How Parents Can Help Their Child after a Broken Bone

How parents can help their child after a broken bone

Children who experience broken bones may also experience pain, confusion, sadness and a sense of isolation. After all, they may be precluded from participating in their favorite activities until the bone has healed. Fortunately, parents can take some steps to help their kids heal.

Follow the Doctor’s Instructions

It might seen fun to break a seemingly minor rule that the doctor has given. For example, the doctor might state that the cast absolutely cannot get wet, yet the kids are begging to go in the pool. Failure to follow the doctor’s orders might allow for a little bit of fun in the short term; however, it can protract the amount of time that it takes for the bone to heal. It is particularly important to care for the cast. Encouraging kids to listen to the doctor is just a healthy habit for life in general.

Stock the House

During the healing phase, the kids may need to spend more time in the house than usual, especially if they are on athletic teams or like to go swimming. However, parents don’t want their little ones to become bored, or the healing process can seem even worse. Taking favorite toys and games out of the closets and attics and setting them up in a accessible area is a good idea. While the period of healing should not be an excuse to gorge on junk food, it is certainly fine to stock the fridge with some treats that the kids enjoy. Relaxing and feeling comfortable are important.

Talk to the School

Some accommodations are likely going to have to be made in the school. For example, the kids will almost certainly be out of gym for an extended period of time, perhaps even after the cast is off. Also, parents may need to see what accommodations are available if any of the classrooms are located above the first floor of the building. Parents can also talk with teachers and administrators about steps to take during writing exercises, recess play and other activities that could be more difficult with the broken play.

Parents can definitely help their kids to heal. In fact, doing so is important so that children know to take the healing process seriously. Sometimes, this process will involve help from the school as well.

Tips to Stay Healthy This Fall

Fall is here and with the change in weather comes the start of cold and flu season. The common cold and the flu both share some of the same symptoms that make it hard to tell which one you’re coming down with.

Both the flu and a cold are viral infections spread through coming in contact with germs from someone already infected. A cold and the flu both develop in stages where certain symptoms start to emerge as the infection develops in your body.

Common cold symptoms

The cold usually starts off with a sore throat which goes away within a day or two. A runny nose, congestion, a cough, and nasal symptoms appear by the fourth or fifth day of feeling under the weather. A runny nose will also start within the first few days and as the cold progresses, the mucus will become thicker and darker. While a fever isn’t common with a cold in adults, children will sometimes run a low to mild fever for a day or two.

Flu symptoms

Symptoms for the flu are much more severe than the symptoms of a cold. You can come down with the flu within a couple days of coming into contact with the virus. The symptoms usually come on quickly and are much more severe than the symptoms of a common cold. Within the first couple days of coming into contact with the virus, you will start to develop a sore throat, fever, headache, muscle aches and soreness, congestion, and a cough.

Most flu symptoms start to improve over the course of 2 – 5 days, but it is not uncommon for the flu to leave someone feeling run down for longer periods of time.

Is it a cold or the flu?

One of the best ways to determine if it’s a cold or the flu is to check your temperature. While the flu mimics a cold, the flu will also come with a fever above 100 degrees. You will also feel completely miserable and have body and muscle aches as well. The common cold rarely comes with a fever above 100 degrees and while you will be tired and a little run down, you will still have enough energy to go about your day.

Remember, a cold or the flu are spread through direct contact with surfaces where cold or flu germs have been spread. This happens through sneezing or coughing. Person-to-person transmission can also happen when someone touches their nose or mouth and then touches someone or something else.

Cold and flu germs can live up to 24 hours on any hard surface. Make sure you are washing your hands and not touching your mouth, eyes, and nose during cold and flu season. Not only will this keep germs from spreading, but it will help keep you healthy too!

7 Tips For Keeping Your Cool During An Emergency

7 Tips For Keeping Your Cool During An Emergency | Roger StanmoreEmergencies can rouse panic and unrest in just about anyone, and moments of urgency can rattle even the most composed individual. Whether you face immediate life or health risks, emergencies are worsened by an improper reaction to acute injury or illness, possibly yielding long-term damage.

Each year, thousands fall victim to burns, seizures, heart attacks, and other types of emergencies. These life-changing tragedies and unthinkable moments require a level-head and a split-second response, especially when you feel yourself begin to disorient due to fear. In the case that it’s you or someone you love who requires immediate attention within and outside of the home, the most helpful piece of advice you need is to remain calm. However, there are some other pieces of advice you should take to heart during a moment of difficulty.

Take a Beat

You may not want to react too quickly. In fact, sometimes another person’s life may depend on you offering the proper response, not simply a rash one. Immediately ask yourself what’s the most efficient way to alleviate risk and stress during a time of crisis.

Take a Breath

Failing to breathe properly can interrupt the movement from oxygen to the brain, resulting in a loss of focus. Breathing deeply can quiet the urge to hyperventilate or pass out. Keep calm and make.

Keep Your Mind on Task

It’s critical that your mind remains with those who are in need. If you see that one person may be injured and they’re fine, survey your area to be sure that no else has been hurt.

Devise A Plan of Action Today

Ahead of any incident, always be prepared in case an emergency arises. Don’t wait for a tragedy to strike, create evacuation plans, prepare a first aid kit, learn CRP, and know the best exit routes in case there’s a fire.

Voice of Reason

Keeping calm is vital, but managing to keep others calm and offering them positive guidance demonstrates bravery. It’s incredibly courageous to overcome your fear to boost the morale of everyone involved in the situation. Mindfulness can improve through practice.

Reduce Stress

Squeezing and releasing all of the muscles in your body isometrically in three successions will reduce stress and call you.


Clear communication is essential, offering everyone involved a clear picture of what’s at stake. Taking the time to speak evenly to an injury party can reduce stress, and lead to a quick resolution.

Remember to learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) basics, as well as all-important first aid basics, so that you’re prepared for ahead of a life or death situations. Additionally, locate all fire extinguishers, as well as fire exits. Above all else, remember to call 911.

5 Tips for an Easier, More Affordable ER Visit

5 Tips for an Easier, More Affordable ER Visit | Roger Stanmore MD, JDEmergency rooms (also known as an accident & emergency departments or the ER) are medical treatment facilities that specialize in emergency medicine. At these facilities, patients can access care without an appointment, and by way of an ambulance, or through their own means. They’re equipped and staffed to provide prompt treatment of those suffering from illnesses or trauma, requiring immediate medical care.

Likely, if you’re visiting the emergency room, you’re dealing with a severe medical issue. Ahead of the visit, you need to assure that you’ll be able to answer all questions about your health insurance and medical history. There are also some other things you should contemplate, with regards to tests, procedures, affordability, and access. Below, find five tips to better your ER visit:

  1. Consider the fact that you may not need to visit the ER. While you may feel that you have an emergency on your hands, you’ll likely endure a long wait and a spend a lot of money to simply learn that an urgent care facility could meet your needs at a reduced cost for less than half the time. The ER is best meant to service those with serious head injuries, seizures, stroke heart attack, and other severe pain –while urgent care units are equipped to treat everything from broken bones, to stitches, to burns.
  2. Educate yourself about your health so that you can share that you can quickly share that information with the hospital. No matter who you see for your medical health needs, be sure that you give the medical professional enough information, so they can properly aid you. Have medical history on hand when you arrive at the ER. Having your health history handy means having a list of your previous hospital stays, the past or chronic illnesses/diseases, allergies, medications/supplements, health problems in your family, and vaccines you’ve received. Consider storing medical records on an app –meaning that it can be easily accessed.
  3. Learn your ER rights, and make sure no one is violating those rights. Insurance companies are required to cover your care if you visit the ER with an emergency medical condition, according to the Affordable Care Act. There’s no need for approval ahead of your visit if your symptoms are severe enough that you believe you may be in danger.
  4. Rather than racking up a substantial bill at the ER, learn if your doctor can run those tests for you. Tests conducted in a hospital will cost a great deal more than they will at other places. If it’s at all possible to safely put off scans and tests, then you should wait until you visit your doctor’s office, where they will be less costly.
  5. Read your ER bills. Upon receiving your ER bill, immediately scan it to make sure that you were charged in-network costs. It’s possible that you could have been visited by a specialist, technician, or another professional outside of your network during your stay. Nonetheless, most plans will cover all ER fees during the cases of a real emergency. However, providers will bill you directly for differences between what your plan pays and what they charge. Either way, you may want to follow up with your insurance company.

    Remember to know your rights, review your bills and insurance reports, and postpone non-essential tests.

The Survival Guide for Those Seeking 24-Hour Urgent Care

An_ambulance_in_KievVisiting a 24-hour urgent care center may seem a bit strange, particularly when they’re placed between an Arby’s and a Chick-fil-A. However, these medical way stations offer legitimate care. 24-hour urgent care centers may be few and far between, but particularly outside of metropolitan areas, but they exist, offering assistance to those who don’t warrant an ER visit and don’t have access to one’s primary care doctor. The all-day potential access to non-emergency health care is important for communities seeking health assistance. Here are few tips to consider when your 24-hour care center:

Contact Your PCP: Although you won’t likely be able to reach your doctor or staff late in the evening, you will likely reach an answering service, which will be able to direct you to a preferred urgent care center. In-network urgent care can save you the trouble of going of waiting to your PCP.

Online Doctors: If you’re not able to leave home and you’re interested in avoiding urgent care facilities, then you should consider telemedicine. Chat with an online doctor first and decide if an in-person visit is required, or learning if your needs can be met through a virtual visit.

Consider Local Reviews: Yelp and Google don’t simply list ratings for restaurants, they also rank health care facilities and urgent care centers. Urgent care centers tend to be privately owned and operated, which is why customer experiences differ from location to location. Research different locations before choosing one.

Have Your Insurance Card on Hand: Urgent care centers accept many major insurance providers. Having your insurance card in your pocket will mean that your visit will be covered by your insurance. Also, if urgent care centers don’t accept your particular type of insurance, you can get an estimate of services and decide if that price is within your budget.

Bring entertainment: Whether you bring a book, a puzzle, or music, have something on hand to enjoy while you wait for your time to visit with the doctor. While visits can be as little as three minutes or as long as an hour; waiting times may vary. Before you go to the urgent care center be sure to call the center and ask about wait times.

There are numerous urgent care facilities in and around Alabama, consult your Yellow Pages to locate the nearest 24-hour urgent care center.

Birmingham Welcomes Another Urgent Care Center

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American Family Care (AFC), a leading provider of accessible primary care and urgent care, has opened Birmingham’s 14th urgent care medical center. The expansion suggests that the Birmingham community continues to embrace the presence of quality health care that’s accessible and economical. Additionally, the new facility promises to be an additional and needed source of accelerated care.

The new medical center, located in Tennehill Promende shopping center, near the junction of I-459 and I-20, and its AFC’s 46th in Alabama and 160th facility nationwide. The opening of the location grants a continuous opportunity to serve new patients and provide that care at a lower rate while saving patients’ time.

American Family Care has provided non-emergency care from more than 33 years, pioneering the concept of this form of care. Their reach spans 26 states, and each of AFC’s medical centers are designed to provide treatment for primary care, urgent care and minor emergency. These centers are equipped with high-tech equipment, including digital x-rays, electronic medical records, on-site lab testing and state of the art diagnostics. Most importantly, these clinics are staffed with compassionate and sympathetic health care professions, who are available to clients daily between the hours of 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The first American Family Care was founded in Hoover, Alabama in 1982. In 2013, AFC acquire the Doctors Express franchise, which further positioned them to 160 clinics, which is staffed with 500 in-network physicians. AFC provides care to more than 2 million patients each year, offering them services that are economical, timely and convenient. 

Alabama and every other state in the nation has benefited from the urgent care model, which has established itself as an essential aid. Urgent care does what many models can not. It offers express care to patients within a setting that’s clean and stocked with state of the art medical equipment. Also, seasoned professions move quickly while being attentive, which differs greatly from a reality where patients wait for nearly an hour to see a doctor who doesn’t have the time or interest to give them the care and understanding that they should.