POTTY TALK: CONSTIPATION REMEDIES FOR BABIES & KIDS

By Sara Langer via MotherMag.com.

LISA MAYOCK PHOTOGRAPHED BY MARIA DEL RIO

Let’s talk about poop. No, it’s not the most glamorous subject, but it’s something every parent deals with on the regular. Well, that’s the hope at least. Once you stop seeing consistent bowel movements, you know things aren’t moving as smoothly as they should and it is most likely causing discomfort for your little one. The contents (or lack thereof) of our baby’s diapers or the toilet bowls of our potty-trained littles can tell us a lot about what is or isn’t going on inside. It can be very common to deal with constipation, but it can also be nerve wracking, especially if your child is in pain. As our babies and children’s diet changes, so will their bowel movements. So, we turned to our fave Nurse Judy of Noe Valley Pediatricsin San Francisco, as well as a few fellow mothers, to get the scoop on poop and keeping things regular.

Once you start solids, changes are inevitable.
As your child learns to digest substances other than milk, the consistency of the stool will most certainly be different. With the addition of new foods, the poops can be quite fascinating and at times, alarming. Keep note of the changes you see and what your baby is eating. Foods with vibrant colors, like blueberries, raspberries, or green veggies, may affect the shade of the stool. As your baby is learning to eat small pieces of solid food, there may be parts that pass through without being digested and show up in their diaper. This is all normal.

Fluids and solids go together.
Babies do not need extra fluids in addition to breastmilk or formula, unless you live in a really hot climate. Once you start to introduce solids, if you notice thicker stools, it may be time to start adding some additional fluids. You can start with plain water or very diluted juice. Pay attention to the outcome and make adjustments as needed.

Prune juice is not a one-size-fits-all remedy.
Many parents sing the praises of the prune. In both juice and puree form it has relieved the blockage of many intestines. However, it doesn’t work for everyone and there may be something else that’s agitating the digestive flow. Many fruits and veggies will help keep the stools soft. Pureed peaches and pears are great options, as is molasses (who knew?). Cutting out starchy foods, like bread, crackers, and bananas, may also help. A warm bath or helping your baby move, such as moving their legs in a bicycle motion, can help ease discomfort and get things going.

When fruit and juice don’t work.
If you notice that adding fluids or fruit purees or cutting out starchy foods are not alleviating the constipation, it may be time to try something else. A suppository or a catheter designed to release gas, such as Fridababy’s The Windi Gas and Colic Reliever, can be lifesavers. Products like these can be extremely helpful, but being proactive is important so that you don’t have to rely on these methods for frequent use.

Blood can be normal, but know when it’s not.
Very hard stools that cause your child to strain can result in tears that lead to bleeding. On the other hand, diarrhea can also cause irritation that may result in bloody stools. If you see blood in the stool with no obvious cause, or very mucousy stools, it’s time to check in with your doctor.

Disclaimer: This post originally appeared on MotherMag.com 

POSTPARTUM BATHROOM SURVIVAL KIT

Instagram photo of MomWasher product

By Chandra via OhLovelyDay.com.

What to include in your Postpartum Survival Kit: The Fridababy MomWasher| Oh Lovely Day

So, you’re having a baby and you do lots research and spend lots of time preparing your home, nursery, and self for your labor and delivery and for bringing baby home. You register for all the stuff. You take a birthing class. You pack a hospital bag. But there is one area that is rarely talked about and that definitely needs to be: how to be prepared for what happens “down there” after you have a baby. Like, you know a baby is coming out of your lady parts (unless you have a c-section). But there are so many things that can happen afterward that you really should know and be prepared for and that no one really talks about. So I thought I would help some mommas out and tell you what I put in my postpartum bathroom survival kit, for all those issues that might come up, down there… 

You might think you should wait until after you have a baby to see what “issues” you have to deal with and then hit the drugstore to address those issues. But after having three babies I would say that there are definitely a few things you should have on hand ahead of time, and a couple of other things I would buy for the “just in case” situations, because when you’ve just had a baby and have a terrible case of post-labor hemorrhoids, you’d really rather just have the stuff to treat it rather than leave your house. Trust me.

So here’s my list of must-haves to put in your postpartum survival kit for all of your issues south of the border:

  • Two types of pads: thicker heavy-duty ones, and thinner ones — both with wings. Even if you have a c-section, you’re still going to bleed after and you’ll need these for a while. And I use the really big pads with the mesh underwear the hospital gives you for the first few days.

What to include in your Postpartum Survival Kit: The Fridababy MomWasher| Oh Lovely Day

  • The Fridababy Fridet MomWasher: Yes, the hospital will give you a squirt bottle to wash yourself with, but trust me when I say you NEED the Fridababy MomWasher because it is SO much better. The MomWasher is a peri bottle that makes the post-delivery healing process cleaner and easier. They designed the bottle to be held upside down (duh!) and gave it a longer, angled neck. This is great for cleaning and addressing all of the issues that can pop up (pun intended) *down there* — I honestly can’t believe I ever went through a postpartum phase without it. It has been a huge help to my recovery this time around. Get one. Take it to the hospital with you. Thank me later.
  • Hemorrhoid aids: You might get some ‘rrhoids, and you might not. You might think you’re in the clear because you don’t get them while you’re in the hospital, but then they appear once you’re home. If you do get them, you’re gonna want some relief. Like immediately and without having to figure out how you’re going to leave the house to get it. So I would have medicated wipes, medicated cooling pads, and hemorrhoid cooling gel on hand just in case. Put some wipes and gel in your hospital bag as well, because if you get them immediately all the hospital only gives you hydrocortisone cream (or at least mine does). It is so not enough.

What to include in your Postpartum Survival Kit: The Fridababy MomWasher| Oh Lovely Day

  • Cold Therapy Packs: For tearing, ‘rrhoids, and soreness, ice packs can be a lifesaver. I like to have at least two on hand to rotate and have frozen ahead of time, and the kind made with the gel pearls are my favorite.
  • Stool Softener: They’ll give you some in the hospital (if they don’t, ask for it especially if you take any pain medication!) but you probably want to have a bottle at home for after. No one really tells you that sometimes going to the bathroom for the first time after baby can be as scary and painful as actually having the baby — and honestly, that doesn’t even cover how terrible it can be. Drink plenty of water, have stool softeners on hand, and if things get rough just remember you pushed out a baby so you can totally do this — as my L&D nurse said when I was pushing to deliver Quincy: “push through the wall.”

Take all of the above, put it in a cute basket, and find a spot close to the toilet to store it and have within reach when you need it.

Disclaimer: This post originally appeared on OhLovelyDay.com 

5 NATURAL WAYS TO FIGHT A COLD

By Chrissy Powers via ChrissyPowers.com.

For the last two weeks our family has been battling colds and let me just say candidly…the snot runneth over. It doesn’t help that our youngest Zeke seems to get an ear infection every time he catches a cold. When fridababy asked to sponsor this post I replied all too enthusiastically “Yes Please!!!” It’s the worst when you take your baby to the doctor to find out there’s nothing they can do to help because “it’s just a cold that has to run it’s course?” Ugh these pesky germs can wreck weeks of family fun. Since there is no magic medicine that can kill a cold in it’s tracks you have to focus on what you can do which is comfort. So for you my dear reader I’ve written out my top tips for treating your baby’s cold:

  1. Use a saline mist like Fridababy’s Nose Frida mist and Snot Sucker. The latter may sound gross but as a mother it’s so satisfying to see the effects and relief it provides right away. When your baby can’t breathe it’s heartbreaking and also means you don’t sleep either so this invention is genius in my book. These products have majorly helped during those long congested nights.
  2. Monitor baby’s temperature: a normal temperature for a healthy baby is 97-100.3 degrees Fahrenheit. If your little one is 3 months or under then fever is more serious and if his or her temperature is 101.4 degrees F (38 degrees C) or higher then call your doctor immediately. If your baby is older than 3 months consider their behavior. If they appear well and are continuing to take fluids and have wet and dirty diapers then a call to the doctor might not be necessary. (I say if you’re worried then call anyways). If their fever persists longer than 24 hours or is very high I would for sure call the doctor. I always call when my boys have a fever above 103 degrees F or if they are acting strange or lethargic. Taking all symptoms into account helps in knowing when to call the dr. If you’re in need of a good thermometer I recommend Fridababy’s FeverFrida iThermonitor. This thermometer checks in on your babe every four seconds without waking him or her, thanks to a bitty Bluetooth monitor and patch placed under the arm and will alert your smart phone when the temp goes above a predetermined threshold and continuously stores data for pediatrician visits and medicine dose reminders….ahmazing!
  3. Bathtime: When Zeke woke up in the middle of night in pain from his ear ache and congestion one of the things that soothed him most was drawing a warm eucalyptus bath or taking a shower with him while spraying a few squirts of water and eucalyptus oil mixed together. You can find eucalyptus oil at any health food store and it shouldn’t break your budget
  4. Honey and Water: If your baby is over 1 years old you may give him or her 1/4 of honey mixed with warm water to soothe a sore throat that can often co occur with colds. (If you’re worried about the honey thing then check with your child’s pediatrician first). Bonus…try bone broth. I’ve never tried it before but I want to because I’ve heard that it boosts immunity. Click here for a simple bone broth recipe from The Nourished Kitchen.
  5. Hugs and Holding: Nothing works better than mom or dad. Your comfort and closeness is the number one thing that can soothe your baby so forgo sleep training or any other harsh regimens during this time when your baby needs you the most.

I hope you all stay well this holiday season but in case you catch some sniffles I hope these tips help and that you might find some relief using fridababy’s genius product; they can be conveniently found at your local Target store.

Disclaimer: This post originally appeared on ChrissyPowers.com 

SMART AND NATURAL BABY SOLUTIONS

Via DailyMom.com 

Babies don’t come with an instruction manual, but they do come with a whole slew of challenges and surprises from the everyday to the serious. For example, remember the “NoseFrida?” The ingenious Swedish SnotSucker changed the way moms clean out their baby’s nose, and while the idea of sucking snot grossed us all out, we are ever so grateful for a better way to remove boogers.

With a focus on innovation, the Fridababy family of “fussbusters” has grown, and they are now providing parents with the tools to simply and efficiently care for their bitty and big bundles of joy. Putting a unique millennial touch on some age old practices, Fridababy is committed to empowering parents to safely and easily tackle these common issues at home – one stuffy nose, gassy tummy, or fingernail at a time!

If you thought sucking snot out of your kid’s nose was gross, hang on tight.

Many newborns struggle with gas as their little tummies learn how to process milk or formula. If you’re like us, you’ve tried a myriad of solutions with little relief. The Windi, a natural solution for colic, constipation, and other gas-related problems,works instantly to relieve the pain of a gassy belly without the use of a drop or medication, but it’s not for the faint of heart.

The Windi is a single-use catheter that helps babies get rid of excess gas. Designed to be safe and effective, the Windi won’t harm your baby if used as instructed (so be sure to watch the video a few times before you give it a try). Much like pediatricians have been using a rectal thermometer or tube to relieve gas, colic, and constipation for years, the Windi’s soft pliable, hollow tube features a rounded tip that is long enough to reach past the muscle that prevents the release of gas. As an extra precaution, it also has a stopper to prevent an insertion too far. Just be prepared with a diaper, because these bad boys work quickly. Each package contains 10 disposable Windis.

Before we move any further, take a moment to collect yourself after considering the idea of sticking anything in your baby’s butt. Alright, ready? Now let’s talk nail clippers.

Lastly, NailFrida the SnipperClipper Set solves all the trouble we have with newborn nails. Get rid of those baby mittens and trim your baby’s nails without the fear of cutting off a finger with these uniquely designed nail clippers that feature a safety spyhole that enables parents to see exactly what they’re cutting.

Its curved, overlapping blades allow for safe, smooth, and silent snipping. It’s so impressive that we’d love a bigger set that trims adult nails (no, seriously). In addition, a uniquely shaped s-file is included to round out those itty bitty newborn nails.

 

Disclaimer: This post originally appeared on DailyMom.com

SICKLY BUSINESS

By Amanda Scott via Little Southern Wife

Happy Sunday ya’ll! As you may or may not know, Harper and myself have been down and out with sinus colds for the past week! I’ve gotten over mine while Harper is still on the mend. She has had a fever, cough, runny nose and congestion during her cold but thankfully we have the right resources to help her body battle the bug. We have some “go-to” products that we use when we are sick and this blog is all about them!

I started noticing that Harper was really whiny and clingy a few days because her nose started running and I knew something was up. After we woke up from a nap she was WET with sweat so I checked her fever with our FeverFrida thermometer and saw that her temp was 99.8 degrees! I really love this thermometer because you can easily check your child’s temperature without waking them if they are sleeping. You place one of the patches, that has a tiny Bluetooth monitor, under their arm and your phone will be alerted when the temp goes over a certain temperature! It even stores the date for your records and has medicine dose reminders. We monitor fevers while letting it run it’s course because the fever is what helps burn off the sickness. If they get to hot, we take cold wash clothes and place them on their foreheads. This has always knocked down their temperatures for our children and now that we use essential oils, we apply a drop of diluted Peppermint oil on the bottoms of their big toes as well! I love how the FeverFrida keeps up with the temperatures so I don’t have to continuously check them and bother the kids.

A few days after I found out she had a fever, the runny nose started and it’s been like a waterfall! I cannot stand for my babies to feel bad and no one likes a stuffy and runny nose. I’ve been using the NoseFrida to suction the snot out and although she doesn’t love the process, she loves the results. I used a bulb syringe on Nolan when he was a baby but I found an article about the yucky stuff that builds up inside it so I decided to cut mine open and was so grossed out by what had accumulated inside even with me cleaning it out that I threw it away! I found the NoseFridaat my local Target and I’ve used it on my kids ever since! It’s so easy to pull out and help them get some relief that I honestly don’t think twice about using it. It’s a staple in our “medicine cabinet” and is such a lifesaver, I cannot imagine battling colds without it. It’s really easy to use and NOT scary like I first thought. You place the red mouth piece of the NoseFrida into your mouth then pllace the large tube at the base of your child’s nostril, using your free hand to gently secure your child’s hands or head. Apply gentle suction to begin with, increasing suction as necessary until you see mucous in the large tube. The filter will protect you from getting anything near your own mouth. Make sure to clean it after each use. Firstly, disassemble the device and remove and discard the hygiene filter. Wash the device with soap and warm water, rinse well and allow to dry. Replace the hygiene filter and reassemble ready for next use. Easy peasy right!?!

In addition to these awesome products, we use Young Living essential oils to battle colds. Because essential oils should be used with extreme caution with children, make sure that you always dilute the oils you are applying (I use a 1:1 ratio of essential oil and coconut oil) and DIFFUSING works wonders as well! My family recently discovered a specialty essential oil blend called SniffleEase from the collection KidScents by Young Living Oils. It contains a variety of oils that work together to combat a runny nose. We have had plenty of opportunities to put it to the test this season! Harper is to young to apply this oil topically but we have diffused it in our diffuser and put 1-2 drops in the bottom of a hot runny shower and sat in there with her for 20-30 minutes at a time. The steam method worked amazingly for her! Within 15 minutes she was breathing and actually trying to play.

I always pull out lavender essential oil when any of us have runny noses, I diluted it and applied to the bridge of her nose as needed when I would see the mucus coming out and after we would suction with the NoseFrida. In addition to applying the lavender and peppermint oil as needed, we keep our diffusers running constantly with Thieves, RC and Purification essential oils in them. I hear a lot of people asking, “Why should I even diffuse essential oils when I could just put them on my body?” and I want to scream THERE ARE SO MANY REASONS!!!!!! AHHH!!!  I love to diffuse my essential oils and I think it’s one of the most under appreciated methods so it seems a great place to start! Diffusing essential oils is a powerful way to get ALL of the benefits of the essential oil, especially for the mind and spirit!

Thanks to this blend of products, we are able to naturally fight our colds and our immune systems become much stronger after they naturally run their course. I am so happy to have such a great collection in our “medicine cabinet” that help make the experience more pleasant and help the kids feel better during the process. If you have any questions about Young Living essential oils, please email me at Amanda@littlesouthernlife.com. This month, Young Living is giving customers 10% off of the premium starter kits – which include 11 everyday oils and a diffuser – so this would be a great month to start your holistic “medicine cabinet!”

Disclaimer: This post originally appeared on  LittleSouthernWife.com