Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Cord Blood Bank and Stem Cell

Umbilical Cord Blood

The umbilical cord is is the cord which connects an embroyo to the womb of its mother.

father cutting umblical cord
Photo of is property of Reinout van Rees

Blood containing nutrients and oxygen is carried from the mother to foetus and carbon dioxide and waste is carried away. If the umbilical cord is not prematurely clamped after birth, a physiological clamping will occur after birth caused by contact with cold air. Wharton's jelly (gelatinous substance, will swell around the umbilical blood vessels at the opposite ends of the umbilical cord and trap some blood between the opposing ends.

Umbilical Cord harvesting

Almost 200ml of umbilical blood can be harvested (collected) from the umbilical cord. Many believes hematopoietic cells (stem cells which can develop into different types of cells) in the umbilical cord' blood can be used to treat various types of serious illness of the infant and its family as well as strangers. Note that this is controversial. Note also

Umbilical cord blood bank

There are cord blood banks which provide services to save the cord blood for future uses. There are many such cord blood banks using cryogenic (very cold technology) to store cord blood and CryoCell cord blood bank and currently they have a cord bank special offer.


Saturday, June 28, 2008

Natural Remedy or Baby Colic and Acid Reflux

What is Baby Colic?

What is colic is often the question that exasperated mothers often asked. Baby colic is abdominal pain characterized by incessant crying, often with apparently no particular reason. The non-stop crying of the baby is very distressing.

Natural Remedy for baby colic

Here are some natural Colic Cures you can try:
  1. Soothing Music and Sound
  2. try some soothing music such as traditional lullabies
  3. Change of diet - if you are breast feeding, try changing your diet. If the baby is on cow's milk-based formula, try changing to a soy-based one.

  4. Soothing bath or massage - give the baby a bath followed by a soothing massage

  5. Swaddle the baby with warm blankets like in the photo below:
    baby swaddle
    Photo of swaddled baby is property of Paul

  6. Rocking motion - put the baby in a swing and gently rock the baby either manually or with a mechanical rocker:
    baby in a rocker
    Photo of baby in a rocker is property of rashida s. mar b.

  7. The traditional cure -Gripe Water: This had been the traditional cure for colicky baby from decades ago and can be effective if you get the right Gripe Water.

What is acid reflux

Acid reflux occurs when the acidic content of the stomach flows in the reverse direction from stomach to the throat (oesophegus), and when it occurs in a baby, it is referred to as infant reflux. It may cause mucosal damage (Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease) and if it reaches the throat, the condition is referred to as laryngopharyngeal reflux disease.

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Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Family safe Reader's Digest online

I used to regularly read Reader's Digest some 30 plus years back and thoroughly enjoyed the articles published in them. You may even say that Reader's Digest had an influence in my life as all the articles are wholesome, family oriented and inspire and motivates. However, over the past few years, many things have changed. The marvelous invention, the World Wide Web and Internet have completely changed the people's (and mine) way of getting the news and stories. I for one have stopped buying the daily printed newspaper and read news online.

So it is a pleasant but not a great surprise to see that my favorite Reader's Digest have gone online. As usual, many of their articles are family oriented, like Reader's Digest tips for parenting children.

Now not only am I a single parent of 5 grown kids, I am also grandfather to one - Lewis Chew, youngest "blogger" in the world, plus grandpa to 2 more soon. So this blog My first grandchild will soon have to change title and become My grandchildren instead.

My grown daughter has become mother herself and if I am not wrong, complained about getting Lewis Chew to sleep. As usual, Reader's Digest have an article for such harassed mom - Help for Sleepless Moms

mother patiently reading to son

Here is another familiar inspiring story or drama from Reader's Digest - Heroes: Day-Care Drama. It is a story of how a brave mom became a heroine and tackled an armed man in a day care center almost single-handed.

Tonight, I am going to tell my daughter that Reader's Digest has joined the online bandwagon and now we are going to get our favorite family safe articles online 24 hours a day 7 days a week.


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Sunday, October 21, 2007

Help for parents: Baby Carrier and Stroller Reviews

It is the rare couple who don't have babies (although it seems the trend of being child-free is increasing). Children are priceless source of support in old age. Parents (couples who have a child or children) tend to be surrounded with greater number of friends and have greater satisfaction with life.

Having babies means requiring "equipments". Some of them are baby carrier and baby stroller. Compared with the 70's when I was a parent, parents are much fussier nowadays plus they have greater choices. And many of them are prepared to spend. I know because I just became a grandfather. My daughter and son-in-law bought a pretty expensive baby carrier and baby stroller. However, with greater choice comes a greater headache of finding the right one for you. I remembered they took a very long time to find the stroller they wanted.

Really, I think you don't need to go through the hassle they went through, for there are online Baby Carrier reviews and Stroller Reviews easily accessible from your home computer.

The above reviews is ranked using a WIZERANK value which the site claim uses proprietary technology which cannot be manipulated. In other words, it is supposed to reflect the opinions and satisfactions with the ranked products of the users. WIZERANK value ranged from 100 to 1 with 100 being the best and 1 being the worst. With this, choosing the right carrier or stroller for your baby become a breeze.

There are other ways to use the review sites. You can search for products using criteria like price, brands, carry position, infant weight or carrier type. For example, if you are as spendthrift as my daughter and her husband, you can go for the high end baby carrier. If you are as stingy as me, you may look for the budget baby carrier.

There are many ways to use those baby carrier and baby stroller reviews sites. You can go check for yourself.


Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Family Friendly Hotels

Have you ever had that experience of taking your family (with kids) on a vacation or business-cum-pleasure trip, stay in a "nice" hotel, then find to your horror your kids switching on the TV and getting adult entertainment? That is a problem hotel booking sites are still unable to solve. If you are fortunate, you may be able to get a remote control with parental control mode, which let you lock a preset number of kid-friendly channels. However, this is a problem that is difficult to solve. Perhaps what can be done is not to leave your kids in the hotel room alone, but this will not be an option if you have 2 rooms, one for you and your spouse, and one for the kids. Parents are probably looking forward to the time they can get a family safe hotel booking site.

What you can get now are Family Friendly Hotels which offers activities like playgrounds, game rooms, arcades that can keep your kids away from the TV, and for family with very young kids, and babysitting services. However, I noticed that on this site, you can only chose states in the United States of America, Canada, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Puerto Rico and Australia. You can search for hotels worldwide by countries, but once you get to those sits, you wouldn't find a family friendly option. I suppose the site owner or owners are working hard to include more countries.

However, recreational vehicles (RV) are a common way for family to travel, and parents control exactly what is inside their RV. And if this is the mode of travel you chose for your family, RV Parks and Campgrounds, and this site includes all the states in US plus Australia, Canada, Denmark, Italy and Spain, plus special sites for national parks and state parks.

It is also not uncommon for family to have pets, and if your family travel for extended periods, you just can't leave your pets alone in the house. You will need to find a friend who is willing to take care of them for you or find a boarding place for pets. If you can't get these alternatives, or you or your children just can't bear not to have them at their sides all the time, there is another alternative - Pet Friendly Hotels


Friday, August 24, 2007

Parenting Tips

This is a good video taken from Youtube uploaded by virginiaelder who also produces a parenting ezine.

Parenting Tips by virginiaelder


How to Create an Emotional Bond with Your Child

How to Create an Emotional Bond with Your Child

By Anthony Kane, MD

One of the most powerful tools a parents have for raising their children is the natural emotional bond that exists between them and their child. Children who feel close to their parents will have a strong desire to obey them. No child with this type of connection to his parents will want to risk hurting that connection by disobeying them. When such a relationship exists, the mere look of dissatisfaction on the face of a parent will usually be enough to curb inappropriate behavior. This bond is so strong and so potent that it lasts even though adolescence when most of the disciplinary tools at our disposal are ineffective. Often, it is the only tool we have in guiding our teenage children. Parents who do not have such a connection with their children have lost a vital resource necessary for successful parenting.

In addition, this bond is essential for the child's emotional stability. A recent psychology experiment studied people in their forties, whose parent were emotionally distant from them. These people were often depressed and lacked a sense of emotional well being. They had more difficulty in adjusting to the work environment and new social situations.

How do you develop this type of loving bond with your child? It begins in your child's infancy and is built by giving your child the love and affection that he needs.

Many well-meaning mothers are completely unaware that their own children are suffering from the lack of physical touch. There are many reasons for this. Most people associate deprived children as those who are neglected, abused, or chronically ill. However, the truth is that many of our children who come from good homes are not getting the physical warmth and love that they need. In our two-income society, unaffectionate caretakers, who provide for the child’s physical needs with as little warm and contact as possible, often raise children. Also, many of us did not receive enough physical love and warmth as children. As a result, it is not natural to us to cuddle, coo, kiss, and love our children affectionately. In addition, some children naturally need more physical warmth. These touch-deprived children fill our schools. They are the ones who often look sad and depressed, suffering from not getting their physical needs for contact.

The United States is one of the richest countries in the history of the world. Yet, our children in general are touch starved. We are busy with our lives and our careers. We often raise our children in broken homes. We as parents are suffering under the burden of so much physical and emotional stress, that we are often just glad to make it through the day without hitting or screaming at our children. Who has time to give them affection? Yet, this is what our children crave most from us. We fill our houses with toys and things for our children, but it is us that they really need.

There is much talk about the generation gap. We all know that adolescents naturally rebel. Sometimes we look at our little children and wonder what is going to be in ten years when this cute little four-year-old turns fourteen. Will he be one of the children who abuses drugs? Is he going to steal? Is he going to do worse? What is going to be?

You need to take the time now, and give your child the physical warmth and love that your child needs. If you build strong bonds of love with your child now, while he is still young, then all these problems that you read about, will be just that; things that you read about. You will not experience these problems in your own home, because you have developed a strong relationship with you child.

Anthony Kane, MD

ADD ADHD Advances

Anthony Kane, MD is a physician, an international lecturer, and director of special education. He is the author of a book, numerous articles, and a number of online programs dealing with ADHD treatment, ODD, child behavior issues, and education. You may visit his website, ADD ADHD Advances, and sign up for the ADD ADHD Advances online journal.