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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Children & Screen Time



From the very first day of their lives, our children are surrounded by Digital Media. However, little we know on how this can affect our little one’s health and what is the appropriate way to protect them!
Let’s start by exploring how the Digital Media can affect our children’s health:

  • First, it can Increase obesity: not only due to the food advertisements, but also by letting our children use screens during mealtime, will lower their satiety cues.

  • Second, it can cause sleep troubles:  the blue light of the screens will decrease Melatonin level and therefore they will have shorter night time sleep.

  • Furthermore, some studies have shown that if used inappropriately, without Parent-child interaction, it can lead to Cognitive, language and socioemotional delay.

Nevertheless, Digital Media is useful in the learning process of our children; however parents must know that kids are not capable of transferring knowledge from the screens, therefore regardless of your kids age, you should co-view the content with them and re-teach them in the real world & explain how to use it to create and learn. Moreover, many applications are designated as educational without any verification; that’s why we should be really careful in choosing those applications and games.
So how many hours should our children spend in front of the screen! According to the American Academy of Pediatrician, the number of hours depends on your child age:

  • <18 months: Avoid Digital Media other than video chatting.

  • 18-24 months: use high quality programming and avoid solo media use in this group.

  • 2-5 years: limit screen time to 1 hour/day of high quality programs.

  • >6 years: Place consistent limits on the time spent on Digital Media.

Here are few tips that will help in using Digital Media correctly:

  • Make sure they have enough time for other activities: play, study and talk.

  • Create tech free zone in your home i.e. Bedrooms.

  • Spend family time together. Children learn mostly from their parents, so we should start by ourselves!

  • Do not allow your child to use screens during meals.

  • Restrict screen time to 1 hour before bedtime.

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Healthy Habits In Pregnancy


This post main aim is to focus on how women should prepare properly for pregnancy.


First, if you’re planning to have a baby, you should visit your doctor (at least one month prior to conception), who will run few laboratory tests to make sure you do not have anemia or other deficiencies, will check your vaccination and make sure you are up to date, will prescribe prenatal vitamins with appropriate folic acid element (400mcg) with additional supplement (Iron, vitamin D, etc.) if you have any insufficiency.  Your doctor also will inform you about how much approximately your weight will increase according to your current weight. In fact, if you have normal weight, you will gain 25-35 pounds (11.5-16 kg) during your pregnancy.

Actually under-nutrition during pregnancy can have serious adverse effect on the mother and on the baby, to add over-nutrition also is found to cause diseases in childhood and adulthood. Pregnant women should really be careful on what food to eat and what to avoid to keep a good balance during this important phase.

  
*So what should you avoid during pregnancy?

  • Certain kind of fish that contains high level of Mercury.

  • Alcohol: you should completely avoid alcohol. (it can affect your baby: fetal alcohol syndrome)

  • Caffeine: you should limit your caffeine intake to 1-2 cups per day. Caffeine is not only in coffee, it is also present in cola, tea, etc.

  • Sugary drinks: you should limit your intake of sugary drinks.

  • Herbal products: please inform your doctor about any herbal drinks you are having since it can cause adverse effect on your baby.

  • Raw sprouts (i.e. Radish):  it can carry germs.

  • Unpasteurized Milk, cheese, juice.

[You should Stop smoking during pregnancy and while breastfeeding, this has really dangerous consequences on the baby].

 
*Food that is good for you:

  • Fresh fruits

  • Fresh Vegetables

  • Whole grain

  • Low fat dairy products

  • Few protein: meat, fish..

For more information about food that could be harmful, please visit the US food and drug administration website. Click here.


Furthermore, a critical attitude you should pay a huge attention to is how to prepare your food. You should be really careful to lower the risk of getting any infection; these precautions will help you tremendously:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water regularly and especially before & after handling food.

  • Make sure if you’re having; fish, chicken, beef, eggs, or other meats, that they are fully cooked. 
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions concerning this or related topics!

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Facts every Dermatologist wants you to know about!





We all know the dangerous effect of the sun on our health, but Have you ever wondered if the indoor tanning is better?
In fact many believe that the indoor tanning is safe, and even better than sun exposure. However the truth is quite the opposite. Here are few facts every dermatologist would wants you to know about:

  • It can cause skin cancer. Indoor Tanning generates the same consequences if not even worse than those of the sun. This is especially true for young adolescents and people with fairy skin and blue eyes.

  • It creates a premature aging of your skin. Indoor tanning causes your skin to age prematurely, with the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles as well as sun spots.

  • It can burn your skin and injures your eyes.

  • It does not provide Vitamin D.

  • It causes addiction. It was found that once you start indoor tanning, you find yourself attached to it and it’s harder for you to quit. 

Due to these Side effects, the US FDA requires warning labels on all indoor tanning equipment.

We will provide few simple tips, to help protecting your skin:

-Wash your face at least three times daily.  Actually your face is exposed to dirt throughout the day; so you should remind yourself to wash it frequently.

-Do not smoke, smoking can make your skin looks older.

- Apply sunscreen daily, before leaving your house, to prevent spots and damage from the sun. Apply them to areas exposed to the sun, for instance; face, neck, hands and reapply them every 2 hours; Wear protective clothing & Seek shade especially between 10 am- 2pm.

-Drink plenty of fluids to keep your skin hydrated.

We hope this post was useful, try the following tips and send us your feedback!

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Monday, February 4, 2019

Air Fresheners & Scented Candles : The Hidden Danger


Everyone knows how it’s like to feel the fresh scent in our home, office and entourage. However have you ever wondered if it’s safe to use air-fresheners and scented candles?

Air fresheners are now a $1.72 billion industry in the United States. However these products are not as safe as they seem and repeated exposure to small amounts of household chemicals can trigger symptoms to previously tolerated chemicals. 
Actually, Air freshener contains chemicals called Volatile organic compound (VOC) such as benzene and formaldehyde that cause many problems particularly in elderly, infants and individuals with low immunity, such as: Headache, Nausea, Aggravate Asthma, Neurological problems ad even cancer.


Furthermore, The National Resources Defense council (NRDC) also stated that 80% of the current air-freshener contains a substance called “Phthalate”, which induces:

-Hormonal problems

-Reproductive issues

-Birth defect and developmental disorders.

To add, Plug-in air fresheners were also found to have “Naphthalene”, which is shown to cause tissue damage and lung cancer in rodents. Scented candles may as well contribute to significant quantities of pollutants to the indoor environment, especially soot, benzene, & lead.

We decided to write this post to increase awareness regarding these indoor poisons, and also to help you find alternative solutions, for instance:

  • Improve your home Ventilation.

  • Switch to homemade alternatives. Add few drops of organic essential oil (lemon, Orange, etc.) with distilled or purified water, and use it as air-freshener.

  • Look at the ingredients of every product you buy! Many products do not have on the label their actual ingredients, but if it was available try to choose those with the least amount of phthalate available.

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Children & Screen Time

From the very first day of their lives, our children are surrounded by Digital Media. However, little we know on how this can affect...