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.

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Properly Installed Car Seat Saves Child’s Life

17 02 2007

See the importance of PROPERLY installed infant car seats? Very sad that the baby will not have her mother, but the mom did an awesome job for protecting her child with properly installing her car seat to protect her baby. I just wish that ALL car seats were properly installed. Go to your local fire department or police department to have them check to se if you have properly installed you car seat if you are unsure.

 

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Authorities continued looking for answers Friday as to why a woman’s car plunged 100 feet off a freeway HOV “flyover” transition road, killing the driver but leaving her 10-month-old son, who was in a car seat, without a scratch.

Natalie Canton, 21, of Chino was pronounced dead at the scene of Thursday’s crash that occurred about 2 p.m. as she lost control of her black Acura Integra while going from the eastbound lanes of the Riverside (91) Freeway to the northbound Orange (57) Freeway, said California Highway Patrol Officer Katrina Lundgren.

The car fell about 100 feet, striking the ground on its rear end, according to reports at the scene.

Authorities said Canton was going about 80 mph when she applied the brakes and lost control.

“The big story here is the car seat,” said California Highway Patrol Officer Denise Quesada. “It played a big role in saving the baby.”

Officials said many parents do not properly install child safety seats. Investigators said the seat in Canton’s vehicle was installed properly — facing the rear of the car.

Investigators said all but a small portion of the vehicle — an area where the child was seated — crumpled during the impact.

Investigators want to leave “no stone unturned” in figuring out how the accident occurred.

“There’s all sorts of things they’ll want to rule out,” Quesada said. “They’ll look into the internal mechanisms of the car just to rule out any questions.”

The baby, later identified as Aiden Koch, was taken to UCI Medical Center, but according to reports from the scene, there was no sign of blood or injury and he was virtually unscratched.

UCI’s Susan Mancia said she could not confirm whether the baby was still at the hospital.

“We are unable to release any information whatsoever per the family’s request,” she said. “I can’t even confirm he’s here.”

Mancia said hospital officials may address the importance of child car safety seats, but only in a general way.

Quesada said crash reports typically take seven to 10 days to complete.

Canton was driving home after eating lunch in Buena Park with her mother Irene, who works there, her told brother Nico Canton told the Orange County Register.

MORE ON STORY:

http://www.nbc4.tv/news/11026653/detail.html?dl=ma…





Donate Your Breast Milk

25 01 2007

 

I have always wondered that if I had an extra supply of breast milk, if I can donate it. You can and it’s easy to do..

 

 

What do you think about donating your breast milk if you have extra? Would you do it to help the Mothers who don’t? It sounds like a great idea…

 

Do you, for one reason or another, have more breast milk than your baby needs? Great. Donate it to babies who aren’t so lucky. From Time:

 

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Epidurals May Affect Breast Feeding

21 01 2007

I breast feed and have had 3 epi’s and I have never had a problem with breast feeding my children. I guess it happens in certain women.

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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.





Pregnancy is a wonderful experience

9 12 2006

I found this picture truely amazing. I remember seeing my kids feet poke out of my belly, but never this detailed. What an amazing way to cherish those memories….

Baby Feet





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.

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