Yum! I used to have a dehydrator. I miss it. I stopped using it when I lived in Florida because believe it or not, it is hard to get good produce there. Since I hadn't used it in years, it didn't make the cut when we moved--and now we have fresh produce in the summer that rocks but no dehydrator. I should look for one second hand somewhere. (right after I can justify a place to store it)View Thread
When meals and snacks are prepared at home, parents can provide nutrient-rich, whole foods and de-emphasize packaged and processed foods high in saturated fat and sodium and low in fiber. But most families today have super-busy schedules. So how can you have the best of both worlds? With a smartly stocked kitchen and some new tips and ideas to try, your family can have healthy and homemade meals and snacks AND eat on the run, too! Eat Healthy on the Go
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I have to say I have an intact son. I argued long and hard to leave him intact for a variety of reasons. His father is Jewish, so it was a lot of discussion. I think the deciding factor for him was he was in grad school and the insurance we had considered circumcision cosmetic surgery so didn't cover it.
My son is very glad we didn't circ him and tends to think it a bit barbaric. He is squeamish in general about thinking about any sort of thing that would make him bleed. Add to that his statement that no one would admit to looking at another person's penis in a locker room. He did however say that unless they have a religious reason for being circ'd, that the split is pretty even between cut/uncut boys at his high school.
He has never had a problem as far as cleaning, UTIs or infections.
My father was (reportedly, I never saw him naked) not circumcised and never had an issue with it and my mom had no yeast infection issues.
Interestingly, we got to talking about this in the car with my older step-son who is circ'd on the way to a concert last spring. His mother was in the car and she is very pro-circumcision but hadn't really argued it with me before since she knows I am a wee bit passionate about it. Her son said that he would have rather it been left up to him, that having body modification without his permission felt a bit odd and troubling to him at times. His mom remains unapologetic and pro-circumcision though.
It really is a parent's decision though and neither has a clear cut yes or no...View Thread
I am pretty much anti-antibiotic without proof, just because I end up with complications from taking them. I also have a sibling who is antibiotic resistant after years of taking them willy-nilly.
I think posters and handouts for parents explaining ways to help a child feel better without antibiotics go a long way. Parents don't necessarily want a magic pill for making their child feel better, I think we just suffer when our kids feel sick.
I think a doctor endorsing alternative ideas can help a lot.
I have noticed with my mother (I am her caregiver and she lives with me) that if the doctor agrees with my non-medicated methods of helping her various conditions. (healthier diet, more fiber, more exercise, etc.) she is far more responsive to them. Even with things like colds and viruses, it makes a big difference. Last year, she insisted she needed an antibiotic because she is diabetic and has all these health problems. She had a cold. We all had the cold. An antibiotic wouldn't fix the issue. She made an appointment with the doctor. We went in. I explained during the recitation of symptoms that yes, we all had this virus and here is what I thought would work. (handwashing, Tylenol, plenty of liquids, tincture of time, rest, vapo-rub, etc) The doctor agreed and suggested an OTC cough syrup appropriate for her. She asked about antibiotics (since "it always turns into bronchitis") and she had "green slime" and the doctor explained to her what I had already told her--the antibiotic wouldn't help and could hurt when she really needed it. (as well as increase the chance of yeast infections since she was prone to them when she first moved here and her sugar was out of control) She grumbled, but since then she has not wanted to go in to see the doctor for the same set of symptoms.
No, she isn't a child, but she is an example of an adult who does want the magic pill but needs to understand and be reminded that they only work on a certain type of illness--not all of them.View Thread
Our information on Roseola says to contact the doctor if the rash diagnosed as roseola lasts more than 4 weeks or if the rash changes to a new rash after 1 week. Read more information about Roseola here.
Be sure to call the doctor if the symptoms worsen in any case or if you are unsure.View Thread