Before You Open the Door: 5 Reasons Having an Outdoor Thermometer in Sight is a Great Idea

There are a number of great reasons why it is important to know the temperature in your environment. Knowing your environment is a great way to be able to judge your plans for the rest of the day. It is because of this that you should have the best outdoor thermometer possible, but what are the specifics of how temperature can affect how you go about your day?

How To Look After Your Car

Your car is not a fan of the cold weather. The battery produces less power when it is cold. Your oil becomes thicker when it is cold. Sometimes if you have managed to get a small amount of water in the fuel line it can even freeze up in the cold. All of this adds up to a car that may not want to start. An outdoor thermometer will allow you to take note of the temperature when you are going to bed. This will allow you to take the correct measures to ensure that your car is kept as warm as possible during the evening. Then when you wake up in the morning you will find it much easier to start your car and cause less damage to it when doing so. In the long term this won’t just save you time the next morning, but it will also save you money in repairs and maybe even the cost of a new car.

Maintaining Your House

Changes in temperature can damage your house in a number of ways. Changes in the outdoor temperature can lead to your window frames becoming warped if you don’t look after them properly. You should always ensure that you do not allow condensation to build up on your frames and the best way you can do this is by monitoring the outdoor temperature. When you use an outdoor thermometer it allows you to work out how to protect your house in the best way and gives you the power to look after your property.

Correct Placement

Placing your outdoor thermometer in the correct place is an incredibly important job. If you have the thermometer too close to the house then the escaping heat will ensure that the temperature reading is higher than the actual outdoor temperature. It is not just being too close to the house that can distort the thermometer reading, if it is too close to any concrete then that too can artificially raise the temperature recorded on the thermometer. This is due to concrete both storing and giving off heat. The best place to put your thermometer is in the shade and over grass or dirt. This will allow you to know an accurate reading of the temperature and as such you will be able to make more correct decisions.

If you want to ensure the long term health of your house and car then an outdoor thermometer is perfect to help you to maintain the health of both of these. All you need to do to make sure that you are able to do this place your thermometer in the correct position and find the best outdoor thermometer to do the job.

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Things You Need to Know About Taking Medication While Breastfeeding

Most of what the mother takes in her body eventually appear in milk supply. That means the baby may end up taking the medication the mother is using. In some cases, it is harmless. However, it may go wrong when the child suffers from the side effects the drugs cause.

Babies are fragile, and their bodies are not a complete work. During their first stage, milk from mothers is their sole food. Any abnormal in milk supply may result in severe situations for the child.

Potential risks of taking medication while breastfeeding

Because of such mechanism, there are various risks to take medication when breastfeeding the baby. It may be temporary and will soon go away. However, it can also get severe and cause the damage that we can’t heal. Below are some threats of going on prescription while breastfeeding.

Lower milk supply

Some medications the mother suppress milk production. The baby doesn’t have milk for his/her need to grow properly. Of course, we can always use powdered milk as a substitute. However, those replacements can never be as good as a mother’s milk.

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Allergic reactions

If the baby is allergic to any ingredients in the medication, the parents can soon see the allergic reactions. Even if the symptom doesn’t look dangerous, take the baby to the doctor. Babies are weak at those ages, so any abnormal sign can be dangerous.

The medication’s side effects

It is possible that the child will suffer from the side effects of the drug when they accidentally take in the mother’s medicine through milk supply. Since the baby can’t talk, any unusual reaction or sign after being fed when the mother is in prescription may indicate the side effect of the drug. In such case, go to a physician for advice as soon as possible.

Tips on taking medication while breastfeeding

Here are some tips mothers should keep in mind when they are breastfeeding and considering taking medicine.

Do you need to take medication?

The first ever question a mother should ask herself before taking any medication while breastfeeding her baby is “Is it necessary to take medication?”. For example, if you have a pain and are tempted to have a dose of Percocet, try other pain relief methods first. In some cases, Percocet can be harmful to the baby.

Is the medication safe for breastfeeding?

When you are breastfeeding your baby and really need to take medication for your health condition, inform the doctor of such information. Ask for his/her consultation of which drug is safe for breastfeeding. You should also read the description yourself to double check the medication.

Does your baby have any abnormal sign?

If you are on a prescription while breastfeeding, pay more attention to your baby. Continuously check if her/him have any unusual symptom like fever, breathing difficulty, skin redness, or skin tone change, etc. If you notice any abnormal happens to the baby, take her/him to the hospital for a checkup right away.

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Should you stop breastfeeding your baby to take medication?

If you have no choice but to take medication that may have a negative impact on your baby, you should stop breastfeeding. In that case, prepare substitute milk or food that provide the baby with enough nutritional value his/her need at that stage of life. It may slow down the growth of the child, but at least, you don’t risk his/her health taking in those medicines.

How long can you start breastfeeding your baby after stopping drug?

When you prepare to stop breastfeeding, ask the doctor when it is safe to resume after stopping the medication. Do not, in the wildest thought, think that you can start feeding your baby with your milk the next day after your stop taking medication. There will be the remnants of the drug in your blood and your milk for quite a while. It is necessary to wait until it is safe for your baby to drink from you again.

Conclusion

As a mother myself, I know when we have a child, he/she is our top priority. That’s why during my pregnancy and breastfeeding, I do my best to keep myself strong and healthy. When I feel sick, I try to cure it without using any medication first. If the harmless methods don’t work, I will go to the doctor for professional advice.

There will always be some unexpected situations that go beyond our control. When they happen, do not fight on your own, get your partner, your family and friends, and the doctor to help you. I hope some pieces of advice below have given you a general idea of taking medication during breastfeeding time.

Author bio:
Emma is the founder of ShrewdMommy, where she and associates blog about pregnancy advice, parenting insights, tips for mommy. Those experiences will somehow help you in your search for questions about pregnancy and baby tips. You can find her on Twitter and Facebook!

Break Out of the “Can I Have” Cycle: Arrange a Subscription Box That Your Children Can Look Forward to Instead of Asking Every Trip to the Store

We’ve all dreaded taking the kids shopping with us for the ‘can I have’ requests that usually ensue! It doesn’t have to be this way though, especially with the wealth of fun and also educational subscription boxes available for children. Put simply, these are themed boxes that are dispatched on a monthly basis to kids of all ages and on a huge variety of topics. There are educational subscription boxes or craft-based ones so you can choose the most appropriate for each child. Perhaps the biggest benefit is that you don’t get harassed when you go to the stores as your children are constantly looking forward to their next box!

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What’s so good about Subscription Boxes

Possibly the best thing about subscription boxes is that there is such a wide variety, different capabilities and educational levels can be catered for. Children on the autism spectrum for example, can benefit significantly from boxes with toys that are specifically designed to build and develop sensory skills. Others may be more targeted towards creative children, allowing them to explore various crafts through participation in them. Most subscription boxes are affordable too and are sent out to children each month complete with full instructions for included activities and containing other theme-related information to interest them.

How to Choose the Best Subscription Box

Subscription boxes for children are hugely popular because they cater for everybody, also allowing children to focus on something they are particularly interested in. Children flourish when they are learning and having fun at the same time and this is very much the purpose of subscription boxes. If you have a child who has shown an interest in science, you can get a box that specialized in science. These are great for budding professors as they often include experiment kits.

You can also use subscription boxes to encourage your children in any subjects they may be having difficulty with at school. If they have an issue with reading and writing for example, you can subscribe to a box that deals with literacy that is also age-appropriate. Math boxes can make the subject fun where school may have been failing and have shown to be significant in boosting student performance. Language subscription boxes cover most modern languages and can be very beneficial for children, particularly if they have older relatives from other countries.

Happy Children means Happy Parents!

Children are rather expensive these days, especially when it comes to their entertainment with the wealth of technology now at their disposal. Subscription boxes take things back to basic by reverting to more traditional ways of learning, with fun-based activities and hands-on participation. They are also great for motivating children, as they eagerly anticipate the arrival of next month’s box. Perhaps the most compelling reason for getting subscription boxes for your kids is that they will no longer badger you to buy them things whenever you go to the store.

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Take A Step Back from Stress: A Family Getaway Is Exactly What You Need

Ah, Canada. Home of snow, hockey, and really nice people. At least that’s what the stereotypes about the Great White North would have you believe, and none of them address the country’s wonders. The image of Canada as a bigger version of Alaska needs to be corrected, specifically in regards to the greatness of Newfoundland and Labrador, the easternmost provinces of Canada.

What’s so relaxing about this place? One trip to the area’s website will show the user images of the beauty and grandeur of the Newfoundland and Labrador. But if pretty pictures aren’t enough, consider the following:

The Wildlife

Nothing says relaxation and escape like the wonders of nature, and Newfoundland and Labrador boasts an incredible variety of it. Aside from the cliffs and hills, the area also boasts multiple species of whales, including the signature humpback population. And if seeing whales sounds fantastic, a visitor can also take in the sights of Iceberg Alley and explore the coast.

But don’t think the province begins and ends on the coast. The province measures more than 400,000 kilometers, offering a visitor a big chance to get off the beaten path and take in the area’s natural beauties, including St. John’s, Terra Nova National Park, and the Torngat Mountains. And because it stands at the easternmost edge of Canada, the province carries a sense of escapism just in getting to it.

It’s Got Culture

Ever wanted to go to a music festival in an area once populated by Vikings? Newfoundland and Labrador has got you covered. Every city in the world boasts about its musical offerings, but the province goes further with its sheer variety of musical offerings.

And if music alone isn’t enough to tempt a visitor, the province’s history is on constant display. Visitors can follow the Viking Trail to L’Anse Aux Meadows, featuring the archaeological remains of a Norse encampment dating back over 1,000 years. If thinking about Viking warriors makes you thirsty, the province boasts a variety of craft beers and breweries. Everything about the culture here whispers to the visitors, inviting them to partake of the area’s offerings and take a deep breath while doing so.

Downtown St. John’s features some truly unique events, such as a Mardi Gras celebration in October, the province’s cultural facility, and the Mile One Centre, conveniently located near the Marriott St. John’s Newfoundland. And that doesn’t even include the nightlife, shopping, and sights of the area.

You’ll Need to Make a Few Trips

Getting off the beaten path sometimes means having to deal with crowds, and the journey to a place to relax can require some advance planning. As stated above, the province is huge. So huge, in fact, visitors may need to consider multiple trips just to take in all that Newfoundland and Labrador have to offer. And while the province’s location may seem like a deterrent, the area’s popularity requires some thought as to the best way to get there and get lost in the area’s wonders.

Plan ahead by considering rental vehicle information with accommodations. Take care of those requirements early so you can spend more time getting lost and breathing deep.

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What If Your Child Refuses Braces?

In the past, pop culture used glasses and braces as shorthand for ‘nerds’. The idea was that kids like that were bookish and uncool, even though in reality, they simply had flawed teeth or diminished eyesight (and parents with the resources to fix both). Unfortunately, people often believe what they see on TV more than what they see in the world outside. Sad but true.

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These stereotypes were reinforced by the fact that few of the ‘cool’ adults wear braces or glasses in social settings. When they go out, they switch to contacts or sunglasses. As for braces, most people got rid of their ‘railway lines’ in their late teens.

These days, technology has made things easier in some ways. For example, more adults are embracing their braces. They are in a better position to pay for dental care and being older and wiser; they can recognise that the results outweigh the hassle. In certain demographics, adult braces have almost become a status symbol.

It’s not certain whether adult braces are a fad or a shift in attitudes towards oral health, but seeing adults in braces is certainly likely to reduce your child’s objections to braces. The more they see it, the more normal it will seem, and the less likely they are to refuse.

But why do patients need braces in the first place? Well, wearing braces for a few years can correct dental flaws like crowded or crooked teeth, overbites, or underbites. They can also repair a misaligned jaw or help injured jaw bones to heal.

Braces are most effective in teens and young adults since their jaws and permanent teeth are still growing, so they can be moulded more easily. If your child refuses braces, find out why they’re so against it. Try to get specific reasons, so that you can tackle them more effectively.

Most kids don’t want braces because they think their friends will make fun of them, or that they will look nerdy and uncool. Your first reflex as a parent is to either force them or reason with them. Both approaches can be difficult since force only makes them more stubborn, and teenagers aren’t always known for sound logic.

Rather than convincing your teens that braces are a good idea, lay out some objective benefits so that with time, the kids will see the light for themselves. Since teens are always on their screens and smartphones, use it against them. A quick online search will give you graphic before-and-after photos of celebrities that once wore braces.

Share these with your child for a triple benefit. It viscerally proves what an amazing aesthetic (and medicinal) change braces can make. It shows them some very cool people that had braces in the past. And it gives them a weapon to use against teasing. They can confidently say, ‘Guess who else wore braces! They’re pretty cool, so I guess I am too.’

Kids might still worry about their braces looking weird or being painful. Braces rarely hurt, and if they do, it’s short-lived. And modern braces can be colour-coded to match your teen’s style. Of course, you could compromise and get them invisible braces. They fix teeth in a far shorter time than conventional braces, and they’re not visible when they’re worn.

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Invisalign can take as little as half the duration of traditional braces, and since you get a new fitted set every two weeks, there’s no tooth fatigue. Since teens view time quite differently from adults, it’ll be easier for them to think about their braces in two-week increments, as opposed to the standard two-year braces which seem like ‘for.e.verrrr!’

Invisalign offers lots of advantages to socially insecure teens. They are customised and fitted to each patient, matching the shape of their mouth, teeth, jaws, and tongue. This means they sit flush in the mouth and will not affect the way you talk. No orthodontic lisping here.

They’re also easier to maintain, since your teens can remove them when they need to eat, brush, or floss, so it’s a lot less work. Plus, if your teens were worried about the awkward care routine of cleaning their teeth at school or avoiding ‘fun’ (junk) foods while out with friends, they will love discreet aligners that can be slipped on and off with no discernible difference.

The only downside of Invisalign is that they don’t work on milk teeth, so if your child hasn’t erupted all their teeth yet, make a deal. Offer them a ‘stay of execution’ on the condition that once all their teeth are in, they will agree to invisible braces. This way, everyone is happy.

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