Does my child hit or bite at nursery school?

It's a common behavior of small children, and has no aggressive value, I assure you! He's not doing it with the intention of hurting anyone: it's probably an impulsive act, which may be linked to an emotion of frustration (if another child has taken his toy away, for example), or to a rather clumsy attempt to make contact. He may even be expressing a great deal of affection by biting! Explain to him calmly that this behavior is not allowed, and accompany him to console the child he has bitten or kicked.

My child still has a cold. What should I do?

There are countless forms of cold viruses, so you're likely to come across them very often indeed! The most important thing is to wash your child's nose with saline solution several times a day, especially before meals and bedtime: this will make it easier for him to eat and sleep. Moreover, if the cold prevents him from eating, don't hesitate to offer him more frequent, but smaller, meals. Make sure he gets enough fluids, and that the room is well moistened and ventilated to help moisten his secretions. One last thing: don't forget to keep an eye on his temperature and general condition, especially if he's not having trouble breathing.

Léa Kourganoff, team midwife May answers the 3 questions most frequently asked by pregnant women on the app.

Pregnancy and baby: answers to the questions we ask most 

Pregnancy pain, baby aches... During pregnancy and the first years of a child's life, we have a ton of questions. To answer the most important ones, we met the team from May. This app accompanies parents from pregnancy to the child's third birthday, a bit like having an army of professionals - midwife, pediatrician, specialist... - in your pocket, always available and offering good advice. For Charlie Crane, the app entrusts us with the answers to the questions most asked by their community.

Emmanuelle Rigeade, nursery nurse and team coordinator Mayteam, answers the 3 questions most frequently asked by parents about the app.

Why does my baby cry as soon as I put him down?

Your baby has just spent nine months in his mother's womb, cradled and massaged by the movements of the amniotic fluid... He still needs reassuring cues around him (the sound of your voice, the noise of your heart, the warmth of your chest...) and to feel "contained" and close to you. So it's not unusual for him to cry when you put him down for the first few weeks. Don't hesitate to keep him close to you (babywearing is a great way to keep your hands free), or to put a hand on him when he's lying down. 

I no longer feel the symptoms of early pregnancy. Should I be concerned?

The absence of pregnancy symptoms or their disappearance during the first trimester should not worry you 🙂 It's probably because your hormone secretion has diminished a little, and is finally giving you some respite!

What should alert you: if you feel cramps in your lower abdomen, accompanied by bleeding. Otherwise, there's a good chance your pregnancy will run its course 🙂 Enjoy the peace and quiet!

If you're still worried, nothing will reassure you better than a visit to your practitioner to check that all is well.

I sometimes feel contractions, but they're not painful. Is this normal?

Does your uterus get hard for a minute or so, then relax? This could be a Braxton-Hicks contraction (named after the doctor who first described them!). During pregnancy, it's common to experience them from time to time: the upper limit is usually set at 10-15 per day. If they become more frequent, or are accompanied by "period pain", it's important to consult a doctor to take stock of the situation.

I feel tightness on the sides of my lower abdomen. Is this normal?

It sounds a lot like ligament pain! It's not uncommon to feel it, so don't worry. As the fetus grows, the uterus pushes and pulls on its ligaments and those of neighboring organs, like big rubber bands!

As long as the discomfort remains, there's nothing to worry about - on the contrary, your little one is developing! You can try to relieve them with warmth (hot water bottle, bath, shower) and rest.

Of course, if you're worried about feeling intense, permanent or increasing pain, it may be a good idea to have a consultation to check that everything is fine 🙂 .

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Thanks to Cécilia and the team May for their time.