Friday, May 29, 2015

Parents Must Be Ready For Water Emergencies!

As the weather heats up in Southern California so does the risk of drowning. Drowning is the second leading cause of fatalities in the pediatric population and it is well known that about 20% of these drowning occur in the presence of an adult or care provider.

The overriding emphasis should be focused on primary prevention.  Should these measures fail, the immediate focus is on CPR, well before the arrival of the paramedics.

A recent study, published by the Department of Emergency Medicine at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney, NSW, Australia tends to confirm what is already well established.  Bystander CPR is a major factor for a good outcome in near-drowning episodes.

During an 11 day period in January, 2007 (their Summer), eight children experienced drowning or near-drowning events.  Four of the victims received CPR within 5 minutes of immersion and survived with good functional neurological outcomes (no brain damage).  The other four were not discovered for over 5 minutes, and all of these children died.

Experts in the field of emergency medicine acknowledge that survival of drowning victims is usually a result of immediate CPR, prior to the arrival of paramedics.  Many of those who survive are already conscious and breathing by the time an emergency responder arrives.

IF  ALONE  WITH A  DROWNING  VICTIM

If we hope to give the victim a chance of survival, CPR needs to be started IMMEDIATELY upon getting the victim out of the water.  IF ALONE with the victim, perform CPR for at least 2 minutes before attempting to call 9-1-1. The current CPR guideline for drowning victims is 30 chest compressions followed by 2 rescue breaths.  This is the same technique for victims on dry land.
Remember, the key emphasis is always on prevention.  The gold standard of safety with babies & children is to remain within arms reach and always focused on them.

Have a safe and fun season!
Richard Pass, RN, BS

Richard Pass is the Program & Course Director for Save A Little Life. His experience •includes many years as a clinical practitioner in critical care areas, including many years in large emergency departments. He has been a basic and advanced CPR instructor for about 25 years.
Save A Little Life began when Richard decided it was time to take a simple, yet quality educational program into the community. His affiliation with the American Heart Association and continued focus on the latest CPR related science makes the Save A Little Life course a most current and modern approach to these life-saving skills. Richard has served as a clinical instructor of nursing at California State University Northridge since 2008.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

How to Clean the BabySafe Feeder

One of the best baby products when your baby is starting solid foods is the Baby Safe Feeder.  It's a little mesh bag with a handle for your baby to hold.  You can put all sorts of different foods in the mesh bag (fruit, veggies, even frozen breastmilk!), and your baby can gnaw away without you worrying about him choking.

The BabySafe Feeder is wonderful - but it can be kinda hard to clean the mesh bag.  While you can buy extra bags for the BabySafe Feeder, here are some tips and tricks to keep your mesh bags a bit cleaner and help them last longer...

- As soon as your baby is finished 'eating', immediately rinse out the bags.  If you have a kitchen sink sprayer, that can help.
- You can also use a soft toothbrush with a baking soda & water paste to really get into the mesh and clean out the tiny holes.
- Want to whiten your BabySafe Feeder bag?  Soak it in white vinegar!  You might want to do a quick water wash after the vinegar soak - the vinegar isn't harmful to your baby, but it doesn't taste that great.

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

New CPR Guidelines


Changes in CPR Guidelines are Comprehensive

By Richard Pass, RN, BS: Director, Save A Little Life, Inc

During my 22 years as a CPR instructor, I have seen new guidelines come and go. They appear about every 5-6 years and are often accompanied by declarations of "new and improved." For the thousands of parents I have worked with over the years, new and improved is only meaningful if it translates into "Can I remember what to do if my baby isn't breathing?"

Well, here we are, approaching the summer of 2012 and the international guidelines* have undergone appreciable changes. These changes reflect the simplicity of action required if a serious health crisis is upon us.

I have always instructed CPR in a simple way, for two reasons. Simple works, and if there is a real crisis, simple is what most of us can realistically muster. The new clarion call of the American Heart Association is "avoid delay in getting started." If that isn't simple, I don't know what is. Yet, it does require that we look at the changes with an eye toward understanding some of the basic science that gave birth to them.

In the last decade, we discovered many Good Samaritans were willing to help a stranger if CPR seemed necessary. Yet many of these folks were frightened of possibly catching a disease from contact with bodily fluids (vomit or blood) in the victim's mouth. Others were worried about hurting a victim and somehow being responsible for those injuries. This resulted in frequent delays in acting - resulting in brain damage to the victim from nothing having been done until the paramedics arrived.

The message we are now trying to get to parents & care providers is that your CPR can be just as effective as anyone else's and that waiting for help (especially for pediatric victims) can have disastrous consequences.

THE 2 MINUTE RULE

The recently added "Two Minute Rule" is of immense importance when it comes to trying to revive a pediatric victim with CPR. It goes as follows:
IF YOU ARE ALONE WITH A VICTIM UNDER THE AGE OF 8 YEARS, START CPR BEFORE YOU MAKE A PHONE CALL TO 9-1-1. If there is a response (especially spontaneous breathing by the victim) before two minutes, stop CPR immediately and make your phone call. Two minutes is the MOST you are asked to do under these circumstances before making the 9-1-1 call. If there is a second rescuer present, the 2 minute rule goes away as CPR and the 9-1-1 call can occur at the same time.

The new guidelines, which became official in December 2011, clearly reflect the benefits of pumping over artificial breathing. The steps of CPR will now look like this:

* Stimulate the victim...ask, "are you OK".  For babies and small children, this can include tickling their feet and clapping to try to get a response.

* If no response, perform 30 chest compressions FIRST.

* If still no response, provide 2 "rescue breaths" via mouth and nose on the victim and observe for the chest to rise with each.

* Continue this 30 compressions:2 breaths ratio until a response occurs OR the paramedics arrive and take over.

The new effort is in place to simplify and streamline the CPR steps and make them as universal as possible for all victims. This means that the old method, known as "The ABC's" of CPR have actually been flipped around and now the steps are "CAB" - meaning that we start with chest compressions, then look for breathing and deliver the 2 breaths if needed.

Remember, we no longer waste time checking the victim's pulse as it is too hard to find and confuses the issue. If there are significant signs of life (moving, breathing or coughing), then consider holding off on CPR, but watch the victim very closely and begin CPR if things deteriorate.

What happens if I do it wrong?

Years of science and feedback from community based CPR data show that most errors in CPR are actually errors of omission...meaning that victims get worse because we don't act...not because we mess it up. It has long been known that less-than-perfect CPR is often very helpful, certainly more so than leaving someone alone in a real time of need.

Keep in mind the simple fact that taking a CPR course is the best and only way to really be prepared to deal with a family health emergency.


*International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (of which the American Heart Association is part of)

Article written by: Richard Pass, RN, BS, of Save a Little Life, who teaches our Infant & Toddler CPR and Family Safety Class, which are held about once a month here at A Mother's Haven Boutique & Educational Center in San Fernando Valley.

Richard Pass, RN, BS is the founder of “Save A Little Life” Inc, a local provider of both CPR and First-Aid for infants &children. He has been a Registered Nurse & Health Educator for over 30 years. He is on staff at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and is currently a part-time clinical instructor of nursing at California State University, Northridge. The goal for Save a Little Life is to provide a simpler, more “user friendly” CPR course for parents, grandparents, and caregivers.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Featured Nursing Bra - The Anytime Bra by Bella Materna


The Anytime Bra by Bella Materna is a comfortable no-wire nursing bra - wonderful both during pregnancy and for breastfeeding after you have your baby.  The pull-down cup makes it easy to get baby to breast and allows for lots of skin-to-skin contact.  The Italian microfiber fabric is soft to the touch and very sexy! The dual-cup sizing, adjustable straps, and 4-stage back closure allow this bra to fit you well, even as your body and your breasts fluctuate in size. 

The Bella Materna Anytime Bra and Anytime Plus are available in Bare (Nude) and Black with band sizes from 32-40, and cup sizes from C/D to I/J.  We do sell the Anytime Bra and the Anytime Plus Bra on our website, but as with all of our nursing bras, we highly recommend that you come into the store to get sized and fitted.  Your bra size can change dramatically throughout your pregnancy and right after having your baby, so it's always best to try on a few different styles to see what is most comfortable and supportive for you!



Here at A Mother's Haven Boutique, we carry the full size range of nursing bras from 32-44 band sizes and B-L/M cup sizes, including breastfeeding bras from Medela, Bravado, Bella Materna, Milkalicious, and more!  Come on in anytime for a nursing bra sizing and fitting with our certified nursing bra specialists!

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Friday, May 8, 2015

Before I was a mom...

Before I was a Mom...
- Author Unknown

Before I was a mom...
I made and ate hot meals.
I had unstained clothing.
I had quiet conversations on the phone.

Before I was a mom...
I slept as late as I wanted
And never worried about how late
I got into bed.
I brushed my hair and my teeth everyday.

Before I was a mom...
I cleaned my house each day.
I never tripped over toys
or forgot words to lullabies.

Before I was a mom...
I didn't worry whether or not my
plants were poisonous.
I never thought about immunizations.

Before I was a mom...
I had never been pooped on,
Spit up on,
Chewed on,
Peed on,
Or pinched by tiny fingers.

Before I was a mom...
I had complete control of myself;
My thoughts,
My body,
And my mind.
I slept all night.

Before I was a mom...
I never held down a screaming child
so that doctors could do tests or give shots.
I never looked into teary eyes and cried.
I never got gloriously happy over a simple grin.
I never sat up late hours at night watching a baby sleep.

Before I was a mom...
I never held a sleeping baby just because I didn't
want to put it down.
I never felt my heart break into a million pieces
when I couldn't stop the hurt.
I never knew something so small could affect my
life so much.
I never knew that I could love someone so much.
I never knew I would love being a Mom.

Before I was a mom...
I didn't know the feeling of having my
heart outside my body.
I didn't know how special it could feel
to feed a hungry baby.
I didn't know that bond between a
Mother and her child.
I didn't know that something so small
could make me feel so important.

Before I was a mom...
I had never gotten up in the middle of
the night every ten minutes to make
sure all was okay.
I had never known the warmth,
The joy,
The love,
The heartache,
The wonderfulment,
Or the satisfaction of being a Mom.
I didn't know I was capable of feeling so
much before I was a Mom.

Happy Mother's Day to all of our moms & their precious babies!

Love, A Mother's Haven

Sunday, May 3, 2015

FDA warns about the numbing ingredient in Orajel

The FDA has released a report warning parents against using over-the-counter medications containing benzocaine, including Baby Orajel, for teething infants & toddlers.  Benzocaine can possibly cause a condition called methemoglobinemia, where the blood doesn't carry as much oxygen as normal.

The FDA report states...
"Signs and symptoms of methemoglobinemia may include:

- Pale, gray or blue colored skin, lips, and nail beds
- Shortness of breath
- Fatigue
- Confusion
- Headache
- Lightheadedness
- Rapid heart rate



Symptoms of methemoglobinemia usually appear within minutes to one or two hours after using benzocaine gels or liquids. Methemoglobinemia can occur after the first time a person uses benzocaine, or after using a benzocaine product multiple times." 



The FDA recommends that parents of children under two years old stop using products containing benzocaine  - see a list of products here.  (If you are going to use these products, be sure to use them as sparingly as possible, and keep an eye out for any symptoms or changes in your baby's behavior.)

Instead you can use teething rings and toys that have been chilled in the fridge.  Or homeopathic remedies that don't contain benzocaine, such as Camilia Homeopathic Teething Liquid

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Best Baby Shower Gifts

We often have lots of friends and family members coming in looking for baby shower gifts for the new little one to come!  While here at A Mother's Haven, we do certainly have many cute baby clothes and toys, which make wonderful presents for a new baby, we also have all sorts of practical and yet adorable gifts that the new moms will both love and actually use, time and time again!

We asked some of our moms what baby shower presents they used most, as well as what they would give to other expectant moms, and here are some of their top suggestions...

* Aden + Anais swaddle blankets : these fabulous cotton muslin blankets are great for swaddling baby, as well as for covering up while nursing, using as a burp cloth, draping over the stroller to shield baby from the sun, and so much more!  So soft, these large 47x47 blankets are a definite must-have!  Available in four-packs or individually with many cute colors and patterns for boys and girls.  Aden+Anais has also started making these wonderful blankets in bamboo!

* Food! : whether homemade frozen casseroles or gift certificates to local places that deliver, the gift of easy and convenient food for after the baby is born will definitely be used and treasured by new parents!

* Sophie the Giraffe teething toy : this natural rubber teether is so popular with babies!  Not sure if it's the smell or the taste, but Sophie goes straight into the mouth and stays there, getting gnawed on!  Sophie's legs are skinny enough for little baby's hands to hold on, and her ears are the perfect size for munching.  If you don't get Sophie as a baby shower gift, you'll definitely want one before your baby starts teething!

* Moby Wrap or Baby KTan : these baby carriers work wonderfully with newborns and small babies, holding them close to your chest so that your baby can hear your heartbeat and you can feel comfortable while having your hands free.  The Moby Wrap gives you more adjustability, while the Baby KTan is a bit easier to learn and use.  Both come in various colors, good for use by both parents.

* Cleaning Service : new parents will be focused on caring for baby, not on caring for the house, so the present of some time from a cleaning service is often a great way to show you know what they really need!

* Sleep Sheep On The Go : this little sheep has four soothing nature sounds that lull your little baby down to sleep.  Wonderful either for the crib or for the car seat, the On-The-Go version of the Sleep Sheep and the Gentle Giraffe are very versatile and great for calming both baby and new mom!

* Hooter Hiders Nursing Cover :  for breastfeeding moms, having a nursing cover on hand while out often means the difference between comfortably feeding your baby while still socializing and sneaking off to some corner to hide.  Hooter Hiders are popular because of their rigid top, which allows mom and baby to look at each other while breastfeeding, but without letting others see.

* Diapers (Disposable or Cloth) : the more diapers, the better!  Babies, and thus new parents, will definitely need lots of diapers over the months.  Often better to stock up on the medium or larger sizes since you don't know how big the baby will be at birth - he or she might be out of the newborn size very quickly.

* Happiest Baby on the Block (book and DVD) : Dr Karp's way of calming babies and getting them to sleep longer is well-known among moms for its ease of use and effectiveness.  The book is great to have on hand for quick reference, and the DVD is wonderful to watch and be able to see exactly how the techniques are used and how quickly crying babies can be calmed down.

* Money for the new mom to use only for herself : whether for a massage or a quick girls' night out or whatever makes mom feel like herself again, some cold hard cash allocated only for 'Mommy's use' is a very helpful baby shower gift!

* A Diaper Bag : From Backpacks to totes Diaper bags come in all shapes and sizes! Choose from the Honest City Backpack, Skip Hop Duet 2 in 1 or the Newlie Satchel Diaper Bag.

* Motherlove Nipple Cream : while nipple cream may not be the cutest baby shower gift, it is definitely one of the most useful!  As moms know, breastfeeding and pumping is not always the most comfortable experience, and it's great to have some resources on hand to help.

These suggestions are all creative baby shower gift ideas for a new mom - whether as part of a baby gift basket or just as a small unique present.  Hope this list helps you the next time you're looking for a gift to a mom-to-be!

(And if you are a mom, we'd love to hear what else you think should be on this list of the best gifts for a baby shower!  Please comment below about what other things you loved getting at your shower, or would have loved to have got!)

This list was compiled with help from our Facebook community for A Mother's Haven. Thanks to all of our Facebook friends!

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Friday, May 1, 2015

What to Do in a Water Emergency / Drowning


Parents Must Be Ready For Water Emergencies!

As the weather heats up in Southern California so does the risk of drowning. Drowning is the second leading cause of fatalities in the pediatric population, and about 20% of these drowning occur in the presence of an adult or care provider.

The overriding emphasis should be focused primarily on prevention. Should these measures fail, the immediate focus is then on CPR, even before the arrival of the paramedics.

A recent study, published by the Department of Emergency Medicine at The Children's Hospital at Westmead, Sydney, NSW, Australia tends to confirm what is already well established. Bystander CPR is a major factor for a good outcome in near-drowning episodes.  During an 11 day period in January 2007 (Summer in Australia), eight children experienced drowning or near-drowning events. Four of the victims received CPR within 5 minutes of immersion and survived with good functional neurological outcomes (no brain damage). The other four were not discovered for over 5 minutes, and all of these children died.

Experts in the field of emergency medicine acknowledge that survival of drowning victims is usually a result of immediate CPR, prior to the paramedics coming. Many of those who survive are already conscious and breathing by the time an emergency responder arrives.


IF ALONE WITH A DROWNING VICTIM

If we hope to give the victim a chance of survival, CPR needs to be started IMMEDIATELY upon getting the victim out of the water. IF ALONE with the victim, perform CPR for at least 2 minutes before attempting to call 9-1-1. The current CPR guideline for drowning victims is 30 chest compressions followed by 2 rescue breaths (for a baby or toddler, cover both the nose and mouth with your mouth for the breaths). This is the same technique for victims on dry land.  Watch this video for a basic review of infant CPR - for a full hands-on workshop including the new compression guidelines, check out the monthly Infant & Toddler CPR and Family Safety Class held at A Mother's Haven.

Remember, the key emphasis is always on prevention. The gold standard of safety with babies & children is to remain within arms reach and always focused on them, especially around pools, tubs, and other bodies of water.

Have a safe and fun summer season!

Article written by: Richard Pass, RN, BS, of Save a Little Life, who teaches our Infant & Toddler CPR and Family Safety Class, which are held about once a month here at A Mother's Haven Boutique & Educational Center in San Fernando Valley.

Richard Pass, RN, BS is the founder of “Save A Little Life” Inc, a local provider of both CPR and First-Aid for infants &children. He has been a Registered Nurse & Health Educator for over 30 years. He is on staff at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and is currently a part-time clinical instructor of nursing at California State University, Northridge. The goal for Save a Little Life is to provide a simpler, more “user friendly” CPR course for parents, grandparents, and caregivers.

Did You Know? You Can Weigh Your Baby at A Mother's Haven Boutique & Educational Center!

Did you know that you can come in and weigh your baby at our boutique? We have a Medela Baby Weigh scale at our baby changing station, and everyone is welcome to use it anytime! We'll show you how to zero the scale out, and then help you read the pounds and ounces. The Baby Weigh scale also has the ability to figure out how much breastmilk your baby takes in at a feeding. So come on by the store and see how big your baby has gotten! We have a lot of moms in our Mothers' Gathering classes and the Breastfeeding Support Group who weigh their babies almost every week.

Can't make it to the store with your baby? Want to be checking your baby's weight more often? We also rent out the Medela Baby Weigh scale for parents of preemies or other babies whose weight needs to be monitored more carefully. Give us a call to reserve your baby scale!

Visit us at:
16101 Ventura Blvd. Suite 230
Encino, CA. 91436
p. (818) 380-3111 w. shopthehaven.com