10 Tips For Handling A Sick Child Visit With Ease

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doctorDealing with sick children is never easy, but it can get even tougher when you have to take them to the doctor. The doctor’s office is a big, intimidating place, and it can be scary for kids who already feel under the weather. Your child will likely be full of questions, especially about uncomfortable situations that await him. The following tips for preparing your child for a visit to the doctor will allow him to get through the event with the least fear possible, allowing him to adapt a healthy attitude towards maintaining his health.

Clear Up the Mystery

The first thing to do is to explain exactly what is going on. If a child’s mind is left to wander, he may come up with all types of frightening scenarios. Get an idea of what tests he could possibly undergo, and explain to him the actions the doctor will take so that he will be comfortable during the process. It can also be beneficial to explain how you as a parent visit the doctor for similar things when you are ill.

Be Up Front About Pain

Parents generally have success with kids by taking one of two approaches when facing shots and other painful procedures. They can either distract the child with toys, blankets and other items from home, or they can discuss with the children that fact that they are likely to experience a small amount of pain but will feel better in the long run. When talking to your child, emphasize the fact that he will receive a treat, such as a sucker or some type of good consequence, after enduring the brief amount of pain.

Embrace Psychology

Children develop memories and anticipate experiences based on associations. If your child thinks of a doctor’s visit solely as an uncomfortable experience, then he’ll begin to dread making the trip. Start him off on the right foot by always rewarding him in some fashion after a successful visit.

Make the Environment Your Own

kidsChildren often feel uncomfortable during a doctor’s visit simply because they are in new surroundings. No matter how much you explain to them the reasons behind the visit, the pure “newness” of the experience can cause problems. Avoid that sense of isolation by taking the time to show your child around the waiting room and help him explore the actual office so he can see everything is OK and that there is nothing to fear.

Humanize It

The doctor is technically a stranger who can be intimidating. One great way to get past this is to ask your doctor to temporarily ditch the white coat, at least for the first few visits, until your child gets used to the doctor’s methods and personality. Seeing a helpful person in street clothes can be a little more relaxing for some kids than dealing with somebody in a cold white uniform.

Schedule Early Visits

The longer a child has to anticipate the visit throughout the day, the greater the possibility that she’ll come to dread the task. Make your appointment as early in the day as possible so that the activity can be over and done with, allowing her to file the experience away and go about her day.

Prepare for a Wait

Parents often must face a wait before the doctor is able to get to them. Children easily become impatient, which can lead to bad behavior quickly. The longer they must wait without anything to keep their attention, the more negative the experience is likely to be. Bring juice boxes, snacks and favorite toys to help pass the time without incident. Be sure to check with the office about their policies regarding food and drinks prior to your first appointment though. It could make bad things worse if you pull out your child’s favorite snack only to be forced to have to put it away.

The Big Helper

Children love to be assistants in all situations. Using this fact to your advantage when visiting the doctor can be as simple as allowing them to “help” fill out forms before entering the actual office. Other tasks to get them involved can come through informing the doctor of your strategy. The more involved the child is in the process of maintaining his own health, the better.

Allow Them to Express Themselves

Younger children can find a visit to the doctor to be easier when they can project their feelings outwardly. An easy way of allowing them to do this is to let them bring stuffed animals or imaginary friends who may also being “feeling ill.” Encourage the child to comfort this friend before entering the office (which actually allows him to comfort himself). Some doctors will even be happy to offer your child’s stuffed friend an exam of its own.

Family Support

Kids need support in situations where they feel vulnerable. One parent may not be enough. If possible, schedule an appointment when both parents can be at the child’s side. He’ll feel as if he has greater strength and is in a safer environment when the entire family unit is present.

Submitted by Isabella Harris at Nanny Jobs

Adrenal Fatigue: A Stealthy Culprit Setting Us Up To Be Sad, Sick, Fat And Older Faster

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By Genie James

Adrenal Fatigue: A Stealthy Culprit Setting Us Up to Be Sad, Sick, Fat and Older Faster

(Or, What Happens When Superwoman Stubs Her Toe!)

stressStress can make us tense and sick. It can also make us fat. Worst of all, it will accelerate our aging. I should know…I am unfortunately the “poster girl” for repeat bouts of adrenal fatigue. Let me first define adrenal fatigue, then explain how you and I get set up for it. In upcoming weeks, if you are interested, I will also share a few tips for turning adrenal fatigue and the ravages of stress around.

Our adrenal glands produce three stress hormones: adrenaline, cortisol and DHEA. Short-term, urgent stress – such as seeing your five year old reach for a hot skillet or having your husband ask you to watch him sky dive – triggers a rush of adrenaline. Long-term, chronic stress has a different impact at a cellular level.

Chronic stress is defined as a circumstance that exists for three months or more. Some more common chronic stressors for women include ongoing financial pressures, single motherhood, caring for an ill and aging parent, attempting to juggle a heavy workload and home life, or attempting to discipline an irascible teenager. Chronic stress causes the adrenal glands to, first, produce an overabundance of cortisol; however, once this supply is exhausted, cortisol levels plummet.

Clinical studies show that too high or too low cortisol levels pack pounds around the waist. And, according to American experts from the Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research (MFMER), “Persistent or chronic stress has the potential to put individuals at a substantially increased risk of depression, anxiety and many other emotional difficulties.” Randy (C.W. Randolph, Jr, MD) cautions: “Long-term adrenal exhaustion is dangerous because it can:

• Slow down healing and normal cell regeneration.

• Co-opt parent molecules needed to make other vital hormones.

• Impair digestion, metabolism and mental function.

• Interfere with healthy endocrine function.

• Weaken our immune system.”

stresssleepingI was first diagnosed with adrenal fatigue in 2002. At the time I was to the outside world a successful corporate get-it-done-girl, heading the sales team for multi-million dollar healthcare company. Unfortunately, high-pressure expectations combined with dawn-to-midnight seven day work weeks and none-too-glamorous jet-setting from meeting to meeting ultimately did me in. I was depressed, constantly sick with colds and/or flu, and had the vitality of an old mushroom. In the mirror, I sadly saw how I also resembled that mushroom.

My second adrenal collapse occurred in 2007 on the heels of the death of one of my best friends, Smiles Randolph (Randy’s mother). As any of you know who have cared for an ill or dying parent, love cannot neutralize the brutal effects of the worry and inevitable thirty-six hours days. Even though my caretaking stint was of much shorter duration than that of Smiles’s loving three daughters, I was once again down for the count. It took months before I felt like myself again. The new wrinkles around my eyes, however, were there to stay. Honestly, that’s okay. I think of Smiles’s twinkly eyes and a few creases on my own face are a small price to pay.

This last time I should have known better, seen the warning signs. In late September I was feeling in high-cotton having wine and cheese with female venture capitalists in Silicon Valley while I pitched my new women’s health business idea. Then word came (and I got your emails!) that there were serious customer service issues back home in our medical practice. I debated and delayed for a few days. How can I finish my new book, continue to champion my new business idea while also stepping back into day-to-day operations? I wondered. A chorus of well-meaning friends and colleagues encouraged, “Of course you can do it all.”

I listened. Wrong choice. Let me assure you that I, for one, am testimony that fifty-three year old wannabe Superwomen end up with headaches, hemorrhoids, depression, droopy jowls, listless days and nights…and adrenal fatigue. Is there hope for the hyper-achieving me, and possibly you? Yes, there is.

It would seem as if I am finally becoming wiser. I do wish that were the case. The truth is that for months I ran around like a crazy woman moving mountains and pulling miracle-level achievements out of my bazoom; then something unforeseen brought me to a screeching, hobbling halt.

I’ve just had labwork done to determine just how suppressed my adrenal system might be. After my labwork is in, I will look to my personal physician, Lori Leaseburge, MD, to advise me if additional nutritional supplementation is recommended. In the meantime, I have finished my new book but am putting my new business idea on hold for now. “Doing it all” was about to “do me in.” Instead, I am resting more and taking more and more “good and needed” activities off my plate.

It would seem as if I am finally becoming wiser. I do wish that were the case. The truth is that for months I ran around like a crazy woman moving mountains and pulling miracle-level achievements out of my bazoom; then something unforeseen brought me to a screeching, hobbling halt.

I broke my big toe in a yoga class. Don’t laugh. It hurt, and still hurts, but Divine intervention or not, this toe-thing has slowed me down to a crawl. Irregularly, I am finding myself grateful. It is forcing me to make different, better, more discerning choices…

What will it take for you to slow down and live the one life the best woman in you has to live?

– Genie James is an Author, Speaker, Business Owner and Liftoff Activist for women and girls.
As a trailblazer in natural women’s health, personalized medicine and relationship-centered care, Genie first turned the traditional medical community on its ear with Making Managed Care Work (McGraw-Hill, 1997) and Winning in the Women’s Healthcare Marketplace (Jossey-Bass, 2000). She is the co-author of From Belly Fat to Belly Flat (Health Communications, Inc. 2007; now in five languages), and From Hormone Hell to Hormone Well (Health Communication, Inc. 2009; winner of the 2010 National Consumer Health Information Bronze Award) with her husband C.W. Randolph, Jr., M.D., R.Ph. Genie’s fifth book In the Mood Again (Simon and Schuster 2010) offers hope and solutions for the over forty million American women and men living in low-sex, no-sex relationships. THE FOUNTAIN OF TRUTH! Outsmart Hype, False Hope and Heredity to Recalibrate How You Age (Health Communications, Inc. April 2013) is a recommended toolbox that every woman will need to healthily and happily navigate the decades. For more information: agelessandwellness.com

Will We Have A Health Care System Or A Sick Care System?

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From Your Health Journal…..”Another great article from the Huffington Post by one of my favorites, Jeffrey Levi, who examines our health care system. I always try to promote articles by Mr. Levi and the Huffington Post, so I encourage you to visit the Huff Post site (link provided below) to read the complete article. I have included a snip below as well. Mr. Levi points out that every American deserves the right to be healthy, and have access to safe parks, access to health care, and affordable gyms. Sadly, more than one-half of Americans are living with one or multiple serious, preventable chronic disease, ranging from type-2 diabetes, heart disease, to cancer. And chronic diseases are responsible for seven out of 10 deaths. These rates are expected to increase significantly over the next two decades, particularly due to the obesity epidemic. Mr. Levi then outlines high-impact steps that should be taken to put prevention first in our health care system. Please, visit the Huff Post site to read this important article.”

From the article…..

It’s a right as old as the Declaration of Independence.

By birth, every American should have the opportunity to be as healthy as he or she can or wants to be. A government that is truly for the people provides everyone with world-class services that protect and support their health. This means access to care, but also access to safe parks and gyms and fresh affordable produce.

Unfortunately, more than half of Americans are living with one or more serious, preventable chronic disease, ranging from type-2 diabetes to cancer. And chronic diseases are responsible for seven out of 10 deaths. These rates are expected to increase significantly over the next two decades, particularly due to the obesity epidemic.

For years the United States has approached public health backwards. Indeed, the current health care system has been set up to treat people after they are sick rather than keeping them well in the first place. Our country has a sick care system rather than a health care system.

This is taking — and will continue to take — an enormous toll: Health care costs are spiraling out of control, and it is possible that today’s children are on track to be the first generation in American history to live shorter, less healthy lives than their parents.

America’s health faces two possible futures: 1) We continue on the same track, resigning millions of Americans to major health problems that could have been avoided, or 2) we increase our investment in giving Americans the opportunity to be healthier and preventing people from developing chronic conditions in the first place; in short, the nation focuses on guaranteeing that each American can be as healthy and happy as they choose.

Prevention is the most effective, common-sense way to improve health and reduce health care costs in the United States, but there’s never been a strong national interest in prevention. Beginning in 2013, prevention must be a significant focus of the Obama administration’s second term and the agenda of the 113th Congress.

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Want To Avoid The Cold & Flu?

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From Your Health Journal…..”A excellent story today from Sun Valley Online by Dr. Jody Stanislaw about avoiding the cold and flu – I strongly recommend your visiting the Sun Valley site (link provided below) to read the full article, which I found very helpful and informative. Dr. Stanislaw gives us some simple rules to follow to keep our immune system healthy and strong such as eating fruits & vegetables, whole foods, keep hydrated, get plenty of rest, and taking key supplements. She also gives great suggestions in case you feel you may be getting sick. This is a must article to read, so please visit the Sun Valley site to read more from Dr. Stanislaw.”

From the article…..

Cold and flu season is here! But you can avoid getting sick if you are smart and follow a few simple rules. When your immune system is strong and robust, you can be around sick people and not get sick. So the question is, how can you keep your immune system STRONG? Read on…

First, let’s look at what weakens the immune system and thus makes you more vulnerable to getting sick…The biggest culprits are poor diet, chronic stress, alcohol, sugar, lack of adequate sleep, and being too sedentary. Flu shots are touted as being a key step to take this time of year to keep you healthy. But reports of their effectiveness are actually quite mixed. The latest I read was a 61% effectiveness rate. I believe when people follow what I suggest below, the majority do not need a flu shot and you’ll have an even better chance of staying healthy.

So to keep your immune system robust this season, I suggest these tried and true simple tips, which will benefit you by not only boosting your immune function, but are great for your overall health and wellbeing as well:

1.) Eat a whole foods diet, including an abundance of colorful vegetables and fruit. If food is in the shape from which it grew in nature, it’s considered a whole food, thus is packed with immune boosting nutrients. If man made it, don’t eat it often.

Oatmeal with fruit, mixed vegetable salad with chicken, veggies and fish. Other whole foods include beans, lentils, fish, chicken, brown rice, fruit, nuts, all fruits and vegetables.

Sugar and processed foods not only weaken the immune system, but are devoid of key nutrients that your immune system depends on for fuel. Aim for eating whole foods 80% of the time, and include vegetables DAILY to ensure you are ingesting a high concentration of immune boosting nutrients.

2.) Stay hydrated with plenty of water….half your body weight in ounces, so a 150lb person should drink a minimum of 75oz/day. Sorry, sugary drinks or coffee don’t count.

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Guest Post – Trish Sweeney, Stopping Colds & Flu Before They Start: Smart Strategies You Can Use Now

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womanWith cold and flu season around the corner, how can you stay healthy in the coming months? There are three approaches: prevention via vaccine (for the flu only), treating or shortening the duration of colds and flu, and preventing them from gaining a foothold by using barrier products.

Prevention with a Single Dose

A flu shot is the best, earliest way you can avoid a miserable week in bed. Each year, the CDC determines which types of flu are likely to be transmitted. Vaccine is then manufactured and distributed across the U.S. at doctor’s offices, hospitals and walk in clinics. Generally costing $20-30 and often covered by insurance, they can be given through a shot in the arm or inhaled through the nose. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the nasal spray flu vaccine reduced the chance of influenza illness by 92%.

Treating or Shortening The Duration of Colds and Flu

If you’re alert to symptoms—achy joints, fever, scratchy throat, stuffy nose—you may able to respond quickly and treat a cold or flu early.

Are you in touch with your body? If you’re alert to symptoms—achy joints, fever, scratchy throat, stuffy nose—you may able to respond quickly and treat a cold or flu early. Antiviral drugs—usually obtained by a doctor’s prescription–can lessen the severity and duration of the flu but can be a bit more expensive. One popular brand I’ve seen offered is $99. Other options include over the counter holistic treatments, homeopathic remedies and immune system boosters from $5 to $25 or more depending on the product.

Barrier Products

Used diligently, alcohol based hand sanitizers and disinfecting wipes can reduce the spread of cold germs and flu virus. These can cost as little as a dollar for travel sizes. Now, there are other products that reduce your exposure to germs, viruses and bacteria.
Because they’re used daily, often in high traffic areas, handbags can act as a subway for millions of germs. One company now offers a hanger that goes on the outside of the purse. The advantage is clear: it’s easy to find so it’s used more often. Another plus: this type of hook goes on the bag’s strap, minimizing contact with germs. MSRP: $20-40.

soapMore Tips

According to the CDC, a thorough hand washing with warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds can reduce the spread of infection and illness. If you’re in a public restroom that offers paper towels, use them to dry your hands, turn off the faucet and open the door handle. And if you’re in contact with many people during the day—cashiers, tellers, bellmen, delivery personnel—latex gloves may be the single best way to prevent illness. One brand marketed to food service personnel is 100 pairs for $4.50. That’s a small price to pay compared to the misery of the flu or common cold.

– Trish Sweeney is the vice president of Topcor, where she oversees marketing for the Clipa instant handbag hanger. For more information, please visit http://www.clipa.us