Never Ignore Your Doctor's Advice About Your Blood Pressure

I have always been in pretty good health, so I was surprised one day when my doctor told me my blood pressure was a bit high. She told me to begin watching my salt intake, start exercising, and to try to relax. Well, I intended to follow her advice when I left her office, but the next day I was back to my same habits. I kept using the salt shaker and didn't begin an exercise routine like I had planned. When I went for my next check-up, she told me that my blood pressure was even higher and approaching a dangerous level. I had to begin a blood pressure medication to manage it. I wanted to create a blog to share my story and remind people to listen to their doctors' advice. If a few lifestyle changes can improve your health, then you should make them.

What If My Child Doesn't Talk Enough?

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Some children will talk to their parents as much as possible. But if your child does not talk as much, you may want to find ways to encourage your child to talk more often. The more your child speaks, the better verbal skills your child will have when he or she gets older.

Pay Attention

Paying attention to your child as early as possible, even as a baby, will increase the chances that your child will want to talk. By paying attention to your baby, you will send the signal that talking will get your attention. Try to practice two-way communication with your child as early as possible. For example, if your child reaches toward you, pick him or her up as a way to show that communication can get results.

Recount the Day

Children are often excited about all of the things that they have done for the day. What might seem insignificant for you, might be an exciting adventure for your child. At the end of the day, recount everything that you have done. For example, if your child pet a dog, talk to your child about petting the dog.

Have Your Toddler Speak In Front of a Mirror

Florida scientists have found that children not only learn by listening to others talk, but also learn by reading lips. Around six months of age, the infant's eyes start to shift towards the mother's mouth. Therefore, you will want your toddler to be able to look at your mough while speaking to him or her. However, you can also hold up a mirror so your child can watch his or her mouth while speaking. This can help your child learn to better pronounce words.

Eat Something Tasty Near Your child

You can encourage your child to speak by eating something nearby them that they love to eat. When your child sees you eating it, this might encourage him or her to speak as a way to get your attention and nab the treat. If your child uses an appropriate word, such as "candy," give your child a piece.

Play Word Games

Play word games, such as "what's this?" This is a game where you pick up an object and ask your child what it is. Turning speaking into a game makes it more fun for children. Make sure to change the word games frequently so your child doesn't get bored.

For professional help, visit a language pathologist, such as Felix M. DiPalma, M.S.


1 December 2014