Vitamin D

All You Need To Know About The Sunshine Vitamin

We all know that Vitamin D is one of the most essential vitamins required for our body. The first thing that comes to people’s minds when they hear Vitamin D is that we get it from sunlight and it keeps our bones strong. These are true, but there is a lot more to know about the ‘Sunshine Vitamin’. Common misconceptions and negligence has left people with a huge risk of being Vitamin D insufficient.

Vitamin D is an important factor is building muscles and bones, and helping the human heart, brain and lungs function well. Vitamin D is unique in its characteristics because it is the only vitamin that the human body can make on its own. Unlike other vitamins which we get through various sources like food, the body makes its own Vitamin D when exposed to sunlight. Although, there are other means by which you can get Vitamin D like food and supplements. (more…)

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Tips to protect your children during summer

  • The most common illnesses that occur to children during the summer and how to avoid them

Summer is the longest season in the UAE. With the summer break around the corner, children are prone to a number of allergies and infections. The most common issues seen in children during the summer are dehydration, heat stroke, dry skin, fungal infections in the foot, and sun burn.

Dehydration and heat exhaustion can happen very quickly during the summer and it is very important to drink lots of water and electrolytes to stay hydrated at all times. Fresh fruit juices with no added sugar are a great source of electrolytes. School going children need plenty of fluids because they may play outside in the heat.

Heat stroke results in high body temperature, rapidly increased breathing, and fast pulse. To avoid this one must avoid direct sun rays and heat. During the summer, it is best to avoid being outside during peak sun hours.

Dry skin, rashes and sun burn are common skin problems seen in children and adults during summers. Dry skin is caused due to dehydration, which one must drink lots of water to avoid. Keeping the skin moisturized at all times is also important to avoid dryness. Rashes are caused due to excess sweating caused by the heat. Sun burn is generally seen in people with less melanin or lighter skin color, although this doesn’t rule out the probability of children with darker skin developing sun burns.

Food poisoning is also rather common during summers. Food must always be kept covered at all times if it is kept outside.

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The truth about your tooth

We have all heard about the mind & body connection, but how much do we know about the mouth & body connection? Beyond giving you a visibly great smile and a boost of confidence, the health of the mouth mirrors the overall health of the body.

The World Health Organization states that 2 in 100,000 people died of Oral Cancer in 2010[1]. Oral Cancer, although the final stage of poor oral hygiene, is definitely not uncommon in this part of the region. Dental conditions like tooth decay and cavities are the most common causes of tooth loss. Every individual has been instilled with the concept of ‘brushing twice daily’ since childhood, yet an overwhelming number of people have cavities and decay on their tooth. There are various misconceptions about dental care and oral hygiene that cause oral hygiene practices to be gravely misunderstood. People often tend to believe what they hear about dental hygiene and follow the same without consulting with a dentist first.

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Mother kissing baby

Newborns at risk, from a simple kiss

Can a simple kiss really be dangerous to newborns?

Dr. Bhavani: Yes it can. To some extent, some dangers depend on the immune status of the new born as the child is exposed to many diseases and infections that can be transmitted by one way or the other.

 

Is it easy for a newborn to contact diseases/infections from a kiss or other ways?

Dr. Bhavani: Yes, an adult with a cold sore, which is caused by the Herpes simplex virus spreads from skin to skin contact, like kissing and also by sharing razors, lipsticks, tooth brushes, eating from the same utensils or even sharing towels. The virus lies in the dormant cells of the skin, and of the mouth and breaks out into disease when the immune system of the individual goes down. Though Herpes Simplex I virus is commonly distributed as a benign infection in the population, it can have a much more severe effect on newborns. Symptoms of the herpes simplex virus typically appear as a blister or as multiple blisters on or around affected areas — usually the mouth, in this case. The blisters break, leaving tender sores.

Often, the appearance of Herpes Simplex virus is typical and no testing is needed to confirm the diagnosis. If a health care provider is uncertain, herpes simplex can be diagnosed with lab tests and virus cultures. Furthermore, individuals with other communicable diseases like cold and flu, tuberculosis, etc. can pass on the infection when they kiss or touch a newborn. Infectious mononucleosis, commonly called as kissing disease, is another infectious disease that spreads by kissing in older children, mostly in teenagers. It is caused by the Epstein–Barr virus (EBV).

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The importance of Breastfeeding

As part of our Breastfeeding Awareness Campaign, we invited some mothers and mothers-to-be in order to share their experiences of breastfeeding and to highlight the important role that breastfeeding played in the physical and mental development of their children. Apart from the mothers, our Specialist Paediatricians Dr. Lubna Rashid and Dr. Sunitha George also share their views on the need to breastfeed newborns and infants.

Watch the full video HERE

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