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Alarming Fact: Your Kiss Can Hurt a Baby

Alarming Fact: Your Kiss Can Hurt a Baby

We all love babies. Newborns get the highest amount of adoration and attention from the adults. Isn’t that natural? If you are the relative/ friend of the newborn’s parents, love comes out of loyalty. If you are the parents, need I say more? Affection, care, and fondness just pour out genuinely. That’s  love. And what happens out of such compassion? We kiss those babies, a pure habit that we can’t help. I have done the same, I am not denying it. I have kissed both my newborns on their cheeks.

But what separated me from others is that I never touched their cheeks with my lips. If I brushed my lips against them, very lightly, I made sure my lips had no trace of lipstick or lip balm.

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Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV)

I will tell you why it is harmful to kiss a baby, especially a newborn on their lips. When an adult kisses a baby’s lips, they are transmitting germs and viruses onto the baby. A common case is infecting the infant with some kind of Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV). There are two types of HSV. HSV-1, commonly known as cold sores, generally occurs on the mouth. It has been estimated that around 70% of US adults suffer from HSV-1. HSV-2, or what we know as genital herpes, happens to one in six of US adults. Adults have the ability to fight this painful, irritating disease.

But for a baby who is only few days old, it is impossible to overcome such pains, given that their immune system is nowhere near as strong as a toddler of two to three years old. Given such circumstances, an infant will be attacked severely which can have them hospitalized. In more critical cases, this can even lead to death.

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The herpes case is as threatening as it sounds. If the parents can detect early symptoms of HSV on their baby, and it is immediately taken care of, then the baby can overcome it without serious consequences. Neonatal herpes simplex should be treated as soon as it is detected. The earlier, the better.

Cold sores are often the result when babies are kissed on the lips. The effect may even equal the effects of HSV-2. There are many cases of babies adopting cold sores from adult kisses. In this recent example, a mother shared her bitter experience of her child suffering from HSV-1. What she did was wonderful — she worked hard in an attempt to make her Facebook post go viral, just to create awareness for adults everywhere.

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    The Kissing Disease

    There are other ailments that can transpire through kissing a baby. Mononucleosis, is known simply as the “kissing disease”, or “mono”. The kissing disease is also categorized under the herpes family. However, apart from only kissing the baby on the lips, this infection can be transmitted via sharing food, glasses, cups, utensils, and drinking water/ liquids from the same bottle.

    Mononucleosis has many symptoms. A child is likely to suffer from fever, nausea, vomiting, extreme fatigue, apathy, and swollen lymph nodes. To prevent an infant from such agonies, parents must warn others not to go all sloppy on the poor child.

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    Your kiss can spread cavities to your baby…

    As surprising as it may seem, the following is a fact: Your kiss can lead to cavities in your child. The cavity causing bacteria is known as Streptococcus mutans. This bacteria is transferred from one person to another through saliva. And what happens when you kiss your baby? You are, basically, transferring your saliva onto your baby’s mouth. This may result in early tooth decay, a very painful experience for a young age.

    … and colds too

    Colds are another contagious illness. Any sensible individual would avoid a baby when they are suffering from cold. A simple sneeze in front of the infant could be fatal. You have to remember, babies from zero to three months are very vulnerable to their exposed environment. They will catch every germ that lingers through the air. So, be sensible and avoid cuddling, kissing, even playing with a baby when you suffer from a cold.

    These are very crucial facts that need to raise alarm among adults. Awareness allows adults not only to prevent themselves from harming an innocent child, but to warn other, older children to do the same. One must be extra cautious whenever one is around a baby.

    So, let’s halt our sloppy smooching and allow our babies to grow stronger immune systems. Then we can kiss them as much as we want!

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    Last Updated on May 22, 2019

    10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

    10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

    There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

    One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

    In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

    Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

    1. Cat Camel Stretch

    Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

    Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

    Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

    Here’s a video to guide you through:

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    2. Go for a Walk or a Run

    This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

    Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

    The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

    Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

    Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

    3. Jumping Jacks

    Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

    Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

    4. Abductor Side Lifts

    Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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    Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

    5. Balancing Table Pose

    This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

    Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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      6. Leg Squats

      Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

      Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

      The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

      7. Push Ups

      You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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      An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

      Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

      This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

      8. Bicycle Crunches

      There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

      Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

      9. Lunges

      Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

      Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

      This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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      10. Bicep Curls

      You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

      Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

      Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

      Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

      Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

      These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

      You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

      Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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