Friday, November 21, 2014

Baby Care Secrets

After about 2 months, it will be easier to care for your baby. The first
few weeks can be rough. It also is hard to understand everything your
baby wants and does. Believe it or not your baby will sleep longer


Speaking of sleep, you can get more sleep at night from your baby if you
make him more active during the day. Find some fun activities that you
can do with your baby to exercise him and you at the same time.

But don't expect a baby to sleep through the night.

It is actually normal and healthy for your baby to wake up. Remember,
they need to eat and have their diapers changed!

Newborns are more likely to wake up easily after falling asleep. You may
have noticed then when your baby falls asleep and you try and move them.
If you wait about a half hour to move your baby or put them down, they
may be in a deeper sleep.

There are many reasons why your baby cries.

Not just because they are hungry. They may be tired, have a dirty
diaper, needs some quiet time. Make your baby as comfortable as
possible, at all times. Try and keep your baby from crying, rather than
stop crying.

Many babies will continue to cry no matter what you do. Your baby may
need to just be calmed by you doing something over and over. Like
rocking, singing song, putting the baby close to you. Keep the same
thing going.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Be sure your hospital is baby-friendly!

If you are delivery soon and have a hospital picked out, you need to make sure they are baby friendly if you plan on breastfeeding. Not all hospitals are baby friendly in the true sense of the word.

Here is a sample of what you should look for to be a successful breastfeeder after delivery:

Check to see if the hospital has written polices about breastfeeding.
Find out if the hospital staff is trained in lactation skills.
Inform you as to the importance of breastfeeding.
Help you start breastfeeding within an hour after delivery.
Instruct you on proper lactation and how to maintain it.
Refuse to give your baby and food or drink that is NOT breastmilk.
Allow you to have your baby in your room.
Do not use pacifiers.
Have a clinic or support personnel for you to follow up with your lactation on a weekly basis.

Top 10 Reasons to Breastfeed

1. Breastfeeding is natural and is what your body was meant to do!
2. Breastfeeding helps you recover faster after delivery.
3. Breastfeeding exclusively is recommended by The American Academy of Pediatrics and The World Health Organization.
4. Breastfeeding prevents your baby from developing many allergies.
5. Breastfeeding lowers the risk of SIDS.
6. Breastfeeding burns calories and can lower obesity for you and your baby.
7. Breastfeeding can raise the IQ of your baby!
8. Breastfeeding decreases risks of many diseases and cancers for you and your baby, such as breast cancer and diabetes.
9. Breastfeeding allows you to spend quality time getting to know your baby.
10. Breast milk is the best food to ever feed your baby!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Causes of Cold Feet

Do you have cold feet?

There are many causes of cold feet. It can be quite common for just about anybody to get cold feet once in a while. Cold feet can be quite uncomfortable, especially as you are relaxing in your home. Because your blood flows better while walking about, you generally will suffer cold feet more at home. You are not moving as much, as your clothes may be less. Adjusting the thermostat to pump up the heat is not a good solution for cold feet. Having cold feet can make you have an overall cold feeling on your body. Nothing beats warm feet!

Are your cold feet a medical problem?

Some causes of cold feet

Having cold feet affects people of all walks of life. In cold temperatures, your body reacts by decreasing the blood flow to your extremities. That's why your hands and feet feel colder than the rest of your body. If you have chronic cold feet, you may have impaired blood circulation. This can be aggravated by not moving regularly. If you have any disease, like diabetes, it can decrease blood flow to your feet.

Peripheral vascular disease, PVD, is just a term used for a variety of medical conditions that lead to poor blood flow in the feet and hands. Not only diabetes, but other diseases like multiple sclerosis, Raynaud's Disease, and even arthritis.

Chronically cold feet symptoms

Symptoms of having a cold feet that are medical problems:

-Cold feet with stress and tension . This causes blood vessels in your extremities to tighten, lessening blood flow.

-Insensitive to pain and numbness in feet.

-Burning or tingling.

-Pains and cramps.

-Cannot handle heat or cold.

-Aggravated by touch or rubbing of anything against the feet.

Most often, these symptoms are aggravated at night in bed.

Complications of chronically cold feet.

If you have a medical condition that is causing your cold feet, you are in danger of developing the following.

Losing feeling in your feet. Your feet will feel numb, but be very sensitive to being poked or touched.

Dry and cracked feet. Can be quite painful.

Cold feet caused by lack of blood flow can result in infections under the skin.

Gangrene. This is an extreme case, but can happen in people with a circulation problem like diabetes.

Cold feet care

Wear warm clothing to keep your body warm.

Dry socks are a must.

If your feet get wet or sweat, it could aggravate the cold feeling on feet.

Anything that can comfortably trap heat on your feet.

Electric heated socks.

Keep your diabetes under control and eat healthy.

Exercise regularly. Get moving as much as you can.

Some people just get cold feet.

If there is no medical problem, some people are just sensitive to cold weather. Keeping warm, or at least your feet, can be a chore. You don't feel truly warm unless your feet are warm. Turning up the heat in your house is not always a good idea. It will make the parts of your body that are warm overheat, and do nothing for your feet.

Don't be left in the cold. Get a backup power generator.