Monthly Archives: June 2008

The Joys of Morning Sickness

I’d like to meet the highly intelligent individual who termed the wonderful nausea and vomiting associated with early pregnancy as “morning” sickness. Pregnancy sickness would have been a more apt name or maybe “random vomit syndrome”, but DEFINITELY not morning sickness. I am currently about 8 weeks pregnant and the nausea, etc. I am experiencing is far from predictable. Some days it is worse in the morning, some days after lunch and some days at bedtime. I just never know what each day holds! So, for all you other little mommas out there in the thros of pregnancy puking. . .here are some of my pet peeves. Statements from those who obviously never had a very severe case include:

“Just eat a cracker before you get out of bed in the morning”. Did it, threw up the cracker.

“Have a little white soda and some saltines when you feel nauseous.” Maybe that works for some people but not for me. White soda actually makes me even more nauseous.

“Make sure you stick to bland foods. They settle your stomach.” Maybe but then you have to choke them down first.

What has worked for me? Drugs. That’s right folks, Zofran is a miracle drug. That little pill may not take away all the queasies but it helps me keep my food where it belongs, in the tummy. There are a few other tricks that have worked for me for a few days. It seems my body adapts and then I have to find a new angle.

*Pretzels. Something about the salt and the carbs it settling sometimes, and they taste better than saltines.

*Plain Coca-Cola. One can is under the caffeine limit for early pregnancy and something about the fizz/syrup mix can settle the tummy. (Incidentally, Coke syrup is an old home remedy for nausea).

*Sour candy. Actually most hard candy is helpful, even peppermints. Jolly Ranchers are my personal favorite. They get rid of that awful taste in the mouth and the extra saliva seems to decrease the nausea.

*NEVER allowing myself to get really hungry. This is probably going to lead to weight gain early but it seems the hungrier I get, the sicker I feel.

Bottom line, I think each woman has to find what works for her. When I share tips with other girls suffering from “all day” sickness, I make sure they know that even though it worked for me, it might not work for them. I try to avoid the “just do this and you’ll be fine” attitude, mostly because I’m sure if it makes me cranky, they probably won’t appreciate it either.

Do you have a weird anti-nausea tip that works for you? Leave me a comment; I’d love to hear it.

Head Injuries in Kids

So once again I learned something I never wanted to know. . the hard way!! Last weekend, my little girl was running around the outside of a hotel swimming pool. I called to her to stop running and when she turned to look at me, she slipped and fell, slapping the back of her little head HARD on the concrete. I was at least 10 feet away and the sound made me sick. It even bounced a little. I felt like I was running in slow motion (I was in the pool so maybe I was a little) to get to her. She was sobbing hysterically and her eyes looked very sluggish to me, further freaking me out.

Fortunately, we were there with my step mom, an experienced R.N. She immediately started her own “triage” process. She checked her pupils, felt the area of the injury and started asking her questions to test her mental function. I sat there like a bump on a log, clutching my baby to my chest, trying not to cry. It was almost bedtime so we had to keep her awake for a few hours to make sure she didn’t have a concussion. Long story short, she’s totally fine now but here is what I learned.

*Most (not all) serious head injuries involve a loss of consciousness. If your child immediately jumps up and starts looking for you, that’s a good sign.

*P.E.A.R.L. (I got this from my mom)-Pupils Equal And Reactive to Light. Hold her close to a light source and watch to be sure her pupils change in response to the light and that they are equal. Everyone’s pupils are slightly uneven so if you’re not sure if they look asymmetrical, they probably don’t.

*Three signs I was told to watch for after we got home: pinpoint sized pupils, obvious disoriented behavior and vomiting. My “nurse” said if any one of those three things occur, take her to the ER.

Of course, as with any injury, when in doubt, just go to the emergency room. It’s always better to be safe than sorry, especially when dealing with something as delicate as the brain. You know your child better than anyone. If you think he/she is acting strangely, get it checked out.

This is information I hope I never again have to use!

Travel With a 3 Year Old

I really thought I was an expert about traveling with a small child. . .that is until this past week, when I traveled with my husband and 3-year-old daughter. Overall, it was a smooth trip. My daughter is fairly flexible for her age. . she can sleep anywhere, eat anything and doesn’t get too crabby when she misses her nap.

I packed most of our stuff in our checked baggage, my goal being to keep the amount of stuff we had to carry on the plane light. We ended up with one small carry-on bag, my laptop computer and my purse. Not too bad. The flight there went smoothly but we were cold when we got off the plane (Western Washington is much cooler in June than Missouri!). Our jackets were packed in the top of our luggage so as soon as we claimed our bags, we put on our coats and it was better. At some point in this ordeal, a family member asked me if I had packed an extra set of clothes for my daughter in the carry-on bag. “Not necessary,” I said with confidence, “She doesn’t have accidents anymore.” Those words would come back to haunt me. . .

On the flight home, my little one was very tired (we left for the airport at 6:00 a.m.) and had a little cough all week, presumably from the damp weather. We boarded the plane and got to our seats. The plane took off and she was having a good time. She fell asleep on my lap and slept for almost an hour. When she woke up, she suddenly began to cry and said she felt like she was going to throw up. GREAT. I hit the flight attendant call light and began frantically digging through my bag for something. . ANYTHING. . to use as a “barf bag”. I found a small paper bag and was fumbling to get it open when it happened. I managed only to deflect the stream of liquid with the bag, keeping it on on her clothing and my lap.

Luckily, I had the foresight to pack wet wipes and was handed another pack by a nearby passenger. Another passenger gave my daughter a peppermint to suck on. The flight attendants brought us some plastic bags for her clothing and the soiled wet wipes (a bit too little too late but they were nice). My daughter walked off the plane wearing my knit jacket like a dress with the sleeves rolled up and was none too happy about it. I learned a valuable lesson about packing for travel with a little kid.

*ALWAYS pack a change of clothes no matter the age of your child. They may not have potty accidents anymore but motion sickness is unpredictable at best.

*Throw a few plastic grocery bags in the outside pocket of your carry-on bag. Airlines no longer provide “air sick” bags in the backs of the seat pockets.

*Even if your child has never shown signs of motion sickness, make sure the meal he/she gets before travel is light and easy to digest. Keep hard candies or peppermints on hand to stave off nausea.

These few tips would have saved us a lot of trouble on our trip and I will be sure to keep them in mind the next time we go somewhere. Anyone else have travel tips? Please leave a comment!