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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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Slapped Cheek – A WonderBaba Guide for Parents!

Slapped cheek is a viral illness which is also known as fifth disease or erythema infectiosum and is caused by a virus known as parvovirus B19.  It has many of the same sort of symptoms of the flu as other viral illnesses which I’ll describe more here but also a characteristic rash on the cheeks which leaves them looking as if they have been slapped, and also a faint recurring red rash on the body is possible. Continue reading


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A WonderBaba Guide – The Reality of Ringworm

Ringworm is also known as tinea corporis. Surprisingly it has absolutely nothing to do with worms at all, despite its name.  It is a common fungal infection which often affects children but can affect adults too and it is thought that 10-20% of people will suffer from ringworm at some stage in their lives! It is a highly contagious infection which can be passed from human to human and even from dog or cat to human.   It usually affects the arms or legs but can occur almost anywhere.

ringworm-wonderbabaWhat does it look like?

  • Affects arms and legs most frequently
  • Round, red or silvery patches of skin which can be scaly
  • The skin can be itchy and inflamed.

 

How do I prevent it? Continue reading


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Meningitis – Do you know what you’re looking for?

Meningitis describes an infection of the meninges.  The meninges are the protective membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord.  The infection can be viral or bacterial.

mother and babyViral infections, whilst very scary, are usually not life threatening.  Hospital tests are often required to differentiate between bacterial and viral menigitis and it’s extremely important to seek medical attention if meningitis is suspected as urgent antibiotic treatment is needed for the bacterial form of the disease.  Examples of viruses which can cause meningitis are enteroviruses and the herpes simplex virus. Continue reading


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ACT for Meningitis

Every now and again I am humbled by the strength and power of parents that I come across. I was lucky enough to have been introduced to the website http://www.actformeningitis.ie which was set up by Siobhán and Noel Carroll, who in 2008 sadly lost their precious daughter Aoibhe, aged 4, to meningitis.  It is a non-profit organisation which aims to provide support to families who have been affected by meningitis but also to educate and inform other parents about the illness, its symptoms, and causes. Continue reading


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Head Lice – The Horrors And The Cures!!

headlouseHead lice – it’s one of those things that lingers in the back of your mind as a new parent…everyone remembers getting the head pulled off them with a knit comb during their school going years! I’d like to say we have moved on a lot from that but i’m afraid many of the treatment options remain the same as when you or I were little.  Hopefully though this article will give you clarity about what head lice are, how they are spread, how to treat them, and how to prevent them!  I will discuss the products which are available on the Irish market but other than that the information is the same everywhere! Continue reading


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How to care for your baby’s nails!

baby nailsA newborn baby’s nails are extremely soft.  They can be quite long when your baby is born and even though they are really soft they can still give your baby an impressive scratch if left alone.  A baby has very little control over their movements and do a lot of completely involuntary and jerky movements so they can scratch their little faces and eyes unintentionally quite often!  To prevent this from happening its important to establish a nail care routine straight away. Continue reading


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Sore Throats in Babies and Children

Sore Throats in Babies and Children Wonder

Unfortunately sore throats are quite common, especially in children, and can occur for several reasons including viral or bacterial infections. One of the main viral infections which causes a sore throat is the common cold with it being responsible for a quarter of all sore throats. Other viruses which less commonly cause a sore throat in children are the flu viruses, the herpes simplex virus, the Epstein Barr virus (glandular fever), and the Adenovirus. Bacterial infections only account for a third of sore throats in children and are mostly due to streptococcal infections. Babies and children are particularly likely to suffer from sore throats as their bodies haven’t yet had time to build up resistance to the infections which commonly cause this nasty symptom. 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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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