Babies and kids get six to eight colds a year, but sometimes they sound sicker than they are. "What parents usually hear are the random snorts and sniffles of air passing through mucous and secretions in the nose and throat," says pediatric pulmonologist Peter Scott, M.D., of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. There's no need to worry as long as your child seems reasonably comfortable and active, continues to eat and drink, and starts to get better after a few days. In the meantime:
Try saline drops to loosen nasal congestion. They're especially helpful for babies too young to blow their noses. Use three or four times a day.
To relieve a nightime cough, elevate our child's head with a wedge beneath the mattress.
Offer liquids to lubricate an irritated, cough-prone throat. For babies, nurse or bottle-feed more frequently. For children, give water or diluted juice (semi-frozen if you want, for its pain soothing chill). "But there's not need to push fluids---normal intake is fine," says Dr. Scott.
Go easy on cold preparations. Never give babies under 6 months decongestants or cough suppressants, says Dr. Scott. Some decongestants can act as stimulants and keep an older child (and you) awake if taken within four hours of bedtime. Some moms find that over-the-counter cough suppressants help their kids, although studies haven't shown them to be effective. If coughing interferes with your child's sleep for four to five nights, talk to your doctor, who may prescribe a stronger prescription cough suppressant.
See the doctor if your baby is under 3 months and has a fever over 100.5 degrees. And call if a child of any has symptoms --cough, congestion, mild sore throat--that linger for longer than a week.
RSV: a risk for infants
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is either a minor nuisance or an emergency. Most kids get it by age 1, but parents usually thinks it's a cold. But around 2 percent of the time, the virus causes bronchiolitis, an inflammation of the small tubes of the lungs. Even this condition is not usually life-threatening, but it can be in some babies under 6 months, and in preemies up to 1 year.
Maribel Lewis, a medical technologist in Palisades Park, New Jersey, suspected RSV when her 3-month old daughter Aiyannah, developed a persistent wheezy cough but no fever. "Her extreme lethargy tipped me off," says Lewis.
Aiyannah's pediatrician gave her an inhaler with medication to open her airways. But over the next two days, Aiyannah stopped nursing and became even more listless. When Lewis took her baby back, the pediatrician sent her to the hospital, where Aiyannah received intravenous fluids and intensive respiratory therapy (inhaled steroids).
Patent Pending Infant Sports Car Seat Cover by Mark Industries
Is this the COOLEST thing you have ever seen? Mark Industries LLC has done it again with a state of the art top notch luxury infant sports car (copyright) seat cover. This patent pending design features push working headlights (sold separate)for visibility in dark parking lots, reflector wheels and side mirrors, zipper for easy removal of baby. Will not obstruct standard safety features of car seat (sold separate).
There are two versions Winter and Summer. Keeping baby warm in the Winter and cool in the Summer.
When kids reach mid teen to teenage years you'll hear alot of "Hey can't you take a joke" or "Hey I was just kidding" or "Build a bridge and get over it - was supposed to be funny!" How could any behavior that would cause any form of embarrassment, ridicule, or dig at another person be funny?
They may think it is funny but to most kids it is cruel, and hurtful. The child on the receiving end of such ridicule then learns to laugh it off and let it go but they seldom forget what the other kid did. They may feel sorry for the other child because maybe he or she got picked on the same way and is just doing it to feel better about themselves. Read more...
Relaxation and time to reflect on your accomplishments as a wife, a friend, and as a mother is very important. Finding the right balance must begin with you!
How can you take care of others, if you don't take care of you? Just like in Church.... you drink from the cup first before you serve others. Invest in yourself. Don't be afraid to ask for help or simply say to your spouse; "Honey, please watch the kids for an hour, I'm going to go work out.... go for a walk.....go take a nap....etc.,"
Clip those coupons, slash that grocery store bill. Remember expensive items are always at eye level. For bargains, look left to the top and bottom shelves for the best deals. Shop after 3pm if you can. Feel for the cold items, they just got stocked and are fresh from the big cooler in the back of the store. Fill up your freezer with bags of frozen foods instead of boxes. Boxes cost more and that cost is passed on to you. Mark downs are usually every 12 weeks. Freezer items last so stock up when they go on sale. Looking to save on meat? Look for sale item aisle. When items are close to its sell date they go there. If it is for supper that evening it will save you money and it will still be fresh.