There's been a lot written about teething over the years. Some of it good advice, but there's a lot of "old wives tales" too. It's just as important to know what not to do at this stage of your child's life. Surprisingly some of the old fashioned remedies can sometimes be the best.

There's been a lot written about teething remedies over the years. Some of it is good advice, but there's a lot of "old wives tales" too. It's just as important to know what not to do at this stage of your child's life. Surprisingly some of the old fashioned solutions can sometimes be the best.

1. Don't use pain relief gel too often - If you use too much gel, it can numb the back of your baby's throat which weakens his gag reflex - a gag reflex stops him from choking on his own saliva. Although these types of teething remedies are usually safe, they can cause an allergic reaction in some people.

2. Don't put anything sweet, like honey, on pacifiers or dummies. Baby will come to expect it and may not accept the pacifier if it doesn't taste sweet. If your baby already has some teeth, the sugar could cause decay.

3. Don't give your baby a lot of fruit juice - Even natural fruit juices contain a lot of sugar, but, even worse, they also contain acid which can wear the teeth away over time. Give natural fruit juices in a cup, not a bottle, which may stay in contact with the teeth.

4. Don't use toothpaste containing a lot of fluoride - A baby will swallow the toothpaste so use a children's toothpaste with less fluoride (or no fluoride) until they are able to spit it out by themselves. Fluoride is toxic in excess.

5. Don't rub gums with alcohol - It should be obvious why alcohol isn't a good teething aid, however there are still those who use it. Perhaps they think the alcohol will help get baby to sleep - it won't!

6. Don't tie a teething ring around baby's neck - It may get caught in something and strangle him. Attach it to his clothes instead

7. Don't give teething rings containing liquid - Avoid rubber or plastic teething rings with liquid inside because they may break and leak. If you do use a teething ring, cool it in the freezer for a while. However remember to take it out of the freezer before it solidifies, it might bruise those already sore gums.

8. Don't skimp on cleaning milk teeth - If they're just going to fall out anyway, why bother cleaning them? Milk teeth can decay easily and fall out before their time. Those first teeth serve as a guide for the second teeth appearing after. Without this guide, baby's permanent teeth may grow crooked. As well, cleaning those first teeth teaches children good habits. Habits picked up at an early age usually stay with us for life.

9. Don't give baby too much Tylenol (acetaminophen) - Although it's generally thought to be safe, Tylenol may cause damage to the liver on overdose. Never exceed the maximum daily dosage!

10. Don't give baby aspirin, it's dangerous. Aspirin has been linked to a potentially fatal condition known as Reye's Syndrome in children. It's rare, but not worth the risk. So don't even rub baby's gums with anything containing aspirin.

You're probably wondering if there's anything you can do. There's plenty!

You can put a wet flannel in the fridge or freezer and give it to baby to chew. The cold will help soothe sore gums. Rubber teething rings or rings filled with water are fine to use, put these in the fridge too.

Use natural teething remedies for babies that are completely safe and contain natural ingredients such as:

Calcium phosphate promotes both healthy circulation and strong teeth and bones, Passiflora (Passionflower) soothes anxiety and promotes calmness and relaxation, Chamomilla (Chamomile) is a well known herbal remedy for teething which also supports sound sleep and Matricaria Recutitais soothes the nervous system and calms irritability during teething.

Recently there has been some issues about the dangers of teething tablets, so ensure that any remedy you are considering is completely safe.

Article Tags: Teething Remedies, Don't Give, Teething Rings

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First, pregnant women changed the look of maternity wear. Now, mums are changing the look of diaper bags.

First, pregnant women changed the look of maternity wear. Now, mums are changing the look of diaper bags. Big, bland, boring bags are things of the past. Today a diaper bag carries nappies this year, becomes a handbag next year. Stylish nappy bags have taken over the diaper bag stage. They come in every fashionable colour, in every trendy silhouette. Mums carry them like the fashion accessories they have become. The best part is these fashionable bags are still fully functional diaper bags. Form and function have been combined. The result is bags that set the trends, not just follow them. You can have a funky nappy bag or a stylishly sleek diaper bag or any style diaper carryall you want.

Stylish nappy bags first showed up about ten years ago. Women used to carrying the latest designer bags decided they weren't going to be burdened with ugly carryalls. Many popular diaper bag styles started out in the heads of women dissatisfied with the bags they were offered. They blended the necessary features of old style bags with the verve of fashion forward bags. Some of the most successful diaper bag brands are headed by mothers. Their success prompted designers of traditional bags to enter the diaper bag market. Today, any bag you see being carried down the street probably has a diaper bag counterpart.

More and more stylish nappy bags appeared when it became apparent that mums weren't going to settle for less. Over time these new bags became even more useful than the old bags had been. You can find designer diaper satchels with washable inner linings. Diaper carriers based on the hobo silhouette feature insulated bottle pockets. Nappy barrel bags have pockets designed to hold changing pads. Many diaper bags now come with their own line of coordinated adult accessories. Prices are reasonable enough that some women have one, two or even several diaper bags.

Without a doubt, mums will continue to want fashion forward diaper bags. This demand guarantees that fashionable diaper carriers are here to stay. The trends you're seeing on the runway today will likely end up with a diaper bag version in the near future. Some trends taking root in diaper bags may be translated into handbags. Becoming a mum doesn't mean you lose your sense of style. In fact, motherhood unleashes a whole new facet of your personality. Express that new found aspect with stylish nappy bags.

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The UK has been ranked as the lowest-risk destination in Europe for businesses to locate their datacentres, according to the Data Centre Risk Index 2013. But it remains second globally with US taking the lead as the world's safest datacentre location.

For the second year running, the UK is ranked as the highest-placed European country for building the IT facility in the report by global consultancies Cushman & Wakefield, hurleypalmerflatt and Source8.

The UK beat other desirable European locations including Sweden, Germany, Iceland, Finland and Norway. Britain's high scores relating to international internet bandwidth for datacentre resilience and ease of doing business helped it maintain the lead, according to the consultancies.

"The UK remains the safest location for a datacentre in EMEA and consequently continues to see a reasonable level of activity supported by its status as a major economic global hub," said Keith Inglis, partner in the EMEA Data Centre Advisory Group at Cushman & Wakefield.

The Data Centre Risk Index 2013 (DCRI) report evaluates risks likely to affect the successful operation of datacentre facilities in the 30 most important global markets. 

Factors such as likelihood of natural disasters or political instability were all taken into consideration and individually weighted to reflect different risk levels. 

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Datacentres house business-critical IT systems – any downtime has the potential to threaten an organisation's viability and impact significantly upon revenues and customer services. The aim of the DCRI is to help companies make informed investment decisions about where to locate their datacentres to increase efficiency, lower costs and to develop strategies to mitigate anticipated risk.

Rise of the Nordics

Among the European countries, Germany slipped one place to fourth position, while Sweden jumped five places to become the third-safest datacentre location in the world.

Tech giants – including Facebook – have built their datacentres in Sweden to use the country's natural cooling facilities and reduce their carbon footprint. Norway and Finland also made it to the top 10 European destinations, with Finland maintaining its ninth place while Norway moved up four places to eighth, from last year's 12th.

However, Iceland which is known for its eco-friendly geothermal energy and free-air cooling fell from fourth place to seventh.

The Nordics, powered predominantly by hydroelectricity and with comparatively low energy unit costs, are becoming an increasingly attractive global datacentre location, the consultancies noted. Consequently, the region dominates this year's global top 10. 

"The Nordics must be seen as legitimate locations in the global arena where the latency and regulatory arguments are less important when considering where best to site operations. Going forward, we would reasonably expect the region to secure an increased market share but to improve further investment is required in international connectivity," Inglis said.

"If the Nordics fail to address this then Germany, the Netherlands and the UK will continue to see the most activity in Europe."

But European destinations including Switzerland (11th), Netherlands (12th), France (14th) and Ireland (18th) failed to secure a place in the top 10 European destinations for datacentres.

The US maintained its top spot for the second year in a row. Specifically, it maintained a top-three position across the primary factors of energy cost, international bandwidth and ease of doing business.

Among other countries, Canada remained in fifth position overall while Hong Kong maintained its position as the location with the least risk in Asia for building datacentres – it moved up the index from seventh place into sixth.

Datacentre risk index 2013 results - Top 10 locations

Rank Country Index score

rank 1 = 100

2012 ranking Change 1 US 100 1 0 2 UK 89.53 2 0 3 Sweden 82.29 8 5 4 Germany 81.29 3 -1 5 Canada 81.16 5 0 6 Hong Kong 79.63 7 1 7 Iceland 79.47 4 -3 8 Norway 79.45 12 4 9 Finland 78.74 9 0 10 Qatar 78.37 6 -4  

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CCNA certification is important, and so is securing our network's Cisco routers! To reflect the importance of network security, your CCNA certification exam is likely going to contain a few questions about the various passwords you can set on a Cisco router. Let's take a look at some of those passwords and when to apply them.

If the previous user has logged out of the router properly, you will see a prompt like this when you sit down at the router console:

R1 con0 is now available

Press RETURN to get started.


To get into enable mode, by default all I have to do is type "enable".



See how the prompt changed? By default, I can now run all the show and debug commands I want, not to mention entering global configuration mode and doing pretty much what I want. It just might be a good idea to password protect this mode! We do so with either the enable password command or the enable secret command. Let's use the enable password command first.

R1(config)#enable password dolphins

Now when I log out and then go back to enable mode - or try to - I should be prompted for the password "dolphins". Let's see what happens.




I was indeed prompted for a password. Cisco routers will not show asterisks or any other character when you enter a password; in fact, the cursor doesn't even move.

The problem with the enable password command is that the password will show in the configuration in clear text, making it easy for someone to look over your shoulder and note the password for future use, as shown below:

hostname R1


enable password dolphins

We could use the "service password-encryption" command to encrypt the enable password, but that will also encrypt all the other passwords in the Cisco router config. That's not necessarily a bad thing! Here's the effect of this command on the enable password we set earlier.

enable password 7 110D1609071A020217

Pretty effective encryption! However, if we want to have the enable password automatically encrypted, we can use the enable secret command. I'll use that command here to set this password to "saints", and note that I'm not removing the previous enable password.

R1(config)#enable secret saints

After removing the "service password-encryption" command, we're left with two enable mode passwords, and they appear in the Cisco router config like this:

enable password dolphins

enable secret 5 $1$kJB6$fPuVebg7uMnoj5KV4GUKI/

If we have two enable passwords, which one should we use to log into the router? Let's try the first password, "dolphins", first:




When you're prompted for the password a second time, you know you got it wrong the first time! Let's try "saints":





When both the enable secret and enable password commands are in use on a Cisco router, the enable secret password always takes precedence. "dolphins" didn't get us in, but "saints" did. That's valuable information for both the CCNA certification exam and real-world networks, because there's no worse feeling than typing a password at a Cisco router prompt and then getting another password prompt!

This is just one way to perform basic Cisco router security with passwords. We'll take a look at other methods in a future CCNA certification exam training tutorial!

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