After 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
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
**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!
So, 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.
Whether 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!
The 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!
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
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
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
Uriage Eau Thermal skincare was a range we recently started to stock in Milltown totalhealth Pharmacy – it’s been getting rave reviews and fantastic feedback so I wanted to find out more about the baby skincare range!
One product in particular caught my eye and that was the 1ère Eau Cleansing Water. It comes in a large 500ml bottle and has a well designed lid which makes it easy to squirt onto cotton wool.
So what does it do?
This lightly fragranced water is a no-rinse cleanser for babies. Continue reading
In my opinion the Vicks warm steam vaporiser is an essential item for anyone with a baby or young child. Every time my children have a cough or a cold I unpack this from the bottom of the wardrobe and put it into action! Let me tell you a little bit more about why this product is a winter essential! Continue reading
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