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Norway Kid Custody: Sushma Swaraj stands to reunite Indian Child with his Natural Parents

This is not a new phenomenon for Norwegian authorities, they have done this twice since 2011

Sushma Swaraj, VOA

New Delhi, Dec 27, 2016: India made a clear statement regarding the reunion of the five-and-a-half year old boy (who is custody of an Indo-Norwegian family) with his natural parents, ahead of its Ambassador’s meeting with authorities in Norway regarding the custody of the child.

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External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj went very clear on her view while strictly mentioning that she refuses to accept the fact that foster parents can take better care of the child than natural parents, mentioned PTI.

“Our Ambassador in Norway is meeting the Norwegian authorities today regarding Aryan. I refuse to accept that foster parents can take better care of the child than the natural parents” Swaraj said in a series of tweets.

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“The foster parents are totally ignorant of the Indian culture and our food habits. We want restoration of Aryan to his natural parents,” she said.

An Indian national Gurvinderjit Kaur and her husband, a Norwegian national has complained that in a frivolous complaint of abuse the Norwegian authorities has taken away their son, who is also a Norwegian. She has also written to the Ministry seeking help in getting back her son, who has been taken away by the Norway Child Welfare Services.

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This is not a new phenomenon for Norwegian authorities, they have done this twice since 2011. Children were taken away from their Indian origin parents by the authorities in Norway on the grounds of abuse.

During the UPA regime, a three-year-old and an one-year-old were taken away from their parents by the Norwegian authorities. After taking up this issue with Norway the Norwegian court allowed the children to be reunited with their parents.

In December 2012, an Indian couple was jailed on charges of ill treatment of their children, 7 and 2 year old. Later, they were sent to their grandparents in Hyderabad.

prepared by Saptaparni Goon of NewsGram. Twitter: @saptaparni_goon



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Having a Child with Cancer Doesn’t Impact Parents’ Separation: Researchers

Being parents to a cancer patient kid doesn't trigger separation, say researchers

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Chldhood cancer may not trigger seperation among parents according to researchers. Pixabay

Contrary to traditional belief, researchers now say that having a child with cancer did not appear to impact parents’ risk of separation or divorce or affect future family planning.

Childhood cancer can cause feelings of fear and uncertainty among parents and burden them with many practical challenges related to caregiving and work-related obligations, according to the study published in the journal Cancer.

For the findings, the research team from the Danish Cancer Society Research Centre examined data from several registries in Denmark, linking information on parents of children diagnosed with cancer in 1982-2014 (7,066 children and 12,418 case parents) with parents of children without cancer (69,993 children and 125,014 comparison parents).

Parents were followed until 10 years after diagnosis, separation or divorce, death, emigration, or the end of 2017, whichever came first.

Overall, parents of children with cancer had a four per cent lower risk of separation and an eight per cent lower risk of divorce compared with parents of children without cancer.

Among parents of children with cancer, those who were younger had less education, and were unemployed had elevated risks for separation and divorce.

The findings showed that risks were also higher among parents of children diagnosed at a younger age.

Parents of children with cancer had a four per cent lower risk of separation. Pixabay

The investigators also evaluated how the diagnosis of cancer in a child affects parents’ decisions on having another child.

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They expected that parents of a child with cancer would have fewer children than parents of children without cancer and that they would postpone having another child.

This was not the case, however, as the researchers found that the childhood cancer experience did not negatively affect parents’ future family planning in Denmark.

The researchers noted that health care providers should communicate these reassuring and encouraging findings to parents, but that support should be offered if needed to improve family life in the long term. (IANS)

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Advisory for all Lactating Mothers

Advice for lactating mothers

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An Advisory is released for all lactating mothers. Pixabay

By Puja Gupta

Breastfeeding protects newborns from many illnesses and is the best source of nutrition. It strengthens the immune system by directly transferring antibodies from the mothers. Looking at the present times when the world is fighting a pandemic, lactating mothers should take precautions to ensure her child does not get infected.

Ruth Patterson, Chief Lactation Consultant, Cloudnine Group of Hospitals, Bengaluru, sends out an advisory for all the lactating mothers.

Every new mother and a lactating mother needs to practice hygiene:

Practice respiratory hygiene during feeding, wearing a mask where available

Wash hands before and after touching the baby

Routinely clean and disinfect surfaces they have touched

It is further recommended that you speak to a lactation consultant to take necessary measures, now that doctors are providing teleconsultation services to patients.

Participate in virtual training programmes to understand and learn about breastfeeding techniques

If you are sick and choose to direct breastfeed:

Wear a facemask and wash your hands before each feeding

Wash hands before every wash. Pixabay

If you are sick and choose to express breast milk:

Express breast milk to establish and maintain milk supply.

A dedicated breast pump should be provided.

Wash hands before touching any pump or bottle parts and before expressing breast milk.

If possible, consider having someone who is well feeding the expressed breast milk to the infant.

Pay attention to your food and drink. A new mother should have nutritious food to nourish your body, and subsequently your baby. Stay hydrated and drink enough liquid. Water, juice, milk, whatever. Don’t let your busy schedule of taking care of your newborn prevent you from having healthy meals. Have a balanced diet which is rich, which means a diet which has a combination of protein, calories fat, fatty acids and vitamins.

Every breastfeeding mother should consume extra calories of 450 to 500kcals . Pixabay

Every breastfeeding mother should consume extra calories of 450 to 500kcals and Omega 3 Fatty acids. They can also add fatty acids rich foods such as nuts and seeds like flax seed, chia seeds and walnuts. For intake of vitamins, include yellow and green vegetables, green leafy veg, avocado, kiwi fruit, potatoes, lentils, bananas, liver, turkey, tuna, fish, meat, poultry, eggs and dairy products etc.

Proteins in the diet include a few pulses, nuts, beans, seed, dairy, lean meat from fish, chicken, meat, eggs etc. Over consumption of this is not going to alter the breast milk rich with protein). Mother should be well hydrated to avoid tiredness & thirst.

Things to know about breastfeeding:

Initiation for First Feed: This should be done as soon as possible after birth. Take advantage of the first hour of alertness. Early skin to skin contact helps to keep baby warm and transfer of skin-friendly bacteria

Types of feed: Colostrum – Birth to 3 days; Transitional Milk – 3 to 5 days; Mature Milk – 5 to 7 days until weaned

Breastfeeding techniques: The baby needs to latch on the areola (darker region surrounding the nipple)

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It will be wrong to assume that breastfeeding is painful. Breastfeeding should not be painful. If it’s painful, then the latch is incorrect. Unlatch the baby and try again

Timing: Baby should suck actively on the breast for at least 15 to 20 minutes one breast at a time

First month the feed is �on-demand’ or every 2 to 3 hours. (IANS)

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Saving Vs Investing Money for Child’s Future – Which One is Better?

Both saving money and investing it in the best child education plan are good choices to plan for your child’s future

Saving an amount means putting it aside for future needs.

Parenthood is not just a state of life but a feeling that you cannot express in words. If you have kids, you want to give them the best life possible. Whether it is education, lifestyle or growth opportunities, you want your kids to have it all. But let’s face it – raising kids the right way in the contemporary world is an expensive affair. The rate of inflation in India also says a lot about parental concerns.

Thinking it’s time to start saving money for your child’s education? Investing the same amount in various instruments, like the best child education plan and others, is a better alternative.

Saving Vs Investing Money Explained

Saving an amount means putting it aside for future needs. It also implies that you want to have money available for later use. You can save money in a low-risk savings account in any of the renowned Indian banks.

On the other hand, investing money means putting it away for future use, but with the intent of earning good returns alongside. In comparison to saving money, investing it in the right instruments can yield higher returns. For your child’s educational needs, typical investment options include the best child education plans, equities, and mutual funds.

Finding a Balance Between Saving and Investing Money for Your Child

Like many Indian parents, you may think there is no difference between saving and investing money, which is not true. These are two different ways to accumulate wealth over a time-period and play different roles in defining your financial strategy. For instance, if your kid is one or two years old, you can easily pay for educational expenses. What’s also important is that you plan for long-term financial needs, like higher education cost and plans to study abroad. It can be done by investing in one of the best child education plans, stocks, or mutual funds.

Your child’s higher education plans will require a large amount of money in ten to fifteen years or more. This need should be backed by an investment-driven strategy that will give you substantial returns over the long term.

In general, you should have enough savings to cover your personal expenses, including rent, loan EMIs, insurance, and child’s school fees. Once you have considered these expenses, you should begin investing money in the best child education plans or other financial instruments.

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Both saving money and investing it in the best child education plan are good choices to plan for your child’s future. Pixabay

How to Plan for Your Child’s Education?

The best child education plan is the one in which you regularly contribute to the goal of building your child’s future. You must be prepared to support your child both financially and emotionally. One of the most significant expenses is your child’s higher education fees. Your current lifestyle will also have a substantial impact on the decision you make, whether you want your child to opt for higher education in India or abroad. You need to consider various factors to know how to save or invest for your child’s future. Here’s how you should plan for this long-term goal:

  • Invest in the best child education plan to be financially prepared to fulfill your child’s dream career option.
  • Invest money early in life. It will help you generate more wealth.
  • Invest in the right options based on your child’s education goal. If you also want to plan for the short term needs like school fees, invest accordingly.
  • Do consider the rate of inflation in India.
  • Ask for help from a reputable financial advisor like FinEdge to create a suitable investment strategy for you.

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Both saving money and investing it in the best child education plan are good choices to plan for your child’s future. What’s more important is to understand what’s right for you based on your financial position.

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