Spring has sprung but cold and flu season still upon us. If you need to take your little one to the doctor and it’s your first time, here are a few tips for surviving the clinic waiting room with a sick baby.
While you’re packing your diaper bag for the paediatrician’s office, be sure you have your child’s Provincial health card and vaccination booklet. Even if you child isn’t getting vaccines at this appointment, it’s good to bring it as doctors like recording baby’s growth measurements there as well. If you forget the vaccine booklet, be sure to record baby’s measurements in it when you get home. It doesn’t so much matter if your child is the 50th or 70th percentile, but if growth suddenly changes, your doctor will need to know, which is why we need to keep records.
Keeping Baby Comfortable
Aside from the all important documents, make sure your ailing babe is as comfortable as possible by bringing her favourite blanket or lovey and comfortable clothing. This isn’t the day to dress to impress – dress baby in soft pajamas which will be the comfiest and easiest to put on quickly if you need to undress your baby for the appointment. As with most outings, pack an extra set of clothing just in case. Long waits in the doctor’s office are hard enough without baby being stuck in soiled clothes (I wish I didn’t know from experience, but sadly I do!).
Sleeping and Drinking
With a sick baby, it’s best to lay low and let them eat and sleep as much as possible, but that’s not always easy on the day of the doctor appointment, especially when it may be a long wait before your paediatrician can see you. With the uncertainty of the way, do the best you can to help baby drink and sleep as much as possible. Bring extra bottles, or nurse frequently. If you’re not comfortable nursing in public, bring along your nursing cover. The halogen lights and numerous new faces of the waiting room won’t make sleep easier, so leave your baby cozy in his stroller or car seat while you’re waiting to see the doctor, and safely cover them with a blanket or cover, in hopes of helping him rest.
Even after three kids and years of doctor visits, I’m still a bit overwhelmed taking in medical advice and talking prescriptions with our paediatrician, so I always take notes on my phone. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, that’s what your doctor is there for! For first time moms, I know you may feel like you should know it all, but that’s simply not true. Ask for clarification and over explain if need be. Same goes with the pharmacist if you’re picking up a prescription.
With any luck your baby’s sickness will pass quickly and you’ll be able to move on to enjoying spring, but if you do find yourself back in the waiting room of a walk-in clinic or doctor’s office, hopefully these tips will make the experience as smooth as possible.
Emily is a Montreal-based writer and blogger, but most importantly, a mom of three littles (age five and under). She geeks out over cloth diapers, lattes, and will do just about anything to travel. You can find her on Instagram @emmorrice where she profusely overgrams pictures of her meals, kids and city.
As a part time cloth diaperer, I have been curious to try reusable swim diapers to see how they compare to the convenience of my usual disposable swimmies. I have always disliked that waterlogged, saggy bum look with the disposables (as well as the impact on the landfill) but truthfully didn’t give much thought to a reusable cloth swim diaper (despite being very familiar with cloth diapers of the regular variety). When I was offered the chance to review the AppleCheeks Washable Swim Diaper, I jumped at the chance.
When it arrived in the mail I was struck by how light and thin it was. Would this really protect me from being called out as the ‘Mom Of The Kid Who Fouled In The Pool’? It was so stretchy and soft- not bunchy and scratchy like the multilayered design of my previous disposables. I was eager to put this swim solution to the test so I did what any nervous mom would do- I asked my own mom to come with me! She could hold the baby while I took photos, that way, should anything “escape” from that little diaper, she would be the one holding the guilty party, not me!
I love that these diapers are available in two different sizes. My son is about 18 lbs, which is at the higher end of size one and the lowest weight of size two. I went with the size two and hoped he wouldn’t have to “grow into it.” When I tried it on him for the first time, I realized that the swim diaper is just as genius as AppleCheeks‘ popular envelope style cloth diaper- with snaps at both the waist and the legs to obtain the ideal fit. As promised, it was perfect and I began to think that this diaper might really have the containment powers it promised. The other thing I immediately noticed was that there were no rub points on the diaper, which is perfect for my babe’s sensitive skin.
Into the pool we went, armed with a diaper and a silent prayer that we would not be responsible for evacuating parent and tot swim. I am happy to report that we swam about for 40 minutes with no incident. About the only thing that did happen was having three (3!) separate moms come up to ask us where we got the diaper and how we liked it. When we completed our dip we headed to the change room to dry off and not only were we lacking that soggy, waterlogged diaper, the diaper was almost dry to the touch immediately after we got out. I expected it to be heavy with the weight of the fabric and moisture, but it was seemingly absent of anything other than my son’s cute little baby bum. He laid happily kicking his legs while I changed him and marvelled at this crazy swim technology.
All in all, my honest review is that I absolutely loved this swim diaper and will continue to use this line for all of our swimming needs, be it beach, pool, or lake! I am wowed by so much more than I thought I would be, so I had to make a Love List:
- The fit- all those snaps give you the best options for the perfect fit at both the waist and the thighs
- The feel- So soft both when it is dry and wet and absolutely no rub points or velcro.
- Lets water flow through instead of soaking it all up- no waterlogged soggy diapers!
- Adorable colours- I tried the Bondi Blue (bright and bold) but it is also available in three other colours- Sail Away, Suddenly Sunny and Breath of Fresh Air– all equally adorable.
- Convenience- Lighter and smaller than a disposable swim diaper and easy to care for/wash
- Doesn’t end up in a landfill
- CANADIAN MADE! I love supporting Canadian products AND AppleCheeks is owned and founded by two amazing female entrepreneurs, which also makes my heart sing a little.
I would really love to give you a balanced review with an accompanying list of cons but I truly found none. These retail for $19.99, so they are completely affordable (much cheaper in the long run over buying bags of disposables) and to sweeten the deal, they are on sale for 15% off for the entire month of March!! Some styles have sold out so hurry if you would like to get one or two for yourself! I have already ordered a second colour and can’t wait to pair these with matching rash guards for the summer. All in all, the maiden voyage went swimmingly and we will never go back to disposable swim diapers again!
The following product is being recalled by Leda Health Innovations, Inc.
Name of product: Infacol
Lot number: 5142111
Container size: 50ml
Expiry date: 31/12/2017
The product is being recalled because of a failing antifoaming test result during stability testing. The product does not meet Health Canada requirements. There is no health hazard associated with this recall.
If you have this recalled product in your possession, please stop using it and contact:
Leda Health Innovations, Inc. toll-free at 1-877-957-2229.
Thank you for your attention to this matter,
Travelling with kids can be tough but one way to make each family vacation an enjoyable and memorable time is to have well-rested kiddos along for the ride. While protecting your child’s sleep while away from home as best you can helps, making sure you bring along the right sleep tools can mean sleep filled nights and better days throughout the whole trip.
DreamPod Portable Crib – Sharing a room with your baby while away may be inevitable and bringing along this Kidco portable crib can be an easy solution to keeping everyone sleeping soundly at night.
Grobag Gro Anywhere Blind – This travel blackout blind can help create that dark and dreamy sleep zone no matter where you are. Easy to set up and take down. A definite addition to your ‘what to pack’ list.
Light My Way NightLight – Sleeping in a new place can bring up some new fears and bedtime anxieties for your little ones. This Munchkin night light can be the perfect addition to your toddlers holiday bedtime routine as it can proved enough light to keep the bedtime fears at bay and can also easily accompany any middle of the night bathroom breaks.
Wet Dry UV Sun Hat – There is nothing better than snoozing on the beach, even for our little ones. When our babies are sleeping in the sun though we want to keep their little heads protected and CaliKids sun hats can do that.
Up and Away Travel Grobag – When on vacation napping on-the-go can be unavoidable and the Up and Away Travel Grobag makes it easy to transfer your baby from car seat to crib without waking them up.
Inflatable Bed Rail Bed Bolster – Safety should always be a focus in a new sleep environment and for your little one who may be new to a bed The Shrunks Inflatable Bed Rail can easily be packed in your suitcase and can make any bed a safer sleep environment.
Lulla Doll – Nothing can comfort your little one more while away from home than their favourite toy or stuffy. With its soothing sounds and soft touch it can be just what your child needs to help them fall asleep easier when away from home. *I only recommend stuffed animals and toys to be placed in the crib once your child is a year or older.
Puddle Jumper Bag – Lug bags have been a family favourite at my home. I’ll pack my Puddle Jumper and the kids have their own Mini Puddle Jumper and we’re all able bring along our comfort items from home that help us sleep better in an unfamiliar environment.
Alanna McGinn is Founder and Certified Sleep Consultant of Good Night Sleep Site, a global sleep consulting practice. She and her husband, Mike, live in Burlington, Ontario with their 3 children (1+twins!) Alanna and her global team are working with families to overcome their sleep challenges. You can follow her expert advice on Marilyn Denis, The Goods and national publications like Today’s Parent, Maclean’s, Prevention, and Huffington Post. Alanna strives in helping families and corporations overcome their sleep challenges and have happy well-rested smiles in the morning. Join Alanna on the first Wednesday of every month at the Burlington location of Snuggle Bugz/Nestled for her in-person sleep clinic from 10-11am, and follow Good Night Sleep Site on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for all your sleep essentials.
Morning sickness… check!
Evening sickness… check!
You guessed it, “all-day” sickness…check!
I can only speak from my experience but those early weeks of pregnancy were blissful. We were giddily happy and sailing through those first few weeks after finding out we were expecting and then it started. I don’t know how it is or was for anyone else, but when week 7 or so hit… bam – hello nausea! It didn’t matter if it was morning or night, it was there.
Feeling like I had a severe hangover, minus the headache (sorry that’s the only thing I can relate it to) was not only unpleasant but it disrupted my daily activities from going to work to going grocery shopping. It was all I thought about and tried to keep under control all day, every day. Where could I hide – how was I going to keep this pregnancy a secret when I was always in the bathroom, not eating (the smell of food alone! yuck) and lying across my desk every chance I got!
The one glimmer of hope in all of this was that after the first trimester, the feelings of nausea and sickness related to it subsided and luckily for me, it did all magically go away when I hit week 13. I completely sympathize with those of you who have or are still experiencing this nausea after the first trimester. I know there are many who have NVP (nausea, vomiting of pregnancy) throughout their entire pregnancy.
There are many articles out there suggesting why some women suffer from NVP but the truth is that no one knows for sure. It could be due to the rise in hormones in your body during pregnancy or due to the heightened sense of smell. Either way, over 50% of women are affected by NVP in their first trimester so if you have it too you’re definitely not alone!
If you’re currently suffering from NVP, first know you’re not alone and second there is help for your symptoms. Always talk to your healthcare providers to find out which ones are best for you.
Here are some tips for relief and some great advice that I found helpful to me and am happy to share with you as well:
- Speak with your doctor or health care professional about which prenatal vitamin is best for you and what time of day to take it
- Eat small meals throughout the day so you never have an empty, acidy stomach
- Don’t go to bed hungry. Have food beside your bed for middle of the night snacking, my go to was a PB sandwich (the smell drove my hubby crazy but it definitely helped avoid the morning “gut rot” feeling)
- Sniff ginger! Sounds weird but I kept a chunk of cut ginger in my freezer and I would take it out and sniff it until the wave of nausea passed
- If you don’t want to carry around a chunk of ginger, try a ginger tea like the Organic Morning Wellness Tea which can also help settle your stomach
- Taking time to just lie down, although simple, is often the best solution. Even if just for a few minutes, on a lunch break for example, try putting your head down on your desk, closing your eyes and just taking some deep breaths
- Stay hydrated! But don’t guzzle! Little sips are the best!
- Listen to your body sometimes the weirdest things make you feel better – for me it was eating melon! Cantaloupe, watermelon, honeydew… literally for every meal. I can’t explain but don’t judge – at least it wasn’t pickles!
- Create a nausea survival kit – toothbrush, toothpaste, bags, mouthwash and paper towels/wipes plus a stash of emergency snacks. You can never be too prepared!
- Keep a stash of Preggie Pop Drops in your purse. They are natural lozenges that help ease nausea and taste great too!
The most important thing is to stay in contact with your health care professional in early pregnancy and seek their advice.
You will get through this!
All content in this blog is for informational purposes only and should not be considered a specific diagnosis or treatment plan for any individual situation. Always seek the direct advice of your doctor about any questions or issues you may have regarding your own health or the health of others.
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- Baby’s First Trip to the Doctor March 21, 2017
- Getting Cheeky- AppleCheeks Swim Diaper Review March 17, 2017
- Drug Product Recall – Infacol 50ml March 16, 2017
- Your Must Pack Sleep Items to Help Your Child Sleep Better While on Vacation March 15, 2017
- 10 Tips for Dealing with Morning Sickness March 13, 2017
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