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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 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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WonderBaba – The Ultimate Guide to Children’s Multivitamins!

Prescription-ConfusionWe always get advertising material into the Pharmacy from all of the different multivitamin brands making great claims about the benefits of their own products.  Even Pharmacists and Pharmacy staff can find it overwhelming trying to decipher what the actual vitamin content is and determine the benefits and downfalls of one product in comparison to another.  The vitamin market is a particularly busy one!  There are so many different products and all have strengths and weaknesses so I have done my best to select the 14 most popular children’s multivitamins and I have literally laid them side by side so we can explore which product meets your individual child’s needs. Continue reading


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WonderReview – Mustela 123 Vitamin Barrier Cream

first 40 yearsAfter three children and five and a half years of continuous nappy changing its fair to say as a Pharmacist I have had a vested interest in trying out all of the many many nappy rash creams that are available on the Irish market!  I’ve had phases with little or no nappy rash to battle and phases where it has felt impossible to clear! For the last couple of months I have unfortunately been battling a particularly persistent case so I was excited and eager to try the new Mustela 123 Vitamin Barrier Cream which arrived on our shelves in Milltown totalhealth Pharmacy…yes I am that sad – this is exactly the kind of thing that makes my day at the moment!! 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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Wonder Review -Leeloops – The Head lice preventing hair band!

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NB – Leeloops are currently unavailable in Ireland – they are due back into stock with our suppliers at the start of November and as soon as we can get them I promise we will!

**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!


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Wonder Review -Mouthie Mitten – Teething Magic!!

I have possibly tried out every teething product there is on the market by now…. !! I previously reviewed the Gummee Glove as loved the concept and thought it was a good product – so when we couldn’t get stock of the Gummee Glove in the pharmacy I was pretty disappointed. Our suppliers then got in touch to say they had gone to great trouble to get another teething glove – and I have to say – I’m very glad they did!! Continue reading


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Wonder Review – Uriage Soin Peri-Oral Cream & Cu-Zn+ Spray!

 

 

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I was going to review the Soin Peri-Oral cream on its own but as the week started I realised there was another product which would compliment the treatment of my sons dribble rash and so I decided to use them both in combination!  The other product, which I have mentioned in blogs before, is the Uriage Cu-Zn+ Spray.  I will explain the reason that I think these products go hand in hand together now!

There are two areas which dribble rash affects – the first is the area directly surrounding the mouth (the peri-oral area) and the other is the folds in the skin under the baby’s chin. Continue reading


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Uriage Review – Xemose Creme and Cu-Zn Spray.

uriage-xemose-universal-11672In my quest to get familiar with the Uriage range (and indulge in a little pampering for myself and the kids!!) I started to use the Uriage Xemose Emollient Creme on the whole family!  I suffer with eczema myself so whilst my main aim was to see how baby Callum liked it I actually ended up stealing quite a lot of his stash..!! Put simply this is the creamiest of creams and it is just beautiful to use on your skin at this time of year if you suffer in any way from dry skin!  The effects of it last all day and even massaging it in you can feel how nourishing and soothing it is!  I absolutely loved it and really and truly this will be a permanent fixture in my skincare cabinet from now on! Yes I have a whole cabinet…those of you with eczema will understand!

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Wonder Review – Uriage Cradle Cap Cream and Shampoo!

Cradle cap is the name given to flaky, yellowish patches of skin which occur on a babies scalp usually within the first three months of their lives. The cause is not fully understood but it usually clears by the time a child reaches two or three years of age. It may last just a few weeks or even a few months. It does not generally cause any discomfort for the baby. It can however look quite unpleasant and, if the scales are picked at, it can leave your child vulnerable to an infection of the skin. Continue reading