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Drugs and Breastfeeding

FAM, health By February 7, 2009 Tags: , , , No Comments

It is difficult to avoid the use of all prescription drugs while breastfeeding – especially if you are having multiple children and nursing for a length of time with each one. And then there are the street drugs that nobody speaks of. If you are in the habit of using these when you become pregnant, you may need assistance and some honest research to prove how harmful they can be. As with any medical questions in pregnancy and during breastfeeding, your doctor or midwife will know more about your personal history and circumstances than any website, but it is always good to gain as much knowledge as possible in order make the ultimate decision about the health of your baby.

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BC Healthguide and 811 Nurseline

FAM, health By January 23, 2009 Tags: , , , , 1 Comment

What to do when a toddler falls on his face and your see the first blood EVER?!?  Or nothing will stop the baby’s crying and you’re starting to wonder…  The BC Nurseline is a great resource!  Now, you can just dial 811 from anywhere in the lower mainland, and you’ll be connected.  Make sure you have your child’s care card ready when you dial.  They keep your child’s history on file so that each time you call, you are not starting from scratch.  Our time is very valuable, after all.

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The Flu

FAM, health By December 31, 2008 Tags: , , , 2 Comments

Influenza virus probably originated in birds, and moved to people thousands of years ago when people began to domesticate fowl. Influenza, in other words, was an “emerging disease”, much like SARS today. Over the centuries, influenza epidemics have had dramatic effects on human populations. For example, the 1918 pandemic, is estimated to have caused some 50 to 100 million deaths, and influenza (and smallpox) devastated the first nations peoples of North America with the arrival of Europeans.

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Sun Protection For Babies

FAM, health By November 9, 2007 No Comments

Babies’ skin is very sensitive to the sun’s harmful rays. Babies should NOT be in direct sunlight, particularly before the age of six months. Little ones need extra care in the heat to ensure that they do not become dehydrated. Feed babies frequently with breast milk or formula. Use a wide brimmed hat, light and long clothing and a canopy as much as possible. Stay in the shade, particularly between 10am and 4pm when the sun is at its strongest.

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Getting And Accepting Help

FAM, health By November 5, 2007 1 Comment

If you are someone who is used to being self-sufficient, get prepared to receive help.If you have friends and family who want to be there for you, make a list of things that you need and see if they are prepared to help you do these things for a short while whilst you get used to your new role as parents.

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What To Have On Hand When You Come Home From the Hospital

FAM, health By November 5, 2007 No Comments

There are lots of products available but here are a few of the critical things you’ll probably need for baby’s carewhen you come home:

acetaminophen suspension for infants – for fevers or if needed after vaccinations
antibiotic ointment – for control of wound infections
batteries – for all of the baby equipment!
calamine lotion – for heat rash or sunburn
diapers/diaper wipes
gentle baby wash/shampoo
gripe water – good for fussy babies who need to get a burp up
hand sanitizer – it’s good to have one by each sink for visitors to use
hydrogen peroxide – helps keep the umbilical stump clean
silicone skin cream – good for preventing diaper rash
vaseline – keeps moisture in and soothes skin
vitamin D drops dietary supplement – breastfed babies require daily 400 IU for one year

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Ear Infections in Children

FAM, health By August 1, 2007 Tags: , , , No Comments

Each year many young children are diagnosed with middle ear infections – or otitis media.  Typical symptoms that occur with otits media include fever, ear ache and irritability. Many times these infections become recurrent and parents are forced to make several trips to the child’s physician to get treatment.  Parents often want to decrease their child’s suffering and may be quick to administer antibiotics to do so.  Although the use of antibiotics is warranted in some situations, they often do not address the root cause of the problem.  The use of antibiotics can leave the child more susceptible to other types of infections as bacteria become resistant to drugs.  Side effects of antibiotics can include digestive upset leading to diarrhea, gas and tummy ache.  In many instances, the ear infection is not due to bacteria, but due to a virus, which antibiotics will not be useful in eliminating.

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