Toxic Items for Your Skin

Posted by Susan Brown on April 15, 2019 0 Comments

Toxic Items for Your Skin

 

When you’re pregnant, the products you use on your skin are more important than ever. Everything you’re consuming, your baby is consuming. When you eat a nutritious diet, your developing infant also benefits from those vitamins and minerals, and when you apply skin products or use household cleansers, both you and your baby are absorbing them. If you use products that contain toxic chemicals, you risk injury to both yourself and your little one. When you use safe products, you protect your child from potential harm. As a mom who wants to give your growing offspring the best start possible, it’s vital to research the ingredients in the personal care products and household chemicals you use.

 

Consider how many products touch your skin each day — makeup, lotion, soap, polish. Then, think about this: Several of the most ordinary, commonplace household products include harmful substances. Believe it or not, everything from laundry detergent to cleaning solutions to sunscreen can contain toxins.

 

When you reach for that antibacterial hand soap, for example, you may think you’re killing germs but you’re also exposing your body to triclosan. This substance often causes skin irritation and, even more worrisome, could potentially cause you to develop antibiotic resistance. 

 

So, whether you just found out you’re pregnant or are several months along, it’s never too late to think about the everyday products and chemicals you’re using. To get more information about common dangers, take a look at the attached resource. In it, you’ll find seven surprising items that can contain toxins — and learn why you should consider dropping them from your daily routine.

 

7 Surprising Items That Are Toxic To Your Skin from the Lapiel Laser Center

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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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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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Battling Bed Bugs for Your Baby

Posted by Kayla Tryon on November 09, 2017 0 Comments

Battling Bed Bugs for Your Baby

 

            “Sleep tight; don’t let the bed bugs bite.” A phrase commonly expressed to children at bedtime with little to no thought behind its traditional meaning, until recently. Bed bugs, those tiny, nasty, creepy-crawlies with a full course dinner menu comprised of warm blood. That’s right, you’re actually on a dinner menu, but you’re not alone. Your little ones are also in jeopardy. So what exactly are bed bugs and why does it feel like they came out of nowhere with a vengeance? Are they life-threatening? How can you treat yourself after contact and how are you even supposed to get rid of them? The questions are endless, but take a deep breath; relax, and let’s look a little into what these creatures are and how you can protect yourself and your loved ones.

Brief History

            For almost 40 years, bed bugs had almost disappeared completely. In the early 20th century bed bugs were exceedingly common until the introduction of highly potent insecticides. Bed bugs were such a huge problem that people routinely checked for them and actually resorted to constantly carrying around these potent insecticides wherever they traveled. From the mid-1950’s to the late 1990’s bed bugs vanished to the point where people could no longer identify them. A new generation of pest control professionals wasn’t quite equipped to fight them off. The potent insecticide once used so frequently and effectively enough to almost wipe them out, was banned worldwide in 2001. Thus the prevalence of bed bugs ensued.

What Are Bed Bugs?

            Cimex lectularius, also known as bed bugs, are blood-feeding parasites that prefer and thrive in warm, dry places. Their typical meal is usually humans, but any warm-blooded mammal will do. The good news is that bed bugs do not pose a threat on your life. They are distressing, yes, but NOT dangerous. Their bites are usually painless and do not spread any blood-borne diseases. However, you must be attentive of your children and animals for they are more prone to vigorously scratching at the bites and this, in turn, may cause skin infections. Approximately 1/3rd of people bitten do not even notice the bites. This can easily cause further infestation. The people that do experience reactions develop what looks like raised welts and can cause serious allergic reactions in some people. Resolution usually takes two weeks and can leave behind post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, or darker spots on the skin.

            Bed bugs have five stages of development which typically take 40 days when well fed, however, this process may be extended if food source is limited. The egg, which looks like a grain of rice, begins the process of their life cycle. The first stage nymph measures 1.5 mm and is usually difficult to see until their first feeding. The second stage nymph measures 2 mm. The third stage nymph measures 2.5 mm, the fourth stage nymph measures 3mm, and the fifth stage nymph measures 4.5 mm. Adult bed bugs are about the size of apple seeds. Females lay between one and five eggs each day and can lay up to 500 eggs in its lifetime. The eggs usually hatch within two weeks. Newly hatched nymphs can survive weeks without feeding. Adult bed bugs can live four-six months, although some may live up to a year without feeding under cool conditions. They have an oblong shell and a tiny head. If not fed recently, they are long and brown with a flat and oval shaped body. If fed recently, they swell up like a balloon, appear reddish-brown, and have a more elongated body. They are considered a “true bug” due to their beak with three segments, an antenna with four parts, wings that are not used for flying, and short, golden-colored hairs. They are skittish and don’t like movement but they can also crawl pretty fast when they need to. They usually come out at dawn to feed but can adapt to your very own sleeping schedule. The way they feed is by latching on to its host for a few minutes and then scurrying back their hiding places to digest. More time is spent digesting than actual feeding, nevertheless, since they tend to infest so rapidly, it may feel like you’re getting new bites every morning.

Rising Number of Bed Bugs in the U.S. and Recent Reports of Findings

            Arizona, the home state of the company, Susan Brown’s Baby, has just recently experienced public outbreaks of bed bugs. The first being at AMC Westgate 20 after a photo went viral claiming that bed bugs were in the theatre and clearly displaying infestations in the cracks and crevices of the theatre’s seats. Another person afterwards confirmed this. The auditorium was cleared and reopened after being treated by a pest control company.

            The most recent public sighting of bed bugs occurred at Phoenix Sky Harbor in Terminal 4. There, near the food courts, bed bugs were spotted on a padded bench. The benches were removed and a pest control company was called. They agreed to follow up to confirm that the areas at Sky Harbor were clear.

            Nonetheless, a long-time employee whose name was not disclosed reports that the bed bug problem has been an ongoing issue for a long while now. He also claimed seeing and moving multiple pieces of furniture so infested you could see the bugs moving on it. In fact, he’s helped move so much furniture that people are noticing and concluding that it must be due to a bed bug issue. He doesn’t think they have what it takes to dispose of the bed bugs completely. Not a fun thought for those of you who travel so often, so beware.

How They Spread and Signs of Bed Bugs in Your Home

            Bed bugs are considered hitchhikers. Anywhere you travel they can simply crawl onto your clothes, and your personal belongings. You do not need to have a dirty home to contract bed bugs since their sole meal is blood and not filth.

            They love to hide in seams, headboards, bed frames, dressers, behind wallpaper, mattresses, cracks and crevices, and anywhere they can fit their small bodies so make sure to check these areas thoroughly. Also check before bringing home second-hand furniture.

            Signs of infestation include: fecal spots, shed skin, egg shells, blood stains and dark spots on sheets and pillowcases, and an offensive, musty odor from their scent glands. Also, the new bites you wake up with in the morning are a pretty significant sign.

            If you think you have come in contact with bed bugs make sure you put your clothes directly in the washer, followed by the dryer for at least 30 minutes. This part is very important as bed bugs cannot stand high heat. Make sure to vacuum often, buy a light colored mattress protector and springs to easily spot bed bugs, and install door sweeps to keep them from traveling into other rooms.

 

Tune in for next week’s blog for extermination and treatment of bed bugs! Also, don’t miss out on your opportunity for an exclusive 20% off discount code for Susan Brown’s Baby Botanical Gelèe!

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