Practical Tips for Multiple Pregnancy and Raising Twins

Posted by Suzanne Grier on November 11, 2013 in Uncategorized with Comments closed |

Practical Tips for Multiple Pregnancy and Raising Twins

 

Regardless of how many kids a couple has had in the past, raising twins is a different experience altogether. For those who have never had children before, the reality of raising twins is likely to either be worse than what one might have expected or better in comparison to the horrible nightmares that one might have been entertaining throughout pregnancy. With that figure in mind, let’s move on to some helpful tips Read more…

Strictly Speaking, Identical Twins are Not Identical

Posted by Suzanne Grier on November 10, 2013 in Uncategorized with Comments closed |

Strictly Speaking, Identical Twins are Not Identical

 

Identical twins are identical by definition only. The definition however does not completely hold up. It is not 100 per cent correct. Friends and family can sometimes tell these twins apart, where strangers cannot. That however often has more to do with their mannerisms than their appearance. Even their mannerisms will be quite similar in many cases. Read more…

Vinegar: Quick Remedy for Various Health Problems

Posted by Suzanne Grier on August 8, 2015 in Uncategorized with Comments closed |

It worries me whenever I see any one of my twins not feeling well. More often, they suffer from fever, insect bites and other minor problems that can be easily treated at home. Good thing I always have apple cider vinegar in my pantry which I consider as one of my most trusted versatile remedies for various health problems.

Vinegar contains antifungal, antibacterial, antiseptic and antioxidant properties, which make it an effective natural remedy for ordinary pain, skin problems, fever, heartburn, infection and others. Although modern medicine does not really endorse vinegar as a traditional medicine, many people have already proven its healing qualities. Here are some of the conditions that vinegar might be useful for:

  1. Back pain

For ordinary back pain due to lifting or pushing heavy objects, soothe the pain by bathing in a hot bath containing two cups of vinegar. Stay in the tub for about 30 minutes before rinsing. Aside from the vinegar bath, you can also benefit from resting while laying your back flat on the bed.

  1. Bursitis

Bursitis is an inflammation affecting the bursa in the shoulder joint, elbow or knee. A good remedy to reduce the inflammation and alleviate the pain is a boiled mixture of one cup of apple cider vinegar and a teaspoon of cayenne powder. Cool the mixture and soak a compress in it then apply to the affected area. Remove the compress when you feel a burning sensation.

  1. Bug Bites

Make a paste containing vinegar and cornstarch and then apply it on the area with bug bites or bee stings. Let the paste dry on the skin before rinsing. This can alleviate any symptoms associated with the bite or sting.

  1. Cough

If your sleep is frequently disrupted because of coughing, try sprinkling apple cider vinegar on your pillowcase.

  1. Dandruff

Vinegar has a good reputation for balancing the pH level in the scalp, thereby controlling dandruff. To benefit from this, apply apple cider vinegar during rinsing. It can also help give your hair a shiny look.

  1. Digestion

Taking a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar after a meal can aid in the production of hydrochloric acid, thereby promoting digestion.

  1. Infections

Vinegar is also an effective remedy for fungal infection including athlete’s foot. Prepare a mixture of equal parts water and vinegar and then soak your feet in the solution. You may do it once a day until your symptoms disappear. You may also soak a clean cloth or cotton in the solution and then rub it on your affected foot.

  1. Leg cramps

Leg cramps can be really painful. You can soothe the pain by soaking a soft cloth in pure vinegar and applying it on the cramped leg.

  1. Ordinary headache

If you are being bothered by ordinary headache, dip a compress in a mixture of equal parts warm water and vinegar. Apply the compress on your temple and allow it to sit for several minutes before removing. This should give you relief from the headache.

  1. Sunburn

Prepare a mixture of white vinegar or apple cider vinegar and cold water in equal parts. Put the solution in a spray bottle and spray it on the sunburned area. Vinegar for sunburn is only applicable to first degree or second degree sunburn. For third degree sunburn, you should contact a healthcare provider immediately.

For many times in the past, I have proven the effectivity of vinegar in curing a number of health conditions listed here. However, this list should only serve for informational purposes. If your doctor recommends another treatment, follow your doctor’s advice.

5 Common Causes of Relationship Anxiety

Posted by Suzanne Grier on March 30, 2015 in Uncategorized with Comments closed |

Relationships are perhaps one of the most common sources of joy for many people. For me, family relationship is my primary source of happiness and strength. However, there is no such thing as a perfect human relationship as problems are inevitable. In a family, you can expect everyday challenges to come about as I have experienced this firsthand. And this is true for any kind of relationship including friendships and parent-to-child or husband-and-wife relationships. Some people are fortunate enough to be able to manage these problems while others are not and just result to anxiety.

Anxiety is a serious problem that can lead to a disorder if not properly dealt with. Its initial manifestations include insomnia, shaking, depression, muscle tension and sweating. In a relationship, there are common types of problems that can cause anxiety. Knowing what these problems are and how to deal with them can greatly help you prevent or cope up with relationship anxiety.

  1. Loss of Trust

Trust is a vital component in any relationship and it is also considered to be the most fragile. Trust is developed over time, but once it is gone, it can be hard or even impossible to repair the damage. Problems that destroy trust such as infidelity or even the inability of the other person to fulfill his or her promises cause many people to experience anxiety. In addition to that, some people also become anxious when they fear future breakups or when they feel insecure about the future of their relationship.

  1. Frequent Fights

Misunderstandings are common in any relationship, but when it already causes frequent fights involving anger, it may result to a serious anxiety problem on the persons involved.

  1. Stress in the Relationship

Because of problems, it is sometimes normal to experience stress in a relationship. Among mothers, it is common to experience stress from time to time when you are dealing with your children. Stress becomes abnormal when you keep it within yourself and let it build up over time. It can cause anxiety which may eventually lead to a relationship breakup between partners or spouses.

  1. Lack of Support

Aside from trust, support is another vital component that holds any type of relationship. Just like teamwork, support from the other person makes things easier and manageable. Without support, it is easy to get stressed over small things. Lack of support can be manifested in different ways. Sometimes, even negative jokes or criticisms can make a person feel unsupported.

While it can be hard to cope with anxiety in a relationship, it is possible through the following means:

  • It is important that the person causing your anxiety problems knows what you are going through. Communication is a powerful tool that can open up possibilities of patching up any problem in the relationship.
  • Keep yourself busy with other positive things. Instead of constantly thinking about relationship problems, focus on things that make you feel happy such as outdoor activities, hobbies, spending time with friends, and others.
  • Try other anxiety reduction strategies. Some people take supplements for anxiety if they can no longer control their feelings. Others consult a professional who can give sound advice regarding their situation.

It is important to note that anxiety can be managed. Don’t let yourself be overcome with it, but instead overcome it with the practical solutions available.

Tips in Choosing the Best Shoes for Bunions

Posted by Suzanne Grier on February 2, 2015 in Uncategorized with Comments closed |

How many of you fellow mothers and women like wearing pointed or high-heeled shoes? I do have several pairs of these shoes which I wear on some occasions but not as everyday footwear as I don’t feel too comfortable wearing them. For those who frequently wear these types of shoes, do you know that they can cause you to develop bunions?

Many people are not aware about what bunions are and what causes bunions. A bunion is a bump or enlargement in the joint of the big toe. It can affect both men and women, but more cases are reported among women as triggered by wearing ill-fitting, pointed or high-heeled shoes which put much pressure on the toes. It could also be caused by foot deformities and other underlying foot problems such as arthritic conditions.

Treating bunions is possible thorough surgical or non-surgical treatments, but the latter is a more common option especially for less serious cases. Among the non-surgical options, wearing the best shoes for bunions makes a significant impact in managing the condition and alleviating the pain associated with them.

Many people think that wearing open footwear such as sandals is the obvious choice if you have a bunion. But there are more to bunion shoes than wearing a sandal. Besides, sandals may not be a practical choice during cold season. As a guide, you may consider the following factors in choosing bunion shoes:

  1. Shoe Width

When looking for a new pair of shoes, look for styles with a wider shoe width. Take time to find one that provides more room around your bunion and it can make a lot of difference when it comes to comfort. It can be difficult to find one but you surely will with much patience.

  1. Materials

Mesh and canvass shoes are among the best choices for bunions as they normally stretch over time, allowing you more comfort. Although they may not look stylish and modern, they deserve your second look as they can offer the best fit and comfort for you.

  1. Shoe Size

Going one size larger may allow for more space around your bunion and reduce pressure on your toe joint. As a result, you will be able to move around comfortably and with less pain. However, wearing larger shoes may cause your feet to slip off, in such a case, wearing orthotics or insoles may help.

  1. Say No to Pointed Shoes

You may look smart and stylish in your pointy shoes but it is a big ‘no-no’ if you have a bunion. With little space around your toes, these shoes cause more pressure on your bunion, making it more painful when you walk or stand up for a long time. In addition to that, this kind of shoes can also make you more prone to bunions, if you don’t have any.

Aside from choosing the right shoes, other non-surgical treatment options for bunions include taking anti-inflammatory medications to relieve swelling and pain and the use of bunion pads. However, if any of these conservative treatments does not work for you, you may have to seek advice from your specialist on the next course of action to take.

Cory Catfish: The Little Aquarium Cleaner

Posted by Suzanne Grier on January 3, 2015 in Uncategorized with Comments closed |

Fishes are perhaps among the top favorite pets in the US. I have known of many families who own an aquarium and who are fond of their pet fishes. I have read that watching fishes have some therapeutic effect especially after a stressful day. Although I personally like to have my own aquarium, I am reluctant about it because I know that it requires regular maintenance work which includes cleaning the tank, changing the water, and feeding the fish among others.

Among the different tasks involved in maintaining an aquarium, cleaning the task requires the most work. Fortunately, some type of fishes can help you in this task. I am not referring to the odd-looking janitor fishes, but a more attractive and peaceful aquarium cleaner which some fish owners may not yet familiar about. They are the Cory catfish or more commonly called as the Cory Cat. You don’t have to think of a catfish bait just to get them because they are now widely available in many pet shops.

The Cory Cats are bottom-dwelling fishes that can make an excellent addition to most aquarium communities. These extremely peaceful fishes can grow between 2.5 inches and 3.5 inches in length with several colorful species available for aquarium hobbyist. Cory Cats are great bottom feeders and do a great job in sucking up any uneaten or leftover food at the bottom of the aquarium. With leftovers cleaned up, less work will be put on your filter after feeding time.

It is important to note because of the Cory Cats’ specialized feeding behavior, it is recommended to add them only after having several fishes in your aquarium. Bottom-feeding fishes including the Cory Cats rely heavily on the presence of sloppy-eating fish to provide them continuous supply of leftover foods to scavenge. If there are not enough fishes in the aquarium, they should be given supplemental foods which may include flake food, algae wafers, Cyclops-eeze and frozen brine shrimp.

In addition to their food, Cory Cats also grow best at water temperatures between 74 and 82 degrees Fahrenheit with a pH range between 6.0 and 7.0. As they are generally peaceful, they are ideal to be mixed with small groups of fishes of about six or a little more. The minimum tank size ideal for them is about 10 US gallons, but a bigger aquarium is strongly recommended. If you are seeking for Cory Cats, popular species that you can find include Bandit Cory, Bronze Cory, Julii Cory, Panda Cory and Skunk Cory.

Furthermore, when you acquire a Cory Cat for your tank, it would be good to lower your expectation regarding their cleaning ability. While they can do a lot of work in cleaning the bottom, it should be noted that no fish can substitute your own efforts in waste removal and in the use of an algae pad and gravel vac. You should check your tank from time to time and schedule regular cleaning to keep your fishes in good living condition.

Tattoo Over Stretch Marks: Is It Okay?

Posted by Suzanne Grier on October 1, 2014 in Uncategorized with Comments closed |

After giving birth to my boys, I noticed having stretch marks on my tummy. Perhaps, many other moms like me have developed the same marks after giving birth. According to one online source, around 80 percent of women around the world have stretch marks which may be present in various parts of their body including the abdomen, arms, thighs and breasts.

Stretch marks are caused by a number of factors including childbirth, weight changes, certain medications and certain health conditions such as Cushing’s syndrome. The appearance of stretch marks may change or fade over time, but it may not completely disappear. To hide its appearance, some resort to using creams and other non-surgical procedures that normally result to only a slight improvement on their appearance. That is why some people seek for a more permanent solution such as having a tattoo over stretch marks. If ever you are considering this solution, this article will be useful to you.

Tattoo Over Stretch Marks

It is important to note that skin surfaces with stretch marks may no longer react to tattoos the same way as other normal skin surfaces do. The result may be unpredictable and may vary from one skin type to another.

Stretch marks may vary in size and color. Lighter colored marks that do not vary much from the skin texture in other parts of the body are more responsive to tattoos than stretch marks that have deeper colors and cover a larger skin surface. Also, larger stretch marks may cause inconsistency in the appearance of the tattoo. A seasoned tattoo artist should be able to help you assess your condition and present you with possible options.

Is It Okay to Cover Stretch Marks with a Tattoo?

There is no definite yes or no answer to this question because it all depends on the type of stretch marks you have. Some of the important considerations to help you answer the question are:

  1. How deep and dark are your stretch marks?

If your stretch marks are just superficial or are light lines and are almost the same color as your skin, it is more likely that they can be successfully covered by a tattoo. Deeper and darker colored stretch marks may not be able to hold ink, so tattooing may not be the best option for you.

 

  1. How large is the surface that your stretchmark covers?

Stretch marks that cover a larger skin surface can be challenging to deal with. Even if the stretch marks are only light, you may not be able to cover the entire area with a single tattoo.

 

  1. Are you willing to take the risk?

There is no guarantee that a tattoo may be able to cover your stretch marks and give them a better appearance. There is a risk that your tattoo may change in appearance because your skin is unable to hold the ink. There is also the risk that the tattoo may make your stretch marks look more obvious and less appealing. If you are willing to take these risks, then getting a tattoo could be an option for you.

Precautionary Measures Before Getting a Tattoo

If you fully decide to have your stretch marks covered with a tattoo, here are some precautionary measures to observe:

  1. Do not get a tattoo for stretch marks that are less than one year old.
  2. Find a seasoned artist to do the job.
  3. Be aware of the potential risks.
  4. Carefully choose your design.

If you are curious on how to remove stretch marks, tattooing is just one option. You could talk with your dermatologist for other treatment options available for you.

Metallic Taste: An In-Depth Look

Posted by Suzanne Grier on September 9, 2014 in Uncategorized with Comments closed |

Lingering metal taste in mouth and sweet taste in mouth are just two of the most common taste disorders that can affect anyone. During my pregnancy, I remember having some kind of taste disorder especially in the morning, but it just went away on its own without treatment. However, I have also read that some people suffer from a more serious taste disorder, particularly the lingering metallic taste. Many of them neglected their condition at first, thinking it is nothing serious but in the end, it is already a sign of a life-threatening condition. It is a good time that we should have an in-depth look on the metallic taste disorder which is one of the most common disorders affecting the sense of taste.

Usual Symptoms

A metallic taste disorder may occur as the only symptom, or it may also come with other symptoms which may vary depending on its underlying cause:

  • Bleeding gum
  • Bad breath
  • Dry mouth
  • Excessive salivation
  • Loss of appetite
  • Stuffy nose
  • Vomiting
  • Inflamed or swollen tonsils
  • Abnormalities in facial movement
  • Flu-like symptoms

Serious Symptoms to Watch Out For

In some cases, metallic taste may come with other more serious symptoms such as the following, which may signify a life-threatening problem that should be evaluated by your doctor:

  • Confusion
  • Lack of consciousness or alertness
  • Inability to swallow
  • Fever of more than 101 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Drooping of face or paralysis
  • Abnormalities in breathing
  • Slurred speech
  • Sudden swelling in the mouth, tongue or lips

 

Possible Causes of Metallic Taste

A metallic taste with the usual symptoms as listed above may be caused by any condition or disorder that interferes with the normal taste process. This includes:

  • Smoking
  • Common cold
  • Dehydration
  • Dry mouth
  • Nasal infection
  • Sinusitis
  • Infection in the salivary gland
  • Sore or strep throat
  • Viral infection
  • Dental problems
  • Hay fever
  • Neurological disorders
  • Chemotherapy or radiation therapy
  • Certain medications
  • Surgery in the ear and throat or nose

In most cases, the abnormal taste caused by the above conditions just disappears on its own as soon as the underlying condition is resolved, or when smoking or the use of certain medication is stopped.

Moreover, if the metallic taste already comes with the serious symptoms listed above, it would be best to seek emergency help.

Possible Complications Due to Metallic Taste Disorder

Depending on the underlying cause, some people may experience complications as a result of suffering from prolonged metallic taste disorder. Complications may also develop if the underlying condition is not identified and treated:

  • Depression as a result of the inability to enjoy food
  • Changes in eating habits or loss of appetite
  • Malnutrition
  • Weight loss

Because metallic taste may not be just a metallic taste but may be a more serious condition, it is best to seek medical attention: when the abnormal taste comes with others symptoms, when the metallic taste lingers even if the underlying condition is treated, or when the metallic taste is recurring. Sometimes, the underlying cause of metallic taste can be hard to identify, so it is important that you work closely with your doctor for correct diagnosis so that proper treatment can also be identified.

More About Only Child Syndrome

Posted by Suzanne Grier on July 30, 2014 in Uncategorized with Comments closed |

only child syndromeObviously, I have more than one child at home. However, I recently stumbled upon this article which raised my curiosity about the only child syndrome. I have heard about it before but I was not that curious as I am now ever since I became a mother. Many women I know are a mother of an only child. Some of them do not intend to raise an only child, while others make it their personal decision for health, financial or work reasons.

What is the only child syndrome? Does it really exist? Many mothers are most curious to know the answers to these questions.

Only Child Syndrome Definition

The definition of an only child syndrome is based on the theory that a child who does not have siblings may become maladjusted adults when they grow up. This theory was originally presented in 1896 by a psychologist named Granville Stanley Hall. Hall believed that an only child is more likely to experience relationship problems and social problems than other children who have grown up with their siblings. Also, only children may intentionally keep distance from other people because of their sense of superiority. As a result, they may become unpopular, loners and eccentric among their peers.

On the contrary, there are also experts who believe that being an only child does not necessary pose a social disadvantage. As most only child individuals develop closer bonds with their parents, this often translates to a positive influence on their lives, allowing them to later achieve high levels of success instead of the tendency to become maladjusted.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Only Child

They say that there are many disadvantages of being an only child which makes them suffer an only child syndrome. But there are a number of advantages too. One of them is that they generally get the undivided attention and love of their parents. That means that their parents can focus more on educating their only child to be the best person he or she can be. That is apart from the material things that they could enjoy as their parents will only have to provide for only one child.

On the negative side, if the parents are not able to properly discipline the child and the focus in bringing in up is more on material things, an only child can develop a number of negative traits more commonly associated with the only child syndrome such as selfishness, impatience, requiring constant attention, over dependence to parents, overly indulgent to themselves, and narcissism. More often, they are also the ones who often ask how to get over someone as they tend to be overly attached to a person and have difficulty letting them go in a relationship.

Does Only Child Syndrome Exist?

The term is already there but how a child will grow up and mature largely depends on the parents. If the parents put more attention on teaching their only child the right attitude and not mostly focus on giving material things, the child can grow up just like any other successful children. Being able to socialize with other children outside the home also plays an important role in the positive development of the child and to avoid the so-called only child syndrome.

And yes, many famous and successful people are an only child like Elvis, Frank Sinatra and Lance Armstrong.

Pancreatitis in Cats: An in Depth Look

Posted by Suzanne Grier on July 20, 2014 in Uncategorized with Comments closed |

How many of you prefer to have a cat than a dog at home? Because of the natural protective instinct of most parents, many drop the idea of getting a dog for a pet since the animal could hurt their children especially the very young ones. That is why many households with young children prefer a cat instead for their pet because cats are generally friendly with children. If you have a cat at home, perhaps you are already aware of some of the serious health conditions that can affect your pet. One of the condition is pancreatitis in cats.

The pancreas is an organ located near the stomach and the duodenum which is part of the small intestine. This organ produces insulin and pancreatic enzymes which are vital in sugar metabolism, nutrient digestion and fat absorption. Any inflammation in the pancreas could lead to acute or chronic pancreatitis.

Causes of Feline Pancreatitis

Multiple factors may contribute to pancreatitis in cats:

  • Prolonged use of certain medications including anti-cancer drugs and antibiotics
  • Having metabolic disorder like hypercalcemia where there is an abnormally high level of calcium in the blood
  • Trauma or surgery in the abdomen
  • Any condition that affects the flow of blood to the pancreas
  • Feline infections like toxoplasmosis and calicivirus
  • Any disease affecting the bile duct or small intestine
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Genetics as certain breeds like Siamese cats are more at risk of developing this condition

Symptoms of Feline Pancreatitis

  • Dehydration
  • Lethargy
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fever
  • Jaundice
  • Increased heart rate and change in breathing pattern

Treatment

Treatment methods for feline pancreatitis normally vary depending on severity. However, the goal is normally to correct dehydration, control vomiting, prevent complications, provide pain relief and provide nutritional support. They may include:

  • Supplemental fluids by intravenous or subcutaneous route to prevent electrolyte imbalance and dehydration.
  • Pain relievers such as butorphanol or meperidine to give the cat some comfort.
  • For severe vomiting, certain medications are given. In addition, the cat is normally given small meals of low-fat and easily digestible bland food until the condition improves.
  • In some cases, appetite stimulants and vitamin B12 injection are also given to cats with severe loss of appetite.
  • To aid in digestion, supplementing pancreatic enzymes are added to their food.
  • For pancreatitis caused by a certain medication, such medication is normally stopped and an alternative treatment is given.
  • For causes due to any underlying condition, such condition is treated first.
  • In rare cases, surgery may be necessary.

Pancreatitis can progress into a life-threatening condition if not recognized and treated early enough. If the condition is mild, recovery may be fast. However, mild pancreatitis can easily progress to acute pancreatitis in a short period of time if no treatment is given.

Aside from pancreatitis, there are many other conditions that can affect your cat, from minor problems such as roundworms in cats to cancer. Knowing what these conditions are and how to prevent them allows you to help your cat stay healthy.

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