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Once your child gets back to school, you'll start to notice that he or she may get sicker more often. Being in close quarters with other children contribute to that. By the time, one child's symptoms start to get noticeable, it's too late.
Colds are contagious the first three days after initial exposure. That's why sometimes the entire family is sick together. The cold usually starts out with a sore throat, followed by a runny and or stuffy nose, and sometimes a mild cough will be present.
When your child starts to get cold symptoms, make sure it's not the flu because a lot of people get the two confused, including myself (is it a cold or flu?). The cold should go away within a week, but if not, you'll need to make sure it's not a bacterial infection. If it's bacterial, your doctor will prescribe antibiotics (honestly speaking, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't for my family).
I remember when I was a new mom, I took my daughter in for a cold and we sat in the doctor's waiting room for 45 minutes and another hour in the actual room they assigned us. By the time the doctor came around to see us, all he said was to give her Motrin or Tylenol if she felt uncomfortable (this was the same case for the flu as well). If your child is under 4, it's no longer recommended to give your child over-the-counter cold and cough medicines.
After wasting time, lots of energy and money ($20 co-pay), I decided to use homeopathic and natural products to relieve cold symptoms for my child. Not only did it save me time, energy and money, it was very effective. Plus, I like do things naturally when I have the option to do so.
When it comes time to shop for Halloween goodies, it can be tempting to throw all thoughts of healthy eating out the window. After all, this is a holiday about eating sugary treats, right? But you can still make better choices about what snacks you choose to "cheat" with.
A recent Chinese study showed that women who ate lots of fiber were 11% less likely to get breast cancer than those who ate less. Research didn't prove that the fiber intake lowered their chances of cancer, but that those who ate more fiber were generally healthier overall with lower cholesterol and less weight gain. So, I guess an apple a day does really keep the doctor and his high fees away. Most people think of fiber as tasteless, chewy and something you have to eat. Not so, fiber is actually found naturally in lots of delicious fruits, vegetables, grains and other natural sources.
What are some easy and economical ways to boost your fiber intake without resorting to Metamucil or other higher priced and unnatural items?
Recently, an article from CNN stated that contraceptives should be fully covered under the new health reform law. I fully agree with since it seems absurd to allow Viagra to be covered but birth control pills are considered elective drugs. How does that even make sense? Viagra can also be considered an elective drug since some of the people taking them are doing it for recreational reasons.
If you think about it, covering birth control pills, the patch, the sponge and other contraceptives is actually cheaper for insurance companies than to cover the cost of an entire pregnancy. Doctor's office appointments, tests, hospital stay and epidurals cost way more than $10 - $30 per month for the pill. Not to mention the cost of raising a child which has been estimated at $226,920 from birth to age 18. I think that number alone is birth control for some people.
So, what are some ways you can save on birth control before this law (hopefully) gets passed?
Summer is coming quickly, and with that comes tank tops and
swimsuits. For women, it also means more shaving! Don't
worry though; I've come up with some green and frugal options for
shaving gels. I hate spending $4 a can on the crazy shave gels; not
to mention exposing my body to all the toxins in them. The
containers aren't exactly green either, so as much as I can avoid
them, I do.
Here are some of the easy and cheap shaving cream alternatives I've
discovered over the past few years:
Last week I shared some natural antibiotic remedies. One of the
best things you can do for preventive medicine and your health is
to consume probiotics, which help line your gut flora with good
bacteria. When you have enough good bacteria, it's much less
likely you'll get develop an illness. Probiotics also make
you feel good!
There are many ways to increase your intake of probiotics, and you
can find many commercial varieties to buy and take. I've
found they are a little more expensive than I'd like to spend, so
I've looked into other ways to get the good bugs in.