The signals your body gives you and what they could mean
15 March 2019 HEALTH & WELLNESS
By: Natasha Archary
What would we do without the internet today? Before I cause anxiety attacks, relax, the internet is not going anywhere yet. And thankfully so. We seem to rely on good old Google for just about everything today.
Looking for a recipe for dinner tonight? Google search. Need to find a cute date night outfit? Online shop. Trying to book a holiday or flights? Yup, you guessed it. Clickety click. Thank you World Wide Web.
And when we feel under the weather and need to verify our symptoms? Dr. Google to the rescue. I recently sat down with my child’s pediatrician Dr. C Snyders, who gave me some insight into the “not-so-obvious signs”our bodies give us and what they could mean.
Parent to parent, not every symptom deserves a terrifying dash to the emergency room.
The cues your body gives you
If you have been getting headaches regularly lately, it could be a result of a lack of sleep. According to Dr. Snyders, children can and do also get headaches from as early as two years old. Over stimulation can cause their eyes to strain and trigger mild headaches. Which is why, midday naps are so important for kids in daycare up to the age of 5.
Red splotches on the skin
This is the first sign of an allergic reaction. Which can be brought on by a change in diet or moisturisers and bath products. Isolating the affected area with a topical ointment for skin irritations may help and most over the counter products work just fine. However, for more serious skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis, speak to your physician who may refer you to a dermatologist.
Constant post nasal drip
Come rain or shine, your nose is like a leaky tap that just won’t run dry. Post nasal drip that lasts for more than a week is a clear sign of allergies. To find out the cause you may need an allergy test to determine your triggers and to help manage them for a tissue free life.
Halitosis could just be a sign of poor dental hygiene but in most cases it can also be an indicator of more serious health conditions. Doctors often associate bad breath with chronic conditions such as diabetes. It could also be your body’s not so subtle cue that you are dehydrated and not drinking enough water throughout the day.
Feeling light-headed and dizzy is not something you should take lightly. It’s risky driving when you’re feeling this way and you should never ignore it hoping it will go away. The most common reason for dizziness is a low blood glucose level or low or high blood pressure. The first thing you should do is get screened for diabetes, cholesterol and blood pressure. If your tests are all normal and your dizzy spells are still occurring, you may be referred to a specialist. But usually, you will just need to close your eyes for a few minutes and eat or drink something sweet.
Shortness of breath
Again, do not overlook this symptom. If you feel you struggle to get air into your lungs and struggle to breathe, consult your doctor immediately. This could be the first indicator of asthma, wheezing or other bronchial conditions.
Some symptoms can be managed with a quick trip to the pharmacy and may be cured with an all-natural home remedy. Then there are the more serious signs that something more could be brewing beneath the surface of your epidermis.
Use your discretion and trust your mommy or daddy instincts. Family safety is always the priority and when in doubt always consult your doctor. Always make sure your first aid kits are well stocked and all meds are within expiry dates. Better prepared than sorry.