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Health and Safety, Birth to 2 Years

Details: In some areas, your child may see a public health nurse for routine checkups and immunizations. Safety Measures Around the Home. From birth to age 2, children depend on parents and other caregivers for their safety. Safety issues change and increase rapidly in number as newborns grow into toddlers.

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Trochanteric Bursitis: Exercises

Details: Loop a towel under the ball and toes of that foot, and hold the ends of the towel in your hands. Straighten your knee, and slowly pull back on the towel. You should feel a gentle stretch down the back of your leg. Hold the stretch for 15 to 30 seconds. Or even better, hold the stretch for 1 minute if you can.

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Paronychia: Care Instructions

Details: Put a warm water bottle, heating pad set on low, or warm cloth on your finger or toe. Do not go to sleep with a heating pad on your skin. Soak the area in warm water twice a day for 15 minutes each time. After soaking, dry the area well and apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly, such as Vaseline. Put on a new bandage.

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Thinking About Child Safety

Details: Health Information and Tools > Thinking About Child Safety. Main Content. Related to Conditions. Children's Health; Disease and Injury Prevention

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Parotitis: Care Instructions

Details: Your Care Instructions. Parotitis is a painful swelling of your parotid glands, which are salivary glands located between the ear and jaw. The most common cause is a virus, such as mumps, herpes, or Epstein-Barr.

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Thinking About Child Safety

Details: Topic Overview. As children grow and develop, the safety of the home needs to be continually checked. Accidental injuries are one of the leading causes of death in children younger than age 5.

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Leg and Ankle Edema: Care Instructions

Details: Move your feet and ankles often while you stand, or tighten and relax your leg muscles. Wear support stockings. Put them on in the morning, before swelling gets worse. Eat a balanced diet. Lose weight if you need to. Limit the amount of salt (sodium) in your diet. Salt holds fluid in the body and may increase swelling.

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Colitis: Care Instructions

Details: These include rice, dry toast or crackers, bananas, and applesauce. To prevent dehydration, drink plenty of fluids. Choose water and other caffeine-free clear liquids until you feel better. If you have kidney, heart, or liver disease and have to limit fluids, talk with your doctor before you increase the amount of fluids you drink.

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Iliotibial Band Syndrome: Exercises

Details: Loop a towel under the ball and toes of that foot, and hold the ends of the towel in your hands. Straighten your knee, and slowly pull back on the towel. You should feel a gentle stretch down the back of your leg. Hold the stretch for 15 to 30 seconds. Or even better, hold the stretch for 1 minute if you can.

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Potassium-Restricted Diet: Care Instructions

Details: Your Care Instructions. Potassium is a mineral. It helps keep the right mix of fluids in your body. It also helps your nerves and muscles work as they should. Most people get the potassium they need from the foods they eat. But if you have certain health problems, such as kidney disease, you may need to be careful about how much potassium you get.

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Tunneled Catheter: What to Expect at Home

Details: Go to all appointments to flush the line. This keeps it open. A nurse or other health professional will flush the line. Do not wear jewellery, such as necklaces, that can catch on the catheter. If the catheter breaks, follow the instructions your doctor gave you. If you have no instructions, clamp or tie off the catheter.

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Umbilical Granuloma: Care Instructions

Details: Your Care Instructions. An umbilical granuloma is a moist, red lump of tissue that can form on a baby's navel (belly button). It can be seen in the first few weeks of life, after the umbilical cord has dried and fallen off.

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Nephrostomy Tube Care: Care Instructions

Details: How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions. Adapted with permission from copyrighted materials from Healthwise, Incorporated (Healthwise). This information does not replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any warranty and is not responsible or …

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Otomycosis: Care Instructions

Details: Your Care Instructions. Otomycosis is a fungus infection in the outer ear. It causes pain and itching. Sometimes fluid leaks from the ear. The infection can also cause a feeling of …

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Vacuum-Assisted Closure for Wound Healing: Care Instructions

Details: A home health care worker will come to your home a few times a week to change the bandage and check the machine. You may need it changed more often if there is a lot of drainage. Your doctor will give you information on what you can and can't do. This depends on where your wound is located.

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Sore Throat: Care Instructions

Details: Use 1 teaspoon of salt mixed in 1 cup of warm water. Take an over-the-counter pain medicine, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), or naproxen (Aleve). Read and follow all instructions on the label. Be careful when taking over-the-counter cold or flu medicines and Tylenol at the same time.

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Angiogram: Before Your Procedure

Details: An angiogram is an X-ray test that uses dye and imaging to take pictures of the blood flow in an artery or a vein. An angiogram can be used to look at the arteries or veins in the head, arms, legs, chest, back, or belly. This test is done to look for problems in the arteries or veins.

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Parkinson's Disease: Care Instructions

Details: Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if: You lose weight because of problems with eating. You want more information about your condition or your medicines.

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Diverticulitis: Care Instructions

Details: But as you recover, you might think about how you can use healthy eating for overall better health. Healthy eating may help you avoid future attacks. Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line …

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General Discharge: Care Instructions

Details: Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if: You passed out (lost consciousness). Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if: You have new symptoms like fever, difficulty breathing, vomiting, or rash. You have new or different pain. You are confused and are having trouble thinking

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Anal Fistulotomy: Before Your Surgery

Details: Tell your doctor ALL the medicines and natural health products you take. Some may increase the risk of problems during your surgery. Your doctor will tell you if you should stop taking any of them before the surgery and how soon to do it. Make sure your doctor and the hospital have a copy of your advance care plan.

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Eyelid Surgery: Before Your Surgery

Details: Eyelid surgery takes about 1 to 2 hours. You will probably go home on the same day as your surgery. After surgery, you will have tiny scars. These scars will fade over time. Most people feel ready to go out in public and back to work in about 7 to 10 days. After either surgery, you may be able to see better.

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Breast Pain (Mastalgia): Assessing Breast Pain

Details: Your doctor will ask you about your breast health and family history, and then examine your breasts. You may also have a mammogram, ultrasound or both tests to look for the cause of the pain (such as a breast cyst). It's important to tell your doctor how long you have had the pain, where the …

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Varicocele Repair: What to Expect at Home

Details: Ice. To help with pain, put ice or a cold pack on your groin for 10 to 20 minutes at a time. Put a thin cloth between the ice and your skin. Try to do this every 1 to 2 hours (when you are awake) for the first day after surgery. Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety.

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Head Injury: Care Instructions

Details: Your Care Instructions. Most injuries to the head are minor. Bumps, cuts, and scrapes on the head and face usually heal well and can be treated the same as injuries to other parts of the body. Although it's rare, once in a while a more serious problem shows up after you are home. So it's good to …

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Intrauterine Device (IUD) Insertion: Care Instructions

Details: An intrauterine device (IUD) is a very effective method of birth control. It is a small, plastic, T-shaped device that contains copper or hormones. The doctor inserts the IUD into your uterus. You can have an IUD inserted at any time, as long as you aren't pregnant and you don't have a pelvic …

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Hysteroscopy: Before Your Procedure

Details: A hysteroscopy is a procedure to find and treat problems with your uterus. It may be done to remove growths from the uterus, such as fibroids or polyps. It may also be used to diagnose and treat abnormal bleeding or fertility problems. The doctor will guide a …

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Learning About Ureteral Stents

Details: A ureteral (say "you-REE-ter-ul") stent is a thin, hollow tube that is placed in the ureter to help urine pass from the kidney into the bladder. The stent keeps the ureter open. After the stent is placed, urine should flow better from your kidneys to your bladder. The stent may be left in place for several days.

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Diabetic Renal Diet: Care Instructions

Details: This includes over-the-counter medicines, and natural health products such as vitamins, and herbal products. Limit alcohol to no more than 1 drink per day. Count it as part of your fluid allowance. To get the right amount of protein. Ask your doctor or dietitian how much protein you can have each day. You need some protein to stay healthy.

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Varicella (Chickenpox) (VZ) Vaccine

Details: Contact a travel health clinic or talk to your doctor or pharmacist. Are there other vaccines that protect against chickenpox? There is an MMR-Var vaccine that protect against …

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Pulmonary Edema: Care Instructions

Details: Overview. Pulmonary edema is the buildup of fluid in the lungs. It usually occurs when the heart does not pump blood through the body properly. Pulmonary edema can also be …

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Costochondritis: Care Instructions

Details: Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if: Your chest pain continues even though you are taking anti-inflammatory medicine. Your chest wall pain has not improved after 5 …

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Tinnitus: Care Instructions

Details: Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if: Your tinnitus moves from both ears to one ear. Your hearing loss gets worse within 1 day after an ear injury. Your tinnitus or hearing loss does not get better within 1 week after an ear injury.

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Youth and Mental Health Addictions

Details: Youth and Mental Health Addictions. Other drugs What is a drug? A drug is any substance that causes a change in people’s mental, emotional or physical state. Alcohol, tobacco and cannabis are commonly used legal drugs. Prescription drugs such as painkillers, sleeping pills, and anti …

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Upper Gastrointestinal Bleeding: Care Instructions

Details: Your Care Instructions. The digestive or gastrointestinal tract goes from the mouth to the anus. It is often called the GI tract. Bleeding in the upper GI tract can happen anywhere from the esophagus to the first part of the small intestine. Sometimes it's caused by an ulcer in your stomach. Or it …

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Plantar Fasciitis: Care Instructions

Details: Stand about 30 cm (1 ft) from a wall. Place the palms of both hands against the wall at chest level. Lean forward against the wall, keeping one leg with the knee straight and heel on the ground while bending the knee of the other leg. Sit down on the floor or a mat with your feet stretched in front of you.

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Perirectal Abscess: Care Instructions

Details: Your Care Instructions. A perirectal abscess is an infection that causes a pocket of pus near the anus. The area may itch and be quite painful. Most abscesses are caused by a blocked anal gland that gets infected.

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Adult Circumcision: Before Your Surgery

Details: Tell your doctor ALL the medicines and natural health products you take. Some may increase the risk of problems during your surgery. Your doctor will tell you if you should stop taking any of them before the surgery and how soon to do it. Make sure your doctor and the hospital have a copy of your advance care plan.

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Neck Spasm: Exercises

Details: slide 1 of 5. slide 1 of 5, Levator scapula stretch, Sit in a firm chair, or stand up straight. Gently tilt your head toward your left shoulder. Turn your head to look down into your armpit, bending your head slightly forward. Let the weight of your head stretch your neck muscles. Hold for 15 to 30 seconds. Return to your starting position.

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Vertigo: Care Instructions

Details: Sit on the edge of a bed or sofa and quickly lie down on the side that causes the worst vertigo. Lie on your side with your ear down. Stay in this position for at least 30 seconds or until the vertigo goes away. Sit up. If this causes vertigo, wait for it to stop. Repeat the procedure on the other side. Repeat this 10 times.

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Colic in Babies: Care Instructions

Details: Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if: Your baby is not gaining weight. Your baby has no symptoms other than crying, but you want to check for health problems that may be related. You have tried comfort measures many …

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Your Child's Fiberglass Cast: Care Instructions

Details: Put ice or a cold pack on your child's cast for 10 to 20 minutes at a time. Try to do this every 1 to 2 hours for the next 3 days (when your child is awake). Put a thin cloth between the ice and your child's cast. Keep the cast dry. Ask your doctor if you can give your child acetaminophen (Tylenol) or …

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Parkinson's Disease

Details: You'll need to see members of your health care team regularly (every 3 to 6 months, or as directed) for adjustments in your treatment as your condition changes. Treatments for Parkinson's include: Medicines, such as levodopa and dopamine agonists. This is the most common treatment for Parkinson's disease. For more information, see Medications.

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