Parenting FAQs

Do you need some help from time to time. Well, don’t we all – they aren’t called ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ for nothing. Here’s your space to put your questions to the other members.



  1. Meighan Merono said,

    May 26, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    Keeping baby cool?

    It’s my first summer here, with my first baby! I found myself fanning him with my hand and blowing puffs of air at him yesterday… and I thought that there is probably a better way! He’s 3 months old and turning into a little ball of sweat…

    Any ideas???

    • isabelle said,

      May 31, 2009 at 11:39 pm

      in very hot weather, it pays to carry around a spray bottle of water (“un brumisateur d’eau”) ; the local supermarket carry their own brand probably in the hygiene department or you can also find some mineral water brands in the baby section maybe/or “thermal water” brands in a pharmacy …
      with a plastic bottle spray (from the gardening section) the feel of water on the face (or arms/legs ….) will be stronger so maybe that’s a cheaper option for next summer …

      the square near the allées provençales had some giant mist spraysthat you can walk through last summer, don’t know if they are already in action this year

    • Anita said,

      May 17, 2010 at 7:46 am

      In the summer I started bathing my baby in the afternoon at the hottest part of the day between 12 and 3. This really helped her heat rash and cooled her down. I also don’t overdress her, a onesie or a cotton sun dress is all she needs.

  2. amyfoxwell said,

    May 22, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    Ugh! I feel for you. Lice had to be the number 1 downer with my kids, apart from maybe the 9 months of sleep deprivation.

    Firstly douse your child’s hair in a mixture of olive oil and tea tree oil and then use a metal (not plastic) comb to basically pick out all of the lice and nits. You’ll have to do this a few times a week over several weeks to be sure to get all of them. This is really the only fullproof method as all the creams and shampoos in the world couldn’t put humpty dumpty back together again.

    Wash all bedding, stuffed animals, hats, car seat covers at more than 60 degrees C. If things can’t be washed at that temperature either put them in the freezer for a few weeks, or tightly sealed in plastic bags, preferably leaving them out in the sun. It seems that the critters can’t handle temperature extremes or being sealed off from air.

    Spray tea tree oil or lavendar essence on your child’s head each morning so that the lice at school looking for a nice juicy head to land on will avoid YOUR child’s and go elsewhere.

    Good luck!

  3. Maggie said,

    May 18, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    ok, my son has lice – ughhhh – any advice on what to do? I cannot seem to get rid of them. HELP!

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