Preventing Pediatric Overdoses
Come, let us put our minds together to see what kind of lives we can create for our children.
–Chief Sitting Bull
When kids are back in school, with busy schedules that includes extra-curricular sports, playground fun, and other activities, strains, sprains, muscle pulls, and other mishaps sure to follow. In fact, emergency rooms in the U.S. treat more than 9 million children each year for accidental injuries.
While injuries are a part of growing up, parents aren’t always sure which treatment options are safe and effective for their children, especially given the side effects of many oral pain relievers and the allergic reactions many kids have to smelly, greasy topical ointments.
Unknowingly overdosing a child with chemical-based oral pain medications (both liquid and pills) can cause dire consequences—including irreparable damage to their kidneys and liver. The massive number of ongoing recalls of pediatric over-the-counter (OTC) medicines is further cause for alarm—especially those that contain the active ingredients acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Topical OTC analgesic ointments are also cause for concern, as they contain volatile oils such as camphor, menthol, and other irritating and potentially hazardous chemicals.
Lou Paradise, president and chief of research of Topical BioMedics, urges parents to consider the following safety tips to help protect children from pain and injury and keep them out of the emergency room:
• Children should have a physical exam before participating in sports and always wear the proper protective equipment. Be sure your child stretches and warms up muscles prior to activity, which helps prevent injuries.
• Make sure backpacks fit properly and have padded backs and straps. Children should wear both straps and only carry what is necessary to avoid any excess weight. A backpack should weigh no more than 10% – 15% of the child’s body weight, and never hang more than 4” below the waistline.
• Clothing and shoes should fit properly. Loose clothes can catch in playground equipment, and properly fitting footwear minimizes the risk of falling or tripping.
• Small children should be supervised at the playground or while playing outside at home.
• Since bullying is a growing epidemic, an adult should accompany younger children to the bus stop to avoid episodes of roughhousing.
Even with precautions, kids have accidents, and there are times when pain and injuries are unavoidable. Moreover, 25 to 40% of children ages 3 to 5 and 8 to12 experience growing pains.
“Parents need to be armed with a safe, effective, and natural pain product made just for children, which is why I developed Topricin® Junior Pain Relief and Healing Cream,” says Paradise. “Formulated with 14 natural biomedicines, Topricin Junior supports and assists the body in the healing process to help reduce inflammation, detoxify and stimulate blood flow that increases oxygenation of the skin to speed healing and relieve aches and pains. I’ve used Topricin on my own children, and they now use it on my grandchildren.”
Topricin Junior is a safe, natural alternative to over-the-counter chemical-based pain pills and liquids which can have dangerous side effects. It’s soothing, moisturizing formula has no side effects, no odor, no parabens, no petroleum, and no harsh chemicals. Some of its key actives include arnica for injuries and bruising to the muscles and joints, echinacea to help reduce inflammation and graphite for most skin conditions.
Winner of the Parent Tested/Parent Approved (PTPA™) Seal of Approval, Topricin helps to empower parents in creating healthier, safer environments for children. 5% of gross sales of Topricin Junior are donated to pediatric cancer foundations. For more information, visit http://www.topricinkids.com.