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Tackling menstrual blues in your special needs girl-child

Tackling menstrual blues in your special needs girl-child

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A parent support group meet was organized on the 16th of July 2017, by Nayi Disha resource centre. Several useful ideas and key management strategies on special needs were discussed during the event and have evoked positive response from many parents. We have presented below the major topics discussed to be able to reach out to all the parents who can equally benefit from this useful exchange of ideas. Our parent circle included two very enthusiastic and inspiring individuals, Mrs. Sunita Deshpande, a special educator and Dr Kavya, gynaecologist. They were both instrumental in providing valuable inputs and provided motivation to parents about finding constructive ways to deal with the challenges surrounding a special girl-child.

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When reproductive hormones go out of sync, the body faces intense fluctuations in moods. This phase of menstruation is termed as menstrual stress.

Mood fluctuations that occur in this period maybe handled by following some of the following tips -

  • Nutritional intervention – Eating vital minerals and vitamins can help soothe the nerves and calm the body during menstruation.
    •  Avoid the consumption of foods that are high in salt, spice or caffeine
    • Menstruation is a period when the body looses a lot of vital nutrients. Consumption of  nutrient-rich food will allow the body to recuperate during menstruation -
    • Iron, such as jaggery, dates or green leafy vegetables
    • Calcium, in the form of ragi or dairy products
    • Magnesium
    • Egg (whites) and milk (skimmed) are complete foods.
    • Dry fruits.
    • Vitamins such as D, B6 or B12 (B6, especially for vegetarians)
    • Multivitamin tablets, as recommended by a doctor
    • Evening primrose oil pills have been recommended by many women as an effective strategy for handling symptoms of premenstrual stress.

 

  • In extreme cases where mood fluctuations are beyond control, oral contraceptive pills are medically recommended by a doctor. Disclaimer: They come with their own side effects.

  • Physical activity
    • Getting your child to perform Yoga or Aerobics, can be both energizing and calming to her mind.
    • Actively engage your child in other therapeutic outlets such as art, music or dance.

 

  • Let your daughter also enjoy dressing-up just like any other teenage girl. This will increase her self-esteem and boost her self-confidence.
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