Tips & Advice for Hay Fever Sufferers

Met Éireann warns hay fever sufferers that grass pollen will be “High” for the next few days.

Not good news for Hay Fever or Asthma suffers, but rest assured you can trust your local Haven Pharmacist to advise you on the right Anti-histamines for your allergy symptoms.

Here are some helpful tips and advice to help you survive the next few days:

Signs and Symptoms

Allergic reactions usually happen quickly within a few minutes of exposure to Pollen. Common symptoms of Hay Fever include:

• Sneezing
• Runny or blocked nose
• Red, itchy, watery eyes
• Fatigue
• Headaches

Treatment for Hay Fever Sufferers

In many cases, the most effective way of managing an allergy is to avoid the allergen that causes the reaction whenever possible. These are a just few examples of how to limit exposure to allergens:

• Keep windows closed in your bedroom at night
• Stay indoors as much as possible on high pollen days
• Don’t keep fresh flowers in the home or office
• Stay away from grassy areas, don’t cut grass or walk on grass
• Put Vaseline around your nostrils to trap pollen
• Wear wrap-around sunglasses to stop pollen getting into your eyes
• Shower, wash your hair and change your clothes if you have been outside for an extended period
• Avoid drying clothes outside, or shake them outdoors before bringing them in to your home
• Keep pets outdoors as much as possible and wash them regularly
• Minimise your contact with pets who have been outdoors and are likely to be carrying pollen
• Vacuum your house regularly and dust surfaces with a damp cloth
• Consider a purifier with a built-in air quality sensor to remove allergens and pollutants from the air

There are a range of very effective over the counter remedies from your Haven pharmacy to help reduce the symptoms of allergies.

Please ask your local Haven Pharmacist if you would like advice on which treatment is best suited to your needs.

Haven Pharmacy, you’re in expert hands

 

How to keep your children’s teeth healthy

People may wonder is there a need to look after a child’s first set of teeth as they can often be deemed as ‘just baby teeth’. But you should start the conversation early with your dentists about your child’s oral care needs as soon as their first tooth makes an appearance.

The most common questions parents ask us is when do their children need to start brushing their teeth and how to get them to do it. In this blog, we want to share with you some useful tips that might give a helping hand in your child’s dental routine.

Most importantly don’t be put off if your child is resistance to brushing their teeth at the start, it’s totally normal it’s a foreign concept to them, they don’t understand why or what you are trying to do but keep persisting with it. Do it at the same every day, morning and night and get a routine going, it’s key because if you skip it once or twice then they might think it’s optional and that’s when the real trouble starts.

When to start brushing teeth? 

0-2 Years

  • Start cleaning a baby’s teeth as soon as their first teeth
  • Use a soft brush and water only
  • Do not use toothpaste
  • Cleaning is very important to avoid tooth decay
  • Routine is very important at the start and NEVER skip brushing morning and night

2-7 Years

  • Only use a small pea-size amount of fluoride toothpaste
  • Brush teeth twice a day – morning & night
  • It takes between 2-3 minutes to brush teeth correctly

Here are some of our favourite ways to get little ones to brush!

  • Copy-cat: Children always look up to their older siblings or parents so if they see you brushing they will want to be just like you.
  • Egg timers: These are a great and simple way to encourage your child to brush their teeth for 2-3minutes
  • Reward Charts: This incentive is a perfect way to motivate your child to brush BOTH morning and night. There are loads to choose from on rewardchart4kids.com
  • Apps: Here are some apps that you may find helpful Brush DJ, Brush Up, Brush Teeth with the Wiggles.

Brought to you by Spotlight Oral Care

Sensitive Teeth?

Tooth sensitivity is a common dental problem that involves discomfort or pain in teeth when encountering certain substances and temperatures. Read on to learn more about managing your sensitive teeth so you can enjoy the foods you love!

What Causes Sensitive Teeth?

Dentine hypersensitivity, or tooth sensitivity is a condition that can develop over time, as a result of common problems such as receding gums and enamel wear. Most sufferers are between 20 and 50 years old. Tooth sensitivity can start to happen when the softer, inner part of the tooth called ‘dentine’ becomes exposed. Dentine lies under the enamel and the gums.

Thousands of microscopic channels run through the dentine towards the centre of the tooth. Once the dentine is exposed, external triggers (such as a cold drink) can stimulate the nerves inside the tooth, resulting in the characteristic short, sharp pain of tooth sensitivity.

Only a dentist can confirm you have dentine hypersensitivity. If you are experiencing any dental problems, always consult your dentist for advice. If you have dentine hypersensitivity, you can help to minimise further exposure of the dentine, care for your sensitive teeth and relieve the painful symptoms by making some simple changes to your daily oral care routine and dietary habits.

Why Do My Teeth Hurt?

If you’ve ever winced after an unwelcome twinge of tooth sensitivity, you’re not the only one. But remember, there can be many different causes of dental pain, other than tooth sensitivity. So if you are feeling any tooth pain or discomfort, especially if it persists, the best thing you can do is visit your dentist and seek professional advice

Common Triggers for Sensitive Teeth

A range of things can trigger a twinge or tooth pain for people with sensitive teeth. Here’s some of the most common triggers for tooth sensitivity:

  • Eating cold food or drinking cold drinks
  • Eating hot food or drinking hot drinks
  • Eating sugary or sour foods
  • Breathing in cold air
  • Brushing teeth

How Should I Treat Sensitive Teeth?

After discovering you have tooth sensitivity, it’s a natural next step to want to know what you can do about it. Talk to your dentist about what has caused you to have this problem, what you can do to relieve it and how to help prevent it from getting worse. They can advise you on the most suitable oral care routine for someone with sensitive teeth, the best toothbrushing technique for you, how often and when. In addition, you can relieve the painful symptoms of tooth sensitivity by changing your regular toothpaste to a daily use toothpaste specially formulated to care for sensitive teeth, such as Sensodyne.

 

 

 

 

 

Best way to brush your teeth

The team at Corsodyl have created a guide to the best way to brush your teeth so here are six simple steps you can take in your daily oral care routine to reduce your risk of seeing blood when you spit

  1. TWICE FOR TWO

Brushing helps remove plaque bacteria and food particles that, if allowed to build up around, on and in between your teeth, can irritate your gums and lead to problems like gingivitis. Brush for two minutes twice a day, ideally using a fluoride toothpaste like Corsodyl Toothpaste.

  1. DON’T MISS ANYWHERE

Make sure you clean every corner of your mouth whenever you brush, including hard to reach areas like in between your teeth. Move methodically around your mouth, covering off the outer and inside surfaces of all your teeth (upper and lower) as well as the chewing surfaces. You can also ask your dentist about the best way to brush your teeth.

  1. BE GENTLE

When it comes to teeth cleaning, harder is not better. In fact, brushing too roughly or too much, or using a worn toothbrush can wear away tooth enamel, so brush carefully. It is also recommended to replace your toothbrush every three months.

  1. KNOW YOUR ANGLES

Use a circular or elliptical motion and point the toothbrush down towards the gum at a 45 degree angle. This helps clean the gum line (the area where the gum meets the tooth). For the inside surfaces of your front teeth, tilt the brush vertically and use the front part to make small, circular strokes.

  1. DON’T FORGET YOUR GUM LINE

Your gum line can be susceptible to the build-up of harmful plaque bacteria. Be especially careful to brush away plaque from this area as well as from in the gaps between your teeth. Along with regular flossing or using interdental brushes, this can help you control plaque build-up.

  1. AND DON’T FORGET YOUR TONGUE EITHER

Good oral hygiene isn’t just about your teeth and gums. Brushing your tongue gently can also help freshen your breath and clean your mouth by removing bacteria.

The Corsodyl Treatment Range is clinically proven to treat and prevent gingivitis. You can use Corsodyl Treatment Products when experiencing persistent or worsening gum problems. Corsodyl 0.2% w/v Mint Mouthwash is our most advanced antimicrobial mouthwash formulation. The active ingredient chlorhexidine digluconate acts rapidly, killing the bacteria that causes plaque in less than 30 seconds of rinsing.

Self Care Tips

Self care is more important now than ever, we need to make sure that we are okay before we can take care of others. Self care promotes a healthy lifestyle as it reduces stress, increases confidence and gives us a more positive outlook on life.

Here are some self care tips to help you bring out the best in yourself:

Eat a Balanced Healthy Diet: 
– Eat more vegetables, salad and fruit – up to seven servings a day
– Limit intake of high fat, sugar and salt in food and drinks
– Size matters: use the Food Pyramid as a guide for serving sizes
– Increase your physical activity levels, small changes can make a big difference

Improve your Physical Wellbeing:
– Children and young people (2-18): all children and young people should be active, at a moderate to vigorous level, for at least 60 minutes every day
– Adults (18-69): at least 30 minutes a day of moderate activity on five days a week or 150 minutes a week
– Children and adults with a disability should aim to be as active as their disability allows, and aim to meet the guideline for their age group if possible
– Visit your GP at least once a year for a full check up and know your numbers in relation to weight, blood pressure and BMI

Look after your Mental Health:
– Going for a walk or run can help get rid of pent-up energy and can leave you feeling much calmer.
– Make contact with out with family or friends by email, phone or video-calling.
– Taking some deep breaths and try meditation — deep breathing can help to relax the body.
– Practice mindfullness and do something that makes you feel good – treat yourself!

Maintain a good Sleep Routine:
– Getting some good sleep, as a lack of sleep can affect your general well-being.
– Keeping your usual sleep routine is vital, get up at the usual time and retire to bed when you feel tired.
– Limit the amount of caffeine in the evenings as stimulants will keep you awake and disrupt your pattern.
– While we sleep, our bodies use this time to rest and repair so good sleep hygiene is vital to strengthen your body’s immune response

Other self care tips include:

  • Spend more time with family & friends to build your sense of belonging
  • Declutter your bedroom to create a calm space
  • Take control of your finances & reduce your debt
  • Reduce your time on social media channels
  • Start a new hobby making more time to do the things you enjoy!

Remember, self care is not selfish – it’s necessary and plays an important role in our overall wellness.

If you need more advice, visit your local Haven Pharmacy for a confidential, non-judgemental chat.

Haven,  you’re in expert hands.

Stay Fit – Stay Healthy!

Did you start off 2021 with new goals and objectives for the year ahead? Perhaps one of them is to get fit & healthy or lose weight. One of the best ways we can do any of these is to go Walking! It’s one form of exercise that is both free and easy to do. There’s no training involved, it can be a great social activity if you want it to be…. and you can do it anywhere!

We all know walking is good for us but it’s actually more important than we realise. Click on the infographic below to see the 20 benefits of walking:

Being physically active is probably the single most important thing that we can do for maintaining or improving our physical and mental health and wellbeing. Physical activity which includes an active lifestyle and routine exercise, like walking, plus eating sensibly is the best way to stay healthy. Here is a guideline of activity for you and your family:

Children and Young People (2-18)
All children and young people should be active, at a moderate to vigorous level, for at least 60 minutes every day. Include muscle-strengthening, flexibility and bone-strengthening exercises 3 times a week.

Adults (18-64)
At least 30 minutes a day of moderate activity on 5 days a week (or 150 minutes a week). You can count shorter bouts of activity towards the guidelines. These bouts should last for at least 10 minutes.

Older People (65+)
At least 30 minutes a day of moderate intensity activity on 5 days a week, or 150 minutes a week. Focus on aerobic activity, muscle-strengthening and balance.

Walking is the best form of exercise as it can be tailored to most fitness levels and health needs – and it’s absolutely FREE! No gym membership, no sign up fees – all you need is comfortable footwear, appropriate clothing for the weather and you are good to go!

Here are 5 tips to help you get started and stay on track:

– Go for a stroll after dinner each day instead of watching television – make this a habit like brushing your teeth or taking your vitamins
– Give yourself an aim like walk to the shop to get milk or post a letter to a friend – it helps to have a reason to get to your destination
– Change your route and explore different paths every day – that way it won’t seem so monotonous and you will gain more appreciation of your the surroundings on your doorstep
– Leave the car at home and walk to public transport to get to work / shops – this is not only good for your health but you will also save money too!
– Keep track of your progress by using a calendar or a fitness tracker – you will soon see improvements in your timing and want to increase your steps

For more information on how to get started on your new fitness plan, call in to your local Haven Pharmacy for more advice!

Stroke – Would You Know What to Do?

The sooner a person receives treatment for a stroke, the less damage is likely to happen. Always err on the side of caution and seek emergency medical advice if you suspect that you or someone you know might be having a stroke.

 

What Causes a Stroke?

A stroke occurs when a blood vessel, which is carrying oxygen and nutrients to an area of the brain bursts or is blocked by a clot. This can damage or destroy brain cells which will affect abilities controlled by that area of the brain such as memory and muscle control. A stroke is a medical emergency. Therefore, recognising the symptoms and accessing treatment immediately can be crucial.

What Are the Symptoms of a Stroke?

How a person is affected by their stroke depends on where the stroke occurs in the brain and how much of the brain is damaged. However, there are key factors that can help to identify when a stroke may be occurring. These include:

  • Numbness, weakness, or paralysis on one side of the body
  • Slurred speech, difficulty thinking of words or understanding other people
  • Confusion or memory loss
  • Sudden blurred vision or sight loss
  • Being unsteady on your feet
  • Severe headache

 

Act F>A>S>T

Face – Can the person smile? Has their Mouth or eye drooped?

Arm – Can the person raise both arms?

Speech – Can the person speak clearly and understand what you say?

Time – Call 999 or 112 for an ambulance immediately if you spot any one of these signs

DON’T wait for the symptoms to go away

KNOW your Eircode so that the ambulance can reach you as fast as possible

Types of Stroke

Ischemic Stroke (blocked artery)

Over 80% of strokes are caused by a blockage of an artery supplying blood to the brain. This is known as an ischaemic stroke. Ischemic stroke can be broken into two main types: thrombotic and embolic

A thrombotic stroke occurs when diseased or damaged cerebral arteries become blocked by the formation of a blood clot within the brain.

An embolic stroke is also caused by a clot within an artery, but in this case the clot (or emboli) forms somewhere other than in the brain itself. Often from the heart, these emboli will travel in the bloodstream until they become lodged and cannot travel any farther. This naturally restricts the flow of blood to the brain and results in near-immediate physical and neurological deficits.

Ministroke/Transient ischemic attack (TIA)

TIA is a temporary period of symptoms  similar to those you’d have in a stroke. A temporary decrease in blood supply to part of your brain causes TIAs, which may last as little as five minutes.

TIAs are caused when a clot or debris blocks blood flow to part of your nervous system – but there is no permanent tissue damage and no lasting symptoms.

Having TIA puts you at greater risk of have a stroke. If you’ve had a TIA, it means there’s likely a partially blocked or narrowed artery leading to your brain or a clot source in the heart.

Always seek emergency care if you fear that you might be having a TIA,  even if your symptoms seem to clear up.

 Hemorrhagic Stroke (destroyed artery)

Up to 20% of strokes are caused by a bleed into the brain from a burst blood vessel. This is called a cerebral haemorrhage and causes the more serious kind of stroke. It is often not obvious why someone should have suffered a stroke. Even though many people believe it to be a factor, stress is not a cause of stroke.

How Can I Prevent Having a Stroke?

Many factors can increase your stroke risk. There are steps that you can take in order to limit your risk of stroke. These include:

  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Keeping physically active
  • Drink alcohol in moderation, if at all
  • Avoid the use of illicit drugs such as cocaine and methamphetamines
  • Don’t smoke
  • Controlling high blood pressure
  • Controlling diabetes

 

If you would like to avail of expert advice around stroke prevention or anything detailed in this article, drop into your local Haven Pharmacy where we have expert community Pharmacists ready to help you to improve your health and look after yourself.

Now is the time to book your Flu Vaccine

As we prepare for the winter season amid the Covid-19 pandemic, now is the time to think about pre-booking your flu vaccine with your GP or Pharmacist.

The HSE have confirmed that the flu vaccine for at-risk groups will be available from the end of September 2020. The Nasal Flu Vaccine for Children will be available from the end of October 2020.

Contact your nearest Haven Pharmacy to pre-book your Vaccine and beat the queue to beat the flu!

The following Haven Pharmacy stores are providing a Flu Vaccination service:

  • Haven Pharmacy Brennans – Ballyboden 01 4951664
  • Haven Pharmacy Brosnans – Kenmare 064 6641318
  • Haven Pharmacy Butlers – Birr 057 9120189
  • Haven Pharmacy Faheys – Tullamore 057 9321540
  • Haven Pharmacy Hollys – Ballinasloe 090 9645676
  • Haven Pharmacy Hollys – Ennis 065 6828568
  • Haven Pharmacy Hollys – Liosban 091 750054
  • Haven Pharmacy Kavanaghs – Dunshaughlin 01 8259801
  • Haven Pharmacy Kennellys – Tralee 066 7121042
  • Haven Pharmacy Loobys – Palmerstown 01 6264574
  • Haven Pharmacy McAleers – Finglas 01 8342619
  • Haven Pharmacy McLaughlins – Walkinstown 01 4557354
  • Haven Pharmacy Moloneys – Ballyfermot 01 6264131
  • Haven Pharmacy Murphys – Clonard 053 9184444
  • Haven Pharmacy Murrays – Killiney 01 2852538
  • Haven Pharmacy Raffertys – Cornelscourt 012893191
  • Haven Pharmacy Raffertys – Stillorgan 01 2880153

This year’s seasonal flu vaccine contains protection against 4 strains of flu virus. These are recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) as the strains most likely to be circulating this season.

The four strains are:

  • an A/Guangdong-Maonan/SWL1536/2019 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus
  • an A/Hong Kong/2671/2019 (H3N2)-like virus
  • a B/Washington/02/2019 (B/Victoria lineage)-like virus
  • a B/Phuket/3073/2013 (B/Yamagata lineage)-like virus

There is no thiomersal (mercury), gelatin or porcine gelatin in the 2020/2021 flu vaccine.

The 2020/2021 HSE seasonal vaccination programme will offer the Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine (split virion, inactivated) manufactured by Sanofi Pasteur for people with long-term health conditions.

Patient Information Leaflet and the Summary of Product Characteristics are available from www.hpra.ie

What is the Flu?

Seasonal flu (also known as influenza) is a highly infectious illness caused by the flu virus. The virus infects your lungs and upper airways, causing a sudden high temperature and general aches and pains, headache, weakness and exhaustion. Symptoms can last for up to one week. You may need to stay in bed until your symptoms get better. Flu affects people of all ages. In some people flu can cause serious complications such as pneumonia.

How flu is spread?

If you are carrying the virus, you can spread it by coughing or sneezing. This can happen from 1-2 days before symptoms develop and up to 5 days after symptoms develop. Flu can survive on worktops and objects, especially in low temperatures and low humidity. You can get flu by touching a surface with the virus on it and then touching your mouth, eyes or nose. The virus can live on a hard surface for up to 24 hours and a soft surface for around 20 minutes.

How serious is Flu?

The Flu virus is an unpredictable virus. If you are healthy you will usually recover in 7 days. But Flu can be severe and can cause serious illness and death. Complications of flu include bronchitis, pneumonia, ear infections and rarely acute encephalopathy (swelling of the brain). Serious complications of flu are more likely if you have a chronic medical condition or if you are aged 65 years or older. Pregnant women are also at increased risk of flu complications. In Ireland, between 200 and 500 people, mainly older people, die from flu each winter. Every year, around the world, flu causes between 3 and 5 million cases of severe disease and up to 646, 000 deaths.

The Flu Vaccine

This year, the seasonal flu vaccine protects against the 4 strains of flu virus recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) as the strains most likely to be circulating this season. The flu viruses that are circulating change every year. This is why you need to get a new vaccine each year. You should get your flu vaccination from September to be protected for flu season. People 10 years and over should get the vaccine from their GP or Pharmacist or Occupational Health Department. Younger children should get the vaccine from their GP. The flu vaccine is free if you are in an at-risk group or if you have a medical card or a GP visit card. The flu vaccine doesn’t contain any live viruses – it cannot give you the flu.

How it works

The flu vaccine helps your immune system to produce antibodies to fight influenza virus. If you have been vaccinated and you come into contact with the virus, these antibodies will attack it and stop you from getting sick. The flu vaccine starts to work within two weeks.

Who should get the Flu Vaccine?

The HSE are strongly urging people in at-risk groups to get the flu vaccine. Vaccination is recommended if you are

  • are 65 years of age and over
  • are pregnant (can be given at any stage of pregnancy)
  • are a child or adult with a long-term health condition such as diabetes, heart, kidney, liver, lung or neurological disease
  • work in healthcare
  • a cancer patient
  • have a Body Mass Index (BMI) over 40
  • an adult or child aged 6 months and older with down syndrome
  • are a carer or household contact of anyone at increased medical risk of flu
  • live in a nursing home or other long-term care facility
  • in regular contact with pigs, poultry or water fowl
  • a household contact for an at-risk person

Who should NOT get the Flu Vaccine?

You should not get the flu vaccine if you have had a severe allergic (anaphylaxis) reaction to a previous dose or any part of the vaccine. Don’t get the flu vaccine if you are taking medicines called combination checkpoint inhibitors (e.g. ipilimumab plus nivolumab). Vaccination should be re-scheduled if you have an acute illness with a temperature greater than 38°C.

Where can I book my Flu Vaccine?

You can make an appointment in selected Haven Pharmacy stores nationwide. Administration of the Flu Vaccine is free to all Medical Card, Doctor Visit Card, 2015a Card & HAA Card holders who belong to one of the at-risk groups listed above. Recently, the Minister for Health announced that the flu vaccination programme will be extended and made available free of charge to all children aged 2-12 years and to those in at risk groups. This is to minimise the risk of a second wave of  COVID-19 during the winter flu season. Eligibility criteria are subject to change by the HSE.

 

 

Children’s Fever Advice

Your child can get a slightly raised temperature from the simplest things. But how do you know if they really have a fever? Here is some advice on how to look after your little one when they’re running a temperature

It’s not unusual for children to get a mild fever. So it’s good to feel sure about what’s normal and be confident you can tell when your little one is definitely unwell. From taking their temperature to doing all you can to bring down their fever, there’s lots of ways you can help your child feel better.

What is a normal temperature?
When it comes to a ‘normal’ temperature, every young child is slightly different. Your little one’s temperature range can vary quite widely, and go up and down quickly as their body hasn’t yet worked out how to control how hot they get. Generally, if they have a temperature above 37.5°C, then it’s classed as a fever.

How do I know if my child has a high temperature?
Your little one may look flushed or hot, but to be sure that they have a temperature, you’ll need to use a thermometer. To get a fast and accurate reading it’s best to use a digital thermometer.

How to take your child’s temperature
If your child is under 5, you should take their temperature under their armpit not under their tongue, as you’ll get a more accurate result. Pop the digital thermometer under their armpit and hold their arm against their body for as long as the thermometer’s instructions tell you (keep watch or they may try and play with it!) Try to keep a note of the reading as this will help you track how your little one is doing. Remember, any temperature above 37.5°C is usually classed as a fever.

As a parent it can be very worrying if your child has a high temperature. But it is very common and often clears up by itself…

While it lasts, here are some ways to help your little one feel more comfortable:
If your child is distressed, you can use a paracetamol-based medicine to reduce a fever. CALPOL® Infant Suspension, which contains paracetamol, gets to work on fever in just 15 minutes. It’s suitable for most babies from 2 months.

Handy tips:

  1. Make sure your child gets plenty of restful sleep.
  2. Try not to overheat your house. Your child should be more comfortable in a well-ventilated room at a normal temperature.
  3. Your child might lose their appetite – this should only last a couple of days. Just let them eat when they are hungry.
  4. Make sure they have plenty to drink. If they have started eating solid food, offer lots of cool drinks, especially water.
  5. Undressing your child to their nappy or underwear then covering them in a light cotton sheet can help them feel more cool & comfortable

How long will it last?
When your little one is suffering from a fever, it can be a sign that their body is fighting an illness, like an ear infection, the flu, or chickenpox. So it can last for anything from a few hours to a few days, depending on what they’re fighting off and how poorly they are.

When to call the doctor
Although it can be hard to see your little one feeling so hot and bothered, most fevers will soon clear up.

But you should get in touch with your GP if:

  • your baby is less than 3 months, and has a temperature 38°C or over
  • your child is 3 to 6 months, and has a temperature 39°C or over
  • as well as a fever, your child has other signs of being unwell, such as floppiness, drowsiness, persistent vomiting or refusal to feed.

The information on this page is not exhaustive. You know your child best, if you have any concerns about your child, you should contact your GP.

For more advice and information contact your local Haven Pharmacy 

 

 

Tips for Fussy Eaters

Our nutritional demands are never greater than during the phases of life in which we are growing. Newborn babies, toddlers, children and teenagers going through a ‘growth spurt’ have incredibly high rates of growth which need to be matched with diets that are rich in nutrients to support this growth and supplements can be a welcomed addition during these life phases.  During these formative years the brain has much to get to grips with and as school starts the cogs of learning, language, memory recall, speech and behaviour all start to turn. Omega 3 fats play an important role in helping all of these areas of brain development to light up. However these essential fats are found in oily fish, a food which many children struggle to eat because of the strong flavour. So making sure your child eats a balanced diet and gets enough Omega 3 every day can be quite a challenge, especially with fussy little eaters!  Cleanmarine have the answer…

Cleanmarine for Kids come is kids sized capsules contain omega 3 wrapped up in a layer of ‘phospholipids’ which make it especially potent due to it’s easy absorption and speedy effectiveness. Taken daily, this will ensure your little ones get the omega 3 goodness they need but without the dinner table drama. Plus, there are no fishy repeats unlike fish oils.

 

Another area of children’s health that’s really important to take note of is bone development. Why is this important for bone health? Well the body uses vitamin D to control the amount of calcium that is absorbed from food AND it also helps the body deposit the calcium that’s been absorbed into bone tissue. So without a decent supply of vitamin D bone health can suffer, this is why vitamin D supplementation has become such a hot topic. Fortunately Cleanmarine Orange Burst Liquid for Kids contains Vitamin D helping to make sure that your kids have the D factor covered!

 

Most children will go through phases of fussy eating or food refusal. Generally, it is not a cause for concern and the phase will pass. Usually, this phase occurs between the ages of 2-5 years. If your child is in this phase, you may experience mealtimes like a “battle” between you and your child. The following tips are helpful in setting up healthy food routines and in managing fussy eating:

Tips to try to stop fussy eating

Make sure your child doesn’t have drinks or snacks close to mealtimes.

Encourage your child to touch, smell or taste their food.

Eat with them as often as possible and praise them when they eat well.

Make positive comments about the food.

Help your child eat well

  • Involve your child in preparing and cooking
  • Offer a variety of foods
  • Include your child’s favourite foods
  • Give your child smaller portions – if they finish, praise them and offer more
  • Let your child eat food first and give them the drink at the end of the meal
  • Limit distractions, turn off the television, tablet or phone
  • Finish the meal after about 30 minutes and accept that is all your child is going to eat.
  • Take away uneaten food without comment.

Avoid dinner time battles

  • Do not force your child to eat or use food or sweets as a reward or punishment. This can often lead to unhealthy associations with food.
  • Eat with other children of a similar age if possible. Seeing other children eating healthy foods can encourage a child to try these foods.
  • Try to focus on the good things they are doing, such as trying a new food, even touching it to start. Lead by example by eating healthier options.
  • Ignore the fussy behaviour, lots of attention may make them keep it up.
  • If you have another child who is eating well or sitting the right way, give them the plenty of praise.

Causes of fussy eating

Your child may be:

  • unwell
  • recovering from being unwell
  • eating too many snacks between meals
  • drinking too much milk or other drinks
  • showing their independent streak

Remember it can take up to 10 to 15 tries before your child will accept a new food.

Track your child’s eating

Children’s appetites are not all the same.

Track your child’s eating by:

  • making a list of all the food your child eats over a week
  • reviewing the list weekly
  • checking to see if there are foods from the 4 main food groups

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If there are foods from the 4 main food groups, and there is some variety in each group, your child’s diet is probably okay.

For more advice on your children’s health and vitamin intake, speak to your local Haven Pharmacy.