Showing posts with label kids health. Show all posts
Showing posts with label kids health. Show all posts

Monday, April 09, 2012

Kids and Weight Gain (Obesity)

Most of us are fond of children who are chubby, as they are so adorable and likely huggable, that we often tend to forget that being overweight is not good especially for a growing child. Toddlers usually are picky eaters, so we do everything to encourage them to eat. However, when they start to develop their fondness to consume food, they will have the tendency to take more calories than their little bodies can burn up, so obesity occurs.

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We need to be aware of the risks and complications it may bring to our kid’s health. If they will continue to gain more weight which is higher than what is recommended for their height and body type, they could develop health problems like heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, sleeping troubles, breathing problems and more.

Proper planning of the family meals, nourishing them with healthy foods and as much as possible stay away from junk and fast foods will prevent extra pounds. Encourage them also to do more physical activities to burn up excess calories instead of just letting them be a couch potato in front of a television or a computer.

Eating habits through a developed routine is recommended by most doctors. Fruits as snacks in between meals are far more perfect than chips and chocolate bars. Overweight prevention is easier to manage than to implement a diet for an overfed.   By monitoring our children’s health and nutrition, their ideal weight can be maintained to keep them always fit and healthy, thus will give them a more active lifestyle too.

Saturday, October 08, 2011

How to tend to Cuts and Abrasions

Little feet of our kids are tirelessly traipsing to discover their world.  As they clamber around, most certainly they come up with a few cuts and abrasion.  We need to care for these scrapes and scabs to avoid infection.

photo taken from the web

 For minor cuts and abrasions with little to no bleeding;

  • Wash down the wound under running water to irrigate out dirt and debris. Thoroughly wash the wound with mild soap or better to use an anti-bacterial soap then rinse thoroughly.
  • Apply antiseptic like Povidone Iodine (Betadine) and cover the wound with sterile gauze or bandage to prevent them from poking it.
  • Examine the wound daily, keeping an eye out for redness, swelling or pus which is an indication of infection.
  • Change the dressing as needed.  Leave the bandages off once a scab forms
For large cuts and abrasions, with continuous bleeding
  • Wash down the wound under running water to irrigate out as much dirt and debris as you can 
  • Have your child sit or lie and raise the bleeding wound above the level of your child’s heart. 
  • Place a piece of clean cloth over the entire wound 
  • Using the palm of your hand, apply direct and steady pressure on the wound continuously for 5 minutes.  Do not stop to check the wound. If blood soaks through the cloth, do not remove it.  Place another cloth pad on top and continue applying pressure until the bleeding stops
  • Seek immediate medical attention for your child once you’ve controlled the bleeding.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Importance of Deworming in Children

When I was still a kid, I am very afraid of being dewormed.  I pretend to be asleep or I will get out of the house and play in order to skip or delay the activity. I was too skinny then but I ate heavy, my mom suspected that my stomach was infested with parasites.  My playmates scared me by telling stories of worms getting out anywhere from the body, that is why I really cried out loud during deworming periods, lol.   

Only when I became a mother have I known of its importance.  Deworming is deem necessary and never should it be taken lightly.  Eliminating worms help to prevent the illnesses they cause in children.  These hookworm, pinworm, roundworm, tapeworm and whipworm are internal human parasites that affect the general health of our children. Some are too small to be seen by the naked eyes.

It is better to consult a physician if it is your first time to deworm your kid.  He can best evaluate and provide you the correct details on proper dosage and the significance of regular deworming.

I began deworming my kids at age two (2), I gave the dose before bedtime as instructed by their pediatrician.  In the next morning, these worms are usually flushed out.  It is recommended to remove the bedsheets in the morning and the clothes he’s wearing be changed, wash them separately.

Begin teaching kids their personal hygiene in their early age as much as possible. Regularly trim their fingernails and toenails as well, always let them wear their slippers or shoes and educate them why we have to wash our hands, especially before eating.

If you have your pet dog or cat inside the house better deworm them too, for their worm infestation can be passed on to humans.

I do a yearly deworming with my kids, usually during summer time.  What about you, how often do you deworm your kids?