How To Take Care Of Your Child Against Skin Infections?

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By Brendon Buthello

kidsChildren are more prone to the skin disorders than adults mainly because of their carefree attitude and as they lack medical knowledge. They tend to take the skin disorders very lightly and are often seen to mingle with an infected person irrespective of making them alert of the consequences. Besides, it is always required to keep an eye on their habits concerning cleanliness. For parents and caregivers preventing skin disorders to transmit to their children is a responsibility that needs constant vigil. Here below we will discuss on four crucial aspects to take care of your child against skin infections.

Getting infected through direct contact

Children have a carefree and casual approach to illness, especially if it seems to them as merely an inconvenience on body surface but not a very painful or threatening one. Medically speaking a majority of the skin disorders is contagious. Children thanks to their casual simplicity often forget the danger involved in getting close to a person with skin disorder. Maybe the person in the next door suffers from skin rashes for a long time without your knowing. He may reach to your child for caressing or for engaging in a merry pastime and though it seems perfectly innocent and harmless, chances of transmitting a skin disorder lurks there.

Getting infected indirectly

There are more to be careful when it is about getting infected indirectly. There is multitude of avenues to get skin infection and a vast majority of them are indirect in nature. You might have made full proof arrangement to assure that your child does not come into contact with anybody with a skin disorder and you might have thoroughly maintained cleanliness inside the house. But irrespective of all these suddenly you may observe fungal infection in his body. You wonder how it happened in spite of so many precautions. It is quite simple, the groceries, vegetables, fruits and all those items that come from stores might have been handled by an infected person. In schools or playground your child may come to direct contact with someone infected or items used by infected one. While such exposures are hard to avoid you can at least guard your children by maintaining utmost cleanliness. Make sure that when coming from outside the exposed body parts are cleaned thoroughly and garments are cleaned regularly.

Transmission through droplets

groupkidswbgThere are many infectious diseases that transmit through droplets and contagious or infectious skin disorders are no exception in this regard. Droplets are nothing but moisture expelled from the nasal tract. Our respiratory tract is most sensitive to infections of any kind and naturally when a person is infected it can affect others through droplets as well. The infection borne moisture in the respiratory tract can quickly transmit when the infected person sneezes, exhales breath or expectorates cough. Make sure that your children do not get close to anyone suffering from such infectious disorders. Insist on boosting their immunity to fight all these airborne infections including that can be transmitted through droplets.

Airborne infections

From the dust particles in the air or from other pollutions also your children can get infected with skin disorders. Hardly you can ensure a throughout protection from these invisible airborne infections. But obviously you can take some preventive measures and protections to stop them from getting inroads into the body. First of all, try to let them remain in cool and dry conditions as long as possible and make them avoid getting moist and get into dusty atmosphere. Secondly, insist strengthening their immune system to fight the germs and fungal infections from within. Against airborne infections boosting immune system is the best guard.

Brendon Buthello is a healthcare blogger at ranzynn.com. He spends time to get detail knowledge of different types of skin infections and how to protect yourself from these skin disorders.

Take The Challenge And Put Health First This Summer

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healthillustratedYou understand how important it is to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Often times, however, our busy schedules force us to miss that run we had planned after work and we start to fall behind. Did you know that more than 93 million Americans are affected by excess weight or the disease of obesity? Sometimes we need that extra motivation to get us back on track. That is why, the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC), a nearly 50,000 member-strong National non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals affected by the disease of obesity through education, advocacy and support, is encouraging you to grab a friend and take part in the Your Weight Matters (SM) challenge this summer.

The Your Weight Matters (SM) Campaign encourages a dialogue between individuals and their healthcare provider about their health and weight, as well as educates individuals about the significant impact of excess weight on one’s health, such as an increased risk for type 2 diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, some cancers and more.

Individuals can easily take the Campaign Challenge by visiting www.YourWeightMatters.org and clicking the “Take the Challenge” button. Once individuals take the Campaign Challenge, they will receive the free Your Weight Matters (SM) Toolkit. The toolkit is designed specifically to help individuals prepare for that first weight-focused appointment with their healthcare provider. From information on nutrition and exercise to sample questions, the Campaign Toolkit is an excellent and free resource for individuals to utilize throughout their weight-loss journey.

For more information on the Obesity Action Coalition and the Your Weight Matters (SM) Campaign, please visit yourweightmatters.org.

5 Medications Kids Should Never Take

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pillsWhen you pick up a bottle of over-the-counter medication to treat symptoms of an illness in your child, you do so with the belief that anything you can purchase from a pharmacy shelf is probably safe for use. While over-the-counter medications may be marketed to kids, not all of them are actually safe for every child, and some can even cause severe adverse reactions. Despite the rigorous testing involved in the approval process before a drug hits the shelves, there are some medications that simply aren’t safe for young children. Before you reach for a box or a bottle to treat your sick child, make sure that the substance you’re planning to use isn’t one of these dangerous drugs.

* Aspirin – For adults, aspirin can be a helpful medication. It has fever-reducing and pain-relieving qualities, and can be of assistance in a wide range of situations. For kids under the age of 19, however, aspirin can be the cause of a rare but serious health condition that can be fatal. If your child is suffering from a fever, you may want to treat it with acetaminophen or ibuprofen, but make sure that you’re administering only age-appropriate doses and following the directions carefully. Also, be sure that you look for an “aspirin free” listing on the label of any medicine you purchase over the counter, because some kids’ medications still contain aspirin despite the associated Reye’s Syndrome risk.

* Cough and Cold Medicines – When your child is suffering, you want to do anything you can to alleviate her pain. While you may seek to treat the symptoms that are causing her discomfort, it’s important to note that the American Academy of Pediatrics specifically warns against using over-the-counter cough and cold medications for toddlers because their research indicates that they don’t actually have an effect on cold symptoms and can even be harmful if a dose is slightly miscalculated. Rapid heart rate, convulsions, hives and even death can result from overuse of a cold medication, so it’s best to contact a physician or pharmacist if your child has a severe cold or cough, rather than attempting to treat it with OTC drugs.

groupkidswbg* Ipecac – Once a staple of the home medicine cabinet, syrup of ipecac has been used in the past to induce vomiting when poisoning is suspected. The American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend use of this folk remedy, as vomiting has not been shown to be effective in the treatment of poison ingestion cases and can actually cause more harm. If you do have syrup of ipecac on hand, it’s advised that you throw it out and prevent accidental poisoning by locking up potentially harmful substances instead.

* Medications Meant for Another Age Group – Giving your child a larger dose of medication intended for infants can be just as dangerous as administering a small dose of one intended for an adult, which means that neither practice is safe or recommended. Medications intended for infants are more highly concentrated than most people realize, making it easy to inadvertently over-dose your child with them. Instead, find an age-appropriate treatment or contact a medical professional for advice.

* Anti-Nausea Medication – In cases of dehydration caused by excessive vomiting, your child’s doctor may recommend an anti-nausea medication or write a prescription for one. Otherwise, you should never administer them to your child. There are risks involved when your child takes any medication, and episodic vomiting is rarely severe enough to warrant taking that risk with your child’s health.

Some of these medications may be recommended by a physician or pediatrician. Generally speaking, this is the only time when it’s safe to administer them to your child. Unless you’re under direct instruction from your child’s primary care physician, it’s just not a good idea to take the risk and administer them to your little one.

– Submitted by Kevin Thompson of Back Up Care

Ways Parents Can Take Responsibility for Child Obesity

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From Your Health Journal…..”The Huffington Post has some amazing writers, and I did enjoy Debbie Gisonni’s post recently about how parents can take responsibility for childhood obesity. This has always been a very touchy area. I have seen the media come down pretty hard on parents with obese children, almost claiming it is a form of child abuse. On the other hand, I have also seen other forms of media take a different approach in an effort to give support and information to parents. The author of this article makes many valid points, I feel, in an educated manner. She also states, “There’s a reason why children live with parents until they become adults. They aren’t capable of taking care of themselves. Their brains aren’t even fully developed until their mid-20s, so up until then, good judgment is compromised.” A child’s environment has changed over the last 25 years, and we cannot raise children the same way our parents did – meaning adjustments must be made to a child’s lifestyle to help them lead a healthy lifestyle, starting with the parents. Do I think having an overweight child is a form of child abuse. Absolutely not! Do I think a parent can help a child lead a healthier lifestyle. Absolutely yes! But, it is a team effort from everyone in a child’s life.”

From the article…..

The Biggest Loser weight loss reality show kicked off 2013 with a kid’s edition to help end childhood obesity. First lady Michelle Obama has been traveling the country educating kids and communities on nutrition and exercise. Numerous health and state organizations have followed suit with similar programs and campaigns.

While it’s encouraging to see so many community leaders (yes, reality shows do influence the public) taking the issue of childhood obesity to heart, ultimately, this is a parent’s responsibility. As a parent or guardian, you have a choice — to be a contributor to child obesity or be a role model for healthy living. There’s a reason why children live with parents until they become adults. They aren’t capable of taking care of themselves. Their brains aren’t even fully developed until their mid-20s, so up until then, good judgment is compromised.

Only a generation ago, family dinners were eaten together, school lunches were homemade and pre-packaged or fast food was the exception rather than the rule for meals. Kids actually played (meaning they moved their body in some way) outside every day. So, it’s easy to blame child obesity on changing times. Today’s dual income, tech-centric, over-scheduled families who consume highly processed meals without any form of regular exercise makes living a healthy lifestyle difficult at best. But then again, even my generation of kids had temptations. We could have sat in front of the TV eating TV dinners all day, but we didn’t. We didn’t because it wasn’t allowed. There were rules and boundaries set by our parents that prohibited laziness and bad eating. I wasn’t even allowed to get a snack out of the kitchen without permission from my mother!

If you want your children to be healthy and fit kids and adults, you need to set boundaries and be the best role model you can.

Here are 10 ways you can take responsibility for your child’s health and well-being:

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