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20% OFF EVERYTHING until 27/11/17! Details Below!

Hi WonderMamas and WonderDadas!

I’ve gotten all caught up in the hype and am offering 20% off absolutely EVERYTHING online at www.milltownpharmacy.ie until Monday 27/11/17 as part of our Black Friday celebrations!

We will have all gifts and skincare available at 20% off in store on Friday alone if your in the Dublin 6 area but if not don’t worry as we have free delivery on the full online sale for all orders over €40!

All of your favourite WonderBaba reviewed products are up for grabs at 20% off so snag yourself a bargain and visit www.milltownpharmacy.ie

You can also just follow the links in any of my product review articles on www.wonderbaba.ie and they will automatically bring you to the OFFER price page!

cropped-websitefeetlogo.pngI hope you find something you love and enjoy the great bargains available over the weekend!

Thanks for reading,

Sheena

 

 


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WonderReview – The Sangenic Nappy Disposal Sytem (Bin!!)

newz808028u374z374Right, well how on earth did I get a year into child number three without trying the Sangenic bin before?! I feel like an idiot! I suppose we moved house and in our old place it was more convenient to just run straight out to the wheely bin with every nappy but in our new house it’s just not practical – anyway that’s my excuse but I’m glad I did discover the benefits of this product as even today by 3pm it has saved me four trips outside!

This is basically a smart (not in the techie sense) bin which has a clever design which allows you to pop smelly, or not so smelly nappies in it so that you can store them in your home without stinking like a complete baby factory all of the time!

Sangenic_Hygiene_Plus_Tub2I used to use nappy bags but no matter how tightly I tied the knot I just never felt that the smell was gone if I had a nappy lying around.  I also cant stand the site of nappy bags as they just remind me what I have been dealing with – with the Sangenic bin you just pop it in the bin, do a bit of twirling and off it goes – never to be seen again – well until the bin is full that is, but even then its hygienically wrapped and secured!

I should probably explain how it works a little better than saying you twirl and it disappears…so here goes!

sangenic refillsThe bin comes with a pre-loaded cassette.  Each cassette will hold 66 nappies and each bin will hold up to 28 nappies. So one cassette will give you approximately two bins worth of nappy storage.   You get a refill in the box as well as the pre-loaded cassette.  The bins cost €29.95 and a packet of three cassette refills cost €23.95.  To use the bin you just place the nappy in the well until it is gripped and then twist the dial to individually wrap each nappy.  This action seals the nappy into its own odour blocking multi-layer of antibacterial film.  This is great because the film is antibacterial and kills 99% of germs on contact.  I can personally testify that the claims for unbeatable odour protection are fairly accurate.  From experience you could definitely leave a badly soiled nappy in the bin for a day without getting a smell – if you are just using it for wet nappies you can actually get a few days use out of it without needing to change it – which I personally think is very impressive! Maybe people do leave badly soiled nappies in it for the full 28 capacity – but as I started using this on a “wobbler” rather than a newborn we didn’t have the same volume so it just suits us to empty it more frequently.  Due to the cutting mechanism on the bin its really easy to change the bag without wasting any cassette!

I have to say I didn’t buy this bin for my first two babies as I never paid it enough attention to see how useful it was – truth told – I thought it was a gimmick! I wish now I had lifted my head out of my baby haze for a second longer to actually read the box as it sat on our pharmacy shelf due to popular demand by customers.  I will forever now at least consider that something popular may actually be so successful because it rightly deserves to be!! This product is a great investment and at the price I feel its a bit of a bargain – many fancy normal pedal bins cost the same price and this one strongly delivers a necessary solution to a very smelly problem! To be clear tommee tippee don’t even know I’m writing this article never mind that I have used their product so it is with my hand on my heart I can say that every mum should consider this ‘disposal system’ as for me it has become a house hold essential!

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The Sangenic disposal system and the refills are available to purchase from me on offer by clicking here!

 

websitefeetlogoI 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!


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A WonderBaba Guide to Travel Sickness

Travel sickness describes sickness associated with motion which can also be referred to as seasickness (for boat trips), air sickness (planes) or car sickness depending on which mode of transport you are using!

It involves several horrible symptoms such as dizziness, headaches, nausea, and vomiting. Often when people start to get motion sickness they will go a little bit pale and start to produce excess saliva.  They may also become drowsy or tired and start to breath more rapidly than normal.

Out of the people who are more likely to suffer from motion sickness such as those who regularly suffer from migraines and those with heavy periods there are two groups which are of particular interest to WonderBaba.  These are pregnant women and children between the ages of three and twelve years.  Children from two onwards are more likely to suffer from travel sickness but they tend to grow out of motion sickness by the time they are 12 thankfully!

Sometimes motion sickness improves once your body gets used to the change in environment, for example your child may improve a few hours into a journey.  Sometimes however the only thing to stop the sickness is to stop the journey!  This clearly isn’t always practical so I’ll summarise some treatment options which are worth trying now!

Medicines which help!

  • Stugeron_15_Tablets_15-500x500.jpgStugeron

    This contains cinnarizine 15mg which is an antihistamine that helps to reduce nausea during travel sickness.  It is suitable for adults and children over five years of age at the following doses:stugeron dose

    It should not be taken if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.  It is best to take it after food.  It is good to be aware that it may cause your child to be a little drowsy so make sure to give them allowances for this.

 

  • Kwells

    Kwells-Tablets-12-Tablets-159087The active substance in Kwells tablets is hyoscine hydrobromide. Hyoscine hydrobromide temporarily reduces the effect of movement on the balance organs of the inner ear and the nerves responsible for nausea.  Because Kwells tablets melt in the mouth, absorption into the bloodstream is very rapid and they can be taken up to 30 minutes before travelling or at the onset of sickness.   These are only suitable for children over ten years of age – so not quite WonderBabas but maybe their older siblings or parents!!  The dosage information is as follows:kwells

 

 

Alternative Products

  • CaldeKids Travel Pops

caldekidsCaldeKids travel pops are great for settling childrens tummy’s during travel.  They contain ginger, peppermint, and lemon juice and a little sugar and some apple flavouring which combined taste really appealing to children and have a positive effect on their digestive system.  The recommended usage is one to three lollipops per day.  For best effect use them 30 minutes before travelling.   These are available by clicking here!

 

  • Ginger

    Ginger is naturally helpful for motion sickness but not always the easiest think to get your child to take!  Consider giving a luke warm tea (not real tea!!) made just with water, some grated ginger and lemon.  Ok well my kids wouldn’t drink it but your might and i’m trying here!! Ok…better idea – grab a pack of ginger biscuits – in moderation of course 😉

 

  • Acupressure Bands

    sea-band-Ok so there is no scientific evidence that these work but honestly I’ve had so many people come into me in the pharmacy with success stories that they are definitely worth a go! I’ve no first hand experience on this product as none of mine suffer from car sickness yet thankfully! They work by applying pressure to a certain point on the wrist to reduce nausea and they certainly can’t do any harm! They are recommended for children three years and up – just make sure the band is fitting snugly!!  I have them available to purchase by clicking here!

 

 

Wonder Tips!

  • Try to get your child to sit still – this is easy in a car due to the godsend that is a five point harness! For older kids or on a plane or boat try to get them to sit in the one spot and focus on something ahead of them in the distance – like the horizon.
  • Use a cushion to support your child’s head in one position.
  • Don’t encourage reading or games as this can make things worse!
  • Do try to let your child fall asleep in the car as closing your eyes can help you to feel better.
  • Try to distract your child with a story – even an audiobook so you don’t have to read yourself! We currently are listening to David Walliams in the car and the kids seem to love it! Also try singing or playing the ‘I spy’ game – In our house we don’t all know our sounds and letters yet so we play ‘I spy colour game’ which works by spotting things the colour red or blue etc!
  • Don’t let the car get too warm or stuffy – open a window if needs must or if you are on a plane turn on the aircon or if your on a boat take a trip to the top deck!
  • Get your kids to eat small meals often before a journey so that you avoid a large meal just before departure time.
  • Encourage plenty of fluid the day of travel to prevent dehydration which may worsen nausea.
  • Try to get your child to practice deep breathing – this is such a useful skill for them to have anyway for any time they are trying to focus or remain calm!   Good ways to teach them to do this is to ask them to pretend to smell a flower, or to blow bubbles, or even to pretend they are blowing out candles on their birthday cake!
  • This last one is pessimistic but practical – always have a sick bag and fresh clothes ready.

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!

 


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A WonderBaba Guide to the MMR Vaccination

 

measles-infographic CDC not just a little rash amended for IrelandThe MMR vaccine is given at twelve months of age and again when your child is in junior infants at school.  It is 95% effective at protecting against Measles, Mumps and Rubella.  Measles is a highly infections disease which is spread easily and there is a current out break in Ireland so the HSE are recommending that  anyone with young children who does not have their vaccines up to date contact their healthcare provider to arrange vaccination as soon as possible.

I would like to highlight that there is no link between the MMR and autism.  The MMR has been protecting children from these diseases since 1988.  Extensive research has been undertaken on the area.

According the the HSE parents should:

“Make sure you or your children are up to date with your MMR vaccines.

Please go to your GP for MMR vaccination if:

  • you have not had 2 doses of MMR vaccine
  • you have a preschool or primary school child who never had MMR vaccine
  • you have a primary school child who missed out on the 2nd dose
  • you are not sure if your child has had 2 doses of MMR  vaccine”

Some people diagnosed with measles attended GP surgeries and paediatric hospitals in Dublin and Meath from the 19th October 2017 and thus there is an increased likelihood that more cases will occur as these people would have been infectious.  You can be infectious for four days before the measles symptoms appear and they can be tricky to diagnose so it is obvious how this disease can be so infectious within a community.

The HPSC have advised that patients who show symptoms suggestive of measles  should stay at home, not go to school or work and phone your GP and explain that you may have measles. Those most at risk of catching measles are those who are not fully vaccinated with 2 doses of MMR vaccine such as babies younger than 12 months who are too young to be vaccinated, and those with weakened immune systems.

To learn more all about the symptoms of measles and how to treat it read my full measles blog by clicking here!

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!

 

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A wonderBaba Guide to the 6 in 1 vaccine given at 2,4, and 6 months of age!

Infanrix Hexa6002PPS0This vaccine is given at two, four and six months and protects your child against six different diseases in one injection.

  • Diphtheria – This can be a very serious bacterial illness which symptoms can vary from sore throat, fever, headache to breathing difficulties and problems with swallowing. Immunity is 97% after vaccination.
  • Hepatitis B – This is a viral infection which affects the liver and can cause serious health problems such as liver failure, cancer, cirrhosis and lifelong infection.  Immunity is 80-100% after vaccination
  • Hib – This is a bacterial infection which can cause meningitis, septicaemia and chest and ear infections. Immunity is 95-100% after vaccination.
  • Polio – This is a viral infection that can cause paralysis.  Immunity is 99% after vaccination.
  • Tetanus – This is a potentially fatal disease which can cause muscle spasm, convulsions and breathing problems.  Immunity is almost 100% after vaccination.
  • Whooping Cough – This is a bacterial infection which causes a characteristic ‘whoop’ sound during coughing episodes and can lead to difficulties breathing, pneumonia, heart and lung failure and brain damage.  Immunity is 75-90% after vaccination.

This vaccine is important.  Each time your baby gets the vaccine their level of immunity is increased and the vaccine becomes more effective.  Getting the vaccine at the recommended times means that your child will be immune to these illnesses as early as possible which reduces their risk of contracting illness.   As with all vaccines there is a very small risk (less than one in 100,000) of your child experiencing a severe anaphylactic reaction but these often occur within 15 minutes of vaccination and the nurses or doctors administering the vaccine are well-trained to manage these reactions.

Babies who should avoid this vaccine are ones who have previously had a severe allergic reaction to a previous dose or have a known allergy to other parts of the vaccine such as neomycin or polymixin B.

You can get your child vaccinated if they have a cough or a cold but not if they are sick with a fever.

cropped-cropped-feet1.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!

 

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A WonderBaba Review of Salt Therapy with Salins!

Why I wanted to review the Salin Air Purifier (Salt Therapy device)!

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Salt therapy has been used for years in Eastern Europe and Russia where salt caverns are abundant.  People use salt caves for the treatment and prevention of respiratory conditions which is known as  ‘speleotherapy’.  Modern salt caves and rooms are being built more frequently and a quick google search show that they are becoming more and more popular in Ireland.  Halotherapy is the term used to describe the salt therapy in man made rooms.  This type of therapy is not cheap at around 20 euro for 45-60 minutes!

I found lots of research about salt therapy but actually the evidence does not always confirm with standard or recommended medical research and as a result I do feel it is important to say that there is a lack of robust scientific research on the use of salt therapy.  This is not necessary a reflection on its efficacy though, just more a note that further randomised controlled trials are needed before I could hand on heart say that this is evidence based medicine.  At the moment I cannot so I just want to make that clear from the onset!  However, the anecdotal evidence is outstanding and overwhelming and on both personal and professional levels I like to take a holistic approach to the treatment of illness.  Salt therapy is not likely to do any harm ( however use caution in severe asthmatics as with any new treatment!) so I personally felt that I wanted to give it a try it!  This is a product that does not contain drugs, it’s natural and it is also non-invasive.  It should ALWAYS be used IN ADDITION to prescribed medication and no changes should be made to treatment plans without a discussion with your childs GP.

Salt Therapy

salins plus infographicSalt therapy is thought to work through its mucolytic, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.  It is also a negatively charged ion.  The negatively charged ions make contact with the respiratory airways and stimulate ciliary mobility and the ability for mucous to flow through the membranes.  In addition to this the salt sits on the membranes and draws the mucous out by osmosis.  Now this is cool because a persistent chesty cough is often caused by mucus plugs.  In theory, this allows for clearer airways, improved removal of mucus from the chest and easier more free breathing.  There are many respiratory conditions which cause a mucus build up where this type of therapy may be beneficial such as asthma, bronchitis, infections, allergies, sinusitis, laryngitis and so on.

It’s no secret that I’m a little obsessed with the Vicks Warm Steam Vapouriser and I suppose the key reason for this is that it is so absolutely effective at loosening mucus and conditioning the airways.  This reduces inflammation and allows chesty coughs to be broken down allowing for easier breathing through the sinuses and lungs.  People always ask me if they should use it all of the time as a preventative measure and it’s so important to stress that no, the Vick Vapouriser product is only meant for use when your child actually has a cough or cold.  There’s a few reasons for this but on a practical level it just is not good for your walls to have 365 days of steam exposure! It doesn’t cause any problems when plugged in over night for a few nights when a child has a cold but even then I always recommend you to keep the bedroom door a foot open and make sure to open the windows wide for half an hour once everyone is dressed and up for the day!  Following these guidelines I have never once had a problem with damp with over five years of sporadic use for three children! Yes the walls are steamy in the morning – they are meant to be! But once the room is well aired afterwards there should be no issue.  I must say I absolutely love the Vicks Warm steam Vapouriser for cough or cold – and no I have not been paid to say that!!! It’s a quick fix providing almost instant relief for an irritating or chesty cough and has saved my sanity on several occasions over the last few years with the kids!

In any case I still had a problem, I wanted to find a product that is suitable for every day use.  I wanted to find a product that would help my own children and other WonderBabas to fight back against the common occurrence of coughs, colds and respiratory illnesses.

Salin-Plus.jpgThe product I discovered is the Salin Plus Air Purifier which is a Salt Therapy machine. This takes all of the benefits of treatment in a salt room and pops it into a convenient little device which can be used in your own home!  The benefits of visiting a salt therapy room or cave are relatively short term (and expensive!!) as you need constant exposure for constant relief which is why I love the convenience of this product.  It is suitable for children of all ages – and adults too of course!

How does it work?

This device works by providing all of the benefits of salt therapy by having air pushed through a filter by a little fan so the micro-crystalline salts create a fine constant spray in the surrounding area.  As a mum I always want to know the practical points and I can say that this machine is great in terms of sound – it’s very quiet and can be turned up or down using a simple dial on the back so that you can decide what level of sound your child will put up with!  On a low setting you really can’t hear it at all, so you could start it low as your little one is going to sleep but then ramp it up when they are asleep to benefit from the increased levels of salt in the room.  I was able to start it on a medium to high level before my two year old got curious!!

How you should use it?

When first starting off with this product it’s a good idea to have about a month of intensive use – basically have the machine plugged in at night and also in the rooms you are using during the day.  Obviously this is only possible when you’re at home so all you can do is your best!   Ideally it should be used for a minimum of eight hours per day so overnight seems like the easiest and most convenient time but because you can easily carry it around (I’m a weakling and seriously this thing is really light!) you can have it on in the living room during the day as well if you like.  It is suitable for use as an every day product and will do no damage to your walls. One device will treat a max area of 55 sq meters. I’m not great on spacial awareness but some people do place the product in the hall if the bedrooms are close by and have the doors open.  On another practical note it’s supposed to help with snoring so it is no harm to let everyone get the benefits….eh hem…yes i’m talking about you Mr WonderBaba….!!

How did my review go?

I tried this product out over almost four weeks.  I have no asthmatics in the house so can’t comment on that front personally – but there’s a kazillion positive asthma stories online!  I do have a little lady with constant tonsillitis who struggles with breathing at night and as a result snores a lot etc.  This definitely reduced her snoring and so I think it is a fair assumption that it improved the quality of her sleep.  My son has had a lingering cough and I tried the device in his room one night but to be honest the kids rooms are a shape where I couldn’t place the device between the rooms as the effect would have been lost so I chose to give it to my daughter who as I explained has more lingering breathing problems at night (not for long – good bye tonsils!!).  For my son I went back to my old reliable Vick warm steam vapouriser which I feel I will still whip out at any sign of the sniffles or cough as i feel it is more of an ‘instant fix’.  However from my personal experience with the improvement of my little ladies breathing I would be optimistic that the frequency of respiratory issues would be significantly reduced through the regular use of the Salin Plus Salt Therapy device.  I would hope that many coughs and colds would not have a chance to settle on their chests due to the improved respiratory function and thinner mucus.  It might seem like a leap of faith though but due to the astounding amount of anecdotal evidence it’s one that I have definitely been happy to make!  I don’t stock products I don’t believe in but I will stock the Salin Plus Salt Therapy Device.  Be warned though the machine is not cheap!! It retails at €160  and the replacement filters (need to be changed every 4-6 months) cost €50.  I think that if it improves absenteeism from creche or school (and thus a parent from work) that it’s probably quite a good investment.  Many people report a significant decrease in the number of antibiotics their child needed etc so that too is worth factoring in.  For me potentially non-invasive and natural prevention is a clear choice!

Available to Purchase Here!

salinThe Salin Plus Air Purifier is available on OFFER here over on my shop website!

salinplus_filters_small                                  You can Also buy the refills by clicking here!

cropped-cropped-feet1.pngI hope you found this information helpful and as always don’t hesitate to contact me on the WonderBaba Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/wonderbabacare) with any questions or for one to one advice for your little one! You can also consult with me in person at Milltown totalhealth Pharmacy in Dublin 6 or over the phone on 012600262.

 

 

 

References

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8266663?dopt=Abstract

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10439712?dopt=Abstract

https://lungfoundation.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Salt-Therapy.pdf


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Sudden Infant Death Syndrome – also known as Cot Death.

I think any mum sitting down to write an article on this topic would feel the same – the first sentence and I can hardly breathe. I can’t possibly try to empathise with or understand how the horror of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) must make a family feel, it’s beyond the scope of my words and heavily beyond the strength of my heart. So I begin this article with a huge sorrow and sadness for those families already affected and also with a clear purpose of writing in the hope that together, as parents, we can ensure that our babies are exposed to as few risk factors as physically possible.

According to the HSE website SIDS can be defined as “the sudden unexpected death of an apparently well infant for which there is no explanation”.  They also say that “most babies die in their sleep peacefully”.

SIDS is not common – that is important to know – but from the most up to date information I could find it still claimed the lives of 34 babies in Ireland in 2004.  This is significantly reduced from 134 babies per year in the 1980s.  Babies are less affected when they start to gain mobility at about five months of age.  The MOST IMPORTANT thing to take away from this article is that reducing the risk factors for SIDS has reduced the amount of babies that have died.   So the advice you hear at every hospital appointment, GP or public health nurse visit is all trying to deliver the same message – if you follow the guidelines for SIDS risk reduction you reduce the risk of your baby being affected.

question markWhat do we know?

It is also important to appreciate that whilst some risk factors have been associated with SIDS the cause actually remains unknown.  Sometimes there are no answers to the questions SIDS must raise, even though I imagine answers are what you would actually need and be looking for.  With this in mind I think all we can do is the best with the information that we DO know.

We know that 9 out of 10 SIDS deaths occur when a baby is six months or younger.  We know that more baby boys than girls die from SIDS (1.5 : 1).  We know that premature and low birth weight babies have an increased risk of SIDS. We know that exposure to tobacco smoke can increase your babies risk of SIDS x 8! We know that smoking during pregnancy can increase your babies risk of SIDS x 4!  We know that sleeping with an adult increases the risk of SIDS and that this risk increases if the adult has consumed ANY alcohol or drugs which may cause drowsiness.  We know that putting a baby to sleep on their tummy or side increase the risk of SIDS.  We know that a baby using a duvet, quilt or pillow under one year of age is more at risk of SIDS.  Finally we know that a baby who is over heated through their clothes or environment is at increased risk of SIDS.  So actually we know a lot.

How do we use this info to reduce the risk of SIDS?

  • IMG_7589Place your baby on their back when putting them down for sleep.  If they roll onto their tummy with physical ability and by choice it’s ok but don’t place them to sleep on their tummy.  Their feet should be touching the foot of the cot.
  • Use thin blankets or sheets no higher than their shoulders and tuck them in so that they can’t slip over their heads.  Alternatively I found it easier to use baby sleeping bags. Always use the correct size sleeping bag for your baby as otherwise it may slip over their heads – if the small size of sleeping bag seems too big just use blankets for a few more weeks.
  • Do tummy time to help develop strength and muscle tone – you can read more about this in my flat head article by clicking here.
  • quit smoking wonderbabaEradicate all exposure of tobacco smoke to your baby – quit smoking if your can or if not ensure you smoke outside (another room in the house or out the window will not completely get rid of the smoke – you may not be able to smell or see it but it can linger for a couple of hours in a room.)  Don’t handle the baby or let another smoker soon after a cigarette.  For support to quit smoking check out this great website – www.quit.ie – loads of brilliant support and tips available!
  • Its been found that the lowest risk of SIDS is in babies who sleep in a cot or crib in the same room as their parents until they are six months of age.  I found a co-sleeper crib great as it meant I had a lot of the convenience of co-sleeping whilst breastfeeding and recovering from c-section but also the baby had the safety of their own space – in my room.
  • Whilst the evidence is not robust on this tip it’s still worth mentioning that soother use has been associated with a reduction in SIDS risk.  Obviously if your baby doesn’t take to a soother then there’s nothing you can do about it, but if your baby does like a soother at bed time then it’s no harm – and if it falls out when they’re asleep there is no need to put it back in unless they look for it 🙂  For lot’s of more information on soother use check out my full blog by clicking here!
  • Don’t use a duvet, quilt or pillow for your baby if they are under 12 months of age.
  • Keep the temperature of their bedroom between 16 and 20 degrees celcius – ideally 18!
  • Don’t place their cot, crib, or moses basket next to a radiator, heater, fire or in direct sunlight.
  • Babies regulate their heat a lot using their heads – so no hats in bed.
  • Use a firm clean mattress which fits the cot or basket well – with no gaps down the sides.

 

little handWhilst it’s important to be aware of the risk factors and reduce them where you can I think as parents we would find it hard to cope if you thought this was a common occurrence which was a big risk to your baby every day.  So using the most recent figure I could see of 34 Cot Deaths per year in 2004 and also looking at the stats for 2016 – it would mean that to the 34 babies who died there were 63,863 who did not.  We can’t always fear what might happen, if we are taking reasonable precautions to reduce risk factors and act as responsible parents I think we have to just believe that everything will be fine and enjoy our beautiful WonderBabas as they grow and develop into amazingly unique and perfect individuals with more wonder to reveal each day.

If you would like to learn more about SIDS or need support there are some great resources available in Ireland:

 

feetI hope you found this information helpful and as always don’t hesitate to contact me on the WonderBaba Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/wonderbabacare) with any questions or for one to one advice for your little one! You can also consult with me in person at Milltown totalhealth Pharmacy in Dublin 6 or over the phone on 012600262


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Vitamin and Supplement Series – Vitamin D!

sunshine-wonderbabaVitamin D also known as The Sunshine Vitamin!

Vitamin D gets it’s name because it needs UVB sun rays to be made – you can see why this is a problem in Ireland! When you consider that you’re not really meant to have your babies exposed to any sun that does actually escape through the clouds it really indicates that we might need to consider other sources!  This is why we have a recommendation in Ireland that all babies  under one year of age should be given a supplement of 5µg of Vitamin D3 every day! This is true for both breast fed and bottle fed babies.

What do we need vitamin D for?

We need Vitamin D to help our bodies to use calcium which is critical for the formation and maintenance of healthy bones and teeth.  If we don’t have enough our bones can become weak and in some cases even cause rickets in children.  Rickets involves a weakening of the bones which can result in bone deformities and increased likelihood of fractures.  The reason the guidelines say that supplementation is essential up to 12 months of age is because of an increased need for Vitamin D due to the speed that babies grow at during that period.  It’s worth noting that babies with darker skin are even more at risk of low levels of vitamin D.  Vitamin D also plays a role in promoting healthy muscles and even immune system.

 

What else is important to know?

  • You need to give vitamin D to your baby even if you took a supplement whilst pregnant.
  • D3 is the best form of Vitamin D to give your baby – that’s whats in most of the products now so you don’t really have to worry too much about choosing.
  • Vitamin D is fat soluble – this means that it can be harmful to take too much – always read the label.

 

Which one should I get and where can I get it?

abidec-vitamin-D3-drops-Milltown-Pharmacybabyvitd3-pump-milltown-pharmacyYou should choose a product suitable for babies with just Vitamin D3 in it – if you feel your baby needs other multivitamins you should read my full multivitamin guide by clicking here as there are a few vitamins which you can take too much of, vitamin D is one of these, so you have to be careful.  Vitamin D products differ in dosages in different formulations so always read the label on the product you buy to make sure you are giving a suitable dose.  Abidec Vitamin D3 drops comes in a slightly aniseed flavour which babies don’t seem to mind at all and you just need to give one drop! I found it useful to give it whilst changing nappy as I was more likely to remember when I saw it beside the nappy things and it was easy to drop into their mouths as they lay back.  BabyVit D3 pump also contains one daily dose per single pump and some mums prefer using this to drops – a personal choice!

 

 

cropped-cropped-feet1.pngI hope you found this information helpful and as always don’t hesitate to contact me on the WonderBaba Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/wonderbabacare) with any questions or for one to one advice for your little one! You can also consult with me in person at Milltown totalhealth Pharmacy in Dublin 6 or over the phone on 012600262.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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A WonderBaba Guide to Exercising during Pregnancy!

yoga pregnancyProtecting your very precious cargo is your priority when pregnant, but does this mean you need to reduce or stop exercising like many people think? Absolutely not is the answer! In fact, so long as you are exercising caution and good common sense, as well as your body, you will actually increase your own health and that of your unborn baby too!

When you find out you are expecting it’s a good idea to discuss your exercising habits with your GP.  The doctor will advise you what is clinically safe for you as an individual to continue with or to start but here I will give some general guidelines so you have a rough idea of what you can expect! Continue reading


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Vitamin and Supplement Series – Vitamin C

Vitamin C is also known as ascorbic acid.  It is a water-soluble vitamin which means it is easily absorbed from food and any extra that your body does not need is excreted.  It is important to make sure your child has a balanced healthy diet as Vitamin C cannot be made by our bodies and so we rely completely on good nutritious food for its supply!

So why do we need it?

Vitamin C promotes good wound healing, acts as an antioxidant, supports a health immune system, helps iron absorption and can help reduce tiredness and weakness. As if that isn’t enough its role in collagen formation means it also helps to maintain blood vessels, bones and cartilage – Vitamin C is a busy vitamin!! Continue reading