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The Bitter Side of Sweets

Posted on: October 24th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
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Halloween is a great time to teach your kids about maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle

 

Halloween is a favorite time of year for many children. Who can blame them? You get to dress up in a costume, deck your house with spooky decorations and of course get lots of candy.

Halloween can also be a challenging time for parents who are trying to emphasize the negative effects of junk food to their kids. This time of year can be used as a tool to teach children the importance of a healthy diet and how to treat themselves only in moderation. As a family owned distributor, LA Medical cares about the health of you and your family. Try some of our tips to make this a healthier Halloween for you and your kids!

Procrastinate buying candy – Most stores have had Halloween candy displays since the middle of September. If you buy the sweets right when they hit the shelves, it is more tempting to tear into them before trick-or-treating even starts. Try to hold off buying your candy until one or two days before the big event. You may even get an end of season discount!

Establish candy eating rules with your child before they go – Discuss rules with your child about not eating any candy until they have come home and had an adult inspect it. Sort through the candy to make sure that everything is in its original wrapping and has not been tampered with.  This is also a good time to agree upon when the candy will be eaten.

Stay active – Take a longer walk around the neighborhood to trick-or-treat and enjoy the Halloween decorations and costumes that others are wearing.

Divide up the candy right away – After you have sorted through the candy, have your child help divide up their favorite sweets into small baggies. This is a good way to teach portion control, a vital part of a healthy diet. Set a rule about eating one baggie of candy each day and put the others out of sight so they are not a temptation.

Help your child to enjoy their Halloween without overindulging. If your family dedicates to practice healthy eating habits throughout the rest of the year, limiting poor nutritional choices throughout holidays like Halloween will be much easier. LA Medical offers different diabetic supplies in our online store.

Back to School Safety from LA Medical

Posted on: July 28th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
Keep safety in mind as a new school year begins.

Keep safety in mind as a new school year begins.

School is back in session! This time of year is exciting as classes begin and kids are busy with sports and other extra-curricular activities. Whether you have children, grandchildren, or friends going back to school, it is important to practice back to school safety. No matter how much precaution is taken, accidents can still occur. It is important to do all we can to protect children and for them to be aware of how they can stay safe as well. LA Medical invites you to visit our site for medical and safety supplies. From walkers to wheelchairs, we have aids to ease the life of anyone in need. Stay safe this August with tips found here:

  • Many schools require certain immunizations before attending school. Ask your school what they require and visit a doctor so your child will be protected. Physical check-ups are often also required before a student can participate in athletics.
  • Use sidewalks when walking to school or walk facing the traffic if a sidewalk is unavailable. Look both ways when crossing the street and practice walking the route with your child before they do so alone.
  • If biking to school, always wear a helmet and use hand turning singles. Ride on the right side of the road and in a single file.
  • Bullying can take the form of hitting, teasing, intimidating, or cyber bullying over social media sites or e-mail.  It can have a negative impact on the victim leading to depression, anxiety, missed school, and sometimes suicidal thoughts. If you ever sense someone is being bullied, ask questions to get all the information, access the situation, and take proper action.
  • Eating a healthy breakfast and lunch can provide children with the energy and nutrients they need to get through the day. Studies show children who eat a healthy and full breakfast are more alert and have higher tests scores than those who skip.

Ensure the safety of your child, grandchild, or friend this school year and offer these tips to them! We wish everyone the best of luck and invite you to visit LA Medical online today!

Finding the Right Respite Provider for your Children with Special Needs

Posted on: April 22nd, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger

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Finding the Right Respite Provider for your Children with Special Needs

As parents of a child with special needs, you care for them, help feed them, provide a loving home and clothes for them. Sometimes your responsibilities can seem overwhelming and never ending.  As a parent and a family, it’s okay to want a little break.  LA Medical would like to help by finding a local respite provider for your children with special needs.

At first, finding a reputable caregiver to care for your child with special needs may seem like an impossible task.  Some families rely on other family members to help, but sometimes it may be better for your child to go to a care provider to interact with other children who may have similar health complications which will better their mood, personality and outlook on life.

Don’t feel ashamed that you’re leaving your child at a care provider.  Care providers are there to help parents take a break and see family and friends, make a grocery store trip or simply take a nap. Sit down and relax, because there are many options available for caregivers for your child:

  • There are many respite or relief centers that provide assistance for caregivers or parents who need time off from their duties caring for a special needs child or adult.  Visit the National Respite Locator Services for more information.
  • Find associations that deal exactly with your child’s disorder such as the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation or United Cerebral Palsy.
  • Contact a university or college near where you live.  Students who may be studying behavioral sciences are available to care for your kids at your home.
  • If your child is chronically ill, consider giving their pediatrician or specialist a call.  Explain that you need respite care and a personal break.  Most specialists know someone they can refer you to.
  • Many states offer respite care that is free or subsidized.  Get in touch with your local county health office to see how you can sign up for respite care in your area.

LA Medical hopes this list of ideas helps to get you, your spouse and your family a little break and helps your loved one interact with others too. Please see our inventory of bathroom safety equipment, walking aids and incontinence supplies today!

Caring for a Child with Special Needs- Part 2

Posted on: April 17th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger

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Caring for a Child with Special Needs- Part 2

LA Medical is sharing a few of the best tips and suggestions we have heard from wonderful parents of special needs children who we talk to every day.

Remember that a diagnosis is important, but will never tell the whole story of your child.  A diagnosis is the first step to getting the proper care and discovering what to expect, but that will never tell the story of your child. Just like height, skin color or eye color, a diagnosis is just one part of who they are.

Take notes. You may be at a conference or watching TV when someone shares a wonderful piece of advice. Write it down and look it up later. You’re note file will probably be pretty big in the years to come.

Accept that other people may not know how they should act around you or your child and they will take their cues from you. The more comfortable you are, the more comfortable they will be. Don’t be offended if they ask a question that may seem odd or insensitive; they probably just don’t know the answer or what to ask in this situation.

Having said that, don’t let people use outdated, offensive or stereotypic phrases or words in discussing your child. If they use one of these terms, simply say firmly but politely that you find that word or phrase offensive and offer a better one. Changing many years of culture and habits takes time.

Daycares and other businesses are only required to make “reasonable accommodations” and affordable changes to their staffing and environments. Use the ADA as a tool to educate, not a club to threaten. It may take some extra time and experts to help find the right care and the right people to care for your child.

Let LA Medical be a resource for you when you are looking for wheelchairs, ramps and other home medical equipment that you or a loved one will need.

Caring for a Child with Special Needs- Part 1

Posted on: April 14th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger

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Caring for a Child with Special Needs- Part 1

LA Medical talks to parents of special needs children every day. We have compiled a list of some of the best advice from those parents and want to share them with you now.

Remember that children with special needs are, first and foremost, still children. It’s easy to get so into the diagnosis and medical terms, doctor’s appointments and specialists that we can forget that the child is just that: a child. People outside the family may need this reminder too. Like every child, they need love, friends, interaction, playmates, involvement and time to just be a kid.

There are resources out there; sometimes you just have to ask. Whether you are new to parenting a special needs child or have many years of experience, there are always new discoveries, treatment options and information out there. Stay in touch with these resources online, by meetings or one-on-one with the people who are current on these things.

Be a resource. They always say that you don’t really know how much you know about something until you teach it to another person. If you have wisdom and experience about raising your child, share it. If you have jumped hurdles and fought a battle with a school district, help someone new to the challenge. You’ll be surprised with how much of a resource you are!

Your life is not all about your child’s disability. That can be a hard one to admit for many parents. All of the appointments, doctor visits and information about their needs can make it easy to forget that you are a person too. You have a name, a history, talents and interests outside of your child’s needs. Just like we say to remember that a child with a disability is a child first; remember that a parent of a child with a disability is a person first and needs to be cared for too.

Let LA Medical be a resource for you when you are looking for wheelchairs, wheelchair cushions and for many other items that you need. More important tips are on the way!

Children: Life’s Precious Gift

Posted on: November 20th, 2012 by LAMedicalBlogger

There are certain things, events and people in life that are placed above all others in importance and how happy they make us. One of those things is having children. From the moment they come into our lives they are the most precious thing that we will ever have. While they may frustrate us to no end at times, we still love them unconditionally.

Our children provide us with great joy and wonderful moments throughout our lives.

Today, November 20th, is a special day for children. It is Universal Children’s Day, a day established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1954 to promote the welfare of children across the world. With this in mind, LA Medical encourages all parents, no matter the age of their children, to do something special for their child today or this week.

It can be something simple, such as sending your college-aged child a care package in the mail, or taking your little ones for ice cream or hot cocoa. There are many things to do with your children around the Los Angeles area, from natural science museums and indoor play places to outdoor tours and scenic horse rides.

This day can also be a good time to discuss with your partner any health issues with your children, whether they need to be taken in for shots, a yearly checkup or finally getting health insurance for them. While they may not think that planning out a visit to the doctor is great for them, Universal Children’s Day is all about your child’s health and making sure they have what they need to grow up strong and successful for the future.

Again, LA Medical encourages you to celebrate with children and their families all over the world today in honor of Universal Children’s Day. Whatever you do, just remember that it is all about promoting your child’s well being and treasuring how precious they are to you.