Posts Tagged ‘bathroom’

Infections after c-section

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

mom-with-newborn1Did you know? Women who have a c-section are more likely to develop a postpartum infection than women who have a vaginal delivery.

A new study from Denmark looked at the records of over 30,000 women who had given birth. Those who had a c-section were at increased risk of having a urinary tract infection (UTI) or a wound infection within the first 30 days after delivery. (A wound infection affects the area where the incision was made.) Other studies have also found an increased risk of infection after cesarean.

So if you have a c-section, be on the alert for these signs:

* For a UTI, watch for pain or burning when you go to the bathroom, blood in your urine, fever and the urge to go often.

* For  wound infection, watch for redness, swelling or pus around the incision site. Sometimes, the wound may open, and you may run a fever.

For more information, read the March of Dimes article on cesarean birth. Or watch our video C-Section: Recovering After Surgery.

Under sink safety

Friday, February 6th, 2009

sink-cabinet-21830726_thmMy son was visiting his grandmother with his family a while ago, which was great.  My mom adored having her 3 year old great-grandson around.  But , since she hadn’t had tots in her house for a long time, she didn’t remember what a dangerous place the sink cabinet can be.  And, when he is not a pirate, this kid is an explorer, so into the cabinet he went.

We all did a quick shuffle and moved things around – the cleaning stuff went up and hard plastic bowls and pots came down.  But it got me to thinking about under sink safety.  I picked the following tips from several sources and thought I’d share them:

–  Install safety latches on cabinets and drawers to keep little ones away from dangerous chemicals (this goes for the bathroom as well as kitchen)
–  In an unlatched sink cabinet, make sure there aren’t any cleaning products/chemicals or filters with chemicals around
–  Remove any sharp objects or wire baskets that could turn into sharp objects (pirates and explorers make tools)
–  Make sure there are no loose wires or cords (to the dish washer, retractable spray hose) that a child could get tangled in
–  Make sure any outlets in the cabinet are covered
–  Make sure any trash containers have a tight-fitting lid

Got any other suggestions?