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Tips On Getting Your Child To Take Medicine They Hate

As a parent you hate it when your kids are sick. We want them to get better as quick as possible, and of course usually the quickest way is with antibiotics or medicine of some kind.

Where the problem comes in is when your child does not like their medicine and does not want to take it. While you of course will give your child what the doctor prescribes but don’t be afraid to ask about the taste and if you have a child that struggles to take a certain kind of medicine see if their is an alternative.

Yes we can force feed them their medicine but it is unpleasant for everyone and if your child gets upset enough they will just throw it back up anyway. Plus unless you are extremely proficient at this you may waste doses.

Anything you can do for your child to make it easier for them to take their medicine will get them healthier quicker and save you and them from some miserable moments.

I have found with liquids that don’t taste good that if I have a drink ready with something sweet it seems to help, I have even been known to use a spoon full of sugar to help the medicine go down easier.

While no parent likes to do it you can plug your child’s nose so they have to open their mouth and try it that way. If your quick it does work most of the time, but that doesn’t solve the problem if they hate their chewables or can’t swallow pills easy.

I finally resorted to bribery with the nasty tasting chewable medicine. We got a package of sweet tarts and she would have a sweet tart, follow it with the chewable, and then another sweet tart. This of course only works if you child likes this type of candy. But you can try others if you have to.

When it comes to pills that need to be swallowed that is sometimes tough for children to learn how to do. I have found that placing the pill in a spoonful of applesauce makes it easier for my daughter to get the pill down without choking.

I hope these tips help. Make sure you are firm when it comes to medicine, let them know that somehow someway the medicine must get into their tummy to make them feel better. But that doesn’t mean you can’t be sympathetic and follow the dosage with a whole lot of attention and love.

Getting Your Medicine Cabinet Together

Normally the last refuge of chaos, a medicine cabinet doesn’t have to be a house of horrors filled with expired medications and ghastly gastro aids. In fact, I’ll bet you could purge and organize your medicine cabinet in 15 minutes or less. So set the timer and let’s go!

Top 5 Tips for Medicine Cabinets

TIP #1 – Check the expiry dates. Always check the expiry dates before taking or applying products. Highlight the expiry date so it stands out better. All out-dated products can be taken to your local pharmacist for proper safe disposal. DO NOT DUMP THEM DOWN THE TOILET OR POUR THEM DOWN THE SINK as modern water treatment plants are not fully designed to deal with medication disposal.

TIP #2 – Organize and toss old outdated toiletries and make-up. If your not sure how old it is or what it’s for – TOSS it. All unopened, unused items can be donated to your local shelter. Don’t keep items “just in case.” You know what you like and use – so stick to it.

TIP #3 – Keep the first aid basics on hand: bandages, tweezers, first aid manual, lavender essential oil for burns and headaches, tea tree oil for insect bites, Q-tips, thermometer, cotton balls, polysporin, etc. Alternatively, if you already own a dedicated first aid kit (always a good idea), you may want to remove some of this redundancy from your medicine cabinet and just make sure the kit is clearly marked, well placed and everyone in your family knows where it’s located.

TIP – #4 – Toss all old well-used toothbrushes. Your dentist will love you for this one. You can also repurpose them for fine detailing when you clean (e.g. They can be very useful when cleaning tile grouting or around faucets). Just make sure they are taped or otherwise marked so that family members don’t mistake the brushes and use them! Save yourself a trip. Keep a supply of new toothpaste, floss and brushes on hand. Extra new toothbrushes are also a great consideration for that ‘last minute’ overnight guest. They’ll feel like they’re in a hotel and you won’t have to make any unsavoury decisions.

Tip #5 – Practice Zone Defense. Anything that is not medicine/bathroom cabinet related needs a new home. If you have a “zone” for all items in your home you’ll always be able to find them the next time you go looking.

How to Properly Use Herbal Medicine

Herbal-TreatmentAs with any medicines today, the proper use is always important to maximize its effect, while avoiding health risks. Even if herbal medicines are made up off natural ingredients from plants and herbs, it is still possible that our body will show adverse effects when used incorrectly. Here are some tips in how to properly use your herbal medicine to reap the benefits.

Tip # 1: Consult Your Health Expert

When it comes to using medicines, whether natural or synthetic, it is very important that you consult a health expert to avoid any problems with it. It is true that you can purchase herbal medicines in stores in your area and determining its use by just reading the labels alone; but you will never know how it will affect your body if you don’t know anything about its composition, or your body’s adaptability for the treatment for that matter.

A doctor or a licensed herbalist can accurately diagnose your health problem and come up with an herbal medicine that will get rid of it. They will subject you to physical examinations, as well as some questions regarding you and your family’s health history. It is advisable that you answer their questions as accurately and as truthfully as possible so that they can give you the perfect herbal product and avoiding any occurrence of side-effects with it.

Tip # 2: Stick With The Prescription

If you have the prescription made by your doctor, it is advisable that you stick with it if you don’t want to have problems with your alternative mode of treatment. There have been cases that an individual suffered side-effects in using herbal medicines when they did not follow the recommended product by their specialist, usually opting for a cheaper alternative than the one listed down.

Tip # 3: Avoid Self-Medication At All Cost

Follow the instructions in using your herbal medicine carefully if you want to make sure that it will work for you. A misconception in using medicine is that taking in more than the prescribed dosage will expedite the healing process — well, it doesn’t.

Using more than what the doctor ordered in herbal products can affect the body differently. Some will not have any negative side-effects, but still follow the desired speed of treatment; while some will suffer allergic reactions, or in a more serious case, getting poisoned with it.

Medicine Ball Exercise Tips

Medicine balls are excellent tools for losing weight. Unfortunately, many people do not exercise with them properly, opening themselves up to possible injuries. They also risk not achieving the toned physique they’re seeking. Lucky for you, I have a few tips that will get you on the fast track to putting your medicine ball to proper use.

One of the best ways to use your medicine ball effectively is to employ it during abdominal workouts. Simply holding the ball over your head while doing crunches will add a little more resistance training to your workout. Resistance training, when done properly, builds muscle, and muscle requires more calories to maintain, even at rest.

You can also work the medicine ball into your regular arm exercises. Instead of a dumbbell, hold the ball in the palm of your hand, with the palm facing up, and lift your arm upwards. Hold for a second and then simply bring the ball back down to your original starting position. Do a good number of reps, say 3 sets of 12 reps. This exercise will effectively work your entire arm.

Medicine balls can be used to work your thigh muscles as well. Put your back against the wall with your knees bent at a 90-degree angle and squeeze the medicine ball just above your knees. Hold that position for about fifteen seconds and then release. Incorporate this exercise about two or three times in your regular workout to give your thighs that little bit of extra attention.

You can do this next exercise to work on your triceps. While either sitting or standing, hold the medicine ball straight above your head with both hands. You then move the ball behind your head by slowly bending your elbows until you have both your elbows bent at a 90-degree angle. Hold the ball there for a second or two and then extend your elbows until the ball is again straight above your head. You can then throw the ball to a friend as you extend your arms, though this part is optional. However, if you decide to do so, remember that the real workout you get from this exercise is gained through your control; don’t get too carried away with throwing the ball around.

These are just a few of the ways you can put your medicine ball to productive use. Within a few weeks of implementing these exercise techniques, you may find that you’re losing weight and developing muscle more quickly!