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Peace of mind with KidCam

8 Dec

17

Days till Christmas

When you’re a parent to a child on the autism spectrum as well as an 8-year-old Diva & an active toddler of almost 2, you kinda wonder why god didn’t implant eyes in the back of your head!

With all three children having their own interest, you often find them dotted all over the house doing something or another.

Now, I know that children are entitled to their privacy, just like anyone else, but… and yes, this is a very “Big” but, there are some situations that require mummy’s watchful eye! OK, the Little man is totally safe when shut in his room playing lego or memorising bus destinations for hours on end. Alice-Sara can often be left to her own devices when off playing with her beloved Monsters High or off creating art in her bedroom but Harley is most certainly at the age that requires constant supervision and when the other two are together or of playing downstairs, they also need my watch over! Yes, in our house its pretty easy for things to turn from rosy to… Well, Bonkers, especially when Little man lashes out at his sister, he can really go for it, plus she don’t do half bad a detecting, then pushing his buttons!

Most parents will likely relate when I say it isn’t unusual for all hell to break loose when your back is turned as you try so desperately to engage in a little washing up or hovering in the next room. Seriously It’s risky business is that!

So… when this mum received the offer to review KidCam from Storage Options, it was one of those offers that are simply to dam good to refuse!

KidCam is truly awesome, you can use it as a baby monitoring system, put it in the car to keep an eye on them little monsters in the back seat, or even watch over them as they play in separate rooms (with its spilt screen function).

The KidCam consists of two small compact wireless cameras, wireless 4.3” (11 cm) companion screen, 2x home camera stands, 2x camera suction mounts, a home screen stand, 3x power adaptors/chargers plus instruction manual.

What I found fantastic about KidCam was it versatility! You can take it anywhere around the home, it’s so compact & extremely light weight, yet it does all it promises and more! Another top feature was the spilt screen, meaning you can watch two children playing in different areas at the one time (one in their bedroom, another in the garden)! The two wireless cameras transmit a crystal clear picture, plus sound, back to the wireless monitor giving you the parent total peace of mind all of the time.

The KidCam works for up to a 100 m range, which is why this system is designed for the home and garden (though it can be used in the car with the use of an additional adaptor)! You can carry the monitor around the home with you, wherever you go, no need to sit by a power point or panic when you need to dart of to use the bathroom.

The system also works well as a baby monitor or when introducing a child to their own bedroom for the very first time as the KidCam is fully equipped with night-vision. Since I’ve received the KidCam, I’m able to work at my desk without the constant need to get up and find out why the children are so quite (we all know when kids are too quite, this usually means trouble)! I’m also the type of mother who will go and check on my sleeping tribe a million and one times, giving them a poke to make such they move (nightmare mother, I know)!

Now, I don’t want my house turning into some “Big Brother house” but sometimes I am busy and stuff doesn’t do itself, so the KidCam provides me with a way to get the dishes done or hover the hallway without having to worry. KidCam gives me total reassurance if and when I need it, day & night or just here and there, whatever suits me, that’s the beauty of it!

So… There you have it… the KidCam is compact, small, light, versatile, attractive, reliable and offers a parent like me loads of reassurance.

This baby has it all… it has all that of the above, plus its easy & quick to set-up.

I really wasn’t disappointed with KidCam! Would I recommend it? Most defiantly I would!

Priced at £160 we’re not talking cheap, but you really do get what you pay for and this is pure quality.

The KidCam is available now from Storage Options

Disclosure: I received a KidCam for the purpose of this review.

How probiotics are helping my son with Aspergers Syndrome

15 Sep

It’s  a little over a week since myself and the kids started on the OptiBac Probiotics and here’s a progress report!

 As many will now know, OptiBac are sponsoring me for the Mad Blog awards, this is the perfect partnership, what with the link of probiotics and there effect on gut and digestive health in children on the autism spectrum.

 This was an issue that was getting me down. More lately, little man had been experiencing gut problems, including bloating following a small meal, reframing from using the toilet other than those at home (always been the case, yet stomach aches had really increased somewhat of late) awful wind (I mean awful) and generally, a lot of tears. 

 Something I didn’t know before, was the possible links to the use of probiotic supplements improving anxiety, behavioural problems and other non related digestive health concerns, when given to children on the autism spectrum.

 I love Little man the way he is, and certainly wouldn’t change him! However, I would like to make things easier for him by improvement of any issues that cause him great difficulty, and therefore affect his overall health (wouldn’t we all as parents)? 

 I admit, I’ve always been a big sceptic about supplements and their improvements on autism! We tried the fish oils and saw no improvement what so ever (plus he hated taking these) However this hasn’t been the case with the OptiBac Probiotics.

For those of you that are not aware of what Probiotics are, they are a type of friendly bacteria living in the gut. It is documented that Children with autism may have more digestive health problems due to the imbalance of good and bad bacteria. 

So, this is what the lovely Soraya over at OptiBac sent me for the Little Man

 For daily Wellbeing: OptiBac Probiotics Extra Strength 

The Extra Strength Probiotics contain 20 billion live microorganisms and five friendly bacteria strains, in one capsule. This is the premium range and will give a child on the autism spectrum a good kick-start in achieving good digestive health, therefore bringing with it a range of other benefits.

 Test Run

 Little man had no issues taking the capsule (if preferred you can open these up and sprinkle in a glass of water or juice as the contents is flavorless)

These are recommended to be taken in the morning with breakfast! That was our problem, Little man doesn’t eat in the mornings, through we have him taking this with a glass of cold milk. 

 Any changes in digestive health?

 It’s early days but yes, there has already been some changes in his digestive health! Pretty quickly after having first started the probiotics, Little man seemed more comfortable, the last few days I have noticed that he is able to eat more of his food without it upsetting his stomach. By day six I noted that Little man wasn’t nearly as bloated as he usually gets. His of course continuing to refuse to use public toilets waiting till his at home, though he doesn’t get as uncomfortable in the process, whereas before after ten minutes this would have caused himself to double up in agony. 

 As for the wind, hardly a trump to be heard! This, ladies and gentlemen, is heaven, my little man would break wind non stop (no matter who was there) For some reason it is always worse at night, his farting wakes me, I swear. (and no my son will not be at all embarrassed that I wrote this, he would pretty much laugh his arse off)! 

This, I can only put down to the Probiotic extra strength supplement, as nothing else has every worked!

What a result!

 Other issues, non gut related

 What I’ve noticed

Slight improvements in anxiety levels

 Again, It’s just over a week, I can’t say a 100% that the probiotics are the reason behind a slight improvement in his anxiety levels, though I think it’s looking pretty likely to be the case! 

Even such a small decrease in a week, to me is fabulous. Anxiety is the thing that triggers a lot of little mans impulsive behaviours, along with his difficulty with sensory processing.  

Any improvement in this area are much welcome! 

 Little man is a little less likely to over think things, reading too much into things, which he does a lot! This past week, there has been fewer questions asked by little man, which is often fired at me so to offer him reassurance! He will normally do this even if he knows that something will or will not happen, just so his that bit more reassured. When increased anxiety has risen, there has again been a small improvement in the speed in-which his anxiety is again reduced to a clam state, therefore allowing reasonable thinking.

 Behaviour

 This has obviously also sightly improved, due to the reduction in anxiety which again, along with sensory processing, is one of his main triggers for behavioural difficulties.

 Sleep

 No improvement here as yet, though he is getting up quicker and dressing a little faster! There is definitely something happening here folks and for just over a week I’m seriously impressed.

 The siblings 

 Alice-sara and little Harley are taking the 

‘For your Child’s health” probiotic and prebiotic 

 These come in individuals packets and are powdered so can be added to cold drinks and cold food. The range is safe for children, pregnant women, and mothers who are breastfeeding.

 The box contains 30 powders and at one a day (more if desired) they last one month.

 Results

Alice-Sara has always experienced bloating and discomfort and over the week, this is again starting to decrease. Harley has not had any more stomach cramps (These were regular before using the probiotics) his had no constipation what so ever! Bonus!!

 And as for me… (Mum) 

 Product: Maintaining regularity!

 It’s working! Enough said (Hide’s glowing red face and cringes with embarrassment)!

Though this are also good for gaining a flat tum, No that hasn’t happened as yet!

 So, what more is there to say, except… OptiBac Probiotics don’t cost the earth so are really worth a try, especially if your child has autism. Watch this space for another OpticBac progress report soon.

 OptiBac Probiotics Facebook Competition

 Wouldn’t it be great to test run these fabulous supplements for free?

 Enter the facebook competition on the OpticBac facebook page, to bag yourself , child or both, some OptiBac Probiotics!

 Win… Extra Strength premium capsules (that Little man is currently using, and reviewed above) Awesome for those with autism but equally as great for those without.

Win… ‘For your child’s health’ probiotic and prebiotic (as taken by the siblings and reviewed above, good for children with and without autism).

 Win… For Bowl Calm’ trail pack.  Great for upset stomach and can be given from three years plus.

 OptiBac asked me to invite my lovely readers over to their facebook page.

 If you are willing to quickly click the like button, letting them know ‘A Boy with Aspergers’ sent you, before finally sharing the competition by pressing the share button on their page, you’ll be in the running for both kits with a prize value of over £40! 

CLICK HERE FOR THE OPTIBAC FACEBOOK PAGE

 How easy is that!!!

  Most products are Ok for those on, gluten & yeast free, vegan & vegetarian diets and are also free from artificial colourings and sugar. Each of the products vary slightly, check the OptiBac Probiotics website, where you will find a full list of info for each product. 

 Note: The competition is hosted by OptiBac who will draw the winner from random, please see their full T&C when the website by clicking HERE

Remember to let them know who sent you.

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