McNeil Consumer partners with pediatrician Tanya Altmann with tips on keeping children healthy during cold-and-flu season
- Protect the family from harmful germs. Be sure to wash your child’s hands, and your own, often when entering the house, before eating and after using the bathroom. Make this a year-round and daily habit, not only during flu and cold season. If you’re on the go, hand sanitizer and wipes are a quick alternative;
- Ease congestion. If your child has a stuffy nose, use a drop or two of nasal saline in each nostril. If the stuffiness keeps your little one from sleeping or eating, try gentle suctioning, which will help remove mucus from their nose. You can also run a cool-mist humidifier or vaporizer in your child’s bedroom at night to help alleviate congestion. Remember to clean the humidifier often;
- Know when to consult your pediatrician. If your baby is under three months and has a temperature of 100.4 or higher, always call your pediatrician before treating. For older children, pay attention to your child’s activity level as it can give you a good idea of whether he or she needs to see a doctor;
- Don’t panic. If your child develops a fever, stay calm – it can often be relieved at home with a fever reducer, like Children’s or Infants’ Tylenol. Always make sure to use the dosing device that came with the product and talk to your doctor for dosing children under 2 years of age. Remember to always use the product as directed;
- Help boost the family’s immune system. A well-balanced diet is one of the best ways to keep your family as healthy as possible. Foods like fresh fruits and vegetables, milk, and lots of water should be part of your child’s daily menu in order to help keep their immune system strong and healthy;
- Adopt a good sleep routine. Make sure your child gets plenty of rest. School-age children should get at least 10 hours of sleep per day. For toddlers, it’s important to keep those busy hands and feet at rest for at least 12 hours; and
- Vaccinate. The Centers for Disease Control recommends flu vaccinations for everyone over 6 months of 3 years of age. If your baby is younger than six months, you can protect your child by vaccinating everyone else around them, including parents, grandparents, siblings and other caregivers. Talk to your child’s doctor to see if vaccination is appropriate.
Health Mart launches series of new marketing tools enabling members to help Medicare Part D patients choose plans
SAN FRANCISCO — Health Mart, an independent pharmacy franchise with more than 3,400 locally owned community pharmacies across all 50 states, this week launched a series of new marketing tools to enable members to assist Medicare beneficiaries in choosing coverage plans that are right for them. With open enrollment here, Health Mart is offering its members resources to help patients choose the best, most cost-effective Medicare Part D plan with the use of personalized consultations.
- Vehicle wraps;
- Event rental kits;
- Promotional items; and
- More than 100 new flexible templates and campaigns.
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