Through Baby Safety Month, September is a time to celebrate your baby and keep them safe. There are so many ways to baby-proof your home or take precautions with your kids, and here are a few ideas: Falls are the leading cause of non-fatal injuries for all young children. Every day in the U.S., approximately 8,000 children are treated in the emergency room for fall-related injuries. What Can You Do? The best way to prevent injury is direct supervision- watch, listen and stay close to your child. Strap in for Safety Child safety devices, like safety belts and straps, should always be used when available. Straps, safety belts, and harnesses on baby gear reduce the risk of infant fall injuries. Whether it's in the home or on the go, learn how to properly use straps on a variety of products and the importance of correctly using them EVERY time in order to keep baby safe. Baby Safety Month September is Baby Safety Month. Baby Safety Month started in 1983. In 1986, it was extended to a week-long celebration, until 1991, when JPMA sponsored the first “Baby Safety Awareness Month.” Since then, every September has been designated as Baby Safety Month.
Blood cancer comes in a few different forms. There are three main groups of blood cancer including, leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma. Each type affecting the blood, bone marrow and lymphatic system. Leukaemia Leukaemia affects your white blood cells, made in your bone marrow. Leukaemia patients produce an abnormal number of immature white blood cells which ‘clog up’ your bone marrow and stop it making other blood cells vital for a balanced immune system and healthy blood. Acute leukemia comes on suddenly, progresses quickly and needs to be treated urgently. Chronic leukemia develops more slowly, over months or years. Lymphoma Lymphoma is a type of blood cancer that affects your lymphatic system. If you have lymphoma it means you make too many lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell. Your lymphocytes also live longer than they should. This overload compromises your immune system. Lymphoma can develop in many parts of your body, including your lymph nodes, bone marrow, blood, spleen and other organs. Myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) The myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) are a group of blood disorders where a person’s bone marrow is not producing the correct amount and quality of blood cells. Red, white and platelet cells can be affected. Symptoms make you very tired, weak and bleed or bruise more easily. There are different levels of severity of MDS; it’s not a type of leukaemia but can sometimes lead to acute myeloid leukaemia. MDS is rare – about 4 in every 100,000 people get MDS. It mainly affects older people, and is more common in people over 70 years old. September is Blood Cancer awareness month. If you have questions about blood cancers, ask your doctor for more information.
Alzheimer's Disease... Your mind is such an important part of your being. Many Americans often start losing their memory and all too common suffer from Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer's disease is a progressive disease that destroys memory and other important mental functions. At first, someone with Alzheimer's disease may notice mild confusion and difficulty remembering. Eventually, people with the disease may even forget important people in their lives and undergo dramatic personality changes. Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia — a group of brain disorders that cause the loss of intellectual and social skills. In Alzheimer's disease, the brain cells degenerate and die, causing a steady decline in memory and mental function. Current Alzheimer's disease medications and management strategies may temporarily improve symptoms. This can sometimes help people with Alzheimer's disease maximize function and maintain independence for a little while longer. But because there's no cure for Alzheimer's disease, it's important to seek supportive services and tap into your support network as early as possible. Starting to feel a difference in your memory and have additional questions about Alzheimer's disease? Make sure to talk to your doctor.
Kids don't always listen when parents tell them to wash their hands before eating, after using the bathroom, or when they come inside from playing - especially in the ball pits that we’ve all heard so much about. But it's a message worth repeating — hand washing is by far the best way to keep kids from getting sick and prevent the spread of germs. Germs spread in many ways, including through touching dirty hands. They can spread by:
- touching dirty hands
- changing dirty diapers
- through contaminated water and food
- through droplets in the air released during a cough or sneeze
- on contaminated surfaces
- through contact with a sick person's body fluids
- Wash your hands in warm water. Make sure the water isn't too hot for little hands.
- Use soap and lather up for about 20 seconds (antibacterial soap isn't necessary — any soap will do).
- Make sure you get in between the fingers and under the nails where germs like to hang out. And don't forget the wrists!
- Rinse and dry well with a clean towel.
Have you ever heard of Gastroparesis? I’m sure your guess consists of something related to the gut, but it is actually a condition that affects the normal spontaneous movement of the muscles (motility) in your stomach. Generally, strong muscular contractions propel food through your digestive tract. But, if you have gastroparesis, your stomach's motility is slowed down or doesn't work at all, preventing your stomach from emptying properly. Gastroparesis is sometimes treated with medications, such as opioid pain relievers, some antidepressants, and high blood pressure and allergy medications, and can lead to slow gastric emptying or cause similar symptoms. For people who already have gastroparesis, these medications may make their condition worse. Gastroparesis can interfere with normal digestion, cause nausea and vomiting, and cause problems with blood sugar levels and nutrition. The cause of gastroparesis is usually unknown. Sometimes it's a complication of diabetes, and some people develop gastroparesis after surgery. Although there's no cure for gastroparesis, changes to your diet, along with medication, can offer some relief. If you feel that you may have Gastroparesis or a similar condition, call us today and make an appointment to see your doctor.