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Here’s how to help the healing process.
Always clean wounds with lots of running water right after the injury. An infected wound doesn’t heal well.
Cuts that are deep and gape open will heal faster and with less scarring if they are sutured, glued or stapled.
Keep sutured or stapled wounds clean until it’s time to have the sutures or staples taken out. Get the sutures and staples removed when recommended.
Healing wounds should be kept out of the sun for 6 months. Cover up with a hat or clothing. Once the wound has healed, use sunscreen with a high concentration of zinc oxide or titanium dioxide (some extra strength diaper creams are 40% zinc).
Silicone sheets are available over the counter to cover new scars as the body heals. These may be effective, however they are difficult to keep on children and parts of the body that move a lot.
Some specialists recommend liquid silicone like Scarguard.
Mederma is sold over the counter, but the research on its effectiveness is very limited.
It can take a full six months for the body to heal and remodel the injured area. At that time the result of scarring can be evaluated.
Food Allergy Research and Education has the information you need if you want to better understand the difference between food allergies and intolerance, or if your child has been diagnosed with a food allergy and you need to eliminate specific foods from their diet. The FARE homepage is here.
Click the food allergens below for the link to eliminating specific foods from the diet:
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Vaccines for Children Program
Children with Blue Cross through Children’s First Medical Group receive their shots through the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program.
VFC Flu Vaccines 2014-2015 Season
What should I have in the medicine chest circa 1940s?
absorbent cotton: one pound and toothpicks or toothpick swabs
baby oil and cod liver oil
These were suggested by Dr. Benjamin Spock in his classic baby care book. The cotton and toothpicks were to make cotton swabs to clean nose and ears. The cod liver oil was given as a vitamin D supplement.
What should I have in the medicine chest circa 2015?
Stocking the newborn medicine chest is easy–all you really need is a digital thermometer. Rectal temperatures are preferred in infants, but in a pinch you can take an axillary (underarm) temperature. Ear thermometers are best for children over one year old. We no longer recommend old-fashioned glass thermometers because if they break, the mercury is hazardous.
Another essential piece of equipment is the bulb syringe. The hospital will provide the one that was used to clear your baby’s mouth and nose at delivery. Hang onto it because the ones sold in the store tend not to be as good as the hospital model. When used with or without salt-water nose drops, the bulb syringe is good for suctioning mucus from your baby’s nose during colds. Cool mist humidifiers may also help when baby’s nose is congested. Cool mist machines are preferred because they pose less of a risk for burns.
A trip down the children’s medication aisle is enough to give any parent an ulcer, but for now remember one thing: Never give any medicine to your newborn without first checking with the pediatrician. Always measure medicines with droppers that are calibrated; you’ll need a one medicine dropper that measures 5 milliliters. Metric (milliliters) is more accurate than conventional teaspoons.
If you want to plan ahead, reasonable things to purchase include infant acetaminophen, salt-water drops for nasal congestion, a zinc-based diaper cream and an oral rehydration solution like Pedialyte. Check the expiration date on anything before you buy it, because chances are you won’t need any of these for the first months. Don’t store medications in the bathroom medicine cabinet. Children are excellent climbers and explorers. Keep all medications and hazardous material securely stored away.
Take the time to put the Poison Control number in your phone now: (800)222-1222.
Necklaces made from amber beads are the latest trend. They allegedly reduce teething pain, although there isn’t any science to back up the claims.
What pediatricians do know is that the necklaces pose a risk for choking and strangulation.
Do not place teething necklaces around your chid’s neck. Placing the necklace on a wrist or ankle does not remove the risk of choking on a bead.
Information about helping your teething baby and what we know about teething pain is here.
Read more information about the trend here.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Safety Alert is here.
When you toddler shows signs of knowing a clean from dirty diaper, you can start potty sitting. This is around 18 months, but varies from child to child.
Children should be encouraged to sit on their potty (with clothes and diaper on or off) first thing in the morning, before all snacks and meals, before naps and bedtime and before leaving the house.
Praise for cooperating and sitting. Your child will decide when (and if) he or she wants to put their poop or the pee in the potty. They are in control. You provide a structured, supportive environment.
Potty sitting can be part of a Simon Says game in the bathroom or introduced as tagging up at home plate.
In between potty sits, “catch” your child with dry diaper or training pants and pile on the praise. Talk up how great friends or family kids are who are potty trained. Once your child is farther along with training if you find dirty pants or a diaper, take the child to the bathroom, go through what your child should do next time and continue scheduled potty sitting.
Put your child in training pants on easy-clean floors or outside with a potty close at hand. Accidents can and do happen. Make potty runs outside the house too. Start with stores and places with nice bathrooms first and build from there.
More information and statistics on when to expect success follows:
But even in the fruit world, some have more vitamins and fiber like guava, watermelon and kiwi. The chart below award gold, silver and bronze medals to the most nutritious.
Read the full article from the Center for Science in the Public Interest that links to the chart here.