The joys of motherhood and breastfeeding

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Motherhood is an amazing feeling and I am sure even those who have experienced it cannot accurately describe the joys associated with this period in their life. However, it can be equally challenging at the same time. I see so many of my friends trying to figure out things which appear simple but once you get into it, everything has to be done in a particular way and at a particular time. Take breastfeeding for example; it appears to be the simplest thing in the world when you look at a mother feeding her child, but it is quite the opposite. Breastfeeding is an art that needs to be perfected and some women have a much harder time than others. I have seen many acquaintances who gave up breastfeeding because their baby simply wouldn’t latch on.  Then again, even if you get the baby to latch on to the breast properly, there are many other things you have to worry about. For instance, you need to know what foods to avoid while breastfeeding. One of my friends thought you did not have to worry about what you ate while you were breastfeeding, but she soon found out how wrong she was. The most important thing you need to keep in mind is that when you eat something, its effects are transmitted to the baby. I know so many moms who eat stuff that makes them gassy and in turn makes the baby gassy. So, when you are breastfeeding, stay clear of vegetables like broccoli, beans, lentils and fizzy drinks. The healthier you eat, the better it is for your baby.

 

Another common problem a lot of women face is when they try to stop breastfeeding. Many babies do not want to wean and they refuse to take the bottle. The trick is to know how to stop breastfeeding the proper way so that the baby does not suffer. The best way to go about it is to read as much as possible and be informed. My sister read every source she could find on the topic ‘how to stop breastfeeding’ and the information she found was extremely helpful. One of the most important things is to introduce bottle feeding as soon as possible, so that your baby becomes used to taking both. If you keep him or her only on breast milk, the weaning process will be much more difficult. One also needs to make sure that the weaning process is gradual since doing it at once will confuse the baby and make it harder for him to adjust.

Every mother will have a different experience with her baby, but when you read about what others have gone through, you are able to make an informed decision at every step and make sure that you are providing your baby the best of everything. I find that blogs are a great way to share experiences and learn more about others’ experiences. Even though it is hard to write on regular basis with a fulltime job and two adorable jobs to take care of, I try my best to share my knowledge on a variety of subjects with my readers.

 

Amazing home remedies for tooth pain relief

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toothacheTooth pain can be excruciating and for someone like me, who has a low threshold of pain, living with toothache can be difficult. All my life, I have been prone to toothache or gum pain and had to suffer a lot since medicines took their time to start working. During those times, a painkiller used to be my only option for tooth pain relief. If you have ever suffered from prolonged tooth ache, you must know that it is almost often accompanied by gum pain. Sometimes this pain can get so severe that you find it difficult to carry on your day to day tasks. Being in administration, my job can sometimes be very demanding and I have to make sure that my toothache remains under control if I have to perform my job properly. Toothache is usually caused by an infection or any other underlying problem which needs to be addressed as soon as possible.

Last week, I started feeling a little bit of gum pain, which I thought would go away in a little while. However, a day later, my tooth began to ache a lot and I still kept putting off going to the dentists. I have always been afraid of going to a dentist so I try to avoid it for as long as possible. The price I had to pay for my negligence was that I woke up with excruciating gum pain on Saturday night. By that time, I knew that I had waited too long as no doctor would be available to see me for toothache in the middle of the night. Desperate for immediate tooth pain relief, I called my friend Brandon, who knows many home remedies for a number of illnesses. Needless to say, he was alarmed at receiving a call from me in the middle of the night and automatically assumed the worst. I explained my dilemma to him and he was sympathetic. He told me a few remedies for gum pain and tooth pain relief and I have to say they worked amazingly well. I did go to the doctor on Monday and got my proper treatment but the fact that I was able to keep the level of pain in check all weekend was amazing. Here I am sharing those tips with you so that anyone who has a horrible gum or toothache can get instant relief.

  1. Take a tablespoon of salt and dissolve it in a glass of water. Take a sip of water and spin it around in your mouth, gently. Repeat till all of the water is gone. You will get instant tooth pain relief.
  2. Ginger is excellent for tooth pain relief. Take a small chunk of ginger and chew on it for a little while. Use the side of your mouth where you feel the pain.
  3. Cloves, used in any form, can help with pain relief. Hold a clove in your mouth against the sore area, or apply a paste or clove oil. This method has been used for ages and I find it to be the most effective.
  4. Using an icepack is a simple but neat trick to keep the area numb and thus free of pain.

There are many home remedies which help with tooth pain, but in my personal opinion, these four are the best.

 

 

To Tattoo or Not

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I have always wanted to have my own tattoo. I don’t really know why but I just like to have one. Probably like one of those typical side tattoos for girls that go from the legs up to the mid part of the ribs, or maybe a little one, right at my shoulder blades. I like little fluttering butterflies and flowers in bloom, maybe those are the images that I will eventually use in my soon to be tattoo.

But am I really ready for one, and is it the right time to have one made? Probably it is, as there is no better time than the present and I am also not getting any younger, so what better time than now, right? So there really is no sense in procrastinating on it, or so they say.

I am also of the thinking that if I really want one, then I will do anything possible for it to come to fruition and that if I really don’t want it, then I will also do anything possible to delay it. And that seems to be the crux of my problem that I am not very sure of really having it, which can also be translated as me not wanting it, and am always thinking of reasons to postpone it. Those delays only points to one thing, that I really don’t want one, but I truly, really want to have one. What now?

Pardon my inanities, its just that I am currently in a dilemma of sorts. I want to have a tattoo but I also don’t. I want it because of some reason I can’t seem to explain, let’s just say that it is a form of self-expression on my part. I have wanted to have it for a long time, since the first time I saw my cousin’s tattoo of a cross with a crushed snake at its base, which was an excellent example of the kinds of chest tattoos for men that was typical back when I was young, I keep imagining myself with my own tattoo, and convinced myself of how cool it was to have one. Maybe it was just a kind of infatuation of sorts, the way I wanted it.

On the other side of the coin, I do not want a tattoo on me for several reasons. For one, it might affect the way people think of me in general. Tattoos in the past are synonymous to burly bikers, gang men, drunken sailors, criminals and other miscreants, and although the current view on tattooing is generally improving and is becoming accepted in society, you still can’t help discriminating on persons who have tattoos, as even I am guilty of it sometimes.

Another reason that I have that keeps me from having tattoos is my mom. My mom is very old fashioned and has old world views regarding things, especially on tattooing. She believes that our body is the Lord’s vessel and anything unnatural done to it is tantamount to desecrating it. So how can I honestly get through that? You might say that it is my body and I can do anything I wanted with it, but that’s not how I think. For me, family is always first and I value their beliefs, even if it is already passé.

Now you know the situation I am in. Yes, I am kind of leaning to the “not having it” but a part of me still wants to get it. Yolo you say? I am interested in what would you do if you were placed in my shoes.

A Couple of Cute Dogs

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What You Should know About Neutropenic Precautions

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Having a dog when you have neutropenia can be a difficult experience. As much as I love dogs, I also like reading materials about these animals. Recently, I have encountered an article about a neutropenic person wanting to take care of his dog but was advised to be more cautious about it. I was not aware that there is a health condition aside from allergies which could possibly affect a person’s desire to own or take care of dogs. I would like to understand more about this condition so that I could research about neutropenia.

Neutropenia is a condition where a person has a low level of white blood cells called neutrophil. Neutrophils are responsible for fighting off harmful bacteria, fungi and viruses that attack the body. If neutrophils are abnormally low, the body will be at risk of suffering from infections. Anybody could be affected with neutropenia. Even a completely healthy person may suffer from neutropenia. But patients who are undergoing radiation or chemotherapy are more at risk with this condition. Also at risk are people in their advanced age or those who do have an unhealthy lifestyle.

Symptoms of infection in a person with neutropenia include irritation in the mouth, diarrhea and fever. Fever can be potentially serious because the patient may suffer from septic shock, a deadly condition where the bacteria have already spread to the blood.

doctors adviceTo lower the risk of infection among patients with neutropenia, doctors normally require them to observe neutropenic precautions. These involve avoiding certain foods especially those that are raw or undercooked which are a potential source of bacterial infection. If you have neutropenia, you should also avoid contact with people who have a contagious disease such as flu, measles or chickenpox, as well as children who have just received live virus vaccines for these diseases. You should also avoid going to construction sites and hospitals; if you have to, wear a face mask. Observing personal and dental hygiene is also important as well as proper hand washing after touching animals and using the bathroom.

For animal lovers, especially those who are caring for dogs, special precaution must be observed at all times. Avoid playing with your dog to prevent scratches or cuts that may be an entry point of bacteria to the body. Also avoid exposure to litters because they will expose you to bacteria. And if your dog is sick, avoid contact with the animal. It can be hard for a dog lover to observe all these tips. That is why most neutropenic patients just opt not to have pets at all.

Aside from certain precautions, your doctor may also recommend certain medications for fighting off infections before they actually develop. Antibiotics are also commonly prescribed as preventive treatment. Fighting the infections is especially important for patients undergoing radiation or chemotherapy treatment because infections may cause delays in the treatment process.

Understanding neutropenia, its causes and preventive measures can help people suffering from this condition to avoid the infection. And if you have neutropenia and would like to care for your pet, it is important to know the precautions to observe so as to avoid infection. It is ultimately your personal decision whether or not you should or should not own a pet at all.

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