Monday, August 5, 2013

Causes of Cold Feet

Do you have cold feet?

There are many causes of cold feet. It can be quite common for just about anybody to get cold feet once in a while. Cold feet can be quite uncomfortable, especially as you are relaxing in your home. Because your blood flows better while walking about, you generally will suffer cold feet more at home. You are not moving as much, as your clothes may be less. Adjusting the thermostat to pump up the heat is not a good solution for cold feet. Having cold feet can make you have an overall cold feeling on your body. Nothing beats warm feet!

Are your cold feet a medical problem?

Some causes of cold feet

Having cold feet affects people of all walks of life. In cold temperatures, your body reacts by decreasing the blood flow to your extremities. That's why your hands and feet feel colder than the rest of your body. If you have chronic cold feet, you may have impaired blood circulation. This can be aggravated by not moving regularly. If you have any disease, like diabetes, it can decrease blood flow to your feet.

Peripheral vascular disease, PVD, is just a term used for a variety of medical conditions that lead to poor blood flow in the feet and hands. Not only diabetes, but other diseases like multiple sclerosis, Raynaud's Disease, and even arthritis.

Chronically cold feet symptoms

Symptoms of having a cold feet that are medical problems:

-Cold feet with stress and tension . This causes blood vessels in your extremities to tighten, lessening blood flow.

-Insensitive to pain and numbness in feet.

-Burning or tingling.

-Pains and cramps.

-Cannot handle heat or cold.

-Aggravated by touch or rubbing of anything against the feet.

Most often, these symptoms are aggravated at night in bed.

Complications of chronically cold feet.

If you have a medical condition that is causing your cold feet, you are in danger of developing the following.

Losing feeling in your feet. Your feet will feel numb, but be very sensitive to being poked or touched.

Dry and cracked feet. Can be quite painful.

Cold feet caused by lack of blood flow can result in infections under the skin.

Gangrene. This is an extreme case, but can happen in people with a circulation problem like diabetes.

Cold feet care

Wear warm clothing to keep your body warm.

Dry socks are a must.

If your feet get wet or sweat, it could aggravate the cold feeling on feet.

Anything that can comfortably trap heat on your feet.

Electric heated socks.

Keep your diabetes under control and eat healthy.

Exercise regularly. Get moving as much as you can.

Some people just get cold feet.

If there is no medical problem, some people are just sensitive to cold weather. Keeping warm, or at least your feet, can be a chore. You don't feel truly warm unless your feet are warm. Turning up the heat in your house is not always a good idea. It will make the parts of your body that are warm overheat, and do nothing for your feet.

Friday, June 21, 2013

The Right Sunscreen for Your Kids

There are tons of sunscreen sprays, creams, and lotions available at the drugstore. They all seem to have their own niche and buzz words. It can be confusing when deciding which one is right for your kids. Sunscreen makers label their containers to entice you to buy theirs.

Are you going to be swimming or sweating? Do not be fooled by the words waterproof. You have no idea what standard the company of the sunscreen uses. Instead, find ones that are labeled water-resistant. It should be water-resistant for at least 40 minutes. Some last as long as 80 minutes. If so, then these are the ones thatcan be used while swimming. They are rated to maintain their SPF while in the water swimming. Just be sure and reapply after the kids get out of the water.

What type of SPF do you really need? Forget looking for something inane like SPF 100. That high is not really better. Those are now labled SPF 50+ now anyway. Companies used to get people to buy SPF 100 because it sounded better. The FDA has not found that anything over 50 actually works better. SPF 30 is a general level that is good for everybody. What's the difference between SPF 30 and SPF 50? Well, other than the cost here's the breakdown. SPF 30 blocks 97% of UVB and SPF 50 blocks 98%.

Having said that, there is one very important thing you want to see on the label of your sunscreen. And that's "broad spectrum." These will usually pass tougher tests and will protect against many skin problems like cancer, aging, and sunburn.

If your child is going to summer camp, beware of some new rules that many camps are adopting. Sunscreen is being treated like an over the counter medication. Because of this, you may need a doctor's note for your child to use it. Be sure and check with the camp.

The bottom line is that you want to protect your kids in the sun as much as possible, and still have fun.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

ADHD Prevention by Breastfeeding

It is a widely held medical belief that breastfeeding can protect mother and baby from various diseases. Many studies have proven those to be true. But now, not only diseases, but perhaps even mental ability of the baby can also be enhanced and protected.

A group of Israeli researchers are saying that breastfeeding may protect against future ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder)later in the child's life. ADHD can include things like having trouble paying attention, and other acting out behaviors such as overactivity.

Nobody really knows the true causes of ADHD, but experts suspect that perhaps how the infant is cared for and treated may be one contribution to developing ADHD symptoms.

In the Israeli study, babies that were breastfed for 3 to 6 months showed a statistically lower incidence of ADHD.

It should be noted that health organizations promote breastfeeding until at least age 6 months to gain the full benefits. Breastfeeding your baby for at least 6 months or longer should be your goal. Research continually shows the benefits.

This study on ADHD and breastfeeding is published in Breastfeeding Medicine, the Official Journal of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine.

More info: The risks of formula feeding.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Keep your child germ-free at school

With flu running rampant, and other diseases possible, parents are probably wondering how they can keep their child safe at school. Unfortunately, kids will be kids, and they are around literally hundreds of kids a day at school. There are some things you can do to at least prevent your child from being a germ magnet. Keep in mind it will be next to impossible to keep your kid 100% germ free and not be exposed to some potential problems.

You should stress the importance on hand washing to your child. At home and at school. They should be taught to use warm water and soap, scrubbing for at least 15-30 seconds. Use paper towels to turn off water faucets if possible. The next best thing is to use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Check to see if the school allows these, and ask the teacher to have one in the classroom. They should already do this.

Desks, computers and controls, tables, playground equipment, not to mention restrooms, are just full of germs. Teach your child to always wash their hands or use sanitizer after using and touching ANY of these. Stress the importance of NOT touching their face, nose, and mouth until hands are clean. They should never put food on a desk or table, then eat it. There is no 5 second rule. Playground equipment is touched by hundreds of kids a day. Being outside in the sun, is a good thing. But germs can still live. Make sure that your child has any cuts or sores covered with a bandage. Teach your child to not put their mouths on the spout of a drinking fountain. Give your child a reusable bottle of water to instead of public fountains.

Coats, jackets, and hats are another issue. In the winter, everyone is wearing them. Don't let your child mix their coats, hats, sweaters, or jackets in a class closet, or cubbies that are shared. Lice can spread quickly. Tell your child to not share combs. In fact, the should not share anything that is personal.

Hopefully, your teachers and school will already be taking precautions to keep germs and flu in check. But don't rely on them to do your parenting job!

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