Hello all well after a fussy child and fever for 2 days we are going thru our 2st inner ear infection. I was quick to think swim lessons were the cause until the doctor explained inner ear infections are viral and swimmer's ear effects the outer ear only and usually doesn't have fever and/or the accompanying sore throat she has:( I was so worried she had her highest fever to date of 103.5 at the doctors office but is now on antibiotics and tylenol/motrin every 4 hours. The below info was helpful to me from Dr.sears website.
DOES YOUR CHILD HAVE AN EAR INFECTION? HOW TO TELL.
Your child has a bothersome cold for a week. Her nasal discharge turns a little green and her cough starts to keep you all up at night. Then one night she is up every hour extremely fussy with a fever. You take her into the doctor in the morning almost certain she has another ear infection.
Ear infections are one of the most worrisome illnesses for both parents and children to go through, especially if they frequently recur. They also are the most common reason for antibiotic prescriptions. Here's a guide to help you understand why ear infections occur, how to best treat them, and most importantly, how you can prevent them from happening too often.
EIGHT MAIN SYMPTOMS OF AN EAR INFECTION
Your child may have 2 or more of these symptoms:
- Cold symptoms – keep in mind that ear infections are almost always preceded by a cold. Often a clear runny nose will turn yellow or green before an ear infection sets in.
- Fussiness during the day or night
- Complaining of ear pain or hearing loss
- Night-waking more frequently
- Unwillingness to lie flat
- Fever – usually low grade (101º – 102º); may not have a fever.
- Sudden increase in fussiness during a cold
- Ear drainage – if you see blood or pus draining out of the ear, then it is probably an infection with a ruptured eardrum. DON'T WORRY! These almost always heal just fine, and once the eardrum ruptures the pain subsides.
Well its been a few days since I've written and we had a busy week. Madalynn's swim lessons are going great the 1st day or two were nerve wrecking for mom and Miss M but now both of us have adapted. She is learning to float already of course still assisted but its amazing the progress within 1 week. She is also holding her breath and swimming toward rings under water again along with instructor's push-off but by the end she will be able to do it herself.
I have read sooo many articles of children drowning in a drainage ditch, a friend's pool with the parents right there, at the beach in shallow water, in the tub or even by putting head in the toilet. As parents we have to constantly watch our toddlers around ANY amount of water because they are so curious and do not know the dangers yet.
ISR truely is amazing and if you haven't experience it firsthand check out there site below. I'd be happy to share info on my instructor in Port Orange if anyone is interested.
If you haven't read a copy of this magazine I recommend you check it out. Pick one up at your local Publix and enjoy! All kinds of family related articles.
Trying this one tomorrow I usually don't put pineapple in my stir-fry so sounds good, kid friendly and quick. Total time 24 minutes
1 tbsp. veg oil, 1 tbsp. fresh ginger or 1 tsp. dried
1 red pepper, cut in strips
1 pd. boneless skinless chicken breast cut into thin strips
1 cup canned or fresh pineapple
1 tbsp. soy sauce-low sodium
Start with stir frying 1st 2 then add chicken cooking 5 minutes add pineaplpe & soy sauce cooking another 3 minutes serve over white or brown rice, top adults w/scallions
To all of those Lifehouse, Kevin Jonas and Honor Society fans, or those who just like to hear good music outside at one of Daytona's oldest landmarks check this out. It's this weekend 1pm-10pm Saturday June 26th at the Bandshell at Ocean Walk. I would recommend bringing a folding chair as this is probably going to attract thousands since it's top names and FREE!!!
O.k. this is a staple in my household and everyone I've ever made it for has loved it, I didn't create most of these but I tweak them to make them my own:
1 lb. ground turkey
Publix seasoning blend (celery, onion, green pepper) or use fresh which takes even better and throw in some parsley or basil from the garden!
1 pack prepared mashed potatoes from cold section in Publix(for convenience) or make fresh mashed potatoes
1 pack dry mushroom gravy (Publix brand) also optional I've made it without and still just as good just adds more flavor
Mushrooms-fresh or canned up to you, I always prefer fresh but leave out because my husband doesn't like:(
Brown turkey and seasoning blend w/mushrooms in saute pan add 2 tablespoons tomato sauce with a dash of cornstarch or Wondra to thicken mixture
Spread in casserole and top with mashed potatoes, broil for 7 minutes in oven
Have a toddler you need to entertain this summer or year-round for that matter?
Some places to go: Museum of Arts & Sciences, Sanford Zoo, Marine Science Center for your older kids, the beach is always great entertainment and free, parks with play areas where you can have a picnic, Ocean Walk-get an ice cream and walk by the ocean or hear some free concerts at the bandshell every Saturday of the summer thru August between 5-10pm go to http://www.bandshell.org/ for a line up of performers. Daytona Lagoon offers another outlet of fun and you don't have to drive to Orlando and go to the larger more expensive parks. Also many spalsh parks in various areas: a few on A1A between Daytona and Ormond, one by Main Street & one in Ormond By The Sea at
There are many different options when it comes to natural springs to cool off during the summer months in FL.
Near Volusia County are: Ponce Deleon Springs, Blue Springs, Alexander Springs, Gemini.
Growing up we went to Ponce Deleon Springs and Blue springs pretty regularly. The manatees are a well-known staple at Blue Springs and can be found mid November thru March. It also has the largest spring on the St. Johns River, plenty of swimming, fishing, , snorkeling, canoeing & kayaking can be done here. Go early or call to ensure park entry due to high amount of visitors during peak manatee season.
At Ponce Deleon there is one large swimming pool that remains a constant 68' year round where you can snorkel, float in tubes (they do rent them there) or you can venture out in a canoe, kayak or paddle boat to explore the other water areas. Nature trails are also popular at this park.
Both of the sites below offer directions, park hours etc.