Proper Health Care for Babies

Babies are blessings. That is why most people become excited when a new baby joins the family. This is not only felt by the parents, but also by the family members around. It is only natural that you’d want to take care of your baby and give the best to them. That is why, it is very important that you provide your baby with proper health care.

Health care for babies does not only pertain to following check-up schedules or having them get their required vaccination shots. It also involves on how you handle your baby on a daily basis, giving them baths, taking care of their skin care needs, etc.

When you are taking care of an infant or a newborn baby, here are some things that you might need to know about:

1. Keeping their umbilicus clean and free from infection – During the first days to the first week of life, your baby’s belly button will look like a stump, since this is where the umbilical cord was cut. However, you should treat this area as wound. You should keep it clean and dry until the stump falls off. It is important that you clean it during baths and when you change the baby’s diaper. If it develops a foul smell and/or has pus like fluid coming out, you should refer this immediately to a doctor, since these are signs of infection.

2. Baby skin care – Babies have very sensitive skin which will react adversely to chemicals. When giving your baby a bath, you should make sure that you use products that are mild and safe for your baby’s skin. You should also keep your baby’s skin moisturized by using natural oils, rather than commercially sold lotions and creams. You should also avoid using petroleum jelly. Though it was used a lot for baby care in the past, you should use milder products. Remember, the more natural the contents of the products that you use, the better it is to use for your baby.

3. Holding your baby – For first-time parents, it is very important that you learn how to hold or carry your baby correctly. You can ask the health care providers in the hospital on how to properly hold your baby. You should hold your baby gently. Avoid shaking your baby, even during the times when you might become frustrated when he/she doesn’t stop crying. Shaking your baby is not advisable.

Also, you should provide support for the baby’s entire body, especially along the neck and the head. The neck muscles of babies are not yet well-developed, so they are unable to support the weight of their own head. You should hold and cuddle your baby as much as possible, as this will also help create a stronger bond between you and your baby.

4. Giving your baby appropriate food or formula – Your baby will require milk most especially in the earlier months. Make sure that you provide him/her with a milk formula that is appropriate for his/her age. Some babies may have trouble digesting certain formulas, as characterized by diarrhea or hard stool. The safest and most recommended way to feed your baby is through breastfeeding, as it allows your baby to get the nutrients that he/she needs without any risk of indigestion and other problems.

Horse Health Care For Roach Back Horses

Fezzywig, my gentle giant adopted warmblood gelding with the roached back, is definitely feeling much better. He has had a ton of bodywork and been given my special nutritional Horse Goo until it’s coming out the other end (yes, during the cleansing process he is a bit “methane-powered”).

He’s also running around like a wild man with my other gelding, Walker, and doing flying lead changes with ease in the pasture. Oh yes, and he also managed to take down the gates twice and cruise our little town once. But being the gentleman that he his, he came right home on his own!

Horse Health Care: 3 Things to Do for the Roach Backed Horse

So Fezzywig is definitely feeling better, but he’s nowhere near totally healed, and I have learned a lot about the horse health care needs of these kinds of horses. I have been in constant communication with my veterinarian, good friend, and font of holistic horse care wisdom, Dr. Madalyn Ward. Between my consults with her and my daily interaction with Fezzywig, I’ve learned the following:

1. Roach Back Horses Don’t Use Their Backs Properly

This is no big surprise because their backs aren’t formed properly. A horse with a roach back has some developmental difficulties. For instance, Fezzywig hates to have his stifles adjusted with Bowen-type moves, or any kind of serious physical maneuvers. He loves energy work on his stifles, which doesn’t involve moving any parts of his stifle around. He has also started getting “stuck” in his stifles occasionally, where it takes him a minute to figure out how to move his back leg from straight to bent. Dr. Ward tells me this is because the bodywork is changing the way his spine and haunches are formed, so he has to “relearn” how to use various parts of his body.

Because Fezzywig has not been using his back muscles and hindquarter properly because of his roach back, he has probably been propelling himself around using his hind legs from the stifles down. In other words he was not using his back muscles or his rump. This explains why he is having so much trouble with his stifles. They are probably perpetually sore. In addition, when he move his back legs, his joints make a sound like similar to that of sticky tape being “unstuck” from something. It is most likely that all that improper use of his hind legs has affected those joints.

To help alleviate the pain in his stifles and hind leg joints, I’ve been doing the following:

  • feeding him extra wheat sprouts, which are great for joint issues
  • beefing up his mangosteen juice and blue-green algae to speed healing
  • rubbing DMSO and castor oil on his leg joints
  • doing a little energy work on every hind leg joint at each feeding

He seems to like all of this extra care and his stifles are already less sore. In case you are wondering, castor oil is an old Edgar Cayce remedy that works well on joints. I have to mix it with DMSO because castor oil is very thick and does not penetrate through hair and skin very well. The DMSO helps it penetrate.

2. Roach Back Horses Might Have Bony Backs So They Need Backing

When I knew I was going to bring Fezzywig home, I immediately went online and did a bunch of research on roach back horses. Most of the horses I saw had the typical roach, a humped back, but that was it. I didn’t see a single picture of a horse with a bony back, a back where the lumbar vertebrae literally stick up, like pointy spires. Yikes, what does that mean?

I posted frantic requests for help to the Horse Health Forum. I wanted to know what all those spiny ridges meant. The answer? It means that Fezzywig does not have any muscle development over those vertebrae because (surprise, surprise) he hasn’t been using his back or hindquarter properly. Whew!

To take care of this and help Fezzywig develop proper muscle over his hindquarters and spine, I have started backing him. Backing him will help him learn to use his hindquarter properly, and will also help him develop muscle in the right places. I will eventually back him in circles to develop some lateral muscles as well. We’ve already started the backing exercises. He has no trouble with them although he has no clue why we keep doing it! Luckily, he’s a pretty willing fellow, and will do almost anything for food.

3. Horses Who Have Suffered Trauma Need Special Help to Heal

My last question to Dr. Ward was this: Fezzywig has been in his roach backed pose for so long… what I more can I do to help him shift out of this paradigm and into a healthy stance?

Her answer? herbs. There is this new herbal product that apparently helps horses who have suffered trauma (physical, mental, or emotional) to “break the mold” and shift into a new healthier paradigm. In scientific terms, it helps them shift out of the sympathetic nervous system. A horse like Fezzywig has basically been in a traumatized roach back state for so long he has been operating from his “fight or flight” sympathetic nervous system, which does not promote healing. The Eleviv will help him shift back into his parasympathetic nervous system, which is associated with healing, rest, relaxation, and rejuvenation.

So Fezzywig is now getting, in addition to the beefed up Horse Goo, two capsules of these herbs a day. Fezzywig loves it. He tries to eat the syringe. I take that as a good sign.

So that is what I have learned so far about the best horse health care methods for roach back horses. Fezzywig’s posture continues to improve, and he is running and playing more than ever (as evidenced by the cruise around the neighborhood).

How Can I Provide the Best Health Care For My Cat?

How can you provide the best health care for your cat? There is a confusing array of conflicting information about and it can be hard to see who you should believe.

There are two areas that I believe are always trustworthy:

1. Always go back to basics and then work up from there.

2. Listen to your inner wisdom. It’s there. You just have to access it and learn to use and so trust it.

So let’s look at what the basics of cat health is.

First much of it is about diet. A diet can make or break anyone, including your cat. If you go back to what cats evolved on, you’re be providing the most natural, the most nutritious cat food which totally satisfies them on all levels – physical needs, nutritional needs, mental health and happiness as well as other benefits such as clean teeth and healthy gums.

Second, a natural cat has free access to a clean and comfortable environment, with shelter from the elements but free access to natural sunshine, has as much freedom as is possible where you live, and a loving family.

Third, holistic health care, especially homeopathy, provides for better natural health than do medical drugs and vaccines. Homeopathy works by stimulating the immune system to work better. This is in stark contract to drugs and vaccines, which work by suppressing the immune system.

Inner wisdom is not something that is encouraged, or even recognised, in our very materialistic world. But it’s there, waiting for you to connect with and tap into its uses. It often comes as a feeling, or a desire to do something, which comes out of the blue. Frequently your mind comes in and argues with the logic and you end up doing what your mind tells you.

However, by realising this happens, you are then able to respect and use the feelings, rather than the logic. When you trust this, from experience, then you’ll be able to cut through all the hype and know what is best for your cat. Women are often more able to, or more easily do this than men, but men can. Learn to trust you, nature and what your cat tries to tell you.

Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine – Health Care For a New Millennium – Part 1

In today’s world, we’re bombarded daily with every kind of health advice, ranging from miracle diets to cutting-edge surgeries. More and more people take pharmaceuticals to solve their problems, and for many people, the drug side effects cause more harm than their original health problem. Many of these medications are later yanked off the shelves shortly after their introduction because they cause serious harm to the body.

Our society often uses the strongest methods possible to treat relatively minor problems, sometimes even resorting to surgery and powerful pharmaceuticals when neither is necessary. Such strategies have created problems like antibiotic-resistant staph infections and “super-bugs.” It’s like trying to resolve every disagreement by dragging out the nuclear weapons. You can always increase the strength of a treatment, but you can never undo a surgery. When trying to heal oneself, one should ask, “What is the least-invasive way that I can fix my problem?”

Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a time-proven answer to today’s health care dilemmas. This ancient method of healing has been developed and perfected over 2000 years. What makes acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine different from other methods? First (and least understood in the West), we use a unique method of diagnosis that assesses the individual’s unique health needs. Second, we design strategies of individualized treatment to permanently change people’s health. And last, we design a prevention system to maximize health and keep the problem from returning again.

Diagnosis

Chinese medical diagnosis pinpoints the imbalances in people’s bodies that cause their health problems. All of the information gathered during the intake process is used to figure out exactly what is out of balance in someone’s body, and what is causing that imbalance.

For example, if a patient has headaches, there are eight or ten types of imbalances that might be causing that person’s headache. This is the exact reason that two people with a headache may respond very differently to Western headache medications. We don’t get headaches from an aspirin deficiency, so why do we take aspirin when we get headaches? It makes more sense to isolate and address the root cause to make the problem go away for good. A good acupuncturist will diagnose this cause and design a treatment that will restore balance.

So what does it mean to have an imbalance? The answer to this question is slightly complicated. Our bodies exist as a complex network of systems: blood circulation, body fluids, lymph, organ functions, hormones, emotions, etc. Chinese medical diagnostic methods consider every system of the body and how they interrelate and balance each other.

In a body with perfect health, all bodily systems have achieved optimum balance. In a sick or injured body, these systems and organ functions continue to spiral more and more out of balance. Many people report that, once they got sick, they acquired other, seemingly unrelated health problems. A properly-trained acupuncturist will find the relationship between these imbalances to resolve the problem with an accurate treatment strategy.

Part two of this article will describe the methods which Chinese medicine uses to help balance the body and its cost effectiveness.