Whaley’s Mommy & Me – Before, During & After

Have you heard of Whaley’s Mommy& Me?? It is located inside our Whaley’s West Side Pharmacy.  The mission of Whaley’s Mommy & Me is to help families make an easier transition throughout pregnancy and breastfeeding by providing unique products and resources for both mom and baby.  We have a certified lactation consultant on staff, Renee Davis, who provides breastfeeding appointments 9am-3pm Tuesday through Thursday free of charge.  She is great at supporting families throughout their breastfeeding journey – prenatal and beyond – and can help moms with many breastfeeding issues. In addition to private consultations, Renee also helps out in our Mommy & Me store guiding our customers on products that will help make both baby and mommy more comfortable. 

Whaley’s President, Stacy Welling, and Renee have just returned from market and brought back many new products we’re excited to offer your family!  One new item is the Tranquilo Mat. This mat was just featured on the TV show “Shark Tank” and is a life saver for some parents. It’s soft vibrations mimic the movements of a mother’s womb which soothe fussy babies. The Tranquilo Mat is portable so you can take it wherever you and baby go!  We also now have convertible scarves perfect for busy moms. These scarves have many different purposes – from a car seat cover to a nursing scarf, and even as a cover for high chairs or shopping carts! The new collection of diaper bags by Little Unicorn is also sure to make our moms happy! These fun bags allow mom to maintain her style while also staying organized for baby.

There are many more new products and of course we still have our classic favorites – teething amber necklaces, diaper caddies and much more!  Stop by Whaley’s Mommy & Me for all your pregnancy and breastfeeding needs and be sure to follow the Whaley’s Mommy & Me page on Facebook.

The “DEETs” on Insect Repellents

What exactly is DEET?

DEET stands for N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide, which is a chemical used as an active ingredient in many insect repellents. DEET is commonly used to protect individuals from mosquito-borne and tick-borne illnesses such as the West Nile Virus, the Zika Virus, Malaria, Lyme disease, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

DEET is designed to be directly applied to the skin to prevent biting insects from smelling us, therefore repelling them.

Products that are designed to be applied directly to the skin can contain a concentration of 5-99% DEET.  Higher concentrations may have a longer repellent effect, but products with a concentration of 50% or higher provide no additional protection per the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Who can use DEET?

According to the CDC and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), DEET is safe to use in both adults and children above the age of 2 months. Although DEET has been shown to not flag any health concerns, products containing oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under the age of 3 years old.

There is no restriction on the percentage of DEET that can be used on children from the age of 2 months to 12 years old, but it has been recommended to use products with a concentration less than 30% to prevent skin irritation. If skin irritation or rash does occur, discontinue product immediately and wash area of application with soap and water.

Insect repellents containing DEET are also safe to use on pregnant or breastfeeding women.  

How to use DEET safely:

  • Do not apply over cuts, scrapes, or broken skin
  • Do not allow children to apply product to themselves
  • Do not apply to hands or near eyes of young children
  • If applying to face do not directly spray on face, but apply to hands then rub onto face, avoiding the eyes
  • Do not breathe in, swallow, or get into eyes – DEET can be toxic if swallowed
  • Only use on exposed skin and/or clothing – do not apply under clothing
  • Read and follow all directions on product labeling
  • Do not apply in enclosed areas



  1. "DEET." EPA. Environmental Protection Agency, 14 June 2017. Web. 19 June 2017.
  2. “Fight the Bite for Protection from Malaria Guidelines for DEET Insect Repellent Use” CDC. Center of Disease Control and Prevention. Web. 19 June 2017.

The Best Cherry Cokes in Town

What’s so special about Whaley’s East End Drug’s soda fountain? Recently, I had the opportunity to chat with Gil, one of East End Drug’s Customer Service Reps, about the soda fountain and what makes it so great. Here’s what I learned: 

According to Gil, “we have the best soda bar in town.” That’s a pretty big statement, but Gil provided several reasons he believes that is true. “It all started with the Cherry Coke.” We have current customers that used to come into East End Drug when they were kids. There’s something about the history of East End, dating all the way back to 1896. I don’t know if they had Cherry Cokes back then, but Cherry Cokes have been here a long time! So to be clear, the Cherry Cokes at East End are NOT the same as a drive-in or a can of Cherry Coke - we add the cherry syrup at our fountain, and for some reason it makes a huge difference in the flavor. We have customers come in that are skeptics about Gil’s assertion, “we have the best Cherry Cokes in town,” but Gil will convince them to try an East End Cherry Coke and it never fails – their eyes light up and some wonderful exclamation comes from their mouth, such as “Wow!” or “This stuff is GOOD!”

 Now if Cherry Coke isn’t your thing we have a total of 50 flavors to choose from, seven of which are sugar free.  Some of the most popular combinations at Whaley’s East End are Cherry Coke, Vanilla Coke and Marshmallow Coke. We’ve even created a few flavor concoctions such as the Shipwreck, Juicy Fruit, Island Breeze, Tropical Breeze and Orange Creamsicle. With 50 flavors, it’s easy to use your imagination and create your own delicious treat!  

 One of Gil’s favorite is when people come in and have their first taste of the East End soda fountain experience. He fixes their flavored Coke product and then waits for it. He doesn’t have to wait long. Their smiles and/or exclamations bring a smile to Gil’s face and with a knowing nod of his head, he says “See - I told you, the Best Cherry Cokes in town!”  Whether you’re an old-timer that’s been coming for years, or a newcomer - the East End soda fountain is something to remember. Gil calls it the “old-time flavor experience.”  

 For the first time in 30 years, East End now has Central Dairy Ice Cream Floats – a new experience for this generation! You can also add any of the 50 flavors to a float for a unique twist on an old favorite. East End offers three flavors of ice cream: chocolate, vanilla and the third flavor varies.

 I asked Gil, “What’s the biggest surprise about East End soda fountain?” He said, “The old-time atmosphere serving generations of soda fountain customers.”  The atmosphere is “cool” and the Cherry Cokes are the best in town!

 In addition to the soda fountain, East End also offers snacks such as old-fashioned candy, fresh popped popcorn, chips, candy bars, meat sticks, Jelly Bellies, muffins and cookies.

 So if Gil and I haven’t convinced you yet that East End has the best Cherry Cokes in town – you need to come on in and experience the old-time flavor experience for yourself. Gil will be happy to serve you!

 Whaley’s East End Drugs

630 E. High Street

Jefferson City, MO 65101

Keep Safe This Summer With Sunscreen

Summertime is officially here!  Pools are open, boats are in the lake and people everywhere are having fun in the sun.  While summer is a great time of year to be outside, it is also important to remember to wear sunscreen and to keep hydrated.  Sometimes picking the right sunscreen can be daunting.  There are various types of SPF numbers and ones that say broad spectrum and water proof, etc.  What does SPF stand for and mean anyway?  SPF stand for sun protection factor and the higher the number the better protection against the suns UV rays. 

In most cases one should pick at least a sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher.  A sunscreen that is SPF 30 will block 97% of UVA and UVB rays.  SPF 50 blocks 98% and SPF 100 blocks 99%.  No sunscreen is 100% effective in blocking the sun’s harmful rays.  When looking for a sunscreen you also want to make sure you choose one that is broad spectrum.  This means that it will protect your skin from both UVA and UVB rays.  The peak hours of the sun are usually from around 10 in the morning to 4 in the evening.  During those hours especially, you should make sure to apply sunscreen at least every couple of hours and maybe more if you are in the water.  Also during those peak hours, if you can, you should try to stay in the shade or wear a protective hat or clothing. 

Staying hydrated is also very important during the hot summer days.  Make sure you are drinking plenty of water to keep your body well hydrated.  Soda, coffee and tea are not substitutes for water as they contain caffeine and can actually worsen dehydration.  Signs of dehydration can include being thirsty, decreased urine output, fatigue, headache, and/or dry mouth.  If dehydration gets too severe it can lead to low blood pressure, increased heart rate, seizures or a coma.   It is important to seek medical attention if these symptoms occur.

For more questions feel free to ask your physician or pharmacist!  Remember to wear your sunscreen, stay hydrated and have some fun this summer!