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Can a breastfeeding mom get a flu shot or other vaccines ?

Yes, it is safe for a breastfeeding moms  to get flu shot.  Moms spend a lot of time with the newborn so getting a flu shot is strongly recommended . Children under the age of 2 are at high risk of complications from flu. It is important to keep healthy  to protect your baby. The shot is also recommended once a year for children who are older than 6 months.

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The virus in the injected flu shot are inactive or dead. They stimulate your body to produce antibodies to the flu which will fight the virus  when you are exposed to flu later in the season. Because the virus in the flu vaccine is dead, there is no way it  can give you or your baby a case of flu.

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December 13, 2017 | 11:09 31    By oohs N coos     Comments

What to do in these common medical emergencies (Part 1)

Know when to call the doctor in these common medical emergencies.

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Breathing difficulties

Call the doctor if you see these signs

  • Flaring of nose
  • Grunting
  • Breathing fast consistently
  • Sucking in the skin above the collar bone or between or below the ribs
  • Whistling , coughing or cracking sounds on  inhale and exhale

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December 13, 2017 | 11:09 31    By oohs N coos     Comments

Keeping your kids safe at home during the holidays

Holidays are time for fun but having an active child around can be overwhelming . There are so many accidents that can occur if you are not vigilant with the little ones running around. Small part of toys, hard candy , candles and breakable ornaments can be dangerous when used during the holidays. However there are ways to stay safe.

Holiday hazards and how to avoid them

Fire : It is important to make sure that all fire menorahs and candles are out of reach. You may even decide to forgo candles is you wish. Use fireplace screen if you decide to spend sometime in front  of a roaring fire. Makes sure matches and hot pokers are out of reach.

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December 13, 2017 | 11:09 31    By oohs N coos     Comments

Why do preschoolers lie ?

The line between fantasy and reality is blurred for preschoolers. This explains why they  lie. The child is not trying to deceive you. She just wants to say something that will make you happy even if it is not true.You can try and encourage the child to tell the truth while at the same time not scaring her.

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An example is that a if a  child draws on the wall with crayons, you can explain to the child that crayons are for coloring books and help the child clean the wall.

Another reason preschoolers may lie is to spout their active imaginations.  They come to believe things that they imagine really happened such as invisible friend ate the ice cream in the fridge. You can explain to the child that invisible friends cannot eat ice-cream. Use a language that the child will understand and don’t condemn the child.  You can join in the fun and help them pursue their imagination.

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December 13, 2017 | 11:09 31    By oohs N coos     Comments

Causes of painful bowel movement in newborns

Bowel movement in newborns vary. Painful bowel movement  can disrupt the baby’s daily schedule and make feeding and diaper changing difficult. It  can also be a sign of a serious condition so it is important to see your doctor if you have any concerns.

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How do i know that my baby has painful bowel movement ?

Your newborn may do the following if he is having painful bowel movement or discomfort.

  • Pulling his leg upwards into his stomach
  • Turn red in the face  and grunt while attempting to have a bowel movement
  • Stools become infrequent, hard, dry and resemble pebbles when they are passed
  • Blood  in your newborn’s stool or diaper

What could be causing my baby’s bowel movement ?

This condition can result if the child has poor rectal muscle movement or the stool contains little water. Some of the triggers include the following :

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December 13, 2017 | 11:09 31    By oohs N coos     Comments

How early can i use adult lotion on my baby ?

Using adult skin lotion on my baby’s skin

It is probably better not to use adult lotion on babies. However there are some adult lotions that are mild enough to use on baby skin but you need to check with your doctor first. Most adult skin care products contain additives  such as dyes, fragrances and alcohol that aren’t good for a baby’s sensitive skin.

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It is common for babies to rub their eyes and some of these ingredients can be irritating. Those containing exfoliating  ingredients can burn the baby’s skin especially if there are tiny cracks or cuts on the skin. It is also not recommended to use heavy ointments marketed for use on both babies and animals. These may be too strong for babies  and contain potential allergens.

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