Wednesday, October 29, 2014

How To Stock A Medicine Cabinet

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Inevitably, it's flu season, someone gets sick and you find yourself making a midnight run to the local pharmacy.  When more than a good cuddle on the couch is needed, a well-stocked medicine cabinet becomes the next best thing.

One of the first things to consider when stocking a medicine cabinet is your family's particular health issues.  Do you have a diabetic, an asthmatic or someone with an allergy in your home?  If so, those are the first and easiest medications to stock because the condition already exists.  They will always be needed and should always be current and stocked.

Another thing to consider is taping a set of instructions to the inside of the cabinet door.  An example of this would be how and when to use a particular medication or how to perform CPR.  If you or someone in your home is a newly-diagnosed patient, having instructions on how to use the medications and properly store them proves vital.

You can also keep an In Case of Emergency envelope.  Some of these things seem like common sense information, but in an emergency, it is much easier to have it all written down than it is to try to remember it.  Include important information such as:
  • Your name
  • Your address
  • Your child's name
  • Your child's date of birth
  • Any known allergies listed by household member
  • The closest hospital (name, address, phone number)
  • The closest children's hospital (name, address, phone number)
  • If you are pregnant, list the closest hospital with a Level II or III NICU
    • Level II NICUs tend to babies born at 32 weeks gestation or greater
    • Level III NICUs tend to babies born at less than 32 weeks gestation and need more specialized care
  • Your primary care provider or specialist
  • Your child's primary health care provider (name, address, phone number)
  • The Poison Control phone number (1-800-222-1222). 
  • Police station information
  • Ambulance service information
Here are some commonly needed items for the medicine cabinet, listed by topic.

  • Allergy eye drops
  • Benadryl (Made in the USA)
  • Seasonal allergy medication
  • Acetaminophen and ibuprofen: for fever reduction and pain relief
    • Note: Do not give children aspirin.  It puts them at risk for Reye's syndrome - a rare and serious condition that causes brain damage and liver function issues.
  • Bulb syringe: to suction any mucus
  • Children's cough syrup
  • Children's decongestant
  • Children's dosage cup or spoon
  • Hydrocortisone cream
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Saline nose drops
  • Vaporub
  • Adhesive tape
  • Antibacterial ointment
    • If the tube touches a cut when applying, throw it out and buy a new one.  Touching an open cut can introduce bacteria to the tube.
  • Bandages:
    • stock various sizes
    • Note: Small bandages can be a choking hazard for small children so keep an eye on your child.
  • Calamine lotion
    • helps relieve skin itchiness, ie: chicken pox, bug bites, skin reactions
  • Cotton balls and cotton-tipped applicators
  • Diaper cream
  • Disinfectant and alcohol wipes
  • Gauze
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Insect repellent
  • Petroleum jelly
    • for abrasions, cuts; also to help keep moisture away from baby's bottom during diaper rash episodes; act as lubricant when constipated or for a rectal thermometer
  • Sunscreen
  • Teething gel
  • Thermometer: for taking temperature
  • Tweezers
    • for removing splinters or ticks (sterilize before using)
Fungal Issues
  • Anti-fungal medicine
Tummy Trouble
  • Activated charcoal
    • for accidental poisoning
    • Call the Poison Control phone number 1-800-222-1222 or 911.
  • Antacids
  • Anti-diarrhea medication
  • Rehydration solution, such as Pedialyte
With the holidays right around the corner and all of the gatherings happening, having a well-stocked medicine cabinet assures you that you can focus your attention on your guests and not on runny noses, dry eyes or acid stomachs after eating too much from the Thanksgiving Day banquet.


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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

11 Maternity Wardrobe Basics Made in the USA

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CONGRATULATIONS!  Expecting a new baby envelopes a new Mama and Papa with so many emotions.  Once the elation of an ever-changing life settles, the preparation begins and so does the unsettling feeling in Mama's mid-section.  To help ease some of the adventure into the world of pregnancy brain, here is a list of some basic maternity wardrobe must-haves, all made in the USA.

1.  Wrap dress
2.  Spanx Power Mama Shaper
3.  Cardigan: A maternity cardigan is more practical during the winter since you will be covering up more than any other season.  Otherwise, you might be able to get away with your pre-pregnancy cardigan.
4. Yoga Pants: Comfort, comfort, comfort!

Soulful Sound Waves Dress
5The Ultimate Maternity Belt:  The belt provides support for lower back pain - and you will get it.  (Think yoga cat pose)
6.  Maternity Jeans - Boot Cut: These complement any body type.  The boot-cut balances out your glowing mid-section.

7.  Maternity Belly Band: When you're in the home stretch of your ever-expanding bump, this Belly Band acts as an extender to your top when everything doesn't seem to fit anymore.
8.  Belly Bandit Tummy Wrap: Great for postpartum use.
9. Stockings / Tights: They help with swelling and tired legs and prevent varicose veins.  Remember no knee-high socks or stockings.
10.  Maxi Dress: A maxi dress forgives all, even during the last trimester when leg-crossing is both a near-impossibility and a no-no.
11.  Comfortable [Flat] shoes: A pair of sneakers can be included in the choice for comfortable shoes, especially for swelling feet.  If sneakers are not an option for you, try these Oka b Taylor Flats.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Gender Reveal

Our baby officially arrived.....well some time ago, but it's been a while since I posted anything here. God blessed us with a bouncing baby boy!!  We had him at home.  YES!  You read that correctly....a Home Birth!  It was an amazing experience. 

Those first few days and weeks proved challenging, as any postpartum time will be.  We had to go in for an echocardiogram and daily weight checks.  All three kids caught a cold.  It was very scary to hear our newborn with a cold.  Hearing a newborn choke is something I hope that none of you ever experience.  At one point, I slept about two hours in a 48-hour period because I was giving him saline drops and constantly suctioning him.  I was afraid of falling asleep and not hearing him if he needed me.  We made it through all of the illnesses.  Then, my computer broke.  I was putting together the Thursday blog hop and my computer just stopped working.  All of the proverbial balls that I was juggling just came tumbling down.  I took it as God telling me that I needed to take a break.  I decided to exhale and enjoy my new life.

I have written this post in my mind so many times and wasn't sure how to start back up.  Then it occurred to me to just write it.  A reader once told me that my regular readers would always be here to read my blog.  That encouraged me to write this after so much time off.  My goal in writing this blog has always been to give you a place to find positive encouragement.  I appreciate that I have received it from you.

As for positive encouragement: for those of you that emailed me privately, asking how I was doing - THANK YOU!!  It is humbling to know that with all of the blogs, websites, and day-to-day activities going on in your days that you took the time to see how my family and I were doing.  Again, thank you.  I appreciate you beyond words.

I truly hope you will come back and see what is in store.  What has been going on with you?  I would love to hear from you.

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