Introduction to 4 Types of Severe Acne

Posted by Suzanne Grier on July 2, 2014 in Uncategorized with Comments closed |

Acne is something that scares many people including me. During my teens, I had a few classmates who already started developing acne and it has affected them in some ways. That is when I started becoming more conscious about taking care of my skin to prevent acne.

Many of you parents may already have children in their puberty or teen stage. This is the time when a lot of changes may happen and also the time when acne may start showing up. Acne may develop in several parts of the body, but the most common are face acne, scalp acne and back acne. Severe cases of acne normally leave blemishes on the skin, causing a person to become socially unconfident especially if the acne grows in conspicuous areas like the face. As parents, you can better help your children deal with this problem if you have some background knowledge about the different types of severe acne and their treatment options.

Acne Conglobata

This type of acne is considered to be a more severe and chronic form of acne vulgaris. It is characterized by having deep abscesses on the skin, accompanied by inflammation, scarring and severe damage. Blackheads are also obvious and often occur on the face, trunk, upper arms and neck. The inflammatory nodules of acne conglobate normally develop around blackheads and they gradually increase in size, discharging pus when they break. After breaking in, deep ulcers may occur under the nodules, which later on may form into deeply ulcerated nodules and the formation of keloid-type scars.

Acne conglobata is more common among males than females and it normally starts appearing by age 18 to 30 or older.

Treatment

The usual treatment for acne conglobate is isotretinoin. Your doctor may also recommend taking antibiotics to prevent infection. The treatment process for this condition is normally divided into several courses over several years. Because of its tendency to recur, patients are advised to have regular checkups with their dermatologists.

Acne Fulminans

Acne fulminans are highly destructive inflammatory acne, which normally come with fever and aching joints when they develop. They could form after a patient had an unsuccessful treatment for other severe types of acne such as acne conglobata.

Treatment

NSAIDs and corticosteroids are normally given to acne fulminans sufferers to reduce the inflammation. However, as this type of acne has the tendency to recur, a long-term treatment involving the use of isotretinoin may be required for some patients.

Nodulocystic Acne

Also known as nodular acne, nodulocystic acne comes with painful cysts that may occur singly or in a group over the face, scalp, neck, chest, back and shoulders. These cysts are not really true cysts; instead, they are abnormal dilatation of the skin structure due to the inflammation, giving them their cyst-like appearance. If the cysts are filled with thick and yellow fluid, it can be a sign of inflammation and infection. In such case, do not attempt to drain the cyst as it should be done by a professional under sterile conditions.

Treatment

Nodulocystic can be treated by a regimen of aggressive treatment involving the use of antibiotics, isotretinoin or intralesional corticosteroids to melt the cysts. For bigger cysts that do not respond to the usual treatment, surgical excision may be needed.

Gram-negative folliculitis

This type of acne involves an inflammation of the follicles due to bacterial infection. It normally develops among patients who receive antibiotics as treatment for other types of acne.

Treatment

Antibiotics and isotretinoin are normally used to treat this condition.

It is important to note that severe types of acne may be face-disfiguring if not given enough attention as early as possible. They may also require years of treatment before any improvement can be seen. To avoid developing severe types of acne, it would be best to see your dermatologist for any case of acne.

A Guide to Foot Sprain

Posted by Suzanne Grier on June 21, 2014 in Uncategorized with Comments closed |

If you have small children, you can understand how accidents may happen anytime especially during playing time. And when there are accidents, you can expect someone to get bruised in some part of the body. However, aside from bruises, another condition that might affect children is foot sprain which results from a sudden or abnormal twisting and bending of the feet such as while running. Aside from children, foot sprains are also more common among athletes.

Just like having a sinus tarsi syndrome, having a sprained foot can be really painful, causing much discomfort among sufferers. It can even make walking more difficult, depending on the severity of your condition. Sprains can be classified based on severity:

Grade I – This case of sprain is fairly mild, characterized by microscopic tears in the ligaments.

Grade II – Considered to be a moderate sprain, it is a condition when the ligaments become severely stretched and partially torn.

Grade III – Severe sprain happens when the ligaments become completely torn, causing the affected foot to be unstable and incapable of holding body weight, and making standing and walking a challenge.

Symptoms

A number of conditions can affect the foot and knowing the symptoms of foot sprain can help you identify this problem when they occur. Aside from the pain, you may also notice some localized bruising with bluish or black discoloration. The affected area may also become tender and swollen. If your foot sprain is just mild to moderate, your symptoms may heal after just a few weeks, while severe sprains may take several months to completely heal.

Treatment

Initial treatment for sprains normally involves the RICE technique:

Rest – Rest your affected foot by not doing any activity that can put pressure on it.

Ice – Apply an ice pack on the affected area for about 15 minutes for several times a day to reduce pain and swelling.

Compress – Put an elastic bandage to compress the swelling.

Elevate – Elevate the injured area as much as you can.

If the pain or swelling becomes unbearable which is normally the case for severe sprains, your doctor may recommend taking over-the-counter medication for pain or a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug to ease the swelling.

For severe sprains affecting the mid-foot, your doctor may also immobilize your foot by using a cast to prevent your condition from worsening. In this case, you may be advised to rest from your regular routine for several weeks until your condition improves. You may also need to undergo a program to rehabilitate and strengthen your feet before you could go back to your normal activities.

When to Call a Doctor

Ordinary sprains can be remedied at home without needing a doctor’s attention. However, when your sprain is causing you too much pain and it is also associated with bruising or swelling, you need to have it checked. Also, call a doctor for pain that does not subside for more than two days.

Most cases of sprains heal overtime, especially for people including children who do not get involved in high-risk activities that may result in the twisting and bending of their feet. But if it happens to you or someone else, you already would know what to do.

Rabbits as Pets for Children

Posted by Suzanne Grier on June 6, 2014 in Uncategorized with Comments closed |

Aside from cats and dogs, rabbits are also a popular pet among children. When I was still a child, I remember asking my parents to have a pet rabbit as well. And now that I am also a parent, I expect that one day my twins will also ask me that same thing.

I am reluctant about having a rabbit as a pet as opposed to having a dog or a cat. According to a friend of mine who owns a rabbit and a cat, the latter needs more attention and care. Their pet easily gets depressed when left on its own without everyday bonding time, unlike cats which you can just leave on their own. Aside from pellets, rabbits also need to be fed with hay and grass which can be difficult to find if you are living in the city. And while cats can literally sleep anywhere, rabbits need a clean and dark space for sleeping.

Rabbits may be demanding as pets but you may also find them to be entertaining and comforting to be around the house. They are quiet and gentle on children. That is why many parents prefer them over dogs or cats as pets.

If you are considering having a rabbit as a pet, here are some popular bunny breeds that you could choose from:

1. Lionhead

Lionhead bunnies originated in Belgium and are a crossbreed between a Swiss Fox and a Belgian Dwarf. They are notable for their lion-like appearance due to their long mane surrounding their small head. They are a small breed of rabbits with long ears and small legs. They could weigh up to about four pounds. They are also available in different colors including shades of white, brown and gray.

2. Sussex

Sussex bunnies are a fairly new breed but have already gained in popularity among pet lovers because of their teddy-bear appearance and gentle and sweet character. They share a similar nature with Labrador dogs because of their outgoing and friendly character. They make an excellent pet for children.

3. Dutch

If you like a smaller breed, Dutch can be a good option for you. They only grow to about five pounds. They are fun-loving, easy going and sweet. They are also noticeable for their relatively big eyes.

4. Palomino

Palomino is a popular show rabbit which also makes an excellent pet. Rabbits of this breed generally have a docile personality and are very teachable. They are also known for their good temperament and are well-suited around small children. They are also easy to get along with.

5. Himalayan

Himalayan rabbits are a small breed popular among pet owners and children because of their generally calm and friendly characteristics. They are playful, sociable and intelligent animals. They are very tolerant with children and they like to be cuddled. They rarely scratch or bite.

These breeds of rabbits make a good house pet especially for households with children. If you are planning to own a pet rabbit exclusively as a pet and not for breeding, the best option is to get a buck or male rabbit than a doe or female rabbit. Female rabbits start nesting when they get older and tend to dig at anything as they become territorial. You will not encounter this problem with male rabbits.

Causes and Treatment for Itchy Underarm

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

Many people have experienced having an itchy underarm at some point in their life myself included. And if you have not yet experienced this problem, believe me, it is something you don’t wish to have especially when you are in a public place. If not treated, the itchiness can become unbearable and uncomfortable, causing embarrassment to the person. However, you can only treat this condition once the exact cause is diagnosed.

There are different factors that can cause itchy armpits. Among them are lack of hygiene, yeast infection, heat rashes, allergies, insect bites, trauma and other skin problems. It may also arise from an ingrown hair as a result of shaving. Most of these causes are just mild and should not be a cause for worries. However, your doctor should check the itching if it comes suddenly or is severe.

Food allergies may come suddenly and the itchiness is normally severe causing the patient to have a strong urge to scratch. In this case, the itchiness may be a symptom of a more serious anaphylactic reaction which can impair breathing and causes the patient to experience fainting, vomiting and swelling. Sudden itching can also be a symptom of anaphylaxis which is a life-threatening condition resulting from allergic reaction to chemicals, insect stings or food. Immediate medical attention is needed especially if the patient also experiences constriction in the throat, swelling of the face, difficulty in breathing, fainting, and loss of consciousness or alertness.

For severe itching, one of the more serious causes is obstructive biliary disease which is a blockage in the bile ducts. Chronic kidney disease may also cause itchiness all over the body including the underarm.

Most of the cases of underarm itchiness are caused by an underlying condition and this underlying condition must be determined first before proper treatment could be imposed.

Underarm itching caused by lack of hygiene can be easily remedied by practicing good personal hygiene as well as with the use of antibacterial soap. If it is caused by a minor allergic reaction, the best remedy is to avoid irritants. For people who are allergic to their deodorant, changing to a milder and more natural product is oftentimes the best solution. For other mild causes such as heat rashes and yeast infection, they are normally treated with the use of topical ointment or lotion. However, for itching that is caused by serious underlying conditions, the underlying conditions are normally treated first and the itchiness normally goes away after that condition has been treated.

Any condition affecting your arm and armpit should never be ignored because they may be caused by a more serious condition. For instance, if you have pain in right arm that will not go away after several weeks, you should consult your doctor because you may be suffering from a serious bone problem. The same is true for pain or itchiness in the underarm. You may think that it is just a simply itch but it may also be a symptom of a more serious health condition. As I often tell my husband, it is always best to be proactive when it comes to taking care of your health.

These Six Potty Training Tips May Be All You Need

Posted by Suzanne Grier on November 1, 2013 in Uncategorized with Comments closed |

These Six Potty Training Tips May Be All You Need

Patience Is a Virtue

There are any number of potty training tips you might find to be useful, but one tip stands out above all others, and that is to be patient. Potty training is one of those things you would like to have complete control over, but you don’t. It’s usually the child who decides when it’s time to start using the pot or the toilet. Where potty training tips come in handy however is when they suggest ways in which you can help your child to make that decision. Parents don’t want their kids to be going to school while still wearing diapers. The good news is that their kids don’t want that either.

Potty training receives its fair share of attention. Scholarly papers, or at least somewhat serious papers, have been written on the subject. A good many of these papers address the needs of the parents as much as they do the needs of the children. Once the child begins to understand what he or she is on the potty for, things tend to go smoothly. Once that happens, the next big obstacle is usually wiping.

Punishment Is a No-No

If patience deserves to be at the top of the list of potty training tips, second on the list has to do with punishment. Punishment has no place in potty training. You need to make the child understand what is expected of him or her, which can be a challenge at times. Using the potty is something that is learned more than it is taught, and much of the learning the child is going to do for itself. Punishment is wrong because there is really nothing to punish the child for. Some children are slower learners than others, and one of the worst things you can do to a child is punishing him/her for being a slow learner.

Rewards Can be Controversial

Rewards work, although giving rewards can be controversial. There are those who are of the opinion that a person should not be rewarded for doing something they should be doing anyway. That’s good advice if that someone is an adult, but it doesn’t make much sense for a two year old who is in the midst of a learning process. Another objection to the reward system, and one that has some merit, is giving the child candy every time it does something right. The objection isn’t about rewarding; it’s about giving toddlers too much in the way of sweets. This is of course something for the parent to decide. If your child would rather have a carrot stick than a few M&Ms for a reward, you’re one of the lucky ones.

Giving Your Undivided Attention Works Best

Since you know that punishment is inappropriate and you’re not to certain about the reward system, what are the alternatives? There’s at least one. Give the child your undivided attention. Don’t place the kid on the pot and go away to do something else, at least while the child is still learning why he or she is there. Spend some time giving the child positive reinforcement, and show it how proud it makes you when it’s done well. Experts on the subject will tell you to avoid rewards or gimmicks and let the child learn naturally. Learning to do what has to be done naturally seems to work as well if not better than any other approach, and it doesn’t take any longer.

Routine Is Important

Another of the more useful and important potty training tips is to establish a routine. If you’ve ever house-trained a puppy you may remember one of the established routines was that the puppy would take you outside every half hour or so even when it was windy, raining, of freezing. In the latter instance the puppy would always seem to take its time. You might also recall that the routine didn’t last forever. The trips became less and less frequent, and eventually the dog would let you know when it was time to go and not the other way around. It’s somewhat the same with potty training. You need to make an effort to set up a routine, one that both parents and the child are going to be stuck with for awhile, but not one that is going to last forever. If your child is an average child you may only have to put up with the routine for a week or so. But whose child is average?

Go Naked

A final tip has to do with running around naked. This applies to the children and not to the parents. When children are ready to learn to use the potty they tend to learn faster if they aren’t wearing diapers all of the time. It seems that toddlers, once that start being trained will be more willing to use the pot or the toilet if they are allowed to run around sans clothing for awhile, especially before bedtime. They also seem less inclined to have accidents, which may require a leap of faith on the parent’s part. It’s worth a try anyway.

Overview on Kidney Stones

Posted by Suzanne Grier on May 21, 2014 in Uncategorized with Comments closed |

Just recently, I have been suffering from a painful back. Some of my friends who heard of my condition suggested that I may be suffering from kidney stones. As much as I would like to know what really is causing the pain, I researched more about kidney stones and thought that I should also share them to you as this condition is really common, affecting about ten percent of Americans.

A lot of people like me are curious about what do kidney stones feel like when they pass. I often hear stories about how painful it can be once the stones start to pass,

and they normally occur without warning. You could feel the pain in your back just below the ribcage or in your side. Sometimes, the pain travels downward to the genital area, causing the patient to feel an intense urge to urinate. Urinating can also be painful. The pain may come and go as most patients experience feeling better before another pain attack.

Aside from the pain, there are other symptoms that are associated with kidney stones. These include nausea, vomiting and blood in the urine. But one symptom to watch out for is fever, because fever indicates that you may already be suffering from an infection aside from kidney stones. When fever occurs, see your healthcare provider immediately as it is a life-threatening condition that must be treated at the soonest time possible. Aside from fever, there are also other possible life-threatening conditions that may result from having kidney stones. You should also see your doctor immediately even if the pain is not so severe, if you are already chilling, if you have only one kidney, if you stop urinating, if you experience fatigue or confusion, or if you develop severe vomiting or nausea.

There are different ways on how to manage kidney stones depending on their size. Smaller stones can be passed by taking certain medications which will also keep the patient as comfortable as possible as the stones pass naturally. Passing of stones may take several days or weeks. But medications cannot pass larger stones. In such cases, surgery is often the best or only solution.

If you are like me who have doubts whether or not you may have kidney stones, seeing your doctor is your best course of action. That way, your doctor can help manage the pain and assess if your stones can be passed by taking medications or by surgery. However, if you have not yet experienced any of these symptoms, you could prevent having kidney stones by knowing their possible causes.

According to doctors, dehydration is the most likely cause of kidney stones among working adults. Urine is a solution that can dissolve stone-forming particles. But if a person is dehydrated, his urine is no longer capable of dissolving as much particles. And this is when stone crystals start to form. A person’s diet also contributes to the risk of developing kidney stones.

I’m so glad that my pain is not because of kidney stones. But still, prevention is better than cure. If you like to avoid kidney stones, always stay hydrated and stay away from salty foods which can put you at risk of developing kidney stones. You could seek advice from your doctor as to what type of diet is most suitable for you.

ENFJ and INFJ as Parents

Posted by Suzanne Grier on May 4, 2014 in Uncategorized with Comments closed |

Recently, I have been curious about my personality type as a parent because I have read an article about the various personality types that are ideal for parenthood. I must admit that I am not a perfect mother that I should be, but am striving to be the best mom to my twins. I have not taken my personality test yet but I love to develop the personalities of ENFJ and INFJ parents.

ENFJ as parents

According to the Myers and Briggs personality type indicator, ENFJs are responsible, empathetic and warm individuals. Although they just represent approximately two percent of all people, their influence in society is noticeable. They are part of the Diplomats group and are often seen in the forefront of politics and other social activities. Among the popular ENFJ personalities are Abraham Lincoln and Barack Obama.

ENFJ relationships to their children are greatly influenced by their warm and caring attitude. They are generally inspiring and dedicated parents, always looking after the welfare of their children. They are the type of parents who strive to instill strong values to their children so that they will grow into becoming responsible adults. ENFJ parents normally set high standards for their children, always encouraging them to do their best at all times. At the same time, they also let their children enjoy life.

While some see ENFJ parents as disciplinarians and perfectionists, they are not. In fact, they are known to be nurturing and caring parents. They like to shower their children with warmth and love and always try their best to create a safer environment for them. Although sometimes ENFJ parents can become manipulative, their genuine sense of humor, warmth and caring personality make the biggest impact on their children.

For me, ENFJ parenting is especially effective when the children are still young. A good foundation during childhood normally produces more responsible children.

INFJ as Parents

While you would think that ENFJs are rare at only two percent of this world’s population, even rarer are the INFJs who are estimated to be only one percent of the total population. They are known for being quiet yet strongly opinionated especially when it comes to something they believe in. These people are drawn toward helping others. They are normally seen at work in disaster areas, rescue efforts, charitable works and in other areas where help is needed. They see helping others as their ultimate purpose in life. You can still see this type of personality in INFJ relationships with their children.

INFJ are compassionate and dedicated parents. They always encourage their children to be like they are, fighting and believing for the cause that they live in, while not forcing their children to be fanatical about a certain stand. Instead, they encourage their children to think on their own and take responsibility for all their actions.

One of the best things about INFJ parents is that they will do anything for their children no matter how difficult or dangerous it may be. And they will do it with optimism. However, they can also be demanding and manipulative to their children. More often, if their principles are violated, they can react very negatively. And they may find it hard to recover once their child rebels against them.

There are many inspiring and likeable traits of ENFJ and INFJ that I would like to develop as a parent. I hope that these personalities can help me become a better parent.

5 Ways to Keep your Dog Healthy

Posted by Suzanne Grier on April 22, 2014 in Uncategorized with Comments closed |

A dog is one of the most common pets in every household. For one, I also love dogs. And I know of many families who also own dogs. Many pet owners consider them as part of the family.

 

 

Dogs are also like humans. They may also suffer from health problems like heat problems, skin problems, kidney problems and others. And just like humans, there are ways on how they can prevent or avoid these problems and maintain overall wellness.

1. Encourage regular exercise.

Dogs also need regular exercise to stay physically fit. The amount of exercise they need normally varies depending on their breed. Bigger breeds or those that are originally raised for strenuous activities like hunting need more exercise such as running for several hours a day. Smaller breeds, on the other hand, especially lap dogs, are more ideal for daily walking. Apart from running and walking, outdoor playing may also serve as a form of exercise.

2. Keep your dog on a healthy diet.

Your dog may also become overweight and be at risk of numerous diseases if you are not careful about what you are feeding it. Aside from dog food, you may also supplement your food’s diet with fruits and vegetables. I have heard some dog owners asking can dogs eat bananas. I don’t think there is anything wrong with feeding dogs with bananas or other fruits unless they are allergic to it. Fish oil for dogs is also a good supplement that you could try for your pet. It is known to contain DHA and EPA omega-3 fatty acids which help reduce inflammation, promote better skin and reduce the risk of your dog from developing arthritis, allergies, inflammatory bowel disease and other health conditions.

3. Perform regular grooming.

Your dog’s hair or coat needs to be regularly brushed or trimmed to prevent matting. Your dog’s nails also need to be regularly cut and the ears cleaned to avoid infections. These tasks are very easy to do and you could personally do them at home. However, you may also take your dog to a dog salon for professional grooming.

4. Avoid exposure to chemicals.

A significant number of dogs die because of tasting leaked chemicals in the driveway or pesticides and other chemicals that owners apply in their lawn. You don’t want this to happen to your dog. So in case you are changing oil or adding Freon to your air conditioner, be sure that there are no residues left in the driveway. Also, avoid applying any chemicals in your lawn. But if you have to, keep your dog on a leash to avoid exposure.

5. Do a regular checkup.

Whatever serious diseases your dog may have, a yearly checkup can help detect them earlier so that appropriate treatment could be applied. So even if your dog is feeling good, it is best to have it checked by a veterinarian at least once a year.

If you have a dog as a member of your family, keep them healthy by observing the five ways I mentioned above.

Kids’ Printable Activities: Fun and Easy Ideas for Pre-Schoolers

Posted by Suzanne Grier on November 6, 2013 in Uncategorized with Comments closed |

Kids’ Printable Activities: Fun and Easy Ideas for Pre-Schoolers

Kids’ printable activities seem to be vastly underrated. In order to save a parent’s sanity, it isn’t uncommon for a child to be plopped down in front of the television or sat snugly on a sofa watching Netflix on a tablet. These tasks are definitely a great way for mom and dad to snag some quiet time, but they probably shouldn’t be relied on as a babysitter stand-in or compensation for at-home learning. For kids, printable activities can be a wonderful way to not only provide entertainment but to also encourage the development and use of intellectual and fine motor skills. Some activities can also serve as a great opportunity for parents to spend quality time with their children.

Where to Find Kids’ Printable Activities

Kids’ printable activities can be found all over the internet and the best part is that most of them are free! Although one could certainly spend $10 for a kids’ workbook that will probably be completed in a matter of weeks, the alternative of a free printable resource offers a cheap source for parents that is virtually never ending. For parents who want to jump to a specific activity, such as a Dora coloring page, then the easiest method would simply be to do an image search for the specific item. If it’s near Christmas, search for “Dora Christmas coloring page,” or if Valentine’s Day is approaching then search for “Dora Valentine card.” The benefit of using an image search, such as Google Images or Bing Images, is that the parent can instantly preview many images on the screen at once which allows them to get in, find what they’re looking for, and print the activity.

Many popular children’s networks also have a wealth of printable activities on their respective websites. Nick Jr., Nickelodeon, PBS Kids, Disney Junior, and Leap Frog offer free kids’ printable activities on their websites. For parents who need to visit often, simply bookmark the most relevant pages and check back regularly for updated content. Pinterest is another great resource for printable activities as well as cheap and easy DIY activities for parents and children.

 

 

Types of Activities

There are many different types of printable activities that parents can choose from. Typical coloring pages, color or paint by number, connect-the-dots, puzzles, mazes, and word searches are just a few of the activities that parents can search for. There are also more involved craft activities, such as masks, hanging decorations, ornaments, books, cut-outs, memory games, and pumpkin-carving templates. Depending on the child’s interests and age, he or she may find more enjoyment in some activities than others.

Appealing to a Child’s Interests

In order for the child to willingly participate in the activity, it should be something that appeals to his or her interests. If the child is crazy about Yo Gabba Gabba or Scooby Doo then consider doing a search for activities that involve these characters. For children who fall into the pre-school category, it is important to provide them with activities that will prepare them for kindergarten. Activities that emphasize numbers and counting, alphabet recognition, colors, shapes, and spelling (primarily his or her own name) are great items on which to concentrate. If the child is interested in animals then the parents might try searching for activities that contain pictures of animals. Children who like dinosaurs or princess may also be more likely to participate in an activity if it has something to do with that particular interest. As an alternative, consider offering the child a sticker with his or her favorite character or special interest as a reward for a job well-done.

Focus on Areas Needing Improvement

Over time, parents will begin to notice that their children have mastered certain areas of learning while others seem to be sluggish in producing progress. It could simply be that the child has primarily been exposed to a few particular areas of learning and has simply lacked the opportunity to learn more about other areas. For instance, a child who has mostly engaged in activities involving numbers and letters might have a difficult time with shape recognition. In this case, the parents might try focusing on kids’ printable activities that will encourage the child to concentrate on this particular area.

Parents can even print a large-scale copy of the child’s name which can be used as a tracing tool. This can be done on any word processing software. Alternatively, one might simply do an internet search for printable name tracing sheets which provide the dotted or “traceable” text on a child-friendly guided background. Many websites will allow parents to enter in whatever text they like to be printed in this format, so once the child has mastered his or her first and last names, they can move on to other beginner words like mom, dad, cat, dog, run, etc.

Kids’ printable activities are great for keeping a child occupied when mom and dad need a mid-day break, but they can also be used as an invaluable learning tool. The initial hunt for good printable resources may seem overwhelming but there are tons of fantastic resources within easy reach. After browsing a few well-stocked websites parents will find a few favorites that can be bookmarked and used on a regular basis.

 

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Natural Remedies for Bronchitis

Posted by Suzanne Grier on February 20, 2014 in Uncategorized |

Having a sick member of the family especially children is something every mom would like to avoid from happening. However, sicknesses can strike anytime and anywhere. And when it happens, the options available are to take medications or administer natural remedies. In our family, I prefer to use natural remedies than give my family medications. I have read a lot of articles in the past about the side effects of certain medications and they are what I am trying to avoid.

One of the serious health problems that can affect children or adults is bronchitis. Bronchitis results from an infection or inflammation in the bronchial tube linings. Symptoms may include wheezing, chest tightness and persistent coughing. Many people often confuse bronchitis for pneumonia because they share a lot of similar symptoms. However, if you will compare the seriousness of bronchitis vs pneumonia, the latter is a more serious condition. But there are also several noticeable differences in symptoms such as cough with mucus from the lungs, high fever, faster heart rate, and faster breathings.

One of the best ways to diagnose bronchitis is through a medical checkup and a series of test. Once diagnosed, your doctor will then recommend medications to treat the condition. However, there are also natural bronchitis remedies that you could use to alleviate the symptoms:

  • Oregano oil – When antibiotics for bronchitis do not anymore work for you, you may want to use oregano oil which is considered to be one of the best natural antibiotics. It has an active ingredient called carvacrol which has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties that can ease the congestion in the chest and help treat this disease. The standard dosage for oregano oil is 250 milligrams of capsule twice a day or about five drops of pure oregano oil in four ounces of water twice per day.
  • Eucalyptus oil – Another natural remedy for bronchitis is eucalyptus oil which can help open up the inflamed airways and help the patient breathe properly. But this oil is not meant to be taken orally. You have to put about five drops of this oil in a hot bath and then the patient should breathe in the steam to alleviate chest congestion.
  • Garlic – The main compound found in garlic called allicin has powerful antibacterial and antiviral properties. For best results, you could crush one clove of garlic and then mix it into raw honey. Swallow it immediately. You could do it twice a day until your symptoms subside. You may also substitute garlic for organic onion.
  • Thyme – A German study found out that thyme may reduce coughing due to bronchitis by up to 60 percent. You could add two teaspoons of thyme in boiling water to make a tea and drink it twice a day. Doing so can open up the airways and speed up healing.

Bronchitis is a condition that can affect our families.  Although there are natural remedies for this disease, it is still necessary to consult your doctor for advice. Inform your doctor of your plans to take natural remedies before starting it.

 

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