Which Medications Make Children Sleepy?

As most parents will know only too well, certain medications which can make children feel sleepy or snoozy typically include both cold medicines and allergy treatments. In Baby & Toddler Sleep Solutions For Dummies, Lavin & Glaser identify medications which can result in a child feeling sleepy as follows:

  • diphenhydramine (antihistamine)
  • dextromethorphan (over-the-counter cough suppressant)
  • ibuprofen (painkiller)
  • trimethoprim (antibiotic)
  • immunizations

The antihistamine diphenhydramine is a very sedating type of medicine, which is also actually available in another form, as a sedative, for helping people sleep. As with all forms of medication, it is best to talk to the doctor about any side effects causing concern and never discontinue or adapt a medication dosage without first consulting the child’s paediatrician.


Medication Side-Effects in Children: Action to Take

While some forms of medications can be switched for less sedating forms, many will need to be continued, despite causing a child to feel sleepy or drowsy. An example of this is in the case of immunizations, where the protection such treatment offers is often potentially life-saving, yet can result in children feeling shattered for a day or two following a vaccination. Lavin & Glaser recommend the following action may be helpful, if a child is suffering bad side-effects:

  • diphenhydramine – discuss alternatives, newer antihistamines
  • dextromethorphan – discontinue use if child very drowsy
  • ibuprofen – discuss alternative, acetaminophen
  • trimethoprim – discuss alternative antibiotics
  • immunizations – seek medical advice if child suffers extreme reaction

In particular, in the case of children suffering from drowsiness as a result of taking the antihistamine known as diphenhydramine, talk to a doctor about switching to a more modern form. The more modern forms of antihistamines, which include loratadine and fexofenadine are specifically designed so as not to make the user feel drowsy.

As highlighted above, medications which may …

Reality Television Addiction

Taking a peek into someone’s life via reality television is a new addiction that seems to encompass a lot of people these days. Why do we find others so captivating? Could our lives be so dull that we will spend hours watching the routines of others to see if they have something we do not? It’s a valid question as reality television seems to be the most watched television in this millennium.

The trouble with reality television is that even though it entertains the masses it affects the lives of those that take part in the process. With the recent dissolution of Jon and Kate’s marriage or the tearful sob story of Heidi being tortured on “Get me out of here I’m a celebrity” it begs to make one think about how the constant scrutiny of cameras on you and your family nonstop can cause a break down in the lives of the pseudo-celebrity everyone finds entertaining.

What a sad thing to see a family like Jon and Kate Gosselin’s fall apart and over the intense media that has infiltrated their lives and the lives of their children. People get fame hungry and want more attention and don’t think of the repercussions it will have over their relationships and families. I have watched repeats of the Jon & Kate plus 8 show to see what all the excitement was about to find that the more Kate wanted the fame the more Jon pulled away. The children have been in the limelight their entire lives and don’t know any different, they react to the cameras as if they are close family members. How will they react when that attention is gone from their lives? The thought of these eight beautiful tender children being scrutinized and made as pawns in the entertainment

Summer Heat Wellness Tips

While the summer can be a very fun season for everyone, it can also be dangerous as well. The heat of the summer can cause people to get sick. They can become dehydrated, ill, dizzy, nauseous, or even have heat exhaustion or a heat stroke. This can be a horrible thing for people to go through, and sadly, it can be fatal to some.

It is very important to avoid getting sick like this from the heat. But how can you do that? You do that by keeping hydrated and cool in the summer. Here are a few tips to help you keep hydrated, cool, and healthy this summer. These tips can go for you, your loved ones, and even your pets, as you want everyone to have a healthy summer.

Drinking Water. 
You should always be sure to drink enough water during the day, especially in the summer. If you are going to be outside for a long period of time, then you should definitely be sure to have water with you. Drinking enough water in the heat will keep you from getting dehydrated, which can lead to you getting sick. So make sure you are drinking the amount of water your body needs!

Playing In The Water. 
Playing in the water is another way to keep cool so that the heat does not get you sick from the heat. In addition, this can also be a very fun thing to do. You can run through the sprinklers, have a water battle with others (using water guns, water balloons, or the hose), and go 
swimming in the pool.

Dress Cool. 
Dressing for winter when in the summer can make you sick from the heat, so when it gets too hot, you should dress cool. This can include dressing in