Back to School: Getting your Kids to Take Medicine

Doctor and KidAs children become older and more independent it’s important to get them into healthy habits of all kinds- including taking medicine. Going back to school means another year of spreading colds, ear infections, and stomach aches along with viral infections like Chickenpox for younger children.

For others it may mean a new challenge of taking medicine at school for a condition such as ADHD. They have to remember to take medications and may even want or need to go to a private location such as a nurse’s office to do so.

Here at e-pill we have scoured the internet looking for ways to help children cope with these problems, and we have summed them up in 5 steps:

1) Encourage them when it is time to take medicines and maybe even reward them.
To help foster independence, give them some control – something as simple as letting them hold the medicine up or putting the medication in a special cup of their own will help. Have them pick out the flavor. You can even teach older kids to swallow pills as early as age 4- start by dipping pills in cold water or Jell-O. Most importantly, explain to children how important their medication is and why they need to take it so often.
2) Find the best taking medicines and see if they can take them less frequently.
Talk to their doctor to see if there is a different dosage children can be taking for less times each day. Doctors may also be able to find alternatives that taste differently.
3) Add the medicine to food or disguise it with food.
Do you remember your mother mixing in chocolate syrup with your medicines? I certainly do. Many medications can eat eaten in or with food to make them more palatable. Some can be taken with milk, orange juice, or yogurt, and the contents of capsules can be opened or poured into applesauce. Check with doctors to see how you can help “disguise” medicine – it can be as simple as putting liquid medicine in a juice box! Products like Dr. Cocoa or FlavorX can also help.
4) Find a caregiver or nurse.
Kids may be more willing to take medicine from someone other than a parent. When your child is sick at 3AM it can be hard to smile and act positive about giving them medication, and they will be more likely to react poorly if you are not positive. Sometimes it helps to have another authority figure administer medication.
5) Find a way to remind them when to take their medications and keep them on a schedule.
Work with teachers during school hours to make sure they remind students when medication is taken. Use visual reminders at home such as sticky notes, a calendar with fun stickers, or reminder apps on mobile devices. You can also purchase a kid’s smartwatch or our Vibrating Pendant Watch to remind them every day.

Taking medication is something we all have trouble with, whether we do not like the taste, side affects, inconvenience, or we simply cannot remember to take them often enough. We hope this article will help you and your children and we wish everyone a healthy Back-To-School season!

Sources:
http://www.everydayhealth.com/kids-health/10-ways-to-get-kids-to-take-medicine.aspx
http://www.parents.com/toddlers-preschoolers/health/sick-toddler/cleverly-help-medicine-go-down/
http://totallythebomb.com/ways-to-get-a-kid-to-take-medicine
http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/medicines/adhd/a5249/how-do-i-get-my-child-to-take-their-adhd-medicine/

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6 Ways to Help Your Child with School Phobia (Social Anxiety)

Back to school season is here. Children are getting ready to go back to school. Some are excited about it, but some are not so much. For the younger age’s group, some of them tend to have a hard time leaving their parents to school or they are anxious about school for a variety of reasons. School Phobia as know as School Refusal is children who have problems going to school or staying in school.

Here are some tips to help the children who are facing that issue.

  1. Self-help methods could provide relaxation to your child. Be open to new ideas
  2. Communicate with your about their feelings of school or in general
  3. Work with school staff for extra support or direction
  4. Schedule an informal meeting with your child’s teachers.
  5. Help your child to create hobbies and interests (Sports teams, Clubs, etc)
  6. Emphasize the positives about going to school. (Friends, New Materials, etc)

Most importantly, your children need your support to get through those situations. As long as they understand you will be there for them with their physical and mental supports.

https://www.anxietybc.com/parenting/helping-your-child-cope-back-school-anxiety

https://adaa.org/living-with-anxiety/children/school-refusal

Heading Back to School with Diabetes

Diabetes is one of the most common diseases among children. For parents of children with diabetes getting ready for the upcoming school year not only means buying school supplies such as backpacks, pencil, notebook, etc. but also diabetes supplies to keep their children safe at school and during school events.

Here are steps you can take to keep your children safe:

1. Notify the school right away if your child has diabetes.
2. Develop a Diabetes Medical Management Plan.
3. Meet with your child school nurse to go over your child health plan.
4. Have a low blood sugar rescue box “Low Box” (items to bring blood glucose levels into range). It will hold anything from juice boxes to fruit snacks to diabetes supplies, i.e., glucose meter, test strips, glucagon pen and lancing device, etc.
5. Be an active member of the school health team.

 

The American Diabetes Association has a “Safe at School” webinar.

Register for the Back-to-School Advocacy Webinar for Parents of Children with Diabetes held Thursday, August 10th, 2017!
Click here to register: https://cc.callinfo.com/registration/#/?meeting=1k4dpjva34elf&campaign=1v1a6xhga6hc4

 

Medication Adherence: Protect Your Health and Your Wallet!

Medication Non-Adherence is a rising problem in the United States and is continuously resulting in the loss of lives and money. Last year alone, 125,000 of lives lost in the United States were due to medication non-adherence. Missing or confusing medication can cause tremendous and serious consequences. Medication non-adherence resulted in 34%-69% of hospital visits in 2015 alone. Aside from the rising amount of hospitalizations in the United States, 64% of those who visited the hospital in 2015 were later re-admitted due to medication errors. These rates are staggering, and even more concerning, is the average cost of an individual hospitalization: $3,575.

Medication non-adherence has taken a toll on Americans’ health and economy. The exponential increase in hospitalizations due to medication adherence issues has created a   $300,000,000,000 problem. Though Congress must take initiative by creating policies to increase medication adherence, individuals can kick start this change on a lesser level by implementing medication adherence and safety precautions into their day to day lives. Simple changes to daily, monthly, and annual routines may include cleaning out medicine cabinets, making sure all medication is stored away from children, and helping the elderly classify and manage medications.

 

 

Resources:

AdhereForHealth

Healthcare Intelligence Network

 

 

June: National Safety Month!

The month of June is recognized as National Safety Month, and what better way to become involved than to make sure that all of your medications are stored away safely! Over 100 children are rushed to the emergency room per day due to easily accessible medicine cabinets. Regardless of whether the child ingests medication purposefully or not, these accidents are easily avoidable. Keep yourself and your child safe by following these easy tips!

  1. Clean out your medicine cabinet at the beginning of each month. This will help to ensure that expired medications or those that are no longer part of a daily regimen are fully unavailable to all.
  1. If you have young children, make sure medicine cabinets are far out of reach. Children who are left alone or unsupervised for only a moment in bathroom should not be able to access the medicine cabinet.
  1. Consider a lock on your medicine cabinet. This will ensure that no one but yourself will have access to medication.
  1. Consider a locked medication dispenser. In 2012, 5% of visits to the emergency room were the result of a caretaker providing the wrong medication dosage to their child.

Mistakes do happen, but medication errors are avoidable! Celebrate the beginning of National Safety Month by cleaning and reinforcing your medicine cabinets!

 

Resources:
http://thechart.blogs.cnn.com/2012/03/20/skyrocketing-child-deaths-by-meds-poisoning/
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10 Tips on Caring for an Aging Parent

Reversing the roles and caring for an aging parent is a substantial responsibility and is not to be acknowledged as a simple task. Below are some tips to consider if you or someone you know has been designated the primary caregiver for an aging parent.

1. Inform yourself. If you are designated the primary caregiver of your aging parent, you have a road of immense responsibility ahead of you. To give yourself a head start, educate yourself on your parent’s condition and needs.

2. Trust your instincts. You know your parent better than most. This does not mean to reject or distrust specialists who provide advice, but to trust your gut feeling when proceeding with your parent’s care.

3. Consider Public benefits that may alleviate some of your day to day responsibilities. Associations such as the  National Council on Aging provide many resources that may aid you in your care giving responsibilities.

4. Join a Support Group. Not only will this help alleviate your stress as a caregiver, but you may be able to find great resources and friendships through these groups. Having someone to talk to about shared daily and long term struggles will promote a positive mindset.

5. Do not be afraid to ask for help. Reversing the roles in a parent-child relationship is a significant and drastic change in ones life. Whether it be a sibling, neighbor, partner, or friend, asking for help is not a sign of weakness. Utilize all possible resources to ensure that you are providing the best quality of care for your parent.

6. Be realistic about your ability to help. If you are not able to provide the quality of care that is necessary to keep your parent healthy and happy, it may be time to consider other options such as assisted living or a visiting nurse.

7. Consider home safety. Make sure you take precautions such as installing railings around trouble areas like stairs, and ledges to prevent falls.

8. Consider technology that could alleviate stress of an accident happening when you are not around. There are a wide variety of products that can alert you of missed medications, falls, etc.

9. If you are considering assistance in caring for your parent, it may be practical to speak to a financial adviser. Many of the available services may be covered by medical insurance and may be able to help you save money.

10/ Taking care of an aging parent is an immense responsibility. It will take a toll on your body in a physical and mental manner. During this process, it is essential to take time for yourself as well. Your own physical and mental health should not be overlooked.

 

Stroke Awareness: Symptoms and Tips!

In the United States alone, 795,000 people suffer a stroke every year, and though these strokes may not be caused only by bad health, taking care of yourself and staying healthy is pivotal in avoiding a stroke. Consequently, after suffering a first time stroke, recurrence is probable in 25% of these individuals.

It is important to become educated on the symptoms of a stroke as fast acting, and quick medical assistance is key in preventing debilitating after effects. The most common symptoms of an oncoming stroke are:

– Sudden confusion

– Trouble understanding speech

– Sudden trouble with vision

– A sudden severe headache.

Quick reaction time to these symptoms is imperative in diminishing after effects of a stroke.

The after effects of a stroke are arduous and often render individuals helpless, and in need of a care taker. A stroke has the ability to induce memory loss, impaired vision, trouble with speech and language, and many more bodily dysfunctions. Impotence is almost inevitable after suffering a stroke and it is impossible to reverse after effects of a stroke. Strokes are debilitating and their after effects only highlight the importance of stroke prevention.

A healthy diet is fundamental in stroke prevention. Elimination of fatty foods and alcohol goes without saying, but these simple additions are sure to cut your chances of having a stroke:

– Increase your intake of plant based foods.

– Substitute red meat with seafood or poultry.

– Limit your intake of sodium.

– Increase your daily fiber intake.

To maintain a healthy lifestyle, diet and daily exercise are recommended. Though a stroke can be brought on by a multitude of other issues, bad health is the leading cause. Stay educated and stay healthy to prevent stroke in your life!

 

Information derived from:

http://www.strokeassociation.org

http://www.medscape.com

http://www.stroke.org

http://www.strokecenter.org

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10 Simple Exercise Tips for Parkinson’s Patients

An integral aspect to maintaining a healthy body and mind while dealing with Parkinson’s Disease is exercising. Follow the simple tips below to ensure that your weekly exercise routine is working to actively alleviate possible symptoms.

  1. Make sure to ALWAYS warm up and cool down before and after exercising.
  1. If you have trouble balancing, do not let this stop you from being active. Exercise near a pole or railing to reduce probability of falling.
  1. To improve balance and stability, try practicing yoga.
  1. Try practicing sports that require hand-eye coordination but do not require excess physical movement, like ping pong!
  1. Like those who do not have Parkinson’s Disease, Parkinson’s patients should exercise 4-5 times per week for 30-40 minutes.
  1. Make sure to know your body’s limits. If an activity is too strenuous, or is painful, you will need to modify your exercise regime.
  1. Remember to exercise both physically AND mentally. Try incorporating puzzles, crosswords, and brain games into your daily routine.
  1. If possible, incorporate the three major types of exercise, cardiovascular activity, strength training, and stretching, into your weekly routine.
  1. Exercise with a partner to stay motivated.

10. Have Fun! The more you enjoy your exercise routines the easier it will be to stay                      consistently active and feeling your best.

 

 

Information taken from:

http://www.davisphinneyfoundation.org

http://www.parkinson.org

http://www.healthline.com

Caring for Seniors with Parkinson’s Disease

Caring for seniors with Parkinson’s can be intimidating and often times can cause extreme stress for the caregiver. Below, find some helpful tips to alleviate Parkinson’s symptoms.

 

  1. Exercise is very important in helping a Parkinson’s patient improve flexibility and decrease joint pain. Focus on exercises that do not require excellent balance, such as Aerobic exercises. Also remember to encourage facial exercises such as exaggerated chewing, or making faces in front of a mirror.

 

  1. Healthy Eating is a key ingredient in keeping a Parkinson’s patient feeling their best. High protein diets can help keep the digestive tract working at its prime. Staying hydrated is also an important part of a Parkinson’s diet in which 8-10 glasses of water a day should be consumed.

 

  1. Rest cannot and should not be overlooked. Resting before and after exercises or activities is key to helping a Parkinson’s patient feel their best.

 

  1. Lukewarm water is the best option for bathing, as hot water can cause fatigue.

 

5. Sleep, like for anyone, is an extremely important part of a Parkinson’s patient’s                 daily  routine. Make sure to stay away from stimulants such as caffeine in the                           afternoon, and limit nighttime television time.

Overcoming Addiction with ProsperSafe

As our country is amid a heroin epidemic, the number of lives being taken by addiction and overdose is at an all time high. Far too little caution is being taken when prescribing opioids to those attempting to overcome addiction. The morphine like relief that opioids provide an individual in recovery are generating a new craving. Medication adherence is essential to safely overcoming an addiction and remaining sober, yet this is where we face our biggest struggle in ending the war on addiction.

ProsperSafe is e-pill Medication Reminder’s new line of addiction recovery products that are   specifically designed to increase medication adherence and help individuals to become, and remain, sober. The line features a wide range of products from tamperproof automatic pill dispensers, to self locked pill boxes. The products featured on the new website, http://www.addictionrecoveryproducts.com, are devised for the different steps of recovery, ultimately growing with the patient throughout their journey.

Products range from the tamperproof MedTime SAFE, a locked, tamperproof automatic pill dispenser, to the Kitchen Safe, a locked pillbox that preaches self regulation. e-pill is dedicated to help in the fight against the heroin and opioid addiction epidemic. Visit our ProsperSafe website, addictionrecoveryproducts.com, to learn more about the extensive products that we offer.