Monthly Archives: January 2011

Can my kids eat too many eggs?

“Eggie night” is a big hit in our house. It is the holy trifecta of meals: Cheap Fast and even faster clean-up No McChemicals Yes, my husband moans about it, being less enamored with the beauty of the egg than … Continue reading

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Five key facts about secondary health insurance

Some people have two types of health insurance, either commercial and Medicaid/Medicare or two different commercial plans (usually when each parent has health insurance through work). While this can help ease financial burdens, knowing the rules will help prevent hassles … Continue reading

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Thyme oil vs. alcohol hand sanitizer: which is better?

Like most preemie parents, I am germ obsessed. In addition, working in a hospital is like living in a microbe spa, so I use alcohol based sanitizer liberally and I feel like I am always nagging the kids to use … Continue reading

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How can we reduce the cost of banked breast milk for preemies?

Banked human breast milk is used in some NICUs across the country. There are 4 main reason why it is not used for every preemie when his own mother’s milk is not available: Cost Logistics Concerns about infection Lack of … Continue reading

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The risks with sharing breast milk

Not all mothers have enough, or sometimes even any, breast milk. Unfortunately, this is more common among preemie moms – prematurity, stress, medications, and illness all affect supply. Because the benefits of breast milk are so great, many moms are … Continue reading

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Our Synagis was denied, should we pay out of pocket?

Synagis is the monthly injection of antibodies to bolster the immune system against infection with RSV, a virus that can cause significant inflammation of the airways, especially for preemies and children with congenital heart defects.┬áSince the guidelines for Synagis were … Continue reading

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Five ways to make blood draws less painful for a preemie

Yes, a painless or at least less painful blood draw is possible, and the sooner you start, the greater benefit you’ll see. Preemies are easily sensitized to pain in the NICU. Studies show painful procedures (heel sticks, blood draws, lumbar … Continue reading

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Heavy metal poisoning and vaccines: what is the truth?

Even though the Wakefield study (the only study to draw a connection between vaccines and autism) has been proven to be a fraud and there are 41 studies proving vaccines do not cause autism, many still believe vaccines cause neurological … Continue reading

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Is the staff in your NICU vaccinated against the flu?

Even though vaccination is the #1 way to prevent transmission of the flu, the rate of vaccination among health care workers is low. By January 2010, according to the CDC, 62% of all health care workers had received the seasonal … Continue reading

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Fish oil may reduce retinopathy of prematurity

Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) is a disorder involving the abnormal growth of blood vessels in the retina. The abnormal blood vessels are fragile and can break, causing bleeding. They can also grow in a disordered fashion and pull on the … Continue reading

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