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Understanding Children’s Medicine: Types, Dosage & Side Effects

There are so many things to think about when you have children, that gathering information about their medicines can often seem a little intimidating. Several medications may seem complicated to administer, and you may worry about any side effects they can cause.

Often the best medication for your young children is bed rest, plenty of liquids, and something like Tylenol for their aches and pains. Occasionally, a stronger medication is needed for a bacterial infection or the like, and you may have questions about the types of medicine prescribed, the dosage and any side effects. You may also want to know how to give medicine to a child.

Every medicine comes with specific dosage information. Dosages usually correspond to a patient’s weight, which means it may not be the same for all of your children.

Different medications can be taken in different ways. Some medicines are taken orally, others breathed into the lungs, some applied to the skin, and others injected by your doctor.

When you receive a prescription, there will always be the name of the medicine on it, as well as how much medicine is taken each time, for how long, and how often. Any questions about your child’s medicine and it’s time to call your doctor or pharmacist.

In fact, you should make it a priority to get to know your pharmacist. They are a wealth of information about every medicine concern, and can even offer you tips on how to give medicine to a child. They will also always recommend that every prescription be taken until finished, even if your child is feeling better halfway through.

Sometimes, medicines come with special instructions, for example that they should be taken with food or milk. By making sure they are eating healthy, adding medication at mealtime shouldn’t be that big of a deal. Especially if you talk to your kids about the importance of medicine that will help them to fight infections.

With every medication, there will be an information sheet that accompanies it. Here you can read about any side effects or drug interactions you should be aware of. If you need to know more, never hesitate to ask questions during your child’s doctor visit at Happy Valley. All of the Pediatrix staff are more than happy to put your every concern to rest.

Posted in Blog on March 8th, 2016

Natural Cold Remedies for Kids

Children seem to go from playing cheerfully to suddenly not feeling well. Perhaps they complain of an upset stomach or start sneezing all day long. Before you know it their little noses are all stuffed up, and you know they have a cold.

What should you do to help alleviate the symptoms of a cold? First of all, make sure it is a cold they have. Colds don’t come on suddenly like the flu, and if it’s just sneezing and stuffiness, mild aching and a very light fever, then it’s a good bet that your little one has a cold.

Symptoms won’t last long, but you want to know what the best cold remedies for kids are. Don’t immediately run for the medicine bottle as there are other things you can do.

  • Sleep. This is the best way to stay healthy. Make sure your children have a set bedtime every night, especially on school nights. Sleeping helps them to heal when they’re sick. Be sure that there aren’t too many bed covers either; don’t overload your little one with blankets. Overheating can cause temps to rise.
  • Eat good foods. Eating healthy is another great natural way to keep colds away. Foods rich in vitamins and minerals, such as chicken soup, have anti-inflammatory effects. The steam from hot soup gets into your child’s nasal passages and helps to alleviate breathing and loosen congestion.
  • Use a humidifier. Keeping a humidifier running in each child’s room will keep the air circulating. At the first signs of a cold, you should turn on the humidifier every time they sleep. The cool-mist will go a long way in alleviating runny noses and stuffed up nasal passages. Just keep your humidifier clean after each use.
  • Make a cup of lemon-honey tea. This is a cold remedy that never gets old. Honey is a natural immune-booster and a few teaspoons in a warm cup of tea does wonders to soothe sore throats and just give your child an extra boost at the start of a day. Be aware to NEVER give honey to children under the age one as they are too young for honey.
  • Try saline nasal spray. You may be leery of giving your child a nasal spray because they can be addictive.  This is not the case for saline nasal spray. It’s all natural and can be very soothing to the nasal passages.
  • Use medication only when necessary. If you have to use medication, you may be wondering how to give medicine to a child. Since many kids don’t like medicine, it helps to make it a game. Give the choices as to when and where they can take their medicine, sing a special song after giving the medicine, and explain why it’s a good thing for them.

As with any health concern, if you have questions or need some additional information, do not hesitate to contact your Pediatrix doctor.

Posted in Blog on February 23rd, 2016

Home Remedies to Keep Your Child Comfortable During a Fever

Often when children get sick and run a fever, you want to know how to alleviate that right away. Actually, unless a fever is unusually high, they don’t need to be alleviated. In fact, fever is the body’s natural defense against infection, and will go away on their own when no longer needed.

However, children can feel rather out of sorts when running a fever. No one likes that warm-to-the-touch, achy-all-over feeling. Sometimes, fevers are accompanied by no appetite, tiredness, and even nausea or vomiting. And you, as a good parent, want to make your children as comfortable as possible when they don’t feel well.

Here are some home remedies to make it as enjoyable as possible for those sick days.

  • Keep their room cool and dress them in layered light clothing. Don’t pile on the heavy clothes because they’re not feeling well, it will only lead to overheating, which will make a fever worse.
  • Have them drink lots of liquids. Encourage them to drink water or juice every 30 minutes or so. You can include Jello, popsicles, or other electrolyte drinks that are popular today. Keeping your children hydrated is going to make them feel better in the long run.
  • Even with a fever your children can be up and about in the house, but encourage them to take it easy and rest if they need to.
  • Use cool compresses on their forehead and wrists to reduce fever in toddlers.
  • Eating healthy should continue even when your kids are sick. Fruits, vegetables, soups, and the like should all be given. Sometimes a fever will reduce an appetite. That’s alright too, as long as your children do eat something during the day.
  • Use acetaminophen, such as Tylenol, to reduce a fever. This will also help alleviate aches and pains associated with it.
  • If a fever spikes into the high range, then it might be time for a child doctor visit in North Phoenix. A high fever is often indicative of something else, so don’t delay getting your child in to see the doctor.

There are many ways you can fight a fever. The best way is to let it run its course and seek out your Pediatrix doctors if you have any questions. Fevers arise from all sorts of things, so watch your children closely.

Posted in Blog on February 16th, 2016