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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I Found A Tick! Now What?

I Found A Tick! Now What?   Ticks are like old credit cards—flat parasites you carry around that always seem to be draining the life out of you. Luckily, ticks are easier to get rid of than debt. We’ll show you the easy steps to removing a tick, and then go over some ways to prevent ticks from finding their way onto you the next time.   How to Remove a Tick Ticks latch onto your skin with their mouths, so you’ll need to remove the tick by its mouth. Otherwise you run the risk of detaching the tick’s body

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A Camper’s First Aid Essentials

A Camper’s First Aid Essentials   It’s one of the laws of the universe: the more adventurous you are, the more you put your body at risk. If you’re one of the hikers, campers, climbers, and generally outdoorsy people of the world, the first and most important lesson you need to learn is how to take care of yourself and others when they need medical attention. But you can only be helpful with your tools if you know how to use them. We recommend taking a first aid training class in order to properly act as a lifeline for someone

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How To Fend Off Mosquitoes

How To Fend Off Mosquitoes   It’s the middle of summer, the sun is shining, and all you want to do is spend time out in the beautiful weather. But the mosquitoes won’t let you. If you feel like the pesky bugs have singled you out as their victim this summer, take a look at these tips for how to fend off mosquitoes.   1. Watch out for standing water First things first, you need to make sure you’re not making the problem worse. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water, which means you need to seek out all those

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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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