Multiple Births: Top 3 Challenges of Raising Twin Babies (Or More!)
Does the concept of bearing more than one baby in the womb gives you amazement? There are moms-to-be who would be delighted to be gifted with twin (or more) babies in one birth. But there’s a vast difference between giving birth and actually raising many kids at the same time. Every parent knows that raising a single child is challenging enough, so more would mean literally extra challenging.
As a provider of quality home care, our team at Lowenhill Home Care Services would like to encourage you that while the challenge of raising kids is real, help is also more than real. We have expert caregivers who can assist you in home chores so you can focus on raising your kids at home. If getting some help seems a far-fetched idea, consider the following challenges:
- Life in schedule
Because you have more than one child, following and sticking to a schedule can help organize your day. You can’t bathe both at the same time. While you can breastfeed the two together, some other tasks just can’t be done. But having a schedule can also mean you might have to leave off from your personal activities for a while. With home care assistance, you can focus on caring for your precious angels as some of your other chores are also taken care of.
- Respiratory problems
It’s a common scenario that twins are born prematurely. So they could easily acquire respiratory problems as their lungs are still developing. They are also usually underweight so they would need extra care and monitoring. Some preemies can be given permission to be brought home. Having to take care of these crucial conditions would need for you to give your total attention. When these needs arise, you can surely benefit the assistance of extra hands at home.
- Easy infection
As twins grow together, their exposure to germs and infection also gets closer. Since they always spend time together, the illness of one can quickly transfer to the other, especially the common cough, colds, and flu. It would be a cause of stress to think about their health and still have other home tasks to finish. Homemakers can unburden you of these home chores while you focus on caring for your little ones.
It’s been said that babies are gifts from heaven. We agree. If you’re expecting for multiple births or are currently raising them, we cheer for you. While the challenges are real, there’s always help available. You can contact us for assistance in home chores and other care activities for yourself and infants so that you can still appreciate the blessings of everyday life.
At Lowenhill Home Care Services, we strive to provide the quality care you and your family need. Don’t hesitate to set an appointment with us when you need our services.
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Spina Bifida: Tips When Caring for a Loved One
If it’s your first time to encounter the term “spina bifida”, it literally means “split spine” in Latin. It’s a congenital disorder that hits a baby’s spine, resulting in mostly mobility problems growing up. According to WebMD, out of 4,000 babies born in the USA every year, an estimated 1,500 to 2,000 of these births have spina bifida. Thankfully, state-of-the-art technology has now made it possible for babies with spina bifida to grow up as adults.
Do you know someone with spina bifida? Here are care tips for their particular needs:
- Grooming needs
Your loved one with spina bifida needs physical care and grooming just like everybody else. Most of these patients can’t move easily, so they need careful assistance in going to the bathroom, kitchen, or their own rooms to dress themselves. It’s important to be always ready to assist them in these activities especially when they call for it.
- Mobility needs
The survivors of spina bifida mostly face mobility issues. Some cases would need to use wheelchairs in order to move, others will have crutches or other walking devices. Some would even be able to walk without the use of any device. It’s vital to help them develop strength in their legs. Assist them in performing physical exercises so they can develop in their muscular flexibility, skeletal strength, and overall movement.
- Mental needs
A person’s mental health is crucial in living a quality life. This is not an exclusive need for patients with spina bifida. But the disability can be a factor for them to develop depression. When a disability is in place, patients may have low self-esteem, frequently worried or anxious, and prefer isolation. Be there to assure them of your love, care, and support. Cheer their every activity, and assure them that no matter what happens, you are proud of what they can do and achieve.
- Safety needs
Because of mobility hindrances, your loved one with spina bifida may encounter safety issues whether at home or outdoors. Whether they’re on a wheelchair or walking device, make their paths clear from clutters. Assist them in getting up and sitting down. Always be alert in situations that they might need extra hands so that they can move safely.
- Support needs
As their family member, you might face your own challenges in caring for a loved one with spina bifida. When you’re not well yourself, you might not be able to give quality care to your loved one. It’s vital then to gather support for yourself. Talk with your partner, immediate family, close friends, and a support group from this specific condition. Because your loved one needs you, you also need to be supported yourself.
At Lowenhill Home Care Services, we help you provide quality care and service to a loved one with mobility challenges at home. Whether it’s a family member with spina bifida or an elderly person who’s left alone at home, we’re here to help you out. Contact us to set an appointment.