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Tips for Giving Medication to your Baby or Toddler

Occasionally, babies and toddlers need medication. This can be a challenge for some parents. The following tips may help:
If you blow gently on a baby’s face, he or she will blink and swallow
Try using a straw so your toddler can sip up the medicine
Give an ice block to your toddler before giving the medicine – it will numb the taste buds
Have something to give your child after the medicine that he or she likes – a reward
Get your toddler to hold his or her nose – it will reduce the sensation of taste
If you use a syringe, syringe the medicine onto the inside of the cheek – there aren’t any bitter taste buds there
Remember to shake the bottle well before you give the medicine
Of course, when giving medication it is always important to remember safety as well.
Only give medication to the child it’s prescribed to
Never mix medicine with milk in a bottle – your child may not finish the bottle
Always finish the course of antibiotics – it reduces the emergence of resistant bugs
Always replace the cap and make sure it’s tightly screwed on
Don’t refer to medicine as a “sweet”, a “candy” or a “lolly” – if you do, your child may try and get some when you’re not looking
Never store medicines in drink or food containers
Keep medicines out of reach of children – remember toddlers are exploring their world and can climb

Treating Allergies With Environmental Medicine

Like conventional allergists, environmental-medicine doctors place a premium on environmental control. Doctors preach having at least your bedroom as an oasis. You want a place where you can get a good night’s sleep because that will often be enough to give you good health through the day when you are exposed to those things you react to. You have to reduce the total load.

Like conventional allergists, environmental-medicine doctors also use drugs and immunotherapy. However, for them, the balance is heavily tipped on the side of immunotherapy. However, for the, the balance is heavily tipped on the side of immunotherapy.

Still, drugs are sometimes a necessary evil, especially when the pollen is so thick that you can barely see out of your car windshield. On those kinds of days, anyone who is pollen-sensitive is going to have symptoms. That is why you need oral medications or inhalers.

Immunotherapy
Environmental medicine’s approach to allergy shots is similar to that of conventional medicine. By taking a little “hair of the dog that bit you,” you gradually retrain your immune system to tolerate substances that set it off. If you are lucky, the effect is permanent and you are essentially “cured.”

The difference is that environmental-medicine doctors are able to use higher starting concentrations of the offending substance, which have been shown to bring more immediate and long-lasting symptom relief. Unlike conventional allergists, they also use allergy shots to treat food and chemical sensitivities.

Although conventional doctors do not claim that these higher concentrations are necessarily harmful, they believe that allergy shots are primarily useful for inhalant allergies – such as pollen and mold – and can be dangerous when used to treat food allergies.

Here are a couple of environmental medicine’s forms of immunotherapy.

Enzyme-potentiated desensitization
This form of immunotherapy is used to desensitize patients to an entire category of allergens. For example, the aeroallergens category would include pollen, mold, and animal dander. Tiny injections of these allergens are given several weeks apart. Since doses are much weaker than other allergy shots, an enzyme called beta-glucuronidase is added to increase, or “potentiate,” the effect.

Optimal-dose immunotherapy
The “optimal” does is just short of the dose that produces symptoms. By starting with higher concentrations, environmental-medicine doctors have shown that patients can complete a course of immunotherapy in as little as 2 years.

Additional Allergy Treatments

In addition to immunotherapy, the following treatments may also be used by environmental-medicine doctors.

Dietary changes
Great emphasis is placed on finding and eliminating foods in the diet that cross-react with other allergens, especially pollens. One example is eggs, which sometimes cause a double reaction in patients who are allergic to oak tree pollen. Practitioners often counsel their patients to cut back on or eliminate sugar, refined wheat, and dairy products, and they encourage eating a varied, organic diet.

Exercise
Most of us simply don’t move enough. Probably 50 percent of all the symptoms are caused by insufficient physical movement. Most sufferers will achieve about half of the relief that is available to them simply by adding an hour of appropriate physical movement into their daily routine – even walking whenever possible.

Sauna therapy
Also known as heat depuration therapy, sauna therapy is often used to treat multiple chemical sensitivity, based on the knowledge that sweating releases toxins stored in fat. When supervised by a doctor, patients in the sauna are generally given vitamin, mineral, and fluid replacements.

Stress reduction
Since emotional upheaval can make allergies worse, environmental-medicine doctors often recommend supplemental mind and body therapies such as psychotherapy and massage. Getting rid of stress helps the whole system. If they follow a stress program that lowers the level of cumulative stresses, patients often get better, even without any additional lifestyle changes.

Supplements
The number of vitamin, mineral, and herbal supplements that can be used for allergy is almost limitless. But some supplements come up over and over again in the medical literature. Among them are vitamin C, vitamin B6, zinc, and magnesium.

How to Stay on the Safe Side in Using Herbal Medicines

Herbal medicines are now being used as one of the methods for curing health-related problems in modern societies. In fact, herbal products from credible companies today are also manufacturing and distributing those that address other concerns, like cosmetics, weight loss, dietary supplements, and so on.

Despite the popularity of this alternative healing method, we can never deny the fact that we are often plagued with doubts when someone asks us to give it a try. Even if we are showered with testimonies about the benefits of using herbal medicines, we can never be too sure about it since your health is on the line when the risks are concerned.

If you want to determine if an herbal medicine is safe for you, then here are some quick tips that will help you answer this question without putting your body at risks.

Tip # 1: Consult Your Health Expert

Before you make use of herbal medicines for your health concerns, you might to consult an expert to determine if it’s beneficial to your body or not. In truth, assorted herbal products are being sold in markets today without the need of a prescription to purchase. Anyone can just buy if they need it. Even if these products promise tons of advantages to modern consumers, we can never deny the fact that it can become a problem when used without proper prescription or instructions.

By consulting an expert, we can be sure to avoid any complications and side-effects in using herbal medicines. Your doctors, physician, or even a licensed herbalist will be subjecting you to extensive physical examination, some laboratory tests, and a bit of inquiry to your medical history to determine the exact cause of your health problem. This will allow them to prescribe the right herbal product for your needs that will maximize treatment and reduce the possibility of risks.

Tip # 2: Quality Products Only

Even if you have the prescription from a medical expert in the use of herbal medicines, there is still a possibility of exposing yourself to risks if the product you purchased is not the real thing. Considering the popularity of this alternative treatment, we can never deny the fact that there are scammers and fraud who will be selling counterfeit herbal products to fool consumers into thinking that they are the real ones.

Such is the case; you might want to be wary of these illegitimate products in the market. You can ask your medical expert if they can refer you to a seller or a retail shop that sells quality herbal products for your needs. If not, then you might want to ensure that the product you purchased is from credible medical companies by checking out their labels.

Tips to Help You Manage Your Diabetes

Diabetes is a very serious, life-threatening condition that must be managed almost constantly all your life. In fact, you should consider it as a new way to spend the rest of your life. One way to do that is to find tips to help you manage your diabetes, with your doctor’s approval, of course. In this article, we provide many tips to help you manage your diabetes

Regardless of how long you have had diabetes, there are always going to be questions that need answers and diabetic supplies and medications that you will need. You will want to keep up with the latest diabetes education, research and tips as there might be something new that you can use.

My mother was diagnosed with diabetes a few years age. She had to give herself insulin shots. Be sure you practice good personal hygiene, paying particular attention to your feet. If you use diabetes foot cream on the bottom of your feet and on your heals, it should help keep them from cracking and becoming sore. Put foot powder between your toes.

Being overweight only added to Mother’s health problem. So control your weight and if over weight, get it down.

Do you know anyone that is addicted to sugar? My mother was. Before she was diagnosed with diabetes, I had seen her dip out a spoonful of sugar and eat it like candy. Control your sugar intake. Work with your doctor to keep your blood sugar level where it should be, between 6.5% – 7%.

Go to your pharmacy and use their blood pressure monitor, if you do not have one. No charge to use it. Your blood pressure should be 130/80. If it isn’t, discuss it with your doctor.

Mother had worn glasses for many years. She had her eye exam with retina dilation every year. You should do the same and tell your eye doctor you have diabetes.

She enjoyed going barefooted in the house. One day she stumped her right big toe on the leg of her dining room chair. Her entire foot became swollen and it was hard for her to walk. It took a long while for her to get over that. Do not go barefoot in or out of the house. You need to have a pair of well-fitting shoes and wear support, cotton-nylon blend socks with them.

Six years after being diagnosed with diabetes, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. A mastectomy of the left breast did not get all of it. The cancer had gone into the bone. Now, she had a whole new set of heath problems and medications.

To make a long sad story short, she was instructed by her health care provider to take the diabetes medicine in the morning and her cancer medication in the evening and not to take them at the same time. One evening she was extremely tired. She took both medicines at the same time and it cost her – her life. If you take any medication(s) in addition to your diabetes medicine, be sure to follow the directions your doctor gives you explicitly, regardless of how tired you are. It is my opinion that a large poster showing the name of the medicine and the time to take it should have been taped to the cabinet door where the medicine was kept. Or better yet, keep the morning medication in one room (like a bathroom) and the evening medication in another (like the kitchen), far away from each other.

Here are some more tips that may be beneficial in helping you manage your diabetes. Add your own tips to this list.

1. Carry glucose tablets with you at all times
2. Get a yearly flu shot
3. Don’t smoke
4. Have your kidney health checked regularly
5. Stay active- go for walks, even if it is just around the inside of the local mall with a friend
6, Food labels are important – read them – know the sugar content and other pertinent information