13th Apr 2016


Moving With Children

Less than great news for long distance removalists: research that has been conducted on the behalf of the government of Scotland and reported in tabloid newspaper in the United Kingdom has found that children in families that move homes comparatively often are likelier to experience poorer health than children in families that remain in one area. The Social and Public Health Sciences Unit of the Health Directorate of the Government of Scotland tracked the health statistics of over eight and a half hundred people living in Scotland’s west country for more than twenty years. At the end of the research period, a tad under three fifths of the sample group, fifty nine per cent of all of the participants, had moved homes with their family either once or twice during the study period. About twenty per cent or a fifth were in families that did not move at all during the period, and about a further twenty per cent moved homes thrice or more.
As the British media reported it, children that moved house many times during the study period were twice as likely to have used illegal drugs and three times as likely to report self harm and suicidal ideation. Multiple British tabloids suggested that a causal link may exist between frequently moving houses and a higher risk of these negative health outcomes when compared to other members of the study cohort. Troubling news, especially if you own a removals firm.No need to cancel the furniture movers Melbourne booking yet, however. In all likelihood, the newspapers that were reporting on this story were confusing correlation and causation.
There are many factors that can cause a family to move many times. Many of these, such as an unstable home life, an unsteady housing situation, or various other disruptions in family life, are much more likely to have contributed to the increased rate of negative health outcomes that was found than the actual act of moving house. One of the researchers who was involved with the study actually discussed that, in many cases, it may actually be a beneficial experience for children for their family to move houses if the move is into better circumstances and conditions. She reminded readers of the importance of bearing this in mind, and also noted that almost all of the differences found in the various health indicators tended towards the mean as children got older.
While things such as changing areas and schools may be daunting for many children, but it can also teach crucial life skills such as resilience, self-confidence, and adaptability. Children are much more adaptable within the context of an otherwise relatively stable family life than we often give them credit for, and can often even thrive on change. It is also worth noting that the study conducted for the government of Scotland did not control for cultural variations that may exist. To know more about interstate removalists Melbourne, visit http://www.melbournequickremovals.com.au/our-services/interstate-removalists/

11th Apr 2016


Taking Good Care Of Broken Bones

The most important aspect of healing a fracture or broken bones is allowing it to set well; this can only be achieved with the proper care at the proper time. Unlike other injuries, bone injuries require extra care and effort so here is a list of all the things you should do to ensure it heals properly.

Keeping it Immobile

A fracture must not move even a millimetre if it is to heal along the correct lines. That is why doctors insist on encasing even the smallest hairline crack with a plaster of paris cast. That way, your limb stays immobile and the fracture can heal without harm. To aid this, you need to sleep in adjustable beds with good latex mattress as a normal bed will place too much effort and stress on your joints and muscles as you get in and out of bed.

Adjustable beds are designed to help patients reach the floor without undue effort so use one while your bones heal.

Getting the Proper Nutrition

There is no scientific evidence to prove this exactly, but doctors still prescribe calcium pills to patients with cracks and fractures as calcium helps build bones in children and help combat degenerative bone diseases like osteoporosis and arthritis. Instead of taking pills, you can ask the doctor whether you can supplement your calcium intake with extra sources of calcium. So if you have one glass of milk a day, make it two. Eat plenty of fish, especially small fish like sardines and sprats. A calcium rich diet can help your bones heal better if not faster.

Avoiding Any External Pressure

As mentioned above, the affected area must remain absolutely still for the break to heal properly. This involves leaving the area clear of anything that can cause pressure inside. So any rashes, wounds or sudden jerks and movements must be strictly avoided. If you have sensitive skin that reacts quickly, warn the doctor before he puts on the cast; he may be able to negate the allergy by using soothing ointment before moulding the cast. If your fracture is accompanied by a wound, ask the doctor whether you need antibiotics to heal it first; any extensive cleaning required might readjust your healing leg, bringing everything back to square one.

Don’t Get it Wet

Doctors constantly advise patients to not get the affected area wet during showers and baths as water can have adverse effects on the healing process. If there is even a small scratch on the surface, it opens up the area to the risk of infection through water. If the water is too cold, it may freeze the blood inside while too hot water will burn the affected area. Either way, caution must be exercised when yourself. The easiest way to keep you limb waterproof is to wrap it up first in cloth, then in polythene or a plastic bag to keep out the water. If any get in, gently sponge it off but do not towel or wipe it off.