Bathe a Child with Cerebral Palsy

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There are many challenges a parent or caregiver will face when caring for a child with cerebral palsy. Overcoming those challenges is possible when you have the right instruction and equipment to help you. In this article, I will be focusing on one of those challenges and that is bath time. I will explain two ways to give your child a bath. One way is to do a bed bath also known as a sponge bath and the other way is to transport your child to the bathroom for a tub bath. So, here it is: How to bathe a child with cerebral palsy.

How to give a sponge bath

In a prior post, What is a Hoyer Patient Lift, I spoke about caring for your special needs child, how it can be draining at times, and the importance of seeking good support groups. Here I want to walk you through the steps to give your child a sponge bath. This is a good method for the days you just want to wash him up. I would not recommend a tub bath every day as it could dry your child’s skin too much.

Before you get started, I suggest having a little playtime and have some soft, soothing music playing. Music is good for the soul and will calm your child, making him more relaxed. We want bath time to be enjoyable for him and for you!

Have all the materials you will need at the ready such as 2 large bath towels, soap, washcloths, deodorant or talcum powder, change of clothes, and a washbasin for the water.

  • If it is time for your child to use the toilet, let him do that first.
  • Fill a washbasin two-thirds full with warm water
  • Take a bath blanket and use it to cover the child after removing his clothes
  • Start with his face using a wet washcloth (no soap) and gently wash his eyes and face
  • Wash forehead, cheeks, nose, neck, and ears (no soap)
  • Pat his face and eyes dry with a towel
  • Next, uncover your child’s left arm and place a bath towel under the arm
  • Apply a small amount of soap to the washcloth and wash his arm and armpit
  • Rinse the washcloth out in the basin and then rinse his arm and armpit, pat dry with the towel and recover his arm
  • Repeat these steps for the right arm

  • If child has reached puberty, apply deodorant or talcum powder to underarms
  • Check the temperature of the water in the basin and change if necessary (keep the water warm)
  • Next, apply soap to the washcloth and wash the chest, rinse and pat dry
  • Then wash the abdomen in the same manner as the chest and cover your child with a clean, dry bath towel
  • Apply clothing to your child such as a shirt or top to keep him comfortable or cover with a dry towel or blanket
  • Wash left leg, ankle, and foot/toes using soap and having a towel underneath his leg to keep bedding dry
  • Dry left leg, ankle, foot/toes, with a clean towel

  • Wash right leg, ankle, foot/toes using the same technique for the left leg
  • Inspect toenails and clip toenails if needed
  • Position child so that you can wash his back and buttocks (roll him onto his side and prop with a rolled towel)
  • Check water temperature again and change if necessary
  • Roll child onto his back and then apply a small amount of soap to a washcloth for washing the genitalia area
  • Rinse the genitalia area and pat dry with a clean towel

  • Next, apply warm lotion to your child’s skin (I like to put the lotion bottle immersed in a basin tub with hot water to warm while I am giving the bath)
  • After you have finished, remove the bath towels from underneath your child by rolling him onto his side and pushing them underneath his side, then roll him over to the other side and pull the towel out and away
  • Dress your child

How to give a tub bath

Gather your materials such as soap, shampoo, and conditioner, washcloth, large bath towel, a favorite bath toy, and take them to the bathroom. Have a change of clothes ready at the bedside.

Ideally, this is where the Hoyer lift and the bath chair will not only come in handy but make your life so much easier as well as your child’s The Mangar Surfer Bather Bath Lift Chair is an ideal bath chair to have on hand. You can find it at CareGiver Install this bath chair according to the manufacturer’s directions.


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A side note about this bath chair. This bath chair elevates and lowers with the touch of a waterproof handheld control. It has an adjustable backrest that allows your child to lie down at the bottom of the bath. The seat provides secure support for getting in and out as well as during the bath. It has side rails and leg straps and there is an optional adjustable pommel for added leg support.

Per the manufacturer:

Mangar Surfer Bather Bath Lift Chair Specifications:

  • Maximum User Height: 4 feet, 5 inches.
  • Overall Length: 44 inches.
  • Seat height: 3.25 to 19 inches.
  • Platform Width: 14.5 to 26.5 inches.
  • Backrest Angle: 0 to 70 degrees.
  • Item weight: 19 lbs.
  • Maximum User Weight: 112 lbs.

Okay, now let’s get started. These directions as the above, are intended to be used if your child is at the age where he is too big to manually lift safely but not to be over 112 pounds.

  • Start with playtime as noted above and have soft, soothing music playing. I found this really works well for the child’s mood and frame of mind.
  • Have bath water ready with the water warm to the touch, not hot (test water first before bathing your child)
  • Next, get your Hoyer lift and bring it to your child’s bedside. You can find directions on the link for the Hoyer lift. Place the child in the transfer swing.

  • Bring your child to the bath seat/chair, rotate Hoyer lift sling to where your child is parallel to the bath seat.
  • Gently lower him down into the bath seat and unhook the sling.
  • Next, use the bath seat straps to secure your child in the seat.
  • Give your child a few minutes to just enjoy being in the bath and play games with him (bath time should be fun)
  • Proceed with washing him starting with his face, eyes, forehead, cheeks, nose, neck, and ears (no soap)
  • Next, wash his hair carefully to not get soap in his eyes or ears
  • Wash the rest of his body starting with the arms and working your way down

  • When finished, dry him off with a large bath towel and also drying his hair
  • Bring Hoyer lift to the bathtub, place the child in the sling (see directions in the link above for Hoyer lift)
  • Hook sling to Hoyer lift and bring the child to bedside
  • Gently lower sling into the bed, unhook when the child is in bed
  • Dress your child


My closing thoughts

In my nursing career working at a hospital, I have taken care of many children with severe spastic cerebral palsy. The techniques as I have listed above, work very nicely. The Hoyer (mechanical) lift and the bath chair are very necessary items you will need to have at home to care for your child in the safest way. Never try to carry your child without the help of another person or the Hoyer lift. Always think safety first and that includes you too! I have attached the link for the Hoyer lift below. And, if you need the bath chair, click this link to take you to CareGiver

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What is a Hoyer Patient Lift?

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In my prior post, Communication Board for Children with CP (Cerebral Palsy), I spoke about the 5 types of CP. For this article I want to go into a little more detail on the most severe form – spastic quadriplegia CP and discuss treatment options – therapies and home care. Spastic quadriplegia CP means that both arms and legs are affected along with the torso (trunk) and face. Seizures are typically involved as well as trouble speaking. Also, I will be telling you about a mechanical lift that you will need for caring for your child with this form of cerebral palsy and explain the question “What is a Hoyer patient lift?”

Spastic quadriplegia CP

Spastic quadriplegia is the most severe and serious form of CP and causes the loss of use of the whole body. This is because more of the brain is affected due to extensive brain damage or congenital malformations (abnormal brain development in utero) which in turn causes the most complications. These complications include but are not limited to:

  • Inability to walk
  • Speech is profoundly affected
  • Swallowing is impaired
  • Floppy neck (no control)
  • Seizures
  • Moderate to severe learning disabilities
  • Communication difficulties

In addition, the pull of spastic muscles on the bones can cause severe problems. Children with this type of CP are especially prone to scoliosis which is a curvature of the spine or a back deformity.

Treatment options

There will be a team of health care professionals – pediatrician, nurse, physical therapist, occupational therapist, neurologist (a medical doctor who specializes in evaluating, diagnosing, and treating diseases that affect the nervous system which includes the brain, spinal cord and all other nerves throughout the body), speech/swallow therapist – who will work closely with the child and parents. There will be ongoing treatment plans and therapy sessions required for maximum, possible comfort and quality of life for this child.

Two of the most important goals are for comfort of the child and increasing mobility. These children almost always require surgery to correct joint dislocations and shortened muscles. Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) is a common surgery associated with children who have spastic cerebral palsy. This is a surgical treatment on the lower spinal cord to treat spasticity.

Physical therapy plays a big role in caring for these children. The goal is to provide as much independence as possible and focuses on flexibility exercises to help stretch out stiff muscles. Exercise programs will be tailored to each child’s needs and taught to caregivers to maintain these exercises at home.

Part of the daily exercise regimen will include range-of-motion (ROM) and stretching exercises to improve joint mobility and to help keep the muscles and tendons as soft as possible. Engaging in regular exercise can help improve motor function.

Occupational therapy is used to help the child’s ability to perform daily tasks such as brushing their teeth, combing their hair and other daily activities. It will help them at school too. This therapy also centers on anything that needs to be done with the hands.

Speech therapy is another important therapy as it is used to strengthen the muscles of the mouth used for speech which helps with articulation and coordination. Some children may experience difficulty swallowing with associated drooling. The speech therapist also evaluates the swallowing reflex and determines if there is a problem with difficulty swallowing food or drink.

Regarding the speech difficulties, the speech therapist will use a communication device with the child. The child will learn to use this device and it will not only build the child’s confidence, but it will improve motor and cognitive abilities, (the ability of the brain to process, retrieve, and store information). I have written about this in my prior post, Communication Board for Children with CP (Cerebral Palsy).

Caring for a chlld with spastic quadriplegia CP at home

As a parent or caregiver for a child with this form of CP, life can feel overwhelming at times. First, I want to say to you, do not hesitate to ask for help. Taking care of this special needs child is a 24/7 routine and it is okay to have help. Second, it is vitally important to have the tools you need especially as the child grows up. He will be getting larger and you will need to be able to properly lift him from bed to chair, chair to bed, etc.

Ask your doctor or nurse about a local support group that you can attend. There, you will meet other people who are dealing with the same things and you will not feel alone. It is amazing what these support groups can do for your mental well-being.

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What is a Hoyer lift (patient lift)?

A Hoyer lift is a brand name for “patient lift.” It is an electronic crane designed to transfer a person from bed to wheel chair, commode or bath chair and transfer back. Nurses use these in hospitals and there are Hoyer lifts designed for use at home. The Hoyer lift or patient lift can be used by one person so if you are at home with no one else to help you, it will be no problem transferring your loved one from the bed to the chair with this lift.

How do I use a patient lift?

I will give you a guided tour of how to move a patient from the bed to the wheelchair using a patient lift.

First, take the body sling and fold it in half with the smooth side on the inside. Roll the patient on his side and tuck the sling underneath his back. Then, go to the other side of the bed and roll the patient over the sling onto his other side and then pull the other half of the sling out. The sling should now be flat on the bed under the patient and then roll the patient on his back.

Next, bring the inside leg straps of the sling up and bring the outside straps up over the outside of his legs. You want the straps to be mid-thigh for the most comfortable transfer. Then cross the leg straps bringing one set of straps through the other – like an “X”.

You are now ready to attach the patient lift. Bring the lift to the bed. Lower the sling attachment bar and attach the leg straps in an “X” fashion to the attachment bar. Then attach the shoulder straps to the attachment bar.

With one arm under the patient’s legs and the other hand on the lift controls, gently raise the patient using the controls and pivot around to just above the wheel chair or regular chair and then slowly lower the patient down to the chair.

When the patient is in the chair, detach the shoulder and leg straps. Then, lean the patient to one side and roll the sling under the patient. Go to the other side of the patient, lean the patient the opposite way and lift the sling out from under the patient.

You have just transferred your patient!

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Conclusion and final thoughts

All children with spastic quadriplegia CP deserve to have the highest quality of life possible and they deserve all our love. They are precious children and with all the treatments available for them we can certainly do our best to keep them as comfortable and happy as possible.

You as the parent or caregiver also deserve to be as happy and need to look out for your own well-being. Taking care of a special needs child is no easy task and can be both physically and mentally draining. That is why it is important you have the necessary tools you need to make your care giving as easy and safe as can be.

I will be adding more posts on this subject in the near future in regard to other caregiving aids/tools for the care of these children. In the meantime, I hope you seriously consider getting this patient lift for your child and yourself.

Questions or comments?

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Yours in looking for the best for our babes,


Communication Board for Children

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Approximately 8,000 babies in the United States are diagnosed with CP (cerebral palsy) each year. What exactly is CP you might ask? In this article I will address CP, what it is, how it’s diagnosed, how it’s treated and recommended assistive equipment for cognitive function and communication. I will introduce you to an assistive device known as a communication board which will help your child learn and communicate with others.

What is cerebral palsy (CP)?

Cerebral palsy is a disorder of posture and movement (difficulty in controlling the muscles) due to damage or injury to the brain. This brain damage can happen before, during or after birth. The area of the brain that has been injured determines the type of neuromuscular (affecting the nerves and muscle) disability.

Five types of CP

There are 5 classifications of CP and I will list them followed by a brief explanation.

1. Dyskinetic CP also known as Athetoid CP: This accounts for approximately 20% of cases of CP. It is characterized by abnormal involuntary movement and may involve all the extremities as well as the face and neck. The movements increase with stress and anxiety.

2. Spastic CP: This accounts for approximately 50% of cases of CP. It is characterized by excessive tone in the voluntary muscles, hypertonic (rigid) muscles, exaggeration of deep tendon reflexes and contractures (shortening and hardening of muscles, tendons, or other tissue, often leading to deformity and rigidity of joints). In other words, exaggerated reflexes, floppy or rigid limbs, and involuntary motions.

3. Ataxic CP: This type of CP is characterized by a loss of coordination, loss of equilibrium (balance) and inability to control movement.

4. Rigid CP: This type of CP is relatively rare in children. It is characterized by rigidity in all muscles – flexors and extensors. In a child with tremors, the tremors are apparent at both rest and during movement.

5. Mixed CP: Those diagnosed with mixed CP have damage to the motor control centers in several parts of their brain.

Warning signs of CP

Identifying infants at risk for cerebral palsy includes looking for these warning signs.

  • Poor head control after 3 months of age.
  • Stiff or rigid arms or legs.
  • Pushing away or arching back.
  • Floppy or limp body posture.
  • Cannot sit up without support by 8 months.
  • Uses only one side of body, or only the arms to crawl.
  • Speech and swallowing impairment – gagging or choking when fed.

  • Persistence of extrusion reflex – thrust tongue forward after 6 months of age – usually disappears by 3-4 months of age.
  • Picture of spasticity – scissoring (legs crossed, toes pointed), fists clenched, forearm flexed, upper arm pressed against wall of chest, head extended and back arched.

How is CP diagnosed?

Cerebral palsy is diagnosed by your doctor using EEG, CT or MRI along with blood tests and a thorough neurologic examination. The EEG (electroencephalogram) is a test used to evaluate the electrical activity in the brain. The EEG results allow doctors to quickly assess whether there are abnormal patterns. Any irregularities may be a sign of seizures or other brain disorders. The computed tomography (CT or CAT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans allow your doctor to see bones, blood vessels and soft tissues inside your body.

Persistent primitive reflexes (newborn reflexes), abnormal muscle tone and posture along with abnormal motor development are seen in a child with cerebral palsy. The goal of managing the child with CP is early recognition and intervention to maximize the child’s abilities.

Associated disabilities of CP

Approximately half of children with cerebral palsy have some degree of developmental delay and other disabilities. Epilepsy or seizure disorder is also among the problems associated with CP. Other than epilepsy, learning problems, poor attention span, hyperactivity, hearing or visual loss and emotional problems may also be seen. I believe that many of these emotional problems may be because of frustration in the inability to communicate his or her needs or wants.

Therapeutic management of CP

Cerebral palsy often is not diagnosed before the child is 2 years old. A multidisciplinary health care team approach is necessary to meet the many needs of the child with CP. This team includes the child and family, a pediatrician, neurologist, orthopedic surgeon, nurse, speech and hearing therapist, social worker, occupational therapist, physical therapist and educators.

All of these health care specialists work together with their treatments, therapies and medications to maximize the child’s quality of life and comfort. Of the many therapies a child with CP will receive, a communication device is an essential part of the plan of care. This device will not only be used in school, but will be part of the child’s daily life. He will not only learn how to communicate but can also play games for entertainment too. He will absolutely love this!

Speech and communication

An important part of recognizing CP in a child is paying attention to developmental milestones. Delay in reaching the milestones is one of the key indicators of cerebral palsy. School and community nurses are in the best position to work with families and children with CP. Many of these children will need both learning and physical adaptations as they enter school.

For the most part, children with CP are educated in the regular school program with assistive devices, such as the communication boards or computers. The communication board is a tool that the child will use for speech and communication.

The Amazon Fire Tablet for kids is another great option that you can use for your child. I invite you to check out my post. Click here for the Amazon Fire Tablet to read more.

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GoTalk 9-Plus with Overlay Software CD

The GoTalk 9-Plus with Overlay Software CD is a communication board that is very easy to use with high sound quality and is lightweight yet very durable. This device is referred to as an augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) aid and is used by many who have speech and language challenges forming longer, more complete thoughts.

This communication tool has a measurement of 9” x 12” x 1-1/8” and requires 2 “AA” batteries which are included.

It has a 45 message capacity which has 9 keys times 5 recording levels. This also has 3 “core” messages that remain constant on all levels.

Ideal for beginner users

The GoTalk 9-Plus with Overlay Software CD is a communication device that a child’s therapist and teachers will be using as a speech and communication aid for the child with CP. They will also be working with parents to show them how it is used and to continue working with their children with it for consistency and reinforcement.

This device comes with overlay software CD which is used for custom templates to suit the needs of the child. You can learn more about it here and purchase if you desire.

My final thoughts and recommendations

If you have a child who has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, then I recommend you check out the GoTalk 9-Plus with Overlay Software CD communication board for your child. Through Amazon, it comes at a slightly lower price compared to other outlets. It is a middle-of-the-road communication device which means it is neither the cheapest nor is it the most expensive. It has many features and enough storage to handle all communication needs. I have placed another link below for your convenience.

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Medela Breast Pump [Hospital Grade for Best Performance]

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Every expectant mother is faced with a question as she nears the time of her delivery. Do I breast or bottle-feed? Of course, I believe that most new moms-to-be have already decided that breast is best and so begin their search for breast pumps. There are several on the market to choose from, but few that do the job efficiently. As a registered nurse, I want to give a few pointers on this subject and introduce you to the #1 brand that doctors recommend for breast pumps. That brand is the Medela Breast Pump, a hospital grade pump with the best performance and efficiency.

The first feeding

The first feeding should take place within the first hour after birth if both mom and baby are stable. At this time, infants are alert and many begin to nurse at once. Others may nuzzle, lick or suck on and off at the breast which in turn will stimulate the production of milk. Feeding at this time also establishes early bonding.

Position of mother and infant

Both mother and infant should be positioned properly for optimal breastfeeding. An awkward position or pain may interfere with “let-down” – also known as milk ejection reflex. I will give you 3 positions that are best for breastfeeds.

1. Cradle hold. Position the baby with her head at the inside of your elbow and level with your nipple with your arm supporting the baby’s body. Use support pillows under your arm to prevent tiring.

2. Football hold. Support the baby’s head in your hand with the baby’s body resting on pillows alongside your hip.

This method allows you to see the position of your baby’s mouth on your breast, helps you control your baby’s head, and is especially helpful if you have heavy breasts.

3. Side-lying position. This position avoids pressure on any abdominal or perineal incisions and allows you to rest while breastfeeding. Lay on your side with your arm supporting the baby’s head or surrounding her head. Put a pillow behind your back and between your legs to provide comfort. Your upper hand and arm are used to position your infant on her side at nipple level and hold the breast. When the infant’s mouth opens, lean forward or draw the infant to you to insert the nipple into her mouth.

Latch-on techniques

There are techniques that you can use to help your infant “latch-on” to the breast. The infant should be awake and hungry. Talking and cuddling can help a sleepy baby awaken and also calm an upset infant. To elicit a latch-on, there are 2 methods recommended.

1. The palmar or “C” hand position. Hold your breast with your thumb on top and fingers against the chest wall and supporting the underside of the breast. Your fingers should be behind the areola and your thumb should not press on the breast enough to make the nipple tip upward or your infant will suck improperly and your nipple may become sore.

2. The scissors hold or “V” position. Use your forefinger and middle finger to support the breast. You must be careful to place your fingers well back on the breast so that your fingers do not slip down the wet areola and interfere with the placement of your infant’s mouth. Remember to support your breast in place if its weight makes it difficult for your infant to hold it in her mouth for the first few weeks.

Eliciting a latch-on

After positioning your baby to face the breast, hold your breast so that the nipple brushes against the center of your baby’s lower lip. A hungry infant usually opens her mouth as soon as anything comes near it, but some need up to 1 minute of stroking the area around the mouth. The breast should not be inserted until your baby’s mouth is opened wide or the baby will compress the end of the nipple causing pain and trauma and little milk flow.

The positioning of your infant’s mouth is critical to preventing painful, sore nipples with poor milk production. As much of the areola as possible should be in your infant’s mouth to allow the nipple to be drawn toward the back of the mouth. Your infant’s lips should be about 1 to 1.5 inches from the nipple base.

One more important detail. While your baby is feeding, gently pull the lower lip down. The tongue should be under the breast and over the top of the lower gums. The lips should be flared outward. Be sure that the lower lip is not turned in, which may result in a friction burn on the lower nipple.

Expressing your milk

When milk expression is needed, a breast pump in my opinion is your best method. Although some mothers may want to try hand expression, it is not as effective. Hand expression or breast pump expression is very useful for the mom who wants to save her breast milk for another feeding or whose areola is so engorged (filled to excess) that the baby cannot grasp it.

For the mother who wants to express her milk for a prolonged period of time, I highly recommend the Medela Symphony Breast Pump which is a hospital-grade breast pump with a 2-phase expression technology. It is known for its comfortable pumping and is quiet running. The hospital-grade or large electric pumps are most efficient than hand or battery pumps and are indicated for maintaining milk supply for a long period of time.

This breast pump can be used on both breasts at the same time which will save you time and increase your milk production. Use of the breast pump should begin within the first 24 hours after birth if you cannot breastfeed your infant. You should pump your breasts about every 3 hours during the day and at least once at night when prolactin levels are elevated. Sessions last about 15 to 20 minutes. A total of 8 or more sessions in each 24 hours is best to maintain milk supply.

Prepare your breasts and let the milk flow

Massage and heat application before pumping helps initiate the flow of milk. Massage each quadrant of your breast during pumping, it increases the amount of milk obtained at each session. In addition, the reason why I highly recommend the Medela Symphony breast pump is that it is an electric pump with the ability to reduce pumping time through faster let-down and milk flow and it will remove as much milk from your breast as your infant does while feeding.

Medela Symphony Breast Pump

The features of this hospital grade breast pump are as follows:

  • This breast pump is known for its 2-phase expression technology which simply means that it mimics the way your baby nurses at your breast. This promotes increased milk production.
  • You can choose either single or double breast pumping.
  • It will allow you to switch from single to double pumping by applying or removing the second collection kit.
  • It will initiate and maintain your milk supply. In other words, by pumping your breasts regularly you will be able to keep producing milk for your baby.

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Medela Symphony Breast Pump Kit, Double Pumping System

The Symphony Breast Pump Kit Double Pumping System is for the Medela Symphony Breast Pump. It has everything you need to get started. It comes with the tubes, membranes, valves, personal fit breast shields, connectors and breast milk bottles.

Please note that you can only use Medela products with this breast pump. Do not use other brands or off-brands for replacement items in this kit as they will cause damage to your breast pump unit.

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BPA free

All Medela breast pump parts and accessories that come into contact with your breast milk are BPA-free. This includes the 2 5-ounce bottles that come with this kit.

Remember breast is best

Breastfeeding your baby is always best and with the Medela Symphony Breast Pump and kit, you will be able to express and store your milk efficiently and with ease. Hospital-grade means that this breast pump will work as well as the ones hospitals use.

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Always yours in researching the best for our babes,


A Baby Gate and Babyproofing Your Home

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When your baby starts to pose in a crawling position and begins to rock back and forth on his hands and knees, it is time to baby-proof your home. There are many things you can do to make your home safe for your baby and I want to share with you how I have baby-proofed my home. For starters, one of the first things I purchased was a baby gate. I will also make some recommendations on other items that are very important when it comes to keeping your baby safe.

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How and where do I start?

One of the very best ways to check your home for “baby safety” is to get on your hands and knees in one room at a time. Start with the kitchen and then work your way through the rest of the house.

First, cabinet locks are a must. You can either get the ones that you install or you can buy the locks that slip over the cabinet knobs and fasten. A toddler will not know how to unfasten these so don’t worry. Also secure the drawers especially if you keep knives in the kitchen drawers.

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Second, if you have a dishwasher, get a lock for it. This poses a huge hazard if your little one opens it up and pulls out a knife or if the dishwasher is running, a steam burn could really harm your child. It would be a good idea to run the dishwasher only at night when your child is sleeping.

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Third, look around the kitchen floor on your hands and knees through a child’s eyes. Is there anything on the floor that I “can taste?” or is there anything I can pull on? Can I climb up something like maybe a stool? Is there anything interesting I should put in my mouth?

You get the idea! Think like a child and you can really gain insight when on the floor looking at the room from your child’s level.

Cover those electrical outlets

Another important thing to do is to get outlet covers. You can purchase them at a pretty low cost. Make sure you leave no outlet uncovered. For some reason, babies love to stick things in the electrical outlets. I don’t think I need to say anything more on this.

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Check your blinds

If you have the type of blinds that use cords, raise them up and out of baby’s reach. Or, replace them with the cordless blinds. There have been instances that babies have strangled on those cords. It’s definitely not worth the risk.

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Door stoppers

Those spring coils that are on the back of just about every door have a plastic tip attached to them. Go around in every room of your home and check each door. Pull-on those plastic caps to see if they are loose or come off. If they are in fact loose, go to your local hardware store and purchase new ones. Or, you just may want to purchase the whole unit for replacement.

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Hazardous and poisonous chemicals

Put all cleaning solutions, laundry soaps (including those soap pods), dishwasher detergents, toilet bowl cleaners, and all items of that nature, up on the highest shelf where it will be way out of reach for your child.  Remember that as your child grows and starts to walk, they also can be very good climbers! Adding those cabinet locks as well as removing all chemicals as mentioned above are the best ways to prevent a disaster from happening.


Whether your little one is crawling or walking, you need to protect him from falling down the stairs. There are a lot of baby gates on the market, but you want to make sure the one you choose is a sturdy and safe one.

Pressure gates seem like a good option, but if not installed properly can actually pose a greater threat to safety. Children like to hold on to something to pull themselves up and if they choose to do that on this gate, it could actually cause an injury.  Also, pressure gates are hard to get in place and most of the time are easily pushed over.

A sturdy and safe baby gate

The Cardinal Gates Stairway Angle Baby Gate is a gate that is made out of metal and is attached directly to the wall. It is a maximum safety gate designed for the top of a stairway, but you can use it in any area. In addition, it has a stop bracket that prevents opening over a stairway for greater safety.

This baby gate will mount at angles up to 30 degrees. Most of the baby gates I have seen do not have that capability. This is a major plus in my book!

You can adjust the width from 27″ to 42.5″ and it is 29.5″ in height.

This gate is not easily opened by a toddler and so it provides a truly safe gate to place either at the top of your stairs or a doorway.

Here is a great gate and is perfect for closing off the stairs as well as other areas. Click the link for Cardinal Gates and get yours today!!

Cardinal Gates Stairway Angle Baby Gate

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My recommendations to you

I highly recommend the above baby gate for you and your baby as well as the other items above for babyproofing your house. You can never be too careful and prepared for when your baby becomes “mobile.”

Taking a little time to take care of these very important things will be well worth your baby’s safety and your peace of mind!

Questions or comments?

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Yours in looking for the best for our babes!























Owlet Smart Sock 3rd Generation

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As a registered nurse I am giving my recommendations and point of view on this Owlet Smart Sock monitor. This is not to be taken as medical advice and should not be perceived as such. For medical advice, you should always consult your physician.

Per the manufacturer, the Smart Sock is not a medical device. It is not intended for use as a medical device or to replace a medical device. It does not and is not intended to diagnose, cure, treat, alleviate or prevent any disease or health condition or investigate, replace or modify anatomy or any physiological process.

Most new parents coming home from the hospital after the birth of a new baby are a little nervous. It is quite a natural thing to feel that way and I want to tell you about a device that monitors your baby’s well-being while he sleeps. Please note that the device I am going to tell you about is not medical equipment and is for use in healthy babies.

Hospitals use medical equipment such as heart monitors and pulse oximeters. The heart monitor is a device that measures the heart rate and rhythm of the heart. A pulse oximeter is a device that clips on a finger or toe to measure the amount of oxygen in the blood. This baby monitor works in much the same way in that it will let you know if your baby’s heart rate or oxygen level is not right.

Parents with babies that are born prematurely or have a medical condition are even more anxious when they bring their baby home and understandably so. Here is when I think this baby monitor really comes in handy for not only the baby’s sake, but for the parents! This is a great device for all babies.

Owlet Smart Sock 3 Baby Monitor with Oxygen & Heart Rate

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What is it and how does it work?

The Owlet Smart Sock (3rd generation) is a sock with a small device in it that is placed on your baby’s skin. It comes with a base and there is an app that goes with it. You set up the app on your smartphone to receive readings when you are not home and the base gives you readings at home. Consult your pediatrician for setting up the parameters for your baby’s heart rate and for how many breaths per minute he should be taking and for the oxygen saturation level. Then, of course, if your baby’s heart rate or oxygen level goes outside of the parameters set, the alarm will go off alerting you that your baby needs attention.

When should you use it?

Anytime you put your baby down for a nap or for the night, you should put this sock on his foot. That way, if the baby rolls over and his nose and mouth are obstructed by a blanket or the mattress, the alarm will go off to let you know something is wrong. This could potentially save a life. Actually, I have heard stories where it did save a baby’s life.

How long do you use it?

The Smart Sock can be used from birth to 18-months-of-age. It will fit babies from 5 to 30 pounds.

Battery life

The battery life for this unit is 16 hours. It will take 90 minutes for a full charge. After your baby gets up from sleeping, just put the sock in the charge on the base and it will be ready when you need it later in the day or at night, whichever you choose.

Also available with a camera

Owlet Smart Baby Monitor Duo (Smart Sock + Camera) not only has the sock with a monitoring device but has a camera so you can see and hear your baby and is compatible with Android and iOS. This dual unit is a better deal than if you were to purchase the camera separately. The camera is high definition and has night vision as well.

Owlet Smart Baby Monitor Duo (Smart Sock + Camera)

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Talk to your baby

Another really nice feature this “dual” unit has is that you can talk to your baby. Babies love to hear their parents’ voices and it is soothing to them. Sometimes all they need to hear is your voice. You can use the background audio to listen to your baby as you use your phone for other tasks.

Pediatrician recommended

I have found that many pediatricians recommend this monitoring device to parents, especially with their concerns about SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome). Although no one really knows what causes SIDS, it is believed by many clinicians and researchers that SIDS is associated with problems in the ability of the baby to wake up from sleep, low levels of oxygen, or a buildup of carbon dioxide in the blood. When babies sleep face down, they may re-breathe exhaled carbon dioxide.

Baby on side or back

I highly recommend that when you put your baby down for sleep that you place him on his side or back.

My final thoughts

I remember when I had each of my children and waking up several times during the night checking on them to make sure they were breathing. Oh, if only I had such a great monitoring device it would have saved me some precious sleep. But that was then and this is now. It never ceases to amaze me how far we have come in the 21st century!

My recommendation to you is to get this Owlet Smart Sock baby monitor. I personally prefer the one with the camera as I always like to see what the baby is doing and how he is looking – his coloring, positioning, and facial expressions. I think it is a good idea for you too. You can tell a lot about your baby just by looking at his face.

I know you will be happy with either the Owlet Smart Baby Monitor Duo or the Owlet Smart Baby Monitor.

You will have peace of mind knowing your baby is just fine and if he needs you right away – you will be there!

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Owlet Smart Sock 3 Baby Monitor with Oxygen & Heart Rate

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Owlet Smart Baby Monitor Duo (Smart Sock + Camera)

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Always looking for the best for our babes,


Kitchen Helper Learning Tower

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The other day my daughter-in-law was over and we were talking about making Christmas cookies on Christmas Eve. She was telling me about the kitchen helper learning tower that is available for little ones who want to help in the kitchen. Of course, me being the “grandma” I want to include my grandson with our family Christmas cookie baking tradition. I was racking my brain trying to figure out how I could get him to counter height. It was as if she were reading my mind.

Now I know!!!

I want to share with you some information on this in case you are thinking about getting one. Not only will this learning tower be a wonderful and safe way for your child to stand at the counter with you, but I found some other uses for it too.

Kitchen help

When my grandson is over, he always follows me around the kitchen. Curious as he is, he stands on his tippy toes to see what I am doing. He is getting bigger now so I am hardly able to lift him up like I used to. I have looked around for step stools, but I have not found one that I think is safe.

The kitchen helper learning tower is the perfect height at approximately 34 inches and has railings all around to keep him from falling off. I really like that feature.

Railings are all around your child for maximum safety. You do not have to worry that he will try to step back and fall off. Also, you know how it is when you are busy. An accident can happen the minute you turn your head to do something. No worries like this with this tower.

Look no further for a safe tower for your little guy or gal! Enjoy making those Christmas cookies and spending quality, memory-making times with your child!

Another great use – hand washing or brushing teeth

Here is another great use for this learning tower. You can use this for your child to stand at the kitchen or bathroom sink for teaching proper handwashing or for brushing teeth. You can have him/her help you wash those dishes after baking or cooking dinner! Great idea, don’t you think?

Safe and sturdy

There are many learning towers available, however, not all of them are safe. This learning tower is made from solid pine wood with a child-safe, non-toxic finish that prevents scratches and scuff marks.  It safely supports 150 lbs. per the manufacturer and is recommended for toddlers 18 months to 5 years old. For additional safety, there are attachable anti-slip strips on four legs.

Crayon marks wash right off

Just another side note.  If your child decides to “color” this stool with a crayon, no worries! The crayon markings will wash right off because of the finish. Just wanted to throw that information in there.

Available colors

The kitchen helper learning tower comes in natural and gray.

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Natural color

SDADI Kids Kitchen Step Stool with Safety Rail – for Toddlers 18 Months and Older, Natural LT01N

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Gray color

SDADI Kids Kitchen Step Stool with Safety Rail – for Toddlers 18 Months and Older, Gray LT01G


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The cons

When you assemble this tower, make sure to heed the warning found in the instructions for assembly. The warning is “do not overtighten the screws.” If you overtighten the screws you will crack the wood and cause the tower to be weak and non-sturdy.

My recommendations and final thoughts

I highly recommend this kitchen helper learning tower for you and your child. I have found this to be the safest, sturdiest, and best learning tower available. It is also reasonably priced as there are more expensive ones out there and not built as safe.

  • It is safest because of the rails going all-around your child to prevent him or her from taking a step backward and falling and it comes with attachable anti-slip strips for all four legs.
  • It is the sturdiest because it is made with wood and can hold up to 150 pounds so it is suitable for children up to 5 years old and older!
  • It is the best because of all the safety features and has non-toxic paint that can be wiped down with a damp cloth. Crayon markings will wash off easily.

All the best to you and I hope you found this review to be of value to you in helping you make a wise and informed decision for this learning tower.

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Yours in researching the best for our babes!







A Car DVD Player Review

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If you have ever traveled with a little one or even an older child, you will know what I mean when I say a car DVD player can be a parent’s best friend! I have traveled many times with my son, daughter-in-law and grandson and I have to tell you that the car DVD player is worth every cent.

I have to admit that I enjoy it myself. I sometimes travel with my kids and I love to sit in the back seat with the baby (he is 2 but I still call him my baby).

This is a gem even for short trips around the city. I love to see my grandson intently watching his favorite shows while we are driving around. He loves getting into the car now because he knows he gets to watch “TV.”

Vanku 10.1 Inch Car Headrest DVD Player with Mount

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This neat little lifesaver has a 10.1-inch screen so it is a perfect size for viewing in the car. It mounts right on the headrest of your seat so your child doesn’t have to hold it. This mount is not a permanent one so you can remove the DVD player for home use.

Easy to change discs

This portable DVD player has a great design in that all you have to do is lift the top portion (much like a laptop) to insert a disc. With this type of design, you can adjust the screen angle as well.

Use it at home or on the road

Another great feature of this car DVD player is that you can easily remove it from your car to use it in your home. It comes with remote control and has dual speakers. You can utilize your DVDs or download movies or shows using your MP3 files. More about this further down.

Hook up for second DVD player

If you decide you want 2 of these DVD players, you can connect them with an
AV cable and your kids can watch the same movies simultaneously or they can watch separate movies.

Hook up to the big screen

This car DVD player can be connected to a TV because it has an AV IN/ OUT function. Check out the details here.


Your child can enjoy her movies and hear every word and you can have a conversation with your spouse or enjoy listening to your radio and favorite music. This makes for a win-win situation. This is a nice feature if your children decide to watch 2 different movies; they can use their own headphones and enjoy their own movie without having to hear anything else. This can avoid bickering in the back seat over whose video is louder.

HDMI input

The HDMI input function can sync up to 1080P video from your computer, mobile phone, Raspberry Pi, Xbox, or kindle fire, etc. I love that feature.  There is a side note here: for the best performance you will need to hook your phone up to the DVD player and it has the port for you to do that.

Charging it up

You have to plug this DVD player into a car charger when using in the car and a wall charger if used at home. Either way, it must be plugged in. Really, the only drawback or con to this player.

Digital movies and MP3 files

This has many ways for you to be entertained. You are not locked into having a DVD for viewing. You can watch digital movies and MP3 files directly from USB/SD/MMC with a max capacity of up to 128GB. See more about this here.

More great features

A great warranty offered. The manufacturer offers an 18-month warranty on this car DVD player. They offer a user manual, FAQ section, installation video tutorials on YouTube, and technical support.

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Some really good videos

I see that many people get these 2 videos when they get this car DVD player:

 1. PBS KIDS: 20 Incredible Tales DVD

2.  Curious George 30 Story Collection


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A great gift for your kids and grandkids

If you are wondering what to get for your kids for any occasion, I highly recommend you get the Vanku 10.1 Inch Car Headrest DVD Player with Mount, as it is a great choice!

Vanku 10.1 Inch Car Headrest DVD Player with Mount

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You will make their life so much easier with this car DVD player especially if they like to take road trips. You will hear a lot of “thanks mom and dad!”

They will love all the features and will most likely use it in their home as well as their car.

Take a trip with them and sit in the back seat with your grandchild. You will get no better feeling than being there and watching the joy in your grand’s eyes.

Comments or questions?

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Amazon Fire Tablet for Kids Review

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Let me begin by saying that I absolutely love my Kindle. I purchased my first one in 2010 and I have since purchased another. I have the paperwhite because it suits my needs as I love to read. Now that my grandson is a little older, I have noticed that he too loves books. I have purchased small toy computers for him suitable for a toddler, but now I have my eye on the new Fire HD 10 Kids Edition Tablet – the Amazon Fire Tablet for kids. I have looked at all it has to offer and I think this is going to be perfect for him. 

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I will be watching my little guy 5 days a week and I want to be able to not only entertain him but also have the ability to sit and teach him using a fun approach. Learning should be fun and hold our attention. I found the perfect solution. I want to share what I found with you all. So, here goes.

This does everything!

The Amazon Fire Tablet for kids has over 20,000 apps, games, books, videos, audible books, and educational content from PBS Kids, Nickelodeon, Disney, and more.

It comes in a kid-proof case with a built-in stand. You can set your child down at the table, set it up and either watch a movie or play a game. This will not only be used for entertainment but is educational too. If your child is school age, this is a great tool for learning as it is a real tablet and functions as one.

Don’t worry about them surfing the internet, there are parental controls that you can set so your child will be safe.

Set a time limit and be in control

The parental controls allow you to put a time limit on your child’s screen time, filter the content your child sees, and set educational goals. There is an Amazon parent dashboard for you to use. Within the parent dashboard, you can set up Netflix, Minecraft, and Zoom!  

Audible books

Storytime can be made easier for when you put your child down for a nap and you have something else you need to do. Sometimes I just need to take that conference call and I have to have something to keep my grandson’s attention, audible book here I come!!

Sweet music!

My grandson absolutely loves music! Every time music comes on, whether it be a TV commercial, songs in a movie or television show, he starts dancing and singing. It is a most adorable sight to see!  I love that this tablet has access to tons of music in all varieties and I can use this to play music for him.

Videos and Nickelodeon!

My grandson loves to watch Nickelodeon and I imagine he is not the only one. A couple of his favorite shows are Paw Patrol, Sponge Bob SquarePants, and Blues Clues. Well, on this tablet I can have these favorite shows anywhere we go and I love that!! He does too!!


Another important feature for us is Disney movies. There are many favorites in this family, but one, in particular, I have watched with my grandson is 101 Dalmatians. I think I know the script my heart! With this tablet, I can take those 101 Dalmatians and my grandson anywhere!!

Through the ages

As my little gem grows, so will the Fire Tablet for kids. I will be able to use this from now until he is a teenager. I have everything I need right within this tablet. I love that it is suitable for him now (he is almost 3) and I will be able to use it for teaching him, entertaining him, and spending quality time with him. He is already learning how to maneuver apps on a phone and loves to watch me on my computer. This will allow me to teach him how to use apps and to learn other things such as his ABCs right on his own tablet. Of course, at first, I will have to supervise him with this as it is not a toy (although it looks like one). But, it is in a very sturdy case and is pretty much kid-proof.

Lots of storage

One of the things I like about this newest or latest generation Fire Tablet for kids is that it has a 10.1 ” screen and is high definition (HD). There are 32 GB of storage and is compatible with a microSD card for up to 512 GB of additional storage. That is a lot of memory. This is important because you can store movies or games for your child to use when wi-fi is not available.

Did you know?

Amazon Kids+ includes thousands of Spanish language books, videos, apps, games, and audible books. I love this feature because everyone can benefit from this. Whatever language is your native tongue, you and your child can enjoy this. Learning a new language is a great thing if Spanish is not your native tongue.

Recommended accessories

There are accessories that are available such as a Bluetooth kids headset, screen protector, kids tablet backpack, memory card, power adaptor, and a zippered sleeve. I would recommend getting the headset for your child to minimize distractions. This is important when “school” is in session.

I also recommend getting either the zippered sleeve or the backpack so when the tablet is not in use it can be stored safely. Remember this is not a toy, it is a computer/tablet.


The Amazon Fire Tablet for Kids comes with a 2-year warranty. So if you break it within that time frame, Amazon will replace it at no additional cost to you. It is good to have that peace of mind, especially when it comes to electronics.

Very good investment

If you are looking for a high-quality, efficient, and durable tablet for your child, this is the one for you. Also, a good thing to know is Amazon stands behind their product and offers a generous warranty period of 2 years.

Every parent or grandparent should have one

I hope you enjoyed my review of this amazing kid’s tablet. In my opinion, every parent and/or grandparent should have one as this serves both for quality entertainment and educational purposes. Guess what’s next on my list for things to get for my little munchkin?

Just wanted to tell you this comes in blue, pink, or purple to suit every child’s color choice.

Here’s the pink:

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Nebulizer Machine for Kids and Adults

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Before I begin my review of a portable nebulizer machine, I want to first explain to you what it is used for and why it is so important. There are a few different types of lung diseases, however, for the purposes of this article, I will talk about the one that affects children the most and it is called “asthma.”

This article is not to be taken as medical advice. It is for informational purposes only and to guide you to your physician for medical evaluation and treatment.

What is asthma?

Asthma is a lung disease in which your airways narrow and swell and may produce extra mucus. This makes breathing very difficult and you may cough, have a wheezing or whistling sound when you breathe, and causes shortness of breath. Asthma knows no age limit, so both children and adults can be affected by it.

An episode of asthma may be precipitated by a trigger known as an allergy or other factor. Specific allergens may be pollen, mold, animal dander, dust or foods. Asthma may also be triggered by weather changes, respiratory infections, exercise, acid reflux or heartburn, or emotional stress.

Some interesting facts

Approximately 10% to 15% of children are affected by asthma. It accounts for 25% of school absences caused by chronic illnesses.

Signs and symptoms of an asthma attack

Episodes of asthma may start gradually or may come on suddenly.  The signs and symptoms of an attack are as follows:

  • Shortness of breath with prolonged exhalation
  • Wheezing/whistling sound starting out only on exhale progressing to inhale and exhale and then no breath sounds.
  • For the infant, there is a grunting sound to each breath
  • Nasal/nostril-flaring
  • Cough

  • Accessory muscle use (this is when you have seen the diaphragm muscle indenting with each breath as well as the upper torso muscles)
  • Anxiety, irritability, and decreasing level of consciousness
  • Blue lips and a bluish tint to the skin (this is caused by lack of oxygen)


Complications of asthma can be quite serious. For instance, asthma can cause chronic or constantly occurring upper respiratory infections involving the airway tubes leading to the lungs and thereby causing pneumonia. It can also be the culprit for causing emphysema [the air sacs in the lungs (alveoli) are damaged and causing shortness of breath]. Another complication that can occur is right-sided heart failure. A complete or partial collapse of the entire lung or area (lobe) of the lung is yet another complication of this disease.

What to expect when you see your physician

If you or your child has had any of the above symptoms for asthma, you need to see your doctor right away. There could be other conditions starting to happen and therefore it is of utmost importance to be evaluated by a doctor.

For the sake of this article, we will look at what type of testing you can expect and what types of treatment are available to treat asthma. This is not a complete list of tests, as your doctor may determine further testing is necessary. Every person’s condition is unique and so this is only a general guide.

The doctor is going to do a series of blood tests looking for infections and your blood gas values. Blood gas values pertain to how you are excreting toxins that your lungs normally filter out. If your lungs are not working properly, it will show in this test. Blood gases or arterial blood gas values can be difficult to explain in a short article but know and understand that they play an extremely important part in the diagnosing process.

You will also undergo a chest x-ray looking for infection or another cause of worsening breathing problems.

A pulmonary function test (PFT) is a test that will measure lung volume, capacity, rates of flow, and gas exchange. This information can help your healthcare provider diagnose and decide your treatment. Both the PFT test and peak flow meter test is usually done by a respiratory therapist. Your doctor will bring them into your care for this.

Peak flow meter monitoring is a portable, easy-to-use device that measures how well your lungs are able to expel air. By blowing a quick blast of air through a mouthpiece on one end, the peak flow meter can measure the force of air in liters per minute and give you a reading on a built-in numbered scale. This reading is used in evaluating the severity of your disease and helps to determine medication use.

Medications to treat asthma

There are medications and treatments that are available to treat asthma. Some of the medications are in pill form and contain a steroid which will reduce the swelling in your airways. They will help to maintain an open airway to reduce the chances of swelling. So this is considered a long-term control medication. This oral or pill form medication is typically used along with the inhaled medications.

For quick and fast acting relief, there are medications that are given by inhalers, a nebulizer and/or a nasal spray. This type of medication is for immediate relief in the event of an asthma attack.

The corticosteroids used in these medications are synthetic (made in a laboratory) hormones that are similar to the hormones your body makes and their function is to reduce swelling.

Taking care of a child with asthma

If you have a child with asthma, you will want to closely follow your physician’s advice and instructions from your respiratory therapist. There will be specific instructions on medications and inhaled steroids. You will be taught how to monitor your child’s oxygen levels and what to do in the event of an asthmatic attack.

You will want to always monitor your child for any signs or symptoms of an asthma attack. See the above list for these signs. You will be instructed by your health care provider or nurse when you need to seek emergency medical care. If your child is having difficulty breathing even after a breathing treatment, you need to get them seen by your provider or emergency room immediately. Also, try to keep yourself and your child as calm as possible.

Watch out for those triggers, whatever they may be for your child, and try to prevent exposure to them. If your child has been exposed to a trigger, be prepared to handle it with a fast-acting inhaler.

Those fast-acting inhalers are usually called albuterol inhalers. They are a handheld small device that you place in your mouth and give 2 quick puffs. They act quickly and should be on hand at all times.

Emotional support

Support groups are a great way to connect with other parents and children to learn how to cope with this condition. Children especially benefit from this because they get to make friends with others who have asthma. Check with your health care provider for more information and for a support group near you.

What is a nebulizer?

A nebulizer turns a liquid into a very fine mist that a person can inhale through a face mask or mouthpiece. The liquid is a medication your doctor prescribes for your breathing problem. The medications are steroids which will open up your airways. These medications are namely albuterol, Xopenex or Pulmicort. Your provider will determine which one is appropriate and prescribe them for you. He will also tell you how many times each day you should use it. There are many nebulizers on the market, however, I recommend getting a portable one so you can easily travel with it.

If you are looking for a portable nebulizer, you can purchase yours here!

Uniclife Compact Compressor Machine with Full Accessories for Kids and Elderly

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This portable nebulizer weighs 4.6 pounds so you can take it anywhere. It is very quiet running. This nebulizer is for both adults and children. It comes with an adult-sized and children-sized mask. It comes with the medicine cup, tubing, filters, and mouthpiece.

In closing

Asthma is a lung disease that affects many people including children. Along with treating this disease, obtaining emotional support is equally important. Breathing issues tend to always cause high anxiety and nervousness. This is part of your body’s reaction to this form of stress. Talk to your doctor or social worker to find a good support group near you for your child and yourself.

I hope you found this article helpful and it has answered a question or two you may have had. Please feel free to leave your questions or comments below and I will respond promptly.