April 30, 2016

TOP TIPS FOR DADS ON BONDING WITH YOUR BABY!

What is bonding?
When experts talk about bonding, they're referring to the intense attachment you develop with your baby. It's the feeling that makes you want to shower him with love and affection, or throw yourself in front of a speeding truck to protect him.
What if I don't bond right away?
Breathe easy. Parent-baby bonding is complicated and often takes time to gel. As long as you take care of your baby's basic needs and cuddle with her regularly, she won't suffer if you don't feel a strong bond at first sight.

April 29, 2016

SORE THROAT IN BABIES!

Your toddler can talk — but she might not be able to tell you she has a sore throat. These are the signs she does, and here’s how to make her feel better fast.
What is a sore throat like for a baby?
It’s not uncommon for your baby or toddler to have a sore throat — usually she has pain, discomfort or just a raw feeling, especially when she swallows. But it might be hard for her to point it out to you specifically, since she may have difficulty identifying what hurts.

April 27, 2016

CHANGING YOUR CHILD'S BAD HABITS! -toddler on up

From biting to whining, what you perceive as naughty is usually developmentally appropriate (however obnoxious!). Remembering that will help you have more patience as you teach your child how to behave better. Some common behaviors and how to handle them:
Biting and hitting
Even kids as old as 4 or 5 can have trouble verbally expressing their feelings of anger and frustration. So they lash out, especially when a situation becomes stressful. They could even bite or hit in order to get attention.

April 26, 2016

BREAKING BAD HABITS IN BABIES!

Bad habits are hard to break, but if you're consistent and firm but understanding, you can help your child break them (and even avoid them from the start). Here's what to do.
Starting out right
Whether it's sucking on a pacifier too much, always needing to be rocked to sleep or requiring silence to snooze, babies can easily fall into some bad habits. And while you may get more peace and quiet in the short term, you might later come to regret it when, say, your 3-year-old still needs you to sleep with him until he drops off. Here, how to handle five of the most common bad baby habits:

April 25, 2016

10 SIGNS THAT YOUR CHILD HAS ALLERGIES, NOT A COLD!

Because the symptoms of nasal allergies are much like cold symptoms – runny nose, watery eyes, cough, nasal congestion, sneezing – it can be tough to tell the difference. There are some telltale signs of allergies, though.
Ask yourself the following questions:
    -Does it seem like your child always has a cold? Colds usually wind down in a week to 10 days; allergies don't.

April 23, 2016

TREATMENT FOR PERICARDITIS!

How is pericarditis treated?
Treatment for acute pericarditis (sudden onset) may include medication for pain and inflammation, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, including ibuprofen in large doses. Depending on the cause of your pericarditis, your doctor may prescribe an antibiotic (for bacterial pericarditis) or an antifungal medication (for fungal pericarditis).

PERICARDITIS!

The Pericardium
The pericardium is a thin, two-layered, fluid-filled sac that covers the outer surface of the heart. It shields the heart from infection or malignancy and contains the heart in the chest wall. It also prevents the heart from over-expanding when blood volume increases, which keeps the heart functioning efficiently.
What is pericarditis?
Pericarditis is an inflammation of the pericardium. Pericarditis is usually acute – it develops suddenly and may last up to several months. If you could see and touch it, the membrane around the heart would look red and swollen, like the skin around a cut that becomes inflamed. Sometimes excess fluid develops in the space between the pericardial layers and causes a pericardial effusion (buildup of excess fluid around the heart).

April 21, 2016

INFANT GAS!

Could gas be making my baby fussy?
Three out of four babies suffer from painful infant gas. Gas bubbles can often cause discomfort, leading to crankiness and crying. Many babies suffering from infant gas pull their legs up, lying in a curled position in an effort to relieve the discomfort.

FLU

How can I tell if it’s flu and not just a cold?
It’s not always easy. Flu symptoms in babies are often quite similar to symptoms of other illnesses, such as a cold. However, your baby is more likely to have flu if he suddenly gets a fever, which is a temperature of 38 degrees C or higher.
Other symptoms of flu may include:

April 12, 2016

POST-BABY BELLY: WHY IT'S CHANGED & HOW TO TONE IT!

Why do I still look pregnant?
You may be very surprised by the way your tummy looks after birth. Even though your baby is out, you may still have a round, squishy midsection that makes you look like you're six months pregnant.

April 8, 2016

CARING FOR YOUR BABY'S HAIR!

Most African babies are born with thick, coarse, curly or wavy hair that requires special care. Because of its texture and curl pattern, the hair tends to be dry and prone to breakage – so treat it gently!
Here's how to keep your baby's hair clean, moisturized, and tangle-free:

April 7, 2016

CHEST INFECTIONS!

A chest infection is an infection that affects your lungs, either in the larger airways (bronchitis) or in the smaller air sacs (pneumonia). There is a build-up of pus and fluid (mucus), and the airways become swollen, making it difficult for you to breathe.
Chest infections can affect people of all ages. Young children and the elderly are most at risk, as well as people who are ill and smokers. A chest infection can be serious for these people.

April 6, 2016

PAGOPHAGIA!

Pagophagia is an addiction to ice generally caused by an iron deficiency or anemia. Ice can be used to chill drinks. Its cold, crunchy texture is particularly refreshing on the hottest of days. Usually, we add some ice to a beverage, allow the beverage to cool and watch the ice melt. For some though, who have pagophagia, their love for ice goes beyond cooling drinks. In fact, if a person has pagophagia they are actually addicted to ice.
Before you start asking yourself, “Why would a person be addicted to ice?” the disorder isn’t just an addiction. When someone craves ice it’s usually linked to an iron deficiency – or anemia. Pagophagia comes from an eating disorder called pica. Pica is when an individual craves and chews on something with no nutritional value – ice being one of them.

April 5, 2016

MALE INFERTILITY (Continued)

Diagnosis
In any fertility work-up, both male and female partners are tested if pregnancy fails to occur after a year of regular unprotected sexual intercourse. It should be done earlier if a woman is over age 35 or if either partner has known risk factors for infertility. A work-up can not only uncover the causes of infertility but also detect other potentially serious medical problems, including genetic mutations, cancer, or diabetes.

MALE INFERTILITY (Causes contd)

Hormonal Deficiencies
Hypogonadism is the general name for a severe deficiency in gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH), the primary hormone that signals the process leading to the release of testosterone and other important reproductive hormones. Low levels of testosterone from any cause may result in defective sperm production.

April 3, 2016

MALE INFERTILITY!

Causes of Male Infertility
More than 90% of male infertility cases are due to low sperm counts, poor sperm quality, or both. The remaining cases of male infertility can be caused by a range of conditions including anatomical problems, hormonal imbalances, and genetic defects.
Sperm Abnormalities