Vaccines: What you should know

August 21st, 2011

For the New Mexico immunization schedules, please visit ImmunizeNM.org.

For the most current Vaccine information from the CDC, please click here.

For an extensive history of Vaccines, please visit The History of Vaccines.

Helpful tips for kids with ADHD

February 10th, 2010

Organizing and building a routine for the child with ADHD

Children often benefit from having a regular routine in place to organize and structure their daily life. This is true for children with ADHD. Building a routine and staying organized can help.

1. Give specific instructions. “Put away the toys on your carpet on the shelf in the closet.” Be consistent – if the toys are stored on the shelf one night, they should be stored there every night. Children need to know precisely what is expected.

2. Assign tasks that your child is capable of doing on his own. Success builds confidence. The goal is to teach your child to do things independently.

3. Involve your child in discussions about rules and routines. It will help him understand goals and teach him to accept responsibility.

4.  Write down routines as sequences of tasks (2 -5 items only), and post where easily visible (refrigerator, bathroom mirror. A dry erase marker is perfect for jotting down routines, notes, little “I-love-you’s” on a bathroom or bedroom mirror!) Review lists regularly with your child.

5.  Be realistic about time. Make sure you have set aside enough time for the child to complete her homework, clear the dishes, and get out the door. If the original time frame is leaving you 5 minutes shy, add 5 minutes.

6. Expect gradual improvement. It takes time to change old habits and to form new ones.

7. Praise effort – not just results. If your child set the table but forgot napkins, acknowledge that she’s trying. Reward good behavior more often than you punish bad.

8.  Allow for free time in daily routines. Kids – and adults – need downtime!

9.  If your child isn’t taking to the routine, seek help from a counselor who specializes in ADHD. A pro can help get you on track.

10. Stay focused on long-term goals. Above all, don’t give up!

Info provided by New Hope Media LLC.

Outrun Obesity!

February 10th, 2010

Obesity is on the rise for American kids. In fact, according to the CDC, there are almost three times as many obese kids age 6-19 as there were 30 years ago. An obese child or teen is at risk for health problems during their youth and as adults. They are more likely to develop heart disease and diabetes, two leading causes of death in the U.S. They are also more likely to develop asthma, liver degeneration and sleep apnea. Obesity is a leading cause of preventable death in America, second only to smoking according to the CDC. Additionally, obesity can force your child to face psychological and social problems. They can be teased or face discrimination which can cause low self-esteem, degraded schoolwork and social skills. These issues can last long past childhood, well into adulthood.

BlueCross BlueShield of New Mexico recommends 5-2-1-0 for better health!!

5 Servings of Fruits and Veggies every day!

2 Limit “Screen Time” to 2 hours or less per day (this includes TV, computer, video games, handheld games) Also, avoid putting TV’s or computers in your child’s bedroom. Encourage your child to be physically active before allowing screen time.

1 “Take an hour each day to go out and play!!” Get at least one hour of physical activity each day. Plan a family walk after dinner. Encourage your kids to join a school sports team, club or dance/fitness class.

0 Sweet drinks!  Skip the soda and hit the water! Avoid serving soft drinks or sweetened drinks to kids. Encourage water between meals, it helps kids feel full (sometimes hunger is one of the signs of dehydration) Add fruit like lemons, limes, oranges or cherries to flavor your water.

If your child has a weight problem, they need your support:

If your doctor tells you that your kids are overweight or obese, let them know they are loves, regardless of their weight. Now, more than ever, they need help from their parents. Start by letting kids know they are not alone, and help them to set a goal to make healthy eating choices and to be more active. (Remember, the best way to help someone is to Lead By Example!)

Find out more at

www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/children

Guide to the Disposal of Unwanted Medications

December 15th, 2009

Please don’t flush that leftover medicine down the toilet!

Flushing unwanted and leftover medicine can cause contamination to our aquatic environment.  Wastewater treatment systems are not designed to remove many of these medications.

To help protect our environment, please follow these guidelines.

Keep in the original container.  This will help identify the contents if they are accidentally ingested.

For confidentiality purposes, mark out any personal information and the prescription number.

For pills, add some water or soda to dissolve them.  For liquids, add something absorbant like cat litter or dirt, sand or sugar.

Close the lid and secure with duct or packing tape.

Place medicine container inside another non see-through container like a detergent container.  Tape container closed.

Hide the container in the trash.  Do not put in the recycling bin.

DO NOT give medications to anyone else.

DO NOT flush medications down the toilet.

DO NOT put medications in the trash without disguising them.