Early Warning Signs Of Autism In Your Child


Autism is a neurodevelopmental spectrum disorder whose symptoms range from mild to severe. It can affect anyone regardless of socioeconomic stature, ethnicity, and age. Nevertheless, males are more likely (up to four times) to develop autism than females. Here is some more information on the early warning signs of autism:

Early Warning Signs of Autism

An autistic child may exhibit some or all of the following symptoms:

• Avoiding eye contact
• Minimal or no social interaction
• Failure to respond to his/her own name though not deaf
• Obsessive interests
• Rocking body or spinning in circles
• Minimal or no danger awareness
• Lack of empathy
• Repetitive use of words and phrases
• Tendency to be alone most of the time
• Responding to questions with unrelated answers
• Easily upset by minor changes
• Lack of interest in “pretend games”
• Oversensitivity to external stimuli related to smell, taste, feel, look, and sound.

Other common symptoms include:

• Hyperactivity
• Regular meltdowns
• Unusual behaviors or interests
• Aggression
• Unusual sleep habits
• Short attention spans
• Self-injury tendencies
• Impulsiveness
• Extreme phobias and anxiety

Autism Diagnosis

Diagnosing autism in children is not easy because most appear normal up to two years of age. However, medical experts have come up with ways of identifying autism in toddlers. A good example is the Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers, Revised with Follow-Up (M-CHAT-R/F), which is a risk assessment tool parents can use to diagnose ASD in children 16 to 30 months of age.
In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) urges all parents to ensure their children undergo ASD screening anywhere from 18 to 24 months of age. You can do so by submitting a request for free developmental screening to your State Department of Health.

An Overview of Developmental Screening

In simple words, developmental screening is a short test administered to a child to determine the level of his/her basic learning skills. Screening should occur at 9, 18 and 24 to 30 months of age.

Comprehensive Diagnostic Evaluation

Children who show signs of ASD thorough comprehensive diagnostic evaluation that may include neurological, medical and should undergo genetic testing to determine precisely where the symptoms lie on the autism spectrum disorder. Additionally, parents of such children should have a good grasp of autism signs such as social awkwardness, hyperactivity, and lack of empathy is necessary. In cases where children show autism signs, comprehensive diagnostic evaluation is highly recommended.

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Early Warning Symptoms Of Kidney Disease

537017969Kidney disease is a serious medical condition. Some people have chronic kidney disease or CKD. If left untreated, the symptoms progress and lead to kidney failure. However, most people with chronic kidney disease never have kidney failure. The early warning symptoms of kidney disease are usually subtle and mimic the signs of other diseases. The best thing you can do for your health is to notice any changes in your body.

Changes in Urination

Kidney disease can manifest in a change in urination habits. The kidneys produce urine that ends up in the bladder. If you find yourself urinating more frequently or less frequently, or if the urine output is larger or smaller although you’re drinking the same amounts of fluids, this could be cause for concern. Other signs of kidney disease are blood in the urine, urine that is bubbly, or pain when urinating.

Anemia and Shortness of Breath

The kidneys produce a hormone that helps to make red blood cells. With kidney disease, the body has fewer red blood cells and this condition is called anemia. Anemia causes shortness of breath. With kidney disease, excess fluid in the body builds up in the lungs making it difficult to catch your breath. The excess fluid also leads to swelling of the feet, ankles, legs, hands and face. Anemia also causes fatigue and feeling cold even in hot weather. With anemia, there are not even oxygen-rich blood cells getting to the brain so you may experience dizziness.

Toxic Build Up

The kidneys are a filtering system that removes wastes and toxins from the body. If the kidneys aren’t functioning properly, then wastes build up inside the body. When the blood has too many wastes, you may notice a metallic taste in your mouth or bad breath. You may also notice that food tastes differently. A large accumulation of wastes and toxins in the body can cause nausea and vomiting. It may be difficult to eat or keep food down. With a loss of appetite, you lose weight without trying. Another sign of toxic build up is itching all over the body and/or skin rashes.

If you have some or most of these symptoms of kidney disease, it could be signs of kidney disease.

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Foods And Items To Avoid If You Are Allergic To Latex

475438510By definition, latex is a milky fluid derived from rubber trees and is used to make various latex products. Certain foods also contain the same protein and can cause cross-reactions in individuals who have latex allergies. Dealing with cross-reactive foods is tricky; you may be fine the first day you eat the food, but react the next time.

These foods contain enzymes (for instance chitinases in bananas, chestnuts, and avocado) that are associated with latex-fruit allergy syndrome. So if you have latex allergy, you are likely to be allergic to some of these foods. What’s more, processing some of these foods with ethylene gas increases these enzymes; so organic foods that are not treated with gas have considerably fewer allergy-causing compounds.

Waiting for a few days before reaping the same food can help reduce reactions and allow symptoms to show clearly. Here is list of some of the common cross reactive foods for people with latex allergy.

Latex Reactive Foods

  • Banana
  • Chestnut
  • Avocado
  • Potato
  • Papaya
  • Watermelon
  • Grape
  • Tomato
  • Kiwi
  • Celery

You may also consider testing: Broccoli, Apples, Spinach, Legumes, beans, Spices, cinnamon, mint, Mango, Squash family, and pumpkins.

Other disposables and everyday items that we use also contain latex and may affect people with latex allergies. Here is a list of some items that contain latex:

Items That Contain Latex

Balloons, sanitary pads, toothpaste, toothbrushes, racquet handles, water bottles, chewing gum, Carpeting, rubber bands, freezer bags, cling wrap, swim goggles, bandages, stickers, shoes socks, disposable diapers, dental dams Cuffs and waistbands, underwear, bras , Postage stamps, computer mouse pads, condoms & diaphragms, baby bottle nipples, pacifiers, erasers, pens, school supplies, toys, vaccines, bike & motorcycle hand grips, dishwashing gloves, and medical supplies (such as surgical masks, stethoscopes, vial stoppers blood pressure cuffs, electrode pads, intravenous tubing, and syringes).

By and large, there is so much to watch as far latex exposure elimination is concerned. Allergy experts recommend wearing EpiPen belt for quick access to life saving medications.

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How Do Antibiotics Work?


If you were feeling poorly, you’ve probably went to visit your doctor in hopes of receiving antibiotics. Chances are, you’ve used antibiotics before with great results. While antibiotics have been safely used for years, it is important to learn when and how antibiotics work.

It is important to know that antibiotics cannot cure everything. One of the first things a doctor will determine is if your illness is caused by bacteria or a virus. The common cold and flu are common viral infections. These cannot be cured by antibiotics. If you have a viral infection, other medications will help alleviate your symptoms as your body heals itself.

If your illness is caused by bacteria, you will receive antibiotics. So, how do antibiotics work? The first antibiotic created was penicillin. Many of our modern antibiotics such as Amoxicillin are penicillin based. Antibiotics work to kill bacteria in your body. It also helps to stop the bacteria from multiplying. This is why it is always advised to complete the entire course of your antibiotics. Even if you feel better, your body may still have harmful bacteria. The full course of antibiotics will insure that all bacteria is killed and will not return.

You should also tell your doctor about all symptoms that you have. While broad spectrum antibiotics usually cure a wide range of illnesses, there are a few antibiotics that are specific to certain illnesses. Your doctor needs to make sure that the correct antibiotic is prescribed.

It is also important to note that there are bacteria that is not harmful to our body. Overuse of antibiotics can kill off the positive bacteria. This may lead to digestion problems and lower our immune systems.

The CDC has noticed a growing trend of patients not responding to traditional antibiotics. In most cases, this is because of past overuse of antibiotics. While it is always good to see your doctor when you are sick, discuss a possible alternative course of treatment next time you go. Chances are, your doctor may suggest the age old remedy of rest and hydration. Your body may be able to fight off infection naturally, on it’s own.

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