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Is this heat rash?

heat rash wonderbabaHeat rash is also known as miliaria or prickly heat.  There’s a few different kinds and the rash can range from mild small pimples to deep red lumps.  Its generally a pink or red rash which can be made up of dots, spots or pimples – most often these affect the head neck and shoulders.  Heat rash occurs when your baby’s sweat glands become blocked and become swollen, itchy and generally uncomfortable! It often occurs under clothes where the heat is worst and the material rubs off it causing further irritation and friction. Continue reading


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Soothers – Should you or shouldn’t you!?

soother-in-mouthSoothers…. another one of those weird topics that instigate all manner of severe mammy guilt! I feel this is because we are bombarded with conflicting information as to whether or not their use is a good or bad thing! I’d like to be able to clarify whether there is a right or wrong answer to the argument but I’m afraid that will still remain the personal choice of a parent – all I can do is explain the evidence from both sides and for what it’s worth I’m happy to give my own opinion at the end!

Please note – I will use the word ‘soothers’ throughout this article to describe a device also known as a dodi, a pacifier, a dummy, etc etc etc….. Continue reading


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Updated Information on the Primary Immunisation Programme 2016!

Hi Mums and Dads of WonderBabas in Ireland!

There have been some recent announcements about the immunisations which your child will be offered.  It has been announced that the HSE intend to roll out a new Primary Childhood Immunisation Programme this year which will mean that all babies who are born on or after the 1st of October 2016 will receive two new vaccines as part of the programme.  The two new vaccines include MenB (at 2,4 and 12 months) and Rotavirus (at 2 and 4 months). The timing  if the 1st MenC vaccine will also change from 4 to 6 months and the timing of the third PCV will change from 12 to 13 months.  Currently Hib and MenC are given as two separate vaccines but will now change to one injection which combines the two vaccinations at 13 months.

I have updated my ‘Vaccination Schedule’ blog so that you have all of the information you need to answer any questions you may have relating to the changes and how they may or may not affect you and your baby.

The updated blog is available here:

https://wonderbaba.ie/2016/06/14/vaccination-schedule/

cropped-websitefeetlogo.pngI hope you find 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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Bronchiolitis – the best ways to beat it!

The bronchioles are small little airways in your baby’s lungs. The lungs are vital in delivering the right amount of oxygen to your baby’s blood steam allowing healthy bodily function to continue.  Bronchiolitis occurs when infection affects the bronchioles.  The most common cause of this infection in the respiratory synctial virus (RSV).  This viral infection causes inflammation and irritation of the bronchioles which can make it difficult for your little baby to breathe. Continue reading


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Croup – A WonderBaba Guide!

inside the tracheaCroup is a scary and frightening condition which affects the upper airways.  Inflammation of the larynx (also known as vocal cords), the trachea (known as the wind pipe) and the bronchi (small passageways in the lungs) causes obstruction of breathing and a characteristic barking cough.  It can be due to a viral infection or it can be spasmodic. Viral infection can be passed by your child breathing in or ingesting infected air droplets which are present in an infected persons coughs and sneezes. Continue reading


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A WonderBaba Guide to Nausea and Vomiting in Children!

wonderbaba nausea titleNausea describes the feeling of needing to vomit.  It is when your stomach feels queasy and sick and this is often accompanied by increased saliva production and an increased heart rate.  Unfortunately nausea and vomiting can be common in babies and children.  When babies are very young it can be normal for them to vomit a little bit after food – this is known as possetting. Continue reading


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How to help babies and children with ear pressure on a flight!

How to help babies or children with ear pressure on a flight! Its hard to explain to a baby that their ears may “pop” or feel very pressurised on a flight and it’s even more difficult to calm them down from the discomfort this can cause! As an adult you can suck on a hard sweet, try to yawn repetitively or hold your nose and blow gently to try to equalise the pressure within your inner ear. These techniques would all work for a baby but are not exactly possible due to practical and cognitive issues!! So lets have a look at what is practical! Tips to try to reduce pressure build up in your babies ears:P6_053c Continue reading


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Wonder Review – The Slumber Bear!

 

This little bear joined my family whilst I was expecting number three – I wish I had found it sooner! It combines all aspects of the many soothing techniques I tried with my first two to help them become able to self soothe during the night to let us all have some more much needed sleep!  Continue reading


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Hay Fever and Children

red hair - wonderbabaHay Fever and Children

Hay Fever is essentially an allergic reaction to pollen.  It can be triggered by pollen from trees, grass, or weeds.  Tree pollen tends to be released first usually in Spring and is usually due to Birch, Elder or Hazel trees.  Grass pollen is generally a little later during late Spring or early Summer and weed pollen can be released at any stage from early Spring to late Autumn. So really we are talking March to October! A person can be allergic to just one type of pollen or all types so the symptoms of hay fever and when they arrive can vary greatly from child to child.  Hay fever can also be caused by spores from mould or fungi. Continue reading


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A WonderBaba Guide to Dehydration

Dehydration in babies and children

Dehydration occurs when your baby or child’s body is losing more liquid than it is taking in.  This affects the levels of salts and sugars in their bodies and an inbalance can have a knock on effect on many of the body’s functions.  Water makes up two thirds of the human body and as babies have such a low body weight even the smallest fluid losses can really affect them. Continue reading