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When you get a splinter here is an easy way of removing it: Before you reach for the tweezers try grabbing the scotch tape. Place the tape over the splinter and pull it back, this will remove the splinter without pain. Works great with kids; they can even do it themselves.
It is true that you cannot measure, accurately, the volume of milk consumed by your breastfed baby. You can guage your results by the other end, however. Expect 6 - 8 wet diapers daily . This means that the volume has been sufficient. Bowel movements can range from 2 - 5 daily. This proves that the calories consumed have been sufficient.
My son needed some medically necessary equipment, which I could not afford ($2500). I tried to go through our insurance carrier, then Medicaid. A friend in NY gave me the phone number for Children's Charity Fund, 1-800-6-HELP-US. I called them, got my application, filled it out and Voila! My son now owns a Rifton Walker, free of charge. I thank God the Children's Charity Fund exists. You must do a lot of legwork, but who said life was easy?
Shingles (Varicella Zoster Virus) outbreaks are not "caught" from other people. Coming into contact with someone who has shingles will not cause you to "catch" a case of shingles, although if you have never had chickenpox before, you might have a small risk of developing that condition.
Chicken Pox (Varicella) is still one of the more common childhood diseases. There is now a vaccine available that may become mandated some time in the near future. This illness is spread by droplet and airborne means. As it starts with general flu like symptoms, every sneeze, cough, and 'sprayed' speaking incident could spread it to someone in the immediate vicinity.
Wipe baby's gums with a clean, damp cloth or gauze after each bottle-feeding or nursing. Brush twice daily with water and a rounded soft-bristled brush when the first tooth erupts. Most importantly, to prevent baby bottle decay (the decay that can occur when infants are put to bed with bottles of sweetened liquids), never put babies to bed with a bottle containing any sweetened liquid, including juice, formula or milk.
Fevers usually don't indicate anything serious in kids that are relatively healthy. Although a child's rising temperature causes alarm in most parents, fever itself can actually be a good thing — it's often the body's way of fighting infections. Not all fevers need to be treated and sometimes introducing fever-reducing medicine can actually prolong the fever by not allowing it to run its course. High fever, however, can make your kids uncomfortable and worsen problems such as dehydration. Check with your doctor to determine the temperature at which your he or she needs to be notified.
Chicken pox is highly contagious from 1 - 2 days before any spots become noticeable until all the lesions are scabbed over. It is only fair to warn parents of playmates, daycare and baby-sitters, teachers and other groups your child has been in touch with. Do this by phone, please.
Review with your doctor, over the phone, his/her recommendations for pain, irritability, itching, and scratching due to chicken pox. Expect to hear Tylenol/Advil for fever, Calamine lotion for spot itch, and possibly an oral antihistamine (e.g. Benadryl for kids) for overall and internal irritation relief.
Primary varicella pneumonia is a dreaded complication of chickenpox and is responsible for most fatalities. It is most commonly seen in adults, in immunocompromised children and also in most, if not all, fatal cases of neonatal chickenpox. It is rarely seen in older children.
When your child does eat, even if it is only a small amount, give him lots of praise. Remember that children will eat when they are hungry. If your child has a snack between meals, try and make sure it's something healthy, like fruit, so it's not seen as a reward for not eating his meals.
Scarring occurs frequently, especially in older children and adults, creating round, deep, scars, which are known as 'pock marks'. It is commonly said that picking the spots makes scarring more likely but most pock marks arise from pox that were NOT picked. These marks are permanent and they are unpredicatable.
When one of your children are exposed to chicken pox, don't fight it. Call all your child's friends and try to find a common exposure contact. You may be lucky enough to find that their best friend and a sibling or two were all infected at the same time. Great! Now they will have someone to play with during their time off school!
Delivery of your baby and the placenta will leave the inside of the uterus raw, like a grazed shin. Contractions of the uterus are like applying pressure to a scrape or cut, and are beneficial. The healing of this area takes time - about 6 weeks. During this time, you will notice the changes as the lochia (period-like flow) changes from mostly blood to blood tinged to clear yellowish mucus.
Take advantage of a hospital tour before surgery if at all possible. Include the route to the admitting department, the way to the change area, the narrow stretchers and cribs, the OR, and the recovery room. Note all the new noises and sights. Try to meet or greet any personnel that may be involved with the surgery.
I had to re-arrange my entire at-home routine to be able to either work one handed or no-handed in order to carry, push or pull my clingy, constantly crying infant. He did eventually outgrow it, and to this day, he remains the first one to spontaneously hug me or ask me about my feelings. The efforts were certainly well worth it in my book.
Temperature reducing drugs come in a variety of flavors and delivery methods. e.g. dropper doses, syrup, chewable tablets, quick dissolve tablets and suppositories. You may need to try more than one to find the best for your child to take with minimum fuss and fights. Total rejection is not an option.
Sometimes, your diet is reflected in your breastmilk. If the baby tends to complain of colic (crying for no other apparent reason) consider when the last time you ate cabbage, broccoli, onions, garlic or corn. The good news is a diet that avoids fatty foods, like butter, cream and mayonnanise, will help reduce a breastfed baby's potential colic. The bad news is, chocolate really aggravates baby's gas.
Fever and dehydration? Besides losing body fluids, important minerals and electrolytes are leeched from normal sources. Salt (sodium, Na) and Potassium (K) are very susceptible. You can replace these easily with child favorites, like potato chips and bananas. Carbonated beverages, like ginger ale and Coke are also sources of these missing links.
The normal size of an unpregnant uterus (uter-house) is like a closed fist. Pregnancy stretches it like a large balloon filled with baby, amniotic fluid and placenta. After you deliver your baby, the uterus must contract its muscles back to the original, compact size. Lack of contents and natural hormones will start the process. The stimulation of breastmilk expression is one way to kick in the body's hormones to do the job. The entire process takes up to 6 weeks to complete.
A 'boggy' uterus is not a good thing. Some physicians will prescribe drugs immediately post partum to speed up the contractions. Post delivery nurses and doctors will check the size of the uterus and its initial retraction progress. This is done by firm pressure around the level of your belly button. Be prepared for a 'gush' as any blood and fluid will be expelled when checking.
In the early postpartum period or until her nipples toughen, the breastfeeding mother should air dry them after each nursing to prevent them from cracking, which can lead to infection. If her nipples do crack, the mother can coat them with breast milk or other natural moisturizers to help them heal. Vitamin E oil and lanolin are commonly used, although some babies may have allergic reactions to them.
Give a quick call to your family doctor if you strongly suspect chicken pox has arrived at your house. Don't show up in a clinic or office and have to sit in a crowded waiting room full of truly sick people who could be made even more ill by contact with your child.
Trying out different positions for breastfeeding twins simultaneously is only challenging to you, mom. These babies are used to being up close and personal with their twin. So, get yourself comfortable first, then just pull them close so that there is a mouth at each breast. Let the body parts lie as they will.
As time goes on, you will probably identify those foods that your child consistently refuses to eat. Perhaps this will be anything "green" or "smelly". Work with the pattern that emerges. Stop forcing broccoli and blue cheese, and stick with yellow beans and cheddar. Accepting your child's preferences is a concession easily made.
Children tend to copy their parents' behavior. Children whose parents smoke, for example, are more likely to become smokers. Evaluate your own use of tobacco, alcohol, prescription medicines, and even over-the-counter drugs. Consider how your attitudes and actions may be shaping your child's choice about whether or not to use alcohol or other drugs.
After recovery from childhood chicken pox, the Varicella Zoster Virus (VZV)is not eliminated from the body but rather, the virus lies dormant (latent), often for decades, in the sensory nervous system. Latent infection may reactivate, in which case the result is an episode of shingles. This usually happens in older people, perhaps because, with advancing age, the immune system fails to keep the virus in check.
When babies cry, they swallow air and this adds to a colic state. Your baby may just be a huggy/kissy, tactile one that really does need a lot of holding, more than you 'think' you have time to devote. That is where your critical audience comes in (husband, in-laws, friends etc.) - use them. Let them hold the baby for a spell. It is amazing how many tasks can wait until you have two hands or arms with which to do them.
Caution: If you have friends who are pregnant or are actively trying to get pregnant, or have newborns (especially bottle fed ones) or family members with a weakened immune system (leukemia, transplants, aids) warn them of the chicken pox kids' exposure and avoid contact until all the scabs have have dried and fallen off. These people with weakened or negligible immune systems could die from contracting the chicken pox (varicella).
Babies do not cry without a reason. If you suspect that gas is the root of the problem, you have to decide whether you are ready to modify your own diet or not. If no, then you have to learn to deal with the possibility that the baby LOVES what you are feeding her, she drinks way more than she needs, and she gets gas as a result. So... burb her more often. For example: if you only burb her between breasts, now, then stop her and try every 1 minute. Use an egg timer or a second hand if necessary.
This is the strangest bit of advice I ever got in my prenatal classes... When you first start breastfeeding and your nipples get chafed and sore, the best thing in the world is to put a cool wet teabag on them. I don't know why it works, but it does!
Because the rash of shingles contains varicella zoster virus (VZV), the infection can theoretically be passed on during the time that the rash (blisters or sores) is visible. Healing scabs are not infectious. The typical duration of the shingles rash is 2 to 5 weeks if untreated, but shorter if antiviral agents are used.