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It’s Never Too Early to Prevent Poisoning

10/21/2014 | Everyday WellnessSafety & Prevention

In the past 12 months, Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health has seen over 370 cases of child poisoning In fact, over half of all calls to the Indiana Poison Center involve children. Many times, the poisoning is due to over the counter or prescription medicines. “The most common medicines children take are over the counter pain medicines such as acetaminophen, however vitamins can also be a danger due to the iron in them,” explains Lauren Buenger, PharmD, and ER Clinical…

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Cold & Flu Myths and Facts

10/21/2014 | WellnessHome Care

It’s tough to stay healthy during cold and flu season. Should you starve a fever? Feed a cold? Drink more orange juice? Separate cold and flu facts from myths to keep from getting sick this year. Did you know Indiana University Health is now offering same-day primary care appointments from Indiana’s most highly skilled doctors? Schedule an appointment today at 844.8.IUHEALTH or visit iuhealth.org/primarycare.

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National SIDS Awareness Month

10/21/2014 | Family CareCare for Newborns

I like to pretend to be the ultra-relaxed laid-back sort of mom. The truth is that I’ve caught myself popping my head over my healthy infant’s crib a time or two “just to make sure” she was still breathing. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) tops every parent’s anxiety list. We don’t know what causes it- although some studies have linked it to inherited heart problems. The term Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) includes both SIDS and sudden…

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Ways to Prevent Your Child from Getting the Flu

10/21/2014 | Family CarePrimary Care

It’s coming. Sniffles, fevers, coughing, chills and more. There’s no doubt that flu season is approaching. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), flu season hits its peak during January and February, but people can start getting the flu as early as October. It’s almost impossible to know how severe this year’s flu season will be because the flu virus can mutate without warning, and new flu viruses appear each year. The best thing you can do is educate…

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What to Eat or Avoid Before Bed

10/21/2014 | WellnessHealthy Eating

What you eat before bedtime can affect how well you sleep. As a rule of thumb, it’s best not to eat within an hour of going to sleep. A good bedtime snack, however, can help you relax and prepare for a night of rest. Depending on what you consume, food before bedtime can either help you sleep better or keep you from getting enough rest. Here’s what to avoid eating if you want to sleep: Caffeine: This may seem obvious since caffeine is a known stimulant, but most people don’t realize…

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