Author: Amira

Prevent allergies in your baby. The fix is not what you think!

Prevent allergies in your baby. The fix is not what you think!

I’m impressed – you are proactive! You are searching for ways to prevent allergies in your child.  In the last five years, we have seen several studies come out.  These studies show that the way we were taught to manage allergies in the 1980’s is […]

Review – Vega Essentials shake

Review – Vega Essentials shake

In my quest for healthy, low-carb food (my family has a bad history of type-2 diabetes), I came upon the Vega Essentials shake powder at Target.  I bought the chocolate flavor. Here are the things I really like about it: Almost no glycemic load – […]

Allergic to dish soap – Lymes disease

Allergic to dish soap – Lymes disease

Before I was diagnosed with Lymes disease, one of the symptoms was a strange rash on my right hand.

A dermatologist misdiagnosed it as eczema, an auto-immune disorder.  He prescribed strong steroids, both oral and cream, and you know what – the rash did clear up!   And then it came back with a vengeance if I tried to stop the steroids.

The diagnosis didn’t seem right to me.  I have had eczema from my childhood, but never on the inside of my hands.  This seemed like an infection to me, but the expert said no.

I tried using moisturizing lotion and became allergic to it in a few days.  Now I had two rashes – one mystery rash on the inside of my hand, and one allergic rash on the back of my hand.

Then I became allergic to my regular dish soap – Palmolive – that I had been using for years. What was going on???

It was at this point that I switched to a gentle unscented cleanser.   The SIMPLE foaming cleanser.   It was expensive compared to soap, but it worked.  My allergic rashes disappeared and my mystery rash reduced (but never fully cleared up).

 


It was several months later, after being on antibiotics for Lymes disease (based on different symptoms), that my mystery rash finally healed.  Turns out, rashes like this can be caused by Lymes or by other tick-borne disease. And my allergic reactions seemed to be linked to the infection – I’m no longer allergic to dish soap.

 

I’m still using the SIMPLE foaming facial cleanser though.  And highly recommend it for anyone who has allergy issues, or simply needs a clean, no-residue soap.

Here is a link to reviews of the cleaner on the SIMPLE site:  Simple Foaming Cleanser 

And here is a link to the product on Amazon, for your convenience.

 

 

 

Best wishes for healthy skin!  And talk to a Lymes specialist if think you might have symptoms!!

What’s Best for Your Baby?

What’s Best for Your Baby?

Coming home with a new baby can fill you with millions of questions, many of which seem impossible to answer. New parents are faced with the responsibility of caring for their baby, which, yes, seems simple enough. But how do you best care for your […]

Bringing up the Natural Baby

Bringing up the Natural Baby

While much of the world is interested in going modern, keeping up with the latest advances in technology and looking for anything sleek and shiny, many parents these days are interested in something different. When you transition from adulthood to parenthood, your focus changes on […]

Promote baby’s courage with this simple game

Promote baby’s courage with this simple game

This is a game I call finger tag.  It can be played with babies or children between four months and ten years old.

 

Setup

Have the child in a safe location, ideally sitting up with her hands and upper torso free.   For babies, it can help to put them in a high chair.

What you do

Using one hand, starting a few feet from your child, wiggle your fingers.  If you have a high chair, a couch, or other surface, you can tap your fingers against it and make noise.   Once the child notices your hand, move it slowly toward them an inch at a time, still wiggling your fingers.  Watch your child – as soon as they make a motion toward your hand, pull it away a few inches!  Then repeat this game – moving your hand closer and retreating away in response to their actions.

Play a game with your cutie to promote bravery and interaction
Creep up then run away when she notices you!

 

How it works

You are simulating a curious animal with your hand.  It wants to investigate the child, but is scared and tentative.  When your child moves, or reaches towards your hand, it runs away – it is much less brave than your child!  This encourages your child to reach out, giggle, and feel powerful because she can make your hand “run away”.   If the child sits still long enough, you might even get close enough to tap her gently with one finger, the way an animal might sniff a child.  Then when she moves, it is full retreat!

Play long enough to get the child interested, reaching, and trying different strategies (such as sitting still to draw in your hand).  Stop before she gets bored!

 

Rock out!

Rock out!

Sometimes we just need some music to get into balance again.     Feeling stressed today?     You have company – we are too! Here is a fun idea to get over the hump:  Rock out! Go turn on some fun music and get […]

Insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, and weight gain

Insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, and weight gain

My story I remember being skinny when I was five years old.  In the bathroom I could look down and see my chest, my thighs, my knees, and my feet, all in one glance.  My mom couldn’t do that – she had about fifty extra […]