Health related information
In this section, we hope to collect all the health related information which affect families, parents both the woman and the man’s health including Prostate health, kids and teens, family health insurance and getting a health insurance quote. We are starting off with some general health information and links to help you find the information you need in the shortest time possible.
Health – Old Wives Tales
Before we give you real health information, these are some of the old wives tales which have survived the test of time. Some old wives’ tales are true, most are harmless – and at least one described here is dangerous.
If the fetal heart rate is under 140 beats per minute (BPM), it’s a boy.
False. A baby girl’s heart rate is usually faster than a boy’s, but only after the onset of labor. There’s no difference between fetal heart rates for boys and girls, but the rate does vary with the age of the fetus. By approximately the fifth week of pregnancy, the fetal heart rate is near the mother’s – around 80 to 85 BPM. It continues to accelerate until early in the ninth week, when it reaches 170 to 200 BPM and then decelerates to an average of 120 to 160 BPM by the middle of the pregnancy. Normal fetal heart rate during labor ranges from 120 to 160 BPM for boys and girls.
Extra weight out front means a girl; weight around the hips and bottom
indicates a boy.
False. If a woman has a short torso, there’s no place for the baby to grow but out. A long torso may mean roomier accommodations for a baby, making it less likely for a woman’s pregnant belly to bulge outward. And a wide belly may just mean that the baby is sideways.
If a woman’s carrying low, it’s a boy; if a woman’s carrying high, it’s a girl.
False. If a woman’s carrying high, this may be her first pregnancy or her body’s in good shape. Stomach muscles have a tendency to become more elastic with each pregnancy, so a belly that’s seen more than one pregnancy
may hang a little low.
Dark nipples indicate a boy.
False. This color change has nothing to do with the sex of the child – an increase in progesterone (a steroid hormone secreted by the placenta and ovaries) and the melanocyte-stimulating hormone (which regulates skin pigmentation) causes dark areas of the body to become more pronounced in most pregnant women. Nipples, birthmarks, moles, or beauty marks may appear darker during pregnancy. A dark line also may appear down the middle of the belly. Called the linea nigra (black line), it runs from above the navel to the pubic area. Darkened areas usually
fade soon after childbirth. See Health and Beauty for more information.
Babies and Toddlers
Wearing child shoes will help a baby learn to walk sooner.
False. Just the opposite is true in this case. Keeping a baby barefoot can help strengthen his or her foot muscles and help the child learn to walk earlier. Once a toddler is walking, though, he or she needs comfortable shoes that fit well – they shouldn’t be rigid. Shoes should conform to the shape of a child’s feet and provide a little extra room for growth.
An infant walker will help a baby learn to walk sooner.
False. Babies who spend their active hours in walkers may learn to sit, crawl, and walk later than children who have to learn these skills on their own if they want to get around. Sitting in an infant walker, with its wide tray and small leg openings, blocks the visual feedback so importantto a baby learning about muscle coordination. More significantly, baby walkers are dangerous. Nearly 14,000 injuries are treated in emergency rooms every year as a result of walkers. And thirty-four children have died since 1973 because of baby walkers. Stairway falls in walkers can be especially severe. In a policy statement, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommended a ban on the manufacture and sale of mobile infant walkers in the United States.
Foods and Drinks
Feed a cold, starve a fever.
False. Both high fevers and colds can cause fluid loss. Drinking plenty of liquids such as water, fruit juice, and vegetable juice can help prevent dehydration. And with both fevers and colds, it’s fine to eat regular meals – missing nutrients may only make a person sicker.
Coffee stunts your growth.
False. Coffee won’t affect a child’s growth, but too much caffeine doesn’t belong in a child’s diet. Excess caffeine can prevent the absorption of calcium and other nutrients.
Fish is brain food.
True. Fish is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids that have been found to be very important for brain function. Certain fish, however, have significant levels of mercury. Therefore, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), suggests that pregnant women and women of child bearing age decrease their exposure to mercury by either avoiding eating swordfish, shark, and tuna, or limiting their consumption to these fish to once per month.
Chocolate causes acne.
True … and false. Studies show that no specific food has been proven to cause acne. However, some people may notice their breakouts are worse after eating certain foods – and these foods are different depending on the person. For example, some people may notice breakouts after eating chocolate, while others are fine with chocolate but notice they get breakouts after drinking too much coffee. If that’s the case for your child, it may help to have him or her cut back on that food and see if it makes a difference.
Health and Medical Conditions
If you go outside with wet hair, you’ll catch a cold.
False. Cold weather, wet hair, and chills don’t cause colds. Viruses do. People tend to catch colds more often in the winter because these viruses are spread more easily indoors, where there may be more contact with dry air and people with colds. Dry air – indoors or out – can lower a person’s resistance to infections.
Too much TV is bad for your eyes.
False. Watching television won’t hurt your eyes (no matter how close to the TV you sit), although too much TV can be a bad idea for kids. Research shows that children who consistently spend more than 10 hours a week watching TV are more likely to be overweight, aggressive, and slower to learn in school.
Thumb sucking causes buck teeth.
True … and false. Thumb sucking often begins before birth and generally continues until age 5. If a child stops around the ages of 4 to 5, no harm will be done to his or her jaws and teeth. However, parents should discourage thumb sucking after the age of 4, when the gums, jaw, and permanent teeth begin their most significant growth. It is, therefore, after this age that there is a possibility that thumb, finger, or pacifier sucking will contribute to buck teeth. View our Health care section or womens health section for more useful health information and child obesity for more info on the growing problem of obesity among children.