School Children and the Health Issues They Face

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with my teacher + playschool classmates

During their school years, children’s immune systems are put to the ultimate test. The school is often a place where huge groups of children gather. This makes it a large breeding ground for bacteria and other disease-causing organisms. Although most illnesses can be considered as minor issues, there are major diseases and contagious health problems that occur.

Here are some of the most common health issues that school-aged kids face along with how you, as a parent or guardian, can help your child avoid them.

Head Lice

Head lice are little crawling insects that nourish themselves by sucking human blood from the scalp. They thrive and multiply in human hair and their eggs are usually attached to the shafts of the hair behind the ears or at the back of the head. Although lice only cause discomfort and not a major health risk, they are still considered a risk because theyare easily spread from one child to another. This means, if left untreated, it doesn’t take long for an entire school to become infested.

Treating lice can be a bit complicated because although physicians can prescribe an anti-lice shampoo, some lice have become resistant to the pesticide. Lice can definitely be removed, however, by properly using a prescribed treatment or seeking help from a professional lice removal in Orange County. To prevent the spread of lice in schools, parents must be willing to notify the school if their child has lice so that the teachers can take the necessary measures to help your child and any others that have been in close contact, get the treatment they require.

Fifth Disease

A mild rash is a common symptom of Fifth disease but it is also characterized by sore throat, body ache, slight fever and headache. The distinctive red rash on the body can last for a few days. Since it comes only with a mild fever, children often do not feel unwell when they develop a rash. However, one important thing to remember about Fifth disease is its linkage to stillbirth and miscarriages. This means that when a student is suspected to suffer from Fifth disease, the female members of staff, especially the pregnant ones, should be notified immediately so that they can take precautions.

Chicken Pox

Chicken pox is yet another viral illness that is common among school-aged children. This disease, caused by the varicella-zoster virus, is characterized by itchy red spots,which usually appear all over the body and face. To avoid the spread of this disease in school, a child with chicken pox should not be allowed to go to school for at least a week after the rash first appeared. The child is safe toreturn to school once all the blisters have dried and crusted over.

Your childs health must be of the utmost importance now that they are attending school. They spend most of their time there and although teachers and the school try to ensure that all children learn in a safe and secured environment, health issues may still occur. To help prevent this, parents need to make sure that their children get good nutrition and care to limit the risk of their child catching a contagious illness.

Jared Quips

It sure is difficult to maintain a child’s health especially when one goes to school where there are many other children to get ailment + diseases from, that is why it is a must that mums put stock on our health, by making sure we have up-to-date vaccinations, a healthy eating habit + administering vitamins + other food supplement. Trust our mums to rest on nothing to make sure that we are always in the pink of health!

This article was written by freelance writer and mother of three, Kathryn Thompson.  Follow her on Twitter: @katht35

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dressing to the nines

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It might probably take a few more years before you see me dress to the nines. If I would have my way I’d rather be dressed in my favorite ensemble of a comfy tee and a shorts, with my worn-out pair of trainers, to boot!

Of course, special occasions later on in life might leave me with no other option but to put one of those uncomfortable dress shirt or that 3-piece suit, for example, on. Some of these occasions include  school graduations, my first communion, or, I don’t know, a wedding or two, perhaps. I might have to be forced to put on my Sunday best just so I won’t look under-dressed or out-of-place in a place teeming with beautifully-dressed people.

I thought weddings are always a good excuse to dress up. I was the ring-bearer to my tita‘s wedding and even when I had to wear this itchy barong for several hours, I absolutely enjoyed the experience + the thrill of walking down the aisle with my family. It was a very traditional Filipino wedding ceremony, now I wonder how Malay weddings go?

If you think about it, it probably isn’t a bad idea to dress up when the situation calls for it. A button-down long-sleeved shirt paired with a nice slacks in darker shade will probably do the trick. Add a pair of loafers {or a dark slip-ons, if I can pull it off!} + I shall be all set!

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a lovely wedding dress am sure mum will love

Dressing up for girls, on the other hand, can be rather complicated. I know that apart from taking too long to choose which dress to try out first + buy, they have quite a number of things to take into consideration, like the color and style of the dresses that would best suit their complexion + their body type, or which pieces of jewelry to go with that dress, for instance. It will be quite an episode am sure. + we have not even talked about shoes!

Anyways, I think the key to dressing to the nines successfully is simply to choose the items that not only look good on you, but those that make you the most comfortable, too. Add to that just the right amount of self-confidence + you’ll be good to go!

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got a new haircut from peppermint kid salon

we went to sm aura to visit a recently opened salon, peppermint kid salon and spa boutique. mum won a slot for a spa party at the place in one of the blog giveaways she joined. it sure is one cool place to visit + one great kid salon to have a haircut.

it has all the ingredients of one salon every kid will enjoy, just check out the cool christmas decor, those huge gifts + the other display. they even had a stack of legos for the little ones to tinker on while waiting for their turn to be served. there is also a lovely nook behind the main salon area for mums + dads to have some pampering of their own while their little ones get groomed.

what caught my attention + what drove me to volunteer to have a haircut is this  cool airplane barber chair. i did have a wonderful time sitting on it while the friendly kuya give my hair some tlc.

apart from a haircut, they also offer manicure and pedicure services for the kids, as well as lice treatments. if you happen to be anywhere near the vicinity, i hope you check out peppermint salon a visit. i enjoyed my experience there too much, am giving this kid salon two thumbs up! 😉

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Tips When Shopping For Toddlers’ Shoes

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the funky grom trollop in cool red color

It is that time of the year again when mum is planning to get me a new pair of shoes since the Christmas season is just around the corner. If you must know, I do not normally wear shoes. I am mostly clad in my sandals as I prefer to wear them whenever we are out and I guess mum agreed that they are the most comfortable for my feet. So, I seldom wear my pair of rubber shoes and always opt for my comfy sandals before heading out the door. For this year, though, mum is considering to get me a pair of shoes from Reef, or similar shops, for a change. Brands like this have the style and sensibility of shoes while giving your feet the comfort of sandals, just perfect for rowdy little boys like me!

Shopping for toddlers’ shoes can be quite tricky but here are a few tips from mum you might want to keep in mind the next time you go shopping for your little one’s footwear:

Go For Comfort

Little boys and girls loves to move around a lot, and it is rather difficult to be our fun and boisterous way when we are moving about in tired and aching feet, that is why comfort is the first thing you need to consider whenever you plan to buy us shoes! Opt for those brands and styles that are made of soft fabrics and similar material that will protect our little digits without hurting them. Mum’s top pick is this cool and groovy pair of Grom Trollop slip-on shoes. It sure resembles her own pair of slip-ons, so we can go out in our matching shoes!

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Consider Style

Of course, mums want their kiddos to be this little fashionistas, so they would always opt for those kid-friendly, yet stylish brands that will make their little ones look awesome! Going for shoes in different colorful shades would be ideal, but it is also important to stick to some of the basic and general colors that will go well with your little ones’ clothes. This Grom Soulwolf‘s neutral shade is a perfect example, as they will go so well with any little boy’s wardrobe.

Let the Little One Choose

Nothing excites us more than to have a say in any decision our parents make, so make sure you get the little ones’ opinion and consider it before making a purchase. The trick is to give us a couple of different shoes to choose from to make your job easier. Narrow your choices and let us pick which of the pairs we’d like to bring home, it will make us look forward to wearing the item knowing that we chose it ourselves. Plus, it also allows for everyone to enjoy the shopping experience to the fullest!

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photo op with turtle leonardo

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leonardo is my favorite turtle that is why i was so thrilled to have my photo taken with him when we chanced upon him at toy kingdom in sm aura. we recently went there to attend a spa party at peppermint salon {you may read more about our experience there on my post here}.

mum wasted no time in snapping this photo with the life-sized leonardo who was on display at the toy store’s window at the time.

it would’ve been nicer if the other turtles were around so that i can have my photos taken with them, too. but i was able to have photo opps with other beloved characters, too, so i was such a happy camper. i will share my other photo ops in another post.

have a good day! 🙂

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