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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Creating A Night Time Routine For Children

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As many parents will have discovered over time, the years were your babies start to grow into toddlers can be a difficult process. It can be hard for parents to let go of being the baby’s everything as they start to develop their own thoughts properly and start walking and talking. It is an exciting time to see them start to grow into their very own person, as you help them along the way. With these physical and mental changes, come changes within the home routine too. Parents need to commit themselves to any changes and be strong minded in carrying them out. It is a great idea to make your own plan before this stage comes up so you feel prepared in advance. Having a list of things you need to do and how you will deal with situations will mean when they come around you won’t feel lost.

One routine that is the most difficult to master is of course at bedtime. When they are months old they enjoy waking up at 3am to cry their little heart out, often for no reason. Those long sleepless nights certainly become tiresome but are something that the vast majority of parents will experience regularly. It is expected and the usual routine of checking they are warm and dry is carried out. Once they start to grow and can no longer sleep in a cot in your room they should be starting to go to sleep in their own bed and in their own room. This can be a hard time to let go for both parents and the child but it must happen to create that little bit of space that is needed. It will be the start of your child becoming slightly more independent which will carry on through as they grow up.

Children will certainly put up a fight when being made to go up to bed, saying how their friend at school are allowed to go to bed half an hour later than them and also how they are afraid of the dark and cannot go in there alone. You need to tackle these excuses so they aren’t able to use them. You need to set strict time guidelines and follow through with them; once a child knows that can be broken they will keep pushing. To end the worries of being in the dark you can easily purchase a childrensnight light for the landing or in their bedroom. The soft glow will put them at ease and you can get really cute designs these days.

After being persistent and making sure not to give in and let them into your bed, the whole transition should be smooth and not take too long to complete. Sometimes discipline can be hard but carrying it out as early as possible will help you for when they get older, especially so when they gain even more knowledge of how to worm their way around you to make sure they get their own way!

History and Advantages of Ultrasound

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Did you know that the ancient Chinese believed that each of us is actually nine months older than you thought? Today, there is growing evidence that this is true. Many research results show that the unborn child, especially in the last period of intrauterine life feels, understands and responds to external stimuli (sound, light, touch).

The fetus already begins to move spontaneously in the seventh week of pregnancy, but the mother feels it much later (15th to 21st week). Types of foetal movements include squirming, sharp blows and small, rhythmic strokes. During pregnancy, the wiggle is amplified, rhythmic strokes are continuing steadily from the 5th to the 9th month, while enhancing sharp blows to the 7th month, and then decrease. Thus, in late pregnancy, the child can smile, frown, suck hands or rub your eyes.

Even in the late 19th century it was believed that the child is born completely deaf. Today we know that the middle ear is fully developed in mid-pregnancy. Until the advent of the science of ultrasound to study the foetus, they mainly used macroscopic and microscopic analyses of aborted embryos and fetuses.

The possibility of direct monitoring of normal and abnormal activities of the unborn child was not introduced until the 1960's when the development of ultrasounds began. First ultrasound machines allowed only a rough outline of the morphology of the fetus. Detailed review enabled the grey image. Development views in real time are enabled to directly monitor the dynamics of the fetus, its physiological functions, as well as detection of pathological processes. Today a critical role in the timely finding of foetal growth and its endangerment of colored Doppler.

Complete prenatal development stages can be viewed on Wikipedia.

Computer processing of ultrasound images to three-dimensional views of the foetus (3D), and a technique for such a depiction of the real time (4D). This as-yet very expensive machine, you can display the finest details of the foetus and can detect even the slightest morphological foetal anomalies. Depicting the faces we almost have an insight into the look of the baby. WE see how the foetus rubs its eyes, sucking hands or feet, frowns or smiles, yawns, or pokes tongue out. It should be noted that sometimes, at a certain point of pregnancy, the ability to display certain parts of the body limits the amount of amniotic fluid, the position of the placenta and foetus.

4D ultrasounds can be used without risk to the health of mother and child throughout pregnancy. Already in the embryonic stage of development is astonishing detailed, and in late pregnancy face look completely corresponds to that of the newborn. With this method, the parents, in the literal sense, can meet their child before birth. The fact that the image of the baby can be seen much clearer and with more realism make this ultrasound valuable and necessary.

Pregnancy and the birth of the baby are the most memorable moments in a woman's life. Bearing this in mind, a large number of clinics provide a number of services that allow the women to understand this unique and extraordinary period of pregnancy and with the desire to make it interesting, beautiful and safe as possible.

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What to Expect Before Expecting - IVF Fertility Treatment

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Before starting with any fertility treatment, you and your partner should discuss how far you are going to take it and where to draw the line. Are you going to only try medicine, are you willing to go for surgery? In addition to that, you also have to discuss how much money you are going to spend on these treatments as they can become a rather costly affair. Making sure to discuss these issues before the treatment starts will help you from becoming emotionally and financially drained.

Depending on what is causing your fertility problems will determine which fertility treatment to go for. Below is what to expect when going for Invitro Fertilization.

IVF, which stands for in vitro fertilisation, is the process by which the egg is fertilised by sperm outside of the body. It is important to note that IVF is a major treatment when other treatments and methods have failed.

This treatment has proved successful for women who have either blocked or damaged fallopian tubes. Fertility drugs are given to stimulate the follicles to grow as many eggs as possible during a cycle. This will help the ovaries to develop mature eggs which are ready for fertilization. You will then have one to three daily hormone injections for 12 days. This helps stimulate the ovaries to release a larger number of mature eggs than usual. Note that different women respond differently to these treatments. Some feel the side effects more than others, ad you can expect to visit the clinic around five times during your treatment for ultrasound and blood tests.

Your doctor will then monitor your blood hormone levels to determine when your eggs are mature and ready to be removed. An injection of human gonadotrophin (hCG), also known as the “trigger shot”, will trigger the release of the eggs between thirty and forty hours before they are collected.
You will then go for an ultrasound which will determine whether your eggs are ready to be retrieved or not. You will be given a mild aesthetic to dull the pain, but will still be awake. The doctor will then use a fine hollow needle attached to the ultrasound to locate the follicles that contain the eggs and they will then be removed through the wall of the vagina. It is common for a doctor to remove between 10 and 30 eggs and takes about 20 minutes.

While your eggs are being collected, your partner will need to provide a fresh sample of semen. If the sperm has been donated, the sample will be taken from the freezer and the best – quality sperm is extracted. The sperm is then combined with the eggs in a dish and left to culture in an incubator.
Within about 18 hours of combining the eggs with the sperm, the dish will be checked to see if any eggs have been fertilised. If they have, they will be kept for between two and five days before transferring them back into the uterus using a catheter. You will be relieved to know that this is a painless process.

Your partner will then give you daily injections of progesterone to help aid implantation.
You can then take a pregnancy test after 2 weeks to see whether the fertility treatment has been successful or not. Once your pregnancy has been confirmed, you should go for an ultrasound scan at about six weeks. This will be to check that the embryo has implanted in your uterus.

Leslie Craft enjoys the pleasures of parenthood and would not have been able to, had it not been for fertility treatments.

Preventing Earaches In Children

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The treatment of earaches in children can be anything from conservative (hot and cold compresses) to moderately unusual (olive oil and garlic oil in the swollen eardrum) to downright radical—as in cholesteatoma surgery.  However, there are always workable solutions and patients are never told what to do by doctors.  They are merely given the facts to make an informed medical decision.
Of course, the best way to protect a child from the intense pain of an earache (and to save yourself plenty of stress) is to spend a little time educating your child on proper hygiene and proper ear care.  Therefore, if your child is lucky enough to have avoided the dreaded ear ache, or if he or she has just recovered from an episode, make sure to emphasize these prevention points.

Tips on Avoiding Earaches
First, try to feed infant children in an upright position.  One of the most common causes of earaches is the accidental spilling of fluid inside the ear.  This means constant supervision as well as the prevention of a baby falling asleep with a bottle.  If you are traveling in a plane, be sure to feed an infant during landing or taking off in order to prevent ears popping.

Obviously, you want to educate your child on the importance of avoiding others who have colds, since children are not instinctively protective of their own health.  Train boys and girls to be hygienic and to regularly wash their hands and apply sanitizer after physical contact or touching various foreign objects.  Children who blow their nose harshly may slowly but surely damage parts of their ears, so this behavior should be discouraged.

Environmental Issues and Earwax Removal
Consider the importance of environment.  A child will never have adequate ear health if he or she is surrounded by second hand smoke.  Furthermore, don’t be content with the dry air in a room; if possible, use a vaporizer or humidifier to keep things moist in the house.  In addition to smoke, pet dander pollen and other airborne pollutants can make matters worse.  Antihistamines can also minimize the chance of an ear-aching allergy attack.

What about the problem of earwax?  Earwax buildup can be a difficult experience if you have to seek a doctor’s help.  However, you can minimize the threat of blockage by performing weekly irrigations on a young one.  First off, do not shove a Q-tip inside the lad’s ear as this could be potentially dangerous.  Instead, clean the outer ear and use very gentle liquids to loosen the blockage, such as baby oil, OTC drops, hydrogen peroxide or even mineral oil.

You can also use regular water (at room temperature) with a syringe.  After applying (with the child holding his head upright, and you straightening the ear canal), tip the head slightly so that the water can drain.  Repeat as needed.  Afterward, be sure to dry the area.  Alcohol drops or even the use of a hairdryer is effective in this case.

In some cases, particularly if the blockage is too much, a doctor might have to assist a child by performing irrigation, or perhaps even using a special device for ear wax removal, such as a suction device, a curette, or the guided help of a microscope.

While earaches are not “fatal” per say, it is nonetheless vital that you seek medical treatment if the situation persists beyond a few days.  Untreated ear problems could result in hearing loss or speech problems.  For more information on hearing loss, earaches and possibly treatment methods that do not involve painful procedures or surgery, be sure to talk to an ENT doctor regarding your options.


Dr. Michael Barakate is a paediatric and adult otolaryngologist located in Sydney, Australia.  For more information on ENT surgery and ENT disorders, visit

What Exactly Is Planking?

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Do you plank? That is kind of a weird question to be asked. When someone first posed it to me I had no idea what they were talking about. But that was years and many planks ago.

Now everyone planks. Men, women, young, and old all plank because plank-styled exercises are fantastic for building the core muscles and making the central area of the body stronger and toned. Planks are great because they don't just work the front abs but also muscles in the hips, lower back, and the side abdominal muscles as well.

Also another great thing about this type of exercise is that it is low impact and has a lot of variety. With that in mind we have some great plank options for people to use in creating a great abdominal and core workout.

Plank Options

  • Elbow Plank - This is a beginner level plank. You assume a push-up position but instead of straight arms, you bend at the elbow at a 90 degree angle and rest your weight on your forearms. The body is kept flat like a board with the abs, hips, and lower back all tight to keep the position. Usually you hold this position for 30 to 60 seconds.
  • Standard Plank - This is the same as an Elbow Plank, except your arms are straight and your weight is supported by your hands and feet. From both this and the Elbow Plank you can do a few variations to make them more difficult.
  • Plank Jacks - You can do this from either the elbow or standard plank. While holding your body steady jump both feet out wide like a jumping jack then jump them back together. The entire time you need to keep your core tight and back as flat as possible.
  • Knee Thrust Plank - Start in a standard plank position. Draw your right knee up to your chest while balancing on your left foot. Straighten your right leg out then repeat with your left. Keep alternating the entire time.
  • Spider-Man Plank - This is like the knee-thrust plank except instead of bringing your knee up you instead bring it out and around to touch your elbow. You will look like Spider-Man when he does his wall-crawling thing. Alternate legs one at a time.
  • T-Planks - Start in a standard plank. Lift your right hand off the ground and twist your right shoulder toward the ceiling while rotating your arm out and up to point to the ceiling. You will twist your hips as well and balance on one hand and your feet. This exercise is a killer on working the muscles that help with torso rotation. When your hand it straight overhead your body should look like a "T". Reverse the motion back to standard and then repeat with the other side.
  • Side Plank - Lay on your side with your feet on top of each other and your arm underneath you. Raise yourself up so that your weight is supported by your elbow and forearm, raise your hips off the ground, and balance on the side of your foot. Use your core to keep your body flat and place your top hand on your hip. Hold this position for the allotted time then roll over and do the other side.

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5 Ways to Preserve Your Digital Photos

Keeping digital photos saved on your hard drive is fine, but it gets a little boring just looking at your photos on the computer. Thanks to advancements in digital technology, you can preserve your digital photos in a much better way. There are many printing options that will allow you to enjoy the photos outside of the computer, and this can give new life to your pictures. These are just a few ways that you can preserve your digital photos.

Canvas Prints

Canvas is the material that most artists paint on, and a canvas print will make your photos look like a piece of art. Hanging up a grayscale canvas print around a dynamic border can make a great accent piece for any room, and canvas’s texture will make your photos look very powerful. If you want a creative way to decorate your room, then canvas prints can be quite useful.

Personalized Photo Cards

There are generic cards, and then there are personalized photo cards. Generic cards are just boring prints that don’t have any personal touch. A personalized photo card has a dynamic border, graphics that accentuate the action and you can add personal information that makes the print truly custom. If you want to step away from normal prints, then order personalized photo cards. These will really make your photos sing. The holiday season is perfect for sengin personalized photo cards!


Most people don’t consider creating posters from their photos, but this is a great way to display action shots. For example, you could make a great poster of your child playing sports. Posters can get fairly large, but they are often inexpensive to print. Custom posters are also great for artists. There is nothing like blowing up your masterpieces and displaying them on the wall.

Photo Books

A custom photo book is the best way to organize and display your many pictures. There are many websites that allow you to design your photobook online. Those tend to also have several themes you can choose from, and choosing the right theme can make the pictures pop.
For example, you can make a travel photo book to really show off photos of you and your family traveling. You don’t need to be an artist to make your photo book look great. Just choose a good theme, and then add your photos in whatever order you want.


A custom calendar is a great way to emphasize 12 of your favorite photos, and it turns them into something useful. Custom calendars also make great gifts, and everyone will love looking at the monthly photos. You can also add your family’s personal celebrations, such as birthdays or special holidays. If you want something fun and practical, then custom calendars are the best.
Digital photos are great, and you can easily store thousands of pictures on your computer. At the same time, printing them out allows you to enjoy the photos more, and you can put them around the house as decorations. Consider preserving your digital photos by using the ideas above. Custom prints make great gifts, and they make your special photos look even better.

Patricia Padic is a blogger and mom of 3 beautiful kids. She occasionally blogs about photography and parenting.

Protect Your Kids From Pests When They Play Outdoors

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Once your children feel the warm weather, you can expect them to plead with you for a day at the park. There is nothing wrong with allowing the kids play at the park, because it is actually good for their health. However, this does not mean that your children are perfectly safe outdoors as they play. There are various insects crawling and flying about at parks and most of these insects are carriers of deadly diseases. So, not only will the children feel the pain of being bitten or stung, but they can be at risk of fatal health diseases. It is a fact that preventing the kids from playing at the park to avoid exposure is impossible, but it is not impossible to keep your children safe from harm.

Safe Ways to Protect The Kids Outdoors

Before you allow your children to run outside and play, you must make sure that the park is not located near areas with overgrown greenery. This is because pests can be found in areas where there is leaf litter, high grass and even thick weeds. Also have your children stay away from areas where stagnant water is present.

Let your kids smell like kids and not heavily scented with perfume or cologne. Some scents may be very attractive by its smell, but it can also attract pests. This is why heavy scented soaps, oils, soaps, lotions and hair products must be avoided when going outdoors to play.

Train your children to understand the importance of pest control. You can teach them to remove their clothes after they have been to the park and have them take a shower. If the family pet has a habit of accompanying your children outdoors at the park, you can teach your kids how to care for their pet and how to clean the house to get rid of pests the pet may have brought home.

Natural insect repellents can be used to protect your children instead of using sprays and lotions containing deadly chemicals. DEET is a common content in many insect repellents that must be avoided. Even pets must be well treated against insects by using flea collars, shampoos and other treatments. However, it is essential that the content of these products be checked for safety as quiet a number of such products have already been linked to serious health conditions in animals. Those which are safe to be used must be applied carefully and reapplied frequently to maintain the effectiveness.

Common Insects That Can Be Found At Parks

Yellow Jackets
These stinging insects have a preference for fruits and juices. Unfortunately, yellow jackets are aggressive and they can attack children and even adults who are simply eating, drinking and playing outdoors.

Fire Ants
These creatures are very small, yet their attack is very painful, most especially when done in great numbers. Children who are allergic to insect bites and stings must be cautious of such an insect because a single sting can easily threaten a young person's health.

After these tiny flying creatures feed on the blood of their victims, they leave itchy welts. Unfortunately, the welts can be worst on young children and the risk of transmitting dangerous diseases is great.

If the park is located near a wooded environment with tall grass, you can expect Ticks to be present. Just like mosquitoes, they can transmit dangerous diseases and they can easily hitch rides on your children's clothing.

Valerie Banks is a freelance writer specializing in natural pest control methods. She regularly contributes pest control articles for websites, such as Rove Pest Control where a well experienced professionals can be consulted.