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Is this heat rash?

heat rash wonderbabaHeat rash is also known as miliaria or prickly heat.  There’s a few different kinds and the rash can range from mild small pimples to deep red lumps.  Its generally a pink or red rash which can be made up of dots, spots or pimples – most often these affect the head neck and shoulders.  Heat rash occurs when your baby’s sweat glands become blocked and become swollen, itchy and generally uncomfortable! It often occurs under clothes where the heat is worst and the material rubs off it causing further irritation and friction. Continue reading


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Should you give your baby calpol or nurofen before vaccinations?

This is a question that crops up time and time again – especially now since new guidance has been given with the introduction of the MenB Vaccine to the primary immunisation schedule.  I’d like to clear it up to help parents understand when you should or should not give your baby calpol or nurofen as a preventative strategy before vaccinations.

  • Ibuprofen (Nurofen) should not be given to prevent pain or fever before any vaccination on the childhood schedule.
  • Paracetamol (Calpol or Paralink) should only be given as a preventative measure at the time of the MenB vaccines only.  This recommendation applies only to the vaccines given at two and four months of age.
  • Paracetamol is recommended before the two and four month vaccines only as a result of the introduction of the MenB vaccine which may put your child at a higher risk of fever when given with the other vaccines.
  • At your child’s two or four month vaccines three doses of paracetamol should be given – the first dose of 2.5mls infant paracetamol (60mg) should be given at the time of vaccination or just after.  The second dose should be given 4-6 hours later and then the third dose should be given 4-6 hours after the second.
  • Paracetamol (calpol) does not need to be given routinely at the 12 month vaccines as your baby is less susceptible to the side effects of the MenB vaccination.

So basically other than before the two and four month vaccines you should not routinely try to prevent side effects of vaccines by giving medication.

However, it is important to stress that if your child is over six months of age and develops a fever over 39 degrees celcius or pain, swelling, headache or irritability after receiving a vaccine you can then use either paracetamol (calpol or paralink) or ibuprofen (nurofen) to treat their symptoms.

hugsOn a personal note I would recommend breastfeeding or if not bottle feeding your baby during or just after their vaccinations – and LOTS AND LOTS of cuddles and hugs…they are shocked and horrified by whats going on and a little love and reassurance is sometimes the best medicine!

cropped-websitefeetlogo.pngI hope you have found this article helpful and if you have any questions at all please don’t hesitate to contact me by sending a private message to the WonderBaba facebook page (www.facebook.com/wonderbabacare) or by calling me (Sheena) at Milltown totalhealth Pharmacy in Dublin 6 on 012600262. I’m always happy to help!

 

References

http://www.hse.ie/eng/health/immunisation/hcpinfo/guidelines/

PSI Guidance 2017

 


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Antihistamines – A WonderBaba Guide!

Here is a little guide with everything you need to know about antihistamines!

Antihistamines are medicines that treat allergic conditions. They work by relieving symptoms rather than curing conditions.  They treat symptoms like itching, rash, hives, hay fever, runny eyes or nose due to allergy, irritation from bites or stings or even food allergies.

An oral antihistamine solution may be used if your child is over two years of age. Continue reading


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A Wonder Review Ear Band-Its!

There is nothing worse than trying to explain to a child that they can’t go swimming  or mess too much in the bath because they are not allowed to get water in their ears due to grommets or ear perforation due to a bad infection.  In addition to that consider the nightmare which exists when trying to bathe a child who hates to have water in their ears!  From both a parents and child perspective ensuring no water enters the ear canal is nothing short of a disaster!

From my experience there are two main situations which arise! One where a child is not allowed to get water in their ears for medical reasons such as infection or grommets and another where a healthy child hates the feeling of water in their ears and suggesting a bath makes you enemy number one!! In essence it involves a parent trying to explain or battle (let’s be honest here!) with a child who either wants to splash and dunk their head under the water or else coaxing and convincing a child that hates the bath that water in their ears is ok and there is no need to be afraid!  Well I don’t know about your WonderBaba’s but mine certainly seem to follow my logical arguments!!

I recently came across a genius little product which solves the problems associated with both of these ‘water’ issues!  May I introduce… Ear Band-Its! Continue reading


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Preparing to Breastfeed!

 

breastfeedingWhilst it is certainly true that breastfeeding is a natural and instinctive skill it is not always true that it will come ‘naturally’.  Personal experience has highlighted breastfeeding as one of the most rewarding experiences life has to offer, but it has also taught me that support and knowledge are key to a successful breastfeeding relationship.  It is most likely that you will have an easy and straightforward breastfeeding experience but it is also very possible that you may stumble across a few hurdles on your way.  With only 10% of Irish mums continuing to breastfeed after four months it is clear that our support networks are somewhat lacking.  Continue reading


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Why cant I get Dentinox cradle cap shampoo?

 

***Update*** 5/4/17 – New Information in BLUE!

I Spoke to the manufacturers of the product today who said a ‘reformulated’ Dentinox shampoo will be available at the end of October 2017.  They could not confirm the date and had no further information about what the difference in formulation would be but hopefully we will have more information soon!  I’m glad its coming back as it is a great product so I just hope the reformulation does not effect its efficacy!

cradle cap brushIn the meanwhile this cradle cap brush is brilliant to help gently work away patches of cradle cap!  http://www.milltownpharmacy.ie/p/pourty_cradle_cap_massage_brush

 

uriage shampooI use it with the gorgeous smelling Uriage 1Er Shampoo – http://www.milltownpharmacy.ie/p/uriage_1er_shampoo_200ml

 

 

Have you been left frustrated by the current shortage of Dentinox cradle cap shampoo?  I have, for personal reasons as well as professional!

I have spoken to the manufacturer of the product DDD Ltd in the UK who have assured me that it has not been discontinued – the problem relates to a production delay.  They have told me that it will be available for us to buy again but so far have not been able to offer any estimation of a date.  They have taken my details and will update me as soon as they have a date and I promise to update you all at that point too!

dentinoxIn  the meanwhile I would just like to say that there is no need to be stuck – there is an excellent alternative for this product available which is known as Capasal Therapeutic Shampoo.  It is suitable for use on cradle cap on children and is safe to use regularly.

We have this available online for all of you fellow frustrated mums so if you need it just CLICK HERE 

Dentinox and Capasal are excellent at treating persistent cradle cap but there is some more gentle options also available as described in my full cradle cap blog – CLICK HERE 

I hope this helps to clarify the current situation but if you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact me in Milltown totalhealth Pharmacy on 01-2600262 (Sheena) or by messaging me on the WonderBaba facebook page!


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Oral Thrush in Babies

thrush-oralOral thrush is a term used to describe a fungal infection in the mouth caused by the yeast fungus Candida albicans.  This fungus is actually present in everyone’s mouth and it doesn’t normally cause problems but if it gets the better of your immune system it can overgrow and cause symptomatic infection.  Babies are more at risk of this than adults because their immune systems are not as strong or developed and are therefore more susceptible to infection.  Another cause of oral thrush is antibiotic use by either your baby or yourself (if you are breastfeeding). Continue reading


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A WonderBaba Guide to Weaning your Baby onto Solids!

brother-max-bibWeaning is one of those funny words we hear a lot as new parents. As we try to grasp what it actually means and how to go about it we tend to get overwhelmed by advice and information which can lead us to a seeing it as an obstacle instead of the lovely exciting and fun part of our baby’s journey that it can be! There’s books, menus and confusion over when to start and how it impacts on the milk relationship.  It’s another one of those topics that even your aunty’s neighbour’s cousin’s best friend will have an opinion on…. It can be hard to figure out how you feel about it yourself and what approach best suits you and your baby!  I have no intention in telling you that I have all of the answers – I couldn’t possibly know what approach is best for your lovely little WonderBaba – but I can tell you what I’ve learnt about the different aspects of weaning along my journey as a Pharmacist and mum of three very different children.  I can also tell you about what cues you should watch for from your own baby to try to decide how and when they will be most comfortable weaning. Continue reading


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Slapped Cheek – A WonderBaba Guide for Parents!

Slapped cheek is a viral illness which is also known as fifth disease or erythema infectiosum and is caused by a virus known as parvovirus B19.  It has many of the same sort of symptoms of the flu as other viral illnesses which I’ll describe more here but also a characteristic rash on the cheeks which leaves them looking as if they have been slapped, and also a faint recurring red rash on the body is possible. Continue reading


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Wonder Review -Leeloops – The Head lice preventing hair band!

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**for the purpose of this review a hair band means… hair bobbin, go-go, etc!

These hair bands are a really great alternative to regular head lice repellent sprays.  Even though a lot of the repellent sprays are actually quite convenient to use nowadays, it’s still a bit of a pain applying them and brushing them through the hair etc.  Even nitty gritty is a little sticky even though it’s a lot nicer to use than I imagined – the smell is gorgeous! There hairbands offer a convenient solution!

They function like a normal hair band – they are actually really strong and high quality, I was afraid they might be a little flimsy and my two princesses have no shortage of hair to tie up so I wanted something which was a little more on the heavy duty side of things!!  Out of ten in terms of functionality as a normal hair bobbin I would score them ten!

head-lice-in-childs-hairSo, most importantly in terms of their ability to repel head lice..! These are based on the same theory as the repellent sprays so whilst clinical evidence is generally lacking in relation to the success of these products from my experience it’s still something parents, including myself, would like to try! Anything that helps or even might help is worth a shot for me when head lice are concerned.

The hairband is infused with essential oils which are designed to repel the lice – they actually smell pretty good as well so don’t be deterred by the fact that they have a fragrance to them.  Using essential oils means that you are using natural ingredients which contain no pesticides which is a good child friendly approach to this problem.  I advise the use of pharmacy products such as full marks, lyclear, full marks if you have actually detected head lice on your child’s scalp – this product is just for use as a repellent – not a treatment.  I started using them as I had seen them come into the Pharmacy where I work in Milltown in Dublin 6 and then got the dreaded text message from my eldest’s school saying that head lice were rampant in her class.  I started using these hairbands and combing as per recommendation in my head lice blog and I have to say – she didn’t bring anything other than her “junk art” home thankfully!  Remember to keep their hair tied up tight to their head in a bun or plait etc for maximum effect!

Each hairband lasts two weeks from when you open the little individual wrapper in which it is stored.  There is four in a pack – so it works out at about €2 per hair bobbin which means it’s costing you about a euro a week.

leeloop-lice-preventing-hair-band-eb5Whether it’s worth it or not? Here you will have to draw your own conclusions as I do feel it’s important to stress there is no evidence or guideline to say that essential oils are beneficial or effective at preventing head lice – and it certainly won’t deal with existing infestations for which I really advise you read my head lice blog for treatment information.  I did email the company and ask for the fact behind the 95% effective claim that they make but received no response. All of that being said…I used them and I probably will again when I get the next dreaded text message or email from the school.  If there’s even a small chance that they help, clinically proven or not, I’ll take it!

fine-combThe best prevention is through combing so I’d advise to try the techniques as described in my blog in addition to the use of these hair bands!   The Leeloop hair bands are available by clicking here!

As always if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch through the WonderBaba facebook page by private message – http://www.facebook.com/wonderbabacare or phone me at Milltown totalhealth Pharmacy in Dublin 6 on 012600262!