As soon as the weather turns cool and the heat comes on in the house, my skincare routine changes to fight everything from dry elbows and heels to dry lips. If you have a little one, it’s also time to take special steps to look after their delicate skin.
Babies are smaller and lose heat faster than adults and are more vulnerable the effects of the cold. Skincare starts with how you dress your baby. Dress them in layers of light to medium weight clothing. This traps air to produce an effective insulator.
Natural fabrics like fleece and cotton work best. It’s also important to have a warm coat, hat, mittens, and socks to protect your baby’s skin outdoors, but what I’m talking about is combating the effects of dry air caused by central heating and dry winter air.
I moisturize two times a day…morning and evening, and we should do the same for our babies. For their delicate skin, the best products are fragrance-free hypoallergenic lotions like Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Fragrance Free Lotion or the fragrance-free Aveeno Baby Daily Moisture Lotion.
When applying lotion remember cheeks, nose and lips which tend to get really dry during the winter months. In fact, baby’s faces are washed often, and it can help to moisturize the cheeks and lips more often if your baby’s skin is dry.
If your child is a toddler and spends time outside playing in the snow, the lotion you use should also include a sunscreen of at least SPF 30 because the sun reflects off the snow.
Choose alcohol-free wipes like the Johnson’s Baby Hand and Face Wipes. They gently remove dirt and germs from your baby’s face and hands without drying their delicate skin.
When you think about it, baby skincare really isn’t much different that adult skincare…except they depend on someone else to do it for them.
I remember nap time in kindergarten. I only attended half a day and time at school included a snack and nap time. When my son attended preschool it included a nap time. For him, that was a learning experience because he was one of those kids who tried to stop taking a nap at 18 mos.
To prepare him for his preschool experience, I told him he didn’t have to sleep but he had to lie there for naptime. Once it was part of what everyone was doing, he did lie down and “nap” without a fuss.
A recent study shows that napping should be part of preschool curriculum because it helps kids learn. As preschoolers nap, their brains process and store memories which are the basis for learning.
Rebecca Spencer, associate professor of psychology and neuroscience at the University of Massachusetts Amerst and her team conducted a study of 40 preschoolers. They taught the kids a version of the memory matching game with pairs of pictures face down placed on a grid. Once the pictures were revealed, the kids had to remember their place in the grid in order to pair identical images.
After the first time the kids played through the game they napped for about 77 minutes, and then they played the game again with improved memory. The following week, these same preschoolers repeated the process without the nap. It revealed a 10% drop in the children’s accuracy.
Researchers adjusted for the fact that children may have been more tired and distracted by letting them play the game the next day, after a good night’s sleep, but the link between better performance and naps remained strong.
These findings support a previous study that showed naps might boost cognitive performance. Scientists believe it makes it easier for the brain to access and retrieve information later because the brain works while they sleep. Memories are filed into long-term “storage” while napping which frees up the hippocampus where new experiences are “recorded” like remembering which image is where in a matching game.
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Did you know that 55% of women in the United States will eventually suffer from spider veins and/or varicose veins?
Spider and varicose veins can be caused by many things, including age, obesity, pregnancy, and menopause. Your family history also plays a role. If you have a mother or grandmother with vein problems, you’re at a higher risk of developing unsightly spider or varicose veins as you age.
Spider or varicose veins are seldom indicative of a serious health problem, but they can be uncomfortable and make you feel self conscious about your appearance.
Dr. Luis Navarro, Founder and Director of The Vein Treatment Center, says there are many things you can do at home to help prevent spider veins or varicose veins.
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Whether or not you should pierce your baby’s ears is a matter of conscience. Though if you decide to do it, don’t be surprised if some people react negatively.
In some cultures, like Spain and Latin America, piercing a baby girl’s ears is done in the hospital. In other cultures, it is treated more as a rite of passage performed around age 10, and in still others it is thought to be reserved for gypsies or women of ill-repute.
Realize that your decision won’t please everyone, and it doesn’t have to.
I grew up in a household where my father told me that, “if God wanted you to have holes in your ears you’d have been born with them.” As a teen, he finally relented and I got my ears pierced at Claire’s Boutique. When my daughter was 10, she received pierced ears as a birthday gift, so I guess I fell into the rite of passage group. I just figured she’d be old enough to keep her piercings clean and cared for.
Now many pediatricians will pierce baby’s ears at age 3 months and up. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says there is little risk at any age if the piercing is performed carefully and it’s properly cared for. However, they do recommend waiting until the child is old enough to take care of the piercing (yay, I did this right).
If you do decide to pierce when your child is an infant, be sure not to place the earring hole too low on their earlobe, because as the baby grows, the hole will become lower. Keep a close eye on your baby’s ears for any sign of infection and stay in touch with your doctor if you have any questions. Be sure to notify them if your baby runs a fever or the earlobe becomes swollen or red.
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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported on November 21, that Angelcare Monitors Inc. is voluntarily recalling 600,000 baby monitors following the death of two infants due to strangulation. A cord attached to the sensor pad, which is placed beneath the mattress of the crib to monitor movement of the baby, is said to pose a strangulation risk if it is pulled into the crib.
According to the report, along with the two infants who have died due to strangulation from the cord, two others have been entangled but not fatally.
Angelcare, which is based in Canada, is making a repair kit available that includes a rigid protective cord cover. The cord will thread through this piece to keep it safely tucked away out of reach and will also include a new electric cord warning label and revised instructions. Consumers should stop using the product immediately and contact the company for the repair kit.
The recall includes all versions of Angelcare sensor monitors including model numbers:
Look for the model number on the back of the nursery monitor unit.
This is a voluntary recall on the part of Angelcare Monitors, Inc. For more information, visit the website or call toll-free at 1- 855-355-2643 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. EST Monday through Friday, or email at email@example.com.
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Jessica Simpson caught a lot of grief when she gained 70 pounds with her first child, daughter Maxwell, who is now 19 months old. She admitted that with that first pregnancy she didn’t pay attention to her weight, so after the baby was born the scale delivered a hard truth.
She worked to lose that weight and even signed on as a spokesperson for Weight Watchers, but before she dropped all that weight she found out she was pregnant again.
Simpson gave birth to her second child, son Ace, in June, and while she didn’t gain as much the second time around, she still gained more than she had hoped. In an interview with Us Weekly she admitted, “I am just one of those pregnant women who gains a lot of weight,” but she was not resigned to staying overweight.
With 19-month-old Maxwell to chase after and a new infant, Simpson knew she needed an eating plan simple enough to fit into her busy life. She wanted a plan that would offer guidance as to what to eat, but also a plan that would offer the support she would need.
She turned back to Weight Watchers because it works, and on November 8th she debuted her slimmed down figure on Instagram. In the pic, the 33 year old mom is wearing tight dark jeans, a fitted button down white blouse and a beautiful smile as she walks through a grain field.
She looks great and is happy with the results. She posted, “Couldn’t stop smiling on set for my new @weightwatchers campaign today! #happy.”
I’m happy that’s she’s dropped the extra weight. I know how I felt when faced with the reality of baby weight, and I didn’t have to deal with a bunch of fair-weather fans talking about my weigh all over social media. I felt sorry for her when so many turned on her just because of her weight.
We need to remember that celebrities are people, too.
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I listened to music while pregnant because some studies said it might make my baby smarter, but there still isn’t any real conclusive research to back that up.
However, there is new research which was presented by researchers from the University of Montreal at the Neuroscience 2013 conference in San Diego on November 10. It showed that moms-to-be who exercise as little as 20 minutes 3 times a week during their pregnancy can advance a newborn’s brain activity.
The study randomly assigned 60 women into one of two groups. One group was given an exercise regimen to follow and the others were not. The women kept exercise logs and used pedometers and accelerometers which let the researchers track their level of activity more accurately.
When the babies were born, the researchers recorded the newborns’ brain activity for the first 8 to 12 days. The results showed that the babies whose moms exercised had brains that were more fully developed.
We’ve heard for years that exercise is good for us while we’re pregnant, and now we learn it is good for our babies, too. I did exercise while pregnant, but that was because I was trying to manage my weight. I have to admit, I never would have thought it had anything to do with my children’s brains!
The current recommendations by the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists advises women to exercise moderately for about 30 minutes almost every day. This can help alleviate backaches and improve sleep and even mood. Now this study shows it also brings about improved brain function in newborns.
While this is promising, more study is needed…like following these babies in life to see if the effects continue with accelerated development as they mature. If they do, we could looke at exercise during pregnancy as part of college prep!
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When I breastfed my kids, one of the benefits was convenience. I never had to mix formula or warm a bottle. Whether it was the middle of the night or on-the-go, feeding time was convenient because the milk was always ready to be served.
When in public, I just draped a small blanket over my shoulder, and no one was even aware that it was feeding time. It wasn’t a big deal for me or the people around me.
When I read about the “lactation stations” installation at the Burlington, VT International Airport, I just shook my head thinking it was a place for moms to sneak off to hide breastfeeding from the public, but it isn’t that.
The breastfeeding kiosk is the product of Mamava Solutions and features: easy-to-clean surfaces, a fold-down table, a power outlet, and a place to sit down to easily use a breast pump while accommodating a stroller and luggage. The purpose of the kiosk is to offer a place for nursing moms to comfortably use a breast pump while traveling. The lactation stations also offer a quiet place to nurse which helps with easily distracted babies.
Mamava hopes to be able to supply these free-standing lactation stations in the workplace, too, to offer a clean, safe, and private place for moms to pump when they are at work.
“With 4,000,000 babies born in the United States yearly that is a lot of nursing mothers in the workforce and on the go. Imagine if every one of those mothers had access to clean, beautifully designed places to pump while they’re away from their babies, how that could impact the health and well being of our community!” — mamava.com
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Having experienced hypothyroidism and subsequent thyroidectomy, I eagerly read any article about thyroid problems. The information is not going to help me at all but I like to write about new studies in hopes that someone else will be helped in some way.
This particular study caught my eye because it seems to me that the instances of both autism and hypothyroidism are increasing at a rapid rate.
A study of more than 4,000 Dutch mothers and children supports researchers increasing certainty that autism spectrum disorders can be caused by there not being enough of the thyroid hormone T4 being produced by the mother during pregnancy.
Scientists from the Houston Methodist Neurological Institute will be publishing the report in Annals of Neurology. The Houston study is based on the Generation R Study conducted by Erasmus Medical Centre in the Netherlands.
Over 4,000 pregnant women had blood drawn at 13 weeks to measure the levels of T4 and two proteins. The levels indicate the health of the thyroid gland. Six years later, the women were asked to fill out a standardized psychology checklist. The questions all had to do with the behavior and emotional characteristics of their children.
Researchers identified 80 children as being probably autistic, a similar percentage to the Dutch finding. One hundred fifty-nine mothers were identified as having five percent or less of the normal T4 hormone and 136 were identified as having mild deficiency.
Although there was a weak association between mild deficiency and autism, there was a strong link between the severe deficiencies and having an autistic child. The women that had severe deficiencies were nearly four times as likely to give birth to a child with autism.
Be sure to keep an eye on your thyroid. Although there are tests for the efficiency of thyroid function, I have learned too many women experience problems without testing positive for low thyroid function.
source: Autism Daily Newscast