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Giorgi's 1st Pair of Designer Shoes

Giorgi just received her first pair of designer shoes from her Grandmom! Don't you just love these Michael Kors Sandles!!! She also got a new book, Ten Little Ladybugs, to add to her ever growing Library.

Gotta Love the Bling!! Must run in the family!!


Check the adoptive families' magazine. There was a great article in jan /feb 2007


Do you know them?
What are their names?
Why don't you know their names?
What do I call my birthmother? Birthfather?
Can you describe them physically? Like were they tall? Short?
What are their ethnic backgrounds?
How did they make me?
How old were they when they had me?
Were they married?
Do you have photos?
Do you have any pictures of their house or can you describe it for me?
Did they work?
What language did they speak?
Where are they today?
Do you have their address?
Can I draw a picture of what I think they looked like then? Now?
Can I draw what I think their house looked like, or the hospital where
I was born?
Can I write them a letter? Visit?

Do I have grandparents?
Did you meet them?
Do you know their names?
Do you know anything about them?
Did they visit me?
Can I meet them?
Do I have brothers and sisters?
Do you know their names, where they are?
Do you know if they live with my birthparents? Why not me if they do?
What language do they speak?
Were they adopted like me? By who? Are they still my brother(s),
Do I have other aunts, uncles and cousins? Can I meet them?


What happened during the 9 months I was growing inside my birthmother?
Did I learn about what she sounded like?
Did I smell the things she smelled? Did I enjoy the foods she ate?
Did I hear the beat of her heart and feel the rhythm of her walk?
Could I tell when she slept and when she worked?
When she worried could I feel this too?
During the first three months what did I look like?
During the second three months what did I do?
Finally, during the last three months what happened?


What was my birth name?
How do you spell it? How do you pronounce it?
Why did you change my name?
What is my birthdate? Do you know for sure or did someone guess?
How do they guess anyway?
Who named me at birth?
Does it have a meaning like a family name or a flower?
What day of the week was I born on?
What was the weather like that day?
What was the first language I heard?
Do you have my birth certificate?
Was I big or little (reference appropriate standards)?
Do you think I had any hair?
What color were my eyes?
Was I healthy? Why not?
Was I born in a hospital? At home? Why don't you know?
Was I breast-fed?


Did I live with my birthparents for any time?
What was it like?
Do you have any documents that tell a story?

What did I call my foster mother? Foster father? Foster Grandparents?
Did I have more than one foster family? Why?
What are their names?
Can you tell me about them?
Do you have photos?
Do you have any photos of their house?
What language did they speak?
Where are they today? Do you have their address? Can I talk to my
foster parents?

Do I have foster brothers and sisters?
What are their names?
Where are they? Are they adopted too?
Can I see them?

Did I have a special caretaker? What was her name?
Where do they live now? Can I talk to her?
Was she important to me? How?

What do I call them? Brothers, Sisters?
What are there names?
Where do they live now? Can I talk to them?
Were they adopted too?
Can we find them? Visit them?


What did the world around me look like?
Did I live in a family house? An apartment? An orphanage?
Where was it located? A city, town or village?
Do you have pictures you can show me?
What was it like?
Did I have toys?
How did it smell and feel to you?
Were the people taking care of me happy?
Were they nice?
Were people smiling?
Were babies crying?
How many children lived there and how old were they?

What can you tell me about my country of origin?
Are there interesting things about it? Does it have a long history?
What kinds of cultural things would I find interesting?
How do they educate the kids?
What kinds of religions do they practice? Is this different than ours?
Are there special foods? Special anything?
What are some social customs I might find interesting?
Tell me about political issues.
Tell me about cultural issues.

Why couldn't I live with my birthparents?
Why did they make me?
What does "parental rights terminated" mean?
What is "abandonment"?
Did my birthparents just walk out of the hospital without me?
How can a mother or father just leave a baby?
Wouldn't someone bad take the baby if they were just left?
What is an adoption plan?
How do the police just take a kid from their home?
Did my birthparents die?
Do parents leave babies if they are too much work?
Who took care of me when they left me?
What was my life like when they left me?
Were there financial issues? Tell me about it.
Why didn't family members, like grandparents, help my birthparents
keep me?
Why didn't they take care of me?
What is alcoholism? Drug abuse?
What is poverty?
What is neglect?
What is abuse?
How can parents go to jail?
How can someone live on a street?
Once I know my story I might ask "How can someone leave a kid alone,
sometimes for days, and without food?"


Why Did YOU Adopt ME?

Created by Doris Landry, MS, and Mary Ellyn Lambert, FRUA-MI
(from "Adoption-Parenting: Creating a Toolbox, Building Connections",
EMK Press)

All of these questions can be addressed in the lifebook. Some answers lie within your children's personal information. Some questions can only be answered by writing a general statements or left as open- ended questions.


And some of my favorite girls!!! Aren't they just the cutest!

Grace, Jocelyn and Charlotte

Dorthoy Hamill Haircut

This is for you Lori...(a lifetime ago)

Yes, Lori, this is me. I guess I was around 13.

Culture shock

Culture shock in China
by Xia Zhang - Aug. 17, 2008 12:00 AM
Special for The Republic
While the Olympians and Olympic enthusiasts try to focus their attention on the Games, I cannot help but think about the culture shock they must be encountering in Beijing.

I say this from my own experience of being raised in one culture and living in another.

Unlike the culture shock people usually experience, mine is twofold. The first kind is what I went through when I first came to the United States; the second is what I experienced and continue to experience every time I go back to Beijing, my birthplace.
Let me give you a few examples of the first kind of culture shock.

The one I remember most was how I felt after a conversation with my husband, in which he mentioned that I hardly ever say, "Thank you."

I was just dumbfounded: "What does he mean by asking me to thank him? We are family!"

Well, in Chinese culture, if you say thank you to a family member, you are actually distancing yourself. Needless to say, I now say thank you almost profusely.

Another culture shock I encountered is how much people talk about politics here. I did not understand at the time why they did that. It seemed to me there was nothing they could do about it anyway.

Chinese culture traditionally discourages discussing politics. As a matter of fact, it was customary for teahouses in the old days to display a sign reading: "No politics."

Nowadays, people just gather together in Starbucks, which seems to be on every corner of Beijing streets.

The last culture shock I am going to mention is how differently body language is interpreted. Shortly after I came to the United States, I went to visit a girlfriend who had come to the States a year before. We were walking on the streets of New York, sightseeing, when I noticed that she was not willing to hold my hand.

Later on she explained to me that women don't hold women's hands and men don't hold men's hands in the United States.

Growing up, I was always holding hands with my girlfriends and there was no age limit to it. Well, I got rid of that habit more quickly than I thought I could.

As if the first kind of culture shock is not enough, now I have that of another kind. After living here for 20 years and getting used to the way of living here, I get culture shock when I go back to Beijing.

Here, we are so used to purchasing on credit. I buy everything on credit, including groceries. In China, it's just the opposite.

My mom had some furniture delivered to her house. She paid the delivery person 3,000 yuan in cash. We went to the store to buy her a refrigerator. We had to take 2,000 yuan with us. People even buy apartments in cash! There is such a thing as a credit card, but that is only for the elitists.

The way people drive in Beijing is a surprise to me. One time a taxi driver took a shortcut to get to my destination. He told me that it was a market and that he was not supposed to drive there. But, it would be fast because there would be no other traffic.

There we were zigzagging, avoiding the man on the left with a live chicken in a cage on the backseat of his bicycle, swerving around a pile of tomatoes spread out on the street and honking at a mom with a toddler in her arms, seemingly oblivious to the car behind her.

All of a sudden, out of nowhere, a truck came straight at us. Obviously, another driver had the same idea about the shortcut.

The truck got closer and closer. Neither driver had the inclination of slowing down or swerving. I held onto the handle tightly, closed my eyes and started praying. I did not know I was religious until then. When I opened my eyes and looked back, I saw the truck, the man on the bicycle, the mother and her toddler all sound and safe.

What shocked me most was how easily available alcohol is. You can buy liquor everywhere, even on the side of the streets from small vendors.

You can hold your gallon of wine you bought from a street vendor, singing while swinging the bottle as you walk home.

You can even take what's left in your beer bottle home after a meal.

One time I stayed in Beijing for a month. I have to say that I got a little too used to the ways of Beijing. Shortly after coming back, a girlfriend and I went out. I was drinking from a bottle in her car, when she asked me what I was drinking. I told her nonchalantly, "Vodka tonic."

In summary, my culture shock is really twofold. Sometimes I feel that I am neither fish nor fowl. The upside is that I have best of both worlds.

All said, I have the following suggestions for our Olympians and our Olympian enthusiasts in Beijing: Be thrifty with your "thank-yous." Avoid politics. Hold your friend's hand, if you dare. Take a lot of cash with you while out shopping (unless you want to shop at stores geared toward tourists). Don't follow the traffic rules as religiously as you do in the States (if you want to get somewhere quickly). Drink some readily available Chinese wine and beer. And most of all, embrace the differences of both cultures.

What if????

Someone posed the quesetion "What if Gigi doesn't like BLING?" Well, that's easy...

MORE FOR ME!!!! {Like my new weekend shoes?}

Have you ever??

OMG this is the funniest thing ever. I just saw this post here about these "Brief Safes" and I completely cracked up!!!
The "Brief Safe" is an innovative diversion safe that can secure your cash, documents, and other small valuables from inquisitive eyes and thieving hands, both at home and when you're traveling. Items can be hidden right under their noses with these specially-designed briefs which contain a fly-accessed 4" x 10" secret compartment with Velcro closure and "special markings" on the lower rear portion. Leave the "Brief Safe" in plain view in your laundry basket or washing machine at home, or in your suitcase in a hotel room - even the most hardened burgler or most curious snoop will "skid" to a screeching halt as soon as they see them. (Wouldn't you?) Made in USA. One size. Color: white (and brown). You can buy them

To add realistic smell, check out "Doo Drops".

Most Worthless Baby Item?

Some of my commenters think this is MY LIST of worthless baby items...it is NOT. I just thought it was interesting. FYI, I have a wipe warmer, diaper stacker, diaper dekor, baby robes, formula dispensers and I'm using a dresser as a make shift changing table. But hey, that's for all the cool tips and comments:) Stephe

I was checking out one of my favorite blogs, Baby Cheapskate today and I found a great topic...Most Worthless Baby Item? Go there to read the whole article and comments.

Here is the cliff notes of the Most Worthless Baby Items:
Wipe Warmer
Bottle Warmer
Formula Pitchers
Diaper Stackers
Doorway Jumper (although my friends little one LOVED hers)
Shopping Cart Cover
Diaper Genie
Burb Cloths
Sleep Positions
Crib Bumpers
Formula Mixer
4oz Bottles
Bottle Sterilizer
Baby Bath sets with the robes, towels, booties
Moses Basket
Traveling Formula Dispensers... premeasure into little zip-loc baggies
Expensive Video Monitors
Stuffed Animals!!! WORST GIFT EVER
Bumbo Seat
Changing Table (use floor, bed, dresser)
Shoes for Babies or Infants

I'm not saying don't get these or you don't need these but these products were deemed the most useless by a whole mess of moms! Food for thought!


BPA info

Just found this info on the web here...

With the recent news that products that contains BPA may be harmful to our health, stores across Canada and some parts of the USA are taking these plastic bottles, sippys, and other products off the shelf.

In the meantime, you probably have some of bottles and sippy cups that do contain BPA’s. An easy way to spot them is to look at the bottom of the bottle or cup and look for the recycling symbol. If it has a 7 in it, it contains BPA’s. You will want to keep the bottles that have the numbers 2, 4, or 5. **It seems that not all #7 plastics contain BPA’s, however many do, so refer to the list for safe alternatives.

What is BPA? BPA stands for Bisphenol A and is a harmful chemical found in polycarbonate plastic which has been used to make baby bottles, sippy cups, and other such plastics.

Why is BPA Harmful? BPA mimics the human hormone estrogen, and when humans are exposed to even small quantities it has effects that include cancers, behavior disorders, and fertility issues. BPA Free Baby Products from Amazon

BPA Free Bottle Products
compiled from SafeMama.com

* Adiri Natural Nursers
* Avent “Via” disposable bottles
* BornFree - All bottles and cups BPA free
* EvenFlo Glass bottles
* Playtex Opaque Soft Bottle, Playtex Drop in liners
* Gerber: Gerber Clearview, Fashion Tints (also called “Plastic Pastels”), Gerber GentleFlow
* Medela: All bottles
* Sassy MAM bottles (UltiVent), Baby Food Nurser Kit
* Green to Grow Bottles
* Baby Food Nurser Kit
* ThinkBaby Bottles
* Momo Glass Bottles
* Nuby: Standard Neck Non-Drip Bottle, Wide-Neck Non-Drip Bottle, Wide-Neck Bottle with Handles and Non-Drip Nipple, Standard Neck Bottle with Handles and Non-Drip Nipple, 3-Stage Wide Neck Easy Grip Feeding System with Non-Drip Nipple.
* Nuture Pure Glass bottles
* Babisil Silbottles
* Weego Glass Bottles
* Siliskin Glass Bottles
* Dr Brown’s Glass Bottles (all vent system pieces BPA Free), Dr. Browns Polypropylene bottles (due in store’s April 15th)

BPA Free Sippy Cups

* Avent Magic Cups
* Playtex: Coolster Tumbler, Insulator, Einstein Training Cup, Sipster, Create My Own, Quick Straw, Insulator Sport, Sip and Discover, First Sipster
* Gerber: Sip & Smile Spill-proof Cup, Easy Grip Insulated Soft Straw Cup, Insulated Cool Cup, Fun Grips Color Change Spill-proof Cup, Grins & Giggles Spill-proof Cup (source)
* BornFree sippy/drinking cups
* Kleen Kanteen
* Thermos Foogo Sippy Cups, and drinking bottle with straw
* SIGG Toddler Water Bottles
* Kid Basix The Safe Sippy
* Boon Sippy
* GrowPure Multi-Stage Feeder and Sippy Cup
* iPlay Aqua Bottle
* ThinkBaby Training Cup
* Sassy Snack Time Infa-Trainer Cup
* Munchkin: Cupsicle, Cupsicle Straw Cup, Big Kid Sippy Cup, Mighty Grip Flip Straw Cup, Mighty Grip Trainer Cup, licensed character Sports Bottles, Re-usable Straw Cups, Re-usable Spill-proof Cups
* Nuby: No-Spill Sports Sipper, Insulated Soft Silicone Spout Cup, Soft Spout Easy Grip Cup, Gripper Cup with Soft Silicone Spout, 2-Handle Cup, Tinted Mega Sipper
* The First Years: Take & Toss, Spill-proof Cup, Insulated Cup, Licensed character sippy cups, Insulated Spill-proof Cup, 2 Handled Cups

BPA Free Milk and Food Storage

* Avent Via 8-oz. Nurser Kit
* Avent Snack Cup / Formula Dispenser
* Mother’s Milkmate Storage bottles
* Medela Milk Storage bottles and breastpump accessories
* Playtex Breastmilk storage kit
* Lansinoh® Breastmilk Storage Bags
* Lansinoh® Breastmilk Storage Bottles
* Gerber Breastmilk Storage Bags
* So Easy Fresh Baby Food Kit
* Baby Cubes
* Laptop Lunch System

See the Z Report on BPA for more information.

My personal opinion on the matter of BPA’s is even though there is a lot of media “hype”, even if there is just the slightest risk from the presence in baby and other plastic products it is worth it to me to make the switch. There are many plastics that do not contain any traces of BPA’s it is an inexpensive change.

How much is She going to cost?

Are you kidding me? I AM NOT BUYING A BABY!!!!

I am adopting a child from China. I expect to receive a girl, as that is the gender I requested. I expect her to be between 6-18 months old. Yes, there is cost associated with adoption and these costs can add up quickly. The average Chinese adoption usually ranges in cost from 16,000-26,000 dollars (and rising due to the extended wait times). These are just some of the things I have paid for so far: Home study,, State background check, FBI background check, fees for copies, birth certificates, BCIS (homeland security) fees, adoption agency fees, postage, cost of having several documents notarized, certified (by the state and US) and authenticated, Fed-Ex fees to send these papers back and forth to Washington and the state capitol. Plus, due to the extended wait time I will have to pay for two more Homestudy Updates, 2 more medical visits, 2 more Fingerprintings, 2 more USCIS renewals, travel time for these and missed work. This is just the US fees! Than I have airfare, hotels and guide fees. (Because of the outrageous price of gas, the airfares are skyrocketing.) Once I receive my daughter I have to complete the process in China (just as you would have to in the US) then I have Chinese notaries and translation fees. Than there is the big 3000.00 dollar orphanage donation, which is now being raised to $5,000. Out of a possible 26,000 dollars only 5000.00 dollars goes to the orphanage and $1500 goes to China process fees and paperwork & visas. Some people really question the orphanage donation but if you really think about it we are only paying for the care, clothing, food, water, heat, diapers, medical care...... that they have given my daughter. They will use this money to continue to care for the thousands of babies left in the orphanage. Here in the state where I reside, one year of daycare only cost just over $11,400. I don't think $5,000.00 is much of a donation for the time that she has been waiting in an orphanage or foster care. My request to all who read this is to please think before they ask someone who is adopting "how much is she going to cost?" after all you would not ask a pregnant woman how much her baby is going to cost! So think before you pose that question to someone...that's all I'm asking. :)

Kids & Hospitals

I found this post on a great blog. To read the whole post, go visit When Love Takes You In. This is just a few tips for your kids if they have to have a hospital visit.

"1) EMLA or ELAMAX- this is numbing cream that can be used before shots, IV's. Ask for this or head to your doctor and ask for some before you head to the hospital. Its good and it works but sometimes taking the tape that covers it off hurts.

2) If your IV comes out, ask if it really needs to be restarted. Most antibiotics can be switched to oral forms and if your child is handling drinking okay, there's no need to stick him or her again. At the same time, you may need an IV for pain meds. Advocate for your child.

3) If your child needs morphine, ask if they can also give tylenol. Tylenol plus morphine has a much longer lasting effect "

15 Commandment Playdates

by Parents Magazine


●Forget to ask: “Are there guns? Unsupervised Internet? Adults you don’t know in the house?”

●Stay to long. (An hour is plenty for the littlest ones.)

●Leave without helping to clean up.

●Bring a sick child.

●Schedule playdates at naptime.

●Supervise the kids any less rigorously than you would your own

●Leave out toys that everbody can’t play with. (Put away things that are difficult to share.)

●Let things be one-sided – always doing just the inviting or the accepting.

●Bring a sibling or a friend to tag along.

●Neglect to have your children say, “Thanks for having me/”

●Feed snacks without asking about food allergies and parental preferences.

●Drop off a child who isn’t 100% potty-trained.

The Princess Planner...

aka Household Notebook
Have any of you heard about these Household Notebook's?? All you need is a standard-sized binder stocked with calendars and schedules, planner forms and inventories. It takes a bit to get it first started but then it's a one-stop organizer for moms. Your Household Notebook should hold the information that you need to check on a daily basis, whatever that may be. Some go as far as including their financials. Mine is really going to be for contacts, babysitter info sheets, meal planners, recipes, daycare info, price books and stuff like that. I'm also calling it the Princess Planner in honor of Giorgi!!! Here is the cover of my new planner!!!
front cover (above)
spine (above)

Great Downloads
Simple Mom has some downloads here.
MomAgenda has some downloads here.
DigitalWomen has some downloads here.

Found these divider suggestions at organizedhome.com

Planning Divider

To start your Household Notebook, begin with the basics: planning and time management. Claim your time with a Planning Divider!

What belongs here? Calendars, schedules and to-do lists direct the course of family life. In-depth planning tools, like mission statements or goal planning worksheets, do the hard work of translating goals to reality. Use a three-hole punch to add work schedules, school calendars and events lists for church and civic activities.

Phone Divider
Calling all phone numbers! The Phone Directory is the most useful, most-consulted section of any Household Notebook. The Phone Directory is a single place to put class rosters, take-out phone numbers, club directories, emergency phone numbers and phone messages. No more scraps of paper, missing numbers or scribbled phone books!

Family and School Divider
Family is where the heart is--and deserves its own divider. This section tracks information needs of family members and family life:
personal information page for each family member
clothing sizes tracker
master occasions list (birthdays, anniversaries)
gift suggestion list
birthday party ideas
recommended Web sites
list of DVD/videos to rent
list of books to read
library information

Families with school-aged children will want to add a school divider to hold:
school schedules and holiday list
lunch menus
carpool schedule
school information page
school reading lists
homeschool records
summer programs information.

Home Management Divider
Bring it all back home! The Home Management divider holds information central to house and home. Cleaning, entertaining, decorating and household storage information find a home here.

Consider these ideas for the Home Management divider:
household cleaning schedule
seasonal chore checklists
children's chore checklists
home inventory
home decorating ideas
party planners
car maintenance schedule
stain removal guide
recycling locations
home storage inventory
yard sale checklist

Meals and Menus Divider
In the kitchen, the Household Notebook helps plan meals, create menus, and track inventory in pantry and freezer. Use this section to hold grocery shopping lists and price book forms for maximum savings at the super market.

Money and Finance Divider
Tracking dollars and cents makes sense, so add a Money and Finance divider to your Household Notebook. Keep track of household finances with budget pages, inventory sheets and household informaiton.

Here are some examples of the kinds of information that can be included behind this divider::

budget/spending record
bills to pay
credit card list
online service/online account information
home inventory
insurance information
safety deposit box inventory
utilities/services directory
magazine subscriptions
warranty information
vehicle records
Health and Fitness

Organize family health care with a Health and Fitness divider. Have a medical emergency? Grab the Household Notebook on the way to the Emergency Room. Visit to the pediatrician? Use this section to record illnesses, medication and medical history.

Types of information to file in the Health and Fitness section include:

diet trackers
blood pressure record
first aid kit checklist
medical information sheet for each family member
emergency directory
medical authorization form
prescription drug record
insurance information
pet health records
Travel and Activities

Time for fun! The Travel and Activities divider covers the extra-curricular activities that make life worthwhile. Hobby, church, club, sports, volunteer, vacation and travel ideas are included here.

Your Household Notebook may have several dividers for this purpose. Are you part of a musical chorale? Give it a divider. Do the children play serious soccer? Divide it up!

What belongs in these sections? Any and every piece of paper pertaining to that activity. Prayer chain lists. Sports information sheets. Lists for travel and camping.

These sections will vary from family to family, but here are some ideas:

picnic planner
travel packing checklist
before-we-leave checklist
camping checklist
vacation idea list
house-sitter information sheet
PTA newsletters and rosters
church prayer circle list
Scouting or PTA materials

Wow, was that a great site with awesome information. Please go check them out at http://organizedhome.com/


CHECK RULES ( http://www.tsa.gov/ ) to see what is and isn't permitted in checked luggage and carry-on bags.

PLAN AHEAD. Start thinking about what you want pack.

WRITE a master list of everything you think you'll need for a trip.

MIX-AND-MATCH separates in neutral colors, such as black, navy and beige are most versitile.

WRINKLE FREE fabrics, such as microfiber, nylon or a cotton/polyester blend are great.

ROLLING - try rolling as many of your clothes as possible. Saves room and help with the wrinkle factor.

JEWELRY – only take what you are wearing, less worry.

TOILETRIES - keep to a minimum and use travel size.

ZIPLOC Pack items in leakproof resealable bags or clear toiletry bags

CARRY ON ITEMS cameras, iPods, jewelry, prescription medication and important documents (passports, tickets) should always be carried on.

PACK a couple of days prior to departure. Never pack the night before.

BULKY ITEMS – try to wear these on the plane so they don’t take up too much room in the suitcase.

ZIPPERS - if there are two zippers on one track. When closing a bag, pull the zippers all the way around the bag to the bottom; so they don’t snag on other items.

UNIQUELY IDENTIFY you luggage with neon-colored duct tape or colorful tag to make them stand out on the luggage carousel.

IDENTIFICATION - Be sure your name, address and telephone number are on the bag, both on a luggage tag and on a card tucked inside the luggage. Include contact information at your destination as well.

LOCKS - If you want to lock your bag, use a TSA-approved lock. TSA locks can be opened by security inspectors by using special tools provided by the lock makers. If you don't use an approved one, screeners may deliberately break your lock to search your bag. Of course, they may do this anyway with TSA-approved locks, but at least you'll decrease the odds.

Kids: Asthma linked to Antibiotic use?

As you may have read, there has been an alarming increase in antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Broad-spectrum antibiotics, the big guns that kill a larger number of bacteria and drug-resistant strains, are being used more often as resistance grows to narrow spectrum or first-line antibiotics.

A study published in the journal Chest last month raises new concerns about broad-spectrum antibiotic use. Do these super antibiotics given to children under a year of age increase their risk of childhood asthma?

Here’s the theory: any antibiotic, but particularly the broad-spectrum ones, kill off the bad germs that are causing infection as well as many “good germs” that live in harmony with the human body. Changing the body’s flora, may put the body at risk of other problems.

Researchers studied 14,000 children over an eight-year period and found that babies who had received at least one course of a broad-spectrum antibiotic had an increased risk of asthma later in childhood. The more rounds of broad-spectrum antibiotics, the greater the risk. The risk was independent of whether or not the mother had a history of asthma. The risk was even greater if the child received those antibiotics for a NON-respiratory infection (e.g. abladder infection).

Interestingly, having a family dog seemed to decrease the risk of the child developing asthma, especially if the child had received four or more courses of broad-spectrum antibiotics. Cats did not have an impact (sorry feline lovers).

Take home message: If your child needs antibiotics, narrow spectrum antibiotics, like Amoxicillin, should be used as first line treatment. Big gun, broad-spectrum antibiotics should be reserved for when we really need to use them.

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