Keeping You and Your Child Safe: Medication And Your Pregnancy

Posted by Susan Brown on March 04, 2019 0 Comments

 

Keeping You and Your Child Safe: Medication And Your Pregnancy

 

Around 90% of pregnant women make use of at least one form of medicine during the course of their pregnancy according to the findings of the CDC. As the health of the mother and the child hangs in the balance when it comes to side effects of medicine, it’s important to know what to avoid before and after the pregnancy. So exactly what sort of medication should be given a wide berth? 

 

 

During Pregnancy

 

 

Drugs and substances deemed too dangerous for pregnant women are called teratogenic. Whatever medication you take, whether safe or teratogenic, will affect the life growing inside you. In some cases, the effect of medicine like Isotretinoin (used to fight acne) can be damaging. Known effects are birth defects, low birth weight, and even increase the likelihood of premature birth as established by J. Parboosingh. If you take substances like opioids, there is a huge chance that your child will be at risk for Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS).

 

 

The pregnant body often has a compromised immune system. The health of the child needs to be considered before you take any medicine. This is particularly true when it comes to taking antibiotics. There are certain kinds that are thought to be dangerous for pregnant women like Bactrim, Macrobid, and Doxycycline. There are other substances that can put your health risk so you need to be suitably informed.

 

 

After Birth

 

 

Once the child is born, this does not mean that you will be completely free to take medication and substances without due consideration. Take for example regular medication for colds. Breastfed babies get roughly 10% of the dose of cold medication that their mother takes as found by Dr. Elisa Ross of Cleveland Clinic. Substances like Domperidone (used to fight nausea) can put infants at risk for cardiac arrhythmias. Medicine like Metamizole or Dipyrone (a painkiller) can increase risk of pharmacological effects in children. It is generally for the best to avoid taking any antipsychotics while breastfeeding. If you take medication to treat schizophrenia, the child may be at risk for speech delays.

 

 

Things To Remember

 

 

Before taking any sort of medication, it is always good to consult your OB-GYN and your child’s pediatrician to be guided accordingly. The effect of medication can depend entirely on factors like your health and your child’s age, weight, and medical history. If you have any preexisting medical conditions, you aren’t doing anyone any favors by staying away from your medicine. It is fully possible to take necessary medication and reap the benefits. For example, the likes of mild painkillers, antihistamine, antacids, and certain antimicrobial medication can help. They can boost your health so you can better care for yourself and your child.

 

 

At the end of the day, the act of assumption will do the most damage to your health. Your pregnancy and subsequent birth are both exciting times and you need to be in your peak physical health. Medication isn’t the enemy and being fully aware of the things you need to avoid can give you and your child a better chance of staying healthy.

 

 

 

 

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How Baby Carriers Can Reduce Crying In Babies

Posted by Susan Brown on July 20, 2018 0 Comments

Thirteen percent of mothers admit that they find it difficult soothing their crying baby, according to a study carried out by Mohebati. If you’re one of these moms, you’ll be pleased to know that baby carriers are making a comeback. Business Wire reports that the global baby carrier market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.49% over the next four years. What’s even better is that placing your baby in a carrier gives you the opportunity to care for your skin after pregnancy without hindering the bond between you and your baby.

 

 Constant comfort

  One pediatrician-led Montreal study found that over the course of a six week period the babies of parents who carried their babies in a carrier for at least three hours a day and were encouraged to use the carrier cried 43% less than babies who were infrequently carried. While many babies cry because they want something, such as food or a clean nappy, there are times when they’ll get upset due to feeling insecure. Having spent nine months nestled in your womb, listening to your heartbeat, the sound of your voice and getting used to your smell, to suddenly be left alone in a Moses basket can be daunting. However, the comfort of a sling ensures these sounds and smells are available to your baby at all times and will ensure he or she is content.

 Learning rather than crying

  When a baby cries their full attention is on being comforted. But, when a baby is happy, they’re learning. Researchers have found that babies who are carried have increased visual and auditory alertness, due to them being content and in a calm atmosphere, known as ‘quiet alertness’. When a baby is in this state they are taking in everything that’s going on in the world around them and are learning all the time. Your Amazing Newborn explains that during the ‘quiet alert’ state babies "can follow a red ball, gaze at a face, turn to a voice.” Therefore, when you’re looking for ways to comfort your baby and boost his or her development, opt for a high-quality sling which keeps them close at all times.

Fights boredom

Babies can get bored, according to child psychologist Penelope Leach who states that parents who fail to interact with their newborn may have a restless baby on their hands. Bath time is a great way to combat boredom as your child will love the feel of the bubbly water and a massage with some nourishing baby lotion afterward will provide a sense of calm. However, it may not be long before boredom sets in. Placing your newborn in a carrier during this time should provide amusement as your little one will have countless things to see and do which will trigger his or her interest as you go about your day to day skincare routine and clean the house. It might seem dull to you, but watching your facial movements as you clean the dishes or hang out the washing will keep your child entertained for hours and there’ll be no tears to contend with.

There is strong evidence to support the theory that carried babies cry significantly less than non-carried babies. No mom wants to see or hear their little one crying for hours on end, so be sure to cradle your newborn to prevent boredom from setting in, for comfort and to enhance his or her development.

 

 

 

 

 

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Caring for Your Child’s Multi-Ethnic Hair

Posted by Susan Brown on April 10, 2018 0 Comments

If your little toddler or child ever asks you why styling their curls is so much work, the answer should always be, “because multi-ethnic hair is beautiful!” Curls do take a little more work, but that bounce and volume is all worth it. The key to stylish locks for babies and children with curly hair is to keep it simple, use gentle products, embrace a chemical-free lifestyle, and moisturize, moisturize, moisturize.

 Shampooing Less Frequently

Dryness is the main reason why curls might bunch up and tangle, and one reason it can exist is because of frequent washing. Some moms of multi-ethnic babes swear that shampooing once a week is more than enough, with conditioner or even spraying warm water onto hair being more than enough on other days.

 Not all babies, toddlers or little kids are alike; older children may really be into sport and may sweat considerably, thus necessitating a good shampoo more than once a week. If so, use gentle products such as Susan Brown’s Baby’s Foaming Shampoo & Wash, which is free of phthalates, sodium laurel sulfate, and  parabens, and is tear-free and ph-balanced. It is surprising to note that many commercial brands still contain harmful ingredients such as sulfates, which have been linked to everything from skin irritation to cancer.

 Adding Moisture to Your Routine

When bathing your child or helping them shower, apply shampoo or conditioner gently onto wet hair, massaging into the scalp and ever-so-gently tugging at knotted areas to smooth out. Always start at the end of the hair, working your way up slowly towards the scalp. Rub the hair gently between your thumb, pointer and middle finger, to loosen up any tangles you find. This process is vital because afterwards, it will be much easier to comb hair.

 Add a few drops of oil (argan, coconut or jojoba are deeply moisturizing) and massage on to your child’s locks as well. This will lend hair a beautiful shine and will lead to more defined curls.

 Combing Hair Out

An important strategy for styling multi-ethnic hair is to use as wide-toothed a comb as possible, to ensure less tangling; the comb cannot be too wide, however, since children tend to have less volume than adults.

You will find that with the added moisture, combing will be a breeze. You can add a touch of detangling spray if necessary, or a tiny bit more natural oil for extra shine.

In the summer, let hair air dry and in the winter, consider performing this routine at night, or gently dry with a hair diffuser, which distributes heat evenly through the head. When hair is almost dry, ask your child to bend forward. Move the diffuser in a down-to-up motion, to shape curls and add a bit of bounce.

Once you comb out your child’s hair, you can also skip the drying and ponytail hair back or style into a plait; styling when hair is wet is the easiest way to do so, since there will be zero tangles at this stage

Styling multi-ethnic hair is easy whenever moisture takes center stage. As your child grows up, feel free to experiment with multi-ethnicity brands that have a wealth of products aimed at particular types of hair (e.g. kinky hair will need more moisture, while wavy hair will benefit from curl defining products). With a little practice and plenty of variety in the styles you choose, your children will undoubtedly love their curls and the many styles they can sport.

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Child Safety On the Road

Posted by Susan Brown on March 27, 2018 0 Comments

As a parent, your main priority is your children’s safety. You spend a lot of time thinking of ways to care for them and to keep them safe, but there will be times when you have to let them be a little bit independent and start learning about the world. During these times, all you can do is to give them advice and teach them lessons on what to do or say.

One of the most dangerous places for children is the road. Depending on where you live, roads can be filled with hundreds or even thousands of cars that can go zooming past. Your children may be in danger if you do not teach them ways to be safe whenever they are near roads or streets, so it’s best to give them the following guidelines:

1. Use sidewalks. – Sidewalks are your kid’s best friend when they are walking. Sidewalks are usually separated from the vehicular section of the road by a curb to prevent vehicles from going into the pedestrian section. If there is no sidewalk, tell your children to walk facing oncoming traffic so they can see the vehicles that are going in their direction.

2. Use pedestrian crosswalks. – Pedestrian crosswalks ensure that you’re crossing the street in the safest section possible. Tell your children that they still need to look left and right before crossing even if they use the crosswalk whenever they are crossing the street. Teach your children to make eye contact with the driver of an oncoming vehicle to make sure that the driver is aware that someone is passing.

3. Do not run. – Teach your kids not to run or dart out in the middle of the street. Even if it’s just in front of your residence where there may be speed bumps to slow vehicles down, some drivers still speed through them or go over the set speed limit, so it’s best to teach your children never to run whenever they are by the street.

4. Avoid walking at night. – Try to get your kids at home before sundown. If it is not possible, tell your kids that they have to be more aware of their surroundings, especially oncoming vehicles. Have them wear bright colored clothes and reflective gear to ensure that drivers can see them.

5. Play in safe spaces. – Your children would want to play outside of the house with their friends, and that is okay, it is part of them socializing and being children. Just make sure to tell them never to play in driveways, the street or road, parking lots, or yards by the street with no fence.

6. Always be alert. – Keep distractions to a minimum. Tell your kids to put down their cell phones when crossing the street. If they are listening to music while walking, they should keep the volume down so that they can hear oncoming vehicles, or just listen to music after they’ve reached their destination. If they need to use their cell phone, they should stop walking and find a safe place where they can use the device.

Use these tips while traveling as well. You will never stop worrying about your children no matter what they are doing, that is what parenting is all about. However, you can teach them ways on how to avoid getting into danger and make sure that they create a habit out these lessons to keep them safe from road accidents.

Source: Hogan Injury

 

 

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Bathing Tips for Your New Baby

Posted by Susan Brown on March 19, 2018 0 Comments

Now that you are home from the hospital and starting your 4th Trimester...

You may have questions on how to bathe your little one. See our tips below:

How often to bathe your baby

In many families, a bath becomes the focus of a nightly bedtime routine. But from a cleanliness perspective, until your baby is crawling around and getting into messes, a bath isn't really necessary more than a few times a week. Just wash his face frequently, clean anywhere there are skin folds, and thoroughly clean his genital area after each diaper change.

Where to bathe your baby

It makes sense to use the kitchen sink or a small plastic baby tub. A standard bathtub requires you to kneel or lean awkwardly over your baby and gives you less control over his movements.

How to give your baby a bath

Here's how to do it and what you'll need to make baby-bathing easy. With any luck, bath time will become one of the most enjoyable parts of your days together:

1. Gather all necessary bath supplies, and lay out a towel, a clean diaper, and clothes. Make sure the room is comfortably warm so your baby doesn't get chilled.

2. Fill the tub with about 3 inches of water that feels warm but not hot to the inside of your wrist – about 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 degrees Celsius) or a few degrees warmer.

3. Bring your baby to the bath area and undress her completely.

4. Gradually slip your baby into the tub feet first, using one hand to support her neck and head. Pour cupfuls of bath water over her regularly during the bath so she doesn't get cold.

5. Use mild soap sparingly (too much dries out your baby's skin). Wash her with your hand or a washcloth from top to bottom, front and back. Start by washing her scalp with a wet, soapy cloth. Rinse the soap from the cloth and use it to gently clean her eyes and face. If dried mucus has collected in the corner of your baby's nostrils or eyes, dab it several times with a small section of a moistened washcloth to soften it before you wipe it out. As for your baby's genitals, a routine washing is all that's needed.

6. Rinse your baby thoroughly with cupfuls of clean water, and wipe her with a clean washcloth.

7. Wrap your baby in a hooded towel and pat her dry. If her skin is dry, or if she has a bit of diaper rash, you may want to apply a mild lotion after her bath.

 

Source: Pregnancy Center

 

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