Daily Health Tips: Why Do I Feel Sad When I Breastfeed?

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Hello, y’all 😀 I hope you missed my post yesterday. I apologize. I was completely exhausted. It has been a long couple of weeks for me. My body insisted on taking the much needed rest it required yesterday evening and the better part of today. I feel more human now 😀

How was your week? I hope y’all found time to rest today.

And now to the question I would have posted yesterday…

Q: Good day, ma’am. My baby is 4 months old and anytime, I breastfeed my baby, I feel sad. I don’t know the cause. Should I stop breastfeeding? Looking forward to your sweet reply.

A: Congratulations on your new baby 😀
Everyone talks about how fleeting the pain of childbirth is once the bundle of joy is held in the arms of the mother. It then appears ‘somewhat’ unnatural when mothers experience sadness in taking care of…

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#HLWDK Daily Health Tips: Is The Keto Diet Good For You?

Hello everyone! And just like that, the year is gradually rolling to an end! Who woulda thunk it!!! It feels like we just started the year a few weeks ago and yet, here we are racing to the finish line for 2018. I am thankful to God for his mercies, kindness and protection. And I am thankful for YOU!

I got this message a few days ago and thought to use it as the health tip for today.

‘Good evening doctor. Thanks for all the wonderful health tips. I must say they impact positively on us. Please doc, can you teach us the pros and cons of ketogenic diet. Thanks as I await your lecture.’

In response to this question, I repeat a post I had made before on this subject. The link at the bottom is a useful resource for everyone who has questions on keto diet. Don’t fall for everything you hear! 😀

Q: Good evening Doctor, please is ketogenic diet safe for everyone. I am confused about the high fat about the diet. Please kindly help me understand the diet since I really want to lose weight after child birth.

A: The keto diet is mainly used to reduce the frequency of epileptic seizures in children. It has been used for weight loss and achieves results short-term, in some cases. The long-term effects and safety are not really clear. But some side effects have been documented. They include: some nutritional deficiency because you are not eating a wide range of foods, kidney problems because there is such a thing as, ‘too much of a good thing!’ and the kidney struggles to metabolize all the protein in the diet, liver problems due to the high fat content of keto meals that the liver has to process, constipation because the keto diet is low on complex carbs like grains, mood swings etc. The news is really not fantsatic 😦

So, if you want to lose weight after your baby, honestly, I’ve got no easy answers. It’s diet and exercise….oh and breastfeeding. But breastfeeding is not very helpful if one is not exercising and watching their portions. Again, the dictum of feeding for two here doesn’t also count.

The diet to focus on is the very same one we talk about all the time: fruits, veggies and complex carbs with focus on healthier cooking methods (less frying etc). Exercise should focus, initially on pelvic floor exercises especially if you’re leaking urine when you cough or laugh. To locate your pelvic floor muscles, try holding your urine when you feel pressed. If you are successful, then you have located the muscles you need. Then empty your bladder and lie on the floor. Contract those same muscles and hold the contraction for about 5 seconds and then relax it for about 5 seconds. Gradually build this up to holding the contraction for 10 seconds. Repeat this about 3 times a day. Once you no longer leak, you’re ready for your exercises.

Have you noticed how it is usually easier to lose the baby weight after your first baby and harder afterwards? 😀 Focus on building up your stamina gradually especially if you were not very active in pregnancy or before. Please remember to always contact your doctor before starting any vigorous exercise program. As you get into the groove, get down with your aerobics, strength training and sit-ups et al.

This is where breast feeding comes in, if you’re exercising and eating right, breastfeeding can help lose weight…as much as 300 calories per day. Does tying a wrapper tightly round your waist help flatten tummy? Honestly, I’ve heard people who swear by that technique. So, what I’ll say is, if it works for you, why not? Just don’t tie so tight as to stop blood flow 😀

How soon to start exercise after having a baby? Well, it depends on how active you were before and during pregnancy. If you were very active, you can start some light stretches as soon as you feel able. However, generally, we advise 6 – 8 weeks after birth to allow for a post-natal check to have been done. Again, start small and allow your body to get into the groove.

That’s it. And to learn more about the keto diet and side effects, click on the link below

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Which blood pressure number is important? – Harvard Health

What number is more significant of the blood pressure numbers? The top number or the bottom number? Read this and find out!

https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/which-blood-pressure-number-is-important?fbclid=IwAR1bJ6FKaykEzWxGmS-UizQZpHrQ8qnNHo3DsaWOiYyTPZx40gyQjvvrX3Q

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#HLWDK Daily Health Tips: No Periods With Injectable!

Q:  Hi Doc! Good day! I have a family planning called injectable. Is it normal that Idon’t have periods at all? Many said it is not good with period – it must bemonthly and not having period is dangerous as it may cause ovary cancer. Pleaserespond to clarify. Thank you. God bless!

A: Family planning injection, called injectable, works by thickening mucous in the cervix, preventing sperm from getting into the womb (uterus) or by preventing the ovaries from releasing eggs every month (ovulation) and so the person taking the injections can’t get pregnant.

Taking these injections affect women differently. In the first few months, there be excessive bleeding during periods, followed by a period of lighter periods. This may yet be followed by a period of irregular or no periods especially in women who have taken these injections for up to a year – so don’t mind those pocket doctors who have told you about the dangers of not seeing your period! 😀 Irregular periods should be discussed with your doctor to ascertain the cause. It may be due to the drug or due to an infection which needs to be treated. Prolonged periods can also be treated.

When these injections are stopped, it takes a while for ovulation to be restored because these injections are long lasting. It can be as long as 2 to 3 months. In some other cases, this can last for about a year or even up to 2 years. This has nothing to do with the duration for which the injection was taken.

All the best!

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#HLWDK Daily Health Tips: Teething Child with Fever!

Q: I have a one year old child who is now teething and he has high temperature on his head. I have been giving him Calpol syrup since yesterday. He was better but this morning it started again what should I do Doctor??

A: It is thought that the inflammation of the gum around the area where the tooth will erupt from may cause low grade fever which is why the babies may experience some fever.

Another significant symptom believed to be associated with teething is diarrhoea. There’s no conclusive research that has shown any link between the process of erupting a tooth and diarrhoea. If anything, we’ve found out that this is the same period when children start picking up things and of course the natural ‘tourist’ destination for anything they pick up, is their mouths! 😀 What happens? When they pick up dirty stuff and suck on it, it would ultimately lead to diarrhoea.

So, more than ever, that’s a time to be watchful and ensure that the children are not stuff their mouths with rubbish and ensure their toys are cleaned.

Having said that, how can I help my baby through teething what with the itch and discomfort they feel around the ‘erupting tooth’ area? Even the drooling? Well, here are a few things you could do:

Rub over the teething area with your finger (thoroughly scrubbed and clean, of course :D) or use a finger covered with clean gauze or even the baby’s wash cloth. If this is cool to touch, this is even better. Massage the teething area with this…it helps to soothe the discomfort.

Teething rings are great ideas too and you could also refrigerate these to provide more comfort. Please do not freeze them.
Clean off the drooling saliva as this could cause irritation around the baby’s mouth, worsening his crankiness.

Over the counter analgesics like paracetamol could also be helpful provided it’s given in the appropriate dose for the baby’s age. This will also help with the fever. Please avoid Aspirin as it causes a disease called Reye’s syndrome.

Several studies have been conducted on the efficacy of gripe water though it is liberally used by parents and doctors alike, and it has not really been found to be particularly useful in teething. Older formulae contained alcohol which were thought to be perhaps, responsible for the soothing effect it had. Other components like the herbs etc may not go down well with all children.

If the fever continues, please take the baby to see the doctor to rule out other causes of fever.

So, there you go!

Have a good night y’all 😀

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Another significant symptom believed to be associated with teething is diarrhoea. There’s no conclusive research that has shown any link between the process of erupting a tooth and diarrhoea. If anything, we’ve found out that this is the same period when children start picking up things and of course the natural ‘tourist’ destination for anything they pick up, is their mouths!  What happens? When they pick up dirty stuff and suck on it, it would ultimately lead to diarrhoea.

So, more than ever, that’s a time to be watchful and ensure that the children are not stuff their mouths with rubbish and ensure their toys are cleaned.

Having said that, how can I help my baby through teething what with the itch and discomfort they feel around the ‘erupting tooth’ area? Even the drooling? Well, here are a few things you could do:

Rub over the teething area with your finger (thoroughly scrubbed and clean, of course :D) or use a finger covered with clean gauze or even the baby’s wash cloth. If this is cool to touch, this is even better. Massage the teething area with this…it helps to soothe the discomfort.

Teething rings are great ideas too and you could also refrigerate these to provide more comfort. Please do not freeze them.
Clean off the drooling saliva as this could cause irritation around the baby’s mouth, worsening his crankiness.

Over the counter analgesics like paracetamol could also be helpful provided it’s given in the appropriate dose for the baby’s age. This will also help with the fever. Please avoid Aspirin as it causes a disease called Reye’s syndrome.

Several studies have been conducted on the efficacy of gripe water though it is liberally used by parents and doctors alike, and it has not really been found to be particularly useful in teething. Older formulae contained alcohol which were thought to be perhaps, responsible for the soothing effect it had. Other components like the herbs etc may not go down well with all children.

If the fever continues, please take the baby to see the doctor to rule out other causes of fever.

So, there you go!

😀

Have a good night y’all 

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Daily Health Tips: Why Do I Have Pain/Rashes On The Roof Of My Mouth?

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Q: Good evening, Doctor. Please what causes rashes/sores and pain in the mouth, the roof of the mouth, to be precise. Thank you.

A: There are a couple of ailments that can cause sores in the mouth and of course the roof of the mouth called the palate. They include:

Fever blisters known as cold sores can cause this and the pain associated with this condition is worse when hot, spicy or acidic foods like lemon are taken. They are mostly found around the lips. These sores are contagious but most times clear up without the need for medication. Sometimes, antiviral drugs are administered.

Canker sores are not contagious but just like fever blisters, most times, they disappear without any definitive treatment within a week.
Infections of the mouth (viral, fungal or bacterial), deficiency of minerals, smoking etc are some factors that may causes sores in the mouth and subsequent…

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#HLWDK Saturday Recipes

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Hello y'all! Trust you had a great week! Woke up this morning quite hungry! Wondering what to eat and was confronted by the sight of this big bunch of plantains I bought some weeks back. They took their sweet time getting ripe…and by then, my ever-hungry brood had gone back to school! So, it's either 'condemn' myself to a lifetime of plantains for breakfast, lunch and dinner or do something else. Here's what I did..I made banana fritters. I took a couple of the plantains (by the way, you can also use bananas) and blended them up. You can also mash them. Added milk, eggs and a mix of flour and oats. Given how sweet the plantains are, you really don't.need sugar…but I'm sure some of you will still add some 😀 That's fine. Just don't go overboard! For a standard recipe, you'll need 2 medium sized very ripe plantains/bananas (soft) 1 cup of flour 1 cup of oats (you can skip this and use 2 cups of flour. This is healthier though) 3 eggs 1 cup of milk (if you use powdered milk, mix with water and make up to a cup) 2 teaspoons baking powder (this is optional. I actually didn't use it in my recipe) Mash/blend bananas. Add all other ingredients and whisk. Put your frying pan on the lit burner. Allow the oil to get hot and then fry up your fritters in batches. That's it! You'll never again throw away soft bananas/plantains! Try it out and let me know how it goes. #leftovers #healthyliving #healthylivingwithdrketch #comfortfood #saturdayrecipes

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