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Four Immunization Tips For New Parents

Posted by on Aug 11, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Four Immunization Tips For New Parents

As a parent, ensuring that your child is healthy and happy is one of your number one priorities. One way to ensure that your child stays happy and healthy is to be sure that he or she is receiving regular immunizations. Here are four tips to help you as a new parent stay on top of your child’s immunization record: Talk About Symptoms with a Pediatrician: Before your baby receives any immunizations, ask your pediatrician what symptoms you can expect. Small side effects such as fever and swelling are common. Your pediatrician will let you know what side effects deserve a visit to the doctor and what you can do to handle the others on your own at home. Being aware of the symptoms will allow you to stay calmer whenever they appear after your baby has received his or her first set of immunization shots.  ​Ask About the Immunization Registry: Many medical offices have an immunization registry, which is really helpful for parents. If you were to ever lose the immunization record that you have on paper that gives a detailed account of the immunizations that your child has received, you will be able to retrieve the information from the registry.  Ask About Immunization Reminders: As a first time parent, remembering all the little things that you need to do on top of simply taking care of this new family you have created can be difficult. Ask your pediatrician if the office has an immunization reminder that gets sent through an e-mail. This will help you keep track of when you need to make appointments and it will also let you know if you have missed any that you need to make an appointment for right away.  ​Bring an Immunization Card to Every Doctor Appointment: Even if you are visiting the doctor for something that doesn’t require any new set of immunization shots for your child, you should still bring along the immunization card. This will guarantee that your doctor knows what your child has already received and will let them know if any further appointments need to be made to receive ones that your child is behind on or needs soon in the future. You also need to be sure that your doctor is signing and dating the card every time an immunization is administered.  Being aware of some of these immunization tips will allow you, as a new parent, to keep better track of your child’s health. Talk with an immunization service, such as Rocky Mountain Family Physicians, for more...

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2 Suggestions For Managing Eczema

Posted by on Jul 31, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2 Suggestions For Managing Eczema

Many children experience skin problems when they are born. Young babies and children have highly sensitive skin and may get rashes, dry patches and even eczema. Some of them will grow out of it, while others will continue to have problems throughout their life. Here are a couple things you need to know to manage eczema: 1. Determine If The Eczema is Food Related What many people do not understand is that eczema can be a symptom of a food allergy or food intolerance. For instance, a child who is intolerant to milk may get eczema terribly. It can be hard to determine what is causing the eczema unless you do an elimination diet. An elimination diet requires that you eliminate the major food groups that cause allergic reactions, and slowly enter them back in. You should be waiting about a week before you introducing each new food because in some instances the reaction is delayed. This is especially the case for eczema. You may not see the flare up immediately after eating the food; instead it will come days later. This is why it is so important that you take your time when doing an elimination diet. If the eczema is related to food, this is an easy treatment. Just avoid those foods and the skin will clear up on it’s own. 2. Avoid Perfumes and Only Use Creams, Not Lotions Some people have a genetic skin condition that causes the eczema. Unfortunately it is not caused by food, which means that the only way to manage the eczema is to minimize the irritation and the flare-ups. You should be putting a moisturizing cream on the skin a couple times a day. These creams should be completely free of perfumes and any extra ingredients. The more additives the cream has, the more likely you are to get a reaction. This principle also applies to your detergent. Believe it or not, many people have flare-ups because of the detergent that they are using. There are certain clothing detergents that have perfumes, and additives that can cause major reactions. For this reason, you should buy organic and natural detergent that can clean the clothes, without adding any extra ingredients. If you or your child is still suffering from eczema despite doing the elimination diet, and removing all additives and perfumes from your clothing and skin, you should talk to a medical professional. They may be able to help you better manage the symptoms. To learn more, contact a company such as Summit View Clinic with any questions or concerns you...

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What Can You Do About Postpartum Incontinence?

Posted by on Jul 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What Can You Do About Postpartum Incontinence?

While pregnant, you can experience a host of symptoms, including incontinence. Fortunately, most of them go away after childbirth. Continued incontinence after the birth of a baby though is not normal. If you are experiencing postpartum incontinence, here is what you need to know.  What Causes Postpartum Incontinence? The act of childbirth can place a great deal of stress on your pelvic floor muscles. During childbirth, your pelvic floor can become stretched and damage. This is even true if you ended up having an emergency c-section. After childbirth, your muscles do not automatically go back to their pre-pushing shape. You have the responsibility of working on your muscles to strengthen them.  How Can You Strengthen Your Muscles? The most commonly recommended method of strengthening your pelvic floor muscle is to do Kegel exercises, also called pelvic floor exercises. Kegel exercises involve tightening and holding the muscles that you use to stop your urine flow. You can practice stopping and starting your flow while urinating. Once you are sure which muscles are used, you can start your exercises.  To get the maximum benefit out of Kegel exercises, you should do them at least three times a day during the three-month period following the birth of your child. After the three-month period has passed, you need to continue to do the exercises at least two times a week.  You also need to focus on losing weight. Additional weight can place pressure on your bladder and help increase the likelihood that you experience occasional leakage. Avoid citrus, coffee, and soft drinks, which can irritate your bladder. To protect against leakage, you can wear pads to help absorb the urine. Do not use tampons. Tampons do not help stop or block the flow of urine. You are not supposed to use tampons in the period following childbirth anyway. What If the Incontinence Persists? The continued presence of incontinence could be a sign that you have another medical condition. If left untreated, the problem could potentially become a long-term one that affects your quality of life. You should schedule an appointment with your gynecologist if the problem persists after six weeks of doing the Kegel exercises.  Postpartum incontinence should not be ignored. Even though your body has been through a lot during the childbirth process, continued incontinence is not one of the things that you have to tolerate. Talk to your gynecologist at a place like South Ave Women’s Services about other ways you can strengthen your pelvic floor muscles and avoid...

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