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.

Is Your Child Having Problems with Insect Stings? What to Know

If your child has a worse reaction every time they get stung by a bee or another type of insect, you want to be prepared. You need to see your doctor to make sure that they aren’t severely allergic to any type of insect and so you can get the necessary medications or other items that are needed for a life-threatening allergic reaction. Here are a few of the things you’ll want to consider doing to prepare properly. Epi-Pen and Training You need to be 100 percent sure that both you and your child know how to use the item if the problem arises, since this can open your child’s airway and save their life. You should go through the training with your physician or take a class, and you should keep instructions around your home, in the child’s backpack, and with the unit wherever possible. This will help you feel more comfortable while your child is away. Portable Ice Packs There are chemical packs that you can shake, crack, or break, and they will be a cool compress that you can put on the area to reduce swelling and pain at the time of the sting. You can put these in a bag where you keep the other emergency allergy supplies, and they are great for other injuries that can occur when you have children. Check expiration dates regularly so you know when these need to be replaced. Antihistamine In case you have only a minor reaction to an insect sting, or if there are other allergic reactions to other things, it’s good to have an antihistamine close....

Understanding Lower Back Pain Location and What it Could Mean

Lower back pain is one of those problems that can impact just about anybody, no matter who you are. The location of lower back pain will actually reveal more about what is causing it and can help people diagnose more serious problems that could be affecting their health. Pain On Both Sides When a person feels pain in the lower back that spreads across both sides, they are likely suffering from a problem with their muscles or nerves in that area. For example, a few common health problems that cause centralized lower back pain include the following. Irritation in the small nerves in the low back Lower back muscle strain caused by excessive work or lifting Damage to the bones, ligaments, or joints in the lower back Disc degeneration in the lower back that allow nerves to get pinched These problems require specific treatment methods. For example, degenerative disc disease is treated by exercise, pain medications, chiropractic manipulations, and surgery in severe cases. While these problems can also contribute to side-specific pain, there are generally more specific problems that lead to those concerns. Pain On The Right Side Pain in the lower back that is focused and isolated on the right side of the back is typically indicative of problems with kidney health. While kidneys are located on both the left and right sides of the body, pain on the right is most commonly caused by kidney problems such as urinary tract infections, kidney stones, blunt trauma, and other serious problems. Pain on the right side of your lower back, coupled with the following symptoms, likely indicates a serious...

Your Boyfriend Refuses To Wear Condoms: Should You Switch To Female Condoms?

Sex is a serious business, and condoms help protect men and women alike from unplanned pregnancies. However, if your boyfriend is arguing that he doesn’t want to use his condoms (the reasons for this demand vary), you do have the option of purchasing a female condom. Here’s a look at the cost and effectiveness of the two types. Cost Of Female Condoms Female condoms are typically more expensive than male condoms, which is one of their biggest drawbacks. They usually cost about $2.50-$5.00 per individual condoms. While you might think that female condoms can be used more than once, that is not the case. As a result, female condoms are often pricey to use which is what deters many women from using them. Effectiveness Of Female Condoms Female condoms must be used properly to be effective, including inserting it well before the sexual act. It also requires you to carefully guide your partner inside of the sheath during intercourse to make it work properly. That said, it is effective: typical use of the female condom will result in 21 out of 100 pregnancies while perfect use will result in five out of 100. Cost Of Male Condoms The biggest benefit of the male condom over the female is the cost. Depending on the type and the style, condoms are available for as little as $0.20 per condom, though some cost as much as $2.50. This makes them an easier price investment than female condoms, which is why men so typically buy them over females. That said, if your boyfriend refuses to buy and use male condoms, they are completely...

Flu, Flu Go Away!

If you have caught the flu, you want to do everything you can to help yourself to feel better and to get over it as quickly as you can. Following the tips provided in this article will help you to get through it easier and hopefully faster than you would have otherwise: Take in a lot of fluid Even if you don’t feel thirsty, make it a point to take in fluids around the clock. These fluids should include plenty of water and something with electrolytes. You can also drink a small amount of citrus soda throughout the day to help settle your stomach as well. Remember to take small drinks and allow a few moments to pass before taking another. This way, you will have a better chance of holding the fluids down. Monitor your temperature When you’re sick, it can be hard to know what your temperature is. You should keep a thermometer near you and use it every few hours. If you have a mild fever, let it go. A mild fever is your body’s way of helping to fight off infection and illness. However, once your temperature gets to 103 then you should take something to bring it down. This gives your body the chance to fight the flu, but also prevents your fever from getting too high. Stay dressed in light clothing and only cover with a sheet if you feel the need to cover up. A blanket will be too hot when you are trying to fend off a fever. Take a warm bath You may want to consider taking a comfortably warm...

Reasons To Choose An Urgent Care Center For Your Toddler

It’s 6 a.m. and your toddler just woke you up saying that she doesn’t feel well. Ten minutes later she is vomiting and running a low-grade fever. At this point, you need to make a decision on what to do. Is it the flu? Is it something that will pass shortly? Or could it be the symptoms of a more complex medical issue? To err on the side of caution, you’ll want her to see a doctor right away. But where is the best place to go? Here are some reasons to choose an urgent care center and what they can do for you. If The Condition Is Non-Life Threatening When it comes to your child, almost every medical issue is a huge deal, and their health is your main priority. But there are some conditions that don’t necessarily warrant a sudden trip to the emergency room or an urgent care facility. While it can be hard to decipher what may be an actual emergency and what isn’t, here are some basic rules of thumb for medical conditions that should be addressed in an ER: Any sudden or severe bleeding that can’t be controlled with a bandage. Head trauma or sudden and severe blow to the head. Any type of unresponsiveness or unconsciousness. Stroke behavior such as inability to form sentences or move certain parts of the body. Numbness or tingling in the extremities. Severe pain in the head, chest, or abdomen that doesn’t subside within minutes. Unable to breathe or having trouble breathing. Anything that you feel could be a life threatening injury illness or situation should always be addressed in...

Young Child Need To Use Nasal Spray? How To Make The Experience As Comfortable As Possible

There is nothing fun about being sick as a young child. Being sick can often feel confusing for a young child because they don’t understand why they feel so different than they normally do. To top it off, being sick also comes with unpleasant side-effects, such as taking medication or needing to use nasal spray. The steps outlined below will help you make the experience of administering nasal spray as comfortable as possible.  Explain Why Your Child Needs Nasal Spray The first thing you need to do is sit down with your child and let them know that they are going to need some nasal spray. Explain to your child that the nasal spray is going to help them feel better. Make sure that you get specific; explain that it will make it easier for them to breathe through their nose and their nose will not feel so funny and stuffed. When your child understands why they need nasal spray, they are going to be more on board with you administering it.  Explain How The Nasal Spray Works Second, be sure to also explain to your child how the nasal spray works. Walk your child through the steps that will be explained in more detail below so they know what to expect. To make your child more comfortable, you may want to demonstrate on yourself with your own nasal spray so that your child can see that it is nothing to be scared of and they can see how it works. Be sure to ask your child if they have questions and address any that arise. Have Your Child...

Tips For Coping With Infertility When It Seems Like Everyone Else Is Having Babies

If you are trying to get pregnant but have found that you are infertile, you might feel as though you are swamped with baby pictures. You might feel like everyone around you is having a baby and it can be really hard to deal with if you are feeling bad that you cannot have kids. Here are some tips for coping with infertility when it seems like everyone else is popping out babies right and left. 1. Pity Yourself, But Keep it Short Don’t force yourself to hold down your emotions and sadness about not being able to have kids all the time. Let it out by watching a sad movie, writing in a journal, or doing some other activity that lets you release the stranglehold that you have on your emotions. Feel free to literally throw yourself a pity party. However, make sure that it doesn’t go on too long. Set a specific amount of time that you will allow you to pity yourself and don’t go past that time. You need to be able to feel your emotions, not drown in them. You can do this every time an infertility treatment doesn’t work out or every month that you get your period when you are trying for a baby. 2. Consider Getting Off of Social Media Social media is going to be full of pictures of people with their babies, especially if you and the rest of your friend group is in your late twenties. Consider taking a break from social media so that you don’t constantly have to expose yourself to the pictures of babies that...

Toddler With A Chipped Tooth: Care, Conditions, And Treatment

Learning to walk and run brings specific challenges to your toddler, and their teeth can often become a casualty of war. It’s not uncommon for toddlers to chip their teeth as they fall due to lack of coordination, and as a parent, you might be worried about what to do. Chipped teeth can vary in seriousness. As soon as you notice the chip, examine it more closely. Take notice of: The size of the chip – Large chips are more serious, while smaller ones may be superficial. Large chips may be a dental emergency because they open your child’s tooth up for infection, but small chips may not need any intervention. If the chip is small, make an appointment with your dentist to have it looked at, just to make sure that it doesn’t need filled. If the chip is large, take your child to a dentist right away. Your child’s pain level – If your child did not even notice the tooth was chipped, this is a good sign. Larger dental trauma is much more painful and can indicate the severity of the injury. Whether or not there is blood – Sometimes, a chipped tooth can be sharp enough to cut the inside of the mouth. A dentist will need to file and shape the chip to make it safe.  After your child has seen the dentist, at-home care is the next most important aspect of maintaining excellent tooth health. If the chip was filled, be sure to brush the area well to prevent cavities from forming near the filled area. If the chip was too small or superficial to...

Achieve A Whiter, More Perfect Smile With Ceramic Crowns

If you have not personally discussed your cosmetic dentistry options with a skilled dentist, it is likely that you have some misconceptions. Dental implants, laser whitening, veneers, and other cosmetic dental procedures are often highlighted in the media because of their high price tags and infamous drawbacks. Although ceramic crowns have been used in dentistry since the 20th century, according to the Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry, many still consider it to be the best and least invasive type of cosmetic dentistry available. Obtaining Straighter, More Even Teeth To improve the appearance of crooked teeth, you must either correct their appearance externally or replace them. Braces and Invisalign can help with tooth alignment, while crowns and veneers correct cracks, chips and other surface imperfections. Only ceramic crowns allow wearers to make their teeth look pristine while simultaneously protecting their natural teeth. You can have ceramic crowns fitted over any of your teeth that are less than perfect, creating a total barrier that prevents against future tooth damage. Since porcelain crowns are designed to securely fit over your entire natural tooth, there is little risk of losing your caps or having it become dislodged. Ceramic crowns are fitted to compliment and blend in with the wearer’s existing teeth, so that no one will ever know the secret behind your beautiful, new smile. Preserving And Strengthening Your Teeth Through Cosmetic Dentistry Some people are genetically predisposed to early tooth decay, causing their teeth to crumble and deteriorate at an accelerated rate. Working with a cosmetic dentist and being fitted with ceramic crowns will enable you to protect your teeth and...

3 Unusual Causes For Post-Operative Complications After Cataract Surgery

If you experience cloudy or blurred vision, or if colors don’t seem as bright as they once where, you may have cataracts. This condition causes the natural lens of your eye to become cloudy, making vision dim and unclear. During cataract surgery the surgeon removes the natural, cloudy lens of the eye and replaces it with a clear, intraocular lens implant. This is a minimally invasive procedure, and patients typically enjoy uneventful recoveries. There are certain things, however, that can lead to post-operative complications. Here are three unusual causes that may lead to complications after your cataract surgery and what you can do about them: Smoking While smoking can lead to health problems no matter when you smoke, it is especially dangerous to smoke after undergoing surgery. Cigarette smoking leads to the destruction of small capillaries in your body, including those in your eyes. If you smoke after cataract surgery, the circulation to your surgical site may not be optimal. Because of this, healing may be slowed and you may be at greater risk for developing an infection. If you smoke, talk to your doctor about smoking cessation treatments such as nicotine replacement chewing gum or patches, medications, or even cognitive behavioral therapy. If you unable to completely quit smoking prior to your cataract surgery, at least try cutting down during the post-operative phase so that adequate capillary blood flow to your eyes can be facilitated.  Hay Fever You may not realize how important managing your hay fever or other allergies is especially after undergoing surgery to remove your cataracts. Allergies often cause sneezing and coughing, which can raise...