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Tips To Help You Identify Not-So-Common Pregnancy Emergencies

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Pregnancy emergencies are life threatening both for you and your unborn child. It’s important that you familiarize yourself with fatal pregnancy emergencies, including the ones that are not so common. Below are tips and guidelines to help you identify signs of some uncommon pregnancy emergencies, so that you can take the right action in good time. Reduced Baby Movement A decline in the activity level of your unborn child is a sign of a major pregnancy risk. If you notice that your unborn child is kicking fewer times than before, it’s best to visit your GP to assess the situation of the child. To identify a decline in foetal activity, you should monitor the frequency of the kicks your unborn child makes.   First, test whether your child is still able to kick by drinking something cold. After taking the cold drink, lie on one side and wait for the kicks. If your child fails to kick, then it’s best to call your doctor for guidance. If your child kicks, then start monitoring the number of kicks by the hour. Generally, in two hours, your child should kick about 10 times. Unexpected Early Contractions Early contractions that occur before your due date may be a sign of a serious pregnancy complications. If you notice regular contractions before your pregnancy reaches 37 weeks, then you should visit your GP to assess the pregnancy for any anomalies, such as premature labour. If you suspect that you may be experiencing untimely contractions, lie down and monitor the contractions. If in one hour you experience five or more contractions, then it’s best that you visit your doctor for an assessment of the pregnancy. Also, contractions accompanied by other unexpected uneasiness, such as lower abdominal pressure should addressed soonest possible. Maternal Sepsis   Maternal sepsis is a blood poisoning complication that is triggered by an infection in the body and often lowers blood pressure to fatal levels. Pregnant women are at risk of suffering from maternal sepsis because the immune system is not at its best during pregnancy. If you notice maternal sepsis symptoms, it’s advisable that you visit your doctor for further diagnosis. Maternal sepsis symptoms include a rapid and irregular heartbeat, flushed skin, jaundice, disorientation and low blood pressure. You may want to invest in a medical meter for checking your blood pressure during pregnancy. The gadget will help you notice abnormally low blood pressure in case you notice maternal sepsis symptoms. Pregnancy emergencies are a threat to you and your unborn child. The tips above can help you identify not-so-common pregnancy emergencies early before they worsen and harm you and your child. For more information, consult a medical...

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Flats vs High Heels for the Upcoming Female Athlete

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Being an upcoming female athlete in high school is often not easy. You probably have to fight the common stereotype that athletics is a male-dominated field as you worry about your prospects as a future athlete and your academic future. Various factors may affect your future prospects as a professional athlete including the type of shoes you wear whenever you’re away from the track or field. This article provides a few tips that upcoming female athletes should have in mind when shopping for shoes. Flat Shoes Over High Heels If you ever find yourself faced with a choice between a flat shoe and one that has a high-heel, remember that a flat shoe is probably a better choice for your future as an athlete. Flat shoes make for a more even distribution of your body weight because this weight is spread over a larger surface area. High-heeled shoes don’t distribute the weight as evenly and this is why your stability is often affected when in heels. In order to counter the relative instability, many women will sub-consciously push their chests and their lower backs forward. Once the lower back is pushed forward, the alignment between the spine and the hips is interfered with and this exerts undue pressure on your knees. This increases muscle tension around your hips, calf and lower-back area. Many times, this leads to muscle fatigue among other problems. Not good for your athletic ambitions. Wedges Over Stilettos Being a female athlete doesn’t mean you have to give up your femininity. It just means you have to make some sacrifices. Because you cannot have a wardrobe of flat shoes only, you should consider buying wedge-heeled shoes instead of those that have stiletto-type heels. The wedged-heel provides a larger surface area for weight distribution as compared to the pointed heel on stiletto-type shoes. For this reason, the wedge-hilled shoe is likely to have less of a negative impact on your posture and balance. Avoid Narrow Toe Boxes Shoes that have a pointed toe (regardless of whether they’re flat, wedge-heeled or stiletto-type shoes) are not a good choice for a budding female athlete. This is because the toe box in such a shoe is likely to be quite narrow. Thus, your toes would have to stay crammed in the narrow toe box for as long as you have the shoes on. This could easily damage the nerves on your toes, which is a red-flag in the search for a promising athletic future. For more information, talk to a professional like Chatswood Foot...

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How to Manage Your Child’s Fluoride Intake to Avoid Fluorosis

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While fluoride is good for the teeth, helping keep them strong and healthy, an excess of fluoride may actually damage your child’s teeth as they develop. If children take in too much fluoride during their early years, they may suffer from fluorosis when their adult teeth come through. Too much fluoride may damage the surface enamel of their teeth, giving a mottled or stained appearance. As a parent, you need to make sure that your child gets the fluoride they need without accidentally giving them too much. Typically, this involves introducing fluoride carefully and slowly as they grow. What kind of schedule is best for kids? Fluoride and Your Baby’s First Teeth You don’t need to use any toothpaste to clean your baby’s teeth when they first start coming through. It’s enough to use water and to brush with a soft baby toothbrush. If your baby doesn’t like tooth brushing, you can also simply wipe their teeth with a soft clean cloth that you’ve dipped in water. It’s especially important to avoid using toothpaste during the first few months when your child’s baby teeth start to appear. Your baby’s natural reaction to having toothpaste in the mouth is to swallow it – you can’t tell a small baby to spit the toothpaste out. If the toothpaste is fluoridated, swallowing it may give your baby more fluoride than they need. Fluoride and Toddlers The best time to start using a toothpaste on your child is around the age of 18 months. Make sure not to use an adult toothpaste, which will contain too much fluoride for your child. Look for baby toothpastes that are targeted at the age of your child. These products do contain some useful fluoride; however, they only contain low doses that are unlikely to cause harm even if swallowed. It’s also important not to overload your child’s toothbrush with toothpaste, even if you’re using a paste designed for babies and young children. You only need a small pea-sized amount of paste. At this age, you may also be able to start to encourage your child to spit out the toothpaste after brushing which helps keep their fluoride intake to a minimum. Fluoride and Older Children Children should continue to use a low-fluoride toothpaste until they are around 6 years old. If you prefer, you can keep using a kid’s toothpaste at this stage. Bear in mind, however, that you should look to use a paste for older children rather than a baby toothpaste at this age. Older kids may need more fluoride to protect their teeth than a baby toothpaste can provide. By this stage, you should be more confident that your child is able to spit out toothpaste rather than swallowing it, so using an adult toothpaste after this age may not be so much of an issue. If you aren’t sure when to start using an adult toothpaste, talk to your dentist at your child’s next check-up to get advice on when to make the...

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Reducing chronic facial blushing

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While many people experience blushing when embarrassed or overheated, for some people the condition can become a chronic source of stress and can lead to them not participating fully in normal life events. Here are some of the options if you are a severe blusher.  Avoidance Most people have certain triggers which make their blushing worse, including stress, exercise and alcohol. It can often help to reduce exposure to these causes, such as only exercising by yourself or in a cold environment such as a swimming pool. Often, counselling can help with stress, and many people find relaxation exercises can also help.  For some patients, the embarrassment of blushing can create a vicious cycle where they become stressed that they may start blushing at an important occasion such a job interview, public speaking or during a wedding. This can make them more likely to blush in this circumstance, so counselling can be an important tool in managing blushing.  Disguise Many users also like to try and disguise their blushing through cosmetics and high necked shirts or scarves. However, this can be tricky depending on your job role and the overall climate that you live in.  Medication There are several medications which can help with blushing such as beta blockers, which act to reduce blood pressure. These can have some serious effects on the user’s overall vascular condition, so it’s important to only take these under the supervisions of a vascular specialist. Some specialists also recommend trying botox injections, which can limit facial blushing and can last for up to six months. These also limit overall muscle movement and texture in the face which may or may not be desirable.  Surgery In cases of severe facial blushing, particularly when accompanied by sweating, the surgeon may recommend a sympathectomy where the sympathetic nerves that control the supply of blood to the area are ablated (removed by a laser). This means that the body cannot trigger blushing in the area that is operated on (generally the face and neck). This is generally successful but is only recommended in cases where other nonsurgical techniques have been tried and have not been successful in reducing the blushing.  If you have severe facial blushing, you should make an appointment to discuss this with your doctor, who can refer you to specialists such as a vascular surgeon. There is a range of treatments available, so there is no need to suffer in silence....

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What Should You Do When Your Partner Comes Out as Transgender?

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When you are in a relationship and your partner comes out as transgender, this is, more often than not, a huge shock. Some relationships will survive this, and some won’t. There is no one way to process your feelings and work through this situation, but there are some things that you can do to make this time easier on you and your partner, and to make it clearer for both of you how to proceed. Learn more about transgender identity. First of all, you may only have a vague idea of what being transgender is, and truthfully, this is a tricky area, because even different transgender people have different approaches to their identity. Immerse yourself in the narratives of transgender people and read up as much as you can. When you have information about transgender identity, coming out, transitioning, and the transgender community, you are more likely to approach this situation from a place of empathy, which is going to be beneficial for everyone. Think about relationship counselling. You may be feeling very complex emotions that you don’t know how to process. You may want to ask your spouse certain questions but are scared about the repercussions. In this situation, seeking out the talents of a relationship counsellor who has experience with transgender people can be extremely beneficial. The outside support will be helpful for both for you at a time when you feel like you don’t have a way of dealing with the situation at hand. Spend time exploring yourself and your feelings. When one half of the couple transitions, the attention is often focused on them. Of course, they are going through something huge, but this doesn’t mean that you aren’t valued and that you don’t have worth. One simple way of processing feelings is simply to give yourself some space. Spend some time alone with your hobbies, talking walks, or simply giving yourself time to think. With a little time and space, clarity can open up in front of you. Communicate honestly. At a time like this, it’s important to be open and honest with your communication. This doesn’t mean being hurtful, and this doesn’t mean leaving empathy at the door. But it does mean that you, as your spouse’s partner, have a right and a responsibility to fully investigate the situation to reach a place of clarity – and that can only be done with complete honesty. Best of luck on this journey for both you and your...

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Has Your Kid Been Diagnosed with Athlete’s Foot? Prevent the Spread of This Infection with These 4 Tips

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Athlete’s foot is a fungal skin infection that will affect your foot. The fungi that cause this infection usually affect the top layer of the skin and do well in warm and wet areas. This is why athlete’s foot is prone to affect the area between the toes. If athlete’s foot is left untreated, there are complications that will occur. For instance, the cracks and blisters that are a result of athlete’s foot can lead to other serious bacterial infections. Sometimes, athlete’s foot can also affect your toenails. Athlete’s foot spreads quickly and if you are not careful, everyone in your house will end up being infected. Fortunately, the spread can be controlled. While the control may be easy for an adult, the case may be different with kids. Therefore, prevent the spread of this infection using the following tips.   Avoid Sharing of the Bathtub during Treatment When treating your child for this fungal infection, make sure he or she doesn’t share the tub with his or her siblings. Sharing of the tub is an easy way for the infection to spread to other people. Also, remember to rinse your bathtub using a bleach solution immediately after the treatment. This will make sure that anyone who uses the tub after treating your child for this infection doesn’t get infected too. Washing Towels Immediately After a Bath and Hanging Them Separately Towels and other bathing equipment such as washcloths and sponges can spread athlete’s foot very quickly, and if you don’t want your entire household to end up with the infection, you need to take good care of your infected child’s towels. Therefore, towels and the other bathing equipment used during the shower of your infected kid should be washed immediately and hanged separately from others.    Prevent the Spread by Shoes Children can easily share their shoes and this will make it easy for the infection to spread. Therefore, make sure that the insides of the footwear belonging to your infected child are sprayed with antifungal treatments. You should also consider separating your infected child’s shoes from his or her siblings’. Remove Bath Mats Bath mats are frequently damp and may not be washed regularly. Besides, every single person in your home using the bathroom will walk on this mat, making it a high risk of spreading the infection. Therefore, as soon as your child has been diagnosed with athlete’s foot, remove the mat, wash it, and keep it until the infection has been cleared or treated fully. For further assistance, contact a...

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Braces And Singing? A Harmonic Melody Or A Musical Disaster?

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Consider yourself or a close relative talented at singing and worried about the impact of braces? Read on to find out more.    Maybe you have visited an orthodontist recently and been told that you need braces to fix an improper bite or a few crooked teeth. Or maybe your concern relates to a close relative such as a teenage child. Whatever the case, the natural worry for a gifted singer upon finding out that they need braces is how the braces will affect their singing voice.   It is a logical concern to have, given that the changes to the structure of the jaw and teeth resulting from braces are typically permanent. In the more immediate future though, a lot of people worry about the impact on their voice of braces. It makes sense to assume that a chain of metal or ceramic attached to your teeth may cause some distortion in vocals.  Adjustment. This is a key period in getting used to braces from a singing (and talking) perspective. The first month marks the most uncomfortable period of wearing braces. This is because you need time to adjust to singing and talking with them on your teeth. The great news is that once you have gotten used to the braces, your singing voice should sound identical to how it did before your orthodontic treatment.  Excess Saliva. This is a typical response in the early stages of orthodontic treatment with braces. The great news is that it is nothing to be concerned about once you align the head properly when singing. The production of excess saliva is a temporary response and will not affect your ability to sing. It will not make your voice sound any different. The reason for this excess saliva is that the body is very clever and sees the braces as a foreign object. Saliva acts as a protector for the mouth, aiding in getting rid of chemicals that damage the teeth, such as citric acid from soda. The saliva also serves the purpose of keeping the mouth moist, so when braces are inserted the body naturally responds by increasing saliva. The increase is actually of great benefit when wearing braces. This is because dryness in the mouth can lead to mouth sores from the wires rubbing up against the inside of your cheeks. The extra lubrication prevents this from happening. Ensuring the extra saliva does not get in the way of singing entails straightening the head when performing. This allows for proper drainage of saliva meaning that the build-up won’t affect your performance.  You can rest assured that you or your relative’s ability to sing well is not going to be affected by having braces. If you do go ahead with orthodontic treatment, make sure to discuss any further concerns with your orthodontist. Orthodontists have undergone years of training in specialist dental care and are always open to questions or concerns from...

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How Physiotherapy Can Help You Recover From Colorectal Surgery

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Colorectal surgery is a form of treatment that patients with bowel cancer may need to undergo. The length of the recovery period after colorectal surgery can differ between patients, and physiotherapy is one type of intervention that can help you get better more quickly. Find out how physiotherapy can help you recover from colorectal surgery, and learn more about the exercises you may need to undertake. The after-effects of colorectal surgery Colorectal surgery is an invasive procedure, and various factors can increase the risk of an infection around the surgical site. In fact, in older or obese patients, the risk of surgical site infection can increase to 25 percent, and chest or lung infections are also relatively common for anyone who undergoes surgery. Post-operative ileus (POI) is another complication that often occurs after colorectal surgery. Various factors (including dehydration and drugs) can cause POI, where normal intestinal movement slows or stops. Reduced mobility can also worsen the symptoms of POI, but, along with a special diet and special medication, physiotherapy can help prevent this unpleasant side effect. Immediately after the operation When you wake up after the operation, deep breathing exercises are vital. After surgery, mucus secretions can build up in your lungs, so it’s important to clear your chest of these secretions to help cut the risk of infection. You should take a slow, deep breath in through your nose, hold for a few seconds and breathe out through your mouth, repeating the exercise several times per hour. You should also aim to get out of bed a few hours after your surgery, but make sure you have help getting in and out of bed. Spend one or two hours sat in a chair to further help your breathing and to encourage your lungs to work effectively. Mobility exercises A physiotherapist will show you different exercises you can carry out to improve your mobility in the days and weeks following the surgery. He or she can also monitor your breathing exercises. Some exercises are very simple. You may just need to walk around the hospital several times a day. After a few days, your therapist will probably suggest you tackle a flight of stairs. Once you reach a certain level of mobility, the medical team may decide you can return home. A physiotherapist can also support you at home with a prescribed routine of movements and exercises that will continue to boost the healing process and improve digestive function. Crucially, your exercises should not cause any discomfort or pain around the wound site. Tell your physiotherapist immediately if this occurs. For more information, contact Friendly Society Private Hospital or a similar...

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How To Care For Your Hearing Aids

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Your hearing aids will give you long and trouble-free benefits if you look after them properly.  Here are some tips to help prevent problems and to make sure you get the best from your hearing aids. Avoid heat exposure When your hearing aids are not in use, be careful that you don’t leave them in direct sunlight, for example in the trinket tray inside your car.  If your hearing aids get wet, never be tempted to put them in the oven or microwave to dry them out; exposure to heat causes irreparable damage to the wiring inside the hearing aids, meaning that you’ll have to replace them.   Avoid moisture Moisture can damage the hearing aid batteries and prevent your hearing aids from working properly.   A good tip is to open the battery door completely whenever you’re not using your hearing aids.  This allows air to circulate around the batteries, keeping humidity at bay. Dampness can cause damage to the circuitry within the hearing aids, so always remove them before you go swimming, before you take a shower, and before venturing out in heavy rain.  Don’t leave your hearing aids in the bathroom or kitchen where the atmosphere is steamy, and always wipe away any perspiration around or inside your ears. Your audiologist or hearing aid supplier will be able to provide you with a special drying kit for your hearing aids.  Used regularly and appropriately, this can increase the longevity of your hearing aids considerably. Wax The wax that your ears naturally produce can cause your hearing aids to become clogged up, especially if you use an ITE or RITE style of hearing aid that resides inside your ear.  Make cleaning your hearing aids with a wax protection system cleaning kit a weekly task.  You can obtain a suitable kit from your audiologist or hearing aid supplier. Knocks and bumps Your hearing aids are a delicate piece of equipment that should be handled carefully.  When you’re putting in your hearing aids, minimise the risk of an accident by handling them over a soft surface, just in case you drop them.  Always keep your hearing aids safely protected in their case, or inside a drying kit, when they are not in use.  Chemicals Your hearing aids can be damaged if they come into contact with chemicals including any of the following: make-up hairspray perfume or aftershave insect repellent suntan creams or oils This doesn’t mean that you can’t use any of these things; you just need to take extra care.  Before applying such products, remove your hearing aids and allow plenty of drying time before refitting.  It’s also a good idea to wash and dry your hands before you handle your hearing aids. In conclusion You can extend the life of your hearing aids by looking after them correctly.  Take note of the guidelines above, and always consult an audiologist or hearing aid supplier from a company like Expert Hearing Care (Hearing Aids Perth) if you need more information or...

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Making sure your grandparents’ house is safe

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One of the best ways you can look after your grandparents as they get older is to help around the house. Keeping the house maintained not only keeps it looking better but can also prevent a range of household incidents that can result in injuries. Here are some simple household maintenance jobs to check next time your visit your grandparents to make sure they stay safe. Missing lights If you mainly visit during the day, you might not notice missing or burnt out lights. These can create a safety hazard after dark, as people can more easily trip or fall in the dark. As people get less steady on their feet, they may be reluctant to get up on a ladder to change the lights, so next time you visit, take a walk around the house and check that all the lights are working (and change out any bulbs that aren’t working).  Loose flooring Loose corners on carpeting or lino can be a trip hazard, particularly for people who aren’t that steady on their feet. You can check any areas that have floor covering and nail or glue down corners with carpet nail and adhesives (available from any hardware store). Grab bars The bathroom can be a hard place to navigate for people who aren’t steady on their feet. It can be useful to install grab bars above the bath, in the shower hob and over the toilet so that people can easily lower themselves down and have some extra support for raising themselves out of the area. It can be embarrassing for people to admit that they are having trouble getting off the toilet, so you might want to install these items before you hear about them having specific issues. Smoke alarms While checking the batteries on smoke alarms is important for any householder, it can be particularly important if your grandparents have some early signs of forgetfulness. ‘Sunset dementia’ occurs when the elderly get forgetful in the early evening even when they seem in control during daylight hours, and this can lead to dangerous occurrences such as leaving pots and pans cooking on the stove for hours or leaving cigarettes burning. A smoke alarm can identify early fires so that you can get help for your grandparents if they have this early evening forgetfulness. If you don’t live close enough to your grandparents’ house to do these checks and fixes, there are services that can visit the home to check on your grandparents and do any necessary home...

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