Factors behind Hair loss

Thinning hair causes us to appear older. In females hair thinning may be brought by hormone imbalances. These hormonal changes tend to weaken hair. Other aspects to consider are anxiety or stress, inadequate nourishment, ailments and response to particular medications, childbirth and menopause, repeated coloring, styling, curling and straightening.
Prior to hair falling out, be aware of the early warning signs and indicators of hairloss including persistent dandruff, flaking and cracking as well as scalp soreness and irritability.
Proper care should be done to avoid more damage. Hair conditioning is very important after every shampoo.  Treatment products like Novuhair, a hair solution to help solve hair thinning to keep baldness away.

Fanny Serrano a renowned beauty stylist, shared how he once had a problem with hairfall and hair loss. He personally endorses and shares the healthy hair formula based on his personal experience of using the product. His advice to those whowant to try it is to use it twice a day, which is in the morning and at night.



Monitoring Blood Pressure at Home

It would be convenient and fast to monitor blood pressure if you have your own aneroid sphygmomanometerat home.  It is a portable medical gadgetfor self measurement of your blood pressure.  Just like the clinical thermometer, I find a portable aneroid sphygmomanometer practical and beneficial to be handy at home especially when you or one of the family members is suffering from hypertension.

It is public knowledge that hypertension is the main culprit of stroke or heart attack. Blood pressure constantly alters to people experiencing hypertension. The basic normal reading or results for an adult between the ages of 18 and 45 is 120/80, though it differs from one person to another according on the age, body weight, wellbeing and sexual category. So, it is very important to consult first your physicianto evaluate and figure out whether the readings you acquire are normal for you.
At first, I find it difficult to get the proper readings, but through practice with the aid of my nephew who is a nurse, I was able to master its proper usage. The primary reason why I have this gadget at home is that I am suffering from hypertension every now and then. We bought it so, I don’t need to run to the nearest hospital from time to time just to keep track of my blood pressure. Proper medication and know-how of the common factors that can influence high blood are very essential. Lastly, just a piece of advise, never ever self medicate yourself if you are struggling with hypertension.

Know more about ADHD

Is your kid showing inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity? If yes, he or she might be positive of having an ADHD, as these 3 are the behavioral symptoms of the disorder.

My youngest son, who is now 12 years old has been evaluated by a Neurodevelopmental Pediatrician having the Mixed Receptive-Expressive Language Disorder and ADHD Combined Type when he was 6 years old, September 28, 2005.

He was evaluated through administering the Griffith’s Mental Development Scales. Results of his Neurodevelopmental Evaluation are shown below.

ADHD result 1

ADHD result 2

ADHD result 3

ADHD result 4

Symptoms of ADHD

Inattention
  • Has a hard time paying attention, daydreams
  • Does not seem to listen
  • Is easily distracted from work or play
  • Does not seem to care about details, makes careless mistakes
  • Does not follow through on instructions or finish tasks
  • Is disorganized
  • Loses a lot of important things
  • Forgets things
  • Does not want to do things that require ongoing mental effort
Hyperactivity
  • Is in constant motion, as if “driven by a motor”
  • Cannot stay seated
  • Squirms and fidgets
  • Talks too much
  • Runs, jumps and climbs when this is not permitted
  • Cannot play quietly
Impulsivity
  • Acts and speaks without thinking
  • May run into the street without looking for traffic first
  • Has trouble taking turns
  • Cannot wait for things
  • Calls out answer before the question is complete
  • Interrupts others

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, better known as ADHD is a condition of the brain that makes it difficult for children and adults to control their behavior. It is known as one of the most common chronic conditions of childhood.

For a child with ADHD, it can mean feeling alone and being unable to make and keep friends or participate in after-school activities such as sports. Usually, academic performance is affected too.  Problems associated with ADHD may continue into adolescence and adulthood. It is recommended for the disorder to be treated, receive proper care and attention they need.

Researches has shown the following causes of ADHD
  • ADHD is a biological disorder.  Children with ADHD have problems with chemicals that send messages in the brain.
  • A lower level of activity in the parts of the brain that control attention and activity level may be associated with ADHD.
  • It appears to run in families. Hereditary.
  • Rare cases shows that toxins in the environment may lead to ADHD
  • Very severe head injuries may cause ADHD in some cases.
Types of ADHD

ADHD Primarily Inattentive Type (ADHD-1)
Children with this type of disorder are not overly active.  They do not disrupt classroom or other activities, their symptoms may not be noticed.  Among girls with ADHD, this form is the most common.
ADHD Primarily Hyperactive/Impulsive Type (ADHD-HI)
Children with this type show both hyperactive and impulsive behavior but can pay attention.
ADHD Combined Type (ADHD-C)
Combined inattentive-hyperactive/impulsive.  Children with this type show all 3 symptoms.  This is the most common type of ADHD.
Diagnosis

Standard guidelines are used by physicians to determine whether a child has ADHD.  Diagnosis guidelines are for children 6-12 years of age. Diagnosing a child below 5 years of age is difficult according to studies. Many preschool children have some ADHD symptoms in various situations and children change very rapidly during the preschool years. Moreover, it is also difficult to diagnose ADHD once a child becomes a teenager.
The process of diagnosis requires several steps and involves gathering a lot of information from multiple sources. Parents, siblings, other house members, school teachers, classmates and friends should be involved in assessing the child’s behavior. A full medical history will be needed to put your child’s behavior in context and screen for other conditions that may affect your child’s behavior.
Treatment
There is no specific cure for ADHD but there are many treatment options available. Two basic approaches for treatment are Behavior Management and Medication.  In my son’s case we only opt for the Behavior Management.
We attended parent education and training, and was given a list of behavior management techniques.  We also informed the school and gave them a copy of the diagnosis and we were allowed to coordinate personally with his classrooms teachers to be able for us to help hand in hand to implement the Behavior Management techniques.
Developing consistency in behavioral adjustments is crucial to the success of behavioral treatment but can be a significant challenge to achieve.  Through the years, my son slowly progressed, he gained focus and developed better managing skills in the daily challenges of  his ADHD.
Helpful Information Sources:
ADHD Society of the Philippines
www.ama-assn.org
www.aap.org
www.aacap.org
www.chadd.org

Recommended Immunizations and Vaccinations for Babies

Childhood immunizations are best recommended to protect our children from infectious diseases and illnesses. These immunizations are administered in an outpatient procedure. Make sure to always bring the baby book of immunization records with you every time you and your child go to your health center or preferred pediatrician. 

The following are the complete recommended immunizations for babies at birth up to 4 years old: 

At birth or within the first month after birth 
(or within the first 12 months after birth for catch up)
First dose – Hepatitis B vaccine (HepB)
At birth (or within the first 2 months)
One injection –  Bacille Calmette-Guérin vaccine (BCG)
1 to 2 months old (or at least four weeks after the first dose)
Second dose – Hepatitis B vaccine (HepB)
6 weeks to 2 months old
First dose – Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV-7)
2 months old
First dose      
                        1. Diphtheria, tetanus, and whole-cell/acellular pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine(DTwP / DTaP)
                        2. Oral/Inactivated polio vaccine  (OPV / IPV)
                        3. Haemophilus influenzae type B vaccine (HiB)
                        4. Rotavirus vaccine ((Depending on the brand, it is administered either in two or three doses, at least four months apart)
4 months old
Second dose  
                           1. Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV-7)
                           2. Diphtheria, tetanus, and whole-cell/acellular pertussis (whooping cough)   vaccine (DTwP / DTaP)
                           3. Oral/Inactivated polio vaccine  (OPV / IPV)
                           4. Haemophilus influenzae type B vaccine (HiB)
6 months old
A. Third dose  
                          1. Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV-7)
                          2. Diphtheria, tetanus, and whole-cell/acellular pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine (DTwP / DTaP)
                          3. Haemophilus influenzae type B vaccine (HiB)
B. Influenza vaccine
For those receiving it for the first time, two doses at four weeks apart are required. Since the flu virus changes from year to year, an annual vaccination is recommended.
6 to 8 months old
Third dose      Oral/Inactivated polio vaccine (OPV / IPV)
6 to 18 months old
Third dose      Hepatitis B vaccine (HepB)
9 to 12 months old
First dose      Measles, mumps and rubella (German measles) vaccine (MMR)
12 months old
First dose       Hepatitis A vaccine (HepA)
12 to 15 months old
Fourth dose    Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV-7)
12 to 18 months old
First dose        Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine
15 to 18 months old
First dose       
                          1. Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine booster shot (PCV-7 booster)
                          2. Diphtheria, tetanus, and whole-cell/acellular pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine booster shot (DTwP / DTaP booster)
                          3. Oral/Inactivated polio vaccine booster shot (OPV / IPV booster)
                          4. Haemophilus influenzae type B vaccine booster shot (HiB booster)
18 to 24 months old
Second dose ++  Hepatitis A vaccine (HepA)

2 years old
One injection   
                            1. Typhoid vaccine
                            2. Meningococcal vaccine
4 to 6 years old
Second dose +++   
                                  1. Diphtheria, tetanus, and whole-cell/acellular pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine booster shot (DTwP / DTaP booster)
Second dose         
                                  2. Oral/Inactivated polio vaccine booster shot (OPV / IPV booster)
                                  3. Measles, mumps and rubella (German measles) vaccine (MMR)
                                  4. Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine
+ In case of outbreaks, MMR can be given as early as 6 months old.
++ The second dose of the HepA vaccine is given six to 12 months after the first dose.
+++ A third dose of DTwP / DTaP booster is given beyond the age 6 years old, and then every 10 years thereafter.
If ever a child misses a shot, he does not need to start over again, ask your pediatrician/doctor on the next shots to be administered to keep the child up-to-date on his vaccinations.
Sources:  http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/spec-grps/infants/rec-iz-babies.htm
                  http://www.babycenter.com.ph/baby/health/immunisationchart/