Bubbles and Bandaids: Spotlight and Giveaway

Bubbles and Bandaids

Child life specialists have been discussing dress code policies for years. Should we wear scrubs, business casual, or have uniforms? Our job requires us to move a lot, play and create with art and sometimes get an unexpected surprise of a child’s bodily fluids.

So what should we wear that is comfortable, washable and provides others with an idea of our role? Bubbles and Bandaids has solved that problem. I’m so excited to share the dynamic duo, Betsy and Carissa, who created this company and are now helping child life specialists enjoy apparel both in and out of work.

Guest Blogger, Carissa from Bubbles and Bandaids

How Bubbles and Bandaids started:

Betsy and I met 8-9 years ago at work. We were both working as child life specialists at a local children’s hospital in Southern, Ca. Betsy has been in child life for 10 years and I have been in the field for fifteen. Work and family took Betsy out of state, but we were able to reconnect at the 2018 ACLP conference. We had a discussion about the lack of child life apparel and decided something needed to be done. We came up with our name that same night and then began dreaming and planning.

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What’s in the shop?

We currently offer 5 shirt designs. They are all original by our designer, Jaye. We share our idea/vision and he brings it to life. Our goal is to offer quality shirts that can be worn both at work and play! Along with our shirts we also have a great badge reel and lanyard.

All of our designs are currently available. Pre-orders will run October 10-20th and then shirts will ship beginning of November. Our first batch of shirts sold out quick, so we are trying something new with pre-orders to ensure everyone gets the size they want/need. These make great gifts for the holidays and starting new internships, so be sure to click here and get your gear.

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Win a t-shirt design of your choice. Choose one or more ways to enter:

1. Sign up for email notifications at Child Life Mommy and leave a comment below.

2. Facebook: Follow Child Life Mommy, tag a friend and leave a comment on the post.

3. Facebook: Follow Bubbles and Bandaids and leave a comment about the giveaway.

4. Twitter: Follow, Like and RT the post to @ChildLifeMommy.

5. Instagram: Follow @ChildLifeMommy & @BubblesandBandaids, Like the post and tag a friend.

Good Luck! Winner will be chosen 10/19/18. Shipped to residents in U.S. and Canada.

Raising the Awareness of Cerebral Palsy

Raising Awareness of Cerebral Palsy

Cerebralpalsyguidance.com is a comprehensive source for information on the complex condition of cerebral palsy.

One of the major goals of National Health Education Week is to raise national awareness of major diseases and promote a better understanding of the role of public education in dealing with them, and this is certainly true in the case of Cerebral Palsy and the impact that it has on patients, their families, and the community as a whole. Cerebral Palsy refers to a group of disorders that damage the brain during the initial developing stages after birth or while still in utero. The resulting damage can affect the body’s ability to move, muscle tone, control, or coordination, reflexes, posture, and balance. There may also be intellectual impairments, vision and hearing problems, and epilepsy. Cerebral Palsy is a permanent condition.

When it comes to what causes Cerebral Palsy to develop in the first place medical science is still a bit in the dark. There is no single cause for the disease and in many cases, it is unknown why a baby is born with it. There is some evidence that certain complications with the birthing process such as asphyxia or lack of oxygen can play a role, but on the whole, it is still a mystery. What researchers are confident of is that there are a bunch of issues that can take place during the development of a fetus that can increase the odds of Cerebral Palsy developing. Chief among these indicators are premature birth, low birth weight, and blood clotting problems. Other possible causes for Cerebral Palsy can include an infection or environmental exposure (e.g. lead poisoning) while in the womb and genetic problems.

When diagnosing Cerebral Palsy there are certain markers that physicians look for as indicators. These markers are not generally the result of any single examination, but instead are part of a lengthy screening process that is usually conducted between the ages of 2 to 5. That said, sometimes the symptoms are severe enough that doctors can make a diagnosis shortly after birth. The screening process is normal for all babies and is designed to see if they are suffering a multitude of possibly life inhibiting conditions such as hypothyroidism, galactosemia, and sickle cell diseases. There are also a set of tests to check metabolism, hearing, and vision, as well as the APGAR (activity, pulse, grimace, appearance, and respiration) score which can all contribute to a diagnosis.

There are no known cures for Cerebral Palsy, however, there is a range of treatments available to help children reach their greatest potential as they develop and mature into adulthood. This often takes the form of assistance in learning how to control motor functions, speech, learning, and dealing with their environment. Medications are also prescribed to help mitigate muscle pain and stiffness, and in some cases, surgery is used to correct scoliosis which is a common trait among sufferers of Cerebral Palsy.

Cerebral Palsy affects approximately 1 million people in the United States and can be devastating if not properly diagnosed at a young age. Treatments are available to help, but perhaps the biggest help comes from raising awareness of this condition and to encourage research that will hopefully one day finding a cure.


Children’s Literature and Activity Books


Have you heard about the U.S. Government Publishing Office? They create and publish children’s literature and activity books. There are a variety of topics for all readers. Some of my favorites are exploring the outdoors, building self-esteem and strengthening the family bonds.

Be sure to visit their online bookstore for Federal Publications from NASA, The National Park Service, the Environmental Protection Agency, and many more. With more than 4,000 titles and topics, you are sure to find something for everyone.

To learn more follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.