When you become a mother, you tend to forget about your own needs because you are so focused on your child. With the baby keeping you busy all day and night, your skincare takes a backseat. It's not always changing in skin texture and looks post-pregnancy are a bad thing, but not taking care of your skin may lead to acne, melasma, stretch marks, puffy eyes, and even dark circles.
Here we are sharing simple and easy tips for you to follow, to get a glowing post-pregnancy.
As you sleep, your skin goes through a renewal cycle, by dispensing toxins and debris. So you only need a light-textured cleanser to wash your face with a face wash that is suitable for your skin type.
Take steam for 2-3 days a week, it will help you to open up your clogged pores.
Scrub & Face Pack
Use a face scrub, to remove the dead skin cells, scrub your face for like 5 minutes and wash it with normal tap water. It will help you to make your skin softer and radiant, leave the mask until it dries off.
Toner & Moisturizer
Apply toner to your face, look for clarifying toners that rebalance your pH to maintain the pH value of your skin. In the end, you only have to moisturize your face, to give hydration.
Steal Baby Products
Baby products are always mild in nature so that the baby's sensitive skin doesn't have to compromise. They are created to lock moisture in babies skin. So, you can also use them. Whether it's a body oil, lotion or cream, apply some on your skin every time you're applying them on your baby. If you do this, you can flaunt your skin, this way, you don't have to dedicate a specific time every day for your skincare.
Keep All Skincare Needs in One Place
Organize all your skincare products in one place, this organization will help you way much better than anything. Make use of your "me time" and devote it properly to pamper yourself.
Streaming Your Routine
Make a proper timetable, for your week how many days you are going to deep cleanse your skin in a week. If we talk about the baby skincare routine this is important too. As the baby's skin is too sensitive and they are interacting with such a harsh environment pollution, high temperature etc. Don't worry there are some simple and easy enough tips. Here, what you should know, with regards to bath, diapering, selecting items and that's just the beginning.
Babies need two to three baths a week in warm, not hot water to stay clean. The initial step to an extraordinary child shower is to track down the ideal temperature. Tip: Fill the bath without any more than 2 to 3 creeps of water. To keep your child from getting cold while you wash them, routinely pour cupfuls of water over their shoulders.
There are a lot of things you'll have to do for your little one when they're an infant, like changing your baby's diaper regularly, cleaning tenderly however completely each time with child wipes. Make the surface saturated yet dry simultaneously as well. There are countless myths around diaper rashes that it is caused because of the usage of diapers. But no, it is due to a lack of attention and knowledge about the correct time to change the diaper. Else it will get worse for your child.
Awareness of Products
Always read the product label before purchasing products for your infant. It's ideal to avoid chemical and alcohol-based products. Use products that are made explicitly for infants.
Newborn babies are so delicate, requiring a lot of care and attention. A single mistake or slip of mind can make things worse. Keep your infant's skin saturated, as well, so consistently have a stockpile of moisturizers around. But excessive oil can cause cradle caps, and dryness can create painful scenarios. If your child is facing such issues you need to consult a certified dermatologist.
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Coronavirus has left a scar on our minds, and its impact is not only felt by adults but kids as well. The concept of 'long Covid 19' is not well defined yet, but there are several research papers that highlight the long-term effects of Covid-19 on various age groups.
Children who have battled Covid-19 are coming back to hospitals with post-Covid 19 symptoms like persistent headaches, fatigue, abdominal pain, gastric issues, heart palpitations, difficulty to sleep, muscle pain, loss of smell, and Tachycardia (increased heart rate). This symptom typically manifests after 2-4 weeks of the initial infection and may last for weeks to months.
Kumar Salvi, Consultant Paediatrics and Neonatology, Fortis Hiranandani Hospital, Vashi, and Asmita Mahajan, Consultant Neonatology and Paediatrics, SL Raheja Hospital, Mahim, to know more about it:
Risk Factors For Kids- Adolescents and teenagers may be prone to witness long Covid-19 symptoms. Moreover, children with higher BMI or Obesity are at higher risk of experiencing long Covid-19. Initially, we were under the impression that long Covid-19 can occur in kids having acute infections. However, that has changed over time, and we see a lot of children with asymptomatic and mild infections also experiencing long Covid-19. Having said that it is important to note, that kids experiencing such symptoms should be properly screened by medical experts, as many of these could be a result of mental health issues induced by the lockdown and pandemic.
There are studies that indicate that isolation and lockdown have resulted in mental health issues among kids, further resulting in headaches, fatigue, anger, misbehaviour, and similar issues. Parents and doctors need to ensure proper diagnosis of these health ailments.
Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (MIS-C) A Cause Of Many Such Long Covid-19 Issues in Kids- MIS-C in children is a condition where different body parts can become inflamed, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes, or gastrointestinal organs. We know that many children with MIS-C had the Covid-19 virus or had been around someone with Covid-19. When a child's immune system reacts extensively to fight the virus in such cases, the immune system adopts in abnormal ways to fight the disease and that's when organs start to get inflamed causing MIS-C. MIS-C can be serious, even deadly, but most children diagnosed with this condition have gotten better with medical care.
Symptoms Of MIS-C Signs and symptoms of MIS-C in children include:
High-grade fever that lasts 24 hours or longer
Pain in the stomach
Feeling unusually tired
Redness or swelling of the lips and tongue
Redness or swelling of the hands or feet
Headache, dizziness, or light-headedness
Diagnosis and Treatment Of MIS-C- If MIS-C is suspected, a diagnostic or antibody test for Covid-19 can help confirm current or past infection with the virus, which aids in diagnosis and treatment.
Tests Your Doctor May Prescribe, To Look For Inflammation Or Other Signs Of The Disease, Include:
CBC Blood tests
C-reactive protein test
Heart ultrasound (echocardiogram)
Usually, supportive care for symptoms that is, medicine and/or fluids are given to make your child feel better, coupled with various medicines to treat inflammation. Most children who become ill with MIS-C will need to be treated in the hospital. To treat this condition normally, Intravenous Immunoglobulin (IVIG) to improve antibody content or steroids in appropriate dosages is given. All these medications are given, and the children are kept under observation. Some children may need to be treated in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (ICU) if they are severely ill.
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The most common cause of low birth weight babies is premature delivery, when the baby doesn't get enough time to grow inside the womb of the mother. The second most common cause is when the baby stops growing inside the womb and no matter what the growth just stops. In this case we need to deliver the baby irrespective of the gestational age.
Talking about premature deliveries, there are several reasons as to why this happens. It can happen due to infections in the vagina of the mother like Group B Streptococcal infections or a recurrent urinary tract infection. These infections start the cascade of reactions which ultimately starts the premature delivery process.
It can also happen if the mouth of the uterus is so short that it cannot hold the weight of the pregnancy and with this pressure it just opens up.
Sometimes it can also happen due to the infection of the womb by the TORCH infections, named so due to Toxoplasmosis, Rubella, Cytomegalovirus, Herpes.
It can also be caused due to some structural anomalies in the uterus like if there is a septum in the middle of the cavity of the uterus or if the cavity of uterus is divided into two parts due to which there is not enough space for the baby to grow inside the womb.
Too much amniotic fluid can also start the process of labor due to excessive pressure.
Sometimes the age of the mother also plays a role, a very young mother, like a teenager, has organs which might not be too well developed to hold the baby till term. Similarly if she is too old then the organs become too weak.
All these factors can lead to preterm delivery and hence low birth weight babies.
Coming to the next part when the baby stops growing inside the womb which is also known as fetal growth restriction, this can happen if the baby is unable to receive proper nutrition either due to the functional abnormality in the placenta (the powerhouse which brings nutrition and oxygen to the baby) or due to abnormality in blood vessels in the umbilical cord (which carries blood from the placenta to the baby).
The abnormalities in the placenta like placenta praevia when part of the placenta is in the lower uterine segment or circumvallate placenta can hamper the growth of the baby.
The reasons for abnormal blood supply through umbilical cord are malnutrition in the mother, drug abuse, smoking cigarettes or drinking alcohol, chronic health conditions like hypertension, advanced diabetes, autoimmune disorders, sickle cell anaemia, chronic kidney disease, obesity and APLA syndrome. All these factors disrupt the blood supply to the baby and hence the low birth weight.
All the above are the maternal factors which can cause low birth weight in the babies. Along with this there are certain fetal factors also which can cause low birth weight in babies like twin pregnancy, fetal anomalies like aneuploidy, triploidy, trisomy 13,18,21, turners syndrome.
Birth of low birth weight babies can cause lots of problems to the babies because they are born when they are not prepared to enter the world. They can suffer from various complications ranging from inability to gain weight due to difficulty in feeding, breathing problems due to immature lungs, bleeding in the brain also known as intraventricular haemorrhage etc.The only way we can prevent low birth weight babies is by ensuring that the mother takes regular antenatal check ups so that the growth of the baby and maternal weight gain can be measured regularly. With this continuous surveillance even risk factors for preterm labor can be minimised. Preventable risk factors like alcohol consumption, smoking and drug abuse should be avoided completely.
(Obstetrician and Gynecologist Amodita Ahuj)
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Ayurvedic Liver Medicine "Liv. 52" is nothing short of a panacea. It is useful in all liver problems, including fatty liver. This is why Liv. 52 has a special place in medications that keep the liver healthy. There are many medicines on the market for liver-related problems, but among these liver medicines, Liv 52 has a special place. It is one of the best selling medicine in India. What is special is that it is an Ayurvedic medicine produced by Himalaya, a well-known Ayurvedic company of India. More than 300 research articles have been published so far on Liv. 52. Availability in the market in both syrup and tablet form. It is worth mentioning that each herbal ingredient of Liv.52 has been analyzed as per the parameters prescribed by Pharmacopoeia.
Herbs & The Components Used In The Liv. 52 Syrup
The main constituents of Liv 52 are chicory and caper bush (himsra). The properties of both are as follows:
Chicory: Protects the liver against alcohol poisoning. It is also a powerful antioxidant, which can be attributed to its free radical scavenging properties and hepatoprotective properties.
Himsra: is a potent hepatoprotective. It inhibits the increase of malondialdehyde (biomarker for oxidative stress) levels in plasma and hepatic cells. Caper bush also suppresses levels of ALT and AST enzymes and improves the functional efficiency of the liver. Additionally, the flavonoids present in the caper bush exhibit significant antioxidant properties.
Apart from chicory and himsra, Liv 52 also contains Kakamachi, Arjuna, Kasamarda, Biranjasipha , Jhavuka whose quantity is given below-
Himsra (Capparis spinosa) 34mg
Kasani (Cichorium intybus) 34mg
Kakamachi (Solanum nigrum) 16mg
Arjuna (Terminalia arjuna) 16mg
Kasamarda (Cassia occidentalis) 8mg
Biranjasipha (Achillea millefolium) 8mg
Jhavuka (Tamarix gallica) 8mg
Benefits of Himalaya Liv.52 Syrup
Improves Digestion and Appetite: Liv 52 helps in increasing appetite by improving digestion. It also proves helpful in reducing constipation. The bottom line is that it helps the liver to function properly, which results in improved digestion and good appetite.
Purification of the Liver: Due to drinking alcohol, eating junk food etc., many types of toxic elements accumulate in the body which damages the liver. Liv 52 protects the liver from damage by flushing out toxins from the body. It detoxifies and purifies the liver.
Helpful in Curing Liver: Ayurvedic Liver Medicine Liv. 52 is nothing short of a panacea. It proves useful in all liver problems including fatty liver. This is the reason that Liv 52 has a special place in the medicines that keep the liver healthy.
Beneficial in Jaundice, Hepatitis and Anemia: Liv 52 has the ability to cure jaundice. It reduces jaundice. It is also used in hepatitis disease. The doctors of Ayurveda recommend the use of this medicine to the patients suffering from these diseases. Apart from this, if there is a lack of blood in your body, then it proves beneficial in that too. This medicine is also given to the patients of anemia.
Hepatoprotective Effects: Natural ingredients in Liv.52 have strong hepatoprotective properties against chemically induced hepatotoxicity. It restores the functional efficiency of the liver by protecting the liver parenchyma and promoting hepatocellular production. The antiperoxidative activity of Liv.52 prevents damage to the functional integrity of cell membranes, increases cytochrome P-450 (a large and widespread group of enzymes that catalyze the oxidation of organic substances), accelerates the recovery period and Ensures early restoration of hepatic functions in infected hepatitis. It provides rapid elimination of acetaldehyde (produced by the oxidation of ethanol which is popularly known to cause hangover) and ensures protection against alcohol-induced hepatic damage. Liv.52 Also reduce lipotropic (compounds that help induce fat breakdown) in chronic alcoholism and inhibit fatty incorporation of the liver. In pre-cirrhotic conditions, Liv.52 stops the progression of cirrhosis and prevents further liver damage.
Side Effects of Himalaya Liv.52 Syrup
Taking it as directed by your doctor usually does not cause any side effects. However, if you notice any side effects, it is recommended to consult your doctor as soon as possible.
Doses of Himalaya Liv.52 Syrup
Himalaya Liv. 52 syrup should be used as directed by your doctor. Ideally, it is recommended to take it twice or three times a day, depending on your condition and needs. The usual recommended dosage for adults and children.
For adults: 2 to 3 teaspoons a day
For Kids: 1 teaspoon a day
Quick Tips For Himalaya Liv. 52 Syrup
* Take the medicine at the same time every day to remind yourself when to take the medicine and get the best results.
* Read the label carefully before use and do not exceed the recommended dose of the drug.
* Tell your doctor about any medications that you are taking or that may be affected by this medication.
* Follow your doctor's instructions carefully to get the most out of this medication.
* If you forget to take a dose of Himalaya Liv.52 Syrup, take it as soon as you remember. However, if your next dose is approaching, please skip the missed dose and take your next dose at the scheduled time.
* If you experience side effects or symptoms do not improve, please consult your doctor as soon as possible.
* In addition to taking these supplements, it is also recommended to adopt a healthy diet that contains all the essential nutrients.
* Remember that herbal supplements should not be used as a substitute for a balanced diet.
Storage And Safety Information
* Store in a cool dry place.
* Do not exceed the recommended dosage.
* Read the label carefully before use.
* Keep away this from children.
Online Purchase of Liv. 52
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Frequently Asked Question (FAQs)
Q1. How often should I take it every day?
Ans. It is recommended that you take the syrup twice a day or as directed by your doctor.
Q2. How much syrup comes in the bottle?
Ans. This particular bottle comes with 200ml of Himalaya Liv. 52 syrup.
Q3. Can I give it to the children?
Ans. Yes, but young children should only be given this syrup under medical supervision.
Q4. When should I take Liv 52?
Ans. Liv 52 is advised to be consumed after meals.
Q5. Does Liv 52 cure fatty liver?
Ans. Yes. Liv 52 is an Ayurvedic medicine for the fatty liver due to insufficient liver capacity due to pregnancy or excessive alcohol consumption. The enzymes present in Liv 52 help in strengthening and improving the liver's ability to process food and better absorb nutrients.
Read in Hindi► लिव 52 के फायदे और नुकसान - Liv 52 Benefits In Hindi
New York, Pregnant women who consumed caffeine as little as half a cup of coffee a day on an average had slightly smaller babies than pregnant women who did not consume caffeinated beverages, a new study revealed.
The study found corresponding reductions in size and lean body mass for infants whose mothers consumed below the 200 milligrams of caffeine per day -- about two cups of coffee -- believed to increase risks to the fetus.
Smaller birth size can place infants at higher risk of obesity, heart disease and diabetes later in life.
"Until we learn more, our results suggest it might be prudent to limit or forego caffeine-containing beverages during pregnancy," said researcher Katherine L. Grantz from the NIH's Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.
For the study, published in the JAMA Network Open,A the team analyzed data on more than 2,000 racially and ethnically diverse women at 12 clinical sites who were enrolled from 8 to 13 weeks of pregnancy.
From weeks 10 to 13 of pregnancy, the women provided a blood sample that was later analyzed for caffeine and paraxanthine, a compound produced when caffeine is broken down in the body.
Compared to infants born to women with no or minimal blood levels of caffeine, infants born to women who had the highest blood levels of caffeine at enrollment were an average of 84 grams lighter at birth (about three ounces), were 0.44 centimeters shorter (about .17 inches), and had head circumferences 0.28 centimeters smaller (about 0.11 inches).
Based on the women's own estimates of the beverages they drank, women who consumed about 50 milligrams of caffeine a day (equivalent to a half cup of coffee) had infants 66 grams (about 2.3 ounces) lighter than infants born to non-caffeine consumers. Similarly, infants born to the caffeine consumers also had thigh circumferences 0.32 centimeters smaller (about 0.13 inches).
The researchers noted that caffeine is believed to cause blood vessels in the uterus and placenta to constrict, which could reduce the blood supply to the fetus and inhibit growth. Similarly, researchers believe caffeine could potentially disrupt fetal stress hormones, putting infants at risk for rapid weight gain after birth and for later life obesity, heart disease and diabetes. (agency)
New York- Antibodies that guard against Covid-19 can transfer from mothers to babies while in the womb, say researchers indicating that vaccinating mother-to-be may also have benefits for their newborns.
The study showed that, among the participants, the vast majority of the babies born to women -- 78 per cent -- had detectable antibodies in their umbilical cord blood.
There was no evidence that any of the infants had been directly infected with the virus and all were Covid-19 negative at the time of birth, further indicating that the antibodies had crossed the placenta -- the organ that provides oxygen and nutrients to a growing baby during pregnancy -- into the fetal bloodstream, the researchers said.
"Since we can now say that the antibodies pregnant women make against Covid-19 have been shown to be passed down to their babies, we suspect that there's a good chance they could pass down the antibodies the body makes after being vaccinated as well," said researcher Yawei Jenny Yang from the Cornell University.
For the study, published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the team analyzed blood samples from 88 women who gave birth between March and May 2020 in the US.
All of the women had Covid-19 antibodies in their blood, indicating that they had contracted the virus at some point even though 58 per cent of those women had no symptoms.
Furthermore, while antibodies were detected in both symptomatic and asymptomatic women, the researchers observed that the concentration of antibodies was significantly higher in symptomatic women.
The team also found that the general pattern of antibody response was similar to the response seen in other patients, confirming that pregnant women have the same kind of immune response to the virus as the larger patient population -- something that hadn't previously been known for sure since a woman's immune system changes throughout pregnancy.
This data implies that pregnant women could pass along vaccine-generated antibodies in the same way, potentially shielding both mother and child from future infection. However, it is not yet known exactly how protective these antibodies might be, or how long that protection might last, they added. (IANS)