Must-Haves for a Healthy Home

Home Safety
Pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears offers safety tips to new homeowners and expecting parents, Haley and Jordan.

Dr. Jim pays a house call to Jordan and Haley and helps them prepare their home
for an emergency.

Dr. Jim explains the correct way to discard expired medications and the dangers of improper disposal.

Over-the-Counter Medications
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.

Home Health Remedies

Viewers share their favorite home remedies for fighting infections, dry skin and chest congestion.

What's your favorite home health remedy?

"[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.

Skin Irritation

Find out which ointments help treat common
skin problems


Allergy vs. Cold

Learn the difference between allergies and colds and which medications
are best for each.

Upset Stomach

Whether it's gas, heartburn or diarrhea, find out how to ease stomachaches.

Calling 911
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."

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