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La Roche-Posay - "Helios and Helia days in the park" educational campaign

La Roche-Posay - "Helios and Helia days in the park" educational campaign
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The little chess player


- Hello! I am the mother of a 6 year old boy half. For 4 months he has been accredited to a Chess Club, I want to tell you that he is very attracted to this sport. He has participated in several competitions, most recently at the National Championship for Children and Juniors. I am worried about the fact that he is physically tired, although he plays for pleasure. I would like to tell you it is not too much for him from p.d.v. psychic at this age? Thank you very much!


I enjoy every time parents inform me about their children's passions. But I am even more excited when the children discover their skills and develop them with great pleasure. It is also the case of your son who chose to perform in a field.
Chess is considered a sport of the mind, therefore, its practice only benefits. It is true that many times I had the opportunity to watch chess players, who absorbed the game with the hours they forgot to eat or sleep, but were still happy to do what they liked best.
Even though the boy is six and a half years old I am sure he has found out what his limits are and he probably will not get over because of the sport he practices. It would be good, however, to inform him that in order to have good results in school but also in extracurricular activities, he must measure his effort well, so that his favorite activity does not become a problem.
Diana Paula Stoian,
Specialist in Child Psychology
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How can I help my child be comfortable about using public bathrooms?

If your child trades off between wearing diapers and underwear, it's often easier to put her in diapers whenever you go out, unless you're going somewhere familiar, with bathrooms designed for young children or ones she's used before. It's too much to expect a child who has barely mastered using her own bathroom at home to feel comfortable lining up for a stall or sitting on a toilet seat that's very different from anything she's tried before.

If your child wears underwear all the time, try to get her to sit on the potty before you leave home. Don't make it a mandate by saying she has to go, because she'll likely tell you she can't or doesn't feel like going. Just encourage her to give it a try and hope for the best.

When you arrive at your destination, take your child to find the bathroom. Even if she's not ready to go, she'll at least know where the bathroom is and what it looks like. And carry your own supply of tissue or wipes so you don't find yourself stranded if the bathroom turns out to be short on supplies. Since stalls designed for people with disabilities have a lot more maneuvering room, many parents choose to use these when they're available. If the seat looks dirty and no paper liners are available, use your judgment about whether your child should sit directly on it. You may need to help her squat or carry her over the potty as she tries to go. Or, if it won't put your child off, you can always make a do-it-yourself liner out ofby laying strips of toilet paper laid over the seat.

You or another trusted adult should always accompany your child to a public bathroom. Sometimes parents will need to be creative if the public toilet situation is awkward for a dad with a daughter or a mom with a son. No solution is perfect, but it helps to choose child-friendly destinations in the first place. If the bathrooms are not crowded, it's often easiest to use whichever bathroom you normally would. Women usually feel fine taking a little boy into the women's room with them, and a father can take his daughter to the men's bathroom, providing there isn't anyone at the urinals when they enter and there is a private stall. Sometimes, though, lack of privacy in the men's room makes the dad-daughter situation truly awkward. In this case, there are several possibilities:; Ddad can either send his daughter into the women's bathroom on her own while he talks her through the process through the door, or he can ask a friendly woman to accompany his daughter. Or, if the women's bathroom is completely deserted, he can slip in with his daughter, taking pains to let anyone coming in know that he's there. (Calling out "Dad in the bathroom! Just a moment!" should do the trick.) In the rare situations where a mom can't bring a boy in with her (some locker rooms are strictly women-only, for example), she can improvise in the same ways. The bottom line is that you — and other adults — may need to be a bit creative at times, but potty training needn't keep you stuck at home.

my son has a fear of public toilets

Home Spa for the baby

Who of us loves not to be pampered, massaged, lubricated? Sometimes after a busy day, we dream of a long warm bath in the bathtub and a relaxing massage. Not only we adults need relaxation, babies too. They freak up from the morning, practice tumbling from their backs to their tummy, crawl, learn to walk. All this requires a lot of effort of the whole body and even the little ones feel fatigue (despite several naps). In the evenings, when bathing time comes, children are often grumpy and sometimes they cry from fatigue. Why should you treat your child to a home spa? Babies will calm down, and older children will learn new hygiene habits and enrich knowledge about body care.

Room preparation

In the room where we will be with the child should rule right temperature - it can't be too cold or too hot. Remember to also the bath water was at the right temperature - because it is supposed to bring pleasure to the toddler.

Children feel best surrounded by things they see every day, so it would be good decorate the room with a few favorite toys, teddy bears, dolls or bath toys.

The light in the room it should not be too bright so that it does not hurt the baby's eyes, the best will be small lamp (if necessary, you can cover her with a diaper).

You can also set several candles (e.g. lavender) to additionally illuminate the room, give the right mood and introduce a fragrance (although with this you should not overdo it). When setting a lamp or candles, please remember about safety, candles should be kept away from the baby and the lamp has not come into contact with water.

It is also worth taking care of appropriate relaxing music, rather calm and quiet, so as not to distract the toddler. Because bathing will be one of the most important treatments, it will be most convenient to plan home spa in the bathroom, this will facilitate quick access to water - although you can also prepare a bath in the room - a plastic bath tub is enough.

If the main treatment room is a room, it is best to prepare it on a bed, cot or changing table previously unfolded towelso as not to stress the impatient child in any way. If the bath will take place in the bathroom, use a changing table or blanket spread on the floor, covered with a towel.

Useful at home spa:

  • 2 towels made of a delicate material (you can warm them slightly on the radiator), or a blanket
  • bubble bath (if your child is not allergic, you can be tempted by a liquid with a delicate fragrance note, and for larger children choose a special liquid that allows you to make a large amount of foam)
  • sponges, washers - preferably delicate, colorful and in the shape of animals
  • plastic tub (unless we use a large bathtub in the bathroom)
  • plastic cup
  • ear sticks
  • cotton pads
  • olive or moisturizing lotion
  • warm clothes

Baby bath

Once the room has been properly prepared, you can invite your baby. It's best to tame the baby first, show candles, a baby bath tub, a blanket spread out, and then gently and slowly remove the clothes.

When the toddler gets impatient, you need to speak to him quietly and calmly. An older child will also be better acquainted with the surroundings so that they know what awaits them, then help them undress and enter the bathtub.

We put the toddler in the water slowly, calmly tame it with water, pour it first with your hand, then with a cup or squeezed sponge, so that the child can hear the sound of flowing water, first the feet and gradually the rest of the body.

We gently wash the baby with a sponge or washcloth, pretending that, for example, a fish sponge kisses a tummy or foot, let the child know that it's fun that brings a lot of pleasure.

After a relaxing bath, it's time for a massage. We take the toddler out of the tub on the previously prepared towel and gently dry the body. If necessary, clean the ears thoroughly with cotton buds, and clean the mouth with cotton pads. Everything should be done slowly without sudden movements, so that the child doesn't get scared.


Before we start the massage, let's make sure hands were warm, a cold massage can be unpleasant for a baby. The massage is done with the hands with the addition of olives.

It's best to start with toddler's hand. Toddler's hand is lightly greased with olive oil, and starting from the thumb and successively massaging all fingers, straightening gently. We gradually move to the wrist and move our hands to the shoulders. Repeat the procedure on the other handle.

Similarly we proceed with the legs, first massage the toes, feet up to the thighs.

Tummy massage we make circular movements around the navel, and when the child has problems with colic we lift his legs, bend and press a few times gently to the tummy. Then we put the toddler on his stomach and gently massage neck and neck first, then the back and bottom we make gentle circular movements of the thumb while moving the hand.

Finally, we dress up the toddler without haste and take him to the cot, serving milk.

After such a relaxing and calming evening, the toddler should not have problems falling asleep.

Premature babies have to be with their parents

Premature babies have to be with their parents