How BioGaia Fixed A Crappy Situation

When I was offered the opportunity to try BioGaia: Probiotic Drops for Colic Relief and Digestive Health I could hardly volunteer fast enough. My 16 month-old son had recently developed moderate to (sometimes) severe constipation due to teething and we were reaching our wits end.

For the first 14 months of his life he was extremely regular with his bowel movements; which I credited to his great appetite and love of fibrous foods. However, after teeth number five and six popped through things began to take a turn for the worse. His bowel movements would completely stop for one to two days – followed by what I can only describe as a mother’s worst nightmare. My son (TMI warning) would grab ahold of something – his whole little body shaking – and push out the largest, most solid bowel movement you could possibly imagine a little body producing. The whole time he would scream and cry in my arms and I felt completely helpless! All I could do was sit and cry with him; hoping that it would all be over soon and my little boy could go back to his normal self for a few days. 

My doctor and pharmacist both recommended a (gross) sugary syrup to be taken twice a day to ease symptoms… which worked. For a few days. But it always came back, and it was always just as bad the next time. I knew I needed something as a preventative measure and not an after-the-fact fix. My son and I were both exhausted.

I saw results within DAYS of using BioGaia. It was simple to give to my toddler: just a spoonful of 5 drops once a day. With absolutely no change of diet or environment my son became his happy, regular (yup, that regular) self. His bowel movements were soft and frequent once again. **I want to mention that he popped the 2 most horrid, monstrous molars during this month-long trial; and while he experienced other awful side effects of this teething, his constipation was nowhere to be seen.**

I absolutely recommend BioGaia. I am looking forward to continued use with my son and also using it as colic relief for my next little one. I am so relieved to have finally found a product that is maintainable and effective for long term use. Sign me up!

Written by Tori G, our Mommy Connections Red Deer Director

Whether you have a newborn, toddler, or young child, we all know how difficult tummy trouble can be and how surprisingly frequent it can happen. As parents, we want to fix the problem fast but knowing exactly how to help can be tricky.

Below we discuss some of the most common stomach-aches children experience, symptoms to look out for, and different ways you can help make your little one feel better. This is by no means a definitive list of all the issues your child could experience in their lifetime so if you are unsure at any moment, please contact your doctor.

Potential Symptoms

Your kiddo might be telling you they’ve got tummy pains if they show one or more of these signs:

Stomach-aches are common for kids. Luckily, they’re not usually caused by anything serious. They can be painful, though, so it’s good to have soothing strategies on hand.

What Can Cause a Stomach-Ache?

Colic usually happens in babies under 3 months old. Doctors aren’t entirely certain why babies get colic, but it is common and quite painful. Your baby might have colic if he:

Soothing strategy: Every baby is different, but there are options you can try:

Don’t forget to take care of yourself as well. The constant noise and stress of a crying baby can wear down even the most patient parent.

Gas. In babies, colic and gas often go hand and hand. Their new digestive systems are still working out the kinks as they grow. Gas can come from:

Soothing strategies: If you’re breastfeeding your baby, talk to his doctor about your diet. You may be able to solve the problem by avoiding foods that seem to bother your baby. If he takes formula, ask your doctor if switching to a different kind might help. You can also try giving your baby gas drops made with simethicone, lots of parents do this but be careful – there’s no clear proof that they work.

Constipation. It can hurt when little systems back up. If all your child can get out is hard, dry bowel movements, or none at all, he’s constipated.  Some of the reasons constipation happens include:

Soothing strategies: The best way to calm a constipated tummy is to get bowel movements moving again. There are a few ways you can help get things going:

Do not give your child a laxative until you check with your family doctor or pediatrician.

Diarrhea is another frequent tummy issue kids experience. Most kids will have diarrhea from time to time. It usually doesn’t last long and often gets better on its own. Diarrhea is usually caused by an infection in the intestines. The germs that cause the infection are:

Soothing strategies: Diarrhea caused by different infections require different solutions

Regardless of the specific symptom, if your child’s stomach-ache comes on quickly, or if it won’t go away, check in with the pediatrician.

If your child is experiencing any of the above-mentioned tummy issues, head over to BioGaia.ca to see if BioGaia could help get your little feel better.

What Are Probiotics?

Probiotics are good bacteria that can be found in food or supplements. Among others, these good bacteria can help with things like:

Within your body, you have your own community of germs called a microbiome. This germ community, also called microbiota, is made up of good and bad bacteria, viruses, and fungi.

When the balance of good to bad bacteria in your microbiome gets tipped, infection or illness can occur. For example, let’s say your toddler is sick and needs to take an antibiotic. Using antibiotics will kill infection-causing bacteria, but it also eliminates some of the good bacteria that keep the bad bacteria in check. This leaves the door open for other bad organisms to multiply and take over, which may cause secondary issues.

Are Probiotics Safe?

Since probiotics are naturally occurring and found in the body of live organisms (including us humans), Health Canada treats probiotics as a food ingredient rather than a medication. However, probiotics are generally safe, and doctors often suggest them to help with digestive problems.

The most commonly used strain of probiotics contain lactobacillus, bifidobacterium or saccharomyces – or sometimes, a combination of the three.

Does Your Child Need Probiotics?

You may be wondering if your child really needs probiotics, and in general, most doctors would say yes, they can be a great supplement, but aren’t mandatory.  Since most of the science surrounding how probiotics impacts children has been observed in relation to tummy issues – it is best to take a probiotic for a digestive issue (colic, diarrhea, regurgitation, etc.) and to consult your family doctor or pediatrician if you are considering using a probiotic to treat a different condition.

How to Pick the Best Probiotic

A general recommendation is to choose probiotic products containing the genus Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium or Saccharomyces boulardii, some of the most researched probiotics. But you may have to delve deeper, as each genus of bacteria encompasses numerous strains that produce different results.

According to Gail Cresci, PhD, RD, an intestinal microbe specialist with Cleveland Clinic’s Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, “Ideally, look for a product that’s been tested for whatever you’re looking to address. It might say it helps with IBS, but you wouldn’t take that same product if you were taking antibiotics. You would want a product that helps with immunity. That’s where a lot of people get confused.”

“I’d probably stay away from store brands and pay a little extra for the name brand that’s been studied,” Dr. Cresci adds.

What you should look for is a probiotic that has lots of clinical data to back up that it works, clearly indicates what specific issue it treats (for example, “colic” instead of “gastrointestinal health”), and is produced by a trusted source with lots of experience.

Canada also has its very own clinical guide to help outline what probiotics are safe and effective to use. You can see the full list here.

To learn more about the benefits of probiotics containing the genus Lactobacillus, visit BioGaia.ca.

What is baby colic?

It’s estimated that up to 40% of all infants have colic. It usually starts between the 3rd and 6th week after birth and ends by the time the baby is 3 to 4 months old.

According to the Canadian Pediatric Society, colicky babies have long periods of inconsolable crying and hard-to-calm behaviour, but are otherwise healthy. Episodes of crying for more than three hours a day, for more than three days a week, or for three weeks, specifically in the evening, can all be warning signs that your little one might be experiencing colic.

As a parent, coping with colic can be especially distressing. You feel helpless.  You’ve tried everything to soothe your baby, including cuddling, massaging and herbs, but nothing seems to work. The good news is that you’re not alone. We’ll discuss what options you can consider to help soothe your colicky baby.

What causes colic?

Why babies have colic is not fully understood, but studies have shown that babies with colic have lower counts of good bacteria as well as increased concentrations of harmful bacteria in their digestive tracts.

Cow’s milk intolerance has been suggested as a possible culprit, but doctors now believe that this is rarely the case. Breastfed babies get colic too; in these cases, dietary changes by the mother may help the colic to ease. Some breastfeeding women find that getting rid of caffeine in their diet helps, while others see improvements when they eliminate dairy, soy, egg, or wheat products.

Some colicky babies also have gas, but it’s not clear if the gas causes colic or if the babies develop gas as a result of swallowing too much air while crying. And some theories suggest that colic happens when food moves too quickly through a baby’s digestive system or is incompletely digested.

The specific cause of colic isn’t quite known and because of that there isn’t a “one size fits all” approach that can be taken but there are options to treat colic once it presents itself.

Treating Colic

Every baby is unique, and what helps soothe one baby may not work for another. The challenge is finding what works for you and your baby.  Here are some suggestions that might provide relief to both you and your baby:

At the moment, no medications have been found to be both safe and effective. For example, simethicone is safe but does not work, while dicyclomine works but is not safe.1

Dietary changes by infants are generally not needed but in mothers who are breastfeeding, a hypoallergenic diet by the mother—not eating milk and dairy products, eggs, wheat, and nuts—may improve matters. In formula-fed infants, switching to a soy-based or hydrolyzed protein formula may help.

Little clinical evidence supports the efficacy of “gripe water” and caution in use is needed, especially in formulations that include alcohol or sugar.1 The use of probiotics, specifically Lactobacillus reuteri, decreases crying time at three weeks in 95% of breastfeed babies but has unclear effects in those who are formula fed.2

For more information on colic or learn more about treating colic with the probiotic BioGaia, visit BioGaia.ca.

References:

  1. Roberts, DM; Ostapchuk, M; O’Brien, JG (Aug 15, 2004). “Infantile colic”. American Family Physician (Review). 70 (4): 735–40. PMID 15338787. Archived from the original on 2014-08-28.
  2. Sung, V; D’Amico, F; Cabana, MD; Chau, K; Koren, G; Savino, F; Szajewska, H; Deshpande, G; Dupont, C; Indrio, F; Mentula, S; Partty, A; Tancredi, D (January 2018). “Lactobacillus reuteri to Treat Infant Colic: A Meta-analysis”. Pediatrics. 141 (1). doi:10.1542/peds.2017-1811. PMID 29279326.

The first few days after your baby is born are such a whirlwind. While you’re busy adjusting to the new little life you’ve created, they’ve already begun changing and growing.

That’s why having photos of your newborn taken in the first week is so important. We were so fortunate to work with Hidden Jem Photography out of Stony Plain. Jamie has worked with our Mommy Connections programs in the past and specializes in newborn photography. She is so creative and ridiculously talented, so it was no surprise that our photos were exactly what we had hoped.

The perfect way to finish any nursery is with a beautiful canvas of your beautiful new baby. There are a lot of options available, but we used The Canvas Factory. The website was very user friendly. Once you upload your photo, you’re able to edit, size and customize your canvas. Shipping was quick, and it only took 6 days for us to receive our canvas. The colors were bright and we were happy with the quality of the canvas. The website also offers metal prints and acrylic glass prints. If you’re feeling inspired, you can create collages or split canvas right from the website. If you’re looking for a way to display images in your home, look no further than www.canvasfactory.com.

Enter to WIN your own 40x50cm canvas here!

Written by: Samantha Porter

A newborn is a blissful occasion, bringing more love and joy into a family than you could ever imagine. Though it’s also a major life change. Even if you’ve already had children, a baby means you’ll need to be prepared before the blessed event occurs. Considering just how much the essentials for newborns can cost, it’s important to know what you’ll need before your baby shower. Relatives and friends might mean well, but without a clear idea of what your baby will need, you could end up with piles of pajamas, but without a place for the baby to sleep. When you’re putting together your registry for your baby shower — no matter if it’s your first or your fifth — it couldn’t hurt to have a checklist to serve as a reminder of those essential items your baby will need during that first important year of his or her life.

For example, just about everyone knows about the big-ticket items such as the infant car seat, the crib and the stroller. What your baby shower guests may not be thinking about, however, are the smaller but no less important items such as washcloths, swaddling blankets, or mattress covers and crib sheets. Everyone will want to buy your baby toys, but having a good supply of diapers and baby wipes on hand and ready to go the moment the baby comes home can be much more useful — giving the new parents some much-needed peace of mind during the first few weeks when their lives are thrown upside down. Knowing what you’ll need to keep your newborn clean, comfortable and well-fed is a big job, but it’s one that is well worth doing in the time before your baby shower.

A baby is a reason to celebrate, but it’s also a reason to plan well. No new parent wants to add being unprepared to the long list of reasons he or she will be losing sleep in the coming months. Having a list of essential items ahead of time will help parents steer their baby shower guests and well-wishers in the right directions. The following checklist can help you prepare for your baby shower with the most critical items a newborn needs, so make sure you look it over before putting together your registry.

Author bio: Samantha Porter is Event Coordinator and Sales Consultant for Aqua Reception Hall. Porter graduated from Florida International University with a hospitality degree and loves working in the industry. 

I don’t know about you, but I think that any kind of registry is a good thing!  I love knowing that I am buying exactly what someone really wants or needs and because it is a registry, you know if that item has already been purchased, so it creates way less work for the recipient because they don’t have to make a bunch of returns. I personally registered for my first baby.  It is so wonderful when friends and family come together to celebrate a new baby and amazing for parents because, let’s face it, these little miracles are very expensive!  Mom usually takes on the task of sorting out all of the gear that one needs after baby is born.  Change pads, diaper bags, sound machines, monitors, bedding, nursing pillows, receiving blankets, strollers, car seats, toys, blankets, swaddle sacks, tiny face clothes and on and on. My favourite items on my registry were related to sleep; sleep sacks and sound machines.  A must have in our household! What so many families forget about is diapers.  In the early months, you might be changing 10-12 diapers a day.  Very quickly baby moves from newborn diapers (usually in the first few weeks) and then through the sizes.

I love the idea of adding diapers to your registry – Pampers Swaddlers are a must for newborns.  If you want to keep the big “fun” gear on your registry, consider throwing (or casually asking your BFF or husband’s BFF to organize it!) a Man Shower.  This is the best way to stock up on diapers!  There are so many super creative ideas out there for these Man Showers and they all generally have the same theme – bring Dad the gift of Diapers!  They can be co-ed, or just the guys hanging out.  Some Man Shower ideas include:

Just look up “Man Shower” on pinterest for tons of amazing ideas; perfect for building up your diaper inventory.  From blindfolded diapering to the classic melted chocolate bar in a diaper – there are lots of ways to make this a fun event to celebrate Dad, AND a great way for mom to ensure she is well stocked up on diapers before the baby arrives.    Make sure to encourage guests to buy all sizes.  You might even consider only asking for size 1 and beyond since newborn diapers are a pretty quick stop on your babies diapering journey.  It turns out that 9 out of 10 moms wish they had included diapers on their registry and 40 per cent of moms didn’t think to include enough diapers of different sizes on their registries. Don’t make these mistakes!

 

Our advice to all of you expectant moms out there, is to not forget the diapers!  We want to hear from you – did you receive diapers from your registry or did you celebrate Dad with a Man Shower?  Comment on our “Man Shower” post on our facebook page for a chance to win a prize and we will pick a winner on April 3 at noon MT.  The winner will receive a giveaway valued at $300 which will include a box of Pampers diapers in the size of their choice and an Amazon Gift Card for more diapers down the road!

We can’t wait to hear from you! @PampersUS #1choiceofmoms #ad

 

 

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The Babybay Bedside sleeper is the baby crib that attaches to your bed, keeping baby close and safe while you sleep.
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  • Hunger cries at 9pm, 12am, 3am, & 6am? Stay half-asleep while you nurse.
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  • Working hard during the day? Build a stronger bond with your baby while you sleep.

The bedside sleeper comes in white, dark walnut and natural finish.

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  • Fits flush and secure to any bed height within 11in of top rail
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  • Go mobile with lockable roller kit so you can bring your babybay® into any room (sold separately)
  • For use up to approximately 6 months of age
  • Recommended by lactation consultants, optimal for breast & formula feeding

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September is Baby Safety Month, sponsored annually by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA). This month-long event increases consumer awareness of baby safety issues and the safe selection and use of baby products. For the past 40 years MAM’s top priority has been the development of products for the well-being, safety and health of babies that make life easier for parents and allow them to focus on the joy of family.

Safe sleep ranks at the top of every parent’s list of worries with SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) the leading cause of death in infants between 1 month and 1 year of age.  Each year, about 4,000 infants die unexpectedly during sleep time, from SIDS, accidental suffocation, or unknown causes.  By providing infants with a safe sleep environment it is possible to help reduce the risk of SIDS.

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As parents, nothing is more important to us than the safety of our babies. In observance of #NationalBabySafetyMonth @MAMbabyUSA shares some recommendations to provide infants with a safe sleep environment and to help you and your baby rest easier at night:

 

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One of the most important purchases for your nursery is the crib mattress, as a newborn can sleep up to 16 hours per day!  Look for a breathable crib mattress designed for baby’s health, safety and comfort such as the Newton Baby Wovenaire Crib Mattress which is Greenguard Gold Certified.

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witchingWhat is this so-called “witching hour” that babies have? No parent needs to have it defined, because they’ve all been through it. It’s that period of time when the baby seems utterly inconsolable. There are those who would be eternally grateful if it only lasted an hour. For some it happens around the evening mealtime, for others it’s later in the evening and for others still, it may happen in the middle of the night or early morning hours. Whatever the time of day, Baby will cry and cry with what seems like no relief in sight for the upset infant or her harried parents. Parents will (and have) tried anything they can think of to end this torment, often to no avail. This is particularly frustrating for first-time parents. So what can they do? These ten tips may not stop the baby’s crying, but they could help keep your own tears at bay.

  • Stay Calm – The most important thing for parents to do is remain calm, even if it is much easier said than done. It’s probably the most difficult thing to accomplish, especially for new parents. One thing you have to do is not take it personally. Although it may seem like it, the baby is not doing this to torture you, and your inability to soothe her is no reflection on your abilities as a parent. She’s bound to pick up on your emotions, so the more stressed you get, the more stressed she will feel. Take a deep breath, think pleasant thoughts and proceed through the event calmly.
  • Be Available – If this starts happening with your baby, it won’t take long for you to recognize a pattern. Usually there’s a certain time of day that everyone is feeling tired and stressed, so this is often when the witching hour begins. Free up your schedule to make sure you’re available at that time of day. If you’re feeling rushed or distracted by other duties, then that will only make matters worse. Learn to anticipate when this is going to happen and be ready for it. This is a time when your baby needs nothing more than you.
  • Establish a Routine – Devise a series of steps to go through each time this happens. By developing a routine, eventually you and the baby may find a combination that works. If nothing else, having a plan will keep your mind occupied and less concentrated on the screaming baby.
  • Dress for Comfort – You’re much more likely to make the baby more comfortable if you are too. Get out of your street clothes and slip into something more comfortable. This will make it much easier to relax and snuggle with the baby.
  • Get Some Fresh Air – Sometimes one or both of you could do with some fresh air. Your baby may not be fazed by the shift, but a change of scenery couldn’t hurt your emotional state. Do whatever helps you stay calm and relaxed. That may be a long, brisk walk or a casual stroll around the neighborhood. Perhaps just sitting in a porch swing or deck chair is what you need to chill out.
  • Relax – A fussy baby is so stressful to parents that the baby is bound to feed off that negative energy and become even more distraught. It’s a vicious cycle that can escalate very quickly. Though it may seem nearly impossible, it’s crucial that a parent learns to relax during these episodes. Eventually, your baby will pick up on the relaxed energy and calm down.
  • Cue the Music – Playing music has a dual purpose. The first is to create an atmosphere to soothe both the parents and the baby. The other is to help drown out the constant wailing. It doesn’t matter what kind of music you play, so you needn’t torture yourself with soothing lullabies unless that’s something that works. If some good old rock-n-roll helps you calm down and relax, go for it!
  • Look for Distractions – Besides music, use whatever you can for distractions. Watch television, play video games, read a book or do whatever helps keep your mind off the constant crying. Sometimes you just have to wait for the baby to get over it, so it helps to have something to occupy the time.
  • Invest in Headphones– If the sound of the baby crying is preventing you from staying calm and relaxed, then maybe noise reduction headphones are in order. While you don’t want to use head phones with the intent of ignoring your baby, if your ears can’t take it they can be a helpful tool allowing you to meet your baby’s needs more calmly.
  • Have Patience – The final item you need in your arsenal to survive the baby’s witching hour is patience. Although it really seems like it, these episodes won’t last forever. It’s impossible for a baby to continue crying 24/7, and whatever the cause, the daily ritual will eventually diminish and come to an end. All you can do is wait it out.

Parents are quick to exchange horror stories about their baby’s fussy periods. Some can go on for months, but once they’re done, the trauma rapidly fades into a distant memory. All the sleepless nights and stress-filled days are replaced with the next stage in their little darling’s development.

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