YOUR GUIDE TO MOTHERHOOD IN THE UAE ISSUE 69| DECEMBER 2016 AED 10
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Editor’s Note There is no shortage of things to do in Dubai throughout the month of December. From three-day National Day weekend sales and the Dubai International Film Festival to holiday season madness which sets off right before the Dubai Shopping Festival and carries us into more weeks of celebration all the way up to New Year’s, we simply love it. Mummies, you will be happy to know that each and every December event has factored in the kiddie factor, with activities which are sure to make them enjoy the month as much as we all do. From December 1-3, Dubai malls and retail oulets will see shopper discounts of 30 to 90 per cent − the perfect opportunity to buy your Christmas presents.
Next up, the Dubai Film Festival will honour young animators and filmmakers. Then, the Dubai Shopping Festival will bring more sales, sales and sales, in addition to special activities for young ones all over the emirate.
As for Christmas and New Year’s, there are hundreds of brunches and Christmas activities in store for your family − with kid-friendly New Year’s celebrations to top it all off. Happy holidays mamas and we wish you a wonderful new year ahead!
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‘BABYMOON’ Baros Maldives, a romantic private island in the Indian Ocean, is hosting expecting couples to indulge in some rest and relaxation amid beautiful surroundings. Every villa, whether beachside or overwater, boasts the luxury of complete privacy meaning expectant couples can share special moments in dreamy solitude. Submerge into the tranquil waters of your very own plunge pool or bask in the glorious sunshine. At the resort, mums-to-be looking to unwind and pamper themselves from head-to-toe can head to the garden spa which offers a specific menu of treatments designed to be enjoyed during pregnancy, all to help achieve achieve that inner glow.
To keep active, sunset yoga classes take place on the island alongside private pre-natal yoga sessions in the air-conditioned yoga pavilion.
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WHAT IS THE HYPE BEHIND
HYPNOBIRTHING? A large number of pregnant women in Dubai are signing themselves up for hypnobirthing classes to help them prepare during pregnancy, labour and birth, but what does this term really mean?
According to Hypnobirthing Practitioner Shereen Zarroug from Belly Baby Mom: “There is nothing magical about hypnobirthing! It really is about training our minds to fall into a deeply relaxed state by using specific tools and techniques such as visualisations, breathing and, most importantly, learning how to eliminate rooted fears and anxiety which can complicate labour, helping couples understand the natural, beautiful and powerful process of birth.”
THINGS TO DO
GIVING BIRTH WITH GOLD
Those who book a childbirth package at any of the four Thumbay hospitals and clinics across Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah and Umm Al Quwain will win a two-gram gold coin and diamond vouchers worth AED 250. Further to the assured wins, there will also be a raffle draw; five customers stand a chance to win diamond necklaces worth AED 10,000, gold vouchers worth AED 5,000 and kids’ jewellery worth AED 1000.
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Splash ‘n’ Party water park has launched new membership packages. With memberships starting from as low as AED 499 per child, your little one’s exclusive membership card entitles them to unlimited entry to Splash ‘n’ Party for one month, or for as little as AED 999, a year of unlimited access to the park – both with exclusive discounts on party packages.
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Make the most of Dubai’s sunny and cool weather and head to Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham JBR to try the new Fab Family Friday Brunch.
Inspired by weekend picnics at parks, Flavours Restaurant lets you unwind and enjoy a tempting array of brunch favourites with a special BBQ station, seafood bar, Japanese counter, cold cuts and cheese counter, dessert station and kids’ corner.
The little ones are guaranteed a fun-filled day with the different activities in store including kiddie painting sessions, screenings of well-loved animation films and family flicks, and more!
Priced at AED 125 per person inclusive of soft drinks and select beverages, the brunch is open from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Kids ages 12 and below dine for free. hawthornsuitesdubai.com
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Start your Christmas celebrations the right way with a magical Christmas family dinner buffet on December 24 at Warwick Dubai’s ‘Bäyty’. Serving up a host of Christmas treats including a roast turkey with all the trimmings as well as international live cooking stations, the children will be kept busy with Santa Claus making a special visit to the restaurant.
From 7 pm till 10:30 pm, the buffet package is priced at AED 165 per person including soft beverages; guests can enjoy free flowing house beverages for an additional AED 85. To help your bank account this festive season, children aged five and below dine for free and children ages 6-12 receive a 50% discount! warwickhotels.com/dubai
Christmas Party at Kids HQ
Kids HQ will ensure the kids get their dose of festive fun with the with the ‘Santa’s Toy Factory’ Christmas party. The fabulous afternoon will be filled with traditional fun with Santa making an appearance every 30 minutes.
Children get to create their own tree ornaments, decorate their gingerbread men, snap some photos at the complimentary photo booth, play team games and sip hot chocolate with marshmallows.
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THINGS TO DO
Dance IMPACT is a creative music and performing arts centre and dance studio. Established by a renowned opera singer, it offers families and aspiring students a wide range of classes in all disciplines of music, dance, musical theatre and creative forms all under one roof.
The centre’s partners include Level Kids, Ballet Centre, Chubby Cheeks, Blossom Nurseries and GEMS Education (Academy Plus), as well as many more schools, nurseries and play areas in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
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Attention All Mamas: Little Explorers is Now Open at Dubai Marina Mall The Marina Mall venue is now open with all of the best bits of the Little Explorers Mirdif original, in addition to three new interactive areas, namely Water, Space and Play, designed to fully enhance your little ones’ learning experience through hands-on play. The Water area includes a number of aqua-themed activities such as a fully-interactive virtual fish tank. The Space area features a space station and rocket, as well as other ‘out-of-this-world’ games. Lastly, the Play area teaches children about themselves and their abilities; it includes activities such as balance boards, age morphing and memory tests. Together, the three themes provide children with the tools to build a variety of skillsets including hand-to-eye coordination, memory, speed, critical thinking and much more. Little Explorers Dubai Marina Mall will also run a series of interactive and dynamic workshops including arts and crafts, culinary and more.
For unlimited access to the three areas, you can purchase a Day Pass for AED 140, with other passes also available. theplaymania.com/little-explorers
THINGS TO DO
Jump to the Very Top
SEGA Republic has launched its first trampoline attraction, the ‘Jumpoline’, where children, teens and adults can bounce and play across more than 11 interconnected trampolines and experience the thrill of being momentarily airborne! Kid can they try their hand at launching, spinning, back-flipping and other exciting manoeuvres. Those who really like to move can boogie the night away with funky disco sessions running from 6 pm to 10 pm every evening.
Also a fun way to get some exercise, there is a dedicated basketball slam dunk area where friends can compete to see who can jump the highest and perform the most creative stunts for the ultimate slam dunk.
SEGA Republic is located at The Dubai Mall. The Jumpoline is AED 25 for a 15-minute regular session and AED 45 per person for a 30-minute disco session. segarepublic.com
Mondays are for little tots at The Dubai Mall’s Dubai Ice Rink with special skating sessions designed to help kids gain confidence on ice while bonding with their mamas. The fun begins with a 30-minute lesson by a qualified instructor where kiddies can learn to glide with confidence alongside their mum in an exclusive area sectioned off from the rest of the rink.
Adorable penguin pal skating aids will help keep kids balanced as they find their feet and venture around the ice. You will be sure to have a proud-parent moment when you see them master the art of skating right in front of your eyes! 18 | DECEMBER 2016 | MOTHER, BABY & CHILD
with Your ‘Ice Tots’
Once the Ice Tots have found their feet and are ready to take the next step, instructors can help them learn manoeuvers like swizzles, tea pots and airplanes for even more fun!
When: Every Monday Time: 10:00 to 11:45 am Price: AED 90 which includes entry for one parent and child, skating lesson from 10 to 10:30 am, a skating session, skate hire for both, a penguin pal (skating aid) and a helmet Where: Dubai Ice Rink, The Dubai Mall dubaiicerink.com
AND THE HOLIDAYS EMBRACING THE HOLIDAY SEASON AS A SINGLE MUM
Figures recently revealed by the UAEâ€™s national statistics centre show that over 12,000 couples filed for divorce during 2011-2013, one of the highest separation rates in the world. In Dubai alone, divorce cases between expat couples grew by over 61 per cent between 2011 and 2013, a number that continues to rise. MOTHER, BABY & CHILD | DECEMBER 2016 | 19
PARENTING The scary numbers are an indicator to how big of a percentage of the 89,000 single-parent households in the UAE from Euromonitor International’s 2012 survey results is made up of divorced couples. Being a single mother is not easy. With financial responsibilities and rising costs of living, a mother finds herself having to make much more decisions, many of which will also affect the psychological wellbeing of her children. Holiday season is warm and happy. For singlemother households, it is often difficult to keep it that way. From deciding to where the children will be spending the holidays to making the necessary Santa arrangements, a mother finds herself stuck amid a never-ending balancing act. Here are some tips on how to avoid holiday blues and make this holiday season the most spectacular one yet: ALTERNATING HOLIDAYS
Many couples look at a ‘time share’ sort of arrangement to ensure their children are getting the best of both worlds. Some parents alternate the holidays, others the specific timings when the children would be physically present with one family or the other.
While no child would hate getting double the gifts from Santa, remember that it can be overwhelming for them. Children tend to adjust their behaviour around different relatives and too many changes can take the fun out of this joyful time, so ensure there is not too much back and forth between families – this is where careful planning is key. AN OPEN DISCUSSION
Talking things out, especially in an informal setting whenever possible, can help untangle the most complex of situations. Remember, he was your husband at some point, so at a certain level he has to know where you are coming from. If you are worried he might let you down, sit down beforehand and have a good, lengthy talk on how exactly things are supposed to flow for the holidays. Communication is
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key, and communicating early one will help you avoid any distress as Christmas approaches. How about creating a written parenting plan to make things easier for both of you? INVOLVE YOUR CHILD
Your children should not be kept in the dark when it comes to plans that will require for them to be fully cooperative. Have a talk and make sure it is clear to them that transitions can indeed be difficult. Ask your child what you can do together to make it all easier, and acknowledge any pain they may be feeling. GET RID OF UNREASONABLE EXPECTATIONS
Being realistic when it comes to what a ‘happy’ Christmas should really be like will help you keep your co-parenting plans in check. Media tends to resort to culturalism, which is usually to serve advertiser interest – so do not fall for that! A joyful holiday season is what you make out of it. Always remember that you are doing the best you can by putting your children’s best interests before anyone else’s. ME-TIME IS NOT A BAD THING
Single mothers’ lives revolve around their children and the mere idea of not having them around can make you feel lonely. It does not have to be this way!
Make sure you spend some quality time with your children doing the things you love before they leave for some holiday time with their father.
While they are away, indulge in some activities you would not have had time for otherwise. Keep busy with friends or family, or even book in a relaxing bath.
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RELAX! HOLIDAY STRESS-BUSTERS The holiday season can be stressful for many reasons. For some mummies, something as simple as gift wrapping can be a burden â€“ not because it is a daunting task in itself, but rather because there is so much to do along with it. So, how can you keep stress at bay and enjoy the holidays?
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HUBBY AND THE KIDS
Do not overspend. Easier said than done, but the holidays do not have to be a time when you would need a credit card to survive. A visit to the toy store will make everything seem like a ‘must-have’, but it is best to make sure you limit kids’ requests to Santa to three items each – narrowing it all down for you to things you can find and that fall within your budget.
It seems like you are doing all of the work. Hubby is relaxing a bit more than you would like him to. Even after he cooks, you still have to clean up. How are the holidays supposed to be fun? Bear in mind that men and women have very different expectations of how ‘perfect’ is supposed to look like. For him to be aware of what is important to you, write him a small to-do list which clearly details tasks you would expect him to fulfil. Add a small note in the end with a fun activity you could do together, just the two of you, to make it sweeter. It is the season of joy after all.
Make sure the children are prepared. For family visits, holiday traditions and everything else. Show them photos of family members and tell them their names and a little bit about them. Do NOT kick the kids out of their beds; try to make room for visiting family anywhere else at your home.
Study the ‘etiquette’ of giftgiving for children. It may seem like they like everything, but that is not the case. If your relatives have been thoughtful enough to ask you about what your children would like, give them a list. Define ‘morning’. You will only open the gifts on Christmas morning? What does ‘morning’ mean? Mamas know that, for younger children, morning is more like dawn. Insist that stockings would be opened when everybody is present.
Older children can understand a gift certificate, but kids under ten need something ‘real’ to open on Christmas day. Alternatively, you can take them to pick out their own gifts, but be warned, this can lead to many stressful moments and tugs of war between the ‘sale’ and ‘just in’ isles.
Ask for help when you need it. There is no shame in asking a friend, family member or even professional to help you with cooking, cleaning or otherwise. Do not wait until it is too late, ask for it before you get too stressed out. MOTHER, BABY & CHILD | DECEMBER 2016 | 27
EXTENDED FAMILY STRESS
For many mothers, the main source of holiday stress is family responsibilities. Family relationships are complicated as is, but become even more stressful when it is time to visit for the holidays or deal with certain relatives, what has changed and what stayed the same. Mum is making this all about her. You are a mum too now and would like your own traditions, but she is taking over. While you may not want to sound like a cry baby, it does bother you a little.
Tempted to avoid a toxic relative? Whether you are the invitee or host, avoidance will not really do anything for you. A big part of personal growth is learning to deal with people you do not like. A more reasonable solution would be to keep your conversations with them short and sweet or, if you are hosting them, ask them to bring a friend so they will be busy chatting with them.
You may wish you did not have to give so many presents. So many people give them to you, but you do not have enough money to gift back.
The economy has hit everyone hard, it is not just you. You will find that many people are having that exact same problem and the way to solve it is to get creative. Why not create something small, but sentimental – like a keychain with your photo together in it? You could even try donating to a local charity in their name. 28 | DECEMBER 2016 | MOTHER, BABY & CHILD
In this case, it is important to remember that she is living some of her best moments. As a mother gets older, she subconsciously feels like her role has become less important. Do not validate that by undermining her contributions. It is best to respect her input and add to it without hurting her feelings. Try to hint that whatever it is that you would like to do was actually the kids’ idea – every grandmother wants to keep her grandchildren happy.
The most important tip…
Remember, not everything has to be perfect. There is a lot of holiday magic to be lost that way. You are only human and it will all turn out to be beyond wonderful in any case. Focus on gratitude. You are spending it with your favourite people; what could be better?
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for Baby’s First Christmas The holiday season season becomes much more special with baby’s arrival. Make their first festive season as wonderful and joyful as can be with these tips:
BABY’S PRECIOUS SMILE ON YOUR CHRISTMAS CARD
You love baby more than words can describe. As a parent, you probably want their cute little face in every corner at home – and for the whole world to see. Christmas cards give you the chance to do just that.
Go for a DIY card for that ‘I made it myself’ effect or get some help from a bookstore or print shop.
CHRISTMAS FOOTIE PJS
Baby will look super cute in a pair of holidayinspired pyjamas. Think green and red with a little Rudolf pattern. You can even get a unisex pair and hand it down to the next child. Make it all more exciting by opening them on Christmas Eve.
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season. Apart from helping you teach the children about Christmas, such toys will make them feel the festive spirit too.
START A TRADITION
Holidays are the perfect time to make memories. Go for walk on Christmas Eve, look for Santa at the mall or hide the gifts all over your home. A newborn may not remember the details, but will feel their mama’s happiness. A toddler will start creating memories they will treasure for years to come.
Children also love the moments when they are closest to their mothers. Read the same special holiday book every year or watch retro holiday specials together.
Where is Santa? You will surely find him around town – at play areas, malls, parks, you name it. Your child meeting Santa for the first time is always a special memory. Capture it on video or with a photo and watch how meeting Santa gets a whole new meaning every single year.
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eaching your children to help around the house will not only save you time and energy, but also teach them good habits and skills. Here are ways you can get that to happen: Make sure that any chores you assign help the children play a role in ‘caring for the family’. For example, setting or clearing the table after dinner promotes a sense of responsibility and participation.
Do not give out incentives like pocket money. According to research, explaining how helping out can make them feel happier or more of an important part of the family is a better way of motivating them.
itself, but rather what can they can learn about the world from the experience, but rather what can be learned about the world from behind it. Make chores predictable. Set aside a certain time during the weekend where all of the family comes together to do household chores.
Do not expect perfection. These are children, after all. A pre-schooler may not be able to make their bed, but what about pulling the comforter back to the top? Remember, it is always best to encourage rather than scold.
Keep your tone as encouraging as possible. Tell them that they are doing great and explain how much they are helping mummy and daddy get the job done. Busy with a toddler? Two and three-year-olds can still help! Ask them to put the toys back after playtime or collect placemats after a meal. Starting out early will also help them become more accustomed to the idea of helping out around the house. Remember that chores teach life skills. The activity should never be about the chore in
Do not give out incentives like pocket money.
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PARENTING Here are more tips from our friends at Dubai-based home services provider helpling.ae: ORDER IS A KEY FACTOR FOR CHILDREN’S EARLY YEARS
Have you stepped on messy, scattered Lego blocks and almost slipped? Every child needs order and structure to learn. Learning through the active cleaning of their own room will not only help children keep things tidy, but also take responsibility. For example, make the little ones point out the teddy bear’s right location in their room. This way, they will be more likely to remember it and will put the stuffed toy in its designated place every time before going to bed. THE BIGGEST ROLE MODEL? YOU!
How should your children learn to keep any space clean if the table is never clean after dinner or there are pairs of shoes hanging around in the hallway? By setting a good example daily, you will help the children follow. CORNERS = A CLEANER ROOM
Ensure your children’s room has enough space to place boxes and store toys. You can also assign a theme to each corner, just like at any nursery: on the left, you can have the Reading and Cosy corner, to the right is the Dress-Up area and in the middle, the Playground! It will help your children know what belongs where.
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Clear instructions: ‘Please clean up,’ these words have no effect. Refine your request to: ‘please put the CDs back onto the shelf now.’ Your children must know exactly what to do. The more concrete your request, more effective it will be!
Art museum: Incentivise creativity! Create an art space to put up your children’s work so they can feel proud of their creations. For example, leave some wall space for all of their drawings or a corner for their Lego sculptures. Rituals help: You can set everyday rules like ‘before dinner, each and every toy needs to be stored back in its place”. Defining these rituals is helpful for everyone and works well by setting a good example for children.
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Time: 3:30 to 6:30 pm
Price: AED 140 per child, 1 adult free for every child, any additional adults AED 50 Splash ‘n’ Party, Dubai’s aqua park for the little ones, is hosting an unforgettable Christmas party.
Children will experience a delightful party filled with splash pads, gingerbread-house decorating, live mermaid shows and so much more. They get to spend quality time with Santa and try delicious meals, then go home with goodies and treats from Splash ‘n’ Party’s Christmas Splash.
Do not forget to put on your best dancing shoes and groove with your kids to some of your favourite holiday tunes. You can also spend your afternoon swimming with Ursula, the park’s resident mermaid.
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VISIT THE NEWLY-OPENED MOTIONGATE™ DUBAI
Featuring 27 action-packed rides and attractions including five roller coasters, plus 15 live entertainment experiences from character meet and greets to high-energy live stage shows, MOTIONGATE Dubai is bringing some of the biggest blockbusters to life.
From dining under a tornado of meatballs in Cloudy with A Chance of Meatballs’ Baby Brent Luncheonette and strolling past the charming mushroom-capped houses in the Smurfs Village Zone to hopping aboard the fastest roller coaster in the park with Madagascar and immersing yourself into the Step Up Dubai, All In! action-packed hip hop show, MOTIONGAE Dubai is one family destination we are excited to see.
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LEARN AND HAVE FUN AT KIDS HQ’S FIVE-DAY WINTER CAMP Date: December 18 – 22
Time: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Price: AED 100 per child per day or AED 500 per week (10% sibling discount) Age Group: 2 to 4 years
Day 1: Magic in the Jungle: sing-a-long stories, animal petting (turtles, bunnies, snakes)
Day 2: Princesses & Pirates: sing-a-long stories, finger painting, puppet show, dance ball Day 3: Building My Fort: storytelling, using boxes to build and colour Day 4: Exploring Emotions: storytelling, arts and crafts, short movie, dramatic play Day 5: Under the Sea: short movie, live fish watching, storytelling and dramatic play Age Group: 5 to 8 years
Day 1: Team activities, building friendships Day 2: Horrible histories, create & paint
Day 3: Mad Science Day and having fun with experiments
Day 4: Critical thinking, creativity, building your own fort Day 5: Team challenges, games and puzzles
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GET ACTIVE DURING THE HOLIDAYS AT AL FORSAN Date: December 18 – January 5 Time: Sunday to Thursday
Price: AED 1,300 for 1 week and AED 1,950 for 3 weeks (upon request) Al Forsan’s Winter Camp offers sessions focusing on important core values such as sportsmanship, responsibility, teamwork and respect. Kids between the ages four and 14 can be registered to join the fully indoor, air-conditioned camp. They will play unique sports and games such as football and archery. The program is fully supervised by dedicated councillors who are split to host three different age groups to ensure the children have a fulfilling experience.
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EDUCATION Featured PRINCIPAL
Darren Gale Kings' School Nad Al Sheba
What makes your school unique?
Every principal thinks their school is unique. However, it is our sense of community, holistic development, focus on children and critical thinking, and reflection that make Kings’ School Nad al Sheba unique. If students were to describe your school, what would they say is their favourite aspect?
Children frequently talk to us about the school. They regularly give us feedback as to what they enjoy and what would support them further.
Our children are happy, feel safe and enjoy their lessons. They enjoy open-ended, challengebased learning activities where they can choose how they learn and have warm and purposeful relationships with their teachers. They are proud to be at KSNAS. What do you focus on to ensure students’ learning experience is as comprehensive and dynamic as possible?
There is a constant focus on the quality of Learning and Teaching and curriculum provision. We frequently challenge our thinking in planning: How could we do this differently? How can we stand out? Involving the children in this process has had very positive results. A strong ethos and culture of collaboration have enhanced our children’s learning experiences. What makes your school special?
Our school is special thanks to our people – on all levels.
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They enjoy open-ended, challenge-based learning activities where they can choose how they learn and have warm and purposeful relationships with their teachers. They are proud to be at KSNAS. Your key value is ‘The Best by Every Child’. What does it take for every child to do their best?
You have to work from the premise that every child can achieve something, that every child has the potential to achieve. You then look for ways through which children can achieve and ensure the curriculum, Learning and Teaching and assessments are personalised. It is vital that you operate in a positive climate and culture. How do you ensure a good balance between what children learn and teaching methodology?
Learning and Teaching is the core business of any school. High quality learning goes hand in hand with high quality teaching. At KSNAS, we are constantly reviewing the quality of learning and teaching. We share the best practices, celebrate excellence and offer professional learning through peer Continuing
Professional Development (CPD) and observation. Tell us about your facilities and how they encourage contextual learning.
Our facilities are constantly developing. A key driver for us is to ensure that all facilities and resources support and enhance students’ learning and experiences at school. We want all our children to be happy and safe, and achieve in our learning environment. You place great emphasis on your school’s values; what are the most important ones and how do you help children succeed by instilling such values in them?
We have introduced Learning Behaviours in our school, which were adopted from learner competencies. They are core skills which will support not only academic achievements, but also personal development. We have a number of school-wide initiatives that celebrate, encourage and reinforce our learning behaviours.
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Download the AppyKids Play School App and use it with the adorable Appy toy and smart flashcards. Children can learn languages, numbers, colours and shapes through music, story, gameplay and fun! PRICE: AED 229
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Download the AppyKids Play School App and use it with the adorable Appy toy and smart flashcards. Children can learn languages, numbers, colours and shapes through music, story, gameplay and fun! PRICE: AED 249
KidGuard doubles both as a toy and safety device. It is a kid’s safety watch with kid-friendly, easy-touse features designed to locate and track your kid’s location. PRICE: AED 360 each
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This baby voice learning machine toy features bilingual interactive characters for your child to learn while playing. PRICE: AED 129
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The Air Hogs Altitude Video Drone records anywhere your child flies! They can capture footage from take-off to high above the ground and landing back down. PRICE: AED 429 MOTHER, BABY & CHILD | DECEMBER 2016 | 41
‘HEGURU’ LEARNING Right-brain education comes to the UAE By Sarah Whitehead
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Traditional teaching methods tend to engage the more logical left side, while the more creative right side of the brain is largely ignored.
Parents are always on the lookout for new approaches to improve their children’s learning experience, especially for those who struggle to conform to the more traditional teaching methods. Until quite recently, any attempts to modernise and improve upon traditional teaching techniques were seen as eccentric quackery.
A NEW AGE
Now, however, parents and educators are seeing the benefit of tailoring learning to match children’s capabilities rather than forcing them to see the world our way. Realising that children think and learn differently, and that we cannot expect all children to follow the same traditional approach, is the key to developing the more modern, revolutionary teaching techniques. One example of such a technique is ‘Heguru’ learning. According to proponents of Heguru, different methods of learning engage different sides of the brain. Traditional teaching methods tend to engage the more logical left side, while the more creative right side of the brain is largely ignored. Providing an education which focusses only on one side essentially
means that children are not learning to use their whole brain. Heguru promises to develop the right side of your child's brain in as little as 10 minutes per day.
WHAT IS HEGURU?
Established in Japan more than 30 years ago, the Heguru concept utilises right-brain development learning programmes and specialised teaching methodologies. It is aimed at infants and young children so they can develop mentally and maximise the benefits of the skills they learn. The word Heguru comes from the Japanese pronunciation of the acronym HEGL, which stands for the Henmi Educational General Laboratory. It has now become the standard expression for the HEGL method. The training programme inspires a fun, yet focussed learning environment for young children using visual training aids which nurture a photographic memory and speed-learning capabilities. An ideal complement to pre-school education, the Heguru method aims to enrich and enhance a child’s ‘genius potential’. MOTHER, BABY & CHILD | DECEMBER 2016 | 43
EDUCATION BACK TO BASICS
Scientists have identified two modes of thinking, dependant on which side of the brain is dominant. The right side of the brain is responsible for intuition and creativity, while the left side for logic. People who are right-side dominant are the deep thinkers, artists and writers of the world. Their left-sided counterparts, being more analytical and objective, tend to shine in subjects like maths and science. Children who are right-side dominant can start falling behind as early as pre-school because of the teaching methodologies applied, while parents may not even be aware of it. Though students use most parts of their brain in the learning process, and none are strictly ‘right or left-side’ only, most are dominant in one node – so not every teaching style completely fits their learning capabilities. Neuroscience also tells us that what we learn in our formative years will last a lifetime, so nurturing a child’s ability to use both sides of their brain will provide a wealth of advantages lasting throughout their educational journey and into adulthood.
While a useful learning tool, Heguru does not just focus on academic achievement. The goal is to instil in your child an independent, creative and productive mindset, ensuring that they
excel in all aspects of life. For academic, artistic, sporting, professional or even personal goals, Heguru is designed to give your child the tools they need to succeed. These learning techniques are relatively new in Dubai, but they have been used in other parts of the world for quite some time. Ruiko and Hirotada Henmi, CEO and COO – respectively – of the Henmi Educational General Laboratory (HEGL / Heguru), have been developing this programme for over 30 years. They have Heguru centres in Japan, China, Thailand, Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, India, Australia and Kuwait.
The new KHDA-approved Heguru enrichment centre in Dubai will be the first of its kind in the UAE, and will offer convenient classes to fit in with nursery and pre-school schedules during the week. They also offer weekend classes to cater to working parents who cannot come on weekdays. “As parents, we have a tendency to impose our limiting beliefs about how much our children are capable of learning,” says Wilson Lee, founding principal of Heguru Centre Dubai. “At Heguru, we see first-hand how babies and children can develop astonishing abilities in their formative years. Heguru is a complementary educational tool that parents and teachers can introduce into a typical nursery or at home.”
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THE BEST BY EVERY CHILD
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Teachers are responsible for most our children’s time at school. A teacher’s impact on your child’s development is immeasurable, hence the importance of a strong and open communication between you and them.
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EDUCATION Many mothers struggle to communicate with their child’s teachers. They often forget that they are educators and that, at the end of the day, they only want what is best for every child they teach. What can you, as a parent, do to make communicating with your children’s teachers easier and understand their point of view should any conflict occur?
• Help them get to know your child better. Provide information on important things which may not be listed on school application forms such as moderate behavioural issues (a tendency to get distracted, for instance), learning difficulties or changes in family life.
• Always assume positive intent. Even when you are not on the same page, or if any of you is struggling to understand the other, believe that they only want the best for your child. • Be their partner. Most parents approach their children’s teachers defensively and that should never be the case. Even if communication starts after your child gets into trouble, try to keep the relationship as positive as you can. • Do not wait until a problem arises to get in touch. By then, the problem is usually too complex. Initiate contact with them and be proactive, the easiest way to do that is through parent-teacher or school events. • Your child may interact with their teacher on a daily basis, but may not be able to fully grasp what is expected of them. Make sure the teacher communicates to you what is important to them, especially when it comes to homework.
• Tell them about your goals. What do you want for your child? Is your focus on learning, grades or extra-curricular? What is important to you as their parent?
• Acknowledge how difficult the teacher’s job may be at times. It is a lot harder than most people know; if you are having trouble dealing with your child or, for example, their ADHD – just imagine what it is like to have a classroom full of children. • Show gratitude. Do not wait until that ‘happy holidays’ card or the end of the year to let the teacher know how much you appreciate their efforts in helping your child. • Ask your child’s teacher about their preferred contact method. Familiarise yourself with school policies and important events, and let the teacher know that you would like to stay informed. • In e-mail communication, keep it as brief as possible. Maintain a professional tone and keep your message about school matters. Also, be very diplomatic and avoid criticising them. • Offer solutions to help your child’s teacher. Rather than leaving it all to them, be proactive and give them ways through which you can help with your child’s learning and development. • Assure the teacher that they can come to you for help, but make sure they understand that this is no quick fix. They still have a huge role to play and, rest assured, they are qualified enough to handle anything that comes their way.
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Children can learn and develop from moving to a new destination
By Dr Megan Adams Lecturer, Faculty of Education, Melbourne’s Monash University
Relocating to a different country can be stressful for families with young children. Many expatriate parents are concerned about supporting their child’s learning and development during an international relocation. However, it may not be as challenging as you might think. Development occurs over a relatively long period of time and is associated with qualitative changes in your child. That is, what your child cannot do today, they may be able to achieve later. First, with assistance from an adult or capable friend, and later they will be able to complete the skill or activity all by themselves. Learning leads a child’s development; therefore, the richer the child’s experience the greater their understanding. As parents, teachers and siblings of young expatriate children, we need to consider learning and development that occur not only in educational institutions, but also during the course of a child’s everyday life. This includes what and how a child may learn and develop during an international move out of Dubai, for example.
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Together, parents, teachers and older siblings can support young children’s learning and development while families begin to pack and move out. Research indicates that priming events directed towards the child’s level of understanding are important. Such events are practical ways which may assist children in talking, thinking about and understanding the experience of moving out of a country. It is valuable to include priming events into conversations for all ages before, during and after a move so that children know what to expect and can begin to process events in their own way. Priming events may support a child’s learning and development. Priming events are short conversations that occur during incidental or planned activities. They are structured conversations that may help your child learn and begin to understand the process of change that is about to occur.
BEFORE THE MOVE – SAYING GOODBYE IS IMPORTANT • Discuss feelings that you and your child will experience while leaving friends. Invite families to contribute with images or drawings into a scrapbook.
• Let the child select their favourite place and make a celebration out of saying goodbye – go on a family outing and take photos.
• Together with your child, highlight important dates on the
calendar and mark off the days as the events occur (last day of childcare, last music class and last day in the house).
• Explain what it will be like as your child’s bedroom and surroundings are packed into boxes. Invite your child to help pack a box of their belongings and explain how the box will get to the new house.
• Read storybooks with your child about moving to different places.
TRANSITIONAL PHASE • Help your child select a few treasured items to be responsible for during the trip. • Help them select activities to complete on the journey — there are some playful
geography apps for young children which will help them learn about countries and landmarks.
ARRIVING IN A NEW COUNTRY • Research shows that attending educational institutions is often the first routine a child experiences when entering a new country.
• Involve your child in the process of looking for an
educational institution; visit the school/nursery’s website and the physical location together.
• Follow your child’s interests as well. For example, if they enjoy sports or music find a community group which caters to these activities. Moving countries is a positive experience for many families with young children and paves the way for new and varied opportunities. Working through different priming events with your child may help smooth a stressful transition period and support the child’s learning and development at the same time.
Dr Megan Adams has recently visited Victoria International School (VISS) in Sharjah as part of her research into early childhood development. Her visit particularly focused on the impact moving countries has on young children.
Questions You Did Not Know You Could Ask
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With so many new nurseries opening in Dubai every day, it can be difficult to keep up. Parents usually end up picking the one closest to their home or asking their friends for recommendations. The first exploratory visit can be overwhelming: ‘What should I ask?’ ‘Am I asking too many questions?’ More importantly: ‘Am I asking the right questions?’ Here are some key questions and why you should ask them: What qualifications do your teachers have?
Never feel too embarrassed to ask this question. While a standardised teaching license procedure for the UAE is underway, teaching qualifications currently vary across nurseries with each teacher carrying a different license from their home country. Look up different teaching methods and how they are applied, and aim to choose a nursery where teacher qualifications are aligned with the educational vision you have in mind for your child. What is the policy on taking children on for extra days — how much more is it going to cost me?
Money questions can be awkward, but with many nurseries charging big dirhams, it is your right to know what exactly the fees would cover. You also need to know whether they would be able to accommodate your child should the need be and how much it would cost to do so for each extra day. How do visitors register when visiting the nursery? For example, are they required to sign in and are copies of their Emirates IDs kept with security?
Safety is probably one of the primary issues you should address when trying to figure out whether a nursery would be your child’s dream second home. First of all, are their guards by the gate? How is the gate monitored? Are there CCTV cameras throughout the nursery? How do they check on visitors?
Nurseries have very different systems in place and while many of them may be efficient, it is always a matter of personal preference when it comes to considering the type of security you think your children may require. Do all members of staff have first aid training?
It is wrong to assume they all do. You would be surprised to see how many principals may not be able to immediately answer this question. It is important to know whether in case of emergency they would call the nurse or be able to handle it themselves on the spot. Are all the toys age appropriate and dictated by the curriculum?
Be on the lookout for new early learning toy creations as there are so many magnificent inventions popping up every month in the market. While you may think nurseries would only have the best of the best, there are plenty of toys you may or may not see on your visit. Take a closer look; are there any random toys laying around? Are there boxes full of toys just to keep the children occupied? There needs to be some sort of strategy for choosing carefully-selected toys and it goes without saying that every child should have something age appropriate to play with. Is the menu prepared on-site, daily?
You pay close attention to what your children have at home, but do you have any idea of what they will be feeding them at their new nursery? Nutrition is crucial during the early years and when we talk food we mean not only quality, but portions and the general thought process of putting together a full, balanced meal. Remember, your children’s health and general well-being are built one bite at a time. MOTHER, BABY & CHILD | DECEMBER 2016 | 53
GOOD LIVING CHRISTMAS TREATS The Emirati Twist Waffles with Arabic Coffee Meringues, Strawberries and Nutella By Chef Bader Najeeb, Hilton Garden Inn METHOD: INGREDIENTS:
- 2 egg whites - 1/2 cup caster sugar - 2 tsps. hot water - 2 tsps. Arabic coffee granules
1- Dissolve the coffee granules in the hot water. Set aside 2- Whip up the egg whites on high heat. Once they are frothy, gradually add the sugar 3- When they hit soft peaks, pour in the coffee and whip till stiff peaks form 4- Pipe mini meringues on a baking tray lined with wax paper 5- Bake at 120C for 45 minutes to an hour, or until the meringues dry out and harden
The Healthy Twist Chocolate Black Beans Snowman Cake INGREDIENTS
(for 6 mini cakes) - 1 cup black beans - 1/2 cup quick oats (gluten-free) - 1/4 cup pure maple syrup - 1/4 cup pure cocoa powder - 1/4 cup melted coconut oil - 1 tsp. pure vanilla bean powder - 1 pinch of salt
CHOCOLATE FUDGE HEAD
- 1/4 cup melted coconut oil - 3/4 cup cocoa powder (unsweetened) - 1/4 cup maple syrup - 1 almond butter stick (no added sugar)
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By Justine Dampt, Founder and Health Coach, ENCAS
1 Preheat your oven to 175 C
1 Rinse and drain the macadamia nuts before placing them in a food processor and pulsing until smooth and creamy
2 Add the vanilla and salt before adding the almond milk, maple syrup and coconut oil. Blend it all for 2-3 minutes until very smooth, scraping down the sides when needed. Chill for 30 minutes before processing
ingredients in a small bowl and stir into a smooth chocolate. Add the mixture into the food processor, blend for 2 minutes. Pour into cupcake tins and place in the oven for 12 to 15 minutes
1 When the cakes are cold, place one head on each cake. Add the frosting on the cake and the head and cover with coconut powder
1 Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Place the chocolate fudge in the fridge. When the chocolate is hard enough, shape 6 balls with your hands. Put back in the fridge
1 Start by blending the oats in a food processor for 1 minute. Add the black beans and continue blending until the mixture is smooth. In the meantime, mix the rest of the encas_sweet_escapes
Must-Visit CHRISTMAS BRUNCHES BESH TURKISH KITCHEN, SHERATON MALL OF THE EMIRATES
As Christmas Eve rolls in, the hotelâ€™s Turkish restaurant will be offering a double Christmas Brunch on December 24 and 25. Celebrate with Santa and his helpers in Besh Turkish Kitchen with a festive brunch featuring entertainment and a dedicated childrenâ€™s corner with a bundle of activities and presents.
AED 299 soft package, AED 329 house package, AED 429 sparkling package, AED 99 kids 04 377 2353
On December 23, Gaucho will have their usual luscious Friday brunch with a Christmas theme and special beverages and sweets to go with it. On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, they will be welcoming all for a sumptuous set menu with all the trimmings or those who would like to take their picks from the a la carte menu.
Christmas-Themed Brunch (Asado AED 320, Signature AED 395, Virtuoso AED 495) Christmas Eve Set Menu, AED 380 per person Christmas Day Set Menu, AED 380 per person 04 422 7898
PALERMO, DUBAI POLO & EQUESTRIAN CLUB On Christmas Day, rock around the festive tree in the charming setting of Palermo. Surrounded by your closest family and friends at the most wonderful time of the year, discover a traditional spread complete with live cooking stations and all the trimmings. See the magic in the eyes of your children as they enjoy pony rides, a bouncy castle and plenty of other festive entertainment.
From 1 to 4 pm, adults (12 years and above) AED 375 per person, including soft beverages, AED 475 per person including house beverages, children (6-11 years) AED 110 per person, children (5 years and below) dine for free 043627880 56 | DECEMBER 2016 | MOTHER, BABY & CHILD
And for NEW YEAR’S…
A FAMILY-STYLE NEW YEAR’S CELEBRATION AT THE COURTYARD
From 8 pm to 3 am, welcome the New Year in spectacular style as you dance the night away to the tunes of an international DJ and live band at The Courtyard, Al Manzil hotel. Savour a dinner menu fusing Arabic traditions with global flavours served in an intimate setting overlooking Burj Khalifa. Children are more than welcome!
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CHRISTMAS AT THE DUBAI WINTER FESTIVAL
Adults (12 and above) AED 850 per person, including soft beverages and AED 1,250 per person, including selected beverages and one bottle of bubbly Children (6 – 11) AED 550 per person Children five and below dine for free 04 888 3444
TRY NEW FLAVOURS AT WYNDHAM JBR
Dress to the nines and dance the night away at Flavours Restaurant while enjoying the special New Year’s Eve feast! Prepared by the restaurant’s top-notch chefs, the buffet spread will feature traditional festive dishes alongside a sumptuous array of fresh seafood, sushi and sashimi, plus a hot-off-the-grill barbecue selection. Sweet beginnings are guaranteed at everyone’s favourite dessert corner with mouth-watering cakes, puddings, and more!
Early bird rates for Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham’s NYE gala dinner party starts at AED 650 for all bookings made before December 15. Kids aged six to 12 will get 50% off while children below six years old dine free of charge. 04 399 9979
Now in its 5th year, the Dubai Winter Festival is the largest and most enjoyable weekend of festive fun. It is everything you love about Christmas all in one place. With plenty of seasonal activities, you can visit Santa's Grotto, watch the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and check out the festive pantomime! There is so much for you and your family to enjoy this festive season, so head there for a fun day out.
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Things This STAY-AT-HOME MUM is Grateful for This HOLIDAY SEASON The best (worst) sleep anyone could get and the sleepless nights with both of my sons, but I am really grateful for the midnight snuggles. My eldest outgrowing the phase of pulling hair and poking eyes. However, my youngest enjoys my hair so much and loves to pull it every now and then for fun, especially when I let it down or there is a sparkly clip on. He also loves exploring my face with his tiny little index finger.
is mum to two boys, ages four and one. She says they are the most exhausting — yet the best – part of her world. Here are a few things she is grateful for this holiday season:
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My 4-year-old son is starting to express himself verbally, saying “It is not fair”, when I refuse to give him sweets or “Are you kidding me?” when I pretend his police car could fly. The fun moments before and after shower time; both my sons love to run naked and I have to chase them to get them dressed. At least they are having fun! There is something about my boys and running naked, it is like the utmost joy in life. On a more serious note, I am really grateful that they are healthy and happy and that I can be around whenever the need me. It is not always perfect and is very exhausting physically, mentally and financially, but that look in their eyes is worth the sacrifice.
Things This WORKING MUM is Grateful for This HOLIDAY SEASON I am thankful that I am able to work part-time three days a week, and the other four days it is me and my little man. I am also very lucky that my job lets me bring him into work if needed (on a public holiday for example) and that our secretary does not mind being chased around the office every so often.
My child likes to describe and celebrate the shapes of his number twos in the potty instead of his nappy now. Potty training took about two weeks, but we got there in the end.
is a part-time TV news anchor, event MC and mother to three-year-old Marnix. 2016 has been a busy year for her, but full of things she is grateful for, especially when it comes to her son.
My son is more than happy to let us know if he does not like an outfit, which is generally communicated through a tantrum, so I am grateful that he will wear only striped clothes instead of nothing at all. We have so much fun together and I love that kidsâ€™ activities enable me to channel my own inner child (trampolining is my favourite) and explore hidden gems in Dubai. On most occasions, my three-year-old will not eat all of his food which can be frustrating, but it is not all bad as I am not a fan of food waste and kidsâ€™ food can be delicious! I am also thankful that having a child means lots of birthday parties and cake, which Marnix likes too. MOTHER, BABY & CHILD | DECEMBER 2016 | 59
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Mother, Baby & Child was at the capitalâ€™s favourite food, drink and music festival. The festival was a three-day food extravaganza, jampacked with 25 exclusive fine-dining restaurants, world-class celebrity chefs and an incredible line-up of international music acts. We enjoyed watching the live cooking demonstrations at the Chefs' Theatre and learned about everything food at their cookery school with the curious youngsters. See you there next year! www.tasteabudhabi.com
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HEALTH Everything You Need to Know About
Dr Anton Tan Consultant, Paediatrics & Neonatology, Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women & Children, Abu Dhabi
What are immunisations, more commonly known as vaccines?
Immunisation is an important and successful method to prevent children from becoming infected with certain dangerous and lifethreatening illnesses. Many countries worldwide have now introduced immunisation programmes and their effect can be measured by the drop in cases of infections. Why does my child need to be to be immunised if the rate of infection has dropped?
Infection rates have indeed dropped, but they still exist worldwide. If the immunisation rate drops in a community to a critically low level, these infections can re-surface as recently seen with the measles vaccination in the US or UK. Is it true that most children who get infected have been immunised?
Immunised children can still get infected as none of the vaccines offer a 100% protection rate. Most children’s immunisations protect them by 85 – 98%. Also, some children do not receive the full course and are even more at risk. 68 | DECEMBER 2016 | MOTHER, BABY & CHILD
Why is it necessary to immunise children when they are so young?
The reason why immunisation programmes worldwide start with very young infants is because they are the most vulnerable to serious infections and require specialised protection.
Is it dangerous to give a child multiple immunisations for different infections at the same time?
Children are naturally exposed to many more foreign particles called antigens every day through eating and breathing. These can cause a reaction from the child’s immune system which we either call an infection or allergy. What can I do to make the doctor’s visit for vaccinations less stressful?
• Prepare yourself and make sure you understand the importance of immunisation. Discuss any doubts with your paediatrician and do not be afraid to ask questions. • Remain positive. Children can sense when you are afraid of needles yourself. • Distraction is the best way to help children overcome their fear of needles.
H E A LT H
SCOLIOSIS in Children
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CHILD Our spines have a natural curvature to help us move, maintain balance and walk properly. Scoliosis is a condition which makes the spine curve from side to side; its causes remain unknown, but it can be hereditary.
In its more severe forms, scoliosis can affect children’s performance at school and their quality of life in general.
In its more severe forms, scoliosis can affect children’s performance at school and their quality of life in general. DANGEROUS LETTERS OF THE ALPHABET
A scoliosis curvature forms in the shape of an ‘s’ or ‘c’, an abnormal shape for the spine. If the curve becomes severe, it can cause pain and discomfort, and the more severe it becomes, the worse its possible effects on the lungs, heart and joints. HOW WILL SCOLIOSIS AFFECT YOUR CHILD?
Most of the time, scoliosis is too mild to affect a child’s life in any way and does not even require medical treatment. The more advanced it becomes, the higher the chances your child may require a back brace or even surgery.
“In some children, scoliosis can create a mild curvature, which often corrects itself in time. However, in some cases it can also be severe and require casting, bracing and ultimately surgery using magnetic rods to correct. In such cases, scoliosis can impact quality of life with limited activity, pain, reduced respiratory function or lowered self-confidence,” says Dr Firas Husban, consultant orthopaedic surgeon and a specialist in spine surgery at Burjeel Hospital for Advanced Surgery.
“That is why it is important to catch the condition on time before it progresses to a more advanced stage where it requires surgery. Early detection of orthopaedic problems and regular follow-up throughout growth remains the most important measure in children with spinal deformities.” HOW WOULD IT LOOK LIKE?
Some children show visible signs of scoliosis: the ribs are pushed out or one shoulder blade is noticeably higher than the other. At other times, it is not so obvious and because scoliosis does not hurt or happen suddenly, it is not always easy to diagnose. Schools in the UAE now test for scoliosis to identify it early on.
HOW EARLY ON CAN IT APPEAR?
Infantile scoliosis is defined as scoliosis which is first diagnosed between birth and three years of age. This category comprises about 1% of all idiopathic scoliosis in children, which is the most common type, and 60% of patients are males. MOTHER, BABY & CHILD | DECEMBER 2016 | 71
H E A LT H There are two theories on how infantile scoliosis develops. One theory suggests that the spine bends during birth and never goes back. The other theory focuses more on a post-delivery approach suggesting that placing the baby on their back would flatten both the skull and back. WHAT ABOUT OLDER CHILDREN?
Scoliosis can be diagnosed between the ages of four and 10. This type is medically referred to as ‘juvenile scoliosis’ and comprises about 10% to 15% of all idiopathic scoliosis in children. At the younger end of the spectrum, boys are affected slightly more than girls and the curve is often leftsided. Towards the upper end of the age spectrum, scoliosis is predominantly diagnosed in girls. “The primary age for the onset of the spinal condition is nine to 14 years old occurring equally among both genders. Female children are eight times more likely to advance to a degree of curvature that requires treatment,” adds Dr Husban.
HOW IS SCOLIOSIS TREATED?
“Children younger than 10 years with curves greater than about 35 degrees tend to get worse without treatment. In order to check this, our team will assess children through a spinal screening that checks for deformities and then they will have a consultation with our physician,” says Dr Ali Zahran, consultant anaesthesiologist and head of the Anesthesia and Pain Management Department at the Burjeel Hospital for Advanced Surgery. You can consult a paediatric orthopaedic specialist in case you need further tests or advice with managing the condition. Specialists will recommend methods to reduce the curvature:
• Casting ‘guides’ the spine towards the right shape. In children under two years of age, this external brace is worn all the time and can be changed only under anaesthesia. • Corrective surgery is the preferred option for severe cases and the type of surgery is dependent on your child’s age.
• The most common surgery conducted is usually to insert growing rods, which can be controlled externally post-surgery with magnetic rods.
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H E A LT H
6 Normal (But Scary) Baby Health Issues BABY HAS ORANGE-HUED SKIN
BABY SWALLOWS AN OBJECT If baby cannot breathe or is struggling for breath, this is when you should be worried. Unless the object they swallowed is toxic (like a button battery), and if they are breathing and behaving normally, you should:
a) Try leaning them forward so they release it themselves.
b) Schedule an appointment with the paediatrician for an x-ray.
BABY IS HAVING SPASMS Benign sleep myoclonus causes seizure-like movements which only occur during sleep and stop instantly when they wake up. These movements, usually brought on by a loud noise or touch, are harmless. When to worry: If baby is having abnormal eye movements, has trouble breathing, turns blue or the seizure lasts more than five minutes – head to Emergency immediately.
BABY HAS AN ALLERGIC REACTION TO FOOD It is an emergency if your child has flaring nostrils, swollen lips, is wheezing or releasing high-pitched whistles as they inhale, or turning blue. If their breathing is ok, it is probably nothing too serious, and can be dealt with at a paediatrician’s office. Milder reactions to allergies include eczema, diaper rashes and diarrhoea
Parents usually assume it is jaundice when skin changes colour, but orange skin is actually different from yellow. If their eyes remain white and clear, it may be ‘carotenemia’, a very common phenomenon where the way baby food is manufactured affects its breakdown in the body causing more carotene absorption. When baby eats more carotene than they need, their sweat glands release this colour; you will notice it more on the nose, palms and soles of the feet. Should you be worried? Not at all! Carotenemia is harmless and baby’s skin will go back to normal as soon as you change their diet.
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H E A LT H
What You Need to Know About the Whooping cough mainly affects babies younger than six months old who are not yet protected by immunisations, and kids above 11 years old whose immunity has started to fade.
WHY IS IT CALLED A ‘WHOOPING’ COUGH?
This type of cough causes severe coughing spells, which can sometimes end with a ‘whooping’ sound when the child breathes in.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS • Runny
• Mild cough
• Low-grade fever
• Diarrhoea (early on) Children under the age of 18 months with whooping cough should be watched at all times because the coughing spells can make them stop breathing. Young babies with bad cases may need hospital care too.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
• If you are pregnant, get vaccinated with the whooping cough vaccine in your third trimester. • Make sure your baby gets all of their doses of the whooping cough vaccine (even if you got it when you
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According to the UAE Ministry of Health’s Immunisation Guidelines, before vaccines, many children died from diseases that vaccines now prevent, whooping cough being one of them. Those same germs exist today, but babies are now protected by vaccines, so we do not see these diseases as often.
DID YOU KNOW?
The number of cases involving infectious diseases in the UAE has fallen significantly since the National Immunisation Programme was introduced in 1980.
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Got Your ShotS? Flu Vaccines for Children and Prevention
Opinions on vaccines make up a significant portion of mummy talks. Some are pro, while others completely against. Doctors are claiming missing vaccinations can have bigger consequences than we think possible, but we ask â€“ how bad can the flu really be?
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School brings the usual runny nose, sore throat, fever and headaches with it, but a simple flu can lead to more serious conditions such as ear infections, bronchitis and pneumonia. With the flu easily spread through direct contact with an infected person, children are more susceptible to contracting the illness, especially since they are less likely to cover their nose and mouth when they cough or sneeze.
“It is recommended that children receive the flu or influenza vaccine to prevent the spread of the condition; it also reduces the likelihood of developing more serious diseases such as pneumonia or bronchitis,” says Dr Mohammed Zaheeruddin, specialist paediatrician at Medeor 24x7 Hospital, Dubai. HOW OFTEN SHOULD CHILDREN BE VACCINATED?
Children should be vaccinated annually for optimum results. The American Academy of Paediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States both recommend that children above six months old are vaccinated as it reduces the risk of contracting the flu by 50 to 60 per cent.
“Babies younger than six months are at high risk of contracting the flu, so it is recommended that parents, caregivers and older kids are vaccinated to ensure the disease is not spread,” adds Dr Zaheeruddin. AND WHEN…?
The vaccine should ideally be administered end of October as it expires the following
June giving the child a period of two to three months to build up immunity against the flu before the onset of the next season. However, it can be administered at any time. IS THE VACCINE FOR EVERYONE?
The flu vaccine should be avoided for those who have a severely weakened immune system, are allergic to eggs or vaccine antibiotics or have a severe asthma. TEACH YOUR CHILDREN TO BE CAREFUL While the flu vaccine helps reduce the risk of contracting the infection, the doctor also recommends teaching kids simple precautionary methods.
“Teach children the importance of covering their nose and mouth when they sneeze or cough. You can train them to use a handkerchief when they are sick or provide them with a pack of tissues to use at school. Make sure to wipe down their pencil cases and other stationery with antibacterial wipes daily after school to limit the spread of infections. Wash their toys, especially soft toys, on a regular basis too,” explains Dr Zaheeruddin. “Build their immunity by including vitamin C-rich foods in their diet on a daily basis – some good sources are citrus fruits.” Preventing the onset of the flu through vaccines helps reduce the risk of contracting serious diseases like pneumonia and bronchitis. Remember to always consult your doctor and follow up on your children’s medical records to avoid missing any important vaccinations.
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H E A LT H
Allergic Rhinitis A Rising Problem Among Children in the UAE
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Symptoms Runny or itchy nose
breathing through the mouth
Coughing Reducegd hearin
Many of the diseases which affect our children are under-diagnosed. One of these diseases is allergic rhinitis, which affects school performance and attendance rates, yet is constantly mistaken for the flu.
Recurrring ea infection
Recent studies conducted by University Hospital Sharjah (UHS) have revealed that Allergic Rhinitis (AR), a type of inflammation in the nose caused by allergens, affects 36% of children in the UAE and 1020% of the population worldwide. Although very common among children, AR is widely under-diagnosed and may reduce sleep quality, lead to poor concentration, and affect school attendance and performance if left untreated.
“Environmental factors such as tobacco smoke, pollution and infection may contribute to the development of AR. Allergen exposure is another major contributing factor and typical allergens include house dust mites, grass and tree pollens, dander from animals such as cats, dogs and horses, in addition to mould usually found in bathrooms, kitchens and soil,” says Dr Hanan Al Sharif, consultant paediatrician at UHS. Symptoms of AR may vary among children, but the most common ones to look out for are a runny or itchy nose that does not clear up, sniffling, sneezing, mouth breathing, snoring, coughing, a recurring ear infection and sometimes reduced hearing.
“We identify the allergen by performing skin prick and IgE blood tests, after which we advise on how to avoid such allergens by taking simple measures such as purchasing an anti-allergy mattress, washing bed linens at 60ºC or higher and reducing the number of soft toys in their bedroom.” “For children who have a special soft toy they cannot be separated from, we suggest placing it in the freezer compartment of a fridge for six hours and returning it to the child when thawed," adds Dr Al Sharif. Calling for parents to be more aware of potential symptoms and take early action in order to prevent further complications, doctors highlight that a proper diagnosis via allergy testing and treatment is a must! MOTHER, BABY & CHILD | DECEMBER 2016 | 81
H E A LT H
Which on e is bet ter for m y child? • Disperse cool mist into the air
• Heat water to disperse hot steam
• Cool-mist humidifiers can grow mould and
•Hot steam is quite effective at loosening
• Remember to follow the manufacturer’s
• To prevent accumulation of lint and germs,
• Moisture in the air can promote the growth of
• Hot water and steam can burn young children
• Most humidifiers produce a cool mist and are
• A vaporiser literally vaporises germs by
bacteria in the water, which can be unhealthy to breathe instructions to empty the water and clean the container with soap and water daily mould in carpets and other surfaces, and mould can make children’s asthma symptoms worse therefore less effective than vaporisers
• If you are interested in a humidifier, your
best bet would be one of the newer, high-tech ultrasonic models
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secretions in the respiratory tract
change the water daily and dry the vaporiser between uses if they put their face in the steam or tip the container
converting water to steam, which then kills any bacteria present
• Running a hot-steam vaporiser costs more
H E A LT H
COMFY & CONFIDENT HOLIDAY TIPS FOR BREASTFEEDING MOTHERS
Delicious food, good music and lasting memories, the holiday season brings many joys, but also tons of responsibilities for mama. If you are breastfeeding, it can be a struggle to do all what needs to be done. So how can you make it less stressful and ensure baby is getting the care they need? DELEGATE
Your priority is feeding baby and taking care of them. Get family members to help with the cooking and cleaning as well as caring for older children and making all of the arrangements you do not have the time to do. BEWARE OF ‘HOLIDAY WEANING SYNDROME’
Did you know that babies may inadvertently self-wean, partially wean or go on a ‘nursing strike’ during the holidays? Holiday stress may cause some changes in your breastfeeding schedule, especially if you fail to do the above. If you need to run errands, bring baby along and nurse them. If you will be attending a holiday party, ask the host for a room where you can breastfeed. Get plenty of rest and water and
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make sure baby gets plenty of rest too. GET A NURSING PILLOW
It makes life easier to keep one hand free as you are nursing, but do you know when else this may come in handy (sorry, we just had to)? During the holiday season! KEEP BREASTFEEDING EVEN IF YOU HAVE A COLD
Holiday season in the UAE is flu season. With the AC and hot-and-cold environments, it is just easier to catch a cold. Your milk will keep baby from catching your cold, so never stop breastfeeding just because of that. ENJOY THE YUMMY FOOD
Contrary to popular belief, a breastfeeding mama can enjoy eating too! Baby will not get gassy or fussy and might even enjoy the different-tasting milk. Just make sure you keep it varied as eating only/primarily sweet stuff will deprive baby of healthy nutrients.
Enjoy the holidays! Breastfeeding time will make your holidays oh-so-special; it is one of the best holiday gifts you will ever receive.
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