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Adults

Keep Back Pain at Bay

Pick-ups. Drop-offs. Meetings, errands, events. Whew! You power through your days, and strong back muscles help make it happen. Keeping them that way is especially important now. Why? Well, over time, the odds of having back pain go up.

Pay your back a little attention today, and it can pay off later — big time. To help your back stay strong:

  • Do some quick morning stretches. Whether you slept in an awkward position or have stiff muscles from lying still all night, muscle pain often shows up first thing. Stretching exercises can help by lengthening your muscles, keeping them loose, flexible and strong.
  • Working out? Don’t forget your back. During the day, we often don’t get to use all of our back muscles. So make sure to work some back exercises into your gym routine. One example is a bridge: Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. With your arms at your sides, tighten your stomach muscles and slowly raise your hips. Hold for 5 seconds, and slowly lower back down. Repeat 20 times.
  • Lift properly, every time. Remember to bend your knees!
  • Sleep on your side, with a pillow between your knees. Stomach sleeper? You may be stressing your back muscles and spine. Also, try to keep your spine in line by making sure there’s support where your shoulders meet the base of your neck.

Make sure to check with your doctor before starting or changing a workout plan.

3 Ways to Head Off Headaches

Whether your triggers include work stress, a change in the weather or carpool day, just about all of us get headaches at some time or another. Help keep a headache at bay with this list of reminders:

  • Make sure you're drinking enough. Dehydration can be a common cause, so try for 6–8 glasses of water a day (around 3–4 regular bottles) if you're looking to help prevent headaches. When it's hot out or you're exercising, you might need more.
  • Stick to drinking water. Other fluids, like soda, could contain ingredients that trigger the pain.
  • Keep a record of your headaches. There are different kinds of headaches. If they're happening often, jot down some details to help your doctor diagnose them and give you headache relief. Write down:
    • The date and time your headache began
    • Where you were and what you were doing just before your headache started
    • How much sleep you had, and what you ate and drank in the 24 hours before
    • How long your headache lasted, and what helped relieve it

Could This Be Arthritis?

Noticing stiffness or pain in your joints when you first get up? Actually, it could be arthritis. Your doctor can help you find out for sure, but a few other clues are:

  • Swelling, warmth or redness in one or more of your joints
  • Having a hard time moving a joint the way you used to

With osteoarthritis (OA), the most common type, the cartilage cushioning your joints gets thin. But you don’t have to let that stop you from going strong. Here are some hints to help you move past arthritis pain and keep your joints flexible:

  • Try low-impact exercise. Squeeze in a regular Pilates class or a few laps in the pool to stay toned without stressing your joints.
  • Change your position, often. When typing, clicking or doing anything repetitive, take breaks and remember to mix it up.

Make sure to check with your doctor before starting or changing a workout plan.

Children & Infants

Treating and Preventing Your Child's Earaches

Ear infections — why do kids get them more often? Well, they're smaller, so their eustachian tubes (a little channel connecting the middle ear to the throat) are smaller, too. That makes it easier for them to get blocked, and for viruses and bacteria to get in and stay in. If kids' ears hurt, they have a fever, or seem to have trouble hearing, here's how to help ease the pain:

  • Try a warm (not hot) heating pad covered with a towel. A warm, moist cloth over the ear can also work.
  • If they're old enough, give them a piece of gum. Chewing might help reduce the pressure and relieve your child's earache.
  • Call your pediatrician if it hurts for more than three days. The good news is, many clear up before then.

To help put a stop to future earaches:

  • Make frequent hand-washing a must. Keeping everyone's hands clean at home and at school can help prevent the viruses that cause infections.
  • Set a no-sharing rule when a family member's sick. That goes for utensils, cups and towels.
  • Keep kids away from secondhand smoke. The dust and fumes can increase their risk for fluid build-up in the ear, and infection.

4 Tricks to Treat and Prevent Kids' Toothaches

What's behind your child's toothache? It could be the workings of a well-known villain: tooth decay. If the pain doesn't disappear in a few days, squeeze in a dentist appointment. While you're waiting:

  • Try holding a cold pack against their jaw. You can also use ice wrapped in a wet washcloth; it can help give kids toothache relief.
  • Don't give them anything too hot or cold to eat or drink. Hold off on ice cream until they're better — it could make the pain worse.

To help kids steer clear of toothaches — and minimize extra dentist visits — it's best to start good habits early.

  • Teach them to brush twice a day. And remember those back teeth! They're where cavities most often pop up. They should floss once a day, too.
  • Play up healthy snacks. Sugary, sticky foods stick around and are more likely to cause decay. Snacks like apples or bananas are better for your kids, and their teeth.

Dosing Charts for Children & Infants

Use these charts to find the right dose of Children's MOTRIN® or Infants' MOTRIN® for your child.

A few reminders:

  • When giving any medicine, always read and follow the label carefully.
  • Always keep the outer carton of MOTRIN® and other products, as it has the most complete information.
  • If possible, use weight to dose; otherwise, use age.
  • Only use the dosing device provided with the medicine, and do not give more than directed.
  • If needed, repeat dose every 6–8 hours. But, do not use more than 4 times a day.
  • Shake well before using.

DOSING CHART FOR CHILDREN AGE 2-11 YEARS

Child's Weight (lb.) & Age (yr.) Children's MOTRIN® Oral Suspension 100 mg/5 mL
UNDER 2 YEARS ask a doctor
24-35 lbs., 2-3 years 1 tsp. or 5 mL
36-47 lbs., 4-5 years 1½ tsp. or 7.5 mL
48-59 lbs., 6-8 years 2 tsp. or 10 mL
60-71 lbs., 9-10 years 2½ tsp. or 12.5 mL
72-95 lbs., 11 years 3 tsp. or 15 mL

DOSING CHART FOR INFANTS AGE 6-23 MONTHS‡‡

Child's Weight (lb.) & Age (yr.) Infants' MOTRIN® Concentrated Drops
UNDER 6 MONTHS ask a doctor
12-17 lbs., 6-11 months 1.25 mL
18-23 lbs., 12-23 months 1.875 mL

mL = milliliter
tsp. = teaspoon

This website contains current product information and may differ from the information on the product packaging you may have. If you have any questions, please contact the Consumer Care Center at 1-877-895-3665.

Replace the original bottle cap to maintain child resistance.
‡‡Dispense the liquid slowly into the child's mouth, toward the inner cheek.

Youth Sports Safety

The hard facts

Participation in sports offers tremendous social, emotional and physical benefits for children. We know that one of the worst things for kids is being on the sidelines with an injury. As parents and coaches, there are simple things we can do to help reduce preventable injuries — so our kids can continue playing the games they love.

In 2014, more than 1.22 million children age 19 and under were seen in emergency departments for injuries related to 14 commonly played sports.

Top tips

  • Before playing organized sports, make sure your child receives a pre-participation physical exam, or PPE, performed by a doctor, or a nurse practitioner or qualified clinician under the supervision of a physician. Whoever performs the exam, the same practices should be followed, including the need for a medical history.
  • Bring a water bottle to practice and games. Encourage children to stay well hydrated by drinking plenty of water before, during and after play.
  • Stretching before practice and games can release muscle tension and help prevent sports-related injuries, such as muscle tears or sprains. Make sure there is time set aside before every practice and game for athletes to warm up properly.
  • Take time off from one sport to prevent overuse injuries. It is an opportunity to get stronger and develop skills learned in another sport.
  • It's also a good idea for coaches to get certified in first aid and CPR, learn the signs and symptoms of a concussion, and help avoid overuse injury by resting players during practices and games.

Learn more

There are plenty of things to learn about youth sports safety. Here's some more information (http://www.safekids.org/tip/sports-safety-tip-sheet-pdf) to ensure that your young athletes stay active, healthy and injury-free.

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