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Probiotics and kids: What you need to know

What are they?

Probiotics are live microorganisms that are intended to have health benefits when consumed or applied to the body. Probiotics may contain a variety of microorganisms. The most common are bacteria that belong to groups called Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium. Other bacteria may also be used as probiotics, and so may yeasts such as Saccharomyces boulardii.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulate probiotics as a dietary supplement, a food ingredient, or a drug.

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Why are they needed?

People often think of bacteria and other microorganisms as harmful “germs,” however many are actually helpful. Probiotics might:

  • Help digest food, destroy disease-causing cells, or produce vitamins.
  • Help your body maintain a healthy community of microorganisms or help your body’s community of microorganisms return to a healthy condition after being disturbed
  • Produce substances that have desirable effects
  • Influence your body’s immune response.

Probiotics have shown promise for a variety of health purposes, including prevention of antibiotic-associated diarrhea (including diarrhea caused by Clostridium difficile), prevention of necrotizing enterocolitis and sepsis in premature infants, treatment of infant colic, treatment of periodontal disease, and induction or maintenance of remission in ulcerative colitis.

Where do you find it naturally?

Probiotics are added to some foods like yogurt and cultured cottage cheese. They are naturally occurring in fermented foods like buttermilk, kefir, and sauerkraut. Raw cheese made from unpasteurized milk is another source.

Probiotics for kids

Children develop their microbiome in the womb and through early childhood. It’s thought that an unhealthy microbiome is responsible for many diseases.

A study published in JAMA Pediatrics found that giving infants probiotics in the first three months of life may help prevent colic, constipation, and acid reflux.

Some decent brands for probiotics:

Side effects

Probiotics have an extensive history of apparently safe use.

  • Since long-term probiotic effects on kids are unknown, children shouldn’t use probiotic supplements as a preventive remedy, unless recommended by a doctor.
  • The risk of harmful effects from probiotics is greater in people with severe illnesses or compromised immune systems. When probiotics are being considered for high-risk individuals, such as premature infants or seriously ill hospital patients, the potential risks of probiotics should be carefully weighed against their benefits.
  • Possible harmful effects of probiotics include infections, production of harmful substances by the probiotic microorganisms, and transfer of antibiotic resistance genes from probiotic microorganisms to other microorganisms in the digestive tract.
  • Some probiotic products have been reported to contain microorganisms other than those listed on the label. In some instances, these contaminants may pose serious health risks.
  • Kids with compromised immune systems may experience infection. Others may have gas and bloating. Probiotics can cause serious side effects in very sick infants. Check with your pediatrician before giving probiotic supplements to your child.

Source: Internet, CDC, NIH, FDA, Healthline, Medical News & Others

The views expressed in this article should not be considered as a substitute for a physician’s advice. Always make sure to seek a doctor or a professional’s advice before proceeding with the home treatment plan.


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Monkeypox and kids

What is Monkeypox?

Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. Monkeypox virus is part of the same family of viruses as variola virus, the virus that causes smallpox. Monkeypox symptoms are similar to smallpox symptoms, but milder, and monkeypox is rarely fatal. Monkeypox is not related to chickenpox.

Monkeypox spreads in different ways. The virus can spread from person-to-person through:

  • direct contact with the infectious rash, scabs, or body fluids
  • respiratory secretions during prolonged, face-to-face contact, or during intimate physical contact, such as kissing, cuddling, or sex
  • touching items (such as clothing or linens) that previously touched the infectious rash or body fluids
  • pregnant people can spread the virus to their fetus through the placenta

It’s also possible for people to get monkeypox from infected animals, either by being scratched or bitten by the animal or by preparing or eating meat or using products from an infected animal.

Current Status

World Health Organization says monkeypox outbreak in more than 70 countries is now a global emergency. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said more than 2,300 confirmed cases of monkeypox have been found in the United States as of July 20. Not many pediatric cases of monkeypox have been reported but public health experts warn that no one is immune, and both pregnant women and children could catch the virus. The international public health agency notes that the overall case fatality rates have been higher among young children than in the general population, and children with medical issues or compromised immune systems are at particular risk if they get the highly contagious virus.

Takeaway:

  • Maintain hand-hygiene. Use alcohol-based sanitizers.
  • Avoid sharing clothes, towels & personal use items (bedding, cups, and utensils)
  • Keep children away from people who are infected.
  • Avoid sick animals.
  • Consult a family doctor or pediatrician if a child who has a rash with blisters has been near someone who might have monkeypox within the past three weeks or has traveled to western or central Africa within that time period.

Source: Internet, CDC, FDA, Babycenter, Medical News & Others

The views expressed in this article should not be considered as a substitute for a physician’s advice. Always make sure to seek a doctor or a professional’s advice before proceeding with the home treatment plan.


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How much alcohol is good for you?

The most comprehensive and unbiased study on our health came out in The Lancet today. They studied data for 30 years in 200+ countries and discovered this:
* People under the age of 40 start risking their health if they consume any more than two teaspoons of wine or two-and-a-half tablespoons of beer per day.
* For young adults between the ages of 15 and 39, there were zero health benefits—only risks—associated with drinking alcohol.
* The recommended amount of alcohol that could be consumed before risking their health is a little more than one-tenth of a standard drink. (~0.3 oz of wine)

Takeaway: Young people should not drink


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No AC? Can’t handle the heat?

The city of Plano is making all libraries, except Harrington, available to serve as cooling stations.

Carpenter Recreation Center, Oak Point Recreation Center, Tom Muhlehbeck Recreation Center and Liberty Recreation Center are also available cooling stations. Sam Johnson Recreation Center is also an option for members of Plano’s senior community. Each facility will be open for normal operating hours, provided they have power.

Oncor encourages Plano residents to take the following conservation steps:

  • Turn off any unnecessary lights and equipment.
  • Turn thermostat up 2 to 3 degrees.
  • Set programmable thermostats to higher temperatures when no one is home.
  • Use fans to feel 4 to 6 degrees cooler.
  • Limit use of large appliances (i.e., dishwasher, washer, dryer, etc.).
  • If you cook indoors, use a microwave or slow cooker.
  • Close blinds and drapes during late afternoon.
  • Schedule pool pumps to run in the early morning or overnight hours.


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And we thought we are out of the woods

The new BA.5 is one of the “worst” subvariants circulating the country, infecting even those who have immunity from previous infections and vaccines. Those who are experiencing severe infection are unvaccinated people.
Symptoms of BA.5 are similar to previous COVID infections and includes fever, runny nose, coughing, sore throat, headaches, muscle pain and fatigue.
Reported COVID case numbers have remained steady with 36.1 new cases per 100,000, but hospitalizations with confirmed cases have jumped from the last week — at more than 4,000.
In March, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended immunocompromised people and those over 50 years old who had their first booster dose at least four months ago to get another mRNA booster.

Takeaway: Wear a mask


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Home Remedy for Blood Sugar

The normal fasting blood sugar levels in children is in the range of 70-100 mg/dL (milligram of sugar in deciliter of blood plasma). For children under 6, targeted plasma blood glucose range is considered to be 100-180 mg/dL before meals, while bedtime reading is between110-200 mg/dL. For school going children with age 6-12 years, the normal blood sugar levels before meal is in the range of 90-180 mg/dL and bedtime reading is between100-180 mg/dL.

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Medically, the condition of low glucose levels in the bloodstream is called hypoglycemia. It is quite common in young children and a short episode is not dangerous. However, if the blood sugar reading is below 70 mg/dL consistently, it is a medical concern.

If the blood glucose levels in children fall between 200-350 mg/dL consistently, then it is considered as a high reading. The notable diabetes symptoms in children are tiredness, increased thirst, increased urination, increased appetite, slow wound healing, blurred vision and body pain.

Monitoring blood sugar levels in children is a practical step towards effective treatment for hypoglycemia and also, hyperglycemia. Every responsible parent should make a point to examine their child’s glucose concentration regularly, as directed by the concerned physician. Based on the readings, it is easy to determine whether diabetes medication and diet are effective for long-term control over diabetes or not.

How to control your blood sugar is one of the most common questions these days and various medicines are available but all come with some kind of side effects. Instead, use Cinnamon, a natural remedy to control sugar content in your blood.

Regulate Blood Sugar Naturally

Ingredients :

2 sticks of cinnamon

3 grams of cloves

5 liters of water

Instructions :

Mix all three ingredients in a bowl and place them in the refrigerator to sit for 5 days for drinking.

Consume 100 ml (roughly 3 ½ ounces) of this tonic upon waking, on an empty stomach. You may want to strain the liquid before drinking it to avoid a potentially gritty texture.

When you are left with only 400 ml (13 ½ ounces) of this tonic, prepare a new dose. After you have consumed 3 batches, take a 2 week break.

Repeat as needed.

This recipe is full of amazing spices, not only in taste, but for your health as well. This easy to prepare recipe will help to speed your metabolism and positively affect your overall health, all from the superstar spices – cinnamon and clove.

Cinnamon is considered anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial and is also considered to help regulate blood sugar levels. Because it helps to slow the rate at which the stomach empties after meals, this aids in reducing blood sugar surges after meals.

It’s also been shown to stimulate insulin receptors and inhibit the enzyme that inactivates them, which in turn increases the cells ability to use glucose efficiently.

Not to mention that cinnamon is a very powerful antioxidant!

When it comes to health benefits, clove is not far behind. Cloves are a good source of vitamins, minerals and fiber. They’ve also been shown to be beneficial in fighting fungus, bacteria and yeast (that includes candida). They also contain health-promoting antioxidants!

In addition, cloves may aid in stomach bloating and gas, due to their ability to reduce pressure and help to carry out toxins through elimination. Clove oil is also said to be a great natural healer for oral health, relieving toothaches and sore gums in particular.

Source: Internet, CDC, FDA, Babycenter, Medical News & Others

The views expressed in this article should not be considered as a substitute for a physician’s advice. Always make sure to seek a doctor or a professional’s advice before proceeding with the home treatment plan.


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Home remedy for Flatulence

Experiencing occasional bloating and flatulence is part of normal human digestion. In fact, an average adult passes gas between 13 and 21 times a day.

Problems begin when the abdominal gas produced in the gut becomes trapped, which sometimes feels like a sharp stabbing pain in your belly or chest. This pain can sometimes be so severe that people mistake it for appendicitis or even a heart attack.

Treating the problem as fast as possible can help relieve the pain before it becomes severe. The home remedies listed in this article can effectively relieve trapped gas pain.

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Symptoms and Causes of Trapped Wind

People who experience trapped gas describe it as acute discomfort in the belly. Bloating and stomach cramps can be present too. Sometimes, trapped wind bubbles can cause a sudden sharp and stabbing pain in the abdomen and chest that can be confused with other serious health conditions, such as appendicitis, gallstones, or a heart attack.Trapped gas can occur for a vast variety of reasons.

Certain foods, such as beans, cabbage, and bran can also make your gut bacteria produce more carbon dioxide gases in the intestinal tract, which can lead to bloating excess gas.

People suffering from food intolerances, chronic constipation, ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and other digestive issues are more likely to experience the inability to pass gas too. But even healthy people can experience trapped wind if they happen to eat too fast, smoke, chew a lot of gum, or have a stuffy nose, which makes them swallow a lot of air.

Therefore, knowing how to address the issue rather than focusing only on prevention is key when it comes to trapped intestinal gas, bloating, and constipation.

Gas in kids

Gas pain in children and toddlers is rarely serious but can be uncomfortable and keep a gassy toddler up at night. Gas pain is a sign of excess gas in the digestive tract, and it will usually clear up on its own. If your child is often gassy, it’s possible that a particular food or eating habit is to blame.

Your child’s diet often plays a role in their gas pain or indigestion. Certain foods like beans, broccoli, and cauliflower are all culprits. Some children may be sensitive to high-fiber foods, such as cereal, and fatty foods, like French fries. Carbonated beverages and caffeine – even that in chocolate – can also be to blame. Juice, which is high in sugar, can bring on gas and diarrhea.

  • A developing digestive system: Your toddler’s body may not yet fully absorb a food – like the sugar in a sweet beverage. That food ends up in their colon, where it’s fermented by bacteria. This process can cause gas, abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting.
  • Chewing gum: The artificial sweeteners in sugar-free gum are difficult for some children to digest. They get trapped in the colon and are fermented into intestinal gas. Chewing gum also increases the odds of swallowing excess air.
  • Moving around during meals: When kids move around and play while they eat, instead of sitting at the table, they tend to get excited, eat fast, and gulp, all of which can increase air in their intestinal tracts. Moving around while eating also increases the risk of choking.
  • Screen time during meals: If your child eats while engaged in another activity, such as watching a video, they may ignore their body’s signals that they’re full and overeat, which can cause gas.
  • An underlying health condition: Constipation is a common cause of gas in children. If gas is accompanied by other tummy troubles – like pain, vomiting, or a change in bowel movements – it’s possible your child has an underlying health condition, such as lactose intolerance or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Home Remedies For Trapped Gas
We list several effective home remedies for expelling trapped wind below. Do keep in mind that different remedies work best for different people, so trying a few of these or combining them is probably the best strategy to find quick relief.

1. Move Your Body and Bowels

Walking around the house, doing some light housework, playing, or taking a child or a pet for a walk all help tremendously to expel the trapped gas. Activity moves and engages the abdominal and intestinal muscles, which can help you release the gas and speed up a bowel movement, which can also encourage the gas to make its way out of the digestive system.

2. Give your belly a massage

If moving around is difficult and painful, a gentle self-massage can help stimulate the digestive system and promote peristalsis – wave-like muscle contractions that move food and abdominal gas through the GI tract. Gently massage the tender spot or massage the entire abdominal cavity by moving your palm in counter-clockwise circles.

3. Apply heat to the area

The sensation of warmth can be very soothing and relaxing, which can help relax you emotionally and ease the spasm of the muscles in your gut that cause the pain. You can take a warm bath, use a heating pad, or just a hot water bottle for that purpose. Make sure not to use excessive heat and wrap the heating pad or hot water bottle in a towel or blanket to protect the skin from a burn.

4. Drink herbal tea

Drinking warm herbal tea or any noncarbonated liquid can help relieve the pain for many people. The advantage of herbal teas is that they combine the warming action with medicinal properties.

Mint, ginger, anise, or chamomile tea all calm the gut from the inside out, relieving bloating and hydrating your body to promote digestion. Read more about herbal teas that are excellent for digestion and how to prepare them in the article 8 Herbal Teas Capable Of Relieving Bloating.

5. Explore your spice drawer

Certain spices have been used as a natural kitchen remedy for trapped gas for millennia. Here are a few of such herbs as:

  • Coriander
  • Caraway
  • Fennel
  • Ginger
  • Turmeric.

Steeping these seeds in a glass of warm water and drinking the mixture can help you expel the trapped wind and reduce abdominal discomfort and pain. Fennel seeds, in particular, are an ancient solution for trapped gas. Simply chew on 1 teaspoon of the seeds to find relief. One traditional Persian remedy suggests that you mix 1 teaspoon ground fennel and cumin seeds each with ½ teaspoon of ground anise, and soaking them in 1 cup of boiling water for 15 minutes.

6. Try the knee-to-chest yoga pose

Yoga stretches are an excellent option for helping the trapped gas be expelled from the intestines. There are several yoga poses that target this specific concern. We discuss 6 of such poses in this article – 6 Yoga Stretches to Relieve Bloating. But if you’re looking for just one simple option that you can even when you’re experiencing abdominal discomfort and pain, apanasana is probably the best choice. This yoga stretch is literally translated as “wind-relieving pose” from Sanskrit. Here’s how to do it:

  • Lie down on your back, legs and arms extended.
  • Bend the knees and place your hands on the knees.
  • Use the hands to guide your knees up and towards the chest. Your knees and chest don’t have to touch, but you should feel a gentle stretch in the back body.
  • Lift the head and neck off the ground and move towards your knees, engaging your core muscles. Breathe deeply and hold this pose for 20 seconds. Then return to the initial position. Repeat if necessary 2-3 times.

7. Some gas pain relief options also include:

  • Over-the-counter anti-gas medicine: Anti-gas medicine containing simethicone dissolves gas bubbles and prevents gas pockets in the intestines and stomach. It’s generally considered safe, but there is little evidence as to whether it really works. Don’t combine anti-gas medicine with any other stomach medicine or antacid that also contains simethicone. Also, avoid simethicone drops that contain sodium benzoate or benzoic acid.
  • Antacids: Antacids neutralize stomach acid and may help if your child is dealing with heartburn or indigestion in addition to gas. Talk to your doctor first as antacids aren’t recommended for long-term use and can even cause side effects like constipation and diarrhea.
  • Gripe water: Gripe water is an herbal solution not regulated by the FDA that is thought to help with gas. Like most medications to treat gas, the effectiveness is variable. Gripe water usually includes water, baking soda, and a variety of herbs like ginger and fennel. It might also include sweeteners. Talk to your doctor if you want to give gripe water a try.
  • Probiotics: Probiotics are microorganisms that may help re-establish the intestines’ normal physiological environment. Some have been shown to reduce the duration and frequency of diarrhea, although more research is needed. There are many different probiotics available over-the-counter, as well as in cultured dairy products, so talk to your pediatrician about what might be best for your child.

When to take your child to the doctor?

Talk to your provider right away if you’re noticing any of the below symptoms:

  • They have pain so severe they can’t move without causing more pain
  • A fever
  • Bloody stools
  • Swelling of the abdomen
  • Severe tenderness when you touch their stomach
  • Skin that appears yellow
  • Persistent nausea or vomiting
  • Difficulty sitting in a comfortable position

In summary, trapped wind can be extremely uncomfortable and painful. But the good news is that it’s highly treatable using home remedies and lifestyle tweaks. If the tips we mentioned didn’t help or you’re experiencing other symptoms, make sure to consult your doctor to rule out any serious health conditions and find a treatment that works for you.

Source: Internet, CDC, FDA, Babycenter, Medical News & Others

The views expressed in this article should not be considered as a substitute for a physician’s advice. Always make sure to seek a doctor or a professional’s advice before proceeding with the home treatment plan.


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Medication Fog?

Brain fog is defined as a lack of mental clarity, difficulty focusing, or poor concentration. If the onset of brain fog is sudden and uncharacteristic for your child there are some common causes to consider.

It is important to address concerns with brain fog in children and not use a ‘wait and see’ approach. An interesting psychological aspect of difficulty with concentration and focus is that children can develop a belief that they are incapable because they cannot think clearly. Removing obstacles to health, ruling out more serious conditions, and supporting the bodies of children with healthy, wholesome food can address the causes of brain fog before negative programming makes a lasting impression on self-esteem.

What Is Medication Fog?

Many common medications have an anticholinergic effect on the brain, meaning that they reduce or interfere with the way our nerves function. When we’re young, our nerve cells are capable of compensating for those effects, and so we don’t feel like our brain is essentially “slowing down”, but with age, we notice the effect of medication on our cognitive health more and more.

Several of these medications, even those we could previously take, can manifest themselves in the following symptoms:

  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Drowsiness.

These side effects together create the medication fog.

Unfortunately, with age, one’s risk of dementia also increases, and many cases of medication side effects end up being misdiagnosed as dementia. Note that some of these medications can also worsen dementia symptoms in those who do suffer from the condition.

It is difficult to track the side effects of medications.

Still, there are ways you and your doctor will be able to distinguish medication fog from dementia. To do so, ask yourself the following questions:

1. Did you start feeling worse once you started a new prescription medication or increased the dose of a medication you’re used to taking?

2. Are your symptoms more pronounced shortly after you’ve taken an over-the-counter medicine, such as a painkiller or allergy medication?

3. Does a specific combination of medications you take on a specific day make you feel worse than usual? 

If you answered ‘Yes’ to any of these questions, medications may be the cause of your cognitive symptoms. Consider discussing a specific medication or a combination of medications (even if they’re over-the-counter) with your doctor. They will be able to help you replace the medication in question or adjust the dosage to make you feel better.

Which Medications Are Capable of Causing Medication Fog?

Anticholinergic drugs (those that treat an overactive bladder, lung issues, excessive sweating, etc.) are the main culprit behind medication fog, according to the recently updated list of such medications by the American Geriatrics Society, but many other meds, even those available over-the-counter and nutritional supplements can cause this side effect. These medications include:

  • Painkillers
  • Sleep medications
  • Antidepressants
  • Antihistamines and allergy medications
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Stomach acid treatments, and others.

To access a certain drug’s capacity to affect your cognitive health, you can look at the listed side effects of the medication on the leaflet that comes with the medicine or search for the information on medical apps and websites. You can also discuss the question with your doctor: simply compile a list of the meds you’re currently taking (including OTC medications and supplements) and tell your doctor about the symptoms you’re experiencing. Chances are that adjusting the dosage or replacing some medication could improve your cognitive health and decrease the symptoms of medication fog.

Brain-Fog in Kids

Inadequate sleep or poor sleep quality interferes with how the brain functions. If there is a chronic low-level sleep disturbance a child may be misdiagnosed with attention deficit disorder when physical and mental fatigue is the culprit.

Acute and chronic stress increases blood pressure, weakens the immune system and can trigger anxiety and depression. Many parents are not totally aware of the level of stress (self-imposed or otherwise) that their children feel. Stress causes mental fatigue over time.

Hormonal surges that cause puberty greatly influence cognition and brain chemistry. Supporting the body with a healthy diet is the best way to ensure that the transition through puberty goes smoothly. Additionally, low thyroid function and adrenal insufficiency can cause symptoms of brain fog. It is important to get a blood test to closely look at hormone levels and rule out any imbalances.

Iron is needed for the formation and binding of the neurotransmitter Dopamine which is needed for focus. If you are low in iron, it is more difficult for the body to keep dopamine levels consistent. Other important nutrients which can cause decreased mental clarity are B12, folate, and vitamin D.

If your child experiences symptoms of brain fog, headache, or digestive disturbances after eating certain foods he or she may have a food sensitivity. A food sensitivity or allergy causes the body to produce antibodies when the offending food is ingested.

Certain medications like anti-depressants and stimulants can lead to brain fog. If your child regularly takes medication and has complained of brain fog it may be helpful to discuss different treatment protocols with his/her medical provider.

Source: Internet, CDC, FDA, Medical News & Others

The views expressed in this article should not be considered as a substitute for a physician’s advice. Always make sure to seek a doctor or a professional’s advice before proceeding with the home treatment plan.


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Should I make my own Baby Milk Formula?

Commercial formula is not as good as breast milk. Formula doesn’t contain antibodies to fight infection or certain other ingredients found in breast milk. However, it is a close enough replica to keep your infant safe and growing.

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The current baby formula shortage is making it incredibly stressful for many families to find the formula they need to feed their little ones. Nearly 40% of popular baby formula brands were sold out at retailers across the country at the end of April, according to a recent analysis by Datasembly – worsening the shortage from 31% two weeks prior.

If you’re struggling to find infant formula in stock, you may have come across homemade baby formula recipes online. The internet is full of recipes for making your own formula at home. It can seem like a good idea at first: some vague thoughts about “familiar” ingredients instead of the “chemicals” in formula. But for infants, whose kidneys are not fully mature, the electrolyte balance of their formula is really important. Regular intake of the wrong electrolyte balance can be very harmful – even deadly.

Remember, everything naturally occurring also has a scientific name. “Sodium chloride” is table salt. “Cholecalciferol” is one name for Vitamin D. The “chemicals” in formula are typically things that are found in milk. Formula manufacturers use them in their pure form, so that they can precisely control the balance of those ingredients. Different sources or brands of agave nectar, maple syrup or other recipe ingredients will have different amounts of sugar, salt, and vitamins. There’s no way for a parent to be sure if their ingredients add up to a safe mixture or a very dangerous one.

The FDA on its website “strongly advises” parents against making their own baby formula. In 2021, a Delaware hospital said it had two babies in intensive care after they were given homemade formula. The babies had “hypocalcemia — blood calcium levels that are too low — with cardiac and nervous system problems from the nutritional deficits.

In addition to avoiding homemade formula, parents are discouraged from giving children watered-down or imported versions, as they could pose risks, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

What’s the alternative for parent’s unable to find baby food?

  • If you can, breastfeed.
  • If the shortage has left your store shelves empty, one expert suggests trying to visit smaller shops.
  • Switch formula brands. Buy from a reputable retailer, that the formula meets the nutrient requirements of the U.S. formula act for an iron-fortified infant formula and (meets) government regulations
  • Turn to breastmilk donation banks. The Human Milk Banking Association of North America, for example, can help find a bank near you. You can also look through local listings for other accredited, nonprofit banks.
  • Talk to your pediatrician. If your child is over 6 months old, you can also start to slowly supplement nutrition with some solids.
  • Online groups have formed in several states to help parents find out which products are available.
  • If shopping around doesn’t work, you may want to reach out to your child’s doctor or a center that serves families.

Source: Internet, CDC, FDA, Medical News & Others

The views expressed in this article should not be considered as a substitute for a physician’s advice. Always make sure to seek a doctor or a professional’s advice before proceeding with the home treatment plan.


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Does my child need meat in his/her diet?

We live in a world of marketing…. from “incredible edible egg” commercials to “beef, its what for dinner” ads. Just like the fast food industry, the meat and dairy industry have brainwashed you in believing that all children need meat for growing up.

A study of almost 9,000 children by St. Michael’s Hospital of Unity Health Toronto revealed that those who eat a vegetarian diet had similar measures of growth and nutrition compared to kid’s who eat meat. The study was published on May 2, 2022, in the journal Pediatrics .

The findings come as a shift to consuming a plant-based diet accelerates in Canada. In 2019, updates to Canada’s Food Guide urged Canadians to embrace plant-based proteins, such as beans, nuts, and tofu, instead of meat.

Researchers found children who had a vegetarian diet had similar mean body mass index (BMI), height, iron, vitamin D, and cholesterol levels compared to those who consumed meat.

Takeaway: Don’t regret not giving meat to your children. They will grow just fine.

Source: Internet, CDC, Medical News & Others

The views expressed in this article should not be considered as a substitute for a physician’s advice. Always make sure to seek a doctor or a professional’s advice before proceeding with the home treatment plan.



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How do you deal with farts and abdominal gas?

Experiencing occasional bloating and flatulence is part of normal human digestion. In fact, an average adult passes gas between 13 and 21 times a day.

Problems begin when the abdominal gas produced in the gut becomes trapped, which sometimes feels like a sharp stabbing pain in your belly or chest. This pain can sometimes be so severe that people mistake it for appendicitis or even a heart attack.

Treating the problem as fast as possible can help relieve the pain before it becomes severe. The home remedies listed in this article can effectively relieve trapped gas pain.

Symptoms and Causes of Trapped Wind

People who experience trapped gas describe it as acute discomfort in the belly. Bloating and stomach cramps can be present too. Sometimes, trapped wind bubbles can cause a sudden sharp and stabbing pain in the abdomen and chest that can be confused with other serious health conditions, such as appendicitis, gallstones, or a heart attack. Trapped gas can occur for a vast variety of reasons.

Certain foods, such as beans, cabbage, and bran can also make your gut bacteria produce more carbon dioxide gases in the intestinal tract, which can lead to bloating excess gas.

People suffering from food intolerance, chronic constipation, ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and other digestive issues are more likely to experience the inability to pass gas too. But even healthy people can experience trapped wind if they happen to eat too fast, smoke, chew a lot of gum, or have a stuffy nose, which makes them swallow a lot of air.

Therefore, knowing how to address the issue rather than focusing only on prevention is key when it comes to trapped intestinal gas, bloating, and constipation.

Home Remedies For Trapped Gas

We list several effective home remedies for expelling trapped wind below. Do keep in mind that different remedies work best for different people, so trying a few of these or combining them is probably the best strategy to find quick relief.

1. Move Your Body and Bowels

Walking around the house, doing some light housework, playing, or taking a child or a pet for a walk all help tremendously to expel the trapped gas. Activity moves and engages the abdominal and intestinal muscles, which can help you release the gas and speed up a bowel movement, which can also encourage the gas to make its way out of the digestive system.

2. Give your belly a massage

If moving around is difficult and painful, a gentle self-massage can help stimulate the digestive system and promote peristalsis – wave-like muscle contractions that move food and abdominal gas through the GI tract. Gently massage the tender spot or massage the entire abdominal cavity by moving your palm in counter-clockwise circles.

3. Apply heat to the area

The sensation of warmth can be very soothing and relaxing, which can help relax you emotionally and ease the spasm of the muscles in your gut that cause the pain. You can take a warm bath, use a heating pad, or just a hot water bottle for that purpose. Make sure not to use excessive heat and wrap the heating pad or hot water bottle in a towel or blanket to protect the skin from a burn.

4. Drink herbal tea

Drinking warm herbal tea or any noncarbonated liquid can help relieve the pain for many people. The advantage of herbal teas is that they combine the warming action with medicinal properties.

Mint, ginger, anise, or chamomile tea all calm the gut from the inside out, relieving bloating and hydrating your body to promote digestion.

5. Explore your spice drawer

Certain spices have been used as a natural kitchen remedy for trapped gas for millennia. Here are a few of such herbs as: Coriander, Caraway, Fennel, Ginger, Turmeric.

Steeping these seeds in a glass of warm water and drinking the mixture can help you expel the trapped wind and reduce abdominal discomfort and pain. Fennel seeds, in particular, are an ancient solution for trapped gas. Simply chew on 1 teaspoon of the seeds to find relief. One traditional Persian remedy suggests that you mix 1 teaspoon ground fennel and cumin seeds each with ½ teaspoon of ground anise, and soaking them in 1 cup of boiling water for 15 minutes.

6. Try the knee-to-chest yoga pose

Yoga stretches are an excellent option for helping the trapped gas be expelled from the intestines. There are several yoga poses that target this specific concern. We discuss 6 of such poses in this article – 6 Yoga Stretches to Relieve Bloating. But if you’re looking for just one simple option that you can even when you’re experiencing abdominal discomfort and pain, apanasana is probably the best choice. This yoga stretch is literally translated as “wind-relieving pose” from Sanskrit. Here’s how to do it:

1. Lie down on your back, legs and arms extended.

2. Bend the knees and place your hands on the knees.

3. Use the hands to guide your knees up and towards the chest. Your knees and chest don’t have to touch, but you should feel a gentle stretch in the back body.

4. Lift the head and neck off the ground and move towards your knees, engaging your core muscles. Breathe deeply and hold this pose for 20 seconds. Then return to the initial position. Repeat if necessary 2-3 times.
In summary, trapped wind can be extremely uncomfortable and painful. But the good news is that it’s highly treatable using home remedies and lifestyle tweaks. If the tips we mentioned didn’t help or you’re experiencing other symptoms, make sure to consult your doctor to rule out any serious health conditions and find a treatment that works for you.

Source: Internet, CDC, Medical News & Others

The views expressed in this article should not be considered as a substitute for a physician’s advice. Always make sure to seek a doctor or a professional’s advice before proceeding with the home treatment plan.


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Another eye opener! Do you know what the #1 cause of death for U.S. children and teens in 2020?

For more than 60 years, motor vehicle crashes were the leading cause of injury-related death among young people.

Guns became the leading cause of death among children and teens in 2020, killing more people ages 1 to 19 in the U.S. than vehicle crashes, drugs overdoses or cancer. Between 2000 and 2020, the number of firearm-related deaths among children, adolescents, and young adults increased from 6998 (7.30 per 100,000 persons) to 10,186 (10.28 per 100,000 persons), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (Lee, Douglas and Hemenway, 4/21)

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Gun killings, which disproportionately affect younger Americans, went up by 33 percent from 2019 to 2020. And the sad part is that even though the legal age to purchase guns is 18, most of the children killed by firearms in 2020 were 14 and older.

The number of car-related deaths has dropped dramatically in the U.S. over the last 20 years, due to vehicle safety improvements. Around 3,900 people ages 1 to 19 died from vehicle crashes in 2020.

According to experts, firearm violence will only get worse!
If you don’t like this trend take small actions to safeguard kids from firearms!

Further reading:
https://khn.org/morning-breakout/leading-cause-of-child-and-teen-deaths-guns/
https://www.openaccessgovernment.org/firearms-main-cause-of-death-children-united-states-guns-laws/134166/

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An eye-opener!

Look at this picture and see if you find anything unusual:

https://www.bushostelreykjavik.com/last-mcdonalds-in-iceland

In Iceland, there is no McDonald’s since October 31, 2009. They hate fast food culture. The last snack sold by the franchise has been on display in a museum since then.

The Kicker: Do you know of any food that doesn’t rot or grow fungus in 13 years? Well behold the preservative laden fast food! If it doesn’t rot, it is NOT food. Beware of what you feed your child!


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How to dispose expired medicines responsibly?

Expired medical products can be less effective or risky due to a change in chemical composition or a decrease in strength. Certain expired medications are at risk of bacterial growth and sub-potent antibiotics can fail to treat infections, leading to more serious illnesses and antibiotic resistance. Once the expiration date has passed there is no guarantee that the medicine will be safe and effective. If your medicine has expired, do not use it.

The CDC reports that 50,000 young children end up in emergency rooms each year because they got into medicines while an adult wasn’t looking.

If you notice your medicines have expired, you can dispose of them this weekend. On Saturday, April 30, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., you can dispose of your medicine in the following Plano locations:

  • Clark High School
  • Plano Senior High School
  • Plano East Senior High School
  • Plano West Senior High School

If you cannot drop it at a “responsible collection” place, follow this:

Disposing expired medicines responsibly

For more information:

Disposal of Unused Medicines: What You Should Know

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Have we fallen for the Protein scam?

Background:

Protein is one of the most important nutrient that a body needs. Proteins are needed to build muscles, hormones, bones and blood too. They help in repairing tissues present in the body. Hence, it is important to have diet rich in protein.

How much daily protein does a child really need growing up?

The Problem

The amount of protein needed is very easily achieved with a normal diet. But the meat and poultry industry has used a number of successful marketing campaigns to trick you into believing that

  • your child is not getting enough protein, and
  • that a child needs meat in his/her diet to grow up healthy.

Remember the commercials for the “incredible, edible egg”? or “Beef – It’s what for dinner?”, or “Chicken – a white meat?”

We are being systematically programmed to consume more meat for the benefit of the meat industry.

Furthermore, meat accounts for nearly 60% of all greenhouse gases from food production. If you care about climate change and Mother Earth and the future that we leave for our kids, think long and hard about the food that you consume.

The Reality

See, how easy it is to add 15 grams of plant based protein in your diet?

Plant based Protein

Tofu – Containing 8.08g of protein per 100g, tofu is a source of minerals, including calcium, magnesium, and iron. 

Edamame beans are whole, bright green, immature soybeans. Grocery stores typically sell them frozen for people to steam and add to stir-fries, soups, or salads. One cup of edamame beans contains 18.4g of protein and all the essential amino acids. Additionally, they are a good source of calcium, magnesium, and vitamin K.

Lentils are a popular protein choice for people eating a plant-based diet, with one cup of cooked lentils providing 17.9g of protein.

Chickpeas or garbanzo beans are a versatile and tasty source of plant-based protein. A 253g can of chickpeas contains 17.8g of protein. In addition, chickpeas are a low-fat, high-fiber food providing a good source of calcium and magnesium.

A 50g serving of rolled oats contains 7g of protein. Furthermore, someone can increase the protein content of breakfast oatmeal by adding chopped nuts and seeds.

Hemp seeds are rich in protein and omega-3 fatty acids. Three tablespoons of hulled hemp seeds provide 9.48g of protein.

brown bread 7.9g

oatmeal 11.2g

brown wheat flour 12.6g

wholegrain rice 6.67g

buckwheat flour 6.67g

almonds 21.1g

walnuts 14.7g

hazelnuts 14.1g

One cup of cooked quinoa contains around 8g of protein and all the essential amino acids, classifying it as a complete protein. 

Per cup, green peas have an impressive 7.86g of protein. They also provide additional nutrients such as calcium, iron, and vitamin C.

The Meat Industry

Meat is not essential for life. One Himalayan tribe has practiced veganism for more than 5,000 years. Even Neanderthals might have eaten more plant-based foods than animal products, and since our guts are more closely aligned with apes and other monkeys.

To keep meat in your diet, the meat industry companies donated a total of $1.7 million to federal political candidates.

The meat industry is the enormous corporate system that commercializes animals as meat and other by-products. Animals like cows, chickens, pigs, and turkeys aren’t viewed as sentient creatures with lives to live, but as breasts, legs, thighs, flanks, and short loins.

From dairy cows to farmed chickens, these animals face cruel lives from birth and often die long before they would in their natural environments. If you’ve never visited a factory farm, you might be shocked at what the housing conditions for animals look like. Smaller animals are kept in tiny cages or grouped together in pens so tightly they can’t move. Many go lame and fall down because they’re fed too many calories, and the larger animals stand in stalls or pens where they can’t move around or even lie down comfortably.

Factory farmed animals have no say in their fate. They can’t fight for themselves or stop the cruel process. Learn more here.

Animals deserve Love and Respect. If dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, and guinea pigs are deserving of our love and respect, then so too are hogs, bulls, buffalo, and other animals that die at the hands of humans. Numerous philosophers, humanists, and even economists have opined about the ability of money to distort our morals and corrupt our decisions. The meat industry is a prime example.

The Takeaway

We simply follow the lifestyles our parents and grandparents before them led and never questioning the validity of their choices. It is time to be a conscious consumer and do better for our child and the planet that they will inherit from us.

Experts advise that someone eating a plant-based diet can meet their protein requirements by ensuring they consume a variety of healthy foods.

  • Curtail and substitute meat with plant based protein.
  • Don’t buy products that have undergone animal testing
  • Become part of the animal rights movement and donate your money, time, or resources to these organizations. They need your help.

Source: Internet, CDC, Medical News & Others

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Joint Pain

Reasons why our joints pain

Whether you overdid your workout session or just have been sitting for a long time in the same position, there are several unexplained reasons why your joints may hurt in a day. Joint pain caused by these everyday issues generally goes away on its own when you stretch yourself a little and flex your muscles.

But there are times when your joints may hurt incessantly without a cause, and pain starts getting intense. Chronic or prolonged joint pain is a symptom of some underlying health conditions that may turn more problematic in the future.

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Apart from joint-related pain due to old age, here are some conditions that may hurt your joints.

​Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis that may lead to bone-related problems. The condition arises due to the breakdown of cartilage, which serves as a cushion between the joints. This bone-related issue is common with ageing and mostly affects the knees, hips, neck and lower back. Joint stiffness is a common characteristic of osteoarthritis. It is accompanied by other symptoms like sharp and intense aching that gets worse with movement.

​Previous injury
Having a previous injury can also increase the risk of joint problems later in life. Whether your injury is treated or untreated, in both cases you may develop bone-related issues later in life. The problem may be severe in the winter season. It happens due to the drop in barometric pressure causes the tissue and fluid around joints to expand, causing pain at the site of an old injury. If your old injury is causing a problem it is better to consult your doctor.

​Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is another joint-related issue, but it is not developed due to the wear and tear of joints like osteoarthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is rather an autoimmune disease, caused due to immune system malfunctions. The common symptoms of this condition include inflammation and stiffness in joints. One may also feel fatigued, feverish and witness unexplained weight loss when suffering from this condition. Being an autoimmune disease, Rheumatoid arthritis cannot be cured. Symptoms can only be managed with antibiotics or other prescription medicines.

​Hypothyroidism

The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland present in the front of your neck. It is responsible for producing several types of hormones for the body that helps to regulate the body’s metabolic rate, muscle and digestive function, brain development and bone maintenance. Any disruption in the quantity of the hormones produced by the body can lead to varied symptoms including joints pain. An underactive or overactive thyroid gland can also make you more prone to injuries and fractures.

​Depression

Depression is a mental health condition, but the symptoms may manifest even on your physical health. Unexpected aches and pain in the joints that you may experience when suffering from chronic depression could be just a sign of the mental condition. Getting treatment for depression, be it medication or counseling can help to get ease the problem of joint pain. Other signs of depression may include a change in appetite, sleep disturbances, difficulty concentrating, and feelings of hopelessness.

Joint pain in children

Common cause

  • Trauma – 30%
  • Overuse – 28%
  • Structural -18%
  • Growing pains – 8%

Growing pains are a common cause of leg pain in children. These pains are muscle aches that can occur in the thighs, behind the knees, or the calves. Other possible causes of leg pain that may be more serious can include juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), lupus, Lyme disease, and leukemia. Arthralgia is extremely common in childhood. 5-30% of children have chronic pain complaints and it is more common in girls. It may may last years.

Solution for Growing pains in kids

  • A warm bath. Bathing in warm water, especially before bedtime, can help reduce aches and pains and promote sleep.
  • Massaging. Gently massaging or rubbing the affected area can make the child feel better. Merely holding or cuddling the child may also help.
  • Stretching. Gently stretching the calves and thighs during the day may ease or prevent symptoms. However, stretching exercises may be challenging for younger children. Ask a doctor what types of exercises are best.
  • Warmth. Try applying a heating pad or hot water bottle to the affected area. Make sure these are not too hot and take care to protect the child’s skin from burning. Do not use these items during sleep.
  • Painkillers. Over-the-counter (OTC) medication, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, can help relieve aches and pains on an occasional basis.

People should not give aspirin to children. Doctors do not recommend aspirin for children, as they have linked it with a rare but serious condition called Reye’s syndrome.

Source: Internet, CDC, Medical News & Others

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Understanding Common Cold

Myths about colds you have to stop believing

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1. Leaving the house with wet hair can cause a cold

Wet hair may make us feel cold, but it can’t cause a cold. We get sick by catching one of the 200 viruses that are in the air looking for their way into our upper respiratory tract; If our immune system isn’t strong enough to ward off the virus, we get infected. The viruses spread through tiny droplets that release when a person is sick, through sneezing, nose blowing, or touching the eyes, nose, or mouth after touching an object, such as a door handle or a keyboard that is contaminated with small bacteria.

2. Weather changes can cause a cold

the false belief that treading outside with wet hair can make us sick, even a temperature fluctuation or a transition from hot to cold weather can’t cause a cold. The only way to catch a virus is by just touching or staying close to sick people. However, there is some truth to the belief that colds occur more often in winter – this is because when the temperature drops, people tend to stay indoors in less ventilated areas, creating a density that prevents the circulation of air and facilitates the passage of viruses from one person to another.

3. Antibiotics help to overcome the common cold

It is important to know that antibiotics fight bacteria rather than viruses, so taking them unnecessarily may actually harm your health and weaken your immune system. In addition, taking unnecessary antibiotics may also cause stomach problems and fungal infections. Please note that colds don’t require antibiotics, instead, you can take natural painkillers or supplements that will relieve the symptoms and allow the body to recover on its own.

Strategies for preventing colds

1. Washing hands

The simplest and most well-known strategy for preventing colds and other illnesses is washing your hands with soap and water. This easy action can protect your children and prevent disease. One of the reasons why children get sick is contact with dirty eyes or hands full of viruses. To reinforce this claim, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania found that children in the study group who didn’t keep their hands clean were absent from school twice as often as children who were consistent hand washers. Therefore, it is important to make it clear to your children that all they have to do is wash their hands with soap and water for half a minute, and this can prevent them from catching a cold in the coming winter.

2. Cover your nose when sneezing and your mouth when coughing

Another strategy that should be obvious to every parent is covering the mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing. With every sneeze and coughing millions of bacteria are released into the open air at a very high speed, they may pass on to others and cause them to catch a cold; However, the bacteria that spread in the air are dangerous only if the sneezing/coughing is done in the face of another person, even though the bacteria can reach surfaces which people and children come in contact. Either way, this obvious and polite strategy can prevent your children from getting a cold this winter or infecting others if you only know how to sneeze and cough into your elbow or a handkerchief.

3. Disinfecting surfaces

In order to prevent your children from catching a cold this winter, you can use the simple but slightly pedantic strategy of disinfecting surfaces. Various bacteria that can cause colds can live on different surfaces for hours, so the simplest solution is to clean them with human-friendly cleaning materials. From the dining table to the remote control to toys – all these surfaces are covered in bacteria that can be killed through cleaning. However, always be reasonable and avoid over cleaning your home, because there is no way to keep your home so sterile that no harm will ever come to your children.

4. Don’t share

It’s very important to explain to your children that sharing is a wonderful thing, but if they or the children they’re playing with have a cold, it’s the last thing they should do. As noted above, many bacteria live on different surfaces, including toys, so it’s best to keep those toys from direct contact with the nose, eyes, and mouth of children and in general. It is recommended to clean those playing surfaces thoroughly before use, and if these toys or things are used on a daily basis, you should simply not share them with other children.

5. Correct and immunizing eating

There are two vitamins that can help prevent colds – vitamin C and vitamin D. A study conducted at the University of Helsinki in Finland found that a high intake of foods rich in vitamin C can prevent colds, especially among people who physically exert themselves in short time periods and those living in very cold environments.

As for all other people, vitamin C has long been thought to be an ideal contraceptive for colds, and eating fruits and vegetables rich in it can prevent the next cold. Vitamin D is an important nutrient for the body’s overall health and studies have shown that people with low levels of vitamin D are more susceptible to infection and diseases, including colds. Everyone knows that the sun is an excellent source of vitamin D, but in its absence in the gray winter months, your child should be getting it from various food sources such as salmon, eggs, and mushrooms.

Symptoms of the common cold

You should know that when you talk about a cold, many parents think it’s an easy illness that passes after a few short days, but in fact, a cold can last between 6 and 14 days.

A sore throat – the first sign of a cold, lasts from 5 to 9 days.

A runny nose – starts to appear on the second or third day of the disease and lasts for 10-14 days.

A cough – appears on day 5-6 of the disease and may last up to three weeks.

Fever – In half of the children their temperature will climb to 100-102 degrees F by the second to third day of the disease. If it remains high even after that, consult a doctor.

Source: Internet, CDC & Others

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FLU 2021

Latest News (from the CDC):

  • The percentage of outpatient visits due to respiratory illness is trending upwards and is above the national baseline. Influenza is contributing to levels of respiratory illness, but other respiratory viruses are also circulating. The relative contribution of influenza varies by location.
  • Hospitalizations for influenza are starting to increase.
  • The first two influenza-associated pediatric deaths this season were reported this week. Both cases were associated with influenza A virus infections.
  • The flu season is just getting started. There’s still time to get vaccinated. An annual flu vaccine is the best way to protect against flu and its potentially serious complications. CDC recommends everyone 6 months and older get a flu vaccine.
  • Influenza activity is increasing, with the eastern and central parts of the country seeing the largest increases and the western part of the country reporting lower levels of influenza virus circulation.
  • The majority of influenza viruses detected are A(H3N2). Most influenza A(H3N2) infections have occurred among children and young adults ages 5-24 years; however, the proportion of infections occurring among adults age 25 years and older has been increasing
  • Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine every season with rare exceptions.
  • Vaccination is particularly important for people who are at higher risk of serious complications from influenza.
  • You can get a COVID-19 vaccine and a flu vaccine at the same time.

Growing flu

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Emergency check list for your family

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  • 3-day water supply (at least a gallon per person per day)
  • 3-day supply of non-perishable food (dried fruit, canned tuna fish, peanut butter, etc.)
  • Manual can opener
  • Mess kits, paper plates, plastic cups, utensils
  • Paper towels
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlights with extra batteries
  • Battery-powered or hand-cranked radio with extra batteries
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Local maps
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for everyone in your family
  • Cell phone with charger, extra battery, and solar charger
  • Extra set of car keys and house keys
  • Change of clothes appropriate for your climate and sturdy shoes – for each person in the house
  • Matches in a waterproof container or re-sealable plastic bag
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, and hand sanitizer
  • Cash or traveler’s checks
  • Copies of important family documents (medical records, insurance policies, ID card, bank records) in waterproof, portable container
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • At least a two-week supply of prescription medicines for each family member, including medicine name, dose, pharmacy name and number, and doctor’s name and number
  • Books, games, puzzles, or other fun things to do
  • A favorite stuffed animal or blanket
  • Paper and pencil/markers/crayons
  • Identification to be carried by each child in case your family members become separated
  • well-stocked diaper bag (at least one pack of diapers, at least two packs of baby wipes, baby powder, diaper rash cream, baby wash and lotion, and re-sealable plastic bags (gallon size) for stashing dirty diapers and clothes)
  • Ready-to-feed infant formula in single serving cans or bottles (for formula-fed infants only)
  • Disposable cups
  • 1-2 boxes of nursing pads (if disposable, reusable will require laundry and bleach daily)
  • Burp rags or smaller blanket
  • Pacifiers (at least two)
  • Teething tablets or gel
  • Infant pain reliever with Acetaminophen
  • Bulb syringe
  • Toddler snacks
  • Extra clothes
  • Extra emergency blankets (at least two)
  • Receiving blankets (at least two)
  • Thermos (to keep formula cool or warm longer)
  • Small camp stove for boiling water for sanitizing
  • Adhesive bandages (assorted sizes)
  • Adhesive cloth tape (10 yards x 1 inch)
  • Sterile gauze (both rolls and pads)
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Antiseptic wipes/spray
  • Instant cold compresses (I also like to have some reusable cold compresses in the freezer at all times)
  • First aid instruction booklet
  • Emergency contact numbers
  • Hydrocortisone ointment
  • Calamine lotion
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Hand sanitizing gel
  • Burn ointment
  • Eyewash solution (with eye cup)
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Saline solution (for help in suctioning out baby’s nose)
  • Sunscreen, at least SPF 15
  • Sunburn ointment
  • Cotton balls
  • Cotton swabs
  • Disposable gloves
  • Ace bandages
  • Plastic bags
  • Bulb syringe (for suctioning out baby’s nose)
  • Medicine syringes and teaspoons for measuring out doses of medicine
  • Tweezers
  • Fine needle (use this, along with tweezers for splinter removal)
  • Blanket
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Fever and pain reducers, for both adults and children*

* You need to have, at least for children, both infant and older children’s varieties of fever reducers, depending on the age of your children, and you should have both acetaminophen and ibuprofen for those especially bad fevers where you are instructed by your doctor to alternate medications, and you may also want to have these also in suppositories if your child vomits medications a lot when ill.

  • Antacids
  • Anti-diarrhea medication
  • Oral electrolyte solution (such as Pedialyte)
  • Mild laxatives
  • Antihistamines
  • Cold and/or flu medicines
  • Cough medicine
  • Prescription medications prescribed to family members

Tips

  • Keep canned or packaged food in a cool, dry place (check the expiration dates at least twice per year)
  • Store boxed food in tightly closed plastic or metal containers
  • Replace water supply every six months
  • Review your needs every year and update your kit as your family’s needs change (update medical and personal records at least once per year)
  • Prepare separate kits for your home, work, and your vehicle since you never know where you’ll be when an emergency happens
  • If you can’t contact your doctor or pharmacy in a disaster, ask for help from emergency responders or staff at emergency shelters or service centers
  • It is no longer recommended to keep syrup of ipecac in your home to induce vomiting, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics
  • In addition, the American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend keeping activated-charcoal solution in your first aid kit.
  • Instead, call the Poison Control Center immediately! The Poison Help hotline number is 1-800-222-1222

Source: Internet, CDC & Others

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First Aid Kit

When was the last time you updated your medicine cabinet and first aid kit?

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Most medicine cabinets are overflowing with expired decongestant sprays and old medicines while also missing many key items. This pretty much leaves you to your own devices in case of injury, illness, or any other medical emergency. Apart from stocking up on your prescriptions, you want to have a set of medicines and tools that will help you treat anything from minor cuts and burns to digestive upsets and the flu.

Here are medical supplies doctors recommend keeping at home for everyone.

Thermometer

When it comes to medical equipment everyone should keep at home, a thermometer is one tool you’ll surely use every flu season. Electronic or infrared thermometers give the fastest and most accurate reading, so they’re a good choice for most homes. Avoid glass mercury thermometer. If you want to get rid of a mercury thermometer, please recycle the device at the nearest recycling center or pharmacy.

Over-the-counter (OTC)

Apart from your prescription medications, there’s a range of over-the-counter drugs that will be useful for various medical emergencies and illnesses. Here’s a shortlist of such medications and why you’d want to stock up on them:-

  • Pain relievers can help relieve headaches, backaches, muscle pains, and reduce fevers.
  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol) is a good option in pill form, and topical creams like Icy Hot and Tiger Balm relieve muscle pains.
  • Rub-on oral painkillers like Orajel, Anbesol, or Zilactin may also be beneficial if you have gum pain, canker sores, or toothaches.
  • Antacids are beneficial for the occasional heartburn. Both products that contain calcium carbonate (brands like Tums) and magnesium (e.g. Mylanta) are effective and beneficial.
  • Antihistamines help relieve allergy symptoms like sneezing, runny nose, and itching. Pill varieties that cause fewer side effects include cetirizine (Zyrtec) and loratadine (Claritin). A nasal steroid spray containing fluticasone, triamcinolone, or budesonide can help with a runny nose and eye drops with olopatadine or ketotifen can be more effective than pills if your main allergy complaint is itchy or watery eyes.

In addition to the basic list of medicines, you may want to add other items tailored to your needs. For example, you may need hydrating eye drops if you have dry eyes. If you’re prone to constipation, you may want to add a bulk-forming laxative with psyllium. The bottom line is, think of what extra OTC medications you and other family members may need.

Sunscreen

Keep a big bottle of sunscreen in your medicine cabinet at all times. Ideally, it should be between SPF 30 and SPF50 and should have the label “broad spectrum,” which means that it will protect you from both ultraviolet and infrared sun rays. The American Academy of Dermatology suggests that you wear sunscreen on the face and body every day you go outside (going out in the garden or yard counts as outside too). Sunscreen will protect you from skin cancer and signs of skin aging, so it’s beneficial for everyone.

Bug repellent

If you’re prone to getting bug bites, having a bug repellent spray or cream is a must-have in the summer. But even if you only go outside occasionally, having a bottle of bug repellent is beneficial for keeping disease-causing ticks and mosquitos away. You can even make your own bug repellent out of natural ingredients if you’d like.

Bandages

Cuts, scrapes, minor burns, and just plain blisters are the reality of life. So it’s better to be prepared for such mishaps and keep an assortment of bandages and antiseptics in stock. According to The American Red Cross, a family of four should have a kit stocked with 25 adhesive bandages in various sizes, 1 roll of adhesive tape, 2 roller bandages, 10 sterile pieces of gauze, and two absorbent compress dressings. Hydrogen peroxide can be used to clean wounds, and an antibiotic cream like Neosporin can help heal and disinfect a minor wound or burn.

Remedies for itchy skin and sunburns

For the times that you do get an allergic reaction or bug bite on your skin, having a topical itch relief cream like an over-the-counter 1% hydrocortisone cream is a real lifesaver. Plain old calamine lotion, aloe vera gel, or an antihistamine cream also help you soothe itching caused by sunburn, poison ivy, bug bites, and other itchy skin issues, but they may not be as effective as hydrocortisone.At the same time, note that hydrocortisone should not be used for more than 2 weeks, as it may lead to skin thinning. So, if you have an itchy spot that persists for over 2 weeks, you’ll need to seek professional help.

Cough remedies

Most coughs will go away on their own and don’t require any medical help. If you have a fever, treating it with acetaminophen can help. You can use a saline nasal spray to clear up a stuffy nose. Avoid combining cold medicines with pain and fever relievers because it can lead to an acetaminophen overdose. Around 30,000 Americans go to the emergency room every year as a result of combing acetaminophen and cold medicine with acetaminophen, like NyQuil.

Petroleum jelly

Petroleum jelly (such as Vaseline) is an essential product. It has countless beneficial uses around the house. Crucially, it relieves dry skin and chipping nails, softens rough skin on the elbows and feet, prevents chafing, and works as an excellent moisturizer for dry skin. The American Academy of Dermatology states that petroleum jelly can be just as successful as antibiotic creams in healing minor cuts or scrapes. Just wash the area with soap and water, then cover it in a thin layer of petroleum jelly, and put a bandage on top. Change the bandage daily, and it should heal in a few days.Share these useful tips with family and friends!

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Tips for a better sleep

If there is one gift one can give a newborn’s parent, it is a good night sleep. On World Sleep Day, we are listing guaranteed tips that will not only ensure that you relish a deep slumber at night but also make sure that you are more energetic and productive during your waking hours:

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1. Right pillow – Choose a pillow that supports the natural curve of your neck and is not too fat or not too flat. This will help you wake up without being tired or with a stiff neck in the morning.

2. Sleeping position – To not twist your neck, avoid sleeping on your stomach. Instead, sleep on your side with your nose up with the center of your body.

3. Good mattress – A good mattress such as spring mattress, foam mattress, coir mattress, memory foam mattress, orthopedic mattress etc is crucial in achieving a sound sleep because it not only improves sleep quality but also reduces back pain, shoulder pain and back stiffness with the right support to the body that reinforces an uninterrupted sleep. On the other hand, you can also use air-tight, plastic, dust-proof covers to seal your mattress, box springs and pillows against mold, dust mite droppings, and other allergy triggers that can lead to lousy shut-eye.

4. Eat and drink fluids wisely – While it is advisable to finish eating dinner at least an hour before bed, it is also recommended to not overload your digestive system with heavy foods and big meals before sleeping. Instead, opt for a light evening snack as it will affect how well you sleep at night.

Although hydration is vital, it is wise to not drink any fluids 1–2 hours before going to bed. This is to reduce the chances of excessive urination during the night which affects sleep quality and daytime energy.

Don’t go to bed hungry or stuffed. In particular, avoid heavy or large meals within a couple of hours of bedtime. Your discomfort might keep you up.

Nicotine, caffeine and alcohol deserve caution, too. The stimulating effects of nicotine and caffeine take hours to wear off and can wreak havoc on quality sleep. And even though alcohol might make you feel sleepy, it can disrupt sleep later in the night.

5. Lower the lights – Optimize your bedroom environment by dimming the light levels around your home 2 to 3 hours before bedtime. Diminishing the noise and lights and making the bedroom a quiet, relaxing, clean and enjoyable place signals the brain to make melatonin which is the hormone that brings on sleep and results in improved sleep quality that ensures long-term health benefits.

6. Sick to a sleep schedule – Set aside no more than eight hours for sleep. The recommended amount of sleep for a healthy adult is at least seven hours. Most people don’t need more than eight hours in bed to achieve this goal.

Go to bed and get up at the same time every day. Try to limit the difference in your sleep schedule on weeknights and weekends to no more than one hour. Being consistent reinforces your body’s sleep-wake cycle.

If you don’t fall asleep within about 20 minutes, leave your bedroom and do something relaxing. Read or listen to soothing music. Go back to bed when you’re tired. Repeat as needed.

7. Physical exercise – Regular physical activity can promote better sleep. Avoid being active too close to bedtime, however.

Spending time outside every day might be helpful, too.

8. Manage your worries – Try to resolve your worries or concerns before bedtime. Jot down what’s on your mind and then set it aside for tomorrow.

Stress management might help. Start with the basics, such as getting organized, setting priorities and delegating tasks. Meditation also can ease anxiety.

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SOME ANCIENT INDIAN HEALTH TIPS

* – quotes in Sanskrit

*1. Ajeerne Bhojanam Visham*
_If previously taken Lunch is not digested, taking Dinner will be equivalent to taking Poison. Hunger is one signal that the previous food is digested.

*2. Ardharogahari Nidhraa*
_Proper sleep cures half of the diseases.

*3. Mudhgadhaali Gadhavyaali*
_Of all the Pulses, Green grams are the best. It boosts Immunity. Other Pulses all have one or the other side effects.

*4. Bagnaasthi Sandhaanakaro Rasonaha*
_Garlic even joins broken Bones.

*5. Athi Sarvathra Varjayeth*
_Anything consumed in Excess, just because it tastes good, is not good for Health. Practice moderation.

*6. Naasthimoolam Anoushadham*
_There is No Vegetable that has no medicinal benefit to the body.

*7. Na Vaidhyaha Prabhuraayushaha*
_No Doctor is Lord of our Longevity. Doctors have limitations.

*8. Chinthaa Vyaadhi Prakaashaya*
_Worry aggravates ill health.

*9. Vyayaamascha Sanaihi Sanaihi*
_Do any Exercise slowly. Speedy exercise is not necessarily good._

*10. Ajavath charvanam Kuryaath*
_Chew your Food like a Goat.
_Never Swallow food in a hurry.
_Saliva aids first in digestion.

*11. Snaanam Naama Manahprasaadhanakaram Dhuswapna Vidhwasanam*
_Bath removes Depression. It drives away Bad Dreams.

*12. Na Snaanam Aachareth Bhukthvaa*
_Never take Bath immediately after taking Food Digestion is affected.

*13. Naasthi Meghasamam Thoyam*
_No water matches Rainwater in purity.

*14. Ajeerne Bheshajam Vaari*
_Indigestion can be addressed by taking plain water.

*15. Sarvathra Noothanam Sastham Sevakaanne Puraathanam*
_Always prefer things that are Fresh.

*16. Nithyam Sarvaa Rasaabhyaasaha*
_Take complete Food that has all tastes viz: Salt, Sweet, Bitter, Sour, Astringent and Pungent).

*17. Jataram Poorayedhardham Annahi*
_Fill your Stomach half with Solids, a quarter with Water and rest leave it empty.

*18. Bhukthvopa Visathasthandraa*
_Never sit idle after taking Food. Walk for at least half an hour.

*19. Kshuth Saadhuthaam Janayathi*
_Hunger increases the taste of food.
_In other words, eat only when hungry.

*20. Chinthaa Jaraanaam Manushyaanaam*
_Worrying speeds up ageing.

*21. Satham Vihaaya Bhokthavyam*
_When it is time for food, keep even 100 jobs aside. *22. Sarvaa Dharmeshu Madhyamaam*
_Choose always the middle path. Avoid going for extremes in anything.

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Yoga for better back

Pregnancy can be brutal on women’s health. One common problem after delivery that women experience is chronic lower back pain. Although it is not limited to women, those of us who suffer from chronic back pain, which is the most common and disturbing pain, know how difficult it is sometimes to fall asleep at night. When you don’t sleep well at night, the pain only gets worse, kind of like a snowball effect. In turn, it harms the normal routine of our lives and makes it difficult for us to relax all day long. If this is the case for you, you can release and relieve that annoying back pain.

1. Wind-Relieving Pose
The Wind-Relieving Pose, or as it is called in yoga: “Pavanamuktasana,” is designed to release your spine, especially its lower part, within moments. In addition, this position allows the bowels to be accelerated and regulated, so we’d recommend trying it in the morning.

How to do it:

Lie on your back, relax your muscles and bend your knees up.
Take a deep breath of air, then hug your knees with both arms.
Release the breath, continue to hug your knees keeping them close to your chest.
Repeat the exercise several times: on each inhale move your legs away from your chest, and each time you exhale, bring them back. Be sure to take long breaths.
Perform about 8 to 10 reps – about 1 minute of exercise.

Pavanamukthasana


2. Legs Up the Wall Pose
The next position is to release tension from the back and legs, relax the chest, and allow the lungs to fill with air and oxygen before going to bed.

How to do it:

Place a folded pillow near the wall or on the edge of the bed.

Lie on your back with your buttocks against the pillow. Press your buttocks toward the wall and then straighten your legs up and place them against the wall.

Spread your arms to the sides, and try to stretch and widen your chest. Relax the rest of your body, and breathe calmly.

Stay in this position for 1-2 minutes, then lower your legs off the wall.

Wall Pose Yoga

3. Reclining butterfly pose

The Reclining butterfly pose will have a positive effect on your back and will allow you to release its most internal muscles, those located beneath the upper layers of the skin. There are two steps that are important to perform during this pose.

How to do it:

Step 1:

Lie on your back with two rolled towels underneath you, one under your waist and one under your neck.
Bend your legs to each side (like a butterfly’s wings flapping) and remain as loose as possible. At the same time, move your head from side to side, without straining your neck and back. The head and leg movement can be done on the same side or opposite sides, whichever is easier for you.

Try releasing and loosening your body as much as possible. Feel the waves of your movement penetrate your spine. Perform this step for one minute.

Step 2:

Turn around and lie on your stomach with your arms spread out, feet resting on the bed or mattress, and a pillow or rolled towel under your forehead.

Move your legs from side to side, and try to feel the vibrations pass through your entire relaxed body. Keep moving and perform this step for another minute.

Reclining butterfly Pose

4. The Shavasana Pose

The Shavasana Pose, whose literal meaning is “the corpse pose” is used by yogis to relax their bodies at the end of a strained workout. Doing it before bedtime will help you relax and fall asleep quickly and easily, in addition to relieving back pain.

How to do it:

Lie on your back, gently spread your arms to your sides with your palms facing up.

Place a rolled towel or a pillow under your head and neck.

Slowly start relaxing your body from the bottom up: start with your toes and go up to your legs, hips, stomach, fingers, arms, and so on until you reach the top of your head.

Relax each part on an inhalation and exhalation.

Do 20 cycles of breathing: breathe in and breathe out slowly.

After 20 cycles, stop counting and breathe freely.

Let your thoughts float and avoid concentrating on a specific thought.

You’ll slowly feel your surroundings becoming blurred, and your whole body will be relaxed and loose.

This is the best time to cover up and fall into a nice deep sleep.

Shavasana


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