Weekly Health Watch with how to care for baby's skin, new research on circumcision, a health tip and more.

Bathing, laundry products and diapers are only a few of the causes of skin irritation. But there are many natural ways to ensure that a baby's skin stays soft.


* Bathing - It may surprise you to know that babies don't need bathing all that often. Gentle sponge baths once a week will allow babies to retain the natural, protective oils in their skin. 


* Laundry products - Wash clothing and bedding before it gets used for the first time, and use fragrance- and dye-free laundry detergents.


* Changing time - The American Academy of Pediatrics says that diaper rash affects more than half of infants and is often caused by prolonged exposure to wet, soiled diapers or use of unnecessary baby products. The perfume or alcohol in many baby wipes can cause irritation. Use a warm wet washcloth or a squirt bottle with warm water, pat the area dry, and then apply a layer of zinc oxide or petroleum jelly to treat diaper rash.


-- Baby Orajel/ Family Features


New Research: Calorie restriction study


Scientists have found that calorie restriction — a diet comprised of approximately 30 percent fewer calories but with the same nutrients of a standard diet — does not extend years of life or reduce age-related deaths in a 23-year study of rhesus monkeys. However, calorie restriction did extend certain aspects of health.


-- National Institutes of Health


Did You Know?


World Suicide Prevention Day is Sept. 10 and promotes worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicides. – World Health Organization


Health Tip: Low-intensity workouts


Climbing stairs, riding a bike or pedaling an elliptical are all great low-imapct workouts that can fall into the high-intensity category, depending on your effort. Don't forget dancing and aerobics, which usually incorporate lots of overhead arms and movement using large ranges of motion.


-- Life Fitness


Number to Know


50: Tobacco products will eventually kill up to 50 percent, or half, of the people who use them.  -- World Health Organization


Children’s Health: Circumcision has health benefits


New scientific evidence shows the health benefits of newborn male circumcision outweigh the risks of the procedure, but the benefits are not great enough to recommend routine circumcision for all newborn boys, according to an updated policy statement published by the American Academy of Pediatrics. The revised policy says the decision of whether or not to circumcise should be left to the parents in consultation with their child’s doctor.


-- American Academy of Pediatrics


Senior Health: Preparing for surgery


If you are preparing to undergo surgery, it is important to follow all pre-operative directions from your physicians. These can range from quitting smoking as soon as you know you are to face surgery to getting a full eight hours of sleep the night before your procedure. Make sure your doctor and anesthesiologist are both aware of every medication you take, including prescriptions, over-the-counter drugs and herbal supplements, since they can all affect your anesthesia and surgery.


-- ARA/ lifelinetomodernmedicine.com


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