Drs: Prevent Medication Poisoning + Glow-In-The-Dark Hair

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The Doctors: Prevent Medication Poisoning In Children

More than 70,000 children are seen by emergency doctors because of unintentional medication poisoning. Some medications are a lot more dangerous than others, which is why The Doctors wanted to share which drugs can particularly put your children at risk. First was narcotic pain medications, which is the number one group cause of deaths from medications for kids under the age of five. If you think your child may have gotten access to your narcotics, pay attention to whether they become sleepy, lethargic, and experience slowed or even stopped breathing, Dr Darria Long Gillespie explained. Don’t wait too long to get help so call 9-1-1 if you think your child may have ingested narcotics.

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Next, Dr Gillespie explained that patches are supposed to be worn for several days, which means they contain enough doses to last for several days in an adult. If a child bites or chews on a patch, they can get that dose right away. Some kids could even dig into the trash to get what they think are stickers.

Drs: Prevent Medication Poisoning + Glow-In-The-Dark Hair

The Doctors shared their tips for protecting your children from medication poisoning. (trekkyandy / Flickr)

To keep medicine away from your kids, make sure the medicine locked away and out of reach. Even medicine that could be in the purses of visitors. You should also keep medicine in child-proof containers that are locked, as well as out of reach. Dr Gillespie suggested three layers of protection. Lastly, never refer to medicine as a toy or candy. If you suspect your child ingested medication, call poison control right away at 1-800-222-1222. Don’t wait for symptoms to emerge.

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The Doctors: Glow-In-The-Dark Hair Trend

Next, The Doctors took a closer look at a hair trend that will make our hair glow in the dark. YouTube videos of kids as young as eight show people breaking glow sticks open and then rubbing the liquid in their hair. The liquid contain hydrogen peroxide, which can burn the skin in high concentrations and you could also have an allergic reaction to the product. Not to mention there are phthalates in it, which has been shown to be unhealthy.

The good news is that there are healthier ways to achieve the same look, and psychotherapist Dr Mike Dow tried it out for himself. He certainly had some style! Style was the word of the day, and you can use the word style on The Doctors’ website to enter for a chance to win a Patricia Nash crossbody handbag.

The Doctors: Enjoy A Good Laugh

In a Doctors Special Report, they once again reminded everyone of the fact that laughter has been proven to help your immune system and decrease stress hormones. Zoolander 2 will soon premiere in theaters and is sure to provide laughter that some researchers say could lower blood pressure in the same way that physical exercise does. Researchers say the biggest heart-healthy benefit of watching comedies is a big belly laugh that’s at least 15 minutes long.

The Doctors: Slow Ripening Of Bananas

For his prescription of the day, Dr Stork shared a tip to keep your bananas from ripening too fast. Wrap the stems in cling wrap to prevent the premature browning. If your bananas have already ripened, peel and slice them, then store them in a zip-top bag in the freezer to use for smoothies!

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