3 Ways to Stimulate The Baby’s Brain

As a parent, of course I want to have a smart child. After reading various sources on how to have a smart child, I discovered the fact that there are 3 factors that affect a child’s brain development. The first is the hereditary factor. This genetic factor does affect how smart a child is. But if you feel you are not that smart, do not worry, because this genetic factor is not directly 100% determine your child’s intelligence later because there are still other factors. The second factor is the nutritional factor.

A child who is given optimal nutrition will of course have the opportunity for his brain to develop more maximally so that the chances of being smart are greater. And the last one is from the neighborhood. It is from this environment that a child should be given stimulation that will later help his brain to develop more optimally. Well, this time I will share 3 activities to stimulate the brain of a newborn baby.

1 . Sing

Singing with the baby is an activity that can be done since the newborn. This activity is simple but can stimulate the development of his language so that he can communicate smoothly later. Even though your baby looks indifferent and doesn’t understand the singing you’re singing, keep trying consistently to sing for her. One of my friends said he was trying to sing a song for his son every day in the hope that one day his son would start muttering in accordance with the rhythm of the song. But he was very disappointed because it turned out that his son did not follow his mother’s murmur. However, when his son was 1.5 years old, he was surprised when he found his son playing dolls while singing the song that his mother always sang! So do not be discouraged if your little one has not also imitated the song that you have always sung yes!

2 . Read a book

When I was pregnant, I became frequently following the instagram accounts of mothers who I thought how to educate their children was inspiring! That’s when I found a campaign that many of these mothers are doing that is 1000 books in 3 years. So in this campaign it turns out that these mothers invite mothers to read their children at least 1 book in 1 day. I was confused, why should I read a book? Apparently the activity of reading a book if done from when the newborn can help the development of the child’s language. What’s more, it can help the child to love books from childhood. Reading a book can also stimulate the child to flip the book so that it will help him stimulate the child’s motor. It is itself evident in my son. In the past, he still had difficulty moving his fingers to open the book. But now that almost every day is given a book and he also becomes diligent to open the sheet of the book, his fingers are increasingly flexible in flipping through the contents of the book. Even so, it is now harder for him to concentrate quietly when read a book! Now for him it’s more interesting to be able to stand up and play with various items around him.

3 . Play “Cilukba!”

The newborn has the thought that if an object disappears from view, then it also disappears forever. In contrast to our adult thinking who know that in fact the object still exists only that it is not visible to our view. So when we invite the baby to play Cilukba, this is a new and fun concept for him! How not, an object that he thought was missing was still in front of him! It also stimulates his brain to search for the object he suspects is missing. That’s why this simple game still exists from ancient times until now. Not only is the game easy and doesn’t use any tools, there are many benefits! Approximately 3 activities can be done to stimulate the brain of a newborn baby. Based on your experience, what else can be done to play while learning with a newborn baby?

Can Vaccines Be Administered to Children with Congenital Heart Disease?

Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) occurs due to disruption of the process of formation and development of the heart since the fetus in the womb. This is caused by disturbances in valves, heart chambers, septums (sealing walls between the heart chambers), or blood vessels to and from the heart, resulting in impaired blood flow to and from the heart.

CHD is characterized by symptoms such as bluishness or panting breath. However, depending on the type of congenital heart disease experienced, some CHD does not cause bluishness. CHD is distinguished into cyanotic (bluish skin) and asianotic (skin does not turn blue).

Can Children with Congenital Heart Disease Be Vaccinated?

Keeping children with PJB healthy is important to maintain good expectations and quality of life. Moreover, children with CHD are susceptible to diseases such as pneumonia, upper airway infections (ISPA) and meningitis or inflammatory membrane infections of the brain. Vaccination plays an important role in preventing the disease.

Often what causes the patient to be hospitalized is not because of his heart disease, but the infection experienced by the patient. For example, children with CHD have a higher risk of ISPA occurring. This is due to more blood flow to the heart than normal, and causes enlarged volume of lung tissue. PJB patients infected with ISPA take longer to recover than patients without CHD.

Can the vaccine be given to cyanotic or asianotic CHD babies? Yes, the vaccine can be given to both types of CHD, but it is necessary to evaluate and consult with a pediatrician, about the needs of the child.

The provision of vaccines in children with CHD should be given according to the schedule recommended by IDAI. However, it should be noted in PATIENTS PJB sometimes found also immunosuppression conditions due to immunosuppressive drugs, namely drugs to suppress the immune system. On the other hand, immunosuppressive drugs make children with CHD more susceptible to infection.

Therefore, it is necessary to pay special attention to the condition of the patient when going vaccinated, whether in a healthy condition or not, what medications are being taken, and what actions have been and or will be performed on children PJB.

Types of Vaccines Given to Children with CHD

As for some vaccines need to be considered, especially vaccines containing viruses or live bacteria that are weakened, because if the child’s condition is not healthy, even risk to cause infection in patients. The weakened vaccines are:

  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella
  • Varicella
  • Rotavirus
  • Measles
  • Polio (oral)
  • BCG (for tuberculosis vaccine)

Live attenuated influenza vaccine

For the vaccine mentioned above does not mean it should not be given to patients with CHD, but the administration needs special attention from a pediatrician, because if the child’s condition is not healthy even risk causing susceptible to infection.

Other vaccines such as pneumococcus are also no less important, especially in patients after CHD surgery or bypass surgery. The provision of vaccines also need to be considered if it has been done or planned for the operation of PJB, it should be arranged in such a way that the vaccine time is not too close to the schedule of operations, namely:

  • 2 weeks – 1 month before surgery
  • 2 weeks – 1 month after surgery

But it is not always the same, so it can be consulted first with your pediatrician. So any decision to delay or vaccinate is appropriate and your child is protected from the risk of preventable disease infection.