|Can You Afford to be a Stay at Home Mom |
How to decide
|Deciding whether or not you can stay at home after you have a baby can be a big decision. Emotions play a big factor, especially after holding your precious newborn for the first time.|
It's hard to imagine leaving this tiny little thing with a stranger. On the other hand, you can gain a tremendous sense of accomplishment from your job that you couldn't feel after a day of changing diapers and wiping up spit up. No matter how you face it emotionally, if you are considering becoming a stay at home mom at all, you first need to figure out if you can financially afford to do it.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Thread worms are thriving everyday in the bottoms of little children and affecting their daily activities and causing sleepless nights for many families. It's not a nice experience but easily identified and treated. I am frequently finding worms a problem for our little pre-school aged non-sleepers and mum and dad are horrified. Worms are spread very easily in the community across all social backgrounds and generations. They are spread most commonly in pre-schoolers' because in my experience the only things toddlers share are germs (and love) and this age group are not always efficient at hand washing, particularly before eating.
How do we identify a child with worms?
*An infected child has an itchy bottom!! They will naturally be very irritable during the day, frustrated, uncooperative, fidgety, not be able to sit still, cannot concentrate, argumentative and angry. Often the most common reason for children trying to climb out of the cot is that they have worms.
*You might suspect someone performed a personality transplant on your little angel!
*They want to scratch their bottom and will commonly be seen taking their clothes or nappy off.
*They will walk strangely like they are trying to keep a coin safely between their buttocks and having trouble (imagine).
*They will frequently urinate and or bed wet at night.
*They will not be able to go to sleep and not be able to explain why to you, but will be crying and uncomfortable, not naughty.
What to look for
*If you suspect worms, look for a pinky/red rash about 2cm wide completely around the outside of the genital area
*If you wish to look for worms, keep the room dark, ask for your partners help, comfort the child and 'spring' a torch light onto the exposed bottom. The worms come out at night to lay eggs. This process creates the uncomfortableness and irritability. So in the night time only you will see 1.5cm long wriggling pieces of white sewing cotton, moving fast away from the light, around the anal passage. In girls the worms can crawl into the vagina and be even more irritable.
How to get rid of them
*Firstly, collect as many worms as you can see immediately and dispose of them. Your child will feel calmer after the worms have disappeared from the skin.
*If you have a daughter and you suspect they are in the vaginal area, you can very gently slightly spread open the outer labia (flaps of skin) and if you see any worms, gently roll them onto a cotton bud (q tip). Tissues and cotton balls are too large and you won't be able to see what you are doing. (personal experience) This will provide immediate relief from the irritation of the worms trying to lay eggs in this sensitive area
*Apply a thick layer of Vaseline to the anal area to provide temporary relief to the skin and catch any worms that come out again in the night.
*Wash in hot water/use the dryer/hot sun on all linen, towels and clothing worn by the child. Repeat for the whole family. The worms can live outside the body long enough to infect everyone.
*There are a variety of medications to offer your family. There are one dose liquids, orange chewable tablets and chocolate squares, please do the whole family the day you find the worms and then again 7 days later in case of re-infestation See your pharmacist for the appropriate dose and the minimum age.
*It's a good idea to keep the medication in your medicine cupboard (personal experience), it will be late at night that you discover them, the shops will be closed and no-one can sleep if anyone else has worms crawling out of their bottom!
*Please inform your pre-school/daycare centre if your child has them (even anonymously if embarrassed) so that other families can be on the look out for them and the centre's can be more proactive with hygiene and symptoms in other children. Always think about whether you would appreciate the warning if another child had worms and played with your child.
How do children get worms?
*Through their mouth.
*The worms come out at night to lay their eggs in the tissue around the anal passage, this causes the skin irritation.
*The child scratches their bottom because it's itchy.
*The eggs get under the finger nails and are spread onto everything the child touches: toys, toilets, taps, towels, pencils, chairs, etc.
*The next child/person touches the same objects and then....doesn't wash their hands before eating/ touching the face and they swallow them.
Tip The simplest form of infection control used in hospitals everyday that prevents doctors and nurses from catching all of the bugs in the hospitals is HAND WASHING. Make it a family routine that no-one eats before they have washed and thoroughly dried their hands. Encourage this at pre-school and day care as well. If we start young enough the children will think it as normal as cleaning their teeth before bed or kissing you good bye. It is up to us as parents to start and lead by example with these sensible habits.
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With having babies, there comes great responsibility. Indeed, not only do you have to act as educator and protector, but you are also in charge of relieving them from any discomfort and stress they may encounter; as a parent, there's nothing worse than seeing your new baby suffer.
However, it's inevitable that there will be periods in your child's life, where, due to the growing process, they will experience some aches and pains. Teething or cutting teeth, for example, is one of the most difficult times your baby will have to face in its early years.
Basically referring to the process of a baby's first teeth appearing, teething generally begins at around six months of age and can last until they are about three years old. Usually developing in pairs, the two lower incisors are typically the first teeth to come in, followed by the two remaining lower incisors, the first molars and then the four canines. The last teeth to appear are the four two-year molars.
So, how do you know when your child has started teething and what can you do to minimise their discomfort?
There are several ways to tell if your baby is cutting its first teeth. Two of the most common symptoms are excessive dribbling and lack of sleep. They may also appear increasingly clingy or irritable. Poor appetite is another indication of teething, but equally many children demand more breast or bottle feeding to relieve the soreness.
In order to alleviate your baby's distress, there are a variety of solutions to try. But, because all babies are different, what works for one will perhaps not work for another. Therefore, it may take you a little while to find the right answer, so don't fret if the first thing you try isn't effective.
A simple trick is to change your baby's scenery. In reality, many children become so agitated that they cannot sleep. Taking your child outside or going for a drive, however, can help to distract and relax them, which should then help them get off to sleep.
It is also possible to buy teething rings. These are great, since you can pop them in the fridge to cool down before giving them to your baby. The coolness will in turn help to numb their gums, and thus their pain.
Alternatively, you could try rubbing their gums with your finger or with a teething gel. Gels can provide fast and targeted relief, but make sure to look for the sugar free varieties and check the correct dosage instructions.
Cuddle therapy can also work a treat. Indeed, if your baby is in distress from teething, often hugging, cuddling or playing with them can go a long way to reassuring them they will be ok.
Unfortunately it is inevitable that just like you, your baby will have to experience the teething process. However, with a bit of TLC and a lot of patience, you will get through it!
The predominant languages in the world are English, Chinese, Egyptian, Spanish, French, and Arabic. Those languages are widely spoken in many countries. We are going to teach how to convert male baby names to female baby names of the predominant languages in the world.
You will be able to convert most of the baby names, since English, Chinese, Egyptian, Spanish, French, and Arabic are widely spoken in many countries. It is helps to know the gender of the baby names. It is relief to know for beholder of the name that their name matches their own gender.
Egyptians add ET or IT at the end of the male baby names to convert to female baby names. For example, Nefer is a male baby name which means beauty. The female forms of Nefer are Neferet who is a popular Queen of Egypt. Another example, Pasherit is a female form of Pasher. Although most Egyptian baby names can be use for female or male, many baby names are convertible to female baby names.
As for Spanish baby names, the sound of letter A or letter A at the end of the baby names convert male baby names to female baby names. For example, Adriana, Carlita, Delfina, Elvira, Francisca, and Graciana are female forms of Adrian, Carlito, Delfin, Elviro, Francisco, and Graciano respectively.
The French adds letter E at the end of the male baby names to convert to female baby names. For example, Jeane, Jeanette, Jeanine, Jeanne, and Jenette are female baby names of Jean. It is derive from John which means Jehovah is gracious.
The Arabic speaking people adds the letter A or H to convert the male baby names to female baby names. For example, Abdullah, Bashira, Fatinah, Halimah, Jameelah, Myrna, Rahimateh, and Sharika are female form of Abdul, Bashir, Fatin, Halim, Jameel, Myrn, Rahim, and Sharik respectively.
The meaning of most Chinese baby names is general. It applies to female or male. So, most Chinese baby names can be used as female or male baby names.
English baby names have many origins. The names are culturally enriched. First, we must determine the origin. Then, we used the simple rules above.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
A fussing baby is never an easy thing to deal with. Many new parents have to face the reality that their baby has colic. This issue makes it challenging for not only the baby to get sleep, but for the parents as well. One of the hardest things to deal with when it comes to this common infant problem is that most people believe it's simply something that the baby will grow out of. If it's your baby you naturally want to do something to help him or her feel more comfortable. Trying out a baby colic remedy or two may be just what you need.
A baby colic remedy that has been floating around for years involves the position you have the baby in. Your baby is bound to feel more gas pressure if he or she is lying down. That's why you'll often notice the baby calms a bit when you pick him or her up and walk around. If your exhausted yourself carrying baby can become a little tiring. Another great solution that works well for many infants is to lay the baby across your lap on its tummy and then rub your baby's back. This will help to release some of that gas and give the baby a little relief.
Another baby colic remedy that many parents swear by is creating white noise. You can do this several different ways including turning on the dishwasher, washing machine or vacuum cleaner. Some moms and dads also resort to taking their colicky baby out for a car ride. Just the sound of the car's engine and the motion of the movement seem to be enough to calm the baby down and lull it to sleep.
The stairs can be a dangerous place for people of all ages. Every year people of all ages seriously injure themselves after a fall on the stairs. Seniors represent the largest at risk group, but children come in a close second. For children, a fall down the stairs can be devastating and once they are crawling there is no end of the places that they can get into, so it is necessary to block off the stairs and possible other areas of the home, such as the kitchen. It is possible to install a door, but most people use baby gates.
A baby gate is used to prevent young children from accessing different areas of a home or building. There are two main types of baby gates: pressure gates and hardware mounted gates. The pressure gates does not require any installation and relies on a tensioner, such as a spring, to wedge the gate between two hard surfaces.
A hardware mounted gate is screwed directly to the wall, but is usually designed so that the actual gate part can be taken done quickly without any tools. For protecting areas of differing elevations, like the stairs, only hardware mounted gates should be used.
Pressure gates, even those of the highest quality, will eventually work their way free. Often larger children are able to knock or pull these gates down. This makes them adequate for blocking access to rooms that are on the same floor, but for the stairs they should not be used.
Instead, a hardware gate should be used to protect the stairs. Most hardware gates are designed to swing open and for the stairs it is important that the gate only swings away from the steps.
Most baby gates are made out of wood, but plastic and metal ones are also available. For wooden gates, it is important that there are no rough areas that could cause a skin abrasion or splinters. It is also important that there are no sharp edges or corners on the gate, which is true of all types of gates, including the metal and plastic ones.
Many might remember the accordion gate from their childhood, which could be opened and closed like an accordion and had diamond shaped holes in the middle. The top edge was zig-zagged with open Vs along the top. These presented a very real choking and entrapment hazard, so are no longer made, but from time to time you still see them in second hand situations.
Instead, you should ensure that there is not more than 2.5 inches between the slats of the gate, so the child can not stick their head through. There should also not be any areas that could catch or snag the child's clothes.
While the tension gate should never be used on the stairs, they are still popular for blocking off a doorway. The hardware gate is much more reliable, but it is important to always periodically inspect the mounting brackets and hardware, to ensure they have not become loose.
|Baby Signing |
The Fun of Teaching Your Baby to Sign
|Baby signing is using gestures or signs to communicate with your baby. Many moms use American or British Sign Language when teaching their babies to sign but it is perfectly okay to create your own signs.|
The purpose of baby signing is to communicate with your baby. Babies are able to use hand gestures much earlier than they can communicate with words. Not being able to communicate can be frustrating for baby and mom. Teaching your baby signs gives her the opportunity to communicate with you possibly months before she can actually talk.