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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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Hyperemesis Gravidarum – support is here – Hyperemesis Ireland!

Hyperemesis is a crippling sickness of severe nausea and vomiting which effects less than 1% of pregnant women.  It is different to regular ‘morning sickness’ which affects a large proportion of pregnant women and usually clears up around the 16 week mark.  Hyperemesis is a serious condition which can lead to severe dehydration if not treated.  To understand the condition more and how it differs from regular morning sickness I’d like to ask you to read the following blog of a mum who suffered from the illness first hand as I personally was lucky enough to escape with the regular nausea that early pregnancy brings.

dripI have never read a blog that reflects the cruelty of the impact that this illness can have over a woman whilst she’s ‘glowing’ during her pregnancy. This blog is written by an old friend of mine and is well worth a read! http://www.wonkyeye.ie/wonky-eye-blogger/cgispm3anygqg3j5s5nwku8ahzimmv2017814

Hyperemesis Ireland is a new support network for expectant mums who are in need of guidance and care – as a healthcare professional and as a woman I am so glad that this service is now available in Ireland!
#hyperemesisgravidarum #youarenotalone

websitefeetlogoI 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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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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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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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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Candida (thrush) infection of breasts – symptoms and treatment!

Nipple pain can occur in a breastfeeding mum for many reasons.  Obtaining a correct diagnosis is critically important for a successful continued breastfeeding realtionship. Breastfeeding is recommended exclusively for your baby’s first six months and then in combination with food right up until two years of age or beyond.  This article does not serve to prove the benefits of breastfeeding – it is universally accepted as the best source of nutrition for your baby and has many benefits for mum too.  No doubt I’ll write all about that at some other stage – today I am more focused on identifying those mums who are struggling with pain during feeding and would like to highlight thrush as a potential cause.  From experience I have found it is important to know the appropriate treatment when attending the doctors so that you can discuss the best treatment options available to you. Continue reading


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WonderBaba – Miscarriage – Symptoms and Support.

Bleeding, severe pain and cramping, or the sudden loss of pregnancy symptoms can sometimes indicate a miscarriage.  I don’t even need to say it but a miscarriage causes a mother distress of the most harrowing nature. It is ironic that early pregnancy is often a ‘secret’ and so the time that you really need support and help is the one time you feel unable to reach out and ask for it.  I’m writing this article for those mums who need advice, for those who feel the may be suffering from a miscarriage, or those who have experienced one and are finding it hard to cope with or process.  I hope to provide some information about what is normal and what is not during early pregnancy and to highlight some of the amazing and supportive resources there are for women in this devastating situation in Ireland. It is important to know when to seek help and if you do find yourself in the heartbreaking position of grieving for your unborn baby its even more important to know that support is available.  A pregnancy can be planned, unplanned or unexpected but finding support during miscarriage, both physically and mentally, should not be overlooked.

What can be a sign of miscarriage?

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A WonderBaba Guide to Insect Bites, Repellents and the Zika Virus!

 

This is a difficult one as the studies completed in the area are few and far between however there is current guidance from ‘bumps’ – best use of medicines in pregnancy from the UK teratology information service which is recommended by the HSE’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre.

mosquito biteDuring pregnancy or whilst trying to conceive women should follow the same recommendations as all other travellers.  If travelling to an area at risk of the Zika virus, Malaria, west nile virus, or Lyme disease it is worth postponing your trip if at all possible.  If this is not possible then every measure possible should be taken to reduce the chance of being bitten as discussed below.  I will also discuss the problems with contracting Zika during pregnancy and how it can put you and your baby at risk. Continue reading


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Breast Feeding Top Tip…Literally!

Breast feeding mums!

A health care tip this is not….but a top tip it sure is!!

I’ve read this a million times online so on no level am I trying to claim credit but on baby number three it’s my first time to actually try it! 

Wish I had given it a go much sooner! I really begrudge spending money on specific breast feeding tops because they are so expensive for what they are! I always say I’ll just make do with using a string  top under a normal top but always get really annoyed and flustered when I’m trying to feed my baby when out and about as I seem to spend more time fiddling with tops trying to preserve my dignity and building up a panicked sweat than actually feeding my baby! The whole debacle leaves us both stressed out and a little traumatised!! I really don’t mind feeding in public at all but at the same time I don’t want to be flashing myself and everyone around me – despite what my family would say I’m actually quite shy (I can hear the laughter already!) and so really always want to be comfortable when feeding my baby and doing as little fussing at tops and bra straps as possible so as not to draw attention to myself! I’ve always ended up admitting defeat and dashing into H&M etc to pick up some nursing t shirts – which to be honest I don’t even like the look of! Continue reading