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First pt of a 3 pt review of Infant Formula considers cows milk based vs soy based formulas

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Infant Formula (Part 1)   Infant formula is a type of milk that is specifically formulated for infants aged 0-12 months. There are various types of infant formula available, including cow's milk-based, soy-based, and hypoallergenic formulas. While breastfeeding is best as discussed in my recent article on breastfeeding, formulas are often needed as substitute for breast milk. Each of these formulas has its own set of advantages and disadvantages, and parents should work with their healthcare provider to determine which type of formula is best for their baby.   Cow's milk-based formulas are the most commonly used formulas and are...

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Final part of our Breastfeeding review considers difficulties new mothers encounter

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Breastfeeding Part 2   The main difficulties new mothers have with breastfeeding (Continued)   Mastitis: Mastitis is a breast infection that is characterised by inflammation of the breast, often caused by a blocked milk duct. It is not uncommon for breastfeeding mothers, particularly during the first few weeks postpartum. Mastitis symptoms include pain, swelling, and tenderness. The condition can be treated with antibiotics, but if left untreated can lead to abscesses or chronic inflammation.   Breastfeeding with inverted or flat nipples: For mothers with inverted or flat nipples, breastfeeding can be an additional challenge. Inverted or flat nipples make it...

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First of two parts discussing Breastfeeding

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Breastfeeding Part 1   Breastfeeding is the recommended method of infant feeding and has numerous benefits for both the mother and baby. Breast milk contains a perfect balance of nutrients that are easily digestible and provide optimal nutrition for infants. Breast milk also contains antibodies that help protect infants from infections and illnesses.   Breastfed infants have a lower risk of developing respiratory infections, diarrhoea, ear infections, and other illnesses compared to formula-fed infants. Breastfeeding may also be protective against obesity, type 1 diabetes, and other chronic conditions later in life. Additionally, breastfeeding promotes bonding between mother and baby and...

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Multiple benefits offered to diabetics by the Dexcom G7, a continuous glucose monitoring system

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Dexcom G7, a continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) system For diabetics   Dexcom G7, a continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) system, offers several advantages over traditional single-use test strips for individuals managing diabetes. This advanced technology provides real-time insights into glucose levels, enhancing the overall management of diabetes.   Advantages   Continuous Monitoring    Dexcom G7 offers continuous, real-time glucose monitoring, eliminating the need for frequent fingerstick tests with single-use test strips. This continuous data stream provides a comprehensive view of glucose trends, helping users make timely and informed decisions about their diabetes management.   Reduced Invasiveness    Unlike single-use test strips...

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Top 10 care tips for using and maintaining your catheter

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Catheters: Top 10 Care Tips   Catheters are thin, flexible tubes used in medical settings to insert into body cavities, ducts, or vessels. Commonly made of rubber, plastic, or silicone, catheters serve various purposes, such as draining urine from the bladder, delivering medications, or measuring blood pressure. They are crucial in medical procedures, providing access for treatments while minimising invasive interventions. Despite their utility, catheters pose infection risks, requiring proper hygiene during insertion and maintenance. Healthcare professionals carefully choose catheter types based on specific patient needs, ensuring effective and safe use in diverse medical scenarios.   Care tips Proper hygiene:...

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