Ayla Hotel, Al Ain UAE : My personal Review

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I first came to U.A.E. last June to process my professional license before I can finally start working. The facility which hired me provided me with a very comfortable accommodation. I stayed in Ayla Hotel in Al Ain, U.A.E. I have to say my stay was very pleasant and so I decided to write a review of Ayla Hotel for people who plans to visit U.A.E anytime soon, either for business or pleasure.

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Sweet and Spicy Chicken – Stir Fry Recipe

sweet and spicy chicken recipe I was so busy and I have not been able to post lately. But now  I decided to give my blog some love it deserves and post a recipe you will surely adore — Stir fry sweet and spicy chicken! When it comes to food flavor mishmash, the combination of sweet and chili is always on top of my list.

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Does your Child Have Language Delay?: Types of Language Disorder

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Worried about language delay?

Speech and language development is a crucial and important milestone in a child.I am often asked by most of my patient’s moms, when their baby or their toddler will start talking. Does her child have language delay? I would always say that while it is normal for a 2 year old toddler to be able to talk in 2-3 word phrases and communicate his or her needs clearly through language, you do not need to fret if your 2 year old still cannot connect 3 words to form a phrase. Speech and language development is very complex and there is actually no hard and fast rule on when a child can actually fully develop this ability. [Read more…]

New Baby, Sleepless Mommy : How to Make Babies Sleep More at Night

Babies are bundles of joy, they bring delight and thrill to every family. But it does not really matter if this is your first time or your third little one, because you will always find it really tough handling a newborn baby especially when it comes to adjusting to the rigors of staying practically the whole night to keep up with your newborn, who more often than not, prefer to sleep during daytime and sleeps less at night. [Read more…]

What Is Colic?

what is colicWhat We Need To Know About Colic

I know as a mother myself, how agonizing it is to see and hear my baby crying non-stop, where no amount of rocking or nursing can make him stop. This scenario would often leaves us distressed and after a few minutes, more often than not, you see yourself bringing your infant in the emergency room out of desperation. You know that your baby is in pain and there is nothing you can do to give him relief.First and foremost, why do babies cry? [Read more…]

Constipation in Children : Treatment of Constipation

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Constipation in children is another distressing but very common problem encountered by parents

What is Constipation?

Constipation is defined as difficulty in the passage of stool that has been present for more than 2 weeks. Constipation is a common concern in the pediatric age group, both infants and older children.

There are 2 types of constipation in children. “Functional constipation” is the type where in a child voluntarily withholds the passage of stool. Holding back of fecal matter is usually caused the child’s fear of pain. [Read more…]

Temper Tantrums : Learn How to Deal with It

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Does your child have frequent temper tantrums?

Temper tantrums are normal part in the development of any child. How to control a child’s tantrum is often very challenging for the parents. Parents most often blame themselves and think that they have ineffective parenting skills when confronted on how to control their child’s tantrums. Temper tantrums depends on the child’s personality and triggering factors may vary. [Read more…]

When My Son Became the Patient : My Worst Nightmare

my babyHave you ever been scared in your life that you can actually see your hand shaking in front of you? Have you been so terrified that you can hear your own heart beating so loud and fast? Well, it happened to me about 3 years ago, when my son was only 2 months old. I delivered him full term, my prenatal history was pretty insignificant and unremarkable. We were discharged from the hospital on the third day and he was doing fine. He brought so much joy to everybody in the family. [Read more…]

The Common Cold Symptoms and Remedy

common cold symptomsA common cold is considered to be one of the most frequent health problems that every parent encounters. As common and simple as it is, it does not prevent any parent to fret whenever their baby or their child is affected. It is a self limiting viral infection of the upper respiratory system that is often caused by rhinoviruses and coronaviruses. It is a type of pharyngitis or inflammation of the throat caused by a virus.

The common cold is one of the most common upper respiratory tract infections in the world.

An average child contracts more than 5 infections in a year. The common cold, together with other respiratory tract infection like influenza is diagnosed collectively as “influenza like illness”.

What are the common cold symptoms?
A common cold usually presents as nasal congestion, sneezing, runny nose, or even cough. It is often a mild illness which doesn’t keep a child from doing all his usual activity but there are times when a child with a common cold will have fever, headache and somebody pains. This is the point where the presentation overlaps with what we diagnosed as influenza, which is obviously more debilitating.

How do you get infected with common cold?

The common cold infection is transmitted through air, mainly by coming in to contact with the saliva or nasal secretions of someone who is infected. Any healthy person will get the illness when he breathes through the virus filled air caused by sneezing or coughing of an infected person. The main point of entry is the nose but anyone can also get infected if he gets in contact with a contaminated surface and then transmits the infection when he rubs his eyes or puts his hand on his mouth.

Prevention
The viruses that causes the common cold continues to evolve and mutate, this is one reason why it is quite difficult to gain immunity from this illness and why there is no vaccine available up to date. Although this illness can be easily transmitted, there are several ways on how to prevent your child from suffering from this disease. 

  • Always ask your child to wash his hands with soap and water – since a common cold is a droplet born infection, it is very easy for it to be transmitted every time a child rubs his eyes or puts his hands on his mouth. The use of commercially prepared hand sanitizers was proven to provide very little protection in the prevention of colds especially among children. 
  • Stay away from adults or other children who are infected with a common cold – even a very brief contact with an infected person can cause the infection to be transmitted thus, it is better to let your child stay away from any person who is suffering from the illness. 
  • Get proper amount of sleep – studies have shown that a person who sleeps less than 8 hours a day has three times more likely to develop the illness when exposed to the virus. 
  • Make your child’s immune system stronger by giving him proper food and nutrients. 

What is the treatment and management of common cold?

A common cold is generally a mild and self limiting disease. There is no medicine that has proven to shorten the course of a common cold.

Born too Soon : Causes of Preterm Delivery

         

  It is very heartbreaking for any mother to have a baby that is born prematurely. As a doctor, I feel for these mothers.
 Infants that are born before 37 weeks from first day of the last menstrual period are called premature as defined by the WHO. Parents who have premature babies are often left wondering why their baby was born too soon.  The most common causes of premature delivery are listed below.



The causes of prematurity or premature birth are multifactorial and this involves an intricate interaction between maternal and fetal factors.

  • Fetal distress – there are several reasons why fetus inside the uterus goes into distress and maternal factors is the most common reason. Since the baby is in distress, heart rate going down or movement inside the womb is not good, then the doctor has no choice but to deliver the baby prematurely than to lose the baby inside the uterus.
  • Multiple gestation – multiple gestation of twin pregnancy rarely goes to term. Most of these pregnancies should be terminated a little bit early because both babies do not have adequate space to grow inside the uterus anymore.
  • Placental factors – one of the most common causes of premature delivery is the interference of the function of the placenta. Abruptio placenta or premature separation of the placenta is one.
  • Uterine factors – irregular uterine shape hinders the proper growth of the infant inside the womb. There are also women who are very prone to premature dilatation of the cervix which causes the mother to have premature labor because the uterus can no longer hold the baby inside.
  • Maternal illness – a pre-existing maternal disease like chronic heart disease or an infection like urinary tract infection is one of the most common cause of preterm delivery.
  • Fetal genetic disorder – a fetus that has a genetic disorder are at risked to be born prematurely. For babies who are born prematurely, a screening for several genetic disorders should be carried out as soon as possible.

How can premature delivery be prevented?

      It is well known that causes of premature delivery are interplay of both maternal and fetal factors.  It is very difficult to predict the risk of preterm delivery without proper prenatal care. To avoid premature delivery, it is always advisable to have a regular and proper prenatal check up with a doctor or any health care provider. In this way, possible causes of early labor can be prevented or treated as soon as possible.

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