Sunday, March 28, 2010

Swine flu vaccination programme

My 2 year old daughter just got her swine flu vaccination last Friday 26th of march 2010 this is due to the Government vaccination program in which children among the ages of six months and five years should get vaccinated for swine flu (H1N1). According to the NHS, this age group was identified as the next priority group for the vaccine because they are more likely to be hospitalized if they fall ill with swine flu. They also have a high rates of admission to critical care and sadly, there have also been some deaths. At first I was hesitant to have her immunized with this H1N1 vaccine, because of the I feared for the side effects it may cause on my childs health and I thought that the flu has long gone as I have not heard any news of it on television, but I then realized that it she might as well just have it in case of another swine flu outbreak. I was surprised that she did not cry when she got the injection on her arm and as of my main concern of this vaccine having a side effect on my child, it did not happen, my daughter has not had any side effects or what so ever.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Protecting your child against mosquito bites

As we all know mosquito has been the cause of malaria and this is probably the biggest concerns of parents travelling with youngsters abroad, particularly in tropical countries. When we went on holiday to the Philippines, my husband and I did a good job in preventing our child from getting bitten by mosquitoes by using clothes that covers her arms and legs especially at night time. I also make sure that she had an insect repellent on her skin; make sure you get a mosquito lotion that is suitable for your child’s age. You see, there isn’t an immunization against malaria , but doctors will be able to advice you or your child to take anti-malaria drugs however, anti-malaria drugs do not provide complete protection, so what you can do is just take extra precautions as what we did.

Friday, March 19, 2010

To encourage a baby to eat

I did these healthy eating tricks when my baby is around 12 months to 18 months old and it usually works.
• Serve the food on different coloured plates.
• By disguising food, by blending or grating the food that she wouldn't eat and mix it with her favourite food.
• Let her watch her favourite TV show or movie while eating.
• And encourage her to eat by eating together.

Now that my daughter is 2 years old, this doesn’t work anymore. She usually eats breakfast and does not have any interest in eating lunch and dinner. After 2 months of trying to feed her 3 times a day, and her constant refusal to eat, I have finally decided not to force her to eat. Anyway, she drinks milk 3 or 4 times a day and what I do now is that I usually gave her a sliced banana or carrots and kiddie cereal for her snacks.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Things to do with food safety

Since young children are vulnerable to bacteria, it is very important to store, prepare and cook food safely. Also in keeping the kitchen and utensils clean at all times.

These are just basic things you should do:
• Wash your hands before preparing food and after touching raw meat.
• Wash all fruits and vegetables before eating
• When re-heating food, make sure that it is piping hot all the way through. Always remember to allow the food to cool slightly before giving to your child to avoid burning.
• Teach your child to wash his or her hands before eating, also after touching pets and after going to the toilet.

Toddler tantrums

Based on children studies, tantrums may start at around 18 months and mostly common on 2 yrs old, and once a child can talk more, tantrums often lessens. Most reason is that around this age children often want to express themselves more than they are able. They feel frustrated when an adult could not understand them and then this frustration comes out as tantrum. The best thing to do is try to ask the child and make her or him repeat the word until you get what he or she is trying to tell you. When a child starts shouting at you, do not shout back, you have to look into your child’s eyes and in a calm voice tone, tell your child to calm down, then ask again what he or she wants. For younger children the reasons are mostly feeling tired or hungry, or sometimes maybe jealousy or attention. When tantrum is starting, try to find an instant distractions like looking out of the window. What I usually do with my 2 year old when she starts her tantrum and very upset, I usually hold her quite firmly, until the tantrum passes, then talk to her in a calm voice. This really helps!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Fever temperature

This information might be useful for new parents like me on how to detect if a child has a fever. Using a thermometer a fever is a temperature over 37.5c. Fevers are quite common in young children, but they are usually mild. If your child’s face feels hot to the touch and they look red or flushed, he or she may have a fever. If your child has a temperature of 39c or above, or has a fit call the doctor immediately, and if you can't contact your doctor, it is best to trust your instict and go to the nearest hospital.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Other food to try for a toddler

Like other toddler’s my little one sometimes doesn’t drink milk, and it usually bother me a lot because as a mother, I wanted to give her a well-balance diet. I have been researching and I found some Ideas to try if a child won’t drink milk. I have tried some of these foods, and she did love to eat it.

Milk:

Porridge, hot oat cereal or cornmeal made with whole milk
Breakfast cereal with milk
Vermicelli cooked in whole milk
Rice pudding, custard, bread-and-butter
Dairy ice cream made with milk

Cheese:

Macaroni cheese, Cheese on toast, cheese on vegetables and bakes
Vegetable soup with grated cheese
Chunks of cheese and pieces of fruits
Cottage cheese dips

Yoghurt and fromage frais:

Add fruits (fresh, frozen, or canned) raw, stewed, or baked, to full-fat yoghurt or fromage frais
Add yoghurt to curry.