WELL, WELL, WELL…

Haven Magazine - - LIFE -

Learn a lit­tle some­thing from our ever-chang­ing panel of haven health and well­ness ex­perts. Your well­be­ing will thank you for it.

GE­OR­GIA KIL­PATRICK Founder and lash artist, Face Aus­tralia Co.

Does wak­ing up, show­er­ing, throw­ing on some tinted mois­turiser and walk­ing out the door look­ing your ab­so­lute best sound ap­peal­ing? Eye­lash ex­ten­sions mean less time putting on your face and more time sleep­ing – they’re amaz­ing for the gal on the go. They can add length and full­ness to your nat­u­ral eye­lashes, they’re cus­tomis­able to you, wa­ter re­sis­tant and light­weight, and they en­hance your nat­u­ral beauty while cut­ting your makeup time in half. You can opt for a nat­u­ral look or go dra­matic – no mas­cara needed. So how does it work? Ba­si­cally, you come in for an hour, have a nap and wake up look­ing amaz­ing! Eye­lash ex­ten­sions are in­di­vid­u­ally ap­plied to each of your nat­u­ral lashes and there are a range of dif­fer­ent types, lengths, thick­nesses and colours. They’re per­fect for ev­ery day, hol­i­days or spe­cial oc­ca­sions, and should last up to four to six weeks with the proper iso­la­tion, ap­pli­ca­tion, prod­ucts and af­ter­care – proper clean­ing and daily brush­ing are es­sen­tial. They gen­er­ally fall out with your nat­u­ral lash cy­cle, which is why two to three ‘in­fills’ are rec­om­mended to keep them look­ing full and fresh. How­ever, this can vary depend­ing on your skin type (oil breaks down the ad­he­sive), skin prod­ucts used, ex­er­cise and sleep­ing pat­terns. My clients’ ex­pe­ri­ence is of the ut­most im­por­tance to me. I re­ally take the time to get to know my clients and their lashes, I cus­tomise the length, thick­ness, type and colour of the ex­ten­sions to the client, con­sid­er­ing both their wants and what their nat­u­ral lashes can hold in or­der to stay healthy. Be­cause I am a one-woman show, my clients see only me, ev­ery time, which en­sures they get the same ex­pe­ri­ence ev­ery time, same prod­ucts, same great out­come.

www.faceaus­trali­aco.com.au DR RACHEL WYN­D­HAM, Med­i­cal doc­tor and natur­opath

Ab­dom­i­nal pain in chil­dren – which isn’t bad enough to war­rant an emer­gency visit, but enough to dis­rupt school and ac­tiv­i­ties – is a com­mon pre­sen­ta­tion in my clinic, and such a frus­tra­tion for par­ents. It can go on for months or even years, and I fre­quently see fam­i­lies who have had tried com­plex tests and di­ets with­out a clear di­ag­no­sis or any real im­prove­ment. The so­lu­tion? Start with the ba­sics. Fig­ure out what it is, or what it’s not. Three com­mon causes of chil­dren’s stom­ach pain are: Me­sen­teric Adeni­tis: In­flam­ma­tion of the lymph glands in the stom­ach area due to in­fec­tion, such as a vi­ral ill­ness, com­monly causes mild tem­po­rary stom­ach pain for chil­dren. Chil­dren are fre­quently ex­posed to new bugs and their de­vel­op­ing im­mune sys­tems re­act ap­pro­pri­ately by build­ing new im­mune me­mory cells, which can cause gut dis­com­fort. The good news is, this is eas­ily treated with sim­ple pain med­i­ca­tion and your child will grow out of it. Con­sti­pa­tion: Causes of con­sti­pa­tion can vary and an ex­am­i­na­tion and a sim­ple X-ray can help iden­tify what’s go­ing on. A dairy pro­tein al­lergy is a fre­quently iden­ti­fied cause of con­sti­pa­tion, but chronic con­sti­pa­tion – which can present as loose liquid mo­tion (the ‘over­flow’ of a very slow func­tion­ing bowel full of hard stools) may re­quire a trial of soft­ener or a spe­cific lax­a­tive. Stress: Our ner­vous sys­tem is very pow­er­ful and will shut down the gut when un­der threat, so chil­dren – who are par­tic­u­larly sen­si­tive to emo­tional changes – can of­ten present stress as phys­i­cal symp­toms. Pro­fes­sional emo­tional sup­port for chil­dren and their fam­i­lies can help and may of­ten be enough to im­prove the symp­toms. Ev­ery par­ent is wor­ried they will miss the signs of a se­ri­ous ill­ness, so if your child isn’t gain­ing weight or meet­ing ex­pected growth and de­vel­op­ment mile­stones, has mu­cous or blood in their stool, is in mod­er­ate to se­vere pain or has a fever, a med­i­cal re­view and tests are re­quired. Oth­er­wise, sit down with your doc­tor and have a con­ver­sa­tion about the po­ten­tial causes of your child’s stom­ach pain and the nec­es­sary tests and make a plan.

www.dr­rach.com.au

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