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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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WonderBaba Medication Record

We all know how important it is to give your child the right medication, at the right time, at the right dose.  I’m not writing this to give you a lecture – if you are reading this you are already interested in the responsible administration of medication to your child.  I’m writing this to help you find an easy and effective way of doing it – no matter what your family or childcare situation!

The most common reason for medication errors that I have come across is a simple lack of communication between adults. It’s so easily done, everyone is in a hurry and has an awful lot of information to provide during ‘handover’ of responsibility from one parent to another, from a parent to a childminder or from a parent to a creche or school etc.  It’s simple to forget to let someone know that you have given a dose of medication, in fact with tiredness and stress involved I’d say its near impossible to be perfect all of the time!

Rather than beat ourselves up about not being ‘WonderParents’ all of the time I feel it’s a lot more constructive to identify that everyone is only human after all, and to try and find a system to put in place to prevent any medication errors from occuring.

I have designed the following record so that it can be used in a home, childminders, creche or school environment.  Ideally it could be stored in the box of the medication so that it is easily found but can even wrapped around the bottle with an elastic band or hair bobbin if needs must!  I really hope you find it useful as the most important thing is the health and welfare of our fabulous WonderBabas and I know this is a system we will be using in our house from now on when one of our three is unfortunate enough to need medication.

The Record can be downloaded and printed off by clicking the following link:

WonderBaba Medication Record download!

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I 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 Guide to Low Body Temperatures in Babies

microlife thermometerAccording to the HSE a child’s normal temperature would be between 36 and 36.8°C (96.8 and 98.24ºF). Anything above 38°C (100.4°F) can be classified as a fever. A low body temperature can be just as serious as a high one and is considered anything below 36°C.  If your baby’s temperature drops below 35°C they would be considered to have hypothermia.

Babies are more at risk of becoming cold and developing hypothermia because their little bodies struggle to regulate temperature. Continue reading


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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


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Hand Foot and Mouth Disease – A WonderBaba Guide!

mouthHand foot and mouth disease can affect any age group but is most common in children under ten years of age. They are most likely to catch it in the Summer or Autumn.  It should not be confused with foot and mouth disease which is a viral infection which affects animals such as cattle, sheep and pigs.

Hand foot and mouth disease is a viral infection most commonly caused by the following viruses: Continue reading


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Oral Hygiene for Babies and Children!

A regular dental cleaning ritual is an important aspect of your child’s hygiene routine.  You can actually begin with an oral hygiene routine before your baby’s first tooth has even appeared! The easiest way to do this is to use a damp clean facecloth and just wipe it gently over your baby’s gums.  This gets your little one used to the process and can also make it easier for you to identify when teeth are cutting through! You don’t need to use any toothpaste until the teeth actually appear so just warm water will do. Continue reading


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Eczema and Dermatitis – A parent’s complete guide.

Eczema and Dermatitis – A parent’s complete guide.

What is it and who does it affect?

These two terms are both used to describe the same skin condition which can cause dry, itchy and irritated skin.  It is the most common inflammatory disease of the skin.  Approximately one in five children under six years of age suffer from eczema.  Children often grow out of it and as a result only one in twelve adults have eczema.   It can occur in very young babies and often begins with a small patchy rash on the cheeks or scalp. It can be differentiated from cradle cap by examining its colour.  Cradle cap tends to be yellow in colour whereas eczema will cause more of a red rash.  Continue reading


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Bumps to the head – What to watch for!

Bumps

I 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. 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