August - Infants and Toddlers

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    Misslily - to me it sounds like you do great with your kids hearing aids!  I follow a blog and the woman's 2.5 year old just started to have to wear hearing aids and she talks about the struggle from time to time.  The woman is from the south and pretty religious but she posts fun things and you may be able to relate to her struggles getting her daughter to wear the aids (which she calls special ears).  Just thought I'd share:
    http://www.kellyskornerblog.com/

    AFM - I am headed back to work tmo - very sad.  I was supposed to go back part time but it looks like I will be going back full time instead.  I was supposed to go back Monday but DS had an infection which we found out was MRSA!  He had to have a couple different antibiotics and then have the infected area drained, it was very sad.  Thankfully he is well on the mend now. DD is well on her way to being potty trained. She and I went out together and picked out a potty (after trying for about a month w/no success) and suddenly something clicked. She loves going on the potty now and has had very minimal accidents - very exciting!
     
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    KT- my gosh MRSA? What was the infection from, a cut or something?  That is so scary!  I am glad things are okay.  Good luck going back to work, I am dreading going in a few weeks! 

    DS had his 4 mon shots, and boy is he unhappy. He is a happy kid in general so to see him screaming and shrieking makes me so sad. He has had a fever since an hour after the shots, crazy how quickly he reacted. I finally broke down and gave him acetaminophen, and the fever broke.  Hope we have an okay night.  I just thank god that we have a healthy child, I could not stand to see my child in this much pain all the time. 
     
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    KT - MRSA!  Yikes!  Glad DS is recovering... so sorry to hear it!
    I'm sorry about the work situation... I went back FT and its been going better than expected, but it certainly takes some adjusting.  Fingers crossed it is a smooth transition for you.
     
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    ajuly (and others):

    do you nurse?  I heard from a parent that her pediatrician has her nurse while the baby is given immunizations - something about the act of nursing helping with pain, or something?  I think it's more than being comforted and consoled during the pain - it's something about being nursed not only distracts but keeps them from having as much pain afterwards? And she implied that being given a bottle wouldn't be the same, it was the nursing that did it.  But that doesn't make sense, unless it does?

    Sounds like hocus pocus, honestly, but hey, what do I know???

    someone?  lemonmelon, do you know?
     
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    misslily, why don't you have them wear their aids when you go out?  Is it that you worry that they will take them out and you won't notice in time and they might be lost?  (I can only imagine how expensive those aids are!)

    But, yes, of course you need to go out with the kids, aids or no aids, it's fun for them, and as they get older it's important that they have experiences of getting out in the world.

    Are you looking at nursery school for them next year, after they turn 3 years old?  It probably would be a good idea, especially to help them continue to develop language.  Even if it's just 3 mornings/week, or whatever.  They would enjoy the interaction with children other than each other by then.

    What is MEEI?  Not sure I know the accronym


     
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    MEEI is Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary

    Wow KT! Glad everything is okay now!  Good luck going back to work!
     
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    CT - I can tell you there are studies that show that giving sugar water can help with babies - mostly babies under 1 month . My daughter used it all the time when she had a prolonged hospitalization.  I am not sure about the evidence of breast feeding with painful procedures but could help.  Sugar water does not help babies much after 1 month. 

    KT - DD had MRSA too after a surgery compliments of a hospital aforementioned.  I was positive it was from me being a health care provider but I am negative.  It is now so common though in the community.
    Sorry to hear about it!!

    Lemon - Sounds like your friend had a tough time with EI.  I'll tell you it can be tough, though, particularly in a child who is very speech delayed.  Sometimes it is very difficult to make the diagnosis.   I have had several kids in EI diagnosed with PPD spectrum (pervasive developmental d/o) then with speech aquisition were able to shed the diagnosis.
     
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    CT- yes I am bf, so as soon as we got in the car I fed him. I believe that it is more of a comfort thing to bf them for pain, but I could be wrong.  At the baby cafe if a baby falls down the lactation consultants say to immediately put them to the breast and this comforts them.  I would have done this at the pedi's office but I wasn't comfortable (which is strange because at the baby cafe I sit there and feed DS in front of 15 other women). 
     
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    Luck-Good to know that the effectiveness of sugar water decreases after a month.  My pedi's office sent something home and I've tried to give sugar water after all of the shots.  I felt bad on Friday when I forgot for DD's one year. 
     
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    In Response to Re: August - Infants and Toddlers:
    [QUOTE]ajuly (and others): do you nurse?  I heard from a parent that her pediatrician has her nurse while the baby is given immunizations - something about the act of nursing helping with pain, or something?  I think it's more than being comforted and consoled during the pain - it's something about being nursed not only distracts but keeps them from having as much pain afterwards? And she implied that being given a bottle wouldn't be the same, it was the nursing that did it.  But that doesn't make sense, unless it does? Sounds like hocus pocus, honestly, but hey, what do I know??? someone?  lemonmelon, do you know?
    Posted by CT-DC[/QUOTE]
    I've heard that too. Our ped discouraged it because it makes it much harder for her to administer the shot. I nursed right after the shot, and it did help when my daughter was young -- under 9 months I would say. After that they just get mad and bite you. I know that nursing was incredibly comforting to my daughter in general. She never took a bottle, though, so I don't know if that would have the same effect. I would guess that any form of sucking would comfort an infant in distress because that's how they're wired.
     
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    In Response to Re: August - Infants and Toddlers:
    [QUOTE]Lemon - Sounds like your friend had a tough time with EI.  I'll tell you it can be tough, though, particularly in a child who is very speech delayed.  Sometimes it is very difficult to make the diagnosis.   I have had several kids in EI diagnosed with PPD spectrum (pervasive developmental d/o) then with speech aquisition were able to shed the diagnosis.
    Posted by luckinlife[/QUOTE]
    Oh no, my friend LOVES EI! She just had a bad time with the initial evaluator. The woman was unprofessional and disrespectful and didn't do a thorough evaluation. But she had a very good experience with the second evaluation and the subsequent assistance she received. It happens in every field, right? There's always a few bad apples.
     
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    HI CT-DC.  Hearing aids have two problems for small children.  They are a choking hazard and (of course) they are expensive and can get lost. They can also be damaged if they get wet!
    MEEI (Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary) actually tells you not to have them wear them in the car until they are 3 years old. If they pull them out and put them in their mouth they can choke and you're in no position to help them.
    And no, I don't want someone to pull one out and drop it in Target or the grocery store and not realize it.  Right not we "rent" from MEEI for $600 per child per year so they would replace if lost, but it's a hassle none the less. And I do have to pay for the ear mold part - which is about $90 per ear.  They used to have to get new ones about every 6-8 weeks as their ears got bigger.  Now we get new ones about every 3-4 months. (it adds up)

    Next year I have to buy the aids and they are about $3,000 each ear. Our insurance doens't cover it at all - which I think is absurd.  We're going to cover the Pill so people can have sex all they want, but not cover hearing aids so my kids can hear properly?  What's the sense in that?

    And yes - they are already signed up to go to a pre-school near our house.  The same one I went to! 9-12 MWF starting September 2012. When they are 4 they will go 9-12 MTWT - and have the option to stay for lunch and come home around 1:00 instead.
    The director knows about their hearing loss and says they should be able to deal with it no problem.
    And my EI coordinator wants to recommend them for "group" at the EI center so they can get used to being away from me once in a while.  They have up to 9 kids and 3 teachers.  I can stay and sit in a room with a oneway mirror to watch how they are doing.  I think in the Fall we will give it a shot and see how it goes. :)
     
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    Miss Lily, $3000 per ear and the insurance doesn't cover it AT ALL?
    That's terrible.  I'm full of rage on your behalf!!
     
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    Lemon - totally happens in every field.  I am shocked when I see other health care providers and the stories my patients tell.  Alas...

    Personally, I agree with your pedi about the bf during the shot.  It can be difficult to get the shot in fast and easy in that position.
     
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    [QUOTE]Personally, I agree with your pedi about the bf during the shot.  It can be difficult to get the shot in fast and easy in that position.
    Posted by luckinlife[/QUOTE]

    I concur. I'd rather have her cry over the shot than cry because I dropped her or I didn't hold her tight enough and the shot went in the wrong place. I also feel like it sets the ped up in a bad situation -- having an untrained person participating in a medical procedure. I wouldn't have felt comfortable doing it, and as you say, it went much more quickly with the professionals in charge.
     
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    DD is 8 weeks today, I can't believe it!  We go for her 2m shots next week, I told DH he has to come, she always screams at the doctors office (hates getting undressed for the scale, I wish they would do that last) so I expect worse screaming this time.  I will try to BF right after and see if it helps to comfort her.  

    I have to go back to work in 4 weeks so we have started to introduce the bottle and today is the only day she has willingly taken it after 2.5 weeks.  We were planning to introduce 2 bottles a day this week, though are going to stick with one until she takes it more consistently. 
     
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    My baby girl is 17 months this month and boy is she growing fast. Her favorite word is "NOOOO" and she wants her way or no way. Miss Attitude!!! If I take something away from her, she flips!! It is funny at times, but very exhausting....Terrible 2s??
     
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    Thanks for the well wishes and thoughts for DS.  I'm not positive how he got it but did have very brief contact with my brother who had cellulitis (which can lead to mrsa) and has eczema which I heard can make you more susceptible.  Thankfully the medicine that he is on has really cleared it up!  Also, DS finally rolled over!  DD rolled early so I have been waiting and waiting for DS to roll, its so cute!

    One day down at work, it was fine for the most part.  What I did not expect was how hectic it would be when I got home.  When I worked prior to DS, DD and I had a nice routine.  Now in my short time home before they go to bed I feel like I am running around crazy and neither of them are getting my full attention.  I feel guilty because its like I am moving from one task to the next and get very little play time with them.  I decided it is what it is for this week and next week I will try and get a routine down. 

    Lilly - 3k for hearing aids IS insane!  Can you file any sort of hardship or appeal for any contribution?  I can fully see why you do not have them wear them out - I think if I were in your position I'd do the same.

    Also, has anyone started looking at preschool?  I'm trying to figure out what the going rate is.  I have found one that I like and it seems very reasonably priced but I am comparing to what a friend from VA told me she pays. 
     
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    Yeah- we've got a big $12,000 bill coming up some time next year.  But we've been preparing for it since they were diagnosed when they were 3 weeks old.  It just makes me so mad that BCBS makes us pay premiums that cover EVERYTHING except what we need.  We're never going to need drug rehab or alcohol treatment.  And I know most of you are thrilled about contraceptives being covered, but I consider that optional medicine - same for viagra. People should pay for that stuff out of pocket. MA is one of only 3 states that covers infertility.  We took advantage of that, but frankly I don't think it should be mandated. (Sorry - rant over.)

    Anyway - my two are going to preschool from 9-12 MWF next year and it's $4,700 each.  I think it runs from Sept. to June.  Does that help you benchmark?
     
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    Lily... just wanted to say I agree!  We should be able to decide which items we would like covered in our health insurance plans (just like we should be able to decide which channels we want on our TVs...not an all or nothing deal). I'm sure all the single men in MA are thrilled they have to pay higher premiums for infertility and birth control.  And like you with infertility treatments, I benefit from a nice, low co-pay for my BCP, but feel bad that some people that don't need it are helping to pay for it!
     
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    Never say you'll never need something insurance covers....That's the whole point of having insurance, in case you need it, but hoping you never will. My brother developed  drinking problem in high school. My parents probably never thought they would need that coverage either, but with counseling he got the help he needed.

    That being said, it is ridiculous that hearing aids aren't covered. Especially for children. I could see limiting adults to a new pair only every several years, but for kids, you would think that insurance companies would see the value in providing the necessary equipment.
     
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    My husband thinks it's practically criminal that MA requires infant hearing screening but doesn't require the insurance companies to pay for hearing aids.
    They do pay for cochlear implants for babies with severe hearing loss and deafness. Thankfully my children don't need them.
     
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    Lily- have you heard anything about the bill that has been passed to have insurance cover hearing aids? A parent of a student of mine with aids has been working on it for a few years and got the bill passed!  Hopefully it will be a law soon! 
     
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    Well, the whole point of health insurance is that we're all paying for stuff we don't need. If you only paid for what you DO need you wouldn't be paying for health INSURANCE, you'd be paying directly for the services you receive. And it would be a lot more expensive. All through my 20s I paid and paid and almost never went to the doctor, and those premiums helped balance the cost for people who went to the doctor a lot. That's how it works. Now, I personally don't use birth control pills or other forms of doctor-supplied contraception, but I'm very happy to have my premiums go toward preventing others' unwanted pregnancies. And from a financial standpoint, I think it's probably a lot less expensive to pay a few bucks a month into someone else's birth control than pay for them to deal with an unwanted pregnancy or for prenatal visits and then a birth (and then whatever public services become involved with the unwanted child). Hearing aids should be covered and I'm surprised they aren't. But I'm glad IVF is, because I don't believe that only the wealthy should be able to have babies.
     
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    Lily - I agree with your husband.  It is as if hearing is some kind of luxury.  It is absurd! 
     
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