Measuring prescription medication for your child

Nearly all small children are prescribed liquid medication until they are old enough to swallow capsules. As a result, it’s important that adults be informed about the proper way to dispense the medication and protect their children’s health. According to the FDA, some of the most common types of dosing instruments include:

Dosage cups: These cups are designed for children who are old enough to drink from a cup without spilling. Adults should be sure to look carefully at the small numbers printed on the side of the cup to determine the correct fill level. Medicine should then be poured to that exact level when the cup is sitting on a flat surface.
Droppers: These are geared toward children who cannot drink from a cup, and require the adult to squeeze the proper amount of medication into the child’s mouth. Like the dosage cups, medicine must be brought to the exact line on the side of the dropper that was recommended by a doctor. Adults should squeeze the liquid quickly out of the dropper so it cannot fall on the floor before it gets into the child’s mouth.
Cylindrical dosage spoons: These spoons look like a large straw with a spoon at one end and are used for children who can drink from a cup, but are likely to spill. In this case, adults should again fill the liquid to the appropriate marked line and be sure it is even at eye level. Children then drink the medicine from the spoon.

Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions about your child’s prescription medication. It’s important to be educated so you can protect the health of your young child.

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Can chiropractic care really help improve my depression?

Numerous studies have shown that regular chiropractic adjustments can help improve symptoms of depression and bipolar disorder. But how does that work? According to Chiropractic America, one of the triggers of depression and related mood disorders is past physical trauma. Experts believe that depression may be caused by an imbalance of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that relays messages in the brain. Recent research has shown that this imbalance can sometimes be caused by mild concussive injuries to the head, neck or upper back.

In such cases, the injury can lead to mood disorders – sometimes immediately, but other times occurring years later. By visiting the chiropractor for adjustments, patients may be able to reverse the effects of the injury. This is possible because chiropractic care helps reduce irritation to injured nerves in the brain and spinal cord. It’s important to remember that there is no one singular cause for depression, and the symptoms should not be ignored. If you or a friend are exhibiting any of the following signs, seek help immediately:

  • Loss of interest in everyday activities and hobbies;
  • Overwhelming feelings of sadness;
  • Restlessness and extreme irritability;
  • Feelings of hopelessness;
  • Thoughts of suicide.

It’s important to get help from a medical professional if you think you may be suffering from depression. He or she can start you on a treatment plan to improve your mood and help you overcome the disorder. If your doctor recommends you seek chiropractic care, or you feel you may be experiencing the effects of a past traumatic injury, schedule an appointment with a chiropractor through your True Dental Discounts plan. You will get significant savings on adjustments that can benefit your overall health.

The link between chiropractic care and a healthy immune system

Chiropractors have known for years that taking care of your spinal health can lead to better physical health, as well. Now, research is uncovering the same link. A study in the Journal of Physiological and Manipulative Therapeutics showed that the health of a person’s immune system may be directly affected by the health of a person’s nervous system. In the study, white blood cells were shown to have receptor sites for chemicals produced by the nervous system. According to Chiropractic America, this suggests that white blood cells can communicate with the nervous system.

Researchers concluded that spinal misalignments can cause harm to a person’s immune system by interrupting the link between the nervous system and immune system. People who visit their chiropractor regularly may be able to stay healthier by restoring that communication and correcting any interruptions. Use your True Dental Discounts, medical plan to find a chiropractor who can help you learn more about the connection between a healthy immune system and chiropractic care. By using your plan, you can save a lot of money on preventative care that can help increase your overall wellness and happiness.

Could chiropractic care lower your blood pressure?

There’s good news for people suffering from high blood pressure: Visiting your chiropractor could help lower it. A study published in the Journal of Human Hypertension suggests that people who have their C-1 Atlas vertebra realigned see a significant drop in their blood pressure; in fact, the realignment was found to be as effective as taking two blood-pressure medications. The drop is thought to occur because a misaligned Atlas vertebra – the uppermost bone in the spine – signals a person’s arteries to contract. Similarly, Chiropractic America suggests that blood pressure is regulated by nerves.

When special sensors in the artery walls detect an increase in blood pressure, the message is relayed to the brain, which then sends out impulses to slow the heart and dilate the blood vessels. When this system is interrupted by misalignment of the vertebrae, the brain cannot regulate blood pressure properly. An adjustment by a trained chiropractor can help solve these issues. To learn more about the connection between chiropractic care and lower blood pressure, talk to a chiropractor through your True Care Advantage medical care plan. Not only will you save money on your visits, you may also be able to stop taking your current blood-pressure medication, saving you even more!