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My Babies Bum and Diaper Rash

Diaper Rash, Newborn parents find the first few weeks challenging, being accustomed to your baby, sleepless nights, breast-feeding and for some Diaper Rash. Seeing your Babies bottom ablaze in fiery color and pain all a mother seeks it to find relief for your Newborns suffering.

There are seven home remedies for diaper rash from diarrhea, yeast infection and other common triggers. Breast milk helps, if you are breastfeeding, if not the remedies include apple cider vinegar, olive oil, cornstarch, and browned flour.

I prefer to stay away from chemical based creams and lotion; one never knows what the hidden ingredients on the label may hold, many natural products may have side effects. The fact Microplastics found in almost everything we put on our body, including toothpaste.

Remember our skin is the largest organ on our body and what we put on it and our Babies bum will be absorbed.

 

I found in of all places Guatemala a natural product for Diaper Rash called “Baby Butter.”

Diaper Rash

 

On the shores of Lake Atitlan Guatemala, I found Geno Veva is a 35-year-old Guatemalan who gave up her career as an engineer five years ago to start a family and to take a break from the high tech world.

Her focus develop pure natural products based on Coconut, Coffee, Cacao, Avocado, Macadamia, and the vast supply of local herbs the Mayan culture have used for hundreds of years for natural medicines.

 

Diaper Rash

Geno working at home

Geno has real world experience with Diaper rash, stretch marks, her five-year-old daughter Love proves her products work as many of her products based on her experience as a mother. Geno continues to develop new products, natural deodorant for woman prone to breath cancer, soaps oil and lotions.

 

Diaper Rash

Geno Creams

I like the idea of supporting Geno through the blogs I write and my interest in natural products. Each products is handmade, extracting natural oils from plants. You can find her on Facebook.

https://www.facebook.com/Atitlanherbals/. She ships her products worldwide, offers workshops and classes.

 

Newborn Development Babies

Newborn development babies. During their time in the womb, babies hear, feel, and even smell their mothers, so it’s not hard to believe that they’re attached right from birth. But as any adoptive parent will tell you, biology is only part of the love story. Young babies bond emotionally with people who give them regular care and affection.

A pregnant woman’s thoughts are the precursor for her emotions. … Hundreds of studies have confirmed that chemicals released by the pregnant mother’s body are transported into the womb and affect the unborn baby.” Negative thoughts are often the root cause of a fear-based stress response.

Your baby will recognize your scent within days of birth. Researchers have found that 3-day-old infants are able to discriminate their mom’s milk from someone else’s by its smell. And not only does your baby know your scent, he loves it too. … You’re my mommy!'”

Newborn development babies Week 1: Blurry View. In her first week, Baby can only see objects about 8-12 inches in front of her face. This is about the distance from her face to yours while feeding. Babies generally hold their gaze for only a few seconds.

A 1-week-old, a baby will spend most of the day sleeping. In fact, during the first week of life, a typical newborn baby will sleep for 16-18 hours every 24 hours. … Until then, your days and nights might feel a little mixed up during this first week.

Between birth and three months, your baby may start to: Smile. Early on, it will be just to herself. But within three months, she’ll be smiling in response to your smiles and trying to get you to smile back at her.

Newborn development babies first 3 months of life are by far the hardest for any parent. … The first milestone comes at six weeks, when baby smiles properly for the first time. But it is the three-month mark most new parents wait for anxiously – especially if they have a colicky, difficult baby.

So here are our tops tips for moms with newborn babies, from the mouth of real moms!

  1. Don’t Hush-A-Bye-Baby.
  2. Soothe Your Wailing Newborn.
  3. Help Get Your Baby to Latch.
  4. Get Prepped.
  5. Keeping Your Baby Awake During Feedings.
  6. Help Your Baby Bond with Dad.
  7. Crib Comfort.
  8. Sleep Trick.

Boston Newborn Care for Parents, offers a 3-hour course for new parents. Newborn Care Course for Parents is offered in Community College Throughout New England. The class is limited to 5 couples. New England Newborn Care has chosen a comfortable space for new parents to spend the 3 hours environment for parents to be.

Newborns and Measles

Newborns and Measles

https://www.vox.com/2019/1/27/18199514/measles-outbreak-2018-clark-county-washington

Newborns and Measles

Measles is wildly contagious and during an outbreak, it can spread, especially to older infants who aren’t vaccinated yet. … Over 95% of babies who get the shot at 12 months of age are protected against measles and over 99% are protected for a lifetime after the 2nd dose (given at least 1 month later).

Measles is an airborne disease which spreads easily through the coughs and sneezes of infected people. It may also be spread through contact with saliva or nasal secretions. Nine out of ten people who are not immune and share living space with an infected person will be infected . People are infectious to others from four days before to four days after the start of the rash. Most people do not get the disease more than once. Testing for the measles virus in suspected cases is important for public health efforts

Infants, of course, are not supposed to get the MMR vaccine until they’re at least 12 months old, so they’re at a higher risk of contracting the disease. Here is how you can best protect your baby from measles.

A child should receive the first shot when he or she is between 1215 months, and the second when he’s between 46 years of age. If you’re not sure if you have had the diseases or the vaccines (prior to 1971 it was given in three separate shots), you can get the MMR vaccine as an adult

Measles can be dangerous, especially for babies and young children. From 2001-2013, 28% of children younger than 5 years old who had measles had to be treated in the hospital. For some children, measles can lead to: Pneumonia (a serious lung infection).

Breast milk also contains antibodies, which means that babies who are breastfed have passive immunity for longer. … Passive immunity to measles, mumps and rubella can last for up to a year, which is why the MMR vaccine is given just after your baby’s first birthday.

Koplik Spots. Mouth of a patient with Koplik spots, an early sign of measles infection. Three to five days after symptoms begin, a rash breaks out. It usually begins as flat red spots that appear on the face at the hairline and spread downward to the neck, trunk, arms, legs, and feet.

The rash usually lasts for three to five days and then fades away. In uncomplicated cases, people who get measles start to recover as soon as the rash appears and feel back to normal in about two to three weeks. But up to 40 percent of patients have complications from the virus.

 

The New Normal…

The New Normal… I could finally see him, this little boy who had such a rough start into this crazy world. Who knew trips to the NICU, days, nights, weeks would be the new normal for us.

Not being able to hold this miracle baby or just touch him thru the glass window while he was getting warmed under the lights was hard.  This is not what I expected, seeing him struggling to breath, feeding tubes, cloth over his eyes while he received light treatment for jaundice.

As a mom, no matter what age your kids are l, you always want to hold, smell and snuggle them as often as you can. This baby was a miracle to us in every way.  The years of infertility, constant letdowns of IVF treatments not working and now, just hours old and having to face new battles.

You do a lot of soul searching when you feel the lowest of low; you are always asking yourself, “Why”?, “How come”?, “What did I do to deserve this”?.

When I finally got to hold him for a brief moment, I forgot all the guilt I was carrying and felt complete joy, love and I knew this little boy was going to be my precious gift from above.

My husband and older son had finally arrived for their first visit and the joy on my oldest sons face was just pure love. He was do happy to see this little boy he also had prayed for.

While dad and my number one son got to hold him, it set in with me that was going home tomorrow and this baby was not coming with me.

The doctors came in later that evening to explain all of the battles he was facing.   I am didn’t hear anything but “he will be home for a few months”.

My heart sank, my heart broke, i was sick to my stomach. Who knew the next few months would be the new normal for us.

All of my time would be spent at the NICU. The New Normal…

Baby is coming

Baby is coming!!! Best news I heard all day, they are waiting for us in the delivery room.

This was it, weeks leading up to this point I have been flooded with emotions, nervousness and anticipation of how he would make his grand entrance. My perfect delivery plan was not going to happen.

Thought okay, I am doing this without my husband, I needed our son to be healthy and in order to do that he needed out now. I immediately got prepped for a C-section. I could not be more excited and ready for someone to cut me open.

My husband must have gone through every red light, stop signs to make it there before he was born. I remember someone grabbing my hand while they were prepping me, saying I am here honey and everything will be okay.

Fast forward a few minutes, my sweet little boy was here.  First thoughts, oh god please make sure he is okay, then we thought he is so small. Weighted in at 4lbs, god was he breathtaking.

My husband and I got a quick peak then he was taken to the NICU. I spent hours in the recovery room waiting to see this little person that I had spent the last few weeks of hours talking to, signing to, crying and begging him to stay in there longer so he could grew every day.

It was time we could see him. The first image of him with tubes, wires in what we called his little condo was heart breaking. I wanted to hold him, kiss him but all we could do was hold his hand

  • Shortly after I was sent back to my room I sent my husband home to be with our oldest son. Then the emotional sadness set in of feeling my body betrayed me, how could this happen, what complications will he have. My head, my heart was overwhelmed.
  • This was excessively much for me to process. Then this overwhelming feeling of I don’t even know how to explain it, sickness, sadness, pressure to be strong because everyone would be watching me expecting me to be so fragile. Who knew this feeling would be how I felt everyday for the next three months.
  • Following day, slept for maybe three hours I wanted to get down to the NICU ASAP to see this miracle child but I wasn’t able to go by myself. Now I have to wait for others to be free for me to see my baby, perfect one more thing to push me over the edge. The free time I spent waiting to be wheeled downstairs a horrible feeling of realizing I will be leaving tomorrow without my baby.
  • This was something I never thought about; again, this was not my delivery plan. I had only seen or heard of this on Lifetime Movie network this couldn’t be happening to me. I remember crying in my wheelchair at the elevator when the nurse finally came to bring me to see our baby.

First sight, first touch Speechless…

To be continued…..

 

Bump, not a baby bump..

BUMP, not a baby bump.I will get to that.

At five-plus months pregnant I was feeling great; not much weight gain, still in regular clothes, skin looking good…

Who knew it would shortly be over…

I was enjoying breakfast with my friends because that’s what stay-at-home moms do. (which is probably why we can’t get anything done. “I am so busy!!!”

Yeah, busy enjoying coffee with my girlfriends.

Breakfast was great of course. It’s the only time you can eat eggs, pancakes, bacon, AND home fries and not feel any guilt.

After breakfast, we headed to the car where we continue to sit for another hour chatting.

Here comes out friend Barreling in – two hours late for breakfast. She’s on the phone as usual and

Bump, not a baby bump..

 

Bump

Bump

She hits the side of the car we are in.!! Let me remind you, she hit out a PARKED car. Goes to show how little our friend was paying attention.

Have you ever had a friend that just always has her head in the clouds? Let’s just say it’s something like that.

At first, we all laughed because seriously, how dumb can you be to hit a car while trying to pull into a parking spot?

What is she 15 years old?

As I was laughing, I said OMG I have to go, I think I just wet my pants from laughing so hard. (Another thing prego ladies are allowed to get away with)

Bump, not a baby bump..

I was still giggling about this hour later.

I wasn’t laughing the next morning

It’s clear, my water broke.

At first thought, I peed again but it didn’t stop. After my third pair of pants, I called my mom.

What’s the first thing we do when things go wrong?

Call Mom.

It was really mom who convinced me my water broke. I said, “no way, I am not even six months pregnant.”

I called my doctor, and, of course, he said to go to the nearest hospital,

Sounds like you are in labor”.

Labor?

WHAT??

No, this is not happening.

Then the panic. The things that were rushing through my head,

The baby is too small, it can’t be healthy for him to come today! The room is not done and I haven’t shaved yet.

I yelled to my husband,

We’ve got to go!”

As I explained to him what was happening I began to lose it.

I cried!

Oh man, did I cry? Bump, not a baby bump..

My husband was very calm but I know it was killing him inside. He knew of all the complications that could happen to me and the baby.

We arrived at the hospital, but the Dr. didn’t want to check me to increase the delivery but he did Say.

Yup you are delivering today but not here! We need to transfer you to a hospital where they can handle such an early delivery.”

A short ride to the hospital, which felt like hours, I played all the scenarios in my head, thinking this poor baby! He is going to suffer because my friend is a dumb ass.

I could not have asked for a better team of people to meet that day.

Nurses, doctors, students, etc. They all reassured me that it’s going to be OK.

Your water broke but we can keep him in there until he shows signs of stress or you start laboring on your own.”

What a relief.

Now the reality, the sad news. In order for this to happen

I am not going home until this little man arrives. Bump, not a baby bump..

 

Bump, not a baby bump..

Bump, not a baby bump..

This was my first test as a mom of two.

I knew my other son would be heartbroken without me at home.

I put him to sleep, do his morning routines, get him ready for school, etc.

Let’s be honest, all goes to hell when moms aren’t around.

I was so conflicted. I secretly wanted to stay at the hospital as long as I could so this baby had more time to mature and grow. But I would so miss my son.

I got settled into my room; which was a very nice private room with a view! I was like a college kid again. (less all the partying this time around)

I became very close with the staff; they were great. My family brought them candy, pizza, anything to make them happy.

It doesn’t hurt to grease the wheel a bit.

I knew the shift changes, and their routine (one nurse I became close with gave me the low-down on who was coming and going)

Some were great, others. not so much. She warned me about not going into labor with certain staff because they just aren’t the best; not exactly on their toes in fast-paced situations.

(As if I could control)

I remember thinking each day; one more day to a healthier baby and if he could stay in two more days we are closer to lungs being full term.

Fast-forward three weeks.

Yes, in the hospital for three weeks!

What I thought was gas, wasn’t. After hours of walking the hospital floor to try to move the gas along I realized it’s not going away.

I tried to convinced myself it was the grilled cheese and French fries I had for dinner.

I was warned, “tonight is not the night, the staff was iffy.

Guess what?

What’s one more thing to go wrong.

Back to my gas- I mentioned it to my nurse.

She said. “Well nothing showed up on the monitors so must not be happening.”

True, the monitors showed no contractions but I knew something wasn’t right.

Finally, the Dr. came in to check on me and said I had developed an infection and this baby needed to come out now.

Right NOW!

No pain meds were able to help relieve the pain. It was like a full-blown exorcism.

The pain was unbearable.

This baby was coming still very early but I knew I was in the best place for it to happen.

I remember telling them

Cut my clothes off” and not take the time to change me to get ready for the emergency room!

Cut my jewelry off” vs. trying to unhitch the clasp. Just make this happen. Now!

The nurse was Oh, So slowwww.

I had no time for this.

Sitting there, in full-blown labor (that morphine didn’t even touch) just waiting for the call to tell us to come on down, the room is ready.

Come on!”, I said, “ let’s go” Get me to the elevator so when they call we are there.

NO, GO!

Fine”, I said, “You don’t want to go?, then I’ll walk to the elevator”

Still, no go.

Finally, the doctor came in.

OK, I am ready, but we are just waiting for your husband”.

Um, No, we don’t have to! I am good to go right now”

I knew we lived thirty minutes away. Of course, I didn’t want him to miss the birth of his second child. BUT, sorry I was overruling this decision.

To Be continued…..Bump, not a baby bump..

Newborn Training Certification

Newborn Training and Certification. Boston Newborn Courses for Care Providers this course is taught through Boston Newborn Care/Newborn Training and Certification Association LLC., and is taught during the day. A Newborn Care Specialist (Night Nanny, Baby Nurse, Maternity Nurse) is someone who specializes in newborn care. Newborn Care Specialists assist parents in the home the first few weeks or months of a baby’s life. Predominantly an overnight position, Boston Newborn Care offers training and support for the daytime as well.

The old way of parenting works

The old way of parenting works. Every couple of years another book or article arrives talking about parents with spinelessness or lack of understanding how to raise a child in 2018.  Raising a child today is far more complicated than in the past years. Seeing a 3 year old spending hours on a smartphone has become a known trend or thinking of some Parents.

Saying NO is not the answer.

I feel I am a good Father having raised two amazing Daughters. From day one my wife and I took the advice of others about raising and carrying for our Daughters. What we found worked in those early months was what I call Acclimation to our new lives together.

Our Daughters went everywhere with us. Shopping, plane trips, restaurants and road trips.  Our Daughters were never those screaming children in a Restaurant, we all learned together. Or that child grabbing and demanding something cute at a checkout.

Children are gifts, in our fast paced world we live in today we need to take time in the first months of changing our habits and the speed we live in.

Spending real quality time with your Baby will reward all involved with a quality of life we can never go back to change or replace.  When you’re Daughters Graduate from College and the first thing they do is WhatsApp pictures to friends. Before us as Parents we have the Graduation hug.

Parenting or child rearing is the process of promoting and supporting the physical, emotional, social, and intellectual development of a child from infancy to adulthood. Parenting refers to the intricacies of raising a child aside from the biological relationship.

Described by Baumrind as the “just right” style, it combines a medium level demands on the child and a medium level responsiveness from the parents. Authoritative parents rely on positive reinforcement and infrequent use of punishment. Parents are more aware of a child’s feelings and capabilities and support the development of a child’s autonomy within reasonable limits.

Parenting skills are the guiding forces of a “good parent” to lead a child into a healthy adult, they influence on development, maintenance, and cessation of children’s negative and positive behaviors. Parenting takes a lot of skill and patience and is constant work and growth. The cognitive potential, social skills, and behavioral functioning a child acquires during the early years are fundamentally dependent on the quality of their interactions with their parents.

Does my Newborn need a flu shot this year?

Does my Newborn need a flu shot this year?. Flu season is an annually recurring time period characterized by the prevalence of outbreaks of Influenza (flu). The season occurs during the cold half of the year in each hemisphere. Influenza activity can sometimes be predicted and even tracked geographically. While the beginning of major flu activity in each season varies by location, in any specific location these minor epidemics usually take about 3 weeks to peak, and another 3 weeks to significantly diminish.

Research done by National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) in 2008 found that the influenza virus has a “butter-like coating”. The coating melts when it enters the respiratory tract. In the winter, the coating becomes a hardened shell; therefore, it can survive in the cold weather similar to a spore. In the summer, the coating melts before the virus reaches the respiratory tract.

Does my Newborn need a flu shot this year?

Does my Newborn need a flu shot this year?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a yearly flu (influenza) vaccine for all children 6 months and older — ideally given as soon as the vaccine is available each year. This year only the flu shot is recommended. While there is a Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved nasal spray vaccine that consists of a low dose of live but weakened flu virus, the CDC recommends against using nasal spray flu vaccinations because the spray has been relatively ineffective in recent flu seasons.

Flu shots can be given to children 6 months and older. Side effects might include soreness, redness or swelling where the shot was given, low-grade fever, or muscle aches.

To determine how many doses of flu vaccine your child needs:

  • 2 doses. If your child is younger than age 9 years and is getting the flu shot for the first time or has only had one flu shot in total prior to July 1, 2017, plan for two flu shots given at least four weeks apart. Begin the process as early as possible.
  • 1 dose. If your child has had two or more flu shots at any time before July 1, 2017 — the two shots need not have been given during the same season or consecutive seasons — one shot is enough. Likewise, if your child gets the flu shot for the first time at age 9 years or older, one flu shot is enough.

Keep in mind that it takes up to two weeks after vaccination for a child to be fully protected from the flu. Consult your child’s doctor if you have questions about flu protection. Also check with your child’s doctor if:

  • Your child isn’t feeling well. Talk to your child’s doctor about your child’s symptoms.
  • Your child is allergic to eggs. Most types of flu vaccines contain a small amount of egg protein. If your child has an egg allergy, he or she can receive the flu shot without any additional precautions. If your child has a severe egg allergy, he or she should be vaccinated in a medical setting and be supervised by a doctor who is able to recognize and manage severe allergic conditions.
  • Your child had a severe reaction to a previous flu vaccine. The flu vaccine isn’t recommended for anyone who had a severe reaction to a previous flu vaccine. Check with your child’s doctor first, though. Some reactions might not be related to the vaccine.

The Affordable Care Act states, every mother will be given a free breast pump by their insurance company

The Affordable Care Act states, every mother will be given a free breast pump by their insurance company. All mothers are offered a breast pump. There are a variety of different pumps and they all work anywhere from just okay to awesome.

Boston Newborn Care has partnered with Healthy Baby Essentials and will personally provide the order form and hand deliver the pump to clients. No need to call insurance companies, Healthy Baby Essentials will process the rental quickly and painlessly.

The first breast pump with 2-Phase Expression® technology which is proven to achieve faster milk ejection and faster milk flow.* More efficient and comfortable. Unique overflow protection. Double or single pumping. One knob control. Whisper quiet operation. Easy-to-clean. Compatible with Preemie+ technology (Preemie+ Card sold separately).

Featuring the original 2-Phase Expression® technology – found only in Medela breast pumps.

Babies breastfeed in 2 phases:
1. Stimulation Phase – when babies first go to breast, they suck fast and light to start milk flowing.

2. Expression Phase – after milk flow or “let-down” starts, babies breastfeed with a slower, deeper suck, bringing out more milk faster.

Boston Newborn Care is experienced in stetting it up and coaching through the whole process. We’ll give you a schedule and help you with snacks to eat and what to avoid. We provide a tried and true storage tips and tricks and help moms continue to increase their supply to meet the growing babies needs.

With the 100s of clients I have counseled and supported I first listen then I offer a suggestion. Have you considered renting the hospital grade pump. The Medela Symphony perhaps? From my experience the hospital grade pump will yield up to 30% more milk at each pumping session.

So many new moms these days agonize over the whole breastfeeding experience. It begins way before the baby is even born. Whenever I ask a new client if they are going to breastfeed, 100% of the time the answer is “I’m going to try”

So those early days and nights with new moms are always stressful. The latch and the moms’ milk supply is the only thing talked about followed by the questions. “Is the baby hungry?” “ Should I try a different hold? Do I need a different pillow?“ Should I sit in another chair?” It’s an ongoing list of possible reasons why it isn’t going great. Do I need a nipple shield? Will there be nipple confusion? Does my baby have a tongue tie? Tears and frustration are the emotion instead of happiness and contentment.

Finally, it starts to come together. Then after 2 weeks the mom is ready to pump. Adding another task to their day, throughout the day is daunting. It’s far more frustrating when they do hook up to the breast pump the yield is minimal.

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