Today is our Independence Day. I worked swing shift with Ana, Serena, Stefanie. I received a labor who is G1P0 whose Bow was already leaking. She was advised to do nipple stimulation to induce contractions and to take castor oil. Serena transported 2 labor patients to the hospital because of breech position of the baby and the other one was already overdue. Ermie was so nice to do my remaining 3 hours of work in order for me to go home. I arrived home at 1opm.6/12/09
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I was on night shift the other day. We had a very busy shift. There were a lot of babies wanted to come out in my shift. One of the patients was brought by the Rescue 911 team. The patient’s baby decided to come out at home. The placenta did not come out yet. She was endorsed to me with Intavenous fluid (IVF) inserted. According to the team the baby was already out when they reached to their house. They clamped and cut the cord. The baby had no problems. We waited for the placenta to come. It was out after 5 minutes. Everything was settled. The patient and her baby was discharged few hours after.
At 12 months, the child’s color vision is still maturing. So as he moves from milk to table food, make sure that he gets the right amount of Vitamin A. Make sure that the food gives the child the proper nutrition for child’s growing needs. So that your baby can view his world in full Technicolor. For perfect vision, your one-year-old needs 4 times more vitamin A than you.
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Happy New year to all!!! CHEERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is another year God has given us to give us another chance to correct the mistakes we made and to learn from. Another chance He give us to really understand the real meaning of life and what is the purpose why we are here on earth. I cannot imagine how the days ran so fast. It just like 2008 passed us by to say hello and goodbye. I am excited of what God has enstore for me for the year 2009. I am claiming His promises ” For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, ” plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
Before I let the fathers bath their babies, I usually teach them first the proper method.
The following describes the correct way to bathe your baby:
* Washing baby’s face : Use cotton ball dipped in clean water to wash your baby’s face. Use a new piece for each eye and gently wipe from the inner corner of the eye outwards. Wipe around the mouth and clean the rest of your baby’s face, stroking from the middle downwards. Don’t put anything inside the ears.
* Washing baby’s hair: Wrap the baby in a towel and hold him over the tub, supporting his head with your hand and his body with your arm. Gently wet baby’s hair with your free hand and apply a small amount of Clinically Proven Mild Cleaner which is specially formulated not to sting baby’s eyes. Massage the scalp gently and don’t use you fingernails while doing so. Make sure that your baby’s hair is rinsed well, to remove all soap residue.
* Washing baby’s body: Unwrap the towel from baby’s body but keep hi head covered with one portion of the towel if it is cold. Remove his diaper and test the bather water once more with the inside of your wrist. If diaper is spoiled, clean baby’s bottom first before placing him inside the tub. Hold the baby securely and place him in the tub once he is in the water you can let go of his feet, but you should always keep hold of his arm. Always wash baby form front to back. Massage baby’s skin to remove all residue.
In my field of practice, I only see few cases of lactose intolerance in babies. We need to know about it since we don’t know our own babies may have one. Lactose intolerance is the body’s reduced capacity to digest lactose the main sugar in dairy products.
Normally, lactose is digested by lactase, the enzyme present in the lining of the small intestine. A lactase deficiency prevents complete lactose absorption. Lactose intolerance affects around 70 percent of individuals worldwide.
The common symptoms are: babies may experience stomach pain, diarrhea, bloating, and gas or colic. These are due to the failure of the intestine to efficiently process lactose, resulting in frequent and acidic stools. Diarrhea causes fluid and electrolyte imbalance, which leads to dehydration and even death in severe cases.
Lactose intolerance appears to increase during childhood for unknown reasons. Late onset of lactase deficiency develops between three and five years of age. Most lactose- intolerant individuals are able to absorb 24 t0 36 percent of the quantity tolerated by normal individuals. This is a approximately equivalent to eight to 12 ounces of milk.
I like bathing babies. Many times I let the fathers do the bathing of thier newborn babies. I really like teaching them how so that at home they will be the ones to bath their babies. I think that it is fair enough that fathers take care of that aspect. Their wives did all the work pushing their babies out. They deserve to have adequate rest and sleep. I usually tell the fathers that since babies are very fragile, they need to take every precaution in ensuring their baby’s comfort and safety. Some helpful reminders are :
• Choose a place to bathe the baby where it is warm and draft-free. It would be better if you keep the windows closed.
• See to it that baby’s bath time happens before feeding or when he’s not too hungry yet. Bathing him right after feeding may make him uncomfortable and he may spit up.
• Make sure that everything you need in bathing baby is close at hand, such as towels, cotton tips, a soft washcloth or sponge, a changing mat, clean baby clothes, and bathing products.
• To ensure that the water’s temperature is mild enough for baby, test the temperature of the bath water with the inside of your wrist first. To further prevent accidental burns, pour cold water in the tub.
• Always hold baby securely.
• Most importantly, never leave your baby alone.
I usually do health teaching on the parents about comfort and prevention of colic before discharging them. Soothing a colicky baby takes some effort as different babies respond differently. “ Holding the baby upright or permitting the baby to lie on his belly across the lap occasionally.” And, yes, swaying and rocking them may also do the trick, and so may a quick car trip around the block. To prevent colic, Laborada advises the following:
• Shift to a hypoallergenic milk formula if the cause is milk allergy. Check with the baby’s doctor first.
• Improve feeding techniques: burp the baby well. Burp the baby in between feeding and at the end of each feeding and provide a stable emotional environment.
• Identify possible allergenic foods in infant’s or nursing mother’s diet.
• Avoid underfeeding or overfeeding.If crying is still persistent and recurrent, you’re not sure what to do, and all else fails, consult a pediatrician. A complete physical examination may be necessary to eliminate other possible medical conditions like infection, intestinal obstruction, or hernia.