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my baby is 2yrs 7mnths...usse bahut sardi aur jukham ki problem hai..mahine me 2,3bar usko sardi kha....

my baby is 2yrs 7mnths...usse bahut sardi aur jukham ki problem hai..mahine me 2,3bar usko sardi khasi hoti hai...aur high fever v... medicine lene se thik ho jata fir hota hae..iske liye me kya karu??kindly ans

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Hi Tina, Babies falling sick again and again indicates that her immunity is weak. So first and foremost you have to Health Drink her immunity.To Health Drink immunity, include variety of colored fruits and veggies and infant cereals fortified with Iron and omega to Health Drink immunity. Carrots, green beans, sweet potatoes, yellow pumpkin, greens, oranges, all contain immunity-boosting phytonutrients which help baby to fight germ and infection. Including egg and lean meat and beans, like rajma ,channa and grains like ragi is another way of boosting immunity. Also including Yogurt or baby food with probiotics added to Health Drink baby’s immunity. Make sure that baby is getting enough of healthy fats like omega 3, which are available from foods like, flax seeds, powdered nuts and fatty fish like salmon. Deficiency of Vitamin D can also weaken immune system. Lastly check your baby's iron levels as low iron levels can also trigger infection and in case of deficiency baby should be put under appropriate supplementation 2018-09-26 15:03:14
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hiii mam...mera baby boy 11 month 7 kg ka hai...i want to know that what should i eat for good breas....

hiii mam...mera baby boy 11 month 7 kg ka hai...i want to know that what should i eat for good breastmilk supply....kya maa ka khane ka pravav breastfeeding baby par padti hai?

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Hi Nibetia, Yes what you eat is not only going to help your baby but at the same time it will help you as well. Breast milk supply depends on sucking and the willingness to breastfeed The more the sucking, more will be the milk production and more will be the supply. Follow the tips given below- 1. Feed more often and for longer time on each side. 2. Drink plenty of water and atleast 2-3 cups of milk in a day. 3. There are many natural and healthy foods that increase milk supply plus they do not cause any harm to babies. These are Carrots, Beet, Dark green veggies like Spinach, Oats, chickpeas, nuts,, sesame seeds, ghee, almonds, cashew, gardencress seeds, edible gum methi seeds and some spices like, ginger, saunf, black pepper, , aijwain, caraway and turmeric but these foods should be taken in moderation. 5. Do not take any medication unless prescribed by doctor and avoid excess of coffee. 6. Remain happy and relaxed and do not get stressed. 2018-09-26 15:06:34
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Hi ,My baby is 10 months old.Milk supply reduced gradually from 8 months.Foods like fish,garlic,milk....

Hi ,My baby is 10 months old.Milk supply reduced gradually from 8 months.Foods like fish,garlic,milk were not giving much results.

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Hi Navya, If milk supply has suddenly refused then check if you have started with any medications, as this may affect milk supply. Also starting solids and giving excess of solids may result in reduced appetite for breast milk. Lower the sucking, lower will be the milk supply. Breast milk supply depends mainly on demand. So to increase the supply, feed more often, keep a gap between solid feeds and milk feeds, plus foods like, Carrots, Beet, Dark green veggies like Spinach, Oats, chickpeas, nuts,, sesame seeds, ghee, almonds, cashew, gardencress seeds, edible gum methi seeds and some , spices like, ginger, saunf, black pepper, , aijwain, caraway and turmeric can help in increasing the supply. Lastly do not take stress, remain happy and relaxed as this will also help in good milk supply 2018-09-26 15:10:53
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Hi mam, I have 2 months old baby boy, BM IS insufficient for him, kindly advice how to improve brea....

Hi mam, I have 2 months old baby boy, BM IS insufficient for him, kindly advice how to improve breast milk supply

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Hi Sangeetha, Breast milk supply depends on sucking and the willingness to breastfeed . The more the sucking, more will be the milk production and more will be the supply. For this, check on the tips - 1. Make sure baby is latched or attached well to your breasts as this will ensure good sucking. 2. Make sure baby is positioned well. Hold baby with your arms forming a C shape and face completely turned towards your chest. You can check with your doctor for correct positioning. 3. Feed more often and for longer time on each side. 4. Drink plenty of water and atleast 2-3 cups of milk in a day. 5. There are many natural and healthy foods that increase milk supply plus they do not cause any harm to babies. These are Carrots, Beet, Dark green veggies like Spinach, Oats, chickpeas, nuts,, sesame seeds, ghee, almonds, cashew, gardencress seeds, edible gum methi seeds and some spices like, ginger, saunf, black pepper, , aijwain, caraway and turmeric but these foods should be taken in moderation. 6. Do not take any medication unless prescribed by doctor and avoid excess of coffee. 7. Remain happy and relaxed and do not get stressed 2018-09-26 15:12:10
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my baby s 5 month old shall i use to give water for him. nd at 6 th month what food shall i start? a....

my baby s 5 month old shall i use to give water for him. nd at 6 th month what food shall i start? am giving breastfeeding only.

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Hi Jemi, As per WHO Recommendation, baby should be kept exclusively on breast milk till 6 months of age, which means no food or drinks to be given, not even water. Breast milk itself fulfils baby's need for water. At 6 months first check for signs to know if baby is ready for solids then you can start with foods. It is always advisable to start with pureed foods first. Start with Single grain cereal or single food. Rice cereal is one of the most well tolerated cereals, least allergenic plus the taste and texture is close to breast milk, hence its an ideal first food for the baby. Next comes pureed fruits like cooked pureed apple, mashed banana, cooked pureed sweet potato, carrot, pear or peach and gradually move to mashed dal, rice etc.You can also then start with rava kheer, phirni but all this should go in stages. Start with single food first and wait for few days (3-4 days) to check baby’s tolerance and then introduce another new food. Once you know that baby is tolerating certain foods then you can start mixing these foods to give variety to your baby. 2018-09-26 15:15:45
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my child is now 6 months old and what all Vegetables and fruits can give him ,

my child is now 6 months old and what all Vegetables and fruits can give him ,

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Hi Sumitra, Regarding fruits and veggies at 6 months of age, start with cooked pureed foods first. You can start with cooked pureed apple, mashed banana, cooked pureed sweet potato, carrot, pear or peach. Start with single food first and wait for few days (3-4 days) to check baby’s tolerance and then introduce another new food. Once you know that baby is tolerating certain foods then you can start mixing these foods to give variety to your baby. 2018-09-26 15:18:00
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hi mam. i am breastfeeding my baby currently. Wanted to know what should be the first solid food giv....

hi mam. i am breastfeeding my baby currently. Wanted to know what should be the first solid food given to him when he will turn 6 months old and which milk can be given to him then cow, formula feed?

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Hi Sneha, Most importantly you can continue with breastfeeding for as long as you can give. It can be continued even upto one year and incase if you are a working woman, then also you can express out your milk. Breast milk is the best and no other milk can match upto it. It will help in the healthy growth of the baby plus it will Health Drink baby's immunity and also help in brain development. So continue with breastfeeding. For any reason if you want to switch over to any other milk after 6 months, then start with age appropriate Formula and not Cow's milk. Cow's milk should be started only after 1 year of age. Regarding solids, start with pureed foods first. Start with Single grain cereal or single food. Rice cereal is one of the most well tolerated cereals, least allergenic plus the taste and texture is close to breast milk, hence its an ideal first food for the baby. Next comes pureed fruits like cooked pureed apple, mashed banana, cooked pureed sweet potato, carrot, pear or peach and then later mashed dal, rice, rava kheer etc. Start with single food first and wait for few days (3-4 days) to check baby’s tolerance and then introduce another new food. Once you know that baby is tolerating certain foods then you can start mixing these foods to give variety to your baby. 2018-09-26 15:25:37
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my baby is 5 month old.. what should i eat so that my BM supply is regular and have good quality of....

my baby is 5 month old.. what should i eat so that my BM supply is regular and have good quality of milk. Can i start having outside food ?

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Hi Sunitha, Firstly regarding outside food, since its rich in unhealthy fats, mostly loaded with sugars, all of which is not good for your own health. You have come out of a demanding period of pregnancy and now you are at even more demanding phase, your body needs healthy wholesome balanced home-made food. This will help to meet your own nutritional requirements plus will ensure good milk supply. Home-made foods taken by breastfeeding mum, will very rarely cause allergic reaction to baby , hence they are safe as well. Breast milk supply depends on sucking and the willingness to breastfeed The more the sucking, more will be the milk production and more will be the supply. For this, check on the tips - 1. Feed more often and for longer time on each side. 2. Drink plenty of water and atleast 2-3 cups of milk in a day. 3 There are many natural and healthy foods that increase milk supply plus they do not cause any harm to babies. These are Carrots, Beet, Dark green veggies like Spinach, Oats, chickpeas, nuts,, sesame seeds, ghee, almonds, cashew, gardencress seeds, edible gum methi seeds and some spices like, ginger, saunf, black pepper, , aijwain, caraway and turmeric but these foods should be taken in moderation. 4. Do not take any medication unless prescribed by doctor and avoid excess of coffee. 5. Remain happy and relaxed and do not get stressed 2018-09-26 15:30:26
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My breast milk is very low. I give my baby buffalo milk. It's right or wrong. If its not right. Then....

My breast milk is very low. I give my baby buffalo milk. It's right or wrong. If its not right. Then suggest me formula milk which will I give to my baby

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Hi Shalu, Please kindly let us know your baby's age, to give you appropriate advice. Breast milk supply depends on demand, more you will feed, more sucking will happen and increase will be the supply. So it is very rare that a mother has a very poor supply. If you have the willingness to breastfeed then my advice would be to restart breast feeding as breast milk is the Best milk for your baby. Breast milk can always be re-started. Try giving it till 6 months of age. Regarding top milk, if you want to switch over to another milk then go for age appropriate Formula milk. You can check with your doctor on this but when buying the Formula, go for the one which is fortified with Iron, Zinc, Omega3 , which may appear as DHA on the pack. This type will be closest to breast milk. Cow's milk should be started from 1 year of age and not before. Starting Cow's milk at an early age can result in allergic reactions and even nutritional deficiency. 2018-09-26 15:37:37
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hi mam....my baby girl is 4th month..my breast milk is not sufficient which food i have to take to i....

hi mam....my baby girl is 4th month..my breast milk is not sufficient which food i have to take to increase my breastmilk

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Hi Kathyayani, Breast milk supply depends on sucking and the willingness to breastfeed The more the sucking, more will be the milk production and more will be the supply.To increase milk supply- Feed more often and for longer time on each side. Drink plenty of water and atleast 2-3 cups of milk in a day. There are many natural and healthy foods that increase milk supply plus they do not cause any harm to babies. These are Carrots, Beet, Dark green veggies like Spinach, Oats, chickpeas, nuts,, sesame seeds, ghee, almonds, cashew, gardencress seeds, edible gum methi seeds and some spices like, ginger, saunf, black pepper, , aijwain, caraway and turmeric but these foods should be taken in moderation. Do not take any medication unless prescribed by doctor and avoid excess of coffee. Remain happy and relaxed and do not get stressed 2018-09-26 15:39:43
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ma'am tell me a healthy diet plan for my baby after 6 months and remedies and exercises for weight....

ma'am tell me a healthy diet plan for my baby after 6 months and remedies and exercises for weight loss to me? had a vaginal delivery and still looks like 7 months pregnant..

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Hi Komal, at 6 months,babies are introduced to new foods. So best is to give only 1-2 solid feeds and only 1-2 tablespoon in each feed. Offer 5-6 milk feeds (150-175ml per feed) Continue with breast milk, do not stop or reduce it. As baby grows older you can give more amounts in each solid feed. Start with single foods, like pureed apple or rice cereal and when baby is well adjusted to it, you can offer other foods like, pureed carrot, sweet potato and mashed banana. Slowly you can move to ragi porridge, rava kheer, mashed dal, etc. Make sure you do not add spices or sugar to any of these foods. Also at this age, milk still remains the main feed hence do not reduce or replace with milk feeds. Ideal way of coming back to shape is to Exercise. This way you will lose fat and not muscles. As soon as you feel fit to move out, go for short walks with your baby in a stroller. A great way of losing weight plus also, moving out of the daily chores. Once baby is little grown up, you can enroll with a nearby gym for dance classes, aerobics or different other form of classes that will keep you motivated plus help you to lose weight. Also, from 4-6 months after your delivery, you can start with swimming or other sports that interests you, like playing outdoor games. Yoga is another great way of keeping your body and mind fit. 2018-09-26 15:54:20
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Hi mam, my baby is 6 months old , i have to go office next week,iam breastfeeding mom, give me some....

Hi mam, my baby is 6 months old , i have to go office next week,iam breastfeeding mom, give me some tips , what i have to feed in office time, what i have to tell caretaker

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Hi Madhurim, Firstly remember you can continue to breastfeed even if you are way from your baby. You can express out your milk and store it in fridge. Baby's care can feed baby your milk in your absence. For this you need to train the baby to get used to taking feed from bottle or katori and spoon. Breast milk in fridge remains good for 4-5 hours. In addition you can prepare some purees like, apple puree or mashed rice or cooke carrot puree and this can also be fed to the baby in your absence. In case if you need some advice on storing breast milk do let me know. 2018-09-26 15:57:51
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Hi mam my baby is 5weeks she always used to feed on one side and Health Drink just 10-15 minutes and....

Hi mam my baby is 5weeks she always used to feed on one side and Health Drink just 10-15 minutes and go to sleep is that k mam?? she wets 10-15pantys a day... and my right breast is heavy always compared to left one y?? and my breast feels soft even after feeding 2-3hrs

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Hi Trinayani, It is always advised to feed from both sides. Feeding from one side will result in accumulation of milk on the other side. Hence please consult your doctor and get yourself examined as milk accumulation is not good and can cause problems. Your doctor will help to remove the milk from the other side and also guide you on correct feeding techniques. 2018-09-26 16:00:14
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if periods start within 4 months does it affect the milk supply and if yes what food to eat to incre....

if periods start within 4 months does it affect the milk supply and if yes what food to eat to increase bm supply

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Hi Dinal, No it will not affect the milk supply at all. It is absolutely normal. bUt if you take any kind of medication or any hormones or OCP then it Amy affect or even reduce the milk supply. 2018-09-26 16:01:22
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my baby is 7 months old she don't sleep enough and won't journey in car what to do mam please answer....

my baby is 7 months old she don't sleep enough and won't journey in car what to do mam please answer me

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Hi ns prasanna, You have to train your baby for getting good sleep. If baby is given small frequent feeds through out the day then this will help to calm the baby and help her to sleep. Foods like cereals, like, rice cereal or mashed banana, are calming and relaxing and will help baby to sleep. 2018-09-26 16:03:55
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Hello Ma'am, My baby is just 8 days old.He had born through C-section.I want to know about the diet....

Hello Ma'am, My baby is just 8 days old.He had born through C-section.I want to know about the diet to increase the breast milk. Is it mandatory to do poo everyday as my baby is not doing so....how can I overcome the issue???

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Hi Rafat, In the beginning baby's system takes some time to adjust and hence soon his motions will also get regularised. If baby is on Breast milk then baby may pass motion after every feed which is considered normal. Breast milk supply depends on sucking and the willingness to breastfeed The more the sucking, more will be the milk production and more will be the supply. For this, check on the tips - 1. Make sure baby is latched or attached well to your breasts as this will ensure good sucking. 2. Make sure baby is positioned well. Hold baby with your arms forming a C shape and face completely turned towards your chest. You can check with your doctor for correct positioning. 3. Feed more often and for longer time on each side. 4. Drink plenty of water and atleast 2-3 cups of milk in a day. 5. There are many natural and healthy foods that increase milk supply plus they do not cause any harm to babies. These are Carrots, Beet, Dark green veggies like Spinach, Oats, chickpeas, nuts,, sesame seeds, ghee, almonds, cashew, gardencress seeds, edible gum methi seeds and some spices like, ginger, saunf, black pepper, , aijwain, caraway and turmeric but these foods should be taken in moderation. 6. Do not take any medication unless prescribed by doctor and avoid excess of coffee. 7. Remain happy and relaxed and do not get stressed 2018-09-26 15:20:58
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Dear Maam my son is 8 mths old he is on breastmilk my doc has stilled not suggested any milk of cow....

Dear Maam my son is 8 mths old he is on breastmilk my doc has stilled not suggested any milk of cow or buffalo but somehow i m confused shud i give him outside milk or not at least at nights .pls advise

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Hi Falguni, Your doctor is absolutely right. You can continue with your milk even upto one year of age, Breast milk changes in composition in relation to baby's age. Hence it continues to be a great food to fulfil your baby's nutritional requirements. In addition to breast milk feeds, you should be giving 3-4 solid feeds of atleast 1/2 cup each in a day.Include variety of foods to make sure baby gets all vital nutrients. 2018-09-26 16:07:29
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mam,my baby has 9 month old& her weight is 7.2 kg,how to increase her weight...

mam,my baby has 9 month old& her weight is 7.2 kg,how to increase her weight...

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Hi Sonali, To help baby gain weight, include high calorie fruits and veggies like, bananas, pears, peaches, sweet potatoes and avocados. . Also include whole dairy products, like, cheese, paneer,yogurt and add them to all the recipes. At this age you can also start with cooked egg yolk Even by adding boiled potatoes, grains like ragi, jowar or infant cereals, like oats, Dalia to various foods the calorie content can be increased. Give small frequent feeds as this will help in healthy weight gain. 2018-09-26 16:09:42
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hi mam i have 2 months old baby.her birth weight was 3.5 kg now she s 4.5 kg .she wil get up often f....

hi mam i have 2 months old baby.her birth weight was 3.5 kg now she s 4.5 kg .she wil get up often for milk and goes to urin more than 25 times and poops more than 15 times .if i ask doctor he s like its normal please suggest.

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Hi Radhika, On an average a baby gains weight at the rate of 1/2-1kg/month. So she is doing fine. Yes your doctors' advice is correct and I fully agree with him. Firstly remember, all babies are different and have different feeding patterns. Some babies take small frequent feeds which is absolutely normal and is considered as a healthy habit since it helps in healthy weight gain.Your baby is doing the same, which is in fact good for her healthy growth. Also babies on breast milk usually pass stool after every feed which is also considered normal. As long a your baby is taking feeds well, is gaining weight healthily and is passing 5-6 times urine in a day, all is fine. Do not worry. 2018-09-26 15:46:07
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I am working mom and i have to take my daughter with me. She is 6m8d old. now i feel tired all the....

I am working mom and i have to take my daughter with me. She is 6m8d old. now i feel tired all the time and my job duration ia from 7am to 2pm. pz suggest some food ideas for my daughter which have long durability and some energy booster for me.

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Hi Deepti, Energy boosters for adults and toddlers are the ones which are packed with healthy carbs and proteins. Healthy carbs will keep you full for a longer time plus will keep you active and alert. Healthy carbs comes from foods made from grains, like ragi, multi grain breads, cereals, like oats, Dalia, and also from fruits and veggies. Foods like sprouted dals, beans like rajma, channa, nuts and seeds and dairy like yogurt, paneer will give you both protein and healthy carbs, So snacks like mix of nuts and seeds, salads or sandwiches made with sprouted pulses, beans , nuts cheese or paneer and using whole grains will keep you full for longer time. Lastly if you feel tired and feel weak, get your Vit D and Iron levels tested. 2018-09-26 15:51:22
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hi mam...i delivered my baby but BM was low..n again i m 8th month pregnant so what should i do?? to....

hi mam...i delivered my baby but BM was low..n again i m 8th month pregnant so what should i do?? to increase breastmilk

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Hi Bhavisha,If you eat healthy then it will be good both to increase your milk supply as well as help you during your pregnancy,There are many natural and healthy foods that increase milk supply plus they do not cause any harm to babies. These are Carrots, Beet, Dark green veggies like Spinach, Oats, chickpeas, nuts,, sesame seeds, ghee, almonds, cashew, gardencress seeds, edible gum methi seeds and some , spices like, ginger, saunf, black pepper, , aijwain, caraway and turmeric but these foods should be taken in moderation.Do not take any medication unless prescribed by doctor and avoid excess of coffee. Remain happy and relaxed and do not get stressed. 2018-09-26 16:11:50
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Hello madam My son is 5 weeks old, he had fever on the second day due to dehydration. I was told th....

Hello madam My son is 5 weeks old, he had fever on the second day due to dehydration. I was told that my supply is low. I have tried almost every alternative to increase my supply. I have taken lactare tablets and powder as well, still i find my son crying when i feed him. I tried hand expression and could not take out even 10ml. Please help Thank you

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Hi Vijaya, I think in your case you need medical advice. If the tablets have not helped then please consult doctor. Also you can try expressing out your milk using pump, express it more often as this will help in increasing milk supply,Remain relaxed and calm. 2018-09-26 16:14:23

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