Dear Jana, I get really bad period pain. My Dr suggested contraceptives might help but I’d prefer something natural. Do I have options?
The effectiveness of a natural treatment depends on the reason for the pain. Some conditions that lead to period pain can impact your fertility so make sure your GP is referring you for further investigations. Natural therapies for period pain centre on balancing hormones, reducing inflammation, managing stress with nutritional and herbal supplements, and more. There are differences between supplements so make sure you seek advice on a product that’s going to work for you.
Don’t be afraid to ask your pharmacist any question about your health and medicine. We have face to face dispensing to encourage these conversations between our customers and pharmacists, as well as being open seven days a week, early to late, so you can catch us on your way home. Some common questions are, “Do I need to take this with food?”, “What side effects might I get from this medicine?” and more. Ask Calanna – we can either help or advise you to see a doctor.
Dear Dr Ramaa Puvvadi, My baby isn’t a good sleeper. What should I do?
Having a regular bedtime routine is key to a good sleep. While most parents pat or rock babies to sleep, which is OK for newborns, cut down on this as it can form a sleep association later. Begin to put the child awake in the cot to encourage self-settling. Leave the room briefly with regular checks or sit quietly until your child falls asleep. In addition, have quiet time before bed, such as a bath, and avoid feeding just before bed. Contact your doctor if you’re having trouble and your baby continues to be a bad sleeper despite routine measures.
Dear Yolanda, My child is really struggling learning to read, could she have dyslexia?
Dyslexia can be very frustrating for a child that is learning to read. It is not only a reading difficulty but a spelling, phonics and comprehension struggle, resulting in lack of reading and writing fluency and accuracy. Although common among early readers, persistence can be the sign of it. The good news is with the proper help and skills, a child can learn ways to help manage these. If you have concerns regarding your child, a full educational and psychometric assessment can identify a range of learning problems, including dyslexia. It can also provide you with detailed information on your child’s learning strengths and weaknesses profile.
Dear Jana, I have a holiday planned and I don’t want to get sick! What can I do to prevent that from happening?
The dry air in aeroplanes and close proximity to others can increase the chance of getting a cold. An immune booster such as the Mario’s Immune Tonic taken in the days before and days after travelling will help you defend against viruses. Using a saline nose spray during and after your flight will also help. Make sure you’re washing your hands thoroughly, regularly and keep them away from your face. When you can’t wash your hands, use a hand sanitiser.
Dear Matthew, what’s the main difference between a doctor and a pharmacist?
For any minor medical concerns, your pharmacist is always a great place to start. We can let you know if you’ll need to see a GP, who can then diagnose you and help you figure out what’s wrong. Plus, you don’t need an appointment to see your pharmacist (it’s free and easily accessible too!).
In addition, we can advise you as to how your medicines work, how they may affect your body and how they may interact with other medicines or supplements you may be taking along with many other things – just ask!