Posts Tagged ‘health’

How To Care For Those Sick With Flu

Here’s a great article from the American Red Cross

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“Wash Your Hands As Often As You Can”

Health officials report most of the country is battling a widespread outbreak of the flu and are urging people to get vaccinated now if they haven’t already done so.

With so many people sick, the American Red Cross has steps people should take if they are caring for someone who has the flu.

The flu virus spreads from person-to-person in droplets of coughs or sneezes. The virus can also spread if a person touches droplets on another person or object and then touches their own mouth or nose before washing their hands. To prevent the spread of the flu virus, it is important to remember to wash your hands and cover your cough or sneeze.

WASH YOUR HANDS Washing hands properly is an important step to avoid getting the flu.For visibly soiled hands, first wash with soap and warm water. When using soap and water:

  • Wash for at least 20 seconds, covering the entire hand including fingernails and under jewelry.
  • Rinse and dry thoroughly with a disposable towel.
  • Use the towel to turn off the faucet.
  • If using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer:
  • Rub thoroughly over the entire hand, including nail areas and between the fingers.
  • Continue to rub until the product dries.

SNEEZING AND COUGHING If someone has to cough or sneeze, they should cover their mouth and nose with a tissue and wash their hands afterwards. If they don’t have a tissue, they should cough or sneeze into their elbow or upper arm, not their hands.

TAKING CARE OF THE SICK If caring for someone who has the flu, people should:

  • Disinfect door knobs, switches, handles, toys and other surfaces that everyone touches.
  • Use detergent and very hot water to do dishes and wash clothes. It’s okay to wash everyone’s dishes and clothes together. They should wash their hands after handling dirty laundry.
  • Designate only one adult as the caregiver. People at increased risk of severe illness from the flu should not be caregivers.
  • Deal with crisis situations calmly and confidently to give the best support to the person being cared for.
  • Remember their own needs as well. Practice healthy habits. Eat a balanced diet. Drink plenty of water. Get regular exercise. Get enough sleep and rest.

 If someone is ill, they should:

  • Stay in a room separate from common areas of the home and avoid contact with others as much as possible.
  • Stay at home for at least 24 hours after their fever is gone without using medicine to reduce the fever.
  • Get lots of rest and drink plenty of fluids.
  • Consider wearing a facemask, if available and tolerable, when sharing common spaces with household members.
  • Check with their healthcare provider about whether they should take antiviral medication, or if fever persists, whether antibiotics are needed.

 Information on what to do if someone has the flu is available as part of the freeRed Cross First Aid mobile app available for iPhone and Android devices.You can find more information about how to help keep you and your loved ones protected by visiting redcross.org/FluTips.

 

Most Mothers Give Infants Solid Food Too Early

Came across this article online. Interesting discussion about the best age to start an infant on solid food. What do you think? Any comments? Share…

Most Mothers Give Infants Solid Food Too Early

By Rachael Rettner, MyHealthDaily Staff Writer / LiveScience.com

u12868682More than a third of U.S. mothers start feeding their infants solid food too soon, a new study finds.

In the study, 40 percent of mothers said they gave their infants solid foods before the age of 4 months, which is earlier than recommended. About 24 percent of mothers who breast-fed, and 53 percent of mothers who formula-fed, gave their babies solid food too early.  Read the rest of this entry »

‘Thigh Gap’: New Teen Body Obsession?

photo of 'thigh gap'I caught this segment on ABC’s Good Morning America this morning. Apparently a ‘thigh gap’ is the latest must have in order to have the “perfect” body. This obsession is rampant among teens and I’m sure tweens too. Unfortunately, these girls don’t realize that 99.9% of the photos they see in magazines have been retouched to death. OK, some women are born that way. I would venture to guess that the majority of us were not. If nothing else this article will give a parent a heads-up on a potential body image issue. 

‘Thigh Gap’: New Teen Body Obsession?

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Dental Injuries In Young Children

Thanks to a very hard fall onto the wooden arm of a couch when I was very little, under two years old, I had all of my front teeth pulled. Needless to say it was a very different kind of face I showed the world for many years to come. I had no front teeth until my second set of teeth finally came in. With great empathy for the topic of this article I just came across, I am sharing some important information about dental injuries in young children.

Dental Injuries in Young Children

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Mom Finds Devastating “Diet List” on 7-Year-Old’s Bedroom Floor

As a mom we are aware of the pressures put on our little girls to be “pretty” and “fit”. You do your best to steer your daughter in the right direction so she makes good choices when it comes to what she eats and her activity level. All the while you think you’re doing the right thing. When do the influences get to be too much? Was it something you said or did? Is someone outside the family making comments that are pushing your daughter to excess? At what age should you start to be concerned about your child’s self image? If nothing else, this article will make you think. It will make you want to pay closer attention to how focused your daughter is on her physical being.

Mom Finds Devastating “Diet List” On 7-Year-Old’s Bedroom Floor

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Protection from Whooping Cough Vaccine (DTaP) Wanes Over Time

I just came across this article from whattoexpect.com and thought I’d pass along the information…

Protection from Whooping Cough Vaccine (DTaP) Wanes Over Time

by Sharon Mazel

baby_getting_shotYour little one gets vaccinated against whooping cough (pertussis), diphtheria, and tetanus with the DTaP vaccine five times before age six, but a new study published in the journal Pediatrics finds that protection against pertussis starts to weaken just a few years after preschool kids get their final shot and well before children get their recommended booster (called Tdap) at age 11 or 12. Read the rest of this entry »

Is Your Family Suffering From Over-Scheduling?

It’s so easy to get caught up in a glut of activities and scheduled appointments these days. Trying to make everyone in the family happy and engaged can lead to over-scheduling and the potential for burnout. This article puts it all into perspective.

Is Your Family Suffering From Over-Scheduling?
Know The Warning Signs!

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8 Ways To Be A Happier Mom

Who doesn’t want to be happy? Certainly moms do! This article has some sound advice to help you keep your life as “mom” in balance. Nobody said it would be easy. Following some of these suggestions can only help. If you’ve got some tips of your own, share. What works for you might help someone else.

8 Ways To Be A Happier Mom

via Team Mom/Yahoo! Shine/by Woman’s Day
By Theo Pauline Nestor

While our greatest hope is for our children to turn into happy adults, most of us moms grit our teeth a fair amount on the road there. After we hustle our kids off to soccer practice, shop for dinner and hunt down the perfect kindergarten, we are left with little inspiration to model the one thing we most wish for our children: happiness. It’s not that we don’t want to be happy. It’s more a question of how to fit it into our schedule. Read on for some practical tips from parenting experts on how to move “be happy” to the top of your to-do list. Read the rest of this entry »

How Much Sugar Are You Consuming? (a visual aid)

How Much Sugar Are You Consuming? (a visual aid)

I just came across this great graphic that shows you just how much sugar is in everyday items we eat. You might be surprised about some of them. The visual sure drives it home how much sugar can be consumed without our noticing it.

Vaccines: ‘Shot-Limiting’ On The Rise In Portland, Study Finds

Interesting findings from this study…

Vaccines: ‘Shot-Limiting’ On The Rise In Portland, Study Finds

via The Huffington Post, by Emma Mustich

The medical advances that make young children less susceptible to mumps, polio and other diseases also mean that babies enter the world with a heavy vaccination schedule in store. The CDC suggests that parents bring their babies to the pediatrician for a total of 18 immunizations plus the flu vaccine before they even turn 9 months old.

But a new study of more than 97,700 children from Portland, Oregon, published in the journal Pediatrics, indicates that an increasing number of parents are straying from the CDC’s vaccine plan.

The CDC schedule calls for five or more vaccines per visit at some early childhood appointments, but “shot-limiters” –- children whose parents attempt to control the number of vaccinations they receive –- are becoming more prevalent in Portland, the study says.

The research, which relied on vaccination records gathered through the Oregon ALERT Immunization Information System, found that over the three years between 2006 and 2009, there was a 7 percent increase in shot-limiting for children between 0 and 9 months of age. Whereas only 2.5 percent of the 97,711 children studied were classed as “consistent shot-limiters” – i.e., babies “having no more than 2 vaccine injections on all immunization visits from birth up to 9 months of age” — in 2006, that percentage jumped to 9.5 in 2009. Children who did not receive any vaccines were not included in the study.

Parents with a more by-the-book approach to vaccines — “non-limiters” and “episodic limiters” — took their children for an average of 3.2 injections on each of around three doctor visits, while “consistent shot-limiters” saw the doctor more than four times in the same period, getting only 1-2 shots per visit.

“Shot-limiting” parents do not necessarily seek to limit the aggregate number of vaccines their children receive, but because of their insistence on spreading shots over so many appointments, these parents sometimes simply skip important vaccines, the study found.

The study’s authors named parental skepticism, fear of children’s pain, and “mistrust toward industries and governments associated with vaccination” among reasons why parents might postpone or avoid shots. They added that “media attention regarding vaccine safety issues likely contributed to the observed increase in shot-limiting in 2007.”

On its Vaccines & Immunizations site, the CDC recognizes that some of the diseases babies are immunized against are “becoming very rare” -– but says it’s still important for children to get the recommended shots:

Even if there are only a few cases of disease today, if we take away the protection given by vaccination, more and more people will be infected and will spread disease to others. Soon we will undo the progress we have made over the years.

Finally, the authors of the Pediatrics study note that ignoring the accepted vaccination schedule can be dangerous: “Delaying receipt of vaccines will unnecessarily increase the amount of time children are susceptible to vaccine-preventable diseases; there are known risks to the child but no known benefits associated with use of alternative schedules.”

 

 

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