Naturally Beneficial: Breastfeeding Still Healthiest Choice for Baby
Good job, moms! The latest statistics from the Centers for Disease Control show that four out of five (83.2 percent) infants born in 2015 started out breastfeeding and over half (57.6 percent) were still breastfeeding at six months.
It’s true what they say about kids - they do grow up fast. In a brief span of time, babies learn to walk, talk, eat, play and interact with others. Meanwhile, the body develops seemingly at warp speed. Never again will your little one undergo so many changes in such a short amount of time. Think of well-child visits as essential pit stops on this momentous journey. Usually parents are reminded as these are the times at which immunizations are given, but there’s much more. With each visit, you and your care provider will track and discuss your child’s physical, cognitive, emotional and social growth - and address any issues as they develop.
he dictionary definition of ergonomics is “designing a job to fit the worker so the work is safer, more efficient, and more productive”. These same principles are important in every part of our lives! People come in different shapes and sizes - if you have needed to adjust the seat and mirrors getting into a vehicle (after another driver) you have applied ergonomic principles.
Everywhere you go you see people on their phones, iPads, iPods, laptops, watches, or whatever they choose to use to connect to others through social media. Connecting to others is a healthy and vital activity plus social media has been proven to release dopamine in the brain. Dopamine is known as the “happy hormone” which is responsible for our feelings of pleasure and it motivates us to do more of what we love. Sounds all good, right? Well, there are many studies out there which talk about the negative effects on mental and physical health from engaging in social media. Feelings of isolation, jealousy, envy, sadness, and low self-esteem can stem from comparing ourselves to others. Sitting for long periods of time is linked to conditions such as obesity, heart disease, diabetes, cancers, breathing problems, digestive problems and other diseases. By sitting for more than two hours at a time, you increase your risk in higher blood pressure, higher levels of blood sugars, excess body fat, higher cholesterol levels, ulcers, and the list goes on and on.
No matter which sport your teen plays; soccer, football, baseball, track, ect., the need for sports physicals is right around the corner and is an important part of returning to school. Anyone participating in school activities usually needs a pre-participation clearance from a licensed medical professional.
Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is a rare genetic disease that is found in about 30,000 people in the U.S. and 70,000 individuals worldwide. This disorder affects the lungs, sinuses and digestive system. The disease causes the body to produce an abnormally thick mucus that clogs the lungs, airways, and blocks necessary digestive enzymes from reaching the intestines. This makes infections and permanent lung damage more likely to develop and causes difficulty in breathing.
Almost everyone can relate to a restless night of sleep and have experienced the unpleasant next day consequences. Fortunately, most people experience sleepless nights less frequently. For many individuals, a sleepless night can often be associated with a stressful period in their life and can easily be connected to why sleep was affected in the first place. Sleeping better after losing sleep for a night or two, feels refreshing and represents a return to normal sleep.
Why are so many vaccines given at once and is this dangerous?
Each vaccine contains a very small particle or antigen from a specific virus or bacteria. We know that germs are all around us. A simple outing to the store, church, or park can expose a child to more antigens than they get in the entire vaccine series. Plus, the antigens in vaccines are purified and processed to be as small as possible while still triggering a strong protective response.