Why Your Kids Should Be Taking Daily Vitamins

  We all grew up learning the food pyramid and how many servings of fruits and veggies we ought to be eating, but it’s a rare family that sticks to the guidelines perfectly. But just because your child’s diet isn’t perfect doesn’t mean that you should settle for deficiencies in their diet. That’s the whole reason vitamin supplements exist: they fill in the nutrient gaps that you weren’t able to fill with food.   Vitamins are especially valuable for picky eaters and kids with food allergies—and what kid doesn’t struggle with their diet at one time or another? If your

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Tips to Get Your Kids to Take Their Medicine

Tips to Get your Kids to Take their Medicine   In the history of the world, there has never been a single parent who hasn’t struggled with getting their child to take their medicine. We’ve put together some tips that you can use to make medicine time more pleasant for everyone involved.   Be patient and positive If your attitude is “You won’t like this, but I’m going to give it to you anyway”, your child’s fear and resistance is only going to grow. Instead, focus on how it will make them feel. Even small children can listen to reason,

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Not All Sunscreens Are Created Equal

Not All Sunscreens Are Created Equal   Before you leave the house, take a look at the bottle of sunscreen you’ve packed: do you know how this stuff even works? You might not care what’s in your sunscreen. But we at Family Pharmacy care about sunscreen, because it helps keep people safe from skin cancers: studies have shown that UV radiation from the sun causes cancer at the same level as plutonium and cigarettes.   SPF The first number that everyone knows to look for is SPF. SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor, and it is the number which tells

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Why You Should Finish Your Antibiotics Course

Why You Should Finish Your Antibiotics Course   For over one-hundred years, a war has been raging. It’s the war of antibiotics against bacteria. Since 1907, humans have been making more powerful pharmaceuticals to kill the microscopic bugs. But the bugs keep adapting.   What does this have to do with me? When your doctor prescribes you a course of antibiotics, the goal of taking them is to eliminate all the bacteria in your body that are making you sick—that seems simple enough. But say you get to day five of your course, and you’re feeling pretty much back to

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5 Keys to Staying Hydrated

5 Keys to Staying Hydrated The average high temperature in Springfield in July is 89 degrees1. Already in June, we’ve been hitting temperatures in the 90s, and it shows no signs of cooling off any time soon. It’s more important than ever to stay hydrated and safe when the sun is at its highest. We’ve put together some tips to keep you and your children safe this summer.   1 Keep water with you wherever you go, and drink it often. You might think this one goes without saying, but most people don’t realize how much water they need to

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5 Non-Cliché Father’s Day Gifts

  5 Non-Cliché Father’s Day Gifts   The family gathers round to watch Dad unwrap his presents. He tries to smile as he pulls out bits of stitched fabric one by one. A red tie! A blue tie! A pink and purple paisley tie! It’s the old yearly ritual. Straight to the back of the closet they go. You can be the clever son or daughter who breaks the mold. Take your inspiration from these non-cliché Father’s Day gifts this year.   1 – Bacon Roses You got your mom roses for her special day, but eventually they died and

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Treating Poison Ivy

      Living in the Ozarks means you’re constantly surrounded by plants and shrubs. Identifying poison ivy can be difficult, but the rash that it can leave you with is unmistakable. It’s important to understand what actually causes a poison ivy rash. All parts of the plant carry an oil called urushiol (oo-ROO-shee-awl), and it is this oil that is absorbed into your skin if it is left untreated for 12 hours or more. Limiting the Spread of the Rash If you’re not sure that the urushiol is limited to only your hands and arms, it’s best to take

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6 Tips for a Better Night’s Sleep

6 Tips for a Better Night’s Sleep   The more we research the effects of sleep, the more we are realizing that a good night’s sleep is essential to your health and happiness. It can lower your risk for certain diseases, improve your mood, and let you live a longer life. If you aren’t sleeping well or for enough hours, there are important habits you might want to change. Use these tips for a better night’s sleep starting tonight.   1-Avoid caffeine after the morning Caffeine might get you through early mornings and drowsy afternoons, but it can stay in

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How to Treat Constipation in Your Child

How to Treat Constipation in Your Child Every kid has a bout of constipation during childhood, so it’s rarely something to worry about. It can be caused by hundreds of things, from fatty, sugary diets to medication side effects, or even the simple fear that going to the bathroom will hurt. Your home treatment should vary depending on if this is a one-time blockage or a chronic problem.   One-Time Constipation Sometimes your child’s digestive system just doesn’t get the job done, and they may go without a bowel movement for several days. Fiber and fluids aren’t enough at that

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National Nurses Week

    National Nurses Week   On the day you were born, a nurse was there to clean you up and wrap you in a blanket. A nurse took your temperature when you got an ear infection in 3rd grade. And a nurse measured your blood pressure just last week.   But they do so much more than that. They help patients with contagious and dangerous diseases, knowing they’re at risk. They calm and restrain violent patients, and comfort those who are scared and confused.   They give all of themselves to their work, knowing that at any time their

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