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If you are a parent or are planning to become one, our team at Sarnia Pharmacy can help with your medication needs. We resolve your queries both during and after pregnancy. As parents, you face concerns regarding nausea, breastfeeding, and childhood diseases. Take a look at the information on this page, for tips and advice for your parenting journey.
Nausea and Vomiting
You may experience nausea and vomiting even before you go for your doctor’s first appointment. You can talk to us to help prescribe you medication and the recommended treatment.
Multi-vitamin and Folic Acid Supplementation
Having folic acid supplements is important to prevent certain birth defects before and during pregnancy. We can determine what your requirements are and can prescribe a supplement if required.
Photo Transmission of New Prescriptions
If you are busy trying to juggle between your kids and work, don’t worry. If you want a refill, you can upload your prescription using your smartphone.
We offer delivery of medication directly at your doorstep. Call us for more information.
Guide for Happy and Healthy Pregnancy
Pregnancy is a great adventure that lasts about nine months or 39 weeks approximately. There are many physical and emotional changes. Almost 80% of the women experience nausea till 3 months and 20% experience it beyond that as well.
Symptoms During Pregnancy
Some of the physical symptoms you will notice will be the absence of menstrual cycles, breasts becoming larger, harder, and sore to touch, nausea and vomiting, headaches, sensitive gums, frequent need to urinate, constipation, painless odourless vaginal discharge, and a metallic taste in the mouth.
You will also experience some emotional symptoms such as fatigue, mood swings, irritability, hypersensitivity, dizziness, and sleep problems. You might also experience strong cravings and food aversions and become sensitive to certain odours. There may also be some complications such as iron deficiency anemia, preterm labour, preeclampsia or pregnancy-related hypertension, and more.
How We Can Help?
For your convenience, we offer home delivery services for families and seniors. We can also replace your drug with a generic drug that will be more reliable, effective, and affordable. If you require an up-to-date medication list of your medication and allergies, we can provide that to you as well.
The pregnancy test performed generally detects the presence of the hormone human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG) in the urine. You can also take the pregnancy tests with the help of a test strip. The hCG hormone when comes in contact with urine can detect the pregnancy in just a few minutes.
Though these tests can be done from the first day of your missed period, some tests can take up to six days to be detected. You can also wait until your period is late to avoid unnecessary testing and increase reliability.
What is the Most Reliable Pregnancy Test?
There are many pregnancy test options available in the market. However, results differ due to the following reasons:
If you are not sure about which test to take, ask your pharmacist.
Positive and Negative Result of the Test
Sometimes you might be doubtful when you receive a negative result for your pregnancy test, even after missing your periods. This is called as a false negative, and you should redo the test. If you receive the same result, consult a health professional.
Like a false negative, you might also get a false positive after taking the pregnancy test, which is a very rare occurrence. If you get a positive result, then confirm it with a blood test. You will have to consult a doctor before you go for the blood test.
After you get a positive from both urine and blood test, it is important to make an appointment with the doctor. They will help you confirm the pregnancy diagnosis and inform you about the date of birth of your baby. The doctor will also suggest your medications and guide you with steps to a healthy pregnancy.
Please contact us, if you have any queries regarding medication and other health concerns. We understand it’s a crucial time for you and your baby, and are here to give you proper advice.
Intrauterine Device (IUD)
There are 2 types of IUDs – hormonal IUD and copper IUD. The hormonal IUD is a contraceptive device that releases levonorgestrel hormone. It is a T-shaped IUD made of soft plastic and is about three centimetres long. Its effectiveness is largely dependent on the hormone it releases, which is why it is referred to as the hormonal method.
The copper IUD works similar to the hormone IUD but doesn’t contain any hormone. It’s made of plastic with the core wrapped in copper wire. Various kinds of models are available.
Nausea and Vomiting
When you have morning sickness during pregnancy, it can make you feel very unpleasant and uncomfortable. But fortunately, medications are available for nausea and vomiting to make you feel better. You can talk to us if you have any queries or even consult your doctor.
Childbirth: Prepare for Your Big Day
During pregnancy, it’s important to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Be physically fit as it will help you greatly during childbirth. Do make sure to eat well, get adequate rest and sleep, exercise (after consulting your doctor), and avoid smoking and drinking.
It is worthwhile when you decide to join our prenatal classes. Prenatal classes will cover a range of topics that will help you and your spouse to get a positive experience during pregnancy, childbirth, and the postnatal period. You will also learn to take care of your baby.
Giving birth through vaginal delivery can be painful. But, it varies from one woman to another. Some women choose to have an analgesic to better control the pain. In extreme cases of pain, one of the best techniques is to have an epidural administered. It’s anesthesia given in the lower back.
Stress and Anxiety Management
It’s important to look after your mental well-being during pregnancy. You can be free of stress and anxiety by doing deep breathing exercises, meditation, yoga, self-hypnosis, and visualizations to manage your stress. Please speak to your doctor if you have any concerns.
To make a well-informed decision during your pregnancy, it is important to carefully choose your information sources. There will be certain important decisions that you have to make which in turn have an impact on the delivery, such as:
Fertility in Women
Fertility in women is influenced by many natural factors including age. The optimal fertility age is from 18 to 30. The fertility of women decreases after the age of 30 and more after the age of 35 as the number of ova declines. Women over the age of 40 have a risk of experiencing fertility problems and the risk of miscarriage also becomes high.
The Fertile Window
You can determine the best days to become pregnant with the help of a menstrual calendar. The ovulation occurs 14 days after the start of the last period. There are also factors such as body temperature, cervical mucus, and more which can determine the favourable day for conception. Urine ovulation tests can be taken to predict ovulation. A fertility monitor can also be used, which is a device to determine up to six fertility days for each cycle.
It is also recommended to take medical advice if you are not able to conceive after one year of sexual relations. But, there are certain situations which can make it difficult to conceive, and it’s better to consult a doctor. You can consider taking medical advice if the following descriptions apply to your situation:
It is likely for pregnancy to occur sooner or later. Note that after an unsuccessful first year, more than 60% of couples successfully conceive the following year without fertility treatment. For more information, you can contact us.
Breastfeeding may cause anxiety to many new mothers. Therefore, we provide tips and advice to clear your doubts and concerns.
Mother’s milk is the best choice for your newborn baby. It contains all the essential nutrients to ensure the baby’s proper development and growth. It also protects your baby against infections and chronic diseases. In the first few weeks, you will have to nurse the baby 8-12 times a day.
Breastfeeding and Its Benefits
When you choose to breastfeed, it’s one of the most praiseworthy decisions. A mother’s milk is adequate and the only liquid that a baby needs till the age of six months. The WHO and medical community also recommend exclusive breastfeeding during this period.
Along with the nourishment, breastfeeding also helps in developing a connection with your baby and helps in his/her development. Mother’s milk contains antibodies and other immunizing factors that will help protect your baby.
If you are facing difficulties in breastfeeding, you can use a breast pump to make things easier. You can also talk to your pharmacist for better advice and information.
Food Transitioning for Babies
Babies have several transitions in their first year of life and so do parents. By understanding their requirements, you can choose the best for your child at every stage.
The first years of a baby are marked by many firsts and transitions. By staying attentive to the different transitions your baby goes through, will help you to not only take care of your baby’s nutrition but to also take care of his/her health.
Breastfeeding to Instant Formula
It is recommended to breastfeed the child for at least six months and continue breastfeeding until the child is 2 years of age. Breastfeeding should be accompanied by proper complementary food to make the baby healthy and grow well. The medical community states that breast milk is the best for babies.
Sometimes due to various reasons such as personal convictions, inconvenience, etc., parents have to choose infant formula after birth or for months to follow. You can rest assured that it will contain all the essential elements necessary for the optimal development of the child.
If you are changing from one instant formula to another, there can be a change in the iron content. The child must get the iron-fortified formula from 9 months to 12 months to prevent an iron deficiency. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to choose the best for your baby.
Liquid Diet to Solid Food
After six months of age, consider adding solid food to your baby’s diet, including iron-rich food. This will help to fulfill the child’s energy and nutrient needs. When the baby begins to eat, water can be offered. The juice is not a good option for young children. But, milk is still very important during this period. Cow’s milk is not recommended before the age of 9-12 months.
Caring for a Newborn
From proper nutrition to diaper changes and more, a baby needs a lot of time and care. However, for a newborn, the mother’s milk is always the first and best choice. It is easily digested by the baby and provides all the essential nutrition.
Along with providing nutritional tips, we also help you with baby diaper changes. You should change the diaper as soon as it’s soiled, to promote your baby’s hygiene and avoid rashes. Clean the baby’s bottom and genital areas using a wet towel or washcloth. If you find rashes, you can use a zinc oxide-based cream for skin problems.
Before the bath, please ensure the bathing water is neither hot nor cold. The water should be roughly 10cm in height in the bathtub or sink. You should also prepare all the things required for bathing ahead of time and keep them within reach. Place an anti-slip mat at the bottom of the bathtub to prevent the baby from slipping. Hold the baby properly in one hand while washing them with the other. After the bath, gently dry the baby with a clean towel and put a clean diaper and dress him/her. Never leave the baby alone during the bath, and ensure his/her safety.
The Umbilical Cord
The portion of the umbilical cord attached to the skin falls off in about two to three weeks after the birth of the baby. Do not try to accelerate the process, as this can injure your baby. Make sure to clean the area by washing with warm water and gentle soap. The diaper should also come under the umbilical cord and should not rub it.
Balanced Diet for Babies
It is one of your responsibilities to get your baby the necessary resources. Feeding them with a well-balanced diet is also a requirement as well as a responsibility. Along with breastfeeding, you should also provide the baby with complementary food for better growth and development. When breastfeeding is not possible instant formula can also be an option.
Along with baby food, solid food should also be introduced after six months. You can begin with liquid textured food which you can gradually thicken. If your baby refuses to eat the food do not force the baby to eat. Make the mealtime a fun time for your baby and never allow eating without supervision.
You can introduce iron-rich food. Fruits and vegetable purees are also good food. Always introduce one food at a time over a period of 3-5 days. Give them healthy snacks in a regular schedule, but limit the consumption of juice and sweet drinks. Don’t give your baby cow’s milk before 9-12 months of age.
Drugs and Breastfeeding
When a woman takes medication, small doses of the drug can transfer to the breast milk and be a part of the baby’s diet. As the baby nurses, some of the medication can transfer into the breast milk thus baby will consume low doses of the same medication.
Some drugs when taken can cause side effects in breastfed children. Always consult a pharmacist or the doctor so that they can recommend closer monitoring to know the drug-related symptoms in the baby.
Some Useful Advice
Before taking a drug always consult your doctor or pharmacist if you are breastfeeding your baby. If your doctor has recommended you to watch out for certain symptoms in your baby after taking the medication, then monitor thoroughly. You can also take the medication just after feeding your baby so that there is time to eliminate part of the drug before the next feeding.
Baby’s Health: Your Top Priority
Protecting Your Babies from the Sun
Baby’s skin is very sensitive and vulnerable to sun rays. You can use sunscreen, but it is not recommended until your baby is 6 months of age.
When you go into the sun with your baby use an opaque blanket, stroller canopy or sunshade to protect your baby from the sun rays. To protect the baby from the high-intensity rays of the sun, go out for an early stroll or during evening hours. It would also be better to stay indoors during midday when the sun’s rays are stronger.
If you cannot avoid going in the sun with your baby, always look for shady areas and get a large parasol. You can also have your baby wear sunglasses with UV protected lenses. When you are on a beach or in a boat, reflection of the sun rays from the water can also affect your baby’s eyes, so be careful. Keep your baby properly hydrated, when you take him/her out in the sun.
The sunscreen for your baby should be of high quality and with a high sun-protection factor (SPF). It should be especially recommended for children and babies. It should be waterproof, devoid of any alcohol and fragrance. The sunscreen should be hypoallergenic with an SPF factor of at least 30.
Colic is not an illness but a condition which babies experience in the first months of their life. You can identify it by intense and frequent crying of the baby. Also, arched back, tense body, legs curled up to the stomach, and presence of gas can be some of the other signs. Sometimes the signs can be more intense, such as not eating or sleeping, vomiting and diarrhea, fever, and losing weight. Consult your doctor immediately.
No particular medical treatment is suggested to treat or prevent colic. However, you can follow the below steps to ease the effect:
Keep your children healthy with proper vaccinations and treatments.
Detecting Stress and Anxiety in Children
Your child can be under stress during exams, the start of the school year, difficulties at school, parents’ divorce or separation, the arrival of younger siblings, change of school, living away from home, or stress being experienced by parents.
You should take steps to reduce their stress and make them feel relaxed when you notice the following symptoms:
When you notice such stress anxiety in your child, encourage your child to express whatever is bothering him/her. Your attention, caring, and indulgence will make him/her feel wanted and be understood. Teach your child to recognize and name his/her emotions. Don’t put pressure on your child to perform. Do stress management exercises and resort to relaxation techniques to ease the situation.
Hand-foot-mouth disease is generally a viral infection. It’s most frequent in summer and affects young children. The disease is contagious and can spread to others through saliva or nasal secretions of the infected person. Symptoms generally appear three to six days after the virus was contracted. You should look for the following symptoms such as:
Although there is no particular cure for the disease, you can take certain measures to ease the symptoms. Give plenty of fluids to your child. The child should also get proper rest. In the case of mouth ulcers, give them soothing fluids. Use acetaminophen or ibuprofen for fever and body pain. Always ask your pharmacist for the dose of the medication.
However, this viral infection can be avoided when those infected by the virus and those in contact with the infected person wash their hands regularly. The objects used by the infected person should also be washed properly before use. Prevent having direct contact with the infected person.
How to Make a Fussy Eater Eat
Teething, sickness, and certain medication can be the reasons for your child’s poor appetite. Children generally don’t eat properly when they are in their growing stage or adolescence. However, you can tackle the situation by:
Formerly known as chickenpox, varicella is a viral disease. It’s an air-borne disease. Some of the symptoms are:
You can get relief from the symptoms by doing the following:
Varicella can be prevented by immunization. It will be difficult to prevent the disease without immunization.
Scarlet fever occurs in children of ages between 5 and 15. The signs of this disease are:
Other less common symptoms can be headaches, nausea, vomiting, and stomach aches.
You can ease the symptoms by:
Mumps, Measles, and Rubella
These diseases are viral infections that are contagious in nature. Symptoms for measles can be high fever, runny nose, and coughing. Symptoms for rubella include fever, pain and muscle soreness, nausea, red blotches on the face and body, and swelling and soreness of the glands in the neck. Mumps can be primarily characterized by painful swelling of the cheeks and neck. Fever, headaches, fatigue, muscle soreness, and loss of appetite, are also some of the other symptoms of mumps.
There is no treatment against measles. Occasionally, antibiotics can be prescribed for measles to treat the complications if any. Vitamin A supplements can be helpful.
Rubella and mumps also don’t have any treatment methods. For information about measles, mumps, and rubella, speak to a doctor or pharmacist.