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It’s Not Easy for the Parents to Move On.

What mental/psychological impact does a child’s death have on parents, especially if it is an accidental death?

A death of a child is generally considered the worst kind of grief and it causes long-term impacts on the life of a parent. The circumstances around the death also matter and are a deciding factor. Grief is a process that must be allowed to happen. For instance, if the child has been ill for a prolonged period, parents may come to terms with the reality and it could have been something they anticipated and therefore a bit easier for them to grieve. On the other hand, a sudden death is expected to leave the parents more traumatised and will leave them in a state of shock or disbelief for a longer period of time. The age of the child is also an important factor. It is often believed that the older the child, the lesser the grieving – which is untrue. Losing a child by any means of abortion, miscarriage or death are all very painful and indescribable emotions.

The most common form of grieving includes anger, guilt, a sense of never being able to detach oneself from the sorrow, a feeling of disorientation and this feeling affects all aspects of life. There are mental and psychological impacts of the loss of a child on a parent. The most common physical symptoms of grief include loss of sleep, mood swings, anxiety, inability to concentrate etc. Other serious symptoms could be having nightmares, shortness of breath, etc. At times, parents become very strongly associated with their grief and disagree to let go. If any of the symptoms continue for more than a year or two it is important for the parent to consult a specialist.

How can parents stop blaming themselves for the death?

The death of a child can cause grief in parents and it is normal. They blame themselves for the death of the child, especially if it is an accidental death. Parents may go into depression and the self-blame is part of the guilt feeling caused by depression. Grief or depression up to six months can be considered normal. After six months if the depression still continues, they should get help from a specialist psychiatrist.

Parents need not blame themselves because the death of the child is not their fault. Once depression is cleared, the self-blame will be controlled.

Please share some tips on how the family can move on?

The time period of parents’ grief is uncertain and parents may at times have a very slow recovery. They are most likely to accommodate the loss of their child without long-term interruption of life, although ‘moving on’ is not a smooth process. How quickly parents get over the death depends on the pre-existing issues that they have. Although this may sound like a philosophical cliché, time will recover the loss. It may be difficult to reconnect with people immediately after a child’s death, but being social beings, parents will need to reconnect with the society be it work or any other purpose. Parents can visit a counsellor to begin the healing process. Getting professional help to assist them to understand their emotions and making positive changes in their life, is what the grieving parents should consider. There are also clinical approaches to help parents find meaning and a sense of purpose for their own life in order to gain a sense of well-being and lead a normal life.

Does the impact of the death spill on to all members of the family including other children?

A child’s death brings pain to everybody affected by it, along with incredible difficulties for grieving parents. The cultural beliefs of each family differ and the impact may depend on it. In some cases, parents do not seek concern from the extended family or choose not to seek support from them for various reasons. If the parents had only one child who passed away, having another child may sometimes help.

Dr. Mohammed Yousef 

Specialist Psychiatrist

Aster Clinic, Al Muteena(DMPC)

News Source – http://www.khaleejtimes.com/nation/its-not-easy-for-the-parents-to-move-on

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GERD Blog

GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux disease)

Gastroesophageal reflux is essentially the reflux or regurgitation of stomach contents back into the food pipe or esophagus. This is a normal process that occurs in otherwise healthy children, and adults. Most episodes are brief without causing any symptoms or problems. However, in some people, acid reflux can injure the esophagus and result in symptoms such as heartburn, vomiting, or pain when swallowing. This condition is called gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD).
GERD occurs when the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) becomes weak or relaxes when it shouldn’t, thereby causing the stomach contents to rise up in the esophagus. Increased pressure on the abdomen due to excessive weight, obesity, pregnancy, and certain medicines such as those for asthma, calcium channel blockers, painkillers, sedatives, antidepressants and smoking, all contribute to the eventual weakening of the lower esophageal sphincter
The most common symptoms of GERD include heart burn, the regurgitation of food, chest fullness/ pain, feelings of excessive salivation and so on. Some patients also experience feelings of nausea, pain or the feeling of constantly having a lump in their throat, bad breath and the wearing down of their teeth. These symptoms are further exacerbated at night while lying down flat to sleep.
GERD can affect people of all ages, from infants to older adults. People with asthma are at a higher risk of developing GERD as asthma flare ups cause the stomach contents to flow back, or reflux into the esophagus. Conversely, acid reflux can make asthma symptoms worse by irritating the airways and the lungs. If one has both GERD and asthma, managing the GERD may help control the asthma symptoms.
Investigations may be necessary in some cases and may include Endoscopy (inserting a tube through the mouth to examine the inside of the esophagus), an X-ray of the upper digestive system, an ambulatory acid pH test (which monitors the amount of acid in the esophagus), and an esophageal impedance test (which measures the movement of the substances in the esophagus). If you have accompanying symptoms like persistent vomiting, loss of appetite, weight loss, difficulty in swallowing or vomiting blood etc. it is advisable to immediately see a doctor and get their advice.
Treatment for GERD starts with changes in lifestyle measures such as waiting for at least two hours after food before lying down, raising the head of the bed, avoiding tobacco, losing weight if overweight, decreasing alcohol intake, avoiding heavy meals, and decreasing caffeine intake.

However, the first step for treating GERD is to begin making the necessary dietary changes to help reduce the severity of your symptoms and give your body time to heal. It is important to consider which foods cause heartburn and discomfort and which foods don’t cause any painful symptoms at all. Few foods which are best avoided when on a GERD diet are spicy foods, trans fat and high-fat foods, very hot foods and liquid, mint and chocolate, alcohol and other foods which could be triggering an individual’s GERD. It should also be noted that each individual’s case is different and not everyone reacts the same way to particular foods. One needs to take the time to find out what ‘triggers’ theirs symptoms and make their own ‘safe to eat’ and ‘foods to avoid’ lists. It may take a little while before you fully understand your body’s reactions, but the most effective way to manage the condition is to “listen” to your body and work with it to devise a plan that will help in your specific situation. If these symptoms interfere with your daily life it is time to see your physician. Medications like proton pump inhibitors or histamine blockers may be necessary. Although sometimes in severe and intolerant cases, surgery may also be recommended.

Dr. Vijay Anand. V

Specialist Gastroentrologist

Aster Clinic, Al Qusais

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5 Secretly Healthy foods for Pregnancy

5 Secretly Healthy Foods for Pregnancy

Below mentioned foods are loaded with delicious flavors and pregnancy friendly ingredients, to keep you involved in this festive season. So go ahead mommy to be and indulge.

Melon with lime

Watermelon or other melon with a squeeze of lime

Watermelon is 92 percent water, so it’ll help you stay hydrated during pregnancy while also providing a sweet treat. And each cup of diced watermelon has 170 mg of potassium approximately. You can also make homemade watermelon juice by blending it with some fresh lime squeeze and strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve. Then just chill and sip!

Yoghurt with Citrus and Mint
The thick, creaminess of yoghurt feels indulgent enough to scratch that itch for a treat. Punch it up with orange segments plus a sprinkle of chopped mint for a dessert recipe that packs 11 grams of protein and less than 200 calories, plus a dose of brain-development–boosting vitamin C.

Buttermilk with a twist

If you are having a craving to take buttermilk, try it with a hint of mint, ginger and a pinch of salt. This remedy will enrich your taste buds with the boost that you need.

Munch time try raw nuts

Here’s another winning combo of protein and healthy fats. It’s great post-dinner, but you could also easily throw a handful into a plastic baggie for an on-the-go indulgence.

Tofu, fruit, and granola

A small bowl of diced tofu topped with 1 cup of diced mango and 2 tablespoons of high-fiber granola

Many types of store-bought granola are high in sugar and don’t have a lot of fibre. Look for one with at least 3 g of fibre per 1/3 cup serving and no more than 9 g of sugar.

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tips for women new year

Tips for Moms to be to Enjoy New Year

New Year being around the corner, this is what pregnant ladies could do to enjoy the festive season.

  • Comfortable clothes Try wearing maternity clothing to avoid being uncomfortable while shopping for the festival. Wear something that will support your belly to make the shopping last much longer.

 

  • No alcohol: Enjoy a glass of something refreshing and sparkly drink instead of alcohol. Mixing up some of the ginger, mint and lime sparkler not only tastes good but sparkles your taste buds as well.

 

  • Stay hydrated: New Year could be tiring as you are out of your normal routine, so try carrying a water bottle and try sip in water every hour, because it’s hard to forget water if it’s in your bottle.

 

  • Take a walk: If you can’t fit in your usual exercise regime don’t forget that walking is good for you too. But a brisk walk with family or friends is a sociable way to maintain the regular cardio.

 

  • Stretch a little: Find time to stretch out with some yoga poses. Ten minutes of yoga can do much to make you feel more relaxed and energised. Sitting on the floor with legs crossed with feet beneath your knees, lengthen the spine and sit up tall.

 

  • Enjoy: Make the most of being pregnant and accept offers of help. Let other people help you carry the shopping and do the cooking.

 

  • Cook easy recipes: Being pregnant doesn’t mean you can’t host a party at home. Try cooking easy foods and keep your menu simple. Start your party early to avoid delayed night. Let your hubby help you with the preparations.
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Aster Clinics Win ‘THE MEDICAL CLINIC OF THE YEAR’ Award

Aster Clinic has been named the Best Medical Clinic of the year 2016 at the annual Mother, Baby and Child 2016 Awards. Aster Clinic won this prestigious award for their attentive efforts in refining patient care in the region.

The Mother, Baby and Child awards recognize excellence, and contribution of healthcare providers and other major entities that work towards helping mothers in the UAE nurture their children. They are the only awards of their kind that give mothers the opportunity to encourage and shape industries and brands that play a vital role in their life. Aster Clinic has won this esteemed acclaim solely based on the votes of readers of the magazine. The award was received by senior members of the Aster Clinic team.

Mr. Mario Pereira, Chief Operating Officer, Clinic Business at Aster DM Healthcare, expressed his delight on winning the Best Medical Clinic of 2016 and said, “Congratulations to all the winners across various industries. We consider it a great honor to be recognized and nominated among our peers in the industry and winning the Best Medical Clinic has made it much more exciting. This recognition is a great triumph for Aster DM Healthcare and a greater accomplishment and encouragement for all our staff and practitioners, who work towards providing highest quality care on a regular basis. Such achievements further motivate us to do better and inspire others to excel by providing exceptional patient care and the best possible medical outcomes. We are committed to honor our word of providing quality healthcare and will always stand by our promise, we’ll treat you well.”

Aster DM Healthcare has always focused on patient care and invested in the finest healthcare facilities to provide patients the best services which truly exemplifies their success. Aster Clinics have constantly maintained an efficient and professional approach by striving to make continuous improvements in their services and making innovative contributions that have made a lasting impression in the healthcare industry in the region. With the highest accreditations, Aster Clinics raise their own benchmark time and again, offering comprehensive healthcare in a customized and friendly atmosphere across UAE.

Aster DM Healthcare is a healthcare network with over 296 operating facilities across 9 countries, including 18 hospital, 89 clinics & 189 retail pharmacies. The organization has 18,750 employees including 2,035 full time full-time doctors as of October 31, 2016.

 

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