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Bee Healthy Tip: Kids and Sleep – How Much Is Enough?

Your Monthly Bee Healthy Tip from the trusted team
at Metropolis Drugs II:  from left: Tim Lawson,
Dacia Stewart, Leslie Lawson and Lauren Scott.


Kids and Sleep: How Much Is Enough?

What happens when your kid doesn’t get enough sleep? Does he turn into Oscar the Grouch? Not a surprise, really. But moodiness isn’t the only downside of a lack of shuteye.

Sleep is critical for mental and physical development. In fact, a lack of sleep can lead to serious health problems such as high blood pressure, injuries, diabetes, and obesity in kids, as well as depression in teens (and adults) *1,2

Sleep guidelines for kids. About a year ago, the American Academy of Pediatrics came out with new sleep guidelines for kids. In case you missed it, here’s what they now recommend: Continue reading

Metropolis Summer Art Classes Scheduled

Metropolis Art Classes
Thursdays, June 8, 15 and 22, 2017
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Girl Scout House, 1230 E. 7th St., Metropolis
Instructor: Kortney Kennedy

June 8 – Circle Weaving
Students entering 3rd-7th grades will have the opportunity to paint and weave a beautiful piece of art. $12 covers all supplies. Class size is limited, and pre-registration is required.

June 15 – Canvas Painting
Students entering 1st through 7th grades will spend the morning or afternoon painting with acrylic paints on canvas. $12 covers all supplies. Older clothes or an apron is recommended. Class size is limited, and pre-registration is required.

June 22 – Cardboard Construction
Inspired by the viral video of Caine’s Arcade, students entering 3rd through 7th grade will use cardboard and other materials to create interactive games and toys. $12 covers all supplies. Class size is limited, and pre-registration is required.

All class sizes are limited.  To pre-register send a message through Metropolis Art Classes Facebook page or email kortneykennedy@gmail.com.

Bee Healthy Tip – Medication Safety for Children

Your July Bee Healthy Tip from the trusted team
at Metropolis Drugs II:  from left: Tim Lawson,
Dacia Stewart, Leslie Lawson and Lauren Scott.


Q & As: Medication Safety for Children

Curiosity kills more than the cat. Did you know that medications are the top cause of poisoning in kids? Below are some tips to help change that. To get started, here are a few answers to some questions parents commonly ask about medication safety for kids.

1. Where should I store medications? People may call it the “medicine cabinet,” but it’s not a good place to store medications. Bathrooms are moist and can lower the strength of a medication. Plus, they’re a little too easy for little hands to get into.

Instead, keep drugs, eye drops, and vitamins out of sight and out of reach of children. Try a high place, such as a hall closet or kitchen shelf. Don’t forget that a curious kid may easily find medicine in a purse or dresser drawer.

2. How should I measure medicine? With young children, it’s especially important to get the dosing right. Always use the dosing device that comes with the medicine. Measuring spoons or other home utensils aren’t the same as a medication syringe or cup. If you use a syringe, try squirting the medicine on the inside of the cheek where there are fewer taste buds.

If your child takes the wrong dosage, call the pharmacist, Tim Lawson, right away to find out whether or not it’s cause for concern. Or call Poison Control for assistance as well.

3. Does a spoonful of sugar help the medicine go down? Some medicines can taste pretty nasty to a child. It may be okay to mix a liquid medication with chocolate or maple syrup. However, don’t do this for babies. If they don’t finish a bottle, they won’t get the right amount of medication.  And check with the Pharmacist Tim Lawson before crushing and mixing a tablet or capsule with food.

4. Is it okay to share prescription medications? No matter how similar their symptoms, don’t have your kids share medications. And never repackage them. Keep medications in their original childproof container.

5. How long can my child use a medication? Be sure to not use drugs past their expiration date. Most drugs lose their strength after about a year. If you have any question about whether or not to use a drug, talk with your child’s doctor or with one of our pharmacists.

6. Are OTC drugs safe for kids? Be sure to read labels. Not all over-the-counter (OTC) medications are safe for children of all ages. Of course, never give aspirin to any child—it can cause serious illness, even death.

Make sure you know a drug’s potential side effects. But stay alert to any adverse reactions. Kids can be more sensitive to drugs than adults. For example, cold medications can cause excitability or severe drowsiness in kids, even at lower doses. The FDA recommends that you not use OTC cough and cold medications in children younger than age two. Rest, clear fluids, and a humidifier may be the best route to recovery from colds and flu.

Remember: There’s no substitute for getting your specific questions answered. Pharmacist, Tim Lawson, can personally talk with you about your child’s medications and can also suggest OTC drugs and discuss any concerns you have about side effects. If you don’t remember a question until you’re home, that’s okay. Just give us a call.

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Visit our website for lots of resources to help keep you and your family healthy!  (Nothing herein constitutes medical advice, diagnosis or treatment, or is a substitute for professional advice.  You should always seek the advice of your physician or other medical professional if you have questions or concerns about a medical condition.)