Benefits of immunizing your child

Immunisation is one of the most important and beneficial advances made by medical science during the 20th century, especially in the field of paediatrics, and is responsible for saving thousands of children from death due to diseases like polio, measles and diphtheria. Immunisation programs primarily aim to eliminate, contain or control infectious diseases which may affect the health and life of your just born baby, ensuring that he’s healthy and happy. Why should you vaccinate your baby, you...
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Simple precautions after a delivery you must know

Postpartum or the first six weeks after pregnancy are very hard for every mother. Your body goes through a lot of changes as it returns to the condition it was in before pregnancy. However, just like pregnant women have to take care of themselves, women with a newborn baby have to take care of themselves and their baby. Here are some post-pregnancy tips. Use pads instead of tampons This is because your uterus is going through a process known as lochia. It is a period like discharge where ...
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Genetic testing before and during pregnancy

What is genetic testing? When is it done and why? These are a few questions which arise if you are planning to have a baby. Here are some of the answers. What is genetic testing? This test involves examining your DNA, the chemical database that carries instructions for your body's functions to test for changes or alterations in your genes that may cause illness or disease. If you're a healthy person, a positive result from genetic testing doesn't always mean you will develop a disease. ...
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Second trimester during pregnancy: checkups and tests

The second trimester falls between the 4th month and 6th month of the pregnancy calendar, or between week-13 and week-28. The second trimester is, for many women, the easiest three months of pregnancy as your morning sickness starts to lessen. During your second trimester, you must visit your gynaecologist every month. The visits may be short and quick, but they are essential. Common checkups performed during the second trimester To ensure the second trimester of your pregnancy passes off...
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Common tests during pregnancy

During pregnancy, your gynaecologist will recommend that you take one or more pregnancy tests. This is to ensure that both you and your baby are in their best health. Certain pregnancy tests need to be taken by all women, whereas other pregnancy tests are only taken if they are recommended by your gynaecologist. Here are some of the most common tests taken to check for problems during pregnancy. Blood test A blood test is taken to ensure that you do not have certain conditions. These cond...
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7 Tips to increase fertility for men

It takes two to create a baby. If your sperm is not strong or healthy enough to reach or penetrate the egg, there will be no fertilisation process, and hence your partner will not be able to conceive. Some problems, ranging from genetics and hormonal factors to lifestyle and environmental exposures may cause male infertility. You must have and maintain an erection, possess the adequate amount of sperm that moves in the correct way and has good sperm quality to fertilize the egg off your partn...
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4 Keys to preventing infertility in men

The inability of couples to conceive or become pregnant is a problem that is raising its ugly head far too much in the near past and present. The percentage of couples facing infertility is growing by the day. Infertility is defined as the inability to conceive after a year of regular intercourse without use of contraceptives. Earlier, infertility was considered to be a women-centric however problem, Studies have shown that in 32% of cases there are problems associated with the male partner, ...
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6 Myths about fertility

The continuation of life is a natural instinct for any organism. This is probably why you hear so many myths about fertility.  Some of these are rooted in scientific facts, while others are quite ridiculous. The myths about both male and female fertility are very common and may cause undue concern and problems. Here are the top 6 fertility myths debunked: You cannot get pregnant after the age of 35 As menopause approaches, infertility does decline because the female is born with all the e...
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3 Birth defects: symptoms and treatments

Birth defects are developmental problems which your baby can develop while he’s still in your womb. The problem can be in your baby’s organs or his body parts, and could vary in severity from minor defects that do not require any medical attention to complicated ones that can cause life threatening complications. Therefore, newborn babies with major birth defects need prolonged care and treatment. The following are the symptoms and treatment for three common birth defects: Congenital Hear...
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Newborn jaundice: causes, symptoms and treatment

Newborn jaundice, also commonly known as infant jaundice, is a condition characterised by the yellowing of the eyes and skin of a newborn baby. It happens because the baby’s blood contains a high level of a yellow coloured pigment called bilirubin. This phenomenon is common in the case of preterm birth and also among breastfed babies as their liver is not fully developed to get rid of the excess bilirubin. However, in most cases, the condition passes on its own as the baby gradually starts to fe...
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