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Finding Headlice?

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Hedrin – Giving You the Heads Up on Head Lice

Though the weather is still delightful, unfortunately for the children of Ireland summer has come to a close as they have all returned to school but it may not just be books that they are carrying. Head lice outbreaks are a common occurrence at the beginning of the school year with young children being in such close proximity to each other when playing it’s not just the common cold and chicken pox that can spread so too can the dreaded head lice.

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If you have the misfortune to find lice, don’t worry or be embarrassed. Head lice are a normal part of childhood – nearly one in 10 primary school children could have head lice at any one time. Parents know what a hassle it is to treat head lice and just how frustrating it can be when your child comes home scratching their head yet again.

Anyone can get head lice although they are most common amongst children aged 4-11 who spend more time in close contact with friends and siblings. The best known symptom is itching but this is not the best indicator as many people may not itch with lice at all. Leaving lice untreated can lead to a loss of self esteem and confidence and a general feeling of being unwell.

Today, (Monday 9th September 2013), ClonMedica are bringing a quick and stress free solution to head lice by launching two new products to their Hedrin range which already includes the excellent Hedrin Once Spray. The Hedrin range will now include:

  • Hedrin Once – A fast acting solution that takes only 15 minutes to work
  • Hedrin Treat & Go – a fuss-free solution great for children that just want to get out and play
  • Hedrin Protect & Go – Simple and pleasant to use. Protects against ever getting head lice infections

These products are each proven to be highly effective at killing and protecting against head lice, but specially formulated to suit different preferences and lifestyles.

TV3’s Sybil Mulcahy Ambassador for ClonMedica said of the new range “It’s every parent’s nightmare, even though you shouldn’t be embarrassed about head lice you still are. My kids had a bout of the pesky head lice during the summer and with a quick dose of Hedrin Once there was no fuss and no discomfort for the kids and it was bye bye head lice”.

“I now find myself checking my kids heads every week – I think everyone should once a week take a peek to ensure you catch those eggs before they hatch because I am terrified that they would spread to me!”, Sybil continued.

Hedrin Treat and Go promises a fuss free solution that’s great for children that just want to get out and play. A water based treatment which rinses out of hair easily, without any greasy residue and when dry, remains on the child’s hair while they play, go to school or sleep. Requiring just two applications (eight hours or overnight) seven days apart, Hedrin Treat and Go is available in spray and mousse

Hedrin Protect and Go promises protection from head lice that is simple and easy to use. You simply apply after every hair wash (or at least twice a week). It is gentle with a mild detangling formula protects and conditions along with a fruity, orange and mango fragrance that leaves hair smelling fresh. Hedrin is fast with a simple spray on and leave in action whilst clinically proven to give protection when the threat of head lice appears and is designed for regular long term use.

Martin Gallagher, Director of Marketing and Business Development, ClonMedica said of the new products, “We, at ClonMedica, are delighted by the new additions to our exciting range of head lice treatment products that will ensure that head lice are dealt with quickly and efficiently. Hedrin Treat & Go is clinically proven to be highly effective at killing head lice and eggs. Hedrin Protect & Go offers great protection against head lice and should be a must for every home.”

To help further educate parents and teachers on this pesky problem, ClonMedica have developed www.onceaweektakeapeek.ie website full of handy hints and tips and also puts an end to all those myths by stating the facts including the one that only dirty children get head lice the fact is head lice are not fussy they can easily live in a dirty environment or a clean one, so having head lice has nothing to do with personal hygiene

All of the Hedrin range are available nationwide in all good pharmacies with recommended retail prices as follows.

  • Hedrin Once Spray Gel 100ml RRP €14.15
  • Hedrin Treat & Go Lotion Spray 60 ml RRP €9.69
  • Hedrin Treat & Go Mousse 100ml RRP €15.69
  • Hedrin Protect & Go Spray 120 ml RRP €5.35
  • Hedrin Protect & Go Spray 200ml RRP €7.75

So just remember: Once a Week, Take a Peek!

www.onceaweektakeapeek.ie
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Notes

Parents can fight the spread of head lice by working together:
  • Check your family’s hair for lice regularly – once a week is ideal!
  • Visit your local pharmacist for guidance on the various treatments available
  • Get treatment for you or your family as soon as you find live lice
  • Let your friends and family know as soon as you’ve found live lice
  • Ask your school, childcare centre, crèche and activity groups to let you know about head lice outbreaks as soon as they’re discovered

So remember Once A Week, Take A Peek!

How Do You Find Head Lice?

To diagnose a case of head lice you need to find them alive. This is when you need to use a treatment. They move fast and are small.

Sizing Up Head Lice

Head lice range in size from a full stop to a sesame seed.

Where to Peek
  • Close to the scalp
  • Behind the ears
  • The back of the neck
  • The top of the head
  • Under the fringe
What to Peek for
  • Adult lice are 2-4 mm long immature lice are even smaller
  • Live lice remain close to the scalp
  • Nits are dead or empty egg shells – simply remove these by hand or by combing
How to check
  • Checking for head lice shouldn’t be considered a big deal, it is just a normal part of a family’s personal hygiene routine like brushing teeth or washing hair
  • It is best to check for head lice using a comb made for the purpose, ideally white so they can be easily seen and with teeth no more than 0.3mm apart in order to trap head lice
  • Combing through the hair when wet, or after applying a conditioner, may make the process more comfortabl
  • Good lighting is important and so is comfort
How to get rid of head lice?

There are FOUR types of head lice treatment:

  • Pesticide lotions and liquids
  • Non-pesticide lotions
  • Wet combing with conditioner (Bug Busting)
  • Alternative treatments (herbal remedies etc)
ClonMedica

ClonMedica, the OTC division of Clonmel Healthcare Ltd., is a pharmaceutical marketing and distribution company founded in 1970 which is currently owned by the German Healthcare Group Stada. Clonmel Healthcare has two locations in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary and its Sales and Marketing office in Dublin.

Clonmel Healthcare currently has a large portfolio of products covering three business units; Prescription medicines, Speciality or High Tech Medicines and the ClonMedica Consumer Division. The ClonMedica product range focuses on the three main areas; women’s and babies health, skincare and pain management.

Lactease Infant Drops & Colic

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Lactease Infant Drops 7ml starter pack and 15.5ml bottle is launched by ClonMedica

WHAT IS COLIC?

WHAT ARE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF COLIC?

Infantile colic has been talked about since the 1950s and recent research highlighted that one in three Irish mothers had experienced infantile colic (Research carried out at the Big into Baby Show RDS October 2009).

In the 1950s, Dr. Morris Wessel, a well-known New Haven paediatrician, defined an infant with colic as “one who, otherwise healthy and well-fed, had paroxysms of irritability, fussing or crying lasting for at least three hours a day and occurring on more than three days in any one week for a period of three weeks.”

It is also important to remember that most infants normally cry for two to three hours per day, but this is usually spread out during the 24-hour period.

Crying associated with colic most frequently begins suddenly and is loud and continuous and usually begins after a feed.

The crying can last a long time – sometimes up to four hours and typically begin in the late afternoon when parents and minders are tired! The baby’s face often gets flushed or red.

TIPS FOR DEALING WITH COLIC

WHAT CAN BE DONE TO HELP WITH COLIC?

First of all, remember you are not alone. This is a very common problem. Discuss your concern with your pharmacist and with others who you know have experienced “colicky” infants. Also keep in mind that colic generally occurs in big, healthy, active and vigorous babies who are great eaters and who grow very well. The baby with colic often has episodes at a very predictable (“set your clock by the beginning and end”) time of the day.

Keep out of the reach and sight of children. Read the package leaflet before use The belly is sometimes distended or prominent, the legs alternating between flexed and extended straight out; the feet are often cold and the hands clenched. Colic can begin around 2 weeks of age and ought to be gone by three to four months.

Babies up to 3 to 4 months can sometimes have a deficiency of the enzyme lactase and their digestive system is unable to breakdown lactose satisfactorily into glucose and galactose. This can lead to digestive discomfort which can be an important factor in colic.

Lactease Infant Drops work by breaking down lactose and making it more digestible and thereby easing the discomfort your baby may experience after feeding

SOME TIPS TO HELP YOU:

  • Do not overfeed! Try and stick to your baby’s regular feeding schedule or timing and amount of milk taken.
  • Avoid foods that you think may irritate your baby. Some babies seem to be soothed by rhythmic, steady movements, like rocking gently or by sounds, such as having the clothes drier within earshot. (Never leave a baby unattended).
  • Wrap the baby in a comfortable blanket.
  • Try and gently burp your baby often.
  • Gently rub your baby’s stomach.
  • Go for a walk with your baby in their pram or stroller – this will help you too! Be kind to yourself as having a baby with colic can be a stressful time for you.
  • Lactease is distributed by ClonMedica, the OTC division of Clonmel Healthcare Ltd, Waterford Road, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary.
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Caldesun for kids

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Stay Sun Safe with caldesun for kids – From the maker’s of Caldesene

Some sunlight is good for us as we all need Vitamin D to help build and maintain strong bones but too much sun is harmful and can damage your skin. The main cause of skin cancer is ultraviolent light (UV) radiation from sunlight.

There are two type of UV light that reach the Earth: UV-A and UV-B. UV-C rays from the sun cannot get through the ozone layer but the UV-A and the UV-B ones have been linked to causing cancer. UV – A radiation can cause skin aging and wrinkling while UV-B radiation can cause the skin to burn. It is important to protect your child from the day they are born from this UV radiation as skin cancer takes some time to develop – up to 20 to 30 years; and in Ireland we typically have fair, light coloured skin that freckles or burns easily and we can be more at risk than other nationalities. Indeed, Ireland has a higher incidence of malignant melanoma than the EU average (source: Cancer Research UK – EU 2002). The number of skin cancer sufferers is rising each year (Source: Irish Cancer Society). If your child gets severe sunburn or blistering – there can be more of a risk of your child developing skin cancer as an adult.

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Children tend to be outdoors a lot and it is thought that in a lifetime most people will get 80% of their exposure to the sun in their youth. It is said that a single sunburn at an early age increases the risk of later skin cancer by 30%.

It is essential to protect your children with a “broad spectrum” sunscreen. This means that your child’s skin is protected against the UV-A and the UV-B rays. The SPF (sun protection factor) tells you how good the sunscreen is at filtering out the UV-B rays.

You cannot get a complete protection since some UV rays will always get through but even with a SPF of 15, there will more than a 90% protection from UV-B rays.

Remember that 90% of all skin cancers are preventable if enough care is taken daily using reliable sun protection. Sun damage is built up over the years and even on a cloudy day – the sun’s rays can pass through clouds.

Caldesun has UV-A/UV-B protection. Caldesun also contains an IR-A protective complex – the short-wave, non-heat producing component of infrared light, known as infrared A (IR-A), a major component of sunlight, can also cause skin damage. This damage is brought about via pathogenic mechanisms completely different to those responsible for the damage caused by UV light and it also affects deeper skin layers. Certain antioxidants have proved useful in protecting the skin against IR-A radiation and are now included in an IR-A protective complex contained in Caldesun sun protection range.

Caldesun is also water resistant and is clinically tested and is suitable for children with neurodermatitis.

Caldesun contains no Peg emulsifiers, perfume, artificial colours or preservatives and contains moisturising oils to prevent the skin from drying out.

Caldesun is particularly kind to skin as it has a combination of micro-pigments and organic filters to protect children’s delicate skin from sunburn and delayed side-effects immediately after application.

UNIQUE UV-A, UV-B AND IR-A CELL PROTECTION FOR THE SKIN, IMMEDIATELY AFTER APPLICATION.

Sun Protection Spray 30 and 50 SPF factors – high protection for children’s skin with IR-A cell protection and UV-A and UV-B protection. Protects children’s delicate skin immediately after application

  • Children less than 6 months ought to be kept in the shade at all times – use protective umbrella / parasols / protectors for your baby.
  • Try and keep your older children indoors during the hours of 11 am and 3 pm or at least, encourage them to play in the shade.
  • Provide hats and sunglasses for your children – let your child pick their hat so that they will wear it– and let them choose ‘cool’ wrap-around sunglasses which have 100% UV protection and have UV 400 which means the sunglasses protect from both UV-A and UV-B rays.
  • Dress your children in loose fitting clothes that cover their arms and legs.
  • Most importantly – use Caldesun Sun Protection before going out into the sun. Reapply after swimming and during the day to protect your child from the sun’s damaging rays and then you can relax and enjoy yourselves!

Caldesun is a unique sun protection product with UV-A, UV-B and IR-A cell protection for the skin. It comes in 30 and 50 SPF and is ideal for the most sensitive of skins.

Stay Sun Safe with Caldesun –Unique UV-A, UV-B and IR-A cell protection for the skin

Caldesun is distributed by ClonMedica, the OTC Division of Clonmel Healthcare Ltd, Waterford Road, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary. 2010/ADV/CAL/002

Clonfolic

Clonfolic Pack New 2011
Clonfolic Tablets can help reduce the risk of having a baby with a Neural Tube Defect. To learn more about Spina Bifida and other Neural Tube Defects click onto the IASBAH (Irish Association of Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus) website.

Stay Safe in the Sun

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Caldesun SPF 50 Spray for Kids – Stay Sun Safe This Summer

With summer time upon us and sun holidays booked and not far off it is time to think about taking care of our kids skin this summer. We all know it is great to get some sunlight on us as we all need Vitamin D to help build and maintain strong bones and of course to put a smile on our faces but too much sun is harmful and can damage your skin especially kids’. The main cause of skin cancer is ultraviolent light (UV) radiation from sunlight. Ireland has one of the highest incidences of skin cancer in the EU- Source: Irish Cancer Society 2011.

Caldesun has a unique formulation that contains UV-A, UV-B and IR-A (infrared) protection filters. Available in SPF 50, Caldesun is clinically tested and suitable for children with neurodermatitis. Caldesun is water resistant and contains no Peg emulsifiers, perfume, artificial colours or preservatives.

It is important to protect our children from the start of their lives from this UV radiation as skin cancer takes some time to develop. Children tend to be outdoors a lot and it is thought that in a lifetime most people will get 80% of their exposure to the sun in their youth. It is said that a single sunburn at an early age increases the risk of later skin cancer by 30%.

It is essential to protect children with a “broad spectrum” sunscreen. This means that a child’s skin is protected against the UV-A and the UV-B rays. The SPF (sun protection factor) tells us how good the sunscreen is at filtering out the UV-B rays. Sun damage to skin is built up over the years and even on a cloudy day in Ireland, the sun’s rays can pass through clouds.

Caldesun has UV-A/UV-B protection and also contains an IR-A protective complex – the short-wave, non-heat producing component of infrared light, known as infrared A (IR-A), a major component of sunlight, can also cause skin damage. This damage is brought about via pathogenic mechanisms completely different to those responsible for the damage caused by UV light and it also affects deeper skin layers. Certain antioxidants have proved useful in protecting the skin against IR-A radiation and are now included in an IR-A protective complex contained in Caldesun sun protection spray.

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Sun Tips
  • Children less than 6 months should be kept in the shade at all times
  • Try to keep older children indoors from 11am to 3pm
  • Provide hats and sunglasses for your children
  • Dress children in loose fitting clothes that cover arms and legs
  • Most importantly – use Caldesun Sun Protection before going out into the sun. Reapply after swimming and during the day to protect children from the sun.

Caldesun SPF 50 Spray is available in all good pharmacies, RRP €8.46 and is distributed by ClonMedica. So let’s enjoy the sun but in a safe way this summer!