Posted 27 April 2019
Many parents will recognise this scenario. Your little one is teething and is clearly uncomfortable. As well as the usual discomfort and niggling, you’re sure they’re feeling a little warmer than usual and have noticed an irritated, pink patch on their cheeks. Should you be worried? Is this just another symptom of teething or is it something else?
Posted 20 April 2019
There is a growing allergy and asthma diagnosis rate, of which there are varying theories - but what can we do to protect our children - if anything? As Allergy Awareness Week is coming up, I thought this would be a great opportunity to talk about how allergies can affect our children and those close to us, and how we can help.
Posted 13 April 2019
You can’t have missed that Easter is on the way. We’ve all noticed the supermarkets have been stuffed full of chocolate eggs for a month already! But, despite being somewhat commercialised and covered in chocolate, Easter is an age-old celebration that has origins before Christianity.
Posted 06 April 2019
The 1-7th of April this week is World Autism Awareness Week. Autism is a life-long condition that can affect how people perceive the world. But each person is different, this is no exception for children who have been diagnosed on the autism spectrum. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is the umbrella term for various conditions that include social, behavioural and communicational challenges. These challenges can range from fairly mild and hard to diagnose, to pronounced and sometimes severe - including everything in between.
Posted 30 March 2019
In the past, chatting about issues involving female reproductive health has seemed almost taboo. Although we have many of these conversations in private with our good friends, there’s been a distinct lack of clear information in the public sphere. So much so, that for some of us - what goes on “down there” remains a bit of a mystery.
Posted 23 March 2019
At one point or another, you may need to entrust someone else with the care of your little one. It could be an event, work commitments or even an emergency. But no matter the reason, the first time can be daunting. That’s why finding a great babysitter is the holy grail.
Posted 16 March 2019
As most parents know, it’s not easy to persuade your child to eat what’s good for them. When they’d rather throw their food onto the floor instead of putting it in their mouth, just giving them whatever they’ll eat seems like the only option. Bananas for breakfast, lunch and dinner it is!
At the same time, everyone knows a parent who extolls the incredible appetite of their child. Their kid will eat anything put in front of their tiny faces. Vegetables, fruit, a good ol’ vindaloo curry… (their favourite of course!) All chowed down and asking for more. Well, if you’re one of those parents then I’m happy for you… but my little ones have all had their fussy food stages.
Posted 11 March 2019
Teething is a definitive point in almost every baby’s life, so it’s natural that as parents we have so many questions about it. Even if like me, you’ve been through the teething period with one or more children already - each experience can be different! When it comes to teething there’s no manual you can stick to. A bit like most things when it comes to bringing up children!
I created Matchstick Monkey when my first baby was teething, so, I know how frustrating not knowing how to help your child can be. Especially if they seem uncomfortable!