Monthly Archives: March 2007

Hyperemesis

Since I’m new I don’t know if this has come up in the past.  Anyone out there have good things to say about Hyperemesis?  My daughter is going on her 12th day in the hospital with this.  On Zofran pump, pic line with TPN nutrition and IV.  I never knew this even exsisted.  I have watched her get so sick and lose weight/ 20 lbs within couple of weeks.  I’m scared for her.  Can anyone please give us words of wisdom that this will pass at some point.  There is a website on the web with info on it but would prefer to hear from someone who has lived with this.  She is scared, and so confused.  They say the baby is just fine, its the mother who suffers with this. 

    

Csection Wait Time Sex After

How much time did you wait to have sex after your csection.

It was 5 months before we had ‘full sex’ as neither of us had any faith in any type of contracepitve. However I over heard a converstaion at mum and tots where the women said they were ‘at it like rabbits within a week’ (her words!). I know she had a section.

This would worry me! Id be so scared my scar would pop – and besides I was too knackered to do anything.

Eating disorder in six-year-old

 
Young girl
Eating disorders can affect children as young as six years old, the first ever national figures show.

Over 13 months, 206 children under 12 years were treated for an eating disorder in Britain and Ireland – including one six-year-old girl.

Half of the children had to be admitted to hospital and 45% had exercised excessively to keep their weight down.

The figures will be presented at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health annual meeting.

Eating disorders commonly affect adolescents and young adults but until now it has been unclear how many young children are diagnosed and treated.

Researchers at the British Paediatric Surveillance Unit asked 2,600 psychiatrists and paediatricians how many eating disorders they had diagnosed in children aged five to 12 years.

From the results they estimated that 3.5 children in every 100,000 in the UK are treated for an eating disorder, including anorexia, bulimia and binge eating.

Around 18% of cases identified were seen in boys, which is a higher proportion than in older age groups.

At the extreme end of the spectrum, one six-year-old girl presented to a paediatrician with food avoidance, excessive exercising and fear of weight gain but had not been diagnosed with anorexia because she was not severely underweight.

The youngest child to be diagnosed with anorexia was eight years old.

Initial findings showed that around 60% of the children had now improved but the researchers will be doing a more accurate follow-up study in a year’s time.

Body image

In teenagers, eating disorders are often linked to changes in body shape associated with puberty.

And skinny celebrities and models are often blamed for promoting an unhealthy and unrealistic ideal.

But in children the issue seems to be more complicated.

Study leader Dr Dasha Nicholls, who is child and adolescent psychiatrist at the Eating Disorders Unit in Great Ormond Street Hospital said each child was different.

“Children are conscious of their bodies so those factors do come into it but the strongest influence in any mental health disorder is genetic and then there are psychological and social factors that come into play.”

She added that doctors need to be aware that eating disorders can occur in young children because they are unlikely to go away without intervention.

“Children get sicker quicker, often they stop eating and drinking at the same time and because they are small they show signs of starvation very quickly.”

She said children with eating disorders commonly start by cutting out favourite foods such as sweets and crisps but other signs include becoming withdrawn.

Dr David Wood, consultant psychiatrist at Ellern Mede Centre in North London, a specialist service for young people with eating disorders said: “GPs sometimes don’t think of anorexia as a cause of weight loss in young children so it’s important to recognise these disorders do occur in young children.”

He added: “The resources available are very few and far between in the under 12s.”

Susan Ringwood, chief executive of eating disorder charity, Beat, said: “We know from speaking to parents that young children are being affected.”

She added that puberty is well recognised as a factor in the development of eating disorders.

“Puberty is happening younger and the hormonal changes occur at least two years before the physical changes so that could be a reason.”

Baby Excema Infection

Does anyone have any experience with babies and toddlers having excema that then becomes infected?

One of Ella’s friends has excema and recently it has flared up quite badly. She has one patch on her shoulder that has gone really horrid and is now infected.

She’s been to the doctors and has some stronger creams and an anti-biotic cream to clear the infection up, but her Mum doesn’t like the idea of using steroid creams long term.

What sort of treatment does your child have and also has anyone used any alternative and/or homeopathic remedies?

How Dilated Epidural

When I was in labour with Harrison I was reccomended I had an epidural, as I was ‘at risk’ of having needed an emergency c-section.

So I decided striaght away that I was going to have an epidural.

With Louis, I was 8.5cm dilated when I asked for an epidural but I was told I was too far gone to have one.

How dilated were you when you had an epidural?

Naughty Corner

Does anyone else use the naughty corner as a way of dealing with bad behavour?

Ella is 2 soon and when she’s naughty, I tell her that its not on, give her a warning – and then if she carries on, put her in the naughty corner. I use the hall at the bottom of the stairs, as theres nothing to do there but I’m wondering ifs having any effect.

I’ve been reading Toddler Taming by Dr Christopher Green, and he talks about using time out when you put them in their room, mainly to get some distance between the 2 feuding parties! Has anyone tried this and what was their experience?

    

Semi-identical twins discovered

 
Twins (anonymous)
Scientists have revealed details of the world’s only known case of “semi-identical” twins.

The journal Nature says the twins are identical on their mother’s side, but share only half their genes on their father’s side.

They are the result of two sperm cells fertilising a single egg, which then divided to form two embryos – and each sperm contributed genes to each child.

Each stage of the process is unlikely, and scientists do not expect to find another pair of twins formed this way.

These twins were born in the US, but neither their identity or their exact location is being revealed.

Their case is also reported in the journal Human Genetics.

Normally, twins either develop from the same egg which later splits to form identical twins – who share all their genetic material, or from two separate eggs which are fertilised by two separate sperm.

This creates non-identical (fraternal) twins – who share 50% of genetic material.

Sometimes, two sperm can fertilise a single egg, but this is only thought to happen in about 1% of human conceptions.

Most embryos created this way do not survive.

Hermaphrodite

These twins, who were conceived normally, only came to the attention of scientists because one was born with sexually ambiguous genitalia.

The child was discovered to be a hermaphrodite, and has both ovarian and testicular tissue, while the other child is anatomically male.

But genetic tests show both are “chimeras”, and have some male cells – which have an X and Y chromosome, and female cells – which have two X chromosomes.

The most likely explanation for how they were formed is that two sperm cells – one with an X chromosome and one with a Y chromosome – fused with a single egg.

The twins are now toddlers, and doctors say they are progressing well.

Another case ‘unlikely’

Vivienne Souter, a geneticist at the Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona who investigated the case, said: “Their similarity is somewhere between identical and fraternal twins.

“It makes me wonder whether the current classification of twins is an oversimplification.”

Charles Boklage, an expert on twinning who works at Eastern Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, said: “There’s value in understanding that this can happen, but it’s extremely unlikely that we’ll ever see another case.”

And David Bonthron, a geneticist at the University of Leeds, said: “The number of these cases is very small, but before they were reported, most people would have said this could never happen.”

He added: “Whether these things are academic curiosities, or whether we’ve overlooked something significant is hard to say.

“A lot of what we know about fertilisation is deductive, because we can’t observe these events in humans.”

More tiny babies being born in UK

 
Baby
More babies are born at dangerously low birth weights in Britain now than in 1989, a report says.

The study was carried out by the Fabian Society, a left-leaning think-tank, which called the finding a “scar on the national conscience”.

It calls for more financial support for at-risk women, better access to antenatal services and one-to-one care for all newborns in intensive care.

A minister said the recommendations must be studied carefully.

The researchers found that in 2006, 78 out of every 1,000 babies were born weighing less than 5lb8oz (2.5kg). That amounted to a total of more than 50,000 babies.

In 1989, 67 out of every 1,000 babies were born under weight.

Low-birth weight is linked to an increased risk death and disability, and a range of long-term health problems, such as diabetes, heart disease, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and depression.

The report found that older women and teenagers were most likely to have a low birth weight baby.

It said more work was needed to cut teenage pregnancy rates, and employers should offer more support to women, so fewer felt compelled to put off having a child.

The report also found lone parents were nine times as likely to have a stillbirth as other parents.

Babies born to working-class mothers were twice as likely to die before their first birthday as those with middle-class parents.

Mothers of Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi origin had a high risk of having low birth-weight babies – their babies are on average 300g lighter than those of white mothers.

These mothers also attended fewer antenatal appointments than other ethnic groups.

Lead researcher Louise Bamfield conceded that medical advances meant more low birth weight babies were now surviving, but she said social deprivation and low income were significant factors.

She said: “If Britain had the same record on low birth weight as the best countries in Europe, 24,000 babies would have much improved life chances.

“The facts should shock us all. Britain has the worst rate of every country in western Europe, except Greece.

“And being born very small creates health risks throughout life – and will affect the health of babies they will themselves have years later.”

Constitutional Affairs Minister Harriet Harman said: “We have made important progress since 1997 on reducing child poverty and creating the early years agenda.

“We must now be bolder and develop the new policies to make building a fairer society the central theme of Labour’s next term in office.

“The Fabian Society’s evidence on inequalities at birth must be studied carefully by government and the Labour party. The political argument will need to be won too.”

Andy Cole, chief executive of Bliss, the premature baby charity, said: “Around 40,000 babies are born underweight each year in England alone, and many will undoubtedly spend time in a neonatal unit before going home.

“The very first days after birth are critical for their health and it is vital that the recommended standard of one-to-one nursing for babies in intensive care is made mandatory.”

Pubic Symphysis Prolotherapy

I was just curious how many people had heard of prolotherapy to treat SPD before? I certainly never had before I was offered it. I am about to join a maternity services leasion group at our hospital and want to know why people arent given all the facts so all information would be helpful.

I know pubic symphysis prolotherapy has given me new hope in my battle against SPD so I hope if more people are made aware we can fight this!