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.
Music therapy is a clinical intervention by a trained professional that can support the emotional, psychological, cognitive, social, and communicative needs of people. It especially works for children because it’s non-threatening and playful, promotes trust, and doesn’t need verbal skills. In the brain, music can bypass the parts involved in planning and language and go right to the limbic system which is associated with emotions. It is also thought to stimulate the functioning of the right-brain which is involved with feelings, particularly sadness. Music therapy can help children manage difficult emotions, communicate better, and improve behavioral and social problems.
For children struggling with autism spectrum disorder or other forms of learning disabilities, music therapy shows promise. Studies reveal its ability to heal and support skill building in children and teens along with an improvement in social skills, attention span, and communication.
While OTC drugs are a convenient option to treat unexpected mild ailments, they pose severe health risks – when used indiscriminately, in inappropriate doses or intervals, or on children or the elderly. To minimize the risk, read the labels carefully, follow instructions that come with the package, and ensure the right dosage. Additionally, go for natural alternatives where possible.
Turns out younger siblings have a lot more to be thankful for than just hand-me-downs and relaxed parents! The big brother or sister may have done them a huge favor and triggered a more beneficial immune system to counter certain diseases. We are yet to know exactly why, but it's a fascinating line of research.
Preggos are always excited to feel their baby’s movements inside. As it may seem, every baby turns out to be different while in the womb than after it enters the world. The American Pregnancy Association says that by your seventh or the eighth month of your pregnancy a woman might[.....]
Excess folic acid may harm your baby by causing nervous damage (leading to autism), insulin resistance, obesity, or cognitive impairment. It may also increase risks of mammary tumors in the to-be mom. Daily recommended supplement intake of folic acid for pregnant women is 400–800 mcg. Folic acid available in natural form in dark green leafy veggies, fruits, nuts, and beans is not harmful.
Celiac and non-celiac gluten sensitivities make strong cases for giving up gluten. Along with fostering healthy gut flora, going gluten-free can help alleviate type-1 diabetes, IBD, and autoimmune disorders. But if you are not gluten intolerant, stick to a regular diet as consumption of gluten-free products may deprive you of essential nutrients like vit B and D, fiber, calcium, magnesium, folate, and iron.
The brain of a lonely individual registers feelings of threat and pain signals that are similar to real physical pain and danger. Unaccompanied lonely people are more likely to have an early death caused by stroke, heart attacks or other complications. The feeling of loneliness raises the risk of Dementia or Alzheimer’s disease by 64% and causes disturbances in sleep.
Probiotics increase the immuno-protective potential of breast milk helping fight Atopic Eczema and enable the infant's digestive system to mature faster, improve bowel movements and prevent constipation. They regulate good bacteria helping fight fungal infections like thrush. A healthy brain-gut connection helps prevent Autism, ADHD and mood disorders in kids.
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