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Thrush

by Maxine
Posted August 18 2010 01:12pm
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Thrush is another common childhood illness, it’s a yeast infection in a baby’s mouth, creating white patches that stick to the tongue and inner cheeks.

The same fungus that causes vaginal yeast infections also causes thrush. It’s possible for moms to pass this fungus to their babies during delivery. Babies can then develop thrush, usually within the first several weeks after birth.

Thrush is common in babies and toddlers because their immune systems are not fully developed. It can also occur in others whose immune systems have been weakened. This is often due to illness, medication or antibiotics. Antibiotics can disturb the natural balance of the body’s bacteria.

Babies can pass thrush on to mom during breastfeeding.

The symptoms of thrush are: 

  • White patches on your baby’s tongue and inner cheeks that cannot be wiped away. These patches may bleed if you try to wipe them. Thrush can spread to the roof of the mouth, the gums and the throat.
  • Baby may have difficulty latching or refuse to eat due to discomfort
  • Baby may have a diaper rash
  • Mom will have burning nipple pain during breastfeeding, If thrush has been passed on from baby’s mouth

If you think your baby has thrush, contact his doctor or health care provider. If you are breastfeeding, and you think you and/or your baby have thrush, contact your doctor or the breastfeeding clinic.

The goal of treatment is to stop the rapid spread of the fungus.

This is what you can do to treat thrush in infants and breastfeeding moms:

  • Both mom and baby need to be treated by medication prescribed by your doctor. Otherwise, you will continue to pass it back and forth.
  • Items such as pacifiers and breast pumps need to be sterilized often.
  • Change breast pads often.
  • Wash your hands for 15 seconds, especially after using the toilet or handling sanitary pads and before feeding your baby or handling food, pacifiers, breast pump equipment, etc.

This is what you can do to treat children 1 year old and over:

  • Mild thrush may require no treatment.
  • If thrush occurs after taking antibiotics, your child’s doctor may suggest adding unsweetened yogurt to his diet. This will help restore his body’s natural bacterial balance. Do not give babies under 1 year of age milk products, including yogurt.
  • If the thrush persists, your health care provider may need to prescribe your child an antifungal medication.

You can prevent thrush in the following ways:

  • Treat any vaginal yeast infection that mom has during her pregnancy to prevent the fungus from being passed onto her baby.
  • Wash your hands for 15 seconds, especially after using the toilet or handling sanitary pads and before feeding your baby or handling food, pacifiers, breast pump equipment etc. 

 

Did your baby develop thrush? How did you cope? Leave a comment below and share your story with parents just like you!

 

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Tummy Time!

by Maxine
Posted August 18 2010 04:25pm
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When babies are awake, it’s important for them to have some ”tummy time” every day. This helps prevent babies from developing a flat spot on the back of their heads.  It also gives them the chance to develop muscle strength and it encourages them to practice movements that are part of normal physical progress. Daily tummy time prepares babies for important milestones, such as pushing themselves up, crawling and walking.

Before you begin tummy time, wait until your baby’s cord has come off—about a week to 10 days. Be prepared to have tummy time right along with your baby. She may need to be coaxed at first because lifting her head is hard to do. However, she will love your company. Have fun!

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Do you have any fun pictures of your baby enjoying tummy time with you or on his own? Share them with us!

 

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Crying

by Maxine
Posted June 21 2011 03:17pm
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The sound of your baby’s crying comes along with the joys of being a parent. But does the prolonged sound of your sweet child's wailing make you want to burst into tears yourself? Why is she crying? Is he crying too much? We answer these questions and more in a series of articles created by our experts to help you cope with your baby’s crying.

Don’t fret – all parents experience stress and frustration when it comes to their crying child. Don’t forget…our experts are here to answer the questions you have about your crying baby. Ask and Expert and get answers!

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Taking sign language classes with your baby

by Maxine
Posted January 2 2012 07:26pm
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Creators of sign language programs say that signing is easier for your baby to learn than spoken language. They also claim signing can reduce the frustration that may occur around a child's first birthday when they try to express themselves but don't have the words.

But more research needs to be done before we can say for sure if using sign language with your baby is a good idea. Whether signing will help or hinder your hearing child's development has not been studied well enough to say.

If you do want to try sign language with your baby, classes, books and videos are widely available. The signs used in many of these programs are similar to those used by members of the deaf community. Parents usually choose just a small number of phrases or words to sign with their child. To try to make early communication easier, they often pick words that come up in everyday family activities, like "milk," "more," "Mom," and "Dad."

Whether you choose to use sign language or not, interacting with your baby and spending time together doing activities you both enjoy is important. One thing is for sure, your baby will benefit from spending time with you one-on-one.

Content Provided by The Canadian Language and Literacy Research Network.

Have you ever taken sign languages classes with your baby? Did you find them helpful? Leave a comment below and let us know!

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