Tips for choosing the perfect baby carrier for your little one.
Mar 06, 2014 | Dr. Mélissa Desrosiers
What should I look for in a baby carrier?
1. Carry your baby facing you
The flexed position a baby assumes on his mother’s chest is more efficient at conserving heat than chest exposed. It also supports the head and the neck properly avoiding airways obstruction. The positional asphyxia is possible when babies have no neck control and their chin falls toward their chests.
2. Choose a carrier that supports the hips
Choosing an ergonomic carrier that supports the legs is important for healthy hip development. Your baby’s leg should be pulled up to at least hip level if not higher. This is possible only if the fabric in a baby carrier covers the whole back of the tigh, to the backside of the knee. If not, the baby’s legs are simply dangling, his spine and hips are unsupported to and
there is simply nowhere for baby to sit.
Dr. Desrosiers graduated from the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières in 2013. She is an active member of the College of Chiropractors of Ontario and the Canadian Chiropractic Association. Originally from Quebec, she chose to settle in Rockland, to offer family chiropractic care.
Dr. Desrosiers has extensive specialized training. She is certified in Graston technique®, Kinesiotaping® and Thompson Technique®. Since March 2012, Dr. Desrosiers has been studying Functional Neurology through the Carrick Institute for Graduate Studies. In January 2014, she will embark on three years’ training in Obstetrics and Pediatrics with the International Chiropractic Association (ICA). http://www.rfchiro.ca/
Feb 27, 2014
Bye bye soother
Helping your child give up the pacifier.
Feb 27, 2014 | Dr. Phoebe Tsang
Can prolonged soother use really affect my child's teeth?
Sucking fingers, thumbs and pacifier is a very normal behavior for babies and young children. Most children stop this habit on their own between age 2 to 4. However, prolonged finger/pacifier habit can make your children’s upper teeth tip forward and change the way their jaws grow. Your children may benefit from parents’ and pediatric dentists’ help to stop the habit.
Dr. Tsang is a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada (F.R.C.D.) in Pediatric Dentistry and a licensed Certified Specialist in Pediatric Dentistry in BC. The Royal College of Dentists of Canada is an organization which ensures high standards of specialization in the dental profession and recognizes properly trained dental specialists through comprehensive qualifying exams.
Outside of the office, Dr. Tsang is a clinical assistant professor of Faculty of Dentistry who is actively engaged in teaching dental students at the University of British Columbia and general practice residents at Vancouver General Hospital and British Columbia's Children's Hospital. www.childrensoralcare.ca
Feb 20, 2014
Help for chronic yeast
With incidences on the rise, is there a natural way to treat yeast infections?
Feb 20, 2014 | Dr. Kandis Lock
I have chronic, recurring yeast infections. I can't seem to find any medication that works. What can I do?
Chronic yeast infections are becoming more common as yeast strains are becoming resistant to prescription anti-fungal medications. The most important thing to note is that both you and your partner should be treated for yeast infections. If you are being treated alone, your partner can carry yeast asymptomatically and pass it back to you. You can treat chronic yeast infections successfully by enhancing your immune system so your body can fight off the pesky organisms on its own, restoring normal flora and using some natural anti-fungals.
To treat a local problem such as a yeast infection you will want to consider what you are eating. A diet that is low in refined sugars and carbohydrates is key. Unhealthy and processed sugary foods will decrease the immune system and allow the yeast to flourish. A whole foods based diet with vegetables, lean proteins and good quality fats will serve you well.
There are many immune boosters out there that will also help. Both garlic and goldenseal can stimulate your immune system in a positive way to help your body fight off the yeast. Both can be taken orally or inserted vaginally.
Having the right microflora in your gut and in your genito-urinary tract is also important. Taking a good probiotic (L. acidophilus) both orally and finding vaginal suppositories will return your body’s flora to a normal state and reduce overgrowth of the yeast.
To treat locally and naturally there are a number of good products that can be helpful. Boric acid suppositories are great to relieve chronic infections. Both you and your partner should consider trying the boric acid. Most compounding pharmacies will carry this product behind the counter. Tea tree oil or other herbal mixes are also available and can be useful in treating a chronic yeast infection. But remember, all of the above should be used with the guidance of a health care provider.
Dr. Kandis Lock, ND is a graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. She is passionate about helping her patients achieve wellness. She looks to form a partnership with each patient and make sure they take an active role in their own health. She educates each patient on healthy living and healthy choices and discusses the importance of finding root cause of disease. The goal is always to figure out the cause of symptoms vs. suppression of symptoms.
Dr. Kandis is able to help patients with many conditions including allergies and asthma, digestive upset (IBD, IBS), anxiety and depression, chronic diseases and cancer care, and more. She uses nutrition, lifestyle counseling, acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, herbal remedies and homeopathics to help each patient achieve a balanced life.
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Feb 13, 2014
Learn how meditation can benefit you.
Feb 13, 2014 | Theresa Ryde
What are the advantages of taking a meditation class?
As we get older it becomes common for us to forget to breathe. I know this sounds strange, but it's true! If you look at a child under the age of 5, you can see their belly going up and down as they breathe. When we get older, we have more responsibility and this adds stress and anxiety to our everyday lives. This causes most of us to stop breathing as our bodies are naturally supposed to.
Our bodies NEED air to function properly. When we don't breathe to our full capacity there are parts of our body that miss out on oxygen. The majority of our body is controlled by our nervous system. If our nervous system is not getting enough oxygen we start to get nervous and have anxiety, or we have a hard time thinking clearly and are easily distracted.
With yoga as well as meditation, it teaches you to breathe again, just like you did when you were younger. This allows the oxygen to get where it needs to go. Our bodies are amazing things; it does a million things all day long for us to lead our everyday life. It's about just re-training ourselves to breathe and our bodies will take care of the rest. You will feel better, have more energy and truly enjoy your life.
Breathing with meditation helps clear your mind from all the clutter that we fill it with all day long. We carry all these thoughts and insecurities with use and this is a way for us to let go or release them and find calm and peace within.
After 12 years of being in the rat race of the fashion industry Theresa Ryde was looking for something to calm her mind body and soul and she found it in yoga. She got addicted to going to class after class and found the medition so enlightening that she wanted to learn more in depth. She took her 200 hr Anasara yoga at Kula yoga in Burlington. She has a passion about the history of yoga and the path of the journey. Theresa also loves to cook, and is always coming across new recipes that are both delicious and nutritious.