Does A Neti Pot Really Work?

A neti pot is one of those devices that’s simple in theory, which makes it easy to use incorrectly. But when it works its magic, you can feel more relief from your allergies and congestion than you ever imagined. If you’ve never seen one, a neti pot is a container that looks like a teapot, with a spout on one end and a handle on the other. The proper way to use a neti pot is to:   Fill the pot with specially prepared water or a saline solution. (IMPORTANT: The liquid must be prepared according to the safety instructions

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3 Easy Tips to Avoid Sickness

  Let’s face it—even the healthiest person in the world gets sick every now and then. So the question is, how do I avoid sickness and when I do get sick how do I fight it off quickly? The guidelines for staying healthy are simple and easy, thankfully. Be consistent with these microbe-fighting habits and you’ll stay on your feet as often as possible this winter.   Get a flu shot. This is one of the easiest one-time things you can do to dramatically lower your chances of ending up on your back this winter. Unless you’re allergic or have certain

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Is My Child Too Sick For School?

Is My Child Too Sick For School?   We’ve all seen it: that sudden shift from your bright, smiling son or daughter to a groggy, grimacing mess that wants to lay on the couch all day. Before you spend the day nursing them back to health, read through these guidelines to decide when your child might be too sick to go to school.   1. They’re too contagious. The two biggest infections that run rampant in schools besides the common cold are strep throat and pink eye, AKA conjunctivitis. They’re the infections that you wish other parents would keep their

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5 Ways to Combat a Sore Throat

5 Ways to Combat a Sore Throat   Sore throats are one of the most common symptoms that patients complain of when they go to the doctor. They can be caused by anything from allergies to viruses to bacteria, like strep throat. An everyday symptom calls for an everyday remedy. We’ve put together a list of five ways you can take on your sore throat without visiting the doctor’s office.   Herbal tea There’s no end to the benefits of herbs to relieve all kinds of aches and pains. Drinking tea infused with lemon, ginger or honey is especially effective

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Eek! Lice at School!

Before you panic, know that head lice are relatively common and easy to treat. And it doesn’t mean your child has bad hygiene–good or bad hygiene has nothing to do with who gets head lice.   What are lice? Lice are tiny wingless insects that feed on human blood. The most common type of lice, especially in children, is head lice. They live near the scalp and attach their eggs to strands hair. You can most often find them around the hairline and at the nape of the neck. Head lice do not transmit any diseases to humans.   How

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How Do I Know If I’m Contagious?

How Do I Know If I’m Contagious?   When you get sick, it’s hard to tell when it’s safe to go back to work. The last thing you want is to get your coworkers sick and have the whole office glare at you for a week, especially when you’re feeling miserable.   How can I tell if I’m contagious? The worst part about catching someone else’s cold is that by the time their symptoms start, you may have already contracted it without knowing. Most doctors agree that the contagious period of a cold is 1-2 days prior to the start

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5 Ways to Soothe Your Newborn

5 Ways to Soothe Your Newborn   Human infants are one of the most vulnerable species in the animal kingdom at their age. They need a parent like you to take care not only of their physical needs, but also their emotional needs. The world is a new, surprising place that they discover every day. When they get overwhelmed, they need to be comforted in a specific language that can be hard to understand. Here’s a quick list to try when your little one is feeling fussy.   1. Swaddling Babies enjoy the light pressure that is placed on their

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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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