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Healthy Sleep for Your Child

Establishing a relaxing bedtime routine is an easy way to start getting into school mode. It is recommended your child to have three or four calming activities before bed. No matter which activities you’ll choose, it is important to stay consistent with it. This will become a cue for your child that it’s time to sleep. You should start with a physical activity before dinner, which will exhaust your child out. After dinner you can take activates like relaxing bath, brushing teeth and putting pyjamas on. All these activities are associated with children falling asleep faster and sleeping better. Specific food and drink consumed before bedtime can confuse your child’s body and steal his sleep. Avoid feeding your children fatty foods, sugary snacks, carbs and soft drinks. Healthy eating has been proven to promote quality sleep. It’s better to consume white rice, oatmeal, nuts, fruits or a cup of herbal tea. In addition, feed your child at the right time. Dinner time has to be at least 2 hours before bedtime. This can help your child to establish healthy

Test for Hearing Loss

Hearing loss should never be neglected and you should seek the consultation of an Audiologist, Otolaryngologist or Otologist if you feel the above mentioned symptoms.

A hearing loss is diagnosed based on the person’s history, behaviour and the results of medical and audiological examinations. You would then be examined to know of the causes of the hearing loss, and if it can be treated. The most common way by which one could suffer from a loss of hearing is with the fluid in the middle ear or wax in the ear canal not being taken care of.

There are a several things you can do to hear and cope better in situations that have caused you difficulty in communicating with the help of hearing aids and hearing problem treatments.

In case you are diagnosed with a hearing loss, you have to undergo a full hearing test. This test will recognize the degree and type of hearing loss you may have developed and also determine if you could be helped by hearing aids. The hearing health professional

About Winter Eye Problems

Tearing Eyes

Apart from winter weather drying out your eyes, the cold weather can also make your eyes over produce tears which can be very annoying and can make vision blurry. The best thing to help with this is to wear glasses, goggles, or sunglasses when outside to avoid the wind causing watery eyes. Also, if you are wiping your eyes to get rid of the tears make sure you use clean tissues or cloths to avoid infection. Excessive tearing eyes can also be caused by other factors such as infection, blocked tear duct, or surprisingly dry eyes, so if you are concerned make an appointment with your eye clinic or opticians so they can check it out.

Tired Eyes

The winter months are darker and natural light is less which can make certain tasks more difficult, reading and writing for example. Straining your eyes to see in lower light can cause eyestrain making your eyes feel tired quicker than usual. To help avoid this try having a lamp on when carrying out close work and

Thyroid Health

Sudden weight gain and hypothyroidism

Although not everyone can blame their thyroid for unexpected weight gain there are others who have found their difficulty in losing weight can be attributed to hypothyroidism.

If a person has hypothyroidism, it means their thyroid gland is functioning in a sluggish manner. This sluggishness leads to an impaired ability of the gland to produce the right hormones. As a result, the ability to use the nutrients provided by food in a properly functioning manner will also slow down.

The reason more women are prone to having issues with their thyroid health and weight gain is because the thyroid glands are linked to other systems in their body. Some of the key systems which impact on thyroid function are the neurotransmitters, adrenal glands and reproductive hormones.

How can you avoid weight gain and thyroid problems?

One obvious answer to this question is to maintain a healthy and balanced diet. When it comes to nutrition, consistency is very important.

If you are diagnosed with hypothyroidism it is very important that you are consistently only eating healthy foods all the time, not just when the urge takes you.

Have a Slipped Disc

The good news is that spinal disc herniations can usually be treated with conservative care without the need for surgery. Such treatments may include manual manipulation techniques or mechanical traction therapy to reduce the degree of disc herniation and relieve pressure on the nearby nerve. Other treatments may include anti-inflammatory and/or pain medications, injections and a variety of more invasive surgical interventions, depending on the problem type and severity in each particular case.

It is important that disc and related conditions are evaluated by a qualified provider before recommendations can be made regarding the best approach in each individual situation. However, it is generally recommended that you AVOID trying to stretch or do other exercises prior to being evaluated and given appropriate recommendations as certain movements may worsen this condition. There are also “red-flags” that your provider will look for such as a loss of bowel or bladder function or control, numbness or “pins and needles” sensation in the groin and inner thighs as well as some other symptoms and physical findings that may indicate a rare but serious condition known as Cauda Equina Syndrome (if you do have these symptoms or if your condition is rapidly

Ways To Help Stop Drinking Soda

  • Count Your Calories:
    Counting calories can be a great way to keep your waistline in check. If you toss back cans of soda like they’re the cure for cancer, you may be surprised at how many calories you actually consume purely from soda. The best way to do this is to download a calorie counter app, unless you feel like writing it down every time you drink a soda. And don’t order sodas when you go out to eat. Those free refills rack up the calories real quick.
  • Switch to Unsweetened Tea:
    A lot of people drink soda for caffeine. If you aren’t a coffee drinker, unsweetened green tea or black tea can be a great source of caffeine. If you aren’t a tea purist and need a little extra flavor, try mixing in some fresh lemon juice and a little stevia with your tea to sweeten it. Don’t forget to stay away from artificial sweeteners!
  • Drink a Glass of Water Instead:
    When you feel that desire to drink a soda, drink a glass of water instead. Boredom or stress can sometimes cause people to grab whatever is in plain sight, but these are often unhealthy

Prevent Hearing Loss in Children

Parents should be aware of the fact that hearing loss in children can be prevented and they can save their children by following certain guidelines.

  • Avoid or limit the exposure of your child to loud music.
  • Make your child wear ear plugs when exposed to loud noises. Even the noise created by vacuum cleaners is found to be dangerous for ears.
  • If your child is very small take proper care that you use hearing protection devices for your child when you expect more than normal noise.

There is medical help available and if a hearing problem is detected at an early stage, it can be treated and cured as well. If you find any kind of hearing problem in your child, you must consult the concerned doctors and get help as soon as possible. Sometimes a speech therapist can turn out quite helpful and your child will be normal in due course of time.

Make your children aware of the warning signs and if they notice any of them, they should immediately inform you so that you take action in time. You can advise your kids to wear hearing protection when visiting any

Stick Your Tongue Out

Relax your tongue.

It’s not something we give a whole lot of thought to – our tongue. But, when you stop to consider its importance in your life, you’ll be quickly amazed. That’s one heck of an intelligent and active muscle you’ve got hanging out in your mouth.

Inherently linked with the brain, your tongue can be an important key to a good night’s sleep.

Like many others, I tend to live a busy life leading up to bed. It can be quite difficult to simply let it all go and drift off to sleep. Often, bedtime is the first chance I’ve had to be with my own thoughts. So, there I lay with a monkey mind ready to play, play, play.

There are many relaxation techniques and each has its merits. But, sometimes you feel you’re pulling out all the stops and nothing works. That’s why I want to share this one with you. I’ve found it works nearly every time.

THE POWER OF THE TONGUE

It’s a remarkable relationship we have with our tongue. In fact, it’s one of our primary sources of info when we first come into the

Newborn Baby Eye Problems

  1. Blocked Tear Ducts. Tears are drained from each eye from four tiny holes on the eyelid margins, two at the top and two at the bottom. Another common condition in babies is that one or more of the ducts may be blocked. This can cause eye infections and the baby might need antibiotics to clear up the infection. If the tear duct does not open naturally, then surgery with an ophthalmologist may be required, but most tear ducts do open up by themselves within the baby’s first year.
  2. Ptosis. Again, ptosis is a problem seen a lot in older adults where one or both eyelids start to droop. This can also be found in newborn babies where one or both eyelids do not develop correctly. Surgery may be needed, as if it is left untreated it can cause a lazy eye later in the baby’s life.
  3. Retinopathy of Prematurity. Babies that are premature can be born with underdeveloped eyes. It tends to be the blood vessels that transport blood to the retina that are not fully matured and need more time to grow. Once a baby is born, the inside of the eye could be damaged if these type

Remove An Eyelash From Your Eye

  1. Rinse With Water: Use clean water such as mineral or bottled water when using this method. If you do not have mineral or bottled water available you can also use tap water (as long as your tap water is treated and filtered properly). The best method is to cup your hand and splash the water into the irritated eye. Most of the time this method works well and seamlessly flushes the debris out. If this method does not work you can resort to a gentler method by filling up a bowl with water and submerging the eye. Inevitably the act of submerging your eye under water will likely help flush the debris out.
  2. Saline Solution: If the method above yields no results you can use saline solution as a possible solution. Unlike the method above, saline solution provides a little more pressure during the rinsing process which may help dislodge and remove the foreign object.
  3. Q-Tip: This method should only be used if the above two do not succeed. It is never prescribed to introduce foreign objects into the eye especially for the purpose of attempting to dislodge another foreign object. However, if you are unable

About Common Heel Ailments

If you have pain or discomfort in your heel, there are many causes. If the pain is chronic and severe enough to greatly impact the daily use of your foot, it is highly recommended that you see a podiatrist as soon as possible.

For other heel pain ailments, you may be able to get relief and treatment in a variety of ways from stretches to orthotics.

Not every heel pain ailment can be effectively treated in the same manner. It is important, then, to know what the cause of your heel ailment is.

Below are common heel ailments that you may be suffering from:

Stone Bruise

This common heel ailment occurs when you step on a hard or sharp object such as a stone or pebble. A bruise on the fat pad of the heel can result, with some, temporary minor pain and discoloration. The pain typically goes away with rest.

Plantar Fasciitis (Subcalcaneal Pain)

With plantar fasciitis, the tissue band (fascia) that connects the heel bone to the toes becomes inflamed and irritated. The pain is located under the heel and is worse with the first few steps in the

Ionic Foot Detox

Many people swear by the ionic foot detox to rid their bodies of all the toxins that are constantly bombarding us. While one session won’t rid your body of everything, with a set of sessions under your belt you will notice cleaner water at the end as your body slowly rids itself of the toxins found within.

Many people say that the detox helps them have less pain, especially in the joints like knees, elbows and hips. There is increased energy and improved sleep patterns and of course the big one, toxin reduction that is also widely reported. Some people say they have less swelling and improved digestion after a set of treatments and others say they have an increased metabolism, better skin and a better functioning circulatory system after as well.

The foot detox is also known to purge the body of yeast and help with liver, kidney and parasite cleansing and it also leaves the body with a better pH level. It re-energizes the body and the red blood cells and triggers the lymphatic system to work more efficiently. In short, just a few treatments can make a huge difference in our bodies.

Fix Bad Back Without Drugs or Surgery

  • Myofascial Release:

According to Wikipedia, myofascial release is “a soft tissue therapy for the treatment of skeletal muscle immobility and pain. This alternative medicine therapy aims to relax contracted muscles, improve blood and lymphatic circulation, and stimulate the stretch reflex in muscles.”

A very common and well-known form of MFR is massage. Another is foam rolling. Since massage is not always an easy or affordable option, the best way to affect MFR, in my opinion, is with a good foam roller. The one I recommend is made by Trigger Point.

When it comes to rolling for back pain, you need to keep in mind that the body is a single muscle, and that in order to “fix” your back, you have to treat the entire body. So don’t just roll your back. Roll your entire body, both lower and upper. Done properly, foam rolling can get you out of pain and back on your feet quickly.

  • Stretching:

One of the reasons you have lower back pain is due to tight muscles. This would include muscles in the lower and upper body. Remember, the muscles in your body are really just one big muscle.

Tinnitus

In other cases, the ringing sensation is caused by the natural loss of hearing due to aging, Meniere’s disease, head injuries, or even something as simple as wax build-up putting pressure on the inner ear. In rare instances, the ringing sensation can be caused by high blood pressure, which leads to what’s known as pulsatile tinnitus. In that case, the ringing manifests not as a constant hum but beats in time with an individual pulse.

Because it is a symptom of a number of possible conditions, there is no “cure” for tinnitus. Addressing the underlying cause may help, but, in the case of noise or age-induced hearing loss, there is little that can be done. For the vast majority of people afflicted, tinnitus is merely a mild annoyance that can even go unnoticed most of the time. If the ringing is perceived at a very low volume, the noise of everyday life will likely drown it out. In that case, the symptom will be most pronounced when trying to sleep. If it is low enough, ambient sound can help push out the ringing sound without depriving the afflicted of sleep.

In severe or “catastrophic” cases, the

Get Rid of Dandruff at Home

  • Lemon – Malassezia is a fungus and is associated with a number of dermatological disorders including dandruff. Lemon contains various flavonoids, which are known for their antibacterial activity and thus help in controlling dandruff by acting against these species. Lemon also helps balance pH levels and reduces excessive oils that can be a factor in dandruff. A mild lemon juice rinse effectively cleans away leftover soap or chemicals that can cause itching and flaking. Additionally, using lemon on dandruff problems provides an antibacterial action.
  • Egg whites – Antimicrobial (against fungus and bacteria’s) properties of the proteins present in egg white helps in the treatment of dandruff at home. Although, most of the proteins present antimicrobial activity, lysozyme is one of the most important enzyme present in egg white. It initiates events of cell death (among bacteria and fungi) by breaking their cell wall and thus exposing the weak cell membrane to the environment causing reduced in the dandruff causing fungi.
  • Camphor – Camphor is known to reduce dandruff which is attributed to the germicide, disinfectant, anti-microbial and insecticide properties of Camphor oil. Their mechanism of action has most often been attributed to the disturbance of microbial

Optimize Thyroid Function

There are several different ways that the thyroid gland can malfunction. The most prominent way is due to the autoimmune disease Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, which accounts for approximately 90 percent of cases of clinical hypothyroidism in the US.

An autoimmune disease is one in which the body’s immune system has gone into overdrive and accidentally started attacking its own cells as a result of poor gut barrier health. In Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, the thyroid gland is the victim.

You can find out for certain if you have Hashimoto’s (as opposed to other kinds of thyroid malfunction) only through getting blood work done. A quick explanation of thyroid function is helpful for understanding this blood work

First, your thyroid gland works only after it receives a “green light” signal for production by the pituitary gland, which comes in the form of Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH). When TSH gets to the thyroid gland, the thyroid gland makes a molecule called T4. That’s not the end of it, though. T4 is not used by your body’s cells. T3 is. T4 is converted to T3 by the liver. T3 then goes on to be active in the body. It is responsible

Laser Back Surgery

Exerciseto aid recovery

Speaking of exercise, there are many to encourage recovery. Physical Therapy experts have developed stretches and exercises just for those who have received laser spine surgery. These exercises will make sure successful recovery. While recovering, routine checkups will be mandatory to make sure everything is going well and the back is healing the right way. If any of the stretches or exercises are painful or even uncomfortable they can recommend different ones.

Sometimes, the doctor may want the patient to seek physical therapy. Being supervised will ensure that they are being executed the correct way. The exercises will be altered as the patient recovers. Here are some samples of the various levels of exercise and things that will be done at home to feel better, faster.

Common Exercise Levels

The first group of exercises are for patients who have been out of surgery for a couple weeks. The shoulder press is a common exercise to help strengthen the upper back and aid in posture. It can be done at home by lying on the back with knees bent. Legs are about hip width apart and arms on both sides with palms

Skin Rashes

The more I read and research health and wellness, skin conditions and their probable causes, the clearer the link has become in my mind. In the olden days our cleaning products were made of hot water and soap, or bicarb and vinegar, or just plain old elbow grease. Our bathroom cupboard was not full of hundreds of different products housed in plastic bottles and tubs, and our clothes were washed in nothing more than boiling water.

Fast forward to the 21st century. Now for most of us, our morning routine alone means we start each day by applying multiple products to our hair and skin. We vigorously and vigilantly scour our homes with a selection of chemical based cleaning products, and we use highly developed detergents, fabric softeners and ironing aids on our clothes each time they go in the wash.

So what’s the difference? Chemicals. Synthetic chemicals, poisons, pesticides, insecticides, preservatives, petrochemicals, toxins, carcinogens, allergens, and irritants.

The products we use in our modern day homes to keep them clean, and the personal care products we use on our bodies to keep them clean, soft, beautiful, moisturised and shiny all contain a different mix

Fundamentals Of Detox Planning

There are different detoxing plans that you can use. Some of them require you to use either supplements or herbs. Others require going without food of any kind and also eliminate supplements which is almost like fasting.

You can use a detox plan where you can make changes to the kinds of food you eat.

Some plans require you to add more water to your daily diet. Some people choose to use a colon cleanse as part of their detoxification plan. You can choose a detox plan that focuses on getting rid of heavy metals or one that targets only certain food or food groups.

There are also juicing detox plans as well as plans that allow people to eat, but eliminate certain foods from their diet. The kind of detox plan that you choose will depend on what the purpose is and what time period you want to follow it. Some people follow a detox for a few days and others for up to 31 days. Some people also change their diet to follow a detox lifestyle. That means that they incorporate certain foods in their diet that encourages detoxing on a daily basis.

Poor Eyesight

Poor Diet: the lack of attention to eating a healthy diet is one of the main factors that play a role in the worsening of your eyesight. The American diet is deficient in foods that consist of omega 3- Fatty acids. The typical American diet is rich in saturated fat and consists mainly of simple carbohydrates such as white bread, macaroni and fast foods that are high in saturated fats.

Lack of Attention To Practicing Eye Relaxation Techniques: One of the main causes of poor eyesight is associated with excessive close up work on the computer whereby the eyes are not receiving the care that they need that is essential in relieving stress and tension in the visual system. Often, this is associated with the excessive use of technological devices such as smart phones, computers, tablets, ereaders and laptops. This problem that is associated with eye strain is something that is a major contributing factor to the worsening of your eyesight and can be relieved by taking regular periodic breaks from your close up work.

The Negative Effects of Blue Light from Digital Devices: digital devices such as smartphones and tablets and laptops emit blue light

Foot Self-Exam

A foot self-exam is really simple can be done by anyone within a few minutes. It involves one visually examining each foot, looking for abnormalities or unusual growths. The next step is touching and feeling of each foot.

When examining one’s feet, it is important to look over the whole foot, including in between each toe. Applying pressure to areas of the feet can also help you locate pain spots and feel lumps and abnormal bone growths.

For an easier self-examination one can use a handheld mirror and/or ask for assistance from a friend or family member.

A careful look at your feet can help you quickly identify physical oddities that can likely indicate something isn’t right with your foot or feet. Here are the most common things to look for when examining your feet:

Swelling. Swelling can indicate a number of things ranging from an infection, a fractured, sprained or broken bone, to issues with the nerves or lymph or blood flow and circulation. Notice if the swelling has increased and whether it affects one or both feet.

Redness. Redness is often associated with excessive pressure, poor circulation, a rash or an

Diabetes And Neuropathy

Diabetes is of three main types:

— Type I: This is also known as juvenile diabetes and is a result of insufficient insulin production by the pancreas.

— Type II: Accounting for about 90% of all cases of diabetes, type II diabetes mellitus is defined by insulin resistance which means that insulin receptors on cells do not respond to insulin.

— Gestational Diabetes: This is seen in pregnant women who do not have a prior diagnosis of diabetes. It is theorized that gestational diabetes is caused by hormonal changes during pregnancy.

Neuropathy refers to a condition in which there is damage or disease affecting the nerves. Nerves control both movement and sensation, so depending on the type of nerve affected (motor, sensory, or mixed), there can a number of varied signs and symptoms such as weakness, numbness, tingling sensation, etc.

It can affect a single nerve or many nerves simultaneously and it can be a chronic or acute condition.

It may seem far-fetched that diabetes can affect nerves but this is one of the most common and most debilitating complications of diabetes.

It is theorized that diabetes causes damage to nerves

Common Visual Defects

When one looks at a distant object, a near one in the same line of vision is indistinct. Now, if one focuses upon the nearer object, the distant one is not seen so well. This is because a clear image is obtained only of the object which is brought to focus upon the most sensitive portion of the retina. The other become indistinct as it goes out of focus. This shifting of focus is accomplished by a change in the thickness of the lens. In a normal eye the rays of light from a distant object come to focus upon the retina when the eye is at rest, that is, when the ciliary’s muscles are inactive and the lens is thin.

Farsightedness of Children

In this condition, called “hyperopia,” the eyeball is shorter than normal. This is a universal condition at birth but should disappear before there is much use of the eyes for near vision. If it persists, the rays of light with the eye at rest come to focus not on the retina but behind it.

Blurring of vision results

This is unsatisfactory, so the ciliary’s muscles correct the difficulty by contracting