Buzzy is the brainchild of Dr. Amy Baxter, who wanted to create a simple solution to help kids overcome needle phobia.
Buzzy uses cold and vibration to block the unpleasant associations with needle sticks, along with optional cards featuring puzzles that help distract children from the procedure. This approach can be useful for a child who needs to get required immunizations or incorporated as part of a treatment plan for a serious ongoing condition like juvenile arthritis or diabetes.
Buzzy and the accompanying distraction cards have been proven to decrease the perception of pain associated with phlebotomy by as much as 88%. However, Buzzy is not recommended for those under four years of age. Young children have thinner skin and may not be able to tolerate Buzzy’s ice pack as well. They can use Buzzy without the ice pack, but this diminishes the product’s effectiveness somewhat.
Even though Buzzy was created to help children overcome their fear of needles, it’s worth pointing out that the product can be helpful for adults, too. Statistics indicate 23% of adults fear needles enough to avoid making trips to the doctor, so Buzzy is certainly worth a try if you fall into this group.
Buzzy is also said to help relieve itching from allergies and eczema, because itching and pain from needle sticks are affected by the same nerves in the body. Buzzy can even be used when you’re removing splinters or cleaning out cuts and scrapes. This makes Buzzy a helpful addition to any home first aid kit.
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Did you hear about the Colorado mom who breastfed a puppy to save its life? She made the mistake of posting a pic on Facebook and of course, it went viral!
The mom is trying to remain anonymous, but she has done a number of interviews. It all started when the mother dog passed away. The Colorado mom tried feeding the puppy K-9 formula, but the weak little pup wouldn’t drink it.
“I just felt like he just had an hour left. That’s how weak he was, he wasn’t moving and I just did it. I didn’t know what else to do, I was desperate and I just couldn’t bear sitting there watching it die.” – Anonymous mom
The mom admits it felt weird breastfeeding a puppy, but she didn’t know what else to do. Did it work? Yes and the puppy is no longer the runt of the litter!
As an animal lover, I can see why she would think of trying breastmilk, but I might have considered pumping the milk instead of placing the pup at my breast because of germs … and … well, teeth.
The Colorado mom attributes the whole idea to maternal instinct, and when we’re faced with a situation like that, who’s to say what we’d do. I do love animals, and I’m so happy to hear the puppy is doing well.
I can’t say that I wouldn’t have done the same in those circumstances. But if I had decided to breastfeed a puppy, I might have kept it to myself instead of sharing a pic with the world on Facebook.
Plus, in an interview with KROD, vet Amber Williams warned of dangers associated with women breastfeeding puppies. “There are things that can be passed from puppies to babies.” Just something to keep in mind if you’re thinking of breastfeeding your puppy.
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I was going through my Facebook feed this morning and saw a post from a young mom that I have known since she was about 14. She was worried that her year old son might have Rubella because he had a funny rash on his face. I immediately remembered the odd illness that each one of my kids had gotten right around their first birthday.
Fifth disease is a virus. Although the experts say it usually hits a child between the ages of five and fifteen, all of mine got it just in time for those cute, one year old birthday pictures.
It starts out with a low grade fever, symptoms similar to a cold, exhaustion. Those symptoms disappear after a day or so and then a bright red rash shows up on the cheeks and spreads to the body. The rash may last as long as three weeks.
My experience is a little different in that my kids ran high fevers. That might not be average though, since the kids and I do run higher than normal fevers when we are sick. 105, or even 106, is not that uncommon. It’s not fun, but it’s not uncommon. The other difference is that my kids didn’t wait until they were five to get it but then, they tend to be impatient with everything.
Since it’s a virus there is no real treatment; it just has to run its course. Give your child plenty of fluids, Popsicles, and comfort food and make him a nest on the couch. Enforce naps and bedtime so he gets plenty of sleep.
He’ll be back to normal in no time.
Would you give your child a doll that refuses to eat during feeding time? Famosa Toys has one such product in their toy line. The Nenuco Won’t Eat doll closes her mouth when offered food and turns her head away. This emulated bad behavior is prompted by a magnet in the doll’s spoon.
The Nenuco Won’t Eat doll received accolades at the 2014 UK Toy Fair and even won a “best new toy” award, but moms aren’t being quite so receptive. In the real world, they are afraid the doll will promote unhealthy eating habits. Some are worried it could even lead to anorexia.
On the other side of the issue, Famosa Toys released a statement defending the doll saying that it is meant to “re-create real life experiences between mothers and their babies, and to foster role play and positive learning.” The statement offered some background on the doll saying that the initial purpose was to help teach kids that not wanting to eat is a mistake. In their minds, they hope it will help teach kids healthy habits by encouraging the doll to eat.
I can see both sides of the issue here and I think it can be a tool for teaching like Famosa Toys hopes. Those of us who have ever had a picky child know how much we worked to get those kids to eat.
I can also see that left on their own to just play with such a toy, the doll might teach kids bad eating habits. I’d love to hear what you think. Do you think having your picky eater go through the same eating issues with a doll would help them learn to change their eating habits?
Famosa Toys is moving forward with the sale of the doll in the European market. How do you think it would do here in the States now that it’s being called things like the Anorexia doll?
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When my son was younger, he often stuttered. I remember the concern in my mother’s eyes. He struggled in school, and she thought it was stress related.
I talked to my pediatrician about it and he said it wasn’t of concern at his young age. My son outgrew it and I’d totally forgotten about his stuttering until I read about a recent Australian study published in Pediatrics August 26, 2013 issue. Findings show that one in 10 children stutter by age four.
The study also showed that the kids who stutter score just as high or higher than peers on assessments of language, thinking skills, and temperament. This was also true of my son.
This type of stuttering is referred to as “developmental stuttering” and according to the study is not associated with poorer outcome in the preschool years. For my son, his struggle was with dyslexia and ADD.
My son was a lot less verbal than my daughter at the same age, but once he turned two, his language really took off. He started talking in short sentences. Researchers suggested it’s possible stuttering might somehow improve language skills, or that stuttering could be the result of very fast language development among some kids.
According to the researchers, “This is a period in which a child’s motor speech system is challenged to keep pace with the phenomenal rate of language acquisition.”
At this point, I can look back and wonder if that was the case for my son. Now that he’s grown, he has no sign of a stutter, has a good vocabulary and is a good communicator. If your child stutters and it is a concern, be sure to talk with your doctor.
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The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has recalled three baby pacifiers because they fail to meet federal safety standards due to a choking hazard. The pacifiers are the products of Fred and Friends and have detachable elements.
For instance, the Artiste pacifier has a fake mustache and beard. The other recalled pacifiers include the Volume and Panic pacifiers. The beard on the Artiste and the knob designed to look like the noise level control that can be turned down on the Volume pacifiers can detach and present a choking hazard.
Along with the risk of removable components becoming a choking hazard, the Volume and Panic pacifier guards are “too small” according to the CPSC. To date, there has only been one report of a knob detaching and no injuries have been reported.
If you’ve bought one of these recalled pacifiers, stop using them immediately and return them to Fred and Friends for a $12 refund. Fred and Friends is supplying a postage paid envelope for consumers who need to return the recalled pacifiers.
For those parents who really like the mustache look, other pacifiers are available through Personalized Pacifiers which offers three options. They also have a Mute Button pacifier for those looking for an option to replace the Volume pacifier. Fred and Friends Lips pacifier has not been recalled.
If you own one of these pacifiers and have questions, you can call Fred and Friends toll free at (855) 346-6372, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET. If you prefer, you can email the company at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can contact them through their website by clicking on Pacifier Recall.
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Vaccinations are certainly a hot topic. I’m not going to get into the dangers of vaccines like heavy metals, DNA fragments from other species, formaldehyde, or the myriad of other ingredients that raise red flags for many parents. What I want to talk about is a new study that suggests that age plays a role in how our kids react to the measles vaccine.
According to the study, which was published in JAMA Pediatrics, kids who get their measles vaccination within the time frame recommended by the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (between 12- to 15-months-old) have a lower risk of experiencing seizures or fever shortly after the vaccination.
My son was always sick for about three days following his shots. He’d have a fever and diarrhea. My daughter was a little fussy, but that was it.
In this study, they looked at 840,348 toddlers from ages 12 months to 23 months who had received a measles-containing vaccine, measles, mumps and rubella, or measles, mumps, rubella and varicella (chicken pox).
According to this study, the children who were 16 months to 23 months were 6.5 times more likely to experience a febrile seizure in the week to 10 days following the vaccination. The children who ranged from 12 months 15 months were only about 3.4 times more likely to experience a seizure in the same time frame.
Researchers stress that the risk of the child needing medical attention for the febrile seizure as very low – less than one in 1,000, and that the rate of febrile seizure following vaccination is 7 times lower than the rate following natural infection with measles.
The thing they aren’t sure about is why the risk of febrile seizure is higher for the older group of toddlers.
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Back in the dark ages, people used to tell me I was nuts for not wanting BPA in my life. After all, how bad could it be? Surely the government tested it!
So here we are a little further down the road and more and more researchers are saying the same things that we “crazies” said years ago. BPA is bad for humans.
Well, a new study has linked exposure to BPA to an increased risk of miscarriage. A group of women was tested early in pregnancy and those with the most BPA in their blood had an 80% higher chance of a first trimester miscarriage than those with low levels. Since BPA is similar to estrogen, it could be that it is disrupting the hormone function in the body somehow.
Researchers admit that there could be another factor pointing out that there are women with high BPA levels that have healthy, full term babies. Still, the newest recommendation is that if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, you should stay well away from products containing this chemical.
Which is nearly everything. In order to avoid BPA you will need to stop handling receipts, stop using plastic containers, and stop eating anything that comes out of a can. That shouldn’t be too difficult should it?
It is interesting to note that the Environmental Protection Agency had planned to add BPA, along with several other chemicals, to a “chemicals of concern” list. It was proposed way back in 2010 but was never officially proposed for public comment.
A recent study of 10,000 children in the UK collected bedtime data at three, five, and seven years of age. It showed kids with regular bedtimes had fewer behavioral “difficulties” compared to kids with irregular bedtimes. The study suggests that not having a regular bedtime can lead to sleep deprivation and can undermine brain maturation and the ability to regulate certain conduct.
Regular schedules and bedtime routines make a difference in the quality of sleep our children get. Routine bedtimes help kids fall asleep, stay asleep, and to awaken refreshed in the morning. An established bedtime routine can even prevent sleep problems.
Many kids don’t love the idea of bedtime. Once in bed, they may say they have to go potty (again), need a drink, or any number of things to get back up. Bedtime for my kids took care of these things before they climbed into bed. It was part of the bedtime routine.
When my kids were younger, we read the traditional bedtime story. It was something they looked forward to, and I did it individually. They were in bed, and I sat beside them. It wasn’t unusual for them to pull the “read it again” ploy to extend their time awake, but I consistently reminded them it was time for bed. When the story was done I tucked the blankets around them, kissed them goodnight and turned out the light.
It was time to go to sleep and everyone knew it. For my daughter, this meant leaving the door opened so light filtered into the room. For my son, we closed the door because he slept better in complete darkness. Each child is a little different, so you need to develop the routine that works for each one.
If your child has trouble sleeping, it is important enough to talk with your doctor to discuss it. This includes trouble falling asleep or staying asleep.
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