Thursday, September 10, 2009

What pregnant women do when influence by H1N1?

If you get sick with flu-like symptoms, stay home, limit contact with others, and call your doctor. Your doctor will decide if testing or treatment is needed. Tests may include a nasal swab which is best to do within the first 4-5 days of getting sick. Like regular flu, H1N1 flu may make other medical problems worse.

While sleeping may be difficult, try to lay down and rest. If you can sleep, try to get a nap. If you are having difficulty breathing when lying down consider propping yourself up with some pillows to ease your breathing.

If you are alone at any time, have someone check in with you often if you are feeling ill. This is always a good idea.

If you have close contact with someone who has H1N1 flu or is being treated for exposure to H1N1 flu, contact your doctor to discuss whether you need treatment to reduce your chances of getting the flu.

Rest assured that a brief fever is unlikely to do any harm and can be treated with acetaminophen. But if the fever gets really high or lasts a long time, it's best to call your doctor.

Even if you don't feel like eating, be sure to stay well hydrated. When you can eat try to eat well.


Monday, September 7, 2009

Impact of H1N1 to pregnant women

Pregnant women infected with 2009 novel H1N1 had a higher rate of hospitalization and greater risk of death than the general population due to the H1N1 flu, according to a study in the Aug. 8 issue of the British medical journal Lancet.

The data collected and analyzed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are the most comprehensive available to date on the impact of this novel H1N1 flu virus among pregnant women.

Six deaths of pregnant women with H1N1 were reported to CDC between April 15 and June 16, 2009, representing 13 percent of the total 45 deaths reported to CDC during that time period. All were healthy prior to infection of H1N1 and subsequently developed primary viral pneumonia leading to acute respiratory distress requiring mechanical ventilation.

All pregnant women who died did not receive antivirals soon enough to benefit their treatment. The CDC recommends that pregnant women with suspected or confirmed influenza infection receive prompt treatment with antiviral medication.

I hope that every women in pregnancy will more take care of your health.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

What should pregnant women do to prevent H1N1?

Fever in pregnant women should be treated promptly with acetaminophen. Pregnant women should be aware that they need to watch for flu symptom and contact their health care provider immediately if they develop these symptoms or if they have had close contact with someone who is sick with the flu. Pregnant women with novel H1N1 flu should start antiviral treatment as soon as possible, while those who have been exposed to the virus through close contact with someone who is ill should talk to their health care provider about the possible need for antiviral medication to prevent getting sick.

Below is the summary
pregnant women, or those who might be pregnant, should:
  • Stay home if they are sick. Pregnant women who are ill with flu like symptoms should stay home and not go to work or in the community for at least 24 hours after fever is gone, except to seek medical care or for other necessities. (Fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
  • Use everyday precautions: wash your hands often and cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue. Encourage all of your family members to use these precautions too.
  • As soon as possible, get a flu shot. Seasonal influenza vaccine is recommended for all women who are or will be pregnant during the 2009-2010 influenza season – roughly October through March of the following year. Flu shots can be given to pregnant women at any time during pregnancy.
  • Decide now how you will ask for help from your family or neighbors if you or your children get sick with the flu. Pregnant women who get the flu sometimes get very sick. Someone will need to make sure you have the care you need, lots of rest, and fluids, and have nourishing meals. If your children get sick, you may need someone to help care for them so that you aren’t exposed to their germs.
On next will will talk about impact of H1N1 to pregnant women. Thanks

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

What should parents do to prevent H1N1

Infants are thought to be at particularly high risk for severe illness from novel H1N1 infection and very little is known about prevention of the infection in infants. Babies who are not breastfed get sick from infections like the flu more often and more severely than babies who are breastfed. Mothers pass on antibodies to their baby during breastfeeding, which help fight infection. Steps that parents of infants can take include:
  • Call your infant’s health care provider if you think that your infant is ill or has had close contact with a person who has novel H1N1 influenza.
  • If your baby is ill with novel H1N1 influenza, do not stop breastfeeding. Your baby needs frequent breastfeeding throughout the illness. Choose breastfeeding over anything else, including water, juice, or Pedialyte. If your baby is too sick to breastfeed, he or she can drink your milk from a cup, bottle, syringe, or eyedropper.
  • Do not give aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid) or products that contain aspirin (e.g. bismuth subsalicylate – Pepto Bismol) to infants.
  • Children younger than 4 years of age should not be given over-the-counter cold medications without first speaking with a health care provider.
  • Make sure your infant gets an immunization for the seasonal flu and that other routine vaccinations are up to date. As soon as a vaccine for novel H1N1 flu is available, get your child (over the age of 6 months) vaccinated for novel H1N1 flu. The seasonal flu shot will only help protect your child from regular flu. The novel H1N1 flu shot will help protect them from the novel virus. There is a chance that it will take two shots, about three weeks apart, to get the full benefit from the novel H1N1 flu vaccine.
  • Take everyday precautions such as washing hands or using alcohol-based hand gel frequently to keep your hands clean and especially after sneezing or coughing.
  • If you are sick with novel H1N1 influenza, ask for help from family members and friends who are not ill to feed and care for your baby, if possible. If not, wear a facemask, if available and tolerable, especially while in close contact, such as while feeding the baby.
  • Ensure your baby continues to breastfeed and receive breast milk. Continue breastfeeding even if you are taking medication to prevent novel H1N1 influenza. If you are ill with novel H1N1 influenza, call a health professional such as a lactation consultant for help on expressing and storing milk so someone who is not ill can give your baby your expressed milk.
  • Ask your infant’s child care provider about their plans for preventing novel H1N1 infection and controlling spread of disease.
Hope that the information above will help the parents how to prevent H1N1 to your baby .We will continue on more how to protect yourself when pregnant on next post.Thanks

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

How to protect youself and your baby form H1N1

What can I do to protect my baby?

Take everyday precautions such as washing your hands with plain soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand rub before feeding your baby. In addition, try not to cough or sneeze in the baby’s face while feeding your baby, or any other time you and your baby are close.

If possible, only family members who are not sick should care for infants. If you are sick and there is no one else to care for your baby, wear a facemask, if available and tolerable, and cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.

1. Avoid close contact.Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.

2. Stay home when you are sick.If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.

3. Cover your mouth and nose.Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.

4. Clean your hands.
Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs.

5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.

6. Practice other good health habits.
Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Bathing Your Baby

Many parents and babies love bath time, but there's no evidence that suggests babies must have a daily bath. It's up to you and your baby really. The overuse of strong cleansers, and even tap water, can damage the developing skin of newborns. Look for gentle pH-neutral cleansers or mild soaps designed especially for babies, and use them sparingly in the first few weeks.

Washing his face frequently and thoroughly, cleaning his genital area after each diaper change, and cleaning off any other obvious muck, will be enough to keep him clean between baths. When you do bathe him, you may find it a little scary to handle your little one when he's all soapy and slippery, so keep a good grip. Most babies find the warm water very soothing.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Benefit of Organic Products

Organic products practices protect you and your baby health in the long term. Organic certification is the public's assurance that products have been grown and handled according to strict procedures without persistent toxic chemical inputs. Organic producers often select species that are well adapted therefore resist disease and pests. The loss of a large variety of species is one of the most pressing environmental concerns.

The good news is that many organic farmers and gardeners have been collecting and preserving seeds, and growing unusual varieties for decades.Organic farmers have led the way, largely at their own expense, with innovative on-farm research aimed at reducing pesticide use and minimizing agriculture impact on the environment.

The elimination of polluting chemicals and nitrogen leaching, done in combination with soil building, protects and conserves water resources. All the green products will improve our land and environment through better soil combination, cleaner waterways, and protection of native biodiversity, improve agricultural processes, produce better quality plants and show greater compassion to animal welfare. From today let's us use the eco friendly to enhance your lives and protecting the next generation.