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Is My Baby Hot?

Last month Sunbeam had his first ear infection. (He almost made it to three-years without ever having one.) So I scooted him off to the doctor’s office where he was subscribed amoxicillin.  However ever since then he just seems warm to the touch. This occurs about every two days, and when I take his temperature it will register around 99.1-99.5 degrees.

Yesterday was Firecracker’s turn for a doctor’s visit. Unfortunately for him he only made it nine months before his first ear infection. While we were there I had the doctor check out Sunbeam — only to be told that he hasn’t had a low-grade fever at all — not unless it reaches 100.4. (99.4 if taken under the arm).

My knowledge of low-grade fevers has been shattered. I always thought a low-grade fever kicked in at 99 degrees. Now I am even more confused when I search the internet. says:

A child has a fever when their temperature is at or above one of these levels:

  • 100.4 °F (38 °C) measured in the bottom (rectally)
  • 99.5 °F(37.5 °C) measured in their mouth (orally)
  • 99 °F (37.2 °C) measured under their arm (axillary)

An adult probably has a fever when their temperature is above 99 – 99.5 °F (37.2 – 37.5 °C), depending on what time of the day it is.

Obviously this new mother is still learning the ropes of motherhood. However I’m curious to know what advice your pediatrician has given you?


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When to Cut the Umbilical Cord

I came across an interesting blurb in the March issue of American Baby about the advantages of delaying clamping the umbilical cord. Did you know that a two- to three-minute delay in clamping the umbilical cord improves a child’s iron levels for this first SIX months of life, according to a new study published in the journal Maternal & Child Nutrition. Following delivery, iron-rich blood continues to flow from the placenta to the infant, and clamping and cutting the cord within seconds – a common practice in many hospitals – leaves baby with indadequate blood volume. Missing out on extra iron can hinder motor and cognitive developement. “Ahead of time, when discussing other aspects of your birth plan, ask the physician about delaying cord clamping,” suggests study author Camila Chaparro, Ph.D.

Delayed clamping of the umbilical cord improves a child's iron levels.

Researching a little further, I also found the following articles: When to Cut the Umbilical Cord: Advantages of Delayed Cord Clamping

It makes sense to me. If I was having another baby I would definitely be having this discussion with my OBGYN. What are your thoughts?

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BPA and why we should be concerned.

Before having my third child I made a point of getting rid of all of my old baby bottles since BPA was becoming such a hot topic. I purchased great BPA free bottles from Born Free and Dr. Brown’s. What I wasn’t thinking about was all of the rest of the plastic in my household – water bottles and soup cans just to name a few. Why isn’t the USA taking a tougher stance on BPA regulations?

We are responsible for providing our children with a safe and healthy environment.

We are responsible for providing our children with a safe and healthy environment.

As a parent we want to provide a safe and healthy environment. Now I am feeling so guilty about re-heating baby food in a plastic container! I think this is a great article about the myths and dangers of BPA that is all around us. And now that you know, please tell your friends.

How bad is it?

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