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How Tubes Saved My Son From Hearing Loss

Unsure whether to follow your ENT’s advice to place tubes in your child’s ears?

It is always a scary decision to place your child under anesthesia, no matter the procedure.

I want to share my experience in the hopes it will help mothers feel more comfortable following the advice of their child’s ENT to have tubes inserted when recommended.

My son has had tubes inserted in his ears three times, and I have no regrets having them done.

 

myringotomy

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My son had his first ear infection at 3 months of age.  He had fluid in his ears sporadically since, and when he was 2 years old he had his first set of tubes placed.

In medical terminology, ear tube placement is called a Myringotomy.

Half a year later his tubes fell out, and then over the next few years he had fluid in his ears on and off, including several rounds of antibiotics to try and clear it. Read more

Homebirth Mom

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What Pediatricians Should Know Before Speaking to their Patients

Has it ever happened to you?

You bring your kid to the doctor and they just start talking to you like your kid’s not there.

 

This post is addressed to all pediatricians out there:

Pediatricians remember: Kids hear what you are saying and understand a lot of what you tell their parents.

 

 

Pediatrician and patient
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When my son was 6 years old, he was really short.

My pediatrician began to discuss his height with us, and told us in a very serious manner that my son’s height doesn’t even plot on the charts, and that he would like to send him for further tests to rule out any abnormalities.

He proceeded to refer him to an endocrinologist for a wrist scan to check his bone age. Read more

Mental Health: Starting the conversation

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, together with Prince Harry, are taking the world by storm with their campaign to start the conversation around mental health and remove the stigma around opening up on personal challenges.

Are you ready to start the conversation?

Emotional pain is worse than physical pain and the high rate of suicide around the world, is testament to that.

End the pain, start the conversation.

Find someone to talk to and open up.

Watch the video below to see how it’s done.

I am proud to share this with you:

 

The #1 Way to Increase Your Milk Supply

Do you want to learn what the #1 way to increase your milk supply is?

 

how to increase your milk supply

 

 

I have nursed 5 babies, and one challenge I have had consistently each time is keeping up my milk supply- especially once I went back to work.

We’ve all been there.

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Best Noise Cancelling Headphones for Babies

Why would you buy noise cancelling headphones for your baby?

No, this is not a joke!

 

Hearing protection headphones for babies

 

Look: the first time I heard about newborns’ sensitive hearing was from my speech therapist friend who was sitting out a friend’s wedding in the lobby holding her infant.

Of course I asked her why she was sitting out there with her baby and not hanging out with everyone inside, when she told me something I never forgot. Read more

Why You Shouldn’t Nurse Your Baby

I am a big believer in bottlefeeding.

You’re probably thinking:  You’re a nurse and you don’t believe women should breastfeed?

 

 

why you shouldn't breastfeed

 

Let me start out by saying I nursed all of my babies, and when I was a maternity nurse I encouraged new Moms to nurse their infants.

Having said that I truly believe that not everyone should be nursing. 

Sometimes it can be a really difficult experience, from cases I’ve seen first hand. Read more

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