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Experience about Research and Infant Reflux

by heather
Yesterday I attended a poster presentation event where multiple professors from the College of Nursing shared their research findings. One of the studies (which is still in the works) was on infants with acid reflux (GERD), the mental health of their mothers and the effects of infant massage to ease their discomfort. The study found that mothers of infants with reflux are more prone to postpartum depression and less likely to effectively bond with infants, which causes the mothers a great deal of Read more [...]

Book Review: Ketchup is a Vegetable: And Other Lies Moms Tell Themselves

by heather
I think most mothers can identify with the title of this book, because parenting is hard and just because you want what is best for your kids (like have them eat their vegetables), it doesn't mean that they're going to cooperate. And sometimes the results are hilarious. In Ketchup Is a Vegetable: And Other Lies Moms Tell Themselves, Robin O'Bryant shares some of these hilarious moments she has experienced with her three adorable and patience-trying daughters. She shares her concerns and her love Read more [...]

My Baby’s Experience with Acid Reflux

by heather
As a pediatric nurse and a mother, I had heard other moms talk about having babies with reflux, but I had no comprehension of the misery until I experienced it myself, or rather watched my baby experience it. I am just now finally getting around to writing about the experience over a year later because it was just that traumatic, and thinking about what we went through makes me depressed. However, it is my hope that someone out there will benefit from my account and their experience will be a little Read more [...]

Book Review: BabyWise

by heather
So talking to various parents in my interactions as a mom, I kept hearing about "BabyWise". 'BabyWise, BabyWise, BabyWise ', like it was some kind of magical infant instruction manual. And I was hearing some stuff that seemed a little conflicting to me.  There's one extreme:"BabyWise says that after 12 weeks old an infant needs to sleep for 12 hours straight, so if it has been less than 12 hours we ignore him, no matter how mad he gets." To the other: "BabyWise just makes happy babies." I decided Read more [...]

Natural Solution for Clogged Tearducts in Infants

by heather
 When Thing 1 and Thing 2 were infants they had clogged tear ducts. They almost constantly produced these really thick tears that would dry and leave their eyes crusted together. I squeezed their tear ducts with a q-tip, just like my pediatrician showed me, but it didn't seem to help much. It finally resolved itself when they were each around 6 months old. When I took Cindy Lou Who in for her first checkup, she was starting to develop the same problem. Now keep in mind, my pediatrician Read more [...]

Breast Feeding vs. Infant Formula

by heather
  Whether you choose to breast-feed your infant or not, is a very personal decision. When I first started working on a Postpartum unit the lactation specialist gave me a list of 101 reasons why women should breast-feed. Most of them were completely ridiculous and several of them were listed two or three times. You have to choose what will work for you, your baby and your situation. I don't believe that you should let anyone try to convince you to do anything that you're not comfortable Read more [...]

Postpartum Depression

by heather
 Postpartum blues effects up to 85% of women in the period after they have given birth. Postpartum depression is a more severe condition that effects up to 25% of women. "Symptoms include sadness, fatigue, changes in sleeping and eating patterns, reduced libido, crying episodes, anxiety, and irritability." No kidding. Suddenly you have a bundle of joy who needs constant care and attention, doesn't let you sleep, siphons off your energy, doubles your load of housework and reduces the Read more [...]

What I’ve been up to

by heather
 I swear I have a dozen blog posts bouncing around in my head, but not enough time to write them. That is, time where I'm in the 'writing zone' plus had enough sleep plus have 2 hands free. I've written a couple in a state of sleep deprivation and come back to proofread them and I'm not quite sure what I was trying to say, so we'll get back to those. So I'll just summarize what I've been doing in list form, because Heather is all about the lists. :)Feeding the baby- She gained 3 pounds in 4 Read more [...]

Tips on Newborn Diapers

by heather
Cindy Lou-Who modeling the W brand diaper Through personal experience and talking to other moms I have determined that when it comes small babies (7-10 pounds), Pampers Swaddlers size 1 (8-14lbs) are more effective than Huggies at preventing leaks. After that stage I generally use Huggies because there are more coupons and deals available, and there's not a big difference. Last Saturday night, we were staying with family and I realized we only had 3 diapers left. So I made a late night Read more [...]

Vitamin D during pregnancy could prevent RSV in infants

by heather
 This week a study was published online from the American Academy of Pediatrics that found that a deficiency of Vitamin D in cord blood is associated increased rate of RSV in infants. So it stands to reason that if an infant is not starting out Vitamin D deficient, they are decreasing their chances of catching RSV. The study suggested that if pregnant women increased their Vitamin D intake, it would decrease the rate of RSV by about 20%. That is AMAZING! And not only would it decrease the number Read more [...]

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