How to Treat Baby’s Ear Infection

How to Treat Baby’s Ear InfectionEar infections are a struggle for many families. The size and shape of a baby’s ear make them prone to these infections until the inner canal expands (through growth) and keeps bacteria from entering too far. There’s not much you can do to prevent them, but here’s how you can help.

Elevation

Using elevation when it comes to an ear infection can relieve some of the pain due to pressure. For this, try to keep your child’s head elevated at all times. If the child no longer sleeps in a crib, it’s fine to use a pillow when he/she lies down. For babies who still sleep in a crib, never use a pillow due to the risk of SIDS. Instead, try to hold your baby in your arms and allow them to sleep like this while the pain is still evident.

Heat

Heat is another component that could provide relief to your child’s ear infection. The best method to deliver warmth to their ear is by running a towel under hot water, or simply using a heating pad. If you decide to use a heating pad however, keep it at the lowest setting or try to wrap it in an additional towel to make sure it’s not too hot. For infants, the moist towel is a safer way to go.

Oil Dropper

If there is no discharge from baby’s ear, you can also try to alleviate some pain with the use of sesame or olive oil. Use a dropper to put two or three drops of room temperature oil into their ear canal. Afterwards, you can tuck a small cotton ball into the external ear to avoid the mess.

Fluids

Drinking plenty of fluids is another way to help an ear infection. The fluids will flush out your baby’s system and keep them hydrated throughout the painful process. Also, swallowing actually opens the Eustachian tubes and drains fluid from the middle ear, so the act of drinking and swallowing can help to reduce discomfort.

Contact a Doctor

If the ear infection becomes unbearable for your child, or simply won’t go away, it’s probably time to contact your pediatrician. Your doctor may prescribe an antibiotic, or simply recommend an over-the-counter medicine and use the wait-and-see method. For an antibiotic, be sure to give the entire dosage over the prescribed length of time, even if the symptoms disappear!

booger removal toolGuest Blog by Dr. Nina Farzin, Inventor of oogiebear

Nina is a wife, mother and career professional who never intended to start her own business. When her children were newborns, she ached to ease the discomfort from dry, stubborn, crusty mucus (boogers)! As a doctor, she knew there were no safe solutions on the market to help her kids, so she invented oogiebear, a revolutionary booger removal tool that helps babies breathe easier.

Nina graduated Howard University where she earned her doctorate in Pharmacy (R.Ph, Pharm.D). She is a Registered Pharmacist in Washington DC, Maryland and New York. Nina and her family are fitness enthusiasts who enjoy outdoor activities and healthy eating.

For more information, please visit myoogie.com.

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5 Tips to Help Baby’s Constipation

Help Baby’s ConstipationWhen you have a little infant in the house, there are a hundred things to worry about. You’ll find yourself very concerned about your little one’s bowel movements. If your child becomes constipated, you’ll be particularly worried because of how uncomfortable they’ll seem. Here’s how you can help.

Belly Massage

Massaging your baby’s belly could end up being a very simple remedy for constipation. Measure three fingers-widths below their navel on the lower left side and begin to massage with gentle pressure. A couple minutes of this may be able to get their body running smoothly again.

Glycerin Suppository

If your child is still constipated after changing up their diet, you can try using a glycerin suppository to stimulate a bowel movement. A glycerin suppository is a hyperosmotic laxative that works by irritating the lining of the intestine and increasing the amount of fluid in your child. This makes stools easier to pass and can work well on occasion to cure the constipation. The only concern is to not rely on this method too often, as your child may begin relying on them to have a bowel movement.

Diet Change

Changing up a baby’s diet is an easy way you can try breaking up the constipation in a child. If they haven’t started solid foods yet, try switching to a different brand or type of formula for them. Also, if they’re breastfeeding, a change in Mom’s diet could actually make the difference as well. If they’re ready for solids, try feeding your baby certain fruits and vegetables that will get their digestive system back on track.

Exercise

Getting your child moving is another possible cure for constipation. Whether it’s crawling around chasing their toys, rolling around with their favorite blanket or stuffed animal, or getting their legs churning with the help of mom, any movement to get their digestive system more active should help.

Contact a Physician

If all else fails, contacting your child’s doctor is your best bet to get additional advice. In addition to any treatment options that they may offer, you should ask them about any over-the-counter stool softeners or products that are safe enough for a baby to take. If you’re thinking about a laxative, you should always consult with a doctor before trying this with a small child or infant.

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nursing pillowGuest Blog by Sandy Clark, Inventor of San Diego Bebe Eco-Nursing Pillow

San Diego Bebe® was designed by San Diego native Sandy Clark, a passionate breastfeeding advocate and mother of twins. Clark was inspired at a San Diego beach one day where she witnessed a young mother unsuccessfully nursing her baby. As the mother struggled to keep a blanket across her shoulder for privacy while her baby wailed from heat and hunger, Clark vowed then and there to design a product that would help resolve the issue of discretion while nursing in public. San Diego Bebe® was born that day.

After Clark read a recent Duke University study on toxic chemicals in baby products, she sent her nursing pillow to Duke to be tested and reviewed. Duke University Chemical Scientist Dr. Heather Stapleton, the nation’s leading fire-retardant research specialist, and a new mother herself, said, “It’s wonderful to find a nursing pillow on the market that is not treated with chemical flame-retardant additives in the filling material. San Diego Bebe® Eco-Nursing Pillow is not only a very supportive pillow with amazing features for discreet nursing, but is also free of flame-retardant chemicals that have been shown to cause adverse health effects in animal studies. I applaud this manufacturer for taking steps to produce high quality products that meet the same flammability standards without using these chemicals.”

San Diego Bebe® Eco-Nursing Pillow is the healthiest and most innovative nursing pillow on the market. Made with virgin Eco*Loft™ fiber, a non-toxic and hypo-allergenic foam-alternative, it’s void of harmful chemicals. It’s also recyclable and eco-friendly. San Diego Bebe® is available in two versions, for nursing one baby or twins. The entire line is baby-safe, and is covered with deluxe plush fabrics including organic cotton.

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What to Do When Baby is Overstimulated

overstimulated babyIn the beginning, your baby’s brain grows very fast. It requires a lot of learning opportunities, but every so often you’ll find your baby will cry and you can’t figure out why. Your baby might be overstimulated. You see, her brain and nervous system are taking in lots of information, but she isn’t able to process it, so she becomes cranky and scared. Even everyday actions like feeding and contact can trigger it.

What is overstimulation?

Overstimulation is when your child is overwhelmed by his environment, including sensations, noises, and activity. His brain can’t process all the information coming in fast enough, so he becomes frightened and upset.

You’ve probably seen this behavior when a child is at a party and being passed around to all the adults, or when a child is playing in a room full of similar-aged children who are all yelling and banging their toys.

Overstimulation doesn’t always come on at once, either. It can happen after a long day. For example, if your child spends all day at preschool, then an afterschool lesson, playtime at home with the siblings can be too much.

What are the signs of overstimulation?

Overstimulated newborns will display the usual signs of fussiness and tiredness. They will also make cringing facial expressions and jerk their heads away from you in an attempt to reduce the amount of information coming into their brain. Their hands might ball into fists. You will also notice their arms and legs waving as if warding off sensations.

Children who can speak might suddenly become withdrawn and unwilling to cooperate with whatever activity is planned. He or she might refuse to attend the class or play with their friend, or suddenly dislike something you know he/she likes. You’ll also notice behavior problems crop up that you thought were taken care of, like shouting or refusing to share.

You need to balance active and quiet time.

It’s great that you want your baby to learn about the world and grow quickly, but you shouldn’t constantly dangle toys in your baby’s face or insist on scheduling activities all day. Children need predictable, regular quiet time in a familiar setting just like you or I. Let your baby play quietly when she wants. She’ll use this time to learn how to occupy and soothe herself. It may notlook like she’s learning, but she is.

How do you handle overstimulation?

If your baby is overwhelmed, remove her from that area. Take her to a quiet, dim room with no activity. If you’re out somewhere, place her in her carrier or stroller and cover it so she can’t see the outside world. Swaddling newborns can help reduce their physical sensations, as will placing them in a sling or holding them close to your body.

You can help overstimulated toddlers by reducing noise and motion in the room as well. Turn off the TV or radio and bring the child to a familiar place, like her bedroom. Determine if your child needs you close or needs you to walk away. Help her put her feelings into words so you can help her in the future. If you decide to stay near, engage in a peaceful, quiet activity like reading or simply cuddling.

Truthfully, there’s no right amount of stimulation. It depends on the child and the situation. You’ll have to use your baby as a guide and adjust the environment as you see fit. Let your child be the guide.

transition baby from swaddleGuest Blog by Stephanie Parker from Sleepingbaby.com, inventor of the Zipadee-Zip

The motto for Sleeping Baby, makers of the Zipadee-Zip, is: “Inspiring Dreams One Night at A time,” and that, in a nutshell, is how it all started…with one little dream that has since become the Parker family’s reality. When Brett and Stephanie Parker’s daughter, Charlotte, was born, the feeling that welled up inside of them was indescribable; they never realized until first looking into those baby blues of hers that they were even capable of that kind of love.

When it was time to transition baby from swaddling, the Parkers tried every sleep sack on the market and every swaddle weaning trick they could find for nearly two weeks and nothing worked to get baby Charlotte to fall and stay asleep.

Stephanie became determined to restore sleep and sanity to their household and set out to find a solution that would soothe Charlotte’s startle reflex and provide her the cozy womb-like environment she loved so much but still give her the freedom to roll over and wiggle around in her crib safely. Out of sheer desperation and exhaustion, the Zipadee-Zip was born. The first Zipadee-Zip(R) Stephanie put together on her little sewing machine worked like magic!

To date tens of thousands of Zipadee-Zips have been sold and all from word-of-mouth marketing. It is so rewarding for the Parkers to see other parents and babies getting the sleep they both need and deserve!

For more information, visit sleepingbaby.com.

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How to Swaddle Your Baby

how to swaddle babySwaddling is one of the first lessons any new parent should learn. A swaddled baby feels safe, warm, and secure in an environment that feels similar to the womb. A nice, snug swaddle will calm your baby down and put him to sleep. It also prevents him from being disturbed from his own Startle Reflex and waking up at night.  Here’s how to properly swaddle:

Step 1: Lay your blanket on a flat surface.

Position the blanket like a diamond. Fold the top corner down toward the center of blanket. Place your baby on his back on top of the blanket with his neck on the fold.

Step 2: Tuck the right side.

Pull your baby’s right arm down to his side. Pull the left corner of the blanket (your left, his right) over the right arm and across his body. Tuck this side under his left arm. You might have to roll him a bit to fit it underneath. Tuck it in good and tight; don’t be afraid to be secure, but make sure baby can bend his hips up. If your baby’s arms aren’t exactly at his sides, he’ll have some wiggle room and start pulling the swaddle apart.

Step 3: Tuck the left side.

Pull your baby’s left arm down. Pull the bottom corner of the blanket (the corner nearest you) up and over his left shoulder. Tuck the extra material around his left arm. Be secure, but make sure you aren’t so tight as to squeeze his toes or force his knees to bend.

Step 4: Wrap him/her up.

Pull the loose right corner taut and across his body to the left. Roll him just a bit to your right so you can tuck this extra material behind his back. By this point your little one should already be yawning!

Tips for Houdini-Babes:

If your baby is constantly breaking free, try leaving one arm exposed when you put him to sleep. If he’s a few months old, a free arm won’t keep him awake, but he will lose half of his ability to break out (since one arm can swing freely).

NOTE: Never put a swaddled baby on his stomach!

Once your baby is capable of flipping over from his back to his stomach, you should absolutely be done with swaddling. A swaddled baby that can roll over can suffocate on his tummy.

footed pajamas for fast diaper changesWritten by Lisa Youngelson, Owner of Zippyz

Like most new moms, Lisa had been up night after night changing her newborn son’s diaper. She was so exhausted she could barely function, let alone match up the tiny snaps on her baby’s pajamas.

Frustrated by endless mis-snapping and re-snapping, Lisa found zippered pajamas, and thought her problems had been solved. That night when she unzipped her son’s pajamas, he started to cry from the shock of cold air. Although less time consuming, Lisa hated that she had to expose her baby’s entire body with the zipper. She felt her baby’s comfort should come first and yearned for the perfect footed pajama, which was both soft and cozy for her baby and hassle-free for mommy.

One night while feeding her son she thought of “Zippyz.” Zippyz are patented footed baby pajamas for easy and fast diaper changes with 3 snaps on the chest and a zipper from foot to belly. Finally, a solution suitable for baby AND mommy! Plus Zippyz are a unique baby shower gift! Along with her best friend and business partner Erica, Lisa decided make the diaper changing world a better place for all new parents!

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5 Tips to Bond with Your Newborn

tips for bonding with newbornThe first few months of your baby’s life can set the tone for your entire relationship. By developing a loving, connected bond with your newborn, you can create the groundwork for a positive relationship. You want your little one to feel secure and less afraid of his new environment. Take every opportunity you can to bond so you can nurture that connection.

1. Use lots of touch.

After birth, your baby’s skin is very sensitive. Your little one just came from an environment where he was constantly in contact with your body. Touching you gives him a secure feeling. Hospitals everywhere encourage mothers to hold their newborns to their chests in the moments after birth to help calm the baby. Hold your newborn close often. If you’re relaxing on the sofa or bed, bring your baby with you, rather than alone in the bassinet.

2. Make your baby smile.

Any time you can draw a laugh, smile, or squeak out of your baby, you are building a positive memory in his mind of his parent. Create enough of these positive moments and he will begin to light up at your appearance. Reinforce this condition whenever you can. Use gentle tickling, silliness, and laughing of your own to have positive moments.

3. Bond during feeding.

Infants require a lot of feeding; initially every one to three hours. During these moments, look into your infant’s face while gently stimulating his skin. Conventional wisdom says newborns are more aware during their feedings, so this is a perfect time to develop that connection. Breastfeeding is an especially intense bonding experience; most mothers miss it once they stop.

4. Talk and sing whenever you can.

You might silly talking with someone who can’t respond, but communicating with your baby helps him understand that you are paying attention to him. Narrate your actions, behaviors, and feelings, even what you’re doing is mundane and routine. At first your conversation will be one-sided, but you’re helping your baby understand that communication with his parents is easy, harmless, and comforting.

5. Calm down.

Just like adults, babies intuitively understand the emotions of the people around them. They feel what you’re feeling. If you are tense, anxious, and frustrated, your behavior will pass that on to your child. On the same token, you relax, smile, sing a gentle song, and speak positively, your baby will share those feelings. Relationships are built on positive emotions, so stay peppy!

footed pajamas for fast diaper changesWritten by Lisa Youngelson, Owner of Zippyz

Like most new moms, Lisa had been up night after night changing her newborn son’s diaper. She was so exhausted she could barely function, let alone match up the tiny snaps on her baby’s pajamas.

Frustrated by endless mis-snapping and re-snapping, Lisa found zippered pajamas, and thought her problems had been solved. That night when she unzipped her son’s pajamas, he started to cry from the shock of cold air. Although less time consuming, Lisa hated that she had to expose her baby’s entire body with the zipper. She felt her baby’s comfort should come first and yearned for the perfect footed pajama, which was both soft and cozy for her baby and hassle-free for mommy.

One night while feeding her son she thought of “Zippyz.” Zippyz are patented footed baby pajamas for easy and fast diaper changes with 3 snaps on the chest and a zipper from foot to belly. Finally, a solution suitable for baby AND mommy! Plus Zippyz are a unique baby shower gift! Along with her best friend and business partner Erica, Lisa decided make the diaper changing world a better place for all new parents!

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