Parenting During Covid? These Tips Will Help

Strategies from The Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Program at Mass General Hospital Helping Parents During the Pandemic…

The current COVID-19 crisis is presenting all of us with new challenges related to self-care, parenting, and anxiety management. Many parents are struggling with natural and expectable feelings, including sadness, confusion, worry, and fear.

Young children and toddlers are faced with stressors of their own. The list is long:

  • They have suddenly and unaccountably lost access to playmates, teachers, classrooms, and playgrounds
  • They can no longer see their grandparents and other relatives.
  • They can no longer enter libraries or shops.
  • Gym classes, swimming, music classes, and library storytimes are all on pause.

Young children facing this crisis may be more clingy, fretful, irritable, or bored.
They may be having more trouble sleeping or may need a parent nearby to fall asleep.
The lack of interface with strangers may make them more fearful and wary of new people.

The Mass General Child CBT Program offers ways for parents to teach their children to cope with and overcome anxiety.
Parent Self-Care:
The instructions given by flight attendants are really applicable: “Please make sure to put on your own oxygen mask first, and then assist your child.”  

Caring for children during a crisis includes good self-care for parents. We offer the following suggestions to maintain wellbeing:

Be kind to yourself:
  • We may be facing super-human demands right now, but this doesn’t make us super-human.
  • Remember that the day only has so many hours, and it is okay to let some things slide.
  • Set priorities, and try to get the most important things done, but understand that not everything will get done.
  • Take a few moments to notice your own needs. These may occur during your child’s naptime after they are asleep, or while they are watching some extra screen-time.

Consider what has helped you manage stress in the past and maintain an optimistic mood.

  • Eat regular meals and stay hydrated.
  • Get enough sleep – 6-8 hours.
  • Exercise. Pushing a stroller, dancing, or playing tag with your child counts!
  • Engage in pleasurable activities. Stream a guilty pleasure on TV, do a jigsaw puzzle, cook dinner with the family!
  • Do things that give you a sense of accomplishment. Volunteering, helping a neighbor, and connecting with family and friends can be meaningful.
  • Keep a daily routine. Take off the pajamas and dress for the day!
  • Limit exposure to the news to once per day or less.
  • Stay in the moment as much as possible.

HELPFUL HINT:
Don’t criticize yourself if your routine doesn’t match what others do or expect.

Parenting Your Child in the Time of a Pandemic
Most toddlers and preschoolers recognize the change in routine and can sense parental stress, They don’t understand the full extent of the COVID-19 crisis and it is important that they feel safe, and cared for. We offer the following suggestions:

Maintain normal routines and expectationsincluding regular naps, bedtime and wake-up times,
It can be helpful to break up the time into activity periods, which may include:

  • Indoor and outdoor play
  • Crafts
  • Games
  • Snacks
  • Reading together

HELPFUL HINT: As much as possible, keep the rules that were in place before the crisis (although some, including screen time limits, might change).

Provide age-appropriate explanations: There is a careful balance between telling children information beyond their level of understanding that might be confusing or frightening and making them aware of new expectations and their reasons.

Rules about social distancing, washing hands more carefully, and parents and older children wearing masks could be conveyed with simple explanations
“We need to clean our hands so we stay healthy and well.”
“We wear a mask in case we’re getting a cold, so other people don’t catch it.”
“There’s a new cold going around, so kids aren’t allowed in preschool for a while.”

HELPFUL HINT: The simplest explanation that can be repeated is the place to start. Only expand the explanation if and when the child asks for more information.

Find substitutions for lost activities:

Social interactions:

  • Many preschools or daycares are having brief, virtual check-ins so that children can see their teachers and classmates.
  • Scheduling regular brief virtual face-to-face interactions with friends or cousins could be helpful as a way of keeping up connections and social interactions.
  • Live games that very young children could play across screens with others

For young preschoolers:

  • Show-and-tell (showing each other toys)
  • Animal sound charades (e.g. guess what animal I am)
  • Guessing games (e.g. guessing what the child is holding behind their back)
  • Imitation games (like the Hokey Pokey)

For older preschoolers:

  • 20-questions, telling riddles, I-spy (if both are able to seek each other’s screen)
  • Simon Says (if supervised by an adult)
  • Story reading to children across screens. Parents could also take turns reading stories to a group of children.

HELPFUL HINT: These remote social interactions can be short (10-15 minutes) and supervised and can be scheduled regularly.

Outings:

  • When allowed, children can go on walks in the neighborhood, perhaps in strollers.
  • Make the walks interesting.
  • Be on the lookout and count something (dogs, squirrels, garbage trucks, digger trucks, police cars).
  • Go on “virtual” tours to a zoo, museum, or aquarium. Many have daily live events still.

Indoor Activities:

  • Play with playdoh
  • Draw
  • Paint
  • Read stories
  • Act out simple stories
  • Make pillow forts
  • Create things with large cartons
  • Make socks puppets
  • Sing songs
  • Bake
  • Decorate cupcakes
  • Make pictures with stickers
  • Play hide and seek
  • Plant seeds

Outdoor Activities:

  • Play tag
  • Play catch
  • Blow bubbles
  • Do water play (with squirting toys)
  • Try sand play
  • Plant a garden

HELPFUL HINT: THE LIST IS ENDLESS. ASK OTHER PARENTS WHAT WORKS FOR THEIR KIDS!

Photo credit: Pexels/Pixabay

What You Need to Know About Nitric Oxide

Understanding the Coronavirus: Nobel Prize-Winning Dr. Lou Ignarro’s Take

It’s been 6 ½ months since the world effectively closed down, and the door to the life we knew before COVID-19 was closed. As we look toward a future, one that isn’t free from this or other viruses we have yet to encounter but rather one where we have to learn to live with them, we know this one thing is true: we have work to do. We have work to do in how we as a nation approach new viruses and diseases like this, how we keep everyone safe, how we study and learn how to treat new threats, and so much more.

There have been many bright lights in the midst of the darkness of COVID, and one such light is on our client Dr. Lou J. Ignarro. Dr. Ignarro is a Nobel Prize-Winning and UCLA Distinguished Professor Emeritus, and he has been quite vocal about the importance of Nitric Oxide and proper breathing with regards to combating COVID. In June, he was quoted in Biospace.com when he pointed to a recent study by Ackermann et al. in the New England Journal of Medicine, “Pulmonary Vascular Endothelialitis, Thrombosis, and Angiogenesis for COVID-19.”

Essentially, he said, “this study shows that the coronavirus causes destruction of the capacity of blood vessels in the lungs to produce Nitric Oxide (NO).”

As such, Nitric Oxide may be considered as a possible treatment for COVID-19.

What is nitric oxide?

In Dunn Pellier Media’s client’s own words, “Nitric Oxide, also termed NO, is a gaseous molecule that is produced by our arteries in all organs to regulate cardiovascular function. NO causes the muscle cells (smooth muscle) enveloping arteries to relax, thereby causing vasodilation, or widening of the arteries. This physiological action results in a decrease in blood pressure within the arteries and increased blood flow to all organs through the dilated arteries. In the erectile tissue, the NO released during sexual stimulation causes profound relaxation or dilation of the arteries within the erectile tissue, termed the corpus cavernosum. This results in engorgement with blood and consequently penile erection.”

You can read more of the science behind why nitric oxide might be a good potential treatment for coronavirus here.

But if you want to learn a free way to increase NO right now, here you go:

“One thing I urge everyone to practice during this coronavirus pandemic is to breathe or inhale through your NOSE and exhale through your mouth. The cells and tissues in the nose, but not the mouth, constantly and continuously produce nitric oxide, which is a gas. The physiological significance of this is that nasally-derived NO improves oxygen delivery into the lungs by causing bronchodilation – the relaxation and widening of the bronchi and bronchioles in the lungs. Moreover, when inhaling through the nose, your nasal nitric oxide is inhaled into your lungs, where it stands a chance of meeting up with the virus particles. Inhaling through your mouth will NOT accomplish this. By the same token, exhaling through your nose is highly wasteful in that you would be expelling the NO away from the lungs, where it is needed most.” says Dr. Ignarro in an article on Mark’s Daily Apple earlier this year.

There you have it, a simple technique to help you combat this virus in case you or a loved one should fall prey to it. As for the studies regarding NO as a potential treatment, we promise to keep you updated as the story unfolds.

In the meantime, check out more information about Dunn Pellier Media’s client, NO, and Dr. Lou J. Ignarro here.

Worried About Coronavirus?

Try Breathing Through Your Nose

While researchers and scientists around the globe work to study Covid-19 to better understand it, people worldwide are asking themselves: what can I do to protect myself and my family? Taking matters into their own hands – and in addition to hand washing, wearing masks, social distancing and avoiding crowds, which we cannot recommend enough – many people are trying to support their immune systems naturally, either by improving their eating habits, getting more rest and/or by taking supplements or foods known to have positive effects on immunity.

But there may be a simpler action we have overlooked in trying to protect ourselves from getting Coronavirus: breathing. But not just that – breathing through our nose.

In an article in Best Life by our client, Louis J. Ignarro, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus from the UCLA School of Medicine and Nobel Prize winner, breathing through your nose can increase nitric oxide in your system. He explains that “researchers are testing whether inhaled nitrous oxide (NO) would improve the condition of coronavirus patients. And while there’s no conclusive proof yet that this treatment can help doctors fight the pandemic, Ignarro recommends that people adopt a simple breathing exercise that introduces more NO into the body anyway. Not only could it help you fight off COVID-19; inhaling through your nose has a host of other health benefits.

“Your nasal cavities produce the molecule nitric oxide…that increases blood flow through the lungs and boosts oxygen levels in the blood,” Ignarro writes. “Breathing in through the nose delivers NO directly into the lungs, where it helps fight coronavirus infection by blocking the replication of the coronavirus in the lungs.”

For more, visit https://bestlifeonline.com/nose-breathing-exercise-coronavirus/

Get the COVID Facts – From a Doctor On How to Stay Safe This Summer

Grab Your Copy of Dr. Steven Quay’s Survival Guide & Get Peace of Mind

It’s safe to say that times are a little…err…confusing? With stay-at-home orders lifting and businesses are given the OK to re-open (albeit with major restrictions), we are also still being told to continue social distancing, to wear a mask, and stay home as much as we can. Life isn’t going back to normal just yet.

If you’re itching to get out and about but worried about staying healthy, we’ve got a solution for you. Our client, Dr. Steven Quay, has put together a guide called Covid-19 Survival Manual: A Physician’s Guide to Keep You and Your Family Healthy During the Pandemic and Beyond.

To list all of Dr. Steven Quay’s credentials would take much too long, but in summary, Dr. Quay received his M.D., M.A., and Ph.D. from The University of Michigan, was a postdoctoral fellow at MIT with Nobel Laureate H. Gobind Khorana, a resident at the Harvard-Massachusetts General Hospital, and was on the faculty of Stanford University School of Medicine for almost a decade. He has over 300 published contributions to medicine which have been cited over 9,700 times.  Dr. Quay has over 87 patents in 22 fields of medicine and has a clinical trial for a nasal spray to treat Covid-19.

Suffice it to say: he knows what he’s talking about.

For just $4.99, you can download a copy of your guide here, and get information including the following:

  • One 2-minute step you can take every time you come home to kill Coronavirus before it enters your lungs
  • A quick, free home test for COVID-19 that is as good as the FDA-approved nasal swab
  • The one exercise you won’t learn in the gym that can save your life
  • How NOT to die of COVID-19 (Make your lungs younger)
  • What to do if you have early-stage COVID-19 so that you can stay out of the hospital
  • The #1 most effective way to prevent the spread of coronavirus as we reopen society (Hint: it’s the one thing the CDC said was “NOT effective” when coronavirus hit the U.S.)
  • Why a vaccine won’t be the solution, and what YOU can do to protect yourself, now and in the future
  • What to eat and drink (and what to avoid) so you can prevent and beat this coronavirus
  • The best supplements I have found from clinical trial research for immune health during this pandemic
  • The coronavirus’ “Diabolic Trait” and how it helped the virus spread so fast
  • An easy DIY step that takes your face mask from a viral barrier to a virus killer, giving you over 100-times the protection of an untreated mask
  • The one blood test to ask for if you are hospitalized that can keep you off a ventilator
  • Three steps to take to thrive during the next epidemic
  • Learn about gain-of-function research and why we must ban it to prevent future pandemics

As if that wasn’t enough, you can feel even better about downloading the book since the proceeds from book sales will be shared with Team Rubicon, a non-profit organization that serves communities by mobilizing veterans to continue their service, leveraging their skills and experience to help people prepare, respond, and recover from disasters and humanitarian crises.

Let’s get back into the world together, safely, and confidently. Share this with everyone you know so we can get closer to a future that puts Covid-19 behind us!

Public Relations: Your Secret Weapon to Build Your Brand

Read on to Learn How Our Brands Increased Sales In Uncertain Times…

During the stay at home quarantine, our PR clients with wellness brands contributed to a great many media opportunities – from Forbes to Mashable to Fox and NBC. Clients have reported back to us, that the media attention has increased sign-ups for their fitness programs as well as record sales for health products. The clients who invested in having a PR team are benefiting now and so can you! There is a huge spike in media requests for anything immune-wellness related. We are currently doing “short push campaigns” with clients while everyone is adjusting to the “new normal.” With media attention, you and your product will be seen by more consumers reading articles and seeing product roundups than ever before. We are helping businesses just like yours, and we would love to help you gain more sales, signups, and increased recognition with valuable earned media placements!

Our brands used PR to gain brand recognition and increase sales during this global pandemic in a positive way. They took a risk and it paid off.  During this time you may have had to make choices about what you could and couldn’t do with your marketing efforts. We saw the media power that our brands were able to offer to readers and viewers to nurture people in the middle of a global pandemic.   With the restrictions loosening up you may be thinking about how to sharpen your lens and create new PR and marketing efforts to get more exposure for your brand.  We can assure you – through personal experience with our clients – this is one of the best times that you could help your health or wellness brands grow, gain credibility, and increase sales.

From the moment the stay-at-home orders were put in place, we pivoted immediately and went into high gear for our clients. Over the past 12 weeks, our clients with wellness brands contributed to a great many media opportunities – from Forbes to Mashable to Fox and NBC and more – some of them for the first time ever.

Take our client, Dr. Steven Quay. Dr. Quay came to us having invented seven FDA-approved drugs, and he invented his next treatment during COVID-19 that was showing promising results for easing the ventilator crisis. His combination of blood thinners and asthma drugs were presented to doctors to save coronavirus patients from needing intubation. Dr. Quay’s solution was to offer doctors patients more lung function and reduce the need for mechanical ventilation – exactly what the frontlines in NYC needed! With no television experience and a short session with famed media coach Suzanne Sena, he made his national tv debut on Fox News. His goal was to sign up to 100 doctors interested in participating in the clinical trial to get people off of ventilators. An overwhelming response with over 350 doctors signed up after the Fox segment aired!

In addition to Dr. Quay, clients have reported back to us that the media attention has increased sign-ups for their fitness programs as well as record sales for health products. Like Bulldog Yoga. When they originally came to us, one of their goals was to offer 30 days free on the online yoga platform to help people relieve stress through exercise with a workout class of yoga with fun music. On the back end, the virtual workout class program and platform were currently getting about 25 online sign-ups a week before our PR campaign. Within the first two weeks with our services – the number of sign-ups went to 125 a week for this fitness platform!

Client Tropical Oasis reported that their sales increased 4x what it was before the homestay, and this boom in sales resulted in the company investing to buy another factory to help produce more products to help American’s boost their immune health with liquid vitamins!

It is clear that the clients who invested in having a PR team are benefiting now and so can you!

Because of the current landscape, there is a huge spike in media requests for anything immune to wellness related. As such, we are currently doing “short push campaigns” with clients while everyone is adjusting to the “new normal.”  With media attention, you and your product will be seen by more consumers reading articles and seeing product roundups than ever before.  We are helping businesses just like yours, and we would love to help you gain more sales, signups, and increased recognition with valuable earned media placements!

PR is crucial if you want to stay ahead of the rest of the world in normal times, but in these new times, where everything has gone online, its importance has increased beyond measure. Public relations is often the force behind brands that “suddenly” skyrocket into growth. It’s just like those “overnight successes” you may have seen. They may seem like an overnight success, but in truth, they have been working strategically to grow and build their products and brands so that when the time was right, they were the experts to call on. PR positioned them to be those experts. PR is about building that foundation, and we are proud to have helped so many people do that. It is paying off now during these times more than at any other time that we have seen.

But you can’t just pick any PR team. It’s crucial that you find a team that matches your brand and is a good working fit. That way, as a team, you can take a look at the media landscape in the US and the current changes taking place. Relationship building is the cornerstone of public relations. Like any great relationship, the foundation of success is trust.

If you are interested in exploring the possibility of us being a good fit for you and your brand, please email our business development team and talk to Oumy Thiam to set up a call. Also, be sure to check us out on Facebook and Twitter for a full list of the many features we have landed our clients! This is your time – we can help you shine!

 

Think You’ve Got the BEST Sanitizer?

If You’re Not Using OzoneOn at Home, Then you Don’t.

In these days of obsessive hand washing and sanitizing (and Covid-19) you’ve probably done extensive research on sanitizers. You’ve probably got a system for intaking your groceries into your home (bags in a designated area, sanitize the groceries, put them away). But what if the sanitizer you’re using isn’t the best on the market? And what if you want a sustainable, natural but effective sanitizer you can feel good about smearing all over your hands and food?

Meet OzoneOn, an anti-bacterial sanitizing machine that attaches to your kitchen faucet to give you sanitized water literally at your fingertips! No need to waste money on outside sanitizers anymore. Sound too good to be true? We’re happy to report that sometimes, the good news is really just that: good news.

How it works:

To understand how this system works, first, you need to know a little bit about Ozone. Did you know that Ozone is a naturally occurring gas that actually sanitizes and kills bacteria and pesticides? Not all, but it does kill 99% of bacteria and about 75% of pesticides. Naturally. Without any negative side effects. Ozone is often called “nature’s sanitizer” because it occurs in nature, such as when lightning strikes during a storm. It kills bacteria without leaving behind secondary pollution.

The technology behind the OzoneOn machine treats the water that enters by infusing it with ozone. Ozonated water takes on the sanitizing and oxidizing properties of ozone. It is 3,000 times more effective than chlorine at killing bacteria.

The product is the world’s first sanitizer that instantly creates ozonated water for household use. When the faucet turns on, oxygen enters the OzoneOn machine and creates ozone, which is then instantly infused in your tap water and ready to use.

OzoneOn kills bacteria like E. coli and salmonella, eliminates odors, and extends your produce shelf life. It’s easy to install and use, and OzoneOn is safe, natural, and non-toxic. Once ozonated water is created, it retains ozone’s sanitizing and oxidizing properties for approximately 15 minutes. After that, the ozone dissipates, leaving behind ordinary tap water and oxygen — without any harmful fumes, substances, or byproducts.

The product was created by the award-winning company, Cashido. Established in 1998, and was created with a mission to help make homes cleaner, greener, and healthier. It’s the first company to harness the proven commercial process of ozonation in a safe, effective, and convenient product for home use. Cashido’s family of products is available throughout Asia and Europe, and now, in the U.S.

Units are available starting at $395.00 and can be purchased on Amazon or by visiting their website.

For press inquiries and story features please reach out directly to publicist Shea Gorden.
This product is such a great idea for technology and home product features!  It’s new and innovative and exactly what we need in Covid-19 times!

A Letter From Our CEO

Dear friends, colleagues and wellness enthusiasts,

Our company Dunn Pellier Media, specializes in health, fitness and wellness PR. We are proud to have over 14 years of specialty PR to build amazing brands and keep them relevant in the current news cycle.  We are so appreciative of the positive coverage of our clients from the many media friends and colleagues we have built over the years.  Thank you.

Our mission during this time is to provide American’s with nourishing news that will help them weather through this tough time.  We are praying for everyone affected by COVID 19 and the Coronavirus.

We have doctors working behind the scenes working on clinical trials (Dr. Steven Quay -COVID 19 HOPE), Nobel Prize winner, Dr. Louis Ignarro, Ph.D. who found Nitric Oxide which is being used as an experimental treatment for COVID 19. D’OXYVA a company on the frontlines of COVID 19 helping people significantly improve macro- and micro-circulation of blood flow and certain nerve activities in the body, which together are widely reported to form an effective non-invasive, pain-free solution option for many conditions and underlying causes.  We have doctors who specialize in immune disorders and eating to beat diseases like Dr. Terry Wahls, naturopathic doctor Dr. Christian Gonzalez (Heal Thy Self Podcast) who can discuss anything from home health to dispelling myths out there.

We also have fitness brands that are helping keep people occupied and active like Bulldog Yoga, Trainer Corey Phelps, Inner Dimension TVFuture.fit (who doesn’t need a personal coach and trainer right now!), Tropical Oasis liquid vitamins to boost the immune system and Los Angeles meal delivery Z.E.N. Foods.

We are thinking positive thoughts for everyone!  Thank you for continuing to work out and eat right during this stressful time.  It’s our hope that our clients’ expertise and brands will help someone out there.

Nicole Dunn, CEO Dunn Pellier Media

Dunn Pellier Media, Inc.

The Premiere Health and Wellness PR Agency Worldwide

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