pack In Your Child’s Hand-Luggage by Maureen Saguna

With Christmas coming up, you might be planning a small getaway to a snowy place or even to visit family abroad. And it’s all very exciting until you find yourself surrounded by piles of little outfits, toys and all the paraphernalia you need to pack for your children. After years of lugging extra luggage around…

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