Wellness

Dougherty’s Pharmacy is committed to helping you maintain a healthy lifestyle. Whether you’re starting the road to better health and wellness or a veteran of clean and healthy living we are dedicated to helping you on your life journey. Our staff includes a certified nutritionist and registered dietitian also serving as our diabetes educator.

Our experts are here to provide sound nutritional advice and tailor a health plan to your individual needs. Dougherty’s offers a wide array of health and wellness products including dietary aids, vitamins, and a range of premium quality nutrition supplements to help you achieve your healthy lifestyle goals.

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Nutrition Supplements

Unfortunately most of us can’t achieve a balanced diet able to fill our dietary needs each and every day. At Dougherty’s we offer a comprehensive selection of hypoallergenic, pharmaceutical-grade nutrition supplements in a variety of forms. It’s the smart and simple way to supplement a diet to help combat the effects of constant stress and chronic health conditions.

Our shelves carry a large assortment of nutrition supplements and we will work with you to select the best products for your personal nutrition needs. Click on the link below to request more information and schedule a personal health assessment to review your nutrition goals.

HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT WELLNESS?

  • ANJANI UPPONI, RD, LD, CDE

    "Diabetes is preventable and manageable. We're prepared to help!"

  • RANDY WILLIAMSON

    "The correct balance of diet, exercise, and supplementation can help you feel your best."

FROM THE BLOG

Sun Safety: Your Infant and Sunscreens

Published on Monday, March 23, 2015

Sun Safety: Your Infant and Sunscreens


When summer hits us (and boy, does it hit us) I get a lot of questions from new parents about sunscreen for their infants. "Can I put sunscreen on my baby?", "Which sunscreen is the best?", and "Are they safe?" My answer to the first question is always, "Don't, if you can avoid it."

Why not?

Sunscreens list directions for use on adults and older children, but not for infants.There are two important reasons for this:(1) Infants' skin is much thinner, which allows the chemical ingredients in sunscreens to absorb much easier, and (2) infants have a higher surface-area to body-weight ratio, which means there is a lot more skin to absorb the chemicals.This combination increases the risk for inflammation and allergic reactions.

What should you do?

Dr. Hari Cheryl Sachs, a pediatrician at the FDA recommends the following:

1.The best protection is to keep your baby in the shade whenever possible.If there's no natural shade, create your own with an umbrella or the canopy of the stroller.

2.Dress your child in clothing that covers their delicate skin:Lightweight, long pants, a long-sleeved shirt and a brimmed hat that shades the neck.Baseball caps do not protect the neck.

3.If it is not possible to avoid the sun, you can apply a small amount of sunscreen (SPF 15 or greater) to small areas, such as their cheeks and back of hands.Always test your baby's sensitivity to sunscreen FIRST by applying a small amount to their inner wrist and wait an hour.

4.Avoid sunscreens containing DEET insect repellant on infants, especially on their hands as they're always sticking them in their mouths.Don't use DEET on infants younger than 2 months.

5.If your baby becomes sunburned, get them out of the sun right away and apply cold compresses to the affected areas.

Stay Hydrated

Babies can become dangerously dehydrated very quickly.Here are some tips to help prevent this from happening:

1.Give formula, breast milk or water between feedings, even if out in the sun for only a few minutes.Use a cooler to keep liquids chilled.

2.Watch for signs of dehydration: Extremely fussy or sleepy, lethargic, dry mouth and lips, no tears when crying and/or sunken fontanels (soft spots on a baby's head).

3.Monitor the number of wet diapers.If your baby is urinating less than usual or if the urine is dark in color, it could be a sign of dehydration.

By taking a few simple precautions, you can help keep your baby safe from sunburn and dehydration this summer. Enjoy your time in the sun!

Photo courtesy of FDA.gov
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