While many kids are settling back into their school routines, I know many parents like me are preparing for the dreaded first cough and sneeze of the season. With seasonal Flu season beginning as early as October, I’ve been stocking up on cold and flu essentials like honey, saline spray, cough drops and TYLENOL® not only for my little one, but for me as well! With daily headlines on Ebola and Enterovirus 68 flooding the media, I want to ensure I am doing all that’s necessary to keep our family healthy this cold and flu season. I was delighted to be invited to the beautiful W Boston Hotel earlier this week with fellow bloggers to discuss keeping our families healthy and smiling through cold and flu season with Pediatrician and Author Dr. Tanya Altmann and to learn about the amazing TYLENOL® Smiling It Forward™ movement.
We had the opportunity to ask Dr. Tanya any and all questions related to our children’s health and we had a great discussion on picky eaters, asthma, constipation, fevers and how to help your kids swallow pills. Below highlights some of Dr. Tanya’s advice:
- To encourage kids to swallow pills, take a small piece of bread and place the pill inside of it.
- High fiber foods and fruits with pitts aid in constipation as does probiotics with active cultures and creating toilet routines.
- Growing pains usually happen at night, so if your child is complaining about aches and pains during the day talk with your Dr.
- The (free) Kids’ Wellness Tracker App by TYLENOL® can help with keeping track of all your child’s health information and gives proper dosage amounts.
- Most people in the Northeast have low Vitamin D levels and should be taking a supplement. Low levels could cause fatigue and diabetes.
Few things are better to a parent than seeing their child’s “feel good” smile creep on their face after not feeling well. It’s relief not only for them, but for us as well! The “feel good” smile was the base for the TYLENOL® Smiling It Forward™: Celebrating “Feel Better” Smiles Benefitting Children’s Health Fund campaign, which encourages parents to share their children’s beautiful smiles as part of a movement to raise $100,000 benefitting the Children’s Health Fund medical mobile units providing healthcare services disadvantaged communities in the Unites States. Simply visit www.SmilingitForward.com and upload a photo and also read up on tips by Dr. Tanya Altmann about keeping your family healthy. For each photo uploaded a $1 donation will be made to Children’s Health Fund.
Why is supporting Children’s Health Fund and TYLENOL® Smiling It Forward™ important? It’s simple.
Every child deserves a Doctor. Every child deserves a chance.
There are currently 50 mobile medical clinics across the Unites States that are fully equipped with exam rooms, waiting areas and a private room for medical procedures. Sleep and a healthy diet aren’t the only factors that play a role in a child’s academic success – regular checkups at the Doctor and Dentist support the child’s ability to focus and excel. The mobile clinics are bringing much needed medical care directly to where kids live, study and play. There are even specific mobile clinics focused on dental, mental and emotional health.
I live and breathe for my daughter’s smile and her love celebrating “feel good” smiles so it was hard to choose just one photo to upload.
We’ve shared so many great memories and milestones and I’m proud to support the Children’s Health Fund and the Smiling It Forward™ goal of raising $100,000 – that’s 100,000 photos, will you upload one and support critically important services to those in need?