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9 things that can cause a diaper rash

13 Dec

Recently our daughter developed some diaper rash all over her bum and coincidentally her diaper reeked with ammonia that morning so I naturally assumed it was the ammonia that was causing the rash.  I had some Earth mama angel baby diaper cream and I applied the cream on the rash. The rash however came back the next day and I was puzzled hmmm…must be ammonia because she is sleeping for 10 1/2 hr straight without a diaper change. Yet in the back of my head I am thinking she has never had this bad of a rash before.  It was wasn’t until my hubby said pointed out that our older daughter was having an eczema break out that I realize that the rash had nothing to do with ammonia it was a reaction to a new food. I just re introduce barley flour and that was causing the rash. There are so many things that can cause a diaper rash  that we have to pay close attention when trying to figure out what is the cause.

So what are some causes of diaper rash?

  1. Infrequent diaper changes is the most common cause of diaper rash
  2. Sensitivity to feces and urine- some babies have super  sensitve skin and will break out no matter how quickly you change them
  3. Sensitivity to synthetic fiber cloth diapers
  4. Sensitivtiy to chemicals in disposable diapers and wipes
  5. Eczema
  6. Teething – some babies will develop diaper rash while  teething
  7. Food Allergies- especially when introducing baby to new foods watch for diaper rash as it is a sign of food allergy.
  8. Detergent /Soap- cloth diapered babies can have allergic reaction to some laundry detergent
  9. Yeast infection

Menstrual Cups

14 Mar

I am a very private person and I guess motherhood and living green has prompted me to share a part of my personal life… something I rarely do. I am sharing my experience with you about my switch from tampons to reusable menstrual cup.

 I am not a pads person… even though I use them sometimes. I much prefer tampons because they allow me to stay active. However they have their drawbacks. Tampons can cause Toxic Shock syndrome, they leak, irritate and require me to get up during the night to change it.  I have looked into using chlorine free tampons before but they were too expensive. I decided to try the sea sponge tampons but it just didn’t sound too appealing so I gave up on looking. 

I learned about reusable menstrual cups from a lady I was teaching about cloth diapers. She mentioned that she used the diva cup. A few weeks later, mothering magazine had a whole article on reusable pads and menstrual cups.  I figured this one must was written for me because I wanted to learned about alternative menstrual care products. The article mentioned that party in my pants had a free trial program and so I decided to give the panty liner a shot. I waited excitedly for it in the mail.

I got the panty liners and my hubby laughed at me. Well, I am still using them and  I bought more. I think I might know how a cloth diapered baby bum feels…happy, comfortable and soft. So i figured I have the panty liners now I need something for the real period. I did tons of research on menstrual cups and by the way there are not too many info and reviews. After much reading I settled on the lady cup. The only problem is the lady cup is only sold in Europe but since it got the best reviews for small people I bought anyways and I am so glad that I did.

The Use:

Getting the cup in and out of  was quite easy not much different from the tampon. The only thing that I noticed was I felt a little sore after the initial but that didn’t last long.

What I like about the cup:

  • NO LEAK! 
  • No getting out of bed in the nights to change.
  • I can travel long distance without having to worry about having to change a sanitary napkin or tampons and getting leaks.
  •  Easy to wash and clean after use.

Life with 2 kids- The adjustment from 1 to 2.

9 Dec

No one tells you how big of an adjustment it is to go from having one child to two. After all, if they did we probably wouldn’t have more than one plus the subject is rather a complex. one, so why bother explaining.

 With my first daughter we spend hours snuggling together, we co-slept, read books every night, did tons of arts and craft etc  so naturally when I had the second one I thought I would be able to do the same…no problem.

Well when baby number two arrived we were all happy and big sister was just great. Of course, most of my time was spent with the baby. As time went by, big sister started to show signs of regression. She went from feeding herself to needing to be fed, wanted to be held in the baby carrier all the time, wanted to co-sleep again and the list goes on. Let me tell you, this is the most frustrating thing to have your independent toddler suddenly become dependent. You are counting on the fact that your toddler can help herself only to find out that you have to do everything for her again while trying to care for the baby.

Let fast forward some more, the baby is now a toddler and now the tide has turned. Both girls seems to be getting along super fine so what is the problem …well they have a tornado effect on the house and sometimes mommy’s brain.

There are days when I feel like quitting. I barely finish cleaning up the house and feeling great that everything is in order only to have it messy few minutes later. 

There are days when 3 o’clock rolls around and I realize that I forget to eat lunch. Can you believe that? Yes, the kids are fed but mommy forgets to eat. 

There are days when they are both cranky and mommy has to hold them all day long and I dare not move unless l  want to feel the power of their tantrums.  Why don’t they make mommies with more arms so we can accomplish several task at once.

With all the extra work and frustration there are those days when they make you smile, laugh and I realize how blessed I am to have two beautiful girls.

Flu Shot Or No Flu Shot?

1 Nov

According to the CDC “The single best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated each year”.  The vaccine is recommended for anyone 6 months and up and is available in two forms the shot or a nasal spray. The nasal spray has a live but weaken form of the flu virus while the virus in the shot has being killed.  Both forms of the vaccine has mercury as a preservative.

We cannot forget about the swine flu out break last year and doctors and other health officials  are urging everyone to get their flu shots as soon as possible.  The first swine flu outbreak occurred in 1976 and one of the side effects noted after the swine flu vaccine was given was that there was “a small increased risk of GBS following vaccination”.” The Institute of Medicine (IOM) conducted a thorough scientific review of this issue in 2003 and concluded that people who received the 1976 swine influenza vaccine had an increased risk for developing GBS. Scientists have multiple theories on why this increased risk may have occurred, but the exact reason for this association remains unknown.” Many people also claim that they develop the flu after receiving the flu vaccine but doctors contend that this is impossible.  The nasal spray has a live virus therefore you can get the flu from the nasal spray.

Scientist predicts base on studies and other factors what flu strain will be responsible for the flu. So just how effective is a flu vaccine based on prediction. What if the strain we get vaccinated for mutates or another strain emerges? We have seen how many bacteria and virus are becoming resistant to many antibiotic and medicines due to over use.

A sound nutrition, clean water and clean environment are  the foundation to good health after all we are what we eat, breathe and drink. We often cannot control our environment but we sure can control what we choose to eat.  Mother nature has also bless us with many natural healing herbs that may help the body in healing itself in event we do get the flu. Some basic food that  such as garlic and onions and herbs such as elderberry are more effective at preventing sickness and even  preventing secondary infections.

Similac Formula Recalled

29 Sep

So once again formula is all over the news  and it is not good news. The last time I wrote about formula being in the news was when rocket fuel was discovered in some cans of  formula. Now Abbott is recalling their infant powdered formula because they are tainted with beetles. 

My daughters are  exclusively breastfed and so glad I made the choice to do so. But what about those moms who can’t because of real medical reasons. Not everyone is comfortable using other mom’s milk or even milk from a milk bank. I know that donated from a milk bank is better, cleaner, safer than formula but can be expensive and hard to acquire as milk bank will only give to really needy infants. Formula is readily available, cheaper and touted to be “almost” as good as breast milk so of course mom will choose formula over donated milk.

But alas, is it really as good as breast milk? A breastfeeding mom does not have to worry about tainted milk. Let’s face it, formula is an artificial, factory made food and therefore prone to be contaminated. So what is a mom suppose to do when the very food she relies on to provide nourishment for her baby is contaminated. I find this unnerving and think it is time that stricter regulations be put into place to safe guard against contamination. As stated before, formula is made in a factory so there will always be the probability of contamination. With this in mind, it is time we start encouraging moms to learn to feed their babies the way nature intended. Instead of pumping money into making formula and billions of dollars on formula ads use the money to make donated milk more available to moms and create more milk banks.

Toddler Wants To Return To Co-Sleeping

12 Sep

My 3 years just out of nowhere started asking to sleep with mommy. She woke up last night begging to come into my bed. She has being sleeping by herself for the last 6 months without any problems and was even telling us that she is a big girl and can put herself to bed without our help 

Tonight while I was putting her sister to sleep, she started crying to sleep in my bed. I had to put the baby to sleep so I decided a good compromise would be to sing her one of her old favorites “your my sunshine” while I put both her and her sister to sleep. Of course, the baby fell asleep 1st and when I went to put the baby down, my toddler started crying again. I finally crawled into her bed, snuggled with her and assured her I would stay with her until she fell asleep. Memories of holding her as a baby flooded my mind and my heart melted…….Stop! “You did what …what are you doing,  you are not helping the situation”… says daddy. We know that she is feeling left out because of the baby and my heart says let her sleep with you but daddy says bad idea. I spent countless of hour with her as a baby rocking her to sleep but now with another baby it is quite hard to give her my undivided attention.  My heart says just let her sleep with you but that will cause a big upset in sleeping routines and I don’t think I am ready to deal with that. I feel very torn and my husband thinks I am just a pushover. I guess I will just stick to singing her to bed at nights until she is ready to be a” big girl again” and sleep without mommy and daddy’s help.

Finding That Quiet Place

6 Sep
Bird, Vogel, Gans, Goose,Gänse, fressen, tauch...

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I love to take a walk early in the mornings just so I can hear the birds sing,  hear the leaves rustling in the wind, watch the butterflies float by and just enjoy the sound of quietness.  

 We often get caught up with  life, especially us SAHM and  WAHM, that  we hardly have time our ourselves much less for quiet time. For those of us that work outside the home, most of the time is spent in a building.  Very few of us have the privilege of working outside and even so the chances are you get so wrapped up in your work that everything else get blocked out.  

With all the chaos surrounding us, we need to find a place of quietness where we can reconnect with nature and turn inward to reflect on life. For me I enjoy taking our girls to the lake nearby our home where we watch the swan and geese swim by. Sometimes we feed them and other times just watch them as they wander around.   

A quiet place doesn’t have to be a physical place it can be spiritual one too. Many people find inward quietness through mediation and prayer. Taking time to be quiet rejuvenates the mind and spirit,  helps us reconnect with nature, ourselves and gives us the tranquility to deal with life chaos and stressful situations.