Amber a.k.a ds_283
Amber Keefer has more than 25 years' experience working in the fields of human services and health care administration. Writing professionally since 1997, she has written articles covering health, fitness and women's issues published in Family Digest Magazine, Chicago Parent and Woman's Touch. Keefer holds a B.A. from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. in health care management from Baker College.
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Does your little one shun the idea of exercise? Would they rather play video games, watch TV or even read a book than run around outside? But just like adults, kids need regular exercise to be healthy and fit. Trampolines are perfect way to entice your kids to get outside and get moving! To get the best health benefits, a child should play on an exercise trampoline for at least 2 1/2 hours each week.
Some bone disorders in children are due to rare conditions and require careful clinical evaluation. If not treated promptly, bone disease can affect a child's bone development, lead to multiple fractures and cause bone deformities. In some cases, bone disease in children leads to deterioration of motor development and permanent disability. Frequently, treatment is delayed because symptoms go unnoticed and only become apparent over time.
Gaining weight is easy, but losing it is tough, and keeping the weight off is the biggest challenge of all. The number of calories a woman needs varies depending on her age and activity level. Women between the ages of 23 and 50 generally need to consume from 1,700 to 2,200 calories each day to maintain their current body weight and energy levels. Older women require fewer calories.
There are times when children need psychological help the same as adults do. Some psychological disorders have physical causes; others are brought on by stress or trauma. Still other childhood psychological disorders are behavioral in nature. Although some of the psychological disorders affecting children are more common than others, none are part of a child's normal developmental process. Many of these behavioral or psychiatric disorders can be treated.
A single pregnant woman can have a difficult time of it financially. Aside from housing expenses and money for food, you will have additional medical expenses for prenatal care. Pregnancy is a physically and emotionally stressful time for any woman. If you have the added worry of not being able to manage financially, it can be an even more stressful period in your life. Fortunately, there are free and low-cost programs available for pregnant women who are eligible to receive help.
You don't have to be an expert to discuss sex with your daughter. If you feel uncomfortable talking about it, just say so, but let her know that you are willing to answer her questions. Having a rewarding sexual relationship is part of a happy and healthy life, therefore, it's important to give your daughter the information she needs to make responsible choices when the time comes. Teaching a child about sexuality is an ongoing process.
Foot and ankle pain is common among children. A toddler can hurt her ankle if she falls accidentally while playing. A joint disease like arthritis could also be causing pain and inflammation. Contact your child's pediatrician if pain or swelling seem severe, or if the pain persists.
Vomiting is a symptom that occurs often in young children, especially when they have the stomach flu. In most cases, episodes of vomiting should pass within 24 hours, but if vomiting continues or your child is vomiting blood, contact your pediatrician. Vomiting blood is not always a symptom of a serious medical problem, but it needs to be evaluated by a health care professional.
It isn't uncommon for women to experience variations in their periods, but if irregular menstrual cycles persist over several months, you probably have irregular periods. Long menstrual cycles can cause a woman difficulties when it comes to getting pregnant. Irregular periods may mean that you are ovulating less often, reducing your chances of pregnancy.
A family doctor is usually the first professional you consult when you need medical care. Family physicians and general practitioners are skilled at diagnosing a range of illnesses and can treat many of a patient's medical conditions without the need for a specialist's help. Your family doctor can be a valuable source of information when you have health-related questions. In fact, "family physicians provide the majority of care to the nation's rural populations," says Lori Heim, President of the American Academy of Family Physicians.
Frequent urination may involve output of either large or small volumes of urine each time a toddler goes to the potty. Bladder infections are a common cause of frequent urination, particularly among little girls. Children who are potty trained who suddenly have several accidents may be experiencing an underlying medical cause. In fact, urinary tract infection is one of the most common infections that occur in children.
There is no standard fee when it comes how much money a surrogate mother is paid. The costs are estimated, as each situation is different depending on the individuals involved. A first time surrogate may request a smaller fee; an experienced surrogate may charge as much as $5,000 to $10,000 more. Surrogates generally request an itemized compensation plan as part of their contracts.
Even very young children can have high blood pressure. Medical problems such as heart or kidney disease are often the cause of high blood pressure in children younger than 10 years, explains MayoClinic.com. Blood pressure normally rises somewhat throughout childhood, but if your child has one or more risk factors for high blood pressure, his pediatrician may recommend more frequent blood pressure checks.
Education is a major component of any well-planned family-based intervention strategy. Not only do family members learn more about the biological aspects of the individual's dependency, physical illness or mental disorder, they learn what they can do to reduce stress and provide a supportive environment. Another essential step in the intervention process is helping family members to see what is and is not within their control.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that drug abuse is a leading public health problem in the United States, causing more than 40 million illnesses and injuries each year. Drug addiction affects everyone in society -- the person abusing drugs, his family and friends, and the community in general. If someone close to you is using drugs, your family is likely dealing with a great deal of stress. Before you can help your family member to recover, you might need some help of your own along the way.
The herpes simplex virus causes cold sores. It is a common virus that children can spread by sharing toys, coughing and sneezing. Rubbing a cold sore and then touching others may also transmit the virus. The American Academy of Pediatrics' Committee on Infectious Diseases recommends covering a cold sore with a bandage to avoid spreading the virus to other children. There are some simple remedies you can use to help ease your child's discomfort while a cold sore is healing.
The camp experience gives kids the opportunity to make new friends and discover new interests. Interactive activities and hands-on challenges are planned to help kids grow into responsible and caring individuals. Leadership-camp fees are usually paid by a student's school, family members or can be earned through community donations. Programs are designed not only to be educational, but also to be motivational. Key concepts generally focus on collaborative teamwork, leadership, empathy and diversity.
Marijuana remains the most commonly used illegal drug among America's youth, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Reports show that while illicit drug use has declined among teens in the United States, the nonmedical use of prescription drugs abused by teens remains high. These include prescription medications, such as stimulants, pain relievers and tranquilizers. Teens also misuse over-the-counter drugs, including cough and cold medications.
Women not only need different vitamins than men, but the vitamins they need change as they age. Certain vitamins help fight heart disease and some types of cancer, making these nutrients even more important to the body as a woman grows older. Whether or not increasing daily intake of these vitamins has a preventive effect against disease, supplementation may reduce the risk of disease in women who have an inadequate dietary intake of particular vitamins and minerals.
Exercise is not only healthy for adults, it's just as essential for kids, too. Regular exercise also helps children to feel good about themselves and increases their self-esteem. Although a lot of kids get their exercise by playing team sports, if your child doesn't play sports, she can get exercise on her own in several enjoyable ways.
Your body needs 13 vitamins to be healthy. However, women have nutritional needs that differ from those of men. Not only does a fairly active woman require fewer calories than a man her same age, but there are certain vitamins and minerals she needs more of to help reduce her risk of specific health problems.
Behavior and conduct disorders rank among the most common reasons why children are referred for mental health evaluations, according to The Ohio State Medical Center. Parents should seek the advice of professionals if a child shows symptoms, because a failure to deal with the problem effectively can put a child at a higher risk for failing in school or developing other mental health problems. The challenge is in recognizing the difference between normal and abnormal behavior.
A child who suffers from recurrent or chronic ear infections has fluid or infection behind the eardrums that either doesn't go away or keeps coming back. Chronic ear infections are generally diagnosed if a child has had at least three ear infections within six months time or four ear infections within the span of a year, in which case your pediatrician will refer your child to an ENT specialist.
Parents can have a better idea of whether a child's behavior is normal if they know what to expect. Since not all children are predictable and easy going, what defines normal childhood behavior varies and depends on a child's age, developmental stage and own personality. Behavioral problems among preschoolers may involve long-lasting temper tantrums, disruptive behavior or both physical and verbal aggression.
Glasses can help a child develop normal vision as she grows. Therefore, the American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends that all babies have their eyes examined between the age of 6 months and 1 year. In some cases, a child may need her first pair of glasses when she is only a few months old. Parents shouldn't worry, though, as even infants and toddlers will wear eyeglasses without much trouble once they realize how much better they can see.
When a child makes the move from a crib to a bed, there are a number of safety issues to consider. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends moving your child to a toddler bed once he has grown to be 35 inches tall. Your child should be sleeping well in a toddler bed before making the next move to a twin, bunk or full-size bed.
Night sweats in children are profuse sweating during sleep. A child who suffers from night sweats may soak his clothes and even the bedding. Some children begin to feel hot and moist when they first go to bed, whereas other children don't begin to sweat until later in the night. Children who have primary hyperhidrosis, a condition of excessive sweating with no underlying medical cause, may also sweat profusely during the day.
A toddler's sleep problems may not necessarily be due to a physiological disorder. In fact, a child is more likely to have a difficult time sleeping when a regular bedtime routine is not followed. Many infants and young toddlers simply need time to develop a good sleeping pattern. Because toddlers continue to spend more time in light REM sleep than older children, they tend to wake more often through the night.
The National Safety Council reports that preventable injuries and deaths are on the increase in homes across America, with potential electrical hazards found in every home. Many electrical hazards, which can cause serious injury or even death, are the cause of childhood accidents. To protect your child's well-being, it's important to identify safety hazards in and around your home.
A fever is the body's way of fighting off infection. In most cases, fever is a normal response and is not dangerous. When a child is sick, his immune system releases chemicals that increase the body temperature. Infants and children sometimes run a fever after getting immunizations. Low-grade fevers can usually treated effectively at home with over-the-counter (OTC) medications. Consult with your child's doctor for the best way to bring down a fever.