70% of sore throat patients receive antibiotics when actually 20% really have bacteria caused strep throat. Make sure your doctor tests to confirm strep before your children start taking antibiotics for a sore throat.
ADHD medications have had questionable long term safety tests. Each drug was tested on an average of 75 patients before getting FDA approval. The average length of each trial was only 4 weeks. These medications are prescribed to children for years and not weeks. Therefore one can conclude that the drug approval process for ADHD medications as far as long term safety was concerned was severely lacking. Long term safety was in fact not officially determined at the time they were initially deemed safe.
Come back tomorrow for safe ADHD treatment with great long term results.
No matter how old your trick or treater, plan the route in advance and go over safety precautions.
Fortified breakfast cereals are causing kids to ingest too much vitamin A, zinc, and niacin according to a health research organization. The amount of these nutrients in fortified cereals is calculated for what is good for adults and not children.
Here are some ways for children to prevent water tubing injuries:
- Wear a personal floatation device (PFD). If a water tubing accident happens, a life vest may prevent drowning.
- Have a spotter, whose only job is to keep an eye on those who are tubing. The spotter should tell the driver of any issues, such as falling off the tube or rider requests to slow down.
- Check the tow rope before starting. The tow rope should be free of slack and should not be tangled with any objects. The tube can flip leading to accidents
If your child goes tubing, there are certain precautions the adult boat driver should take. Adults should be alert to how wide the tube is swinging out from the wake. Look for possible obstacles for collisions. Boat drivers should slow down when towing tubes. Children riding in tubes can’t make changes in direction and when towed at higher speeds, the tube tends to whip wide outside the boat’s wake.
Tomorrow we will look at how kids can protect themselves while tubing.
Take water breaks. If your child complains about dizziness, headache, nausea or muscle cramps, he or she could be overheated or at risk for heat-related illness.
Never leave dogs or children in a parked car. This is true even for a quick errand and even if the windows are cracked open on a warm day.
If your child has sleep issues due to ADHD and the other sleep suggestions from yesterday do not work, there is another option. Students may benefit from the hormone supplement melatonin to induce drowsiness. Melatonin is produced naturally in the brain as the sun goes down, signaling that bedtime is coming within a few hours.
The theory is that taking this supplement may help people with true insomnia fall asleep. If this is something you are hesitant about trying just yet, you could also consider a simple option of switching your child’s old purple mattress (or whatever the mattress) to something brand new and high quality. This should improve their comfort level and allow them to get a comfortable night’s sleep. Ask your doctor before trying this option and only use it as a last resort. If you suspect that your child is having issues with sleep you might want to try this sleep calculator for kids on sleepify to measure the amount of sleep they are getting.
Some children’s sleep problems can be fixed with a set bedtime and calming routine at night. This involves up to an hour before bedtime dimming lights, avoiding computer/cell phone screens, a warm bath, or quiet activities such as reading. These methods can help all children including those with ADHD fall asleep.
Check here tomorrow for what you can do if your child suffers from ADHD and still has difficulty sleeping even after trying these suggestions.