Follow These Health Professionals' Tips To Avoid Terrible Fates

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The day-to-day decisions that most impact your health aren’t the ones you make in the grocery store, say, deciding between the organic and the regular apples. They’re high impact things like getting vaccines and wearing your seatbelt.

On Twitter, registered nurse Angela Simpson asked people in medical specialties to share what they wish everyone knew. Here are a few:

Wash your hands and get your vaccines

These are no-brainers that came up over and over again. Vaccines can prevent serious diseases and their complications; getting those vaccines on time makes sure that young children are protected as soon as possible. Vaccines do have risks, but those risks are minuscule compared to the benefits.

Hand washing stops the spread of all kinds of diseases, from colds and flu to...well, just about everything.

Wear your seatbelt and your helmet

Seatbelts reduce crash-related injuries and fatalities by half. Bicycle and motorcycle helmets also drastically reduce injuries and fatalities. The people who work in ambulances and emergency rooms see what happens when you don’t.

Beware of assuming somebody is drunk

A lot of serious conditions, including a stroke, can superficially look like somebody is drunk: slurred speech, trouble moving limbs, not being fully awake and aware of the world. A few other things that can cause symptoms that look like drunkenness: Head injuries, dangerously low blood sugar, the effects of poisoning from various drugs, hypothermia. Basically, all sorts of bad things happening to your brain. If you’re not sure, get emergency help.

Trust your gut when it comes to your kid

New parents have a lot to worry about, and yeah it’s easy to freak out over something that turns out to be normal. But trust your gut if something seems like it’s really wrong. You know when your kid is in a serious level of pain, when they’re not acting like themselves, when some part of their tiny adorable body looks or feels different than normal.

Read the whole thread on Twitter here.


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