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Thursday, April 18, 2019

accessible easter egg hunts

Motherly is here to deliver an Easter egg hunt hack that promotes inclusivity for children with mobility disabilities or who struggle with social interactions.  Originally posted on  Facebook page Noah's Miracle , the hack involves tying colorful helium filled balloons onto hidden eggs.  By bringing them above ground, children can better reach their festive treasures.  Plus, this is a great way to ensure parents don't forget where they hid that one coveted last egg! more

picky eaters + potty problems

Researchers have found that normal, developing preschool children with chronic constipation may have underlying sensory issues that contribute to their difficulties with 'going potty'.  These children are often picky eaters who might be overly sensitive to food textures, tastes, or odors. They also might have an exaggerated response to noises, bright lights, or other sensory stimuli. "... increased sensory sensitivity can create discomfort and lead to avoidance, and we see that response in both food refusal and in the toileting behaviors of children with chronic constipation. Both feeding problems and constipation may develop as a result of sensory processing difficulties." medical xpress more

children's changing pet attachments

Studies conducted at the  Children, Adolescents, and Animal Research Center at the University of Edinburgh tested the truth behind children's tendencies to grow apart from their pets as they grow older, a process also known as the "Puff, the Magic Dragon Effect."  The results of the study were even across the board, suggesting that as age increases, pet attachment declines.  Researchers have concluded that the trends reflect “a shift in focus toward peer acceptance rather than familial connections that predominate earlier.”   psychology today more

young + judgmental

Just like adults, children by the age of 5 make quick character judgements of others based on facial features. Those facial features also shape how children behave toward others. Harvard's latest research shows that perceptions of people, however inaccurate those judgments may be, emerge early.  "Our study showed that children from age 5, but not younger, appear to consistently use facial features in deciding how they should behave toward a person as well as their expectations of the other person's behavior. In other words, children's judgments from faces do appear to have consequences for behavior."  The latest Harvard research shows that perceptions of people, however inaccurate those judgments may be, emerge early. As parents we need to teach the old adage "don't always judge a book by it's cover."more

what babies are choking on

Toddlers between the ages of one and two make up the majority of choking cases on foreign objects. Unfortunately, the number of incidences have increased 92% over the past two decades  - which is about a 4% increase annually. Coins are the most common foreign object kids swallow. Pennies are the most ingested at 65.9% and quarters make up 16% of incidences.  Toddlers are twice as likely to be hospitalized for a quarter due to it's larger size. Among other commonly consumed items are toys, jewelry, batteries, nails, screws, tacks, and bolts, and less common hair products, magnets, Christmas decorations, kitchen gadgets, and desk supplies. fatherly more

discussing death with little ones

Preschoolers are curious in general and ask a lot of questions that include "why?"  So it is probably not surprising that around ages 3-6, children become interested in death.  They squish bugs.  They wonder why the bugs do not move any more.  They wonder why things stop working and what happens after someone dies.  If your child becomes interested in discussing death, here are some tips from nytimes:
  • if your child is asking questions about death, try and respond simply and clearly
  • try and refrain from euphemisms as they will confuse little ones
  • if they ask if you are going to die, you could answer like this:  “I try to take very good care of myself and to be careful and plan to live a very long time until I’m quite old."
  • if your child is anxious about death, try and redirect the conversation and focus on activities that will sooth them
  • help them mourn the death of a loved one or remember them through art projects.
  • if your child is endlessly curious, you can take them to a cemetery to review the engraved names or to determine how long someone had lived by checking out the years listed on the gravestones.
  • turn to media for help, by watching the Mr. Roger's episode of "Death of a Goldfish."  or by reading "The Flat Rabbit: by Maria Russo.
  • if your child likes lightness and humor and believes in Heaven, you could make light of the situation by saying that their loved one is in Heaven now doing the things that they love.  "“Grandpa is probably up in heaven giving Jesus cavities.”
  • be available and empathetic to your child's needs surrounding death
  • remember that each family + every religion has different ways of coping with death.

'bubble boy' disease finds a cure

Severe combined immunodeficiency syndrome (SCID), also known as 'bubble boy' disease, is a potentially fatal diagnoses that effects 1 in 200,000 babies, almost exclusively boys.  The key identifier of the disease is a genetic flaw that prevents bone marrow from making healthy versions of blood cells.  As harrowing as the condition is, a medical advancement miracle has recently occurred.  Doctors at St. Jude's have created an HIV gene therapy cure for SCID.  That's right, the typically known infection causing gene has been modified into a disease free savior used to deliver a gene the boys lack.  So far, eight babies have received the treatment with miraculous results.   huffington post more

queen bey's pregnancy

Superstar Beyoncé Knowles released on Tuesday night a Netflix documentary about her experience during the pregnancy and birth of her now 2 year-old twins, Sir and Rumi.  The film is entitled "Homecoming" and features a candid view of the health struggles faced by both her and her babies.  "My body went through more than I knew it could," she confessed.  "I was 218 pounds the day I gave birth ... I had high blood pressure. I developed toxemia, preeclampsia ."  Not only was her health on the line, but she felt as though her career was, too.  "Homecoming" takes a deeper look into the pressure placed on stars to balance fame, parenthood, and their overall wellbeing.   today more

push for late-term ultrasounds

A recent study by England's Pregnancy Outcome Position (POP) has concluded that conducting routine ultrasounds at 36 weeks' gestation is the healthy way to go.  Reasons behind their recommendation include medical precautions such as lower risks of emergency c-sections and the elimination of undiagnosed breech presentation of babies.  The team of researchers understand that ultrasounds cost money, but are pushing for the extra late-term visit with the hopes that it will cut costs in the long run.   science daily more

cesarean associated with asthma + allergies

New research confirms that infants delivered via cesarean section are twice as likely to suffer from both food allergies and asthma from birth through 36-months of age, compared to those who were delivered vaginally.  "... evidence from this and other studies suggests that the bacteria a mother passes to her baby during vaginal delivery may serve to protect the child from developing asthma and food allergies. Though cesarean deliveries simply cannot be avoided in many cases due to the health of the mother or baby, this study provides additional data that when vaginal delivery is safe, it provides additional health benefits for the infant." medical xpress more
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