Newborn Child, Your Own Miracle |

When you bring a newborn child into this world, it’s nothing short of a miracle. You’ve contributed to creating life which is something truly amazing. However, it’s not all about the good things. Having a new son or daughter comes with unique challenges especially for new mothers who have never given birth before. These challenges begin when you plan conception and persist until your child is an adult. Building a family is not an easy feat so make sure you’re certain of your decision before you choose to go down the path to motherhood since it’s not something you want to find yourself regretting.Once you find yourself pregnant, it’s important to see your obstetrician-gynecologist regularly for check-ups. Eat a healthy diet, take your pre-natal vitamins, and always follow your doctor’s advice. In this way, you’ll be more than ready once you find yourself delivering the baby in the hospital. As much as possible, opt for a natural birth for your child. This limits complications and means you won’t have to suffer scars from a caesarean section since those marks will be something you keep with you for the rest of your life. After all, these scars can prove to be a challenge later in life but it’s avoidable so make sure you take precautions against it. This avoids the chance of open wounds and infection down the line as well. Give birth as nature intended and just take advantage of anesthetic. Of course, if a caesarean section is necessary to save your life, go for that option but avoid it unless it’s absolutely necessary.When your newborn child is finally born, you have to make sure everything is handled well on the operating table after the delivery. The umbilical cord should not be cut immediately since studies show infants who don’t have their cords cut immediately have better health. Ask your doctor to keep the cord on for at least five minutes if possible. Afterwards, inquire if some blood from the cord can be saved since this contains stem cells that will be incredibly valuable to your child’s health in the future. By taking these measures, you are safeguarding your child’s health in the years to come.Following your hospital stay, you’ll be taking your baby home. Breastfeeding is advised so you should eat well in order to facilitate optimal nutrition for your infant. Having the strength to nurse your baby while lacking sleep from the nightly crying and diaper changes can be a challenge but you’re sure to persevere if you keep your energy up with healthy snacks. Always keep vegetable chips or fruit juice nearby for a quick energy boost. In this way, you can have the strength to face the challenges of being a new mother.Having a newborn child is no picnic and it involves a lot of frustration but the end result is worth it. Just make sure to give it all you’ve got and you’ll raise a son or daughter whom you can be proud of someday.

Is Your Teen Overweight? Watch for These Health Risks |

It isn’t just exhaustion that teens struggle with when they’re overweight, it’s REAL MEDICAL issues. Today’s teens have more pressure on them to fit in – academically, emotionally, and physically; an overweight teen even more pressure to conform. Whether it’s right or wrong (and we know it’s wrong), the teen still faces this pressure every day. But beyond the peer pressure is the health issue. Safeguard your teen by educating yourself on the health risks they face. When you look examine this list, think of your child.High Blood Pressure or Hypertension: Teens are experiencing hypertension at an alarming rate; this is due to a more sedentary lifestyle (video games, TV, etc.). One study showed that hypertension in teens increased from 1% to 5% from 1989 to 2002 – imagine what that study would show now! A teen that chooses non-active hobbies increases their risk for high blood pressure and weight gain.Diabetes or Insulin Resistance: A decade ago, 1 in 10 adolescents were at risk for diabetes; the current ratio is 1 in 4. This study includes both Type 2 Diabetes and those who are pre-diabetic. It’s important to understand that many people with prediabetes DO develop Type 2 Diabetes later in life. This can be avoided with weight loss and an increase in body movement (not hardcore exercise).What actually causes diabetes? Diabetes is categorized into two types: Type 1 Diabetes develops when the body loses its ability make insulin, a hormone that regulates blood glucose.Type 2 diabetes accounts for about 90 to 95 percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes, according to the CDC. Type II doesn’t happen overnight, it develops over time, beginning with insulin resistance related to weight and inactivity. Eventually, the body can completely lose its ability to produce insulin at all.Sleep Apnea: Sleep apnea is a condition in which the sleeper breathes shallowly or has brief pauses in breathing caused by a blockage (referred to as an obstruction) in the airway. The closure in the airway reduces blood oxygen to the brain, which signals the body to gasp to open the airway. This breathing pattern can last from seconds to minutes. Severe cases experience pauses for as many as 100 times in an hour. It may be no surprise that the sleeper does NOT get a decent sleep and will be tired the next day. But, more significant to weight, is that poor sleep contributes to weight gain and the weight gain contributes to apnea. Everybody needs to get high-quality sleep for his or her body to function at its best.Asthma: Asthma is closely linked to weight-gain, but being overweight is also a result of allergies – so the two go hand in hand. A teen with asthma finds it hard to exercise, playing sports, and sometimes even walking to the bus stop.Depression: This should come as no surprise. Adolescents as a group are just figuring out their place in society and are very susceptible to judgmental attitudes. Overweight teens have lower self-esteem and less confidence than their healthy-weight counterparts because they experience negative attention at a vulnerable season of their life.Is your child overweight and, therefore, at risk for any of these conditions? This article is not meant to scare you, but it is meant to educate you so that you the information to help your children get and stay healthy. Sparing your child’s feelings may leave your child exposed to any of these serious health risks. Find a weight-loss program that provides a Health Coach who specializes in teen weight loss. Make it a Happy New Year – don’t wait!

Helpful Advice If Your Child Is Afraid of the Dark |

Darkness inspires a sense of mystery even in adults so it’s no wonder that a child’s imagination often plays tricks when the lights go out. Unfortunately, late night struggles with sleep are nothing to take lightly – sleep is essential for good health and brain function, so that “wild imagination” might be causing some problems in the daytime too.An otherwise lovely bedroom undergoes a dramatic change under the cover of darkness and young children often lack the experience to know that a room in the dark is the same as a room in the light. The good news is that fear of the dark is common and, with work, short-lived.Troubleshooting the BedroomThe bedroom itself might be playing a role in your child’s nighttime uneasiness. Children don’t yet understand that houses creak when they settle, or that cars pulling out of driveways might create unusual shadows. Sit with your child in his or her dark room for a while and answer questions about the odd little noises or sights that may show up. Keep an open mind. Children see things in a different way.Reinventing BedtimeSometimes the problem starts as a legitimate fear of the dark, but for some it evolves into a go-to excuse to negotiate a later bedtime. On the other hand, sometimes the anxiety of being alone is the real culprit and easily mistaken for fear. The point is that many bedtime problems (including fear of the dark) are easier to fix by striking at the root of the problem – the child’s potential distaste for bedtime in general, whatever the reason.There are dozens of books and magazine articles out there that tackle the bedtime routine from countless angles. Consider any motivation your child might have to call for you in the night. Is that walk to the bathroom too dark? When family members watch movies after your child has gone to bed, does your child feel left out? Your child might not be using fear of the dark as an excuse, but might be associating darkness with other unpleasant feelings.Making bedtime fun again is difficult. It takes time. The longer you work with your child, and the firmer you are about the rules, the better off your child’s sleep habits will be. Every year that goes by and every scary movie watched may throw new obstacles your way but it gets easier each time. Healthy sleeping patterns are well worth the time and dedication.