Sunrise on 1st February
The Harmattan season has brought our family spontaneous nosebleeds, sleepless nights from tickly coughs, fevers and tears, headaches and malaise.
The drop in temperature and humidity, combined with the dust and emissions at this time of year, results in: Increased respiratory infections Aggravation of existing lung conditions such as asthma and COPD Onset of and increased cardiovascular disease Headaches and migraines Increased risk of lung, breast, liver & pancreatic cancer
Some people are more sensitive than others and children are incredibly vulnerable to long-term health consequences of being exposed to air pollution as their bodies develop and grow.
What can you do?
Use an app like Plume Labs to be aware of times when the air quality is particularly poor and limit outdoor activities.
Stay hydrated - trusted information here on how much water children should drink.
Reduce your exposure to other environmental toxins - be conscious of what's in the cleaning products you use at home, personal care products, perfume, air-fresheners & incense.
Invest in an air purifier - I run ours all day in the clinic space and at night in our son's bedroom - reach out to Airpur for more information.
Unfortunately one or two houseplants will not make much impact on air quality, but they are good for the soul and every little helps - we bought ours here.
Thank you for being so understanding and flexible with rescheduling appointments and late replies through this time - I deeply appreciate it. Please don't be shy to remind me if you need a receipt for insurance or a link for more information on something we talked about together!
Thank you also for letting me know and postponing care whenever you are unwell or have been in close contact with someone with Covid-19 - let's keep looking out for each other.
And a huge thank you for all the referrals and recommendations! 💗
More and more evidence is coming out demonstrating that Vitamin D makes a dramatic difference in Covid-19 risk and recovery - a summary here
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We can discuss ways to increase your Vitamin D intake at our next appointment.
In exciting news for 2021 I've been working on developing a Low Back Spinal Stabilisation collaboration with personal trainer Maz. It's been going really well and we're opening up to neck, shoulder, hip and knee stabilisation programmes. ________________________
If this is something that interests you let's talk!
In other news I passed the IBCLC exam! International Board Certification is the gold standard for Lactation Consultants. We have to clock 1000 hours of breastfeeding clinical experience before being able to apply for the credential.
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