5 Important Hygiene Habits You Should Teach Your Children

5 Feb 2020 Blog

Hygiene is not always about maintaining a certain appearance. In fact, it is a way to prevent harmful diseases. Having good hygiene habits can ward off infectious diseases and help you maintain a healthy body image.
Generally, children don’t have the knowledge to understand the importance of hygiene. Therefore, as parents you should teach them good habits that can help them lead a healthy life.

1. Bathing rituals

Make sure your child showers twice a day, once in the morning and once before going to sleep. While bathing, teach them to clean different parts of their body and let them practise on their own. Let them use a light moisturizer after showering and ensure that they are wearing clean clothes before hitting the bed.

2. Oral hygiene
Take care of your child’s oral hygiene the moment they have their first tooth. By cleaning their teeth and gums, you will help them prevent cavities, bad breath and various other dental problems in the long run. To make sure they are doing it right, start by making them brush their teeth twice a day for two minutes. Ensure that they are flossing daily and try to keep away from sugary drinks and sweet dishes as far as possible.

3. Hand hygiene
Teaching your kids about hand hygiene at an early age is crucial, especially if your child has started going to school. To avoid infections and germs, use a clean washcloth from wiping their hands. Also, teach them how to rinse their hands using soap and clean water for 30 seconds approximately. Using a handkerchief while sneezing and coughing is also important.

4. Foot hygiene
Avoid making your kids wear footwear all the time, especially if they aren’t wearing socks. Teach them to rinse their feet twice a day and apply a good moisturizer right after. Also, let them wear shoes depending on the weather. This will allow their feet to breathe properly and stay clean.

5. Nail hygiene

If your child has developed the habit of nail biting, stop them immediately.
Also, teach them some basic rules about nail cleaning and how to use a nail brush to scrub dirt from under the nails. Try to encourage your little ones to keep their nails short as they break less often and stay clean.

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3 Healthy Ways to Make Summer Comfortable for Your Baby

5 Feb 2020 Blog

Babies are susceptible to infections, particularly in the summer season. The soaring temperatures and scorching heat make them feel unwell and dehydrated. You can however, prevent them from occurring by following some simple and healthy steps

Here’s a look at a few basic tips we suggest all moms to follow for their little ones during summer.

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Everything You Should Know About the Nipah Virus

5 Feb 2020 Blog

Kerala is on high alert these days due to mysterious deaths caused by an unidentified viral attack. Out of these, three have been confirmed as having been caused by Nipah Virus (NiV). The virus has no vaccine for animals or humans as of now, and is yet to be understood by many. Here’s a quick post on everything you need to know about NIV, its symptoms and the precautions you must take to protect yourself.

What is Nipah Virus

According to the World Health Organization, Nipah Virus is a newly emerging zoonosis that causes a severe disease in both humans and animals. The virus was first found in Singapore and Malaysia in 1998, where it infected approximately 265 people. 40 %of these patients were taken into intensive care immediately. It was identified in pigs first and soon got transmitted to humans.

Nipah Virus can also be transferred through pigs, bats or humans who are infected. In 2004, people from India and Bangladesh who consumed palm sap contaminated byfruit bats were infected by the virus too.

Symptoms and Signs:

Some of the common symptoms of NIV infection starts with:

  • Headache and fever
  • Sore throat
  • Dizziness
  • Muscle aches
  • Acute respiratory syndrome
  • Atypical pneumonia
  • Encephalitis or inflammation of the brain

If any of these symptoms are left unattended, the patient might end in a coma within 24-48 hours which will eventually lead to death.

Prevention

  • The biggest reason behind this virus are fruit bats who drop half eaten fruits which ultimately get consumed by humans and animals. Therefore, it is advised for people to avoid consuming date palm sap or pork.
  • Often, the virus spreads once you have come in contact with infected people or animals. So, maintain high levels of personal hygiene.
  • Be very careful while handling items that have been used by infected people previously.

If you find someone suffering with these symptoms, take immediate action. The Nipah Virus is quick to spread and can get worse if left unattended. Consult a doctor or bring them to Lotus Hospitals!

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Common Monsoon Diseases You Should Know About

5 Feb 2020 Blog

The monsoons might bring us relief from the scorching heat during summers but also come with various complications of which we should be mindful. Here’s a look at some of the common diseases that occur during the monsoon season and how you can prevent them.

Dengue

Dengue is a vector borne disease that is spread by mosquito bites. Although the disease is contagious, it does not spread from person to person. Its symptoms include high fever, headaches, rashes, nausea, vomiting etc. A few ways to protect yourself from dengue is by wearing clothes that cover your entire body, using mosquito repellents at home, cleaning out containers that contain stagnant water and avoiding heavily scented soaps and scents that may attract mosquitoes. Other ways to treat this disease include eating healthy, drinking enough water, watching out for complications and fever control.

Typhoid

A water borne disease, typhoid occurs due to poor sanitation.  Fever, headaches, sore throats, abdominal main, vomiting & loose motion are some of the symptoms. The best way to avoid this is by using a hand sanitizer as much as possible, avoiding street food and drinking healthy fluids.

Stomach infections (Gastroenteritis)

Stomach infections are caused due to poorly handled liquid products and food. Stomach ache, vomiting & loose motion are some of the common symptoms of infections. To avoid this monsoon disease, avoid stale and left over food from the fridge, wash your hands with soap and water before consuming edibles and follow cooking practices that are healthy.

Jaundice

Jaundice occurs in both children and adults and is caused by a virus called Hepatitis A. It is transmitted through contaminated food and water & could also be a result of poor hygiene  practices. A few symptoms of jaundice include yellowing of the eyes, liver dysfunction, vomiting etc. It can be avoided by maintaining adequate hydration & eating a balanced diet.

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5 Ways to Teach Independence

5 Feb 2020 Blog

Whether it’s the constant tidying-up or the constant demands for attention, raising a child is a rollercoaster ride even for the most hands-on parents out there. For most people, the biggest challenge is time management. While an infant needs a caregiver to cater to their every need, a toddler is far more capable of helping themselves than we realize. Here are 5 simple ways to encourage your child to be more independent and self-sufficient.

  1. Identify opportunities for independence:

Make a list of minor tasks that your kid can perform unassisted. These can be as simple as getting them to put away their crayons after colouring, choosing their outfit beforehand, or even simply peeling their own bananas.

  1. Ask your child if he/she really wants your help:

It’s hard to fight the urge to step in and just solve whatever your kid is struggling with. But here’s the thing: even if a child is fumbling with a task, they often feel even happier when they successfully complete it unaided. Fight the urge, and take a second to ask, “Do you need help with that?” or “Would you like me to help you out?” and step in only if kiddo asks you to.

  1. Give the illusion of choice:

Children see adults taking important decisions all the time and can feel sidelined if you don’t include them in the process. That said, if you let a small child decide what to wear to a family wedding, you’ll probably end up fighting with them over the fact that a Batman costume is not appropriate for the occasion. What you CAN do, is choose two appropriate outfits beforehand and let the child choose between only those two. This makes the child feel like they have a measure of power over their own lives and helps build decision making skills too.

  1. Ask your child to help you:

Consider this the converse of point #2. Asking your little one to lend you a hand even when you don’t really need it helps them feel valued and gives them the confidence to try more things on their own simply out of a desire to please you. The next time you’re hanging out laundry (or some other simple chore), try saying “Can you help me with this, please?” or “I can’t do this job on my own. Will you help me?”

  1. MAKE THE TIME:

No matter how many tips/ blogs/ books you read about parenting, none of it will work if you don’t make the time to be patient with your child. There is not a single child who will perform a task perfectly the first time round. Be patient with your kids and with yourself. Start your routines 10-15 minutes earlier so that there’s a chance to make mistakes and learn from them without ruining your entire day.

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Bronchiolitis: What To Look Out For

5 Feb 2020 Blog

Bronchiolitis is a lung infection that causes congestion and inflammation in the bronchioles of the lungs of young children and infants. The infection is usually caused by the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and peaks in the winter months. RSV is so commonly occurring and so easily transmitted, that it infects almost every child by the age of 2 months.

Here are some of the main symptoms to watch out for, if you think your child may be suffering from acute bronchiolitis:

Initial signs:

  • Stuffy or blocked nose
  • Runny nose
  • Coughing
  • Low grade fever – this may not always be present

These signs may be followed by a week or more of the following symptoms:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Wheezing or a whistling noise when the child exhales
  • Several infants also tend to develop an ear infection at this stage

Head straight for the doctor if your child

  • Is struggling to breathe
  • Start vomiting
  • Is making audible wheezing sounds
  • Breathing rapidly and taking shallow breaths
  • Lethargic and/or sluggish
  • Refusing to drink fluids, or is breathing too fast to eat and drink in comfort
  • Is displaying a bluish tinge on the skin, lips or fingernails

Prevention:

  • Limit your child’s contact with people who have a fever or a cold.
  • Keep toys, doorknobs and utensils clean with disinfectants and detergents.
  • Cover your nose and mouth when you cough and sneeze and teach your children to do the same.
  • Don’t share utensils like spoons and drinking glasses
  • Wash your hands frequently – get an alcohol based hand sanitizer if necessary – and teach your kids to do the same.
  • Opt for breastfeeding over bottle feeding, as respiratory infections have been found to be significantly less frequent in breast-fed babies.

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Why Siblings Are Awesome

5 Feb 2020 Blog

In the spirit of Raksha Bandhan, we thought it would be nice to explore some of the benefits of a strong sibling relationship! This might seem surprising to most people, but it has been found that having a sibling to grow up with, can help a child combat depression, obesity and even allergies.

  1. Let’s start with obesity:

Several studies have linked sibling relationships to lowered risk of obesity on the grounds that children with siblings spent more time running around and playing vigorously with each other, than single children whose playtime with friends is restricted by school and household timings.

  1. Not sure how depression fits in this picture?

When it comes to research in the field of mental health in relation to siblinghood, the jury is still out on whether the results are concrete. That said, enough evidence has been found, to indicate that having a sibling to share the burden of a family crisis significantly reduces mental stress. This sibling support also extends into adulthood when a person faces struggles outside the family, such as work and financial stresses.

  1. Allergy resistance – far-fetched, but true:

The findings on this topic are rooted in the “hygiene hypothesis.” The hygiene hypothesis states that lack of exposure to various infectious microorganisms, germs and parasites suppresses the natural development of our immune systems. In simple terms, our bodies are trained to defend us, by exposure to germs. In childhood, the most efficient carriers of germs and common viruses are – you guessed it – other children! Studies discovered that growing up with a sibling gave a child a better chance of dodging hay fever, eczema-urticaria and in some cases, even asthma.

If you have a sibling or if your child has siblings/close cousins, do share your best sibling stories in the comments!

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World Rabies Day, 2018

5 Feb 2020 Blog

The 28th of September marks the anniversary of the death of Louis Pasteur. Who was Louis Pasteur? He was a French microbiologist and chemist, and he developed the very first vaccine for rabies in 1885. It is in light of this fact, that World Rabies Day is observed on the 28th of every September, to raise awareness about the risks and prevention of rabies.

So what is rabies?

Rabies is a deadly virus that spreads through contact with the saliva of infected animals. This usually happens when a person sustains an animal bite. The virus may also spread if infected saliva contacts an open wound, or with the mucous membranes (ex: mouth and eyes), but this is comparatively rare.

Common animals that can carry and spread rabies include cats, dogs, cows, goats, horses, monkeys, and bats.

Here are some steps that you can take to keep yourself and your little ones safe from this lethal disease:

  1. Get vaccinated

This advice is for you, your children, and your furry family members. If you have pets, you are duty bound to get them vaccinated against rabies for their protection as well as your own. It’s also important to get vaccinated if you’re traveling to places where rabies is known to be prevalent.

  1. Teach kids not to play with strays

Many of us are animal lovers and enjoy playing with the local strays in our community, but as adults, we take care to avoid sick animals and to wash our hands (or use disinfectant) after such interactions. It is absolutely vital that we teach our children the same precautions.

  1. Stay away from wild animals

Rabies sometimes causes abnormal behavior in an infected animal. For example, it’s not normal for a wild animal to be fearless when it sees a human. If you see a wild animal that appears unafraid or even friendly, be cautious and stay away from it.

  1. Don’t waste a moment

Once a person starts showing signs of rabies, the disease is always fatal, and treatment can only be supportive. If you ever experience an animal bite, rush to the nearest medical facility for advice on rabies treatment.

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