Six Tips for Effective Headache Prevention

by Adam Johnson

Almost everyone suffers from a headache from time to time, but sometimes people don’t realize that the headache could actually have been prevented in the first place. Here are six helpful tips for preventing headaches.

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Natural Cough and Cold Home Remedies

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If you are trying to live a healthy lifestyle, you are probably making good choices about what you eat. One of the goals of eating well is good health, however, everyone gets a cough or cold once in awhile. These home remedies will help you avoid the doctor and over the counter medicines and help to get you on the road to recovery as quickly as possible.

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Back Pain Relief During Pregnancy


Even if a woman has never had a problem with her back before, pregnancy is often a time when a woman may have back pain that she has never experienced before.

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Signs that a Child Needs Glasses

It is often difficult to detect when a young child needs glasses, especially before they are old enough to read an eye chart. 

Many parents wonder at what age they should start taking their child to the eye doctor. Many pediatricians perform eye tests when a child comes in for his or her annual well child check. The pediatrician will let the parent know if they think a child should also see an optometrist about possibly needing eyeglasses. Even babies can be afflicted with conditions such as “lazy eye”. This type of condition can easily be identified by the child’s pediatrician, and corrected if necessary. Here are some tell tale signs that a child might need glasses.
Sometimes the first indication that a child might need glasses occurs in school. If a child is having a hard time reading the board or is having a hard time focusing on his or her school work, there may be undetected eye problems that will require a trip to the eye doctor. Often a young child will not be able to express to a parent that eye problems are to blame, sometimes frustration on the part of the child may be the only indication that there is a problem.
Squinting while reading is a common sign that a child is showing signs of being farsighted.
A child may tilt the head to the side if he or she is experiencing double vision.
If a child is sitting too close to the television, this is a possible sign of nearsightedness.
A child who is experiencing frequent headaches should have his or her eyes checked right away. This could be a sign of uncorrected farsightedness.
Crossing of the eyes, frequent tearing of the eyes, and sensitivity to light are also signs that a child needs his or her eyes checked.
If a child is holding objects away from his or her face in order to focus on them, this is a sign of farsightedness. 
Covering one eye while reading or watching television is a sign that a child is seeing better out of one eye than the other.
At a child’s first trip to the optometrist’s office, the eye doctor will be looking for signs of nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astygmatism.
If it is determined that a child needs glasses, there will be an adjustment period. Children don’t adjust to wearing glasses overnight. However, most children who have been having vision problems are happy when they can see with their new glasses. A parent should also make sure that the child’s glasses are always clean so that he or she can see clearly.
Kids can be hard on eyeglasses, but these days there are many types of children’s glasses from which to choose. Titanium frames with spring hinges are a popular choice for many parents. These types of frames bend easily without breaking. For children under the age of 3, there are frames available that have a wraparound earpiece to help keep the glasses in place, and glasses for babies have a strap that fits around the back of the baby’s head.
When choosing a frame for a child, it is important to keep in mind that round frames look better on angular faces, and square frames look better on round faces. A good eye doctor will also make sure that the glasses are comfortable and fit well.
And glasses are not the only option. By middle school, most children are ready to try out contact lenses.
In order to do well in school it imperative that a child’s eyesight be at its best. Starting at about kindergarten age, a child should have a yearly visit to the optometrist, as well as to the pediatrician. Prevention is the best medicine, it is best to get a child’s vision checked before there is a problem.

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When Your Child Has a Sinus Infection


So you think your child might have a sinus infection? I didn’t even know kids could get sinus infections. It always seemed to me to be a chronic problem that plagues adults, not children.

A sinus infection can start out as an everyday cold. I am not one to take my children to the doctor every time they get a cold. However, if you suspect they might have a sinus infection, antibiotics may be necessary to clear it up.

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