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What features should you look for in a bottle warmer to heat breast milk safely? Is speed the most important factor? Let’s take a minute and discuss what is important, and what is not.
Making a wise choice for a breast milk warmer means choosing one that warms the milk without damaging the nutrients in it. You want a warmer that gently heats the milk to approximately body temperature level, but avoids getting the milk too hot and dangerous to drink. It needs to heat the milk evenly in the bottle without overheating some parts of the milk and leaving other parts cold.
A Few Things To Consider:
Let’s discuss each of those questions briefly:
1. How fast does it warm the milk?
A good bottle warmer for breast milk should be able to heat a pouch, or bottle, of breast milk in about 2 to 4 minutes. Frozen breast milk will take longer. You should try to plan ahead and let frozen milk thaw in your refrigerator before use when possible.
2. Is it easy to clean?
Keeping a bottle warmer clean is essential since the bottle and milk will be going from the warmer straight to your baby’s mouth. Check to see if the bottle warmer can be disassembled for cleaning. We recommend reading the cleaning instructions before buying the warmer.
3. Can you take it on the road with you?
Are you wanting to take the warmer on the road with you? You will want a compact bottle warmer that is easy to pack in a diaper bag and does not make a mess. Some bottle warmers come complete with auto power plugs so you can use it in your car.
4. How much counter space does it need?
Take a look at the space where you are planning to use your bottle warmer. Bottle warmers vary in size. You can find very small warmers like the Beaba, or much larger units like the Tommie Tipper. Keep in mind, smaller is not always better. Make sure the warmer can still do everything you want. Some of the larger units allow you to heat two bottles at the same time, or to heat a bottle and a jar of baby food.
5. Does it shut off automatically?
This is one feature we feel is under appreciated. Automatic shutoff is a blessing. Check to see if the breast milk warmer has an automatic shutoff for when the milk reaches a certain temperature, or at a minimum, a timer to shut off the warmer. Imagine starting to warm the bottle when you are sleepy. You are holding your baby in your arms sitting in the rocking chair. The next thing you know an hour has slipped away and the bottle is still in the warmer. An auto-shutoff is something mothers quickly learn to appreciate.
Did you think we forgot about pricing? We are going to ignore bottle warmers with less than a four-star rating. Great quality bottle warmers range in price from $14.99 up to around $59.99. The more expensive warmers usually heat multiple items at the same time. Take a little time to research your breast milk warmer using the topics we discussed and you will make a wise purchase.
Most of us are curious about our future. What if we tell you there is a way to know what the future holds for you? Well, if you are curious about what awaits for you in the future, consider going for a tarot card reading session.
Tarot card reading is a way to unravel the mystery called life. However, it does not work like astrology or palmistry. A tarot card reader can only answer to your specific questions. And by offering you answers, the reader can help you connect with your past present and the future.
When you finally go for your reading session, you must prepare yourself to ask the right questions and embrace the truth. During the session, a lot about you can be revealed which will help you understand your life from a better perspective.
For a tarot card reading session to be successful, you must prepare yourself and below listed are some of the pointers you must keep in mind.
- Prepare Yourself To Accept And Embrace The Truth
You must get a good night’s sleep before you visit a reader. Do not visit the tarot card reader in an inebriated state or when you feel anxious or stressed. Ensure that you are ready for the session and do not be doubtful or hesitant about the results. In short, an open mind to accept the outcome is one of the most important qualities you need when you go for a session.
In fact, the moment you walk into the room of the tarot reader, you can feel the warmth. The reader will put you at ease. You will not be judged for your questions or thoughts. Be at peace for you are in a safe place. Most tarot readers will help you relax, and you should try your best to stay calm. Anyone can get tensed thinking about how the future will unravel. If you feel uncomfortable or you think you are not ready, just communicate it to the reader. Another appointment can be scheduled.
- Be Ready To Open Up
Whatever information you share with your reader, it will stay safe. Under no circumstances does a tarot reader disclose your personal details or findings to others. So you must reveal any detail that you might help with your reading.
Also, be sure to ask the right questions and only then will you get the right answers. Never hide anything or withhold any crucial detail such as a thought or dream that you may have had. All these bits and pieces of information will help the reader offer you a better insight.
You might be asked questions about your past – it can be about an incident, a habit or an activity. Be truthful and honest. Only then a true connection can be established.
Answering honestly will help you also have more clarity about your present. Many people do not realize that when we seek answers, sometimes they may come from the past. The universe does work in mysterious ways. There is always a connection between who we were and who we are about to be. With a tarot reading, you will be able to navigate the voyage called life easily.
- Be Ready To Understand And Interpret Insights
One thing that definitely happens at all tarot reading sessions is that you gain insight. Our lives present situations in puzzling ways. Most of the time it becomes impossible for an average person to understand the deeper meanings of incidents. A little bit of guidance from a tarot reader can help us have a perspective and understand about our lives. Yes, a tarot card reader can help us unravel the truth easily.
Though life keeps bringing us opportunities, we might not see them. A tarot reading points us in the right direction. It can help us make the most of our opportunities. When left with options, we might feel overwhelmed. A good tarot reader can disclose what each such opportunity might lead us into. This knowledge can indeed make us feel confident and help take the right decisions.
After your session at the reader, go home and take rest for a while. Give some time for the truth to sink in. Ask yourself the right questions, weigh your options carefully, and then take a decision.
Indeed, a tarot card reading session can give us enough clarity that makes our lives happier. Embrace your new-found confidence and take life head-on.
Have you ever been in a conundrum standing in front of your closet full of attires in the morning and thinking about what to wear? We all have been there. Sometimes it gets hard to decide what to wear. Other times it could be the mood that kills the zest in selecting an outfit. Dressing up every day could be fun. If only you know the act of it. Dressing up to be trendy every day is not an art. It could be practiced. Here are six awesome hacks that you can use in your daily life and be trendy all the time.
- Balance Your Outfit
As top fashion consultants and designers say, your outfit should be balanced to compliment your body type. If you are wearing a loose top, balance it with a slim pair of jeans. A straight fit or loose fit can make you look wider than you actually are. Don’t match up the colors in a typical manner. You can take help from a color wheel. The opposite colors on the wheel are complementary colors. Mix patterns and prints for a balanced look. Color balance is equally important. Be colorful, but not obscurely. Balance your colors to make a look for the day, every day. The objective is to appear what you are. You don’t want to look like a bear when you actually are a cat. Unless you wish to imitate.
- Trend Is Age-dependent
Everyone is conscious of their age. Wearing a shrink-top when you’ve turned thirty, doesn’t sound trendy. Rather it may seem obscene to some. Make sure whatever you wear is meant for your age. If you are tinies, most of it out there works for you, if not all. If you are middle-aged, choose your colors and patterns that are not too childish. You need your clothing to bear the tag of your maturity. There is a sense of respect that everyone demands after a certain age. And your outfit will get you that. Age has to do a lot with your dressing sense. Although dressing sense evolves with age, there are times when we all wish to appear younger than we are. Your color selection can help you with that. Select a tank top that stretches up to your waistline, just above the navel. No-one wants to be uncomfortable with their age. So it’s absolutely fine. Flaunt your age with what you wear and you’ll never be embarrassed by your age or your dressing sense.
- State Your Own Jewelry Quotient
You don’t want to call unnecessary attention. If you have a bulgy body, wear a short necklace or a necktie pendant. Long chains and bulky pendants will rest on your body, awkwardly. For those who prefer a conservative look in their jewelry, David Chapman from Frost recommends a Cuban link style chain for a sleek and subtle touch. Wear lighter earrings, such as pearls. The shape of earrings also has its play. Wearing long earrings can make your face look slimmer. Likewise, if you have a round face, you should try studs and short earrings. Oddly speaking, gold compliments all, is a myth. Rather its the shape that matters more. Of course, the color of your jewelry should be contrasting with your dress, it does not necessarily mean to match. A mannequin looks great in whatever it wears but you don’t.
- White Shirts Are Always Classy
Oohhh! White shirts are sexy! There’s a class to them. Wear one under a dark coat, or with a pair of plain jeans. It works just the same with everything. Isn’t it awesome? A classic white shirt is a must-have for you. It’s always trendy. A neatly ironed white shirt can make you look cheerful. Yes, colors have an impact on your mood. Not only yours but also the people around you. And white has always been the best in setting the mood right for everything. You can wear a bold lipstick with a pure white shirt, not ivory, and it’ll make your face look brighter. Wear no makeup and voila, you’re set for your vacation. Put a black blazer over it, and you are an executive now. No matter what you pair it with or how you wear it, it feels awesome every time. But, you should keep in mind that the shirt should be fit. It should not have any pull-ups in front or back. The shoulder seam should line up with your shoulders. Shoulders shouldn’t be slacking down. Do not dry-clean them. To maintain their brightness, launder them the same as men’s shirt.
- Spend More On Staples
Hooks, buttons, tees, whatever it is, you can always find them at cheap rates. But are they worth it? Buying a $20 sweater that will lose it’s shape after a few washes is not at all smart. Compare the total expenses that you do on replacing or repairing a cheap piece of clothing against buying a quality one for a few extra dollars. You can surely calculate the difference. The best practice would be to buy less of in number but more of quality clothes. A quality shirt would last longer without losing it’s shape or fading away than a cheap one. Especially when you are buying clothes like blazers, investing in good quality wool would be smarter than investing in cashmere or cheap replacements.
- What Kind Of A Bra Are You Wearing?
Your breasts make a lot of how your cloth fits you. If you are wearing a fitting bra that does not bulge and snugs properly, it means that your silhouette will make you look trimmer from every angle. Select your bra accordingly. There should be no wrinkles or gapping in between the cups. If you’ve found a bra that snugs your breasts properly and rests them somewhere in between your elbows and shoulders, then you have scored one. The best way to know if it fits you without suffocating is to slip two fingers under the band. See if they can squeeze in. The flatter the front panel appears, the more it’ll adorn you. Don’t leave them drooping. A firm chest will always depict your confidence. This is the reason that designers stress on the bra so much. After all, with women, it is an important part of your overall appearance.
After all the hacks that I have just told you, none is the one that could be ignored, if you are looking for that perfect look. Apart from all these, you can always add up more. Accessorize your clothes with belts and bangles. You can wear a hat or a cap depending upon what you are wearing around your torso. Everyone wishes to show off their toned arms or flat belly or their smooth skin. It’s just that with wrong dressing sense, your flaunting turns into haunting. A body-hugging dress with clear hem and necklines would get you more attention than a short skirt just above the knees. Reveal your skin as per your dress. Wearing a low-cut dress, you should focus more on your cleavage than the legs. Accessories are fun. You can play with different colors and textures. Your footwear is the one that completes your attire. Sneakers with raised jeans, tip-toes with robust clothing and high heels with dresses and gowns, these are the best combinations that one can make with their footwear and what they wear above feet. Nevertheless, these hacks will definitely raise brows in surprise. The next time you go shopping, make sure you know what you want to wear and shop accordingly.
People often talk about the importance of dentistry and dental health, but what is often forgotten is the impact of orthodontic services. When a dentist sees that you have an overbite, they will give you a referral to an orthodontist for you to see what an orthodontist can do for you and your smile.
While dentists focus on dental care like cavities and gum diseases, orthodontists concentrate on the relationship between teeth and the jaw according to the British Orthodontic Society. They commonly rectify problems such as alignment and overbites.
Most commonly, orthodontia is done on children while their teeth and jaws are rapidly growing because it’s easiest to make an impactful change without dental surgery at this stage. Orthodontists use a variety of appliances to help improve your smile:
A bionator is a functional, removable orthodontic appliance that is used commonly in people 7 years old or older. This appliance is primarily used to stimulate the growth of the lower jaw to correct an over-bite or over-jet.
Because of this, the appliance is most effective when the user experiences maximum growth – which is it’s mostly used in kids. There are two main bionators; bionators that open a bite, and ones that close a bite.
Bionators are available in a variety of colours and shades; actually, they can come in both sparkly and glow in the dark designs! Many orthodontists prefer to use this appliance to correct overbites over headgears, as headgears are more painful and can strain jaw points if misused.
To be effective, bionators must be worn at all times and only removed while eating or brushing teeth.
An expander is an orthodontic appliance that expands your jaw. This is an appliance with the power to help give you a beautiful smile thanks to its ability to correct overbites.
There a variety of expanders that work towards the same goals, but in different ways:
Palatal Expander: This expander is most used to widen the roof of your mouth to create space for crowded teeth and to rectify crossbites. It’s attached to the molars with metal rings where expansion screws are built. The expansion is activated by turning the key to tighten the appliance.
This appliance is usually by younger children because once skeletal maturity is reached the upper jaw is fused. This makes it challenging to achieve expansion without invasive surgery.
Quad Helix: Like a palatal expander, the quad helix is a fixed expander placed at the roof of your mouth for the upper jaw. It widens the upper arch to rectify a crossbite or make room for crowded teeth.
The main difference here is that the quad helix is cemented to the molars; additionally, it doesn’t require a key for activation. Instead, springs are used to widen the arch. It also is used to help straighten teeth.
Schwartz Appliance: This removable expander can be worn on your upper or lower teeth to widen your arch and teeth. This is to be used 24 hours a day and is only taken out for physical activity like sports, teeth brushing or eating. Like the palatal expander, a key is used to activate expansion.
Braces are an orthodontic appliance used to correct and straighten teeth. This is often used when teeth or crooked, overcrowded, or have gaps that need to be closed.
A recent advancement in braces technology is Invisalign, which can do much more than conventional braces. The Invisalign system utilizes plastic aligners; one aligned is worn for two weeks to reach the desired state, and the patient then moves on to another tighter fitting aligner to achieve the next necessary stage.
Parasites are tiny organisms that reside in or on a host organism, deriving nutrition from the host and gaining an advantage on the latter’s expense. Undoubtedly, parasites can be dangerous in more than one way as they can deprive the host of nutrition and even cause a myriad of diseases. Tapeworms, candida, amoeba, and yeast are some of the most common parasitic organisms found in humans. While some consume your food and leave you hungry, others feed on your blood and cause anemia.
Since parasites can be bad for your health, you need to prevent them in the first place. This is possible by ensuring that you do not consume contaminated food and water. If they do somehow enter your body, the best bet is to eliminate them naturally. While you can rely on medicines, it is still better to look for natural remedies as they do not have side effects and can be used long-term. Here are some herbs that can be used for treating parasites safely and effectively.
Garlic is a common household herb yet is revered for its amazing health benefits. It is loaded with a potent compound called allicin, which is antifungal, antibiotic and anti-parasitic in nature. This makes it capable of destroying dangerous microorganisms that reside within your body. Consuming fresh garlic everyday is a good way to get rid of these unwanted organisms naturally. You can chew a clove or two of fresh garlic on empty stomach every morning for best results.
Another herbal remedy that is amazingly effective for eliminating parasitic organisms is black walnut. Both the hull and nuts are capable of cleansing the intestines and blood. The hull is particularly efficacious as a remedy for fungal infection. Black walnuts kill pinworms, tapeworms and Candida infections. Furthermore, they are work to bring down the sugar levels and accelerate the detox process as well.
Natural cleansing remedies are always better than conventional medicines because they are easy to adhere, inexpensive and safe. If you have tried doing something like this before, you will probably be aware about the wonderful benefits of clove. This small herb surprisingly has potent anti-fungal, antiviral and antibacterial properties. It can be chewed directly or used in the form of essential oil, though both deliver favorable results against parasites.
Ginger is a common herb with an incredible range of health benefits. It is great for digestion and increases blood circulation as well. The powerful herb boosts the acid production in the stomach, which plays a key role in protecting against intestinal parasites and killing the ones that enter your body. Not only this, ginger is also effective for alleviating the symptoms of parasitic die-off. You can consume it in fresh and dried forms for best results.
Turmeric is a herb that has been revered for its medicinal properties for ages. Besides being anti-inflammatory and antibiotic in nature, this herb also acts as a worm expelling agent. Additionally, it has a purifying action on the body and eliminates harmful toxins and parasites too. The best thing about turmeric is that it is easy to include in your daily diet and completely safe to consume on a regular basis.
Another herb that makes a great option for natural elimination of parasitic organisms from your body is thyme. It activates the thymus glands and awakens the natural defensive mechanism, thus curbing the growth of internal parasites. Additionally, it inhibits the growth of bacterial within the body as it is a natural antibacterial agent.
Amazingly, the super-hot cayenne pepper not only adds flavor to your food but works wonders against parasites as well. It is a natural anti-fungal agent and kills fungus, parasites and mold. Also, it enhances the efficacy of other herbs when combined with them for remedial purposes. If you want ginger or garlic to kill parasites faster, just combine them with cayenne pepper.
Raw pumpkin seeds
Another remedial measure that you can try to relieve parasites naturally is raw pumpkin seeds. They have been used traditionally in relieving tapeworm infestations. These tiny seeds are loaded with a natural fat which is toxic to parasite eggs and kills them. Grind the seeds and mix them in smoothies and salads for availing quick and lasting relief from parasitic organisms.
These herbs are commonly available, easy to use and completely safe in most of the cases. Also, they are a cost-effective alternative. Still, you should consult a healthcare provider before trying any herbal remedies. Pregnant women, lactating mothers and people suffering from chronic diseases should use them only under medical supervision.
There is so much in writing of how you should raise kids in the world today. Unfortunately, not many know how to take care of their children. Of course, raising the children is the most difficult task that is on this planet.
It is not that easy. No matter how much effort you put in from your end, things can go haywire as they can get influenced by other factors.
You can, however, follow certain guidelines to ensure that they grow strong and healthy. You can choose to follow the same instructions even if you want to foster a child. Here is a list of things that you need to plan on doing to raise kids.
1. Encourage Them To Dream Well
Many of the teenagers have this instinct in them wherein they would like to become a musician, dancer or undertake other similar jobs like that. It is vital for you as a parent or carer to help them understand this is not something anyone can become with ease. Only a small percentage of people can achieve this dream.
The construction and health industry is always in the boom. There will be a lot of requirement for labor in these particular fields. By encouraging them to pursue courses related to them, you can help them to achieve their goals of becoming big in life.
Besides, helping them get a good education, it is necessary for you to also allow them to participate in extracurricular activities. You never know where they will end up if there are sufficient motivation and support.
As a parent or carer, it is vital for you to discuss with them about these things with some proofs. This way, they will not end up chasing a wild dream.
2. Eat Dinner As a Family
One of the best ways to increase the bonding in your family is when you start to eat dinners together. People are too busy and do not get any time to spend with their families. It is not a good thing. Since breakfast and lunch are something that you cannot have with your family if you leave home early and eat lunch at your office.
Instead, you need to plan on meeting and eating dinners together. It will help you to stay connected. You will know what is happening in their life and it is the best time that you have to counsel them.
3. Reduce The Screen Time
These days children are spending a lot of time watching the screens, be it be the television or the tablet or a smartphone. It is going to affect the children’s mind. It can impede their abilities to focus or stay attentive. They might not like to mingle with other kids and people outside. It is wise to not show the screens to kids that are under 18 months. Children above that particular age or those who are of two to five years should watch the screen for only an hour in a day. This way, you will help them to focus on the right things.
If the kids are above this age, you need to ensure that they watch it as necessary. Most importantly, it is essential for them to get adequate sleep, complete their home works, and exercise before they indulge in watching anything.
You should plan on having them play with other kids in your area or take them to functions or parties within your community so that they get to learn about other kids in the area.
4. Make Them Do Work
Many parents and carers do not assign household chores to the children thinking that they will feel tired after completing those tasks. Instead, you should plan on making them do some household chores. If you do this thing, it will help the children become self-reliant and independent. If you are busy at work, they will know how to clean up the house or make a simple snack.
5. It Is Okay To Fail
It is vital for the children to know that it is okay to fail. You should let them know that it is okay. You should understand that it is going to make them strong and will help them realize that they are not going to win always.
Ask them to identify the mistakes that they did. Ask them to work on things that they are lacking so that they become successful. Children become more confident when they achieve something after a failure. Kids who always achieve things will know how to cope when they fail in something.
There are so many things you need to take care of and manage as a parent. You need to look after your children, provide clothes, food and other important items for your children, including arranging for their education, whether you send them to school or educate them at home. You also need to fulfil your marital/relationship responsibilities, go to work and look after your home. arrange schooling for your children, go to work, look after the home. All of these responsibilities, although hard at times, are all part of the deal of being a parent and member of a family.
However, there are parts of owning a home or even renting and being the adults in a family that, although necessary, are tedious and can be quite stressful. One of those is the monthly bills you always have to stay on top of. Wouldn’t it be great if you didn’t pay quite as much? Well, in the following post we are going to give you some great tips for shaving those bills a little.
Bundle Your Internet and TV Together
A big percentage of your monthly spending undoubtedly goes on your television and internet packages. You could save some money, if you haven’t already, by bundling your television and internet packages together. Many companies offer savings when you take out more than one service with them.
Assess How Much Water Your Household Consumes
Another huge part of your monthly or even yearly expenditure will undoubtedly be your water consumption. Although there is no way of avoiding having to pay this bill, there are a number of things you can do to reduce it. This includes:
- Avoid leaving your taps running to rinse dishes
- Don’t use your toilet as a waste bucket, as each time you flush you are wasting between five and seven gallons of water, for smaller pieces or trash and tissues
- Be careful with how often you use your dishwasher, if you have one
Consider Switching Your Telephone Services
Telephone bills, in a similar way to the above, often can contribute to those costly monthly bills. If you think your telephone bills therefore, are what’s keeping you in the red, you need to look for alternatives to your current contract. Makefreecallsonline.com is a service that provides you with both local and international phone calls to mobiles and landlines from your smartphone, tablet or laptop. More than 40 countries are currently supported for the service. The only downside we can see with this is that calls are restricted to just four minutes at a time, but you are able to make new calls every 10 minutes. Plus, there’s the fact that they are completely free.
Check Your House for Problem Areas
It is much more effective, both in terms of the actual process and the cost, to solve and fix a problem, rather than paying to repair it when it gets worse. It is therefore a good idea to check your property for any weak spots. The windows are a great place to start, as windows that have damaged or cracked seals can allow heat to escape your home and cause you to pay for energy you aren’t even benefiting from. It is also a good idea to check for draughts around doors and other cracks and damages to walls.
Few experiences are as devasting as a house fire. Leaving your home can be a traumatic experience and losing your home can leave you unsettled, making it difficult to recover.
Emotional distress is common after a house fire. Evacuating, relocating, and rebuilding is stressful and emotionally exhausting. The emotional distress can make it difficult to move forward, especially when it comes to your insurance claim.
Home insurance typically covers three types of expenses after a fire:
- a) Structure/Dwelling
- b) Personal Contents
- c) Additional Living Expenses
These three categories should cover a) rebuilding your home after a fire, b) replacing personal belongings lost in the fire, and c) the increased cost of living while you are out of your damaged home, such as staying in a hotel.
It can be expensive to rebuild after a fire, and you need the fair compensation from your insurance company.
If you don’t have the cash to cover your living expenses, it can be tempting to accept any offer just so that you can get back on your feet. Before you accept, consider asking your insurance company for a cash advance on your claim. The insurance company is responsible for making sure you don’t suffer undue financial hardship. The advance will be deducted from your final claim, but accepting an advance does not mean that you’ve accepted the insurance company’s initial offer, either.
If you need help with a home insurance claim after a fire or flood, you won’t find many law firms that practice directly in this area. In Canada, only one firm practices solely in this area: Virani Law. They negotiate on your behalf with insurance companies. While they operate similar to an independent adjuster in some respects, they use their legal knowledge and negotiation skills to their benefit, and can also take your insurance company to mediation, or through the legal system if your family isn’t getting what they deserve.
Most negotiations resolve without ending up in mediation or court, as both the homeowners and the insurance companies want to avoid the extra time and added expense. A qualified lawyer can use both insurance and legal knowledge to recover more fulsome compensation for your family. To learn more about how your family can get everything you’re entitled to from your insurance company, visit Viranilaw.ca and ask about how it works.
Many people assume that calling a lawyer will be too expensive. However, the billing model used by Virani Law focuses on helping families who have been through a fire or flood maximize their return. Clients only pay legal fees on the extra funds your lawyer is able to obtain. It’s an unconventional billing system designed to protect families.
A fire is a traumatic experience for families. As you put the pieces back together, you don’t want to stress over your insurance claim. Better compensation can help make your rebuild and recovery smoother and less frustrating after the devastation of a fire. Get professional help to look after your family’s best interests.
Your home insurance claim shouldn’t be complicated. A law firm can take the stress out of your insurance claim while increasing the compensation offered to you by the insurance company. This will help you collect what’s fair.
It’s hard enough for you to eat your own vegetables let alone getting your kids to do it. Kids would be perfectly happy eating chicken nuggets, cereal, and pizza every day. Everyone can use many more servings of veggies and fruits in their day, especially young children who need the nutrients for proper development.
Unfortunately, kids can be fussy eaters with any type of food, even the ones you think they would like! Here are a few tips and tricks for convincing (or downright tricking) kids into eating what you need them to.
Before we get to fussy eating and drinking behaviours, one special category is taking medication. It’s difficult and uncomfortable for many kids to ingest a pill whole. Vitamins come in easy to chew and flavourful formats, but regular prescriptions from their doctor can be hard to swallow. Pharmaceutical compounding is a service provided by some pharmacies that customizes medications by creating specific doses, formulations, formats, and flavours to make them easier to take. Pills could be chewable or transformed into a liquid, given an appealing taste, or turned into a topical application. You can learn what a compounding pharmacy can do for you here.
Hide & Eat – Try sneaking foods into things that they like, like peas and carrots into mashed potatoes, or more fresh berries into a yogurt snack. Serve a smoothie or a 100% fruit pop instead of a salty snack. Cook up some vegetable fritters instead of French fries. Pureeing vegetables and fruits is another good way to sneak extra nutrients into another recipe you’re making. Changing the texture can make things more palatable as well.
Bargaining – Yes, it’s one of the stages of grief, and it can work for getting your stubborn little one to eat at least some of their healthy side dish. Make a deal that if they take x-number of bites they can stop. Or they’ll get to enjoy another food they prefer if they finish that small pile of grilled vegetables first. Try to avoid doing this frequently with desserts, but if all else fails, a cookie is a powerful motivator.
Mix it Up – Provide variety on their plate of multiple kinds of vegetables rather than forcing them to eat a giant glob of spinach or pile of broccoli. Learn if they prefer a raw or cooked version. Veggies can be more palatable with a healthy dipping sauce or dressing. Cooked veggies can also be with a bit of extra flavouring. Remember that juices are not nearly as healthy as the real thing, especially when it comes to fruit juice, which is essentially sugar water.
Share your Plate – Kids always seem to have their eyes on your plate instead of theirs. Put some of the things you wish they were eating on it and offer to share.
Realize the Benefits – Encourage eating through talking about the benefits of healthy foods. Relate these qualities to a familiar character from a book or TV show they like. ‘If you eat all your carrots and broccoli, you’ll grow to be as strong as Batman, you know.’
Cut Down on Snacks – A good point for adults to remember, too. Eating too much in-between meals will spoil an appetite, and calorie requirements are being met by less desirable foods instead.
Let them Help – Kids will be more excited to eat something that they helped prepare. Plus, it’ll give you a fun activity to do together and a chance to teach them about recipes and nutrition.
Picture this: you are bending over to put your socks on when you are greeted by a sharp, searing bolt of pain in your lower back. It is incredibly unpleasant, and has seemingly come out of nowhere. Long after your socks are on, it continues as a nagging pain, sometimes peaking in intensity when you bend a certain way, or sit down too quickly. You might be suffering from something called disc degeneration.
What Is Disc Degeneration?
You can think of discs as the shock absorbers and pressure distributors of the spine, little cushions wedged between the hard vertebrae. Along with your facet joints, your discs help guide and facilitate the movement of your spine, and the gel they contain in their nucleus pulpsosus helps absorb shock.
Over time and with continued stress, the nucleus pulposus may be pushed backwards, its gel interior bulging or herniating from the vertebrae, and small tears may appear in the outer disc wall, called the annulus fibrosus. The nucleus pulposus will lose some water over time as well, rendering its shock absorption less effective.
What Symptoms Should You Watch For?
Shooting pain, or “lightning bolt” pain in your lower back or neck could tip you off to disc degeneration. It may also manifest itself through leg pain, or numbness and weakness around the legs and buttocks. Commonly, it is acutely felt when bending or twisting a certain way.
If you experience any kind of back pain, regardless of its duration or severity, you should make it a point to visit a chiropractor, who can work with you, develop a treatment plan and help you say goodbye to your back pain for good.
How to Avoid It
There is no way to completely avoid disc degeneration, but by practicing healthy spinal posture, maintaining the natural curvature of your back over time, you can keep its effects to a minimum. If you are experiencing pain from disc degeneration, or to avoid further pain, certain activities involving twisting and bending should be avoided.
How to Deal with the Back Pain
As mentioned, the best way to deal with back pain caused by disc degeneration is to visit a chiropractor. They will give you pointers on stretching, sitting and sleeping, as well as advise on certain daily routines that might be aggravating the pain. They may also perform spinal adjustments to help mitigate the pain.
Especially if the pain is accompanied by numbness, tingling and weakness, it is important to consult with a corrective chiropractor. While other drastic measures are available for severe disc degeneration, your first line of defense should be your chiropractor.
It might seem like putting on your sock caused you the pain, but it was actually the painful result of a long period of disc degeneration. If you are experiencing lighting bolt back or neck pain, chronic pain or any other symptom congruent with disc degeneration, the sooner you get it checked out, the better. Pain relief should never have to wait.