Archive | July 2014

Keeping it safe on the playground!

2014-05-27 10.38.00Memorial weekend was off to a good start, my son, age 3, and I decide to attend a nice gathering with friends and family at Alley Pond Park in Queens, NY.  We were enjoying a nice day at the park, riding scooters, eating the inevitable chips and junk food that all kids love so much. Overall, we were having a great day.

My little boy was getting a bit bored towards the end of the day though, so we decided to head to the playground that was nearby.

The playground was a bit high and, in hind sight, tailored a bit toward older kids but I figured he would be ok. There was a bridge that he stumbled on, but again I figured he would be ok. About 5 minutes later my boy trips on the edge of the bridge and goes flying head first into a wooden step. I swore he broke his nose!

It took all I had to keep calm and pick him up and assess the damage. He had a black bruise in the middle of his forehead almost immediately and it was swelling up by the minute. I was applying ice, but at a park with limited supplies it seemed useless.

A peaceful fun day had now turned into a frantic one in a split second. I gathered all my stuff and rushed him to nearest hospital, as head injuries are a bit tricky. I kept talking to him and making sure he was conscious and coherent.

He was evaluated and observed for 4 hours and determined to be ok. He was a very brave boy. We are definitely counting our blessings. The nurse reassured me that the forehead is the ideal spot for a kid to get hit, as it is the hardest part and odds are the brain won’t be affected. Not that anyone wants their kid to have a head injury but if it did happen, that is where you would want it to occur.

The doctor advised me to keep checking for the main symptoms such as fainting, vomiting, dilated pupils, dizziness, disorientation, headache and mood changes. She told me to apply ice on the bump for 20 minutes every hour to hour and a half for the first 24hrs and then only heat.  I was a bit surprised about the heat. I have never heard of applying heat to an injury before. Even in movies you see a piece of meat for a black eye or ice for injured athletes. So I chose to share this story in hopes of informing other parents who may not have heard about this and to make sure they know what symptoms to look for in case of a head injury.

Apparently, the swelling will go down with the ice but if you continue with the ice after 24 hours you will be stopping the blood flow the injury needs to heal and therefore causing a hard bump underneath the bruise. I forget the medical terminology for this bump. I believe it’s a hematoma, but apparently it will take a VERY LONG time go away unless you apply the heat early on. It may take years before you see a difference without applying the heat to increase blood flow.

This bump is not at all dangerous, and other than for cosmetic reasons, isn’t an issue but I figure no one wants their kid going around with a lump in the middle of their forehead if it can be prevented.

We were definitely lucky this time around and I will be a bit more conscious about the playgrounds he plays in. We learned the hard way that all playgrounds are not safe for toddlers. From now on I will choose playgrounds no more than 3 ft off the ground to make sure they are age appropriate.

 

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No Child Should Be Left Alone In A Car

20140714-150151-54111183.jpgI have recently come across so many posts regarding parents who have “forgotten” their child in the car on a hot day (or any day for that matter) which has caused the child to overheat, and in many cases lose their precious life.  The idea of being so consumed by your daily routine to the point of completely forgetting/neglecting to get your child from the back seat is just unfathomable to me.  Is it really possible?  I can’t imagine how it could be.  I understand people get busy, have daily life snags, may have an overwhelming amount of things to do, their daily routine may change a bit, but to FORGET YOUR CHILD! That’s just ridiculous! Can’t you see your child is in the back seat with your peripheral vision? Or when you get out of the car, obviously there’s someone in the car, can’t you sense it? Have we become that detached? As a parent I couldn’t bear to live with the thought that I was so busy with non-sense that I forgot my beautiful child.

When I am at work I think about my child constantly.  Wondering how she’s doing, what she’s doing, did she eat, did she take her nap, etc.  If I knew my hubby was out and about with her and perhaps needed to drop her off somewhere, I always call and find out how it went, if he dropped her off and so on.  So if your wife or husband happens to be responsible for dropping of the child at the babysitter’s or at daycare and this is not normally their responsibility for instance, wouldn’t you call and find out how things went when dropping off the child?

Or as the parent that was responsible for dropping off the child to remember, “oh, wait I strapped in my kid this morning and I’m supposed to drop him/her off.” Or even perhaps the babysitter, daycare, school call the parent and find out where the child is…aren’t they supposed to be expecting him/her to arrive? I believe most daycares and schools do call if the child is absent, therefore, I just don’t understand how you can forget your child for 8+ hours out of the day and no one calls anyone! It just boggles my mind.

I once saw a story on TV of a lady who had four children.  One particular morning she was responsible for dropping the baby at daycare, however, because it wasn’t her normal routine she went to work and forgot her child in the car on a hot day.  What the heck can you possibly be thinking about that is so important that you completely forget you were driving with your child in the back seat? The child was found dead by a colleague of hers at like 6 PM when she walked by her car in the parking lot. The mother seemed genuinely devastated she had lost her child and who knows maybe she genuinely forgot.  However, one of the most recent stories is of the one father from CT who forgot his child in the car the entire day. He is now in custody since after some investigation it turns out the father actually went to the car during lunch, went out and grabbed lunch all while his precious child was in the back seat overheating.  You can’t possibly tell me he did not see his child during his lunch break! He is obviously in custody because of his intentional negligence and I hope justice is served for the sake of the child.

These are just two stories of this type.  According to Department of Earth & Climate Sciences San Francisco State University already 17 children have died this year due to heat-stroke or Hyperthermia.  That is just devastating because these incidences are completely avoidable if parents were more present. It saddens me to know these children have gone through such agonizing deaths while the parent was doing who knows what.

In an effort to bring awareness to this situation and in hopes that no child should ever go through this, Terry Williams filmed himself in a hot car to show others what it is like.  In his video you can see how much he is sweating in a just a few minutes.  Imagine now a child with less resistance to hyperthermia than an adult.  Here’s his video:

He is asking everyone to try this out for themselves and help spread the word in order to prevent these types of incidents. I find it absolutely courageous that some parents/people have decided to put themselves in the child’s position to show the world what these poor little angels have gone through. Let’s continue to spread the word and create awareness…it can save a child’s life!

Here’s a re-enactment of a possible circumstance of leaving a child in the car.

Perhaps it is possible that one can genuinely forget their child in the back seat of the car.  As a mom myself, I ask all parents to live in the present moment and avoid something like this happening to your child. When you go in the car after buckling your child in the back seat do something to remind you that your child is there, put kid’s music on or talk to your child the entire ride.  Some other parents have suggested taking off one shoe and putting it in the back seat or taking the child’s toy or teddy bear and putting it in the front seat with you.  These are just some ideas, but as a parent I’m sure you can come up with other ideas that will help you remember if need be.

While doing some research on this topic I found a very useful and informational website, www.kidsandcars.org that can provide you with great information for car-child safety and here are a couple of their nice Fact-Sheets that are great to follow:

http://www.kidsandcars.org/userfiles/dangers/heat-stroke/look-before-you-lock-front.pdf

http://www.kidsandcars.org/userfiles/dangers/heat-stroke/look-before-you-lock-back.pdf

 

xoxo

Karintia

 

 

Why every child should have a ZooMoos this summer!

20140710-103432-38072369.jpgWhen we received our package with our very own ZooMoos, Kiara immediately snatched it from my hand and ran with it as she said “mine, mine.” She has not let go of her Sparkle ZooMoos ever since.

What we love most about the ZooMoos is that they are super cute, insulated sippy cup holders that look like a toy and my little one loves to carry it around. I definitely think every parent should get their child one of these.  The holder is designed to keep your child’s beverage nice and cold. It can also keep milk from spoiling by keeping it fresh!  ZooMoos come in various, fun designs your child will love. Go check out www.ZooMoos.com and let us know how you like it.   My daughter’s favorite is Sparkle – the cutest little unicorn ever!  The ZooMoos holder comes ready with its own BPA-free and phthalate free sippy cup, which is very convenient and safe. Its useful design allows you to fit in most sippy cups, bottles or cans. How perfect is that!?

Diana Dinges is the mom-preneur behind this fabulous invention. Her ingenious idea is sure to make every mom or dad grateful, particularly on a hot summer day.  Dinges is a mother of two and always found herself having to use her college coozies in order to keep her children’s drinks cool. This inevitably led her to the idea and development of ZooMoos as there was nothing out in the market like this for children.

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ZooMoos are suitable for children 6 months and up; they are easy to hold, machine washable and are made of neoprene.  Their durable material is meant for a long-lasting experience. Kiara has already taken her ZooMoos to the park, on our jogs and to restaurants. It is also very easy to spot thankfully, with their beautiful bright colors. No more forgetting her sippy cups (it’s happened a few times in the past before we got our ZooMoos).

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If you are working on introducing sippy cups to your little one, using a ZooMoos is actually a fun way to start. Also, if your child is going to school or daycare, this is by far the best way for him/her to keep their drink cool throughout the day and to identify their own sippy cup or bottle if thrown into mix.

We are absolutely delighted and in love with our ZooMoos!! We highly recommend it!!!

ZooMoos are currently featured on Zulily for a discounted price of $12.99 (retails for $19.99) www.zoomoos.com. Hurry on and get yours! This summer is super hot!!!

xoxo

Karintia

Potty – Training Part Deux

Arrrghh this mama needs some sleep!  For the past two days I would say I’m probably running on 7 hours of sleep all together.  I don’t know if you remember from my previous potty training post; Kiara had regressed in her potty training and was refusing to go to the potty.  Well, this post is basically a continuation of my previous potty training post.   Since then she has been slowly getting back into her routine of doing pee-pee in the potty (she’s been poopy trained since the age of about 14-15 months).  Today, I am happy to announce that my Kiara is doing great!  All of last week and these past few days she has been wearing underwear throughout the day instead of diapers.  Woo Hoo!  She has had a couple of mishaps when she didn’t make it to the toilet in time, but that’s ok.  I’ve been putting diapers only to sleep since she still can’t hold it through the entire night (not that she sleeps the entire night – but that’s a different story hahaha).

Although I am so super excited that she will soon be completely off diapers at the age of 2 years and 1 month, the past two days have been awful.  She has been waking up in the middle of the night announcing “mommy pee-pee potty, pee-pee potty go go go,” Last night she woke up 3 times and the night before she woke up 4 times!! That’s not counting the times she wakes up to ask for water or leche (milk).  Anyway, I literally have to jump out of bed like a mad woman, pick her up, run to the toilet, put on her toilet seat on the toilet (because she now refuses to do it in her little potty), take her diaper off and sit her on the toilet, all within milliseconds so that she doesn’t pee on herself. Now, imagine that 3-4 times throughout the night… I was ready to pull my hair out. Next thing you know its 7AM and time for mommy to get up and get ready to go to work while she sleeps peacefully until 10 – 10:30AM.

But, today is a new day; sleep deprived and everything, but closer to conquering the potty-training stage.  At the end of the day it is all worth it, fewer diapers, and fewer messes.  She is also already learning how to properly wipe after going to the potty and wash herself during bath time.  Although our little munchkin seems to be growing so fast, we are definitely grateful she is eager to learn and is already so independent in her ways; we absolutely welcome and encourage it.

xoxo

Karintia

The Honest Company

An Honest Child

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Honestly, The Honest Company has to be one of the best, if not the best, children related, natural, eco-friendly product based companies to hit the market.  We are all well aware of the vast amounts of chemicals that now make part of probably every product we use for our children, including foods, cleaning products, body essentials, etc.  The best way to provide our children with the least amounts of chemically filled products is by either by making our own cleaning product concoctions at home or making them food from scratch.

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As a breastfeeding mom, I managed to stay away from giving my daughter regular milk for almost two years and used formula on rare occasions.  As soon as she started eating I would stay away from already made baby foods as much as possible and make her my own with the baby bullet (add amazon link), which was a lifesaver.  Needless to say, I have been working hard towards staying away from most chemically infused products since she was born.  However, chemicals are not just in our foods, but around the house too and every cleaning product we use.

I have been hearing about The Honest Company for a while now and had been meaning to try out some of their products on my daughter and see how they completed her.  As well as try out their cleaning and bath and body products (haven’t gotten to that yet).  The products are non-toxic, eco-friendly and as gentle for the child as it should always be.

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I finally got around to ordering my trial pack which I recently received and started using. I ordered the diaper and wipes bundle and essentials bundle.  Let me just say, I absolutely love every product! The body wash/shampoo is gentle, non-toxic, tear-free and plant-based cleanser.  I have been using it in every bath and hair wash.  It leaves her body nice and soft and her hair clean and shiny.  You don’t even need to use that much as it makes the perfect lather with just a couple of drops on the washcloth and a couple of drops on the hair. I need to try it on my hair and body as it is good for the entire family.

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The multi-surface cleaner is plant-based, biodegradable and non-toxic. I love to use all over her high-chair, glass coffee table and training potty.  It has been absolutely amazing because I can now put her snacks on the tray with no worries because I know what I cleaned it with.

Last, but not least, the diapers and wipes, they are fantastic! Not only are the diapers super cute with different eco-friendly design prints for your taste and style, but they are super absorbent, soft, don’t deteriorate and are comfortable.  The wipes are just amazing. They are biodegradable, hypoallergenic, chlorine-free and thick cloth based.  You only need one wipe and you are done!

In her two years, I have tried several diaper and wipes brands and have had some major disasters; with some diapers deteriorating, giving her rashes or not absorbing properly and causing leakage. I have tried them during the day to see how easily she can move around as well as at night to see if she can go through the night comfortably with minimal to no change and both ways have been a success for sure.  These are by far my favorite diapers; from the cute prints I can match her outfits to, to the absorbency and comfort level and I love that they are eco-friendly and biodegradable. Don’t get me wrong, I am looking forward to the day where she no longer needs diapers, but for now, she is definitely an “Honest girl.”

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But their amazing products, don’t stop here.  The Honest Company has thought of everything. They have a baby section with diapers, wipes, healing balm, etc.  They also have the bath and body section which carries all bath and body essentials for the entire family. They have all household cleaning supplies, such as dishwasher, glass cleaner, bathroom cleaner, all purpose cleaner, laundry detergent and more.  Under their Health and Wellness section you will find multi-vitamins, prenatal vitamin, children’s vitamins and such.  Under their Collectives section they have essentials baby items such as carriers, diaper bag, stroller, etc. This company is just fantastic.

I absolutely reccomend giving The Honest Company a try. I am sure you won’t be dissapointed.  Not only are you providing your family with great natural, non-toxic, hypoallergenic products, but you are also contributing to the wellness of our planet by using their also biodegradable and eco-friendly products.

xoxo,

Karintia
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