Jimmy Kimmel’s Healthcare Scare: What You Should Know

As you may know, on May 1, 2017, Jimmy Kimmel spoke about the birth of his baby boy, Billy.

If you haven’t seen the clip, click here to watch.

Unfortunately, several hours after the birth of his baby, Jimmy and his wife Molly learned that Billy had a heart defect and needed surgery to save his life.

Jimmy thanked Cedars-Sinai Hospital and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles for providing Billy with amazing care. Because of the attentive staff and great care, his newborn son is home and doing well.

Jimmy’s message was extremely important and shows how far we have come in healthcare, and how far we have to go.

Friends, family, and readers have asked me some questions about what Jimmy had to say. Here’s my take:

Jimmy spoke about “pre-existing conditions.”

Question: What are pre-existing conditions and how do they affect healthcare coverage?

Answer: Pre-existing conditions are health problems that occur prior to the date new health coverage starts.

Jimmy is correct that prior to the passage of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”), pre-existing conditions, such as birth defects, could prevent someone like baby Billy from getting coverage. They also enabled insurance companies to charge individuals more. The ACA now prevents health insurance companies from refusing coverage or charging more for pre-existing conditions.

Question: What is the National Institutes of Health (“NIH”)?

Answer: NIH is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and is the nation’s medical research agency. Jimmy is correct that, despite initial plans to cut the budget for NIH, Congress increased its funding by $2 billion.

As a mother of two and a parent of a daughter born with a serious disease, I was touched by Jimmy’s message. It’s important to stay in the know about healthcare and healthcare policies, in case you or a loved one is impacted.

Congratulations to Jimmy Kimmel and his family on their baby boy!

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My Top Baby Must Haves

bigstock-140345645When I was raising my girls there were several items I just had to have. Whether they were a necessity or a luxury, I became accustomed to using these items and I couldn’t live without them! Today, I’m sharing my baby product must haves, as well as rules to live by to keep your babies safe.

When it comes to safety there are several obvious things; corner guards, outlet covers, gates, and knob locks.

But one thing that many first time parents over look is a bath tub spout cover. These are rubberized covers to go over the spout on the bathtub to protect your baby. This way if they bump their head you won’t have to worry about them injuring themselves.

Another safety item is a Pack ‘n Play. It is essentially a portable crib. This way when the kids spend the night at Grandma’s they have a safe place to sleep. Often times people end up letting infants sleep in the same bed as them when they’re away due to lack of resources. However this is extremely dangerous and can lead to serious injury or even death. Rest easy while you’re away knowing that your child is safely tucked in the Pack ‘n Play.

There were also several things I couldn’t live without when it came to feeding.

One of the most important feeding items was a really good electric breast pump. My youngest daughter could only be breastfed for the first few years of her life. So this was a necessity. Back in the 90s I rented mine for $25 a month. I actually had two, one that I kept at home and one that I kept at the office. That way I didn’t have to worry about bringing it with me. These days, most insurance companies will supply you with a breast pump due to the Affordable Care Act.

Another important feeding item was a nursing or feeding pillow. These are essential to help prevent back pain when nursing. You’re able to prop the baby up on the pillow so they sit at breast height, therefore you don’t need to lean forward. Using a feeding pillow can also help prevent your arms from falling asleep which is common with breastfeeding.

There were also some other luxury items I just couldn’t live without.

In order to get back to my healthy lifestyle, it was important that I had a jogging stroller. I go for a lot of runs and I needed a stroller that was sturdy enough for that. Having something I could use to take the girls with me when I went running was essential to getting back in to shape!

Next for me – an electric swing. Do yourself a favor and splurge on the electric one. A crank one you need to turn, and if you get side tracked and forget to crank it baby is going to wake up. They quickly rock your infant to sleep while you’re doing the dishes or folding laundry.

One of my must-have tips for baby safety is attention, attention, attention! Have your eye on your child at all times. You could turn your back for two seconds and they may already be in mischief. Be mindful of hot things, such as coffee sitting on the edge of the table or any kind of hot water.

Now don’t get me wrong, a lot has changed since I had my girls in the 90’s. But one thing I know for sure is these items are essential to the safety of your baby, as well as for your sanity. I hope you’ve found this helpful when trying to figure out what to add to your registry!


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Furnishing a Safe Room for Baby

Happy father feeding his baby boy a bottle at home in the bedrooGetting the nursery ready isn’t just about picking a wall color and deciding on a theme. It’s also about making sure everything is safe and secure for when baby arrives home. Today, we will be discussing everything you need to know about furnishing the nursery to ensure you’re ready for when you bring your bundle of joy home.

Crib and Crib Safety

There are a lot of things to consider when it comes to crib safety.

Unfortunately, crib safety regulations change all the time. So the crib that you used for your first child, who’s now 12 years old, may not be appropriate for your newborn. You can check online to see an updated list. If you do end up using one you already have or one you’ve borrowed from a family member you need to consider a couple of things; the distance between the slats, be sure the wood is in good condition without splinters, and make sure it doesn’t have a drop down piece in the front.

When deciding where to put the crib, there are several things to keep in mind. Don’t place it too close to a window. Not only is there the chance of them falling out but drapes or cords on the blinds can get wrapped around their neck and strangle them. Also, be sure the crib isn’t placed next to any other furniture that they can climb up on and get out of the crib.

If your crib requires at home assembly, be sure to do it properly; if you don’t think you can, hire a professional. Yes, it’s a great bonding experience to put the crib together as a couple, but if you’re not handy it can be extremely dangerous for your child. If you skip a step or don’t screw something in tight enough the whole crib can fall apart, leaving your baby in danger.

It’s also important to consider things around the crib. Be mindful not to hang pictures over the crib. They can fall off the wall, break and get glass everywhere. Or once the baby is standing they can accidentally pull something down off the wall and injury themselves.

When the baby is sleeping they should be in a crib or a bassinet. It’s tempting to let them sleep with you on nights where they’re fussy and have finally settled down, but that might be unsafe. The crib should be totally empty aside from the mattress — no blankets, no stuffed animals, nothing. Following these sleep safety rules will help prevent sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

Other furniture in the room

It’s obvious that you never leave a baby on a changing table unattended, but you still need to make sure everything is secure. Keep everything you need to change them close by – diapers, wipes, clothes, etc. this way you don’t have to turn your back on them.

Other furniture in the room can also be dangerous. Be sure all of the furniture is anchored down. Once kids start pulling themselves up everything becomes hazardous. If they pull up on it and it’s not secure, it can fall on them.

Be mindful of electric cords. If there is a cord plugged in for a lamp the baby can pull on it and the lamp can come down and hit them. And don’t forget outlet covers.

If you don’t already have carpet in that room, be sure to get a thick, soft rug to cushion falls for when they start walking.

Also, make sure there is a smoke detector in the room in case of a fire.

Lastly, get in your hands and knees. This way you can see the room from a baby’s point of view. Did you miss anything? Once you’ve followed these steps you are ready for baby to arrive!


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