It’s a special thing to have a baby in North America at Christmas time. Photos of the new baby under the tree with the gifts, extra time off from work, a time of holiness joy and good cheer, . . . you would think it would be the ideal time to give birth. Unfortunately, many little newborns end up in hospital at this time due to the timing of their arrival.

No Finer Gift

No Finer Gift

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1. This is sugar time. The chocolate, cookies and candies are everywhere you look and sugar undermines the immune systems of the family members leading to colds and flu.
2. Staying up late. Parties given by neighbours, school, church, etc., tend to go late and the older kids in the family are affected and can get sick at this time by the late nights AND THE SUGAR.
3. The pregnant parent is either nesting in with the new baby or is hugely pregnant and doesn’t want to go to events, so the other parent takes the bigger kids and doesn’t pay close enough attention to the sugar or the late hours.
4. The children at school tend to be getting coughs, colds, flu and they spread it to the siblings of the new baby. Those older siblings sneezing or coughing on the new baby leads to trouble.
5. Christmas travel. A lot of pressure can be put on the family of a new baby to drive 100 miles (or more) for Christmas day family dinners. No matter how much the family thinks this is a good idea, IT IS NOT. The newborn should be kept warm and cozy at home because those long car trips are exhausting, no matter how much planning happens in advance. The nursing parent has to take care of her breasts/breast milk supply. All this is best done at home.
If the breast feeding gets thrown off at this season of the year, it can result in the newborn baby failing to thrive and/or the nursing parent getting mastitis, sore cracked nipples or a diminished production of milk.

What can you do to make sure that your new baby stays out of the hospital during this season?

1. Screen all visitors by asking them “Are you sure you are completely well? We don’t want any bugs around the new baby.”
2. Buy lots of grapefruit, kiwi fruit and oranges and make them the whole family’s dessert through this time. Keep a big bowl of this healthy Vitamin C-packed fruit out and visible. Keep stocking it up. Don’t bring sugar-y foods into the house.
3. If you have older kids in school, pay close attention to their diet and sleep. Keep them healthy. Both parents need to be responsible and communicate with each other about this.
4. Both parents need to watch their own health. Stay away from alcohol, take your vitamins, keep your schedule calm, have afternoon naps, avoid annoying people, etc.
4. Take a year off from the hype and pretend you’re in a stable with cattle lowing. In the big scheme of things, you’ll be glad you did. Have a really peaceful Christmas giving thanks for the miracle of your very own healthy newborn Christ child.Christmas warmth

Nurses discuss vaccine dangers online

Nurses discuss vaccine dangers online
I saw this discussion online on March 9, 2015. I’ll post the link at the bottom but don’t recommend that you click on it because the site is a bit “iffy” re viruses/spam potential (it’s an investment site). I like to see what nurses are saying amongst themselves because, in my experience, they are often silent anti-vaccine experts. They see what reactions are coming into the Emergency, they work with families with vaccine-injured children, and they whisper amongst themselves about the growing number of shots. Gloria Lemay

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concerned nurse Lindum • 5 months ago

Healthcare providers are being coerced into accepting the vaccine. At some hospitals, if you don’t accept it, you have to wear a mask for the entire flu season. Difficult to do as a Healthcare provider…limits your vision as the masks fit poorly. Makes patients feel uncomfortable as they can’t read your facial expressions. Also, some nursing schools are making it mandatory to have the vaccine or you can’t be in the program . The current flu vaccines only have a 55% efficacy rate with only 50% population getting the actual vaccination.

Would you take your car to a mechanic who fixed it only 55% of the time?

Also there is a huge disparity in what people have to pay for the vaccine. Medicaid recipients get it for free. Certain income levels $13 at DHEC. People who work and have insurance pay $20-30 if it’s not covered by their insurance.
The free enterprise system is what motivates businesses, however, those companies should be obligated to be responsible in manufacturing their product and for the the quality of the product. Lastly, no one should ever be bullied into purchasing or accepting a product. Many healthcare providers have been in that profession for years and may have sought other opportunities if they had known that one day they would have to accept the flu vaccine.

heaven5951 concerned nurse
• 5 months ago

Amen! No one should be forced to take any medicine that they don’t want to take. We nurses would NEVER force a patient to take anything against their will, but for some reason it’s ok to force us to take it. I’ve been a nurse for over 30 years, and I’ve never had the flu, until 2 years ago, when my granddaughter’s school was giving out “free” flu vaccines.

A few of the kids (one in her class that I know of) got the flumist vaccine, and 2 weeks later, one third of the school was out with the flu. Lilly got it, her momma got it, and I got it. Do you know who did NOT get it? Her 1 year old baby brother who was by her side the whole time she was sick. He even stuck a snotty tissue of hers in his mouth. And he is completely unvaccinated.

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These hands are meant to comfort

These hands are meant to comfort