There Is Never an Excuse to ignore High Blood PressureThere Is Never an Excuse to ignore High Blood Pressure


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There Is Never an Excuse to ignore High Blood Pressure

I used to thinkt that people in good health just had "healthy genes" and that daily habits didn't affect health very much. Due to that belief, when my doctor diagnosed me with high blood pressure and prescribed a medication to treat it, I didn't take it at first. I soon got a health "wake up call" when I began experiencing chest pains. My wife took me to the ER and, thankfully, they determined I wasn't having a heart attack, like I thought I was. The next day, I began taking my medication and living a healthier lifestyle. Soon, I was able to stop the medication due to my lifestyle changes, but I still monitor my blood pressure at home just to "stay on the safe side." I wanted to share my story to help others and plan to post many more health tips on my new blog.

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4 Tips To Make Breathing Treatments For Toddlers Easier

If your child is diagnosed with asthma, RSV, or another type of serious respiratory illness, your child's doctor may prescribe regular breathing treatments to open up the airways and make it easier for your child to breathe. During a breathing treatment, you will put prescription inhalation aerosols into a medical device called a nebulizer; when the nebulizer is turned on it will create a fine mist and your child will be able to inhale the medication that he or she needs.

While breathing treatments can be very beneficial for a child, it can be difficult to get a toddler to cooperate. Use the following tips to make administering a breathing treatment to a toddler easier:

Get a Pediatric Nebulizer

When you find out that your child will need to do breathing treatments, talk to your child's doctor or a local medical supply company about getting a pediatric nebulizer. These types of nebulizers are often designed to look like cute animals, so they can be very visually appealing. Your child may be more willing to cooperate with the breathing treatment if he or she likes the look of the nebulizer and thinks it is cute.

Let your Child Hold the Mask

Many young children get upset when the nebulizer mask is placed on their face and the strap are placed around their head. Try letting your toddler hold the mask to his or her face without using the straps, with your assistance if needed. This can give your child more of a sense of control and make a breathing treatment less scary.

Employ Distractions

One of the best things that you can do during a breathing treatment is distract your child so he or she will be willing to sit still for the whole course of the treatment. Try putting on your child's favorite movie or let him or her play an educational game on a tablet while he or she is doing a breathing treatment.

Make It a Fun Game

Try making breathing treatments fun by letting your child participate. Try purchasing an extra nebulizer mask, and let your child pretend to give breathing treatments to his or her stuffed animals and dolls while your administering his or her breathing treatment. You can also pretend that your child is a dragon, and that the mist blowing through the nebulizer is smoke that your child is blowing out of his or her nose.