Let your child overhear you telling someone how proud you are of them or how much you love them. Even kids know when you praise in order to get something from them. An overheard complement can touch the heart.
Judith Grant, Ph.D.
Training moms on infant cues
make better maternal-child relationships
By Jeanne Mitchell, M.S.N., R.N., I.B.C.L.C.
Breastfeeding Promotion Nurse
Normal growth and development is achieved faster and easier when parent and child interact well. When parent-child interactions are not good, the child may be at risk for developmental delays in speaking, social abilities, and cognitive functions. Poor parent-child relationships may also lead to child abuse, neglect, or failure to thrive.
Experts tell us that, in order for an interaction between parent and child to be effective, the parent and infant must give clear signals to each other, and each must also learn to respond to each other's cues.
Researchers wondered if teaching an expectant mother to recognize infant cues before giving birth would make a noticeable difference in that mother's interactions with her infant in the first 24 hours after birth. So, a 45-minute training on infant cues was given to first-time mothers two weeks before their baby's due date.
It was found that these mothers were better able to recognize and respond appropriately to their infants' cues than those mothers who had received only routine training on infant bathing and cord care.
Traditional prenatal education has focused on labor and delivery, or on standard care such as changing a baby's diaper or using a car seat. If we were to introduce topics that would teach mothers how to read their baby's behavior and how interact with their newborns, we may assist mothers in developing good relationships with their children.
D.B. Leitch, "Mother-infant Interaction: Achieving Synchrony," Nursing Research, Vol. 48, pages 55-58, 1999.
From WIC Newsletter, printed with permission
Medications & Your Child
Children with Sickle Cell Disease often take many medications during a day. Children need to be encouraged to understand what purpose the medications play and to take an interest in their own treatment. Parents of these children are challenged to make sure that all of the needed doses are taken during the day while at the same time fostering a sense of independence in the child. In addition to supervising the doses that are given, parents can make sure that the medication is used properly. For instance, liquid medications should be measured with a calibrated syringe or dropper. Also, some medications such as hydroxyurea should not come in contact with a caregiver.
Precautions to take when giving hydroxyurea are mentioned in the PDR:
Information for Patients - Patients who take the drug by emptying the contents of the capsule into water should be reminded that this is a potent medication that must be handled with care. Patients must be cautioned not to allow the powder to come in contact with the skin or mucous membranes, and must be told not to inhale the powder when opening the capsules. If the powder is spilled, it should be immediately wiped up with a damp towel and disposed of, as should the empty capsules. The medication, particularly open capsules, should be kept away from children and pets.
If you have questions about Hydroxyurea or other medications that your child is taking be sure to ask your pharmacist.
P. Morris, M.S., R.Ph.
CHRISTUS SANTA ROSA
The Children's Sickle Cell Center
519 West Houston Street
San Antonio, Texas 78307-3198
(210) 704-2187 (800) 227-3618
(After hours, call 704-2011 and ask for Hematologist on call.)
Anne-Marie Langevin, MD
Chief, Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology-UTHSC-SA
Howard A Britton, MD, FAAP
Medical Director, Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist
Reginald Moore, MD
Associate Medical Director, Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist
Javier R. Kane, MD
Anthony Infante, MD, PhD
Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist Immunologist
Paul J. Thomas, MD, FAAP
Director, Pediatric Oncology Clinical Services
Shafqat Shah, MD
Leanne Embry, PhD
Psychology Fellow/Assistant Professor
Elisa Ornelas, LSW
Sickle Cell Social Worker
Yvonne Shannon, RN, MSN
Sickle Cell Disease Nurse Coordinator
Editor of the Sickle Cell Rapper