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The Wonders Of Witch Hazel!

IMG_7589Childbirth is obviously a beautiful and wonderful thing, amazing and magical all at the same time! However when you look behind the magic and under all of that happy new baby bliss sometimes you find a mum who is struggling to recover from their vaginal birth due to an episiotomy, haemorrhoids or vaginal tears.  Not every mum will experience discomfort after childbirth but in all honestly a little tenderness and inflammation is to be expected at least.  So to all new mums I would like to help you focus purely on your mesmerising new WonderBaba by explaining how exactly you can relieve your pain and soreness so it is no longer an unwelcome distraction!

Let me introduce you to the wonders of witch hazel and some other natural wonder products! Continue reading

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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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Does your child have an allergy or medical condition? This will help!

Keeping your child safe from their allergy or highlighting their medical condition can be a challenge.. here’s a solution!Allermates-GRP-Stack-bands

Having a child with an allergy or medical condition comes with a whole array of worries for Mums and Dads.  As someone who grew up with a bad dairy allergy I can completely empathise with how hard it is to protect your child from the one thing (or many things!) which they can’t have and also how hard it is to ensure the  people who are involved in your child’s life understand and remember the importance of your child’s medical need.   I came across a product range recently in the pharmacy which struck me as incredibly useful and helpful in this instance and so wanted to share it with you in the hope your little one will suffer less as a result! Continue reading


A tip to get your toddler to drink Dioralyte!

If you have a toddler who is feeling unwell whether it be due to vomiting or diarrhoea it is a good idea to ensure they are taking in enough fluids to prevent dehydration.  Water alone is not enough as it does not replace the electrolytes lost through illnesses such as these.

Dioralyte Rehydration Sachets

Dioralyte Rehydration Sachets

Dioralyte is a suitable solution for children in Ireland – they are rehydration sachets which should be taken at the following dosages:

“Daily intake may be based on a volume of 150ml/kg body weight for infants and 20-40 mg/kg body weight for adults and children.

A reasonable approximation is:
Infants – One to one and a half times the usual feed volume. For infants under 12 months, use only under medical advice
Children – One sachet after every loose motion.” Continue reading

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A WonderBaba guide to wasp and bee stings!

Summer and early Autumn are the most common times for wasps and bees to sting.  Bee and wasps stings are common in children as they are more likely to try to touch or catch them as they see them and think cute and funny!  Bee movie has a lot to answer for 😉 When a wasp stings it does not leave its stinger behind – but it does leave behind a small dose of its venom and can sting a number of times. Wasps are more aggressive than bees. Continue reading

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A WonderBaba guide to the prevention and management of burns and scalds in children.

A guide to the prevention and management of burns and scalds in children.

A burn is defined as ‘an injury caused by exposure to heat, electrical, chemical, or radioactive agent’ and a scald is a burn which is specifically caused by hot liquid or steam.

Babies and young children are much more at risk to burns than adults as their skin is so much thinner.  This means they can suffer deeper burns or scalds in a much quicker timeframe than adults even with liquids or surfaces which are not very hot.  The most likely group of people to suffer from a burn or scald are toddlers under the age of two years.  These injuries are most likely to occur at home and according to the results of one study (Patterns of burns and scalds in children by Kemp et al) the most common cause of scalds in children under five years was a cup/mug of hot beverage being pulled down on themselves.  The most common cause of a contact burn was from touching hair straighteners or irons (42%) and oven hobs (27%).   Continue reading

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Bumps to the head – What to watch for!


bump helmetI know this sounds obvious but preventing a bump is better than curing one. I sometimes wish it was possible to wrap them up in cotton wool but as it’s not, there are lots of other things you can do – although I will admit I think this fella’s crawling helmet might be taking it a little too far!!

There are however times a helmet is a good idea! Always make sure they wear a helmet when cycling or on a scooter, childproof the home using stair gates and other safety equipment and check that windows cannot be opened by your child especially upstairs windows (if necessary move beds or furniture away from the window to reduce the risk of falls). Avoid the use of cot bumpers as these can pose a suffocation risk as well as being a potential climbing aid to be used to escape a cot. Even with all the precautions in place it is inevitable that they will have the occasional bump. Continue reading

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Children’s First Aid Kit

I know when I started out on my parenting journey I really hoped I’d never have to reach up to the top press to grab this kit…Well lets just say it’s come in handy on more than one occasion! Whether its tripping in the garden or slipping in the bath there is always some sort of crisis going on in our house! We are lucky to have avoided burns so far and most other serious injuries but I am always relieved to have a well stocked first aid kit to hand when a situation does arise! I have considered wrapping them in bubble wrap…but apparently that’s not socially acceptable so I’ll have to make do with having eyes in the back of my head and keeping my fingers crossed!

Here’s a useful list of things to have in your first aid kit once children become a feature in your life! Its not all inclusive but its definitely a good start.

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