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  • Entertaining Activities To Do At Home

     

    With everyone staying in the house it can be difficult to stay entertained indoors. After a while many people may start to feel a bit stir crazy. Although we cannot yet resume our everyday lifestyle. There are many ways to remain calm and relaxed during these uncertain times.

    Here are a few tips to keep yourself entertained while staying in the house:

    Learn a New Skill or Craft

    There are plenty of crafts to do from the comfort of your home. Activities like painting, drawing, jewelry making, and photography are easy tasks that can be fun and rewarding once you have a finished product. Begin by finding a craft or skill that you always wanted to learn, but never had the time to work on. With the help of the internet you can research different ways to complete your projects and even order supplies from online retailers that deliver right to your door. 

    Home Exercises

    With the help of technology, exercising from home can be a breeze. There are a variety of workout styles like zumba, yoga, pilates and more. It’s easy to choose a style and then find a video based on your experience level. There are many sources online for totally free workouts that can be completed from home. 

    Go For A Walk

    Although going outside to socialize may not be possible right now, it is still possible to exercise and get fresh air. Going for a walk is a great way to get natural Vitamin D, engage with nature, and also improve your mood. If possible, try to go for a quick walk [15-20 minutes] everyday. 

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    Reading is a great way to “escape” to another place through the journey of a good book. Reading has many benefits like memory retention, increasing vocabulary, and expanding the imagination. A great way to get into the mood of reading is to re-read one of your favorite books. It can be great to revisit classic literature to remind you of the joys that reading can have.

    Call Family/ Friends

    Even though we cannot see friends and family in person, with the use of technology it can help bring people from far away together. It is important to stay in touch with loved ones, especially through difficult times to help support each other. There are a variety of video calling services, like Zoom,  that are helping people across the world stay connected.

    Music Therapy

    Listening to music is another great way to help ease the tension and feelings of cabin fever. Research has shown that music can boost your overall mood and even improve your physical health. Music therapy has been linked to a variety of benefits like: 

    • Reduced anxiety
    • Elevated mood
    • Improved sleep quality 
    • Reduced stress levels 

    A simple way to use music for therapy is to set aside an hour a day to listen to a playlist of all your personal favorite songs. Whether you listen to music on your phone, computer, or record player- this will help you stay relaxed and calm during these times.
    We hope these simple tips will help keep you entertained and safe in your home throughout this time.

    BEK Medical is dedicated to providing high-quality medical supplies for all of our customers. We have a variety of items available to help maintain your health and help you through medical recoveries. View our shop to check out our available products.

    For more information about the products we carry, visit us online or give us a call at 915-599-1129.

    Be sure to check our blog often for healthy lifestyle tips and more!

  • Reasons Why You May Need A Mobility Scooter

    Reasons Why You May Need A Mobility ScooterMobility scooters offer the user the ease of travel. Scooters can be very beneficial for people who find it difficult to walk long distances or have other mobility issues. Mobility scooter are more about giving accessibility to those who otherwise wouldn’t have it.

    Tips for Choosing the Right Scooter:

    Not all mobility scooters are the same. Just like cars, they come in a variety of styles, colors, and have different functions. Before purchasing a scooter, it is important to know what you need in a mobility scooter. If you will be traveling to the grocery store that is a couple of miles away, you will need a chair that can withstand the journey. If you will be using your scooter inside your home, you may want to opt for a three-wheeled chair that provides more room to maneuver throughout smaller spaces.

    Portability and Storage

    You might find a chair that you like, but what if it is too large to fit in your home? Establish an area where you ill keep your scooter. Measure the area and be sure to shop for a scooter that fits within those dimensions. If you will be traveling with the scooter, you may want to consider finding one that can be compactly folded.

    Comfort

    Test the chair to check that it is comfortable to ride in. Because you will be spending a lot of time in this scooter it is crucial that it supports you back.

    Ease of Use

    Be sure that you purchase a scooter that is fairly easy to operate. Excessive buttons or useless functions can be confusing, especially if you don’t need them. It is best to test the chair out and see how it operates so you can get the hang of its function.

    When selecting a scooter, you’ll want to keep in mind what you would like your day to look like. For those who enjoy a more active lifestyle, a scooter that enables them to navigate through the outdoors is ideal. Not all scooters and wheelchairs are built equally. Scooters with smaller wheels are efficient for indoor use but don’t make for effective outdoor travel. Here are some scooters to consider if you are planning on spending your summer outside:

    Pursuit XL

    This powerhouse packs a punch. With a battery that lasts up to a whopping 21 miles, you’ll be able to zoom past everyone (at 8.25 miles per hour). The large 13” wheels are some of the most efficient you’ll find and will power over bumps and debris. This scooter is built to last.

    The Victory Sport Scooter:

    Without a doubt, this sport scooter is ideal for summer outings. The large wheels with thick treads enable the passenger to navigate over bumps quite easily. We recommend this scooter because it’s high performing and is able to travel 11 miles on one charge. It even has a headlight in the event that your adventure carries into the nighttime. It is also easily disassembled for easy transport.

    The Maxima

    The four-wheeled maxima is another great option for an active lifestyle. The rugged construction enables this scooter to be a power horse in the outdoors. This is a heavy-duty luxury scooter with ten-inch wheels. The battery charge lasts for 13 miles with top speeds of 5.25 miles per hour. This scooter also includes a headlight. It also supports up to 500 lbs.

    BEK Medical offers a variety of different items to help seniors maintain their health both at home and during travel. We offer a wide array of mobility products, rehab equipment, maternity products, and more! Come visit us in our Dallas or El Paso location to check out our mobility products!

  • Managing Neck Pain & Helpful Accessories

    https://www.bekmedical.com/As adults, we spend most of our “awake hours” at our jobs. For most of us, it’s around 40 hours per week and sometimes more. It’s important that we take advantage of these working hours and keep an eye on our health.

    Eating right, exercising, and making sure you get enough sleep are all important when it comes to keeping up a healthy lifestyle, but posture is often forgotten. Having good posture will help you have more energy and less fatigue. It also helps with back problems and headaches. Long term effects of poor posture include problems with digestion, breathing, elimination, and muscle, joint, and ligament issues.

    According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, about 1 in 3 people are impacted by neck pain throughout the year. Changing your posture can dramatically improve issues with neck and back pain.

    Good posture means all of your bones, muscles, joints, and ligaments are properly aligned. Proper posture enables all of your organs to be in the right place and function to their fullest potential.

    Here are a few tips for improving your posture:

    • Maintain a healthy weight. Extra weight around the torso can pull on your back which forces your neck forward over time.
    • Regular exercise. Staying flexible and strong is essential for maintaining proper alignment and having enough support.
    • Invest in a high-quality mattress that works for you. Firmer mattresses support your spine and keep all of your vertebrae aligned during sleep.
    • Check out your desk and chair. They should be supportive and have proper height ratios for you. You may need to increase the height of your chair or get a footrest. In addition, place your computer monitor so that it is even with your line of eyesight. This will help to keep you sitting straight.
    • Set reminders for yourself to do a posture check. During breaks, align yourself against a wall and put effort into staying that way throughout the rest of the day.
    • When you have time, get up from your desk and walk around, do light stretches to help loosen any tense muscles from sitting for long periods of time.
    • Last but not least, invest in supportive accessories to help your keep your back and neck in line. They can be worn under or over clothing and over time will help to improve your posture and health. A posture control shoulder brace is great for those who tend to slouch at the shoulders while lumbar-sacral support will help you from lower to mid-back.

    BEK Medical has a wide range of neck cushions, perfect for those that suffer from neck pain. This includes our Thermabeads Neck Pain Relief wrap. This neck wrap can be warmed in the microwave to provide heat therapy. Simply put it in the microwave for about 30 seconds and once it is warm apply this adjustable wrap to your neck. I should be snug but not tight.

    The Inflatable Neck Cushion is also another great way to provide support to your neck and help improve posture. Neck pillows are not just for use on the airplane. You can also wear them during your daily commutes, while sitting at your desk, and while taking a nap.

    If you have consistent neck pain it is best to visit your doctor to be sure there is no underlying injury.

    We hope these tips help encourage better posture and relieve your neck pain problems!

    BEK Medical is dedicated to providing home medical supplies that help encourage healthy lifestyles. We provide a number of accessories to help combat neck pain, from beck braces, neck cushion, and traction set. Check out our medical products on our website, to help improve your health today!

  • Spring Cleaning Tips for The New Season

    With the weather warming up, it is time to start thinking about your spring cleaning projects. This is the perfect time to start preparing your home for the new season. As the weather starts to warm up, it is time to pack away the bulky clothes and do away with unused household items.  Many senior citizens have physical limitations that don’t allow them to clean how they’d like to. For other seniors, they just don’t have the energy that they used to, and cleaning is a tiring task.

    Regardless, there are simple ways for senior citizens to conquer their spring-cleaning list safely and effectively.

    Here are some spring-cleaning tips to help the senior community this season:

    Make a ListSpring Cleaning Tips for The New Season

    Plan out what spring-cleaning projects you would like to do ahead of time. Without a plan, the thought of cleaning can feel overwhelming. Get organized and make a list of things that you know you’re capable of doing. Prioritizing will help the process go off without a hitch.

    Here is a sample list to try:

    • Clean kitchen- cabinets, refrigerator, and floors.
    • Vacuum carpets or mop floors
    • Bathroom- Clean vanity and cabinets, replace shower curtains and shower rugs.
    • Bedrooms- Change sheets, clean under the bed, clean windowsills and dust ceiling fan.

    Ask for Help

    Don’t be afraid to ask family or friends for assistance. Recruit someone to do some of the tougher jobs for you and to keep you on track. Things, like moping the floors, dusting the ceiling fans, and cleaning air vents, are jobs that can be delegated to a helpful hand. It is also good to have someone around. Cleaning requires a lot of moving around and it’s good to have someone around in case an accident occurs.

    Organize Medicine Cabinet

    It is best to clean your medicine cabinet periodically to remove old expired prescriptions. If you have been using your toothbrush from over three months it is time to replace it with a new one.

    Little Rewards

    You don’t have to do all of your spring cleaning at one time. Consider doing little jobs, such as making donation bags, recycling old documents, and cleaning surfaces and reward yourself when they are done. Enjoy your favorite cup of tea or a walk outside when you’re finished.

    Try A Yard Sale

    If you have accumulated a collection of items you no longer need or use, you may want to try to host a garage sale. Yard sales are a great way to declutter your home and earn some quick cash. Have some friends or your children help set up and collect payment from customers.

    Safety Checks

    Once you have successfully cleaned your home, you can check for any areas in your home that may compromise your safety. Spring cleaning can also provide you with an opportunity to evaluate your living space and make sure things are suited to your specific needs. If you need a ramp installed, for instance, spring is a good time to do so.Spring Cleaning Tips for The New Season

    With these tips,  we hope you can kick off-spring with a neat house and better cleaning habits.

    BEK Medical is dedicated to providing home medical supplies that help encourage healthy lifestyles.  View our shop for a wide variety of equipment designed to make your life easier!

     

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  • Emphasizing Independence In Seniors

    Celebrating National Senior Independence Month February is also  National Senior Independence month, which means it is a great time to emphasize maintaining an independent lifestyle.

    Here are a few ways seniors can become more independent:

    Increase socialization- It is easy to get used to doing the same mundane tasks from day to day, but it is important to switch things up by stepping out of your comfort zone. Try to get active by spending time with friends, family, or signing up for a local class. This will give you an excuse to get out of the house and meet new people. You’re never too old to make new friends!

    Consider using rideshare service- Some seniors may not drive or find difficulty driving but this shouldn’t stop you from getting out. With services like Uber and Lyft, you can book a ride in seconds. They also have special options for people with wheelchairs or other mobility equipment

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    Get a job- So the last thing most people want to do after retirement is to begin working again, but there are many options for recent retirees that can be quite rewarding. Getting a part-time job is a great way to socialize and gain independence. A few job options for seniors include:

    • Consultant- With many years of experience under your belt, companies will value your expertise. Consider staying on at your old company on a consulting basis or reaching out to other businesses in your industry. Whichever you choose, consulting will allow you a flexible schedule and the opportunity to continue doing what you know best.
    • Tutor- If you’re a retired teacher or have an expertise in an academic field, tutoring is a great option. Helping students raise their grades, prepare for the SATs and learn tough subjects can be a rewarding way to spend your time. And you can take on as many or as few students as you like to create exactly the type of experience you’re hoping for.
    • Healthcare and Wellness-As the senior population continues to grow, the fields of healthcare, fitness, and wellness grow to meet their health needs. And there are many jobs available at hospitals and clinics that don’t necessarily require a specific degree or certification, such as administration and maintenance. For positions that do, such as a nurse’s aide or medical assistant, you can often get your certification from your local community college.

     

    Take up a hobby- Now is a great time to explore your passions and find things that you truly enjoy. You can also try to connect with people who enjoy the same things. There are a variety of ways to connect with like-minded people through various social networking applications. Meetup is an easy-to-use platform that allows people to look for groups that are interested in the same thing. This is an easy way to find classes, tours and visit new places.

    Declutter your home- Organizing your environment can be a great way to make

    steps towards independence. This allows you to see your home in a better way and also reduces the chance of injury due to falls. Organizing things on your own may be a bit overwhelming so don’t be afraid to enlist the help of friends, family, or a professional cleaning service.

    Get Tech Savvy- With the start of a new decade,

    Celebrating National Senior Independence Month

    there is no better time than now to prepare by getting up-to-date with technology. While you don’t need to be a tech wizard it is a good idea to have a full understanding of how to operate a smartphone and computer. There are services that provide free tutorials or classes for those that need a little help navigating technology. Apple offers free courses on all of their products in-store.

    We hope these tips will help encourage you to become more independent or find new ways to maintain it. BEK Medical has everything you need to maintain your quality of health and freedom as you age. For more information about the products we carry, visit us online or give us a call at 915-599-1129.

    Be sure to check our blog often for healthy lifestyle tips and more!

  • The Importance of Heart Health

    February is American Heart Month! With more than 67 million Americans suffering from high blood pressure, it is extremely important to pay attention to your heart health. Here at BEK Medical, we recommend using this month to make some small changes that can have significant results.

    Here are a few tips to help maintain a healthy heart and lifestyle:

    Skip the Salt

    One simple way to improve the health of your heart and your entire body is to reduce your sodium intake. According to the American Heart Association, the average American consumes about 3,400 milligrams of sodium a day, even though the goal level of sodium consumption is 1,500 milligrams.

    How can you reduce your salt intake? Prepare meals at home instead of going out to eat, use spices to season your food instead of salt, and cut out sugary beverages like soda from your diet. By paying closer attention to the food you put into your body, you will be able to monitor your sodium intake and maintain a more heart-healthy lifestyle.

    Go for a WalkThe Importance of Heart Health

    Another key component of a healthy heart is regular aerobic exercise, which can be as simple as taking a walk around your neighborhood each day. Walk with your spouse or a neighborhood friend or bring Fido along with you to get some exercise too.

    For retired seniors who are looking to stay healthy, volunteering is a wonderful way to stay active. Whether you head to your local soup kitchen to serve a meal or take shelter dogs for their afternoon walk, this positive commitment will boost your spirits and help to keep your heart in good health.

    Incorporate Heart-Healthy Foods

    Diet plays a major role in heart health and can potentially impact your risk of heart disease. It is best to eat foods that help aid in enhancing your hearth health.

     

    Quit Smoking

    Although it is an incredibly tough habit to quit, it is never too late! Smoking cigarettes can negatively impact all of your organs over time. Research has shown that smoking increases heart rate, tightens arteries, and can create an irregular heartbeat. In addition to this, the ingredients in cigarettes like tar and carbon monoxide can lead to a buildup of plaque around your heart. This makes your heart work harder and can potentially lead to a heart attack or stroke. There are many ways to begin the journey to quit smoking. Check out these tips from Web MD!

    Reduce Stress with Hobbies

    The Importance of Heart Health

    Stress can impact your overall health. Chronic stress exposes your body to elevated levels of hormones, which can be linked to blood clots and increased risk of a heart attack. To help reduce stress, try taking on a hobby that helps you relax. There are a variety of hobbies you can do.

     Here are a few ideas:

    • Crocheting/ Knitting
    • Painting
    • Reading
    • Low impact hiking
    • Dancing
    • Gardening

    Visit Your Doctor

    Regular checkups are an important way to maintain a healthy heart, especially as we age. High blood pressure often shows no symptoms, making regular screenings a necessity. Have a screening performed during your next doctor’s visit or stop by your local drugstore to have the test performed.

    We hope these tips will help you improve your heart health this month and moving forward!

    Interested in monitoring your blood pressure at home? BEK Medical offers a wide variety of digital blood pressure monitors and sphygmomanometer kits to ensure your blood pressure is in check. Shop with us online or at one of our two Texas locations.

  • The Importance of Sleep + Sleep Tips

    Sleep is important for everyone regardless of how old you are. But as we age, we often experience changes in our sleeping patterns, such as getting tired earlier and waking up earlier, or even not getting as much deep sleep.

    The Importance of Sleep

    Contrary to popular belief, sleep is not a time when the body and mind shut down but are quite active in ways that help us to gain strength, restore energy, grow, and recharge. During sleep, short-term memories are transformed into long-term memory. This means sleep is vital for overall memory and adequate amounts of sleep can help reduce memory-loss related diseases.

    Why is sleep so important

    The amount f sleep we need is based on a few different factors but generally comes down to age. Different age range needs a certain number of hours of sleep in order to be fully rested.

    According to the CDC, the breakdown is as follows:

    • Newborns (0–3 months): 14–17 hours
    • Infants (4–12 months): 12–16 hours
    • Toddler (1–2 years): 11–14 hours
    • Preschool (3–5 years): 10–13 hours
    • School age (6–12 years): 9–12 hours
    • Teen (13–18 years): 8–10 hours
    • Adult (18–60 years): 7-plus hours
    • Adult (61–64 years): 7–9 hours
    • Adult (65+ years): 7–8 hours

    Sleep deprivation can lead to a number of issues that escalate, the longer you experience it.

    Here are some of the short-term effects of sleep deprivation:

    • Irritability
    • Confusion
    • Inability to retain short-term memories
    • Impaired judgment
    • Higher risk of accidents

    Long-term effects include:

    • Dementia
    • Increasingly worse insomnia
    • Depression & anxiety
    • Diabetes
    • Hypertension

    Get moving

    Exercise can go a long way to help you maintain a healthy sleep schedule. A study that compared 53 physically active older women to 48 women who didn't exercise showed that the exercisers slept an average of 50 minutes more each night than the sedentary group. The physically active women also rated their sleep quality at 8.3 out of 10 compared to the non-exercisers who rated their sleep satisfaction at only 5.8. Brisk walks and exercise classes for older adults are great options to help you achieve quality sleep. But make sure not to exercise too close to bedtime and reserve that time for light stretching.

    Find the right routine

    Following certain daily routines can make falling asleep and staying asleep easier. Limit napping to no more than 30 minutes at a time, and only nap in the early afternoon. Have light evening meals, and limit liquid intake before bed to avoid middle-of-the-night trips to the bathroom. Make sure your evening routine is a relaxing one that allows you to unwind and avoid unpleasant tasks that might cause stress right before bed. Try to establish a routine that you stick to every day, even on your off days ( from work/school). A great way to help aid in a restful sleep is to take a warm bath about an hour to two hours before going to bed. The heat from the warm bath causes your blood to circulate and increases body temperature. This helps aid in starting your natural circadian process and improves sleep overall. Check out our bath safety products here.

    The Importance of Sleep

    Keep work out of the bedroom

    If you tend to work on your laptop or do homework in the bed, this can be the reason for your restless nights. Continuing to work in the space that is designated for rest and relaxation confuses your mind and body. This can also make you associate the stress you experience from work and school with your bed. If possible, try to avoid doing stressful activities like this close to your bedtime.

    When it comes to comfort supplies you may need to help with your daily and sleep routines, BEK Medical can help. We offer a full selection of supplies and equipment, including compression stockings, incontinence supplies, and mobility products. Visit us in person at our Dallas and El Paso locations, or check out our online store today!

  • National Bath Safety Month

    According to the New York Times the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have found that each year, approximately 235,000 people over the age of 15 visit emergency rooms because of injuries they suffered in the bathroom. January is National Bath Safety Month, which is a great time to make your bathroom safer to avoid injury.

     

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    Slippery floors, hard surfaces, loose rugs, hot water, and slick showers are some of the main danger zones in the bathroom. For small children and the elderly, great caution should be taken to ensure maximum safety.

    There are a few accessories, that can help create a safer bathroom by preventing dangerous falls.

    Take advantage of these specially designed items to ensure that the bathroom remains a safe place:

    Shower safety

    Bath chairs are great for elderly individuals who will have a hard time standing for long periods of time. Benches help to prevent slips, falls, and ensure comfort. Stools are available to fit both small and larger showers.  Many people begin feeling dizzy in the shower due to the hot water, a bench is a great way to provide stability, and make showering a bit safer. The perfect accessory for the bath bench is a  universal bather pouch. This pouch is designed to hold a variety of items like soap, brushes, washcloths, and other bath essentials. This convenient pouch can be attached directly to the bath chair. The mesh pockets keep items secure and prevent them from slipping or rolling away while bathing.

    Grab bars can also be installed in any shower or tub. They are great for senior citizens to sturdy themselves as they sit or stand. Parents of young children can also take advantage of grab bars as added support when bathing children. Many parents use the bars for balance as they lean over the tub or even something as simple as hanging up the tubby toys to dry. You can also have these installed by the toilet. Because the toilet is a low seat, it can cause difficulty for those who have trouble standing from low points. An easily installable grab bar can help make it easier to stand and prevent a potential fall.

    Handheld showerheads allow both the young and the old to bathe all over while sitting. Those who feel dizzy in the shower will find these showerheads especially useful.  Parents can use them to bathe infants and toddlers without running the risk of getting water in their child’s eyes.

     Additional bathroom safety tips

    Pediatricians recommend that parents always accompany children under the age of four when they are in the bathroom. Be sure to use slip-resistant mats around (and in) the tub. Again, grab bars are beneficial for small children to be able to hold onto as they get in and out of the tub. Always test the temperature of the water and beware of sharp edges such as the faucet.

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    Bath Step

    Make getting into the bathtub easier and safer with a bath step. This is great for those who have trouble lifting their legs higher, and good for smaller children that need assistance getting into the bath. This step paired with a bath grab bar will help make accessing the bathtub a breeze!

    BEK Medical is your main source for all sorts of bathroom safety products. BEK Medical is dedicated to improving the quality of life of our customers. In addition to bath safety products, we also offer a wide array of mobility products, rehab equipment, maternity products, and more! Come visit us in our Dallas or El Paso location to try our products in person! Visit BEK Medical’s blog for more health and wellness tips!

     

  • Keeping Your Baby Warm This Winter

    It is no secret that many of us experience cold winters with dropping temperatures and blowing snow.
    As temperatures change, our wardrobe does too. Dressing a baby for winter months can be very stressful and you constantly might find yourself wondering if they are too hot or too cold. These helpful hints will help you dress your baby the best you can for those bitterly cold months.

    Layers Matter

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    By dressing your baby in layers, it can be easier to ensure that your baby is warm enough without overdoing it.  Layering a cotton onesie with a one-piece fleece will help balance their temperature and make it much easier to get them comfortable when they get inside. When you get them inside, you can peel a few of the layers back to adjust to inside temperatures. If they seem to be too cold, you can always add another blanket on. Make sure you keep their mouth and nose clear of blankets if you drape a blanket over them.

    Winter Accessories

    Accessories for winter are not just fashion statements; they are practical and necessary to keep babies warm. A winter hat is the first thing you should put on your baby before heading outside. The hat should cover both ears and go under the chin to prevent it from falling off. Mittens are also important for babies. Although they may fall off pretty easily, it is worth the effort to try and keep their hands warm. A great way to keep your baby warm is to use the Top of Form

    Sterile Foil Baby Bunting. This single-use baby thermal wrap is perfect for quickly warming your baby up. It can help keep them insulated by circulating their body heat.  Bottom of Form

    Baby’s Bedtime

    Blankets are not safe for babies to sleep with because they can get tangled in them or completely covered by them. For their safety, it is best if you do not put anything in the crib with your baby. Many mothers feel paranoid that their baby is not warm enough, but they are better off being cool than too warm. They will sleep better if they are comfortable but not if they are hot. Check on your baby to make sure they aren’t sweating in bed, and layer just as you would if you were going outside.

    Toe Touch

    The toes of your baby can be a big indicator of their temperature. By touching the bottom of their toes, you’ll be able to determine if they are too warm or too cold. Their toes should feel on the cooler side and their belly should feel warm. If both the toes and the belly are warm, they are dressed too warm. If the belly is very cool, they are not dressed warm enough.

    Car Seat Safety

    It is very dangerous for a baby to wear their winter coat or snowsuit while strapped into their car seat. You should take these off of your baby before you strap them in. The harnesses of the car seat will be too loose. If the car is cold, layer some blankets over the cars eat once your baby is buckled in.

    The most important thing you can do to keep your baby warm in the winter months is to make sure they are not exposed to subzero temperatures for an extended period of time and to layer their clothing.

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    By following the tips above, mothers will be able to ensure their baby is dressed appropriately for cold days and cozy nights. BEK Medical supplies medical equipment for those of all ages. Check out our maternity page to find essentials for your new bundle of joy and products to use throughout your pregnancy!

  • Healthy Lifestyle Eating Tips

    It’s no secret that a healthy diet has many benefits, and your food choices play a role in everything from losing weight to preventing diseases. But did you know that your diet can even affect your mental health? A recent London-based study found that eating diets rich in greens, whole grains, and other natural foods could reduce future cognitive impairment by up to 35%, proving that watching what you eat is good for your brain too!

    Here are some of the best foods for a healthy mind:

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    Leafy greens

    Leafy greens like spinach, lettuce, and kale are full chock-full of healthy nutrients. Studies show that spinach, in particular, can help prevent dementia, especially in women. This helps to keep your brain young and agile as you age.

    Whole grains

    Whole grains such as oats, brown rice, and whole wheat are healthy alternatives to processed white flour. Eating whole grains will help keep insulin levels regulated and your body properly fueled.

    Nuts

    Nuts can be a great go-to snack with added health benefits. Almonds and walnuts, in particular, are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which is a healthy fat that may help fight inflammation in the brain.

    Berries

    Full of nutrients and generally lower in sugar, berries are the perfect guilt-free sweet! When it comes to mental health, studies show that eating blueberries can minimize stroke-related brain damage, improve memory, and potentially reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

    Apples

    Everyone has heard the saying “an apple a day, keeps the doctor away”. This is actually quite true. The flavonoid in apples have been known to reduce the risk of cancer, prevent heart attack, suppress asthma, and help heal acid reflux.

    Dark Chocolate

    Dark chocolate is a powerful antioxidant. It contains flavonoids that have been proven to have antihistamine, antimicrobial, memory- and mood-enhancing properties. Cocoa powder is one of the richest sources for flavonoids. This is a great excuse to have a cup of hot chocolate!

    Red Wine

    Red wine is also another great source of flavonoids. Red wine helps to reduce the risk of heart disease. It has also been linked to reducing the risk of cancer, fighting inflammation, and preventing strokes. If you do not drink wine, you can get these health benefits from drinking grape juice instead!

    Coffee or Tea  

    Most people start their day with one of these beverages, so it helps that they are beneficial to your health. Coffee has been shown to improve memory and reduce your risk of dementia. Black and green tea contain powerful antioxidants that help boost brain function, decrease anxiety, burn fat, and improve physical performance.

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