Like any doctor appointment, an eye exam can be a little bit frightening for a child if they aren't sure what to expect. By setting them at ease beforehand, the appointment will go much more smoothly and your child will leave with good memories of their exam and doctor. The following tips can help you prepare your child.
Tip #1: Play act a visit to the eye doctor
An effective way to set your child at ease is to play act a trip to the eye doctor.
While it's ideal to use comfortable chairs as much as possible for the health of your back, you might occasionally find yourself seated on a chair that isn't very comfortable. A basic wooden chair, for example, which is something that is common in a dining room set, can create problems with your posture and eventually lead to back discomfort. If finding an alternative place to sit isn't possible, it's possible to use a few specific tactics — and some props — to lessen the risk of the chair harming your back.
Some strange circular bruises appearing on the back of Olympic medalist Michael Phelps had everyone asking what was causing his injuries—in reality, they're signs that he's been trying an ancient practice known as "cupping" to get some relief from neck and back pain. What is this strange practice? More importantly, is it any good? Here is what you should know:
What is cupping?
Cupping has its roots in Egypt, Greece, and China and it's a relatively simple procedure that takes heated cups and applies them directly to the skin of the patient above the area where his neck or back hurts.
A knot on your eyelid seems to show up out of nowhere, may be slightly sore at first, and you keep expecting it to go away. After some time, the knot is still there and the pain is probably gone, so it sounds like you are dealing with a common optical issue known in the medical community as a chalazion. Even though chalazions are quite common and not really a major problem, they can be enough to cause you a little concern if you have never had the issue before.
Aches around your heel, pain that makes steeping almost unbearable, and an odd sensation between horrendous pain and relief with stretching--it sounds like you are dealing with plantar fasciitis. This pain results from inflammation around a thick band of connective tissue in the foot which leads from the heel to the toe. Because this connective tissue sustains pressure with every step, even the lightest footfalls can leave you wincing in pain.