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Ear Infection: Handy Medication Guide

Ear Infection: Handy Medication Guide

Antibiotics are employed in the treatment of ear infection among children; though in majority of them ear infections subside without the need of administering them. One might not require antibiotics in case home tending seems to be providing relief from the pain, and the symptoms are lessening in intensity after some days. Several doctors in the United States prescribe antibiotics to treat middle ear infections for infants that are below two years of age as these young age bracket children are at a heightened risk of developing complications. In infants that are two years and above, several doctors follow the wait-and-watch policy for some days to observe whether the status of the infection is improving or not. In case antibiotics are prescribed, they mostly comprise of amoxicillin (Amoxil)  [...]

The Anti-Choking Bilk Sheet

The Anti-Choking Bilk Sheet

Below 1-year-old Infants A widely known fact is that one must steer clear from any food items that are rounded, firm and gooey in texture like those mentioned below is: Avoiding any kind of whole nuts or seeds. Chunky pieces of fruits. Large pieces of meats and cheese. Fruits and veggies in raw form. Popcorn. Entire pieces of grapes and shrivelled fruit inclusive of raisins. Hot dogs. Peanut butter lumps. Firm or glutinous sweets inclusive of chewing gum. Honey. When the child progresses to finger forms of victuals then they must be kept to bite-sized or as small as a pea and soft in texture to be easily ingestible or in bare minimum be effortlessly chewed, for instance the ring-shaped cereals. A special cue concerning the use of honey is that it comprises of botulism toxins that  [...]

Infant Quicksilver Poisoning

Infant Quicksilver Poisoning

Quicksilver or mercury poisoning occurs due to mercury getting inside the system either by inhalation of its vapours or ingestion of food items such as fish picked from waters ridden with mercury. Quicksilver or mercury is a silvery metal that is utilised by dentists for filling cavities, the contents in batteries, thermometers, whitening skin lotions and a number of industrial and agricultural activities. When blood level lies at or surpasses 0.02ppm or parts per million, then it is a warning sign that there has been mercury poisoning. Such individuals must promptly seek medical assistance. Quicksilver Poisoning Symptoms: Coughing. Breathing distress with succinctness experienced. Rashes over the body. Nauseous feeling and vomiting. Oral Sores. Auditory problems. Blisters. Flaking  [...]

Heavy Metals Poisoning – Being Vigilant Regarding Lead

Heavy Metals Poisoning – Being Vigilant Regarding Lead

Lead Poisoning Lead is acquired from the earth and is employed in making paints, plastics and crystals for making their appearance more appeasing or for increasing their shelf life. Lead poisoning occurs due to lead getting inside one’ system that causes blood lead levels to lie at or greater than 10 μg/dL. All infants residing in Detroit are at heightened risk of developing lead poisoning. Lead poisoning Symptoms: Sluggish or retarded growth. Auditory loss. Difficulties in learning. Behavioural aberrations. Lead sources present in and around the vicinity of one’s home Those residences that were constructed prior to 1978 and which have cracks, peeling or chipping paints. Presence of exposed soil around old houses and close to freeways. Playthings that are manufactured  [...]

Asthmatic Infanthood – How To Make A Difference? – Part III

Asthmatic Infanthood – How To Make A Difference? – Part III

Modifying Physical Activity For Matching Present Asthma Status Physical activities that have greater intensity and continual extended spans of sprinting, basketball and soccer – tend to elicit asthma symptoms or attacks. Though, Olympic medal winners having significant asthma conditions are shining examples that such activities could be carried out when the asthma symptoms are properly managed. Actions to be taken into consideration Including ample warming up and cooling down sessions that aid in averting or assuaging occurrences of exercise-provoked asthma. Checking with the student’s asthma management plan, parent or the guardian or the health care provider regarding the kind and the length of any restrictions. Assessing the student and school resources in order to verify in what manner  [...]

Asthmatic Infanthood – How To Make A Difference? – Part II

Asthmatic Infanthood – How To Make A Difference? – Part II

Averting and Controlling Asthma Triggers Identifying and eliminating all possible asthma triggers. For instance, keeping away from furry or feathery pets. Using wooden, tile or vinyl flooring rather than using carpets. Scheduling repairs or pest control that might include the use of strong-natured irritants and smells for time periods when the child is not present in the vicinity and that the place could be well aerated. Adjusting exercise schedules in children whose asthmatic condition deteriorates due to pollen or nippy air. A noontime or an enclosed physical activity session might facilitate greater active involvement among such children. Assisting children in adhering to their asthma management plans that are charted out by the parent, guardian and the health care provider. All educational  [...]

Asthmatic Infanthood – How To Make A Difference? – Part I

Asthmatic Infanthood – How To Make A Difference? – Part I

Asthma is an unremitting lung condition with chronic inflammation occurring in the airway leading to recurrent severe attacks of breathing distress like cough, succinctness or feeling out of breath and chest constriction. Such symptoms surface due to inflammation making the air passages to overly react to a host of stimuli like physical activity, upper respiratory tract infections, certain types of allergens, and stimulants. Being exposed to these kinds of stimuli mostly known as triggers leads to additional swelling and blocking of the airways due to which mild, moderate or even life-menacing episodes of asthma transpire. In majority of children with inadequately controlled asthma, any form of strenuous or vigorous exercising could elicit the symptoms. While some children start becoming symptomatic  [...]

Asthma Inhalers May Not Halt Attacks Among Gene Mutation Infants

Asthma Inhalers May Not Halt Attacks Among Gene Mutation Infants

A latest research has revealed that the most popularly employed asthma inhalers in Britain might be ineffective in preventing asthma attacks amongst more than one lakh infants that carry a gene mutation. A study has revealed that Salbutamol, mostly dubbed the ‘blue inhaler’ or identified under the product name ‘Ventolin’ might prove ineffectual when administered on a daily basis. Scientists hailing from the University of Dundee, Brighton and Sussex Medical School have discovered that infants carrying a gene mutant known as Arg 16 were observed to have a 30% increased likelihood of ailing from asthma attacks as compared to infants carrying the normal type of the gene. In the study, all infants in the group were using salbutamol inhaler for relieving asthma attacks. These children were  [...]

What Must Be The Idyllic Age Gap In-Between Kids?

What Must Be The Idyllic Age Gap In-Between Kids?

When it comes to the apposite age gap in-between kids, there seems to be no clearly demarcated correct or incorrect answer. The best person to evaluate when the moment is right is oneself. One needs to self-probe in-depth as to whether one is truly ready in the emotional as well as physical manner for the arrival of another child. A woman’s body requires time to recuperate from a previous birth and both partners must ensure that they spend value time together prior to the wakeful nights start reappearing yet again. One needs to analyze the manner in which another child would fit in with one’s life. Handling a single baby is still easy – one could still manage to possibly meet up with chums, utilize public transport and a holiday could well be afforded. However, two tends to totally alter  [...]

Ways of Selecting and Employing a Babysitter – Part I

Ways of Selecting and Employing a Babysitter – Part I

Those mothers having plans of spending time away from their newly born babies would in the first place need to employ a trustworthy babysitter for tending to one’s child in must the same way that one might – which might appear unattainable. But, by identifying what kind of qualities one would desire from a babysitter would aid in finding the most adept person to care for the child. Womenhealth.gov has suggested all mothers to take the below stated steps to assist the new babysitter to get familiarized to the entire kin and the house. Handy Pointers for acclimatizing a new babysitter to Infant Safety and one’s home Safety Measures: Enquiring from the babysitter if she has knowledge of infant CPR and first aid procedures. Reminding the babysitter that the child must not placed on any  [...]

Making An Infant-Paly First-Aid Kit – Part II

Making An Infant-Paly First-Aid Kit – Part II

Precisely what contents would comprise one’s first-aid kit is a personal choice, as one would require tailoring the kit to best fit the possible requirements of one’s family. However, the below stated listing would make for a great beginning point: Band-aids or plasters – Maintaining a sufficient collection of infant-sized plasters in varying sizes and interesting shapes and characters would aid in distracting them when they might be sensing pain due to being hurt. Assorted sized and shaped bandages and few safety pins for fastening them would be quite beneficial. Thermometer – According to age, one might require the strip version, ear or sucking thermometers, or the digital stick kinds. A pair of tweezers – In case one might need to pull out some sharp objects or splinters, some  [...]

Making An Infant-Paly First-Aid Kit – Part I

Making An Infant-Paly First-Aid Kit – Part I

The necessity of having a first-aid kit When there are tiny bundles of joy prancing about the house, it is always a prudent initiative of maintaining a stockpile of crucial first-aid items that could help one tackle any kind of emergency that might be anything from bumps, contusions to grazes. By having whatever hypothetically one might need, neatly stacked in one place would translate to lesser periods of time spent dashing about searching for items and spending more time to comfort and tend to the infant. Getting started All kinds of first-aid kits are obtainable in the shops and these could be a great way to get started especially if they are planned to be children-friendly. Optionally, one could put together one’s own first-aid kit by selecting a heavy-duty, watertight box and labeling  [...]