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It's widely known that routines are good for children. However, it’s easy to get off track during the holiday season. Whether you have a little one or a school-age child, sticking to their routine as much as possible during the winter break is a good idea. Let’s discuss why that routines are so beneficial and how to use them during the holidays.

Why Do Routines Matter?

Research indicates routines help children develop healthy self-regulation skills. As kids learn to regulate their emotions and behaviors, they also gain the ability to identify their feelings and the skills to manage those feelings. Kids who learn to regulate and manage their feelings are better able to adapt to daily challenges and stressors.

Children don’t learn to manage their emotions and behaviors all at once. It is very normal for them to have feelings of being overwhelmed by new expectations or unexpected challenges. Learning to self-regulate takes time. How can you help your child learn to self-regulate?

  • Talk about feelings with your child.
  • Gently suggest some practical options for your child regarding how they can respond to their feelings. Do they need to take some deep breaths? Count to ten? Do they need a hug?  
  • Provide structure through routines for your children. Make it a priority for them to live in an organized and predictable environment.

What is the difference between a routine and a schedule?

A routine isn’t simply a set schedule, although the two have certain similarities. To be considered developmentally supportive, a routine needs to include two specific factors: predictability and accessibility. Children flourish in relationships and environments that are predictable to them. Predictability includes caregivers who behave in predictable ways. It also includes events and activities that occur at predictable times.

Two great examples of routines that benefit children are dinnertime routines and bedtime routines. Not only are children able to mentally “anchor” their day with these two set activities, but they will also have access to their caregivers and predictably expect to be given meals. They may even be able to be active participants in these activities, such as helping to set the table, or selecting a book to read at bedtime.

How Parents Can Adapt Routines During the Holidays

Many parents and children struggle with adjustments to their children’s routines during the holidays. Though they may not have school and some of their regular activities may be discontinued temporarily, children still need structure and routine. You can help your child adjust by letting them know what to expect each day at home.

Holiday Schedules

While creating a schedule can be helpful, for some children, overly defined schedules may increase anxiety. This is especially true if the transitions between activities feel forced or unnatural. If a very defined schedule doesn’t work well for your family, you may want to try discussing in the morning what priorities exist for that day and explain the general timeframes for your activities. This will help keep the events of the day predictable for your child.

Anchoring routines like dinnertime and bedtime helps wrap the day up in a predictable manner as well. During the holidays, parents are often tempted to relax rules and expectations, including ones regarding how children eat and what time they go to bed. However, be firm with the rules and expectations that could affect your child after the holidays are over.

Children need predictable caregivers. While you may be spending lots of time at home with your children during the holidays, be mindful of how predictable your focused attention is. It is better for their development to have fewer but more focused moments of positive interaction, rather than unpredictable moments of distracted attention throughout the day.

Best Routine Tips for Children

Stick to the same bedtime

It’s best not to let your children sleep in too much during the holidays and winter school break. Waking up around the same time every day and going to bed at the same time will help them get enough sleep and supports their development. Predictable schedules help children fall asleep more easily at night. Predictability promotes relaxation. In addition, kids who know their schedules whine less and aren’t as prone to resisting bedtime. Naptimes should also follow the routine. 

Practice Good Eating Habits

Eating at the same time every day reduces the potential for children to become “hangry,” or have hunger-related irritability. Make sure that your children are eating a healthy breakfast every day, as it will support their ability to concentrate and their energy level throughout the day. During dinnertime meals, put small portions on your child’s plate and encourage them to stop eating when full even if there is food left. While many of us grew up being told to “clean our plate,” it’s not the healthiest eating habit! The holidays come with many opportunities to overeat, as well as indulge in sugary treats. Do your best to exercise moderation and encourage your children to do the same. 

Holiday Travel with Kids

Traveling always has the potential to be stressful. However, traveling with young children can be a nightmare if your child doesn’t react to changes in environment well. Many children react to travel better in the mornings, so it may be best to plan to travel then and spend evenings recovering from the day. You can bring a favorite stuffed animal, a blanket, or another item that makes your child feel safe to ease any discomfort they may feel about being in an unfamiliar environment. 

If it is impossible to stick to your established routine when traveling and/or spending time with family, you may want to create a new routine to help your kids feel more at ease. If your child’s regular bedtime is 8 p.m. in Texas, then put them to bed at 8 p.m. when in California, even if it is 10 p.m. here. Communicating with your child regarding the new routine will help them adjust to the temporary circumstances. 

Winter Activities

During the holiday break, your children may feel restless or irritable being cooped up all day instead of being at school, interacting with their teachers and classmates. Planning some activities to keep your kids active mentally and physically will help. Visit one of Frisco’s beautiful parks or an outdoor shopping venue like Legacy West or the Star to get them out of the house and out in the fresh air. For indoor fun, ice skating at the StarCenter, home of the Dallas Stars hockey team, is a great option. You can also take them walking around Stonebriar Mall or visit the Frisco Public Library for some of their events. You may find some new bedtime story options while you are there! To keep them engaged at home while you may be working or entertaining family, you may want to get a variety of games, crafts, puzzles, and such to have on hand.  

Screen Time Limits

Sometimes kids can get in the habit of watching TV and movies all day during winter break, especially if parents are busy working or entertaining family. Setting up parental controls on your TVs, smartphones, and other electronic devices will limit the amount of time your child spends staring at a screen during the break. A good rule of thumb is to limit screen time to 2 hours a day. Even if your kids complain about boredom, they can either enjoy some of the games and activities discussed above or find a way to entertain themselves, which is good for them! 

Back to School Routines

As the return to school looms, start preparing your kids to return to their regular routine. Ease back into regular bedtimes if the time changed during the break. If your mealtime schedules changed, start transitioning back to your previous schedule as well.

Conclusion

Families who are on a regular schedule have lower levels of anxiety in general. Your child knows what to expect and what is expected of them if their routine is consistent. By communicating changes and supporting your child with new routines during the holiday break, you can help reduce opportunities for anxiety and stress in your home. If you have questions about how routines can benefit your child, please contact Entirely Kids Pediatrics for an appointment today. 

 

Jamie Spence | Content Manager

Seota Digital Marketing 972.737.2830

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It’s unsurprising that smart glass is seeing more and more use in North Texas commercial properties. Interior designers have found it has many features that can enhance lighting, temperature control, aesthetics, and on-demand privacy. Powered window tints have evolved over the years to the feature-rich programmable devices they are today. Interior designers see this material’s advantages and are using it to create unique workspaces that are ideally appointed for businesses in Frisco and the surrounding areas.

Smart glass offers a variety of benefits for interior designers working on commercial properties in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. It is easily customizable, giving it wide application. Incorporating layers of hues and shapes into smart windows can meet design specifications. Electrochromic glass film has long been used to provide lighting, privacy, and temperature control and designers are now using it to visually enhance the aesthetics of workspaces.

Boost Branding with Powered Window Tint

Using smart glass, a company logo displayed to showcase the image of your business. The style used for the interior design of business facilities can have an influence on the public perception of a brand. With smart windows, a company’s brand colors can be implemented once the glass is installed.

By utilizing a powered window tint that can handle different colors and hues, a brand can be showcased in a variety of areas. For businesses these may include:

  • Entrances
  • Partitions
  • Sunroofs and solar shading
  • Building facades

Today’s Minimalist Office Design

Many modern offices are adopting a minimalist design for a simple but elegant interior. Large windows and glass partitions can create an impression of abundant space. With a powered window tint, staff can adjust the brightness for extra illumination. Another perk offered by this technology is the ability to eliminate the expense and hassle of using bulky, dust-trapping curtains when privacy is needed in an office.

Creative Applications

Early versions of electrochromic glass were limited: they could change only from transparent to opaque. There was only a slight variation between the two extremes and there were no color or pattern options. Its primary uses were to enhance lighting and provide privacy.

Powered window tint technology has continued to evolve and improve, however. Interior designers are exploring new options that can use to add color and vibrancy to a room. Each panel can take on different patterns and colors. An assortment of different and unique patterns to match a client's interior design can be created.

The creative application of smart window tint is almost endless. A commercial space can have transparent walls and roofs that change color, thanks to automatic window tinting technology. The sunroof could be sky blue in the morning and a calming turquoise in the afternoon. Companies can program the smart glass to change the ambiance of the interior or provide privacy as needed.

Improve Concentration and Boost Productivity

Commercial interior designers are often cognizant of productivity and efficiency studies in addition to their expertise in design. Electrochromic glass windows are increasingly finding a place in modern offices, at a time when there is evidence to show a link between illumination and our circadian rhythms. Research indicates that good lighting also improves concentration, reduces the risk of depression, and boosts productivity in the organization. Also, 68% of employees expressed dissatisfaction with the lighting in their workplace. Many of them complain of eye strain and headaches because of long hours in poor office lighting. Offices have long been looking for ways to add more lighting and savvy designers are using electrochromic glass to meet this need beautifully.

Interior designers understand that it is important to get the right level of illumination for every space. The lighting cannot be too bright or too dim. Some artificial bulbs can give an environment a sterile feeling, while others can make it feel closed in. Electronic window tinting also helps create the impression of ample space and light. Utilizing a powered window tint glass can provide lighting, temperature control, and privacy on demand. You can automate the glass to change from opaque to transparent at specified times. Staff can also choose to modify these settings at any time with just a click. 

Interior designers are students of current trends to build upon their foundational knowledge of good design. Utilizing technology and products in new ways to meet the needs of their clients sets apart the good designers from the best. 

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Men in Frisco, Texas now have another option for top-of-the-line grooming services. The Gents Place is a premium grooming and lifestyle club for men now open at The Star in Frisco: The Gents Place opened its doors on October 27 in the upscale shopping and dining locale that also offices the Dallas Cowboys Headquarters and practice facilities.

Combining the elite feel of an old-world speakeasy with an upscale country club, The Gents Place provides mens’ hair cutting and style services, shaves, and other grooming services. These services aren’t the bargain prices of your local strip mall salon, but neither is the service or the environment. The Gents Place at The Star is the fourth location to open in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, joining Uptown, Southlake, and Fort Worth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Services at The Gents Place at The Star include:

  • 3-Course, 5-Course, or 7-Course Hair Service (shampoo, haircut, styling, hot neck shave, and more), $50, $60, or $80
  • Permanent Gray Cover-Up, $60
  • The Gents Place Head Shave, $50
  • Junior Gents Cut for 12-and-under, $50
  • The Ostensible Natural Hair Color (coloring blending service), $60
  • Beard/Mustache Trim or "Impeccable Grooming" (neckline and hairline shave), $15

As per the "club" ideal, month-to-month and yearly memberships are offered, from $40 each month to $700 each year. Enrollment includes the cost of advantages like top-shelf refreshments, standing reservations, service discounts, complimentary shoe shines, and use of the facilities for special events.  Founder Ben Davis is thrilled to be opening The Gents Place at The Star. "I couldn’t imagine a better fit for our men’s grooming and lifestyle club,” Davis stated in a press release. “We are uniquely positioned in the men’s grooming industry, and I believe that having a club location at The Star will only build on our momentum and elevate our brand."

In addition to grooming services, The Gents Place also sells eclectic and hard-to-find retail merchandise from all over the world, including its proprietary Rascal product line, as well as exclusive offerings from Truefitt & Hill, Lakme, and others.

Ford Center includes a multi-purpose, 12,000 seat, indoor stadium as well as the World Corporate Headquarters of the Dallas Cowboys football operations and the Dallas Cowboys practice fields. The indoor stadium at Ford Center offers a state-of-the-art facility shared by the Dallas Cowboys, the City of Frisco and Frisco Independent School District. The Gents Place is located at 6775 Cowboys Way, Suite 1320, in Frisco. Hours are 8 am-8 pm Monday-Friday, 8 am-7 pm Friday, and 8 am-6 pm Saturday; closed Sunday.

 

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Do You Smell Chlorine?

The swimming pool industry in North Texas has been booming all spring and summer. Even as we transition into fall, the hot Texas temperatures mean that most people will be able to enjoy their pool for a few more months, even if their pool isn't heated. If you smell chlorine while enjoying your pool, does it mean there is too much chlorine in the water? Many people are under the mistaken impression that a noticeable chlorine smell or red eyes indicate excess chlorine. However, that's rarely the case. So why do you smell chlorine?

Chloramines

Man relaxing in pool

If you are noticing a strong chlorine odor in your pool in addition to having red, burning eyes, it is likely the pool has chloramines, also called combined chlorine. The chlorine added into the pool may have bonded with ammonia and nitrogen molecules released by swimmers urinating in the water. This causes reduced sanitizing ability as well as irritation to the eyes and skin of swimmers. Chloramines are 60 to 80 times less effective in disinfecting the water than an uncombined free chlorine molecule. While you can test your water for chloramines by running a DPD test kit that checks for both Free and Total chlorine levels, the tell-tale sign of chloramines is a strong chlorine odor.

If you suspect the presence of chloramines, call your pool service company for a pool shock service visit. Shocking the pool or super chlorinating is necessary to break apart chloramines. Raising the chlorine level to reach “breakpoint chlorination” level will break apart the chloramine bonds and return your pool to its clear, clean glory.

pH and Your Eyes

Baby learning to swim while adult holds him

No one likes to consider the possibility that there may be urine in the pool. According to a report from the CDC, urine is the main cause of burning eyes in the pool. The ideal swimming pool pH is 7.8, as this prevents algae growth. If your pH is lower than 7.4, the pH needs to be raised. If your pH is higher than 7.8, then the pH needs to be lowered. Because the human body has a narrow comfort range for pH of 7.4 to 7.8, and pH controls the strength of the chlorine in the pool, anything higher or lower will irritate your eyes by disrupting your tear film.

The tear film is a thin layer of tears that exists over both of your eyes to keep them moisturized and protected. Direct contact with any sort of chemical can result in irritation to the eyes by disturbing and thinning the tear film. Although chlorine is added to swimming pools to protect swimmers from harmful bacteria and germs, it can provide them with access to your eyes by disrupting the tear film. By keeping the pool’s pH at the same level as the pH of your eyes, the weakening of the tear film and the side-effect of burning red eyes are kept to a minimum. In addition, keeping the pool’s pH at optimal levels also means the chlorine will disinfect the water appropriately.

Prevent the Problem

young children playing in pool

Any chemical problems in your swimming pool water boil down to the water chemistry. After you have removed all chloramines from the water by increasing chlorine levels, you can guard again alterations to this water chemistry by following these tips:

  • Remind swimmers to use the toilet before getting into the water.
  • No swimmers should be in the pool if they have been sick with diarrhea.
  • Take kids on bathroom breaks frequently.
  • Change swim diapers regularly to keep urine and excrement out of the water.
  • Convert your chlorine pool to saltwater. Saltwater is gentler on your eyes, skin, and hair.

Although it seems counter-intuitive because you are about to get wet in the pool, showering before swimming in the pool helps prevent keep dirt, body oils, makeup, sweat, and feces out of the water.

Chlorine can combine with urine released in the pool or with particles or with particles of feces, sweat, dirt, skin cells, and personal care products that come off of the bodies of swimmers. If your pool smells strongly of chlorine, be sure to check pH levels. If they are not stable at a 7.8, call your pool service company or adjust your water chemistry without delay to keep your pool water safely sanitized against germs and bacteria.

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How hot is the housing market in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex? We're all aware it's as hot as our August temperatures. Realtors will tell you it’s definitely a sellers’ market and buyers need to be prepared to pay top dollar for the homes they want. How can you make sure your home is at the top of their list? When potential buyers visit your home, you want them to have more items on their “pros” list than on their “cons” list. There is no doubt that an outdated, old-looking master bath can be a “con,” but it’s one that can be fixed with a little time, money, and effort. 

Master Bath Renovation vs. Master Bath Update Timelines

A complete master bathroom renovation is quite an endeavor. Costs for a master bath renovation can easily run in excess of $40K. In addition to fixture changes, vanity and sink replacements, shower and/or tub replacements, tile work, and flooring, plumbing, and electrical work are frequently needed. It’s an extensive process and the turn-around time is not generally quick, even under the best of circumstances. In light of the current shortages in various home building and home renovation elements due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the time from start to project completion could be longer than is feasible if you would like to take advantage of the hot market soon.

However, a master bath update is a simpler project with a shorter timeline. Though the supply shortages being experienced across the world could still affect your project’s turnaround time, the impact will understandably be less. There are fewer elements involved in a master bath update, so there are simply fewer items that can be affected.

Before and After Frameless Shower Difference McKinney

Master Bath Renovation vs. Master Bath Update Budgets

In addition to offering a time frame advantage, a master bath update can offer a budget advantage. Homeowners can solve the problem of a tired, outdated-looking bathroom for much less money than a full master bath renovation. By choosing to update only the items with the most visual impact, homeowners can keep their expenses within their budget. Mirrors, shower enclosures, and lighting are usually the biggest ticket items in a master bathroom update, but they are typically much less expensive than plumbing, new flooring, new vanities, and extensive tile work.

Master Bath Renovation vs. Master Bath Update Convenience

In other parts of the country, it’s not uncommon for homes to have one main bathroom. However, here in North Texas, it’s rather uncommon to have only one bathroom! Families especially are used to being able to spread out as needed. When the master bathroom is out of commission, homeowners find themselves sharing with their children until their bathroom is usable again. For some homeowners, this might not be a major inconvenience; for others, it could be very stressful, and it is probably safe to say that everyone involved would prefer to keep this period of inconvenience as short as possible. An update offers the advantage of being more expedient than a full renovation and the length of time homeowners are displaced is shorter.

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Master Bath Update Ideas

If you have decided to update your master bath prior to putting it on the market, what key elements should you focus on to get the most bang for your buck? Here are a few suggestions:

  • Replace the basic bathroom mirror with a beveled glass or framed mirror.
  • Paint your existing vanity rather than replace it.
  • Replace the bathroom counter. A variety of materials exist in a range of prices.
  • Add accent tile to the vanity wall, around the mirror, or inside the shower to add a more luxurious feel without having to purchase tile for the entire bathroom.
  • Change the lighting fixtures for better lighting and more visual appeal.
  • Replace faucets and showerheads with updated versions
  • Update your shower surround with a frameless shower enclosure for sleek sophistication.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jamie Spence | Content Manager

Seota Digital Marketing 972.737.2830

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How hot is the housing market in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex? We're all aware it's as hot as our August temperatures. Realtors will tell you it’s definitely a sellers’ market and buyers need to be prepared to pay top dollar for the homes they want. How can you make sure your home is at the top of their list? When potential buyers visit your home, you want them to have more items on their “pros” list than on their “cons” list. There is no doubt that an outdated, old-looking master bath can be a “con,” but it’s one that can be fixed with a little time, money, and effort. 

Master Bath Renovation vs. Master Bath Update Timelines

A complete master bathroom renovation is quite an endeavor. Costs for a master bath renovation can easily run in excess of $40K. In addition to fixture changes, vanity and sink replacements, shower and/or tub replacements, tile work, and flooring, plumbing, and electrical work are frequently needed. It’s an extensive process and the turn-around time is not generally quick, even under the best of circumstances. In light of the current shortages in various home building and home renovation elements due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the time from start to project completion could be longer than is feasible if you would like to take advantage of the hot market soon.

However, a master bath update is a simpler project with a shorter timeline. Though the supply shortages being experienced across the world could still affect your project’s turnaround time, the impact will understandably be less. There are fewer elements involved in a master bath update, so there are simply fewer items that can be affected.

Before and After Frameless Shower Difference McKinney

Master Bath Renovation vs. Master Bath Update Budgets

In addition to offering a time frame advantage, a master bath update can offer a budget advantage. Homeowners can solve the problem of a tired, outdated-looking bathroom for much less money than a full master bath renovation. By choosing to update only the items with the most visual impact, homeowners can keep their expenses within their budget. Mirrors, shower enclosures, and lighting are usually the biggest ticket items in a master bathroom update, but they are typically much less expensive than plumbing, new flooring, new vanities, and extensive tile work.

Master Bath Renovation vs. Master Bath Update Convenience

In other parts of the country, it’s not uncommon for homes to have one main bathroom. However, here in North Texas, it’s rather uncommon to have only one bathroom! Families especially are used to being able to spread out as needed. When the master bathroom is out of commission, homeowners find themselves sharing with their children until their bathroom is usable again. For some homeowners, this might not be a major inconvenience; for others, it could be very stressful, and it is probably safe to say that everyone involved would prefer to keep this period of inconvenience as short as possible. An update offers the advantage of being more expedient than a full renovation and the length of time homeowners are displaced is shorter.

huge frameless shower

Master Bath Update Ideas

If you have decided to update your master bath prior to putting it on the market, what key elements should you focus on to get the most bang for your buck? Here are a few suggestions:

  • Replace the basic bathroom mirror with a beveled glass or framed mirror.
  • Paint your existing vanity rather than replace it.
  • Replace the bathroom counter. A variety of materials exist in a range of prices.
  • Add accent tile to the vanity wall, around the mirror, or inside the shower to add a more luxurious feel without having to purchase tile for the entire bathroom.
  • Change the lighting fixtures for better lighting and more visual appeal.
  • Replace faucets and showerheads with updated versions
  • Update your shower surround with a frameless shower enclosure for sleek sophistication.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jamie Spence | Content Manager

Seota Digital Marketing 972.737.2830

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Our Frisco pediatrician's office receives many calls from new parents about the contents of their baby's diapers. Your baby’s stool, or poop, is an indication of their well-being, so you’ll want to pay attention to your baby’s bowel movements. Baby poop can be a wide variety of colors and consistencies. The regularity of your baby’s bowel movements can also vary greatly. What’s normal? What isn’t?

The First Poop

Many North Dallas parents alarmed by the appearance of your newborn’s first bowel movement. It's actually pretty common for parents to be a bit startled by the greenish-black poop encountered in their new baby’s diaper.  It’s called meconium, which is a sticky, tar-like substance that gradually filled your baby’s intestines during their time in utero. Despite its appearance, meconium is totally normal and an indicator that your child’s bowels are functioning properly!

The Transitional Stool

After all the meconium has been passed from your newborn’s body, dark greenish-yellow stools will appear. These are loose in consistency and occasionally “seedy” in texture (especially in breastfed infants). They may also contain mucus or traces of blood. While the blood is likely the result of swallowing some of your blood during delivery, show the diaper to a nurse or doctor just to make sure all is well.

When these transitional stools have been passed, usually in three or four days, the type of food your baby is eating will determine the color and consistency of his or her poop.

Normal vs Abnormal Poop

The appearance of baby poop is greatly affected by whether you’re breastfeeding or formula-feeding.

  • Breastfed: bowel movements will often be mustard-like in color and consistency, loose or watery, and sometimes seedy, mushy, or curdy
  • Formula-fed: poop will usually be soft, but more solid than a breastfed baby’s stool, and anywhere from pale yellow to yellowish-brown, light brown, or brownish-green.

Frequency

Breastfed Infants

For the first five days of life breastfed babies generally average one poopy diaper for every day of life: one poop on day one, two poops on day two, etc. After day five, the average breastfed newborn will have about five dirty diapers a day. However, any number in the range from one dirty diaper every few days to several a day is in the normal range!

By 6 weeks of age, the bowel movement frequency of babies who are breastfed begins to change. It’s normal for some breastfed babies to go one to three days between bowel movements, while others will continue to have bowel movements several times per day during their first year of life. As long as your baby is happy and thriving, it’s not necessary to track daily bowel movement numbers.

Formula-Fed Infants

Formula-fed babies generally poop more often than breastfed babies. Infants who are fed formula usually have three to four times bowel movements per day. Occasionally, however, some babies will go several days without pooping. As long as the stools are soft and your baby isn’t constipated, there is usually no cause for concern. Don’t be alarmed if a baby grunts, groans, frowns, or strains when pooping. This is all very normal (and occasionally comical.) If your newborn goes more than five days without pooping, call our office for an appointment.

Blood in the Poop

While traces of blood in transitional stool is normal for a newborn, you should take note of blood in the poop of an older infant. If you are breastfeeding, blood in the baby’s stool could indicate that your nipples have bled while feeding or a sensitivity or allergy to something in your diet. Your pediatrician may recommend that you try eliminating commonly problematic foods like dairy, soy, peanuts, or tree nuts for two to three weeks to try and determine what is causing a problem.

If your baby is formula-fed, blood in your baby’s poop could indicate a milk allergy and may necessitate a change in formula.

However, sometimes no correlation between foods and allergic symptoms exists. It’s possible that your baby might have some small tears or fissures in the anus that caused the bleeding.

What is melena?

Thick, black or tarry stools are called melena. Melena differs from the meconium stools that occur during the first few days of your baby’s life. Melena can indicate bleeding in the digestive tract, which can be dangerous for your infant. Contact our office immediately if your baby has thick, black, or tarry poop.

No poop?

For breastfed babies, constipation is uncommon. However, less than one poop a day in the first few weeks of life can indicate your baby isn’t getting enough to eat. Around the age of six weeks to 3 months, the bowel movement frequency could slow down to one a day or possibly one every two to three days. Formula-fed babies typically go a little longer between bowel movements. Call our office if your baby hasn’t pooped for more than three days in a row.

Constipation in babies

Even babies who feed well can experience constipation. Briefly straining, turning red-faced or crying when trying to poop are common for infants and not necessarily signs of constipation. How can you tell if your baby is constipated?

  • Small, hard poops that your baby strains to pass
  • Irritability or fussiness
  • Several days since the last bowel movement

Diarrhea in babies

Frequent, runny, watery stools mean that your baby has diarrhea. The biggest problem with diarrhea isn’t that it’s messy (although it is!) In addition to the mess, diarrhea can cause dehydration. Also, the increased frequency of this runny poop can cause diaper rash.

When to call the doctor

While some babies poop every day, it’s possible and not necessarily problematic for a baby to go from a few days to a full week without a bowel movement. The most important thing to take note of is what’s normal for your little one. Here are some indications that a call to our office may be in order:

  • Your breastfed baby doesn’t poop for three or more days
  • Your formula-fed baby doesn’t poop for more than five days
  • Stools are hard, or thicker than peanut butter
  • Your baby’s stool is red or black, which could indicate bleeding
  • Your baby’s stool is white or clay-colored. This could indicate several things: a dairy allergy, a stomach bug, or a liver problem. It could also be the result of medication. It’s best to contact our office for an appointment with Dr. Leung to check things out.

 

 

Jamie Spence | Content Manager

Seota Digital Marketing 972.737.2830

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The real estate market in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex is absolutely booming. Just a few years ago, the majority of resale homes had to be updated in order to compete with new builds when going on the market. However, the huge influx of people moving from out of state has created a boom unlike any we’ve seen before. Homes are going for above asking and with multiple offers in most cases, updated or not. If you’ve been lucky enough to find a home you like the area you prefer, you’ve probably been willing to accept some home conditions that you knew you’d want to change later. The top two remodeling projects for resale homes are the kitchen and the master bathroom.

Kitchen versus Master Bath Remodel

There are several reasons that many people will choose to start with updating the master bathroom before renovating their kitchen. All remodeling projects are disruptive to your life, messy, and involve a fair amount of expense and inconvenience. Dealing with the disruption in your kitchen is somewhat harder than dealing with the inconvenience of remodeling your master bath. The vast majority of homes in Dallas-Fort Worth have more than one bathroom, so while using another bathroom in the house isn’t ideal, it’s obviously do-able. While outdoor kitchens in the metroplex are a popular upgrade, they are far from ubiquitous, so you may not have the option of cooking outside, save for the use of a grill. It’s often said that the kitchen is the heart of the home, so trying to live around the mess of a kitchen remodel can be very difficult. While you can sometimes continue to use a few kitchen appliances during a renovation, in many cases, that isn’t practical, so eating out or getting takeout for an extended period of time is another factor that is taken into account.

Finding a Bathroom Contractor

The kitchen may be the heart of the home, but the master bath is the oasis. An expertly remodeled master bathroom will provide you with a clean, comfortable retreat in your home. Bathroom remodels can be tricky, however, due to the small area involved, plumbing needs, and the need for proper airflow. It’s important to use established, reputable contractors with the expertise to do the job right in order to ensure that you will be able to enjoy your master bath without issues for years to come. Ask for referrals from neighbors and check online reviews in detail. Check the photos of previous work for any potential contractor. Interview several and be sure to find out if they specialize in bathrooms or do general contracting work. It will take some time to do your homework, but it’s time well-spent to avoid an unethical or underqualified contractor in your home. You want someone who will treat your home with the same respect they would want for theirs.

Interview several contractors for your master bathroom remodel and request written proposals, estimates, and a set start and end date for the job. The burden to pay for materials or fixtures that arrive broken or are installed improperly should never fall on the homeowner. If you hire a general contractor that doesn’t complete all the work themselves, find out what subcontractors will be hired and ask specifically what work will be completed by the contractor. You’ll also want to find out what assurances there are about subcontractors finishing your remodel on time.

Another important factor to consider is insurance coverage. It’s very important that contractors carry personal liability, workers’ compensation, and property damage coverage. You’ll want to ask for proof of insurance from any potential contractor you’re considering for your bathroom renovation. Make sure every aspect of your remodel is covered by the contractor’s insurance.  

 

Jamie Spence | Content Manager

Seota Digital Marketing 972.737.2830

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Our Frisco pediatric office receives a lot of calls from Dallas-area parents about their new baby’s spit-up. What is normal? What is not? Let’s talk about some spitting-up facts.

The first thing new parents should know is that spitting up is normal and quite common. Roughly half of all babies occasionally experience gastroesophageal reflux, also known as infant reflux or infant acid reflux. After your baby swallows breast milk or formula, it passes down their esophagus to their stomach. The lower esophageal sphincter, a ring of muscles between the esophagus and the stomach, is designed to prevent the stomach’s contents from coming back up. However, the lower esophageal sphincter may not be mature enough to function as it should. Newborns have tiny stomachs that fill up easily, and when this ring of muscles does not tighten up after the milk has passed into the stomach, the milk can come back up.

Baby with a funny expression on his face

The size of a spit-up stain can be misleading and cause you to overestimate the amount of milk that your baby has actually lost. While it may seem like a lot, spit up is usually only a small amount of the liquid your baby has ingested. By the age of four to five months, your baby’s body may have matured enough to handle ingestion better and as a result, they may stop spitting up. Most babies have stopped entirely by the age of 12 months.

Is my baby spitting up or vomiting?

Spit-up is a quick and easy flow of liquids up and out of the mouth during or after a feeding. It is occasionally accompanied by a burp! Vomiting, on the other hand, is a forceful flow of liquid. The contents of your baby’s stomach will come up fast and shoot out of their mouth rather than coming up smoothly and dribbling out.

In healthy babies, spitting up – even on a regular basis – does not lead to weight loss or a failure to thrive. Does your baby seem comfortable? If so, and if they are eating well and gaining weight, then the loss of calories from spitting up is not affecting him or her adversely.

When should I worry about my baby’s spitting up?

Most of the time, spitting up is no cause for concern. However, there are a few symptoms that can indicate a problem or underlying condition that should be addressed quickly. Contact our office at Entirely Kids Pediatrics immediately if your baby:

  • Has poor appetite or refuses feedings repeatedly
  • Has green or yellow spit-up
  • Is more irritable than usual and crying for long periods of time
  • Has fewer wet diapers than usual
  • Begins spitting up at age 6 months or older
  • Spits up blood or material that looks like coffee grounds
  • Has blood in his or her stool
  • Is vomiting
  • Seems to have difficulty breathing or other signs of illness

GERD

A condition called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) can develop in some babies. The following are some indications that your baby is experiencing GERD, not normal spitting up:

  • Your baby will seem irritable and uncomfortable throughout the day (as a result of apparent heartburn or painful reflux)
  • Your baby may choke on the spit-up as it comes out
  • Your baby may experience poor weight gain and fail to thrive

Call our office for an appointment as soon as possible if you see any of the signs of GERD.

Pyloric Stenosis

Intense muscle contractions after feedings during the first few months of a baby’s life can be caused by pyloric stenosis. This typically results in projectile vomiting and your baby would experience renewed hunger immediately following vomiting. This condition can sometimes be controlled with medication or be corrected with a surgical procedure.

Feeding Tips That Can Reduce Spitting Up

  • Feed your baby in an upright position
  • Follow each feeding with 30 minutes in an upright position
  • Avoid the use of an infant swing immediately following a feeding
  • Avoid overfeeding your baby
  • If you’re breastfeeding, eliminating certain items from your diet could help. Ask us for recommendations.
  • Try feeding your baby smaller amounts more frequently
  • Make sure to burp your baby during and after each feeding, as this can prevent air from building up in the stomach
  • Put baby to sleep on his or her back. Putting a baby to sleep on their stomach to prevent spitting up is not recommended. Sleeping on the back helps to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)

Happy mixed race family with baby

Other issues that can cause spitting up issues are aerophagia and overstimulation. Aerophagia is the consumption of air in greater quantities than normal. Bouncing, extended tummy time, or vigorous play can cause your baby to be overstimulated and result in spitting up.

Our office is happy to see your baby and discuss any concerns you may have about spitting up or feeding issues. We're conveniently located off of Warren Parkway in Frisco. Please contact us for an appointment today!

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A Great Valentine’s Day Gift for Men

It’s almost Valentine’s Day and most of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex will be staying in this weekend.  Due to the extreme cold and icy weather we’re experiencing, running around for romantic last-minute gifts may not be in the cards. How can you make Valentine’s Day special for your man?

While the past month’s commercials have been filled with images of jewelry, chocolates, and flowers, these types of gifts are of interest generally to women. For most men, jewelry isn’t a big desire. Chocolates or candy might satisfy a sweet tooth, but are definitely in the “phoning it in” category. Flowers? Most men will happily pass on some fresh blooms. So, what can you get for the man in your life…and not drive all over town to find it?

The gift of confidence and polish

The Gents Place is an ultra-premium and membership-based men's grooming and lifestyle club. The combination barbershop, spa, and salon offers services including haircuts, coloring, shaves, hand and foot repairs, and shoe shine services. However, what’s really unique about The Gents Place is its business philosophy. The franchise’s goal is to offer more than just exceptional grooming services and premium products. Everything about The Gents Place is designed to not just polish your man’s appearance, but to instill confidence and refreshment in a way that he will appreciate.

You can purchase Valentine’s Day gift services from The Gents Place and have them emailed directly to your man. This type of gift supports your man in a couple of different ways. For many businessmen, haircuts and other grooming are simply tasks on the to-do list that take up time that could be better spent on other things. The Gents Place turns that chore into an enjoyable experience. It provides your man with the haircut or grooming service he needs. He can take advantage of other types of services while he is there, and have access to premium products he may really like and wouldn’t otherwise encounter.

Additionally, services at The Gents Place are designed to refuel and rejuvenate clients by empowering them to succeed. This past year has been a tough one for almost everyone. The pandemic has affected thousands of North Texas businesses and the last several months have been a stressful, uphill climb for a lot of people. If your partner has been feeling burned out or discouraged, a visit to The Gents Place may be just what the doctor ordered to rejuvenate him and help refresh his career passions. By delivering premium grooming services in a supportive atmosphere with complimentary top-shelf beverages and curated advice, The Gents Place experience will help your man look and feel great. You’ll love the way he looks and he’ll appreciate the way he feels after an appointment at The Gents Place.

 

 

 

Jamie Spence | Content Manager

Seota Digital Marketing 972.737.2830