Diaper Rash

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Let’s talk about Diaper Rash. What are the cause , how it can spread when untreated, and how to stop secondary bacterial and fungal infections. Infections of bacteria or fungus can become a nightmare for both you and your baby.

The main cause of diaper diaper rash is urine on baby’s skin. The time between diaper changes can cause, urine begins to change into ammonia and other chemicals and by-products. Fecal matter in the diaper, between baby’s diaper changes, can cause the rapid growth of bacteria and or fungus which will irritate the skin and infect the irritated diaper area.

The breakdown of urine, and the continuous contact with your baby’s skin will result in skin irritation. This begins the diaper rash syndrome that affect most babies. It was believed that Huggies, Pampers and other disposable diapers would be a better than the cloth diapers when introduced to the market. The new diapers were better. But diaper rash is still a problem seen in countless babies.

The most important treatment to diaper rash is PREVENTION!

You must prevent urine from coming into contact with your baby’s delicate skin by putting a barrier on the skin that prevents urine and fecal matter from contacting your baby’s diaper area. Old fashioned petroleum jelly can be used to cover the diaper area and create a barrier that allows the skin to breathe, keeping moisture and other irritants from away from the area. This preventative action of is cheap and very effective. It’s use is accompanied by a healing, soothing action and stops the irritation that produces Diaper Rash.

It is important that the skin to create a barrier that prevents moisture from touching the skin and heals and soothes the diaper area. Many diaper rash products are heavy creams, pastes or lotions and are very expensive. While some create a barrier to keep moisture away from the skin, many of these products contain substance such as zinc oxide that many babies have sensitivities or allergies and should not be used.. The existing moisture can not be released and the healing process is slowed dramatically.

Here are some commonly asked question about diaper rash:
What is it?

1. Diaper rash is an irritation of the skin in the diaper area that is commonly caused by ammonia forming when urine breaks-down.

What are causes ?
1. Diaper rash caused by prolonged contact of a urine soaked diaper on a baby’s skin. The skin turns red and tissue breaks down, creating a rash. This worsens as the skin remains in contact with urine and feces.
2. Chafing or rubbing of diaper or pull ups on the area
3. Possible allergic reaction to diaper or creams
4. Bacterial or fungal infection in rash area
5. Allergies to food can cause urine to be irritating to some babies

Who can get it?
1. It is seen on babies between the ages of 2-24 months
2. It also can happens to babies whose diapers are not changed frequently
3. It may also happen to babies taking antibiotics or are nursing while mother might be taking antibiotics
4. It can also occur on babies when they begin to eat solid foods

What are the symptoms of it?
1. Red, irritated, and sometimes warm skin in and around the stomach, genitals, and inside the skin folds of the thighs and bottom
2. Pain, burning and itching, and a cranky baby!

Is diaper rash contagious?
1. Diaper rash is almost never a contagious skin condition
2. However, fungal and bacteria infections can be transferred from contact

How can I prevent diaper rash?
1. Apply Petroleum Jelly with every diaper change
2. Change baby’s diaper often, and keep the area dry and clean
3. Use a gentle cleanser formulated especially for babies’ skin, such as wipes
4. After washing your baby, gently pat dry the area, do not rub the area
5. The diapers you use should fit properly, so as not to rub against the skin

If your babies bottom does not heal within a few days of treatment or gets worse consult your pediatrician. You baby may have a fungal or bacteria infection that need professional treatment. You doctor may prescribe drops or ointments to treat this type of infection.

‘No Child Left Behind': How Parents Can Help

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The No Child Left Behind Act is a landmark education reform law that is improving academic performance across the country. One of its chief aims is to close the achievement gap that separates many disadvantaged, disabled and minority students from their peers.

To do this, it measures student performance and focuses extra resources and attention on those most in danger of falling behind. But what about the schools themselves?
Under No Child Left Behind, schools that receive federal funds to help teach and prepare educationally disadvantaged children must make “Adequate Yearly Progress” in reading, language arts and mathematics. These are clearly defined benchmark goals, which are increased over time. They have been put in place by each of the 50 states based upon what is appropriate for the needs of their local school districts.

If a school does not reach its annual goals as stated in no child left behind law, it is given extra assistance a chance to make improvements. If it again does not succeed the following school year, the school is labeled “in need of improvement.” Extra resources are given to failing schools, and new options and choices are provided to its students and parents.
States release a lists of schools that underperformed at the end of each school year. Parents need to be alert to their school’s status. Underachieving students may be eligible for free tutoring or after-school classes. Some may be entitled to choose another public school that better meets their needs.

Parents of under achieving students in schools “in need of improvement” should contact their local school officials to find out if their children are eligible for these and other services. There are usually transportation accomdations available for these students as well.

If a school continues to fail for five or more years in a row, school officials must develop and implement a two-year plan to improve performance at the school. The local school district will help the school receives needed technical assistance as it develops and implements its improvement plan so no child left behind will work.

Parents can get involved – by enforcing attendance, supervising homework and setting academic goals so no child left behind is successful. These parents are less likely to see their children left behind in school. Ways that parents can help their child’s school succeed include:
1. Attending parent-teacher meetings to address academic or discipline problems.
2. Participating in school board meetings.
3. Volunteering to serve during school hours or in extracurricular activities.
4. Learning about No Child Left Behind and how it can benefit their child.
5. Tapping into community or private-sector resources.
6. Encouraging other parents to become involved.

Learning to Organize

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Wanting your child to be organized and stay safe is a learning skill parents want their children to acquire. But sometimes, your kids don’t see learning this skill as desirable. All your kids want to do is play, play and play some more! If you’re having a hard time keeping your child’s room clean and organized, read on for some tips to help you with your child’s learning of this ability.

Make the room efficient for learning to organize. Make use of small drawers and cabinets where you can put your child’s belongings. Utilize anything that fits the design or budget. The easier it to access, the better chance your child has for learning to use it for storage.

For toddlers, hanging their clothes on small hangers on a low hung rod can help them with their learning and help them to feel like they are making their own decisions. These feelings help them to start to “like” how things work, and as they grow they will “like” having their clothes hung. Remember children can only learn these skills when they are easy enough to accomplish.

Organizing a baby’s room is mostly for the benefit of the parent. Grouping the essential things you need in one area will help you find things quicker and make the job of caring for your baby much easier and safer. For example, put all the items you need for changing your baby on or near your changing table. You never want to leave your baby on the table to move across the room to pick up something that’s out of place, and having to pick him up to do that is quite a pain as well. Likewise, arrange baby’s bath basics together including towels and washcloths. Keep them within easy reach when you are bathing your baby. After all, you cannot leave your baby in her tub while you look for the baby shampoo.

Place shelves at reaching height for your child in his or her room. Shelves can be used to put toys on and when your child wants to play, she can easily reach them without having to drag out all the other toys. Book shelves are another way to help your child’s learning. Place shoe boxes or dish tubs on the shelf to make book storage easy.

Place a limit on the toys that are used at one time. Teach your child to play with one toy at a time. Then before she can play with another toy, she must put the first one away. If it’s on a shelf that’s at a level where she can easily access it, this job should be easy learning she just may have to be reminded that the first toy has to be put back before the second one can be taken out.

Make organizing and keeping the room clean fun. Make using special containers for toys with small pieces a fun part of playing with that toy. For example, use a baskets as a toy car garage. Another example of making organization fun would be to place a basketball hoop on top of your little boy’s laundry hamper. He’ll be able to practice learning some basketball moves every time he changes his clothes.

Teach your child how to clean his room. Ask your kids to join you when you are cleaning his room. Point out that there is a place for everything and keeping the room clean is as easy as putting every item back in it’s place. As long as you don’t let the room get too out of hand, cleaning will be easy. Eventually, you can transition to sitting on the bed and telling your little ones what needs to be done. Then later, he will know what to do without you being there.

Keeping a kid’s room clean can truly be a daunting task, but cleaning as you go and keeping organized makes it a lot easier. Follow the tips above and start to get in a habit, it takes practice and some time before you see results but it’s well worth the effort.

Baby Scales

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When child arrives early or your baby has medical problems, health care providers turn to the Weight Scale for measuring food intake. The kids are weighed before and after feeding, and with a touch of a button, the Child Weight Scale calculates the baby’s intake. For small babies, the Child Weight Scale can measure the difference of one-half teaspoon of milk. You should plan to have a scale for your baby long before she arrives home.

Lack of weight gain in an infant should always be taken seriously. Be sure to check that your baby is being weighed properly. Weighing should always be done on the same scale because of the slight differences between scales. It is best to use a baby scale to weigh an infant. You also should weigh your baby once a week, because of the daily weight variation due to feedings, urination, and bowel movements vary at different times of the day. If the weight remains accurate and you know that your child is either gaining no weight or losing weight, baby should be seen and evaluated by a doctor immediately.

If baby’s weight increases but does not seem adequate, consider if your baby’s feeding is appropriate. Are you offering food five or six times a day? Are you feeding breast milk or infant formula to the baby? If you’re using breast milk, does your baby seem full after a feeding is complete? If you’re using formula, are you mixing it properly? At 6 months old, infants need supplementary calories from solid foods. Are you offering solid foods several times a day? Is your baby keeping all the food down? If everything appears normal, you still might want to get your baby examined, just to be sure that baby’s weight is okay. Doctors use special child scales to monitor the baby’s weight.

If a baby has a “congenital heart defect”, it means the heart or blood vessels near the heart didn’t develop normally before birth. Often the term “congenital heart disease” is used to mean the same thing. Many other birth defects can affect your babies weight.

Healthy babies usually double their birth weight between four and five months of age. A baby with a congenital heart defect may grow more slowly during infancy and childhood, although the growth often varies according to the type and severity of the condition. An eight-ounce to one-pound gain in a month may be an acceptable weight gain for a baby with a heart defect. You will need to weigh your child, and the pediatrician can do so for this or any other condition. The baby is usually weighed every month, and the measurements will show how well your child is growing.

Kids Colds and Flu

Kids lose many days of learning each year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 22 million school days are lost annually due to the common cold. In the 2003-2004 flu season, numerous outbreaks were reported among school aged kids, some leading to school closures, according to the American Lung Association.

With all of the germs prevalent in heavily populated areas such as schools, it’s inevitable that your kids will be exposed to colds and the flu. The following tips can help your kids prevent catching a cold or the flu and help lessen the symptoms if they just can’t avoid catching a bug.

* Teach good hygiene. Encourage your kids to wash their hands frequently with soap and warm water. The CDC suggests having your children sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice while washing their hands, which takes about 15 to 20 seconds, the recommended amount of time that they should wash them. Hand sanitizer have proven to be more effective than handwashing and are easier to use for kids at school. Kids can keep small containers either clipped to their backpacks or inside the front pocket.

* Prevent a cold or the flu with a supplement. Knowing that your kids school is a germ-infested area, some experts recommend that children take a supplement like Cold & Flu with Zinc, part of the “Spray” line of sublingual sprays, to help them prevent getting sick. Kids tend to drink less water as the weather gets cooler, so encourage them to drink plenty of water to wash germs down into the stomach.

* Teach cold and flu etiquette. If your children are sick, make sure they know to cover their noses and mouths with a tissue when they cough or sneeze. After this, they should wash their hands so they don’t spread their germs. Another recommended procedure is to have your kids sneeze into their elbow or the collar of shirts. This has proven to prevent the spread of germs to others.
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If your kids have a fever, it is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control that they not go to school until the fever has been gone for at least 24 hours. This means that the fever leaves their bodies and is not just masked by fever reducing drugs like ibuprofin or other drugs. Help your kids do their part to prevent the spread of disease by practicing good hygiene. Healthy kids learn better in school than sick one, by keeping your kids free of disease will ensure good learning.