Preparing Your Little One for a Hospital Stay

Small children between the ages of 3 and 5 are wonders to watch in action. They can be incredibly smart and energetic. They will say things that will make our heads spin and ask questions at the least opportune time. Still, they are young and they will have some trouble understanding the complexities of staying in the hospital. It will be up to a wise parent to prepare them without causing alarm while explaining that there will be changes in a way that they can understand. For example, a parent will have to address: The illness and… The reason for the hospital stay and… The changes in their routine and… The absence of the people and things they are most familiar with at home. Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland has established a great site filled with information on preparing children of all ages for a hospital stay. Some of the advice they offer is: Pack everything that will make your child comfortable from their favorite blanket and toys to soothing music and anything they’d usually play with to stay occupied. The ideal is to create an environment that isn’t too disruptive. Create a schedule of caregivers for round-the-clock comfort in the form of familiar and trusted people to help your child feel better about the change in their environment and above all, the treatment for their illness. Depending on the age of your child, Johns Hopkins recommends that you purchase a doctor’s kit to prepare them for some of the standard procedures they will be subjected to in the hospital. Perhaps your hospital is like Johns Hopkins and also...

First Aid Products that should be in Every Home

There’s nothing worse than a home emergency – the minor ones – and you find yourself without the proper first aid treatments. Here is a list of basic first aid products to keep at home. You can also keep them in a padded tote in the trunk of your car or some safe compartment. Adhesive bandages in every size A roll of gauze and gauze pads in various sizes Rubbing alcohol and alcohol pads An antiseptic such as iodine Ice packs and in a pinch frozen bagged veggies (peas) A tweezers with a fine edge for pulling insect stingers and splinters Paper tape Vinyl gloves (some people are allergic to latex) A pair of scissors Disposable face masks, goggles Elastic (ace) bandages Surgical tape Thermometers (oral and anal) Sterile cotton balls Sterile eye wash Is there anything missing? If so, let me...

Five Great Mobile Apps for Your Health and Wellness

A smartphone is only as smart as you make it. Ever wish you had health and wellness at your fingertips? Well, these apps are smart, useful and easy to access from your phone. Healthy Habits Healthy Habits is an app that helps you put your good intentions into action! Most of us know what we want to change…we often even know how to do it. The problem arises because we don’t put that knowledge into action. SiDiary Your diabetes management becomes more flexible with SiDiary. Now the iPhone and iPod Touch platform join the family of SiDiary mobile clients. SiDiary supports all diabetes types and therapies (Type 1, 2, pumpers etc.) and data tracking is pretty easy. Quick Health Calculator Use this application to quickly calculate your risk level for type 2 diabetes, hypertension and CVD. Mood Panda MoodPanda.com allows you to: Rate and track your mood Keep an interactive Mood Diary Show graphs of your mood over time Post your mood to Facebook/Twitter Share your Mood with friends See what makes you happy Mindful Mindful is a tool for tracking your food intake and meeting your weight loss (or gain) goals. Do you use an app not on this list? If so, tell me more in the comment section...

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