Category Archives: Health and Wellness

When Boys Have a Problem “Down There”

Let's be real. Once your son was born, you were thrown into a world of his private parts. From circumcision to diapers to potty training.  You probably survived or are surviving the nudist phase where your toddler chooses to walk around like he is in the Garden of Eden. 

Once your son is able to bathe and dress himself, his penis is no longer your concern. That is until he asks you a question about it because dad  or any other male is not available at the time. That's when you internally freak out, but externally maintain an air of confidence and maturity.  Whatever you do, don't say, "I can't help you because I have a different plumbing system" or "I really don't know much about penises". It was hard enough to come to you, don't make him regret it.

Penile problems are prevalent in boys, but we just don't talk about it. It would make for awkward playground or PTA conversation.  However, the more informed mos are, the less likely you'll be to freak out about it. Just find out the concern and either call his pediatrician, if it's something related to the skin, an injury or urinary problem or speak to a trusted make family member or friend if it's another kind of problem. Do not Google the problem or you'll end up with a bunch of irrelevant information or a very disturbing porn site.

But if you must use the internet, I suggest:

There is also a very informative pdf on penile problems in boys by The Candian Journal of CME. If your son is older, he may be reluctant to talk about it with you and just hint at a problem. Make sure you get him to be specific about his problem, so he can get medical attention if necessary.

Taking Care of Diabetic Boys by Marc Castro

Diabetes is one of the most prevalent conditions that are increasing each day. Alarmingly, a growing number of diabetics are young people, some as young in their infancy, who have been diagnosed with the dreaded disease. There are also a growing number of young people that develop the condition because of their diet and lifestyle, leading to many long-term health effects as they mature and grow older.

 

In a nutshell, diabetes is the metabolic condition where the body either does not produce insulin or the insulin produced by the body is rejected or unusable. This condition is called juvenile diabetes or Type 1. This is often diagnosed during infancy because of some genetic defect leading to the condition. The other condition is called diabetes mellitus or Type 2 and is brought about by the individual being unable to produce the proper amounts of insulin or becomes unable to produce insulin for the body’s metabolic processes.

 

Insulin is important for the use of glucose by the cells. Glucose is the main fuel for cell regeneration and functioning. When the body is unable to produce and utilize insulin, then the individual’s cells cannot function properly leading to organ failure in the body. Also, the body would be unable to heal itself from its injuries as the cells of the body do not have the right materials in order to even function properly.

 

This is a problem for young individuals especially boys. If the child is diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, then the first step is to prepare the young person for a lifetime of blood glucose monitoring and diabetes medication. Also, the individual would need to live a lifestyle that would not tax the body too much that its overall metabolism would break down because of the diabetic condition. If the child is diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, then there would be a great need to change the habits and lifestyle of the child to allow for the body to heal itself. These include losing weight to avert or reverse obesity and being on a diet that would help the body properly function using its present condition of lack of or inadequacy of insulin in the body.

 

For the parent, it is hard enough to raise a child but raising a diabetic child would entail so much more. These include being patient with your child regarding what is allowed and what is unhealthy compared to other children. It would be endless days of blood glucose monitoring and insulin medication, even to the point that there would be discussions and even disagreements about food, exercise, dieting and medication. What is important is to always keep in mind that diabetes is a condition that is managed until a cure has been found.

 

This has to be balanced with a child being a child and a boy being a boy. As a parent, you cannot deprive the child of enjoying their growing years because of this medical condition. Scrapes and wounds are part and parcel of growing up, which is also a bane to a diabetic. As a parent, there needs to be proper education and understanding, together with patience in rearing your young boy with diabetes. Despite the condition, you can make your child’s life enjoyable and memorable with the proper guidance and education on the proper management of diabetes for boys.

For a further insight on managing diabetes for boys, Parental Diet Related to Child’s Diabetes Risk,  please visit the author’s site, The Diabetes Forum.

Should Kids Set New Year’s Resolutions?

Welcome to 2011!  I hope everyone and their loved ones have a year filled with joy, peace, love and great health!

I recently spoke briefly about kids setting New Year's resolutions on Cinchcast. You can listen to the 2 minute here.

I don't pressure my son to set any resolutions because I know that kids think of time differently than adults. Kids are more excited about New Year's Eve and counting down to a new year. However, you can help your child to think about the new things they want to learn, be, do or have in the new year. My son and I have a tradition that we open the letters we wrote to the previous year right after midnight to see how many of our goals we accomplished, and to have gratitude for what we had in the previous year. We then write a letter to the new year, seal it and put it away for the following year.  My husband says he will join us, but often forgets,  We have been doing this for three years.

We also create dream boards as a nice way to welcome in the new year and to focus on what we'd like to achieve.

These two systems are easy and give him a way to think about what he would like in the new year without feeling pressured.

Maybe this is the year, you can start your own tradition with your sons! I found this simple list online for kids to set resolutions. Check it out if you think your son would be interested.

 

Is Food Affecting Your Son’s Behavior?- Free Teleseminar

I am often amazed at what I see kids eating in the morning before school. I have witnessed children buying 2 liters of soda, large bags of chips and cookies on a regular basis when I stop to get my breakfast. I'm sure that parents may not be aware that their children are buying these items and it could explain why we have so much behavioral issues in schools. A 2 liter soda has about 54-62 teaspoons of sugar and most chips have processed ingredients and high sodium and fat content.

This free teleseminar gives you information about how food affects behavior.

Free Teleseminar: Exploring the Link Between Food and Behavior in Our Children