Gripe Water is a traditional supplement and treatment of many problems in babies mainly colic, indigestion, teething pain, flatulence, and hiccup. It is a thin liquid which mothers have been giving their babies since a long time ago. In earlier times, its ingredients were water, dill oil, sodium bicarbonate, sugar and a small amount of alcohol. Currently, this baby product is in more refined form when alcohol as an ingredient was objected by doctors and parents.
New parents are keen to know what is gripe water, because some people around them suggest them to give gripe water to their baby, while some found no benefits of this baby product.Some studies have shown that gripe water with alcohol ingredient is unsafe for babies and gripe water with sodium bicarbonate is safer and effective to cure acidity in babies.
According to the doctors, the continuous consumption of gripe water by the baby should be avoided because excess consumption of sodium bicarbonate can cause milk-alkali syndrome. It is a condition where the amount of calcium and alkali in the blood get increased. Babies younger than six months should be avoided to give more gripe water, since it can affect their kidney in the future.
Doctors advise parents to give gripe water only when the babies start showing symptoms of colic, indigestion, teething pain and flatulence. And they must avoid giving gripe water in the empty stomach because baby’s stomach lining is very soft and could be affected by the alkaline sodium bicarbonate. Breastfeeding and soft tummy massage can avoid the use of gripe water.
FDA Recommends using Physical Sunscreen over Chemical
Dermatologists and Food and drug Administration continue to advise Americans to apply sunscreen. Generally only one in 5 Americans develops cancer. But applying sunscreen reduces the risk. And sunscreen also reduces premature aging, wrinkles and sun spots.
Even though all of us pay little attention to the harm sun does us, we apply sunscreen. And sunscreen, or a sunbed cream (zonnebankcreme) is one of the staple cosmetics everyone uses. So, the FDA proposed a regulation that manufacturers have to provide more data about the safety of certain sunscreen ingredients. And they also requested the details of how much absorbing capacity do these chemicals have, and how they have any effects on the body.
There are two types of sunscreen. One is the physical sunscreen. It sits on the skin and reflects the UV rays. And it contains chemicals like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. People with sensitive skin must use physical sunscreen. And these sunscreens leave a white residue on skin like applied by cricket players on field. Physical sunscreens are more natural than the next type- Chemical sunscreen.
The chemical sunscreens absorb the UV rays from sun rather than reflecting it. And they have ingredients like Oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate, octinoxate. These sunscreens do not leave a white residue and are more cosmetically elegant.
The FDA claims that Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide are the safest ingredients for skin. Which means that physical sunscreen is safer. But that does not mean chemical sunscreens are hazardous. It only means that the FDA does not have more information on their level of safety.
If the ingredients on your sunscreen pack concerns you, then check for titanium dioxide and zinc. But if there are other ingredients then you can use a physical sunscreen. You can also use physical barriers like an umbrella, a long sleeve shirt, and a hat. You can use shades for your eyes too. The sun is most powerful in the time frame of 10 am to 2 pm.
It is always better to consult a dermatologist for sunscreen for your skin.
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