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April Sanders has been a professional writer since 1998. She has worked as an educator and now writes academic research content for EBSCO Publishing and elementary reading curriculum for Compass Publishing. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in social psychology from the University of Washington and a master's degree in information sciences and technology in education from Mansfield University.
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Some expectant mothers who give up coffee during their pregnancies instead turn to herbal teas. At first glance, ginseng tea may seem like a good choice. American and Asian ginseng are both known to have many health benefits. Unfortunately, the risks of ginseng tea far outweigh the benefits for pregnant women.
Babies, with their thin, delicate skin, are susceptible to rashes, dry patches and other skin irritations. While some skin irritations may look uncomfortable or unattractive, most are not a serious health threat to your baby. Still, it's always best to see a doctor if you are concerned. Causes of skin irritations range from hormonal changes to external triggers.
Many parents are looking for ways to live simpler, greener and healthier. For some, this means living organically. This trend extends to making your own cleaners, shampoos, soaps and even toothpaste using all-natural ingredients found around the home. Not only are such items often better for your health, they can also be less expensive than their commercial counterparts.
Herbal teas, with their many health benefits, are the drink of choice for many women, but pregnant women should be wary when drinking some herbal teas. While some herbs are considered safe and even beneficial for pregnant women to drink, the effects of other herbs on developing embryos is simply not known.
Your breasts go through a number of changes during pregnancy. They become larger in size, the nipples become more pronounced and the shape of your breasts may even change. Even after you have your baby, your breasts may look and feel different than they did before you became pregnant. In most cases, the lumps you feel are normal for a new mother, but contact your doctor about any lump that develops in your breast.
Hormonal changes cause the breasts to get larger during pregnancy in preparation for making breast milk. Any enjoyment an expectant mother has in her newly enhanced cleavage may be ruined, however, if she gets a rash on her breasts. Skin changes during pregnancy are common, and the breasts are just one area that can be affected.
Some babies are born with luscious locks, while others are born without much hair, if any. Many mothers of bald babies long for the day when they can pick up a brush rather than plunk a hat on their baby's head. They may have to wait quite a while -- some babies remain relatively thin on top until well into their toddler months.
Baby swings are a convenient way to soothe or entertain a baby. They come in a wide range of styles, from small, portable swings to elaborate swings that rock in all directions. The rhythmic, back-and-forth motion of a swing calms babies. Although there are many benefits to using a baby swing, there are also some things to take into consideration when deciding how often and for how long to use it.
Babies, like adults, get the hiccups. In fact, babies hiccup before they are even born. The causes of hiccups in infants and babies vary. While it may be frustrating to watch your baby go through a bout of hiccups -- especially when she is trying to sleep -- most of the causes are not serious. Some, however, can be uncomfortable or even life-threatening for your baby.
It can be difficult to teach your toddler good sleeping habits. Some kids have a hard time learning how to fall asleep by themselves. Sleep aids can help. Medications and herbs designed and marketed as sleep aids should not be given to toddlers, though. In fact, no sleep medication has ever been approved for use in toddlers. There are other sleep aids you can use that are much safer.
Advocates of belly bands, belly bras and maternity belly belts swear that they help you lift your pregnant belly and reduce muscle and ligament pain. Much of this pain is centered in the back. Regardless of what you call them, these clothing items are indeed designed to lift and redistribute some of that baby weight, making it easier for you to carry your pregnant belly.
Cookies are always a favorite with children, but they are often loaded with empty calories. Change up your recipes to make your cookies healthier by limiting the amount of sugar; substituting whole grain flour for white; and adding nutritious ingredients such as dried fruit and nuts. Then, keep the cookies kid-friendly by encouraging your children to help you bake them.
Some pregnant women look forward to wearing pregnancy (or maternity) clothes, while others dread it. Many moms make the leap the instant their jeans feel tight. Some make do with roomy sweatpants and baggy shirts until they can't pretend any longer. When you decide to make the switch from your regular wardrobe to your pregnancy clothes is a matter of both personal preference and genuine need.
Under-eye swelling -- sometimes called "bags under the eyes" -- is rarely a serious health threat. Still, it can be seriously irritating when you want to look your best. Puffy, swollen areas under the eyes are not only unattractive, but they can be uncomfortable as well. Luckily, under-eye swelling will usually go down with treatment.
A child's cough, much like an adult's, is his body's way of trying to get rid of an irritant in his throat or bronchial passage. Night coughing in children can be frustrating for both the parent and child, as it can interfere with a good night's rest. Luckily, night coughing is usually not indicative of a serious health condition, according to KidsHealth.
There's nothing like a nice, clean carpet -- it can be a perfect place for your children to play. Unfortunately, keeping that carpet clean can be difficult in a house filled with children and pets. Cleaning your carpet frequently may be necessary, but it can also be expensive and bad for your health. Instead, use a homemade carpet cleaning solution that is not only inexpensive, but also much safer for your health.
Most parents like to keep up with the latest trends when it comes to preparing for the arrival of their new baby. They choose the latest style of crib, clothing and baby accessories to make sure that their baby has up-to-date, modern items. This adherence to trends may even extend to the baby's name. In 2009, ironically, the trend was for parents to choose classic, old-fashioned names for their children.
French baby names, or pr&eacute;noms, range from traditional names, such as the ever-popular Marie (which means "bitter") to trendy names such as Acel (or Aceline), which means "noble." Often, the French combine two names together to make one name, such as in the case of Anne-Marie or Jean-Luc. This common practice accounts for some of the most popular names in the country.
Most children look forward to their first visit from the tooth fairy with anticipation. Parents may see their child's first lost baby tooth as a sign that she is growing up too quickly. Either way, it's a significant milestone in a child's life. Most children start to lose their first baby tooth at around age 6 or 7, and continue until adolescence.
The teen years are stressful enough without adding hair loss to the picture. Unfortunately, a receding hairline is something many teens, primarily males, have to deal with. This specific type of hair loss is often called male pattern baldness, or Androgenetic alopecia. It is different from the overall hair loss that can result from poor nutrition or an illness. A receding hairline is hereditary in nature and is sometimes triggered or made worse by hormonal changes.
Most children love bubbles. Sometimes, the idea of bubbles in the bath is the only way to get them into the tub. If your child insists on a bath full of bubbles, consider making your own homemade bubble bath instead of purchasing a commercial product. Homemade bubble bath is simple to make and the benefits far outweigh the time and effort spent making it.
Australian parents are choosing traditional and trendy names for their children. The specific order of the top names vary depending on the specific state in which records are kept; however, the top fifty were the same in all of the states for the years 2007 and 2009.
The famous may be able to provide their children with everything they could ever need or want, but the names they sometimes bestow upon their offspring may leave us scratching our heads. While some stars give their children perfectly normal names, some name their babies after fruit, other famous people or even themselves.
One of the highlights of being an expectant parent is choosing a name for your child. Many parents want a name that is as special as their child. After all, no one wants their child to be just one of several children in the same classroom with the same name. If you really want something distinctive, try combining two different names to make one new name.
Old or traditional English baby names often reflect a trade or describe a physical trait. "Carter," for example, is the name for someone who builds carts, and "Crippen" describes someone with curly hair. While you can, of course, name your baby according to his physical attributes or your current trade, many parents choose Old English names simply because they like the sound of them.
Your baby's brain starts developing almost at the moment of conception, according to the Long Island Spectrum Center website. By the time you are three weeks pregnant, the developing embryo has formed a neural groove, which is the foundation for the brain structure. By the time your baby is born, her brain will have over 100 billion neurons.
The beginning of a new century marked a new era for America in many ways, but not when it came to parents choosing names for their babies. In fact, the most popular names for boys and girls in the decade between 1900 and 1910 were the same choices that had been the most popular for the last 20 years -- ever since the U.S. Social Security Administration started tracking the popularity of baby names.
A baby's skin is usually silky soft -- but it may also be bumpy, red, splotchy, or pimply. Babies, especially newborns, suffer from a number of common skin problems. While such conditions may be worrisome to new parents, most infant skin problems are temporary and won't harm your baby, according to WebMD. In fact, most skin conditions, especially rashes, simply disappear with time.
Baby names from the 1960s include the ever-popular Michael and Mary, as well as names from the Bible. Although it was a tumultuous decade, baby name choices remained classical and traditional. In fact, many of the most popular baby names of the 1960s were again the top choices in the 1970s, reflecting the fact that they had lasting appeal.
The 1970s have a certain reputation for being free-spirited, but the most popular baby names of the time were actually quite traditional. Many were taken straight from the Bible or from the previous generation. Some are classics that have stood the test of time, while others have fallen out of favor with today's parents. And although "Star Wars" was the hit movie of the decade, neither "Luke" nor "Leia" made the top 200.
The development of a fetus into a healthy baby is a complicated and delicate process. Genetic factors can sometimes cause the baby to be born with genetic disorders. Other diseases that can affect a baby in the womb are passed to the baby when the mother suffers from them. For this reason, it is important for a pregnant woman to keep herself as healthy as possible.
No single "normal" estrogen level is possible for women. Normal levels can fluctuate, depending on the age of the woman and whether she is menstruating, pregnant or lactating. They can even change from minute to minute, according to WebMD. Estrogen is not a single hormone, but rather a group of hormones responsible for sexual functions, bone health and fertility.
LED lights, or light-emitting diodes, are an energy-efficient alternative to incandescent or fluorescent lights. They can produce three types of light: infrared, visible or near-ultraviolet, depending on the materials used. LED lights come in a wide variety of colors, including white, yellow, red, green and the less common purple, pink and blue. Some LED lights are also programmable to change colors. For this reason, they are often used as decorative lighting, such as for Christmas lights.
Estrogen hormones are most associated with women, although men produce estrogen also. Still, the most vital role estrogen hormones play is during a pregnancy. These hormones are extremely important for the proper development of a fetus. In fact, low estrogen levels can play a factor in infertility and miscarriages, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.
Pregnancy is hard on a woman's body, and this is most apparent during the third trimester. During this time, space becomes at a premium, and your little blessing is pushing all of your nearby organs out of her way -- including your bladder. In addition, hormones and the increased amount of fluids your body needs while pregnant all combine to put a lot of pressure on your bladder.
Your first pregnancy will probably leaving you feeling excited and a bit nervous. There is so much to look forward to and learn about. One of the things you might be wondering is how much weight you should gain. This will vary depending on your starting weight. Obese women should gain less than underweight women. In general, doctors recommend gaining between 25 and 40 lbs, according to WebMD.
Any spotting or bleeding during pregnancy can be scary, but in many cases it does not signify a serious problem. This is especially true if the spotting is brown in color and if it occurs during the first trimester. In fact, spotting is relatively common during the first trimester, according to PregnancyToday. It is, however, important to contact your doctor whenever you have an onset of any kind of spotting during your pregnancy.
It's hard as a parent to see your toddler coughing, especially if that coughing is keeping her up at night. You might be tempted to reach for some cough medicine to help her sleep. It's important, however, to resist the urge to treat your toddler's cough with over-the-counter medications. In 2008, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning that cough and cold medicines marketed for children can have serious side effects in children under the age of 2.
Let's face it: we moms want to look our best, even if we feel like we are covered in spit-up and haven't had a haircut in months. Luckily, looking our best when being filmed may be as simple as choosing the best colors to wear. While each person has certain colors that she looks best in, some colors really stand out when recorded. In addition, many colors are associated with certain personality traits.
Feeding your baby for the first time is exciting. Many parents even record the event for posterity. For some mothers, the anticipation quickly turns to worry about whether the baby is getting enough nutrients. It's sometimes difficult to know just what and how much your baby should eat. Luckily, a balanced diet for babies is not that much different from a balanced diet for adults. The portions are just a lot smaller.
It's normal for children to cough once in a while, but a recurring cough can be alarming for both you and your child. Recurring coughs are defined as those that last for a long time or return again and again, according to DrPaul.com. Recurring coughs are a symptom, which means they have an underlying cause. The key to stopping the coughing is to find and treat the cause.
Mothers know that a healthy diet is vital for a healthy body. The vitamins and minerals found in fresh vegetables, fruit and milk build strong muscles and bones. What some mom might not realize, however, is that some foods feed the brain. These foods improve brain function, concentration and memory.
Children can get tired quickly, whether from an illness, activity or a sleepless night. Children who are constantly tired for no apparent reason, however, may suffer from chronic tiredness. Children who are tired for more than 10 days should be seen by a doctor, according to BBC Health. These children require medical attention to determine the underlying cause of the seemingly endless fatigue.
A child's smile will brighten anyone's day, but tooth discoloration can diminish the beauty of that smile. While tooth discoloration is not usually a serious health threat, unsightly teeth can make your child uncomfortable. In some cases, the discoloration is easily remedied, but in others, more complex issues need to be addressed.
There's something almost magical about feeling those first, fluttering movements of your baby in the womb. Later on, those delicate twitches can turn into painful kicks and jabs. Although so much activity might be frustrating to you -- especially late at night, when you are trying to sleep -- your baby's movements are actually very healthy and a normal part of his development.
A baby develops the ability to hear sounds at about 18 weeks into the pregnancy, according to MayoClinic.com. The uterus, though snug and warm, is not soundproof. In fact, your baby can hear -- and respond to -- a wide range of sounds, from those your body makes to sounds outside your womb.
Some women are said to have skin that glows during pregnancy. It's possible this glow is caused in part by all that water you are drinking. Excessive thirst during pregnancy is common, according to AskDrSears.com. In most cases, the reasons you are so thirsty can be attributed to normal changes in the body during pregnancy.
Anxiety disorders in children are quite common, according to the Anxiety Disorders Association of America. While periods of anxiety are normal for everyone, one out of every eight children suffer from feelings of anxiety strong enough to be classified as a disorder. These anxiety symptoms interfere with the child's ability to function normally. For this reason, parents who suspect that their child might have an anxiety disorder should seek treatment as soon as possible.
Babies toss, turn and tumble in the womb. As they grow, space becomes a premium, and they may move around less often. Most babies finally settle into a head-first position in the last days of pregnancy -- the easiest position for the birth process -- but some babies don't get the memo. This can affect the birth process, which is why it's important to know exactly how the baby is positioned before you go into labor.
One of the ways parents tend to measure the health of their babies is by weight gain. It's hard not to compare your baby to other infants, but the best way to determine if your baby has healthy weight gain is to measure her against herself. Consistent growth along a curve (with a growth spurt here and there) means that your baby is gaining weight in a healthy manner, according to KidsHealth.
Sleep is vital for the good health of your child, but safe sleeping practices are a must if she is going to get a good night's sleep. This is especially true for infants. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) has been linked to unsafe sleeping environments, according to the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Toddlers, preschoolers and even older children can also be affected by poor sleeping habits.
You can't be too safe when it comes to protecting your baby. Car seats, cribs, high chairs and other equipment should meet or exceed safety standards. High chairs range widely in design. Many are made for toddlers, not babies, and should not be used by infants that cannot yet sit up unassisted. The best highchairs for a baby are safe for small infants to use and convenient for the parents.
Breastfeeding is the best way to feed your baby, according to the National Woman's Health Center. There are benefits for mom as well. If you're an expectant mother who has had breast implants, you may be wondering if you will be able to nurse your baby. The short answer is that it all depends on the type of surgery you had when you received your implants.
There's an old saying that if a pregnant woman has heartburn, her baby will be born with a full head of hair. Interestingly enough, there is a correlation between heartburn and hair on a baby, according to the New York Times. Still, a baby born with hair might not keep that hair. In fact, it is hard to predict just when your baby's hair will grow, how fast it will grow or how much she will have.
Studies show that there is an increased risk of miscarriage if a pregnant woman consumes more than 200 mg of caffeine per day, according to "Time" magazine. For this reason, and because caffeine can affect the development of a fetus, doctors generally recommend that expectant moms avoid caffeine during the first few months of pregnancy. In women who are used to consuming a lot of caffeine, this can cause the unpleasant symptoms of caffeine withdrawal.
A fertilized human egg is less than 0.1 mm across. A full-term baby averages a little over 19 inches in length. This remarkable growth occurs over the course of nine months. During the last four weeks of pregnancy, body growth slows as the baby puts on weight -- mostly in the form of body fat -- in preparation for birth.
Constant fever in children is frightening for both the child and her parents. In most cases, a fever signifies an underlying, temporary infection caused by a virus or bacteria. Once the infection clears up, the fever disappears. In a few rare cases, a fever will return again and again, with no apparent cause. This is called "chronic" or "periodic" fever syndrome. Such fevers are also called "fevers of undetermined origin," or FUO for short.
Color blindness affects around 1 in every 25 children, according to the Optometric Physicians of Washington website. Often called color vision deficiency, this condition affects far more boys than girls. Eight percent of boys have some type of color deficiency, as opposed to less than 1 percent of girls. A simple test can determine whether or not your child suffers from color blindness.
Dry scalp is uncomfortable at any age, but it can be particularly frustrating for toddlers, who may not be able to keep from scratching at their dry skin. This can aggravate the dry skin and cause flaking. Although irritating, dry scalp is not a serious condition and will not harm your child. In fact, in the majority of toddlers, dry scalp is only temporary.
Let's face it: pregnancy changes your body, and one of the biggest changes involves your breasts. For some women, the new and enhanced cleavage is a welcome surprise. For others, it is a pain -- literally. Hormonal changes during pregnancy cause the breasts to ache and grow larger. A good bra is essential during pregnancy to cut down on the pain and correctly support the breasts.
The development of a baby in utero is truly remarkable. Only a few weeks pass between the time an egg is fertilized and the heart begins to beat. While the organs may grow rapidly, some are not fully functional until the baby is full-term and ready to be born. Others, such as the heart, are functional before the end of the first trimester of pregnancy.
The Wii is Nintendo's best-selling video game console. Desirable for its kid-friendly features and ease of use, the Wii boasts a wide variety of games and activities designed for everyone from preschoolers to adults. Some games are traditional, while others are made specifically for a purpose, such as getting in shape. Others are educational in nature.
Sinus congestion is a symptom of many different illnesses. Sinus congestion is common and is often accompanied by other symptoms, such as a headache and fever. The latter is usually a sign that the congestion has moved to an infection (sinusitis). Fevers and sinus congestion can also be a sign that the body is fighting a virus rather than something like allergies or a cold.
Many children have a natural fear of going to the dentist. This fear can be greatly alleviated by proper oral health and by visiting the dentist on a regular basis, starting at an early age. In fact, a child should first see a dentist by his first birthday, according to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
Nine months of pregnancy may seem eternally long to some expectant mothers, but in reality, your baby is growing at a rapid rate. By the end of just the 12th week of pregnancy, your baby is fully formed and has all of her organs in place. In fact, throughout the course of the pregnancy, your baby will grow from being 0.1 mm long to an average of more than 19 inches long.
Night terrors, a rare sleep disorder seen in children, are much more than ordinary nightmares. During a night terror, a parent is not usually able to calm the child. In fact, it is difficult to awaken a child who is suffering from night terrors. While night terrors are frightening to the parents, they do not pose a health threat to the child. Most children do not even remember the episode when they wake up the next morning.
Lower abdominal pain is a common complaint among children, according to the "American Family Physician" journal. Diagnosing the cause of the pain, however, can be tricky. Many issues can cause lower abdominal pain in kids, from food-related problems to external issues, such as a rash. In the majority of cases, the cause is not serious.
Tree allergies can be mild, producing symptoms such as watery eyes and a runny nose. Or, they can be life-threatening. It all depends on what part of the tree you are allergic to. Most people who complain of tree allergies are actually allergic to the pollen. This is sometimes called "hay fever." Pollen allergies do not usually pose a serious health threat. A few people are allergic to tree nuts, which is a food allergy, and much more serious.
Vaccines are one of the most important health advances in history, according to the New York Times. As of 2010, there are 13 vaccines recommended for children that protect against serious or fatal diseases. Other vaccines are also recommended for protection from common childhood illnesses such as the seasonal flu and the chicken pox.
The phrase "sleeping like a baby" implies a deep, restful sleep. But for many babies, nothing could be further from the truth. Restless sleeping in babies is caused by many different factors. For some babies, a certain amount of restlessness during sleep is normal, especially if they are very young. Older babies might be suffering from correctable environmental conditions that are causing the restlessness.
Pregnant women have a glow about them. Many also have dark circles under their eyes. Extreme tiredness during pregnancy is very common. Often, unusual fatigue is one of the first symptoms of pregnancy. This early fatigue is caused by a combination of hormones and other factors. In the majority of expectant mothers, extreme tiredness continues throughout the duration of the pregnancy.
For many moms, the more babies, the merrier the household. Multiple pregnancies mean more joy and yes, twice (or even three times) the work of a single pregnancy. For that reason, many parents want to find out as soon as possible if they are going to have more than one child. While only an ultrasound will tell you for certain, there are other signs of a pregnancy with multiples.
For some women, the stretch marks that develop during pregnancy are a badge of honor. For others, they are a terrible nuisance. For a very few lucky women -- 10 percent, according to the New York Times-- they are a non-issue. If you are in the 90 percent of women who develop stretch marks during pregnancy, you probably want to know if they can be prevented. Unfortunately, it is not entirely possible to prevent stretch marks, but you can minimize their appearance.
Fevers in children can be frightening for their parents. In fact, the leading cause of emergency room visits for children is a fever, according to eMedicinehealth. In most cases, fevers caused by a minor infection, but some types of fevers in children are more serious and can be a cause for concern.
Rashes are common during childhood. They can be caused by viruses, bacteria, fungi or allergies. Allergic rashes often occur when the skin comes into contact with something that causes the allergy, such as poison ivy. Allergic rashes can also appear as a result of a food or medication allergy. Luckily, allergic rashes are almost never a serious health threat, according to AskDrSears.com.
Preteens (children between the ages of 9 and 12) go through the same stages of grief as adults. The stages are denial, acute grief and adjustment. The difference is that preteens deal with these stages in very different ways than adults do, according to the California SIDS Program. In addition, they may spend a shorter amount of time in each stage, but revisit the stages periodically as they grow older.
For many women hoping to conceive, a positive pregnancy test brings instant joy. It also brings up a number of questions. One question might be whether it is OK to continue to have sex during early pregnancy. The short answer is that sex during early pregnancy is perfectly safe if the pregnancy is progressing normally and the mother-to-be feels healthy.
Vitamin deficiencies in children are a serious problem worldwide, especially in countries where it is difficult or impossible to feed a child a well-balanced diet. It's not just third-world countries that are affected, however. Children in more than half the world's countries suffer from a lack of vitamin A, according to the World Health Organization. In the United States, a vitamin D deficiency is common for children.
Fish oil contains three essential acids -- omega 3 -- that have been proven to have health benefits, especially for women. Fish oil has been found to reduce the risk of developing several common health problems in women. In addition, fish oil is considered a brain food. The omega 3s increase brainpower and memory and can help prevent bone loss in women as well.
Tics are unvoluntary, repetitive contractions of muscles. They can also be verbal. Tics can sometimes be suppressed, which is why they are called "unvoluntary" instead of "involuntary," according to WebMD. However, suppressing a tic is difficult and very uncomfortable, especially for children. Tics often become more apparent and frequent when a child is nervous, which is why they are sometimes called "nervous" tics.
As mothers, we do everything we can to make sure our children are healthy and growing appropriately. We make pencil marks on doorways and compare the height of our children to their peers. But what is right and appropriate growth for one child may be different for another. The important thing is that your child continues to make progress on a growth chart.
The nine months of pregnancy seem endless for many expectant mothers. In reality, it is amazing how much a baby grows and changes during that time. In fact, many of those changes, including the development of a heartbeat, occur before the expectant mother even knows she is pregnant, according to MayoClinic.com.
Stomach viruses are an inflammation of the lining of the stomach. The lining of the small and large intestine can be affected as well. Often simply called "the stomach flu," the medical term for the illness is gastroenteritis. When gastroenteritis is caused by a virus, it is called viral gastroenteritis. In most cases, a stomach virus is not serious and can be treated successfully at home.
Many adults say that teen years are the best years of your life, but those adults are probably looking at the past through rose-colored glasses. In reality, the teen years can be extremely stressful. No one knows this better than parents of teenagers. As a parent, the best thing you can do to help your teen is stay in close communication with her and teach her how to deal with stress.
Dry, cracked skin on the feet and heels is a common problem for many women. Not only do cracked heels look bad in your new sexy, summer sandals, but that broken skin can become a health problem. In severe cases, the fissures in your heels and feet can start bleeding and may even become infected. For these reasons, it is important to care for the skin on your feet and heels just as carefully as you care for the rest of your body.
The decision to hold your child back in school is a difficult one. The child's teacher, other educational specialists that work with your child and the school's administrator may all have different opinions as to whether your child should be kept back. Depending on how old your child is, he may also be affected socially, especially if his friends move on and he doesn't. Ultimately, however, you are the parent, which means it is your decision.
Hormone changes in a woman's body cause changes in the feel and even shape of her breasts, according to the Ohio State University Medical Center. These changes can include soreness. Many women experience breast soreness during their menstrual cycles. The soreness of breasts during a pregnancy are caused by hormone changes similar to those during a menstrual cycle, only more pronounced.
Rosacea is a skin disorder that is rarely seen in kids, according to Rosacea.org. The majority of people affected by this chronic condition are adults ages 30 to 50. Women are more likely than men to develop it, and fair-skinned, blue-eyed women most of all. Still, children can develop rosacea, although the symptoms are often mistaken for other, more common skin disorders.
On average, children catch a cold between six and eight times each year, according to the University of Rochester Medical Center. Children don't literally "catch" colds, of course, but upper respiratory infections are extremely contagious and common, especially in kids who attend daycare or school full-time. Colds are not usually serious. Most are easily treatable with home remedies.
Reflux, or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), affects more than half of all babies under the age of 3 months, according to the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC). Although the disease itself is not usually life-threatening, it is uncomfortable for the baby and can lead to other health difficulties. Luckily, serious cases of GERD are rare. Most infants outgrow reflux by the time they are 18 months old.
Seeing a rash on your baby's soft, unblemished skin may be frightening, but rashes on babies are actually quite common. In fact, most are harmless, according to WebMD. Still, while most rashes are caused by mild skin irritants, there are some rashes that may signify a more serious problem. In those cases, it is important to call a doctor to get a professional opinion on what may be causing your baby's rash.
Whether or not your child needs braces can only be determined by a trained orthodontist. Still, there are some signs that indicate a need for braces. In fact, the odds may in favor of your child needing braces. About 4 million children in Canada and the United States have braces, according to Better Homes and Gardens article published in 2004.
Peanut butter allergies can cause serious health difficulties. Moms with children who have an allergy to peanuts must be diligent about monitoring what their children eat. Unfortunately, the number of parents who have to guard their children from peanuts are increasing. Peanut allergies in children tripled between the years 1997 and 2008, according to Mount Sinai School of Medicine.
Earaches are most often caused by the buildup of fluid in the Eustachian tube, which is located near the eardrum, according to Dr. Sears of Parenting.com. The pressure of the fluid pressing against the eardrum causes pain. Also pain relievers such as ibuprofen can be used in some cases, many babies are much too young to be given strong pain medication. For that reason, some mothers turn to other ways to relieve their babies' earaches.
Most new mothers know that they will not get much sleep due to the needs of a newborn, but sleep problems can start even before the baby is born. Pregnant woman may have a hard time getting comfortable at night, or may need to get up to use the bathroom several times in one evening. Many expectant mothers also suffer from night sweats during the duration of their pregnancies.
As mothers, we sometimes want to tell our children to "buck up" and "stop pouting" when they are feeling down. Depression in children is a serious matter, however. Five percent of children experience clinical depression at some point in their lives. Females are twice as likely to suffer from depression. Parents need to be on the lookout for the signs of depression, especially early on. The sooner the disorder is caught, the better it can be treated, according to the American Academy of Child &amp; Adolescent Psychiatry.
Sleep is vital for infants. While new moms know that they might lose sleep when their baby arrives, they may not know how important it is for their baby to get plenty of rest. Babies who do not cultivate healthy sleep habits early in life are at greater risk to develop health problems later on, according to Time magazine. For that reason, it is important to learn how to help your baby learn how to fall, and stay, asleep.
Babies need a lot of sleep, but their immature nervous systems and need for frequent feedings make it difficult for their little bodies to sleep for long periods of time. Still, a good night's sleep is vital to good health in babies, according to Time magazine. Regardless of your baby's age or stage of development, there are some things you can do to help her develop healthy sleep habits.
"Hay fever" is the term commonly used to describe an allergy to grasses and pollens, including tree pollen. Often, these allergies are seasonal. Some toddlers are more sensitive to spring allergens, while others suffer most in the fall. Most toddlers who develop hay fever do not show symptoms until they are 3 or even 4 years old, according to BabyCenter.
The only sure way to have a baby boy, according to In-Gender.com, is to use the high-tech method of preimplantation genetic diagnosis. This method involves fertilizing the egg with sperm in a laboratory, then testing the resulting embryos to determine their gender. Any male embryos are then implanted in the woman's uterus. This method is expensive, and some say it is unethical. There are other, less-extreme methods on conceiving a baby boy, but none of them are fail-proof.
Many women dream of having a baby girl, but there is only one sure way to conceive a baby girl, according to the Stanford School of Medicine. That way, called preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), involves fertilizing an egg, then testing the embryo to find out if it's a boy or girl before implanting it in the uterus. This expensive procedure is controversial but allowable for family balancing in some countries, including the United States. There are other, less invasive, ways of increasing your chances of conceiving a girl.
Most women want to know as soon as possible whether or not they are pregnant. Home pregnancy tests allow you to find out in the comfort and privacy of your own home. While some tests claim to be able to tell you before you menstruate, pregnancy tests are most accurate when taken a few days after you have missed your first period.
Rotavirus is a disease that primarily affects infants and young children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Still, it can and does affect adults and teenagers as well. The major difference is that the symptoms of Rotavirus are not usually as serious when seen in teenagers. The virus, which comes in many forms, has a vaccine, but it does not provide complete immunity.
Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis is a form of arthritis found in children 15 and younger. This autoimmune disease affects around 50,000 children each year in the United States, according to KidsHealth. The duration and severity of the symptoms, which are most often seen in the joints, vary widely in children, from rather mild to quite serious.
Removal of the tonsils is called a tonsillectomy.The reasons a child might have his tonsils removed are several and well-defined by the medical community. While surgery of any kind on a child can be frightening, tonsil removal is a considered a minor surgery. The benefits far outweigh the risks, according to the Texas Pediatric Surgical Associates website.
Pregnant women are said to have a "glow" about them. While this is usually meant as a compliment, some newly pregnant moms might feel more green around the gills than glowing with good health. Morning sickness is a term used to describe a group of symptoms usually associated with early pregnancy. Up to 90 percent of pregnant women suffer from nausea, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center, and some suffer from more serious symptoms as well.
Most moms know that breastfeeding is best when it comes to feeding your baby. Not only does breast milk contain a host of beneficial nutrients and antibodies, according to the National Women's Health Information Center, but there are benefits for the mother as well. Breastfeeding increases the bond between mother and child and is much more budget-friendly than purchasing formula. In addition, breastfeeding can even help you lose weight.
Breast milk is the best first food for your baby, according to the National Women's Health Information Center. Breastfeeding is widely accepted as the healthiest way to feed your baby. But when it comes to feeding your baby solid food for the first time, there are a wide range of choices, from rice cereal to mashed bananas.
Experienced parents know that sooner or later, their child will wake them up in the middle of the night with the complaint of feeling sick. Their child may have a stomachache or a fever. Fevers are a common symptom of many illnesses, and chills often accompany the fever. In fact, chills are triggered by a sudden change in the body's temperature, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information. Fever and chills are most apparent at night because the body is at rest.
There comes a time in every mother's life when she can't ignore her child's pleas for a pet any longer. If you are lucky, your son or daughter will not beg for a pony, but will settle for a relatively easy-care pet, such as a fish or turtle. In fact, turtles make terrific pets for children, according to Pet University. Still, there are a number of important things to consider before purchasing a pet turtle for your child.
The standard of beauty for skin is often compared to that of a baby's smooth, unblemished complexion. In reality, unblemished skin is something that may not happen until a baby is several months old. Newborns and infants often suffer from baby acne. This common condition appears when a baby is around three weeks old and usually resolves on its own several weeks later, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.
Influenza is a viral disease that primarily affects the respiratory system, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This highly contagious disease, which is usually simply called "the flu," affects people of all ages, but it is most serious in the very young or very old. While there is no cure for influenza, there are treatments that can reduce discomfort while the virus runs its course.
Miscarriages are difficult enough to endure without having to worry about hair loss as well. It is not uncommon to lose hair after a miscarriage, according to the American Pregnancy Association. Hormone levels in the body rise during pregnancy. The higher levels of estrogen in your body slow the normal loss of hair. This results in thicker, more luxurious hair. Once hormone levels return to normal, such as after a miscarriage, the hair that was "on hold" suddenly falls out, returning your hair thickness to normal levels.
Ringworm (tinea) has a scary name, but rest assured that there is no "worm" affecting your baby's skin. Instead, your infant has a fungal infection. Ringworm manifests itself as raised lesions on the skin. These red, itchy marks are often ring-shaped. Although highly contagious, ringworm is easily treatable and is not a serious health risk to your baby, according to MedlinePlus.
Most moms will agree that children are a blessing, but that blessing sometimes comes with a price -- sagging, extra skin and fat around the stomach. Realistically, it's impossible to get a completely flat stomach after childbirth without a little nip and tuck surgery, but some good old-fashioned exercise can go a long way toward flattening your stomach and improving your health, appearance and self-esteem. The Plank