When I was pregnant I read as much about natural remedies as I could. I was a little rabid about it actually. When my daughters were babies I kept them away from all pharmaceutical baby medicines and instead used natural remedies when they were sick like rubbing garlic oil on the bottom of the feet, using Echinacea when they were sick, using tea tree oil when they got a rash, and juicing organic fruits (especially apples, oranges, and lemons) when they got first started getting the sniffles.
Earth Mama Baby Angel, a brand I trust and used when my girls were babies, has a free herb eBook on their site. Make sure to check it out. It has great information in it.
On the Net: www.earthmamaangelbaby.com/herbs-for-breastfeeding-ebook
Yesterday, Plum Organics, voluntarily recalled their Apple Carrot Baby Food in Portable Pouches with the May 21, 2010 best by date and with the following number on the bottom of the package: 890180001221.
According to Plum Organics official release:
Consumers can return any Plum Organics Apple & Carrot pouch-based baby food with the above “best by” date and UPC code to Toys-R-Us or Babies-R-Us for a full reimbursement.
On the Net: Apple Carrot Baby Food Recall Information
The March of Dimes is about all babies…those born healthy and those that need our help to survive. One out of eight babies is born prematurely in the United States, but there is something you can do to help. Visit The EveryBaby page.
Using the latest in web technology, tell your baby’s story in the timeless style of a scrapbook page. You can add text, video or pictures and invite friends to view, add comments or just browse our interactive Story Map. Plus your donations will help fund your local NICUs. With your help and support, we can make sure every baby’s story is a happy one. Every baby has a story, tell us yours. Visit The EveryBaby page.
Nickelodeon’s Noggin, the network for preschoolers, will make a move to 24 hours a day, seven days a week at the end of the year. Noggin will kick off its new expanded format with a primetime movie marathon between 6 PM -11 PM on December 31, 2007 starting with a new 90-minute Franklin movie, “Franklin and the Turtle Lake Treasure” and ending with Go, Diego, Go! “Great Jaguar Rescue.” On the Net: www.noggin.com.
Heart-Defect Babies and Hospitals
A new study released by researchers at the University of Michigan have found that babies with heart defects are more apt to survive and thrive after heart surgery if their surgeries are performed in hospitals that perform a high number of infant heart surgeries each year.
“For the more routine congenital heart surgery, outcomes are excellent everywhere,” says Jennifer Hirsch, M.D., a U-M pediatric cardiac surgeon and member of the Michigan Congenital Heart Center. “But when it comes to a child with a complex defect, it’s important to send him or her to a center of excellence. And the parents of these children are often so overwhelmed by their sudden situation, it will be important to develop the systems and support that will help them get to the right place.
I’m glad my babies didn’t get sick often. And when they did I just let the cold run its course and never used a thermometer until they were old enough to hold it under their tongue themselves. I’m not a very big fan of taking anyone’s temperature (even my own children’s) rectally. And, I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels this way judging by one of the most innovative thermometers I’ve personally ever seen, the TemporalScanner™ from Exergen.
The Exergen TemporalScanner gauges body temperature in two seconds by capturing the naturally emitted heat from skin over the temporal artery, which runs across the forehead and is directly connected to the heart via the carotid artery. Who knew?
“Research proves that this is amongst the most accurate way to test for fever in all ages and it is clearly the least invasive,” says Exergen President Francesco Pompei, Ph.D., who developed and patented the technology. “We are proud to have developed it and stand behind each one we sell.”
The Exergen TemporalScanner infrared thermometer has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $49.99. It is available at Wal-Mart, Target, Costco and leading pharmacies nationwide.