Smartphones, Tablets Causing Mental Health Issues in Kids as Young as Two

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We’ve reached a strange point in history in which an entire generation of people has never lived without incredibly modern technology like the internet, smartphones, and social media. You’re as likely to see a toddler with a tablet as a toddler with a stuffed teddy. Perhaps you’re a parent of young children yourself, and someway…

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Autism Severity may be Reduced by 47% with Radical Fecal Transplant Therapy

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness, Mental Health, parenting

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The human microbiome is made up of genetic material consisting of various microbes, including bacteria, viruses, protozoa, and fungi. The amalgamation of these has greater complexity than the human genome itself. As we discover more about how our internal microbial environment (our microbiome) is involved in our health, we see that by supporting or modulating…

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Nurse Places Dying Newborn next To Her Twin, Ends up Giving Her a Hug That Saves Her Life

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Sometimes, the love between siblings stems from the supernatural and never runs dry. They may fight, they may argue, they may bicker, they may not talk to each other for years, but in the end, they are willing to lay down their lives for each other. Even from infancy, when everyone believes they know what…

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61-year-old Grandmother Gave Birth to Her Own Grandchild so Her Son and His Husband Could be Dads

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“All the forces on this planet will never beat that of a mother’s love.” – Elle Smith She didn’t actually believe it was possible that at the age of 60, she could go full-term as a gestational surrogate for her son and his partner. 61-year-old Cecile Eledge from Nebraska, Omaha, desperately wanted to be a…

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Mother-In-Law Wants Grandkids to Also Call Her ‘Mommy’ & Dad is Taking Her Side

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Aren’t the joys of being a grandparent supposed to include the part where you’re called “Granny”, “Grandmama”, or “Nana” by your little love bugs? Well, this is actually causing major problems in a certain lady’s family. Her mother-in-law insists that when the kids start coming, they’ll call her ‘Mommy’ as well. Her husband is all…

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55-Year-Old Grandmother Gives Birth to Her Own Grandchild after Being a Surrogate for Her Daughter

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“All the forces on this planet will never beat that of a mother’s love.” – Elle Smith At the age of 16, 31-year-old Tracey Smith was diagnosed with Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser Syndrome (MRKH).  This is a congenital disorder characterized by the absence of or incomplete formation of the vagina and uterus. One major side effect is the inability…

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Mom Spent $5,312 Flying to a Destination Wedding – Only to Find Out Her Breastfeeding Baby Wasn’t Welcome

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Babies have a knack for bringing families together, but they can also create new friction in close relationships that weren’t there before. One exasperated mom found herself in an awkward situation upon realizing her breastfeeding baby was not welcome at a family wedding. The frustrated mom writes, “My cousin invited us to his wedding in…

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Staying At Home with Kids Is Harder Than Going to Work

Pierre Van ZylHome + Garden, parenting, Pregnancy

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We love our kids. No doubt about that. They are bundles of joy given to us by the universe to set our lives on a path of unbridled love, affection, and happiness. At least, that’s what many of us think. However, this doesn’t change the fact that they drive us nuts sometimes. Staying at home…

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The Ultimate Room-By-Room Spring Cleaning Checklist

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Spring-cleaning is one of the most relaxing ways to blow off steam. This activity one way to purge your home of negative energies and to let in positive vibes… and it will be clean too, which is helpful for the neat freak in us. All the dirt, dust, specks and lint that may have gotten…

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Warrior Mom: Photo of This Mom of Four Multitasking With Her Four Kids And Still Cooking Has Gone Viral

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Sometimes Moms are just superhuman… 31-year-old blogger, Jazmyne Futrell, recently went viral all over social media for this incredible picture of her being a mom in every sense of the word. She portrayed the true meaning of moms being superhuman. Paying full attention to one kid is a full-time job on its own, let alone…

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Mom Bans Heavy Smoking M-I-L From Touching Baby Unless She Showers and Changes First Each Time

Pierre Van ZylCancer, Heal, Health Awareness, parenting

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Good parents know that they represent their child’s first and often only line of defense. They want what’s best for their kids, even if it means disagreeing with friends, family members, or social norms. Their child’s health, wellbeing, and future is their #1 concern. Unfortunately, sometimes this means playing “bad cop” with other very important…

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Boy Scouts Welcome First Girls Joining Local Troop With Brand-new Uniforms

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Troop 339 of the Scouts BSA recently honored six young girls who recently joined their troop in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania. It’s amazing how the BSA is cultivating the values of gender equality in their youngsters. Since February 2019, more than 3000 girls between the ages of 11-17 have enrolled in the BSA, after the decision…

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The Problem with Husbands Who Don’t Do Anything Unless Their Wives Nag

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She shook this table really hard… Gender equality is a venture that women aren’t backing down from anytime soon. In an explicit Facebook post, Australian celebrity blogger and mom of four, Constance Hall called out husbands who have to wait to be asked before they help with chores [1]. A woman doesn’t have to nag…

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Truths About C-Section Moms

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As more and more birth stories sweep their way across blogs and social media, let’s take a moment to appreciate the unsung heroes. Here’s to the moms who didn’t get to choose their story, and for those that carefully chose what was right for them. All birth is beautiful and neither method of bringing a…

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Grieving Mom Warns of Bottle Propping

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Bottle propping is, without doubt, a deep-dark parenting confession. This stealthy method of feeding involves propping up a bottle so that you can provide nourishment for baby, hands-free. While feeding time is a time of bonding, sometimes parents just crave a few minutes of hands-free time. A young mother from the UK is pushing us…

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The Deadly Kiss: Toddler Hospitalized After His Face Was Ravaged By Herpes

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27-year-old full-time mom, Lorna Hoy has been spreading awareness on social media to let other parents know that even a harmless kiss can be detrimental to their child. Her two-year-old son, Kalo Hoy was hospitalized for four days after his face, arms and legs were ravaged by sores, caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus 1…

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If You Get Your Tubes Tied You Can Still Get Pregnant

Pierre Van ZylHealth Awareness, Learn, parenting, Pregnancy, Women’s Health

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Katherine made plans to spend a special spring break with her two-daughters at Disney World while leaving her husband and 5-month old at home. Little did Katherine know, she was in for the ride of her lifetime. On the second day of her trip with her daughters, the family had lunch in a cafe on…

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Too Young for Shingles? Not for This 36-year old Nova Scotian

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness, parenting

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Lindsay was shocked to discover that at age 36, she had shingles. Initially believing that the pain in her right shoulder was due to a torn muscle. But when the red marks turned into blisters, this nursing student knew – she had shingles. ‘It was the worst pain I’d ever felt – and I have…

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U.S Hospitals Need ‘Baby Cuddlers’ to Help Newborns Suffering from Opioid Withdrawal

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An opioid epidemic is affecting millions of newborn babies, nationwide. The National Institute of Drug Abuse reports that a baby is born suffering from opioid withdrawal every fifteen minutes [1]. These babies experience pain and suffering before they can experience anything else. Newborns brought into this world by mothers who suffer from addiction are ending…

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6-Year-Old Girl Was Diagnosed With an Aggressive Brain Tumor. Two Weeks Later, Her Little Brother Received the Same Diagnosis

Pierre Van ZylCancer, Heal, Health Awareness, parenting

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A couple in Torrance, Los Angeles probably had the worst two weeks of their lives when both of their children were diagnosed with brain cancer. Duncan and Nohea Avery were terrified when their 6-year-old princess, Kalea was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a deadly and aggressive brain tumor. Two weeks after her diagnosis and surgery, the high…

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10 Things About You That Will Change When You Lose Your Parents

Pierre Van ZylHealth Awareness, Healthy Aging + General Wellness, parenting

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Although grieving the death of a parent is an experience shared throughout human history, it’s no less devastating. No matter how old you are when a parent dies, and no matter how close your relationship to them was, losing a parent is a life-changing event. For those reading this today who have already experienced the…

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Dad Travels to Canada for Son’s Medicine That Would Cost $53K in U.S.

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“So right now, I’m paying $15,000 a year for this medicine, which costs in the United States $53,000 a year which I feel is… at best, criminal,” father Jon Yeagley told CBS News correspondent Tony Dokoupil early February 2019. (1) Yeagley has been taking an expensive 6.5 hour trip north of the border every three…

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Stop Shaming Parents for Not Having a Second Kid

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Many of us don’t know it’s considered bad manners to ask a couple about their family planning business. It’s can offend the couple in question, even if you are close to them. It gets more astonishing when a mere acquaintance pops up and asks, “When are you having your second child? This little one needs…

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Moms Of 3 Are More Stressed Than Those With Any Other Number Of Children

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It doesn’t make a lot of sense at first thought that three kids cause more stress than four and above. However, research seems to indicate that three may be the most problematic. Having kids always means there will be some stressful days. From infancy to adulthood, you will have put in a lot of time,…

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Elko teen hospitalized in Salt Lake, in coma with brain bleeding after family says he was bullied

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“School administrators can’t say it’s up to the parents. Parents can’t say it’s up to the teachers. Teachers can’t say it’s not their job. And kids can’t say, “I was too afraid to tell.â€� Every single one of us has to play our role if we’re serious about putting an end to the madness. We…

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Finally, It Is Legal To Breastfeed In Public In *ALL* 50 States

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‘Couldn’t she find somewhere more private to do that?’ or ‘ Is she really going to feed that baby out here in the open?’ are two out of the derogatory questions people murmur under their breaths when a nursing mother feeds her child in a public setting. Breastfeeding laws on federal property varied from state…

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Pregnant Women Who Eat Bananas Have A Higher Chance Of Having A Boy, Study Says

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You are what your mother eats. …or so they say. Women have tried since the dawn of time to influence the sex of their child. It’s not a new thing to want a boy and try to make sure you have a boy. Moms all over the world have done everything from drinking milk for…

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I Gave Birth to the Babies With ‘White’ Hair & This Is What I Need You to Know

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CafeMom contributor Patricia Williams talks about her experiences having two amazing babies born with albinism. In a post published on the blog, she first talked about her second baby Redd, and how at the time she knew nothing about albinism. When her baby was handed to her, she was thrilled at his sparkly white hair…

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Please Stop Telling My Daughter That Her Sibling Is Her “Half-Sister”

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One of the greatest joys of motherhood is to see one’s kids bond in a loving relationship. A lot of people like to believe that kids who have only one parent in common can’t be that close. Fortunately, they’re absolutely wrong. Rachel Sobel went through a stressful divorce and shares custody of her 8-year-old daughter…

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Couple Carries Baby with Fatal Brain Disorder Full Term to Donate Organs to Newborns in Need

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The little angel spent only a week in this world, but her impact on this world will stand the test of time. When 23-year-old Krysta Davis was pregnant with baby Rylei, she received some terrible news during her 18th week. Her baby had been diagnosed with anencephaly, a fatal neurological defect where some parts of…

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“THIS PART OF YOUR BABY REMAINS IN YOUR BODY FOR UP TO 38 YEARS,� EXPERTS CLAIM

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness, parenting, Pregnancy, Women’s Health

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There’s a reason why kids are always more attached to their mums than to their dads. It’s because their cells never really entirely leave their mums’ bodies; some stay back and work several medical wonders, an obstetric phenomenon known as fetomaternal microchimerism. The word microchimerism was derived from the idea that a mother is sort…

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Breastmilk Protects Infants from Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria and More

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new study from the University of Helsinki showed that babies breastfed for at least six months have less antibiotic-resistant bacteria in their gut compared with infants breastfed for a shorter period of time. Moreover, the study showed that antibiotics used by mothers increased the number of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in infants. Bacteria resistant to antibiotics are everywhere — including…

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In Huge Shock, Mitochondrial DNA Can Be Inherited From Fathers

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A piece of high school genetics, relied on for many sorts of genetic testing, has been found to have exceptions. Although mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) is normally received from the mother, three families have been identified where people received some of their mtDNA, three-quarters in the most extreme case, from their father. The finding may change…

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13-Year-Old Boy with Autism Dies from Being Restrained at School for “Predictable� Behavior

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We are not sure why, but we’ve noticed a rise in appalling school stories lately… We covered a story from May 2018 in which daycare staff tightly taped one girl’s shoes to her feet.  In November 2018, there was the school assistant who “accidentallyâ€� served preschoolers Pine-Sol instead of apple juice. On November 28, 2018,…

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Hospital Continues Tradition of Sending Babies Home in Christmas Stockings

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Christmas traditions are near and dear to many hearts around the world. Families will wait eagerly for November or December to start putting up Christmas decorations and playing Christmas music. Some family Christmas traditions include cutting down and decorating trees, hanging advent wreaths or Christmas stockings, setting out cookies and milk for Santa Claus, setting…

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Surgeons Separate Conjoined Twins for Free Because Parents Couldn’t Pay

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No one quite understands what causes conjoined twins. The fact that they are so rare doesn’t give health experts much to work with either. There are a couple of theories, according to Mayo Clinic, one of which suggests that during early development, two separate embryos somehow fuse together. The second theory is that “when the…

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Claire Nossiter Fights for Daughter, Lyndsay, After Suffering Injuries from Teachers

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In March of 2014, Claire Nossiter’s 16-year-old daughter with autism, Lyndsay, came home from school covered in bruises. And although this unfortunate story began over four years ago, its negative impact is still affecting the Nossiter family today. Lyndsay used to be a student at Bothwell Park High in North Lanarkshire, UK, a school which…

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The Ultimate Mother-Daughter Bucket List You Can Start Today

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There is something truly beautiful and special about mother-daughter relationships. They can share a bond so strong that nothing would or could dare tear it apart. Unfortunately – it sounds cliché, but it’s true – children grow up fast. And time isn’t slowing down for parents either. As they find their own paths, form new…

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Why a Florida Woman Put Her Dad with Alzheimer’s on a One-Way Flight to Denver

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Alzheimer’s disease is devastating. This and other types of dementia can take both physical and emotional tolls on the affected individual as well as their family and friends. When family members experience something like Alzheimer’s, it is crucial that we show them empathy. However, 80-year-old victim of Alzheimer’s Jerry Ellingsen was shown none, an ongoing…

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