Archive for February, 2008

Treating Your Child’s Croup or RSV Infection

Waking from a sound sleep, I hear the hoarse, crying voice of my four year old son.  He coughs several times, sounding just like the neighbor’s barking dog.   It’s nighttime and it’s the croup, or RSV.  I call our pediatrician and make a plan to help keep him comfortable through the night.

RSV, or croup, is often worse during the night and parents need a strategy to help their child breath more freely.  Here are some basic recommendations taken from medical references to help treat your child’s symptoms of croup or RSV.

Steam is a natural homeopathic remedy that can open nasal and bronchial passages for freer breathing.   For small babies, be sure to consult a medical professional before using this method of treatment.  Loosen your child’s clothing and take the child into the bathroom.   Run the shower on hot to create a steam air environment.   Place the child on your lap and encourage them to breath in the surrounding steam.  Be sure to keep the child safely away from the hot water.  Run the shower for about ten minutes, dry the child from any dampness, then  carry the child into the cooler air.    Often this hot/cool air treatment will cause a child’s croupy throat to clear; restoring a more normal breathing pattern.

A cool air humidifier is also a good weapon against the croup or RSV.  Position the humidifier near the child’s bed so that the cool mist will circulate within the child’s breathing range.  Use purified water and change it at least once a day to prevent bacterial growth.  Check the humidifier at least once during the night to be sure that it is properly working.

A mild, over the counter decongestant and expectorant is also helpful.  Avoid medications with antihistamine as this drug can make a croupy condition worse.  Be sure to follow proper dosing instructions for your child’s age and weight. A decongestant will loosen congestion in the upper respiratory tract, while an expectorant will help prevent severe chest congestion.

These home treatments are recommended by a medical professional in treating the initial stages of croup, or RSV.  As the severity of illness is different for each child, parents should consult a medical professional to determine which treatment option is best.  Should a child’s breathing pattern become highly irregular, parents should seek professional medical assistance immediately.

Having a child sick with the croup is a scary experience. Parents should be observant during the initial stages of croup and take measures to prevent it from becoming a more serious infection.

Learn to recognize, prevent and treat your child’s croup, or RSV infection at

By:  Debby Hoffer

Add comment February 28th, 2008

A New Prince in My Life

As the princess of my castle, it stands to reason that the only prince in my life should be my husband. But there is a new guy in the family picture. He is my new puppy and stands about a foot tall, is devilishly handsome with soft brown eyes, caramel brown fur and a black snout.

It was a process of delicate negotiation to try and come up with an appropriate name for our new doggy. After holding a family council, at the round table, the official vote of our five kids finally came down to “Prince Edmund.” The name was expanded after our Prince went on an unapproved crusade and killed our gerbil, Peanut. A grisly affair that I will not go into except to say that his official name is now “Prince Edmund, gerbil slayer.”

This dog has brought substantial excitement into this princesses hum drum life. For the first week we had jousting tournaments over who was going to feed him, now I’m paying reward money for anyone who will feed him. In a very short time he has chewed through two pairs of shoes and gone on more unapproved crusades than I can count; spreading garbage throughout my beloved castle.
It is a lot of work keeping up with this prince, but well worth the effort. When anyone comes to the door, it’s nice to know that he will bark and be another champion defender in my life. It is also is a great laugh as I watch my five kids get and give slobbery good night kisses to this sweet little Prince. So to those of you wondering what to get your family for that special bonding, I say, stock up on the dog food, and get another prince in your life. You won’t regret it.

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By Debby Hoffer

Add comment February 20th, 2008

Forgetfulness in Expecting Mothers.

With each pregnancy I found myself getting more and more forgetful.  Having a baby meant losing very vital brain cells, and after each baby it seemed to get worse.  I am not sure if sure if I ever regained my memory completely, but I think after several years I am almost back to normal, unless I just forgot what normal was.

Luckily, I am not alone.  At least 80% of all women say that they become more forgetful during pregnancy, especially during the third trimester and that it continues even after delivery.  According to a recent study in Australia expectant mothers probably are more forgetful.  Based on their research, pregnancy turns pregnant mothers into 60 year olds, at least when it comes to their memories.  They say that women can become impaired for at least a year after giving birth.  Researches do not know why this happens.

If you are pregnant and forgetful, just keep in mind that you are normal, and that some day along with your body, you may get your mind back.

Our website, Child’n Parent has more answers to your pregnancy questions.

By:  Vanessa Lee

Add comment February 12th, 2008


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