Common Food Allergies Among Kids and How To Deal With Those

In today’s time, parents are highly cautious about their kids unlike the generation of their parents’ when people never bothered about a mild rash on their kids’ body. The solution to every rash on the body was as simple as applying coconut oil! No, we swear, we are not kidding about it. And many of you can resonate with this. But, that’s not the case anymore.

Food allergies are very common amongst kids, but those can be detected only when the parents are well informed. Some allergies are symptomatic and can be easily detected. The real trouble is caused by the asymptomatic allergies.

“My daughter was detected with Celiac Disease at the age of 20! All these years we never found out despite her having mild symptoms like constipation and constant stomach ache complains. We always thought she is a poor eater and keeps finding ways out to skip her meals or to avoid food,” Veena Singh, a homemaker based in Nagpur.

Celiac is an autoimmune disease in which your body is unable to digest Gluten. Gluten is generally found in wheat, refined flour (maida), sooji and rawa. Consumption of gluten depletes the mucus layering of the intestine and gradually damages your body organs. If gone undetected, it can be life-threatening. Veena’s daughter was consuming a regular diet like you and me for 20 years. You can only imagine the damage it might have caused her in those two decades.

How to identify the symptoms?

It is essential to pay heed to every small little complain your kid has regarding eating, consuming or digesting his food. We don’t mean to suggest you to keep giving into every time your kid nags about food but more often than not, it could be something more than just simple nagging. Identifying symptoms can be tricky but it does no harm to be a bit cautious. You need to seek medical advice in the following cases:

  • Rashes on Body:

The most common symptom of a food allergy is body rash. If a body rash appears soon after your child has consumed something, take him to the paediatric.

  • Vomiting or Nausea:

When a child is unable to digest food, it will result in vomiting or nausea. This can be much more than simple indigestion which is not as serious as a food allergy.

  • Indigestion:

Indigestion is often overlooked as a food allergy symptom. More often than not, it is considered as a regular indigestion issue and both parents and doctors often fail to relate it with food allergy.

  • Constipation or Loose Motions:

Irregular motions or excessive motions can be more than just simple digestive issues. Keep a check on your kid’s routine. It can be some sort of food allergy in case of persistent constipation or frequent cases of loose motions.

Most Common Food Allergies

The most common advice and guidelines for childcare for the first time parents comes from their parents and grandparents. And, in our culture, we believe or are made to think that they know the best when it comes to taking care of a child. Well, to an extent they do but those desi nuskhey can’t help you all the time. These common food allergies are difficult to fathom for people of older generations because according to them they have been born and brought up eating all those ‘healthy’ foods and how essential they are for the baby’s health. Without much ado, here are the topmost common food allergies found in kids:

  1. Milk or Lactose Intolerance

Well, are we seeing you shocked with the first one itself? Yes, kids can be allergic to milk. Lactose is the sugar present in milk. Kids or even adults can have problems digesting lactose. Your kid can be intolerant to lactose since the beginning or it can be caused years later as well.

Symptoms:

  • Diarrhoea
  • Bloating
  • Gas
  • Abdominal Cramps

How to deal with it

You will need to replace milk in your kid’s diet with alternatives like soy milk, coconut milk or almond milk. Consult your paediatric before making the switch.

  1. Wheat or Gluten (Celiac Disease)

Wheat allergy can be of two types:

  • Regular wheat allergy
  • Gluten Allergy (Celiac Disease)

In regular wheat allergy, your body reacts to wheat food products in form of skin rash, vomiting or indigestion. It is a mild form of allergy as compared to Celiac disease which is an autoimmune disease and consumption of wheat if you are a Celiac patient, can be life-threatening.

Symptoms

  • Indigestion
  • Vomiting
  • Constipation or Loose Motions
  • Stomach ache
  • Skin rash
  • A headache

How to deal with it

Wheat allergy can be an initial trigger for Celiac disease. The symptoms for both are largely identical. The doctor would need to conduct certain medical tests in order to identify whether it’s a normal wheat allergy or a Celiac disease.

  1. Eggs

Eggs are a rich source of protein and everybody cannot digest such high levels of protein. Some kids can be allergic to egg white and some to egg yolk.

Symptoms

  • Skin rash
  • Wheezing or shortness of breath
  • Stomach ache

How to deal with it

You can replace eggs with other protein-rich foods which have milder proteins as compared to eggs. Foods like chickpea, broccoli, cheese etc. can be added to the diet.

  1. Nuts

Nuts allergy is quite common not only amongst kids but also in adults. You can be allergic to either the entire nuts family or to a specific nut which includes peanuts, hazelnuts, walnuts, cashew etc.

Symptoms

  • Skin rash
  • Swelling of tongue, lips or eyes

How to deal with it

You need to pay special attention to which kind of nut is causing trouble to your kid and then make sure to eliminate that particular nut from his diet. Consumption of food products containing that particular nut too will cause trouble hence it is essential to eliminate it entirely.

  1. Soy

Just like eggs, soy is a rich source of protein. Kids with sensitive or weak digestive system can face issues in digesting this protein-rich food.

Symptoms

  • Flatulence and bloating
  • Swelling of the hands and feet, lips or tongue

How to deal with it

Eliminate soy in your kid’s diet by replacing it with foods with milder and easily digestible quantity of proteins like cheese, animal meat etc.

Most of the food allergies are easily detectable and can be managed without much trouble until and unless it is some sort of an autoimmune disease like Celiac. It is essential to be observant about how your kid reacts to a new food in his diet. Skin rash is the most common symptom for most of the food allergies. Before jumping to any conclusion, always seek medical help and guidance from your paediatric.

 

 

 

 

Hair Fall – When To Worry And What To Do About It

How many times have you heard people, especially women, around you or you yourself complaining about hair fall? Numerous times, isn’t it? Hair fall is the most misunderstood and misquoted term in our lives. There are people who would scream hair fall after seeing 8-10 strands of hair on their comb. Eh, are you smiling at this? Are you one of them? Well, you need to read through this article to know when to worry and when not to worry about your hair fall. It is caused due to varied factors but not every factor needs to be worried about. Oh, by the way, worrying too causes hair fall. Okay, was just saying.

Common Causes of Hair Fall

Did you know that losing up to 50-100 strands of hair daily is normal? Yes, a hundred strands of hair is no pressing concern for hair fall. The causes of hair fall can vary from dietary deficiencies to stress. The reasons are more than what you can think of. Let us run you through the major reasons for hair fall:

  1. Dietary Deficiencies

Hair follicles and nails are the last ones to receive or benefit from the nutrients that your body consumes. Hair health can be a direct way of telling whether you lack nutrients or not. Poor nutritional levels are a result of poor eating habits. Add foods rich in nutrients like iron, zinc and folic acid for good hair health.

  1. Stress

The biggest contributing factor in today’s modern lifestyles is stress. It not only contributes to hair fall but also causes various other health issues. The more you will stress about it, the more hair you will lose. Do you see the irony there?

  1. Postpartum Hair Fall

Post delivery, many women go through a drastic hair fall. It is a natural phenomenon and can last up to 3-12 months post delivery. It is a temporary phase and the hair growth cycle returns to normal within a year’s time.

  1. Unhealthy Scalp or Dandruff

Maintaining scalp health is the first and foremost step to ensure healthy hair. When you don’t wash your hair at regular intervals, there’s going to be build-up on the scalp which results in flakes that can be either dandruff or flaky scalp due to dryness and exposure to pollution and dirt. The build-up makes your scalp itchy and stimulates hair fall.

  1. Medical Ailment and Medication

Medical ailments entail consuming strong medicines which more often than not result in hair loss. The hair fall can be due to the consumption of strong medications or due to the medical ailment or disease itself.

  1. Change in Weather and Water

This is one of the most common reasons which people often tend to overlook. You might have observed a change in your hair fall pattern with the change of season. The change in humidity levels and temperatures affect your hair fall and texture. Change in water also does that. If you are relocating to a new city, you can observe the change.

When to worry about hair fall?

Hair fall or hair loss is caused due to varied reasons and you don’t need to fret over every reason. More often than not, the hair loss is a natural phenomenon like during a change in weather or the postpartum hair fall. In such cases, the hair fall can be reversed. You should be concerned when you are unable to find a reason for your hair loss. In such a situation it is always advisable to see a dermatologist and run some medical tests to find out the reason.

If you are losing hair due to a medical condition, talk to your doctor about it and seek guidance in preventing the loss of hair. If you have a receding hairline or bald patches here and there on your scalp, it is an alarming situation. If unchecked, this situation can lead to baldness over a period of time.

Maintain a healthy lifestyle and good hair care regime to take care of your hair. Eat clean and healthy foods preferably rich in iron and folic acids. These nutrients are known to boost hair growth. Keep your scalp clean and massage your scalp daily to infuse blood flow.

Networking for Smart City and Smart Health

The Smart City mission, a part of the Urban Rejuvenation initiative by the Government of India, is a step towards leveraging technology to create smart solutions to make our cities efficient and sustainable. This concept includes smart governance, education, and healthcare along with smart buildings, infrastructure and energy. The rise of digital India and the government’s ongoing initiatives towards digitisation have taken this concept from dream to a reality. Considering that the success ratio of any city is directly proportional to the health of its people, can the smart city and smart health concepts remain mutually exclusive?

Nilesh Vyas, a US-based technologist, has a long experience in healthcare systems and solutions. He is the founder of MARS Plus, a fully-integrated healthcare platform. “This digital age compels us to explore opportunities for doing things better. An integrated ecosystem for smart health is a strong push in making healthcare better, more organised and accessible for all,” he shares. He further gives a lowdown on the same.

According to him, new and emerging technologies in healthcare are driving the consumerisation of healthcare. The smart health ecosystem, much like the smart city concept, aims to leverage technologies to bring about healthcare transformation. This concept gives healthcare providers the option to leverage technologies to create a healthcare system that is more efficient, organised and resilient, thus helping them become more patientcentric by connecting the dots in our existing healthcare structure.

However, in order to reap the benefits of the ‘smart’ concept, what we need is a completely connected and integrated ecosystem that removes the silos that impede growth.

A connected healthcare system, much like the Smart City concept, leverages data to improve efficiencies. Whether it is to improve doctor-patient interactions, improve process efficiencies, or improve healthcare management, data is where we must look. However, when data is stored in siloes, it becomes hard to access and process. An integrated ecosystem takes care of this challenge and makes sure that the users and providers have anywhere, anytime access to all health-related data to facilitate better decision-making. An integrated platform that offers OPD, and IPD management, EHR/ EMR management, finance management, electronic medi-claim supplemented with data analytics helps in eliminating performance inhibitors in the hospital environment.

Such an integrated ecosystem works towards connecting all the stakeholders of healthcare on one platform to facilitate information exchange. This means the patient, the doctors, and the ancillary healthcare branches such as pharmacy both inside the hospital and outside, and labs are also connected seamlessly using a central network. Patient care, thus, becomes infinitely easier with greater access and management of health data for all stakeholders.

The data generated from smart health initiatives can be used to further public health initiatives. Identifying public health problems, assessing risks of pandemics and epidemics, facilitating better decision-making and proactive care become easier and efficient with the help of data.

Such systems can also help in better disease management by enabling better pre and post-operative care. Chronic health diseases management can become easier using mHealth. This helps in reducing hospital readmission rates. Additionally, this variety of data is a goldmine for aiding preventive medicine along with aiding research.

This article originally appeared in Times of India

The Most Common Oral Surgery Procedures You Need to Know About

The word “surgery” has a tendency to instill fear in the minds of adults and children alike, and the term “oral surgery” only seems to make matters worse. Research shows that around 60% of people have dental anxiety and will wait till the final hour to go get their dental issues taken care of. We’re hoping that this blog helps shed light on oral surgery in general, so that the word “surgery” will make you smile instead of shy away. How could these words possibly make you smile? Because of the end result! An oral surgery will enhance your life and relieve you from discomfort so you have a new found freedom to look forward to!

Here’s what you need to know – oral surgery itself is performed to treat diseases, correct conditions of the teeth, gums, and jaw, and, sometimes is used for cosmetic purposes as well. Oral surgeries may be further classified as “major” and “minor”. Minor procedures are routine and are performed with ease whereas major surgeries are more complex and time-consuming. In fact, oral surgery is becoming a popular trend among the cosmetic community. Procedures like crown lengthening and removal of clefts are becoming more common as people resort to oral surgery to correct imperfections in their appearances. So what are the most common oral procedures that you should be aware of? Here is a small list.

Tooth extraction

There are several factors that lead to the extraction of a tooth. This is a decision that is taken by dentists after ascertaining that the damage or disease on the tooth is so bad that the tooth cannot be saved or restored. The tooth is simply removed from the socket in a simple process. A tooth extraction will provide a lot of relief from any pain you may be in due to the condition. In many cases, the empty socket is then filled with the artificial tooth so that the overall appearance of the denture does not get spoiled.

Odontectomy

In some cases, a tooth may be impacted and as a result, it gets trapped under the bone and soft tissue. This means that the tooth will not erupt in the mouth – this is a common issue with molars and canines. For example, you may have a third molar which needs to be removed. For this procedure, a small incision is made in the gum and the bone is carefully removed by sectioning the tooth. After recovery, you will find tremendous relief.

Impacted wisdom tooth removal

Wisdom teeth grow for all young adults in their early twenties and is usually no problem. However, for some cases, the wisdom tooth may be impacted and in this case, it makes the most sense to remove it. These third molars get impacted or trapped under the soft tissue and if left untreated, can cause major misalignment. If the wisdom tooth is not removed, food gets trapped around the wisdom teeth which in turn causes tooth decay-causing pain to the patient. It’s best to have these removed so that your teeth are saved from misalignment.

Sleep apnea treatment

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that needs immediate attention. There are a number of options for treating this condition and in extreme cases, surgery is the best long-term option. What happens with this disorder is that excess tissue at the back of the throat constricts breathing, which can be dangerous while you are asleep and unconscious of your breath. An oral surgeon can extract the excess tissue and clear the airway so that air may pass freely through the system without any blockages. You can rest assured that you will sleep easily after sleep apnea treatment.

Dental implants

If you are suffering from loss of a tooth, a dental implant may be necessary. In this procedure, small posts are attached to the tooth sockets of the patient to heal. After the healing process is complete, the artificial teeth are screwed into place on these posts, creating permanent replacements that look and feel like real teeth.

Gum surgery

Sometimes, cleaning of the gums may not be enough to rectify long-term scaling and damage. In these cases, a gum surgery could be the only option. Depending on the surgery, an incision is made at the gums so that the roots and internal parts of the bone may be worked on. In some cases, bone grafting and grafting of the soft tissue may also be necessary.

Jaw surgery

This is a common last resort in cases of impact injuries and accidents. This is a procedure that is used to rectify fractures, orthodontic anomalies, and for the removal of any pathology in the jaw region. These are slightly complex and called for oral maxillofacial surgeons.

Surgery for unequal jaw growth

Some people have an issue where the upper and lower jaws do not grow as they should. In these cases, the patient may have trouble with basic bodily functions such as eating, breathing, talking and even swallowing. For extreme cases, oral surgery is used to recreate a suitable jaw structure that is more balanced and functional.

If you can put your preconceived notions aside, you will realize that there is nothing risky about oral surgeries! What’s more is that doctors have a moral and professional obligation to make their patients feel comfortable by answering any and all questions that they may have regarding the procedure, so don’t be afraid to voice any doubt or fear you may have. You can be rest assured that your doctor will provide you with support for the same. If there is pain in the picture, it is addressed with general anesthesia, so if it’s the pain that you’re afraid of, have no fear because you won’t feel a thing! Nothing can compare to the relief you will feel after getting a nagging issue seen to, so if you have any dental work that you have been postponing due to a fear of dentists and surgery, remember that prevention is better than cure. It’s always best to nip something in the bud rather than to wait for it to fester and spiral out of proportion. If you’re new to a city or if you don’t know any oral surgeons, download our app and access the best, verified and experienced oral surgeons in your area who would be more than happy to help with any condition you may have.

 

Beyond Fitbit, There Is More To Health Management

Health management found an altogether new meaning in 2007 when Fitbit Inc set its foundation in San Francisco. A decade down the line, the world has caught up with the ‘healthy living’ trend and how! What started more as a fad has now become an integral part of people’s lives. There are people who just cannot function without their Fitbit tugging at their wrists! No, we are not exaggerating.

Fitbit came in as a revolutionary product that helped people keep track of their physical activity. It gave birth to a horde of other fitness trackers that let you track your physical/health activities ranging from calorie intake, calories burnt, steps walked, kilometres ran, water intake, sleep et al. You name it and you have a tracker for it today – be it in the form of a wearable gadget or a mobile phone application. These are all great ways to ensure that you are leading a healthy life but have you ever wondered that this is not all that health management is about?

Health management is an umbrella term and tracking physical activities and sleep is just two of the many other aspects that one needs to cater to for a having a healthy mind and body. The fad of fitness trackers and app has made people overlook the bigger picture. Managing health is not only about tracking your steps, calories, or food but also about monitoring your health at regular intervals. Monitoring health is what these apps and trackers don’t provide for. A holistic approach to health management will be tracking as well as monitoring other aspects. Let’s take a look –

Managing Personal Health Record (PHR) History:

Personal Health Record (PHR) is a tool that helps an individual to keep a track of their past and current health and medical history. Unlike the fitness apps and trackers where you live by the day, the PHR is a consolidated data about your entire health history. It helps doctors in tracking your past health record thereby felicitating better and accurate medical care. It keeps track of your diagnosis and treatments which, in turn, helps the doctors in precise analysis and treatment. There are several mobile apps available today which can help you keep track of your personal health record right from the mobile.

Healthcare Advice

Have a stomach ache? Google the symptoms and voila you have stomach cancer! Hasn’t this happened with most of us? Today, Googling about a disease has created more anxiety than the disease itself. With so much of information at our disposal, it becomes difficult to measure the accuracy of it. Reading a couple of articles on the internet cannot provide you with the healthcare advice you need. You need qualified professionals to guide you through. You need access to quality health advice from expert professionals – delivered right on your mobile phone.

Keeping in Touch with Doctors

How many times have you texted your doctor regarding some ailment or post-op follow-up? Innumerable, isn’t it? Ever wondered about how unsystematic you are being regarding such vital information? It becomes difficult not only for you but also for the doctor to keep track of your medical history. You should be able to communicate with the doctor while making your medical information available systematically. You don’t need to visit the doctor nor do you need to worry about losing track of your vital medical information. Everything should be placed systematically under your health profile.

Locating Doctors, Labs & Other Medical Facilities

Just like apps wherein you review restaurants, how about an app where you can review doctors, labs, X-ray and MRI centres etc? We seek reviews from acquaintances and friends before finalizing a doctor or accessing any other medical facility. But, what if you are stuck in a new city with no reliable acquaintance? In such situations, it helps to have an app more like an online directory that recommends and reviews doctors, hospitals, labs and other medical centres.

Good Diet & Exercise

Completing 10k steps every day on your fitness tracker doesn’t mean that you have met your exercise quota nor does consuming food with limited calorie ensures you are having a good and healthy diet. Exercise and a good diet are well beyond that. One needs to exercise for at least 30 minutes at a stretch. Walking 10k steps over the entire day doesn’t count for exercise. A good diet is imperative in maintaining health and keeping a check on calorie count doesn’t imply good diet. You need to ensure that your diet is meeting your nutrition quota for the day. A good diet should be based on the intake of nutrients more than the calorie count.

The fad of healthy life has skewed the meaning of health management. Losing weight or building muscle doesn’t mean you are fit or healthy. Being healthy is far more than just your outer body. Though it is not bad to keep a track of your day to day physical activities and eating habits, one needs to focus on the rest of the above-mentioned aspects as well in order to achieve a perfectly healthy mind and body.