Heartburn or GERD can Kill

Heartburn is a common annoyance. The busy lifestyle, quick meals, fatty or spicy foods all contribute to the occasional need of a chewable pain reliever. The acceptance of heartburn as an inconvenient, but natural, part of the daily grind can blind you to the warning that a severe heartburn symptom can bring.

Heartburn as a Disorder

Heartburn can be a symptom as well as a disorder. Simple heartburn or GERD can be controlled and dealt with. However, heartburn can signal the presence of a much more serious problem. If it’s heartburn, you will have a burning sensation in the chest usually after eating. There may be a spread of the burning to the throat, sometimes accompanied by a bad taste, difficulty in swallowing, belching, coughing, hoarseness and/or wheezing.

It can become worse by lying down or bending over or by eating. Relief can come from an antacid. While the more severe heartburn symptoms may be mistaken for a heart attack, simple heartburn is usually not made worse by exercise. If there is any concern that the pain may signal a heart attack, get help quickly.

Friday, July 3, 2009

A Kids Medical Bracelet - Should These Bracelets Be Considered for a Child with Autism?

By Michael Derad

Being a parent is a truly amazing experience but such a obligation comes with a great deal of stress as far as being continually engaged about another persons well being is concerned.

These stress levels are somewhat exacerbated when you child is diagnosed with autism.

Children have a habit of wandering off but when you have a child that is unable to commune effectively particularly in stressful situations then you have an issue and a need to be able to communicate important information for them even if you are not there.

Allowing your child to wear a toddler's medical id bracelet or a kid's medical bracelet will give you one less thing to concern yourself about at times like these.

You can have both sides of the bracelet engraved so there is plenty of room for all that essential information, when deciding what to have engraved onto the bracelet you should take the following into consideration:

Do you want your childs name on there. This is a personal decision and you need to think about how your child reacts to the use of his/her name. If it would make them overly trusting of a stranger then I would leave it out.

Your contact number

A secondary contact number if at all possible

The telephone number of your family doctor

A description of your childs condition together with any allergies that they may suffer from.

Information about the medication prescribed to your child

People who work in the emergency services are trained to be fully aware of the symbol which appears on kids medical bracelets. The bracelets come in a variety of designs and sizes and will fit all ages, but make sure you get one with the medical symbol clearly exposed so it can be seen and acted upon as and when necessary.

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