Maternity

9 Tips for Keeping your Baby Safe

Seeing your newborn baby get injured is the last thing you want. But no matter how caring and watchful you are over your newborn baby there is always room to take the extra precautions to avoid your baby from being hurt.

    1. Never leave your baby from being alone with any pet, regardless of how small or harmless the animal may be.

    2. Never shake your baby or playfully throw the baby up in the air.

    3. Always keep an eye on your baby when you are out doing shopping, light walking, or just sitting at the playground. Kidnappers are drawn strollers as a target to snatch your baby.

    4. Giving your baby a bath in a large tub? Make sure you put a towel or rubber mat at the bottom to avoid slipping.

    5. Always have your baby in a car seat when driving. A baby can be easily injured if you get into an accident so be sure to pay close attention to the road, avoid talking on a cell phone, eating, or any other activity that would distract from your driving and drive defensively.

    6. Avoid the use of any strings with your baby’s toys, belongings, or anything around the house – including keeping phone cords hidden. Babies have a tendency to grab for them and accidentally choke.

The Heart – Cardiology

Diagram of the HeartTo look at it simply, the heart is just a mechanical pump, made up of very powerful muscles. Its job is to pumps blood around your body constantly every day of your life. Like any muscle in your body, it requires its own blood supply which brings it oxygen and nutrients to keep it alive, and able to do its job.

Cardiac muscle is self-exciting. This is in contrast with skeletal muscle, which requires either conscious or reflex nervous stimuli. The heart’s rhythmic contractions occur spontaneously, although the frequency or heart rate can be changed by nervous or hormonal influences such as exercise or the perception of danger.

Heart Attacks

Many people with chest pain are afraid they are having a heart attack. However, there are many possible causes of chest pain, some mildly inconvenient, some serious, even life-threatening. Any organ or tissue in your chest can be the source of pain, including your heart, lungs, oesophagus, muscles, ribs, tendons, or nerves.

When a heart condition is diagnosed your normal existence is shattered. Suddenly there are lots of questions to be answered:

    What happens now,
    Can it be treated,
    Does it require an operation,
    Will I be able to continue working – or am I on my way to becoming a permanent invalid?

There are also new emotions to be faced; the panic-type fear every time pain strikes and brings you to a panting halt; the anxiety of suddenly not being in full control of your life and your future; and the anger that all this is actually happening to you!

Your family will have their questions and anxieties too. Like you, they want to understand what is happening to you and to be reassured everything will be all right. Joining the local hospital’s cardiac rehabilitation programm can help. You will meet other people experiencing the same anxieties and worries. There may also be a local cardiac support group you can join.

Behavioral Treatment of Autism

Treatments that have a behavioral therapy component are among the most successful modes of treatment for autism. Designed to reward appropriate behavior while ignoring or delivering a negative consequence for inappropriate behavior, these programs seem to have a high rate of success. This is particularly true when they are started when a child is still young – many programs suggest beginning before the age of three.

Like the parents of children with other disorders that present with behavioral symptoms (notably AD/HD), parents of autistic children may find that their parenting skills are tested by the extremes of behavior that an autistic child can offer. Temper tantrums, self injurious behaviors, aggression and agitation can ‘train’ a parent into giving the autistic child what he wants- which is often to be left alone- rather than coaching the child to a more appropriate way of getting what he wants.

Establishing a coherent program of behavioral modification can work wonders in dealing with a lot of the behaviors associated with autism – and will certainly help the child in developing in a more socially appropriate direction. The components of a behavioral program may include:

Coping with Parkinsons Disease

Being told that you have a chronic, incurable illness is one of the hardest things that a person can face. A diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease carries with it the understanding that your body will never be the same. In the earliest stages, the diagnosis of Parkinson’s has profound psychological effects that can be harder to deal with than the physical effects.

For many people recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, the first reaction is denial. It may take the form of declining to tell family and friends, going to specialist after specialist hoping to find one that will challenge the diagnosis, even avoiding doctor’s appointments and refusing treatment. Some doctors believe the first symptoms of Parkinson’s may be chemical changes that cause depression and mood disorders, and this can make the period of denial even more difficult. Most people will go through the usual stages of grief – denial, anger and eventually a gradual acceptance.

Adapting to life with Parkinson’s disease involves making changes in many areas of your life, becoming skilled at knowing what you can manage on your own, and asking when you need to seek help from someone else. You’ll need to come to a decision when to tell people about your illness, if at all, and how to deal with their reactions to it. It’s normal to feel anger, frustration and fear – but there are ways that you can cope with all of those and uphold a normal life for years after your diagnosis.

Choosing Treatment for Autistic Children

It would be simple if there was a customary treatment for all children with autism disorder, but unlike some disorders, for instance, diabetes, there is no ‘best’ treatment. Most experts agree on two points: the earlier the intervention, the more effective, and most children with autism do well in programs that are structured and tailored to their needs.

Many different options are available for treatment for a child with autism. Before you make any decision, you should gather all the information that you can about each of them. Compare them with your child’s and your family’s needs. Most public and private schools encourage you to visit and observe their programs as you investigate options.
The Autism Society of America suggests that you ask yourself the following questions about each program to help you narrow your choices.

    • Will this treatment hurt my child?
    • Is there any scientific proof that the treatment works?
    • How will it affect my family if the treatment fails?
    • How does the program assess its results?

Vaccines Caused Autism

Do vaccines cause autism? A large group of people believe that the vaccines that have been developed and being given to children in the past decades may have a great deal to do with the sudden rise in the prevalence of autism in the general population. They commonly quote the following evidence to support their theories:

    – The symptoms of autism frequently occur about the time that a child has an MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccination.
    – A California study reported that the numbers of children diagnosed with autism have been rising since the beginning of the MMR vaccine. Many experts in statistics state that the interpretation of that data is faulty, but the belief has persisted.
    – Many vaccines contain thimerosal, a preservative that contains mercury, and mercury poisoning is one of the suspected causes of autism

There are some extremely vocal advocacy groups that continue to call for examination of the connection between vaccines and autism. There have been many studies and reviews of research done into that connection, and not one of them found a positive link between any vaccine and the onset of autism. Those who feel that the vaccines do cause autism point out that there are overpowering financial reasons why the medical establishment, pharmaceutical companies and the government would want any link between vaccines and autism to be unproven.

Childhood Autism Symptoms

Some childhood diseases or disorders cannot be easily detected unless taken into broader perspective, as is the case with autism.

Autism, generally, impacts the perception, attention, and thought of a person, though, it normally occurs at a younger age. It is categorized as a Pervasive Development Disorder. This group is characterized by certain disorders, which manifests delays in the progress of the social skills or the ability of an individual to communicate well with other people.

Among all the known classes of autism, childhood autism has some of the most difficult symptoms to identify. Most experts contend that childhood autism symptoms are usually confused with behavioral problems.

Childhood autism symptoms may range from mild to severe cases. Experts state that nearly 75% of autistic children are also mentally retarded. They have difficulty in bonding emotionally with their parents, in addition.

Normally, childhood autism symptoms occur before the child’s third birthday. The symptoms may vary from one child to another. Nevertheless, the general symptoms that may be present in an autistic child are the following:

    1. The child is deficient in his or her ability to imagine things.