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.

Managing braces pain the easy way

Getting your braces tightened can mean a lot of pain every time. When I was young, I had braces and I used to dread the time when I had to go to the dentist to have them tightened. My teeth would hurt, my gums would ache and I used to get horrible mouth sores. At that time, my awareness level was not that great and I did not know what to do to ease the pain so I suffered a lot. When my eldest daughter from my first marriage, Jenny, decided to get braces, I warned her of the pain she would have to endure every time they were tightened. However, not getting braces was not an option and I am pretty certain my other girl Melanie will also need braces later on. Luckily, my two stepsons, my husband’s children from his first marriage, have perfect teeth and won’t have to go through this problem.

I took Jenny to the best orthodontic surgeon in Nevada and trust me getting braces can be expensive, especially if you happen to be living in Las Vegas. Luckily, both me and my husband make enough money so getting the braces wasn’t really a problem. Once Jen had her braces fixed, I knew exactly what we had in store. So I started researching the internet and read a lot about managing braces pain. I was surprised at the amount of material that was available online. After narrowing down the tips and suggestions that seemed most promising and simple, I encouraged my daughter to try them after every tightening session. The result was that her pain was reduced by almost half and she didn’t have to struggle with mouth sores like I did.

tooth painLast week a friend of mine was telling me how her daughter was going through the same thing and I shared some tooth pain relief tips. It got me thinking and I decided to write about it to help others out there who need advice on the issue. So here it is. Popsicles and icy cold drinks are a great way to relieve braces pain after a tightening session. Cold drinks numb the nerve endings around the teeth which makes the pain subside. However, this will only last for a short period of time so keep a supply of popsicles with you for the first couple of days. Flavored dental wax is great for coating your braces so that they don’t rub against the insides of your mouth and cause sores. Another important thing to remember is to eat soft food for a few days as chewing will be painful and food particles will get stuck in the braces. Moreover, a spoon or a fork can cause a lot of pain by just coming in contact with your teeth after a tightening session so be careful when eating food.

Lastly, painkillers can help relieve the pain in the first couple of days but make sure to check with the doctor if its ok to take them.

Home Remedies for Toddler Constipation and Diarrhea

As a parent, part of my experiences is dealing with the various health problems of my children. Some of them are less serious while others require a trip to the hospital. One of the health problems I have encountered has to do with toddler constipation. I also remember having one of my children experience diarrhea which resulted in dehydration. That was one of the worst experiences for me because we had to spend several days in the hospital. Diarrhea in toddlers is also as common as constipation.

Constipation and diarrhea can easily be treated at home. But without proper remedy, the situation can get out of hand and you may need to seek medical attention. To avoid this, as parents you should know how to detect and treat diarrhea and constipation on your small children.

A toddler who is suffering from constipation normally will have a bowel movement of just three times or less in a week. The stool is normally hard, large and dry and is accompanied by difficult and painful bowel movement. Sometimes, there is also blood in the stool. On the other hand, the signs of diarrhea are the exact opposite of constipation. Bowel movement is three or more times per day and the stool is loose and watery. It is also more pale and smelly than usual. Sometimes, it also comes with mild abdominal pain. However, diarrhea may result to dehydration which is a more serious health problem than diarrhea itself.

There are home remedies to both diarrhea and constipation in toddlers:

Constipation

Constipation can be treated without letting your child drink any medication. Just let your child drink more fluid and take in more fibrous foods such as fruits, vegetables, cereals and whole grain products. Limit the intake of fatty foods and foods that are low in fiber because they can cause constipation. Also, encourage regular trips to the comfort room every day and not only when your child has the urge to do so. In worse cases, your doctor may recommend to take some medication to treat the constipation.

Diarrhea

If the symptoms of diarrhea are just mild, no treatment is necessary. All you have to do is make some changes in your child’s drinking and eating habits. Diarrhea is common among toddlers who are on a low fat diet. Toddlers should have about 40 percent fat in their diet. That mean, you have to let them drink whole milk instead of skimmed milk. Include also other dairy products such as cheeses and yogurts. Also, increase your child’s water intake and limit juice consumption.

I can understand if parents will panic when they see their toddler having signs of constipation or diarrhea. That is completely normal because I experienced that myself with my children. It could give parents some relief to know that these problems are just normal among toddlers and children. And if you know their signs and symptoms, you will be able to administer the remedies needed and prevent the condition of your child from getting worse.

 

On the Beach and in Pain

I have regularly done walks along the shores of our local beach, trying to pick up all the trash I can manage to carry. I don’t know why people can’t seem to do simple things, such as putting their waste into their proper places. Maybe because of indifference, maybe because they thought it would not affect them in any manner, or maybe, just plain laziness on their part.

I started doing this thing since I saw a documentary, about the effects of man-made wastes to the oceans and the life in it. I was moved by the images revealed in the hour long shockumentary.  Scenes of deformed turtle shells because they unluckily got stuck on a six-pack wrapper when they were still young, skeletons of gulls full of bottle caps and candy foil wrappers, sea lion flippers stuck on soda cans, and many more heart breaking sights. After watching, I decided, that I’ll do my part in my own little way in helping save the environment. I started picking up trash along the beach.

It has been that way since two months ago, but today was different. As I bent down to pick a discarded soda bottle, my right chest ached. And when I got up, it felt numb inside. I dismissed it, thinking of it as just the result of improper body position when I picked up the trash. I continued my work and several moments passed of it not hurting, then it struck again, this time when I was only standing and doing nothing. I got confused and worried. I tried to remember what I ate or what I did to make me feel this way. I don’t remember getting sick lately, and the last time I was close to getting sick, was last year, during our annual checkup where my GP said I had fatty liver.  I felt nothing then, so I dismissed it and that was the end of it. I know I’m fit today and feeling well. But why am I feeling this way and why only now?

Exercise has been a staple in my everyday routine. Ever since I was young, I have been a fitness enthusiast. Walking about two miles a day, going to the gym, and joining marathons and fun-run’s whenever they were available. I always keep busy wherever I am, moving around constantly, always working up a sweat. Maybe it’s just my mind’s defensive mechanism at work, because you see, I like to eat, and eat a lot, especially junk food and fast food. Maybe I’m just overcompensating for it with all the exercise.

Or maybe, just maybe, it was the large meal I had before going to the beach. I knew it was trouble, midway to the meal, as I wolfed down a large, fatty steak with burger on the side. Coupled with a hefty serving of a bucket of deep fried fries, it was a meal to be reckoned with, and delicious too, if you may ask. It kinda dawned on me and only now do I realize the effect of fat and all that grease to my liver.

Yes, that may be it. And the trouble that I am having now is in the general location of it. So the pain I must have felt, must really be, liver pain. The GP will have a laugh at me with this one and I’ll never hear the end of it. But I’ll make sure to set up an appointment with him later. Hopefully, it will be just my fatty liver and nothing else more serious.

 

What Makes Pomsky a Great Pet

Have you seen a Pomsky before? It can look like a miniature Husky or a stuffed toy Husky. Without a doubt, Pomskies are among the cutest breed of dogs.

One of the dog breeds that are becoming increasingly popular is the Pomsky. Pomsky is a Husky Pomeranian mix. Pomskies are considered to be a designer breed. They are normally a product of parents that are both 50 percent purebred, but it is also common to find Pomsky from multi-generation crosses. Pomskies have distinct characteristics that make them appealing to dog lovers.

If you have not seen a Pomsky before but are interested to own one, it will be helpful to do your own research first and find out some basic information about this breed of dog before deciding to buy or own one.

Appearance. Pomskies are small- to medium-sized dogs and can weigh up to 25 pounds. Their height and coat can greatly vary depending on their parents. Ideally, Pomskies should have an average length with soft and fluffy coat and a full undercoat. Common coat colors are cream, red, brown, black and gray with solid, parti or sable husky marking. Their eyes could be green, brown hazel or amber in color, while bi-eyed Pomskies are also common. Their ears are generally erect with their tail curled over.

Temperament. The temperament of Pomskies are a mixture of their parents. But generally, these dogs are intelligent, outgoing, playful and energetic. While Pomeranians are known as barker and the Huskies are the exact opposite, Pomskies are somewhere in the middle. They are also great for families with children. I have a friend who has two small children. They own a two-year old Pomsky which they allow to play with their children. And they have no problem with it.

Shedding. Pomskies are low shedders, normally blowing their coats during summer. You can help manage shedding with regular brushing.

Exercise. As Pomskies are generally lively dogs, they need plenty of daily exercise. You can let them play in your yard or take them for a daily walk.

Training. How your Pomsky will behave as it matures depends on its training while it is still growing up. It is important to train it to socialize with other pets and members of your household if you like it to fit in.

Cost. In the US, the cost of Pomsky puppies varies by state, availability and breeder. But on the average, they cost between $1,000 and $1,500. Currently, they are considered to be rare breed and that explains their expensive cost.

Pomskies have very likeable appearance and temperament. They have good physical features and their positive temperament makes them an ideal family pet. However, their main drawback is their expensive cost. And since they are rare, it can also be difficult to find a legitimate seller or breeder of Pomskies. If you are really interested to buy one, you could visit the Pomsky Club of America Website which has a list of registered breeders in the US.

Basic Care Tips for Hedgehogs

I know of people who like exotic pets. In fact, I know of a friend who prefers to have spiders rather than a cat or a dog as pet. One of the popular exotic pets that I know of is a hedgehog. I have a relative who owns one. And I have personally seen these animals and they are really tiny and cute.

It is not very difficult to have hedgehog as pets. They are easy to care for and maintain. But if you are really interested in having a hedgehog for a pet, you should know some of the basic care tips for these animals.

1. Set up hedgehog cages before acquiring one

Before buying a hedgehog or acquiring it from other sources, be sure that you already have everything your pet needs, including a cage with toys, food and water bowls and a litter tray. It is important that your pet’s cage receives the right amount of air. Keep it well-ventilated and place it away from direct sunlight. Hedgehogs are good escape artists. And if you want to keep them in a cage, be sure that the cage has no unsecured openings or an open top where they can go out. Also, include a safety zone in the cage which serves as its hiding place from general activities.

2. Feed your pet with the right food

Hedgehogs are insectivores but they may also eat other foods such as meat, fruits and vegetables. Feed your pet with quality food which can give it the nutritional value it needs. Its diet should be low in fat, high in protein and have at least 15 percent fiber. Fatty foods can make your pet overweight or obese.

Avoid feeding your pet with commercial hedgehog foods as most of the brands contain low quality ingredients that will just make your pet fatter. Best foods for hedgehogs include vegetables, fruits, cooked meat, boiled or scrambled egg, mealworms, wax worms, silk works and crickets.

3. Watch out your pet’s weight

It is important to watch your pet’s weight to determine if it is obese. A healthy hedgehog can weigh between 220 to a little more than 1,000 grams. You could also do a visual inspection at least twice a month to see any signs of obesity. An obese hedgehog normally has ham hocks on the legs and a double-chin. You may also find some fats in the armpits. If your pet has signs of obesity, eliminate all treats and avoid feeding fatty foods.

4. Be attentive to your pet’s needs

A hedgehog needs to be caged in a quiet environment and too much noise can be distressing to them. Also, closely monitor your pet’s behavior. Any abnormalities could mean that it is sick or suffering from certain ailments.

I would recommend reading these helpful tips to my friends and other people out there who are interested in raising hedgehogs as pets. These animals have special needs which need special attention by owners.

Unexplained Bruising: Should I be Worried?

Recently, I have encountered a person who has bruises in different parts of his body as if he was beaten by several people. I could just imagine how painful those bruises are especially that I also have experienced having bruises in the past as a result of petty accidents. But when I asked the person, I was surprised to know that he was already used to having those bruises from time to time. And he told me I was not the only one who got curious about them.

Bruising is very common among children. They normally get it when they play or accidentally bump into something. But I am not really aware about unexplained bruising among adults and even children. So I started to research more about unexplained bruising and its possible implications to the overall health of a person.

What causes unexplained bruising(www.unexplainedbruising.net)?

Bruising happens when tiny blood vessels in the skin are ruptured due to contact with a hard object. Once ruptures, blood coming from the ruptured blood vessels will then flow and accumulate under the skin. This accumulation will cause the skin to turn darker in color. And this is what we know as bruises.

There are many factors behind unexplained bruising in adults. If a person is into any sport that involves physical contact such as rugby or softball, bruising is quite common and it oftentimes goes unnoticed by the person who has it. Some people also get bruises during accidents like when a hard object hits a certain part of their body.

One of the least common causes of unexplained bruising is aging. As a person gets old, the blood vessels walls also become weaker and thinner. The fatty tissues that serve as a padding are also slowly disappearing. This makes a person more prone to bruising.

Moreover, unexplained bruising can also be an indication of a serious disease or health disorder. One of them is leukemia. A person with leukemia can have more bruises when he is hit with the same amount force in the same part of the body compared to a person who has no leukemia. This is because of the inability to the blood to coagulate or clot immediately resulting in more blood escaping from their blood vessels, forming a bruise.

Another possible disorder which is more common among children is the lack of vitamins K and C. But this disorder can be remedied by taking in more of these vitamins through supplements.

Should you be worried?

Unexplained bruising is not something you should be worried about if you are physically involved in sports and other activities where you may accidentally hurt some areas of your body, you can read more about it at www.unexplainedbruising.net. But if your bruising just occurred recently without a reason, it would be good to see your doctor immediately so that your health condition can be checked. You cannot let this condition go without a doctor’s attention. Your doctor can properly diagnose your condition and also recommend appropriate treatment.