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Toddlers and tantrums

Toddlers and tantrums

Posted on 05 February 2016 by Kristrun

10979573_773162599400229_762771788_nIt’s very common for toddlers to throw what we commonly think of as “tantrums”. They start crying or shouting or screaming and seem like they are out of control. They bang their heads against the floor, roll on the floor, hit something or someone etc. Why do they do it and what can we do about it?

They do it because they can not express themselves clearly – they have not developed the skills to do this and they just simply cannot get a handle on their emotions. They do it because they start crying and they cannot gain back the control – even if they want to. They do it because they are tired or hungry, or just grumpy. It’s a frustration overload, sometimes mild and sometimes a bit scary – they can be short of breath, vomit or look like they are suffocating.

But what do they need?

They need you. They need a hug, they need a cuddle. They need comfort and perhaps food and rest. Put the toddler on the sofa or your bed if you are in the home. Sit down with him and cuddle if that works or just stay at a very safe distance. Don’t laugh at her, just talk to her in a soothing tone. Rub her back or feet – if she allows you. She will calm down and relax. If you are out and about, try to pick up your toddler and comfort him – hopefully where you can sit down or find a quiet spot.

Once the scene is over – and if the toddler is old enough – you might use the opportunity to explain why this type of behaviour is not a great way to solve problems and get your way. But don’t dwell on it – just explain quickly.

And don’t worry. Over time your child will learn how to express herself and connect with her feelings and things will become much more manageable.

Enjoy

Kristrún

B.Ed, M. Ed. (Iceland, HK) C.E.C.E. (HK)

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Returning to Exercise and ‘getting in shape’ after pregnancy and giving birt

Returning to Exercise and ‘getting in shape’ after pregnancy and giving birt

Posted on 03 February 2016 by Kristrun

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When women list their favourite experiences of pregnancy, childbirth and becoming a mother, the impact it has had on their bodies or the return to exercise experience would rarely get a mention. Rather, most women are more likely complain about the pelvic floor and transverse abdominus issues, pelvis/hip or back pain, feeling imbalanced or simply not being able to get back into shape easily. Common stories I hear in my clinic go something like, “I have been trying to get back to exercise for a while now but it’s really difficult because I feel disconnected from my core and I’m getting back and hip pain.” Or, “I know I’m meant to be working my ‘core’ and have been doing that with my personal trainer. However, my knee is constantly hurting and the pain just returns with after a period of rest.” These stories are all too common and many mothers spend years or even decades trying to find a solution.

There is so much more to returning to exercise than just training your ‘core’ and I would argue there is far too much emphasis put on this these days in rehabilitation and exercise circles (with the exception of major pelvic floor or rectus diastasis problems). Whole body stability, pelvis alignment, muscle balance, movement patterns and posture are just as important and all of these need to come together in order to get a mother’s body to function as it once did.

The most appropriate professionals to help you with solving your personal puzzle to safe and pain-free exercise are likely to be physiotherapists, especially those specialised and experienced in the ante- and post-natal processes. After the initial recovery period, it would also be wise to choose aphysiotherapist with a good understanding of sporting biomechanics and therapy. A therapist with this combination of skills should be able to help you return to working on your exercise and body goals within 2-3 months.

So, don’t wait a to get back into your health routine and, no,it’s never normal to have pain just because now you’re a mum.

For more information please contact Joseph March (physiotherapist) at Hong Kong Sports Clinic - www.hongkongsportsclinic.com

Joseph March
Founder and Principal Physiotherapist
Hong Kong Sports Clinic 
Suite 1003, Takshing House,

20 Des Voeux Rd, Central, Hong Kong

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