October 14, 2009 1:40 am at 1:40 am #670440
What’s wrong with drinking milk? They shouldn’t drink juice as their main drink.October 14, 2009 5:55 pm at 5:55 pm #670441
NY Mom, Yep, she’s my first. When she starts school, it will be out of my hands, but while I still have the control, I want to know that she is eating well.
Health, There’s nothing wrong with drinking milk (unless you have an allergy to it), in fact milk plays a very important part in our diets. Also, it’s not “bad” to give kids juice. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no more than 4 oz of juice a day. I give my little one juice, but it’s watered down a lot, so she doesn’t have that much juice in the end. She also doesn’t “suffer” when it comes to having treats and goodies. There are healthy bars, crackers, and other such nosh out there. Plus, when she goes to “Bubby’s” house, there’s always cake waiting on the table. I let her have a nibble, and for her, that is sufficient.
I grew up on vegetables. My father would come home from shopping, saying he got us “treats” from the supermarket, only to find out that the “treats” were brussel sprouts and spinach! YUM… But, as NY Mom said, when I got to school, I always managed to schnorre nosh from my friends lol.
I think one of the biggest problems nowadays are the handheld games, tv, computers, etc. I believe those things are contributing to the obesity epidemic we are facing today. In my day (makes me sound so old), We didn’t have game consoles, although the “rich” kids might have owned them. We had a tv in my house, but it was usually for the parents to watch their “news.” We didn’t have a “home computer’ either. All we had was our legs and imagination, which in turn gave us amazing exercise!October 14, 2009 9:45 pm at 9:45 pm #670442
Thanks, Yoshi. pat pat (I am now patting myself on the back for my spot-on guess!)
And I agree with you whole-heartedly regarding your opinion on fruits, vegetables, and exercise.October 14, 2009 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm #670443
Another safety tip for our children (parents as well), is to get a flu shot. I used to think it was ridiculous, until I got the flu shot, and didn’t get sick that whole season, which is incredible seeing as I was always getting sick easily. Ask your pediatrician about it, on how the risks outweigh the benefits, and what to expect, and any other information you may want to know more about.October 15, 2009 12:51 am at 12:51 am #670444
I never said it’s bad to give juice. Also, it seems that the companies are trying to capitalize on this new trend of no milk to kids by adding calcium to juices. Also, true milk allergy isn’t that common.October 15, 2009 2:14 am at 2:14 am #670445
Health: Also, true milk allergy isn’t that common.
Could you try not to just throw out statements as if they are absolute facts? Where do you get this from? Just from my own experience as a mother, I can say that it is not uncommon for children to be allergic to milk or milk products. Many do outgrow this type of allergy, but that does not mean that it does not exist.October 16, 2009 1:09 am at 1:09 am #670446
I personally didn’t do a study on milk allergy, but I wouldn’t call experience as a mother a study either. The medical literature says Milk allergy in infants and young children is about 2% -I don’t call this common. Also, older children & adults it’s <1%.October 16, 2009 1:49 am at 1:49 am #670447
Health: Just from a quick search on milk allergy –
“Milk is one of the most common food allergens in children. Studies in several countries around the world show a prevalence of milk allergy in children in the first year of life of around 2% to 5%. Many children lose their hypersensitivity to milk by age 3, but some children remain allergic for a lifetime.”
So while you are correct that incidence is at 2% to 5%, it also says that it is one of the most common allergens in children.October 16, 2009 2:03 am at 2:03 am #670448
On the topic of allergies, here is some helpful information, compliments of the, Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America:
-An estimated 50 million Americans suffer from all types of allergies (1 in 5 Americans) including indoor/outdoor, food & drug, latex, insect, skin and eye allergies. Allergy prevalence overall has been increasing since the early 1980s across all age, sex and racial groups.
-Allergy is the 5th leading chronic disease in the U.S. among all ages, and the 3rd most common chronic disease among children under 18 years old.October 18, 2009 4:24 am at 4:24 am #670449
Thanks, yoshi for all that info on allergies!October 18, 2009 4:32 am at 4:32 am #670450
Yoshi – I have TERRIBLE eczema on my hands and I went to 3 dermatologists and one allergist, plus went GFCF (gluten and milchig free) for a while and it didn’t help. I got the basic allergy testing done also and nothing came up. Most creams didn’t even make an impact. Should I try for the testing – I don’t know exactly what it’s called – that tests for a lot of stuff?
For the record – my neighbor’s sister was having horrible allergic reactions (she always had bad allergies, but this was dangerous) and she found out that she’s allergic to the main ingredient in the health products that she uses.October 18, 2009 5:15 am at 5:15 am #670451
I would highly recommend NAET for people with allergies, and for people who think they don’t have allergies. I did not have any specific symptoms, but noticed an overall improvement when I had the treatments. Friends of mine with severe symptoms (who didn’t know they had allergies and didn’t know what caused there symptoms) had remarkable results. The one caveat is that not all NAET practicioners are equal, so make sure you find a good one.October 18, 2009 7:55 am at 7:55 am #670452
NY Mom, No problem! It’s always a pleasure to help 🙂
Plonisalmonis, It sounds like you may have Dyshidrotic Eczema, which usually only affects the hands and/or feet. Have you gone to a General Practitioner to get yourself checked out? You may be allergic to some kind of chemical you’re touching, or your diet can contribute to this. This can also be a symptom from another condition you may have.
My daughter had eczema on her arms, and I used to lather on an ointment called “Aquaphor,” made by Eucerin. It was a little pricy, but did the trick. Within days, her skin started showing signs of improvement. You can find it at any grocery store, or pharmacy. Also, I have heard that an oatmeal soak, using raw uncooked oats and warm water, can help with the itching and/or burning you may be experiencing.
Just a little tip. Before going to the Dr, have a journal which contains your normal every day diet, different soaps or creams you use, and different objects you are in contact with often.
Good Luck. Hope you feel better soon!October 18, 2009 2:33 pm at 2:33 pm #670454
plonisalmonis: I did a google search on allergy testing and found this on WebMD:
It talks about allergy testing, skin tests and blood tests, and how/why you would do each. Thought it would be useful for you.October 19, 2009 3:06 am at 3:06 am #670455
How do you know it’s an allergy?October 19, 2009 3:12 am at 3:12 am #670456
To NY mom,
I said- milk allergy is not that common. This statement you commented negatively on. I never said- milk isn’t one of the most common allergic food items. Don’t confuse the two statements, they aren’t the same!October 19, 2009 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm #670457
Yoshi – I’m going to politely disagree. I don’t think it’s Dyshidrotic. I don’t have blisters – it’s just like a rash, just really itchy and coarse and sometimes (like now) my skin cracks. Again, like I said, I’ve been to 3 dermatologists and an allergist. And I’ve tried about EVERY cream in the book. I’ve had eczema ever since I can remember (first on my elbows, and now on my hand), and my mother tried everything for me – including oatmeal baths. And aquaphor is like child’s play compared to some of the creams I’ve tried.
It’s not a chemical I’m touching – like I said, I’ve had it for years. Allergies are in the family. More than half my family has eczema, but most of them know what it’s from. Mine is just an enigma.
NY Mom – thanks! My mother said she’ll call my neighbor’s sister and ask her if she thinks it would be good for me and ask her more info about it.
Health – what’s that supposed to mean?October 20, 2009 12:02 am at 12:02 am #670458
plonisalmonis, It’s ok to disagree with me. After all, I’m not a practicing physician, it’s only my opinion from various experiences and study 🙂
When you went to the doctors, what was their diagnosis for your condition? Did they specify it to be an allergy or eczema? If you were told what it is, did they give any possibilities of what it might stem from?
You mentioned that you’ve had it for several years, this could mean it is a chronic condition, which you will just have to upkeep. I know this is a long shot, but have you tried “Gold Bond – Ultimate – Healing Lotion?” I had very chapped hands (to the point where they bled), one winter. I tried tons of lotions and creams, but nothing helped, until I tried that specific Gold Bond. It worked like a charm. When I lathered it on, my hands immediately felt soothed and calm.
It is very upsetting to hear that the doctors have not given you a proper diagnosis or treatment for your situation. Have they ever tried you on a prescription strength topical steroidal cream?October 20, 2009 12:51 am at 12:51 am #670459lakewoodwifeParticipant
Thank you all for all the great info!!!
Just as a follow up to one of my previous posts. My daughter had a well visit today and I asked my pediatrician about booster seats vs. car seats- He told me she should not go into a booster until she is 4 yrs. old and 40 lbs. even for short rides in someone else’s car.October 20, 2009 4:01 am at 4:01 am #670461
lakewoodwife: Thanks for getting us back on topic!
Also, just wanted to post some more safety tips. Here are some safety tips for the home and specifically for the bathroom, which has many potential dangers:
* Even if you could manage to secure all the medicines, soaps, shampoos, nail clippers, hair dryers, scissors, and tweezers, the basic materials and equipment that constitute the bathroom would still represent an unacceptable level of danger to infants and toddlers. There simply are too many slippery surfaces, hard tiles, hot water faucets, and water receptacles. Supervise your children in the bathroom!
* To prevent children from accidentally locking themselves in the bathroom, make sure the door has no fastening — like an inside bolt — that cannot be opened from the outside. You may also remove the lock and instruct everyone in the family to knock when the door is closed.
* Face your child toward the hot-water faucet in the bathtub to prevent accidentally bumping into the hot metal.
* If your small child can’t distinguish or remember to stay away from the hot-water tap, make it easier by marking it with red tape.
* Keep electrical appliances, such as shavers, hair dryers, and toothbrushes, away from small children. Teach older children the danger of using such appliances near water or with wet hands.
(Adapted from Howstuffworks.com child safety tips)October 20, 2009 5:51 am at 5:51 am #670462
Why must you answer a question with a question? Describe the rash, when it started, what makes it worse/ better. Do you wash dishes? How often do you shower? How hot is the water? What kind of detergent, soap, shampoo, do you use? What part of the hand/s is it? What meds/creams have you tried? How long have you had it? Does it come and go or is it constant? Any other symptoms on your body, not just rashes, anything? If you answer this I will try and figure out what is going on.October 20, 2009 3:45 pm at 3:45 pm #670463
Speaking of short car rides. Some people think since they are only going one block, or back into a parking spot, they don’t have to secure their child. Wrong.
A few years ago, a parent was parking their car in the driveway, and thought nothing of it to fasten their 2 year old in a car seat. Another car crashed into them, and the child went through the windshield. Thank God, the child survived, but he sustained major facial traumas, and other serious injuries. It is imperative that a child be properly secured, even when making the “smallest” of trips.October 20, 2009 3:58 pm at 3:58 pm #670464WolfishMusingsParticipant
It is imperative that a child be properly secured, even when making the “smallest” of trips.
Agreed. That’s the rule in my car. If a child (of any age) is not secured, we don’t move.
The WolfOctober 20, 2009 4:03 pm at 4:03 pm #670465Smile_its_EZMember
Plonis: I feel with you totally. I suffer from eczema and allergies as long as i know myself. Now my son is suffering too unfortunately… his face gets full of eczema in certain seasons.
What worked wonders was…Clear cream. Its a natural and expensive cream. Get it at any health food store. My pediatrician was shocked when she saw his face. it literally worked overnight. from a badly red, cracked, bruised up look face to a clean, pretty, adorable, lechtige face. Try it, it pays.October 22, 2009 3:23 pm at 3:23 pm #670466
Because shopping carts are used so frequently with children, I wanted to share this very helpful information from the American Academy of Pediatrics:
As shopping cart-related injuries are common and can result in severe injury or even death, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that parents consider alternatives to placing children in shopping carts, until carts are redesigned to prevent injury.
In 2005, more than 24,000 children were treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms for shopping cart-related injuries. Most of these injuries occurred when a child fell from a shopping cart, the cart tipped over, the child became entrapped in the cart, or the child fell while riding on the outside of the cart.
If you decide to put your child in a shopping cart anyway, then follow these rules:
-Ensure that the child is properly secured in an effective and age- and size-appropriate belt or harness.
-Place your child in a safety belt or harness at all times when in a shopping cart.
-Never leave your child alone in a shopping cart.
-Do not let your child stand up in a shopping cart.
-Do not place an infant carrier on top of the shopping cart.
-Do not put your child in the basket.
-Never allow your child to ride on the outside of a cart.
-Do not allow an older child to climb on the cart or push the cart with another child in it, because it is very easy for a child to tip the cart over.October 22, 2009 3:31 pm at 3:31 pm #670467BEST IMAParticipant
Yoshi thanx for that info. It really makes me upset to see people shopping with 3 kids in the wagon and all three of them leaning over one side to reach something on a shelf. And yes of course it tipped over and it was a miracle that those kids are ok. Ive given some women rides and they have an attitude of “im not makpid on buckling up my kids”. Since when is that an option?? You have kids you have a responsibility to them!October 23, 2009 4:43 pm at 4:43 pm #670468
Yoshi – I think they told me that it’s eczema and not an allergy. I don’t really remember, because I’ve had it on my hand for almost 6 years already. No one knows what it might come from.
I wouldn’t say that they didn’t give me a proper diagnosis or treatment. Just that everything we tried (including topical steroids, probiotic powder…….) didn’t work.
Health – I’m sorry for offending you. I just didn’t understand exactly how you wanted me to answer. Okay, so now that the whole CR’s gonna know my personal hygiene and daily habits…. My rash (which IS eczema, by the way, or you’re telling me that 3 dermatologists, an allergist, and two pediatric physicians are wrong) is pink and inflamed, the skin is broken and scratchy to the touch, and at times I develop cuts that don’t go away for a while. These cuts usually appear on the first third of my finger – above the first joint, but I have had on other parts of the finger also. I have it on one hand, in the palm of my hand (besides for a little circle of clear skin in middle) and on the insides of my fingers. Some of my fingers have it on the outside also, but only on the top third – before the first joint. Sometimes my fingers get very swollen (usually when I have a cut, but sometimes just “randomly”), and I can’t bend them a lot or straighten them. Most of the time when they’re very swollen they throb a lot, and only raising them fingers-up above my heart lessens the throbbing a drop. In addition, my nails on that hand grow differently than on my other hand (rounder right over my finger, and the part that grows out – off my finger bends down instead of growing straight out), and I have no cuticles.
In general, I do not wash dishes. (I managed to get out of that one – with approval of the doctor. 😉 ) I shower 4 times a week. The water probably is a little too hot, but I’ve been trying to keep it cooler. I think that’s the worst of my problems, though. I use Dove unscented soap, and head and shoulders shampoo. I used T-Gel at one point, but it didn’t help. We use Melaleuca detergent, and everything else makes my eczema even worse – including Tide Free.
Like I said before, it’s on my palm and inside of my fingers and a little bit outside on one hand, and a little bit on the wrist and bottom of my thumb bone (not the thumb itself) on the other hand.
I’ve tried practically every cream on the market (except for the new ones that came out since last September) including topical steroids, and probiotic ointment. I’ve also been on medicine (probably steroids or antibiotics) for very short periods of time (like a week maybe) to reduce the swelling. In addition, I’ve been on Dr. Rosenthal’s (I don’t know if you know who he is) GFCF diet and it didn’t help.
I’ve had it on my hand since the winter of ’04, and it’s been there constantly except for the summer of ’08 – I was in camp for two weeks and it got almost better, but then came back full force when I went back home. And also this past year I was in seminary in E”Y, and in the beginning I still had the eczema, at some points REALLY badly, but during the last few months of the year it disappeared COMPLETELY and then came back a drop. When I came back home in June, it came back.
Any other symptoms? Like what? I don’t have rashes anywhere else, but when I was younger, I had eczema on my elbows.
I think I covered everything you asked.
Smile_its_EZ and Yoshi – thanks for the tip, I’ll ask my mother about those creams.October 23, 2009 6:57 pm at 6:57 pm #670469
plonisalmonis, that sounds very painful. I hope you feel better soon.
Regarding your diet, a GF diet is not likely to help unless you have dermatitis herpetiformis (DH), a form of celiac disease. But since DH is usually symmetrical (appearing in the same part of hands, arms, legs, etc), this seems less likely. If you do have DH, there are medications that can help in combination with a GF diet.October 24, 2009 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm #670470
plonisalmonis: It sounds like you might be allergic to something in your house. You leave for an extended period and it gets better. You come home and it comes back. If I were you I would do muscle resistance testing with everyting in the house, and every place else you frequent in the neighborhood.October 25, 2009 3:26 am at 3:26 am #670471tamazaballMember
shopping carts are extrmely dangerous, a relative of mine has a jumpy son who ones jumped out of the shopping cart, and of coarse fell and hes forhead opened which of coarse led to a huge scar,we should be more carefull.
In mexico when children are newborn they dont put them in car seats wich is terrible they put them in little basket cribs which is extrmely dangerous besides being very small babys they could fly out of the cribs even if they stop the car very fast..the hospital doesnt check to see if u take them home in car seats.October 25, 2009 5:16 am at 5:16 am #670472mybatMember
My son has excema. I took him to the best dermotalogist in mexico. He told me never to use polyester, no hot baths, only showers that aren’t so hot, not to run him dry, only pat him dry with the towel. He then sent me elidel and aderma exomega every day, twice a day.
Hope that helps.October 25, 2009 1:23 pm at 1:23 pm #670473
haifagirl, what is muscle resistance testing & how does it indicate an allergy?October 25, 2009 1:52 pm at 1:52 pm #670474
anon: Muscle resistance testing is a way to determine sensitivities to various substances. You can do it to yourself, but it’s easier to have someone do it to you. This sounds strange, but it really works.
Lie down and extend your left arm so that your left hand is toward the ceiling. Have someone try to push down your arm while you try to resist. Most likely you will be able to resist their push. If not, you have some deficiency and need to fix that. Try drinking some water. It could be you’re dehydrated.
Anyway, once you are able to resist, hold a suspected item in your right hand, and repeat the procedure. If the item (for example an egg) is something you are sensitive or allergic to, you will not be able to resist the push on your arm. The person will have NO trouble whatsoever pushing your arm down. If you are not sensitive to that item, you will be able to resist as you were before.
In between items rub your hands together several times to that any energy that was transferred to your hands is wiped away.
Again, I realize this sounds strange, and those practitioners of allopathic medicine will tell you it’s baloney, but it really does work.October 25, 2009 1:59 pm at 1:59 pm #670475
haifagirl, thanks for explaining. I agree that it sounds strange, but since you say it works, there must be studies proving that this is an accurate way of diagnosing an allergy. Would you be able to refer me to theose studies so I can read more about it?October 25, 2009 2:01 pm at 2:01 pm #670476
There is no scientific or objective study to support for resistance testing.October 25, 2009 2:54 pm at 2:54 pm #670477
You can Google “muscle resistance testing” or “applied kinesiology.”October 25, 2009 3:34 pm at 3:34 pm #670478
I love the way everybody in the CR is a medical expert, even though most of them didn’t go to Health Science’s school. And yes, all those doctors are probably wrong. (And I’m just a student.) I can’t say for sure what it is without testing, but I think you have Tinea Manuum, which is a fungus. This is commonly misdiagnosed. The treatment for this is Loprox lotion for about a month. This might not work because the rash is long standing. If it doesn’t work you will need to take oral anti-fungal meds such as Sporanox.October 25, 2009 3:55 pm at 3:55 pm #670479starwolfMember
Er, no offense, haifagirl, but I never heard of this. Now, having access to all the major biomedical libraries, I could run a search.
I am highly allergic to a number of substances. After reading your post, I did the empirical experiment. I held several substances, some of which I am allergic to–some of which I am not.
With my eyes closed.
In every single case, I was able to resist the push.
I do not know where this comes from, but there is certainly empirical evidence against it.October 25, 2009 4:55 pm at 4:55 pm #670480tamazaballMember
ny mom.safety on torah island is uncle moishe, my nephews love it..October 25, 2009 5:59 pm at 5:59 pm #670481
starwolf: You are an exception. Or you did something wrong. I’ve seen it done. I’ve done it myself. I’ve seen people who have had miraculous cures done via practitioners who rely on muscle resistance testing in their diagnoses. And I’m not using the word “miraculous” lightly. And these were all people who had tried every conventional (allopathic) treatment first.October 25, 2009 7:07 pm at 7:07 pm #670482
So to get ourselves back on topic, I’d like to mention the following as winter comes creeping in and everyone is turning on their heating systems. Carbon monoxide (CO) is produced whenever any fuel such as gas, oil, kerosene, wood, or charcoal is burned.
Carbon monoxide poisoning is a silent but deadly danger.
Every home should have Carbon Monoxide Detectors. They are widely available in stores and you may want to consider buying one.
Hope everyone has a healthy and safe winter!
(Based on info from the US EPA)October 25, 2009 7:50 pm at 7:50 pm #670483aryeh3Participant
Also, be aware that CO is heavier than air, so the greatest danger of CO collection is near the floor, where small children play and sometimes nap. I strongly support the suggestion of getting a CO detector, but place it closer to the floor than the ceiling so that you get a true reading.October 25, 2009 8:02 pm at 8:02 pm #670484aryeh3Participant
After doing some checking (which I should have done before posting), I was confusing CO and CO2 – it is best to put the CO detector higher since CO is usually found in warmer air.October 26, 2009 1:18 am at 1:18 am #670485
Health – I wish I can tell you that you figured it out, but I googled “Tinea Mannum” and from what I saw, there were many similarities, but something tells me that it’s not it. Obviously I don’t have real proof, but there are things that just seem wrong. It’s not highly contagious in my part, and where would i have gotten it from? We don’t have pets, and we don’t do a lot of gardening….
Thanks so much for all your help!!October 26, 2009 1:20 am at 1:20 am #670486
haifagirl – I don’t think so. What about all the other summers that I went to camp? Nothing happened then. I was in camp one year for 2 months, and it didn’t go away, but when i was in camp for 2 weeks it went away? Sounds funny. Also, it didn’t go away immediately after I got to E”Y, it took until at least after the winter for it to disappear. But thanks anyway!October 26, 2009 2:33 am at 2:33 am #670487
Don’t be so pessimistic. I know we have the internet in our times, but that doesn’t replace real medical care. If you don’t want to just take meds without knowing 100%, then go to one of your many doctors and have them do fungal tests and cultures on your hand. You might be pleasantly surprised that I’m right. Please don’t base medical decisions on just something you found on some web site. You now understand why I was asking all those questions -in order to help me come to this diagnosis.October 26, 2009 3:52 am at 3:52 am #670488
haifagirl, I did google as you suggested but could not find any references to controlled studies proving the effectiveness of muscle resistance testing. Surely such a “miraculous” diagnostic tool would withstand that sort of scrutiny, so please point me to any studies that exist.October 26, 2009 3:09 pm at 3:09 pm #670489mybatMember
plonis, try taking showers with cetaphil soap, dont use regular soaps.October 27, 2009 4:13 am at 4:13 am #670490
She doesn’t have excema! She can bathe, wash, shower with anything and for as long and many times and as hot as she wants.October 28, 2009 6:55 pm at 6:55 pm #670491
In yesterday’s news there was this story about a 2-yr-old who was seriously injured when his father ran over him, unintentionally, when backing up his vehicle, r”l. Today there is a report that he is B”H doing better.
We should all learn from this tragic incident.
Naftali Tzvi ben Nechama should have a refuah shelaimah min hashamayim.
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