There's little doubt in my mind that a lot of messages relating to genital herpes are underpinned by fear. On the one hand we tut-tut people who stigmatize those with a sexually transmitted disease but on the other we point out the distressing consequences to people who are disease free but who we view as exhibiting high risk behavior. Maybe it's unavoidable, or maybe the content of such messages need to change. They can be taken out of context and distort people's lives.
I recently came across a blog post that demonstrates the problem. It went along the lines of, ‘I'm completely phobic about getting herpes, it's taking over my life'. The blog went into some detail about how a chain of events, many stemming from faulty or misunderstood websites, had resulted in this situation of fear.
Much of what we learn comes from the way influential people around us behave. This particular problem seems to have started when a friend refused to go out in public if she devel...
I know plenty of babies with reflux who play, digest and sleep in their car seat at home. My reflux baby was fairly content if I held her 24/7. There were times when I did put her down in the car seat because I just had to have my hands free. For example, I did need my hands free for my daily two minute shower. Most of the time, she was in my arms or in a sling/carrier or backpack. My arm muscles became hard as rock and my back ached from the constant bending and lifting. It sure was hard work holding her and I longed to put her down.
An article in the August issue of Pediatrics caught my attention. The article reported on car seat injuries that occurred outside of the car . It is estimated that approximately 43,000 infants were treated in the emergency department for a non transportation related car seat injury between 2003-2007. Approximately half of the injuries occurred at home and infants younger than four months of age were most likely to be injured.
I always th...
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US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Misuse of child restraints . Washington, DC. US Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; 2004. DOT HS 809 671.
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