Stay at home moms

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Stay at home moms

June 28, 2010 in Uncategorized

Hi i was wondering how many moms acctually have a full time job while caring for their PKU child? i am needing advice on this because i am trying to figure out if i should be worried about working and not being the one with him all the time? We are really in no way able for me to stay home right now but in the future maybe, I am just needing input on how hard it might become if i am working? My son is 5 months ols by the way!

7 Reviews of Stay at home moms

  1. Registered: Dec 6, 2009

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    Thessaloniki, INTERNATIONAL

    I’m not so sure how easy it will be, but I have returned at work when my daughter was 3 months old, she ‘s now 7 and things work out fine, We have a lady that looks after her, she knows the condition and gives me a full report about the food she’s having. Maybe as she grows older it is going to be more difficult, but on the other hand I wouldn’t be able to give up work right now. Except from pku our children also need calm, alive and energetic mothers. I need sometimes my work to balance things. I have already asked the psychiatrist in our clinic about this and he said to go for it and continue a normal life. That is at least the way I see it!

  2. Registered: Jun 21, 2010

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    Warren, Michigan

    To some extent, someone could worry about any kid, but presumably, as long as you make sure that whomever is feeding your kid is giving him formula instead of T-bone steaks, or stuffing his little face with cookies, or other such things (which can be high phe as well, but this becomes less of an issue when he is older) then he should be fine.

  3. Registered: May 1, 2009

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    Lee, Massachusetts

    i worry of this as well…my son is now 14 months and i wonder if i will be able to send him to pre-school when he gets older, i work full time but I have been fortunate enough to have only family watch him…i think if you research the care they should be able to accomadate him and if they can’t you are at the wrong place…

  4. Registered: Jan 20, 2010

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    Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

    Hi, I just went back to work a couple of months ago. I was wondering the same thing… We pack our son’s lunches and just use tape to label everything( with a perm. marker) he’ll eat and then our babysitter just has to put the tape into the notebook where we count the day’s protein. This has worked well for us and she said it works well for her. Before supper, we’ll add up what he’s had to decide on his supper. I know it takes more time than it would if there weren’t diet issues, but it is do-able. I also like seeing my co-workers again :)

  5. Registered: Apr 13, 2010

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    plant city, Florida

    i am back at work also its just that i am worried when he really starts eating foods what am i going to do, its just hard but at least i am not the only one going thru it! thanks for the advice ladys i needed it:)

  6. Registered: Feb 1, 2010

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    Tucson, Arizona

    When I was younger, we had a variety of sitters/daycare settings for me when my parents both worked. I think that if you are able to find a good person you can trust, you’d be doing a great thing for yourself and for your child.

    My parents had a few issues with a few in-home babysitters (not just diet-related…one called my mom on a weekend on accident, thinking it was one of her friends, informing my mom that the “coke” was there…needless to say I never went back because my parents couldn’t trust her about multiple things–not just diet!). My family was blessed to have relatives around that often were able to step in. On different occasions, I was babysat by aunts, grandparents, etc. so my parents were able to make sure they could work out food menus with them. When I was about 3 yrs old, I was aware enough of what I could/couldn’t eat, that at daycare one day with snack, I told the teacher I couldn’t have the cheese/crackers they were serving. The teacher tried to insist that I needed to try it, even if I don’t like it. I started being more insistent that I wouldn’t eat it just in time for another daycare worker to walk by and say “Oh, she can’t have that. Here, her parents have her snacks over here…”

    if you are able to teach your child what foods are okay, what foods aren’t okay, and to ask you before eating something they’re not sure about, I think that they can help with the whole process as they get older. Most important, of course, is knowing that your child’s caregiver is on the same page as you. Food allergies and special diets (sometimes by family’s choice) seem to be so common anymore that if you find a good sitter/daycare center, they will be willing to work with not only your child with PKU, but with the next kid, who has a peanut allergy, or a lactose sensitivity. I know that this summer at Vacation Bible School, our snack crew had a list of every child that had any type of food allergy/sensitivity. About 10% of the kids had the special sticker to indicate they had special dietary needs. I feel like we just fit into the crowd in a way anymore, we just don’t have a commonly understood condition. (“So no protein, but you can have soy burgers, right?”)

  7. Registered: Sep 12, 2006

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    Franklin, Wisconsin

    When I was younger my mom was still in school and my dad worked third shift, so there was always a parent home. By the time my eleven year old sister Erica was born and diagnosed with PKU my mom was working through our home, and I have been Genavieve’s main babysitter since she was born nearly two years ago, so child care has never been an issue for our family.

    However, working outside of the home with a child who has PKU is definitely doable. It will require more communication between you and your child’s caretaker, but many parents of PKU children have successfully tackled the child care issue.

    My suggestion would be to start looking into child care whether it is a large center, in-home/family daycare, family members, or a babysitter. Once you have found someone who you feel you can trust start working out the details as far as PKU is concerned. It’s important to make sure that your child care provider is comfortable with dealing with dietary accommodations. Sit down and figure out what plan will work best not only for you and the child care provider, but for your sons health as well. Some parents provide and prepare all of their child’s food and simply send it along in their child’s diaper bag. In some cases child care providers might be willing to purchase and/or prepare your child’s food on the spot, which is wonderful if this is what you would like. In the end it will be all about educating your son’s child care provider and providing them with resources to get acceptable foods.

    I am not sure what kind of communication you have with your son’s clinic, but if possible I would suggest asking them for additional ideas. Good luck!

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