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Archive for April 2010

Buteyko Method

Developed during the 1960s by  Dr Buteyko, from Ukraine, the Buteyko Method is a series of exercise designed to help reduce the symptoms. It works through retraining asthmatics on how to breath, with emphasis on breathing more slowly and less often – based on the assumption that asthmatics are prone to overbreathing.  Many case studies have been done, with many showing that this method does help to improve the condition, but both Doctors and practitioners of Buteyko agree that it is not an alternative to medications, but should be used as part of an overall treatment plan.

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Asthma Foundation

Annual Balloon Day May 7 2010

Asthma Awareness Week  3rd – 9th of May 2010

As the title suggests here are some products just for Mum. Things that will make your life easier, fun or just to spoil yourself!

The Pouchmiss handbag organiser – who needs a nappy bag when you can turn your favourite handbag into one!

Available at http://www.bellaroo.co.nz and Funky Baby Design, Chch

Gorgeous soaps by honeynspice

Almond and Cinnamon Soap - $5 (NZD)

Can’t you just smell it!

Baby Bling - $88 (NZD)

Because you are worth it!

Coming up this month we have:

World Wish Day 29th April 2010

RDA Awareness Week 25th April – 1st May

Molly @ RDA

Heart Stopper Challenge from 14th May – 30th May

If anyone knows of other events/awareness weeks during the month of May please let us know. See our contact page for details!

MRI – Magnetic Resonance Imaging

MRI Machine

An MRI is used to get a more detailed picture of structures and organs within today that cannot be achieved effectively by either a CT Scan or X-Ray, in particular when a detailed picture of soft tissue or blood vessels is needed. It is well-known for being used on to get pictures of the brain, but it is also used for the heart and liver as well. As you need to be very still during an MRI, children will require a General Anesthetic and so will not be able to eat before hand.

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CT Scan – Computed Tomography                                                                           (or CAT – Computed Axial Tomography)

Combines X-Rays with computer technology to create multiple images of a patient. Often used to view cross sections of the abdomen or to look for possible  aneurysms, as information is received back faster than that of the MRI. It can also be used to check bone mineral density in patients suspected of or at risk from osteoporosis.

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EEG – Electroencephalogram Test

Used to evaluate the electrical activity in the brain, looking for abnormalities in these patterns that might signify certain conditions. In particular it is used to identify and monitor patients with epilepsy.

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Going gluten-free for many families isn’t a choice its a necessity due to Coeliacs  or a gluten  intolerance. For other families the decision to go GF maybe in an effort to hep reduce the symptoms of ADD/ADHD or Autistic Disorders. Some may make the whole family GF while others may just cook separate meals at times for the person or child who needs to be GF. Whatever your reason it isn’t a cheap decision to make and when there is a child involved, things like parties can become more difficult. But thankfully there are more and more options available and not all them taste awful or cost an arm and a leg to get! In this column we’ll look at all things to do with GF living.

Coeliac Support Group


Coeliacs Disease

Coeliacs Disease is an autoimmune disorder affecting the intestines resulting in symptoms such as diarrhoea, fatigue and failure to thrive, though it can also be present with no symptoms leaving it undiagnosed into adulthood.  It is diagnosed using both blood tests and biopsy of the bowel, all of which must be done while the patient is still on a diet including gluten. With a confirmed diagnosis a person/child with coeliac must remain on a complete GF diet for life on the risk of malnutrition and increased risk of various cancers of the digestive system.

Autism and ADHD/ADD

Some parents report marked improvement in the behaviour of children with autism after going on to a GF diet (which may also include removal of Casien as well), and some even believe that it will cure autism, but as yet there are valid medical evidence backing up their claims. Changes in behaviour due to a GF diet maybe the result of other undiagnosed conditions. For those who be interested in trying the diet, here are some links for you.

Science Daily

Autism Diet

Gluten Intolerance

Those with gluten intolerance often suffer many of the symptoms associated with Cealiacs Disease but have returned negative or inconclusive test results or may not have chosen to get testing done. Some may find that they can tolerant small amounts of gluten, but most will chose to remain completely gluten-free.

Whether child has special needs or not, many parents struggle with getting their babies and toddlers to sleep and then sleep through the night. There are lots of different theories on the best method to get a child to sleep, and of course what works for some doesn’t work for others. Many parents seek out Plunket Family Centres to help with sleeping problems, even if it’s just to have them watch your baby while you catch up on some much needed sleep! But now there is more help at home thanks to The Sleep Store. They stock everything from books, to CDs to sleeping bags and all other many of items that may help in your efforts to get a good night sleep. In addition to this they also run workshops based on The Happiest Baby technique, with courses available in Auckland, Tauranga and Christchurch. Checkout their information section for the latest articles and research on sleep issues.

My favourites from their shop would have to be:

Dimples: $155

This sleep bag is not only New Zealand made, but has the bonus of being used as a sleep bag or  convert it into a sleep suit with legs, making it suitable from NB – 2 yrs old. It also has the necessary adaptions to allow it to be used while in the carseat or pushchair (would even be great for the smaller child in a wheelchair on those colder mornings!)

Baby Zoo: $49.95

This clock is not just about looking cute in the toddlers bedroom, but is designed specifically to help teach about when it is time to sleep and time to wake. At bedtime push the button and Momo closes his eyes and goes to sleep, he wont wake up until a preset time chosen by you. You can then remind your child that if Momo is asleep then it is not time to wake up. It would even work with the older child too, plus with both analogue and digital clock they can easily recognise the time for themselves. Checkout the following video for more information!

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