Sum­mer medicine es­sen­tials

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Even in sum­mer, pain and fever can make your child feel griz­zly and grumpy – teething, ear­ache, colds and flu, not to men­tion the scrapes, scratches and stings of out­door play. Ask your phar­macy for Pamol®, so it’s al­ways on hand when you need it. For more in­for­ma­tion go to pamol.co.nz

Want a close fam­ily? With open lines of com­mu­ni­ca­tion? And to sail through the teenage years?

The ben­e­fits of fam­ily meet­ings are huge. If you don’t like the word ‘meet­ing’, try hui, hud­dle, knights of the round ta­ble – what­ever works for you. At these gath­er­ings, chil­dren learn how to ‘be fam­ily’, to com­mu­ni­cate re­spect­fully, tol­er­ate dif­fer­ences, show ap­pre­ci­a­tion and solve prob­lems. They also gain a healthy self-es­teem be­cause they feel heard and re­spected as well as re­spon­si­ble and ac­count­able.

A good way to get these go­ing is to pro­pose a reg­u­lar 15 minute slot, where all fam­ily mem­bers (in­clud­ing chil­dren as young as four) are in­volved. Reach agree­ment, sched­ule them on your phone or cal­en­dar and stick to the weekly sched­ule.

With tod­dlers and ba­bies, wait un­til they are in bed. But don't wait for the per­fect time, the per­fect chil­dren or the per­fect mood be­cause the meet­ings will never hap­pen.

Our very first pow-wow was to cre­ate a fam­ily motto or hand­shake. The kids cre­ated a 10-step hug – that didn’t stick. But you know what did? The idea. So when we saw an awk­ward ‘fist bump’ on TV that made us all gig­gle, yep, you guessed it, we adopted it. It al­ways makes us laugh and feel close.

PAMOL® for the treat­ment of child pain and fever. Pamol® sus­pen­sions con­tain Parac­eta­mol 250mg/5ml. Al­ways read the la­bel and use as di­rected. In­cor­rect use can be harmful. If symp­toms per­sist see your health­care pro­fes­sional. Phar­macy Medicine. Re­fer to

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