The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends not using cold medicines below the age of 6 years due to safety concerns, so humidifiers are one of the treatments that is safe in this young age group. When I went to my pediatrics conference in 2013, I stopped by the Crane booth and loved their humidifiers for their design. Crane humidifiers were ranked (out of 10) #2 for their Adorables, #6 for our Drops, and #8 for our Germ Defense humidifiers in Consumer Reports Best Products of the Year for single room humidifiers, and they are the best selling and one of the highest rated humidifier brands. Their Customer Care is exceptional and they also have a 1 year warranty. The place to get this is in Hawaii is at Babies "R" Us but for more information and other retail/online stores, you can click this: where to find Crane humidifiers. Also, if you are interested in purchasing the Crane humidifier, please stop by our office to get a coupon that will save you some money.
Vitamin D drops for babies
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends vitamin D drops for breastfed babies. Unfortunately, vitamin D drops are difficult to find at drug stores in Hawaii. A parent shared me this one that you can purchase at Amazon which does not contain any artificial colors of flavors. It is called Super Daily D3 by Carlson Laboratories. A word of caution, it is concentrated so be careful you use only one drop. Although the other vitamin D drops that you buy at the store might have to be given as 1 ml (with the other ingredients), it is diluted so it is more difficult to overdose your baby on vitamin D. If you want to check out Super Daily D3, you can go to the Amazon site for this product, by clicking here.
I have some families who are environmentally conscious, and choose cloth diapers over disposable. Unfortunately, there are no commercialized services to clean cloth diapers in Hawaii. One of my patient's parents purchased Alva Baby online because it was reasonably priced. The link to this is http://www.alvababy.com/.
There's a store in Manoa Marketplace that also sells cloth diapers, named Baby aWearness. The link to this is http://www.islandteaparty.com/. It also has a breastfeeding support service as well.
NovaFerrum Liquid Iron Pediatric Drops
I often hear complaints from parents about ferrous sulfate being bad tasting, making it very difficult to give iron to their child to treat their anemia. I learned about NovaFerrum Iron Pediatric Drops from the American Academy of Pediatrics National Convention and Exhibition where I did a taste test, and I have to say that NovaFerrum beats ferrous sulfate in this area. I have tried in on a few of my patients to treat their anemia, and they love it. A downside is that it is expensive and may not work as well in treating anemia as ferrous sulfate. However, if your child cannot take ferrous sulfate because it tastes bad, this is a good alternative. You can purchase it without a prescription although many order it from Amazon since it is not available at many local drug stores. To find out more about this product, you can go to the company's website at NovaFerrum. Or you can purchase it at Amazon by clicking here. Make sure you use it as directed since an overdose can be fatal.
Fisher-Price Royal Stepstool Potty
One of my parents recommended this potty chair since it also converts into a step stool! It is quite versatile and is reasonably priced. This potty chair "grows" with the child from a training potty with 4 songs that encourage and reward success, to a removable potty ring for the regular toilet. This parent uses the step stool for the child to get on and off the regular toilet. To find out more about it, you can click here.