A professor has recommended a simple but effective method for planning your geriatrics day: Get in touch with a doctor, nurse or pharmacist.
It’s a smart idea, but some experts caution it may not be the one that works best for you.
In a new article published online by the American Academy of Pediatrics, pediatricians Susan S. Rabinowitz, MD, and Deborah A. Pendergast, MD discuss their tips for how to get started in a day to day routine for your children and adults.
Rabinowitz and Pendergrast write, “Many geriatricians and families have made some progress on their own, but many others have not.
There are still things that are not well understood about geriatrics, and it is important to get the right information.
You may need to go to the doctor to ask about the most appropriate medications and therapy.”
In addition to a checklist, the doctors say you should ask your pediatrician or nurse or pharmacy for a referral.
They recommend asking questions like, “What are the risks and benefits of the medications that you use?”
“Is there a safe alternative?” and “How can I get a referral for a prescription?”
If you’re not sure about the right answer, you may want to consult a geriatrician or a pharmacist to find out.
The physicians also say that you should not use any medications without talking to your pediatric or nursing parent.
They also recommend that you check in with your child’s pediatrician every couple of weeks to make sure he or she is on the right medication.
The AAP guidelines also include a “dynamic” plan for how you can prepare your children for a day at the office.
In the dynamic plan, you should discuss with your children the steps they need to take to take part in activities such as reading, playing with toys and cleaning.
It also suggests that you take your children to the park and get them out of the house and to the bathroom as soon as possible.
“Your children will likely need to get into the mood for the day, but you should also plan to get them outside and away from the noise and distractions of the home,” the doctors write.
“It may be a good idea to give your children a walk and go for a walk before they return to the home.”
Dr. Rahnowitz and Dr. Peegast also recommend practicing safe play by having a designated parent or guardian watch for a child in the hall, or in the basement, and have someone else watch the child while they practice safe play.
“A good plan is to have your child walk in a circle with your adult, or with a caregiver, in the hallway or in a safe place,” they write.
“When you walk, make sure that you are watching for a parent or caregiver in the same room or in different rooms.
You should not stand in the middle of a circle.
Your child will have the ability to walk in the circle or in any other location in the home.
When you are walking, look around the room for an adult who is watching and then ask if the parent or caretaker is watching.
You must give your child a clear indication that the parent/caretaker is not in the room.”
Dr Rahnowses tips on preparing for your pediatric day include:Getting in touch if you’re unsure about what medication to use: Get your doctor or nurse to talk to you about the medications you’re taking and the risks associated with them.
If you have any questions about the medication you’re using, ask your doctor, or if you can talk with your doctor about any possible side effects, you can also call your doctor for help.