Ask the doc­tor:

Pro­fes­sor Ker­ryn Phelps has an­swers for read­ers’ ques­tions on anger man­age­ment, fly­ing with ba­bies, falls in the el­derly and sleep needs.

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - CONTENTS - HAVE A QUES­TION? If you have a ques­tion for Pro­fes­sor Ker­ryn Phelps, write to: Ask The Doc­tor, PO Box 92512, Welles­ley Street, Auck­land 1141 or email awwed­i­tor@bauer­me­; sub­ject Q&A. Let­ters can­not be an­swered per­son­ally.

read­ers’ health ques­tions an­swered

QDo you have any tips on anger man­age­ment? I look after my grand­kids to help my chil­dren, but find my­self get­ting up­set at their un­tidi­ness and re­luc­tance to help. I’ve tried run­ning round the gar­den scream­ing, which helps, but I don't want my grand­kids to suf­fer from my tem­per. D.O. Step back from the re­spon­si­bil­ity for your grand­chil­dren for a while. It is your chil­dren’s turn to par­ent their chil­dren. Help out when it suits you, by all means, but on your own terms. Ex­plore ac­tiv­i­ties you en­joy and the time you spend with your grand­chil­dren will be bet­ter qual­ity time.

QMy hus­band and I want to take our baby to China, but are wor­ried about the long flight. He is four weeks old, but sleeps well and would not dis­turb others. J. P. There is no fixed rule, but my ad­vice is to wait un­til six weeks when you are both in a rou­tine and his first im­mu­ni­sa­tions are done. At that visit, your GP can give him a check-up to iden­tify any po­ten­tial health prob­lems be­fore you travel. Pre-book a seat with a travel cot. Breast­feed­ing is con­ve­nient for travel, but if he is bot­tle fed, care­fully plan sup­ply for the trip.

QI get pain in my hips and but­tocks when I climb stairs. It never hap­pens when I’m walk­ing. Is it sci­at­ica? O.S. This type of pain could be caused by nerve ir­ri­ta­tion, mus­cle strain, bur­si­tis or arthri­tis in the hip or low back. You need to see your doc­tor or phys­io­ther­a­pist for an as­sess­ment.

QI read fruit and veg­etable juice can cause ir­ri­ta­ble bowel syn­drome, di­ar­rhoea and stom­ach pain. My daugh­ter re­places meals with juice. Is this healthy? K.R. The ef­fect of juic­ing de­pends on what you juice and how. If you re­move the pulp, you miss out on fi­bre and nu­tri­ents, and you can con­sume more kilo­joules, re­sult­ing in weight gain. Juic­ing can cause gas, bloat­ing, cramp­ing and di­ar­rhoea. Also be care­ful of rapid blood sugar in­creases if you have di­a­betes. Whole fruits (two per day) and vegeta­bles (five per day) are bet­ter for your health.

QIs it bad to eat stand­ing up? Of­ten I have no time to eat any other way. W.W. Whether you sit or stand while you eat is not cru­cial. It is more im­por­tant to eat mind­fully, with healthy food choices, chew care­fully and don’t rush. If weight con­trol is an is­sue, a study has shown peo­ple who sit, eat meals more slowly and con­sume fewer kilo­joules.

QMy 84-year-old mother keeps fall­ing. She is very in­de­pen­dent and doesn’t want to go into a home, which I re­spect. She is hard of hear­ing and I’m won­der­ing if this could af­fect her bal­ance. Would a hear­ing aid mean she can con­tinue liv­ing in­de­pen­dently for longer? V.E. Your mother needs to have a com­pre­hen­sive ge­ri­atric as­sess­ment. Her GP can get this started, but she may need ex­ten­sive in­ves­ti­ga­tion and cor­rec­tion of pos­si­ble strength, co-or­di­na­tion and bal­ance prob­lems. Aged care as­sess­ment teams can be mo­bilised by her GP and an oc­cu­pa­tional ther­a­pist can give her ideas for im­prov­ing safety around the house.

QWhat is the best amount of sleep, or is it dif­fer­ent for ev­ery per­son? N.P. Sleep de­pri­va­tion is bad for your phys­i­cal and emo­tional health. Most adults need seven to nine hours of good qual­ity sleep. Some peo­ple need less, others need more to func­tion at their best and this tends to vary with age. Here is a guide:

It is im­por­tant to eat mind­fully, with healthy food choices, chew care­fully and don’t rush.

● Teenagers: 8-10 hours ● Adults: 7-9 hours ● Older adults (65+): 7-8 hours

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.