The bugaboo Cameleon – www.beststrollerreview.com/bugaboo-cameleon-stroller-review ascended meanwhile to the status icon and cult stroller 10 can be found in the large pram survey among the top. That he is found only on the 8th, he certainly owes its rather high price. Also at the tests he performed well and was test winner, despite more “modest” overall rating in the year 2009. We introduce you to the model.
Bugaboo ‘Cameleon’ has become a status symbol among parents in major German cities. Although the model often is shown in the press, like no other, and test which section Stiftung Warentest as best pram, he landed it at our survey only on the eighth rank. Only four percent of responding mothers have this model. This result is not entirely surprising, is the bugaboo ‘Cameleon’ 10 of the survey with a purchase price of approximately €950 the most expensive model in the top.
The owners are very satisfied with the model and so it finds himself the values of satisfaction on a very good third place, right behind the Acer models (64 percent) and the Teutonia Mistral S (59 percent). About 57 per cent stated to be “very satisfied” with the model. Because the model in practice is convincing, it is not surprising that 52 percent of respondents mothers would again choose the cult car. In the following we imagine the model in detail:
The bugaboo Cameleon in a nutshell
The bugaboo Cameleon is a light and very manoeuvrable stroller, which is very suitable for use in the city and transport in the car. He is extremely agile and light and thus the city the ideal companion – whether in narrow supermarket shelves, in the tram transportation in the car. The bugaboo Cameleon takes little space in house hallways and in the car. The model has two big wheels and an individually adjustable suspension. All wheels can be removed individually what can be very convenient for transportation in the car. He is of an absolute all-rounder with an adapter for car seats and option for the conversion to the buggy. The backrest is triple adjustable and the stroller attachment has a carrying handle. The slide is height adjustable, you can swing it and flip it even all the way down. The slide can be but a little short for great parents. Bugaboo Cameleon is only suitable for the terrain, is missing in the at his ease a lot of suspension making it comfortable for the child. Its size is also critical to look at. Because many babies quickly no longer fit into the baby seat and also the seat of the stroller is still limited convenient for older children. As problematic in everyday life proves sometimes the handbrake, which may lead to a deformation of the hand when the inattentive. Interested parties should be also, because the model can cost 1,000 euros well and happy with his equipment.
The bugaboo Cameleon in overview
- Height-adjustable swivel slide my hand brake and safety wrist strap
- Workable seat and Lounger attachment
- 3-way adjustable seating unit
- 5-point safety harness
- Stand bag: 24 l capacity
- Small lockable swivel wheels front (15.2 cm (6 inch)) and adjustable swivel wheel suspension
- 2 large wheels: 30.5 cm (12 inch)
- Two-wheel position for sand and snow
- Lightweight aluminum frame
- Weight: 11.3 kg
- Dimensions: folded with wheels: 90 x 60 x 30.5 cm, set:
- Price: approx. 950 euro
In the test of the bugaboo Cameleon received the highest marks of all models. With the grade “satisfactory” (3.2) belonged to the two test winners. Just an another stroller just as well cut off: the Teutonia Mistral s Here an overview of the positive and negative features of the bugaboo Cameleon from point of view of us, the single notes in the test criteria “child ERG er real design”, “Handling”, “security and stability” and “Pollutants means”:
Defects in test: Lengthy initial Assembly, bruise danger when releasing the handbrake, little robust valves, small basket.
Positive characteristics: Good on curbs, suitable for conversion for driving in the sand for transporting very small collapsible.
Overall rating: note 3.2
Child-friendly design: note 2.8
Handling: Grade 3,4
Safety and durability: Grade 4.0
Pollutants: Note 3.0
You can find more information about the results of the stroller test of 2009 in our post “Catastrophic results of the strollers”. You will find more models that have done well at the respondents NetMoms, in our top 10 of the most popular baby strollers.
Is there a specific melatonin for children? Because my 9-year-old seems to be having problems with sleeping. I know she is still up hours after I send her to bed because I can hear her fumbling around. And when I go over to check, she pretends to sleep, and she is very grumpy each morning when I try to wake her up for school. I am wondering if it would be safe to give her melatonin supplements and what the appropriate dose would be.
Melatonin is a human hormone produced by the pineal gland. It is a powerful antioxidant and plays an important role in the regulation of the sleep/wake cycle. Synthetic versions of melatonin are now sold over the counter as diet supplements for the management of sleep disturbances and for several other purposes including cancer treatment. Melatonin is well-tolerated among adult users with very few cases of adverse reactions and with no reports of life threatening side effects so far.
Several studies have been conducted from the early 90s to the present to determine whether melatonin for children would bring about favorable results in the treatment of childhood sleep disorders. Sleep disturbances are relatively prevalent among school-age children. The most common sleep disorders in children are usually associated with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), visual impairment, and neurologic injury.
Studies showed that administration of melatonin to children suffering from sleep disturbances resulted in earlier sleep onset, fewer nighttime awakenings, increased sleep duration and improved daytime behavior. About 90% of all subjects exhibited positive results and very few cases of adverse reactions were reported.
The side effects commonly observed among the study group include headache, drowsiness, increased heart palpitations, decreased body temperature and depression. The doses employed varied from 0.5 mg to 20 mg depending on the age of the child and the severity of the sleep disorder. But the most common doses ranged from 2 mg to 5 mg and were administered in the evening about an hour before bedtime.
However, these studies were not enough to provide adequate evidence that melatonin for children really does work and safe for long term use. In fact, melatonin has been found to worsen the symptoms of asthma and could even result to seizures. It is also not advisable for children with autoimmune disorders. The studies were conducted on a limited number of subjects with neurodevelopmental illnesses wherein melatonin deficiency could be an issue, so it wouldn’t be surprising that the results were overwhelming.
Currently, there is no specific melatonin for children. Its effective dose has not yet been determined and further randomized studies are yet to be conducted to ensure its efficacy and safety. However, in cases wherein traditional management has failed to improve sleep, this could be a good adjunct therapy especially among children suffering from neurodevelopmental disabilities.
But parents should bear in mind that melatonin is not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and saying that, you might want to think twice about giving the next dose to your kid. There is no such thing as “melatonin for children” as of yet. And since we are talking about safety, let me just add that synthetic forms of melatonin could be a little safer than bovine-derived ones, but still that does not make it advisable for use in children.
One of my friends is using melatonin as a sleeping aid and she seems to be doing well on it. Since I am on shifting work schedules, sleeping is really a problem especially in the daytime. I am occasionally taking over-the-counter sleeping pills but I have heard that they got nasty side effects, so I am thinking of switching to melatonin supplements. Does it really help with sleeping? Are there melatonin side effects that I should know about?
Melatonin is currently known for its antioxidant and anti-aging effects as well as an immune system booster. But it is also fast becoming a household name as a natural sleeping aid. People clearly prefer “the natural” over “the pharmaceutical” because of the lower risk for side effects.
Can you overdose on melatonin?
How common is a melatonin overdose? You can od on melatonin – http://www.sleepingsmart.org/can-you-overdose-on-melatonin.
Melatonin is a hormone, specifically a growth hormone, secreted by the pineal gland, a small endocrine gland located at the center of the brain. Melatonin serves a lot of functions. Aside from being a growth hormone, it regulates our biological clocks, the reproductive hormones in females, prevents cell damage from free radicals, and strengthens the immune system. Not bad, huh?
So, from the above-mentioned melatonin functions, it is not surprising why melatonin food supplements and other products have been sprouting like mushrooms, especially melatonin sleeping aids. But a lot of studies have been conducted for possible melatonin side effects. Being natural does not always mean safe.
Yes, there are melatonin side effects but they are way milder than pharmaceutical sleeping aids’. Most common complaint of melatonin users are vivid dreams and nightmares and drowsiness. Extreme daytime drowsiness would indicate overdose and should be promptly reported to the doctor. Disruption of circadian rhythm and reduced sex drive are also possible with prolonged use of melatonin. Side effects like depression, confusion, headaches, dizziness, irritability, and stomach upset with nausea and vomiting are also not uncommon. But another melatonin side effect which may be helpful rather than harmful is its ability to lower blood pressure.
Major melatonin side effects especially with excessive doses are increased human growth hormone (HGH) and decreased luteinizing hormone levels in the blood. So, when you are planning to have blood tests done and is taking melatonin supplements at the time, inform your physician about it. It has contraceptive effects and should be contraindicated for pregnant moms and those who are planning to have a baby. Allergic reactions may also be encountered with melatonin use but this rarely happens. If itchiness, swelling of the lips, tongue or face, and difficulty breathing is observed while on melatonin supplements, seek medical attention immediately.
Looking at the melatonin side effects versus its uses, the latter clearly outnumbers the previous. But whatever it is we are taking, we should be vigilant and be on the lookout for its untoward effects. The main reason why we take supplements and medications is to make our lives better. If we chose to abuse it or disregard the doctor’s orders or go beyond what is considered safe, then we will suffer the consequences no matter how “natural” it may be.
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