#HLWDK Daily Health Tips: Cold Water And Conception

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Q: Good evening ma’am. Please Doctor, can taking of COLD WATER prevent someone from conceiving? Thanks. God will continue to strengthen you in all your endeavors.

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A: There are so many stories and taboos surrounding pregnancy that we need to address, really. Some pregnant women are practically banned from drinking cold water during pregnancy for this and other unclear reasons. There’s no medical basis for any of these stories. If you have a cold and you’re staying off cold water and filling up on warm fluids, I get it!However, if it’s for any of the ‘traditional reasons’ kindly ask for an explanation if you’re uncertain. Your doctor is always a great and useful resource.

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So, in simple language, ‘no. drinking cold water cannot prevent conception.’ And it cannot cause a problem for your baby when you’re pregnant.Whenever I am pregnant, I not only drink cold water but actually take a…

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#HLWDK Daily Health Tips: When Is A good Time To Conceive Again?

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Q: Please
ma, I gave birth through operation six months ago; I would like to know the
spacing to give before conceiving again. Thanks!

A: Interesting
question! And a good one too!:DI smile because I had two babies in
two consecutive years (2004 and 2005)! They are really a year and 9 months
apart but it was kinda embarrassing when people pointed that I practically had
them back to back:D

Truth is, when you and hubby choose to have children is totally
up to you but just like everything else in life, there are choices we make that
may not be optimal in the long term. Having children at very close intervals
(less than one and a half to two years) puts both mother and baby at risk.

For mum, she would not have had enough time to build back her
stock of nutrients like iron and folate. Some studies…

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#HLWDK Daily Health tips: More Food Hygiene Tips

More food hygiene tips…

Once you have opened a can of food, take the food out of the can before storing it in the fridge to prevent food contamination with metal

De-frost food completely before cooking & if you’re in a hurry de-frost in a micro-wave oven.

If you store chicken or other meat in your fridge, be sure that it is not in contact with any other food to prevent food poisoning

Store meats in the bottom part of the fridge away from other foods to ensure that fluids from them don’t drip onto other foods when thawing

Do not store cooked meat together with raw meat to prevent transfer of germs. These germs can cause food poisoning

Buy green leafy veggies whole from the market, soak in a bowl of water that has salt or food-safe disinfectant in it & rinse before use

I hope these tips are helpful 😀

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#HLWDK Daily Health Tips: Food Hygiene Tips

Eggs can cause food poisoning. Ensure that egg dishes like scrambled eggs, French toasts  etc are well cooked with no hint of raw eggs

Chicken can  cause salmonella infection if you use the same chopping board or work surface used to prepare chicken to prepare other 

Worms in raw or slightly cooked fish can survive in the intestines of man & cause infections. Thus fish has to be properly cooked

If you use wooden chopping boards, please change them. Nicks and cuts on them can be rich reservoirs for germs.

If food has been cooked, be sure to store within 2 hours of preparation if you plan to keep in the fridge/freezer, to deter germs.

Clean your fridge often to ensure that you’re not actively growing germs in them and keep the temperature below 5°C

Storing hot foods straight in the fridge, increases the fridge temperature& encourages the growth of micro-organisms. 

Store foods that go bad easily towards the back of the fridge where it’s cooler eg milk and other dairy foods.

If your food is over-stocked, that’s also a problem as the cool air will not be able to circulate to keep your food cool & fresh 

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#HLWDK Daily Health Tips: Do You Have Sensitive Teeth?

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Do you love your ice and just love to chew on it? Well, here’s news for you. You just might be contributing to the development of sensitive teeth. Sensitive teeth are a source of pain to whoever has them as they often times feel a sharp pain in their teeth when they take cold or hot drinks and even when air touches their teeth.
 
What else can cause this? Let’s give you 5 causes of teeth sensitivity:
 
Acidic foods like lemon and lime, yoghurt, carbonated drinks and even tea can cause erosion of the enamel of your teeth. A good preventive measure is to use straws, where possible, while taking these drinks and be sure to rinse out your mouth with water or even drink milk afterwards to neutrailze their effects.
 
Using a hard bristled toothbrush and brushing too hard. Studies have shown again and again, that…

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#HLWDK Daily Health Tips: Is It Safe To Use Powder On My Baby’s Skin?

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Q: I heard somewhere that it’s not safe to use powder on my baby.
Is this true?

A: Great question! For most mothers with babies, some form of
powder is a staple in the baby care pack. Powder is sprinkled all over the baby
after they have been moisturized, used on the baby’s butt to prevent nappy
rash, sprinkled on suspected rashes on the baby’s body etc. So, using powder on
babies is pretty common due to the belief that it prevents friction and absorbs
moisture

However, studies have shown that the cloud of powder ‘dust’ can be
inhaled by babies and cause respiratory problems. Babies most at risk include
premature babies, those born with heart disease, those with frequent
respiratory problems etc.

Therefore, if you must use powder on your baby, here are a couple
of tips:

Don’t shake the powder onto your baby. Move away from your baby…

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#HLWDK Daily Health Tips: Having Problems With Alcohol?

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It’s a weekend and people would usually attend parties and socialize. When you socialize, do you drink alcohol? Do you have problems with alcohol?
 
Alcoholism is a disease which is chronic and often progressive and includes problems controlling your drinking, being preoccupied with alcohol, continuing to use alcohol even when it causes problems, having to drink more to get the same effect (physical dependence), or having withdrawal symptoms when you rapidly decrease or stop drinking.
 
It is also possible to have a problem with alcohol, even when it has not progressed to the point of alcoholism. Problem drinking means drinking too much at times, causing repeated problems in your life, although you’re not completely dependent on alcohol.
Here are five tips to help you monitor your alcohol limits
• If you choose to drink alcohol, do it in moderation.
• For men: no more than two drinks per…

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#HLWDK Daily Health Tips: Why Is My baby Crying?

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Q: Hi, my baby is crying a lot, day and night. What can be the cause, and how can I cure it?

A: What’s my baby saying when he whimpers, when he cries, when he … what does it all mean. It can be pretty overwhelming trying to make sense out of it all, I knowJ

Let’s help you out: Here are some signals babies could be giving out when they cry

Hunger:

If your baby isn’t full after a feed, he would cry at the end of it and before the next one. Babies also don’t feel hungry at regular intervals and so there are days when he appears to need a feed more often and other days when he needs it infrequently.

So, offer a feed if you’re not sure what signal he is giving out.

Needing to be held:

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Do cool mums breastfeed?

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It was World Breast feeding week last week and this event got my mind racing down memory lane. A few years ago when I was pregnant for my first child, I made plans…loads of them. How great a mother I was going to be, I would make packed lunches, make her hair, teach her, school her, take her to work with me, (so I could exclusively breast feed), take her to school by myself (when it was that time), pick her up too, do her laundry by myself etc. I wanted to be super mum. All those statistics of mothers who left their children etc., was never going to be me or my child. 

And so, I birthed this child. And, I set about doing all the things I had planned to do with a vengeance! I had no help…I insisted on doing everything myself, (never mind that by the…

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#HLWDK Daily Health Tips: Can I Treat High Blood Pressure With Diet Alone?

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Q: Hello Dr. I have been to a high blood pressure routine check for 3 weeks and yesterday I was diagnosed for it. I know I take in lot of salt and fatty food. I’m not ready for the treatment because they said once I use it I won’t have to stop it. Dr. is it possible to avoid treatment and regain normal pressure if I reduce fats and salt in my diet? My last blood pressure was 180/90 and they said I might have a stroke. How can I avoid this doctor?

A: High blood pressure used to be defined as blood pressure reading of 140/90mmHg or more. Not anymore!
The new guidelines by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association state that only blood pressure readings below 120/80mmHg can now be considered normal blood pressure.
A systolic blood pressure reading between 120 and 129mmHg is…

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