Archive for August, 2022

Healthy living tips for seniors

Monday, August 22nd, 2022

Watching your parents grow older is a challenging part of life. Seeing your loved ones who were once young and active, ageing and facing issues of old age can be a cause of concern. Getting older does has its own share of health complications, such as wrinkles, memory loss, grey hair, slower mobility or more complex health disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s or cardiac ailments. However, instead of feeling anxious it is time to equip your loved ones with essential healthy living tips that makes them strong enough to prevent or reduce the risk of illness and injury. Simple changes in the everyday lifestyle can help them stay strong, happy, and healthy.

Healthy aging tips for Seniors

Your mental and physical health has a significant impact on your quality of life, and while some changes are out of your control, there are certain things you can do to ensure you’re aging gracefully. Follow these healthy living tips:

  • Exercise regularly
    Your chance of developing chronic diseases and health problems including arthritis, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and more can be lowered by engaging in regular exercise. It can elevate your mood and enhance your mental health. Exercise helps increase your general strength, mobility, flexibility, balance, and endurance. Exercises such as weight training, walking, cycling, and yoga are all excellent ways to stay active.
  • Get enough sleep 
    Getting enough sleep boosts your immune system, enhances your cognitive function, reduces your risk of developing chronic diseases, and helps maintain a healthy weight. Elderly people are advised to receive about eight hours of high-quality sleep each night.
  • Eat healthy
    Maintaining a healthy and balanced diet is essential, especially for older persons over the age of 65. It can help you receive the nutrition you need, maintain a healthy weight, and stay motivated. Here are some recommended foods to include:
    • Have rainbow coloured fruits and vegetables
    • Foods rich in Fiber
    • Foods with high Calcium
    • Protein-rich foods
  • Mental health care
    Your total well-being depends on prioritizing your mental health, and this is especially true as you age. People endure many challenging things as they age, including the death of loved ones, health troubles, financial difficulties, and loneliness. Some easy tips for self-care include:
    • Sleep well
    • Stay connected with family and friends
    • Solve puzzles like Sudoku/ Crosswords
    • Continue reading
  • Preventive healthcare
    Regular check-ups and screenings are an essential part of preventative care for several reasons. Your doctor can discuss your risk factors and suggest essential health checkups. During your checkups, it’s crucial to pay attention to:
    • Blood pressure
    • Cholesterol screening
    • Cardiac Checkup
    • Cancer screening
    • Age-specific immunizations
  • Seniors should do what they love
    Doing things people love will help them feel better and experience increased energy, better sleep, and overall mood improvement. Seniors should pursue lost hobbies or learn a new skill they enjoy. Additionally, spending time with family and friends regularly will keep them happy.
  • Prevent falls
    Falls are the leading source of fatal injuries for people aged 65+. Maintaining a healthy and balanced weight becomes vital as you age. A fit body helps preserve your mobility which enhances the possibilities of doing things as long as feasible.

Geriatric care at Kokilaben Dhirubai Ambani Hospital

We are committed to provide integrated health care services to senior citizens at our hospital to help them lead better and fulfilling lives. Your family history and lifestyle determines how you age and plays an important role in determining your risk of certain medical conditions. Doctors at our Geriatric Clinic are trained to provide the best possible medical care for senior citizens. We help you understand and manage existing health conditions and take steps to avoid complications. Know more about Special Geriatric Health Checkup Plans for senior citizens. For further information, visit the below link:

Why Breastfeeding Matters

Thursday, August 4th, 2022

Breastfeeding is crucial for the survival, nutrition and development of infants and the health of mothers. Breast milk helps every child have a healthy start in life. Newborns are protected from infections, have stronger immunity and better digestion due to breast milk. Breastfeeding is also known to improve the mother and child bond. Further, breastfeeding mothers are less likely to develop breast cancer and get back their physical health and body shape easier. Following birth, it is advised to breastfeed a baby exclusively for the first six months before introducing solid food, and continue if it suits the mother and child for the next 24 months. Breastfeeding is a shared responsibility and it is important for everyone in the family to support new moms initiate and maintain breastfeeding. Are you a breastfeeding mom? Speak up and seek help from medical professionals if you are facing challenges in your breastfeeding journey.

Benefits of Breastfeeding for Baby & Mother

Breastfeeding has numerous physical and mental health benefits for both the mother and the child. Breast milk is your baby’s only source of nutrition and the best one. Each feeding of breast milk is tailored to your baby’s needs and developmental stage. Additionally, breastfed babies are less likely to get sick than formula-fed ones.

How it benefits the baby:

  • Helps strengthen your baby’s immunity
  • Gives all the nutrition needed for the first 6 months
  • Breast milk is easier to digest than formula
  • It changes over time to suit your baby’s changing needs
  • Breast milk contains infection fighting antibodies

How it benefits the mother:

  • Helps your body return to its pre-pregnancy stage
  • Reduces the chance of cancer in the ovaries or breasts
  • Helps your uterus contract
  • Helps you bond better with your baby

Important facts about Breastfeeding

  • Every baby and mother is different. Don’t compare yourself to others and give yourself unnecessary pressure and stress.
  • Some babies can latch soon after birth, while others need a few days to a few weeks to learn well.
  • Seek help from a lactation consultant early for breastfeeding problems.
  • Don’t blame yourself for insufficient milk as this will affect your mental health.
  • Stay hydrated. Your body releases oxytocin during breastfeeding, which triggers your thirst. This helps your body enough water to make breast milk.
  • Breastfeeding may be challenging some mothers. Seek help, don’t give up!

Successful Breastfeeding tips

There are several things you can do to increase your chances of breastfeeding success as soon as your baby is delivered. After the birth, keeping your infant with you will encourage a sense of connection and a strong hormonal response that is associated with successful nursing. You will produce more milk if your infant breastfeeds more frequently throughout the first few weeks. According to research, your bay must be fed only breast milk for the first six months of life. Your milk will alter as your baby grows to contain the proper amount of nutrients for him or her. Here are additional tips to follow:

  • Hold your baby skin-to-skin
  • Get your position and latch right
  • Look for early signs to know when to feed your baby
  • Watch the baby not the clock
  • Feed as per demand
  • Seek support if required
  • Avoid complementary feeds

Breastfeeding support at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hopital

Our team of experts at the Centre for Mother & Child are here to listen and provide the best lactation support. Whether you’re in the early phases of planning for baby, already expecting, or you’re currently nursing, we were here to assist you and make your breastfeeding journey comfortable and successful. Consult our lactation experts for further assistance. Please find below our website link: