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Infants’ prolonged weeping: Should they be given gripe water?

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TEXT BY AIMAN INAM 

PHOTO BY MAHNOOR

KARACHI: You often find babies crying and crying for hours, which could be a tough situation for parents to deal with.

If this is the case, your baby might suffer from colic, a condition in which babies cry their eyes out for at least three hours a day.

The exact cause of this is yet to be known. However, experts claim that some babies are more sensitive to stimulation from the milieu. This over-stimulation triggers stress, which in turn makes them cry.

As to sooth infants, they have been fed gripe water for ages. However, parents should give it a second thought, reiterate experts.

Read the ingredients before buying gripe water. Pick out the one that is a mixture of water harboring only herbs.

As mostly the brands available are stuffed with harmful ingredients such as sodium bicarbonate, gluten (wheat), dairy products, sucrose, even alcohol.

The mentioned afore ingredients could potentially mess with infants tummy and teeth. Also, these could wreak developmental chaos and allergic reactions.

It is to be noted that before giving gripe water to the baby, parents should consult with the pediatrician ensuring the reason of unending crying.

Also, let the baby consume water as it is, sans mixing it with breast milk or any other formula.

Experts connote that parents should try different remedies to calm the baby down. For instance:

  • They can swaddle them;

  • Apply gentle pressure to the baby’s tummy while rubbing the baby’s belly in gentle circular motions;

  • Formula milk can also be the reason behind their chronic weeping. Therefore, talk to the doctor;

  • Nursing mums should avoid consuming spicy food, dairy, chickpeas and particular veggies (cabbage, eggplant) as such could trigger colic in suckling child.

 

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Beat diabetes by shedding 10-15kgs of weight: study!

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LONDON: Since dieting loses fat allowing pancreas work properly again, losing weight enormously helps contain diabetes.

The concentration of body fat around pancreas causes stress to beta cells (that controls blood sugar levels) in the organ. 

When they stop producing enough of the hormone insulin, blood sugar levels augments out of control.

Glasgow University Professor Mike Lean speaking about a new study said: “We now have clear evidence that weight loss of 10-15kgs is enough to turn this disease around. One in 11 adults worldwide has diabetes, and most of them have type 2.

“Uncontrolled sugar levels cause damage throughout the body, leading to organ failure, blindness and limb amputations”.

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Chemical-free home remedies for toothache!

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Baking Soda

         Use mouthwash made of warm water mixed with

two tablespoon of baking soda.

 Black Pepper

Use black pepper mixed with salt on your toothache.

Clove

Put a couple of cloves on your toothache till the pain goes away.

Cucumber

Put sliced pieces of cucumber on sore area.

Garlic

Mash garlic and place the mixture in your mouth. 

Ice Cube

Put an ice cube in clean cloth and place on your cheek having toothache.

Mint Leaves

Chew mint leaves and put it over toothache.

Onion

Put a slice of onion on toothache.

Potato

Put a slice of potato on toothache.

Teabag

Put a warm teabag in your mouth (don’t tear it).

 

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Air pollution increases risk of low birth weight in babies!

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LONDON: According to a new study air pollution significantly increases the risk of low birth-weight in babies, leading to lifelong harm to health.

Research carried out here holds that generally, two billion children – 90% of all children around the Globe – are exposed to air pollution above WHO guidelines.

Study held that there were no possible ways for women in cities to avoid harmful exposure to air pollution during pregnancy.

They called for crucial action from governments to cut pollution from vehicles, industries, and other sources.

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