Friday, 17 March 2017

Did you notice Eating Disorder in your Teenager? It poses Physical and Mental Risk

Parents are always careful about their kid’s food habits and diet. Still, you might come across situations when your suggestions and effort to make your child eat well fails. Especially, in teenagers this problem may pop up owing to some perceptions they develop in society and in their circle. As a parent, you should be watchful enough to protect your child from unrealistic perceptions that alter their eating habits leading to an unhealthy food habit.
Warning Signs of Eating Disorder
Warning Signs of Eating Disorder
You may find your child fussy about eating one thing or the other. It seems that they don’t like a particular food and hence you should think of some other option. But, actually, this could be a sign of eating disorder. Some of the signs are listed below:
  1. Rapid weight loss
  2. Fear of gaining weight
  3. Always denial of feeling hungry
  4. Sneakily throwing food in dustbin or hiding lunch boxes
  5. Extensive exercising
  6. Avoiding a particular type of food
  7. Disturbed sleep
  8. Depression, frustration, being lonely
Types of Eating Disorder in Teenagers
Anorexia nervosa: Eating very less causing rapid loss of weight. The child also fears weight gain and avoid a number of foods.
Bulimia Nervosa: Eating lots of high calorie food at a time followed by aggressive attempts to exercise and compensate for that. The bingeing episode comes with a sense of shame and eating alone.
Eating Disorder not Otherwise Specified: It has different eating symptoms and is the most common form of eating disorder. Sometimes bingeing accompanied by not eating at all other times.

Causes of Eating Disorder
There are many factors leading to increasing incidents of eating disorders in teenagers. There is a social tendency of judging people by appearance and in teenage, when everyone wants to look best, kids choose unhealthy habits to lose weight and look skinny. Media and advertising has also led to a fixed belief on best body shapes which are less in weight. Also, the fear of being bullied or getting adult leads teenagers to try everything that keeps their body growth in limit. Most importantly, parents are the role model of children and today children grow in an environment where they find their own parents trying every hard thing to lose weight and be thin. 

How can a parent help?
Home is where a child gets first education and the impact of family members are incomparable. Also, children imitate what their parents do, so as a parent you can help your child a lot in recovering from food disorder.
  • Build respect and a healthy relationship with food : Don’t level food as good or bad because when they eat something called “bad”, it develops a sense of guilt.
  • Motivate your child to feel good about their body shape: Don’t tease or criticize the body shape of your child. Teach them that every body size is functional and well-designed and try to inculcate healthy exercising habits.
  • Encourage Self-Esteem: Try to develop identity and self-worth in your child so that they cope up well with world in different situations. They should be able to defend themselves when someone targets their body shape.
  • Develop awareness on media projections: Let you child develop critical thinking on what TV and media conveys about body shapes. Make them think realistically and differentiate between what is real and what is scripted projection.
Seek Professional Help
If you find significant changes in the physical and mental attributes of your child and your efforts are not working, it’s time to seek professional help for eating disorder treatment. A little counselling, group support, and close communication can help get your child back to normal food habits.  

Monday, 13 March 2017

5 Wonderful Post Holi Skin Care Tips to Rejuvenate Your Skin

The colourful evening of holi will leave some memories to be cherished forever along with some colors, marks, and pigments you might get worried about. Here are some interesting and easy skin care tips that can help you get rid of post holi patches and have a skin back to normal tone.

#1. Care while bathing to remove colours
Use a gentle body wash. To remove strong colours, use cleansing milk or natural scrubs like curd, sandalwood power, or lemon juice, but remember not to scrub your skin harshly.

#2. Use oil to smoothen the skin
Removing the colours makes skin tight and dry. Still, you may find the hard colour patches on some part of your face, neck or body. Put some olive oil, baby oil or coconut oil, massage, and leave it for a few minutes. This helps remove the color without harming your skin.

#3. Cool of your skin with home-made face packs
Aloe vera is a common plant in household these days. Take out the pulp of aloe vera and add a little honey. This pack will cool your skin reducing the burning you suffered with colours and while scrubbing the skin. Honey will make the skin soft and smooth.

#4. Stick to a skin care regimen for next one week
Post holi, you need a regular skin care schedule even if the colours have gone completely. Keep pampering your skin with natural things available at home. Apply, banana mask, cucumber and honey mask, sandalwood with olive oil, and any other mask that works well with your skin.

#5. Reduce the spring heat with fruits and liquid diet
The rich holi food, the sweets, and the regional delicacies you devoured in Holi needs to be compensated for. Give yourself enough of fresh fruits and fruit juices. Try smoothies, yoghurt, lassi, butter milk, and coconut water. These intakes will reflect in your glowing skin.

With all the above holi skin care tips, you are sure to get back your normal lovely skin in no time. Hope you all enjoyed a happy holi that carries memorable moments of everyone’s life. 

Friday, 10 March 2017

How Electronic Medical Records can help in Predictive Analytics for a Better Treatment & Care

Predictive Analytics is the branch of advanced analytics that uses techniques like data mining, statistics, modeling, machine learning, and artificial intelligence to analyze current data and make predictions for future. It has got implications in various industries and plays a significant role in healthcare industry as well. Right from helping in accurate diagnosis, it can assist in preventive medicines and public health, predictions about insurance costs, research on medicines, and a better outcome for the patients. This blog will focus on how the predictive analytics based on electronic medical records can benefit patients and doctors.

Predictive Analytics of EHR and EMR

The Common Scenario

Everyone is a patient at one or the other time and need medical care. It is assumed that doctors are experts and provide the best research-based solutions for any regular or emergency situation. No doubt, doctors give their best, but it is practically not possible for them to memory all the knowledge and treatment outcomes for various situations and retrieve them instantly on their fingertips. It is in this situation, that analysis of data is needed from patient’s past history, family history, past treatments, diagnosis, medications, and results for a better treatment action in the current situation.

Diagnosis and Treatment Without Electronic Medical Records

The use of conventional methods to diagnose and treat patients comes with its own set of difficulties some of which are listed below.

1.  The patient’s ability to recall and explain the problem in a way that doctors can comprehend.
2.  The patient’s ability to memorize and explain everything at a time for better correlation by the doctor.
3.  The documentation of all the past prescriptions and diagnostic reports to produce before the doctor.
4.  Doctor’s ability to refer and correlate all the hard copies of reports at the time in emergencies.

With increasing number of diseases and patients, the demand for doctors are soaring. The per patient time allocated by doctors needs to be economized to accommodate more number of patients without compromising on the quality of service delivered. Here, an EMR can play a significant role by presenting patient’s data or personal health records to the doctor in a format which is easily comprehensible and accurate.

How Predictive Analysis of EHR can help doctors

1.  Improved Care Coordination: Sharing of accurate information at a time among the providers leads to improved coordination and action. They can analyze the data and conclusions based on common shared information.
2.  Improved diagnostics & patient outcomes: The access to information about past medication, allergies, family history, and response to various treatments help doctors to predict the patient risk score and plan a treatment that is apt for him. Knowledge of past history eliminates the trial of treatment regimens which may or may not work for a given patient and allows the implementation of a treatment plan which is most likely suitable for the patient. 
3.  Practice Efficiency: Electronic prescriptions, quick data retrieval of lab results, and easy documentation have made the practices more efficient. With patients’ data in hand, doctors are quick in responding and acting on revisits.

How predictive analysis of EHR can help patients

1.  Improved diagnosis and accurate treatment: Treatment plan based on analysis of past records eliminates errors and yield better results by coming up with right diagnosis and appropriate treatment.
2.  Predictability of diseases help in preventive care: Analysis of family history helps in prediction of some obvious health conditions which helps in taking preventive treatment on time to avoid serious diseases.
3.  Suitability of treatment plan can be predicted: Analysis of medicine performance, allergies, and procedures help in choosing the right treatment in the very first instance.

“Predictive Analytics and Electronic Medical Records are re-engineering the pathway for personalized care”

Predictive analytics has changed the way doctors have been doing it all the way for many years by measuring, aggregating, and making sense of hard-to-obtain behavioral, psychological, and bio-metric data. The combination of these new data sets along with the clinical medicines and innovations has resulted in re-engineering of clinical pathways and a truly personalized care for the patients for better outcomes. 

Friday, 3 March 2017

It Can be Serious — Don’t Ignore Your Child’s Symptoms!!!

When you become a parent, the hidden doctor inside you also wakes up which keeps an alert eye on the child. Is the child eating properly, has normal body temperature, seems active, and behaving normal or not are a few things you obviously observe for. However, being busy in your work and away from your child for eight long working hours can somethings keep you ignorant of what’s actually happening with the child. Even if you are at home there is not a defined symptom checker and which temperature is the warning sign, which tummy ache is really serious, and which body rash is normal are a few things you might not be able to figure out correctly.

children health symptoms

Wait-and-watch is good, but parents should always be cautious and alert to seek medical help at the right time to prevent any serious consequences. Below are a few children’s health symptoms you should never ignore.

#1. High Body Temperature
 98.6 is the normal body temperature. If your child comes home little feverish, allow him to rest. Over-the-counter fever medicine can help, but if the temperature remains for more than 3 days or it shoots above 103 degree Fahrenheit, it time to pack your child for a doctor’s visit. High fever in children may result in other damage. Also, if the fever is accompanied with vomiting, headache, or tummy ache, you need a doctor.

#2. Bedtime Headache
Your child might give you headache 24/7 with his naughty activities, but what if your child gets a headache. It is not that worrisome during morning, play time, or evening, but if your child is getting headache while asleep on the bed, it’s a warning sign. Meet a doctor immediately for check-up.

#3. Type of skin rash
Skin rash in kids can be normal affecting the groin area, bottom area, under the arms, or inner thighs. However, if the rashes are affecting the whole body or if they have an eye with red rings radiating across the circles, they might turn serious. Do visit a doctor for a correlation.

#4. Vomiting and Diarrhoea
 It is one of the most serious problems. If the child is vomiting and passing loose stools excessively, he may get dehydrated. Watch out if the mouth and eyes are also dry and the child is getting very weak. The situation might need IV for which you must see a doctor.

#5. Pain while urination
The most common cause of pain during urination is the lack of water. So, first allow your child to drink plenty of water, but if the pain persists with redness in the area, please see a doctor. This might be some kind of infection which may resolve with right medication.

While you keep searching the best health tips for kids, watching out for the above symptoms is also mandatory.  Not only this, obesity in children is also a big problem which does not show any major symptom. But if you find your child’s weight on the higher side, you should meet a doctor at right time. With a little alertness, you can definitely avoid many emergency situations for your child.  

Friday, 24 February 2017

Is your Child Allergic to Certain Food? Learn how to prevent it

You might come across a panic situation with your child who just ate something and started experiencing discomfort, dizziness, vomiting, rashes or similar other reactive symptoms. When you are not sure what your child is allergic to, you might not guess that these symptoms are a signal towards food allergy. While some kids can show food allergies’ symptoms within few minutes, others may take two to four hours as well to react to a certain food.
You might end up feeding your child same thing again if you are not aware that your child is allergic to that food item.

90% of Food Allergies are caused by 8 types of food.
  1. Egg
  2. Milk
  3. Peanuts
  4. Tree nuts
  5. Fish
  6. Shellfish
  7. Wheat
  8. Soy
Food allergy rash in small babies can be severe with intense redness and itching. If your child is also witnessing similar condition, going for an allergy test is suggested so that you can be aware of what to avoid.
Symptoms and prevention for food allergy in children
How to diagnose a food allergy?
To diagnose a food allergy, doctor might take your food history and family history to discover any correlation. How long your child took to show the symptoms, for how long they lasted, and what and how much quantity was eaten are a few questions that much be tracked and recorded.

For specific diagnosis of food allergy and allergy treatment, skin-prick test and blood tests are done to find out exactly which food is causing the allergy.

What Happens in a Food Allergy?
In food allergy, the body reacts to a food as if it is harmful to the body. The immune system produces antibodies to fight the food allergen and this internal combat is reflected in the form a number of allergic symptoms.

How to Manage Food Allergies in Kids?
The primary way to manage a food allergy is to avoid the food that triggers the symptoms. Other things that you can do are following:
  1. Read carefully the ingredients and avoid if the allergic food is a part of some other packaged food item.
  2. Be extra careful while eating out and give specific instruction to the waiter as what to avoid in your food.
  3. For life-threatening food allergies, seek medical help and doctor might prescribe epinephrine auto-injector. This auto-injector should always be kept handy.
  4. Give special instructions to your child’s care taker, school teachers and others with whom your child spends time.
  5. In school, teachers and field instructors should have knowledge of how to identify the symptoms of food allergy in your child.
  6. If your child is diagnosed with an auto-injector, teachers and child’s care taker should be aware of how to use it and when to use it.
There is research going on to minimize food intolerance and build tolerance to allergic food. It is also possible that your child might develop resistance to allergic food at some later stage of life. However, you should be careful enough to avoid these foods to prevent any panic situation at home or outside.
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