Archive for category 0-to-6 Months

Infantile Spasms (IS) – An FAQ

HEALTH ALERT: Parents, be advised that if your baby has Down syndrome, they have a 10% (1 out of 10) chance of having Infantile Spasms (a form of baby epilepsy). This is an under reported disease in infants with DS.

It shows up around 3 to 12 months of age and presents as a strange “Salaam” motion –the hands come together at the chest area and arms are extremely rigid. The legs also contract and the knees come up. The baby usually cries out during an episode. We have summarized what you need to know in this entry so that you can become familiar with IS and how it is treated. It is critical that you bring your baby to the emergency room for immediate care. This must be treated or brain injury will result.

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Constipation – Help for Babies

Constipation is a common problem in infants with DS. The suspected reason is low tone in the abdominal region. While breastfed babies rarely experience constipation, sometimes the foods the mother eats can cause some problems in the gut of the baby. When we made the transition from breastmilk to solids, we saw some slowing of our daughter’s digestion. Along the way we have collected remedies to help bring relief to the baby. Here is my list of things that will help move the bowels.
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Dev – Cause and Effect

This toy really motivated Arabella to press the large button-pad. It had vibration, visual stimulous (flying confetti in the dome) and a tinny music box rendition of Sesame Street’s theme song. It was loaned to us through her school’s Infant & Toddler Program and it was her favorite. Here she is in January 2009 exploring it for the first time.

Coming soon: Arabella reunites with her old toy-friend in June 2009.
-Anne Marie, mom

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Homeopathic Teething Remedies: A Mom’s Perspective

Neatly folded in a small square plastic storage box is a list of remedies for teething and the remedies themselves. I have been keeping this box and my Helios brand First Aid Kit For Travelers close at hand for a good number of months, throwing them into my daughter’s diaper bag when we leave the house. When the right remedy is used, my baby girl gets rapid pain relief and her gentle sweet nature returns.
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Baltic Amber Teething Necklace

My first thought with a roll of my eyeballs was, “Oh, God, what a hippie necklace!” A very, ultra alternative-type girlfriend of mine put them on both of her children and I dismissed it without much thought. It wasn’t until my ultra conservative Republican friend was pushing a stroller with her daughter in it, and she was wearing one. Upon questioning it, my girlfriend announced, “Oh, those? Everyone in Europe uses amber teething necklaces, it’s just Americans who are a little slow to catch on.”

The minute I got home from my walk, I jumped on Google and searched the web for history and information as to how these necklaces work.
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