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7 Major Risk Factors for Ear Infection among Kids

By Collins Nwokolo → Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Children are undoubtedly one of the greatest gifts on this planet but taking care of them in the ideal way is a heck of a task.  When you purchase a new washing machine then there is a proper instruction manual that tells you about how to use it in the right way. But nothing comes with a new baby and the only thing you can get are a few books.
It is only through education that you will be able to help yourself in dealing with your kids and taking care of them in the right and desired manner. Education is something that is the first step that you should take even before medication when the situation arises.
Ear problem among the children happens to be one of the most common of such circumstances when your child has to be tended to and you may even have to call for professional medical help.  But since it is such a widespread problem, as a parent you should always keep an otoscope and then decide whether to solve the problem at home or seek medical attention. 

Symptoms Of Ear Infection In Kids
The signs and symptoms of ear infection among children usually manifests quickly and they include:

  1. Presence of fluid in the ears
  2. Headache
  3. Loss of appetite 
  4. Ear pain, especially when lying down
  5. Frequent tugging or pulling at an ear
  6. Difficulty sleeping
  7. Crying more than usual
  8. Acting more irritable than usual
  9. Difficulty hearing or responding to sounds
  10. Loss of balance
SEE ALSO: Medical Reasons Why Your Child Should Be Circumcisied

Here are some of the major risk factors for ear infection, especially middle ear infection in kids.

Ear Infections in Children

·         Allergies –Allergies can trigger middle ear infection as they contribute to the formation of the fluid by the clogging of the Eustachian tubes or in the middle air space. In this case the allergen identification may not be particularly helpful.

·         Colds – Children are prone to colds and they have almost 7-9 episodes of cold every year. Any of these can actually lead to the infection of the middle ears. You can avoid this by preventing colds. But doing away with all colds is almost impossible. Kids who are in day care have greater tendency to catch a cold than those cared for at home.

·         Bottles Used at Nights – The bottle-fed babies are at a much greater risk than the breast-fed ones. The breast milk helps to enhance the immunity of the babies in several ways. But those who use a bottle to hold at night are always at risk. 

·         Attending Day-care–Kids attending day care as infants are almost asking for the infections in their ears. They are likely to get less biological exposure in a small day care.

·         Smoke – A child may get more prone to ear infections from not only secondary smokes but also wood burning in the fireplaces in the colder countries. 

·         Poor Hygiene –When a child rubs his nose and eyes with unwashed hands most of the viruses enter the body. That is why you should put in efforts and make your children practise hand washing and discourage them about nose picking or rubbing of eyes. This in turn will reduce the exposure to the virus. 

·         Parental History – If both the parents have a history of ear infection or tubes as children then the kid is also prone to ear-infections. 

The above are some of the major factors for middle ear infection among kids. That is why parents should always keep a quality otoscope at home so that they can have some idea about the cause of the ear trouble and act accordingly. Once symptoms are observed it is recommended that you visit a doctor immediately.


Akshay Sharma is a digital marketing enthusiast, He enjoys writing about health topics and children care.  He has also written many topics in the related field.

10 Effective Ways to Increase Your Spine Health

By Collins Nwokolo → Saturday, 14 October 2017
Taking the time to care for your back will not only help to reduce future pain and aches, but can also prove to be effective in reducing everyday muscle tension and stress. Common causes of back pain can be wearing high heels, slouching over at a desk, or remaining too stationary. Helpful habitual exercises can include traditional exercises like squats or weight training for added strength building. Practices like yoga and pilates can be used to help loosen and strengthen the spine along with resistance training. For everyday discomfort, the use of wraps, icy-hot, or heating pads can be utilized as therapeutic measures to relieve minor aches.

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10 Ways To Increase Your Spine Health

1. Strengthen Your Core 

The use of basic stabilization exercises can be used to aid low back pain relief and help strengthen back muscles to avoid the risk of disc tears. Strong back muscles can be beneficial in decreasing lumbar stress and pelvis pain.  These practices for strengthening are only recommended for healthy tissue with dismal signs of stress. If you are experiencing back pain, it is recommended to consult a specialist before engaging in self-induced treatments in order to avoid further tear or accelerated damage. Although stretching exercises and gentle yoga can be repeated daily, strengthening exercises should be handled with care allowing for rest periods to allow the body to rebuild and replenish. Look for exercises that target abdominal muscle strengthening to achieve flexibility, strength, and stability.

Effective Ways to ways to increase spine health

2. Stretch Often 

Try simple yoga poses like downward dog, upward dog, or child’s pose. Downward dog will open your chest and stretch out the length of you back while upwards dog will strengthen and target stretching your lower back. For spine strengthening stretches, try lying on your back with your knees bent a shoulder width apart. If possible, inhale and grab your knees while gently rocking to roll out your back. Try flipping onto your stomach and repeat a similar concept by grabbing your feet or ankles and gently lifting your arms and legs. Hold for a few seconds and gently release.

SEE ALSO: 10 Shocking Medical Facts About Waist Training You Don't Know

3. Meditate
Meditating is a good tool for practicing elongating your spine through good posture. Reducing your stress level is also a core function of meditation that can lead to improved mood and productivity along with less chronic pain.

4. Wear Supportive Shoes

High heels have shown to cause strain on the back by readjusting the body’s natural alignment. A sturdy, supportive shoe will ease physical strain on the body as well as assist in maintaining the natural alignment. Aside from heels, your footwear should fit snug but not overly tight and provide support when possible.

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5. Sleep Well

Be sure to choose a mattress that will help decrease pain and stiffness. Find the right mattress support for you to relieve stress and ensure a full night’s rest. Search for a mattress with back support and understand the anatomy of a mattress for identifying the best choice for your body. A mattress that is too firm can cause aches and pains whereas a medium-firm mattress can allow a slight depression for the body to comfortably sink and fit to the mattress. A sagging mattress is a key sign of a needed replacement. However, a firm mattress can be softened with the use of a mattress pad.

6. Practice Good Posture

Poor posture is a significant contributor to back pain. Simple solutions like standing up straight to align your ears, shoulders, and hips will keep your spine healthy and pain free. Standing up straight with your ears over your shoulders, your shoulders over your hip joints, and your hip joints over your ankles will help keep your healthy pain-free. Physical stress on the body can also be a significant source for pain, and can also manifest as mental stress. Aside from soreness and pain, poor posture can lead to poor circulation, negative mood, fatigue, and poor digestion.

See Also: How To Improve Your Posture

7. Use Heating and Cooling Pads

The use of heat on your muscles is used to relieve tensions and increase blood flow. Use this method when your back is feeling tight. With the combination of cooling pads, these pads can be used to target and relieve muscle spasms.

8. Lift Carefully

If you like you pump iron, be sure to be safe when you lift weights. Aside from lifting at the gym, lifting heavy everyday objects like repositioning you couch can cause stress on your joints and your back without proper form and care. Consider using a brace when doing heavy lifting to better support your back and prevent painful twists or strains.

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9. Get A Massage

A tried and true message for alleviating minor ailments is a good massage. A trip to the mesuese will increase endorphins that operate as your body’s natural pain killer. The aid in blood flow can help with healing sore and overworked muscles.

10. Schedule A Check Up 

If you experience chronic back pain, consult your primary care physician. Common symptoms of back pain could be linked to degenerative disc disease. Degenerative disc disease occurs when a tear in the outer disc covering forms scar tissue in an effort for the body to attempt to heal itself. Healthy tissue is structurally stronger than the scar tissue, by the scar tissue acting as healthy tissue this often leads to repeated scarring and tearing thereby causing the healthy tissue to continue to weaken and scar tissue to spread.

Author's bio:

Jayson believes there are many solutions to your back pain. Having personally suffered from back pain he has tried them all. He started writing in hope of sharing his experiences with those who are looking for help. 

Dr. Drew talks about the Dangers of Teen Marijuana Abuse

By Collins Nwokolo → Tuesday, 10 October 2017
When it comes to the issue of marijuana’s danger to brain development, there are two camps. One that is unequivocally clear that marijuana does not alter a developing brain causing long term harm. And the other, who believe that marijuana unquestionably damages a developing brain.
"There are a lot of open questions" about the long-term effects of marijuana, says Susan Weiss, PhD, director of the division of extramural research at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). "But there's a growing literature, and it's all pointing in the same direction: Starting young and using frequently may disrupt brain development."

Dr Drew On Dangers Of Teen Marijuana Abuse

Dr. Drew Pinksy, best known as Dr. Drew, from the hit television show: “Celebrity Rehab,” and national radio show “Loveline,” he was the keynote speaker during the 2017 State of Recovery conference in Miami.

When Dr. Drew was asked if he believes marijuana is more detrimental to the health of teens and young adults from the ages of 13 to 25-years-old than adults; his response was an resounding yes.
“The effects of marijuana on both teen and young adult’s developing brains are substantial,” said Dr. Drew. “It is anatomically relevant. It is permanent. And there is no debate that this happens period.”
Dr. Drew added: “And to make matters worse, many teen’s hold a militant political view of marijuana, whereby you can’t even have a rational conversation with them.”
“When you talk to a teen about the dangers of marijuana, you must not only endorse marijuana to them, but enthusiastically embrace this wonderful product,” said Dr. Drew. “And so, the way I approach it is I just talk about marijuana and its impact on a developing brain through a bioscience perspective.”

SEE ALSO: 5 Easy Tips to Stop Drinking Addiction Within A Month

Marijuana abuse

Marijuana is both a good drug and bad drug

Dr. Drew sees a similarity between marijuana and other drugs like prescription opiates. In his mind, both marijuana and opiates have a place in the world medically speaking. However, both drugs are known to be health hazards if abused as well.
“For instance, is marijuana a good drug. Yes, if you are using it for a specific medical condition,” said Dr. Drew. “Evidence-based research extols the virtues of marijuana’s Cannabidiol (CBD). The same applies for prescription opiates. They are a good drug for someone who has Cancer, but a bad drug for a person using them to support their addiction.”

Dr. Drew adds: “Is alcohol a good drug? It causes cancer to most tissues. Is OxyContin a good drug? If you have Cancer. But if you have an opiate addiction it is bad. Marijuana is the same way. It has risks, but is benefits can be invariably useful.”
If in fact Dr. Drew and others are correct in their assertion that marijuana is harmful for teens and adult’s brain, the growing trend to legalize it state by state, is making the marijuana debate an issue of public safety and a flash point and subject for controversy.

Dr Drew On Dangers Of Teen Marijuana Abuse
Dr. Drew at the 2017 State of Recovery conference in Miami.

State-wide legalization putting Marijuana on a collision course with Public Health

According to the American Psychological Association (APA), Marijuana is the most widely used illicit drug in the United States. But the mere definition of "illicit" does not hold any water when reports that twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia currently have laws broadly legalizing marijuana in some form. This legislation trend may translate into more teens and young adults with much easier access to marijuana.  And teens and young adults developing brains may be particularly vulnerable to permanent damage from the drug.
Whether you believe marijuana dangers a developing brain or not, one thing is for sure. This growing debate is not going away.

SEE ALSO: How Parents Can Help Their Teen Through Drug Rehab

About Scott Brand

Scott Brand is a prominent digital marketer in the addiction recovery industry, where he works with Inspirations for Youth and Families teen treatment center as well as its adult counterpart the Cove Center for Recovery. Scott has also been a contributing columnist for Consumer Health Digest, one of the fastest growing health information websites. He has authored hundreds of health related articles in over 80 publications including the peer reviewed International Journal of Emergency Mental Health and Human Resilience where his piece on Alcohol, Depression and Genetic Disposition: The Chicken, the Egg and the Gene Syndrome was critically acclaimed by leading industry professionals.

How To Motivate Yourself To Lose Weight Now

By Collins Nwokolo → Saturday, 7 October 2017
Life is all about challenges, we are always bound to meet challenges when we try to achieve a goal. This is especially true when it comes to losing weight, because weight loss is not easy. Challenges like finding out time to workout, sticking to a diet, or even procrastination can prove to be real stumbling blocks.

But if were are to achieve any goal, we need to face and overcome challenges. One of the greatest assets in surmounting challenges is by having motivation. Motivation is what helps you endure through challenges and reach your goals, and the same goes for losing weight. How can you motivate yourself to lose weight? In this article, I'll comprehensively explain effective ways you can motivate yourself mentally and physically so that you successfully achieve your goal of losing weight.

How To Motivate Yourself To Lose Weight

8 Effective Ways To Motivate Yourself To Lose Weight

How To Motivate Yourself To Lose Weight

1. Write down your plans

I've always loved writing, it is a great to express yourself, and also and excellent why to motivate yourself. Writing down your plans is a good headstart to pushing yourself to lose weight. It brings out what you have in your head and is similar to talking to yourself, but the main difference is that you get to see what you have said it all the time.

What should you write? First get a book, then write what you want to do (lose weight). Then write down why you want to lose weight? It may be to look better, to be healthier? Next, write down how you plan to lose weight, obstacles you might encounter and how you want to overcome and also set a time frame you want to beat. Writing all this down is important, you can go back and reflect on it anytime. But this is just the beginning, you are just getting started.

2. Examine yourself and your circumstances

The next way is by thoroughly examining yourself and your circumstances. What are your weaknesses? What are you prone to doing that will disrupt your plan to lose weight? Answer these questions and find ways to address any issue. For example, Mila, 20, who weighs 87 kg says: I've always wanted to lose weight but I discovered that I spent a lot of time on my phone, this deprived of time I planned to use and workout. By understanding ourselves better, we make ourselves much better.
Next, it so examine your circumstances. Do I have kids that need my time? Do I have a full time job that eats my time? After asking yourself such questions you find out ways to manipulate your way even in difficult circumstances. No matter, how complicated your situation might seem, you can still lose  weight even if you work crazy hours. Mila, mentioned above, later examined herself and said this: I decided to use my circumstances to my advantages. Anytime I felt like my using my phone needlessly, I exercised instead, hence I redirected cravings for my phone to time for exercising.

3. Tell some people about your plans

If there is one very efficient way of motivating yourself to do something, it is telling people you what you want to do. This can be applied to losing weight. I won't advise you to tell everyone on social media (although, you can if you know you will be comfortable with it). So who can you tell? and what should you tell them? Tell loved ones, parents, spouses, relatives and siblings. Tell them what you want to achieve and that you're sure you can do it. They'll be people who will encourage you, listen to them and further motivate yourself.

READ:  Effective Weight Loss Tips for Women to Burn Fat!

4. Achieve your weight loss goals mentally

The mind is a very powerful tool, and I'd be at fault if I don't tell you to use it to motivate yourself to lose weight. The mind is powerful in that, it allows you to create mental images of yourself and the only limit is your imagination. Once you have used your imagination to see yourself achieve your weight loss goals, believe me, you are not far off from actually achieving it, what is left is just the action. This should be done regularly, when you feel discouraged or less motivated.

How To Motivate Yourself To Lose Weight

5. Surround yourself with workout equipments

Making the equipments you use for working out around you and easily accessible will help you overcome the challenge of unwillingness to workout. How does this happen? First you see them all the time, and this will remind you to workout if haven't done it. Look at the example of Georgina, she says: I kept my treadmill in my living room, where I always frequent everyday. Any day, that I didn't workout looking at it made me feel guilty and that made me use it. Even when I am bored, I just hop on my treadmill and start working out because it is always right in front me almost all the time.
You see, it worked for her and will for you. You could alternatively write mantras on large papers and paste it around you.

How To Motivate Yourself To Lose Weight

6. Make your expectations realistic

We are much more likely to end up discouraged, when we don't meet our expectations. For instance, if you plan to lose 20 pounds in two weeks and you don't meet it, you'd feel like giving up. That's why you need to make your expectations realistic and achievable. No matter how little a progress is, it is still a progress.

What about if you don't meet your expectations, even after setting a small one. Don't be discouraged! and don't give up! View it as a challenge and surmount it.

7. Keep a weight loss journal

Another really amazing way to motivate yourself to workout is by keeping a weight loss journal. Writing down your activities, progress and setbacks will definitely give you the need motivation you need to lose weight fast. Anytime, you feel to lazy to workout remembering that you won't have anything to write in your journal should spur you to workout.
Furthermore, writing foods and their calories you plan to diet with, will also help you maintain an organized weight loss plan.

How To Motivate Yourself To Lose Weight

8. Find a weight loss partner

Two heads are better than one right, why don't you use this ideology to better your chances of losing weight. I've regularly mentioned about the benefits of having a fitness partner. Well if you really want to lose weight this is a great way to do so.
A fitness partner can push you, support you and inadvertently help you to lose weight. A weight loss partner can also provide healthy competition that can further motivate you to lose weight. You can go through my article on the benefits of having a workout partner, for more information.


The bottom line is that you need motivation to achieve your weight loss goal. And if you follow the ways to motivate yourself to workout, that I listed above, I can assure you that you must succeed. Remember, if you are persistent, YOU WILL GET IT, if you are consistent, YOU WILL KEEP IT!

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8 Strong Benefits Of Drug Rehab in Addiction Recovery

By Collins Nwokolo → Wednesday, 4 October 2017

So now that you have realized you are addicted to drugs, are you taking any initiatives to get rid of it?
I have a suggestion for you my friend! Visiting a drug rehab is the most appropriate way for getting rid-of it. You might wonder, is visiting a drug rehab an ideal way to get Rid Of drug Addiction?
It is a certain helping you provide a lasting recovery. Also, a study of nearly 1,200 addicts showed that visiting a drug rehab center has helped them get rid of the addiction problem, also helping them sustain without it for a long term.
If you or your loved one is going through the same problem and wish to live a free life, perhaps it’s time to enroll your name or your loved one in a rehab center.  Still suspicious about what benefits would it provide and whether it would really help come out of the drug addiction problem? Listed below are a few points that elucidate about the benefits of rehabilitation center –

Benefits of drug rehab

Benefits Of Drug Rehabilitation Centers

1. Keep them away from Drug Temptations
Indubitably, staying away from drugs is quite difficult for addicts.  The experts of the rehab find unique ways to keep them busy and away from drug temptations. This provides a secure and safe environment that addicts would not have any access to it.

2. No Access to Drugs

Next benefit of rehab is there is no access to things that would cause relapsing of the process. In simple words, the inpatient is made to stay inside the facility because patients who have the permission of going outside the rehab are at a major risk of relapsing. Therefore, keeping the patient inside the center is the safest way to keep them away from the drugs.
Right Counselors by Your Side
Patients cannot help themselves if they do not have the guidance of a counselor. Therefore, the drug rehab centers make sure to staff skilled professionals who are proficient in handling such cases and provide you best treatments.

READ:==> How Parents Can Help Their Teen Through Drug Rehab

3. Adequate Learning

Learning about addiction is the key to get rid of it. How to overcome it, relapse prevention and more; everything is taught in the center which helps patients in living a life without the drugs.

4. Peer Support
As the center has many patients with the same problem, therefore, one can expect peer support that would help them recover faster. Also, at the same time, you are open to take and give advice that would add to your recovery process.

5. Strict Rules and Regulations

Rehabs follow stringent rules and regulations like a limit to phone calls, closely monitoring of the visitors, and zero tolerance for the person who is getting drugs inside the rehab. This helps addicts to prevent them from getting into the trap of drugs.

Benefits of drug rehab centers
6. Maintain Privacy

A patient going to a treatment center would not like to maintain their privacy. Therefore, the rehab center makes sure to maintain the privacy of the patients which provides them a peace of mind during recovery.
Complete Focus on Oneself
The center allows patients to focus on themselves which help them stay away from any distractions or stress. All in all, it helps them concentrate on their recovery.

7. Therapy Options

Most of the rehabs offer therapy options like yoga, meditation, Tai Chi, Pilates, massage, and exercise routines that help addicts to reduce stress, anxiety, and tension. Also, they help them in improving mental concentration, overall physical and mental health.

8. Aftercare Planning 

Counselors of rehab understand the importance of aftercare. They prepare the patients in such a way that keep them away from drugs even when they are back to home or in their old environment. 
Benefits of drug rehab

These, nevertheless, are only a few benefits, but there are a lot more which helps provide an assurance that visiting drug rehab centers is the most optimal way to come out of the trap of drug addiction.

Author's bio:

Alain is a guest blogger expert that is specialized in providing quality content based on different categories. 
She Feel proud in sharing valuable information about Luxury drug rehab sites along with their purposes