Family Health News

Protect against head lice with Hedrin

HEDRIN TREAT & GO promises a fuss free solution that’s great for children that just want to get out and play.  A water based treatment which rinses out of hair easily, without any greasy residue and when dry, remains on the child’s hair while they play, go to school or sleep.  Requiring just two applications (eight hours or overnight) seven days apart, Hedrin Treat & Go is available in spray or mousse.  HEDRIN ONCE is clinically proven to kill head lice and eggs in one 15 minute treatment HEDRIN PROTECT & GO promises protection from head lice that is simple and easy to use - apply after every hair wash or at least twice a week.  Gentle with a mild detangling formula, it protects and conditions with a fruity, orange and mango fragrance leaving hair smelling fresh.  Hedrin is fast with a simple spray on and leave in action, clinically proven to protect when the threat of head lice appears, and designed for regular long term use.  Hedrin Treat & Go, Hedrin Once and Hedrin Protect & Go are available nationwide in all good pharmacies. 

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How counselling/psychotherapy can help your family

All parents worry about their children but sometimes these worries may appear more challenging than normal.  As parents we may at times feel at a loss as to what our children need or what we can do to help them.  Marie Crowley has over 10 years experience working with families helping them through challenging times.  Marie works with children, teenagers and adults on a one to one basis. Offering a safe place where your child can make positive life changes.  Depending on the age of your child Marie offers different therapeutic approaches and works with sand, art, clay and play.  A child will communicate through play similar to how adults communicate by talking.  Marie also offers support and counselling to parents where they can make choices to change the way their family interacts.  Part of her work is to help parents understand their child's behaviour and support them in making changes to achieve a happier family life.

For a confidential appointment or for more information, please call Marie Crowley on 089 4657377.

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VEXED WITH LEARNING? Movement is the language of the brain and motor skills affect your posture and reflect developing brain functions. Academic learning requires a calm nerve system and checkups for school age children can produce calmness, help with learning, and improve overall health. Midleton chiropractor Dr. Lise Pedersen is an expert, with a special interest in paediatric care. Learning difficulties are more and more common in children, and gentle chiropractic treatments using Neuroimpulse (unique to Midleton Chiropractic and Munster), allow the body to restore and often even establish nerve connections in areas lacking proper function.  Treatment is as gentle as cranial osteopathy and available from birth onwards.  One of Dr Pedersen’s clients is a mother whose 1 year old twin boy with torticollis and scoliosis. Within 5 visits the boy no longer has scoliosis, his general temperament is now mellow and more inquisitive and the family, not only is delighted, but knows how to meet his needs and when he needs to come in for checkup. 

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It's ok to ask!

Being a parent is one of life’s absolute privileges, bringing enormous joy and happiness. But it also can bring significant challenges. The growth of materialism, consumerism, the internet and social media have created a whole new set of pressures that simply didn’t exist when today's parents were growing up. The more informal, relaxed parent-child relationship that exists today - while undoubtedly a good thing – can, at times, make home life a lot more complicated.  Often parents expect that they should know all the answers. They couldn’t possibly.  No child comes with a handbook and every child and every parent is different.  Parentline is a helpline for parents. Somewhere to pick up the phone and talk to somebody who will offer a sympathetic ear, in confidence and who won’t judge (either you or your child). Sometimes it is just a little niggle, sometimes it is something bigger. Sometimes you just need to bounce something off someone. Parentline's trained facilitators are there for you and will give you support, information and guidance.  The helpline is open Monday to Thursday from 10 am - 9 pm and Friday from 10am to 5pm.  It is FREE and no appointment is necessary - just call 1890 927277 or 01 8733500.

Whatever age your child is, whatever the issue - it’s ok to ask.

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Does your child suffer from dyslexia, reading difficulties and visual stress?

Visual stress is sensitivity to patterns which can make reading extremely difficult and uncomfortable. Dyslexia refers to reading problems and while visual stress is not the same as dyslexia; is more common in those who are dyslexic but can also affect non-dyslexic children.

The Colorimetry & Visual Stress Clinic in Midleton Co. Cork will assess whether colour can alleviate patient’s symptoms. A full eye examination is carried out initially, followed by various checks to determine if visual stress is present. If visual stress is present the use of an instrument called a Colorimeter which uses up to 10,000 different wavelengths or colours will determine the most precise and effective colour required for precision tinted lenses. The precision tinted lenses are sourced through the practice.   

"It was like a switch being turned on when the coloured lenses were put in front of him , he could see the print clearly, we both cried that day - I just couldn't believe it" Mum to 8 year old Cian.

 “Homework isn't a 3 hour task anymore!” Mum to 11 year old Maeve.

Call 021 4634452 and find them on Facebook www.aoconnoropticians.ie

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SPECIAL KIDS MEDICAL CLINIC was set up in 2014 with the aim of helping thousands of families in Ireland who have a child with special needs. The business takes a functional medicine approach to a variety of complex conditions including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorders, Tic Disorders and Down Syndrome.  The clinic aims to optimise each patient’s nutritional status and ensure that key metabolic pathways are supported when necessary.  

As a mother of a child with autism spectrum disorder and a GP, Dr Amy Herlihy offers both a personal and professional insight into your child's unique condition.  With one in 50 children now being diagnosed with autism and many more with ADHD, dyslexia, allergies and other autoimmune conditions medical practitioners need to look beyond the labels and think about the causes.  All of these conditions have underlying complex metabolic problems that need to be helped to help each child reach their potential.

Special Kids Medical Clinic looks beyond labels and examines the root causes.  Each child is individually assessed to elicit the underlying causes for their behaviors.  By helping these metabolic disorders through dietary changes and nutritional supplements, behaviours can be greatly improved.

Contact Dr Amy on 089 2269293 or email specialkidsmedicalclinic@gmail.com  and visit the website at www.specialkidsmedical.com 

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Back to School: 6 Top Tips from leading paediatric occupational therapist

  1. Start and continue a bedtime routine. A consistent bedtime routine will help your child’s sleep pattern which will positively impact on learning.
  2. Help your child become aware of right/left foot and corresponding shoes. Have your child practice putting on/off shoes.
  3. Encourage your child to sit and focus on 5-6 adult directed tasks, for eg you pick a jigsaw and have your child complete the jigsaw.
  4. Encourage your child to identify front/back of jumper, trousers for eg tag goes to the back.
  5. Place a sheet of paper on wall at your child’s eye level. Encourage your child to draw rainbows, balloons using his hands and paints. Great for developing skills needed for handwriting.
  6. Encourage your child to practice wiping his/her bottom and to know when bottom is clean.

Fiona O’Farrell BSc OT is a Consultant Paediatric Occupational Therapist specialising in development, sleep and premature babies. For information on one-to-one consultations, please visit www.fionaofarrell.ie

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The Buteyko Breathing Method

Author of ‘Asthma Free naturally’, Patrick McKeown, is the only living practitioner trained by the now deceased Dr Buteyko.  The Buteyko Breathing Method was developed by Russian Respiratory professor Konstantin Buteyko to recondition patients' breathing volume to normal levels, with a myriad of health benefits for conditions such as asthma. www.buteyko.ie

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Useful Websites

www.ssli.ie Parent information and support site for Specific Speech and Language Impairment. Children with SSLI have exceptional difficulty learning and generalising speech, language and communication skills.

www.iasltpp.ie Irish Association of Speech & Language Therapists in private practice

www.ipta.ie Irish Play Therapy Association

www.playtherapy.ie

www.iacat.ie Irish Association of Creative Arts Therapists (Art, Music, Drama, Dance)

www.aoti.ie Association of Occupational Therapists Ireland

www.autismireland.ie

www.autism.ie

www.dyslexia.ie

www.dyspraxia.ie

www.dyspraxiaireland.com

www.hadd.ie Family support group for children with ADHD

www.sensationalkids.ie

www.fsa.ie Family Support Agency

www.irish-counselling.ie

www.dyspraxia.ie

www.dyspraxiaireland.com

www.hadd.ie Family support group for children with ADHD

www.sensationalkids.ie