The importance of yearly health exams

Tips For Your Daughter’s First Visits With A Gynecologist

If your daughter is between the ages of 13 and 15, The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology recommends that she should see a gynecologist for the first time. Obviously, few women of any age look forward to this appointment and it can be even more nerve-racking for a young woman. Fortunately, there are several tips that you can implement to make it easier for her. Understanding Suggested Immunizations In the last few decades, some information related to gynecology has changed significantly. For example, the HPV vaccine is now available to females between the ages of 11 and 26. It protects against the worst types of the human papillomavirus, which is a known cause of many types of cervical, oral and anal cancers. It is available in a series of three shots over six months and current data indicates that when taken prior to exposure to HPV and within the appropriate time frame, the HPV vaccines provide almost 100% protection. It has been available for several years and is considered to be a safe, effective immunization.  Don’t Fear The Exam It is often surprising to learn that the most feared part of the first gynecological exam, the internal exam, is rarely needed for young women and girls. Instead, the first visit usually includes a frank discussion of menstrual cycles, pain, cramps, sexual activity and other concerns related to maturity, sexuality and normal development.  In addition, a physical exam and an external examination of her genitalia are usually provided. If a problem is noted or reported at that first visit, which is actually quite rare for young girls, she may need an internal exam.  Empower Your Daughter To Advocate For Her Own Health Although sending your daughter into her first appointment with a gynecologist and remaining in the waiting room may seem wrong, it is crucial to allow her to make her own decisions about this important visit. Many young women feel more comfortable asking personal questions without mom in the room.  It is important to note that this first visit can set the standard for her future gynecological health. If she has a good experience and feels that she can ask and answer questions about her body, development, sexuality, etc. without judgment, she may be more likely to do so throughout her life. If she wants you in there, stand by her hand to provide privacy and don’t interfere.  In conclusion, your daughter’s first visit to […]

What You Need To Know About Caring For Stitches So They Don’t Badly Scar

If you or your child has recently had stitches you might be wondering what you need to do to care for them. Stitches can leave a nasty scar if you are not careful. Luckily, there are some things that you can do to ensure that the stitches heal properly and that you don’t have a large scar. Here is what you need to know. Hours After The Stitches Immediately after the stitches you should keep them covered and moist. The doctor will probably give you some type of ointment to keep on the stitches to keep them from hurting and to keep them protected from infection. To protect the area from excessive bleeding and infection, keep it covered with whatever the doctor gave you. 24 Hours After The Stitches About a day after the stitches you should start washing them with soap and water. This is the best way to ensure that you are protecting yourself from infection. After you wash you can reapply anti-bacterial ointment. The moisture will help the scar, and the anti-bacteria will help to stave off infection. You should continue to keep the area clean. Keep washing the area daily to make sure that there is no room for infection. Once the wound has completely closed you should be able to quit the intense washing routine. Days After The Stitches Depending on the location of the stitches you can have them removed days after the injury. If the stitches were on the face you might have them removed only a couple days after they were put in. If it the stitches are over the joint you might be asked to keep them in longer. You should talk to your doctor about when you should come back in to take the stitches out. You shouldn’t try to attempt it on your own. If you take them out too early, too late, or incorrectly the wound could reopen, or you could have a scar from the actual stitches. Days and Months After The Stitches Just because you have had the stitches removed doesn’t mean that you are done. In fact, the caring for the stitches months after they have been removed will be the thing that decides how badly it scars. This is why it is vital that you keep the scar out of the sun. You should put sunscreen on the scar everyday and keep it under […]

Why A Parent Should Get A Child Immunized

Are you and your spouse trying to decide if immunizations are necessary for your child? You will find that immunizations are not only good for keeping your child healthy, but also necessary as he or she grows up. In this article, find out why you should opt for getting your child immunized and what you can expect to pay for it. Why Should a Parent Get a Child Immunized? One of the reasons you should consider getting your child immunized is to reduce the risk of him or her getting mumps. You don’t want your child to get mumps because it is a contagious disease that can lead to swollen salivary glands. When the salivary glands swell up, your child’s cheeks will plump up until the condition is treated. Mumps can cause your child to lose his or her appetite, feel fatigue and feel a lot of pain when chewing. One of the rare complications of mumps is hearing loss. Another important reason to get your child immunized is so he or she can get enrolled in the public school system. It is common for most states in the United States to require children to have current immunization records before they can attend school. However, your child may be exempt if immunization shots are against your religious beliefs. The right to an exemption will depend on the laws in the state you reside in. Keep in mind that certain child care centers will also require immunization records before a child can enroll. Getting your child immunized is a good ideal because it can help keep other people healthy as well. For instance, your child can cause someone with a weak immune system to get infected if he or she contracts a disease. Many of the diseases that can be prevented with immunization shots are highly contagious. What Does it Cost to Get a Child Immunized? The cost for immunizing your child will depend on if you have health insurance coverage or not. You can expect to pay an average of up to $1,170 on immunizations as your child grows up if you don’t have insurance. A large portion of the overall immunization fees will be paid during the first year of your child’s life. Make sure your child is vaccinated so he or she will be healthy and prepared for public school enrollment. Get in touch with a primary care […]