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Type 2 diabetes is affecting children more and more
An increasing number of children suffer from type 2 diabetes, but parents and doctors do not notice the symptoms of the disease in time. The disease was until recently associated mainly with adulthood. "Diabetes has become a more and more common chronic disease among children, and these children often die," said Dr. Francine Kaufman, at the World Diabetics Conference.
The data show that the most common forms of diabetes, both type 1 and type 2 - are growing at an accelerated rate.
About 70,000 children under the age of 15 suffer from type 1 diabetes each year, while type 2 now affects even children not older than eight. Both types of diabetes are dangerous to children, and a misdiagnosis can prove fatal.
The two forms of diabetes increase the likelihood of kidney and heart problems, blindness, and nerve endings.
Incorrect eating and lack of exercise are increasingly common habits among young people, increasing the risk of diabetes among them. The International Federation of Diabetics declared 2007 the Year of the Child.
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December 15, 2006
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Natural treatments for nasal polyps
Nasal polyps are not medically dangerous, but they are uncomfortable and painful. They can affect breathing and sometimes cause severe headaches. Medical or surgical treatment does not prevent the recurrence of polyps. Here are some natural treatments that help to improve the symptoms, but also to reduce the polyps!
Nasal polyps are small or protruding polyps that appear on the nasal mucosa when inflamed. In most cases the polyps reappear any intervention would be used. Do not bombard your body with drugs and do not undergo numerous surgical interventions! Use natural methods to relieve uncomfortable symptoms!
Black tea with ginger and basil
This combination of teas and herbs helps to improve rhinorrhea (nasal secretions) and sneezing. It is considered that the headaches caused by polyps are alleviated with this tea. Use in making the infusion black tea plant with ginger powder and dried basil.
Saffron (from India) with milk and sugar
The mixture of saffron powder from India with hot milk and a little sugar helps to relieve the symptoms caused by nasal polyps.
When you face a clogged nose or airway blockage due to these protrusions, breathing problems occur. Steams, along with eucalyptus or peppermint oil, can clear the nasal pathways and help you breathe easier.
Steam inhalation can also be done during hot showers or baths.
Laundry with saline
Washing with salt and water solution is recommended as a supplement in steam inhalation therapy. This combination helps to relieve local symptoms, fluidize the mucus and release the blocked nasal pathways due to polyps.
Food and supplements
Eating can also be helpful when you have polyps. Specialists recommend foods that have the role of healing the conditions that are the basis of the nasal polyps and that can improve the uncomfortable manifestations.
The most recommended foods are garlic or onion. Garlic acts as a natural antibiotic and helps when the infection occurs. You realize that the infection has occurred if the nasal secretions are yellow or green.
Echinacea helps strengthen the immune system and can help you cope better with these problems. In addition, foods rich in selenium, zinc, vitamin C and E help strengthen the body. Enough sleep and relaxation help the body fight the nasal polyps.
When it comes to other foods useful in the fight against nasal polyps you should consider:
• foods that contain quercitin (flavonoids) - apples, pears, red and yellow onions, broccoli, red grapes, cherries, citrus fruits, berries, red wine;
• reducing Omega 6 acids and increasing the intake of Omega 3 - the first type of acid is not indicated in the case of polyps because it accentuates the inflammation of the nasal mucosa, while Omega 3 has anti-inflammatory effect and helps to improve the symptoms (flax seeds, nuts, soy , salmon, cod etc.);
• foods rich in vitamins E and C - nasal polyps sometimes appear due to allergies, and vitamin C helps reduce histamine (involved in allergic reactions) in the body; it is even more useful when combined with vitamin E;
• Water consumption is important to be permanently hydrated because it helps to thin the mucus formed and to keep the allergens away.
Foods to be avoided include those with a high allergenic degree (hazelnuts, nuts, eggs, gluten products, etc.). Among beverages it is good to keep away from beer, wine and snacks containing thiamine and tannin.
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How your baby's growing
Your baby's newfound mobility means that he's now entering the land of bumps and falls. These are an inevitable part of childhood, and although your heart may occasionally skip a beat or two, try to enjoy watching your baby explore his surroundings and discover his limits.
Restraining your innate desire to protect your baby allows him to grow and learn for himself. However, do make every effort to make your home baby-safe. A good way to do this is to get down to his level to find the possible danger zones. Make sure to secure to the walls furniture that can topple (bookcases, chests of drawers), and anchor flat-screen TVs with safety straps.
- Learn more fascinating facts about your 8-month-old's development.
Your life: Couple time
Many new parents report that after the novelty of life with a baby wears off, they find that they've drifted away from their partner and lost the closeness they once felt. Having a baby is a seismic event in a couple's life together. Because the brunt of the day-to-day adjustment often falls more on one partner, it's all too easy to start feeling estranged.
Acknowledging these feelings – first to yourself and then to your partner – is the first step toward doing something about it. Let your partner know that you miss him or her. If you're feeling this way, odds are good that your mate is too, and he or she will be relieved that you're bringing it up.
Make a specific plan to spend more time together. Figure out what you miss most about being together, and make reclaiming those experiences a priority. Schedule time to spend together, whether it's a weekly date night or another special ritual. Come up with a special code phrase that either of you can use to steer conversations back to yourselves when the talk focuses exclusively on your baby or what you have to get done at home.
Re-evaluate ways to divvy up infant care and housework. Not only will this reduce your workload, it will create more time for you and your partner to spend together doing something fun. You'll also see yourselves working as a team.
Learn about: Developmental delay
What is developmental delay?
Developmental delay is a slower-than-usual progression toward childhood milestones such as sitting up, crawling, walking, and talking. (For preemies, the development timeline should be based on adjusted age.) Apparent developmental delays may or may not indicate a permanent or long-term developmental disorder. Most children, in fact, recover from delays.
Every baby's pattern of development is unique, although babies tend to acquire skills in a sequential pattern. Some infants develop gross motor skills (like sitting up) earlier, while others are faster to acquire fine motor skills (such as picking up small objects). Some are slow to move but quick to verbalize sounds. What's most important is that, over time, your child continues to develop increasingly complex mental and physical skills.
What could cause a delay?
Your baby may simply be focusing on (and practicing) particular skills at the temporary expense of others. However, language delays (which may not yet be obvious) should be closely followed. They could stem from lack of enough communication with adults or from a hearing problem. Less common reasons for delays include disorders such as spina bifida and autism.
What should I do if I think my baby has a delay?
Learn about the timelines for language acquisition and physical development, and the warning signs of a delay. Have someone evaluate your baby's development, hearing, and vision. (Your baby's doctor should be monitoring these things regularly.)
Write down any worrisome observations you've made, and tell your baby's doctor about your concerns. You may also want to consult with a pediatric doctor who specializes in developmental issues, or contact a speech pathologist. Trust your instincts. Your baby may just need some extra time (serious delays are rare), but it doesn't hurt to be attentive to potential problems.
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