Parenting with Positivism : Issue 26


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Sep 2016 . VOLUME 26 ISSUE 26 Tips for raising your superstar with common-sense and Love
Save Your Children from Seasonal
Diseases During Examinations

The start of the monsoon period adds joy to some and worry for many. Reason is evident- the spread of diseases and infections. The scary part is that this is the time when examinations are conducted in most of the schools. Needless to say that many of the parents get the sleepless nights either with the thought that how would their child performs in the examination the next day or waking up throughout the night with ailing kids. This is the season when we look at the mosquitoes as if they are the aliens who are going to attack the world. Each report in the newspaper which informs us about the number of patients admitted due to dengue and chikungunya add to the frowns. The only solution is PREVENTION. Let us see few ways which will help us to save the children from this added pressure of diseases during examinations:

Take time to get a Flu Vaccine
Centre for disease control recommends a yearly vaccine as the first step to protect against the flu viruses.
Take everyday preventive action to stop the spread of germs

  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
  • If you are sick with flu symptoms, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.
Clothing:

  • Consider wearing long-sleeve shirts, loose pants, andsocks if you spend time outdoors during peak mosquito biting times.
  • If you are outdoors during peak mosquito biting times, apply a thin coat of insect repellent.Read the instructions on the label carefully before using the product.
Other Necessary Precautions

  • One must drink only clean water and use boiled water or water purifiers.
  • One should change their hand towels after a day’s use
  • One should cover their mouth and nose with a handkerchief while coughing or sneezing
  • One should keep their wet and soggy clothes or shoes away from dry garments.
  • Avoid eating out and consume as much fresh food as possible.
    Drink warm water every two hours and carry home-boiled water while travelling.
  • Avoid visiting crowded places such as theatres or exhibitions.
  • Use hand sanitizers while travelling.
  • Cover your nose while travelling on a bike/while seated next to the window in a bus or train.
Prevention for kids:
  • Parents must keep their children away from those with infectious illnesses while playing with friends in the neighbourhood or at school.
  • Parents should also ensure that their child’s nails are always clean to prevent accumulation of germs and dirt; to ensure proper washing of hands and legs and provide nutritious food with a balanced diet.
  • Keep your child indoors during the first rain of the season as it contains acidic elements which can cause skin problems. It is advised to keep young kids and infants inside during the rain or during monsoon season as young children tend to fall sick frequently during this season. Kids should be kept away from rain till the weather stabilizes
  • Parents should take care of themselves so that they don’t transmit their virus or infection to their children.
How to cope up with the Examination
Pressure when you child is not well:
  • Please inform the teacher about your child’s illness. If possible a solution may be worked out between the school and the parent.
  • Let the child get adequate rest. Nothing can be more important than your child’s health<
  • Do not stress the child to cram up things and then get hyper about not giving you the correct answers. It is not his/her fault. As a parent we need to understand and not create undue pressure on children.
PARENT-SPEAK

Anamika from Lucknow writes in:

“Thank you for the wonderful and practical tips on parenting! Last year, my little son, who’s studying in your school in Grade 3, came down with dengue fever. I followed your tips, and a lot of treatment happened at home only. We ensured that his body got replenished with plenty of fluids throughout the day. Oral rehydration solution, fruit juices, coconut water, lime juice etc.was given which helped to remove the toxins from the body. I followed your advice and strengthened his diet with boiled vegetables, rice porridge, soup, toast, apples, bananas and watery tea. He was back to full health in 9 days!”

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