Monthly Archives: October 2017

Importance of Sunscreen for Children

Summer is upon us and many families indulge in lazy days by the pool or the beach during this time. However, if you’ve allowed your child to play outdoors without adequate sun protection, you’ve taken an enormous health risk.

Do you remember your baby’s silk smooth skin? When your child is outdoors, the ultra-violet rays of the sun can easily damage the skin leading to wrinkles and possibly cancer in future. Always keep in mind that there is no such thing as a healthy tan because tanning is a sign of sun damage.

So quite naturally, the foremost question that may come to your mind is at what age is it right to start using sunscreen on your baby?

Prior to 6 months, it is best to avoid sunscreen usage on your baby with exception to those particular products that contain only zinc oxide as the only active ingredient. Use only on the exposed parts of your baby’s body. Additionally, use shaded clothing as the primary protection method. Regulate outdoor times by going out before 10am or after 4pm so that you can avoid the intense sun rays.

This brings us to the next question of – how much sunscreen should I use on my child and in what frequency?

Currently The Skin Cancer Foundation has not prescribed any set amount of sunscreen for growing children. As a parent, ensure that you’ve covered most of the exposed parts and have not ignored places like ears, tops of feet, backs of knees, and hands. Rub the sunscreen at least 30 minutes prior to going out so that the skin has had ample time to absorb the lotion.

It is recommended that you reapply every two hours. However, if your child is playing in the water or has a tendency to sweat, then application should be more frequent.

You might have difficulty in deciding on which is the best sunscreen for your child.

Cambio and pediatrician Jerome A. Paulson, MD, FAAP, medical director for national and global affairs at the Child Health Advocacy Institute of Children’s National Medical Centre in Washington, D.C has recommended, “Choose a sunscreen that contains zinc oxide or titanium dioxide because the compounds are less irritating than others and do not get absorbed into the skin. These ingredients are probably the safest ones out there right now. There is some concern that other sunscreen ingredients, particularly oxybenzone and retinyl palmitate which is form of Vitamin A, may cause harm. However, both chemicals are FDA approved for use in sunscreens.”

In spite of these efforts, your child may still get sunburned.

Do not panic if that happens. Get in touch with your paediatrician especially if your child is below the age of one. If you see blisters, along with severe pain and fever and your child is over one year old, you may try some home remedies like cool baths or a moist compress that may assist in reducing immediate pain, swelling and itching. Until full recovery, ensure that your child does not wander outdoors.

What Water Is The Best?

There are many opinions in this respect. But all depends on the purpose of fasting. If the fasting is very much serious, if, for example, it is required to cure or ease a dangerous illness considerably and quickly, then certainly the most suitable water for such fasting would be distilled water. If the fasting’s task is just a little cleaning before a long juice-diet, the best water usually is well-filtered water. But in our case of a short-term fasting the proper training for the first attempts is to accustom the organism to this kind of therapeutic fasting. Therefore, the easier goes the first day the better.

It does not need to be cooled, the room temperature suits the fasting best of all. Buy some bottles. You will need about one gallon in total, though better to buy it in smaller bottles because it will help you to have at least one bottle always with you. Please drink this water every time you feel thirst. And drink it even more if suddenly comes the appetite.

You can drink safely up to 12 pints of water that day. Or more. Or less. No restrictions.

WHY THE CARBONATED WATER IS BETTER

There is a rather little though important reason for that. The first advantage is that carbonated water has a weak acid reaction. Not to go into details, we can say that the weak carbonic acid in that water will never allow your organism to store up any salts neither in joints nor in blood vessels. It is very good for you. The second reason is the low salt concentration which was there in the water initially. During the carbonation process at the factory some salts drop down as a deposit and do not get into bottles.

PREJUDICES AGAINST CARBONATED WATER

Some people spread rumors and ridiculous prejudices against carbonated water. The especially baseless one is that the carbonic gas is harmful. To understand all the false ground and ignorance of such statement one should simply recollect an axiom.

Each person inhales 33 pounds of air a day in average, and sure, that person exhales exactly as much. In the exhaled air there is 4% of carbonic gas. Please let us count and see: within a day a person exhales some about 20 ounces of pure carbonic gas. It is absolutely normal, it is that same carbonic gas which is formed in each person as a result of ordinary breath.

Gravity of Good Health

Similarly every man craves for six-pack abs and a strong attractive muscular physique. But it is also obvious that these aims cannot be achieved as such without enough input of any hard work. Being industrious is a basic requirement for attaining these goals.

Health is a term that not only refers to a sound condition of your mental, physical and emotional states but also to your daily lifestyle. The way you react to certain situations, the way you tackle your problems, the way you wish to make efforts to achieve your aims and much more.

Fitness is necessary; as a good attractive physique automatically boosts up your confidence levels. It becomes easier for you to face and deal with people in the outer world if you believe that you look really fine and that leads to filling up of the only empty corner of suspicion in your mind about your looks. It is also a fact that people with good musculature always have an edge over the ones with a weaker or poor body frame.

But I don’t want the teenagers to perceive that only people with good body frames are always appreciated and welcomed. A good body shape is like a bonus that you get along with a witty mind and sensible nature. Whereas at the same time the ones who have accumulated excess fats also do not need to mistake this as a sign for them to start starving. They should consult physicians and seek advice so as to get their bodies into a proper configuration.

The basic necessity for a healthy and fit body is a practical, logistic, rational and realistic mind-set that would help you to differ between the right and wrong. This would also help you choose what’s appropriate for you and would definitely help you ignore what isn’t meant for you. The mind is undoubtedly the control room of our body, thus it is significant to have it in a good fettle before anything else.

Some other factors that must be paid heed towards are to continuously perform activities to keep your mind fresh and working properly. Factors like stress, depression, heart breaks and many such trims can lead to nervous breakdown and loss of self-confidence in the person concerned. Many a times when a person is unable to gain what he or she desires for, the person might go through tension or at worst, perhaps a trauma. These conditions can have adverse effects upon the concerned person and might lead to make the person lose interest in life or the activities he/she used to enjoy the most. These can also lead the person to begin distancing himself/herself from his/her closed ones. Isolation and the feeling of being unimportant, guard a way for the person to fall into prolonged depression.

Thus it is vital for every person to regularly exercise and meditate as these are some measures that can be taken to reduce and prevent mental, physical or emotional threats. Exercise and “Live a life free of Strife”.

Three Important Health Tests

Constant assessment of your health is a must if you want to live a long and disease free life. Sadly, many people are not taking the time to have the assessments carried before they run into serious health problems: full-blown health issues that could have been avoided.

Let us go over three such tests so you can ask your doctor about them at your next check-up…

1. EKG or ECG.¬†Chances are, you have heard of an EKG or ECG. This test is often associated with those people who are experiencing serious medical emergencies or are having a heart health scare. An EKG will reveal if there are any problems with your heart’s electrical system. But, an EKG can also be used for preventative purposes as well.

In this test, the heart’s activity is represented as a line tracing on graph paper. The spikes and dips in the tracings are divided into sections and show how your heart is working. Your results will be compared to a normal heart graph and any abnormal rhythms showing poor blood flow will be revealed and then be able to be treated.

2. Colorectal Cancer Screening. Cancer is a devastating disease and sadly, one that impacts many. Colorectal cancer is one of the leading forms of cancer affecting many people and often comes without any obvious signs or symptoms. Although alternating diarrhea and constipation and abdominal pain are some of the signs, along with blood in the feces, they are brushed off as being a part of living.

3. Lipid Profile.¬†Finally, make sure you schedule a routine blood test at least every 12 months to get your lipids checked. From these results, you can determine your risk for the metabolic syndrome, which is a condition characterized by…

  • obesity,
  • elevated blood pressure readings,
  • high cholesterol levels, as well as
  • insulin resistance.

If you are diagnosed with the metabolic syndrome, you will be at a higher risk for conditions such as heart disease, stroke, and Type 2 diabetes if you are not suffering from these already.So keep these three tests in mind and ask your doctor about being checked out. It is always better to be on the safe side.

Although managing your disease can be very challenging, Type 2 diabetes is not a condition you must just live with. You can make simple changes to your daily routine and lower both your weight and your blood sugar levels. Hang in there, the longer you do it, the easier it gets.