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Teething

bcWhen a baby starts teething they are more irritable and sensitive than when they were first born. Teething is a painful process that can cause diaper rash, excessive drooling, crying, sleeping and eating disruptions, sore and swollen gums, and biting. Teething can start as early as 3 months, or as late as 1 year old. In some rare cases babies can be born with some teeth already in place, but these will fall out and the baby teeth will grow again. Babies should have their full set of teeth (20) by the time they are 3 years old.

There are some things that you can do to help ease the pain for your little one. You can freeze a wash cloth for your baby to chew on, refrigerate teething toys, give them jello or ice cream, and possibly give them something for the pain. There are some oral medicines that relieve pain, but these should be used as little as possible. If this over the counter medicine is used too much, the baby will build up a tolerance to the medical ingredient and then the topic will lose its effectiveness in fighting the pain.

There is a natural solution called Camilia. This is given in a pre-packaged dose and can only be given a few times a day. It’s effectiveness varies from baby to baby. Some mothers see an almost instant improvement, while others might not see any at all. In any case, using a combination of these is sure to bring relief to your infant. Just remember that your patience and understanding is very important during this non-verbal phase, so be sure to be loving, and if you need a break, take one!

*Always consult with a doctor before giving your baby any sort of medication whether it’s natural or over the counter!*

Avoid Using Spray Sunscreen on Children and Babies

bcThis summer Consumer Reports has issued a warning to parents and child care providers that spray sunscreen should be avoided for children and babies. This comes after research has shown that spray sunscreen has adverse affects to the respiratory system in mice. This alarms scientists and doctors because the human respiratory system has similarities to that of mice.

The reason spray sunscreen can be dangerous is because the chemicals in the spray can be inhaled through the mouth or nose while the product is being used. However, if you spray it into your hand and then apply it that reduces the risk of inhaling the chemicals that can cause asthma attacks or allergic reactions. Another reason spray on sunscreen is not as effective as the creams is the coverage is not a sure if you are not rubbing the spray around on your body, and if you’re spraying on a windy day, the spray might not cover enough of your skin to stop you from being burnt.

The FDA in the US advises parents to only use spray on sunscreen when it is a last resort and always be sure to avoid the eyes and mouth when applying any sunscreen. The spray is still safe for adults, but the same precautions should be taken, avoid inhaling the spray when using it, and avoid the eyes and the mouth.

The FDA advises consumers to apply the spray twice to be sure that they are getting complete coverage with the sunscreen. I would also add to be careful spraying it directly on your clothing as I have had some of my summer outfits ruined by spray sunscreen. I have had shorts and shirts turn a dusty yellow colour from spray.

For more information read the Consumer Reports website.

Finding Daycare and Babysitters

ID-100198815The thought of leaving your baby with someone else might make you weak in the knees. Allowing someone to watch your child is a huge responsibility. It requires that you place a large amount of trust in the person to watch over your children with vigilance. Finding the right person can be difficult, but with the following tips, finding the right person just got a whole lot easier!

Expereince
Be sure that the daycare employees/babysitter has adequate experience or training to watch over children. In the event that you ask a teenager to watch your child, make sure that they have help from a parent if they’re under experienced. The best people to watch over children will have CPR training.

Similar Values
Finding a person who believes as closely to what you believe is the first step to being able to trust the person with your child. Because you can gage that they will protect, watch, and care for your child in a similar fashion to your parenting style.

Referrals
Knowing that this person has watched over other people’s children will not only set your mind at ease, you will know instantly what their approach to childcare is. Not to mention that in most cases referrals go a long way to putting your mind at ease because other people were satisfied/not satisfied with the level of childcare at the establishment, or with this person.

Cleanliness
Cleanliness is next to godliness for a reason! Be sure that the level of cleanliness is up to your standards. As a general rule, you shouldn’t leave your children in a house you wouldn’t eat in.

Never leave you children with someone who is unwilling to let you see where your children will be kept, or who refuses to give referrals. These are red flag warnings! Always conduct an interview with the person you’re considering for daycare or babysitting. This is how you will gage your comfortability with them watching your children, not to mention find the answer to the above questions.

Protecting Your Baby’s Ears

ID-10062117Summer festivities often times means loud music in public places. This loud music can damage a baby’s hearing, permanently. If you go to a concert, do you have ringing in your ears afterward? If so, that ringing is a sign of hearing loss. Hearing loss is permanent, there is no way to repair the damage done to the inside of your ear drum, and it doesn’t heal itself over time. A good rule of thumb for noise levels is this; if you can talk over the noise without having to raise your voice, then the sound isn’t too loud for your baby.

I’m not advocating that you stay home until you have a teenager, but you can be properly prepared for these summer events with a little planning. You can’t control the volume of the music, but you can protect your baby’s ears by providing ear plugs when you go out. The best kind are the soft ones that you squeeze between your fingers to make small and once in place they mold to fit in your ear and block out the loud sounds.

You can buy a case of them from Shoppers Drug Mart or from Canadian Tire. They only come in adult sizes, so If you think they’re to big for your baby you can cut them in half before placing them in the ear, but don’t make them so small they get stuck inside the ear because that can damage the ear as well. Place them inside the ear enough that the foam can spread and be held in place, they don’t need to go in deep to stay in place. That doesn’t mean they won’t fall out, check on your infant form time to time to make sure they’re still in the ear, if they fall out, just put them back in.