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Archive for June, 2010

Putting Motherhood on Hold

Women in their late 30s are freezing eggs because they are still hunting for ‘Mr Right’, according to new research.

The clock may also be ticking for the many Bridget Jones types who are putting their career ahead of plans to have children, according to a separate study.

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Vitamin D and Your Baby

What you need to know

Whether you choose to breastfeed or formula feed your baby you should give your baby 5 micrograms (5µg) of vitamin D3 every day, according to the HSE.

What is Vitamin D?

Vitamin D is important because it helps our bodies use calcium to build and maintain strong bones and teeth. Children (and adults) in Ireland have low levels of vitamin D which can lead to weak bones.   In severe cases low levels of vitamin D can cause rickets(1) in children. There has been an increase in the number of cases of rickets in Ireland in recent years.

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Jack wins out again and Sophie races up from 6th Position.

CSO Releases most popular baby names for 2009.

Irish Babies’ Names 2009

The CSO today released the Vital Statistics, Irish Babies’ Names 2009 report.

Some of the key points highlighted in the report are as follows:

* Jack and Sophie were the most popular babies’ names registered in 2009. Jack retains the top position it held in 2007 and 2008 while this is the first time Sophie has taken the number one spot, climbing from sixth in 2008. (more…)

Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) scheme

This was introduced by the government in recognition of the huge role that pre-school plays in the education of the child.

What is the free Pre-school Year in early childhood care and Education (ECCE)?

The ECCE is a new scheme to give children access to free Pre-school Year of appropriate programme based activities in the year before they start primary school.

Will my child be eligible?

The ECCE is open to all children between the aged between 3 years and 3 months and 4 years 6 months on 1st September each year.

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The Milk of Human Kindness

Some people are uncomfortable with the concept of donating breast milk, via a milk bank, but for premature and very sick babies it can be a godsend.

For 10 years, the lives of hundreds of sick and premature babies have been sustained and saved by the work of the Irvinestown Human Milk Bank. An incredible network of hundreds of mums north and south donate their milk, which is picked up everywhere from the steps of courthouses by lactation nurses or delivered in crates by the donors’ husbands.

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Water Babies

The idea of trying to instil water confidence and swimming skills in children from an early age is becoming increasingly popular. According to the Irish Times, a recent change in the advice offered by US paediatricians on when children should start swimming lessons is likely to bolster the trend worldwide.

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Ten things to bring if you have to stay overnight with your child in hospital.

I am writing this from Our Ladys Hospital, Crumlin where my 2 year old is staying waiting for operation in am. These are some of the items I brought or should have brought with me!
1. Teabags
2. Readybed from Argos catalogue, with electric pump much more comfy than mattress on floor.
3. Small milk to fit in fridge in parents room.
4. Beg borrow a portable DVD player with headphones lots of DVDs and some for you too when your child falls asleep.
5. Pillow for your own bed.
6. Coins for showers in am
7. Coins for car park.
8. Lots of books and jigsaws or games.
9. Favourite soft toy which gets all the same treatment as your child!! They love this pretend play.
10. Coolbag for drinks and biscuits etc.

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