Some Thoughts on Step Parenting

Some Thoughts on Step Parenting


Step parenting, if it’s to be done successfully, requires the cooperation of everyone involved. This can at times be difficult in that it’ssmiling not unusual that at least one of the parties doesn’t want do go down that road to the new life. This is usually a child, or the children, but can be a step-parent as well. Even when things go smoothly, being a step-parent can be one of the hardest jobs there is to do. It can also be a thankless one.


The Problem of Accepting and Dealing With Change


Many times, the child or children in the family will quickly accept the new step-parent. This may also happen slowly at times, but feelings of real affection soon take hold. Some children simply need a little time to adjust. Others simply refuse to accept the change, in spite of the best efforts and intentions of their new step-parent. Part of this often has to do with the child feeling it’s lost control of the environment it lives in and possibly even of itself. A child cannot be faulted for feeling this way. Many adults not only fear change, but they often have a great deal of trouble dealing with change if it should occur. Most adults learn to deal with change however, but sudden change is something that can be brand new to a child, and not knowing what to do may cause that child to either withdraw or strike out.

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When Just a Few Parenting Tips Will Do

When Just a Few Parenting Tips Will Do


It would be difficult if not impossible to put together a list of parenting tips that would cover all possible situations. Even if that were possible, the list would be so long it would be impractical. A better approach might be to look at parenting tips in a rather general sense and go on from there.


Define the Objective Before Trying to Work the Problem


familyWhat can good parenting accomplish? One of the most important thing parents can do for their children is to work toward building strong and healthy relationships. Another very important part of good parenting is having the ability to correct and change problem behavior. This will most often involve nipping problems in the bud, which in itself is a valuable tip. In addition to correcting and changing the behavior of their children, parents need to work at minimizing those problems that may arise that are disrupting to the family as a whole. Minimizing does not mean sweeping problems under the rug. That practice can soon become self-defeating. Just as it makes sense to nip problems a child may be causing in the bud, the same thing needs to be done with problems beyond a child’s control, but may be harmful to the child and to the rest of the family as well.


Yelling Accomplishes Little


Yelling is a good way to release energy, but it does not belong in any list of good parenting tips. Some parents spend a lot of time yelling at their children. They aren’t necessarily being abusive. Two things are usually behind this type of behavior. One is that the parent is letting his or her emotions take over. The second is that the child soon learns to ignore the yelling, or tune it out, knowing it will seldom escalate into something else. There are even times when children use their parents yelling at them to their advantage. They know which buttons to push to precipitate the action and they’re likely to get away with it. There are families where the children, even the very young ones, are really the ones that call the shots.


Making the Right Way Easier


Parents could profit from taking a page from a good horse trainer. Such a trainer has learned that to get the desired results it has to be made easy for the horse to do the right thing and made difficult for the horse to do the wrong thing. Horses quickly learn to take the easier path. Children can as well, although there are at times exceptions. This approach is sometimes called praise and punishment. Punishment is not the right word. A withholding of praise is often punishment enough. Even children who habitually misbehave like being praised when they do something right. Some parents make the mistake of excusing bad behavior, which is really a misuse of praise. There needs to be a balance between discipline and affection.


Five Basic Tips That Should Resolve Most Issues


So far the parenting tips that have been touched on or alluded to have been these:


–  Correct inappropriate behavior by nipping the problem in the bud.

–  Don’t allow family problems to get out of hand. Nip them in the bud as well.

–  Recognize that yelling seldom does a child, or a parent, any good.

–  Make doing the right thing easier for the child and make doing the wrong thing more difficult.

–  Work at finding a good balance between praise and discipline.


A Few Thoughts on Discipline


Discipline is a subject many parents struggle with, yet when it is applied properly the child will benefit greatly. The child will benefit even more from learning the importance of self discipline. As far as discipline is concerned, most parents will fit in one of three categories.


–  Many parents are permissive. Some are even afraid to discipline their children for fear of damaging their feelings. Consequently the children have few rules to go by, and many of the rules that do exist are often ones they have made themselves.


–  At the opposite extreme are the authoritarian parents. Children of these parents learn quickly what the rules are and learn quickly that they are to be followed. An important thing that is often missing however is affection. The parents often act as if the rules to be followed are more important than are those who are expected to follow them.


–  The authoritative parent is the parent who has found the right balance. This parent has clear expectations for his or her children and the children are aware of what those expectations are. The difference between the authoritative parent and the authoritarian parent is that the authoritative parent mixes discipline with affection. Most children are happy to follow the rules.


It would seem that a list of tips for parents could be a rather short one. There are always the exceptional circumstances that have to be contended with, and on a few occasions outside help or guidance may be necessary. The best approach for a parent might be to work at being authoritative. It is something that does not always come easy for many.

Step Father Quotes for All Occasions

Step Father Quotes for All Occasions


If you’re looking for a few step father quotes to add to a card or a letter, or if you simply want to browse through some meaningful step dad-related sayings then you’ve landed in the right place. Being a step parent is a job that not all can handle: it’s tough at times but ultimately rewarding. Whether you’re a step father yourself or hold a great appreciation for your own step dad, the following step father quotes are sure to hit an emotional nerve and ignite a new appreciation for step fathers.

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Our House



It is sometimes hard to keep watch over a household with so many children that have his or her own agenda about everything. Everyone has their own thinking about things not to mention their proclivity to mischief. Add it all up and you have got yourself a house that is ready to explode.

And then there is my husband, well, I like to say that I have only four children but the way he is inside the house makes me think that there are really five of them. The way the children behaves, or misbehave for that matter, is also the case for him as he participates in the shenanigans that the children makes, sometimes even leading them to it.

Don’t get me wrong as I enjoy every moment of it. I am kind of jealous that I do not get to participate but someone has to put their foot down and manage things, else the house explosion I was talking about earlier will really take place one of these days.

I remember the time I told my husband to install the tap filter, which was supposed to be the best reverse osmosis system available in the country, and which I recently bought from the hardware. It was supposed to ensure water safeness and clarity, and I bought it as some of the children sometimes complain about the “toothpastey” taste of the tap water.

I left it with him thinking everything would be just okay, but when I came home and looked under the sink, it wasn’t there. I asked my husband about it and he led me to the bathroom to show me his craftiness. He installed the filter beneath the shower thinking it was for hot and cold water, and there he was with his big grin waiting for my approval.

After a lengthy discussion about the proper placement of the filter and telling him what it was for, he told me that he made one of my sons search the internet on how to connect it. Which apparently my son did not do and just told his father to put it in the shower and figure it out.

And then there was also the time I was searching for my traveling bags in preparation for an upcoming vacation that we were having, but can’t really seem to find it. Turns out it was under my eldest son’s bed and he was using it as a kind of storage for his Magic: The Gathering tradable cards. It was the best lightweight luggage I ever had and it has been with me for a couple of years already. I did not get mad about it and was in fact a little bit happy as someone appreciated it and put it to good use.

Many more unconventional things have happened in our house and it would take me forever to write everything down. Suffice to say it is still happening today and I think it will never stop ever. But I like it that way.

Secret Yoga

Two days ago I came home to a totally quite house. The children were out to a party at a nearby friend’s house whose kid is having a birthday that day. I too will go but I had to freshen up a little before going. But what got me quite interested was that my loving husband is nowhere to be found. I let that pass as maybe he’s out somewhere buying stuff and I am also already an hour late for the party, so off I went.

Yesterday again when I came back from the gym, the house was also quite. The children were in their rooms, busy with their computers, laptops, gadgets, or whatever, and again my husband was nowhere to be found. I asked the kids if they know where their dad was but all I got was some blank stares, like as if they are covering something up.

I knew it, something is really up and the kids are part of it somehow. But before I can ask them again what is going on, my husband suddenly was behind me all sweaty and asking me what’s for dinner. And before I managed to ask him what is going on, he told me that he was taking a bath that instant.

I just rolled my eyes and proceeded to the kitchen to fix something up. I just reminded myself to ask my husband again later that night about what’s going on and stuff. But that apparently was not to be. I was really tired yesterday so I slept as soon as my back touched the mattress, so that was that.

Earlier today I remembered. I told myself to go home earlier to catch whatever it is that they are doing and if it is something crazy then they are going to hear from me big time.

I signed off the gym an hour earlier than usual and went directly home, not stopping by the grocery and not doing any errands. I parked my car three houses away from ours so that they could not hear me coming and I stealthily opened the backdoor as it was the one door in our house that did not creak.

I saw it alright. I saw my husband trying mightily hard to go into an Indian style sitting position but his belly has other plans in mind. I also saw sitting at the coffee table an item labeled “The Best Yoga DVD” and apparently he was watching it. I saw an opportunity to rib him about it and I took it.

I shouted at the top of my lungs and barged myself inside the room. Now if only you could have seen the look on his face that moment then I’m sure you too will roll on the floor laughing like I did. His mouth totally agape and his face color went from normal, to pasty white, to red in a very short span of time. I didn’t hear any of his explanations about it as I just laughed and laughed. Got him!

Challenges of Breastfeeding Moms

While bottle feeding is becoming more popular these days especially among working women, I am still convinced that breastfeeding is still the best way to give infants and babies the right nutrition that they need. I myself breastfed my children while they were still infants. And now, I really appreciate mothers who are able to breastfeed their children despite their busy schedules.

While breastfeeding is generally healthy for babies and while moms could do it for as long as they can, there are instances when breastfeeding should be stopped because continuing to do so will be hazardous to the health of the baby. They include:

1. When the nursing mom takes medications for certain diseases

If you are regularly taking in medication for your health condition, it is best to consult your doctor if it is advisable for you to breastfeed while taking these medications. Most medicines can pass through the milk and affect nursing infants. That is why if you are breastfeeding, seek advice from your doctor first before taking in any medications including over-the counter drugs, prescription drugs as well and dietary supplements. For some women who are suffering from chronic health problems, stopping breastfeeding would be the best option if stopping the medication will endanger the life of the mother. In this case, the mother should be able to learn how to stop breastfeeding and slowly shift to bottle feeding.

2. When the mother is sick

When you are experiencing common illnesses such as a flu or cold, breastfeeding is still okay. However, if a mother is sick with HIV or AIDS, has active tuberculosis, or is infected with the T-cell lymphotropic virus, it is best for her to stop breastfeeding immediately. The same is true if the mother has cancer and is planning to undergo chemotherapy, or if she has a certain disease that requires taking antiretroviral medications. If you are having a period while breastfeeding, it does not necessarily mean you are sick. It could just be your normal period coming back and breastfeeding your baby is still okay.

3. When the mother is vaccinated for certain diseases

Breastfeeding should also be stopped when a mother is about to receive a vaccine for certain diseases where the vaccine contains live viruses which could be passed on to the nursing infant. There is one particular case in Canada, which was published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) where a nursing boy became infected with a strain of yellow fever via his mother milk who just received a vaccine for such disease. And there are also similar reported cases in other countries.

4. When the mother smokes or drinks alcohol in large amounts

Don’t smoke or drink heavily when you are breastfeeding your baby. You should try your best to quit it, otherwise you will have to compromise your infant’s health by stopping breastfeeding.

They say that breast milk is still the best for babies. However, under certain circumstances listed above, it could also mean that stopping breastfeeding is the best option rather than to put the health of your child at risk if you continue on breastfeeding.

Is Low Carb Diet Okay for Children

kids eating healthyI have recently read an article about more than ten million Americans who are currently on a low-carbohydrate diet. This kind of diet involves consuming low carb vegetables and fruits to promote weight loss. But one of the things that caught my attention is that the article mentioned that while it may be okay for adults to be on this kind of diet, children shouldn’t be even if they are overweight. Low carb diet can be unhealthy for growing children and it can take a toll in their overall physical and mental development.

As a parent, I am very conscious about what I feed my children. In as much as I don’t like them to become overweight or obese, I also don’t like to sacrifice their normal growth by not giving them enough nutrition that they need. According to Joan Carter, RD, who is one of the researchers at Children’s Nutrition Research Center, a growing child needs calcium, vitamins and minerals for healthy growth and development. And these can only be sourced in grains, fruits and vegetables. Any shortage on these things can badly affect their overall health.

One of the negative impacts of low carb diet on adults and children is in their mental ability. According to Bruce Rengers, Ph.D. who works as an assistant professor at the Saint Louis University under nutrition and dietetics department, when normal intake of carbohydrate is reduced, the body gets its energy from ketones which are a by-product of fat breakdown. And ketones are known to cause dullness on the brain, affecting alertness, focus and concentration.

If parents subject their overweight children to a low carb diet just to lose weight, it is certainly not a good idea. The negative effects of this kind of diet outweigh the weight loss benefits especially that there are other ways on how children can lose weight. And parents should focus more on these alternative ways rather than sacrificing the overall health of a child for the sake of achieving the ideal weight.

One effective way of letting your child lose weight without cutting on healthy carbohydrate is to avoid processed foods or drinks that are high in bad carbohydrates and low in nutritional value. These include chips, soda or soft drinks, French fries, white bread, white sugar, candies, and other foods that are high in calories, fats and trans-fats. Additionally, you should encourage your children to play outdoors rather than to watch TV all day or play on their tablet. Physical activities such as playing outdoors and exercising can help your child become physical and mentally active. And it could help him lose weight faster.

As parents, we should be more cautious about the health of our children. Just because something is okay for adults does not automatically mean that it is also fine for children. This includes low carb dieting which may be okay for adult people but can significantly impact the health of children. And even if you are already an adult, it is still important to seek your doctor’s advice first before starting on a special diet plan.

Bichon Poodle as Pet for Children

My children are really eager to have a dog. And just like many parents, My husband and I are hesitant at first on their request because we were aware of some cases wherein pet dogs attack children. But we also heard from some of our friends that having a dog is such a joy in the family especially with children. Dogs can be their playmates and source of entertainment.

In our desire to grant our children’s request, we researched about a particular breed of dog that is more suitable for families with children (most likely not a big dog). One of the particularly interesting breeds is the Bichon Poodle or more popularly known as Bichon Poo. It is a designer dog with some of the best temperaments and traits.

Bichoon Poos are a small dog, reaching up to about one foot high and weighing up to 16 pounds. They also have a lifespan of up to 15 years, depending on how they are handled or cared for. These dogs are naturally active and intelligent. They also have a lot of energy for playing and exercise. If you have young children as I have, these dogs make a good playmate for them. This is an added benefit of having this kind of dog because they can add physical stimulation with the children through playing.

One of the major concerns of pet lovers when it comes to raising pets is house training. The good news is that you will not experience this kind of problem with Bichon Poos. According to many reviews online, Bichon Poos are among the dogs that are easy to house train. They can also easily adjust to new environments, whether you live in a closed apartment or in a county with a yard. With proper training, a Bichon Poo can grow as a good-natured and well-behaved house dog you would be proud of. Additionally, they have an accommodating and sociable nature which lets them easily fit in with most households. They could easily blend in with a family of small children and with other existing pets like cats.

On the negative side, cute as they are, Bichon Poos do not have the resiliency of cats. Some children get too excited when playing with these dogs such that they tend to be accidentally dropped. Even when dropped from a moderate height, Bichon Poos are prone to bone fractures. They are also susceptible to certain diseases such as Addisons’ disease, liver shunts, and gastric dilatation volvulus which are common health problems of their parents.

If you like to own a Bichon Poo, you must be willing to shell out between $350 and $1,000, depending on your state and the seller. I have learned that it is cheaper to get them from a reputable breeder than from a pet store. Be sure to get them from a trusted source to ensure that they are bred from healthy parents. Moreover, do not expect them to be perfect dogs. They have both positive and negative traits. But when you properly train them, you could develop in themselves most of their positive traits.

Simple Tips to Prevent Hip Flexor Pain

My husband and I normally spend several hours a week to exercise. It helps us stay fit and physically active. However, lately, I notice that my stamina is no longer as good as before. My husband immediately jokingly concluded that it is maybe a sign that I am already getting older.

I am aware that as we get older, we become easily tired and more prone to various diseases, pains and bone problems. And one problem that I know in particular is the hip flexor pain which can be caused by osteoporosis or osteoarthritis or hip fractures. But this problem is also common among younger athletes as a result of falling, heavy impact, or too much strain in the hip area. Both men and women can be affected by this condition.

hip painThe hip flexor muscles are a group of muscles responsible for bending your trunk and legs. Any strain or pain in these muscles may cause difficulty in movement especially walking. Personally, I will do my best to really avoid experiencing this problem. I have a neighbor in his late fifties who underwent an anterior hip replacement several years ago as a result of a severe pain in in hip muscles. He strictly observed anterior hip precautions for several months and his movements were very limited. I cannot imagine myself being into that situation.

So how do you avoid straining your hip flexor muscles?

There is this book that I read that recommends several tips to avoid pain in the hip flexors. One of its recommendations is to avoid doing activities that can overwork the hip flexors. For instance, doing crunches while your legs are raised or when you are performing hanging leg raises can strain the hip flexors without you knowing it. If you already feel a burning sensation in your upper legs, you should stop immediately what you are doing.

Before walking, running or sprinting, it is also important to stretch your hip flexors first before your formal exercise. And while doing these exercises, if you already feel that your upper front legs are already tightening up or feel like burning, rest for a while first before proceeding again. Sometimes we tend to neglect the importance of warm up exercises especially if we are just going for a walk or short run. But they will prove beneficial to avoid a strain in the hip flexors.

It is also worth noting that another cause of pain in the hip flexor is hip fractures which are commonly caused by accidents like falling. So avoid doing activities that can compromise your safety. Or just be careful if you have to do something which involves climbing up a ladder or a chair.

Also, if you have existing condition like osteoarthritis or osteoporosis, you may ask your doctor how you could lower your risk of getting painful hip flexors.

Whether you are young or old, there are certain factors that can put us at risk of hip flexor strain or pain. But we can also avoid them if we observe some of the tips I mentioned here.


Cuts, Bruises and Skin Tear in Children and their Remedies

If you have young children, you may not yet experience having to deal with tattoo scabbing if your teen decided to have a tattoo which has led to certain complications. But you may have to deal with other skin problems which need immediate first aid or treatment to avoid infections and complications. I cannot recount anymore the number of bruises or wounds that my children have had as a result of playing indoors or outdoors. No matter how I tell them to be more careful, it is really unavoidable for them to have bruises, cuts or skin tear.


Just like scrapes, cuts are also common among young children. This skin condition can easily be treated at home. The first step when dealing with a cut is to wash it thoroughly with a mild soap and running water to remove any debris or dirt which might have entered it. If it is still bleeding, be sure to stop the pain by covering the wound with a gauze or towel and applying pressure on it using your palm. Keep the pressure until the bleeding stops. When the bleeding stops, apply a topical antibacterial ointment then apply a bandage and let it heal.

However, if the cut is in the face or when it is bigger than half an inch or it is jagged, it is best to bring your child to a doctor rather than treating the wound yourself.


It is very common for active children to have bruises. They normally get bruises when they accidentally bump onto hard objects. A bruise results when the capillaries of the skin burst and the blood becomes trapped under the skin surface.

Bruises may occur in any part of the body. Some bruises are not so obvious and can easily go unnoticed. While bruises are not something you should be worried about because they usually come and go, there are instances when you have to bring your child to a doctor for checkup. This is true for unexplained bruises that do not heal after two or more weeks. In this case, the bruises may be caused by a more serious health problem which would require a doctor’s attention.

Skin Tear

Although tearing of the skin is more common among older people, some children could also have it. This may occur among children who have dry skin, are malnourished, or are suffering from dehydration. Parents can help prevent skin tear by monitoring the nutritional intake of their children and applying moisturizer on the skin. But if your child does get a skin tear, you should wrap it with gauze to promote healing. Change the gauze regularly before it dries on the skin making it more difficult to remove the gauze.

As parents, we should be able to know how to deal with these common skin conditions with our children. There is no cause for panic when children have them. They are treatable and can easily heal if treated properly.


Pros and Cons of Raising Boxer Pitbull as a Family Pet

My family is considering raising a dog but we are not in agreement on what breed to choose. The children definitely like smaller and pure breeds like a Maltese or Pomeranian. My husband and I are more practical. We want more than just a lap dog. We want a guard dog that is also good with children.

It is really hard to decide which type of dog to have if you have a family. One of the most important considerations is if the dog and the children will blend together. I have heard or read of children being attacked by their pet dog when no one is looking. And as a parent, that is something I want to avoid.

When we were actively searching for a suitable pet dog, someone recommended to us the boxer pitbull mix, also know as Bullboxer Pit.  When I researched about it online, I have read both positive and negative reviews about this dog breed. If you are considering a Bullboxer Pit as a family pet, here are some pros and cons to consider:


  • Bullboxers Pits are intelligent dogs and quick learners. They can easily learn tricks if regularly trained.
  • They are powerful dogs and can be an ideal watchdog and protector of your home and family.
  • They are generally obedient dogs and will follow your command if trained by a human pack leader.
  • They like to be around people including children. They make a good family companion.
  • They are high-spirited and like to play.
  • They like to please their masters.
  • They can be easily trained with solid and gentle training practices.
  • They can live in apartment houses as long as they are regularly taken for a walk and have regular exercise.
  • They are easy to care for and groom. You don’t have to spend on regular professional grooming.
  • They also have no known serious health problems inherent to their breed.



  • Pitbulls are known for their aggressive behavior. Even when mixed, this trait may still come out in the offspring. But with proper training, you may be able to control this aggressive attitude.
  • When not properly trained, Bullboxer Pits may display behavioral problems like excessive barking and climbing.
  • They have the natural habit of chasing fleeing animals especially cats. So if you have cats at home, train your dog to socialize with other pets and to control this habit.
  • If not trained to socialize, Bullboxer Pits may be harmful to other pets, strangers, and even to your children. However, even if trained to socialize, you should never leave your dog with strangers especially children.

This list of pros and cons will point out to Bullboxer Pits being a suitable family watchdog and pet. They are ideal for families with yards and even those living in apartment houses. They generally have many positive traits such as being intelligent, powerful, and affectionate to their owners. However, if not properly trained, these dogs could also manifest behavioral problems.


Tips in Choosing Coloring Pages

Have you ever thought of giving your kids or other kids gifts other than toys for a change? I did, for many times. And my instinct is often right. We are easy to assume that kids love toys. That is why we commonly give them toys during their birthdays or other special occasions. But many kids are also interested in other things aside from toys. For instance, my children just love their coloring pages and sometimes will spend hours coloring rather than playing with their toys. There are also older kids who prefer to read, play on their tablet, or do outdoor activities such as biking than spend time playing with plastic toys.

Coloring pages is one of the best alternatives for toys. Most of them are affordable and offer a wide range of benefits to children. Children who were introduced to coloring pages at a young age tend to do better in identifying complex colors than other children who were not. They also become more artistic as they learn to combine different colors in one object or combine colors to come up with another different color. They will also learn how to properly color different objects based on their real color. For instance, children can learn to color apples red even without somebody instructing them. They simple use their own observation and apply them as they color objects. Moreover, as children get involved in more complex coloring materials like coloring pages with story lines, they will also be able to sharpen their imagination and will learn to tell stories by merely looking at the pictures.

With the long list of benefits when you introduce coloring pages to children, it is no surprise that many publishers take advantage of these products and make good business out of them. In fact, there are hundreds of coloring designs available. Among the popular ones are the Disney’s Frozen coloring pages, Disney cartoon characters, Disney princesses, super heroes, fairy tales, and My Little Pony coloring pages. Each type of coloring pages appeals to a certain age group or gender. When giving coloring pages to your child or other children, there are important considerations that can help you make the right choice.

One important consideration is the age of the recipient. For toddlers or children who are three years old and below, it is best to give them coloring pages about shapes and basic objects. These coloring pages normally have bigger drawings to make it easier for younger children to color inside the lines. At the same time, these kinds of drawings can help them identify shapes like rectangle, square, heart and others. Normally, these coloring pages are suitable for both boys and girls. For older children, it is important to consider the gender. Girls like to color princesses and fairy tales, while boys like to color martial arts figures or prefer super hero coloring pages. Additionally, it will also help you in choosing if you know the particular interest of a child. For example, there are also girls who prefer super heroes than princesses.

Coloring pages are a great gift for children. But not all children may like to receive them as a gift. So before giving, know first if the recipient is interested to color or not. Otherwise, your money will not be well spent.

What Is Pleural Effusion and How to Detect It

As a parent, it worries me much when any of my family members especially the children get sick. I am always on the watch for any signs of sickness or disease affecting them. But as much as I do my best to protect them, sicknesses still affect my family from time to time.

Recently, I visited a friend who suffered from pneumonia. She was hospitalized because of a complication called pleural effusion which is characterized by fluid in lungs. By itself, pleural effusion is not a serious condition. But in her case, she has to be treated to avoid other serious health problems.

Pneumonia is just one of the illnesses that can have pleural effusion as its side effect. Other causes of pleural effusion include congenital heart disease, cirrhosis of the liver, renal disease, pulmonary embolism, cancer and autoimmune diseases such as lupus. In some instances, the major condition of the patient is discovered after a diagnosis on pleural effusion. And since many serious health problems are attached to this condition, it would be good to understand more about pleural effusion.

More often, pleural effusions do not present any symptoms unless the fluid buildup is sever and if there are inflammations involved. Symptoms may include shortness of breath, chest pain, cough and fever aside from the symptoms of the underlying medical condition causing it. A doctor may think that a patient has pleural effusion by observing the symptoms manifested and through physical examination. A doctor will also normally conduct a physical examination by tapping the chest and listening through a stethoscope. But before making a diagnosis, doctors will also normally require you to undergo imaging tests such as chest x-ray, CT scan or ultrasound.

Once diagnosed with pleural effusion, a fluid sample of the patient is normally taken for testing to determine the seriousness of the condition. To do it, a doctor will insert a catheter and a needle in between the ribs to the pleural space. During this process, a small amount of fluid is obtained for testing while the rest of the fluid can also be simultaneously removed to alleviate pain and other symptoms.

If the pleural effusion has no infection or inflammation, it is least likely to cause permanent or serious lung problems. However, if the pleural effusion has complications or has inflammation or infection, it may constrict the ring surrounding the lungs and can permanently impair normal breathing. Treatment procedures may include taking antibiotics and natural antihistamine to first treat the medical condition causing it. If the pleural effusion is infected, there might be a need for a drainage procedure to remove the fluid. Other treatment procedures include pleurodesis which involves inserting a doxycycline or talc to the pleural space to prevent the recurrence of pleural effusion. Other procedures are pleural drain and pleural decortication.

Pleural effusion can affect anybody. It may or may not be a serious condition you should worry about. But it is always best to be proactive and to see your doctor if you experience any of its symptoms. My friend is glad that her pleural effusion was treated immediately by doctors or her condition could have worsened.