Your family's health... with Dr Sarah Brewer.
Q I HAVE small objects in front of my eyes that move when I blink. What can I do about them?
A FLOATERS are small clumps of cells in the fluid inside your eye and are usually found to have no significance. Occasionally they are a symptom of an eye problem, so they should always be checked by your GP or ophthalmologist to ensure your eyes are healthy
Q MY daughter has started her periods while still at primary school, but the school doesn't provide sanitary towel machines or bins and there isn't much privacy for her. She also suffers with stomach cramps, but is too embarrassed to tell the teachers what is wrong.
A IT is important to inform the school of your worries. You can buy small pouches in which to keep sanitary towels from chemists, plus folded sanitary towel with wrappers that your daughter can tuck in her school bag. The school needs to provide bagging and binning facilities to prevent their toilets becoming blocked.
Q I CAN'T get my children to eat fruit. Every time I put an apple, banana or orange in their lunch box it comes back uneaten. How can I get them to eat more fruit?
A ENCOURAGE them to drink fresh, unsweetened fruit juice as this counts towards the ideal five servings of fruit or veg per day. You can also put a sliced tomato in their sandwiches if they will eat this. Dried fruit is another option. If their diet seems poor, a vitamin is a good idea.
Q I HAVE dreadful pain in my joints from arthritis. My doctor has put me on lots of tablets and told me to exercise. Is this harmful?
A WHILE some rest is important, it will make your muscles weak and increase joint stiffness. Simple exercises such as walking, cycling or swimming will make all the difference.
Q I KEEP having to have my ears syringed. What can help prevent a build- up of ear wax?
A DROPS containing urea hydrogen peroxide are effective in removing wax. If you are prone to excess wax, try to keep your ears dry - wax absorbs water and will swell to make symptoms worse.
Sarah Brewer is a GP and health writer. Send your problems to Vital, One Central Quay, Glasgow G3 8DA or email email@example.com. Sorry, Sarah cannot reply personally.
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|Publication:||Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)|
|Date:||Sep 26, 2001|
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