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Southwestern United States
Information for patients with allergy and related problems
in the Southwest

Seasonal Advice, Treatment and Prevention
Allergy Advisor - Seasonal Update  WINTER/ SPRING/ SUMMER/ FALL
Limiting Exposure to Allergens in the Home 
Prevention of Allergy and Asthma in Children
Treatment of Allergy and Asthma
Skin Testing and Allergy Injection Treatment
Inhalers for Asthma

Spacers for Asthma Inhalers
Inhalers for Rhinitis

Tricks for - children to swallow pills
                  - eyedrops
Mexican Medications


To teach a child to swallow pills:  Nearly all children over the age of 5 years can be taught to swallow pills, even when they are bitter, like prednisone. 
1.  Have a drink of juice or water and a straw ready
2.  Simply place the pill on the tongue in the mid-line, as far back as possible.
3.  Immediately have the child take a strong suck on the straw to swallow the pill with the liquid.

To prevent eyedrops from missing the eye and running down the cheek:
1.  Lie down or sit with the head extended over the back of a chair.
2.  Face the ceiling directly and pull down the lower lid with a finger below the eye.
3.  Hold the bottle vertically above the eye and squeeze out the drop.
Stinging from some antihistamine eyedrops can be reduced by keeping the eyedrops cold in the refrigerator.


Disclaimer:   This site is for educational purposes only.  Any information that you have found in this web site is not intended to replace medical care or advice given to you by your own physicians. You should consider consulting your local medical library and other web sites for additional information. 

Comments and suggestions welcome!   Email: schumach@u.arizona.edu
Content Owner:  Michael J. Schumacher, MB, FRACP, The University of Arizona