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Hyperemesis Gravidarum – support is here – Hyperemesis Ireland!

Hyperemesis is a crippling sickness of severe nausea and vomiting which effects less than 1% of pregnant women.  It is different to regular ‘morning sickness’ which affects a large proportion of pregnant women and usually clears up around the 16 week mark.  Hyperemesis is a serious condition which can lead to severe dehydration if not treated.  To understand the condition more and how it differs from regular morning sickness I’d like to ask you to read the following blog of a mum who suffered from the illness first hand as I personally was lucky enough to escape with the regular nausea that early pregnancy brings.

dripI have never read a blog that reflects the cruelty of the impact that this illness can have over a woman whilst she’s ‘glowing’ during her pregnancy. This blog is written by an old friend of mine and is well worth a read! http://www.wonkyeye.ie/wonky-eye-blogger/cgispm3anygqg3j5s5nwku8ahzimmv2017814

Hyperemesis Ireland is a new support network for expectant mums who are in need of guidance and care – as a healthcare professional and as a woman I am so glad that this service is now available in Ireland!
#hyperemesisgravidarum #youarenotalone

websitefeetlogoI 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.


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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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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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A tip to get your toddler to drink Dioralyte!

If you have a toddler who is feeling unwell whether it be due to vomiting or diarrhoea it is a good idea to ensure they are taking in enough fluids to prevent dehydration.  Water alone is not enough as it does not replace the electrolytes lost through illnesses such as these.

Dioralyte Rehydration Sachets

Dioralyte Rehydration Sachets

Dioralyte is a suitable solution for children in Ireland – they are rehydration sachets which should be taken at the following dosages:

“Daily intake may be based on a volume of 150ml/kg body weight for infants and 20-40 mg/kg body weight for adults and children.

A reasonable approximation is:
Infants – One to one and a half times the usual feed volume. For infants under 12 months, use only under medical advice
Children – One sachet after every loose motion.” 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


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Healthcare tips and essentials for travelling with a baby or toddler!

Travelling light and having all the essentials that are needed for a little baby or young children is a challenge larger than Everest in my opinion… ok maybe not that bad – but it certainly requires a lot of thought and organisation so I’ve put together a little list of items which I don’t go away without in case of medical emergencies or minor ailments. As for the number of bibs, nappies, soothers, outfits, wipes etc to bring…well if anyone has a list for that I would love a look!!

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Diarrhoea – A Guide for Parents

Diarrhoea – A WonderBaba Guide for Parents

 

What it is and what causes it?

Diarrhoea is classed as the passing of frequent unformed watery stools three or more times a day and usually clears up within a few days. It’s also worth pointing out that breastfed babies generally have looser stools than formula-fed babies and this is completely normal and not classed as diarrhoea unless the stools become watery. Diarrhoea is usually nothing to worry about but there are a few things you need to know and I will give you the signs to look out for which may require medical advice. Continue reading


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Temperatures – what they are and how to treat them!

 

Temperatures – What they are and how to treat them!

babyunderarmA fever/temperature in children usually indicates that they have picked up a bacterial or viral infection but can also be a result of a reaction to a vaccine or becoming overheated.
A child’s normal temperature can range from about 97°F/36.1°C up to 99.4°F/37.4°C. Most doctors consider a temperature of 100.4°F/38°C or higher as a fever when measured using an oral, ear or rectal thermometer.

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