Wednesday, 2 February 2011

The Gallery: Week 44 - Shapes

Shapes! I thought this photo was quite fitting for this weeks Gallery theme. 

It was taken last summer at Clitheroe Castle through some sort of kaleidoscope gadgety what-not. It kept Cheffy Daddy amused for a good while. Big kid.

Yes, that's me peeking out. Hello!


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Monday, 24 January 2011

Paracetamol - something else that's not safe in pregnancy?

Yes, yet another thing to worry about. 

Should we just toss it on the 'yet-another-study' pile now, before we start?

When I was pregnant my daily diet consisted of paracetamol and 'Rennie Dual Action'. What with the back ache, the sore thighs, aching ribs and all of the other aches and pains you find yourself victim to during pregnancy, surely we need something? I had to abandon, cold turkey style, my best little red friends 'Nurofen Express' (which is brufen and simply not safe) and, let's be honest, sometimes the edge just needs taking away from the pain that is pregnant life.

If you felt at any point that you did 'glow' during pregnancy, then glory be, go and suck your rosy apples and we'll meet you following the terrible twos. I'm STILL waiting for my glow, my rose-tinted cheeks are due to broken capillaries rather than any type of pleasant hormonal experience.

And yet another study bursts our little 'safe haven in pregnancy' bubble. The little relief we had, has now been attacked. Taking 'over the counter' pain killers, including paracetamol (not only ibuprofen and aspirin) during pregnancy has been linked to cryptorchidism in boys. 

In English?

Cryptorchidism is a condition in which either one or sometimes both testes do not descend into the scrotum. This can lead to infertility problems and testicular cancer later in life, as well as the risk of psychological issues. A new study has shown that there is a link between taking mild pain killers during pregnancy (particularly during the second trimester) and development of this condition.

You can read the original article here: REPRODUCTIVE EPIDEMIOLOGY 

Despite this study hitting the news before Christmas, the condition itself isn't a new story. Cryptorchidism has always been a problem for some newborn boys.
A small number of full term baby boys (3%) are born with cryptorchidism, however it is also a problematic condition for prem babies, with  early bairns being ten times more likely (30%) to be born with the condition.*

So what will you be doing? What can you do? It's a far cry from the midwives constantly telling you to tip some paracetamol down your neck every time you report anything as small as an itch in your left toe. Despite this advice that so many of you will have heard, apparently we're meant to avoid taking any medication at all during pregnancy. 

Will I avoid it in future? It's such a rare condition that I'd probably just hope for the best. I stopped drinking, ate healthily and quit smoking when I was pregnant with Kidder. That alone, requires some relief. 

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Sunday, 23 January 2011

Silent Sunday - Williamson Park


Silent Sunday

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Thursday, 20 January 2011

Should all children under 5 receive the swine flu jab?

It's none stop at the moment, I'm almost sick of the sight of it but yet I feel compelled to try and swallow up every and any piece of information I can about it. The flu is hitting the country hard, and whilst in Autumn the death rate was rising (as you would expect most years) it was pretty restricted to those with existing medical conditions who had sadly caught a strain of flu which their body simply couldn't cope with.

The shocker, however, was last week was last week when it was announced that Lana Ameen died at Liverpool Hospital from Swine Flu at just three years old. An otherwise healthy child, she didn't fit the criteria for a NHS Flu jab. 

I've always kept Kidders immunisations up to date. I, personally, don't question that children should have them; for me it's a no brainer. It is frightening, however, that Lana appeared to have over the Christmas period what so many of our children will have had this Winter - the common cold. You know the usual, a bit of a fever, wanting cuddles, seeming run down, tired, running nose, sneezes, cough... it's simply what we see every year. 

Lana Ameen, Intensive Care: The Guardian
The very same day that Lana's death was announced, Kidder was sent home with a dangerously high temperature. I couldn't control it and I was having flash backs to when he was taken into hospital to be tested for meningitis at just 14 months old. 

Lana's story is so, so sad and what's more, it's so real. Every single mother can relate to the sorrowful story. It's harrowing and shockingly scary that at a time when we dose our children with calpol, endure the sleepless nights and wish to the heavens that their illness will pass, we could actually be facing something much more serious.

And Lana's mother is right, when children under 5 are already identified as 'at risk' when swine flu hits why aren't they all entitled to the jab that can possibly prevent some strains of this terrible illness? 

You can see what Gemma Ameen, Lana's mother, has to say HERE.

The Department of Health are sticking by their guns, stating that it is not recommended that children under six who do not have any 'high-risk' medical factors have the swine flu jab.* 

Of course colds, fevers and other general 'kiddy' illnesses will always be and as shocking and upsetting as Lana's story is, it isn't going to happen to all of our children. Can we be any more vigilant? Are the NHS too quick to turn away children with a temperature and flu like symptoms? Is it all being blown out of proportion?

Our thoughts are most certainly with Lana's family at this sad, sad time. I cannot begin to imagine the pain they are experiencing.

How has this news affected you? How protected do you feel your children are against swine flu? 

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Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Plate Monsters

I recently bought the plate monster mask craft pack from Early Learning Centre. Kidder's not one for abstract art. He needs some direction, purpose, he needs to see the finishing line. Hand him a pot of paints, a tub of glue and a load of bits and he'd be great at sticking his fingers to his armpits, and painting the dog a stunning shade of  'once-was-purple' brown. Creating a masterpiece (and I mean through the eyes of me, the parent) is not, without guidance, one of his strong points. He also has a bit of a temper, so throwing sequins, glitter and wobbly eyes all over the house is also a speciality of his.

If you buy the pack from ELC, which is great value for money in my opinion, it comes with 'instructions' on how to make four different plate monsters. Kidder and myself didn't follow these monsters as he was feeling artistic and wanted to great an individual piece (or that's how we're playing it, anyway).

We used a coloured plate as a monster face and first of all stuck some feathers around the top for the monster's hair. We then folded a circle of card in half and placed it at the bottom of the plate as the monster's mouth. Using a fluffy bobbly ball, we created a nose with just a dab of glue to the top of the mouth area.

I try, but I'm no genius, and using children's PVA glue to stick a large lollipop to the back of a paper plate was proving problematic. So, after decorating our large lolly stick with some colourful sequins we sellotaped it to the back of the plate.

*Break here whilst child has tantrum and throws sequins around room in an artistic rage, followed by kicking the floor and insisting that continuing with the craft session is NOT what they want to be doing*

Once he'd composed himself (two days later) we continued to make our plate monster. His mood was a lot brighter and in his defence he was previously brewing a fever, so I will allow the tantrum and let it pass on this one occasion.

I then cut out three large white paper circles and three smaller black paper circles. I cut a quarter away from each of the black circles. These were to be our monster's eyes. I didn't think that it mattered too much that the circles weren't perfect and were a bit jagged in places - it all adds to the character.

I also cut a cylinder shape out of white paper and then cut it in half, as well as another half semi-circle, all of which were to be the monster's teeth.

Kidder, being too young to do all of the cutting, then stuck all of the eyes to the coloured plate to make our monster come to life and glued the teeth into the monsters mouth to give him some bite.

For the finishing touches we sellotaped two coloured small, slim lollipop sticks to the top of the monster face, on the back. To add some more character, Kidder glued to smaller fluffy pom-pom balls the top of these sticks.

There are so many more variations of our monster mask, just let your imagination be your guide. We'd love to see yours too!


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Tuesday, 18 January 2011

The Gallery: Week 42 - Mother Nature

Without showing you naked photographs from my teen years, I'm struggling a bit. And let's be honest, who wants to see those?! I always think that the Gallery themes are going to be pips-squeak and then I look through my photographs and reaaaally find it difficult.

Mother Nature? Well, I have tons of photographs of animals, walks in woods and bits and pieces like that, but nothing that really captures 'mother nature'. I felt I needed something almost feminine; a duck with it's chicks or suchlike. I don't have these things.

But recently we did visit the Butterfly House at Williamson Park in Lancaster. There Kidder saw with his Auntie Sarah and me his first ever cocoon and he had the opportunity to get up close and personal with some butterflies. 


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