One wonders how many people actually use something to sleep at night. Whether it's a prescription, over the counter (OTC) or alcohol, nearly ALL of us will use something to help us sleep at some point. Each of us is likely to suffer from at least one bout of insomnia in our lifetime. We have become a society where even a little loss of sleep can cause panic which leads to more than a single bad night.
Take into account how the world's news, current family issues or personal struggles can leave us sitting up at night worried. I have worked with many people who complain of sleep deprivation from worries, chronic pain, or mood disorders and they ask for some quick fix.
Unfortunately, there are those of us who cannot get any sleep without some kind of sleep aid, and I have a number of patients who take Ambien or Lunesta , which are a vast improvement over the old benzodiazepines. At least these two "new" drugs aren't as addictive or problematic. Allegedly. A...
As any parent of a child with autism knows, safety is a big concern - everyday. Not only do children with autism often wander off, they can be impulsive and may have a higher risk of accidents and injuries. Because they often have trouble communicating, if they wander off or become lost, it is difficult or impossible for them to explain who they are and where they live. Lack of coordination and impulsivity can both lead to injury.
The following are 10 ways to help keep your child with autism safe:
Create a plan of action should your child wander off. Have the number for the police department in your phone. Keep a list of friends/family/neighbors that you can call who have agreed to be available immediately to help you locate your child. Set up a phone chain or put one person in charge of making phone calls so you don’t lose precious moments on the phone calling a list of people.
Have a rescue package made up ahead of time. Your package could include recent photos of your chi...
Everyday allergy moms around the world balance their children's need for safety with their need for a "normal" life. For most of us, summer camp was part of that normal life, and while you might think of camp as "Mission Impossible" for your food allergic child, it really boils down to just a few steps. So here is my CAMP guide to help you prepare your child for the fun this summer.
C Communicate with the Camp Director Explain the extent of your child's allergies and make sure they are willing and able to accommodate your child's special needs. Do they have safe foods or meal options? How is food stored, prepared and served? What is their experience with severe food allergies?
Find out if the staff is trained to handle allergic reactions; how far the nearest medical facility is; how your child would be transported; and if any activities would take him or her out of cell phone coverage or far away from the camp site. Remember th...
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