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Friday, June 27, 2014
About Rotavirus Vaccination, " Protect your Baby from Diarrhoeal Diseases through Rotavirus Vaccination"
An oral vaccine against rotavirus infection, a common cause of diarrhoea and sickness, is given as two doses for babies aged 2 months and 3 months alongside their other routine childhood vaccinations.
The vaccine, called Rotarix, is given as a liquid from a dropper straight into the baby’s mouth for them to swallow.
Rotavirus is a highly infectious stomach bug that typically strikes babies and young children, causing an unpleasant bout of diarrhoea, sometimes with vomiting, tummy ache and fever. Most children recover at home within a few days, but nearly one in five will need to see their doctor, and one in 10 of these end up in hospital as a result of complications such as extreme dehydration. A very small number of children die from rotavirus infection each year.
Since its introduction into the vaccination programme, the rotavirus vaccine has prevented more than 70% of cases.
Which babies can have the rotavirus vaccination?
Rotavirus vaccination is available routinely as part of the childhood vaccination programme for babies aged 2 months and 3 months.
How does the rotavirus vaccine work?
Some of the rotavirus is in the vaccine and this helps your baby build up immunity so that the next time they come into contact with rotavirus they will not get the disease. The rotavirus in the vaccine is weakened, so your baby won’t get rotavirus disease just from having the vaccination.
How safe is the rotavirus vaccine?
There is lots of evidence showing that rotavirus vaccine is safe. Rotarix has been extensively used in many countries including Belgium, Finland, Austria and Canada for four to five years, and no safety concerns have been raised.
What are the side effects of the rotavirus vaccine?
The vast majority of babies won’t have any problems at all after having their rotavirus vaccination although some babies who have the vaccine may become restless and irritable, and some may develop mild diarrhoea.
It is possible for a baby to get rotavirus infection after being vaccinated – but it's usually milder than it would have been if they hadn’t been vaccinated. They can also get a positive rotavirus test after being vaccinated but this does not usually last for very long – your doctor will not be able to tell whether the positive test is due to the vaccine or the natural infection.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Magnesium has long been praised for its healing properties. Use it as a natural pain-killer and find it to be far more effective than any store-bought drug.
There are several ways in which Magnesium can benefit you. By simply taking one capsule a day you’ll find yourself sleeping better, feeling more hydrated, and more relaxed.
Many people believe they can get more than enough of this mineral from their food, without the need for supplements, but remember that even soil can be depleted of vital minerals such as Magnesium. Even if your food did provide you with enough of this mineral, it can escape your body if you consume substances such as alcohol, coffee or black tea to name but a few.
There are several reasons you should increase your Magnesium intake. Here are just a few of those reasons.
Better sleep: Magnesium relaxes the body, the muscles and nervous system while also regulating the hormone, melatonin, which is essential for sleep. It also balances and controls the stress hormones that can lead to insomnia. Before sleeping is the best time to take Magnesium.
Hydration: Magnesium, along with minerals such as Calcium, Potassium and Sodium is an electrolyte, which is essential for proper hydration of the body.
Relaxation: It calms and relaxes the body by promoting the production of Serotonin, the happy hormone which will boost your mood.
Pain-relief: It relaxes the muscles, relieving cramps and other pains, and loosening tight muscles. A Magnesium deficiency can result in the build-up of lactic acid, which causes pain and tightness, as opposed to the greater flexibility achieved with a healthy Magnesium intake. Furthermore, Magnesium is an excellent way to relieve the stomach cramps and headaches that come with period pain.
Muscle-building: Magnesium allows the body to produce more of the Insulin-like Growth Factor (IGF-1), which contributes to the growth and strength of the muscles. The cell’s energy store, Adenosine Tri-Phosphate (ATP) is also created using Magnesium.
There are several other benefits to Magnesium. It helps to strengthen bones and teeth; it alkalises the body and balances pH; it relieves constipation and can even prevent strokes and heart disease. The benefits of this one mineral are endless. Just one Magnesium tablet a day can provide all of the above benefits and more. I better start taking mine a bit more often.