GIVEAWAY!!! V.I.P. Hospital Productions

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Happy child life month! Let’s celebrate by giving away 5 V.I.P. Hospital Productions books to 5 lucky winners!

I am excited to introduce you to Hannah Doty, the founder of V.I.P. Hospital Productions

V.I.P Hospital Productions is an organization that designs specialty activity books and movies to help kids and teens interact with their medical team—and have FUN doing it!

As a child diagnosed with cancer, I spent a lot of time in the hospital. I used my interest in creative activities to occupy my time and began to ask medical team members to look at my drawings, sign my scrapbook and take pictures with me. I discovered when I initiated these fun interactions, I felt more in control of my situation and was less anxious about meeting new doctors and nurses.

In 2014, I founded V.I.P. Hospital Productions to help other kids and their medical teams interact easily. I designed these specialized activity books based on the type of resource I wish I would have had as a patient.

I believe as kids and teens feel empowered to ask questions and connect in a fun way with the medical personnel around them, the trust that is built helps them honestly communicate their health needs, go through treatment/procedures with less anxiety, and leads to an improved hospital experience for patients, family and caregivers alike.

These specialized activity books are available for individual purchase on our website, www.viphospitalproductions.org. Child Life professionals and other medical personnel should email us to receive quantity discounts or ask about piloting the books in their facilities. Information about our movies can also be found on our webpage. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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We will be giving away 5 Star Treatment Books to 5 lucky winners.

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 and leave a comment on the post

3. Facebook: Follow VIP Hospital Productions and leave a comment about the giveaway

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

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

Good Luck! Winner will be chosen 3/7/18, shipped to U.S. residents only.

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Coughing Cure: 5 Home Remedies to Soothe Your Child’s Cold

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Guest Blogger, Meghan Belnap

A common ailment that kids have to deal with is a cold, which can worry parents. There are many reasons why children get colds, but there are a number of things you can do to remedy this problem. The following are a few home remedies that you can try to get your child’s cold under control.

Ease the Soreness Away

As a parent, you want to find a way to help your child get through this as quickly as possible, and there are a lot of symptoms to worry about, including a sore throat. A solution that might work is a honey-infused lemon tea that may help your child feel a little better. To make this, add a tablespoon of fresh lemon juice to a hot cup of water. Then, stir in a teaspoon or two of raw honey to taste. Let the mixture cool, and give the tea to your child.

Coughing Remedy

Another symptom that you want to find a way to suppress is your child’s cough. You might be happy to know that all you need to do is give your child some honey. Make sure that you purchase only raw and organic honey for full potency. Keep in mind that children younger than one cannot have honey.

Ugh, Aches

Ginger tea should work wonders for a child dealing with muscle aches. This natural remedy helps blood circulate throughout the body. Blood carries necessary nutrients that help with your child’s recovery. You can add a little honey if your child does not love the taste of ginger tea.

Nose Aid

Colds are usually accompanied by a runny nose, and you know how much pain that can be. You can try to deal with this in a few ways. For one, you can try a saline nose rinse to clean out your child’s nose. Most parents don’t like this because kids are not too fond of pouring water into their nose. Try adding cedarwood oil to boiling water or an oil burner, which helps relieve this symptom.

Eww, Phlegm

The best way to get rid of phlegm is to loosen it up. You can boil some water and have your child breath it in. You can also turn on your shower, and have your child sit in the bathroom, or put a humidifier in your kid’s room. The steam should help loosen up any mucus so that your child can easily cough it out. Those who have this issue consistently may need to take their child to a physician, just to be safe.

Hopefully, some of these remedies help your child feel better. None of these are cures nor do they replace advice from a doctor such as Rural Health Services Consortium Inc.. Be sure to trust your intuition because a cold could be a symptom of something else.

 

Coping with Loss on Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is usually filled with Hallmark cards, flowers and family gatherings as we celebrate moms who selflessly do their best to care for others. However, I often think about the people who are grieving a loss on this holiday. Trying to move through the day without their mom, grandma or child.

The emotions leading to this holiday are heavy and complex, but you aren’t alone. I see your pain, others see your pain and we want to help. We can acknowledge and witness your feelings and find ways to honor the ones who are no longer here in a special way.

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  • Planting a tree or flowers
  • Letting a balloon go with a message attached
  • Wearing the loved one’s favorite color
  • Eating at their favorite restaurant or cooking their favorite meal
  • Going to a place that you often went with them
  • Engaging in their favorite activity
  • Creating a memory box and filling it with things that remind you of them
  • Making a stepping stone
  • Writing a letter to them
  • Drawing a picture
  • On a table cloth- have family and friends write stories or draw pictures
  • Playing their favorite music
  • Sharing stories about them

Maybe this year you create a new tradition and help your heart heal. Remind yourself that you don’t have to walk this journey of grief alone.

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