Advice

Sudden infant death

Sudden infant death refers to the sudden and unexpected death of a baby under one year of age while sleeping. To date, the causes are still unknown.

However the following recommendations significantly reduce the risk:

Scar care

Scar careWHAT is the OBJECTIVE?

Your child was treated at the wound clinic following surgery or an accident. This brochure explains what you have to do to make sure the scar heals well.

 

 

 

Constipation

Constipation is a term used most often to refer to the slowing of intestinal transit (less than 3 bowel movements per week), associated with a decrease in the number of stools passed, a somewhat hard consistency, and difficulty passing the stools.

Some tips to reduce constipation:

  • Keep well hydrated (1.5 to 2 liters a day, preferably water)
  • Move, walk
  • Eat fiber (green salad, fruit, vegetables, cereals, etc.)

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Nausea

I am suffering from nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy (approximately the first 3 months), what should I do?

Nausea and vomiting in the first trimester is due to a hormone (beta-HCG). It normally subside after 3-4 months. One in two women suffer from these symptoms. In the event of repeated vomiting each day or weight loss, consult your physician.

Practical advice:

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Headaches

I have a headache, what should I do?

Headaches should not be accompanied by other symptoms, such as sudden increase in edema (swelling), "floaters" in front of the eyes, ringing in the ears, nausea, vomiting, irritability and/or pain in the upper part of the stomach.

If you experience several of these symptoms, consult your physician quickly as this could indicate a pregnancy related-disease: pre-eclampsia.

Practical advice if you are only experiencing a headache:

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Sore throats

I have the flu (common cold, sore throat, cough, etc.) without fever; what should I do?

The common cold is not dangerous for your baby. You can consult your family physician.

Practical advice:

  • Drink lots of fluids (water, herbal tea)
  • For example, for coughs: thyme tea with honey and lemon
  • For example, for colds: inhalation, seawater spray

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Hemorrhoids

I have hemorrhoids, what should I do?

Pregnancy can lead to hemorrhoids. They are due to the compression of the uterus on the large blood vessels, a hormone (progesterone) and constipation. Hemorrhoids can be painful and can result in bleeding, but they do not represent a risk to your baby.

Talk to your physician.

Practical advice:

  • Avoid constipation
  • Your physician may prescribe a hemorrhoid cream
  • Avoid prolonged standing

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Buttock pain (sciatica)

I have a pain in my buttock extending to the thigh, is this normal?

Pain that starts in the lower back and radiates to the buttock and down the leg is a sign of sciatica. It is due to compression of the sciatic nerve. In severe cases your physician may prescribe physiotherapy sessions.

Practical advice:

  • Rest, leaning back supported by cushions
  • Hot baths

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Swollen hands and feet

My feet and hands are swollen, what should I do?

Edema of the hands and feet are common in the third trimester of pregnancy. They are more likely to occur with prolonged standing or heat. But beware, if they increase suddenly, if they are accompanied by headaches, "floaters" in front of the eyes, ringing in the ears, nausea, vomiting, irritability and/or pain in the upper part of the stomach, consult your physician quickly as this could indicate a pregnancy-related disease, pre-eclampsia.

Practical advice:

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Nausea

I am suffering from nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy (approximately the first three months), what should I do?

Nausea and vomiting in the first trimester is due to a hormone (beta-HCG). It normally subsides after 3-4 months. One in two women suffer from these symptoms. In the event of repeated vomiting each day or weight loss, consult your physician.

Practical advice:

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