Pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears offers safety tips to new homeowners and expecting parents, Haley and Jordan.
Acetaminophen, ibuprofen, naproxen and aspirin are common over-the-counter pain relievers, but do you know which to use for your ailments? While they all offer benefits, the medications also come with potential risks.
Naproxen and ibuprofen have been shown to help alleviate menstrual cramps. If you do have cramps, avoid taking aspirin because it can cause bleeding. Dr. Jim advises parents to never give aspirin or naproxen to children.
"[There are] pluses and minuses to every single medication out there," E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork says. "In the end, it's as much a personal choice as any. If you're not sure, [you should] have a discussion with your doctor, because some of the prescription medicines you are taking may actually [contain] these substances.
"And never, ever take more than the allotted dose on the back [of the bottle]," Dr. Travis adds.
If you are in an emergency situation and need to call 911, be prepared with these dos and don'ts:
• Do take a breath and try to talk calmly
• Do give your location immediately
• Do give details about the situation, and answer the operator's questions
• Don't panic or scream
• Don't use a cell phone, if you can avoid it
• Don't hang up until told to do so
"Most importantly, here's the key to making the right 911 call and the key to dealing with any emergency: You prepare before the emergency," Dr. Travis says. "That way, when it happens, you're ready for it. Always be prepared."