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Does Daycare Usually Have High Caregiver Turnover
Yes: I think you may want to ask "why?" if there is a very high teacher turnover rate. Most child caregivers are warm, loving people who want to work in a pleasant environment where they get to know the children and their families over a steady period of time. It may be a red flag if you find there is not a consistent environment for them. Be sure to inquire about why. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Diet & exercise: If this doesn't result in weight loss & improvement, see your doctor. ...Read more
Is a wedge pillow safe? My daughter is currently congested plus suffers from acid reflux. Doctor wants her elevated but daycare will only use wedge.
Depends: I see the baby's age noted at 0, so I am concerned about this. If the baby is less than 12 month of age then she is still at risk for SIDS. Wedge pillows have been associated with SIDS or accidental suffocation in emerging studies. http://www.webmd.com/parenting/baby/news/20121121/infant-deaths-sleep-positioners Put a thick book under her entire crib mattress to elevate bed. ...Read more
Caregiver Breakdown : Usually occurs when a caregiver (cg), usually family, provide hands on care for a prolonged period of time. The cg is usually the only person caring for the family member/client and may have little or no breaks during this time. The client usually requires significant hands on care. The cg can become resentful, which can lead to guilt and other emotions. Worse case scenario abuse may occur. ...Read more
Absolutely: A recent conchrane reveiw on prayer andsurgery failed to conclude that prayer can improve medical outcomes, however, there is evidence that it can affect you as a care giver and the relationship you have with patients. Read the article in the american journal of surgery march 2011 on this topic (there is a link on my profile). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Care for yourself: Being a caregiver can cause stress and be both mentally and physically draining. To be an effective caregiver, you must remember to first take care of yourself. Take a break from caregiving; seek pleasurable activities, exercise, find new hobbies, do something you've always wanted to do but didn't have the time, etc. You provide the best care when you are at your best. ...Read more
Get some rest: Caregivers can best care for themselves by taking a break & getting some rest periodically. Caregivers also need to know their own limits and ask for help when appropriate. If family member is serving as caregiver, often times it's better to hire non-family member to serve as caregiver, thus allowing family member to act as family member, not caregiver. Hope that makes sense. ...Read more
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