In the largest study of its kind, researchers once again linked the consumption of soda to an early death. Published in the Journal of the American Medical Association: Internal Medicine, the study includes nearly 500,000 individuals across 10 European countries.
Indeed, it’s interesting that there appears to be little difference between diet and regular soda. Diet soft drinks seem to be just as deadly as sweet, sugar-laden beverages.
In this article, we’re going to break down the results of the study. Why and how does soda contribute to an early death? Are the results significant? Does the study accurately and truthfully demonstrate the potential harm of soft drinks? Of course, we will answer these questions and others here.
A quick note. Researchers included the following beverages under the umbrella of “soft drinks”: cola, pop, soda, fruit punch, lemonade, energy, and sports drinks (e.g., Monster and Gatorade, respectively), powdered sugar drinks (e.g., Kool-Aid), and “ades” such as lemonade.
So let’s get to it!
STUDY BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE
The European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) study is one of the largest cohort (“group”) studies in the world. Traditionally, cohort studies are a type of research-based study that’s designed to investigate the cause(s) of disease. Besides investigating the correlation between soft drinks and early mortality, EPIC also researches various issues surrounding the topic of disease acquisition.
According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), this EPIC study was conceived in order to “investigate the relationships between diet, nutritional status, lifestyle and environmental” factors and their relationship to cancer and disease.
In the paper, the authors note the lack of scholarship focusing on a potential link between disease and soft drinks. This gap in research is rather striking when one considers the proven link between sugary-drink consumption and obesity.
In a massive, oft-cited 88-study analysis published in the American Journal of Public Health, researchers directly demonstrate “clear associations between soft drink consumption and nutrition and health outcomes.” Including increased calorie intake, heavier body weight, and increased risk of “several medical problems.”
It is on the former note that this study comes out at a dubious time in U.S. history. The number of overweight and obese children and adults have reached epidemic proportions. Consider the below statistics from a huge, multi-state study.
SEVEN U.S. STATES – ALABAMA, ARKANSAS, IOWA, LOUISIANA, MISSISSIPPI, OKLAHOMA, AND WEST VIRGINIA – RECORD OBESITY RATES EXCEEDING 35 PERCENT.
According to data in the report The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America 2018, the U.S. obesity rate is now hovering around 40 percent. Roughly 19 percent of children are now obese. Just two decades ago, these numbers were at 30 percent and 14 percent, respectively.
This writer’s sincere thanks go to the authors of the work.
Elio Riboli, a Professor and Director of Public Health at Imperial College London in the United Kingdom, coordinated this EPIC study. Assisting Professor Riboli in coordination efforts were two esteemed cancer researchers from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (Lyon, France), Dr. Marc Gunter and Dr. Paul Brennan.
“Consumption of artificially sweetened soft drinks was positively associated with deaths from circulatory diseases, and sugar-sweetened soft drinks were associated with deaths from digestive diseases.”
~ Mullee, A., et al. (source)
The EPIC program consists of 521,000 citizens across 10 European countries. Following participant recruitment and initial data gathering, study subjects were followed up after an average of 16 years. The large, multinational cohort consisted of participants from Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.
RESEARCHERS COLLECTED THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION FROM STUDY PARTICIPANTS:
Participants were administered some version of the quantitative dietary questionnaire, containing over 250 food items. Using this document, participants reported types of food consumed and estimated individual portion sizes.
Questionnaire data were collected on several variables known to impact health. Among the information recorded: job history, current employment status, illness history, education, socioeconomic status, known disorders, history of tobacco use, history of alcoholic beverage consumption, physical activity level, and reproductive history.
BODY MEASUREMENTS & DIMENSIONS):
height, weight, waist, hip circumference, body mass index (BMI), and sitting height.
Measurements for red blood cells, hemoglobin, hematocrit, white blood cells, and platelet count.
Using this information, researchers excluded individuals reporting a history of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, or stroke. They also left out data they perceived to be inaccurate or incomplete details. Finally, they also disregarded data collected from individuals at-risk for certain diseases.
HERE ARE SOME STATISTICS FROM THE CHOSEN PARTICIPANT GROUP:
– Number of participants: 451,743 (86.7% of the cohort group)
– Gender: Female ~ 71% of total (321,081)
– The average age at study commencement: ? 51 years
– Average follow-up period (from initial data measurement): ? 16.4 years
– Number of deaths: 41,693 (~ 9.2% of cohort)
“The results of this study are significant. It reinforces a fact that won’t surprise anyone in the nutrition field: Processed foods loaded with artificial ingredients will never be the magic bullet to better health, no matter how low they are in sugar. Our bodies are smarter than that.” ~ Sarah Reinhardt, the Union of Concerned Scientists
The EPIC research team analyzed the experimental data from both regular and diet soda users. The key measurement was the total consumption of sugar-sweetened and artificially sweetened soft drinks.
The team reached the following conclusions:
– Individuals who consumed two or more glasses of soda per day had a 17 percent higher chance of early death.
– Drinkers of artificially sweetened soft drinks run a 26 percent higher chance of premature death.
– Science proves a relationship between sweetened soft drinks and death from circulatory diseases.
– Sugary drinks were tied to higher rates of death from digestive diseases. Other disorders correlating with sugar-sweetened beverages include appendix, intestines, liver, and pancreas disease.
The team factored another interesting finding out of the analysis. people who drank more soda tended to be higher in body mass index (BMI). Soda drinkers were also more likely to be tobacco smokers. However, says the study’s lead author, Neil Murphy, these findings did not influence the results. “We made statistical adjustments in our analyses for BI, smoking habits, and other mortality factors,” says Murphy.
So after adjusting for such factors, the research team concludes that smoking habits and BMI do not strongly influence the correlation between soft drinks and mortality rates.
FINAL THOUGHTS: SOFT DRINKS ARE PLAIN BAD
“There are 4.2 grams of sugar in a single teaspoon. Now, imagine scooping up 7 to 10 teaspoons full of sugar and dumping it into your 12-ounce glass of water. Does that sound too sweet? You may be surprised to learn that’s how much added sugar is in the typical can of soda.”
~ Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (source)
Study after study, scientist after scientist, and parent after parent continue to rail against the health effects of soft drinks. In fact, thousands of academic studies over the past fifteen years reach the same conclusion: soft drinks cause weight gain, increase the risk of chronic diseases, and complicate underlying health problems.
WHAT ABOUT OTHER NATIONS?
According to Harvard University, soft drinks are the top source of added calories and sugar in the U.S. diet. But what about other countries? Do these places also experience the same adverse health issues from soda and soft drink consumption?
In countries where soft drink consumption has risen, so has the incidence of disease. Such describes the rather recent phenomenon of soft drink consumption and an increase in diabetes cases in Asia.
In a 2010 study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, researchers cite a direct correlation between “epidemic proportions” of type 2 diabetes in Asia and “increased consumption of soft drinks, juice … and other sweetened drinks.”
Moreover, the research team cites the proven correlation between poor health outcomes and soft drink consumption in the U.S. as ample evidence. One of the statistics included in the study worthy of pause: Type 2 diabetes mellitus in Asia is 3-5 times higher than it was just 30 years ago.
Because this increase in diabetes prevalence is very similar to that experienced in the United States between 1980 and 2010. In fact, around 2.5 percent of the population had a diabetes diagnosis in 1980. However, this number rose to around 7 percent by 2010.
The evidence is rather overwhelming. Soda and other soft drinks adversely affect health. Continuous and excessive consumption of soft drinks also certainly contributes to chronic disease, obesity, and early death.
In other words, soft drinks are just plain bad.
“Water retention, also known as fluid retention, refers to an excessive buildup of fluid in the circulatory system, body tissues, or cavities in the body.” – Medical News Today
Our bodies mostly consist of water. Water is located in our blood, bones, muscles and organs. While our bodies certainly need water to function, it can sometimes hold too much of it – this buildup of water in our body is called water retention. Water retention manifests physically, making the body appear abnormally swollen.
In most cases, short-term water retention itself is not a serious problem, nor does it cause any serious health dilemmas. However, water retention over the long-term can produce unsafe effects on the body. Underlying health conditions that may produce fluid retention as a side-effect include cirrhosis of the liver, heart failure, kidney failure, preeclampsia (a dangerous, pregnancy-related condition), and premenstrual syndrome.
Water retention may result from a number of things. Here are the top five reasons that we retain water (and suggestions on what to do).
5 REASONS YOUR BODY RETAINS WATER (AND HOW TO AVOID IT)
Sodium (i.e. salt or table salt) is an essential nutrient that serves a number of important functions, but we only require small amounts. Too often, the foods we eat have excessive amounts of salt, inducing fluid retention and weight gain.
Recommendation: First, know the recommended amount of sodium intake: 2,300 milligrams or less per day, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA); this may sound like a lot – but it’s only about a teaspoon of salt. Second, limit your salt intake by using alternatives, such as herbs and spices. Cumin, dill, garlic, ginger, oregano, onion, sage, and pepper are all viable choices. Lemon juice, mustard, and vinegar may also add some flavor without all the salt.
Sitting or standing for an extended period causes body tissue to hold water. Having a sedentary, inactive lifestyle can also cause water retention. Either scenario produces physical symptoms, including swollen ankles and legs.
Recommendation: It is important to keep blood circulating throughout the body. If your job requires you to sit at a desk all day, use your breaks to get outside and move around a bit. Park further away from the building, so you can enjoy a refreshing walk in before a long day’s work. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Don’t be afraid to get creative! If you’re inactive, it’s important that you first understand the benefits of exercise. You don’t need to train like Jillian Michaels or Gunnar Peterson – try getting 15 to 30 minutes of light to moderate exercise three times per week.
Many prescription medications list water retention as a side effect. Rx meds known to increase fluid retention include antidepressants, beta-blockers, blood pressure medication, chemotherapy medication, and over-the-counter NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs).
NSAIDs are worth paying particular attention to, as the drugs are used by more than 30 million Americans on a daily basis to relieve various kinds of pain. The most common NSAIDs are aspirin (Bayer, Bufferin, Excedrin), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), and naproxen (Aleve).
Recommendation: Tapering off Rx medication requires consultation with a physician. The reason for medical oversight are the withdrawal symptoms often experienced as the body adapts to lower amounts of the drug. A doctor’s visit may also be wise if you notice excessive swelling from NSAIDs or other pain-relieving medications.
It’s very common for women to experience severe bloating during perimenopause (early menopause) and menopause – which is often a byproduct of “water retention, intestinal gas, decreased bile production, or a combination of the three.”
The hormones estrogen and progesterone play a significant role in fluid retention. Water retention may occur when estrogen levels are too high or when progesterone levels are too low. Hormonal imbalance is why fluid retention is very common during the premenstrual phase.
Recommendation: First, take a good look at your diet and eliminate or reduce foods that seem to cause bloating and gas (do some research here.) If this doesn’t solve the problem, it may be necessary to see a dietitian, who will likely test for allergies and food intolerances. In rare cases, hormone replacement therapy or hormonal rebalancing under the guidance of an OB/GYN may be necessary.
5. HEART PROBLEMS
Fluid retention from a heart condition may be evident in swelling of the legs and abdomen. While this is certainly a scary proposition, it is important to refrain from jumping to conclusions. Per WebMD, some common symptoms of heart failure include lightheadedness, fatigue, rapid heart rate, weakness, and shortness of breath.
Recommendation: See a doctor right away. The risk of heart failure increases the longer medical intervention is delayed. The attending physician may order one or more tests, including blood tests, a chest x-ray, electrocardiogram (ECG), cardiac computerized tomography (CT) scan, and/or cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan.
While we were rushing towards the future and became completely reliant on technology, most of us never imagined that we would witness such challenging times as we do right now.
Yet, the entire world is in crisis, and many believe that the only way to survive these hardships is to go back to the roots. The older generations did not have the conveniences we do now, but they were taught to work hard and be self-reliant.
Knowing their survival skills nowadays would be invaluable.
If you were forced to leave the urban setting and move to the countryside, you would certainly face numerous difficulties adapting to the new environment. This is because we are highly dependent on technology, supermarkets, and our cars, to name a few.
While all the gadgets we nowadays use make our life easier, this has a disastrous effect of making us unable to survive without them. And if you believe that we would never be deprived of this chain of systems, don’t be so sure, as it has happened several times throughout history.
Yet, note that it is absolutely possible to regain this forgotten knowledge and take control of your survival.
Make sure you teach your children basic survival skills just in case, like growing and appreciating real food, creating and mending clothing, lighting a fire, navigational skills, foraging, fishing and hunting, and a few more.
Here are 10 basic skills of our great-grandparents that are forgotten these days:
1. Gardening for food
Nowadays, when someone mentions “garden”, we think of flowers. Yet, during World War II, many people planted “Victory Gardens” to avoid the effects of food shortages. The benefits of a garden with fresh produce are innumerable.
2. Cooking from scratch
These days, nearly half of the ingredients we use are already prepared. Think about dried pasta, canned beans, breadcrumbs, frozen fruits and veggies..Let’s not mention instant meals! Therefore, most of us do not even know how to prepare a meal from scratch.
3. Preserving food
Years ago, when people needed to save food for winter, they used to can food, smoke meat, and make homemade sausages.
4. Not wasting food
Due to the abundance of food, we trash almost half of everything we buy, believe it or not. In the past, our ancestors never wasted food, as it was scarce and took a lot of effort to find and cook.
5. Herbal medicine
Even nowadays, many people rely on natural, herbal cures. Our grandmothers treated almost every ailment with a herb, and many of these remedies have been confirmed to be effective.
Before GPS, people used old-fashioned maps, asked for directions, or used signs in nature to find their location or the place they needed.
7. Basic carpentry
People can save a lot of money if they have some basic home repairs and maintenance skills.
8. Basic mechanical repair
Apart from being impressive, mechanical savviness is extremely useful, and can also help you repair other equipment, like washing machines, power tools, and lawnmowers.
As prices are fixed, the skill of bartering no longer exists in the West. However, many farmers and people during the Great Depression survived on their bartering skills.
Take a second to think about the time you spent watching TV, browsing the Net, and posting on social media today. Well, our ancestors didn’t have those gadgets back then, but they were fully capable of entertaining themselves.
And they were much happier, healthier, and less stressed, I can assure you.
For years, the benefits associated with taking aspirin every day were widely praised by physicians.
And this sentiment was even backed by several well-regarded studies, including one that was published in Lancet, one of the world’s oldest weekly peer-reviewed general medical journals. The study revealed that a daily dose of 75 mg to 100 mg of aspirin helped individuals weighing between 110 and 153 pounds lower their chances of suffering a heart attack or stroke.
Does this sound like a reason to rejoice? Not so quick. The same study also noted a downside. This same aspirin regimen had little to no effect on individuals who weighed over 154 pounds.
So a daily aspirin regimen can protect some individuals against a heart attack or stroke. However, it might do more harm than good for others. This is one of the reasons why, in 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) outright refused a request from Bayer AG, one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, to market aspirin as a means of preventing strokes and heart attacks. In the minds of the FDA, the risk of internal bleeding when taken excessively outweighed the usefulness.
THE POTENTIAL DOWNSIDE OF FOLLOWING A DAILY ASPIRIN REGIMEN
Although the FDA chose not to officially endorse aspirin as a way to reduce the risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke, it doesn’t mean that the medication is the void of therapeutic value in this regard. Instead, individuals should speak with their physicians before taking it upon themselves to start a low or even high-dose daily aspirin regimen.
After all, in addition to being an over-the-counter pain reliever, aspirin is also a blood thinner. And this means that the more you take it, the higher your chances are of experiencing internal bleeding. Of course, it should be noted that the dangers of a daily aspirin regimen do not end there.
Similar to ibuprofen, naproxen, and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, taking too much aspirin can lead to the development of peptic ulcers. What are peptic ulcers? They are sores that can form in the mucosal lining of the esophagus, stomach, and the small intestines.
HOW DOES TAKING TOO MUCH ASPIRIN LEAD TO INTERNAL BLEEDING?
All of the things that make aspirin a go-to for preventing strokes and heart attacks are the same ones that can potentially trigger internal bleeding. Over time, the medicine starts to interfere with the blood’s ability to form clots. When this happens, the risk of excessive bleeding in the stomach, brain, and even within the blood vessels can increase significantly, especially among those who take the medication daily. To further put this into perspective, we need only take a look at a study published by Reuters, an international news organization headquartered in the United Kingdom.
According to researchers and scientists involved in the study, which was comprised of more than 164,000 adults, those who took aspirin to reduce the risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke were 0.47 percent more like to experience severe internal bleeding. Of course, there is also some good news worth mentioning. The study participants who were already diagnosed with cardiovascular disease and took it daily reduced their chances of suffering a stroke or heart attack by 0.38 percent.
HOW DOES TAKING TOO MUCH ASPIRIN LEAD TO PEPTIC ULCERS?
Now we are a little more familiar with how taking excessive amounts of this OTC tablet links to internal bleeding. So let’s take a look at how too much of the medication can also give way to peptic ulcers. According to a study published by the National Institutes of Health, taking too much nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicine is the second most common cause of peptic ulcers behind Helicobacter pylori, a type of bacteria known to trigger fatigue, bloating, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain.
When taken excessively, especially at high doses, these tablets can make it difficult for the stomach to protect itself against gastric acids. Although a certain amount of these acids are needed to support good digestive health, too much can lead to ruptured capillary blood vessels and bleeding in the stomach. If left untreated, this bleeding can eventually give way to open, ulcerative sores in the mucosal lining of the stomach, a condition commonly referred to as peptic ulcers. So while a daily dosing regiment might keep heart attacks and strokes at bay, it could also invite serious stomach problems.
WHO IS MOST LIKELY TO DEVELOP PEPTIC ULCERS?
The risk of developing peptic ulcers is high for anyone consuming excessive amounts of acetaminophen, according to most physicians. However, some individuals are more susceptible to this medical condition than others. According to a study published by the National Institutes of Health, individuals who consume aspirin excessively and meet any of the following criteria have an above-average chance of developing peptic ulcers:
WHO IS MOST LIKELY TO EXPERIENCE INTERNAL BLEEDING?
Similar to peptic ulcers, the risk of internal bleeding caused by excessive OTC pain reliever consumption is higher for some individuals than others. That being said, common factors that can increase one’s chances of experiencing internal bleeding include
LIVER DAMAGE AND OTHER OVER THE COUNTER PAIN RELIEVERS
Taking an excessive amount of any over the counter pain relief (aspirin, acetaminophen, etc.) links to toxic hepatitis, a clinical term used to describe inflammation of the liver. Toxic hepatitis not only causes permanent scarring of liver tissue but also increases the risk of liver failure. Some of the most common symptoms associated with toxic hepatitis include the following:
HOW TO EASE PAIN AND REDUCE THE RISK OF CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE NATURALLY
If your goal is to lower your chances of developing cardiovascular disease, making a few lifestyle changes can help. Some of these changes include
1 – ESSENTIAL OILS
Along with helping to ease feelings of anxiety, essential oils, such as rosemary, peppermint, eucalyptus, and lavender, for example, contain anti-inflammatory properties that can resolve mild to moderate pain.
Diffuse your favorite oils in a warmer. Or, mix them with a carrier oil and massage them into your skin for a bit of relief you can take with you.
2 – CAPSAICIN
For years, capsaicin has been a go-to for individuals seeking a natural way to ease painful arthritic symptoms. When applied topically, capsaicin works by tamping down pain in the nociceptor fibers of the skin and other tissues.
3 – ACUPUNCTURE
For those who are not averse to needles, acupuncture is yet another way to get rid of pain naturally. According to a study published by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, this all-natural alternative to acetaminophen can help resolve the following:
4 – LOSE WEIGHT
Losing weight can be a two-in-one winner for both pain relief and an increase in your cardiac wellness.
If you suffer from inflammation of the joints, the excess weight adds pressure to the load they bear. A UK study of the connection between obesity and knee pain, for example, made a firm conclusion.
“Obesity accounts for a substantial proportion of severe disabling knee pain.” (NIH study)
Furthermore, a separate NIH article supports losing weight as a means of avoiding heart disease and stroke. Plus, the report states, nutrition can eliminate the onset of osteoarthritis, another reason that people take OTC pain relief.
5 – MEDITATION
Do you take a daily aspirin to help remain free of heart disease? Then consider trying meditation, instead.
This practice helps to center your mind on positive thinking. In turn, you alleviate stress, one of the primary causes of heart disease. Indeed, even the experts at the American Heart Association agree! In 2017, they published findings that support the notion that meditation, when combined with other good practices (weight loss, nutrition, etc.), can lower the risk of cardiovascular disease.
FINAL THOUGHTS: NATURAL WELLNESS TRUMPS ASPIRIN IN TERMS OF LONG-TERM RESULTS
In summary, most doctors agree that OTC pain relief, including aspirin, is useful for resolving minor pain. However, long-term use for heart health can have devastating consequences. Furthermore, while it might lessen pain in the short-term, it does not address the root cause of the symptoms. So if you’re thinking about a daily regiment to ease pain or to fend off cardiovascular disease, speak with your doctor first.
Science journalist Helen Pearson shared her experience of being a mother in a TED Talk and gave a good tip. She sets aside 15 minutes every night to talk to her kids about their day. Right after this, she makes them go to bed. This sounds really sweet and smart, and there are more interesting tips that experts would love to share with you.
1. Let your baby share a bed with you until age 3.
Some researchers suggest that the safest way for a baby to sleep is to sleep with their mothers. Pediatricians noticed that it might not be safe to put them in another room. 16 infants were studied while sleeping in a crib and on their mother’s chest. Monitors showed that a baby is 3 times more stressed when they sleep alone.
It is the best, according to scientists, if a baby shares a bed with you until the age of 3. At the same time, there is a suggestion that bed-sharing before 4 months isn’t very safe. If you’re holding a newborn on your chest, try not to fall asleep.
2. Don’t pressure your kid to eat more.
Put healthy foods on your table, experts say. In this case, you shouldn’t have to worry about whether your baby is eating unhealthy food or about the amount of food they’re eating. Some parents may force their children to eat because they may think that they are hungry. It is better to not put pressure on a child about food. The same thing goes for diets. Only have healthy options and let your child decide what to eat.
3. Don’t panic if your toddler doesn’t want to use the potty.
Yes, it is good to not have to waste money on diapers every month, but potty training should be done on the child’s time. According to a pediatrician and author of Baby 411, there is no right age to start using a potty. Your child just has to be ready for it and show interest. But the approximate time for it is between 2 and 4 years old.
4. Give your toddler choices to teach them to make decisions.
Even a toddler needs to be taught independence. Pediatrician Gwenn Schurgin O’Keeffe says that strict guidelines are not the best option. It is better to not impose your will on toddlers. They need choices. For example, ask your child what he or she prefers for dinner, or what color T-shirt they want to wear.
5. Involve your child in the appointment with their doctor.
Health literacy is important when raising a kid. Children should also learn how to visit a doctor and be able to give the doctor some information by themselves, experts say. Just let them participate in their doctors’ appointments. Doctor Abrams says that by age 6 children can start answering some questions during a checkup. Don’t isolate them and don’t answer all of the doctor’s questions by yourself. They should understand that they are also responsible for their health.
6. Pay attention at any change in eating habits in newborns.
Family physicians notice that newborns usually eat frequently. If you have to wake your newborn up to eat or if they don’t finish their normal feeds, they could be sick. Also pay attention to symptoms like whether they’re sweating while they eat, changes in how they cry, or if they’re sleeping more than normal.
7. Do these things if your baby is under the age of 1 and won’t stop crying.
Sometimes you may feel like you’ve done everything, but your baby just keeps crying. If they are dry, well-fed, and rested, but they still keep crying, try using these techniques, as experts suggest:
8. Build confidence and self-esteem from an early age.
Some doctors suggest that children with good self-esteem are happier. In this case, they can be less likely to succumb to peer pressure. Self-esteem helps children to make better decisions. Parents should praise a child and acknowledge their efforts and achievements. Encourage them to be better by:
Giving them age-appropriate responsibilities and not forgetting to say thank you in return.
Spending time together. Kids should know that they are important.
9. Pretend that you don’t notice the screaming when they are having tantrums.
Screaming toddlers in a store may seem like a typical scenario, but there is a question of how to handle this situation and stop the tantrums. Dr. Tanya Remer Altmann says that the best way to stop tantrums is to ignore them. When your child is in a safe place, just look away. As soon as your child looks for attention, and realizes that he or she isn’t getting it, the screaming will stop.
This will probably be hard to do for the first time, but you can try. Also, bringing some books and favorite toys can distract your toddler.
10. Plan a fun activity following your child’s dentist visit.
If you are going to the dentist, try to plan some fun activities right afterward to make good memories be the last thing that happens. You may want to ask your child what they would prefer to do after visiting the dentist.
Besides, dental hygiene is very important and it is something that you need to teach your child as well. Let children choose their own toothbrush and toothpaste. It is good to read books or watch videos made for kids that talk about dental hygiene.
Which tricks or tips do you use to raise your child? What do you normally do to calm down a baby if he or she is crying? Please, give us your feedback!