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Like I told you, last Saturday J and I went to the free seminar about kids nutrition and eating problem (previously I said eating disorder but I think it’s a too strong word because we were not talking about something like bulimia or anorexia), which was held by the international hospital Columbia Asia here in Medan.
I won’t tell you in more elaborate details about each and everything talked there because I believe you would have already known most of it. For example, how important it is to breastfeed your baby for at least 6 months and the first breast-milk that comes out of you contains colostrum which is:
“It’s full of antibodies and immunoglobulins, which not only help protect newborns as they come into our world of bacteria and viruses, but also has a laxative effect that helps them expel the tarry first stools called meconium”
And there were lists of comparison between breast-milk and formula milk, which obviously told how we should try to breastfeed our baby instead of giving in to formula milk. Even if we were a working mom.
But I am not going to talk about all that right now. Instead I want to talk about something which I got from the seminar of which I know not many moms are aware of it. It’s about growth hormone.
Some years ago, when little A was still around 2 years old, J and I had a lunch together with his colleague, who came with his wife and daughter too. As our food came to our table the wife asked me whether I would wake little A up for lunch. He was sleeping tight in his stroller. I told her no. I knew if I woke him up he would be crying and cranky for the rest of the day.
That wasn’t the only situation I had faced when some other mother asked me to wake my kids for meal time.
Even right now I still have endless argument with my mom who strongly believes I should wake K up in the middle of the night to bedtime-potty-train him. Unlike little A who have stopped peeing in bed since 2 years old (without training) K still wet the bed at night. My mom told me that I was supposed to wake him up every night to take him to the toilet and make him pee there. I had tried the trick once and failed. K refused to pee in the toilet and the second time around even refused to wake up at all. So I quit. If little A can do it without training I am sure K can do it too. It is only a matter of time because every kid is different. And I am happy to tell you that it has been two weeks now that K has been dry all night. One accident only.
Now you must be wondering what the relation between the growth hormone and my story above is.
Well, here it is:
According to the Nutritionist in the seminar, it is important to let children sleep tightly. Some mothers are so discipline with the once-in-three-hours-feeding for their newborn that they will wake the baby up every three hours to feed her. Some mothers do wake their children up at night to potty train them. But the fact is all that are not recommended.
Why? because growth hormone production only happens during asleep. If you wake your child from her sleeping time while she is in a very tight and deep sleep you can possibly disrupt her growth hormone production which can lead to growth hormone deficiency.
Growth hormone deficiency affects immune system function and it also can result in poor performance at school.
Therefore we need to keep in mind that when a baby is hungry she will wake up herself and cry asking for her milk. When a child is ready she will be able to control her urge to pee at night and will be able to wake up herself to go to the toilet to pee. So there is no need to disrupt their sleeping for those things.
So…if this information is new to you, I hope you get the picture. If you have already known about it, congratulation!
Overall I must say I am happy that I did come to the seminar and I can’t wait to attend some more.