If you are a new parent right now, you are navigating a LOT. You are incorporating a tiny human into your life, during a pandemic, likely without the ability to seek adequate support from family and friends. You are looking for answers to a whole host of questions you never anticipated asking. Every time you sit down to feed your baby, you may find yourself getting lost down a Google rabbit hole. If your search history is anything like mine it may contain phrases like: “how many hours should my baby be sleeping?” and “what is a normal amount of spit up?” Pandemic or not, new parents worry. They ask a lot of questions. They want to ensure their baby is healthy, eating enough, developing, and happy. So, if you are seeking information about your little one 24/7, you are right on track. One of the central causes of parental concern during the first few months is tummy trouble. Gas, colic, fussiness, and diaper rash plague many new families, often leading to sleepless nights and frustration. If you are in the thick of it right now – there is a surprising way to learn what is causing your baby’s discomfort. We now know that many common newborn issues are linked to bad bacteria in baby’s gut. When there is too much bad bacteria and not enough of the good guys, baby’s stool pH will be elevated. Yep, that dirty diaper may contain some very valuable information. Your little one’s stool pH (aka acidity of her poop) provides a window into her gut health that can help you get to the bottom of gas, colic, fussiness, and diaper rash. A simple test exists to measure baby’s stool pH and can help determine if your newborn has too much bad bacteria in her gut. A leading organization (LabCorp) now has a recommended range for infant stool pH to reflect what is optimal for baby’s gut health. However, you may be surprised to learn that 97% of babies are missing the key good bacteria, B. infantis, that helps baby achieve a healthy stool pH – so even without a test, if your baby is fussy, gassy, or experiencing diaper rash, these are good indicators that the good bacteria is missing and stool pH may be elevated. So, what do you do if your baby has an elevated stool pH? Research shows that feeding a specific strain of good bacteria in Evivo baby probiotic once daily, lowers infant stool pH to the recommended range. This is because Evivo is clinically proven to reduce bad bacteria in baby’s gut by 80%, increasing the beneficial bacteria, and creating a protective environment that resolves the root cause of tummy troubles. If you are currently consumed by difficult newborn days (and nights), take a sigh of relief. It does not have to be this way. Evivo can help. If you are interested in learning more about your baby’s gut microbiome, talk to your Pediatrician about stool pH, gut health, and how to get started with Evivo. Hang in there. Life is about to get a whole lot easier. You’ve got this

If you are a new parent right now, you are navigating a LOT. You are incorporating a tiny human into your life, during a pandemic, likely without the ability to seek adequate support from family and friends. You are looking for answers to a whole host of questions you never anticipated asking. Every time you sit down to feed your baby, you may find yourself getting lost down a Google rabbit hole. If your search history is anything like mine it may contain phrases like: “how many hours should my baby be sleeping?” and “what is a normal amount of spit up?”

Pandemic or not, new parents worry. They ask a lot of questions. They want to ensure their baby is healthy, eating enough, developing, and happy. So, if you are seeking information about your little one 24/7, you are right on track.

One of the central causes of parental concern during the first few months is tummy trouble. Gas, colic, fussiness, and diaper rash plague many new families, often leading to sleepless nights and frustration. If you are in the thick of it right now – there is a surprising way to learn what is causing your baby’s discomfort.

We now know that many common newborn issues are linked to bad bacteria in baby’s gut. When there is too much bad bacteria and not enough of the good guys, baby’s stool pH will be elevated. Yep, that dirty diaper may contain some very valuable information. Your little one’s stool pH (aka acidity of her poop) provides a window into her gut health that can help you get to the bottom of gas, colic, fussiness, and diaper rash.

A simple test exists to measure baby’s stool pH and can help determine if your newborn has too much bad bacteria in her gut. A leading organization (LabCorp) now has a recommended range for infant stool pH to reflect what is optimal for baby’s gut health. However, you may be surprised to learn that 97% of babies are missing the key good bacteria, B. infantis, that helps baby achieve a healthy stool pH – so even without a test, if your baby is fussy, gassy, or experiencing diaper rash, these are good indicators that the good bacteria is missing and stool pH may be elevated.

So, what do you do if your baby has an elevated stool pH?

Research shows that feeding a specific strain of good bacteria in Evivo baby probiotic once daily, lowers infant stool pH to the recommended range. This is because Evivo is clinically proven to reduce bad bacteria in baby’s gut by 80%, increasing the beneficial bacteria, and creating a protective environment that resolves the root cause of tummy troubles. If you are currently consumed by difficult newborn days (and nights), take a sigh of relief. It does not have to be this way. Evivo can help.

If you are interested in learning more about your baby’s gut microbiome, talk to your Pediatricianabout stool pH, gut health, and how to get started with Evivo.

Hang in there. Life is about to get a whole lot easier. You’ve got this

The Lord very clearly wants me to do something with these life experiences, I just don’t know what that is yet. Although, several things have happened over the last several weeks that are making things a little clearer. {Thanks Lord.} In the meantime, I will use this platform to share,  to bring awareness, to help other parents currently living in the NICU.

During the past several months, I’ve happened across several resources/websites that I wish I would have known about while I was in the NICU.  So, I’m gonna SEO (search engine optimize) the you know what out of this blog post and hopefully, other preemie parents who are searching will come across it.

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Three major tenets provide the foundation for this organization: support for today,  advocacy for tomorrow and research for the future. Two specific things that  Graham’s foundation provides that really stands out in my mind are NICU care packages and parent to parent support. Both are crucial to new parents of preemies.

MYPREEMIE APP

This is the market-leading app for parents of premature babies created by Graham’s Foundation (above). The following information is from their website:

A Pocket Guide to Prematurity

MyPreemie offers easy to understand explanations of common health and developmental issues, equipment in the NICU, medical procedures, and the specialists you’ll meet.

A Beautiful Baby Book

The daily journal comes complete with prompts that help you chronicle your preemie’s major events and milestones in text and photos, as well your own feelings.

A Personal Organizer for You

Customizable to-do lists and to-ask lists help you become a better informed and more engaged participant in your premature baby’s care.

A Developmental Tracker

Check your baby’s progress easily. The MyPreemie app automatically plots your preemie’s daily recorded weight, length, and head size on a custom growth chart.

You can download the app from GooglePlay or iTunes.

PREEMIE PRINTS

This organization connects NICU families with local photographers who will provide a complimentary photo session with digital prints. Families have the option of  a photo sesh in the NICU while the babes are still in or up to one year post discharge. Check out our preemie print photo session here.

FACEBOOK GROUPS

Who doesn’t love a good facebook group? I found several that provided me a great deal of comfort during our most recent NICU stay. Many of the prematurity based groups have rules (found in the file section), so be sure to take a look at them before posting. You will find women (and men, sometimes) with  a wide range of experiences in coping with prematurity. I’m also going to include a group for gals who are exclusively pumping.

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