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28.5.11

Healthy Summer Nutrition Tips - Guest Post


Healthy Summer Nutrition Tips from Funky Monkey Snacks:

1. Get Your Fill of Water. Hydration is critical, especially in the southern states where the sudden transition from air conditioning to high heat can shock the body. To help avoid muscle cramps and headaches—and to nourish skin—drink plenty of liquids, especially water. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition outlines the following choices along with the maximum recommended daily eight-ounce servings: water (9 for women, 13 for men), unsweetened tea (8), unsweetened coffee (4), diet sodas and calorie-free beverages (4), skim or low-fat milk (2), 100% fruit juices, whole milk, or sports drinks (1), soft drinks or juice drinks (1).

2. Find a Farmer. There isn’t a better time of year to visit local farmers markets where an amazing array of healthy produce awaits. Many vegetables are high in nutrients and fiber—kale, chard, and mustard greens offer Vitamins C and E, which are good for eyes strained by the sun. Potassium-rich potatoes and spinach help avoid muscle cramps as well. Try putting vegetables on the backyard grill along with your main course for a special treat.

3. Up Your Fruit Quotient. The sun can wreak havoc on skin during outdoor activities. To nourish skin, complement your increased water intake with fresh fruit like raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries, all of which have antioxidants and vitamin C. Bananas are also good sources of potassium; make smoothies or fruit kabobs to add variety. Freeze-dried Funky Monkey™ Snacks are also a good fruit alternative—crunchy, bite-sized 100% real fruit snacks that are nutritionally equivalent to their fresh fruit counterparts and made with bananas, pineapples, apples, papaya, raisins, and açai.

4. Lighter is Better. Eating smaller meals more often is always a good idea, but especially in summer when people tend to miss eating at meal times or are suddenly presented with a picnic or party smorgasbord. Lighter fare is also a good way to get nutrients without excessive calories—make gazpacho or other cold soups, and try BBQ alternatives like turkey or skinless, marinated chicken. Chili is another convenient and fun summertime entrée; make a potful in advance, using nutrient-rich chicken or vegetables, so it’s on hand when no one feels like cooking.

5. Go Fishing. Fish, along with lean meats, beans, chickpeas, and soy products, are all high in protein, making them great not only for muscle development, but also to help hair that is overcome by exposure to sunlight and saltwater. Grill fish for a great summertime meal—and while you’re at it, up your consumption of eggs, another important source of protein.

6. Limit High Calorie Treats. It’s easy to make ice cream a habit during warm weather, but ice cream, not to mention cookies, popsicles, pies and fried desserts, can add fat and calories much faster than increased summertime activity can work off. Newer low-fat versions of ice cream or sorbet are better-tasting than ever; another alternative is to eat a healthy meal and then plan an after-dinner diversion to take everyone’s mind off big desserts.

7. Think About the Kids. Erratic eating can be especially hard on children during the summer—and their demand for treats can ruin anyone’s commitment to good nutrition. Try to maintain a regular meal schedule as much as possible, and keep only healthy snacks in the house, so no one is tempted. Having healthy snacks in the car at all times also helps when kids suddenly start complaining. Funky Monkey Snacks are easy to carry and better for kids than dried fruit or fruit snacks (dried fruit does not preserve all the nutrients of fresh fruit, and fruit snacks often contain added sugars, colors, flavors and preservatives.)


This was sent to me and I wanted to share it with you...

I will be reviewing Funky Monkey Snacks soon, so be on the lookout for that...

I thought that this had plenty of great ideas...
I know with the boys here, we will be putting these tips to use!!!!
Hope you have a wonderful summer and enjoy the sun!!!!!

Get Your Three60Gear HERE!!! Review and Giveaway


I have got to tell you about the neatest shirt that I think I have seen in quite some time.
I heard of this company, Three60Gear, but to see the shirt...
WOW.
There are no words to put it, unless you quote our friend, Mark... "That is killer!"

When we took Broxton to the Cars2 tour, I had Marc wear the three60gear shirt.
For starters, I wanted to get his opinion on it, but for the second reason, I wanted to see if anyone noticed it.
Did they notice it?
YEP!

First of all, I knew that we were meeting our friend, Mark that is a die hard sports fan...
I knew he would notice it ... and notice it he did!
He wanted to know where he got it from, asking me a couple times what the site was...
I told him to look here, so here you go, Mark...
THREE60GEAR.
He loved it and I am sure he will be wearing one at some point...
When I told him that they made kids shirts, that just went to say that his sons would be wearing them as well!

We were in the crowd looking around at all the cars stuff when one of the guys WORKING, left his area to come over and talk to Marc about it!
He immediately wanted to know where he got the shirt...
The photo on it makes anyone and everyone stop and take notice!

As we walked through the mall, there were other people who stopped to ask us where he got the shirt.
What was funny was that we are in Braves country and I chose a Mets Shirt!
Yes, I am a fan of David Wright!

Now that you know about the people wanting to know about this shirt...
Let me tell you what makes it stand out.
It is NOT a typical t-shirt!

It is:
Handcrafted
Anti - Microbial
Moisture Wicking

Marc loved the way it felt...
He said that it was not thick like cotton and it was a very breathable material!
He also liked that it was not clingy like some shirts can be.
Even though he isn't a Mets fan... He did not mind the shirt!
(See, he does love me! LoL, if I can get him to wear a Mets shirt... Whoa!)

He pointed out that this would be a great shirt to wear to a game...
Out in the hot sun, but with this shirt, it would be bearable...
All the while supporting your team!

Oh and get this...
Not only does it look awesome...
(By the way, there is a different picture on the front than the back!)
and according to Marc, feels awesome...

You can register your number to learn about it...
At the bottom of the shirt, there is a patch.
Just head to the WHATS YOUR NUMBER section on their website and enter your number.
After you do that, you will be told about the pictures on the shirt.
It tells you what the date and game was that the picture was shot!
HOW COOL IS THAT?!

This shirt has all the pros, but I feel I must share my one con.
They do not represent all teams yet...
Nor do they have a huge selection of the players.
I hope that they continue to grow and add more teams and players!

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My Best Friend Abe Lincoln - Book Review

I am not one for history, that is normally Marc's area.
But, when I saw that there was a book out for children, I knew I wanted to add it to the ever growing library of Broxton's Books.
My Best Friend Abe Lincoln by Robert L. Bloch is a great read with wonderful illustration.

The book is actually an easy read and although it teaches about Abe Lincoln, it doesn't read like a textbook. We all know how hard those are to get into and enjoy, this just "flows."
Broxton was actually sitting with Marc, but as I read it, he needed to get down and crawl in my lap to hold the book.

In, My Best Friend Abe Lincoln, the book is told from the standpoint of Sam Harding, a fictional character created by Robert L. Bloch.
Sam Harding tells of growing up in Indiana, setting up the area and the time frame for us to be introduced to Abe.
As I said, it tells of Abe, without the boring textbook style writing.
In this book, we learn of Abe and his ability to speak and entertain audiences.
We also learn that early on it was established that he "had a talent for expressing his thoughts and ideas."
I love that although we learn of Abe Lincoln, we also learn that he loved to read... and that through his reading, he was educating himself!!!
( I try to tell that to the boys all the time!)

My Best friend Abe Lincoln also introduces us to when Abe saw slavery for the first time and how he was upset and angry over what he witnessed... Just a small piece of what was to come in the years ahead.

The book ends with the best information of all.
"He proved if you study hard, work hard and treat everyone with respect, you can be anything you want to be in life."

I really enjoyed this...
Hopefully Mr. Bloch will expand and introduce us to more presidents through this captivating way of writing!!!!

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Tylenol - New Changes and Improvements Heading Our Way

As a mom, I try and do anything and everything in my power to make sure to take care of Broxton as best as I can.
I know when I was pregnant, I was so worried that I would not know what to do, or what was right.
Sure, I had my ups and downs (still do!), but I call it learning!
With that in mind, I knew that I would follow along my moms path and go with the name of familiarity.
That being said, TYLENOL would be in our medicine cabinet.
Not that I hoped to ever need it, but "just in case."

I figure, if it was good enough for my mom to give to me...
and Broxton's doctor to give to him..
Then it was the name we trusted to keep on hand!

We have always depended and trusted in Tylenol.
Did you know that they are rolling out new changes and improved Tylenol?
They should be hitting the shelves as soon as this cold and flu season.
I for one am very happy about this, as it has been hard for me to find a medicine with the same trust as Tylenol for us.

Just what are the Tylenol Updates?
Well, for starters...
The bottle.
The infants Tylenol will include SIMPLEMEASURE.
SIMPLEMEASURE is a new enhanced bottle with a protective opening and a push in syringe to help with safety and dosage.
The syringe will allow for a more accurate dosage as well as reduce spillage.
Also with this new feature, it makes it more difficult for children to open and take.

The dosage is a big one.
When the new bottles come out, the INFANTS TYLENOL as well as the CHILDREN'S TYLENOL will have the same concentration of acetaminophen.
You might wonder why they would do that...
The people at Tylenol are trying to reduce incorrect dosage.
But changing the dosage, they are aiming for a more standardized dosage across the board, as to eliminate error.
With all the bottles, the proper dosing device will be included.

(Other children's acetaminophen brands are going to start the transition as well, so be extra careful when purchasing medication.)

During the initial transition, you might actually have both bottles with different dosages.
Please, as always, be extra careful when giving anyone medication!


REMEMBER TO NURSE:

Never give adult medicines to children.

Use the measuring device (syringe, dropper, dosage cup) that comes with the medicine every time you use it. Don’t use kitchen spoons (teaspoons or tablespoons).

Read and follow instructions on the label. Never give more than the recommended dose and do not give the medication more frequently than recommended.

Store all medicines out of the reach of children. Immediately following use, always restore the child resistant cap and put the medicine back into a high and out of sight location.

Every child grows. Know the infant's or child's weight and/or age to help determine the appropriate dosage.

I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by MomCentral Consulting on behalf of Tylenol and received a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.

More Family Fun

I know I have been talking about all the Cars2 stuff...
Well, it is because Broxton LOVES the movie, Cars!

We went to the Disney Store after meeting the Cars...
We never bought anything, lol, I know...
But Broxton enjoyed looking at all the stuff!!!!

Aunt Jen and Baby Porter met up with us in there...
Broxton LOVES seeing Baby Porter!




See?
We can have fun just looking!
But seriously, have you been to the Disney Store near you?
Wow, how fun!
You can color/ watch different Disney Movie Clips and more!

26.5.11

UPDATED for GIVEAWAY!! Simple Foods For Busy Families - Review and Giveaway

***** THIS REVIEW POST IS NOW A GIVEAWAY POST!!!!!*****
Giveaway ends :
June 14th.


I was sent the book, Simple Food For Busy Families by Jeannette Bessinger and Tracee Yablon-Brenner.
I originally thought that this book was going to be filled with easy and simple recipes.
Boy was I wrong!
(In a good way!)

Remember me talking about my lack of cooking?
My main reason?
Not knowing foods and spices and all that what not!

Well guess what?!
I am learning now!
Yep!!!
Thanks to this book!

The first half of this book tells you about "Whole Life Nutrition."
They have basically simplified this into their 5 primary principals.
1- Quality
2- Balance
3- Seasonality
4- Quantity
5- Routine


The pictures throughout the book make you hungry...
Yes, that good!
But the main thing is all of the information that they give you.

The Quality of food breaks down fresh food, processed food, preserved food, organic food...
You get where I am going, they explain it all!

At the end of each section you get:
Top Takeaways
For You
For Your Kids

I really like the first section of the book, as it helps to explain (in my opinion) how reach for a healthier eating lifestyle for not only you, but your whole family.

For me, the best part of the book was the Second Half.
I am sure you are wondering why...
Well, this is what I think I have always been looking for!

Yes, it breaks everything down for me!
Let me explain...
It explains all of the basic kitchen tools and why they are good to have in your kitchen.

They also explain cooking techniques.
Blanche isn't just on the Golden Girls!
They explain Blanching, Double Boiling and more!!!
Spices, oh the spices!
They not only name them, they show pictures of some...
Explain the best way to purchase, what they taste like, what you would use them in, how they can be beneficial...
You get what I am saying?
They are answering all the questions that I did not even know I had!!!

I also like that they break it up and describe vegetables, grains and what not.
Not only do they explain it all, they also have "mix and match" sections that they then pair up to make meals!!!

Yes, there are recipes in here...
SIMPLE recipes...
But most importantly of all, it is full of all sorts of information that I have been wanting to learn!!

I think that this would make a great gift...
For a student going to college, a young adult that has decided that they want to cook, a newlywed couple...
The options of gift giving are endless!!!

Please keep up to date with The Real Food Moms by following them on facebook.

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UPDATED FOR GIVEAWAY: Best Food for Your Baby and Toddler - Review and Giveaway

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Best Food for Your Baby and Toddler by Jeanette L. Bessinger with Tracee Yablon - Brenner is one of those books you do not really think you need, until you see it.
Well, that was what I thought...
I was able to review it and I am glad I did!

The book was broken down into three parts.
Part One - They Are What They Eat
Part Two - Feeding Your Child
Part Three- Real Food for Real Kids

As you can imagine, the first part of the book is filled with useful information about the eating habits!
You learn about the Obesity Epidemic, as well as Prevention.
You also learn about the "real food" versus S.A.D. food.
Part One also shares with us information about the basic nutritional information and the pros/cons of having a vegetarian child.
Whoa!
That is just part one!
(I told you, LOTS of information!)

Part Two Starts to explore more into the feeding of your little one.
From the Section of FEEDING Your Child, The First Year...
You learn about breastfeeding, getting a good latch, the feeding stages are broken down into 4-6 month, 6-9 month and 9-12 month.
It also shares information about introducing the sippy cup, bibs and more.
Oh, it even helps with information on what type of high chair is right for you!

Part Three was the section I enjoyed!
If/When we have another baby, I want to try and go the whole, make my own baby food route...
This section has recipes for home made baby food!
Once again, it breaks it down with several points of great information.
It starts off with pointers on preparing your kitchen and pantry.
It also tells you the different cooking techniques.
For me, this was very helpful!

Now, are you ready?
The last bit of information in Part Three is tons of recipe ideas!
Once again, it is broken down into sections...
9-12 month, 12-18 month and 18 month to 3 years.
You can look it up based upon:
Finger Foods, Vegetables, Fruits, Pasta and Grains, Protein Entrees and more!

As of that isn't enough right there:
At the start of each recipe they tell you the serving breakdown for the recipe they give you.
(Such as: makes 16 toddler servings OR 9 adult servings)
At the end of each recipe, they have also included the Nutritional Information!

Great book to have in your home library!
I think that this would be a great book for a baby shower... or a welcome home gift when the new family leaves the hospital.
Or just a thinking of you and wanted to try and make it a bit easier for you gift :)
Can you tell I just LOVE gifts?!

Did you notice that Best Food for Your Baby and Toddler is also by the same authors of
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25.5.11

AMF brings SUMMER FUN!


Summer starts tomorrow for the boys.
We will have them for the summer!
Well, for most of the summer...
We are not getting them yet...

What plans do we have?
Well, POOL of course!
There is also the pool..
and if that gets to be a bit boring, we can go to the pool!
Can you tell that we love the pool?

I have just found out about another cool thing that we can do...
AND YOU CAN HAVE THE SAME FUN!

Select AMF Bowling centers are offering TWO FREE GAMES OF BOWLING PER DAY for kids 16 and under!
(You have to pay for the shoe rental, but still... Two games per day for free!)

Want to know all the details?

Who: Select AMF Bowling
What: Two FREE bowling games PER day for kids 16 and under
When: May 30, 2011 until September 5, 2011
Where: CLICK HERE to see if there is a participating center near you
Why: To help you have an enjoyable summer and beat the heat!

After you click to see if there is a participating location near you, you just register your children...
Also, they have a Summer 17 Plus Pass.
Just what is that?
Well, Mom and Dad might want in on the games...
Or older siblings/cousins or friends...
The Summer 17 Plus Pass is a pass that allows up to 4 people the two games per day deal, at $27.95 for the same length of time!

Hope to see you at the lanes!!!!
Follow AMF on Facebook and Twitter!

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Coastal Contacts - Just sharing


Just received this email...

Thought I would pass along in case any of you might want to check it out:

Today, Wednesday, May 25th starting at 9am EDT, Coastal Contacts is giving away 10,000 free pairs of glasses to Facebook fans of the brand. The giveaway is applicable to first-time participants in the US.

Here’s how it works:

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2. Click the “like” button to reveal the coupon code or if you’ve already “liked” us the code will be displayed when you click on the tab.

3. Visit our website www.CoastalContacts.com and select a pair of glasses (we suggest picking out 3-5 pairs ahead of time).

4. Starting on Wednesday, May 25th at 9am EDT, place your order and enter the coupon code at checkout to get your free pair of glasses.

*Shipping and handling costs will be applied to your order. Typically, this will be about $10-15.*


24.5.11

Wordless Wednesday - Cars2 Tour

We went to the Cars2 Tour the other day...
You can read all about it (and see more pictures) in my earlier post, here.

I just wanted to share a few more with you...
Yes, I know that the hat has seen better days...
It is Marc's hat and Broxton felt the need to wear it.
I am not really sure why, but he had to grab it before we left the house!


Dr. Scholl's Custom Fit Orthodics - Review


Every single time we go to Wal-Mart, I see the Dr. Scholl's Custom Fit Orthodic kiosk.
I have wondered who actually buys them, as I never see anyone on the machine.
I looked at the price and thought they were a bit steep for just a random pair of shoe inserts...

According to Marc...
I am wrong.
These are not "just a random pair of shoe inserts."
Working with Mom Central, I was able to review a pair of the Custom Fit Orthodics and since I am such a wonderful and loving wife...
(Okay, since I stay home with Broxton and Marc goes to work on his feet...)
I thought it would be great to let Marc be the one to try them out.
We went to Wal-Mart, as that is where I always see the kiosk...
You just go up and stand there on the machine.
They ask you a few questions...
It makes you stand on one leg at a time...
(They have bars to hold onto, so its not like you are going to fall over when you lose your balance! It is to see where you place your weight on your foot, I think!)

After a few questions, they tell you which CFO (Custom Fit Orthodic) is best for you.
Then, you just put them in your shoes.
Now, they do not go the whole length of your foot, they are to go in the back.

I bet you are wondering what Marc thought about them.
Well, let me tell you...
HE LOVES THEM!
You can see it in the way his eyes light up when he talks about them!

Oh, I guess you might want to know when he wore them...
He wore them down for drill...
In the Army Boots.
He had some sort of training where they were doing missions outside, no pain.
He also wore them when we did all those classes at the gym.
LOVE Love LOVE!!!!

He said that with other inserts, the cushiony feel and comfort is normally gone after a day or two of wearing them.
With the CFO, he says that they are still super cushioned.
He LOVES that his arches no longer ache after wearing them!
Are they worth the money?

Simply Put (in Marc's words) YES THEY ARE!
I told you, he is a man of very few words!!!!

Now, you all can CLICK HERE to get a $7.50 rebate when you purchase a pair!

I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Dr. Scholl’s and received a Custom Fit Orthotics from Dr. Scholl’s to facilitate my review.

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Everybody was Kung Fu Fighting... and drinking HINT water to stay hydrated? Review

You KNOW you want to sing the song now...
We love it here, Broxton enjoys singing it!!!!!

I had the chance to try out the HINT beverage line before...
You can read my earlier post about it HERE.

Well, with the sequel to Kung Fu Panda coming out, HINT water has all sorts of fun in store for you!!!!
First of all, hurry on over and buy some of their delicious HINT water...
If you are not a fan of flavored water, remember...
THIS ONLY HAS A HINT of flavor...
NOT OVERWHELMING!!!!

As Marc says, it just has a hint of flavor...
Now, I had my brother taste it, he said he could not taste anything.
I tried to explain it was not a full blown flavored water, but rather a water with a HINT of flavor..
HELLO, can you read the name on the bottle?!
I also gave a bottle to my UPS guy, I mean, he did deliver it and all..
It was hot...
He had ice in the truck.
He agreed, it does have a small hint.
Nothing to overwhelming, but it was still there!

I like it, I like it alot!
Now, if buying the bottle with Po on it isn't enough to get you excited, head on over to the HINT website....
They have a giveaway going on right now where you can win tickets to Kung FU Panda 2.
Don't you want to see what Po and the gang have been up to?
Now, as you sit down to enjoy your nice bottle of HINT water, why not print out some of the fun printables for KUNG FU PANDA 2 that is on the HINT site?
They have coloring pages, connect the dots, masks, mazes and more!
Head on over to check it all out!!!!!

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UPDATED : Scare Me Not - Fearless Fred Saves the Day!!!! - Review & Giveaway

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We are lucky that Broxton doesn't have Monsters or anything that scares him, yet...
But, we are prepared if that day comes!!!

We have FEARLESS FRED!
Have you heard of the Scare Me Not Gang yet?
If not...
Let me fill you in!
They have all graduated from ScareMeNot Academy.
How cool is this school?
They have been trained to stay awake at night, hang from their tails AND see in the dark!
The Scare Me Nots stay awake to make sure your little ones get a good night sleep, as they are watching over them!!!!
(Okay, you know this is just the cutest!!!)

We were sent Fred, he is a pretty cool guy!
As soon as we got him, Broxton had to show him his toys...
and the birds outside.
Then, we had to go and let Fred see Broxton's room.
Fred just hangs around, making sure that all is okay!
Broxton enjoys showing Fred things and they really do get along quite nice! :)
I really think that this is my favorite!
Look at Broxton and Fred in the "tent" (bed) discussing what is going to happen.
Hmmmmmm, I wonder what the plan is!

Oh, and get this...
They have the full sized versions, which is what Broxton's Fred is...
BUT, they also have travel sized ones!
Now, I have Marc to keep my monsters away:) But, I would not mind having Watchdog Wally to help me out!!!
(I just think he is tooo cute!!!!!)

Sooooooooooo...
Head on over to the Scare Me Not Store and purchase a few of the graduating class for your house!!!! (You know you want to!)

You can even print Scare Me Not coloring pages!!!
You can keep up with the Scare Me Nots and enter different cool contest by following them on Facebook and Twitter!!!

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23.5.11

Every Day Love - Book Review


"Falling in love is easy; sustaining love is difficult."
That was the first sentence on the back of the book.
Talk about the truth reaching out and grabbing you!

Every Day Love by Judy Ford is 259 pages that are great for each and every one of us.
You do not have to read it all at once, you can space it out however long you need to.
It is filled with "Love Lessons that you can complete in whatever time frame works for you.

Every Day Love is broken down into 10 Chapters with each one having its own share of Love Lessons.

Chapter 1 - Nothing is Guaranteed
Chapter 2 - A Lifelong Study
Chapter 3 - Sweet Surrender
Chapter 4 - The Realms of Love
Chapter 5 - Goodwill Gestures
Chapter 6 - Simple Connections
Chapter 7 - Kiss, Kiss, Cuddle, Cuddle
Chapter 8 - A Rewarding Vicious Circle
Chapter 9 - All for the Better
Chapter 10 - Moments of Awakening


Just what type of Love Lessons am I referring to?
They range from all sorts of things...
Here is one Love Lesson:
"Say Thank You. When your partner meets your request, acknowledge her action with sincere appreciation and a big hug and kiss."

See? They are not asking you to move mountains, just to appreciate the EVERY DAY LOVE.

I think that this book is great for all sorts of different people...
From New loves to Old ones...
and all the ones in between!
(It also doesn't have to be love just between mates, it can also be with other family and friends... ALL of your loved ones!)

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Facts About Eczema in Babies- Guest Post


When Broxton was just a baby, I started noticing his skin would get red and blotchy and just out right nasty looking. I did not know what it was, but it was mostly on his elbows and in the inner fold of the arm (other side of the elbow, don't know what it is called) as well as the backs of his knees. I took him to the doctor because I was not sure what to do. At that point, it was decided, he had eczema. I knew nothing of it until that day...
When I received this article, I just thought it would be nice to share with you in case you were in my situation.
Hope the information is helpful.

Facts About Eczema in Babies
By Eirian Hallinan
If your baby is going to suffer from eczema, it usually appears before he is two years old and affects 15 to 20 per cent of children at some stage. It is an itchy and dry skin condition.
Eczema is also referred to as atopic eczema or dermatitis. Atopic means the tendency to develop conditions like eczema, asthma or hay fever. The skin becomes dry and itchy with red and cracked skin. Some children’s skin can produce a fluid and bleed. In babies, the most affected areas are the face, neck, hands, elbows and backs of the knees. It occurs because the barrier of the skin does not work sufficiently. The child is then more susceptible to infections and allergies which will exacerbate the eczema.
The cause of eczema is unknown but it can run in families. Certainly such allergy related conditions such as eczema, hay fever and asthma are increasing but it is not known why.
When eczema occurs on the skin it is known as a flare-up. If your child has eczema then he may have red, itchy or blotchy skin a lot of the time but it worsens during flare-ups and treatment may be required.
Chemicals can trigger eczema. These chemicals irritating the skin can be found in things like washing powders, fabric softeners, shampoos or bubble bath liquid. It is better to use bath emollient rather than soaps and detergents and sometimes it is worth trying a different washing powder.
With babies, eczema can be particularly distressing because it is difficult to prevent them itching and scratching their delicate skin. Sleep can be disturbed and infections brought on by the scratching.
There are treatments available and vary according to the intensity of the eczema. Emollient lotion may be prescribed for example, if your child has a mild form of eczema. Sometimes this can be combined with a short course of low-strength steroid cream. Moisturising is very important to prevent the skin from becoming too dry. There are many types of creams, lotions and ointments that can be tried. Ask your doctor about the best course of treatment for your child as they sometimes advise against steroid creams depending on the severity of your child’s eczema. If you do decide to use them it is important that the correct strength is used. Other treatments which are available to research are:
Homoeopathy and complementary therapies
  • Chinese herbs have been shown to help although they can affect the liver so always refer to your doctor before trying them
  • Oral antihistamines
  • Dry bandages
Parents often ask themselves if there are any other preventative measures they can take to avoid their baby getting eczema. Here are some suggested tips:
Breastfeeding or at least four months may help to protect against eczema and other allergies
  • Not using cow’s milk – but you must speak to your doctor before cutting this out
  • Ask your doctor about possible foods you should try avoiding whilst your are breastfeeding
  • There is some evidence that taking probiotics (yoghurts or supplements) during pregnancy can help
Other things to consider which may help:
Have wooden or laminate floors instead of carpets which attract dust mites and cause allergic reactions
  • Cotton clothing may help. Woollen and synthetic fibres can aggravate eczema
  • Keep a diary of what triggers your child’s eczema
  • Overheating can make eczema more severe, so keep bedding and clothing light. Layering is good so you can adjust baby’s temperature easily
  • Keep your baby’s nails short to help prevent itching and scratching
By the time your child is a teenager, if he has eczema it will have gone. It is not curable but it is controllable with the appropriate treatment.
Eirian Hallinan is the newest member of Baby Care Journals. She believes in healing naturally, first, especially when it comes to infant colic.

22.5.11

Cars2 Tour - Is It Headed Your Way?

I told you about the Cars 2 Tour heading to Atlanta...
Well, we went and although it was hotter than anything...
It was super fun!
(Mental note, next time... BRING WATER! LoL)
If you have a Cars fan...
You need to head on over HERE to see if they are coming your way!

State Farm and Disney Pixar have teamed up to let us all get up close and personal with the Cars2 Gang!!!!
Cars2 : Agents On a Mission Tour!
We went today and let me tell you.......
It is hard to miss!!!!
We pulled up and saw the huge 18 wheeler with the picture of the Cars on the side.
We parked and then we saw... THEM!!!!

We got to see Lightning McQueen:
We saw Mater:
We even met Finn McMissile, the newbie to the group!!!!

You get in line (and yes, there is a line... I mean, everyone wants to meet them! Not everyday that you can meet them without heading to Disney!)
At our location, you got a State Farm Pencil, a key-chain OR a magnet, and a little photo-card.
Then, you got to go and get your picture taken...
Bring your camera...
OR let them take the pictures for you...
FREE!!!!!

They give you a little card, sort of like the photo pass when you go to Disney.
Then, you just upload and print them from home!!!
(You can also use that card to enter to win a new car!)

They also had a few other tents set up.
Those tents had different games, but at this point, Broxton was hot and thirsty...
As well as the rest of us, so we headed into the mall!!!!

Follow Disney Pixar Cars on Facebook and Twitter.
Hope you are able to make it to the Cars2 Tour!!!!!!!!!!!
Remember, it is all FREE to enjoy!!!!!

I was not paid for this post, although I was able to go and enjoy it without having to wait in the long line! :)

 
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