6 Tips To Reduce Your Child’s Anxiety

From the outside childhood appears to be a happy, carefree time of life and yet for 10 to 20 % of adolescents and children this is not the case. In reality they are displaying symptoms of anxiety – this does not include the ones experiencing stress. There are some things as a parent you can do to help reduce your child’s anxiety and stress.

Encourage them to face their fears rather than run away from them. Our instinct is to avoid situations that we fear and children are no different. The act of avoiding things we fear does nothing to minimize it but fosters the anxiety. By facing their fears your child will find that the anxiety gradually disappears. The body will naturally calm itself as it can’t remain in this high anxiety state once your child sees it’s okay it becomes easier the next time.

It’s okay that they’re not perfect. Parents like to see our children excel in sports and achieve good grades. Sometimes kids just need to be kids with no pressure to always be their best at whatever they’re doing. A healthy balance between succeeding and enjoying being a kid can help reduce your child’s anxiety or stress.

Accentuate the positive. Those prone to stress and anxiety can become caught in thoughts of what’s wrong and critical of themselves. They have a tendency to focus on their negative qualities or lack of success rather than the positive things. Setting the tone by highlighting the positive things and the good aspects of any situation is the way to ease your child’s anxiety or stress.

Schedule relaxing activities. Activities shouldn’t always involve a competition and unstructured play or free time is good for adolescents and children. Free time for playing a game or engaging in a sport minus the emphasis on winning and doing it for the pure joy of it.

Be a role model. Parents are the first example that children learn from as they observe how you live your life. If you avoid stressful situations your child will mimic you by avoiding these things as well. Are you rushed and over scheduled or do they see that your take time for your own needs. Self care is an important part of life and they learn from the way their parents treat themselves. By having a positive attitude you show your children to see the good in things.

Reward your child’s brave behaviour. If they face their fears praise them, hug them even a tangible small reward is nice. Think of it as a motivator rather than a bribe and you may soon find he or she may be brave more often.

Contact Toronto Child Therapists Thrive Therapy for more information on how you can reduce your child’s anxiety.

How To Treat Gum Disease

One thing you will never want to be told at your dental check up is that you have gum disease. Being diagnosed with gum or periodontal disease can impact a person’s overall health if left untreated and become a much bigger problem. For this reason regular check ups are important for preventing gum disease or at the very least early intervention and less invasive treatment options. Once you are diagnosed with gum disease your Vancouver children’s dentist will need to use procedures other that regular cleaning to treat the disease. In the early stages most treatment involves non surgical procedures however in more advanced cases surgical procedures are often required. The following explains each procedure and what it involves.

Non surgical procedures

While a regular cleaning is for the visible portion of the teeth, scaling and planing are required to deal with gum disease. Scaling and root planing is a special procedure that removes plaque and tartar ( also known as calculus) from under the gum line in periodontal pockets. This smooths out the root surfaces to promote healing and a scaling is the only way to remove calculus from this area.

In some cases antibiotics and antimicrobials may be used in conjunction with scaling and root planing procedures. If diagnosed early most cases respond to scaling and root planing along with continued daily cleaning and result in reversing gum disease.

Periodontal maintenance/ supportive periodontal therapy Following scaling and root planing specialized deep cleaning can minimize the recurrence or progression of gum disease.

Surgical Procedures

Pocket depth reduction procedures This involves the dentist opening up the affected gum tissue to remove disease causing bacteria ( calculus ) build up. In some cases smoothing and recontouring of the damaged bone is necessary. This procedure allows the gum tissue to reattach to healthy bone during the healing process. What also happens is the gum tissue is repositioned making it easier to keep clean.

Rejuvenation The dentist will treat the affected area in the same manner as a  pocket reduction procedure. Additionally a procedure using membranes, bone grafts or tissue stimulating proteins to stimulate the body’s ability to regenerate healthy bone and gum tissue.

Soft tissue grafts This procedure involves surgical removal of healthy gum tissue from the palate or roof of your mouth or other area of your mouth. The tissue is then used to repair receding gums and cover exposed root surfaces.

If you feel as I do that any of these procedures to reverse gum disease sound extreme it may be a good time to schedule a checkup with a pediatric dentist in Vancouver.

How To Prevent Asbestos Cancer

Mesothelioma is a cancer caused by exposure to asbestos, a product commonly used in the manufacturing industry.  Often those who have been exposed think it’s too late to avoid developing Mesothelioma or other health problems. There are several things a person can do to lower the risk of developing cancer or other health issues as a result of asbestos exposure. Here are some tips from Calgary Water & Flood.

Asbestos can still be found in many places we work and live in so educating yourself is a good place to start. By simply being aware of your surroundings you can help prevent exposure and lower your risk of health problems or worse cancer.

Widely used in manufacturing throughout most of the 20th century asbestos was added to numerous products. Although extremely toxic when airborne it was used in many building materials and still present in homes and factories to this day. Workers in industries such as shipyards, power plants, chemical plants and the automotive industry are still at risk of exposure. The danger of asbestos exposure was kept a secret with some companies hiding the facts from their workers. Public awareness of the health effects has changed the outlook of those employed in these industries today.

Prevention at work

Regulations are now in place that have clear guidelines for acceptable levels of asbestos in the air at worksites. Health standards require employers to protect workers from asbestos exposure and include the following.

  • Performing air monitoring and keeping records
  • Complete regular assessment of asbestos risk
  • Communicate asbestos risk to workers
  • Use proper work practices to limit exposure
  • Offer respiratory protection if limits are exceeded
  • Provide training in the dangers of asbestos exposure
  • Provide medical surveillance to workers exposed to asbestos

How to protect yourself from asbestos at work

Even with the improvements made over the years some employers may not be doing enough. If you work in an occupation where asbestos exposure may occur there are steps you can take to limit your risk of exposure. These include asking your employer about possible health risks, never saw, drill, sand or scrape or otherwise disturb asbestos containing materials. Leave any clothing or shoes that may be contaminated at the workplace. Don’t sweep, dust or vacuum asbestos debris and dispose of asbestos materials according to provincial and federal regulations.

Prevention in the home

While most people will never encounter asbestos in the home every home built before the 1970’s do contain asbestos building materials. If you do, you may want to call an asbestos removal company. Some of the materials that could contain asbestos are: attic insulation, floor tiles, wrapping on pipes or electrical wire, popcorn ceilings, roof shingles and tar, drywall and drywall glue as well as joint compound. If you discover asbestos in your home be sure to have it removed by a company that specializes in it’s removal.

Nutritional Tips for Your Eyes

Your eyes are a gift and your window on the world, so taking proper care of them is an essential aspect of your personal health. However, many of us take part in unhealthy eye habits almost every day that may end up impairing our vision in later life. So what are some of the best tips for taking care of our eyes? Let Dr Alex Wilson explain to you these tips.

Carrots:

Yes, those carrot sticks at the next party may be just what the doctor ordered, for a carrot a day keeps the eye doctor away. Carrots have Beta-carotene; it is what gives them their orange color and is more commonly known as vitamin A. This vitamin is vital for healthy retinas and also contributes to the health of the rest of your eye as a whole.

Various Berries/ Citrus:

Proper eye health never tasted so good! Citrus fruits and many kinds of berries have large amounts of vitamin C, especially limes. Vitamin C is important for defence against cataracts and macular degeneration. Both of these can afflict you at any time but especially in old age so eating healthy now can help prevent eye issues later in life.

Caffeine:

As odd as it may sound, that morning coffee is not only a pick me up but low levels of caffeine are also great for your eyes. The components of caffeine help to protect you against dry eye. Beyond being irritating, dry eyes can lead to other more serious vision problems and drinking coffee or other caffeinated drinks can help.

Air quality:

Part of nutrition is also environmentally based and the environment that is best for your eyes is one that is cool and slightly humid. Many of us have flown on a plane and felt our eyes become burning and dry. This is not a good environment for your eye health. Humidity has other advantages like helping keep down dust or pollen which can irritate eyes. There are many heat pumps on the market that allow for home humidity control as well as air filtering so not only is your air the proper humidity for comfy eyes but they also reduce irritation.

Resting your eyes:

It may seem odd that your eyes would need a rest but the fact is staring too long at a screen or other items that are close for too long can put a strain on your eyes. Do it long enough and it can even cause damage. One of the best things you can do if you have been in front of a screen for a while is about every 20 minutes look away at something more distant. Also, too much screen time can lead to less blinking which leads to dry eye so remember to look away occasionally.

You will have those eyes for the rest of your life so it’s important to keep them healthy for years to come. Also see a Calgary Optometrist and have your eyes checked regularly. 

Benefits Of Seeing a Victoria Chiropractor

People often visit a Chiropractor in Victoria BC seeking relief for a specific problem, but few realize the benefits of scheduling regular visits. Taking steps to keep your spine and nervous system healthy with regular visits offers many benefits you may not have considered.

Improved Moods

Research has shown that visiting a Chiropractor can make you happier by improving your hormone balance. During treatment the bad hormones (think Cortisol) are decreased and the brain is flooded with good hormones such as dopamine and norepinephrine. With the brain full of the good hormones, this has a positive impact on the body as they work together. For those suffering from anxiety and depression regular Chiropractic treatments often have dramatic results by rebalancing your hormones.

Fewer Colds And Flu

A study by Dr Ronald Pero, chief of cancer prevention at New York Preventative Medicine has shown long term Chiropractic care boosts the immune system. The group of cancer patients receiving long term care had immune systems 200% stronger than those who received no treatments. Stronger immune systems are essential to preventing life threatening illnesses and will mean less colds and flu.

Sleep Better

With a population experiencing poor quality sleep, ongoing Chiropractic care can be beneficial in improving your night’s rest. Waking up fresh and re-charged leads to more energy.

Avoid Drugs And Hospitals

Prescription drug side effects can send people to their physician or paying a visit to the Emergency Ward. Chiropractic care is a drugless approach to health that can drastically reduce the need for prescription drugs. This also reduces the amount of pain you feel. When the spine is misaligned due to an accident or injuries, it is frequently a consequence. A Chiropractic adjustment has been shown effective in helping the resulting pain.

Their Goal Is To Keep You Healthy

Victoria Chiropractors like Dr. Michael Lax receive an education in the healing sciences similar to that of medical doctors. In some areas such as anatomy, physiology, nutrition, rehabilitation and public health, we can receive more education than a medical doctor. Working together with other healthcare professionals, we recommend or refer you should your condition require attention from another branch of healthcare.

As you can see, Chiropractic care has benefits from a healthier immune system to better sleep to elevated moods to and a few that enhance your health. If you want to receive these benefits, that first step to a healthier you by contacting me today for an appointment.

What is IV Therapy

IV Therapy in Toronto is a lifesaving medical protocol of administering a fluid substance directly into a person’s vein through a catheter.

History

Many of the medical treatments today were pioneered by our ancestors and evolved over time as knowledge of human anatomy and physiology grew. Blood therapy dates back to ancient times when bloodletting and leeches were used as a method of extracting illnesses. Those first attempts in what they believed would rid people of illness through extracting blood were made in the early 17th Century and later abandoned due to poor results. Not until the 19th Century when the Cholera Epidemic, some 200 years later was the idea revisited when the patient’s dehydration was the primary cause of fatalities. Not until the 20th Century when blood typing along with the discovery of pyrogens did IV therapy become much safer. Knowledge gained by physicians in field hospitals during the two world wars was a contributing factor in making IV Therapy a safe treatment. The further discovery of plastic used in the plastic bags to hold IV fluids and in catheters reduced the threat of infections. Developed over time by our ancestors IV Therapy is now a practical, beneficial lifesaving treatment.

Types of IV Therapy

An IV can be used as a method of administering 3 types of therapies while providing care for a patient, the introduction of IV fluids, drug therapies or blood products.

Fluids

Imagine you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident, paramedics will arrive on the scene, make an assessment of your injuries and decide to transport you to the Hospital. One of the first things a paramedic is trained to do is insert a catheter in your vein then hang a bag of IV solution to keep you hydrated and replace any blood volume lost due to injuries.

Drugs

On arrival at the hospital you may be experiencing a high level of pain from your injuries, the Emergency nurse can then inject pain medications through the IV known as a push. Further observation or tests may be needed to evaluate your condition and any antibiotics to fight an infection can be administered through the IV as well this is called piggybacking.

Blood

Lab tests reveal you’ve lost too much blood from your injuries, your red blood count is too low and the Physician writes an order for a blood transfusion which is then administered through IV as well. Should any surgery be needed of course IV Therapies are there to administer any fluids, drugs or blood products if they are required.

Visit the IV Lounge for IV drips in Toronto.

Rethinking Your Child’s Sports Drink

A 4 to 5-year old kid can drink an average of 17 teaspoons of added sugar every day, which is approximately 65 pounds of added sugar every year. The added sugar intake of a kid normally comes from candies, high-fat content desserts, and beverages loaded with sugar such as soft drinks and fruit drinks, Not only these drinks contribute to poor nutrition and increase the risk for obesity, they are also culprits to maintaining good oral health, according to Vancouver Pediatric Dentists.

What Should Kids Drink?

  1. Water and milk are the best choices.

Aside from having zero calorie content, water is great thirst-quencher that has no sugar. A single cup of milk contains 300 milligrams of calcium, thus considered to be a good provider for the daily needs of a child.

For milk, make sure to go for fat-free (skim) or low-fat (1%) milk. Dietary guidelines of 2015 for milk or other dairy products or fortified soy drinks for kids are as follows:

  • Ages two to three should drink two cups (480 milliliters) every day.
  • Ages four to eight should have two and a half cups (600 milliliters) per day.
  • Ages nine and older should have three cups (720 milliliters) per day.
  1. Avoid soda.

Nowadays, a lot of children do not drink water – they instead drink sweetened soft drinks, which is alarming. Convincing ads that show sodas and sports drinks are essential for keeping our kids hydrated and satisfied are all over the TV and internet. Sadly, these ads aren’t true. The selling of soft drinks to children is one big industry. According to Beverage-Digest, in 2011, in the US alone, the sale of soda was over and above $74.2 billion dollars. No doubt that our children are barraged with ads for these drinks.

  • Soda: overflowing with sugar and other additives – must be avoided
  • Energy drinks: overflowing with sugar and has high caffeine content – must be avoided
  • Sports drinks: overflowing with excessive sugar – over-hyped and must be avoided
  • Diet drinks: triggers the development of your child’s sweet tooth, which has been associated with obesity – must be avoided
  1. Sports drinks are not for everyone.

Sports drinks are intended for kids who are involved in hours of strenuous activities. These drinks have electrolytes such as potassium and sodium, which are excreted by the body through sweat. Electrolytes are vital to maintaining the balance of fluid levels of the body and for the muscles to work appropriately. But, sports drinks are not required for casual sport enthusiasts and must not be taken regularly.

A friendly reminder from Smiletown Dentistry Vancouver, next time your child reaches for a drink, refrain them from drinking beverages with excessive sugar content. Just bear in mind that you are responsible for what your child drinks – so if you do not buy them, they will not drink it.

What To Expect During An Eye Exam

At the beginning of any eye exam at Opal Optometry will ask why you have decided to have your eyes checked, may it be a routine check-up or for a particular reason.

If you are facing problems with your vision or your eyes, your optometrist may ask you on the symptoms you have, the extent of time you endure the symptoms or if the changes happened unexpectedly or gradually over a period.

An eye examination normally involves the following steps:

  1. Your optometrist is going to inquire about your medical history and any problems with your vision that you may be experiencing.
  2. Your doctor will also determine your visual acuity to check if you require contact lenses or glasses to augment your vision.
  3. The doctor will administer number drops in your eyes. After which, your doctor will measure the pressure in your eye.
  4. Your doctor will also check the overall health of your eyes, by using a number of lights to check the front and inside of every eye. For your doctor to able to examine the inside of your eye, eye drops that will dilate your eyes will be administered.
  5. Your doctor will discuss his findings after the examination and answer any queries that you have regarding your eyes.

A clinical assistant can do parts of the eye exam, like taking your medical history and initial eye assessment.

A series of tests may be done during the eye examination. The tests are made to assess your vision and to check the overall appearance and function of the different parts of the eyes.

The doctor will assess both the inside and outside of your eyes to check the overall health of your eyes and determine any underlying medical complications.

Eye examinations normally include the following tests:

  • Eye muscle test
  • Visual acuity test
  • Refraction assessment
  • Visual field test (perimetry)
  • Color vision testing
  • Slit-lamp examination
  • Retinal examination
  • Screening for glaucoma

After the examination, your New Westminster Optometrists will now have sufficient knowledge of the health of your eyes, your vision’s standard and any particular need that you may require. If there is something about the results that you don’t understand, don’t hesitate to ask your doctor as they are always willing to help you out.

You will also have the chance to talk about the appropriate type of correction that you need that will fit your lifestyle and needs. Then your doctor will advise you of your next eye examination and give you a prescription for contact lenses or eyeglasses, or any correction.

Healthy Party Treats For Kids

Birthday cake, ice cream and sweet snacks, even the goody bags that accompany them home, sugar laden foods are everywhere at kids parties. It is possible to serve foods at your child’s party that is delicious  and fun to eat, you’ll find the internet is a great resource. We all eat with our eyes so serving children colourful, fun foods is bound to be a hit at any Birthday party. Here are some of a pedatric dentists in Burnaby favourites that require no cooking.

Sushi Style or Rolled Sandwiches

Any slice of bread can be used for this or you can buy unsliced bread then have the bakery remove all crusts and slice it into long slices ( the opposite way we usually do it ) Fillings can be anything that appeals to children, deviled ham for example, first flatten the slice with a rolling pin then spread filling evenly. Next roll the sandwich slice up as you would a sushi roll, wrap in cellophane and refrigerate, slice into sushi roll sized pieces when ready to serve.

Silly Apple Bites

Ingredients

2 green apples, each cored and quartered

Sunflower butter

32 sunflower seeds

2 – 3 fresh strawberries sliced

1 – 2 homemade googly eyes

Cut the middle out of each apple quarter apple slice to create a mouth, coat the cut gap with a filling of sunflower butter, put 4 sunflower seeds on the top of the “ mouth “ for teeth, place one piece of sliced strawberry inside the mouth for a tongue, glue each eye above the mouth with a dab of sunflower butter Makes 8 servings.

Frozen Treats

Making your own healthy frozen popsicles is easy all you need are popsicle molds and fruit juices to fill the molds. Placing slices of kiwi or any other fresh you have on hand adds a splash of colour to these treats. Yogurt and coconut milk make a healthy frozen treat ingredients in the recipe below.

Frozen Popsicles with Coconut Ice Cream

Ingredients

400 ml fresh or canned coconut milk

¼ cup cane sugar or you can use Stevia , remember it’s very concentrated so add to taste

Lavender ( optional )

Blend coconut milk and sugar or other sweetener until smooth

Fill popsicle molds with small pieces of fruit leaving space for the coconut mixture to fill in the gaps, Store in the freezer overnight or until frozen solid. Get creative and experiment and your child’s next party can be filled with healthy foods.

Thanks to SmileTown Dentistry Burnaby for these tips and snacks.

When Babies No Longer Need Pacifiers

As parents we comfort our babies by rocking and cuddling them, for some babies they have a need to suck more even after feeding is finished. Be sure feeding is well established before you introduce a pacifier should your baby need more sucking, a reflex that is comforting for them.

Pacifier or Thumb

Pacifiers can get lost in couch cushions, on the ground so keeping track of them and keeping them clean is inconvenient. Some studies have shown that babies who use a pacifier when napping or bedtime have a lower risk of SIDS ( sudden infant death syndrome ). While it’s doesn’t show that it prevents it just that there is a strong association with SIDS so why not use one. When it comes time to wean your toddler it’s a much easier task to remove a pacifier from the picture as opposed to distracting them from their thumb.

Pacifiers In The Long Term

The amount of time your baby uses their pacifier has an effect on the ease at which you can remove it from their routine. They should be weaned between 2 and 4 years old and some parents do so when their toddler reaches a year old, most babies are not needing the comfort from sucking by this age. Long term use of a thumb or binky can cause long term dental issues such as crooked teeth and improper jaw growth and development.

When It’s Time

Talk to your Langley Childrens Dentist. They will enquire as to when and how your child is comforted by the use of their pacifier and provide suggestions that may be new and helpful to you.

Right Time It can seem there is no right time to implement this change it’s easy to find excuse to delay it. Just be sure it’s the only change and try to keep to the routine, so no major moves or life changes will help with a smooth transition.

Slow and Steady While a complete withdrawal may work well for some babies for others just limiting the time the have the pacifier and slowly decreasing the length of time will work. Replace it with a new stuffed animal, something that will provide them with comfort and become a favourite.

Once you’ve made a plan stick with it and see it through, while some will adapt easier than others it’s important to ensure your child has no long term damage from this method of soothing.

Thanks to SmileTown Dentistry Langley for this post.