If there’s no improvement after home treatments, patients may need hospital treatment.
Patients should ask for an urgent GP appointment or call 111 if:
If in hospital or a care home, the patient should tell their healthcare team as soon as possible if they develop symptoms of a pressure ulcer. It’ll probably continue to get worse if nothing is done about it.
The patient should be regularly monitored and offered advice and treatment to reduce the risk of pressure ulcers, but sometimes they can develop even with the highest standards of care.
If the patient is recovering from illness or surgery at home, or are caring for someone confined to bed or a wheelchair, they should contact their GP surgery if they think they or the person they’re caring for might have a pressure ulcer.
Early symptoms of a pressure ulcer include:
This early stage of gum disease is known as gingivitis. If gingivitis is not treated, a condition called periodontitis can develop. This affects the tissues that support teeth and hold them in place. If periodontitis is not treated, the bone in the jaw may be damaged and small spaces can open up between the gum and teeth. Teeth can become loose and may eventually fall out.
They’re not serious but they can take a long time to treat – sometimes up to 12 months.
A low mood that doesn’t go away can be a sign of depression.
Symptoms of depression can include the following: Low mood lasting 2 weeks or more; Not getting any enjoyment out of life; Feeling hopeless; Feeling tired or lacking energy.
Around half of all people who experience migraines also have a close relative with the condition, suggesting that genes may play a role.
Flu – Appears quickly within a few hours, affects more than just the nose and throat, makes people feel exhausted and too unwell to carry on as normal.
Patients should begin to feel better in about a week or two.
Their skin may look sore and feel hot to touch, and there may be spots, pimples or blisters.
The spots fill with fluid. The blisters may burst. They might spread or stay in a small area. The spots scab over. More blisters might appear while others scab over.
There may be other symptoms before or after the spots, including:
Chickenpox is very itchy and can make children feel miserable, even if they do not have many spots. Chickenpox is usually much worse in adults.
It is an extremely common childhood condition.
Care Co-Lactase can be used from birth onwards.
It should only be used for as long as it takes for the baby to begin to produce enough of their own lactase enzyme as the gut develops – typically around 3-4 months. Further advice should be sought from their doctor or health visitor.
If a baby has colic, they may appear to be in distress. But the crying outbursts are not harmful, and a baby should continue to feed and gain weight normally. A one week trial of infant lactase enzyme drops such as Care Co-Lactase is recommended by the NHS Choices website as one of the options if a baby is showing colic-like symptoms. If a parent is unsure it’s best to advise them to check with their health visitor or doctor.
Lactose intolerance is a separate condition to temporary lactase deficiency. Lactose intolerance is usually lifelong, unlike the effects of temporary lactase deficiency, which usually resolve at around 3 – 4 months when the infant produces enough of its own lactase enzyme as the gut develops.
Care Co-Lactase Infant Drops may help a baby, but if a parent is unsure it’s best to get advice from health visitors or doctors. Further details can be found here.
Doctors or health visitors will be able to provide more information on transitioning a baby to cow’s milk.
It occurs when the immature digestive system of the young child doesn’t produce enough lactase to break down the lactose in milk. Lactase enzyme drops, like Care Co-Lactase, can help the baby digest the lactose until their digestive system is able to handle it. If symptoms persist, parents should speak to a doctor.
Care Co-Lactase drops can still be added to this sort of milk, as they will help to break down any lactase the milk may contain. NHS choices recommend that a one week trial of lactase drops may help some babies showing symptoms of colic, so patients can try Care Co-Lactase Infant Drops with their baby to see if there is any improvement. Their doctor or health visitor can advise them further.
Ensure patients follow the manufacturer’s instructions on adding Care Co-Lactase to breast milk and make sure that it is fed to your baby before breastfeeding begins. Their doctor or health visitor can advise with any further queries.
Other colic preparations contain ingredients such as simethicone, an anti-foaming agent. Dill oil, to relax the tummy and Sodium Hydrogen Carbonate, to neutralise acid. These remedies won’t help with Transient Lactase Deficiency.
The powder lactase has a stable pH which helps it to remain in the stomach where the lactose in milk can be broken down into more simple sugars. Liquid lactase drops aren’t pH stable and so the process of breaking down the lactose has to happen before the milk is consumed, which is why with some other colic remedies you have to wait 30 minutes before feeding.
Comfort milk has much less lactose than normal formula milk, but if a baby is still having trouble digesting the lactose in it then Care Co-Lactase Infant Drops may help to break down the sugars even further. However, temporary lactase deficiency might not be the only cause of discomfort. If a baby still shows no improvement after trialling Care Co-Lactase for a week then you should recommend that the parents speak to their doctor or health visitor.
The immature digestive system of babies can have trouble breaking down lactose into more simple sugars.
Doctors or pharmacists can tell you more about how this may affect babies.
Care Co-Lactase Infant Drops help to break down the lactose in your baby’s feed into more simple sugars which can be more easily digested by the body. Sometimes, young babies can struggle temporarily to create enough lactase on their own to digest the whole of their feed, therefore lactase drops such as Care Co-Lactase can help. The drops should not be given directly to a baby.
More than 60% of parents with children aged between 6 months and 5 years say their child has had one. It’s usually caused by a minor viral infection, such as a cough or cold, and can normally be treated at home.
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