Daily Health Tips: I Am Worried That My Baby May Have A Tongue Tie.

Dear all,

Thanks for constantly visiting this page for wellness information that affect you and yours. Please note that due to the volume of questions we get on a daily basis, it may take us a little while to get to your question…but we will get to you.

In the meantime, y’all could try visiting my blog too to find answers for your questions. :D For instance, if your question is on breastfeeding, then visit http://www.chatwith drketch.com and type in breastfeeding. You will be presented with all my posts on that subject. You can now choose which post is most appropriate for you. If the blog doesn’t have the answer you’re looking for, still go head and post them here on the page or inbox or email. We will answer…that’s why we’re here: to make your lives that much better by answering your wellness questions :D
And now, our question for the day:

Q: Doctor, good afternoon. I really appreciate ur efforts in educating d masses medically. I have something bothering my mind. When I had my baby, she seemed to have tongue tie. But the pediatrician said its nothing at 5 months. But she can’t lift d tongue up very well. When she plays with her tongue she moves it about but the tip of the tongue does not pass her lips. I’m really scared. I don’t want to take chances. Will my baby talk?
A: Thanks for writing in.

In babies with tongue tie, there’s a tight piece of skin holding the tongue down from the underside of the tongue to the floor of the mouth. This is also called ankyloglossia and could affect baby’s ability to latch on properly to suckle (as the tongue does not cover the lower gum). This can lead to baby chomping on mum’s nipple with resultant sore nipples.

First thing, do not be scared. Even if indeed, she has tongue tie, it’s not a huge problem. Some doctors believe that if it’s not affecting baby’s feeding, then it should be left well alone. But others believe, it should be taken out as there’s also a possibility that it could cause speech problems later.

The treatment, if required, is cutting through the tight piece of skin holding the tongue down. The area is usually numbed before this procedure is carried out. Older babies and adults may have to be put to sleep first (general anaesthesia).

If you disagree with your doctor about the treatment he has suggested, please seek a second opinion. Perhaps visiting a teaching hospital may present you with many options for qualified medical opinion

Have a good night, y’all :D

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Daily Health Tips: What Is The Cause of Brown Coloured And Blood Stained Breast Milk?

Q: Hi Dr Ketch, Please, let me know what is responsible for flow of brownish breast milk, occasionally mixed with blood? What step should be taken to control it if need be.

A: Brownish breast milk usually signifies broken down products of blood in breast milk and the occasional appearance of ‘frank’ blood in the case above, appears to confirm that this may be the case. The appearance of frank or altered blood in breast milk is not necessarily a serious issue but where in doubt, as usual, please see your doctor.

What would be the cause(s) of blood in breast milk?

• Growth of milk making cells: This is likely to cause blood in milk in the first few days of birth but usually does not persist beyond a week.
• Cracked nipples: This may occur due to difficulties with baby latching in to the nipple, a blocked nipple pore, biting of the nipple as the baby starts teething etc
• Broken capillaries in the breast as a result of wrong breast pumping technique, either manually or using a breast pump.
• Small breast tumours called intraductal pappilomas. These are usually harmless, occur on one side only and disappear without any treatment.

Usually during this period, the baby may pass out dark stool (due to altered blood in the stool) or vomit blood stained breast milk after feeding.

Usually, this condition would resolve with time. However, if it is too painful to continue breastfeeding at this time, breast milk should be expressed. This gives the breasts time to heal and also provides sufficient nourishment for the baby in the interim.

To prevent a recurrence,
• Prevent cracked nipples by ensuring baby latches on well, wear bras made of fabric that can breathe and clean nipples with water only.
• Be gentle with the breasts while expressing breast milk whether manually or with breast pump. For the latter, be sure to get a pump that suits your breast size.

If baby starts having bloody diarrhea or worsening jaundice, it is possible he is getting a lot of blood in the breast milk. Please take him to see his/her paediatrician.

For related posts, please click on the links below:

http://chatwithdrketch.com/2014/09/12/daily-health-tips-im-a-breastfeeding-mother-who-just-developed-a-painful-lump-in-my-breast-could-it-be-cancer/

http://chatwithdrketch.com/2014/09/25/daily-health-tips-breast-feeding-strike-and-menstrual-migraine/

Have a good night, people :D

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Daily Health Tips: Recipe For And Storage Of Yoghurt

Q: Good evening ma’am. Thanks for your lecture on how to make yoghurt. Please after making the yoghurt, how long will it stay in the fridge or freezer before it goes sour or should it be stored the way you taught on how to store milk or should it be consumed immediately after preparation? Thanks

A: I’ve received a lot of questions about the recipe for yoghurt and its usefulness ever since the 3rd season of our show aired and I had shown one other recipe for yoghurt.

I’ll share with you my personal easy-peasy recipe for yoghurt. This recipe uses powdered milk.

Mix one part of milk to four parts of warm water (you could use a measuring cup and this means one measuring cup of milk will be mixed with four measuring cups of warm water; if you use a bowl, then one bowl of milk to four bowls of milk etc.). Add a quarter measure (cup, bowl or whatever is your measure) of already made yoghurt that has probiotics in it to the mixture. This could be store bought yoghurt or some that you have stored from the last batch of yoghurt you made. Stir the mixture and cover in an airtight container for about 4 to 8 hours. I usually leave mine overnight. Give a final mix and there you’ve got it, your own delicious home-made yoghurt.
Note that I didn’t add sugar. I usually don’t. If you must, add a little. Otherwise, cutting up some apples into it and/or adding some nice crunchy nuts makes this taste even more delicious. Remember that you can also blend this up with some fruits and make a delicious smoothie :D I feel hungry already ;D

Now, how to store…just like for milk: Do not store on the fridge door. Store at the back of the fridge where it is coldest. Be sure to finish it up within three days and do not store close to strong smelling foods as they very readily take on those smells…imagine drinking onion-flavoured yoghurt :D Disgusting. Can you store in the freezer? Well, yes. But freezing gives yoghurt a different texture when it thaws. You may not like it. If you don’t mind though, then hey, freeze away :)

Have a great night y’all :D

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Daily Health Tips: What Can I Do To Help With Constipation In Pregnancy?

Q: What can a woman who just found out she’s pregnant but having serious constipation do?

A: Welcome to the land of pregnancy and raging hormones!!! This is going to be an interesting period in your life and your hormones are going to act up in different ways.

Constipation is common in pregnancy and is due to the hormones of pregnancy which make the muscles of your digestive tract work in a more leisurely manner. This ensures that food stays longer in the tract, more nutrients are absorbed from it (so that more nutrients can go to baby) but also more water is absorbed from it, leaving the poop hard and constipated. The iron-containing pre-natal drugs may also contribute to this but you do have to take them ;D

Tips to help you deal with the constipation include:

• Adding more fruits and veggies to meals.
• Eating small quantities at a time. You could try to aim for 5 small meals (breakfast, lunch dinner and 2 snacks in between) per day containing fruits, Veggies, complex carbs and proteins. Snacks can be a handful of nuts, etc
• Drink sufficient amounts of water. At least 8 glasses. Remember that this depends on your activity and weather condition. If you find yourself in a hot environment where you’re sweating a lot, by all means drink some more.
• Some activity is also useful in getting things ‘down there’ to move along ;) Remember to check with your doctor, what activities are safe for you to undertake when pregnant.
• Yoghurt with probiotics is also a great idea and helps the stomach bacteria break down the food and more importantly, keep it moving along.

For more symptoms of pregnancy and the red flags, please click on the link below:

http://chatwithdrketch.com/2013/10/26/baby-in-the-tummy-its-all-up-to-mummy-is-it/

Have a fabulous week, people :D

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Loya Saturday Challenge 2: Stand A Chance Of Winning N2000 Airtime.

Several myths prevent us from making the right decisions concerning our health.

“For a chance to win N2,000 airtime, answer the question below':

Mention 5 nutrition facts and fiction.

The first person to answer correctly, will win our prize.

Terms and conditions:

Participants must be followers of this blog. If you’re not a follower, follow our blog to qualify.

The first correct answer is the winner of the prize.

Only one answer per participant will be accepted.

Answers are based on the episodes of our 5 minute show airing on AIT and Silverbird TV on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

If a participant provides more than one answer, the first answer will be used.

Edited answers will be disqualified.

This challenge lapses by 11.59 pm on Monday, the 27th of October, 2014

So, what are you waiting for?! Best of luck, guys!

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Loya Saturday Challenge: Stand A Chance Of Winning N2000 Airtime

Most people want to do the right thing in terms of nutrition, but don’t know how.

“For a chance to win N2,000 airtime, answer the question below':

Mention 5 tips for good nutrition.

The first person to answer correctly, will win our prize.

Terms and conditions:

Participants must be followers of this page. If you’re not a follower, follow our blog to qualify.

The first correct answer is the winner of the prize.

Only one answer per participant will be accepted.

Answers are based on the episodes of our 5 minute show airing on AIT and Silverbird TV on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

If a participant provides more than one answer, the first answer will be used.

Edited answers will be disqualified.

This challenge lapses by 11.59 pm on Monday, the 27th of October, 2014

So, what are you waiting for?! Best of luck, guys!

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Daily Health Tips: Should I Add Vinegar to My Bath Water For Intimate Cleaning?

Q: Good day, Dr. Please, is it wise for a woman to add a little vinegar into warm water to cleanse her private part?

A: Well, adding vinegar to the water is like making a ‘home-made’ douche :D And douching is discouraged. It messes with the normal vaginal flora (the normal and useful bacteria which live in the vagina) and causes overgrowth of the environment with unwanted organisms like candida.
To wash your private part, clean water and your hands doing the cleaning is sufficient. You may also use non-perfumed soap, if you prefer. Perfumed soaps may cause an irritation in some people.
For more on this subject, please click on the links below:

http://chatwithdrketch.com/2014/04/02/daily-health-tips-should-i-wash-my-intimates-with-disnfectant/

http://chatwithdrketch.com/2014/09/22/daily-health-tips-what-is-pid/

http://chatwithdrketch.com/2014/09/30/daily-health-tips-what-is-douching/

Take out time to recharge your batteries this weekend. I intend to spend quality time catching up with my bed :D

Have a great weekend people :D

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