Archive for March 2011

How do you know when it is time for your baby to make the transition from breast milk or formula to solid foods? Does your baby suddenly seem interested in what you are eating? Does your baby open their mouth if you offer a spoon? It might be time to start introducing solid foods into your baby’s diet.

Only newborns solely need a diet of breast milk or formula, but within four to six months your baby will develop the coordination to move solid food from the front of the mouth to the back for swallowing. Most infants around four to six months are ready to eat solid foods along side breast milk or formula. If you are unsure ask yourself if your baby can hold his or her head in a steady, upright position or sit with support? If so, it is time to start introducing solid foods.

You shouldn’t take your baby off of milk completely. Instead introduce solid foods along side breast milk or formula. Most parents begin with baby cereal, starting with it very runny and eventually thicken consistency. Once your baby has mastered cereal, gradually introduce pureed meat, vegetables, and fruits.

By the age of 8 to 10 months most infants can handle small portions of finely chopped finger foods, such as soft fruits, pasta, and cheese. There are some foods to stay away from. You shouldn’t offer your baby cow’s milk, citrus, honey, or corn syrup before the age of one. Cow’s milk isn’t a good source of iron and can lead to iron deficiency (Anemia.) Also be aware of food that can pose as a choking hazard.

Enjoy your baby’s sticky face and hands. You are helping your child to build a healthy foundation of lifetime eating.

Not many of us experience panic attacks, but for the few of us that do experience them, they can be frightening. A panic attack is defined as a sudden, intense fear or anxiety that may make you short of breath, dizzy, or make your heart pound. Some people have them so severely that they believe they are having a heart attack or are about to die.

CAUSES

Experts cannot pinpoint what causes panic attacks or panic disorder. They do know that your body has a natural response when you are stressed or in danger. This is called the flight-or-fight response. It gets your body ready to either deal with or run from the danger. When a panic attack occurs, this response triggers when there is no danger.

Panic attacks can be brought on by:

  • A health problem such as an overactive thyroid or heart problems.
  • Depression or mood disorder.
  • Alcohol abuse.
  • Using too much nicotine or caffeine.
  • Certain medications.
  • Living in high levels of stress for long periods of time.

 

SYMPTOMS

Some include:

  • A feeling of intense fear, terror, or anxiety.
  • Trouble breathing.
  • Chest pain or tightness.
  • Irregular heartbeat.
  • Sweating.
  • Nausea or upset stomach.
  • Dizziness.
  • Numbness.

 

When someone has a panic disorder they have repeated attacks and change their daily activities to avoid triggering another panic attack.  Treatments for attacks and panic disorder include counseling and medicine. Treatment can help to control and sometimes even stop the attacks. There is a chance the symptoms can come back, especially if treatment is stopped to soon.