April 2010

Getting What You Need

To sleep, or not to sleep; to eat or not to eat? That is the question that plagues many of us moms, including me. Being a stay at home mom, responsible for all in addition to trying to making an income one way or another from home, it’s hard to take care of yourself the way you should (and deserve) without feeling guilty about it. Baby is down for a nap (finally) and the others are at school. What should you do? Take a nap on the couch or tackle the breakfast dishes, start another load of laundry, vacuum, dust, etc.?

Freebies for Mom and Baby

Everyone loves freebies and there is a ton of them for all the mommies to be out there. From formula to binkies, all it takes is a simple email account. Before you get started, go to Yahoo, Gmail or any other free web based email provider and set yourself up an account. Use this email address to submit on the online forms for your freebies so you won’t have junk email sent to your regular account. Some of the sites go overboard with sharing your email address.

The Apgar Test

When your baby is born he or she will have to undergo several tests. The very first test that your baby will have done is called the Apgar test. This test will be done a minimum of two times, the first being 1 minute after he or she is born and the second at 5 minutes after birth. This test is to check 5 very important physical conditions to make sure that your baby doesn’t need any immediate or emergency intervention. The five things they test are activity, pulse, grimace, appearance and respiration (APGAR) and is done in the labor and delivery room with you there.

RSV

Respiratory syncytial virus better known as RSV is a virus that causes respiratory infections. By the age of 3, nearly all children will have had RSV. Children between the ages of 1 and 6 months are at the most risk with babies at ages 1 to 3 months of age at the very highest risk of all. There isn’t a treatment or medicine for RSV as it is a virus that leads to other respiratory infections like bronchitis and pneumonia. Treatment instead is focused on treating the symptoms of RSV. 

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) is a combination of physical and mental disabilities that develops in babies before birth as a result of the mother drinking substantial amounts of alcohol during her pregnancy. I find this particular birth defect to be all the more heart breaking of them all because it is 100% preventable. The repercussions of the mother’s inability or lack of care for her unborn child to take on sobriety for nine months will last for the child’s entire life. There is NO cure for FAS.