Monthly Archives: August 2014

Insights on Choosing Baby Formula

case_baby_formulaWhile you’re stocking your nursery with diapers and wipes, think about what type of baby formula you’ll use. Buy enough to last a week or two. You don’t want to get stuck with too much in case the brand you choose doesn’t agree with your baby.

Doctors prefer that moms breastfeed — and breastfeeding is best — but baby formula is safe. The FDA monitors all these products, and guidelines dictate what can and can’t be added to them. Although formula doesn’t contain everything found in breast milk, it has many vitamins and other nutrients that babies need, as well as calories.

Your baby’s doctor should suggest a formula that’s right for your little one. Most doctors prefer that babies drink one made from cow’s milk. In fact, 4 out of 5 formulas available today are made from that.

If a baby has a milk allergy or the formula doesn’t agree with them, doctors will suggest formula made from soy milk.

Some babies with a family history of allergies are given a “hydrolyzed” formula, which is easier to digest. It’s also thought to make it less likely for the baby to develop allergies.

Some formulas also contain probiotics, the “good” bacteria that live in the gut and are added to yogurt for adults. Probiotics offer formula-fed babies the same bacteria that are found in breastfed babies, to keep their intestines healthier. Ask your doctor if they’re right for your baby.

Pick a product that’s fortified with iron, unless your doctor says otherwise. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends all babies who aren’t breastfed should be given formula with iron for the first year of their lives. It keeps them from developing low iron levels in their blood (anemia).


Top Four Qualities of A Great Dentist

Dental visits are dreaded by the young and old. Besides fearing a painful dental procedure, people can also experience fear at the mere presence of a dentist. Hence, it is important for dentists to be likeable in all aspects. If you want to be liked as a dental practitioner, read the following qualities exemplified by great dentists worldwide:

Extensive knowledge – A reliable dentist can identify dental problems and appropriate treatments immediately. He is able to provide alternative solutions to a problem with consideration to the unique backgrounds and needs of his patients. He knows how to manipulate the latest technology in order to provide the best treatment possible. A good dentist also knows that being a licensed practitioner involves pursuing further studies in order to help his patients more effectively.

Warm impression – Creating a welcoming atmosphere in the clinic and exuding a genuine desire to help are vital in serving and keeping patients. Generally, patients turn to dentists who are friendly, involve patients in decision-making, educate patients in the treatment process and have a gentle touch. When patients are at ease, they become more receptive to dental advice and procedures. Therefore, a warm relationship towards patients truly matter.

Manual dexterity – A great dentist is skillful in working with his hands for a couple of hours or more. Intricate procedures require a dentist to be both patient and efficient in order to achieve the desired results for the patients’ well-being.

Passionate about oral hygiene – A credible dentist must be an advocate of oral care. He is driven to inform the public about proper tooth brushing and good oral habits. This is important because oral health is related to overall health. Prevention of oral problems can lead to healthier and longer lives.

Below is an infographic courtesy of an AUS clinic. Read it if you need more information about becoming or finding a great dentist.

What Makes a Great Dentist

Can Childhood Vaccines Cause Autism?

childhood-vaccines-baby-shot-injection-story-topThe main reason why anyone talks about vaccines and autism is that some parents have noticed changes in children shortly after the children were vaccinated. Their kids seemed to be developing normally, then suddenly stopped interacting with people and lost language abilities — a condition called “regressive” autism.

Another reason why parents and some doctors thought that childhood vaccines might be one of the potential causes of autism is because they used to contain a mercury-based preservative called thimerosal. While no studies showed a link between any harmful side effects and the thimerosal in vaccines, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Public Health Service agencies decided to remove thimerosal from childhood vaccines in 1999.

Thimerosal is still used as a preservative in some adult flu shots. Thimerosal-free formulations are available for infants, children, and pregnant women, but there’s not always enough to meet demand, and doctors routinely run out of thimerosal-free supplies.

Also, some DTaP booster shots, which are given to children age 7 or older, contain thimerosal. Finally, thimerosal is still used in some childhood vaccinations in other countries, mostly in the developing world.

Medical experts agree that the benefits of vaccinating your child far outweigh the risks – for your child and for your community as a whole. A certain percentage of children have adverse reactions to vaccines, but such incidents are rare, given the large number of children vaccinated each year.

If parents are concerned about vaccines and autism, it’s important to examine the research, find a pediatrician with whom they feel comfortable discussing these issues, and make their own decisions regarding the health and safety of their children.