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Baby Vaccinations

September 20, 2011 Leave a comment

Vaccinations are one of the best means to prevent disease and malaise in babies and children.

(Click the picture to download the latest PDF vaccination schedule for babies – June 2011.)

As of 2011, there are currently 16 diseases that children are being vaccinated against.  They are measles, mumps and rubella, hepatitis B, diptheria, pertussis and tetanus, poliomyelitis, Haemophilus influenzae type b, hepatitis A, rotavirus, varicella, pneumococcal disease, meningocooccal disease and influenza.  Human papillomavirus HPV vaccine has been recommended Read more…

Babies and Infection – My Baby has a Cold and can’t Breathe!

September 1, 2011 4 comments

My baby has a cold and can’t breathe!  All parents have dealt with colds that seem to all of a sudden start to crop up after 4~6 months of age.  Unfortunately most parents have also experienced helplessness when they see their child struggling to breathe.  It is especially distressing during this period because your newborn does not quite have the capacity to breathe comfortably through his/her mouth – thus the term obligate nose breathers.

At the time of birth, your baby is blessed with immune help from the mother – antibodies, in the form of IgG is transferred directly from the mother to the baby during the time in the womb.  Babies can also receive additional immune help from the immunoglobulin IgA which is only present in the mother’s breast milk and not formula milk.  (Although IgG is a wonderful protectant to the baby, IgG is less effective in fighting some bacteria namely Gram-negative bacteria.)

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Do you Chew Food for your Baby?

August 30, 2011 4 comments

Do you chew food for your baby?  All mothers and fathers mean well and want what’s best for their babies…

Mother bird feeding babies.

As for humans, please do not chew the food and feed it to your baby.  This action has been seen quite a number of times in public and some are surprisingly even promoted on other articles and websites.  While all intentions are out of love, it really is not that good for the baby.  What one is essentially doing is transferring bacteria in the adult’s mouth and into the baby.  This type of action will bring more cavities down the road for the little ones along with other infections which can occur – bacterial, viral and even fungal.

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Are used breast milk pumps safe?

May 24, 2011 Leave a comment

The invention of the electric breast milk pump has given breastfeeding mothers more freedom, less pain and more flexibility in providing breast milk to the child.  There are many benefits from using the pump – storage of breast milk has become possible for future use when the mother is not available for the child ie. during at work, stimulation of milk production, easing the pain of fullness of the breast due to engorgement from the milk and a schedule in which the mother can rest at night.

On a serious note, there are many mothers who sell used breast milk pumps online.  Read more…

Is there a way to treat allergies without medication?

May 17, 2011 2 comments

Have airborne allergies?  Try nasal washing!  May is Allergy Awareness Month.  Spring has arrived long ago and many people are feeling the effects of pollen and other airborne allergies.  It has become serious enough that watching the pollen count in our daily weather forecast to become a routine event.  Society has resorted to antihistamine medications (ie. Allegra, Zyrtec and Claritin) to relieve their runny nose and itchy eyes.   Some have chosen to take allergy shots (immunotherapy) which gradually increase tolerants to the allergen.  Others invest in air purifiers in hopes to lessen the impact and there are those brave few that try to ride it out waiting for the next break in the weather (the rain) or season for that matter. Read more…