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A WonderBaba Guide to the MMR Vaccination

 

measles-infographic CDC not just a little rash amended for IrelandThe MMR vaccine is given at twelve months of age and again when your child is in junior infants at school.  It is 95% effective at protecting against Measles, Mumps and Rubella.  Measles is a highly infections disease which is spread easily and there is a current out break in Ireland so the HSE are recommending that  anyone with young children who does not have their vaccines up to date contact their healthcare provider to arrange vaccination as soon as possible.

I would like to highlight that there is no link between the MMR and autism.  The MMR has been protecting children from these diseases since 1988.  Extensive research has been undertaken on the area.

According the the HSE parents should:

“Make sure you or your children are up to date with your MMR vaccines.

Please go to your GP for MMR vaccination if:

  • you have not had 2 doses of MMR vaccine
  • you have a preschool or primary school child who never had MMR vaccine
  • you have a primary school child who missed out on the 2nd dose
  • you are not sure if your child has had 2 doses of MMR  vaccine”

Some people diagnosed with measles attended GP surgeries and paediatric hospitals in Dublin and Meath from the 19th October 2017 and thus there is an increased likelihood that more cases will occur as these people would have been infectious.  You can be infectious for four days before the measles symptoms appear and they can be tricky to diagnose so it is obvious how this disease can be so infectious within a community.

The HPSC have advised that patients who show symptoms suggestive of measles  should stay at home, not go to school or work and phone your GP and explain that you may have measles. Those most at risk of catching measles are those who are not fully vaccinated with 2 doses of MMR vaccine such as babies younger than 12 months who are too young to be vaccinated, and those with weakened immune systems.

To learn more all about the symptoms of measles and how to treat it read my full measles blog by clicking here!

cropped-websitefeetlogo.pngI 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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12 simple tips to protect your child from pollen!

Spring and summer can be a little frustrating because you want to encourage you child to be out doors but every time you do they are struck down by hay fever! Hay fever is more common in older children than babies with more boys being affected than girls interestingly.  To read my full blog on hay fever and its medical treatment you can click here or if you just want some top tips to help to avoid pollen then keep reading!

If you suspect hay fever the best thing to do is to limit your child’s exposure to the allergen pollen. This sounds simple, but once children are involved is anything actually easy?! Here’s some top tips to get you started!

  • met.ie-logo (2)Keep your child inside if the pollen count is above 50 or high.  To check the pollen count on any given day you can look up the MET Éireann website – http://www.met.ie/forecasts/pollen.asp
  • Let your child wear wrap-around sunglasses to stop the pollen from contacting their eyes.
  • Keep windows closed on days of a high pollen count. This one is hard because it’s often quite warm on these days but needs must!
  • Don’t hang your child’s clothes or bedding outside to dry as they may become covered in pollen which will cause irritation at night or during the day.
  • Don’t keep fresh flowers in the house (a good excuse for the men not to buy any!!)
  • Hoover regularly.
  • Dust with a damp cloth regularly.
  • If outdoors avoid areas where grass is being cut or has recently been cut.
  • Keep car windows closed when driving.
  • recirculated-airIf using the air conditioning in your car set it to re-circulate the air in the car instead of drawing in new air which may be heavy with pollen.
  • The best time to play outside is after a heavy down pour of rain – Irish weather comes in handy here! This is when the pollen count will be at its lowest.
  • Wash your child’s hands and face once you’ve finished playing outside to remove the pollen. Also change their clothes.

If you cannot get your child’s hay fever under control please do talk to me, your local Pharmacist or your GP.  Further information on the medical treatment of hay fever is available here!

cropped-websitefeetlogo.pngI 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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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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Vick Warm Steam Vaporiser – A Wonder Product!

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


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Cough’s – What causes them and how to treat them!

Cough’s – What causes them and how to treat them! A cough is a bodies reflex to clear its airways of dust, irritants or mucus.  The most common cause of cough is a cold and unfortunately it is known as the common cold as it occurs so often!  Coughing can disrupt sleep and cause irritation and distress to babies and their parents.  There are several different types of cough which I will explain now so that you know the best way to act in each case: Continue reading