How to Help Your Child Overcome Sickness

Posted by Sunny Sachdeva on 2/1/2018
How to Help Your Child Overcome Sickness

No one wants their child to be sick, but with the cold and flu season in full swing, it's almost unavoidable. With winter fun come sore throats, headaches, fever and other ailments. If your child is sick, there are some things you can do at home to help them overcome their illness.

1. Encourage Rest

Your child isn't being lazy when they are sick; they really do need their rest. Encourage your child to lay on the couch and watch television. They are apt to doze off. Put your child to bed early and let them sleep in. Keep your little one home from school and let them focus their energy on getting better.

2. Fluids

If your child has a fever, is vomiting or has diarrhea, help them replenish their fluids. Drinking plenty of water will not only keep your child hydrated, but it will help to loosen mucus in their chest and nose. Plain water is fine, but sports drinks and fruit juices, in moderation, are good, too, since they help replace electrolytes. Encourage your child to drink even if they tell you they aren't thirsty.

3. Be Careful with OTC Medication

When you were little, chances are that your parent dosed your with medication every four to six hours. That's what information indicated was necessary at the time. Today, studies have shown that OTC medications may not help as much as was previously thought. Speak to your pediatrician before you give your child any medication that isn't prescribed.

4. Cuddles

For some children, nothing is as comforting as good old fashioned cuddles from mom or dad. If your little one is feeling under the weather, letting them sit by you or lay in your lap under a cozy blanket may provide just the right amount of comfort. Just be sure they aren’t contagious, or you could have the sickness going around the family for a while.

4. Call the Doctor

If home remedies don't seem to be working or your child gets worse instead of better, call your pediatrician. The flu virus that is spreading across the country this year has proven to be quite serious in some areas. Medical intervention may be necessary to help your little one feel better.

6. Get a Humidifier

Place a humidifier in your child's room to keep the air from becoming too dry. Moisture in the air will help break up congestion in your child's body. Be sure to place the humidifier out of the way of interested hands and fingers if you are leaving your child unsupervised.

It's natural for any parent to be upset when their child is ill. The good news is that there are several things you can do at home to help them feel like themselves again. Use the tips above if your child is fighting a cold or flu.

If you need medical supplies like a good humidifier, we are happy to assist you. Reach out to our team by phone at 800-430-2426 or order what you need online. We have a range of supplies that can help you help your child overcome their illness.

Hospital To Home Transitions: Creating a Strategy

Posted by Sunny Sachdeva on 1/31/2018 to Leg Bags
Hospital To Home Transitions: Creating a Strategy
If your loved one has been in the hospital and receiving care, being released and going home can be stressful. This is especially true if the patient has been totally dependent on the medical staff for their care. When a person is returning home from the hospital, they may be anxious about how they will care for themselves.

The good news is that hospitals don't discharge people without a plan in place. The medical staff has no desire to send someone home without the ability to care for themselves or with a care plan in place. If you have found yourself in this situation or a loved one will be dealing with the need to care for themselves, here are some tips to help you.

1. Be Part of the Plan

One of the most important things to do before a discharge is to take part in the planning process. This can alleviate much of the anxiety that is felt. During the planning process, a patient can voice any concerns and ask questions to be sure that they understand what will need to take place once they get home and who will be providing follow-up care.

2. Know What to Do

In the hospital, a patient is routinely given medication by hospital staff. When they get home, the patient will have to take their own medication and stay aware of any potential side effects. Before discharge, the patient should know what medications they are on, why they are being taken, and any side effects that could occur. The patient should also know what to do if those side effects do occur.

3. Physical Landscape

Before the patient returns home, someone should take charge in altering the physical landscape of the home if necessary. This may mean ensuring that all slip and fall hazards are eliminated, bedrooms are moved to a first floor, areas are well lit and smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are in working order.

4. Who Will Be Coming?

If a home-health aide or physical therapist will be coming to the home to aid the patient in recovery, the patient should know exactly who they are expecting and when. It may be helpful to install a lockbox over the front door handle so that the patient can give a key to whom they choose and won't be forced to give out their personal, permanent key or get up and down to let people in.

5. Supplies

Know what supplies will be needed to care for the patient properly. This may include incontinence supplies, urinary catheters and other necessities. If there are special products that will be needed during recovery, make sure these are well stocked and can be re-ordered as needed.

If you or your loved one needs care products after being released from the hospital, Med on the Go has what you need. Reach out to our team or order your supplies online.

How to Help Your Picky Eater Stay Healthy

Posted by Sunny Sachdeva on 12/29/2017
How to Help Your Picky Eater Stay Healthy
If you have a picky eater on your hands, you know how frustrating meal times can be. If your little one refused to eat anything but plain hot dogs, chances are you are wondering whether they are getting an adequate amount of nutrition.
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