Basic First Aid Tips for Babies and Toddlers

medAs a parent, it’s really imperative to learn basic First Aid. We all know how much it hurts (the parents…emotionally mostly) if our babies take a fall. If your little bub has started achieving developmental milestones like crawling, rolling, pulling themselves up, reaching out etc, then this post is very important for you. Also a good read for those parents whose children are generally known as ‘calamity Janes’ in the playground 😀

The key in most injuries is: DO NOT PANIC. Guess the number of times this rule is broken each time calamity Jane struck our house? Answer: Every. Bleddy. Time. Daddy Dear hits panic button anytime our baby starts bawling after getting hurt. His pulse racing, face and palms sweating, eyes glazed and staring into oblivion (daddy’s, not the baby).

I agree it gives us all a heartattack, but we have to start by assessing how bad the injury is. In most falls and the accompanying screaming, the baby cries mostly because he is startled and shocked. As a parent or a witness to the incident, your instinct will guide you into understanding the severity of the situation. Comforting the baby and a quick physical evaluation of the child will help you in deciphering if a trip to the Hospital, or a call to the Doctor is required.

Incase of any severe fall or head injury, it’s crucial to closely monitor the baby for the next 24 hours. A hospital visit is REQUIRED if ANY (one or more) of the following are observed:

  • Unconscious or fainted after injury
  • Drowsiness or alteration in consciousness
  • Severe and persistent headache (baby will try and shake head whilst also crying)
  • Vomiting (different from a regular baby spitup)
  • Dizziness / double or blurred vision (baby will show peculiar eye movement)
  • One pupil (black part of the eye) visibly larger than the other
  • Neck stiffness
  • Convulsions or fits
  • Strange behavior (baby is less active/alert)
  • Very slow and rapid pulse
  • Any unusual breathing pattern

What to do in case of nose/ear/wound bleed following an injury?

Swelling / Bleeding from Nose or Ears

Apply an ice pack immediately. Area for application needs to be the nose & cheeks or bridge of nose. You can use the frozen vegetable packets from your freezer, but ensure that anything which you apply, needs to be covered in a cloth or towel and NOT touching the skin directly.

  • DO NOT block the nose or ears, let it drain.
  • DO NOT press down on the wound if you suspect a skull fracture.
  • Arrange to go to the hospital for further treatment.

Bleeding from the wound

It’s important to stop the bleeding. You can do so by applying direct pressure.

  • However DO NOT press down on the wound if you suspect a skull fracture.
  • Arrange to go to the hospital for further treatment.

In most of the open wounds, it is advisable not to attempt at cleaning the wound as it may trigger further bleeding. Keep it covered with a sterile bandage. If one gets soaked, apply another one on top and so forth.

If you do suspect a skull fracture, or an injury to the spine or neck after a fall, try to keep your baby calm and still. By moving them you may end up causing more harm. Call your local emergency number immediately for medical support at the scene of the fall.

According to Redcross “once you have treated the swelling by applying something cold to the baby or child’s head injury, and if they are not displaying signs of a serious head injury, you could let them sleep. Ensure you check on them regularly.” You can imagine how shaken the baby must also be.

It does not mean each bump and fall requires a trip to panic room. As a parent, you will ‘know’ which injuries require immediate medical assistance. So follow your instinct. No one knows your baby more than you. When in doubt, DO call the doctor. Following any head injury remember… ‘Evaluate with your head and not your heart’

End of the day, the best way to help your baby is to make their environment safer. Towards lesser injuries and more milestones 🙂

And let us know if you have any tips. We would know to have them included in the post. Take care. Stay safe 🙂

3 Simple Things I learnt From My Delivery | Part #1 of 3 | Pregnancy

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So here’s what happened when I got pregnant – I also found out that I wasn’t in for the ride alone. Not only was a very close friend of mine expecting a baby around the same time as me, but also an ex colleague, a friend from college, one from Post Grad., one of my cousins, a hubby’s friend, alongwith our very own Duchess of Cambridge Kate, and a few other celebrities from the Indian cinema and Hollywood who were all pregnant. Suddenly, it seemed the whole universe had conspired to get pregnant together 🙂

Mostly all of us were going to be First Time Mums (FTM), and just like that, we were all facing a million doubts, a billion emotions, and only a few gazillion questions that we all thought will never get answered. Somehow, signing up with different pregnancy websites and support groups didn’t seem enough. We needed real experiences, with first hand stories.

For me, the biggest fear was not knowing. And out of all the ‘not knowings’, the biggest was of what I was going to face in the delivery room. I was about to spend the next 40 weeks of my life worrying myself sick about that one day. And no matter how much everyone told me that I will ‘forget everything when I see my baby’, it did not convince me enough to think about it any less.

Not to mention that I had also made the grave mistake of watching all kinds of birthing videos, and jumping chapters on my books to read what happens during labor. I had now managed to completely freak myself out.

I promised all the friends delivering after me that I’ll answer ALL their questions. Worrying is not good for anyone pregnant. Especially someone like me who already faced excessive hair fall and a face full of zits thanks to the lovely hormonal changes! No one needs to add on to the list of things to worry about. So here are a few directives I doled out; to ensure my fellow FTMs did not face the same predicaments.

Each week I will endeavor to elaborate each directive and bring more clarity. If you have sailed in a similar ‘worry’ boat as me, I am quite sure you will find my observations interesting:

1.  Get the right Obstetrician/Gynecologist  –

We went to the ‘first available’ on the day. Learnt my lesson. She was anything but nice. I can handle ‘not nice but super efficient’. Can not handle ‘not nice and also pretty inefficient’. Made appointment with another, and then another. Sounds crazy, but we actually went window shopping for the right doctor. I eventually had to decide between – a sterling hospital but ‘okayish’ doctor OR a perfect doc in a not so refined hospital. I then decided to go to my hometown to deliver. Again scouted around and finally found the right match…good doc (check) and a great hospital (double check).

2.  Firmly request your doctor for a Normal Delivery –

Birth via cesareans is fast becoming a money making racket across the globe. Normal is best for you and your baby. Most of the c-sections being performed are for avoidable reasons and not so complicated medical conditions, and only because higher costs are incurred when one gets the c-section done. Here’s an extremely thought provoking read about the steep rise of cesareans in India. {Here}

3.  Ask questions to your doctor –

One of my previous doctors had told me “stop reading stuff on the internet”. That sounded the alarm bells right there! It is MY body and I have the full right to not only question what you are doing, but also be fully informed on the effects, side effects, consequences for getting it done as well as the drawbacks if I choose not to get it done. On any given day we never question our doctors, just go with the flow. But in our case, there is another life involved.

Thank you very much, but I WILL read up AND question you. Buckle up. It’s not that I don’t trust the doctor, but you will be surprised the number of times their sentence has changed from “you need to get this done” to “it’s your choice as its not mandatory by WHO standards”, whenever I questioned the necessity.

Please make yourself aware and take informed decisions. Come back again to know my labour and birth story:)

 

Top 5 Pregnancy Apps For Android & iOS

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Pregnancy can be very overwhelming especially if it’s your first time. As it doesn’t last long, every mother-to-be obviously wants to make the most out of those nine months.

I’m a mother of two and trust me when I say this, the excitement of learning about all those big and small developments your unborn baby is undergoing, is just so amazing.  I when I pregnant I never shied away from having multiple pregnancy tracking apps on my phone.

You can do the same. You can track your baby’s development, time your contractions, or even pick a baby name with one of these excellent pregnancy apps. When it comes to pregnancy, there is most definitely an app for that. Here are five of my favorites.

 What to Expect Pregnancy & Baby:

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The very popular pregnancy book, “What to Expect When You’re Expecting,” has it’s official free app which includes a very good amount of information. The app has a due date calculator, week-by-week photos of your baby’s growth and development and pregnancy countdown. There are also a lots of other interesting features scattered throughout this app. For example, did you know that at 13 weeks your baby is the size of a  pea pod?

 My Pregnancy by BabyCenter:

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My Pregnancy app is by BabyCenter. It’s another free app. This app is very much similar to the What to Expect Pregnancy app as discussed above,with a bunch unique features. For example, it includes some very realistic yet scary illustrations of babies in the womb along with a number of videos on real birth. You can even manage your pregnancy to-do list and join a due date club. Also it is very reassuring to know that all the content in this app is reviewed by a medical advisory board.

 I’m Expecting – Pregnancy App & baby guide:

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This is again a  free app which includes online community forums based on the month when you are due, or on your age. It has a very sleek design and tons of helpful features have helped to make this app a favorite among parents-to-be. Using this app you can create a virtual scrapbook of baby bump photos, and even track your symptoms. I’m Expecting is very easy to navigate, and helps you keep all of your medical and personal pregnancy information well organized at one place. However, this app doesn’t include a contraction tracker, which I think is very important as you near your due date.

 BabyBump Pregnancy:

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The BabyBump Pregnancy has two versions, one is paid and the other is free. Since I already had too many pregnancy apps, I didn’t bother buying this one. I downloaded the free version and it was decent enough. This app includes week-by-week development information and also lets you keep a journal of your progress and create a birth plan for the big day. You can also connect with the other moms and discuss via social forums.

 Pregnancy Sprout:

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This is another app that has two version. The paid one costs $4 approximately. And the free version, Pregnancy Sprout Lite gives free access to the full app for a two-week trial period. The week-by-week graphics are very attractive. It has all of the basic tools  such as a kick counter, a contraction timer, hospital bag checklists and a doctor visit planner, where you can add questions for your provider. This app doesn’t have any community forums but it’s easy to navigate and a solid choice.

Pregnancy is a phase that you won’t be able to enjoy if you’re anxious about your or your baby’s health. These apps will guide you to just about any information you need. Or at the very least, they’ll explain what you need to ask your doctor and what you need to know prior to your delivery.

So while you reach there, you can spend your time finding names and keeping journal notes or sharing photos with friends and family until the time arrives. Enjoy this special time and use these apps to get the most out of your pregnancy. GoodLuck 🙂

 

Reason I chose to be stay at home MOM

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There he was sleeping peacefully my little Angel…I just Love love my little baby 🙂 Isn’t he the most precious gift I can ever ask for in my life?!! Isn’t his smile makes everything possible in the World ?!! Isn’t he the best ??!! isn’t he my reason to love my self and love everyone around him ???!!
 My thoughts started flowing endlessly . There was no full stop, comma or even exclamation mark !! As if I couldn’t swallow anything..Only thing was questions and questions in my mind and heart??????
I was on maternity leave and was going to start work in two months time. Those two months now seemed to be such a short period to me on that long night.. I just couldn’t sleep and kept thinking and fighting with my own load of questions, which had no answer from my side.
Till that time I was so much prepared that I was going to start working and look after my boy too. Now it seemed like some impossible task. Then I got what I like to call as answer of my never ending questions.
YES.. I would love to be STAY AT HOME MOM 🙂 or home maker or house wife whichever name we like to call it and happily look after my little bundle of joy. And here are the reasons I chose to be stay at home Mom.

1. To be able to breastfeed:

I exclusively breastfed my boy for the first six months and started baby led weaning after six months. I wanted to continue feeding him on demand. Of course I could have pumped it and someone could have fed him while would work but I did not want to miss the special time we both spent with each other. It’s so priceless and precious.

2. To never miss a milestone:

I never want to  miss any of his milestone, it’s something I never knew I will be so keen of. But the joy to see my son achieving all his milestones, is just unbelievable. I had always visioned him to start walking and come to me with a big smile on his face! I’m still waiting for that day to come. Keeping my fingers crossed!

3.  For those cute baby things:

Is it only me who just loves baby fragrance? I have always loved how my boy smells! His hair smells, his tiny face, little hands, everything smells just so awesome. I didn’t want to miss those morning cuddles and those lovely hugs from him.

4.  To live the moment:

To live the moment, this is something he has taught me. He is so full of energy, and always ready to learn new things even if he fails so at it, in the beginning. His love for me is so pure and unconditional. Children teach us so much about life. How could I just miss those beautiful years of our lives?

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Above all, my child always wanted me, his mom to nourish him. To be with him, spend time with him doing silly yet fun things. He wanted to sleep with him, snuggle him, feed him. His life revolves around me and my life around him.
 So I wanted to make these first few years, the most precious ones of our life. I knew these initial years are going to work towards building up strong foundation for his future. Every one in the world needs someone who loves them unconditional – he is sleeping peacefully next to me. He who heard my heart beating when he was in my womb. He who loves me. He who chose me to be his mum.
I chose to stay with him. To be his MOM!

4 Tips To Keep You Kids Hydrated In Summer

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Summer is one of the favourite seasons for almost every kid. With a lot of outdoor activity happening around this time of year, mostly under the scorching sun. And the temperature can be anywhere between 35 degrees to 41 degree Celsius.

So it’s very important to see that our kids stay hydrated. As proportionately, children have more body fluids than adults and also they can get dehydrated faster than adults.

And these lost fluids need to be replaced immediately in order to stay healthy. And sometimes keeping young children hydrated can be very challenging from parents.

Here are some suggestions that may help you in keeping your little one healthy and hydrated this summer.

1.  Drink mostly water:  

Yes water is the best fluid for you and your kids. Let them have their sippers and bottle close enough for them to grab it on their own, as and when they want to. Remember when a child asks for water, you should know that dehydration has already begun.

And if they does not want water, diluted fruit juice also is fine but not good for teeth so it’s goes best with meals.

2.  Serve milk and yogurt for breakfast:

 Milk and yogurt are not just rich in calcium but they are also two best ways to provide your kids the fluids that they need. If you prefer to not serve cow’s milk, homemade almond milk is great alternative.

Yogurt with honey makes a wonderful snack for kids for hot summer mornings.

3.  Keep fruits handy:

Whole fruits are not just loaded with mineral, fiber and vitamins. They also have plenty of water in them. Fruits like oranges, grapes, watermelons, as well as vegetables like cucumbers and tomatoes are excellent sources of water.

So, if your kids are interested in having a snack, how about serving them slices of tomatoes or a bowl of grapes.

4.  Make Popsicle:

Although fruit juices mainly contain loads of sugar and carbs, eating fruit in its natural state is beneficial to ensure your kid stays hydrated. But who doesn’t like popsicles?? Use juices with minimal sugar. Remember not to use sugar-free, those are not very good for health.

Making popsicles be as simple as just pouring some juice into a plastic popsicles molds and popping them into the freezer. You can also freeze yogurt, diced fruits with some lime juice poured over. If you don’t have popsicle molds, use ice-tray. Just get a little creative there! 😉

Have a safe and healthy summers!

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Preparing for the Baby ~ Quick Tips

Ouch! A thud on my abdomen woke me from my deep sleep in the middle of the night. With my half open eyes, I glanced towards the table clock and it read 3:00. I noticed a cute little baby on my lap with his tiny palm clasping my night dress.

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Gosh! One kick took me back 6 months reminding me of his kicks and punches inside the tummy while I was pregnant. Oh my god! I was a mother and just few months back, I was carrying my little one not knowing how he would look, how he would crave for me, how he would giggle.

After the First five months of giddiness and puking, here I was busy shopping for my soon-to-be-born baby. Trust me, I was enjoying every second of it. But, because I didn’t know the gender of the baby, everything I was buying was of neutral shade or unisex be it rompers or a bedding set.

TIP: If you don’t know whether you are having a boy or a girl, the safest colours are white, and any colour other than blue, pink or black. But, trust me and am sure you all would agree with me, babies look cute nevertheless.

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With the new arrival on the way, I got the freedom to go on a shopping spree. At one instance, my hubby thought I would buy the entire Liverpool city center for I would return home after spending 6-8 hours roaming around. But my hubby did appreciate my smart buying. I would visit city centre searching for sale in good stores. This way we got some really good dresses of good quality at a bargain.

TIP: Plan in advance and look for bargains on dresses and especially nappies. Babies use nappies at the speed of light. They drink, poo, drink, wee, drink poo and the cycle goes on. Hence, stocking nappies is never a bad idea.

Also, buy very few dresses for the age group of 0-3 months because babies grow like hulk. Blink of an eye and the first few dresses would fail to fit. Try to go for 3-9 months, if you ask me.

Next on the list was getting the hospital bag ready. Finally my hubby started understanding the fact that you cannot do things at the last minute. Hence, 2 months before delivery, we started to pack our bags. With our little one busy punching me like a punching bag, I thought he was eager to pop out as quickly as possible. He was so wildly active inside the tummy, that if few minutes passed by without any movement, we would get worried and go to the hospital to get things checked.

TIP: We used the NHS site to get the list of items to pack and it proved to be really handy.

So now we were done preparing for the hospital, after delivery care and future. But, the most important preparation was yet to be done.

Yes, preparing for delivering my little one. I was scared to death. How am I going to deliver a 3 pound baby out of my tiny body. Will it be painful? Should I go for a normal delivery or a C-section. I spent hours and hours Googling and it would confuse me more than lessening my apprehension.

Hence, I resorted to watching videos of couples who had shared their experience of delivering a baby normally. Finally, I decided to go for a normal delivery.

But, despite our well laid plans, I ended up having multiple tears and stuck to bed for 2 months.

But, now when I look at my dear son, I ask myself; was it worth it? Well, hell YES!

I was a mother to a little boy for whom I hope I’ll always be the First Valentine.

Cookie Ring Sling Review 

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I think everyone is aware of my baby wearing fixation/ obsession. I will let you call it what you want. But if you have read any of my previous posts or know me at all you are aware of my love of babywearing. Yes my name is Haajra and I love baby-wearing. I wear the Little Thing almost every day and occasionally wear the Big Thing too. And guess what, they love it too. You can ask anyone who knows me, my daughter is a baby with very high needs. She has to be around/attached to her momma, time and place just don’t matter to her. And baby-wearing has always been a blessing for me.

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 If you don’t wear your baby already, you should honestly think about trying it. I am so happy that I did and so are my children. With my ongoing pursuit of the perfect baby-wearing paraphernalia I came across the Cookie Pie Ring Sling.

When this sling came home, we were at our in-laws enjoying a long vacation. So I got to lay my hands on it only after a good week or so (I can’t remember exactly). Like they say the first impression is the best impression! I was super impressed by the packaging. My ring sling came packed in a white box with the brand logo printed over it.

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I flipped the box open and almost died seeing that gorgeous black and white chevron pattern. I have always dreamt of a chevron baby wearing gear! And there it was! I got a very subtle yet sassy looking booklet to guide me through.

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This ring sling is absolutely amazing. I love it, it is so soft yet breathable the material used is incredible. And the ease of use is indeed remarkable. I couldn’t wait any longer so I decided to try this out for a day.

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And since I have already used a ring sling before, I didn’t have any trouble in wearing it. In fact this one is way too simple and easy to handle because of the fabric at the shoulder is already pleated. So there was absolutely no need for me to work on neatly gathering the fabric. Just take it and put it on your shoulder. And your sorted! So there’s no problem of fabric bunching up and causing you discomfort.

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And honestly this ring sling was the easiest of all of my baby carriers when it comes to getting the baby in and out. Another thing that stands out is the cross cut fabric, the tail part. Since it’s cut cross it looks just the way it’s supposed to be. This end can always be used to cover up while breastfeeding or to protect the baby from sun. It can otherwise be rolled up neatly around the rings. That’s I do it most of the time. As I don’t like the tail hanging loose. And if you have a baby, who has not learnt to hold her head up, then you can neatly roll it up and use as neck  support.

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So all in all this is such a quick and easy way of baby-wearing. It has made almost everything faster, from going into the store for shopping, or doing household chores, or when the baby needs loads of cuddles on a sick day. I put the Little Thing in, her face in (which she loves) and I’m always able to get everything done so much faster because I don’t have to deal with snaps, buckles, or anything else. While I truly do love my other baby-wearing gears, I have to vote for this one definitely when it comes to ease of use and getting the baby in and out super quickly.

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Also it’s easy to get the M position for the baby, which makes her very happy and comfortable because that’s how we spent major portion of our day!

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Cookie Pie Co. is famous for their versatile range of ring slings and other accessories, so if you haven’t already started baby-wearing or if you looking for a sling that easy yet elegant then don’t forget to check out Cookie Slings on Facebook. And if you like this review, then do give The Mommy Blog a thumbs on Facebook!

My Rating:  4.5/5

**We were sent the Cookie Pie ring sling for the purpose of a fair and honest review. All the opinions and images are my own.