Daily Health Tips: Post Partum Depression And More Questions On Ebola!

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Q: Good morning doc, please on this Ebola, is it possible for one to get re-infected after recovering from the ailment? Thanks

A: Well, it is thought that having been infected once, one develops antibodies that stop reinfection with that same strain of the virus. There are other strains of the Ebola virus, though.

Q: Hi doc, please I don’t know if you can help me with some tips on how to improve my mood naturally without the use of antidepressant. I have been feeling sort of depressed since I put to bed eight months ago. Thanks
A: Congratulations on your new baby. I am happy you have actually identified something is wrong because in our African environment, mothers with post-partum depression feel ashamed to admit the fact that they are finding it difficult to bond with their babies, feel inadequate and just feel withdrawn from everyone. You’re not alone…

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Daily Health Tips: Cow, Skimmed and Full Cream Milk.

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Q: Hello doctor, please what is the difference between cow milk, skimmed milk and full cream milk? Which is safer for regular consumption? Have a great day!

A: Skimmed milk and full cream milk are types of cow milk. Full cream milk has a lot of saturated fats. A diet rich in saturated fats is associated with heart disease. Skimmed milk has the least amount of fats (about 0.1%). There is also semi-skimmed milk which has about 2% fat content.

Here are the recommendations based on age:

  • From birth till 6 months, a baby should be getting breast milk only and he should get it on demand several times a day at least 2-3 hourly
  • From 6 months to 1 year, continue breast milk with other complementary feeds like fortified cereals

Before 1 year of age, your baby should not get cow milk (the regular milk we have). He should…

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Daily Health Tips: What Are My Chances Of Having A Normal Baby After My Last Pregnancy With Rubella?

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Q: Dr thank you for your help to us! My problem is that I delivered a baby but he died after a few hours. My blood test shown I have been affected with rubella. Is there any chance of me to get a baby with no disabilities in future?
 
A: Condolences on the loss of your baby. I trust that you have a good support system to see you through this difficult time. Hugs and loads of love.
 
Rubella is also called German measles or 3-day measles. It is a contagious viral infection with red rashes like the regular measles we all know. But, rubella is different from the ‘regular’ measles (also known as rubeola) as it is less severe and less infectious than rubeola. The symptoms of rubella are pretty mild and include mild fever, headache, aching joints, runny nose, red eyes, red rash that starts from…

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Daily Health Tips: Is It Okay If My Baby Starts Teething From The Upper Jaw?

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Q: Doc is there something wrong if a child starts teething on his upper jaw? What are the effects on a child who starts teething upper teeth?

A: When it comes to teething, there are varying grades of normal. The usual time for babies to start teething is between 4 to 10 months. However, some may have developed some teeth as early as three months and some as late as one year. Indeed, some children are born with teeth (neonatal teeth) and that is absolutely not witchcraft as I always say whenever I write on this 😀 If you have more than one child, you would have also noticed differences in the speed or rate of development from one child to the other. Each child is different 😉

In the same way, the bottom central incisors (teeth at the middle of the mouth) are usually the first to sprout. But your…

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#HLWDK Daily Health Tips: Re-Visiting Nose Bleeds

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Hello everyone, how are you? I hope y’all had a great week. The question below was from someone who scheduled an online one-on-one appointment with me. His questions were very interesting and I thought I’d share the second part of it today. I hope this helps someone else! Remember that scheduling a one-on-one appointment is easy. Just go inbox to my facebook page (www.facebook.com/healthylivingwithdrketch) and follow the prompts 

Q: Hello Doctor good morning, may God continue to bless your efforts in promoting wellness and healthy living. I’ve been reading other people’s question but this time I have a very pressing need and please sought your help. It’s about a woman who bleeds from nose and mouth at the same time. And much amount of blood. It takes efforts to stop. It starts from the nose and when she tries to breathe in, it comes out from the mouth. And immediately after…

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#HLWDK Daily Health Tips: Skipped Period In Adolescence

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Q: Good morning Doctor…. Please! My younger sister is 13 years old and started her menstrual period January 13th this year and up till now she hasn’t seen her period again… Please is there any problem that we will worry about? Your answer will be of great help, thank you…

Q: I want to ask about my friend’s period. Actually, from last few years she started facing change in her periods. Actually, she bleeds less almost 1 and half pads but her periods come every month. Her problem is about less bleeding. Her ultrasound is also clear. Please, tell me early is it dangerous? Or it can create disturbance in her marriage because she is going to marry soon but she is very frightened about her less bleeding. Please help her as soon as possible

A: So many questions on menstrual periods J I’ll try to address everyone in this…

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#HLWDK Daily Health Tips: World Tuberculosis Day

Today is World Tuberculosis Day and this is the same day in 1882 when Dr Robert Koch discovered the bacterium that causes Tuberculosis.

Some background…
Tuberculosis (Tb) is a bacterial infection that mainly affects lungs. The infection could be active in which case the person is sick and can transmit the infection to another person or the infection could be inactive, in which case the infection is present in the body but does not cause infection neither can it be transmitted to another person. However, this latter case, needs to be treated as it can become active.

The issue of Tb has come more to the front burner with the advent of HIV/AIDS which causes a depression of the immune system such that the Tb infection can hold sway. Other conditions that depress the immune system include cancer treatment, some cancers, malnutrition, Diabetes Mellitus, extremes of age (very young or very old) etc

Symptoms of Tb include fever, cough that lasts for 3 weeks or more, coughing up blood, night sweats, weight loss etc
Treatment of Tb involves the use of a combination of drugs to prevent resistance. These drugs must be taken for the full course to prevent resistance. Common drugs used include Rifampicin, Isoniazid, Pyrazinamide and Ethambutol.

In countries like Nigeria, the vaccine BCG is the cornerstone of prevention and this is given to children at birth. Unfortunately, the poor economic conditions in most places in Africa makes this disease spread rapidly if one person gets it as overcrowding due to poor/inadequate housing helps the bacteria spread. Teaching people to cover their coughs and stay in well ventilated places also help.

For related post, please click on the link: https://chatwithdrketch.com/2014/10/21/daily-health-tips-i-just-started-exercising-but-now-i-feel-pain-on-my-chest/

Have a great night, people 😀

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Daily Health Tips:Why Can’t I Feel My Baby Moving Yet?

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Q: Good afternoon Doc. Please ma’am, I am confused. My pregnancy is 20 wks now and the baby has not started kicking in my tummy. I feel a light movement once in awhile but I expected it to have started that kind of serious kicks. Ma’am please answer me to know what next to do
 
A: The first time you feel your baby’s movement is known as quickening and the time women feel it varies person to person. It ranges from 16 to 25 weeks but women who have had babies before may feel this much earlier. Women describe it as different things: a bubbly feeling; butterflies in their tummy; gas etc.
 
You may notice, though when you drink cold water, that baby moves around. This is, theoretically because the uterus/womb is close to the digestive tract such that the cold water in the digestive tract stimulates the…

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Daily Health Tips: How Do I Clean My Dirty System In Pregnancy?

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Q: Good evening Dr. I really need your help. I’m six weeks pregnant and my system or rather stomach is so dirty in our language we call it (nyoko). So I’m struggling I feel like throwing up every day and nothing comes out. My lips gets dry I feel disgusted at everything I can even stomach anything unless if it’s chilly and the disadvantage is I get heart burns. PLEASE HELP ME WHAT MUST I TAKE TO CLEAN MY STOMACH WITHOUT DISTURBING THE PREGNANCY. I CAN’T KEEP SPITTING SALIVA OUT ALL DAY. MY STOMACH IS DIRTY PLEASE HELP .I CONSULTED BUT THE DR DOESN’T WONNA PRESCRIBE ANYTHING FOR ME. PLEEEEEEEEEAAAASSSEEEE HELP ME

A: Hello, thanks for writing in. I had responded to this question a couple of weeks ago but because I wondered how many people believe this ‘nyoko’ thing, I will repost.

Please understand that pregnancy comes with various…

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Daily Health Tips: Why Do I Have Blurred Vision?!

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Q: What is cataracts, glaucoma all about? Has it a natural cure?

A: The lens of the eye is usually clear and is made up of protein and water. As one gets older, the protein gets clumped and vision becomes blurred. Initially, this may not significantly affect vision but with time, it becomes really difficult to read, drive a car etc. It’s like reading through a ‘water fall’ which, by the way, is the meaning of cataract 😀 In the initial stages, using stronger lighting may be helpful but with time, if this worsens and interferes with daily activities, surgery may be the next course of action.

The symptoms of cataract include blurred vision, double vision and difficulty with vision at night. Patients with cataract may also complain of yellowing of colours, seeing halos and being unduly sensitive to light.

Cataracts may occur as a natural process of aging as…

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