The Importance of Ultrasounds

Often a positive pregnancy test sends us into a panic.  That “+” is often equated with our minds swirling into a panic as to how we’re going to be able to care for and raise a child.

But…

 

Pregnancies are extremely volatile and can change

even within 24 hours.  Within the first trimester, 1 in 4 pregnancies end in miscarriage.  That’s why getting an ultrasound is extremely important BEFORE making any decisions or plans.

It’s important to know if your pregnancy is viable.  What’s viable?  It’s a fancy word for three things:

  1. Your pregnancy is growing in the right location.
  2. Your baby has a heartbeat.
  3. Your baby is growing in the proper timeframe.

Without an ultrasound, you don’t know if you may have miscarried or are potentially in the process of miscarrying.  That’s why we offer FREE ultrasound services.  Call us today to schedule yours.

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The Flu

It’s that time of year.  Cold weather.  Dry air.  Snow. Germs…

It seems no matter how hard you try to keep your kids away from other kids or public facilities, they just get sick.  It seems everyone I know has a snotty nose or an ailment of some kind.  But the flu – that’s another ballgame.  It’s scary to see your child sick!  What’s just a normal cold?  What’s a bacterial infection that will require antibiotics?  What’s the flu?  The symptoms all seem to overlap.

First, contact your pediatrician if you have any question.  That’s what they’re there for.  Hopefully they’re like my daughter’s doctor and don’t mind answering even the silliest questions.  But, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the flu can have some distinguishing factors.  These include:

  1. A sudden fever
  2. Chills
  3. Headache/body ache
  4. Sore throat
  5. Cough (dry/hacking)
  6. Runny or stopped up nose

Most people with the flu are achier than those with just a cold, and some may even vomit or have diarrhea.

If you suspect your child may have the flu, be sure to keep them hydrated and contact his or her pediatrician immediately.  Give them lots of extra cuddles and love and allow for lots of rest.

For more information on this topic, you can visit healthychildren.org.

Naps

Naps can be a parent’s best friend or worst nightmare.  We love to have time to ourselves, but what happens when your baby starts refusing naps?  Or your baby decided she doesn’t need to sleep as long as normal?  What do you do?  Sometimes I just wish my daughter could tell me, “I’m tired.”  It would make things so much easier.  Sometimes I feel as though it’s an endless guessing game!

I’ve talked to lots of mommas, and it seems guiding babies through nap transitions can be a tough job.  When’s the right time?  What’s best for my baby?  There’s so much information out there with countless opinions.  If you’re anything like me, I often get overwhelmed by all the information!

 

There are some general guidelines that seem to help.  However, keep in mind that all babies are different.

You know you’re baby best.

According to The Baby Sleep Site,

From 1-4 months, your baby should be taking 4-5 naps per day.

From 3-4 months, your baby will settle on 4 naps per day.

From 5-8 months, your baby will typically take 3 naps per day.

From 9-18 months, your baby will take 2 naps per day (some transition to 1 nap earlier than 18 months).

From 18 months – 4 years, your child will take 1 nap (although this varies greatly from child to child).

 

I hope this has taken some of the guess work out for you!

Road Trips With a Baby

We just took our 8-month-old on her first car trip.  I was terrified to say the least.  She’s always been good in the car, but eight hours is a different story!  I tried to prepare myself for the worst.  Crying, whining, frequent stops, etc.  Much to my surprise, she did great!  My husband and I joked that she was more patient than we were.

Before the trip, we planned ahead.  I have a friend who I knew had taken multiple road trips with her children while they were still babies, so I asked for advice.  After the trip, I’d say it worked amazingly!  She suggested:

Bring snacks.  For us that included Puffs and Cheerios.

Pack a box of toys.  When I would find her getting fussy or bored, I would throw a different toy her way!

Be OK with the trip taking longer than usual.  You’ll have to stop more frequently for diaper changes, feedings, etc.  We have family that just so happen to live about halfway between our house and where we were going.  We stopped, had lunch, and let our baby crawl around for an hour.

Plan all your stops at the same time.  Feed your baby, change her diaper, go to the bathroom, eat, and fill up on gas (just top it off if you’re not low!).  The LAST thing you want to do is have to stop if your baby is snoozing!

All babies are different, but we hope you find these tips of some use!

Daylight Savings and Your Baby’s Schedule

You work so hard to get your baby on a schedule that works for you and works for your baby.  You’re in a groove.  Things seem to be working.  Then the time change hits.  As many people are excited about “falling back” and getting an extra hour of sleep, moms of smaller children often dread it because children obviously don’t miraculously know they should sleep an hour more (wouldn’t that be awesome?!)

So, how do you deal with it?  As a first time mom, I was nervous.  I felt like we were in a groove and this time change was going to mess up everything!  I decided I’d just “deal with it as it came” until a friend of mine gave me a simple but genius idea!

Why not make the change gradually?

This time, we decided to do 15 minutes per day.  That means that everything got pushed forward 15 minutes – naps, feeds, bedtime.  In four days, we were on track.  Now that I look back on it, I do think that although it was a pretty smooth transition, it would have been better if we would have done it more gradually.  For example doing 10 or 15 minutes every few days.

The time change can be hard on even our adult bodies, so you know it’s hard on your little one!  Give them grace as you give yourself grace.  Know they’ll adjust, but also know they need some help from Momma!

The Common Cold

Maybe it’s a little too common…

When it comes to children (especially those first few years), it may seem like you just can’t keep your baby healthy.  Fall approaches and then those dreaded winter months come along and runny noses and coughs seem to never stop.  If you’re anything like me, it leaves you feeling helpless.  All you want to do is help your baby feel better!  So what do you do?  Call the pediatrician?  Wait it out?

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, it’s not safe to give any child under the age of four over-the-counter cold medicines.  And from ages four to six, they should only be used at the recommendation of your pediatrician.

The AAP recommends fluids, a humidifier, and saline drops for a runny or stopped up nose.  When in doubt, call your pediatrician.  That’s what they’re there for, and it’s always better to be safe than sorry!

Remember as hard as it is to see your baby sick, his or her immunity is building.  Give them some extra snuggles and rest.  It’ll be over before you know it.

Developmental Milestones

As a first time mom, I was honestly more concerned about survival than developmental milestones.  And let’s be honest, survival is sometimes just by the skin of your teeth!  However one day when a friend was over, my daughter kept dropping her toy on the floor.  After picking it up a few times, the friend looked at me and said, “That is a developmental milestone.”  I was confused.

How could this annoying game be a milestone? She went on to say that when babies drop objects, they are starting to perceive distance, and when you give the toy back to them it teaches cause and effect.  I was baffled!  Who knew this “annoying game” was actually a good thing!

I became curious after that about these developmental milestones.  Was my daughter reaching them on schedule?  Was she behind?  Did I need to be doing anything to help her?  After doing some quick research, I found these milestones laid out for me on the CDC’s website!  It also lists what to be concerned about and ways to help your baby grow developmentally, dependent on how old your baby is.  For example, my 6-month-old should be rolling over, responding to her name, and babbling (among many others).

It’s worth a quick look if you aren’t aware of that they are.

Check it out here!

On Teething

We’ve all heard the horror stories about teething, and to think of your little on in pain can be heart wrenching!  But, what should you expect when it comes to your baby’s first tooth (or teeth)?

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, teething usually begins between months three and seven of a baby’s life.  Typically, either the top or bottom front two teeth are the first to appear, however, there are always exceptions.

It’s also normal for your baby to run a low grade fever while teething, but if it reaches 100.4 or above, you need to contact your pediatrician.

Comfort your baby as much as you can, but don’t change their schedule too much.  Keep up with your nighttime routine, especially as you don’t want to cause any sleep problems.  The AAP also advises against pain medication that is rubbed directly onto the gums and suggests that instead you consult your pediatrician on dosages of pain relievers such as Tylenol.

Also, take heart.  This is only a season!  Before too long, you’ll be loving that sweet new grin on your little one’s face.

It’s a good idea to contact your pediatrician if you’re ever concerned about anything while your baby is teething.

Vaccinate or not to vaccinate?

Vaccinate or not to vaccinate?  It’s such a controversial topic these days, and it seems everyone has an opinion on what’s best.  Some say they aren’t needed at all.  Others say only some are needed.  While others say if there’s a vaccination for it, give it to my child!  You can find tons of information on the internet for every stance, but what’s really true?

I decided to go to two reputable sites to gather information.  These were the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website as well as HealthyChildren.org which is run by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).  Both sites held the common stance that vaccinations are safe and they work.  According to the AAP, vaccinations have reduced the amount of infections from vaccine preventable diseases by over 90%.  They also state that childhood vaccines are 90%-99% effective, and they are the safest and most cost effective way of preventing diseases.
According to the CDC, childhood immunization schedules are designed to protect your children when they are most vulnerable and before they may be exposed to a life-threatening disease.
But what about side-effects like autism, SIDS, or immune disorders?
The AAP states the link between vaccinations and such side effects are unfounded.  I could go into detail, but if you’re interested in more on this topic click the following link!
What’s a good vaccine schedule?
Both the AAP and the CDC recommend the same schedule (literally the link on both sites is identical!)  Here’s a link to it:  https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents/downloads/parent-ver-sch-0-6yrs.pdf
Want more information?  Schedule a class with us today!  We have a module through our Earn While You Learn program specifically on vaccinations.  We also have nurses on staff if you would have any questions.
Schedule today! Call 304-344-4511 or e-mail us at contactus@crossroadspcc.com

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