Baby Respiratory System Problems

It is important to realize that the “mucus” that newborns so often gag on is not the same mucus that drips from noses or is hawked out of bronchial trees. Newborn mucus isn’t even reallymucus. It doesn’t come from mucous glands. Its chemical makeup is entirely different from the soft of mucus that discharges from the glands in our respiratory, intestinal, and reproductive tracts. Newborn mucus is a unique fluid that’s either secreted from the fetal lung alone or is a blend of amniotic fluid and fetal lung secretion. Before the baby takes his first breath, his lungs are filled with this juice. The full-termer arrives with about 80 to 100 milliliters of it in his lungs. As soon as the baby is born, this mucus must make way for air. Most of it is absorbed into the baby’s veins and the lymph channels of his lungs.

Up to 20 milliliters of the mucus is expressed through the baby’s nose and mouth by the squeezing of his chest as he passes through the birth canal. This gets suctioned out while the baby is still in the delivery room, often before the baby is fully delivered. The mucus that didn’t get high enough to get suctioned, and didn’t get absorbed into the lungs’ veins, is eliminated during the first week of life. The lining of the baby’s respiratory tree sweeps the mucus upward toward the mouth. Once it gets there, the infant swallows some, gags on some, and some ends up in your lap. Whatever the route of disposal, once it’s gone, no more is produced and that’s the end of the mucus.

SQUEAKY BREATHING (Congenital Stridor)
Some babies squeak when they inhale. If that sound came from your car, you would probably reach for a can of oil. If it came from your baby, read on. Doctors describe babies who produce a sound when they inhale as having congenital stridor (congenital means present at birth; stridor is harsh sound). Seventy-five percent of babies with congenital stridor also have laryngomalacia (the larynx is the voice box; malaria means softening). Doctors can recognize the great majority of laryngomalacia cases simply by the sound. Roughly one fifth aren’t obvious until a specialist looks at the voice box.

Babies with laryngomalacia produce a high-pitched, fluttery, staccato sound as they inhale. It’s loudest when the baby is excited, feeding, or lying on his back, and it may not happen with every breath, Despite the squeak, a baby with laryngomalacia has a strong voice, his color is good, and he has no special feeding difficulties. If he catches a cold the mucus and swelling may aggravate things, and he needs to be watched a bit closer than the baby who doesn’t squeak. A baby’s very first breath can produce a squeak, or the sound may not start until he’s six months old. Squeaks usually stop before the second birthday, but some babies squeak until they’re five. If a specialist looks at the baby’s larynx, she will see an epiglottis that buckles when the baby breathes in, a thick wall of cartilage that caves in, or both. She’ll tell you that, as the baby gets older, the voice box will become more rigid and the sounds will stop. She’ll be right, of course.

Tips To Healthy Bowel Movements That Will Optimize Your Daily Activity

Your bowel movements are excellent indicators of your overall health. Since food provides the fuel for energy production, it follows that a fully functional gastrointestinal tract is crucial. Your stomach, bowel and liver need to be in tiptop working order in order to do their job, which is extracting, processing and absorbing nutrients from your meals.

The process
Food as it is consumed is not in a state to provide energy to the body. First it must be broken down into particles small enough to cross the plasma membrane of your cells. Enzymes manufactured in the small intestine, combined with pancreatic enzymes and bile from the liver, aid in digesting proteins, carbohydrates and fats. The mix is absorbed through the intestinal wall and transported to the liver, where it is further metabolized and made available as an energy source.

The large intestine
The large intestine, which processes the residue from this procedure, is host to good intestinal flora such as acidophilus which help to move everything along to the rectum, stimulating defecation.

The importance of regular bowel movements
A complete and satisfying morning bowel movement is essential for optimum energy levels. A sluggish bowel creates a sluggish body, while optimal colon function prevents toxic buildup and ensures energy and vitality.

The DIGESTIVE SYSTEM uses 60-80% of the bodys energy
Consider this: 60-80% of the bodys energy is used on digestion. The remaining systems in your body, immune, respiratory, reproductive, cardiovascular, nervous, and muscular systems share only 20-40% of your total energy. So guess what happens when one or more of these systems are challenged? Your body robs energy from the digestive system.
This is why a digestive challenge is often the first clue that there may be a problem in another system.
Indigestion, heartburn, acid reflux, gas, food cravings, bloating and other digestive problems can indicate that the culprit is somewhere else entirely.
When the body steals energy from the digestive system, it cant balance the stomach acid or produce enough enzymes for a smooth operation. Many people are unaware of this connection between the digestive system and the systems of the body.

Shape and size
As we mentioned earlier, your bowel movements are excellent indicators of your overall health.. If you have small, marble-sized movements, for example, that could mean you are dehydrated. Bowel movements need sufficient water, oil and. Sufficient water and roughage produce soft but formed bowel movements, about the size and shape of small bananas. Oil (olive oil is ideal because it helps the body in other ways, too) aids with frequency and helps prevent constipation.

4 Tips to Healthy Bowel Movements That Will Optimize Your Daily Activity
While it is beyond the scope of this article to go into specific foods that are good to eat for optimal bowel function, here are three items you should consume every day to ensure normal movements.

1 Water  eight to ten glasses a day
2 Fiber  bran cereals, whole grain products
3 Oil  olive oil on salads
4 Morning bowel movement