Baby Bumps and Bruises

7 03 2007

As your baby gains mobility, accidents will happen and her head will get bumped at least a few times. Rest assured that your baby’s head is built to withstand the bumps and bruises of childhood and that most falls injure only the scalp, not the underlying brain. A scalp injury will normally bleed a lot and a bump will appear quickly.

Here are some helpful tips to treat a head wound:

 

  1. Apply ice to the bump for 20 minutes to reduce swelling. If your child won’t cooperate and you can’t keep the ice on that long, don’t worry; it won’t make the injury any worse.
  2. Stop any bleeding with a clean cloth.
  3. Watch carefully for signs of concussion or large hematoma. If she is alert, walking, talking and playing like she was before the injury, she’s probably okay. As a precaution, keep her awake for at least the first hour after the injury, and then let her nap in short, 20-minute intervals.

 

 

Trust your instincts; even if she is behaving normally, but you feel something isn’t right, call your pediatrician. Better safe than sorry.





What does baby babble mean to you?

14 01 2007

Okay….I have a 9 month old daughter who just babbles all day. Half of the stuff she says is gibberish, but then some stuff I can totally understand her.

For instance…Jaymie loves the movie Shrek 2. She sees him and reaches her arm out and says “thet”……It sounds so cute.

She also loves babies. Just show her a picture of a baby and she will giggle, smile and babble. I really think she thinks she is having a conversation with that other baby.

Let’s hear some fun and cute ways your babies babble and what it means to you.





Breastfeeding Supplements: How to Wean Your Baby Off

9 12 2006

It has been 8 months and counting since I have been breastfeeding my daughter. I am very proud of myself for that! I continue to nurse her until she is a year or maybe a little longer. When it comes down to weaning, I hope the process is a smooth one. Here is an article I found about trying to wean formula out of the breastfeeding diet. I am not against formula in any way, but if you had to supplement, this is a good article to read.

If you have had significant breastfeeding problems — this can include difficulty getting the baby to latch or breastfeed effectively or severely sore nipples, as well as having a slow gaining baby or a baby that, when a preemie, was given bottles — you might find yourself in a situation where you are both breastfeeding and supplementing with bottles of expressed breast milk or formula. For many mothers, this falls short of their original goal to exclusively breastfeed in order to provide the optimum nutrition and immune system boost that direct breastfeeding affords. If you are currently providing breastfeeding supplements to your baby and would like to work toward your goal to breastfeed, it’s encouraging to know that it’s entirely possible to achieve.

Continue to read “Breastfeeding Supplements: How to Wean Your Baby Off”





Love and Presents – The gift of giving

1 12 2006

It is the Christmas season and that day is drawing near. How do you share with your child the gift of giving? Giving is the best part of any holiday. To see my kids or any other kids faces light up when they receive something special is amazing and it makes my hear melt. I love seeing kids so happy. The best gift in this world is the love and closeness that you provide. Toys and such are just material thing and you can give them anytime, but love is what is always here and not that many kids get enough of it. I teach my children to love unconditionally. No matter what race, gender, or nationality. We are all the same on the inside.

Here is an article I found. Please read and share your comments.

Love and Presents
Posted by Robert Needlman, M.D.
on Wed, Nov 29, 2006, 1:14 pm PST

Here in the world’s richest country, we often confuse material things for love. “I give him everything,” a frustrated mother complains, “New shoes, videogames, his own TV. You’d think he’d at least show me respect!”

Of course, love and consumer goods are related. Most parents work hard to earn money. They want their children to have more than they did. They sacrifice so that their children can have better lives.

The problem is, most children don’t connect the things parents buy with the labor that pays for them. Children have more, but our culture — and television in particular — teaches them that more is never enough. Having more does not guarantee that a child feels loved.

For more on Love and Presents – The gift of giving, read full article here





‘Tweens’ are fast becoming the new teens

26 11 2006

For all you that are parents of “tweens”, check out this article.

Zach Plante is close with his parents — he plays baseball with them and, on weekends, helps with work in the small vineyard they keep at their northern California home. Lately, though, his parents have begun to notice subtle changes in their son. Among other things, he’s announced that he wants to grow his hair longer — and sometimes greets his father with “Yo, Dad!”

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Breast-feeding: What every mom needs to know

24 11 2006

As a breast-feeding mom, I feel this article I found is very important. I hope it gives all breast-feeding moms some answers…

You know the benefits of breast-feeding. Breast milk contains the right balance of nutrients for your baby. It’s easier to digest than commercial formula, and the antibodies in breast milk will boost your baby’s immune system. Breast-feeding may even help you lose weight after the baby is born.

continue to read this article here





Babies and the common cold

24 11 2006

Some more great information on your little one when they are sick…

Do you feel as if you’re constantly wiping your baby’s nose? Learn to recognize, treat and prevent the common cold.
Do you feel as if you’re constantly wiping your baby’s nose? You probably are! Most healthy babies have six colds or more before age 1.

Colds are upper respiratory tract infections caused by one of many viruses. Most colds last a week or two, but some linger even longer. Here’s how to recognize, treat and prevent these common infections.

Read more on this here





Doctors repair heart born outside baby’s body

24 11 2006

I found this article and wanted to share….

MIAMI, Florida (AP) — Using a piece of Gore-Tex fabric to make their repairs, doctors performed corrective surgery on a baby born with his heart outside his chest and said that the youngster should be able to lead a close-to-normal life.

Naseem Hasni underwent surgery to put his heart inside his chest hours after being delivered by Caesarean section Oct. 31 at Holtz Children’s Hospital.

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Pregnancy rates unchanged with Plan B on hand

24 11 2006

This article may be interesting if you are TTC and/or preventing pregnancy….

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – In a proactive program where women can keep on hand at all times at least two free packages of emergency contraceptives — also known as the morning-after pill or Plan B — the pregnancy rates are no lower than when women have normal access to emergency contraception, study results suggest.

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How Parents Can Choose the Proper Little League Coach for Their Child

22 11 2006

Another great article! Since I am a mom of an 8 year old boy who dreams of playing professional baseball when he’s older, I thought I would provide this link to a great article.

Before parents just sign their kids up for little league, they need to do some research on the coach. Little league could negatively or positively impact a son or daughter and most of the time the initial impact is made by the coach. Imagine your ten year old trying to stretch a single into a double and unfortunately they get thrown out. You would expect the child to receive encouragement from his coach for good hustle and aggressive behavior, but what if, they didn’t. What if, instead of congratulating the athlete for his or her efforts, the coach starts yelling and screaming at the ten year old for poor judgment. How can you as parents spot a good coach from a bad coach? Parents want their kids to have a great experience and learn that sports are meant to teach. So what are the characteristics in a coach that a parent should be looking for? Is it the team that always wins or the coach that plays everyone? Well, the real question should be: what coach will be best for my kid? Most professionals suggest that when looking for a coach you should look for one: that is going to be positive, that knows the limitations of little leaguers, that is going to educate their players about the game, that respects the athletes individuality and shows they care for them as a person, and one that will create an enjoyable experience for the kids.

Read more of this article here….