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Family Matters: Crying Babies


Babies cry for various reasons, because they are hungry, tired, wet or just plain bored. One way to comfort your baby is to take them back to a familiar place, where they feel the safest; the womb. Your baby was with you for 9 months, it misses you. It misses your smell, your warmth, and even your voice. Holding your baby is one way to comfort it, another way is to swaddle your baby.  If your baby is a little fussy and you don’t know why, try to either swaddle or hold your baby.



Family Matters: Cooking with Toddlers


Thanksgiving is a holiday that requires a lot of cooking and with hot foods cooking it can be scary with little ones running around. Keep a close eye on your children while cooking. You may want to put a movie on for your children to watch while you are busy at work in the kitchen.

When cooking on the stove, place pot and pan handles away from children’s reach, to prevent them from accidently pulling the hot food down on them. Make sure that the floor in the kitchen does not have any spills to ensure that you will not slip on anything that would cause you to fall with hot food in your hands. Always wear non-slip shoes while cooking to prevent falling and spilling hot food on yourself or someone else.  



Family Matters: Introducing Solid Foods


If you are unsure about when you should introduce solid foods to your baby, talk to your baby’s doctor before starting solid foods. When your baby is able to sit up and able to grab, this is an indication that they are ready for solid foods.

Some good foods to start your baby on are cereals, oatmeal, and vegetables. When starting a solid food, start only one food for a few days before switching to a different food. This way if your baby is having any problems with solid foods, you know exactly which food is causing the problems.

(Source: American Academy of Pediatrics)



Family Matters: Weight Gain in Pregnancy


For most women, a gain of 25 to 35 pounds is normal. If women gain a lot more than that during pregnancy, they may experience more discomforts, including pelvic pressure, back pain and leg swelling. They are also at risk for more serious conditions, including gestational diabetes. Doctors rarely advise dieting to lose weight during pregnancy, but they do believe that moderate, healthy eating is a wise option.



Healthy Living: Trends and Workout Regimens


Even with the summer heat in full swing, it is important to continue our healthy living trends and good workout regimens.  Staying hydrated is one of the most important things that you can do to not only help in your weight loss goals, but keep your body healthy.

As a volunteer fire fighter, I visit Texas A&M once a year to attend Fire fighting school. This last summer of classes, my class in particular, lost 25% of its students in the first 4 hours due to poor hydration.  Heat stroke and heat exhaustion can affect you even if you are not working out and are potentially life threatening conditions.

Drink plenty of water especially if you know that you will be working outside in the hot sun and especially if you are planning on doing intense cardio. Even coming out of the gym, the heat can still cause you to fall ill. A good investment for the summer might even be a small portable cooler that you can carry around in your car. This will allow you to carry water and your favorite sports drinks, to help maintain electrolyte balance, wherever you go. You should also avoid working out during the peak heat hours of the day. Try to get your workout in either first thing in the morning, or later in the evening.

Following the simple tips above you should be able to avoid dehydration. Here are some basic symptoms of dehydration in children and adults, if you start to experience these symptoms; treatment is usually as simple as rehydration. In children however treatment will vary based on the cause of dehydration, so it is important to always consult your pediatrician:

• thirst
• less-frequent urination
• dry skin
• fatigue
• light-headedness
• dizziness
• confusion
• dry mouth and mucous membranes
• increased heart rate and breathing

In children, additional symptoms may include:

• dry mouth and tongue
• no tears when crying
• no wet diapers for more than 3 hours
• sunken abdomen, eyes or cheeks
• high fever
• listlessness
• irritability
• skin that does not flatten when pinched and released

Remember these simple tips to prevent dehydration:

• Drink plenty of fluids, especially when working or playing in the sun.
• Make sure you are taking in more fluid than you are losing.
• Try to schedule physical outdoor activities for the cooler parts of the day.
• Drink appropriate sports drinks to help maintain electrolyte balance.
• For infants and young children, solutions like Pedialyte will help maintain electrolyte balance during illness or heat exposure. Do not try to make fluid and salt solutions at home for children

Be safe in the summer heat and remember hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! 



Family Matters: Formula!


Sometimes to save time or money, we cut corners. Most of the time it doesn’t hurt a thing, but here’s one example of how you should never shortchange your baby: formula.

Don’t stretch infant formula by adding extra water. Improperly diluted formula can actually cause malnutrition and a condition called water intoxication where a baby’s kidneys can’t excrete the liquid fast enough. When preparing concentrated or powdered formula, always follow label directions exactly and use the correct scoop to be sure you get the correct amount.



Family Matters: Introducing New Foods


Is your baby starting to reach for your food and other adult foods? This may be a sign that your baby is ready to be introduced to new foods. At your next check-up talk to your baby’s doctor about introducing new foods.



Family Matters: Baby Wipes


Baby wipes can be used on more than just babies. Baby wipes can be used as wet napkins for a picnic or a wipe for when you are painting the nursery. Baby wipes are also great to have in the car on road trips regardless the age of your kids.  Since the primary focus of baby wipes are for babies then they are gentle to adult’s skin as well as a baby’s skin. The cleaning chemicals in the wipes do not irritate the skin by taking your bodies natural oils out of your skin. . Baby wipes were first being talked about in the late 1970’s early 1980’s Today, you can buy wipe replacement so you can put them into your cute little baby wipe carriers.

 



Product Talk: Applesauce


Have you talked to your babies’ doctor about introducing solid foods? Applesauce is a great first food for your baby to try.

You can try to make it yourself with the recipe below or you can buy natural applesauce at the store.If you decide to get it from the store, read the label to make sure that it only contains apples. 

 

Blueberry Apple Sauce
Serves:4

Ingredients:
1 apple
1/4 cup oatmeal
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup blueberries
1 tsp cinnamon (if infant is ready for it)

Directions:
Wash apple, core it, peel it, and cut into small cubes. In a pot, place apples, oatmeal and water. After the apple is tender place in food processor with blueberries. If your infant is ready for cinnamon, you can add that too. Process the apple mixture until smooth. Make sure that you allow applesauce to cool before serving it to your infant.

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Family Matters: Diapers


Diapers have been around for centuries but disposable diapers have only been around for a few decades. Now there are a variety of disposable diapers, ones for babies on the go, overnight diapers, natural diapers, diapers for premature babies, and they even have a diaper that has a place for the umbilical cord.

I bet the ladies of the 1950’s would have enjoyed having these diapers back then. Diapers are constantly improving.  They are getting more absorbent and thinner.



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