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Lactose Intolerant Babies 

Who would have thought that even babies would have a problem in drinking milk, not even those that came from their mother’s breasts but even those that are available on the market?
So, what causes it? We often would wonder how come babies wouldn’t drink milk or better yet would eventually vomit after being fed. Medically speaking, there’s something wrong with babies such as this. They are what we call the Lactose Intolerant Babies, a condition in which the baby’s body is unable to produce enough quantity of enzyme that is needed to break down lactose.
If you’re not quite familiar with it, lactose is the sugar that is present in milk or any dairy products. In which case this is the only type of food that babies could consume in his or her first couple of years of life. After, a certain baby has been fed and he or she is lactose intolerant digestion of lactose is basically not happening; which leads to the baby’s suffering from gastrointestinal problem.
Premature babies are the most likely to suffer to such condition, so if you found out that after you fed your baby with a certain milk and its having diarrhea quite too often. Better see a doctor pretty quick your baby is a lactose intolerant kid, meaning he or she is quite in pain which would naturally be leading to too much crying and vomiting.
In some cases your baby may even suffer from eczema, which could only manifest after 30-60 minutes that your baby has had her or his milk. Cow’s milk and even a mother’s milk can cause problems for lactose intolerant babies; abdominal cramps would be common along with the staying of gas up until two hours after your baby drank its milk.
Furthermore, if you think that cow’s milk and even mother’s milk would only be the cause for such condition? Think again, even solid foods can cause lactose intolerant for babies who can digest solid foods already. Solid food which contains dairy products such as yogurt and cheese just to name a few, these types of food may cause such symptoms.
Babies suffering lactose intolerance may suffer from severe case of symptoms even if just a little amount of milk or dairy product, while some may not be harmed by it. Nevertheless, for babies who suffers its symptoms the pain would be quite harsh leading to droning, groaning and even crying. One way to find out if your baby is in such situation is through their facial expressions, at times you may think that they are crying aloud because they may be hungry. However, when they do not stop, that’s the time that we realize that they are in pain or something might be bothering them.
The best way therefore to do is seek your baby’s pediatrician’s advice and ask if what type of milk or food you can feed your baby with.


Menopausal Period


  Who says that a woman cannot have her menstruation during her menopausal stage? Have you ever heard of menopause periods as well as menopausal babies? Yes, you may have lost your regular monthly visits but time will come when you’ll have your menopause periods that is a replacement of your monthly period.
Such stage occurs when women who haven’t have her regular periods for more than a year or so. Some even have described it as the period when a woman’s ovary has stopped producing eggs. However, if a woman’s ovary has been surgically removed for some medical reasons, she then can be considered as a post menopause woman. This is simply because she doesn’t have the chance to have her menopause periods any longer since her ovary has been removed.
Menopause periods happen to most women and it will always be there until they die. But some however, experience menopause bleeding during their post menopause stage. This may be caused by their body’s hormonal imbalance or changes, or it may be caused by a cancer growing inside the uterus. Therefore a physical examination is crucial to determine the reason for such menopause periods.
On the other hand, for women who are just about to experience or enter into this new phase of life. It is essential for you to take note that when irregular menstruation periods shorter or longer, lighter or heavier happens. These are usually the very first indications that your body is approaching to a menopausal stage.
Here are several things that a woman should be aware of especially those who are nearing their menopausal stage. Remember that irregular periods are indications of perimenopause symptoms which may happen and will later lead up to your full menopausal stage.
Menopause affects your menstrual cycle, you can expect to experience crazy menopause periods which is primarily caused by the lowering of your estrogen and progesterone level. As your hormones reduce, your pituitary glands send more of such hormones which stimulate the follicles. While your body’s system is fighting off to balance such hormones your menstrual cycle is greatly affected by such struggle.
It is also during this stage that you’ll experience heavy menopause periods. Considering that estrogen and progesterone regulates the condensing of your uterus’ lining, this is known to shed each month during your menstruation. When the levels of such hormones go way out of proportion, your uterus’ lining becomes thicker than before. That eventually will lead into heavier bleeding when your lining’s sheds. Remember also that heavy menopause periods will last for six years or more before it stops.
Another thing that you need also to take into consideration is that, during such stage. You’ll be missing some periods and there will also be times that you’ll experience more frequent menopause periods.  When this occurs don’t be alarmed since it’s quite fairly common, as there have been cases where women in their menopausal stage are known to skip menopause periods for several months in a row. While there are some who have only one period in every other month.
Longer menopause periods happen to lots of women though not for everyone, some of them even find their periods reaching up to 3 weeks. Though the blood flow is quite minimal, however, there are those who end up having periods which usually lasts for just a day or two.
Watery periods are among the many symptoms that you need to be aware of, and when you have such condition. There’s no cause for worry or to be alarmed, though several symptoms have been discussed concerning menopause periods. Little information have been talked about on watery periods, though it happens quite frequently this is nothing to worry about. However, you might still consider seeking your doctor’s advice considering that there may be a chance that you could be pregnant. This is also to make sure that you’ll not have an ectopic pregnancy, however, if you’re feeling abdominal pains. Make haste and see your doctor right away.
Despite of all the worries and fears as well as doubts on how you’re going to handle such stage. There are actually known treatment for menopause periods especially the irregular ones.
Among the simplest way in normalizing your periods is by making sure that you’re taking enough Vitamin B complex, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids among your diets. All the mentioned nutrients and minerals have been known to alleviate and help neutralize the menstrual periods.
There are even recommended herbal treatments if you’re into natural remedies. Herbs such as black cohosh and chasteberry tree are the best and recommended herbs that you can try on. Better yet you can likewise consider adding natural sources of estrogen in known foods such as: soy, cherries and yams.
Irregular menstruations, especially heavy periods as well as longer periods are part of the package of menopausal stage for most women. It may be annoying as you may see it. You can still be assured that it will surely come to pass whether you like it or not. Though it may take several years, for the meantime why not try a natural way of treating those irregular periods such as the recommended herbs and natural progesterone.
Though, discouraging as it may seem. It is still imperative that you get to maintain your well-being as well as your body’s health. Being in a menopausal stage is not a bore, but it is just one of those phases in life that you need to get through. The most comforting thought however that you need always to remember is that, it doesn’t only happen to you but to everyone. And think about those who have made it through, make them as your inspiration and live your life to the fullest and enjoy it as well.



Tips for Gestational Diabetes

Good nutrition is essential during pregnancy most especially if you have gestational diabetes. It usually develops when your body can proficiently generate insulin. It is a kind of hormone made by the pancreas allowing cells to turn sugar in the blood into a useful fuel.
When certain quantity of glucose accrues in your blood this means that your cells are not getting their needed fuels. High blood sugar is known to be harmful to you and your baby as well therefore it is crucial that you know how to control it.
One way of controlling such condition to happen especially during pregnancy is to follow a simple specific meal plan.
What type of diet should I follow if I have gestational diabetes? It actually will depend on what your registered dietitian will recommend to you. Your dietitian will start by determining how many calories you may need every day. Then she’ll teach you on how to decide on portion sizes and how to assess your meals with just the exact quantity of carbohydrates, fats and proteins. She’ll likewise evaluate your current eating habit just to make sure that you’re getting sufficient vitamins and minerals.

This dietary guideline may be good for you especially if you’re suffering from gestational diabetes.

Eat different kind of foods, distributing carbohydrates and calories equally throughout the whole day. Be sure that both your meals and snacks as balanced. It is recommended that you eat 3 small to moderate size meals and 2 to 4 snacks each day that includes a snack after dinner.
Your meal must contain fewer carbohydrates than what you normally eat. It is also recommended to include foods that are rich in fiber and distribute them evenly for the entire day. Pair lean protein along with carbohydrates in all of your snacks and meals. It is a known fact that protein will help you feel fuller, sustain enough energy and provide you with a better blood sugar control.

Never skip meals even if you don’t have the appetite to eat. It is important that you’re consistent about your diet when you eat and the amount of food you consummate. You blood sugar will remain stable if your food is evenly distributed for the whole day and time after time from day to day.
Eat a nice and good breakfast, this way your blood glucose level are presumably out of whack during mornings. Limit your carbohydrate intake, but boost your protein consumption instead.
Eat rich in high-fiber foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grain bread cereals and beans, dried peas and other legumes. Such type of foods is broken down and can be absorbed more slowly than carbohydrates. This will help keep your sugar level from rising after every meal.
These are just among the few recommended dietary meal plan for a gestational diabetic, to find out more about such diet plans. Ask your doctor or your dietitian as to what is best and suited for you.

 Causes of Pica
No one really knows why some pregnant women crave for inedible items or non-food items.Such as ashes, clay, laundry starch, soap, chalk, ice, paint chips, toothpaste, wax, hair,plasters, coffee grounds and some would even crave to eat cigarette butts.
This condition is referred to as “Pica” which is a Latin word for magpie, a kind of bird that eats almost anything.

What causes Pica? Certain studies show that such condition is linked to an iron deficiency, though you may have noticed that none of the listed craved items contains amount of iron. There are even some pregnant women who suffers from iron deficiency anemia craves for ice until such deficiency is treated and cured. Pica on the other hand is sometimes considered as a symptom of iron deficiency anemia.

So, if you have that same craving mentioned, it doesn’t mean that you have any sort of shortage. It doesn’t mean either that you have to give in and consume those things that you crave for. Once you do this, non-food substances will definitely hinder your body’s ability to take up nutrient thus may cause deficiency in you. Though consuming ice may not be harmful for you, eating the other items mentioned above can lead to poisoning or blockage or bowel. In some cases it may even cause pre-mature labor, death of your baby or even your death.

Therefore, if you feel that you’re having that strange feeling. A feeling of craving non-food substances it would be best for you to seek your doctor’s help on what to do. This kind of craving occurs on pregnant women, it is likewise wise to have an examination for any underlying psychological or physical changes that you are experiencing.

Pregnant women are known in having unique food cravings, though it may sound obscure and strange to someone who hasn’t experienced it. To future moms it can be real and can become a powerful urge which may not have the will to refuse to.

Several pregnant women report tasting food differently during their pregnancy food that they used to hate has became one of what they crave for. Foods that they used to love consuming becomes the most despised and hated food for them. Nobody knows whys such phenomenon occurs. But most experts believe and agree that such cravings are one of nature’s ways of helping mom to eat what they and their baby need.
For instance, if you’re having a craving for ice cream, then it might be because you need calcium. If you crave for hamburgers, then it may be because you need protein. However, there has been no solid proof that such theory is really viable.
So, if ever you have that urge to crave for things that are not edible. Your best option is to tell your doctor about it and seek help right away.





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