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Running Too Soon

Wednesday, October 05, 2011
Question:
I have a 2 month old son. I am anxious to start exercising to lose the baby weight. I have a jogging stroller. Can I start jogging with my baby now?

Sheneq:
No, absolutely not. You should not jog with your baby in a jogging stroller until your baby reaches about 8 months of age. Even then you should check with your pediatrician to get the okay. Here is the general rule of thumb according to the makers of BOB strollers, "We do not recommend jogging while using the infant car seat adapter. We typically advise our customers to consult their pediatrician, but once the child does not need the infant seat and can go directly into the stroller and hold their head up while the seat is not reclined. Typically the child will need to be about 8 months before jogging." 


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Keeping a sick baby hydrated

Friday, September 02, 2011
Question:
My 15 month old daughter has an ear infection and doesn't want to eat or drink anything. What can I do to keep her from getting dehydrated?

Sheneq:
Your toddler is probably in pain. Check out the signs of dehydration here. If she is indeed dehydrated, I would suggest doing anything you can to comfort her, even if it means holding her for an extended period of time. Next, try to offer Pedialyte or water via a spoon or syringe. Also, consider serving fruit such as melon, jello, or diluted apple juice in small portions. Children have a higher metabolic rate than adults and use up more water. Try to offer liquids in small quantities and often. Before trying these techniques or any others, contact your pediatrician for approval.

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August 2011 Ask Sheneq - Toothbrushing at 6 months?

Tuesday, August 09, 2011
Question:
My baby is 6 months old and already has 2 teeth. Am I supposed to brush them?

Sheneq:
Yes! You should brush them twice a day. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, "Oral hygiene measures should be implemented no later than the time of eruption of the first primary tooth. Cleansing the infant's teeth as soon as they erupt with a soft toothbrush will help reduce bacterial colonization. Toothbrushing should be performed for children by a parent twice daily, using a soft toothbrush of age-appropriate size. Flossing should be initiated when adjacent tooth surfaces can not be cleansed with a toothbrush."

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Ask Sheneq - July 2011

Friday, July 01, 2011

Question: 

My 18 month old gets diaper rash almost constantly and always has. We go through a large tube of diaper rash creme every month. Is this normal? 

Sheneq:  

No, it is not normal for a baby to almost always have a diaper rash but some babies are more prone to diaper rash than others. There are many reasons for diaper rash. First, how long do you go between diaper changes? Two hours should be the max except during sleep times. Of course, if you know that your baby has a poopy diaper and needs to be changed, do so right away. Next, have you tried changing the brand of diapers or wipes? Perhaps, your baby is allergic to something in those products. If you are using disposables, try chlorine-free or gel-free diapers. Earth's Best and Seventh Generation are chlorine-free options that are very easy to find. Nature Baby Care and Tushies are also worth a try. Tushies are gel-free. For a chemical-free solution, try switching to cloth diapers. Moisture may be an issue so you could allow your toddler to go diaper-free e longer during the day. Lastly, it could be something in your toddlers diet. Be sure to discuss all of this at your next pediatrician appointment.

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Ask Sheneq - May 2011

Friday, May 27, 2011
Question:

Getting a sitter every time my husband and I want to go out for dinner is getting expensive. Can you recommend a restaurant that is kid-friendly, but at least semi-romantic?

Sheneq:

I can certainly relate to your situation. Not only can hiring sitters get expensive, but it's not always practical. There may be times when you want to be spontaneous and go out at the last minute. Most sitters need a reasonable amount of notice in order to commit. On top of that, many sitters prefer to work for a minimum of four hours and sometimes you just want to go out for an hour or two.

Some of our family favorites are Hungry's Cafe and Bistro, Black Walnut Cafe, and Raven Grill. I like these restaurants because they are kid-friendly, but I enjoy going even without children. All offer fresh vegetables and grilled items to ensure that the entire family gets a healthy meal.

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Should We Find Out?

Friday, April 08, 2011
Question:
I am expecting and want to find out the baby's sex, but my husband does not. I'd prefer to plan everything, but he wants a surprise. What do you think?

Sheneq:
Situations like this are tough when you and your spouse disagree. Personally, I love the idea of not finding out and here are a few reasons why. Today, we don't have many surprises in life and your baby's sex can be one of the best surprises you will get. Second, not finding out prevents you, as well as, family and friends, from going too crazy with the pink or blue. You can plan for your baby's arrival just fine with a variety of neutral colors.

Let's also not forget that ultrasound results are not always accurate! It would be an even bigger surprise if you purchased items or decorated your nursery for one sex and it turned out to be the other.

However, if you are adamant about finding out, perhaps you and your spouse can compromise. You could agree that you will find out and simply not tell your spouse. Pre-order the items that you want and have them delivered after the baby's arrival so you don't ruin the surprise. Pink or blue are dead giveaways! I have to say, though, I think this would be a tough one for the both of you.

Whatever you decide, I hope that you have a healthy happy baby!

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Carpool Lane?

Friday, April 08, 2011
Question:
Can I drive in the HOV lane if I'm pregnant? Doesn't my baby count as a person?

Sheneq:
When I was pregnant and stuck on 59, I certainly wished that was the case. But unfortunately, not until he or she is born!

The HOV lane was designed to help cut down on traffic by allowing buses, motorcyclists and car poolers to drive in a separate lane. The goal is to have fewer vehicles on the road, reduce car emissions, improve air quality and reduce traffic congestion.

Once you meet your baby in person, he or she will count toward the HOV lane requirement.

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Ask Sheneq - January 2011

Wednesday, February 09, 2011
Question:
Why do I need a birth plan? Everyone says you can't plan your birth. Also, I know I'm getting an epidural so what would be the point?

Sheneq:
Everyone should have birth plan. I often hear people say that there is no point in having a birth plan because you don't know what's going to happen anyway so it would be a waste of time. While you don't know exactly what is going to happen, a birth plan is NOT a waste of time. A birth plan is a written communication of your labor, birth and postpartum preferences.

Writing your birth plan actually enables you to educate yourself on the birthing process. Websites like www.birthplan.com prompt you to answer questions about your preferences. It prompts you to research what you don't understand. For instance, you may prefer an unmedicated birth or narcotics over an epidural. If you don't know what that means, this is your opportunity to ask a birth professional and research the terms.

In addition, it is great to inform your medical team of your preferences. This way you are not overwhelmed with decisions during labor. Your birth plan can include decisions such as whether or not to pursue breastfeeding, give your baby the Hepatitis B vaccine at birth or banking your baby's cord blood. It should also include a contingency plan if the epidural is not effective. These are decisions that are much easier to make BEFORE you are in labor.

Write your birth plan early and don't wait to the last minute. Keep it short and to the point. Print multiple copies so that you, your partner, doctor, midwife and/or doula have a copy. Bring an extra copy to the hospital or birth center just in case your doctor or midwife is unavailable and someone else assists you.

A birth plan is a list of preferences. It is simply a way for you to have answers for the many decisions that you will make during labor, delivery and postpartum time. It's better to know what you prefer than not!

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Which Pump?

Friday, October 22, 2010

Question:

What kind of pump is best? Do I definitely need to go with the higher priced ones if I am going back to work full time?

Answer:

This is a great question. Pumping moms have their own unique experiences when it comes to pumping at work and breastfeeding in general. What I would suggest is that you rent a pump for the first month just to see how it goes. Many hospitals rent pumps and it is an inexpensive way to make sure that breastfeeding is going to work for you. If you aren’t having any supply issues, then you can go ahead and purchase a pump. You will need a very good quality electric double pump that can handle the stress of countless the pumping sessions that you will have as a full-time working mom. Medela and Ameda are two of the most commonly recommending brands by lactation consultants. I highly recommend you look at both brands to make the right choice for your personal situation. 

The Medela Freestyle breast pump is one of the top rated breast pumps amongst working moms. A lot of moms find pumping at work a bit stressful. Not only it is a solid pump, the freestyle has some great features that help alleviate some of that stress. It has a rechargeable battery, timer, a pumping session memory button amongst many other handy features. The Freestyle is also very compact and has a built in belt clip. For a less expensive option, consider the Medela Pump In Style Advanced. Both have the same 2 - Phase Expression technology, but you will pay more for the Freestyle because of the additional features. Additional parts for Medela breast pumps are very easy to find at online and in-store retailers. As a bonus, Medela Freestyle pump attachments allowing moms to pump directly into milk storage bags, will be available at the end of the year.

So, while you don’t need to necessarily get the most expensive pump out there, you will probably want to spend a little extra to ensure that you have a solid long-lasting pump that can handle the pressures of a pumping several times a day over an extended period of time.




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