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As always, please remember to bring your insurance cards and a list of current medication.
Common Symptoms of Sleep Disorders:
- Excessive daytime sleepiness or fatigue
- Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
- Difficulty concentrating
- Mood swings
- Lack of energy
Tips to Improve Sleep & Reduce Daytime Sleepiness:
- Turn off devices at least an hour before bed, especially those that are held close to the face, such as a phone, tablet or laptop.
- Sleep in a cool, dark room.
- Do not let animals sleep on the bed.
- Relax before bed, do not work until bedtime. It is important to separate the work day and bedtime.
- Exercise -- exercise improves sleep, but do not exercise too close to bedtime because the body needs time to cool down and relax after exercise.
- Limit afternoon and nighttime caffeine.
- Routine -- waking and going to sleep at the same time each day establishes a normal sleep schedule.
- Avoid alcohol close to bedtime.
Rates of noise-induced hearing loss in kids have jumped by almost a third in the last decade, and one in eight American children under 13 has some level of loss, according to the Starkey Hearing Foundation, an organization that provides hearing aids to people in need around the world. "Noise damage is entirely preventable, but once the damage is done, it can't be reversed," says David A. Fabry, PhD., vice president of audiology and professional relations at Starkey Hearing Technologies. Always have your kids wear ear protection at loud public events, and monitor the volume of their headphones. If something sounds loud to you, it's too loud for your child, Dr. Gabry say. Both iPhones and Android systems have parental controls to limit the volume, Starkey Hearing Technologies' free app, SoundCheck, can also help you measure safe listening levels.
Parents May 2016
Select the Right Sunscreen
When it comes to sun protection, the options are endless. Does your kid need SPF 30 or 70? What's the difference between UVA and UVB? Quit worrying! Just follow these guidelines from Parents advisor Wendy Sue Swanson, M.D., a pediatrician at Seattle Children's Hospital.
- Look for the term "broad spectrum" on the label. That means the sunscreen will protect against both UVA (skin-damaging) and UVB (burning) rays.
- Pick one with SPF 30. Sunscreens that have a higher SPF don't significantly increase protection, says Dr. Swanson.
- Go for a mineral sunscreen. The active ingredient should be zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. These are physical barriers and are less likely to be absorbed into skin.
- Try to avoid sunscreen for babies under 6 months old. Instead, keep them out to the sun and use a hat, sunglasses, and clothing as cover.
- Apply sunscreen 20 minutes before sun exposure. If your child is playing or swimming, reapply every one to two hours.
- Avoid spray sunscreens. It's hard to know how thickly you're applying them, and more research is still needed on the possible risks from inhalation, says Dr. Swanson.
Parents May 2016