Fables for children. The Peasant Mouse and the Rich Courtier

Fables for children. The Peasant Mouse and the Rich Courtier

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Irregular agglutinins in questions

An irregular rate of particular antibodies, the agglutinins, may reveal a risk of incompatibility between the mother and her future baby. What exactly do you know about agglutinins? Test your knowledge with our quiz.

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Agglutinins reveal the presence of fats in the blood

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Agglutinins are antibodies that act in the presence of intruders, antigens (microbes, toxins, etc.) in the body. They agglutinate by grafting on the carriers of the antigen (globules, cells, etc.) to neutralize or destroy them.


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Is it necessary to pertussis vaccine for mothers after childbirth?

Every year 50 million people in the world are caught in whooping cough and 300 thousand of them are saving their lives. Whooping cough, a very contagious disease, is a serious disease for adults but especially for babies. KadıköyŞifa Ataşehir Hospital Neonatal Specialist Dr. View ilknur's Full Profile He answered the most important questions about whooping cough and explained why mothers were given a whooping cough vaccine.

What is Whooping Cough?

At Bordatella pertussis ”is a very contagious disease transmitted by the bacteria caused by the bacterium called“ Bordatella pertussis.. According to World Health Organization data, 50 million cases of pertussis are seen in the world every year and 300 thousand of them die. Whooping cough is a disease that can be seen at any age but can be fatal in infants. It can cause many persistent health problems, especially pertussis which is a very serious disease for infants. Whooping cough begins with symptoms similar to the common cold, and then suffocates and has severe and rapid coughing attacks. Infants and young children with this disease can bruise and vomit during seizures and even die by drowning. Adults with a mild pertussis develop resistant cough, similar to other respiratory infections. According to the researches, 20% of coughs lasting more than 2 weeks are caused by whooping cough.

How does pertussis spread?

Whooping cough is transmitted to babies by 75 percent from its immediate surroundings. Infection; 40% of the parents, 15% of the father, 20% of the siblings are between 4 - 19 years.
Half of women of childbearing age have been shown to have no antibody titer to protect the baby until the first dose of pertussis vaccine.

Does the whooping cough vaccine lose its effect?

Immune to pertussis decreases after an average of 10 years after vaccination. For this reason, adults can catch pertussis and infect newborn infants. Since the first whooping cough vaccine is given at the end of the 2nd month in newborns, the baby who has taken the germ before this is at risk.

What is Cocoon Strategy?

Yaklaşım It is the approach that envisions vaccination of parents, siblings, carers and health workers who have contact with the baby to protect babies ”. The available data show that the Tdap vaccine (Pertussis vaccine) is safe in all populations (including pregnant women).
In our hospital, a cocoon strategy is applied to protect babies from pertussis infection after birth and mothers are vaccinated against pertussis after the baby is born.

My breastfeeding story: Exhausting but worth it

My breastfeeding story: Exhausting but worth it

Name: Ashley
Lives in: Tucker, Georgia
Breastfeeding experience: Unprepared for how exhausting and complicated breastfeeding can be
Main challenges: Finding a good nursing rhythm, keeping up a reliable milk supply, fitting many pumping sessions into a single workday
Breastfed for: 14 months and counting

My story

Before my daughter was born, I decided to breastfeed to save money. It was as simple as that. Then I took a lactation course and watched latching videos on YouTube and learned about the skin-to-skin bonding that comes from breastfeeding. The more research I did, the more into it I got.

By the time Harper was born, I felt ready – but she wasn't. She had trouble latching onto my breast at first. She fussed. Our skin-to-skin bonding didn't last as long as I wanted it to. But we hung in there and she found a way to nurse.

For the first month Harper nursed every one to three hours. I found it exhausting, partly because I had a hard time establishing a rhythm. She'd nurse for maybe five minutes and then cry, breaking her hold on my breast, and I'd have to put her back on the same breast to finish.

Also, her poop was green when it should have been mustard colored and I got stressed out thinking she wasn't getting the nutrients she needed.

I did more research and decided to try block feeding so she'd get the fattier milk she seemed to need. This meant limiting her to only one breast for three hour blocks of time, which seemed to work for her.

(Editor's note: Block feeding is typically recommended only if a mother has an oversupply of milk and a baby is gaining weight too quickly, fussy and gassy, or has reflux symptoms. Mothers who block feed require monitoring because milk production slows when a baby is limited to only one breast for three hour blocks of time.)

When I returned to my job as a health scientist, I organized my work schedule so I could pump three times a day, which is pretty demanding. Still, when Harper was seven or eight months old my milk supply started falling off. So I increased my pumping to four or five times a day, including getting up an hour before she woke.

At 10 months I saw another dip and almost moved to formula. But I decided to give it one last try instead. I added yet another pumping session to my day, and my milk came back.

Before having Harper, my biggest worry about breastfeeding had been developing thrush, which makes nipples sore. Everyone said it was so painful! I didn't get thrush, but I developed a bacterial infection when Harper was about 13 months old, which made nursing very uncomfortable. I took antibiotics and after a month it cleared up.

Now, I'm sort of done breastfeeding. I'm tired of going out with Harper and having her reach for my shirt. I'm also just tired. I'm weaning her slowly and don't offer her the breast anymore. But she's still reaching for it, even if sometimes she just nurses for two minutes. I'm trying to go with the flow but it's exhausting.

Breastfeeding has certainly been harder than I expected. But I'm so into the whole idea of it that I'm going back to school to get certified as a lactation consultant! I just got accepted into a program and will take my courses online. I know I'll be tired because I'm working and I'm a mom, but I'm also very excited. Whatever a woman's goal is with breastfeeding, I want to be there to help her be successful.

My biggest lesson learned

Keep your eyes on the prize, which in my case meant giving my daughter the full benefit of breastfeeding. While I never had any major problems, I went through some tough times trying to keep Harper fed. What kept me going was my commitment to feeding her without using formula.

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