A normal hemoglobin level for women ranges between 12 to 16 g/dL, whereas it is 14 to 17.4 g/dL for men and 9.5 to 24.5 g/dL for children, depending on their age. However, a physiological increase or decrease in normal hemoglobin limits could be attributed to factors like pregnancy, full-term infancy, smoking, altitude, and even ethnicity.
Avoid boredom by adding a variety of foods (think a combo of healthy carbs like brown rice, proteins, and veggies!) to your plate. Fill half your plate with fruits, veggies and treat meat as the secondary part of your dish to help keep your portions in check. Develop a habit of practicing mindful eating until you are 80% full - and save leftovers for later!
Keeping an aquarium has many benefits. Aquariums not only beautify the living spaces, but can also be therapeutic must-haves that help you deal with everyday life better. The size of the aquarium does not really matter. Just a small aquarium with some pebbles, plants and fish will serve the purpose.[.....]
After relying on the mother for her oxygen supply in the womb a forceful cry helps a baby breathe on her own - it expands and fills up her lungs and clears any residual amniotic fluid from her nose, mouth, and lungs. A baby’s cry can also give us clues about her health, for instance higher pitched cries have been associated with infants who are at risk for autism.
Every baby is unique! Some babies literally sleep all day and move at night when you are asleep, whereas others seem to be moving all the time. But, it is also possible that you just notice your baby’s movements more at night as it is easier to feel the baby move when you are relaxed and lying down than when you are walking, standing, or occupied with other things.
Your stress levels and temperament, your eating habits, your lifestyle shapes that little life in your womb. Here are some simple tips that will help you stay healthy and deliver a healthy baby. Do some light exercises every day, get some sunshine in the morning, massage your baby bump with almond oil, listen to soothing music, and try communicating with your baby by reading, singing, and chatting.
It is quite a challenge to make sure that your little one’s oral hygiene is on point. Keeping up with a little powerhouse of energy that runs around and puts anything and everything into its mouth keeps you on your toes. When your toddler is 24 months old, it will have[.....]
Avoid feeding your child with spicy, acidic, and scratchy or hard foods like nuts, potato chips, which can aggravate tender mouth sores. Be sure your child uses toothbrushes with soft bristles and avoids toothpastes or mouthwashes which contain sodium lauryl sulfate. For a quick fix, rinse the mouth every 2 to 3 hrs with salt water or apply a wet tea bag to the sore for relief.
Stretch marks on the skin are part of the physiological changes that happen while growing up. While laser therapy and topical application of tretinoin are popular methods to get rid of them, some natural ways include the application of shea butter, almond oil, or egg white on the marks, and regular exfoliation of the area with a combination of lemon and sugar.
Baby dropping or lightening is the movement of the baby to the lower part of the pelvis. For first-time moms, it can occur in the latter half of the third trimester, a few weeks before the birth; for second-timers, it may happen a few hours before labor. Visible signs include a change in the shape of your abdomen, ease in heartburn, frequent urination, and ease in breathing.
The importance of hand hygiene cannot be understated. New generation personal care products like hand sanitizers offer a convenient way to keep your hands clean on the go. But are they truly safe to use? Can your children use them? Are there more natural alternatives? We're here to bring well-researched facts to the table so you can keep your hands clean, the healthy way.
If you are pregnant/trying to conceive, you should be extremely cautious of this mosquito-borne illness that can even threaten your unborn baby's health. Zika can cause microcephaly and other severe neurological defects among newborns including vision problems, impaired growth. The best approach is to prevent mosquito bites, avoid traveling to zika-prone areas.
Co-sleeping is native to many cultures but it's a tradition that modern medicine is questioning. With the yearning for parent–child bonding and physical closeness to the young infant, co-sleeping has its fair share of takers. If this is something you do want to do, taking some precautions can make it safer for the child.
In auditory processing disorder (APD), the brain and the central nervous system can't process sound properly. About 5% children are affected by it. Kids with APD can't locate the source of a sound or tell similar sounds apart and have trouble understanding speech, especially in noisy places or when someone speaks too fast. They are inattentive, have learning difficulties, and perform poorly at school. Auditory training exercises, visual aids like graphs/pictures, and environments where they can hear better can help manage the condition.
Go for regular screen tests if you're 50 or have a family history of polyps, cancer, or IBD. Avoid red meat or processed meat. Load up on fibrous and colorful veggies and antioxidant-rich berries. Eat dairy products for calcium and spinach and sprouts for folic acid. Exercise in the sun for vitamin D and to keep obesity at bay. Go easy on the booze and stop smoking altogether.
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