House Calls

FALL 2016

House Calls Magazine is a quarterly publication that focuses on health and wellness. It includes a wide assortment of articles with topics on the latest health and wellness information, nutrition, safety, lifestyles, and more.

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h o u s e c a l l s { fall 2016 } 27 ACTIVE INGREDIENTS: The ingredients in the medicine that make it work. USES: Describes the symptoms that the medicine treats. WARNINGS: Safety information including side effects, the questions you should ask your doctor before taking the medicine, and which medicines to avoid taking at the same time. DIRECTIONS: Indicates the amount of medicine to take, how often to take it, and how much you can take in one day. OTHER INFO: How to safely store the medicine. INACTIVE INGREDIENTS: Ingredients not intented to treat your symptoms (e.g., preservatives, flavorings). QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS: How to call the company if you have questions about a specific medicine. PORTABLE CARE Always be prepared for on-the-go emergencies with a smartly supplied first-aid kit carried in the car, on the boat, and while hiking or camping. Include: adhesive bandages sterile gauze pads antibiotic ointment medical or paper tape pain reliever thermometer tweezers magnifying glass scissors blanket flashlight Though it may seem redundant, read the drug facts label once more before you administer medicine at home, and follow it step by step. "Don't take a higher dose than is recommended, or take medicine more often or for a longer period than the warning label or your doctor suggest," says Dr. Detar. The medical industry has gotten more precise with dosing over recent decades, notes Hammond, so use a medicine cup, syringe, or dropper— rather than a spoon from your kitchen drawer—when dispensing medicine. When administering to little ones, be certain of the child's exact age and weight, as these often dictate dosage. And err on the side of caution when it comes to letting your children medicate themselves. Though Scholastic reports that kids as young as 11 are beginning to self-medicate, "Education is the key here," stresses Dr. Detar. "Self-administration of medication must be decided based on the child's age, ability, and competence." Finally, Dr. Detar reminds us that the medicine cabinet is only for treating minor troubles. "For any major or ongoing medical problems, you should be on the phone with or in the office of your primary care physician." He also warns against turning to the medicine cabinet too quickly for minor aches and pains. "Try to limit how often you use over-the-counter medicines and don't take them unless you really need to." "Try to limit how often you use over-the-counter medicines and don't take them unless you really need to." —DR. TODD DETAR ADMINISTER MEDS SAFELY OTC LITERACY Understanding the Drug Facts Label Dr. Todd Detar P H O T O G R A P H B Y K R I S T I N A V E R R I N G T O N

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