Monthly Archives: April 2018

Babies, Kids And Rooms Full Of Smoke

Why is second hand smoking so bad?

It is common knowledge that smoking is one of the most deadly activities that you can engage in; indeed, every time you inhale a cigarette you bring over 4,000 chemicals and toxins into your body. It is also well known that secondhand smoke is just as dangerous as smoking; cigarette smoke still has those toxins after all. If you are interested in smoking cessation, then think of it as something that you not only do for yourself–you do it for the health and wellness of others around you.

One highly problematic aspect of smoking indoors is that rooms get clogged with smoke. Children and babies are often left with no other option than to breathe in that smoke. And guess what? According to smoking cessation researchers, children and babies inhaling the air in a smoke-filled room is the equivalent of them smoking 10 cigarettes.

Diseases affecting children caused by second hand smoke

If the numbers above don’t shock you, then keep reading. Children and infants breathe at much faster rates than adults. Children and infants breathe between 20-60 breaths per minutes while adults breathe 14-18 times per minute. This means that infants and children breathe in much more toxic smoke per minute than adults. When children are exposed to smoke, the risk for the following complications increases dramatically:

  • Respiratory illnesses like asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia and bronchiolitis.
  • More frequent colds and coughs
  • More common middle ear infections
  • Possible cancer in childhood and/or adulthood.

If there is anything that can compel you to engage in smoking cessation, it should be the harm that secondhand smoke can do to children. The effect that tobacco smoke has on children should make you think twice about picking up that next cigarette. If you find that it is difficult to stop smoking then remember that above all, smoking is a habit. The body is not addicted to nicotine. The mind is addicted to the psycho-social habit. In order to overcome this habituated activity, smokers need to learn to mindfully practice mind over matter. That is why enlisting the help of a hypnotherapist is a great smoking cessation strategy. A hypnotherapist can help you locate old, destructive thought patterns (like the belief that you need to smoke) and then help you re-build new healthy ones (like the belief that you don’t need to smoke).

If you are serious about smoking cessation, and serious about the health of those around you, check out the hypnotherapy option and learn to get your thoughts and habits under your own control.

Baby Boomer Health

Cooking More Can Change Your Health

100 years ago only about 2% of our meals were eaten outside of the home. Now over 50% of meals are eaten outside of the home! Fast food, frozen microwaved food and frankenfood is eaten because it is fast and easy. We eat in front of the T.V. and in the car while on the move.

A lot of research has been done showing that kids that eat meals with the family at the dinner table get into less trouble than kids that don’t. We complain about not having enough time to cook but we watch the cooking channel and watch T.V. Cooking isn’t a priority a lot of times and other things get in the way. On top of it all, our foods have changed and what used to be simple and plain is full of chemicals, pesticides and words we can’t pronounce. The importance of what we put on our fork is more important now than it ever was. It is the most powerful tool you can use. Our grandparents and great grandparents ate fresh food that was real and didn’t have as many health issues as we are having now. Our children and grand children have more allergies to foods now too because of eating this way.

What to do?
Get rid of foods with high fructose corn syrup, trans fat, and chemicals. Take time to carefully read the ingredients on the back of the label. If you can’t pronounce it, then it may be best to find another alternative.

Here are 5 Things To Do That Can Change Your Health

1. Replace with fresh organic fruits and vegetables.
2. Eat meat that doesn’t contain all the antibiotics & hormones.
3. Shop at farmers markets and support the local farmers.
4. Have family dinners and cook more.
5. Learn to shop smart.

Bottom Line: Our food is the most important thing we purchase so it’s an important part of our lives. Make it a priority! One thing I help my clients learn is how to shop healthy and cook simple, nutritious and delicious meals, desserts and snacks. Taking the time to plan your meals ahead of time really is the best way to start a healthy lifestyle change. Taking one step at a time will eventually lead you to your ultimate goal. This is the ideal time to have a healthy goals buddy so you have someone to talk with and keep you on track during those difficult times.

Important Baby Oral Health Tips

Babies and toddlers are a bundle of joy. They bring life to any household with their cute little human ways. But what happens when while you are playing and hugging your little toddler, you get a whiff of stinky bad breath – and it’s not coming from you? This may come as a surprise for some but even the most adorable toddlers can suffer from bad breath. And because they are still very young to do preventive measures on their own, it is up to all the parents to do the necessary remedies to help fight stinky breaths.

Just like adults, bad breath in toddlers can be caused by different factors. It may be because of poor oral hygiene, buildup of tartar and cavity, dehydration, or throat infection. Thumb sucking and using of pacifiers can also contribute in toddler’s bad breath. To combat this problem, it would be best to do some or all of these tips in preventing foul-smelling breath in your little ones.

    • Make sure that your kid’s teeth and mouth are cleaned regularly. It’s never too early to start teaching them the proper brushing of teeth using a toothbrush with soft bristles and a children’s toothpaste. Check if your kid is doing it right and point out the areas where he needs to brush thoroughly. By the time that he’s a little bit older, you can introduce flossing.

    • Limit your child’s sugar intake to lower the chances of tooth decay. Do not let a feeding bottle filled with milk or juice be stuck inside their mouths while they are asleep. The sugar contained in these drinks will also aid in the occurrence of decay.

    • Make it a point to visit the dentist for regular dental check up. Many people think that a visit to the dentist does not need to start when their children are young. You can encourage them to go with you by explaining to them the importance of clean teeth and also by giving them treats such as a new toy or sticker.

    • Watch out for children’s medications as well. Some medicines contain sugar which can be left on their teeth and also cause tooth decay.

    • Prioritize your kid’s dental health by asking your dentists about preventive measures and treatments for cavities. They may suggest giving fluoride applications and dental sealants to avoid bad breath caused by cavities.

    • A lot of kids find brushing of teeth as a dreadful activity. See to it that they feel encouraged and motivated to clean their teeth by transforming it into a fun activity. You can ask them to choose a creatively designed toothbrush and flavored toothpaste that they want.

  • Consult a pediatrician just in case an underlying medical condition is the reason for bad breath. It may be because of sinus problems or gastroesophageal reflux. Ask the doctor about the treatments.

Low Cost Kid Health Insurance

Health insurance is a very important part of life. When a family cannot afford healthcare for their children the consequences could be critical. Babies are very sensitive to their new environment and if they are not getting regular checkups parents may never know if there is a serious medical problem. Even if an illness is not fatal, it can still leave long-lasting effects on a child’s health.

Many health insurance companies offer plans that can suit your budget and protect your children. These health plans may take into account many different services that can be of assistance in caring for children; hospital care, major medical coverage including advanced therapy and surgeries, as well as clinical check ups and prescription drugs. In addition, dental, vision, hearing and medical equipment (such as wheelchairs) could be included in the coverage.

How do you go about choosing an affordable health insurance plan that’s also the most practical for your family? Parents would need to compare companies, plans of coverage and realistically examine their family’s needs. In determining cost, usually the higher your premium is, the lower the deductible.

Finding and comparing health insurance companies has become much easier thanks to the Internet. Most companies have an online set up and can give you charts to compare premiums, deductibles and costs of individual items such as doctor visits and brand or generic medication. Many can give you a direct quote based on your income and family living situation.

Another option to consider is to investigate health insurance plans locally, by state, as opposed to nationally. Some state-specific health insurance providers are specially set up to help families in need and can be offered at very low costs, or even free depending on the family’s income.