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As the holiday season quickly approaches you may be planning to go see family and friends, if you are planning to bring along baby we have some tips that could help the trip go smoothly.

1. Plan travel around nap times

When booking your travel (if traveling by plane or train) or planning your ride try to plan around nap times. If you are en route when baby is already supposed to be sleeping then there will be minimal disruption to their schedule and hopefully make for a more peaceful ride.

2. Bring plenty of food

Be sure to pack additional food, formula and/or breast milk for the trip. Planes and trains are often delayed and you want to be sure to have enough food on hand should that occur. Also if this is your baby’s first time flying it might be a good idea to have some expressed milk in a bottle, the first time I flew with my son he would not nurse and I had to feed him from a bottle during take off and landing. (I also tried to remember to throw in a few snacks for myself)

3. Travel Gear

A portable crib like is great to set up in the airport so you can have a clean safe place to put baby down, and also a familiar and comfortable place for them to sleep. A travel system is also great, having the car seat and the stroller it can click into will make travel with the car seat much easier. If you are traveling by plane and intend to take the car seat on the plane double check that is approved for air travel. Baby carriers are great to keep hands free while walking through the airport, if your baby is a lap child consider checking your car seat and stroller and putting baby in the carrier for the airport. Once on the plane for take off and landing your child will have to come out of the carrier.

4. Well stocked diaper bag

Pack more than you think you will need to prepare for any delays, I liked to pack twice as many diapers and changes of clothes as I would for a normal outing. I also made sure to bring along a well stocked first aid kit complete with diaper rash cream, fever reducer, thermometer and remedies to calm my son’s stomach like gripe water on the go packs.

Hiccups are caused by sudden contractions of the diaphragm, they are harmless and are usually not a sign of a larger health issue hiccups can be a nuisance for baby’s and disrupt sleep and feedings. Here are some tips to help you ease your baby’s hiccups:

Slow Feedings:

Hiccups can be triggered by eating too fast, as the stomach quickly distends it can irritate the diaphragm. Try slowing down how quickly baby eats by breaking up 1 long feeding into 2 shorter feedings. It can also help to make sure baby is calm before the feeding begins. A small back rub and/or eating with minimal distractions can help to achieve this.

Burp Baby:

If your child takes in too much air as they eat their stomach can also distend too quickly and trigger hiccups, try burping baby in the middle of the feeding or adjusting their position (30 or 45 degree angle)  so that they are taking in less air.

Gripe Water:

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In a recent poll we found that 7% of moms buy Mommy’s Bliss gripe water to treat hiccups. So if the hiccups don’t subside after a few minutes and are disrupting sleep or feeding a little gripe water just may do the trick.

If you are concerned that your baby is getting hiccups too often or that it could be something more serious like reflux bring these concerns up to your doctor. Your baby’s hiccups should decrease in frequency as he or she gets older.

 

 

With the school year underway and the temperatures starting to drop it can be tough to keep kids healthy. Here are some tips to help keep the kids healthy this school year. Untitled design-3

1. Flu Shot While the flu vaccine is not a guarantee you and your children will not get the flu, it is still a good defense. The CDC recommends the flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older. New this year the CDC recommends the nasal mist for healthy children 2 to 8 when it is immediately available.

2. Hand washing One of the best ways to stop the spread of germs is hand washing. Encourage them to sing Happy Birthday to themselves and scrub all surfaces of their hands. Make sure you talk to your kids and remind them to wash their hands before meals and when coming in the house. It is also good to remind them to try not to touch their faces throughout the day and not to share drinks or utensils with friends at school.

3. Plenty of Exercise  Even as the temperatures drop it is important that kids get enough exercise,  here are some fun activities you can safely do with the kids indoors.

4. Fruits and Veggies It is important that kids (and adults) eat a well balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables. Encourage your kids to try new fruits and vegetables and have them get involved in the meal planning and prep. We love the family friendly recipes found on Weelicious and Annabel Karmel.

5. Sleep Getting enough sleep is essential for kids to stay healthy. Here are 10 tips to help kids get to sleep at night. Our soothing Sweet Slumber line helps to soothe your little ones for a good night’s sleep.

6. Water Drinking enough water is important to both stay healthy and fight off an illness, one way to encourage drinking enough water is to carry refillable water bottles for the kids.

 We are excited to share our expert answers from our first Pediatrician Corner! We would like to thank you all for sending in your questions and a very special thank you to our experts Dr. White and Dr. Waldstein.  ped corner

1. What’s good to use for baby eczema? (from Bridget R.)
 
Eczema (or atopic dermatitis) is a condition where a baby’s skin is dry, red, scaling and very itchy.  It is often genetic, or can be associated with allergies or asthma.  Eczema typically has periods where it is worse, and periods when it clears.  Unfortunately there is not a cure for eczema, but learning to control it and avoiding triggers can help.  The good news is that many babies outgrow it as they get older.
Since atopic dermatitis is often triggered by allergies, talking with your pediatrician about testing for allergies may be warranted.  If you know what the allergic triggers are, you can avoid them.  Second, you want to maintain moisturization of the skin.  This is important to help control it.  Good products for this that we find a lot of dermatologists recommend are Aveeno eczema therapy, Vanicream, or Cerave.  Even moisturizing with Aquaphor or Vaseline can be helpful.  Do short baths, pat the skin dry afterward, and immediately apply your moisturizer.  You can even moisturize more than once a day to help.  Using mild soaps that are fragrance and dye free is important as they are less irritating. Finally, using laundry detergents free and clear of fragrance  and other chemicals is important.  One we often recommend is Planet detergent.  Despite doing all of this, you will have times when the eczema flares.  If it is getting worse despite your typical skin care regimen, you should see your pediatrician.  He or she may prescribe steroid creams or ointments to help calm down the flare so you can prevent secondary infection.
 
2. What is the best way to soothe teething children? (from Camille L.)
Teething for some children may be extremely painful, while others may have no symptoms at all.  Providing a child with cool teething toys/rings can be helpful, and is often enough for some children.  Do not put the items in the freezer – as this can result in injury if it is too cold.  You can also massage the child’s gums.  If this is not enough, we recommend using benzocaine free homeopathic medications.  Examples to try which are helpful include Camilia, Hyland’s Teething Tablets, or benzocaine free gels.  Benzocaine has been associated with methemoglobinemia is babies and is potentially harmful.
 
3. What is the healthiest way to put a baby to bed? (from Tina T.)
 
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all babies up until the age of 1 should be placed on the back (aka supine) position to sleep to decrease the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).  The sleeping environment should also be on a firm mattress and be free from soft objects such as pillows/blankets/stuffed animals, etc.  There is concern regarding positional plagiocephaly (flatness of the head) due to sleep position.  Due to this, supervised tummy time during the day is recommended so the baby has some time off the back of the head.  Sleeping in car seats, swings, etc. is not recommended, especially for small babies who could get into positions that could be dangerous.  Aside from the sleep environment to keep your baby healthy, we recommend developing a nighttime routine.  This can consist of a bath, infant massage, quiet time, and even reading.  Developing this routine sticking to it will eventually help the baby sense these cues as the time for sleep.  To see the American Academy of Pediatrics Policy Statement regarding safe sleeping environment and SIDS reduction click here.
 
4. What is the best way to get rid of cradle cap? (from Huson T.)
 
Cradle cap (aka seborrheic dermatitis) is scaling and sometimes redness of the scalp in babies.  It can sometimes spread onto the face/eyebrows, behind the ear, or even into the diaper area.  It is a self limited condition, and will go away over a period of weeks to months.  To control it, do frequent shampooing of the hair/scalp.  Prior to the shampooing, you can apply oil to the scalp (such as baby/mineral oil or coconut oil), let it soak, and then use a very soft bristled brush afterward to brush out the scales.  In some more severe cases,  T-Gel shampoo may be recommended – however consult with your pediatrician prior to using medicated shampoos.
 
5. My twins slept great until they turned 4 months. Now they both wake up at least three times in the night to eat. I try to rock them back to sleep because but it can be 20 minutes and they still won’t sleep. So I cave and give them about 2 oz of formula in the night. During the day I give them about 26 oz of formula and they have 4 oz each of oatmeal cereal and 4 oz of a fruit and 4 oz of a veggie. I know they’re not hungry in the night! I don’t know what to do to get them to sleep but if I don’t get some sleep soon, I’m going to lose it!! They’re now 7 months old! (from Cyndi A.)
 
Sleep is often one of the most challenging problems parents face.  Babies at this age start to have some separation anxiety as a normal part of development.  We find that oftentimes this will interfere with sleep patterns.  There are differing theories/methods on the best way to get your child to sleep – ranging from the “cry it out” method to attachment parenting where there is no training.  Each family has to decide what they are comfortable with.  Wheras I have some families who are all about crying it out, some cannot do this.  Most of my families fall somewhere in the middle.  In general, a baby at this age does not need to eat at night.  It is a comfort measure for them – and if it has been going on for a while they may now be conditioned to wake up for it.  I would decide what level of comfort you have with sleep training and then stick to it.  For our local families who have difficulty, we often refer them to www.sleepyplanet.com. Their Sleep Easy Solution is a middle ground which many parents have more comfort with.  

 

Any views or opinions presented in this blog are solely those of the pediatricians and do not necessarily represent those of the company. Always consult with your pediatrician first.

Halloween is a fun time for kids to get and receive treats, to help save their tummies and teeth I try to find healthy alternatives to send into my kids’ classes. Here are a few of my favorite non-candy Halloween treats.

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1. Frightful Fruit Kebabs via SheKnows

 2. GoGo Squeeze Mummy Pouches via the nerds wife

 3. Halloween Monster Mouths via Raining Hot Coupons

 4. Halloween Fruit Cups via Stockpiling Moms

5. Nature’s Candy Corn and Fruit Dip via Super Healthy Kids

6. Jack-O-Lantern Clementines via Don’t Waste the Crumbs

If your kids over indulge in too many sweet treats this Halloween, have some Kids Upset Tummy and Nausea Relief on hand to help ease their stomach discomfort.