Home Health Aide for Sick Children

Being a parent is a massive job all by itself. When children are disabled, ill or the parents have jobs with special circumstances, like extensive travel or a more-than-average workload, parents can hire the services of a home health aide to fill in where they simply cannot. This post is a bit of a departure for products and talks more about a service for children, Home Health Care from a Trained Professional Home Health Aide.

Many of us are familiar with this concept; though most generally associate it with home health care for the elderly, terminally ill or situations where complex medical equipment is a part of the process. However, home health aides are actually quite common for children as well. 

Challenges of Have a Sick Child

Having a sick child doesn’t mean that parents no longer have to work, quite the opposite in fact. In many cases, the additional financial burdens of a special needs child require parents to work even more than usual. Often times they must take on a second job. 


Furthermore, most parents aren’t health care professionals. And though they care deeply for their children, enough to eventually become unofficial experts of their child’s malady, they do not possess the professional skills and knowledge required to properly tend to their children’s needs. The home health aide can also give stressed parents some much needed downtime. 

Home Health Aide Can Help

Home health aides might be needed for long-term disorders like cerebral palsy or autism, but sometimes they can be retained temporarily when children, or babies in many cases, have short-term needs that require extra care. For example, when infants who were born prematurely are discharged from the hospital, a home health aide might be required to ensure their proper care, just until they become strong enough (and parents become confident enough) to be placed fully in the care of the parents. 

Better Environment At Home

These short-term arrangements allow babies and parents to feel more at ease in the comforts of their own home rather than the sterile, foreign environment of a hospital. A comprehensive review of home health care studies, featured in a 2002 issue of the journal, Issues in Comprehensive Pediatric Nursing, showed that having children at home instead of in a hospital contributes to less stress on the parents, more improved medical outcomes for the child and, perhaps surprisingly, the cost can be significantly lower. 

Also, if parents are able to look after their children during the day, home health aides are often available for the night shift, keeping a vigilant watch on the child while parents sleep. This allows parents to take an active role in their child’s life and care while also giving them peace of mind and rest during the night. 

Home health aides are trained professionals (Called HHA Training) when it comes to health and children. In the event a parent, or both parents, have demanding jobs that require them to work nights, or travel frequently, a home health aide can ensure the children are properly taken care of. In a sense, they are nannies but with the added benefit of extensive medical knowledge and training.

Home health aides are often seen as angels, and quickly form strong bonds with children and parents. For many, it’s not just their job to facilitate the healthy development of a child; it’s their calling. And it’s something they take great pride in doing well, knowing that a child and their parents’ hopes and dreams are pinned on them. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Baby and a Barbecue – Maybe?

Fall is the perfect time for cool, breezy outdoor barbecues. Family and friends are back from vacations, and the best way to kick off the autumn is with a backyard event – family, close friends and excellent food. But how difficult is it to host a barbecue with a baby in tow? It’s not! Here are some tips for planning your best barbecue yet.

Skip the Grill

Grills are commonly perceived as the “right” way to cook outdoors. But many families are now leaning toward using a smoker instead. Smokers are preferable to grills for a few reasons. First of all, because they come in a variety of styles (gas, coal and electric), it’s easy to find the smoker that fits best within your budget and space. Secondly, smokers allow you to cook food under little supervision. You’ll basically set your food on the smoking racks and only have to tend to the smoker to check the temperature and mop your meat every now and then. This allows you to spend more time with your family and to take care of your little one. You can find great reviews of smokers at http://www.thebestelectricsmoker.com as well as recipes, helpful hints and information on temperatures and settings. You can even read about the best wood chips for smoking, whether hickory, alder or mesquite.

Temporary Fencing

While you don’t want your baby to be left to his own devices, crawling aimlessly around your yard, you’d probably rather he not be stuck indoors, either. Consider finding a temporary fencing structure. These handy structures are only a foot or so tall, allowing your little one to see what’s going on around him, but keeping him from roaming too far. Most of the structures simply unfold when you want to use them, and collapse when you’re through. Some even come equipped with convenient tents to shield your little guy from the sun. You’ll need to be close by, of course, as bugs and other outdoor hazards don’t respect fences. But these barriers are excellent for ensuring that your baby is safely within the confines of his padded space.

Invite Grandma

Of course you don’t want to take advantage of one relative’s desire to play with your baby. But chances are you’ve been fretting about nothing. If you’re hosting a family cookout, there’s a good possibility that your baby will be tended to and doted upon family members who are more than willing to help, in exchange for great food and a chance to hold your baby for a while. Aunts and uncles, grandparents and even older nieces and nephews are very helpful guests to invite to your barbecue.

A lot of things change when you have a baby. Vacations are no longer one-suitcase affairs, trips to the grocery store now take twice as long, and even going out for supper can seem like travel. But, with a little preparation, staying at home and enjoying freshly smoked meats just might be the most stress free way to celebrate autumn with your whole new family.

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How to Travel with a Baby

Taking a break with a baby may sound like an oxymoron because we all know how stressful looking after one can be in our own homes, let alone outside of it. So the thought of trying to travel with your little one can be fear inducing and one of the last things you’d consider.

However, there are ways to make the travelling process a lot less stress inducing. From dressing your baby right to creating play spaces for him or her, read on for the best tips to ensure your trip inspired by travaddict.com progresses in relative peace.

Dress baby correctly

You are going to see and hear a lot less agitation and crying from your baby if you dress them the right way for the journey. Dress him or her in comfortable clothes that you can take off and put back on easily. A sleep-suit and vest is better than trousers or tights which can bunch up when your baby is sitting still for long periods.

Food & drinks

Keep your baby happy by making sure you take enough food and drinks in case you are delayed on your trip. Even if you are travelling via car, you could be delayed and face long waits. If you are travelling by plane, remember that hand luggage restrictions for liquids do not apply to bay food and drink.

Changing station

Once you have arrived at your destination, a good tip is to set out an area for changing your baby’s nappy immediately so that any sticky situations can be dealt with calmly. And there will be a big poop at some point. Lay out a changing pad and stack a bunch of diapers and wipes in one area.

Make a play space…

Your baby is likely to feel overawed by the unfamiliarity of new environments so the best way to deal with this is to create a play space for them that makes them feel more at home. Keep all of their favourite playthings together in one area and keep books and toys close at hand.

Keep baby’s routine

If your baby has a bedtime routine that you use back home, stick to the same thing when on your travels. If you usually bath your baby, then sing him or her lullabies before giving them a bottle before a nap, do the same on vacation to make up for the difference in location.

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Important Cleaning Tips for New Moms

With your home blessed with a new addition to the family, cleaning often takes on a whole different dimension for new mothers. Not only will you have to clean up after your little one, you’ll also have to regularly wipe down surfaces to ensure they are 100% protected from infection and disease.

The best way to save yourself from being overwhelmed is getting clued up on the best cleaning tips you can find all in one place.

Baby laundry basket

Your newborn is guaranteed to go through clothes like there is no tomorrow, so it makes sense to give them their very own laundry basket from the get go. Keep it near their changing table, and make sure to treat stains straight away with a spray before adding them to the basket. Plan to clean everything inside twice a week using a mild detergent.

Toy basket

If you can manage to keep your child’s dirty clothes in check with their own laundry basket you can do a similar job when it comes to their toys. Avoid clutter by having a large round flat basket to keep all of his or her stuffed animals and rattles in and on display. If you don’t get to grips with their toys early on, it may get so bad that you’ll need to visit www.online-cleaning-coach.com.

Germ control

Tidying and washing after your baby whilst trying to think of how to start your own business with no money at home may mean you neglect other cleaning fundamentals such as wiping down surfaces with anti-bacterial wipes. To ensure you don’t forget, have a tube of wipes in the baby’s room and kitchen so you can wipe things down easily and often.

Vacuum with baby

Make your baby a part of the cleaning process by vacuuming with him or her in a bjorn/baby carrier. Babies love the noise of a vacuum machine and it’s a great way to settle them down and keep them moving.

Washing up

You’ll need to wash bottles and pacifiers as often as you’ll need to change diapers, so it’s a good idea to invest in a good drying rack next to the kitchen sink for this purpose. may also consider getting a container to keep in the sink filled with warm soapy water. This will let you easily drop used bottles in throughout the day.

Enjoy your baby!

Perhaps most importantly, don’t forget to enjoy your time with your newborn! An untidy home is actually a sign that there is a little gift inside causing it all, so don’t let that ever overly stress you!

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Feeding Children Organic Foods

Pesticides and drug-resistant bacteria. They are not the type of things that you want to feed your kids. And the argument used to be that you are risking your child’s health by feeding them conventionally grown fruits and vegetables contaminated with the stuff, so you should feed them organic produce instead.

While the long term health risks of eating non-organic fruits and vegetables to this day have never been conclusively proven, one thing is for sure; organic food contains less pesticides and drug-resistant bacteria. So if you can afford to, it’s better to be risk free and feed your children organic fruits and veg. And that is especially true now that growing organic food is easier than ever.

Organic no longer an expensive luxury

If you are put off by organic food prices, consider that these days you don’t even need a backyard to grow it at home for cheap. Grow lights like those from DrGrowski can even be used by apartment dwellers to effectively grow organic fruit and veg indoors (visit http://drgrowski.com for more) . The only barrier to growing organic for your children is being able to select the right stuff to grow and knowing how to effectively cultivate it.

Growing the right stuff

Strawberries, raspberries and cherries, bananas, apples, pears, tomatoes, spinach, salad greens and potatoes are the most vulnerable fruits and vegetables when it comes to pesticide and bacteria contamination, so if you want to grow organic produce for your kids, it’s best to start with this stuff.

Plan your organic project

Growing fruits and vegetables is not just a case of putting seeds in the ground and waiting until you can harvest what grows. You’ll need to plan what space you have to work with (whether indoors or outdoors), the climate in your area, and research how a growing season for fruits and vegetables works. Once the seeds are in the ground, you’ll then need to think about pest control, irrigation, and how to harvest – so lots of work!

One up-shot of a project like this is that it lends itself well to participation by your kids. There’s no better way to get them to learn about food by teaching them how to grow the fruits and vegetables that they will be eating. The long-term benefits of that are surely a net positive.

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Top 5 Things to Help Boost Fertility

Trying to get pregnant? Here are some tips to increase your chances.

It’s all in the timing: Women are more fertile during certain times of their cycle. Your cycle begins the first day of your menstrual period. (The average menstrual cycle is 28-32 days.) Usually, ovulation takes place between day 11 and 21. Some doctors suggest counting back 14 days from the due date of your next period and calling that day ovulation day. The best window for achieving pregnancy is about three days before ovulation. Some couples think they should aim for the day of ovulation or after, but not so. An unfertilized egg will only stick around for about 24 hours before dissolving. Sperm can live three to five days, so you want to stay within that three day window beforehand for the best chances. You can track your cycle through the calendar method or by using an ovulation predictor kit. Also, the book Taking Charge of Your Fertility is a fantastic resource.

As for frequency of sex, for the most part, more is better. Don’t stress about having an everyday regimen, however, doctors do suggest every other day. Also, premature ejaculation is not a plus, so learn how to last longer in bed as a manStudies show this produces nearly the same success rate as every day. Of course, this is most important around ovulation.

Keep it cool guys: The old concern about boxer shorts vs. briefs isn’t a major concern. (Some doctors say go with boxers just in case, but recent studies have shown no major difference.) More important is avoiding consistent, high levels of heat such as daily soaks in hot tubs. This kind of frequency may have an adverse effect on fertility (by raising the temperature of sperm), so it’s best avoided. The jury is still out on exposing the testicles to technology, electronics, and radiation. To be safe, it’s a good idea to avoid frequently working with your laptop on your lap or carrying your cell phone in your pocket.

Be aware of substance intake: Studies show that if women drink too much caffeine (500 mg or more) it can impede fertility. One or two cups a day, however, is OK. Stay within 200-250mg and you should be fine. Similarly with alcohol, a few drinks a week is not going to harm fertility. Studies show that two or more drinks a day may have adverse effects. Once a woman finds out she’s pregnant, she should stop alcohol consumption, as drinking while pregnant is linked to birth defects. If either of you smoke, there was never a better time to stop. Smoking can impact both eggs and sperm. Of course, smoking during pregnancy is a big no-no and has been linked to miscarriage. Second hand smoke is also damaging; don’t expose a newborn (or any child) to air pollutants such as cigarette smoke.

Eat the right foods: Healthy eating for both her and him contributes to overall health and supports fertility. Specifically, it’s good for women to eat food rich in folic acid. Men should eat foods high in zinc, selenium, and vitamin E. Both men and women should avoid pesticides by buying more organic foods (be sure to include lots of greens).

Get natural with herbal remedies: While some doctors have mixed feelings on this, many natural practitioners have been swearing by it for decades. Have a look at this video for some herbal tips for women.

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Photo Ready Babies

It’s photo day at preschool! What to do?!

 

Anyone who has had children will know, that they grow and change at an exponential rate during their first few years of life. Many modern parent’s today are eager to capture these changes in their children by documenting them through photography. There are many ways to go about photographing your children, from the organic natural shots taken in real life, to the professional photographer’s studio where different props and lights are used to make them look as cute as possible. Taking your child to the studio has become an increasingly popular option with parents today. Pictures taken professionally can be printed out and given as gifts to family members, or even framed for the home.

The photographer’s studio however comes with it’s own challenges. Because you want your child to look as cute as possible, and because you are paying for those photos, a little preparation can go a long way. For those who are unsure of what can be done, here are some tips to help get you started.

Lighting:

Always have a conversation with the photographer before hand about what kind of lights are being used, where the shadows will fall etc… The point here is that you want your child to be the focal point of the photo. What you don’t want is for your child’s skin to be too shiny, or illuminated because of the glare of the flash or the lights. The best solution is to ensure that the lighting is soft and that the flash is not too close.

Attire:

When I was little, I was blessed with lots of hair. So my mother took full advantage of that by giving me elaborate hair styles for my photo shoots. I was also dressed to the nines, in pretty dresses, stockings and shoes, none of which ever stayed clean afterwards. For parents of little girls especially, it can be incredibly tempting to deck them out like princesses. But from experience I can tell you that your best bet is to ensure your babies comfort. Pick clothes that are cute and pretty, but not unbearable to a baby. This is because you want your child to smile for the camera, rather than crying or scowling at it. Babies don’t understand why they need to pose, so you need to make them happy beforehand to ensure a good shot.

Just a Touch of Makeup:

Many parent’s I’m sure would flinch at the idea of applying makeup to their babies before a photo shoot. But the idea itself is actually a good one, so long as it isn’t overdone. No sane person would recommend you putting mascara and eye shadow on a baby, but a little foundation can have an amazing effect. Babies and small children in general come with many different bumps and bruises, the result of either birth or child’s play. During a photo shoot, you can’t always have complete control over the effect of lighting and flash, and your child’s face may come out looking too shiny without a little prep work. The best coverage foundation that can be applied to a babies skin should always be on the lighter side, so avoid thick oil based products at all costs. A good tinted moisturizer or bb cream can work wonders. Because you want to an oil free product, look for one formulated for oily skin. In my opinion the best bb cream for oily skin is Tarte BB tinted treatment, an organic product guaranteed not to irritate your baby’s sensitive skin.

When applying the makeup, be sure to use as little as possible and blend in very gently, focusing only on the areas you want to smooth out. After the photo shoot, use a cotton ball dabbed in baby oil to gently remove the foundation from your babies skin.

Your baby deserves to look his/her best on their photo shoot, I hope you found these will help you to achieve a great result.

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Get in Shape After Pregnancy!

Getting in shape after pregnancy….seems like quite a chore, doesn’t it? A couple I know recently welcomed their first child into the world. We’re all pretty close, so I was there for that struggle – the new mom trying to shed those pregnancy pounds and get into better shape than she was in high-school. I actually ended up expounding advice, and even doing a fair bit of research on my own to help both of my friends out. They know I’m a physical fitness advocate, that I like to keep in shape. They also know that I am knowledgeable in good dietary practices, even though I’m guilty of completely disregarding this knowledge, instead eating wherever my tongue lead me. In any case, the knowledge was there for them to utilize.

I wanted to help them both out. The mom, to look better and regain the self confidence her post-pregnancy pot belly was almost shattering, and to help my buddy get his incredibly cute prom date back, both in physical appearance and in health. In any case, I found two key points she had to really consider to shed those pounds.

DIET
This is a crucial step, and the first most people want to avoid. You gotta eat healthy, you gotta eat right. Drop the corn-syrup ridden soft drinks, ditch the greasy fast food burgers, and move away from the deep fried deliciousness. Focus on greens, greens, and more greens. Fruits, vegetables, salads. Drink more water, stay away from things completely soaked in sugar. It’s a pain to count calories, but there’s tools on the internet to make it easier.

It’s also smart move to strive to get more naturally grown products – GMOs are a controversial subject, and arguably altering the genetics of natural seeds and crops is playing God in a very dangerous fashion. Do we even know the effects these things have on our bodies? Have they been extensively researched? In fact, in shaping up your own diet, you should focus on giving your child the best possible palette. Get them used to eating HEALTHY, to a point where processed garbage tastes bad to them. Think of it as a double whammy – getting yourself on the road to better health, and instilling your childs taste-buds with a penchant for healthy foods.

EXERCISE
While I think maintaining a proper diet is far more excruciating than putting hours into the gym, some people would disagree with me. Exercise is just not for everyone. But you can’t expect to shed the pounds you’ve put on in giving birth and mothering a child, simply by eating salads and sitting on the couch binge-watching TV shows on Netflix. You gotta be active. In fact, in much the way you treat your diet, you should also treat your exercise regiment. Get the kids involved when they’re old enough! Until that time get yourself in shape the best you can.

Personally, I found a lot of my home gym purchases based on this site. These inversion table reviews (at http://www.janesbestfitness.com/inversion-table-reviews/), for example, were a good resource. I also get the best rowing machine workout I’ve ever achieved on a machine I discovered on the same site. Whether you’re doing light weight lifting, buying a home gym, or simply running around your neighborhood for a few laps, exercise is crucial.

A lot of people seek out a silver bullet for losing weight, but there simply are no shortcuts. Diet and exercise are both essential to the process, as well as staying hydrated and well-rested. It’s common sense and hard work, unfortunately, but stick with it.

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Importance of Sunscreen for Kids

Use your sunscreen!

The attention continues to grow for sun-tanners and people who like to lay out to achieve that beautiful, dark and tanned skin.  Parents will take their kids with them out to the pool and spend countless hours relaxing in the sun.  They need not forget to protect their children from these harmful rays.  While over exposure to the sun can be bad for everyone, it is extremely harmful for kids because their skin is much more delicate at this age.

Adults may turn to a custom spray tan if they wish to get a tan, but if you just want to relax by the pool with your kids make sure everyone applies sunscreen.  Below are some key points to look for in a sunscreen for kids:

  • SPF of 50-100+
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Water resistant
  • Fragrance free

You do not necessarily need to buy a sunscreen made specifically for children.  Oftentimes these are very similar to an adult sunscreen.  One of our favorite sunscreens to use is the Coppertone Kids continuous spray, which has an SPF of 70+.  We have found that Coppertone makes a wonderful product.

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Camping with the Family (and there is a Baby!)

Planning a camping trip with the little one? A few of these tips may be helpful to you, especially if you opt for tent camping.

family tents for campingFirst of all, make sure your sleeping arrangements will be comfortable. The best waterproof tents would be of the Coleman brand, but there’s also Eureka and Marmot. From personal experience, the most waterproof tent you can get is a definite bonus when you go camping. Coleman also makes some of the best family tents, sometimes accommodating up to eight or ten people. Ledge also makes really good waterproof backpackers tents. Don’t believe me? Check for yourself at http://www.waterprooftentguide.com/When you carry the little one camping, you will want to make certain precautions.

1. Do a test run
Don’t assume that your baby is going to do well the first time. Go camping in the backyard or somewhere close to home like a state park

2. Always take extra diapers and extra clothes
I’ve heard that wool is a good material to put against the skin because it stays the same temperature when it’s both cold and hot. Babies can’t regulate their temperature so we have to do it for them

3. Talk to the neighbors
If your baby cries during the night you may want to inform the rest of the people at the campsite and possibly provide earplugs for them.

4. Take pillows or mattresses
If your baby is still breastfeeding, it can be uncomfortable to do it sitting on the ground. Some people like to rough it, and some like to take lawn chairs. Whatever the case, you still want to be prepared.

5. Take Blankie
Remember your baby will be away from home. Your baby’s blanket or favorite toy will bring comfort

6. Remember who’s adapting
Parents have been taking care of their babies for hundreds of years. I’m pretty sure that caveman babies lived outside all the time. That being said, let your baby have fun and experience new things — safely. If you try to co-sleep with your baby, try it at home a few times first. If that’s not for you, I suggest a car seat or a small, portable bassinet.
More tips can be found at adventurousparents.com

If you’re unsure of what to pack for your camping trip, a list of common camping equipment can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camping#List_of_common_equipment

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Economics of Babies or How to Save Some Money

Save on Babies - Shipping IncludedBabies are expensive. If you’re reading this you already know that, because you have a baby or had a baby and know how crazy expensive they are. It’s truly remarkable the amount of money new parents are willing to spend on their baby, practicularly the first one. (Hey no judgment here, I was the same way).

I would cringe when I was asked to shell out $50 for an oil change. $850 for a high tech stroller? Oh yeah, no problem. Oddly enough it wasn’t like I had to convince my husband that this was the right thing to do. He already has his credit card out by the time I said “stroller”.

Tips to Save $$ On Baby Products

  1. Buy in bulk. You are going to need diapers, diapers and more diapers. So don’t be shy about buying massive packs from Costco or another local wholesaler.  Baby formula, bottles, diapers, you name it you’re probably going to need lots of it. When my first friend had a baby she had 20 some odd bottles. I remember looking at all those bottles wondering what on earth she could need THAT many bottles for. Four years later I had 25 some odd bottles. How the tables had turned.
  2. Shop online! It’s weird when some of my friends still look at me funny when I suggest looking online for a stroller. Yes, not just research but purchasing a stroller online! The novelty! This is 2014, where consumers spent more online then in stores on Black Friday – if you’re not shopping online you’re missing out on a huge chance to save. Even for extremely high ticket items from other countries such as, ahem, that $900 stroller look online. If you’re worried about shipping and fees contact a local freight forwarder or customs clearance company they will be able to tell you exactly how much you’re going to have to pay to import any high ticket items or any strange goods.The beautiful thing about online shopping is it takes 10 minutes to compare 10-15 prices across the internet. That could amount to an afternoon if you try to compare stroller prices by going store to store. And besides, it’s rare that something is cheaper at a brick and mortar store then it is on Amazon. I suggest using camelcamelcamel.com to track prices of goods you have your eyes on.
  3. Ask your friends. We got so many baby items such as floor mats, rockers and baby chairs from our friends who had babies and have since grown out of those goods. Your parents may even have some baby goods lying around. Make sure you ask around before you go blow your budget on brand new everything for your baby, even if it is your first.

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