Category Archives: Health Guide

Health Corner: Teething safe remedies and dangers

Babies usually show signs of their first tooth between 4 and 7 months of age, although some early developers may begin to show at 3 months. This milestone is considered one of the most exhausting and frustrating for parents. When a baby’s teeth start to come out, he tends to be very fussy, which means he might be crying more often than usual and may even get a fever. Some common signs parents can look out for are: irritability, decreased appetite, increased drooling, and inflamed gums. Far too often, parents use fast-acting numbing medications to soothe their baby’s pain and although this might provide a quick fix, by doing so they might be using harmful drugs that can in the worst cases even be fatal.Health officials, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), recently issued a warning about the dangers of using oral anesthetics to help babies relieve their teething pain. In fact, the FDA notified caregivers to discontinue the use of viscous lidocaine and benzocaine products for children under 2, an ingredient that is commonly found in popular products such as: Anbesol, Baby Orajel, Hurricaine, Viscous Lidocaine, and Orabase. Although most of these items are over the counter products and claim to provide instant pain relief, they can put your baby’s life at risk. Continue reading

Health Corner: 10 ways to reduce the risk of SIDS

SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) – a parent’s worst nightmare- is the leading cause of death for babies 1 to 12 months old in the United States. SIDS is not a disease or a virus, but a diagnosis given when there is no apparent cause for the sudden death of a child under one. SIDS generally strikes during a baby’s sleep, between 10:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m., while babies are on their cribs. As the name implies, it is sudden and comes without warning. A seemingly healthy baby can suddenly succumb to SIDS. Even with years of research, it still remains unpredictable. It is the uncertainty and the lack of answers what makes it so scary to parents.Before the nighttime worry keeps you from sleeping, know that there are things you can do to reduce your baby’s risk of SIDS. Below are 10 recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). These have been tied to a 50% decrease of SIDS cases in the United States:

How to: First aid for choking

Since choking can be a life-threatening emergency, staying calm is essential — and the best way to ensure that you keep your cool is knowing what to do!

Hopefully you will never be in a situation where you’ll have to give first aid to your little one, but babies tend to bring everything into their mouths. This is a normal part of his development and exploration, but also might putting him at an increased risk for choking! At this age, babies tend to choke on food, little toys, and get caught in drawstrings and curtain cords. Basically everything that surrounds them may be life treating!

We give you some tips and steps to follow if you find yourself in this situation.

How do you know that your baby is choking?

Be alert to signs, something may be blocking your child’s airway if your baby …

  • Is suddenly unable to cry or cough
  • Makes odd noises or no sound all while opening his mouth
  • Skin turns bright red or blue

What to do if your baby is choking? Continue reading