“4 Strikes They’re Out” head lice treatment

Head Lice treatment basicsIncreasingly head lice are becoming resistant to synthetic insecticide treatments.[1] Many alternative treatments exist, but they are often ineffective or have never been tested for efficacy. Following is a lice treatment that employs four lice treatment methods (suffocation, desiccation and two natural insecticides) into one extremely effective treatment.What you’ll needA 400ml bottle of conditioner (a natural, plant-based conditioner is recommended to avoid toxic synthetic ingredients). Alternately you can use an oil like olive or coconut oil, however the consistency will be a bit different and the oil has a tendency to drip down.Diatomaceous Earth[2] (food grade).2 TBLSP (tablespoons) Neem Oil[3]1½ tsp (teaspoon) pure essential oil of Tea Tree.[4] Optionally also ½ tsp of Eucalyptus or Anise[5] essential oil (or a ½ tsp mixture of both).Non-reactive bowl (e.g. glass).A plastic bag, plastic food wrap or a shower cap.InstructionsIn the bowl, pour out all of the conditioner.Add to this the 2 TBLSP (tablespoons) Neem oil and whisk thoroughly.Whisk in the pure essential oils. Certain essential oils have been found to be effective against lice[6][7] and additionally the essential oil helps cover the smell of the Neem oil.Add a teaspoon of diatomaceous earth and then whisk.Keep adding diatomaceous earth a teaspoon […]
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Umbilical cord clamping options

Cord clamping basics After birth, the baby is still attached to the placenta via the umbilical cord. The umbilical cord upon exposure to lower temperatures and air, goes through a process of shutting off the blood supply between the baby and the placenta. It does this by collapsing the blood vessels (vasoconstriction) and collapsing the special jelly (Wharton’s Jelly) that surrounds the blood vessels. If left alone, the umbilical cord clamps itself within about 5-20 minutes and nothing more is needed, even when cutting the cord.[1] If preferred, a cord clamp can be applied before the cord is cut. This can also help stop the small amount of residual blood trapped in the umbilical cord from coming out. When non-severance or Lotus Birth is followed the cord is not cut at all. The different clamping options Following are the different methods of treating the umbilical cord after birth. Plastic clamp The most common umbilical cord clamp used is the plastic peg type. The cord is clamped with forceps, then the plastic clamp applied near the baby. The cord is then severed between the clamp and the forceps. Many parents find these to be bulky, hard and unpleasant, often catching on […]
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Caring for your newborn’s umbilical cord

Umbilical cord stump basics During pregnancy the baby receives nourishment through the placenta attached to the inside wall of the uterus.  The umbilical cord is the flexible cord containing blood vessels that connects the baby from their navel (‘belly button’) to the placenta. After birth, the special jelly (Wharton’s Jelly) surrounding the blood vessels and the blood vessels themselves collapse within about 5-20 minutes. How fast this happens depends on whether the umbilical cord is exposed to air or water (such as in a water birth) and the temperature it is exposed to. In cooler temperatures, this happens much quicker. In a water birth, this may happen slower. This collapse creates a natural clamp (called “physiological clamping” or “umbilical occlusion”).[1] The cord may be left (as in Lotus Birth or non-severance) or most commonly has a clamp attached and is then cut. The small part of the umbilical cord left attached to the baby is called the umbilical cord stump. This stump remains attached until it dries out and falls off anywhere between three days and two weeks (on average around one week).[2] How to care for the umbilical cord stump Cord stump care is very simple. Keep it dry, […]
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