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Elijah wearing a Le Top "Zoo Kazoo" waffle weave shirt and stripe pant

Baby constipation may be a crappy subject to write about, but some things just need to be addressed. These past two weeks we started our 6-month-old on “solid” foods – really, I wouldn’t call rice cereal a solid, but let’s just go with it.  I read everything on starting babies on solids – from books the pediatricians handout to every source possible, but they each have a different opinion what to do. The main thing they did have in common was, start with rice cereal. Ok, easy enough I thought! 

My main concern for starting the “solids”, was watching for signs of allergic reaction (hives, fever, rash, bloody stool, etc.) and constipation. Well…we survived the allergic reaction part, but didn’t get but three days in to one feeding of rice cereal before we had the big C….and in the baby book C is for constipation

Our little trooper didn’t stay constipated for long, and we breathed a deep sigh of relief thinking, “Thank God, we didn’t have to deal with that.” I guess you could say we ate our words, as last week we upped the rice cereal to two feedings per day and in three days, we had a very constipated baby.  Ugh!

Being the overbearing, first-time mom that I am, I called the advice nurse on day two of number two.  The calming voice on the other side of the line said, “Dear, just wait four days and if he still hasn’t gone, then give him 2 oz. of prune juice and that will do the trick.” At day four I swung by the grocery store and picked up the prune juice, got it home, took a whiff and said to my husband, “I sure as heck wouldn’t drink this stuff!” Did I jinx myself again?! YES! This kid said ‘no way, Jose’ to that fowl smelling concoction. I managed to get about half an ounce in a bottle of milk down him, but still no poop after day four. 

My oh-so-wise husband did the unmentionable and gave the tyke an enema. It took about half a day, but we got the result we were looking for – POOP! I must say, I don’t think I have ever been so excited about a bowel movement in my life (wow that just sounds wrong!). 

I was telling my other, well-trained mommy friends about our week long fiasco and felt after our conversation, I should have known to call them first! They had all those remedies up their sleeve and more. Here are some of the other suggestions they gave me, for the next time our baby is constipated: 

  • Switch to oatmeal or barley cereal- it is the least “binding” of the cereals  (we switched and it seems to be working)
  • Try Pear juice instead of Prune juice
  • Use a suppository

We are glad we made it through this first “episode” of baby problems, virtually unscathed. I can’t say that I am looking forward to the next one, but I think, at the very least I am a little wiser-for-the-wear about constipation.  If you have tips and tricks to get your little guy “going”, please share it with us in the comments field below.

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Come check out one of our favorite boutiques! Tiny Toes! They will be featuring a Spring 2012 Le Top and rabbitmoon trunk show on Friday, October 21st and Saturday, October 22nd…get a sneak peak of our new threads if you live in Maryland! See below for more details.

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Fall is no-doubtedly in the air and the hot weather here in New York City has passed. I noticed the leaves only started to change in New York City the past two weeks, but it still seems as if it were only September. With Halloween about to pass and moving into November and Thanksgiving, I was trying to think of a classic kids craft that you could make now that would last as a home decoration through November – a pine cone turkey! Easy and super cute. Here you go….


Pine Cone Turkeys

These little turkeys are fun to assemble and provide colorful decorations for your home, neighborly gifts or even the Thanksgiving table.

Supplies:

  • Pine cones
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Feathers
  • Googly eyes, white school glue or hot glue gun, other embellishments (optional)

How to:

Step 1: Use glue to attach feathers to back of pine cone.
Step 2: Curl top of pipe cleaner to form head.
Step 3: Attach googly eyes to either side of head.
Step 4: Attach head to front of pine cone.

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This little character, Dashiell (6-months-old), is from the City of Angels. Love his name! He started solid foods about a month ago and love, love, loves mangos. In this photos Dashiell is sporting a new hat he got that day from his Mom, and was quite impressed with his new look. We are too! Thanks Mom for sharing your handsome baby boy with us. This kid has got IT! Congratulations to Dashiell on your Le Top Darling of the Day title.

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I was “one of those kids” with a very short attention span and ADHD only really became a common term in my generation when I reached high school. Some people may say that it “wasn’t treated before” and that doctors are just making up new “terms and conditions” for kids being young and energetic, etc., but I really believe in ADHD and how it can affect a child’s life, and especially their education and chances of success later in life. It important to recognize it as a chronic illness.  New Guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics say that children as young as four can be diagnoses and treated for ADHD.

The previous research was more than a decade old and covered children from 6 to 12, but with more research and understanding of the issues surrounding ADHD in children, the upper limit was also expanded to include teenagers to age 18.

Toddlers with ADHD have behavior issues that go beyond the normal challenges of early childhood. Anger is generally a problem, as are tantrums. A toddler with ADHD may refuse to sit in a high chair or stroller, and needs to be in seemingly constant motion. Even at this young age, they struggle with controlling their impulses—they may hit other children and become disruptive while playing with other children.

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Dr. Mark Wolraich, lead author of the report released Sunday at the AAP National Conference in Boston, “There is now enough evidence to address this broader age range,” he said. “We know that identifying and treating kids at a young age is important … because the earlier we can provide treatment, the better chance of success.”

ADHD affects some 8% of children and teens and is the most common neurological disorder in youngsters. Behavior such as hyperactivity, impulsivity, poor social skills and inability to follow directions are the main indicators. It is not thought best to medicate the youngest patients, rather try to help them over come the condition with behavioral therapy and parental training. Showing them consistency and structure around meal, bath and bed times can be important.

However Wolraich, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, who has been studying the condition since the 1970s says low doses of Ritalin can assist even the youngest cases where other therapies do not produce results.

Some studies have shown that those with ADHD are at greater risk of dropping out of school, car accidents, substance abuse and its well known they can be difficult to deal with; subject to tantrums and generally distracted.

For older children who are already in school the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends both medication and behavioral therapy.

Some doctors are applauding these new guidelines because kids who don’t get treated are at a much higher risk for everything from low self-esteem to poor grades to being socially immature. It is sometimes thought that they can go many years with daily reminders that they can’t do what other kids do, which wears them down. Parents have to be their child’s advocate and get them the help they need and get it early.

If you would take a child with a vision problem to an optometrist for glasses, why would we not treat kids who have trouble with their brain circuitry?

Here are some quick facts on ADHD in toddlers according to Reader’s Digest: 

  • Toddlers with ADHD seem to have a low sense of danger, so they require an especially watchful eye to help them avoid accidents.
  • No one knows what causes ADHD.
  • A child with ADHD will show signs of the problem very early on, but you may not realize there’s a problem until your child starts nursery school.
  • Problems with speech or hearing can also mimic ADHD symptoms.
  • Because ADHD symptoms often look like typical toddler behavior, it’s difficult to diagnose the condition in children under five.

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Mommy: I love you very much!

I love you very muchER!”

– Austin, age 4

Editor’s Note:
Please spread the giggles by sharing your funny quotes with us!

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With Halloween just around the corner, besides a fun costume, kids love to have their face painted. Here are some fun (and do-able) ideas, plus how to pick out face paint.

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