How to Soothe a Crying Baby


Babies don’t come with a manual. New parents are often stressed and tired and despite all loving efforts are unable to soothe their crying baby.  Been there, done that…Sometimes the harder you try, the worse it gets.

This pediatrician offers invaluable advice and demonstrates a soothing technique that works more times than not


Choking infant…what to do


Small children & toddlers don’t chew properly,  and even if they do sit down and eat right, food can still get caught.  They put all sorts of things in their mouth, don’t wait until it’s too late to learn this technique, it could save a life

I am sharing this, in the hope you can commit it to memory

Familiarize yourself with it before you ever need to use it and hopefully you won’t need to

It’s also useful to anyone who works with children to know or anyone working in the food service industry

Hangover Cures


No I don’t condone getting drunk just for the heck of it, but I am not against going out and having a good time either

I believe everything in moderation is ok

In my younger days when I first started working, we worked across the road from a pub and would go there every Friday and “tie one on” till the early hours of the morning, often going on pub crawls… they were fun, reckless days of the 80’s, in my early twenties, pre-cell phones and pre-kids

I don’t drink very much at all since I have had my kids 23 years ago, maybe two or three drinks, two times or three times a year.  I do enjoy the taste of alcohol, I love red wine and bourbon & coke.

I have had my share of hangovers in my day


There were only ever two remedies that ever worked for me, a Big Mac was one, it worked every time, it probably soaked up all the alcohol, not really sure, I just know it worked (Get a SOBER friend to drive you to Maccas)

The other was on the night you went out, to drink a full bottle of water for every beverage you consume.  I didn’t find this out for many years later, wish I had known it earlier. The water replaces cells depleted by the alcohol and often when you drink you become dehydrated quickly, the water replaces fluid lost

I will never ever get behind the wheel of a car if I drink alcohol, not even if I have only had one drink, (which is well below the driving limit), I just find it selfish and irresponsible, I won’t do it – If I am drinking, I am not driving!

I also won’t consume alcohol if taking prescription medicine, it’s just trouble

Do NOT drink and drive, but if you find yourself prepared ahead of time, you can avoid nasty hangovers


“Feed a Cold, Starve a Fever”


Do not use this Blog as Medical Advice, it is informational only, if you are sick, consult with your primary care physician

If you’ve been around as long as I have, you’ll have heard a lot of old sayings and ‘wives tales’, one of them being “Feed a cold, Starve a Fever”

What does that mean?  Where did it come from?

When people have a cold, there is usually no fever associated with it, you will probably get a runny nose and sore throat.  You are still hungry and need nutritious food to get well again, chicken or broth soup, hot tea for adults, is always a good start, try to avoid dairy as it makes mucous worse

Have orange juice for vitamin C and honey & lemon (1 tsp honey) or a throat lozenge for sore throats

They usually have good appetites, thus the term “feed a cold” as opposed to someone with the flu who is running a fever and the thought of food makes them want to throw up, thus “starve a fever”, what they need is fluids more than food


When people have the flu, they are often running a fever, are very lethargic and don’t want to eat anything. They run the risk of dehydration if they do not replenish the fluids that your body loses from excessive sweating / perspiration associated with a fever, sometimes they may have diarrhea or vomiting

They desperately need fluids back in their body to restore the electrolytes in their body. They can achieve this with drinking lots of water or some sports drinks (not too many of these, maybe one or two) or popsicles, or even having jello, flat sprite or ginger ale can also restore fluids in children

Once the fever is broken, slowly introduce (solids) food again, broth soup like chicken noodle is a good start

No one wants you to starve anyone, it is just an old saying, not literal

While no one is sure where the original phrase came from, it was thought to have come from advice columns of women’s journals & periodicals which used to offer parenting advice to new wives, mothers & homemakers, so they would know how to look after their family. It was a catchy phrase that reminded new mothers that feverish patients needed fluids more than food and cold patients still had an appetite and could eat solid food without making them nauseous



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