The baby is a miracle baby

The baby is a miracle baby

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We’re giving our regular advice columnist, Laurie Gelman, a chance to answer a question we also pose to our community. Got an opinion? Let us know.

What is your worst babysitter experience?

Laurie Gelman

When my daughter was 3 weeks old someone convinced me I needed a nanny. So we hired a woman who came with lots of great references and a very sweet disposition. On her second day with us she suggested I take a nap and she would take the baby out for a walk. I was breastfeeding every 3 hours so I told her to please be back in 1 hour. By the time 3 hours had gone by I was hysterically crying and calling the police - convinced that she had kidnapped my baby. She came strolling in at the 3 1/2 hour mark and said she had run into a friend at the park and lost track of time. I thanked her for her service and asked her to leave.

Our our site community members have had some...interesting experiences too.

mascheke: "My in laws had just gotten new white carpet put in. Baby sitter decided it was a nice place to paint her toes green. Of course it spilt and she moved the couch over it. They didn't find it till the next day when mil noticed the couch was probably a half foot from the wall."

MomInOKinawa: "As a child, I had one that couldn't open a peanut butter jar, (at that time they were glass) She hit it against the counter and broke the top off. Then smeared it on bread and we were eating sandwiches filled with glass pieces. We had cut mouths when my parents got home."

Sophnmonksmom: "My kids locked themselves and the babysitter in a bedroom in a second floor apartment with no phone for 3 hours. That was embarrassing."

MrsZoomer: "My mom watched LO for a full 8 hour day (daycare was closed for a holiday) and she only changed her diaper twice! Both were massive blow outs...she said "boy she sure goes through those diapers!" Well no duh...a diaper isn't made to hold 8 hours of poo and pee! Grandma won't be babysitting anytime soon."

dessatuck: "My s-i-l watched my 1 year old daughter and took her to the park. She let her go down a hot slide and brought her home with a 2 inch burn on her stomach. Grrr."

MyHollandAngel: "I woke up the next morning after going out to find berry applesauce all over my living room! EVERYWHERE! When I asked my 4 year old what it was he said "oh that's my apple sauce mama, I was throwing it up in the air trying to hit the fan" so I asked where the sitter was and he said "oh she was downstairs on daddy's computer."

hage618: "My mother-in-law let my 9 month old play with a paperclip. I walked in the room as he stuck it his mouth. She wasn't watching."

Opinions expressed by parent contributors are their own.


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Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones is set 10 years after Episode I: The Phantom Menace. The movie opens with an assassination attempt on Padme Amidala (Natalie Portman), who is now a senator for the planet Naboo. The attempt fails but to keep Padme safe, Chancellor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) asks for Padme to be placed under the protection of the Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) and his apprentice Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christen). After a second attempt is made on Padme's life, Jedi Masters Yoda (voice of Frank Oz) and Mace Windu (Samuel L. Jackson) assign Obi-Wan to track down the assassin. Anakin and Padme are sent to Naboo for safekeeping, and their relationship develops.

Obi-Wan finds the assassin, bounty hunter Jango Fett (Temuera Morison), on the planet Kamino. Here Obi-Wan also discovers a secret cloned army. After failing to capture Jango Fett, Obi-Wan follows him to the planet Geonosis. Here Obi-Wan discovers the real culprit behind the assassination attempts, a Jedi Master named Count Dooku (Christopher Lee), who has turned to the Dark Side of the Force.

Meanwhile, Anakin and Padme face more peril as they travel to the planet Tatooine after Anakin has premonitions that his mother is in terrible danger.


Cloning; death of a parent; revenge; deception and living a lie


This movie has stylised science fiction action violence and extended battle scenes that show war between robot droids, war machines and human clones. Several scenes show dismembered bodies, and several human characters are killed during the movie. But there is very little blood and gore. For example:

  • During a risky action sequence, Obi-Wan jumps through a glass window in a high-rise apartment and falls. He grabs a flying droid machine. Obi-Wan dangles from the machine, which nearly collides with other vehicles as it flies along very fast. A woman fires a laser rifle at Obi-Wan, and he falls to the ground. He lands safely on top of another speeding vehicle.
  • A woman points a gun at Obi-Wan. Before she can shoot, Obi-Wan uses his light sabre to cut off her forearm. There is a quick image of the forearm lying on the ground.
  • Characters use light sabres to cut off body parts from alien creatures. They slice alien creatures down the middle so that the two halves of the body fall apart. Someone cuts off a man's head with a light sabre and the helmeted head rolls away. The man's son sees this and picks up the severed helmeted head and stares at it. Someone cuts off Anakin's forearm with a light sabre, leaving a smoking stump. No blood and gore is shown in any scene involving dismemberment.
  • A woman is shot in the neck and killed by a poisonous dart.
  • One scene shows an extended stylised action fight between Obi-Wan and a bounty hunter. They kick, punch and head-butt each other. The bounty hunter fires his laser gun and a rocket at Obi-Wan, resulting in explosions and fire. They fall from a high-rise building and end up dangling from a rope. Both survive unhurt.
  • One scene shows Anakin's mother tied to a wooden frame. She has several cuts to her face, and it looks like she has been physically abused. Anakin cuts her down, and she dies in his arms. Anakin is very upset and has tears running down his face. He gets very angry and ruthlessly kills two humanoid aliens. The scene ends, but later he talks about killing entire families of aliens, including women and children. He is very upset and says that he slaughtered them like animals.
  • Padme, Anakin and Obi-Wan are tied to stone pillars in an arena. They are left to be killed by three monstrous alien creatures. A tiger-like creature shakes a guard in its jaws and then leaves the guard dead on the ground. The same creature slashes Padme across her back with its claws, leaving several long bloody gashes. Padme screams.
  • One of the movie's final scenes shows an extended battle between thousands of droids and thousands of cloned human warriors. There is a lot of laser fire. Missiles are fired into a giant spaceship, which explodes and falls to the ground.

Content that might disturb children

Under 5

In addition to the violent scenes mentioned above, this movie has some scenes that could scare or disturb children under five years.

For example, younger children might be disturbed by many of the alien creatures. Some of these creatures look creepy and threatening. They have claw-like fingernails, misshapen teeth or sharp carnivorous teeth.

From 5-8

In addition to the violent scenes and scary visual images mentioned above, this movie has some scenes that could scare or disturb children in this age group. For example:

  • One scene shows thousands of cloned foetuses in large containers.
  • A helmeted man has his head cut off. His young son sees this. The son picks up the helmeted head and stares at it.

From 8-13

Children in this age group might also be disturbed by some of the scenes, characters and images mentioned above.

Over 13

Children in this age group are unlikely to be disturbed by anything in this movie.

Sexual references

This movie has some low-level sexual references. For example:

  • In one scene Anakin looks at Padme rather lustfully. Padme tells Anakin not to look at her that way because it makes her feel uncomfortable.
  • Padme asks Anakin if he is allowed to love and have attachments as a Jedi. Anakin says that it's forbidden. Then he says that compassion is central to a Jedi's life and that you are encouraged to love in a way.
  • Anakin tells Padme that he is haunted by the kiss that she should have never have given him.
  • Padme tells Anakin that she loves him.

Alcohol, drugs and other substances

This movie shows some use of substances. For example, there is a nightclub scene in which patrons, including Obi-Wan, drink from glasses containing multi-coloured drinks. A man approaches Obi-Wan and asks him if he wants to buy some 'death sticks'. He's holding items that look a lot like cigarettes. Obi-Wan refuses and sends the man away.

Nudity and sexual activity

This movie has some partial nudity and mild sexual activity. For example:

  • Women wear tight-fitting and low-cut clothing.
  • One scene shows Anakin lightly touching Padme on her bare back, and then they kiss passionately.
  • Padme and Anakin kiss in two later scenes.

Product placement

Although no product placement occurs in the movie, many associated toys and other merchandise has been marketed to children.

Coarse language

None of concern

Ideas to discuss with your children

Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones is a science fiction action movie. It targets younger adolescent children as well as older viewers, but it's likely to be too scary for children under 10 years. It will easily entertain its target audience, but its running time of 142 minutes might make it a bit long for some viewers.

The main messages from this movie are to do with how anger and hatred can corrupt what's good in people and can bring out the worst in people.

Values in this movie that you could reinforce with your children include the following:

  • Compassion: Jedi Knights are taught to show compassion towards others.
  • Selflessness and self-sacrifice: Padme always puts her own needs aside for the needs of the inhabitants of her world. She also shows self-sacrifice when she risks her life to rescue Obi-Wan.
  • Family ties: Anakin shows strong family ties when he sacrifices everything to try to rescue his mother.

This movie could also give you the chance to talk with your children about real-life issues such as the consequences of arrogance. For example, Anakin can be arrogant and defiant. What can happen in real life if you're arrogant?

Cough of small child, possible causes

Every less common noise your child makes in the first months of life scares you. No more coughing! Sure, you shouldn't exaggerate and be scared of anything, but it's good that every time you notice something that doesn't seem right to your child, pay a visit to the doctor.
Cough can be defined as the instinct of the human body to react when it feels congested or irritated by the throat or respiratory tract. The intention is practically to smooth the way of the air from the nose and mouth to the lungs.
Cough is usually considered to be a simple problem, but if the symptoms worsen and it becomes a sign of a more serious condition, the situation becomes more complicated.

Coughing a baby can mean different things, but unfortunately the baby is not able to tell you exactly what it feels like to be able to figure out the cause of the cough. In general, the cough of the babies is either a dry one, caused by a cold or an allergy, or it is productive, having a respiratory problem accompanied by a bacterial infection.
Children under 4 months do not cough too much, so when this happens, it really is a problem. Once the child is over a year old, coughing becomes less problematic and alarming.
However, there are several factors that can be blamed for coughing. introduces you to the most common of these.

The common cold

In most cases, cough is only a sign of a cold. If the baby has cooled, his or her nose may run or clog, sneeze, cough, run his eyes, eat his appetite or raise his temperature.

Respiratory viruses

The symptoms resemble those of a cold, except that the cough is more serious, and breathing is more difficult. These usually do not cause more problems than a cold, but untreated can cause more serious respiratory conditions, such as bronchitis or pneumonia, especially in children younger than one year.
Respiratory viruses are the ones that most often cause acute cough, which lasts no longer than 2 weeks.

Diphtheria angina

A strong cough that sounds very ugly is usually the sign of a diphtheria angina. In children, it is usually caused by a virus that narrows the trachea. This type of cough usually worsens during the night.
Although the sound of such a cough is not at all neglected, most often the condition is not very serious and can be treated at home. Even so, do not forget to choose the treatment recommended by the doctor.

Allergies, asthma and irritation caused by the environment

A child who is allergic to something in the environment, such as dust or poplar dust, might seem to suffer from endless colds. Allergies can cause, besides coughing, runny nose.
Children suffering from asthma tend to cough a lot, especially at night.
If your baby suffers from asthma it is very likely to have chest congestion, a difficult breathing accompanied by a hara. Remember that allergies and asthma can be inherited, so if there is someone in your family or husband who has suffered from such a condition it would be good to take care of any signs.
Another possibility is that an environmental irritant, such as cigarette smoke or pollution, may cause coughing of your little one. Of course, in this case it is advisable to try to identify and eliminate this cause, if possible.


Many cases of pneumonia start out as a cold. If your baby has a cold that seems to get worse, a persistent cough, heavy breathing, fever and chills, schedule a visit to your doctor as soon as possible.
In the case of very young children, there are quite rare cases where coughing is the cause of a condition such as pneumonia, but it is good to make sure there is no such danger. You know that it is much easier to foresee than to treat.


A cough and a runny nose for more than 10 days with no signs of healing, and the doctor excluded pneumonia, could be signs of a sinus. This bacterial sinus infection causes prolonged coughing because the mucus leaks continuously producing the cough reflex.
To clean the sinuses, the doctor will prescribe to the child an atibiotic, and the cough should stop shortly.

Inhalation or inhalation of different things

A cough that lasts for more than a week without other associated symptoms could be a sign that the baby has swallowed something. Children who have already started to move on their own, either by the bushing or standing, are more likely to catch small particles of food or small pieces of plastic, for example, which then block their breathing.
The x-ray is the one that will make sure if your baby has swallowed or inhaled a foreign body, and the solution is a surgical one.

Whooping cough

Whooping cough manifests itself in a prolonged cough of 20-30 seconds, which ends with breathing difficulties. Coughing can also cause runny nose and eyes, redness of the eyes, increased temperature, loss of appetite or diarrhea. This can be very dangerous for children under one year.

Cystic fibrosis

One of the most obvious signs that the baby has inherited cystic fibrosis is a constant, expectorant cough. Constipation, the fact that the baby does not gain weight and the sensation of salty skin are some other signs of cystic fibrosis.
Keep in mind each sign and make sure the new member of your family does not get to such complications. The doctor must become your best friend!

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Influenza vaccination has begun

Free flu vaccinations will begin in October for the at-risk population. Dr. Alexandru Dinca, a family doctor in Bucharest, told us that "not everyone who receives the free vaccination comes to the family doctors' offices. Last year doses remained, which we used for the rest of the people."

Free flu vaccinations will begin in October for the at-risk population. Dr. Alexandru Dinca, a family doctor in Bucharest, told us that "not everyone who receives the free vaccination comes to the family doctors' offices. Last year doses remained, which we used for the rest of the people."
The composition of the influenza vaccine is adjusted annually based on the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO) for the northern hemisphere and based on the decision of the European Union. Through vaccination, viral antigens are introduced into the body, which cannot produce the disease, but stimulate the production of antibodies. The virus contained in the vaccine is inactivated. In pharmacies there are imported vaccines at prices of 253.

000 of law dose. The vaccine of I.C. Cantacuzino is already commissioned by the Ministry of Health for free. Only at the pharmacy in the court of the institute was offered the Romanian vaccine which costs around 190,000 lei.
Who receives the free vaccine:
1. People at high risk of complications caused by the flu:
- elderly or institutionalized disabled people;
- adults and children with chronic conditions (cardiovascular, pulmonary, metabolic, renal);
- persons over 65 years of age;
- healthy children up to two years old.
2. People who can transmit the flu to the first category:
- doctors, health professionals and auxiliary staff in hospitals and ambulatory health units;
- employees of institutions for the protection of the elderly and children;
- the personnel who provide medical and social assistance at home;
- the members of the families that include persons at high risk.
3. Other categories:
- workers from the essential community services (customs, fire, police, military);
- people infected with the HIV / AIDS virus (with whom the flu can cause severe complications);
- people traveling to the tropics or the southern hemisphere (April-September).
Source: The Truth

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