Ask The Doctor...about breastfeeding, dental care and rosacea

MY baby is three months old.

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Is it OK to take ibuprofen while I'm breastfeeding?

IF you take ibuprofen, it will appear in your breast milk in very small amounts and is unlikely to cause any harm to your baby.

However, you should seek further advice from your GP before taking ibuprofen if your baby was born prematurely, had a low birth weight or any other medical condition.

If you have any concerns about this information, or need any help understanding it and relating it to your own situation, you should talk to your GP, midwife, health visitor or local pharmacist.

WHAT happens if I need to access urgent or out-of-hours dental care in my area?

NHS dental care is always available if you are in discomfort or pain, whether you have a regular dentist or not.

Urgent and out-of-hours treatment will include anything necessary to relieve pain.

To access emergency dental advice, phone NHS 24 on 08454 24 24 24, where trained dental nurses can provide advice and refer you to further out-of-hours treatment in your area if required.

Unless your condition is serious, your local out-of-hours dental service may advise you to take some form of pain relief and book an appointment during normal clinic hours.

WHAT IS...ROSACEA?

Rosacea is a common but poorly understood long-term skin condition that mainly affects the face. Symptoms begin with episodes of flushing, spots and persistent redness of their skin. Small blood vessels in the skin can become visible. In the most severe cases, the skin can thicken and enlarge, usually on and around the nose.

It most commonly affects fair-skinned people from northern Europe and can affect up to one in 10 people. It affects twice as many women as men, although it is usually more serious in men. Symptoms usually begin between the ages of 30 and 50.

While the exact cause is unknown, several triggers have been identified that may make symptoms worse. These include exposure to sunlight, stress, cold weather, hot drinks, alcohol and eating certain foods.

Rosacea can be particularly troublesome because it affects your appearance – changing how you feel about yourself and interact with others. Many sufferers report feelings of low self-esteem, embarrassment and frustration. You can take steps to prevent symptoms flaring up by following certain skincare regimes, reducing stress, using sun-protection cream and avoiding alcohol and spicy foods.

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