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Dr Carol Cooper shares her advice on how parents can stay involved in their babies’ care whilst in the SCBU
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Will I have time to bond with each of my babies? Dr Carol Cooper offers practical advice on bonding with multiples.
Struggling to cope with crying babies? Dr Carol Cooper offers practical advice and answers why do babies cry?
Is the guidance for weaning twins and triplets different from the advice given for one baby? Find out from Dr Carol Cooper here.
How can I make sure my twins or triplets develop their own identities? Get tips for creating seperate identities for your twins from Dr Carol Cooper.
Why are my toddlers always getting into trouble? Find out about the terrible twos for twins and multiples here.
Potty training can instil dread into the parents of single toddlers, so how do parents of multiples cope? Find out here how to potty train twins and multiples.
Why are my twins naughtier than their friends? Find the answers from Dr Carol Cooper in this short film.
In the following short film Dr Carol Cooper explains some of the factors that lead to poor language development in twins and multiples. Also in this section, learn what you can do to encourage speech development and when to seek help.
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Are you trying to decide whether to place your twins in separate classes at school? Dr Carol Cooper can help
Exhaustion and emotions can easily cloud your mind, but try to remember that babies, especially newborns, cry for a reason so the first thing to do is to establish why they are crying.
As you get to know each of your babies it will get easier to understand their individual cries.
So why do babies cry? The most common reasons are:
- Discomfort from a dirty nappy
- Boredom (more of a problem with older babies than with newborns)
Creating a routine can help you to anticipate your babies’ needs, which should reduce the amount they cry. If your babies have colic and cry for prolonged periods of time then try to take some time away from them. Enlisting the help of family and friends and going somewhere out of earshot, even for a short time, can take the pressure off.
Putting your babies in the pushchair and going for a walk often settles them and can make you feel better too.
The way a baby cries when they are ill sounds very different to a hunger cry, and it will often be accompanied by other signs of illness. Investing in a thermometer can help you to distinguish between real illness and your own anxieties. You will soon learn to trust your instincts. If in doubt, always visit your GP.
Dr Carol Cooper, GP
Author of Twins and Multiple Births
All information used in this article was sourced from:
Cooper, C., 2004. Twins and Multiple Births. 2nd ed. Chatham: Vermilion
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