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A Common Boy's Congenital Birth Defect

A Common Boy’s Congenital Birth Defect

Any congenital disorder present at the birth of a baby is a birth defect. These defects present at birth may be developmental, physical, or intellectual. There are two main types of birth defects. A structural defect is a problem with a body part’s shape. A functional defect is a problem with how a body’s part works. A birth defect can be both functional and structural.

Now, treatment of birth defects depends on the specific defect. The treatment of a birth defect may be medication, therapy, assistive technology, surgery, or a combination of any of these. Approximately three percent of newborns in the United States are born with birth defects every year. In 2015, there were 628,000 deaths in babies caused by birth defects.

Boys’ Hypospadias Birth Defect

Of 1,000 boys born in the United States every year, five are born with hypospadias, a common birth defect in boys. A baby with the hypospadias birth defect doesn’t have the opening of the urethra at the tip of the penis as it usually is. Instead, the urethra opening is located anywhere between the end of the penis to the scrotum of the penis.

The opening location of the urethra determines a boy’s type of hypospadias. If the urethral opening is located near the penis’s head, the type of hypospadias is “subcoronal.” If the urethral opening is located somewhere along the penis’s shaft, the type of hypospadias is “midshaft.” If the urethral opening is located where the scrotum and penis meet, the type of hypospadias is “penoscrotal”.

Sometimes, boys with hypospadias have a penis that is curved. Boys with the hypospadias birth defect may spray urine abnormally making it necessary for them to sit to urinate. Hypospadias may also cause boys to have a testicle which has not fully gone down into the scrotum. Problems later in life can occur if a boy’s hypospadias is not treated.

The Type of Hypospadias Determines the Treatment

In the mildest form of hypospadias, glandular, a boy’s urethra’s opening is near the head of the penis, but it isn’t at its tip. If this type of hypospadias doesn’t cause the penis to curve during an erection or cause the boy’s urinary stream to be misdirected, it may not need to be corrected with surgery.

Hypospadias repair is usually done when a boy is six months to two years old. The surgery to correct the hypospadias birth … Read more ... “A Common Boy’s Congenital Birth Defect”

Health Is Something That You Can’t Turn Your Back On

Health Is Something That You Can’t Turn Your Back On

Neck pain is no laughing matter. It’s easy to think of it as a rather minor thing at first. When one doesn’t really have much in the way of pain yet it’s an annoyance rather than a real disruption. And to be sure, there is a chance that the pain will go away rather quickly. But often there’s going to be more to the story.

One of the main reasons is that neck pain is a complex issue. It’s not always something that one can easily figure out on his own. And of course, there’s always a chance that’s not the case. That’s why it’s a good idea to begin by considering recent changes to your activities. Or it might even be about how you go about those activities.

Sometimes there might not even be in a change in what’s done on a day to day basis. For example, one might experience pain from carrying a baby. This could be because babies constantly grow. Their weight goes up and suddenly the strain on your spine becomes more severe.

That’s why a good first step should involve simple mindfulness. As the day goes by consider what you’re doing. And consider your overall pain level. If you’re facing neck pain than there’s probably going to be varying levels of it as the day goes on. Now, the type of pain will differ on a person by person basis.

For some people, pain tends to start at a high level and go down as the day moves on. And others will experience the exact opposite. Their pain will start low and ramp up as the day goes by. The differences often point to the underlying issue.

When people start the day out in pain then sleep is usually the culprit. They might have pillows which put too much strain on their neck. Or their mattress might start to sink as weight’s put on it through the night. With more and more pressure applied to the neck every minute. People shouldn’t assume that’s the answer. But it’s a good place to start looking. And if they can’t fix it through those methods than a neck doctor should be their next step.

But those who start out the day with low pain levels will want to put the bulk of their focus on to daily activities. It might not seem that way. But they’re lucky … Read more ... “Health Is Something That You Can’t Turn Your Back On”

Growing Up with a Gluten Intolerance

Growing Up with a Gluten Intolerance

It’s estimated nearly 20 million people suffer from gluten sensitivity, and that number includes children. It is one of the more common allergies, and the most frequent chronic intestinal disease, but health professionals like Pinnacle Health Group say it’s easy for parents to misdiagnose.

What Is Gluten and Why Are We Allergic to It?

Glucoprotein or Gluten is a protein that is indigestible. It accounts for 80 percent of wheat proteins and is used in many food products for its thickening power, as it has a sticky and fibrous texture. Gluten is responsible for the elasticity of flour, which allows, together with the fermentation, the bread to obtain volume as well as the elastic and spongy consistency of baked doughs. Gluten allergies are a response of the body to a substance that cannot be tolerated. The body’s defense mechanism recognizes gluten as strange and dangerous, binds to it, which triggers a rapid and intense reaction.

The Impact of Gluten Allergies on Children

Doctors warn that gluten intolerance is five times higher in children than in adults, and kids are four times more likely to develop other health problems, like hypo and hyperthyroidism. This disease can occur at any age, since children incorporate gluten into their diet from a young age until adulthood. From the intake of gluten until the onset of symptoms usually take between 30 minutes and two hours. Perhaps the most significant sign that indicates that a child is intolerant to gluten are those that have to do with the digestive system:

*swelling of the belly
*nausea and vomiting
*stomach cramps
*constipation and diarrhea

Typically, intolerance is present in children before they reach 5 years of age. Lactose intolerance, nosebleeds or itchy skin are other ways to consider if your child suffers from a gluten allergy. The only treatment today for the allergy is the strict absence of gluten from the diet, and experts say this is challenging because even gluten-free foods show traces of ingredients that could cause harm.

Diagnosing a Gluten Allergy in Kids

The serology for kids with a gluten allergy consists of carrying out a simple blood test. Through this test, the level of antibodies that react against gluten can be measured. Children with this allergy with have high levels of antibodies found in the blood.

Genetic predisposition is one of the most important factors to consider. It is known that a … Read more ... “Growing Up with a Gluten Intolerance”

When to Become Concerned Regarding Shoulder Pain with Popping

When to Become Concerned Regarding Shoulder Pain with Popping

Humans use their arms for a multitude of tasks every day. Most of the time, people are unaware of their shoulder activity unless something changes or causes discomfort in this area. As we age, our muscles, bones, tendons and ligaments tend to lose mobility and strength. Over time, repetitive shoulder motions might accelerate this declining process resulting in strange noises when the shoulder is moved. These noises can include popping sounds. In reality, this type of shoulder noise is fairly common especially in individuals that are older. A person that uses their shoulders repeatedly like in sports often note these symptoms for a variety of reasons.

While unusual noises seeming to come from the shoulder joint are often not serious, there are times that individuals should become concerned. In these situations, it is recommended that the individual contact their medical doctor. There are some easy ways that individuals can help assess and determine if their shoulder issue needs treatment. If the popping sound is not accompanied by pain, it could be a harmless occurrence. However, if there is significant pain and/or discomfort when this clicking sound is heard, it might be cause for concern. Rate any discomfort on a 1 to 10 scale to assess pain severity and to assess whether pain lessens or worsens.

Try to recall if these shoulder symptoms began after a bump, jostle or injury to the area. It doesn’t have to be a huge assault. Another thing to determine is to assess whether there is shoulder pain and popping when lifting arm. This could indicate a rotator cuff injury that requires treatment. This type of injury can occur gradually as the shoulder muscles, attached tendons and ligaments and joint/bones are stressed or overused. These structures are what helps keep your shoulder held into its proper place inside the encapsulated joint. There are some other criteria that can further determine if a rotator cuff injury has occurred.

Most patients will feel a strange weakness as they move their shoulder. This occurs if those supportive structures sustain an injury that allows the ball and socket portions of the shoulder joint to move or “pop” out of place. This injury can occur on the bone, within the joint capsule, along the muscle edges and may affect the area’s tendons and ligaments. This can cause pain and limit the rotation of the shoulder. Often, individuals will have developed … Read more ... “When to Become Concerned Regarding Shoulder Pain with Popping”

Taking Care of Your Health This Season

Taking Care of Your Health This Season

As the season changes, you may start to think about all of the new things that you will need to do in the upcoming months. Not only are there a number of important holidays on the horizon, but you also need to think about any kids that you may have in school, new work projects that start in the fall, and the weather changes that may wreak havoc on your body. For all of these reasons and more, it is very important that you take the time this season to take good care of yourself.

Fortunately, with a little bit of planning and some effort, you can make sure that you’re in good shape no matter what life hits you with. First, consider any medical needs that you have. Get a checkup and talk to your doctor. If you’re taking any prescription medications, make sure that you keep them up-to-date and take them as they are prescribed. Similarly, now is the time to look into alternative treatments for vexing problems. Look for proven treatments like cannabis to help you deal with pain, anxiety, or inflammation. A local provider like a marijuana dispensary in chicago can help you to find the treatments that will help you get back on your feet and working at your best level.

Once your medical care is in good shape, take the time to factor relaxation into your daily routine. Hopefully, you are already eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly. If you are not, talk to a nutritionist or coach to help you get those all in order.

Then, set aside time every day to work on your inner self. Meditate regularly for more piece of mind. You can use one of the many apps that are available to help you get started if you haven’t meditated before. Take the time to take care of yourself now so that you can get through this season and get ready for the approaching holidays. You deserve to be healthy all year round!… Read more ... “Taking Care of Your Health This Season”

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