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3 new year’s health resolutions to protect your baby in 2019

 In Stem Cell Uses

A new year is a time for new beginnings. If you’re lucky enough to be welcoming a baby into the world in 2019, you’ll want to give them the best possible start in life.

Now is the perfect time to commit to three new year’s health resolutions to help ensure the wellbeing of you and your child.

1. Bank your newborn’s cord stem cells

Collecting and storing your baby’s precious umbilical cord blood stem cells at birth will provide a valuable resource to help protect their health for decades to come.

Stem cells are a gift that will keep on giving for your child’s future.

Many scientific studies support the value of these stem cells in treating various health issues. If you have your child’s stem cells stored, you have the peace of mind that they are available at any time, wherever you are in the world, should the unthinkable happen.

Did you know? Cord blood stem cell therapy has contributed to the successful treatment of more than 80 different diseases. These include certain forms of cancer and blood disease, to immunity disorders, sickle cell disease, and multiple sclerosis.

What does it involve?

The good news is that the process couldn’t be simpler.

As soon as your newborn is safely delivered, the umbilical cord is clamped and cut. Blood, containing the valuable stem cells, is extracted from the cord with a needle. This sample is then transferred to a specialist laboratory or cord blood bank where it’s processed and cryopreserved (frozen) and stored until required.

Cord blood stem cell therapy has contributed to the successful treatment of more than 80 different diseases.

The whole process is straightforward, non-invasive and pain-free for you and your baby.

What better investment could you make for your baby’s future than to help safeguard their health

2. Reduce exposure to environmental toxins

Another positive step to take is to protect your new family from exposure to environmental toxins.

This form of pollution, that can seriously impact health, is caused by natural substances concentrated by industrial processes, or from man-made chemicals.

How these toxins can affect your wellbeing

Evidence continues to grow that exposure to such harmful chemicals can lead to serious disease.

And our children are particularly vulnerable. In Europe, children are at risk of exposure to more than 15,000 synthetic chemicals. Worldwide, between 50,000-100,000 chemicals are produced commercially.

Exposure to the industrial chemical bisphenol A (BPA), for example, (used in food and drink packaging and plastics) has been associated with many childhood health issues. These include asthma, cancer, obesity, and development disabilities.

BPA exposure occurs when the chemical leaks out from the product into food and water, especially when plastic containers are washed, heated or stressed.

BPA exposure occurs when the chemical leaks out from the product into food and water, especially when plastic containers are washed, heated or stressed.

Did you know? The highest estimated daily intakes of BPA occur in infants and children.

Other man-made chemicals which threaten our health include:

  • Phthalates – chemicals added to certain plastics to increase flexibility, and to personal care products to keep their fragrance.
  • Pesticides – substances used on crops and plants to protect against damage from pests.

Naturally occurring compounds that can also have a negative effect on wellbeing include:

  • Lead
  • Mercury
  • House dust

Serious health problems can occur with continued exposure to these toxins, so be more aware of the potential hazards. Making some small changes now will go a long way to protecting you and your family in the future.

Seven top tips to help reduce your child’s exposure

Let’s break down these simple steps.

  • To steer clear of phthalates, opt for ‘fragrance-free’ bodycare ranges. This also applies to your cleaning and laundry products.
  • Avoid PVC which can be found in a variety of different products from food containers through to shower curtains and raincoats.
  • To reduce BPA exposure, opt for fresh or frozen food. Use stainless steel water bottles and look for goods that are packaged in glass jars rather than cans. Look for BPA-free baby bottles.
  • Don’t use plastic containers to cook or reheat in the microwave.
  • To avoid exposure to pesticides, wash and scrub all fruit and vegetables. Choose organic where possible, especially with apples, strawberries, peaches, celery, and spinach. These are consistently found to have the highest pesticide residues.
  • Reduce mercury, which can cause health issues. Stick to varieties of fish that are low in this metal. These include wild salmon, mackerel and rainbow trout.
  • Keep on top of house dust by vacuuming frequently, wet mopping or dusting with a damp cloth.

3. Be present with your baby

Those first few months together with your new baby are precious as you build your relationship.

Why it’s important for you and your child

Making a new year’s health resolution to be fully present with your baby is important for them to thrive physically, emotionally, and mentally.

Making a new year’s health resolution to be fully present with your baby is important for them to thrive physically, emotionally, and mentally.

Did you know? The first two years of a baby’s life are crucial to their future wellbeing, both physical and mental. The brain is developing and is at its most adaptable during these early years, so how you interact with your child can have a serious impact.

When you are with your baby, it’s important to stop multi-tasking and give them your undivided attention.

So what are the key pointers to remember here?

  • Disconnect your devices. If you often find yourself scrolling on your phone while feeding or walking your baby, you need to take a tech time-out. Focus on the moment with your child and rearrange your screen time for when they’re asleep.
  • Talk to your child. There’s nothing more rewarding than chatting to your baby and getting a gurgle in response. This one-on-one interaction will help them feel secure and develop their language skills.
  • Give them your undivided attention. It’s easy to get caught up in chores and never get time to be with your baby. Set aside time each day completely devoted to an activity together.

Gifts that will last a lifetime

A new year is an opportunity to initiate change for the better. If you’re expecting a baby in 2019, maybe it’s time to commit to some healthy resolutions. This will not only bring you and your new family benefits now, but also for years to come.

Sources

https://www.savethecordfoundation.org/what-is-cord-blood.html

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4489204/

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https://www.precisionnutrition.com/all-about-environmental-toxin

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https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/mercury-and-health

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/blog/why-relationships-are-so-important-children-and-young-people

Smart Cells is the UK’s first private cord blood storage company, helping parents from across the world take the pioneering decision to store the stem cells of their babies for greater security of health. For more information on umbilical cord blood banking or to organise a consultation, please email us on UAE@smartcells.com, or click here.

 

About the author: Shamshad Ahmed, CEO and Founder of Smart Cells International.

Shamshad Ahmed is CEO and Founder of Smart Cells International Ltd. Founded in 2000, Smart Cells is the UK’s first private cord blood company – its goal is to give parents more access to potentially life-saving treatment for their families. Smart Cells is one of the UK’s largest private banks, operating across the globe and storing over 50,000 cord blood samples from people in over 70 countries. Shamshad started his career in finance and foreign exchange at Citibank before moving over to the world of clinical trials. He holds a degree from Nottingham Trent University, and has been a member of the Young President’s Organization since 2008,  having served on the board for a number of those years.

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