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How To Give Your Toddler Biaxin

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So after waiting 3h at the walk-in clinic yesterday, we got the confirmation that Charles has yet another ear infection.  Given the unpleasant (to say the least) reaction he had after taking Amoxcillin last time, the doctor prescribed some Biaxin.  She also mentioned, almost offhandedly, that it didn’t taste quite as good as the banana-flavoured penicillin antibiotic that kids love so much.

‘No biggie’, I thought, Charles is quite good with taking medication.

Then I went to the pharmacy where, after explaining the basics on the medication (how to measure and administer & common side-effects), the pharmacist asked if my son liked yogurt.

“He’s allergic to dairy”, I replied.

“Oh…well…you might want to have a glass of juice ready for him after giving him the Biaxin, it has a slightly metallic aftertaste”, he said.

The comment brought in mind a conversation that I’d had with my little brother a couple of months ago when a pharmacist had told him the same thing about the antibiotic he was taking – that it had a slightly metallic taste to it.  My (grown) little brother had grimaced after swallowing his pill and exclaimed that to say that the metallic taste was slight was a BIG understatement.

I hoped that Charles’ experience with the medication wouldn’t be as bad as my brother’s was as it is rather difficult to reason with a 2 year old.

That evening, after supper, he had his first dose.  He kept it in his mouth for a while, wondering whether he should spit it out or swallow it eventually settling on the latter.  I filled up his glass with juice (hey, it’s as good a reward as any!) and he downed it.

This morning, I was ready with a glass of coconut milk for him to give him his second dose.  I measured the prescribed amount and gave it to him.  He again kept it in his mouth for a while and managed to swallow a little bit before spitting the rest out on me…and I’m pretty sure I know why.

You see, though it may taste awful, it also has an equally awful texture WHICH NO ONE WARNED ME ABOUT!.  Fill a bottle with one third sand and two thirds water, give it a shake and that’s the texture of the metallic tasting medication I have to give my son for seven days.

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So I managed to mix a little bit more in his glass of coconut milk (which he downed!) and that was the end of the second dose.

This evening was dose three.  I skipped the syringe in the mouth and just put the Biaxin in his milk without him seeing me.  Well, I’m pretty sure he noticed that something was up because it took him fooooooorever to finish his darned milk.  I had to semi-bribe him to get him to drink up (oh, look Charles, why don’t you show your little sister how to drink out of a straw?).

I’m thinking that tomorrow morning, I’m going to try to hide the stuff in his most favouritest (soy) yogurt and see how it goes.

At this pace, though, I’m thinking that he’s going to catch on quickly so I’m going to need to find new and creative ways to feed him his damned antibiotics. We’ve got 11 doses left…

*Sigh*

Does anyone have any ideas?  Do any of you have any experience with trying to give Biaxin to a toddler?  Please share your strategies!

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Photography for Noobs

I am by no means an expert in photography.  I don’t have any training.  I don’t even like to have my picture taken.  In fact, I’ve only recently decided that there were more important things in life than avoiding a camera at all costs and now tolerate my picture taken…as long as it is not posed (ie: I don’t know I’m being photographed) and am told that I might end up on some photos (ie: I know I will be photographed) if that makes any sense.

I DO however LOVE to take snapshots of my son.  I mean, other things are nice to photograph as well, but my son is just the cutest thing on Earth (right?  RIGHT?) so  HAVE to take pictures of him…on a daily an hourly basis.

I HAVE learned a few tricks over the past few months though and thought I would share with you what works for me.

1. Do not wait for the perfect shot.

It won’t happen.  Or, when it does, you may not catch it especially when your are attempting to take a perfect shot of a baby.

The great thing about the digital age is that you can take hundreds of pictures in a small time frame (my boyfriend took about 900 during our last outing at the park with the little man) and delete the ones that don’t work for you.  When I am looking for a certain pose, I just set my camera on “hi-speed burst” and keep my finger down on the shutter button until I am done.  It is also a great function for my boyfriend who has trouble taking non-blurry pictures.

The “hi-speed burst” method is the one I used when I was taking the pictures that I would use to decorate my bedroom with and when I was aiming for a certain pose to tweet to the football team I root for.

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2.  Try shooting from different angles and distances.

Though perfectly-centered shots are nice, they get boring if that’s all you have.  Though I have a tendency to forget this tip myself, I find that when I break from my usual framing of pictures, I end up with some very interesting results.  The following two photos are among my favourite out of all of the pictures I have of my son.

3.  Use natural lighting to your advantage

I personally prefer shooting without a flash.  I prefer the look of natural lighting in a photograph.  The only time I use a flash is when it is absolutely necessary.  For instance the flash is needed when I snap a picture of my son in one of his weird sleeping positions.

4.  Don’t be afraid to use photo editing software

I’m not just talking about removing the red eyes or going to great lengths to modify a photograph to the point where the subject doesn’t even remotely resemble his/herself.  Some modification can be cool though.

I have recently found a free online editing software called Pixlr.  It has three different versions.  The first, Pixlr-o-matic, will allow you to pick from some preselected color effects, frames and overlays.  The second version, Pixlr Express, will allow for collages, an even greater pick of effects, frames and overlays as well as give you the freedom to add text, stamps and do basic editing.  The most advanced version, Pixlr editor, allows you a LOT of freedom.  I found that it resembles Photoshop a lot (not that I’ve used Photoshop much) and can allow for much personalized tweaking and fun.  For instance, you can do selective black and white with the use of layers.  This is what I used to modify the pictures that I eventually had printed on canvas to decorate our room.

5.  Don’t put your finger in front of the lens!

Just kidding!  Though, it is a good idea to avoid doing so 😛

Here are a few other things I did with the various versions of Pixlr.

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Does anyone else have awesome tips to help a noob photographer like myself?