Natural Body Care for the Entire Family

Throughout my pregnancy, I experienced tired muscles and back pain. The extra weight I picked up during my pregnancy placed a lot of stress on my body. But after talking to my doctor, I decided to find relief. My doctor suggested that I try natural body care treatments, such as prenatal yoga, to alleviate my back pain and exhausted muscles. Although I felt skeptical at first, I finally found relief for my aches and pain. I continued to use natural body care after my baby’s birth. I even take mommy and baby classes at my local gym. If you want to alleviate discomfort in your body during and after pregnancy, keep reading my blog. You’ll find information on natural body care, as well as traditional doctor’s care advice for the entire family, including your baby.

Tips For Safely Using Antibiotic Eye Drops After Your Cataract Surgery

To prevent an eye infection during the week after your cataract surgery, your ophthalmologist will prescribe some antibiotic eye drops for you to use. You will need to place the drops into your eyes as often as instructed on the bottle and take extra precautions to avoid contaminating the end of the eye drop bottle’s application tip with bacteria. Here are some tips to help you safely use antibiotic eye drops following your cataract surgery: Prevent Contact with the Medication Bottle’s Application Tip When you place the antibiotic drops into your eyes, you need to hold the bottle a couple inches above your eye to prevent bacteria from your eye getting onto the applicator tip. If bacteria from your hands or eyes gets on the tip, it will grow and could lead to infections as you continue to use the contaminated bottle. The best way to get eye drops into your eye is to use one hand to hold your eyelid open while you hold the open dropper bottle in the other hand. Apply Eye Drops One at a Time If you need to put two drops into each of your eyes, then you may be tempted to drop both into your eyes at a time. However, you should always place just one drop into your eye at a time. Let the drop sit on your eye for a couple minutes before you add another drop. A good practice to follow is to drop into your left eye, then your right eye, and then repeat the process. This will give each drop time to work and it will prevent...

Get More Out Of Your Gynecologist Visits With These Four Tips

Going to the gynecologist is something that every woman must do. It is also an opportunity to care for your body and learn more about your own health. Use the following tips to get the most out of your visits to the gynecologist. Do Some Research about Your Body If you are like a lot of women, you might not know what a vulva is or the proper names for all the parts of your body. However, it’s a good idea to do some learning on your own so that you are better able to have an intelligent discussion about your body. When your doctor mentions your fallopian tubes or your cervix, it is important that you know what they are talking about so you can ask relevant questions and better understand their recommendations. Practice Relaxation Techniques If you are like many women, you do not look forward to the stirrups or the speculum during your gynecologist appointment. You might find yourself feeling a little tense in the waiting room or on the examination table. Calm yourself down by doing a few relaxation techniques. For example, you might want to take slow, deep breaths. You can also try consciously relaxing each part of your body, from your feet to your shoulders. When you are more relaxed, you can be more interactive with your doctor. Start with Uncomfortable Questions While you might feel fine talking to your gynecologist about serious concerns you have about your health, you might be less likely to bring up embarrassing questions or concerns. For example, if you have an unusual discharge, that might not be something...

Three Simple Exercises To Improve Wrist Strength And Mobility

If you have any sort of problems with your wrists, from arthritis to carpal tunnel syndrome, performing some exercises to strengthen the muscles in this area is wise. Start working the following exercises into your routine, and you should notice your wrists become stronger and less prone to pain and fatigue. Wrist Flexes This exercise sounds incredibly simple, but once you perform it, you’ll realize just how well it works the muscles in the back of your wrist. Hold your arm out in front of you with your elbow straight, but not locked. Then, with your fingers in a fist, bend your wrist so that your fingers are drawn in towards the inside of your arm. You’ll feel the stretch and strain on the back of your wrist. Hold this position for 10 second, or for as long as you are comfortable. Rest for a few seconds, and then repeat for a total of 10 repetitions with each hand. After a week or two of performing this exercise, try holding it for 20 seconds per rep instead of 10. Reverse Wrist Curls This exercise will strengthen the muscles towards the front of your wrist. Since this set of muscles is usually stronger than the muscles on the back of the wrist, you need to perform this exercise with weights in order for it to be effective. Sit on a sofa or chair with your elbow resting on the chair and between your legs. Grasp a light (1 – 2 pound) dumbbell in your hand, and hold your hand so that the palm side is facing upwards. Curl upwards through...

What You Can Expect When You Get Rhinoplasty

If you have been thinking about getting a nose job, medically referred to as rhinoplasty, then you will have a lot of questions about the process and what you can expect. If you are too anxious to wait for your appointment to learn about the process and the recovery period, then this article will help to give you an idea of what you will go through during and after the procedure. What to expect during the procedure During the rhinoplasty procedure, incisions will be made in your skin so that the cartilage and bone are exposed. The surgeon will do their best to put the incisions where they will be the least noticeable after you heal. Most times, this means going through the inside of your nose if it is possible. If they do have to make some incisions on the outside, they will try to make them along certain lines or folds where they will heal better without leaving noticeable marks on the outside of your face. Depending on the desired effect you are trying to achieve with your rhinoplasty procedure, the surgeon will then either remove some of the cartilage and/or bone from your nose or they will add some. If they add tissue to help you achieve a fuller nose, then the tissue they use will either be tissue they removed from a part of your body or a synthetic tissue. The surgeon will take care to shape your nose into the shape you want and then they will move the covering tissue back in place and stitch your incision closed. A splint will be put...

Don’t Let That Twinge In Your Wrists Become A Disabling Injury

Carpal tunnel syndrome starts out as a subtle ache or twinge in the wrists. For some people, it turns into a disability where they can barely use their hands anymore. Here is what you need to know about this crippling injury and how to keep it from impacting your life. Understanding the Anatomy of Your Wrist The median nerve runs down through your arm from the elbow, through the wrist and into the palm of your hand. Along the way, the nerve travels through a narrow channel created by the bones and tendons in your wrist. The is called the carpal tunnel, and it is there to protect the nerve as it passes over the wrist bones. This area is where the painful symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome originate. It Starts with Pain and Swelling If the nerve in the carpal tunnel becomes irritated, the tissue surrounding it swells. This puts pressure on the nerve in the narrow opening, which causes pain and numbness. There are a number of reasons that the nerve becomes irritated: Working with the wrists resting on a hard surface puts pressure on the wrists. This is a common hazard with people who do a lot of work on a computer keyboard. Repetitive motions that put stress on the wrists. Certain factory work where your hands are doing the same thing over and over is a common cause of this. Degeneration of the carpal tunnel. A bone disease, such as osteoporosis, can cause the carpal tunnel to constrict or become rough inside. If the irritation is allowed to continue, you can develop numbness in your...

Daughter’s First Period: A Single Dad’s Survival Guide

As a single dad, you’ve enjoyed watching with pride as your daughter hits major milestones, and you have likely acquired more than a few useful skills in your tool belt such as mastering a ponytail. Yet, there is one area of fatherhood that many men find hard to navigate – the first period. According to the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse, custodial fathers make up approximately 17% of households in America, which means that there are quite a few daughters who are depending upon their dad for information about menstruation. While her first period does mean that she is growing up, you can support your daughter through this major life event using these simple strategies. Start Early Most girls begin their first period between the ages of 9 and 15, and the last thing you want is for her to be confused or scared. Initiating conversations about periods early will also help establish a comfortable environment where your daughter knows she can turn with other potentially difficult topics. If you are unsure of where to begin, try picking up a book written specifically for teens or use a movie or magazine article as a springboard for conversations. Stock Up Being prepared for her first period will help to eliminate the awkwardness of a rushed shopping trip at the grocery store. It is also a good idea to suggest she keep a pad in her backpack, just in case she starts her first period at school. Since most girls will develop their own preference regarding brands and pads, it is best to start with a multipack of several different absorbency levels....

Understanding Metastasized Prostate Cancer: Diagnosis And Treatment

When you are facing a prostate cancer diagnosis, either for yourself or for someone you love and care about, your main focus is on making sure that treatment begins right away. And because prostate cancer is relatively common with a high treatment success rate, you tell yourself not to worry. As such, you may not be thinking about the possibility that the prostate cancer could metastasize outside of the prostate and into the bones. In order to be prepared for such a possibility, you need to understand the diagnosis process and the treatment options available if the prostate cancer metastasizes. Diagnosing Metastasized Prostate Cancer Oftentimes when prostate cancer metastasizes into the bones the symptoms still have to do with the functioning of the prostate and the pelvic area. As such, problems with urination including urinating too frequently or being unable to urinate at all or blood in the urine are often he first signs that something is amiss. Other signs often include aching or severe pain in the pelvic, abdominal, or lower back region. However, generalized aches and pains can also indicate an issue. Once symptoms appear and you go to your doctor, there are numerous tests that they can run to see if your prostate cancer has metastasized. A CT scan (computed tomography scan) is a non-invasive body scan much like an X-ray. However, unlike an X-ray, this scan provides detailed cross-sectional images to get a full picture or what is going on inside the body. These images can detect tumors (metastases) throughout the body). Sometimes a contrast material is also used to make the images even clearer....

What To Expect With Your Child’s Myringotomy Surgery

Any surgical procedure can be scary for a child and adult, and preparing for the procedure can make the experience much more comfortable for you and your child. If your little one has a history of ear infections, your ENT may have suggested a myringotomy, or ear tube placement, to relieve pressure on the eardrum or to allow fluid to drain from the each canal properly. Here are a few things you should know about the procedure that can help you and your child on the road to recovery. A Myringotomy Is An Outpatient Procedure For most kids who don’t have any other underlying medical issues, a myringotomy is an outpatient procedure. You can choose the surgical option, which requires sedation and a minimal amount of time in a recovery room so your child can wake up from the anesthesia. The actual procedure takes about 15 to 20 minutes. The other option is laser myringotomy, which can typically be performed in the doctor’s office. A laser procedure may be less scary for a child since it is less evasive and requires only local anesthesia instead of sedation. Talk to your ENT about which option is best based on your child’s age and medical history. There Is Little Post-Operative Care Required On the day of the procedure, your child may feel some discomfort. Your ENT can provide direction on pain medications you can offer your child to provide relief. You may notice some drainage in the ear, which is normal. If the drainage is continuous or you notice a considerable amount of blood, you should contact your physician. You’ll want...

Caring For Your Loved One With Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative disorder that slowly causes a person to slowly lose control of their bodies. Watching a loved one suffer through this disease can be difficult, but the love and support you can provide your family member can help them to enjoy a better quality of life. If you are able to make the financial and emotional commitment to caring for a person with Parkinson’s, here are a few things to keep in mind as you prepare to transition to the new role of caregiver. You Will Get Tired Caring for a person with Parkinson’s is a full-time job, and the job duties only become more difficult as the disease progresses. In addition to driving your loved one to doctor’s appointments, picking up groceries and prescriptions and cooking and cleaning, you’ll have to help with basic everyday living skills. This could include anything from assistance with toileting and personal hygiene to cutting food into bite-sized portions. Over time, all this work can wear you out. Caregiver fatigue is a real thing you’ll need to be prepared for. Remember to schedule time for yourself so you can get a few hours of much-needed rest every week. You Can Arrange For Home Care Assistance At-home healthcare services can help to alleviate some of the burden of caregiving. At-home nurses can provide routine checkups and perform blood draws, saving you from more trips to the doctor every month. These healthcare assistants can also help with daily living tasks, such as folding the laundry and doing some light grocery shopping. Perhaps most important of all for your loved one, time...

How To Eat Organic Without Breaking The Bank

Many families are choosing to eat organic because they do not want to ingest regular amounts of pesticides and insecticides. Some people are hesitant to make the transition because organic food costs more. This means less food while spending more money. However, if you are willing to do the research, then eating organic can be affordable for your budget. Here are three ways you can eat organic without breaking the bank. Buy in Bulk Many of the warehouse stores like Sam’s Club, BJ’s and Costco offer organic options. Warehouse stores allow you to buy food in bulk. They are a good place to  purchase food items like whole oats, wild rice, brown rice, pastas, nuts, dried fruits and flours. Buying in bulk allows you to pay less per pound. Farmer’s Market Co-Op Joining a farmer’s market co-op is an affordable way to purchase fresh organic fruits and vegetables. Food co-ops allow farmers to sell directly to customers. It also allows farmers to be more flexible with the price. Everyone who wants to purchase from the co-op pays a set price to get a box of food. This approach is usually cheaper than a grocery store because food is offered at a discount. Cut Down on Portion Size Most people do not understand portion size. According to Prevention, the recommended portion size for meat is 3 ounces, which is the size of a deck of cards. Most people do not know the recommended portion size for meat. This leads to overeating and spending more on groceries. However, eating organic makes you more aware of portion size because food is expensive....