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  • 10
    Aug
    Special Needs
    Written By jenstate
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    Jacquelyn’s Story is a series of posts about my daughter, who has a neuro-behavioral disorder. To start at the beginning, click here. As I enjoyed every aspect of Jacquelyn's more outgoing personality, a friend and fellow special needs mom warned me that Jacquelyn may regress. I was so happy at the end of her first grade year that I refused to acknowledge the fact that our success may be short-lived and that we might need another diagnosis, one that would better explain Jacquelyn's strange behaviors. I gave in to the idea that all the therapies she had completed had "fixed" her issues and ignored the possibility that they had just reduced the frequency and severity of her symptoms. My wishful

  • 21
    May
    Baby, Health, Special Needs
    Written By jenstate
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    The CDC recently released new autism statistics stating that one in 88 U.S. children has some form of Autism Spectrum Disorder. My daughter has Asperger Syndrome, the mildest and most high functioning form of autism, and our journey has not been easy. We are so fortunate that we intervened early and most of her more extreme symptoms are now a thing of the past, but we continue to manage her sensory issues and accompanying anxiety on a daily basis. While I believe my daughter’s issues are largely genetic, if I were planning to expand my family, I would take extra precautions during pregnancy to reduce my risk of having another child with the disorder. While these precautionary measures can’t completely

  • 03
    May
    Baby, Health
    Written By Tela Kayne
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    - By Katie Moore New moms may find that exercise is harder than ever. The postpartum period is a very sensitive time, but as long as the doctor gives the green light, a good workout will actually improve mood and help with weight management. A mother should talk with her doctor about her post-delivery weight loss plans, much like she discussed post-delivery plans for baby, like circumcision and umbilical cord blood banking. A doctor can assist a mother in coming up with the best plan for her body. New mothers may have to adjust their exercise schedules, but with a few simple workout habits they can fit daily activity into their busy schedules. Exercise Duration Exercise sessions don't have to

  • 26
    Apr
    Environment
    Written By Tela Kayne
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    Earth Day was April 22nd, and we celebrated it as a family outdoors and exploring Mother Nature's finest. As we walked the trails looking for the perfect climbing tree and sucking honeysuckle, I began to reminisce about my childhood and how much time I was able to spend outside. And while at present, I do my best to ensure that my children grow to appreciate nature the same way I did as a child and still do, I can't help but wonder what will be left of the great outdoors by the time they have their own children.

  • 07
    Aug
    Health
    Written By Tela Kayne
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    Fluoride is a drug so unregulated that the FDA's official classification is "Unapproved New Drug." And yet, it's still pumped into the water supply of over 180 million Americans, including infants and the elderly, with no way to control who gets it, how much they get, or what effect this mass dosing has on any given individual. I encourage you to find out how much fluoride is in your local water so you can better control your exposure! Please watch this video "Professional Perspectives" by the Fluoride Action Network and share with your friends and family! It's well produced by medical professionals who have studied the effects of fluoride extensively. A few key takeaways: By putting fluoride in the water, it

  • 07
    Jun
    Diet & Nutrition
    Written By Tela Kayne
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    We've written about the importance of Vitamin D as it relates to health and the body's ability to ward off illness in previous Babyminding articles. Vitamin D deficiency is common in people of all ages. The sun is the best source of Vitamin D.  However due to skin cancer concerns and the subsequent application of sunscreen, the body's ability to produce Vitamin D is reduced by as much as 95%. As a result of this reduced exposure to the sun, it is necessary to supplement with Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) in order to keep serum d blood levels of the body above 30 ng/mL. Over the past year the amount of recommended supplementation has increased from 400 to 800 IU for adults and from

  • 02
    Jun
    Diet & Nutrition
    Written By Tela Kayne
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    PRESS RELEASE; CONTACT: USDA Office of Communications (202) 720-4623 First Lady, Agriculture Secretary Launch MyPlate Icon as a New Reminder to Help Consumers to Make Healthier Food Choices WASHINGTON, June 2, 2011 – First Lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today unveiled the federal government’s new food icon, MyPlate, to serve as a reminder to help consumers make healthier food choices. MyPlate is a new generation icon with the intent to prompt consumers to think about building a healthy plate at meal times and to seek more information to help them do that by going to www.ChooseMyPlate.gov. The new MyPlate icon emphasizes the fruit, vegetable, grains, protein and dairy food groups. The MyPlate icon is available to view and download in PDF and JPG

  • 17
    May
    Special Needs
    Written By jenstate
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    "Jacquelyn's Story" is a series of posts about my daughter who has a neuro-behavioral disorder. You can read the first post in the series here. Today Jacquelyn is seven years old, and this is a big day for our family for a couple of reasons. Not only is it our first child's birthday, we are also one day away from her last session of occupational therapy. We enjoy a much different Jacquelyn today than we did about 13 months ago when we received a diagnosis of multiple sensory processing disorder and motor delay disorder. Jacquelyn's biggest issues last year continued to be a pronounced aversion to noise and touch. Her aversion to and anticipation of these types of sensory input

  • 03
    May
    Dare to Compare, Diet & Nutrition
    Written By Tela Kayne
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    Each year Environmental Working Group puts out a list of the "Dirty Dozen" - the 12 types of produce that show the highest levels of pesticide residue based upon US Department of Agriculture Pesticide Testing Program. It's meant to serve as a guide for consumers who are wanting to go organic on a budget, giving a list of the top 12 produce that are most contaminated and thus should be bought as organic. You can view this years list in the Babyminding Guide section. There has been much controversy as to whether organic produce is better than its conventional counterpart. Organic produce can be a lot more expensive depending on the item and many people wonder if it's worth spending