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Query from: leena, India, 07/13/07
Topic: PARENTING      Submitted on: Ammas.com
Subject: How to improve baby's skin color and increase weight?.

Hi amma, I would like to know what home made things can i use to improve skin complexion and softness of my 30 month old daughter?. I heard that olive oil is good for skin somplexion,Is it true?. Also i would like to know healthy and fatty foods which are good and would increase her weight?. Please let me know your advice. Thanks in advance, Siri.

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Response from: GAYATHRI B,   
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Dear Friend

Use Dabur Baby olive oil, Dabur red thail(massage oil), whenever u give bath to the kid, add few drops of newly prepared coconut oil in the water - which maintains good moisture and complexion. Regarding healthy foods - quantity of food intake is not important but the quality that means the calories - protein, fat, carbohydrates and vitamins should be present. U can always follow the food pyramid. (ENCLOSED). Those nos on the figure are 2+ means 2 servings. Follow this timetable everyday and ur kid would be healthy. Regarding gaining weight. Check whether ur kid is in normal range of weight. and u can include

• Muskmelon is considered valuable in the underweight home remedy treatment. Consume muskmelons thrice a day for about 40 days and see its wonderful effects. • To gain weight, adopt mango-milk diet for a month. Eat two medium sized ripe and sweet mangoes, followed by a glass of milk. Consume mangoes three times in a day. Mango acts as a rich source of sugar, but lacks the necessary proteins required by the body. On the other hand, milk is rich in proteins but deficient in fats. Thus, the deficiency of mango is made up by milk and vice versa. • For instant weight gain, you can go in for an exclusive milk diet, in which milk has to be taken after every 2 hours. • Soak 3 dry figs in water and consume it two times in a day. • Raisins act as a good remedy for increasing weight. Consume about thirty grams of raisins on a daily basis.

For children old enough to eat solid foods try some of the following: • Add powders such as Carnation Instant Breakfast to milk to increase the calorie content. Cow's milk can be given to a child after age 1. • Add cheese, meats, or sour cream to eggs. • Add peanut butter to starchy foods and vegetables. Peanuts themselves, however, are a choking hazard and should be avoided until 4 years of age. • Mix cheese, avocados, ground beef, or sour cream to refried beans and eat it with chips, crackers, or tortillas. • Make a tuna sandwich with mayonnaise. • Add avocado slices to sandwiches, salads, or chips. • Serve pasta with meat, meatballs or cream sauces. • Add cheese or butter to vegetables. Squash, for example, can be prepared with butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon. • Feed your child more potatoes. French fries, tater tots, mashed potatoes with butter and sour cream will provide many calories. • Make bread or biscuits with butter, honey, cheese, or cream cheese. • Serve dessert. Many desserts have lots of calories. Ice cream with all the fixings is a great way to end a meal. Or give your child an ice cream milkshake. (NOT CHILL)

There might be many reasons - if kid is fussy check with paediatrician for an appetizer which increases her weight. if kid is not fussy then too not gaining weight.Check whether her thyroid hormone production is within normal, any condition of primary complex (where the kid doesnot gain weight and becomes skinny),check for other conditions with paediatrician.

Best regards BG

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Dear Leena,

Always remember dear, that the colour is GOD given and we cannot change much. Children will get their natural colour as days go by. Please get it out if your mind that your daughter is dark and that she has to get fair. Make her healthy and she 'll get her maximum colour then. Give her fruits to eat and not fruit juices. She is 30 month old and can eat properly. Give her what she likes, even if you feel it is not good for her health. But add fruits and nuts , vegetables etc in that.That is if she likes only chappathis, make it stuffed ones with mashed veggies. Add crushed nuts to her food whether it is rice or noodles or Chappathies. You can make use of your imagination there. Does she drink milk. Make fruit milk shakes and give her. Add egg and lean chicjken if you are non veg. Or Add soya granules in her diet . All the best

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Response from: Indumukhi A.,   
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Every kid deserves a good oil massage daily before or after bath! Olive and almond oils are best.

Don't worry about increasing her weight. Most kids will eat appropriately and get to their naturally healthy weight as long as their parents provide enough food. By this age your daughter should be eating meals with the family-- feed her what you feed the family, only in chopped up or mashed portions.

One thing that can lead to a kid's underweight is drinking too much juice. Juice decays teeth and fills kids up without providing many calories. Instead of juice, give her milk, water, and whole fruits to snack on.

Best wishes!

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Leena,

Olive oil is known to soften the skin and also give a bright complexion.

Regarding weight, I would suggest not to alter anything about your child to increase her weight. She is only 30 months and with the progress of time, she will gain the required weight. If the doctor feels that her weight is alright, then you dont have to make any special efforts to increase it. SOme kids take time to put on weight, this is normal. As long as she is not ultra skinny and under weight terribly, you need not worry.

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Response from: Geetha Gopakumar,   
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While bathing, first lightly massage baby with a mixture of besan, turmeric powder and milk / milk cream. This removes lanugo (hair) faster and smoothens baby's skin.Olive oil's 7 johnson baby oil's application is good to imrpove your child's complexion.

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You can use fresh ground turmeric mixed with coconut oil. Wait for one hour after applying this. But have to do this regularly.pls read carefully http://coconutoilforhealth.blogspot…

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Response from: Keep Smiling .,   
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Mix kasthurimanjal powder with besan powder.Apply on your daughter's skin while taking bath. This is said to improve the skin complexion for babies and children.

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Response from: Rajmi Arun,   
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Hi, To increase her complexion use a spoon ful of gramdal paste mixed in Kasturi Manjal and water. Use it instead of soap and give her bath daily.

Dont worry much about to increase her weight unless and untill she is underweight. If she is not underweight dont worry about that. Normal food in proper timings will definitely gain weight.

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