Jared Discovers: This Cool Germ Video

This video talks of the time back when cholera became an epidemic and many people got inflicted + died because of the disease. A child shared the many effective ways on how the people in his village can fight off cholera for good.

It was actually mum who stumbled upon this interesting video on Facebook {am not allowed to use it yet} and bookmarked it so she can show it to me. She thought I would like the illustration + I did! I also find this very educational +, like the people featured on the video, life-changing.

We may not be threatened by cholera today, but there are still many diseases that can be prevented by washing our hands before we eat and keeping proper hygiene.

Check out the video for yourself + I hope you learn something from it. Have a good one!

Disclaimer: Mum wrote this post {of course} but I came up with that title. Isn’t it cool? 😉

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how to prevent nail infections in children

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There are just one too many things for mum to worry about now that I am starting big school this year. Aside from preparing my school stuff, my uniforms + my new shoes before the school year finally opens, am sure she has added a few dozen more items on her worry list. + I am guessing she has also added stuff like whether I would fair well in school, or if I will make new friends or actually learn in class.
I am also certain that one of the things mum worries about is my health, especially that the school year opens almost the same time rainy season starts in our country and there are just way too many ailments + diseases that comes during the rainy weather.
Apart from flu, colds and cough, one of the nasty sickness rainy weather brings is fungal infection of the nail.  commonly known medically as onychomycosis, fungal nail infection is considered as one of the most common nail disease. It may also affect fingernails, but it is the toenails that are most commonly infected. 
Why Children Get Nail Fungal Infection
The most common cause of fungal infection of the toenails is moisture in the feet. Since children are more prone to having their shoes and feet wet during the rainy school days, it is no wonder why a number of children suffer with this ailment during this season.
Another factor that may cause a fungus to thrive in fingernails and toenails are when there are cracks in them where the fungus can enter. This is most common when children bite their nails.
The common symptoms of nail fungal infection is red + swollen fingernails + toenails. There might also be a presence of pus or tenderness in the infected area. The infection can also cause for the nail to thicken + change in color.

Easy Ways To Prevent Nail Infections

Fortunately, there are also easy way to prevent nail infections in children, + adult, too. Here are a few of those:
  1. Ensure your children’s feet are clean all the time by washing them daily.
  2. After every wash, make sure to dry out their feet completely, especially those groves between their toes.
  3. Make it a habit to wear fresh clean socks and shoes all the time. Cotton socks are also most advisable.
  4. When children tend to have wet feet, use a kid-friendly sulfur powder to keep the moisture at bay.
  5. When their shoes soak, make sure to air them out and dry them out completely before letting your little ones use them again.
  6. When infection occurs, you may try home remedies, like vinegar or baking soda solution and soak your tot’s feet. But to be on the safe side, it is best not to self-medicate and consult your doctor before trying out any remedies.
  7. There are also many safe nail fungus treatments available in the market today that you can try. Just make sure to check with pediatrician, especially if your children have known skin allergies.
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how to prevent obesity in children

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According to Wikipedia, obesity in children is a condition wherein the excessive body fat affects the child’s health + well-being in a negative way. The rate of obesity in children has alarmingly increased in the past few years worldwide + if left unchecked, it may lead to serious emotional + psychological problems + life-threatening ailments + diseases like high blood pressure, diabetes + cancer, as well as other other serious conditions like eating disorders + liver diseases. 

We all ought to put stock on our health + well-being + must take it upon ourselves to be healthy all the time. Battling obesity in children is no simple matter to deal with, but here are a few ways on how you can prevent it:

  • avoid sugary drinks ~ as their name suggests, these drinks are high in sugar + best to be avoided. For children, it is most ideal to opt for water + natural unsweetened juices each time you drink.
  • steer clear of fast food ~ fast food treats are often laden with oil, salt + sugar, that it will be best to avoid them as much as possible. It is probably okay to give in a couple of times a week, but make sure to limit your fast food visits.
  • say goodbye to those unhealthy snack items ~ if you want to prevent obesity from harming your children, it will be best to instill in them a good eating habit, starting with healthy snack items. Instead of stocking up on chips + sweets, offer fresh fruits + vegetables during snack time. Create charming bento meals out of them + am sure even the pickiest of eater will like it!
  • limit TV time ~ living a very inactive life is one surefire way to get those unwanted pounds, so make sure you limit your little one’s time in front of the telly. It is also ideal to not allow them to sit in front of the TV for longer periods of time. You can suggest that they play outside, read a book, explore the outdoors, ride a bike, go for a swim or go on a jog together, in between.
  • get enough sleep ~ younger children nowadays do stay up very late in the evening trying to mimic the ways of the adults, but getting less sleep is also a sure way to get those pounds that it is best to train them to sleep early to get just the adequate amount of sleep their growing bodies need.
  • have a healthy diet ~ it might be difficult to put any growing child on a diet but if it is something that his pedia recommends, it is best for parents + children to abide by it. The key is to have a very balanced meal every single time. Avoid fried, fatty + processed food and opt for fresh greens + veggies. If all else fails, good thing parents can now also consider other types of diet that might be beneficial to their children. You may also want to explore other ways to lose weight, like considering www.hcgdropsexplained.com, for example, but it is best to consult with medical practitioners when starting any type of diets or weight loss solutions, as they have the most ideal recommendations, as well as give you invaluable inputs + suggestions.
  • be up on your feet ~ nothing works better at melting those fats than being up on your feet + moving around. This summer, instead of lying in the couch for hours on end, enroll your little ones to sports clinics + summer classes, so they will be sure to be up on their toes even when they take a break from school. Sports is one perfect form of exercise + a great way to stay fit + healthy, the children can also learn independence, self-reliance + discipline. As a bonus, they can also gain new friends! :Aerobics:

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Health Tips to Pass on to your Children

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one of my favorite healthy activities is playtime! 

Many people believe that children are the future. They represent the next generation, include the next batch of world leaders and are the ones who will continue to make the world go round long after we are gone.Therefore, it is our duty to pass down to them the advice and wisdom we have learned, as well as the skills and practices we strongly believe could benefit their lives and maybe even their children’s lives after that. It is also important to pass on health tips to ensure they live a long, healthy life; health is wealth after all and a lot of people often forget that nowadays.

Give Blood

When you give, you receive and giving blood is no exception. Often, people have a misconception that it’s only the one on the receiving end that benefits from blood donations. In fact, donating blood has its benefits for the donor too. It can help people who are trying to lose weight, since donating a pint of blood burns a good 650 calories plus, regular donation also lowers a person’s chances of getting afflicted with heart-related diseases. For women, donating cord blood or the blood still in a baby’s umbilical cord after birth, is exceptionally beneficial. Cord blood is rich in stem cells similar to those found in bone marrow, which can be used for patients with cancer or blood-related illnesses. Pregnant women can ask for their cord blood to be stored publicly for the use of others or privately, if ever the need arises. Either way, joining the cord blood registry could save a life. Whether that is the life of an unknown person from the other side of the country, your neighbor, your child’s or your own, each is equally important.

Eating Breakfast

Doctors and other health specialists have always encouraged people not to skip meals, especially breakfast. Breakfast gets your day off to a good start and gives you a much needed energy source to start the day. It jump-starts your metabolism, helps you wake up and focus your mind and can even helping you maintain or lose weight. By eating a healthy, balanced meal in the morning, you are more likely to feel satisfied which will prevent you from binge eating at lunch or snacking in between meals. Not everyone can face a big breakfast the moment they wake up so if this is you, try taking something to eat on your journey to work such as fruit or yogurt. Watch out for sugary bars and cereals, as these will give you a short-term energy boost before your sugar levels drop again mid-morning resulting in tiredness. Instead, try protein rich foods like eggs or a hearty bowl of porridge to keep you going longer.

Exercise Regularly

This cannot be stressed enough, especially nowadays, where we live such fast-paced lives. When people struggle to make time for a necessity like breakfast, it’s not a surprise that exercising regularly gets thrown out of the window too. When people think of exercise, they usually imagine big heavy weights and machines at the gym or endless running until your legs fall off. But that doesn’t have to be the case. If you enjoy the bulky gym equipment then by all means go ahead but the key is to simply keep your body moving. Instead of driving or getting a taxi to your destination, walk there. Take the stairs instead of the elevator or the escalator. 10-20 minutes after eating, take a slow walk around the block to help with digestion. Take your bike to work instead of the car. All simple changes that will soon become habit and may actually be an enjoyable part of your day. Not only will exercising give you more energy and help you lose weight but it may even lower your fare!

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

Jared Quips

It is never really early for us tots to develop a healthier habit that we will take up to our adult years. It is also one of my mum’s goals to raise me to be not only physically fit but a healthy kid, too. I may not be donating blood anytime soon {but am sure we’ll be doing that one of these days as mum included that in her bucket list}, but a regular exercise is something we can work on now. Maybe I should join mum on the mat when she finds the time to stretch and do her yoga.

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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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