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.

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Save Money Grocery Shopping

8 02 2007

Shopping for groceries is sometimes a hassle and can get quite expensive, especially with a family of 5. Want 50 ways to save money on your grocery bill? Find out here…..

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Story Worth Sharing

28 01 2007

Reading this broke my heart. I want to post this so the world can spread the word about ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). I admire this woman for being such an amazing mother! Read the rest of this entry »





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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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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Babies found in freezer

8 12 2006

I was watching the news last night and came across something disturbing. There were 3 frozen babies found in a freezer. The woman who lived there just died right after Thanksgiving.

This story came out of Columbia. Tn.

The frozen bodies of three dead babies were found in a freezer Thursday in the apartment of a 35-year-old Columbia woman who died recently, according to the Columbia Police Department.

A family member of Tracy Howard found the bodies, some of which may be fetuses, when cleaning out Howard’s apartment. The age and cause of death of the babies is unknown.

Howard died on Nov. 28, and an initial autopsy suggests it was from natural causes.

An autopsy on the babies was scheduled for Thursday, though no results have been released.

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Fast food in children’s hospitals a bad lesson

7 12 2006

A very interesting article worth reading…

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Fast food outlets are common inside U.S. children’s hospitals, leading more patients to consume hamburgers and fries and encouraging them to view the fare as healthier than it probably is, a study said on Monday.

Of 200 hospitals with pediatric residency programs surveyed, 59 had fast-food restaurants on site, said the report published in Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

More than half the patients or family members visiting hospitals with fast food outlets said they ate fast food the day they were surveyed, which was four times the rate among people at hospitals without outlets, the survey of 386 people found.

McDonald’s, which does provide financial support to some of the hospitals surveyed and operates several homes for ill children, was the prevalent restaurant in hospitals studied.

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Am I pregnant?

5 12 2006

Every month you always ask yourself “what if I am pregnant?” I always did that when we were trying to conceive last year. It only took 2 months of activly TTC to get pregnant. Here is a great article and some things to look for in early pregnancy!

1. Presumptive Evidence
A woman suspects she is pregnant based upon the following perceptions:

Lack of menstruation. Other things can cause this, but pregnancy and menopause top the list of possibilities.

Breast changes. Breasts are tender early on; later the nipples become darkened and enlarged. Later still, there is colostrum discharge (a precursor to milk).

Chadwick’s sign. This old-fashioned term refers to a bluish discoloration of the vaginal tissue, caused by venous congestion in the area.

Abdominal striae, affectionately known as “stretch marks.”

Increased pigmentation. The “linea nigra,” or black line, runs up the center of the woman’s abdomen and usually fades after pregnancy.

Nausea.

Increase in urination, due to the pressure of the growing uterus on the bladder.

Fatigue.

“Quickening”, an elegant and old-fashioned term associated with the thrilling perception of movement between 16 and 20 weeks.

2. Probable Evidence of Pregnancy
An examiner determines that the patient is likely pregnant based on these symptoms:

Enlargement of the abdomen, presumably due to increase in size of the uterus. The uterus can usually be felt through the abdomen after 12 weeks. This sign is more obvious in the abdomens that have been “pre-stretched” with a previous pregnancy.

Changes in the size, shape, and consistency of the uterus. “Hegar’s Sign” is when the uterus becomes so soft, usually at 6 weeks that it is felt separately from the firmer cervix. Softening of the cervix usually occurs at about the same time. This occurrence is called “Goodell’s Sign.”

Braxton Hicks’Contractions. These are irregular and unorganized contractions of the uterus.

Ballottement. This is a mid-pregnancy sign in which the fetus can be pushed from the mother’s abdomen and felt to bounce back.

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