By AnnMarie Smith, RN, BSN, MA
Crying is how a baby communicates and handles stress. Crying can indicate a baby is lonely, wet, hungry, ill, in pain, tired, afraid, too hot or too cold, or just bored. Sometimes babies cry because their nervous systems are over stimulated as they are still getting used to the outside world. Crying peaks to about 3 hours a day by 6 weeks and decreases to 1-2 hours a day by 3-4 months. the amount of time a baby spends crying and how easily she is comforted can also be related to temperament.
Babies’ cries should be responded to as soon as possible. This helps to establish trust as they learn that when they cry, their needs will be responded to. Babies who are attended to quickly tend to cry less and are more easily comforted. Remember, you can’t spoil a newborn!
We are ardent followers of Kate(Duchess of Cambridge). So when we heard that she was considering hiring a nanny,we thought her choice would be the highly regarded British nanny.
What a surprise to read in the UK Daily Mail newspaper that a prominent London nanny agency owner said about the market for nannies that “IT’S BECOMING MORE LIKE AMERICA, WITH PARENTS WANTING THEIR CHILDREN COACHED FOR PREP SCHOOL AND ENTRANCE EXAMS AND THEN WANTING NANNIES TO HELP ACADEMICALLY WITH HOMEWORK’
This is about English Nanny & Governess School governesses who are in demand around the world now. A trained governess with a college degree is the new nanny.
What a shame that UK immigration regulations prevent American nannies or governesses from working there,otherwise Kate might have hired an American Governess
Why Nannies Need the Flu Vaccine:
Below are a couple of reasons why every nanny and governess needs to be vaccinated for influenza.
Have you received your influenza vaccine this year? Even though you might think it is too late to get the vaccine, it most definitely is not. January and February are the high times for the flu virus in the United States.
Children who are under 6 months old are not able to receive the influenza vaccine. This makes them a high risk category for contracting the flu. Though the FDA has approved TAMIFLU for treatment in children older than 2 weeks, the safest possible route is to safeguard the children from actually getting the flu.
The Center for Disease Control recommends the following for caregivers of children who are under the age of 2 years old.
The influenza vaccine is the best way to protect against the flu for children who are over 6 months of age. If there is a child who is under 6 months of age, the caregiver (nanny/governess) should get the flu vaccine.
The second most effective protection against the flu is to keep away from people who are sick. If you are sick, stay away from others. Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze and wash your hands with soap and water afterwards. Use an alcohol based sanitizer if soap and water are not available. Try not to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth and make sure you clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces. Doorknobs and banisters are two examples.
The CDC website explains that each year, the influenza vaccine protects against three different viruses that are most likely to be contracted. The 2012-2013 influenza vaccine is made to protect against the following three viruses:
* an A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus;
* an A/Victoria/361/2011 (H3N2)-like virus;
* a B/Wisconsin/1/2010-like virus (from the B/Yamagata lineage of viruses).
There are two types of vaccines available to people. The first is the typical flu shot. This does involve a needle. There are three types of flu shot available. Ask your doctor what is best for you. There is also a nasal spray, which consists of a weakened flu virus and is available for people over the age of 2 years.
It takes approximately two weeks for antibodies to build up in your system after getting the influenza vaccine so there is still a possibility of contracting the virus. You may even contract a
different version of the virus that is not included in the vaccine, making it even more important to practice healthy living habits.
More information can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/season/index.htm .
You may also find a vaccine provider using the following link: http://flushot.healthmap.org/
Please keep yourself and your charges safe this flu season!
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Confirming what I teach our students about traveling with children occurred yesterday in Santa Fe, New Mexico on vacation. I returned home by air, my first plane was delayed due to mechanical failure for one which caused me to miss my connecting flight. So I took a plane an hour later and had the sense to buy a sandwich at the airport. On the next plane we were delayed 2 hours due to a national computer break down- Luckily I had my sandwich no food is served on my flights now. Only drinks when you are in the air. They are not allowed to serve drinks while on the ground.
I teach the students to always take food for the children when flying even on very short trips because delays often happen. While it is forbidden to take drinks through airport security, always buy children water or drinks after clearing security. Do not depend on food from any other source. Even though meals are served on international flights, remember that longs delay on the ground can happen. It can be man hours before food is served.
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