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Friday, October 6, 2017

5 tips for working out while pregnant

Experts agree, when you’re expecting, exercise is important.
 The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG ) recommends at least 20 to 30 minutes a day on most or all days as it reduces the risk of gestational diabetes, preterm birth, preeclampsia (pregnancy-induced high blood pressure), having a high birth weight baby, and the need for a cesarean section. It may also improve the baby’s brain development.
 Pregnant women who exercise also tend to have less back pain, more energy, and are more likely to have an easier labor and delivery experience and return to their pre-pregnancy weight faster.
 Here are 5 tips for working out while pregnant:
 1.  Avoid dangerous sports. Perhaps more important than knowing which exercises to do is knowing which ones to avoid. Pregnant women should avoid contact sports such as basketball or soccer or activities that may cause you to fall such as downhill skiing, horseback riding, surfing, or mountain biking. Scuba diving should also be avoided because although there isn’t any conclusive evidence to determine the effects, the change in pressure might impact baby’s development.
2. Hydrate. It’s important to drink water before, during, and after exercising. Otherwise, you risk a reduction in the amount of blood going to the placenta. Dehydration can also increase your risk of overheating or even trigger contractions.
3. Don’t lie flat on your back. After the first trimester, avoid exercising while lying flat on your back. The weight of your uterus puts pressure on a major vein called the vena cava, which can reduce blood flow to your heart, brain and uterus, leaving you dizzy, short of breath or nauseated.
4. Eat enough. Most moms-to-be need around 300 extra calories a day during pregnancy, so make sure you’re not burning too much off during your workouts.
5. Get the right gear.  Opt for loose-fitting and breathable clothing. You can also dress in layers so it’s easy to peel off a layer or two after you’ve warmed up or if you get overheated. Also make sure your maternity bra is supportive enough, and choose athletic shoes that fit properly.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Signs of Dry Drowning

The thought of a child drowning is scary, but the possibility that a child can drown hours — possibly even days — after leaving the pool is simply terrifying.
Parents have become increasingly aware of secondary or “dry” drowning as troubling news of such instances have filled social media feeds and headlines in the past few summers.
Secondary drowning, also known as dry drowning or delayed drowning, is post-immersion respiratory syndrome. It occurs when water or another fluid has entered the lungs but has not caused enough initial trauma to result in fatal drowning. The water that has gotten inside the lungs may cause damage to the inside surface of the organ, collapse alveoli and cause a hardening of the lungs that reduces the ability to exchange air. The body may also retaliate against the foreign water by drawing more fluid into the lungs. Over time, the lungs will suffocate themselves, which is why dry drowning can occur hours after exiting the water.

The following are potential signs of secondary drowning:

Persistent cough. Anyone who has swallowed water will cough and sputter as the body attempts to naturally expel the water. But persistent coughing that lasts long after the water has been breathed in may be indicative of water aspiration in the lungs.
Confusion. Difficulty understanding verbal instructions or not being able to form words or thoughts may be a symptom of dry drowning.
Pain. Chest pain is a strong indicator of water aspiration.
Trouble breathing. Difficulty breathing long after a person has been swimming may indicate secondary drowning.
Lethargy. Extreme tiredness or a sudden lack of energy may be indicative of a problem.

Children tend to be more prone to dry drowning than adults. Parents must keep careful watch over any child who has experienced a near-drowning incident or who may have inhaled fluid while in the water. Furthermore, the children who are most at risk for dry drowning are those with known breathing or lung problems, including underdeveloped lungs or asthma.

It’s important to monitor for the symptoms of dry drowning anytime a person swallows water. According to the American College of Emergency Physicians, a person would only have to inhale four ounces of water to drown and even less to injure his lungs enough to become a victim of secondary drowning.

WebMD states that dry drowning can occur up to 24 hours after inhaling water, but recent reports of a 4-year-old boy in Texas who died several days after going swimming indicate that dry drowning could take even longer than previously thought. To be safe, keep a close eye on anyone who may have inhaled water for several days.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Money Making Opportunities for Young Kids

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An important aspect of helping kids develop into responsible adults is teaching them the value and rewards of hard work and earning their own money. Through this they gain self-esteem, come to understand the real value of a dollar, and become more thoughtful in the way they spend money. Here are some ideas you can explore with your preteen or teen for ways they can cash in this summer.
Mow those lawns – What better way to soak up the sun, get fit, and make spare cash all at once, than mowing lawns? Create fliers mentioning that you live in the neighborhood and include your phone number and your fees. (Base this on yard size and keep them below the cost of professional services.) Deliver the fliers to the homes in your neighborhood, lodged between doorknobs or tucked under mats. Never place anything in mailboxes.
Young entrepreneur – Make the most of neighbors’ garage sales by setting up a refreshment stand in your own front yard. All you need is a small table and a handmade sign. Set out a pitcher of lemonade, disposable cups, and wrapped cookies.
Too old for toys and games? – Clean out those you’ve outgrown and hold a sale. Make a sign to attract neighborhood kids and passersby, and lay out blankets in your front yard, and spread out your goods. Keep your prices reasonable, and don’t forget a bargain box filled with odds and ends.
Kiddie care –If you are old enough to stay home alone, you may be ready to care for other children. Spread the word through family, friends, and neighbors. When babysitting, play games and do activities with the kids, and avoid talking on the phone or watching TV. Parents love sitters that keep their children busy. Also, don’t forget to clean up and wash dirty dishes.
Window washing – Offering your services for this dreaded task is sure to be a success. If you get the job, make sure your parents know the homeowner and approve of you going inside. Clean the interior of all windows, including doors, and don’t forget to open the windows and clean the ledges and tracks. If you are tall enough to reach exterior windows without a ladder, ask permission to hose them down to loosen dirt before washing and drying them.
Life’s a zoo –Pet owners who don’t like to kennel are often in a dilemma at vacation time. Pass out fliers in your neighborhood, and offer to pet sit. Do the sitting in your home or fenced yard, if your parents agree. Otherwise, make regular visits to the pet’s home. Be responsible, and do exactly as the pet owner instructs, for both your safety and the pet’s.
Weeds away – Are weeds taking over your neighbors’ flowerbeds? Then offer to get them back into shape. Before you get started, find out which are plants, or flowers that have not yet bloomed. When in doubt, ask before you pull them. Wear gloves to protect your hands, and hose the ground lightly to loosen roots. Pull weeds from rock beds, shrubbery, and cement cracks. Then dispose of them properly.