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Top 5 Poodle Mixes Suitable for Children

Growing up as a child, and until now, the two things I have been very passionate about are fashion and dogs. And that is the reason why I do what I am doing now. But that is beside the point I want to tackle in this article. When I was a kid, I was really fond of poodles. I think they are highly intelligent than other dogs and that they are also among the cutest. And most children will easily fall in love with these animals.

I am often asked by friends and customers who know of my familiarity with different breeds of dogs about the breeds that are most suitable for children. Many of them are parents who are thinking about giving their kid a dog as a gift but are not sure of what type of dog to give. Sometimes, I become biased and would answer poodles or its mixes, and why not? The combination of poodles with several breeds of dogs produces some of the best designer dogs with a beautiful appearance and a good temperament. And many of them are ideal for children.

Here are the top five Poodle Mixes that you could give your kid:

1. Bichon Poodle

Bichoon Poodles or more popularly known as Bichoon Poos are small dogs that are a mix of a poodle and a bichon. These dogs are intelligent and very teachable. They also have plenty of energy for playing, making them an excellent playmate for children. When properly trained, they will become sociable and good natured. They can easily blend in a family with children and other pets.

2. Labradoodle

Labradoodles are a cross between a Labrador retriever and a poodle. They are known as excellent service or guide dogs because of their responsible and highly perceptive nature. This is what makes them an ideal pet for children with special needs. Aside from that, they are also very cuddly with their hypo-allergenic fluffy coats. If properly cared for, this poodle mix breed can live long.

3. Goldendoodle

A cross between a golden retriever and a poodle, goldendoodles are another popular poodle mix for children. They can be as intelligent as a poodle and as obedient as a golden retriever. They are also sociable, outgoing and friendly to children, even children they just met. They find happiness in families who could include them in their daily activities.

4. Schnoodle

A combination of a schnauzer and a poodle makes a schnoodle. Their active lifestyle can help encourage children to become active through play and exercise. Aside from that, this type of dog is also highly teachable and loyal to their owner.

5. Yorkiepoo

Yorkiepoos which are a cross between a Yorkshite and a poodle are also another excellent poodle mix for small children. They are small, cuddly and playful. Because of their small size, they can safely play with small children without fear that they might knock your child off. They are also naturally curious and energetic. Moreover, they are among the best dogs to grow along with your child because of their long life span of more than 15 years.

If you are a parent and are still deciding on what type of dog to give your child, consider any of these five mixes and you will not regret it.

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Diarrhea and Pregnancy: What You Should Know

Pregnancy is part of being a woman, unless you choose not to get pregnant or you cannot get pregnant for health reasons. As such, I consider it important for every woman to be educated about pregnancy.

As a girl growing up, I was curious about pregnancy as I often hear older women talking about it. I already had some idea about some associated risks when a woman is pregnant. I also learned that some diseases that may not be life-threatening may still cause serious health risks or even death to a mother or her unborn child. That is why it is important to always monitor the health condition of a pregnant.

Many women who were pregnant before might have already experienced having constipation during pregnancy. It is quite as common as toddler constipation. However, some women have experienced diarrhea during pregnancy instead of constipation. And this condition needs more attention as it could lead to complications like dehydration.

We all know might have heard about diarrhea. Diarrhea involves frequent bowel movement with a loose or watery stool. Common side effects may also occur, including nausea, vomiting, excessive thirst, dizziness, abdominal cramping, fever and chills. There are several possible causes for diarrhea among pregnant women, including new diet, intake of contaminated food, hormonal changes, prenatal vitamins, and lactose intolerance. Excessive water intake also causes diarrhea in some women. If you are taking antacids, antibiotic or blood pressure medications, they are known to also cause diarrhea. And in some instances, diarrhea may be caused by an underlying health problem such as stomach flu, food allergy and stress.

Generally, diarrhea, like constipation, should not be a cause for concern especially if it only lasts for two to three days. The virus and bacteria associated with it will not affect the baby. However, it may become a serious problem if it persists for several days as it may lead to dehydration and ultimately to premature labor. In addition, even if your diarrhea only lasts for about two days but if it is persistent, or if it is associated with a bloody stool, you should see your doctor immediately to avoid a long-term effect to the mother and the unborn child.

Moreover, there are ways on how you can prevent or minimize your risk of suffering from diarrhea. One is to avoid foods that aggravate or trigger diarrhea. They include dairy products for those who are lactose intolerant, spicy foods, fatty foods, and dried fruits among others. Instead, you should have a steady intake of crackers, cereals, potatoes and other foods that are high in starch, along with vegetables and foods that are rich in fiber.

Most of us may have terrible memories of having diarrhea, but I believe it is even more difficult for pregnant women. Added to that is the fact that you cannot simply take any medication as it may cause side effects to your pregnancy or to the development of your child. And according to what I heard from older women, your best course of action is to see your doctor.

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