Wednesday, April 24, 2013

What to do when your toddler has pinkeye?

After dropping my son off at daycare, his provider promptly informed me that he had pink eye!
How did I not notice this?  I just assumed he scratched his eye and it was slightly irritated.  She noted the goop, tearing, and pinkish colour around his eye, and sure enough....she was right.

Because pink eye is so contagious, she typically would not have accepted him, but this particular day, he was the only child there.  After dropping him off, a ton of emotions came over me.  How did I not realize this? How can I just drop him off and leave him, when he's "sick"? What do I do now? I  felt like "failure mom" dropping my kid off to some much more competent and caring individual.

In the battle between work commitments and my family, its a no brainer who will always win.  I barely got to work before I found myself back in my car driving home.  I needed to get my son treatment if we wanted to clear this up asap.  I convinced myself that he needed ME, no one else. (Which, reality or not, is the best feeling in the world!)

After a quick stop at the pharmacy, the pharmacists confirmed that it was polysporin antibiotic eye drops for pink eye and other eye infections that we needed.  This can be bought over the counter without a prescription and can be used for all ages.

For a more natural remedy, nursing moms can use breastmilk to clear eye infections, including pink eye. This method is known to be much quicker to clear up the infection....and more cost effective!

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This post was written by momstown London chapter owner, Jennifer Jones.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

5 Activities for Kids in Vancouver this Spring

Come spring and warmer weather - families jump at the chance to air out their cabin fever and get exploring with kids in tow! Vancouver couldn't be a more welcoming place for families - and this spring we've got 5 great recommendations for family-friendly places to explore both indoors and out!

Visit Maplewood Farm to see what's new this spring!

Check out Kidspace at Science World - perfect for young explorers aged 2-6!

Plan a visit to the Vancouver Children's Festival on Granville Island - open from May 27 to June 2, 2013.

Check out the Sharks and Stingrays at the Vancouver Aquarium - exhibit open until April 30!

Try the CapKids program at the Capilano Suspension Bridge - self-guided and interactive way to learn about the west coast rainforest!

What's your favourite spring activity in Vancouver with kids?