Answering Clinical Questions Improves Patient Safety

Q 1) How much sun do I need to get the daily recommended amount of vitamin D?
A Fifteen to twenty minutes a day of sun exposure, between 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM is enough for our bodies to produce the amount of vitamin D we need
Q 2) At what age do you recommend I start brushing my child's teeth?
A It is always a good idea to start your baby getting used to the act of teeth brushing early on. At first, wet a small piece of gauze and rub his or her gums twice a day, especially after feeds. Once their teeth begin to erupt, use a soft toothbrus and only flouride-free toothpaste until the age of 2 years. After than, you can safely switch to toothpaste that contains flouride in it
Q 3) Should certain foods be avoided during pregnancy?
A Pregnant women are at increased risk of bacterial food poisoning. For the safety of both mother and fetus, it is important to take steps to prevent foodborne illnesses, including the following : Properly cook food to kill bacteria. Use a meat thermometer to determine the appropriate temperature, although cooking until well done is safe for most meat. Ground beef should be cooked to at least 160°F, roasts and steaks to 145°F, and whole poultry to 180°F. Cook eggs until they have a firm yolk and are white. Eggnog and hollandaise sauce have raw or partially cooked eggs and are not considered safe. Eat liver in moderation. Liver can contain extremely high levels of vitamin A. Avoid products containing unpasteurized milk, including soft cheeses like brie, feta, and blue cheese. Also avoid unpasteurized juice. Carefully wash all fruits and vegetables to eliminate harmful bacteria. Avoid raw sprouts altogether. Limit caffeine intake. Caffeine crosses the placenta and can affect fetal heart rate. Some clinicians recommend limiting caffeine to less than 200 mg/day (about 2 cups of coffee).
Q 4) What are some ways to naturally reduce my blood pressure?
A In order to reduce your blood pressure without medication, you should follow certain lifestyle habits. These include losing weight, reducing salt intake, exercising, limiting the amount of coffee and alcohol you drink, quitting smoking if you are a smoker, and reducing stress if possible
Q 5) We want to vaccinate our child but we are hesitant to follow a rigid schedule. Is there an alternative solution?
A At our clinic, we follow the WHO vaccination schedule. This is the schedule that is followed in the United States and many other countries in the world. However, many parents prefer to space out shots and this is completely fine. We can give vaccinations slowly and over a longer period of time. This is safe and effective
Q 6) Which vaccinations should adult be given?
A If and adult has been fully vaccinated as a child, there are vaccine BOOSTERS that should be given. These include Hepatitis B, Tetanus & Polio, Hepatitis A, Pneumococcal Disease, and MMR for women who are planning on getting pregnant. However, there are certain vaccines that are only given in adulthood, such as the Shingles and HPV(Human Papilloma Virus) vaccines. If they have never had chicken pox as a child, they should also receive a vaccination against it.

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