Flu or Influenza is the seasonal virus that affects almost everyone at least once a year. Accompanied by coughs, high fever and runny nose, this virus can transfer from one person to another as it is airborne. This symptoms manifest in the patient after one to two days of exposure and can last for a week at most. Although, influenza is not life threatening and can be controlled easily, however, if left unchecked and untreated, it can lead to complications. Especially people who are asthmatic, or low immunity, can end up with pneumonia, asthma attacks and in severe cases heart failure.
The influenza shots, or ‘jabs’ are a preventive measure to stop your child from catching the virus from their surroundings and to stop him from spreading it around as well. These shots will save you a lot of sleepless nights, and restless discomfort for your child as well.
If your child is older than 6 months, then you should get them the shots every year. However, some kids, with lower immunity levels or who are physically weak may require the shots twice a year to keep them protected from the yearly flares. For pregnant mothers, it is a good practice to get yourself vaccinated during pregnancy as it will keep your child safe for a few months after they are born
There are no serious side-effects of the vaccine. Apart from the fact that the children may fees a slight bit of soreness and discomfort on their arm or leg where the shot was administered. This muscle ache has nothing to do with the actual flu or the virus, but is due to the injection itself.
What is Hepatitis B?
Hepatitis B is a liver disease caused by the Hepatitis B virus. It is more common in children from the
Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe. Hepatitis B can be of two kinds, chronic and acute. Children who are
infected in early age can develop a chronic state of the disease which can lead to cirrhosis – liver disease
– and liver cancer. It is a viral infection and can get transmitted, however as opposed to the popular
belief the only someone can catch it is through blood, and bodily fluids such as semen.
The symptoms of Hepatitis B are as follows:
muscle, joint and stomach aches
yellow eyes and pale skin
loss of appetite
nausea and vomiting
Why should My Child get it?
The Hepatitis B vaccine reduces the risk of your child getting infected by the virus considerably. The first
step toward protection is getting your child vaccinated. Infants are at a greater risk of getting the virus
and a majority of people living with the chronic case of Hepatitis B were infected as infants. There are no
serious side-effects of the vaccine. Apart from the pain of the shot and a mild fever, which will dissipate
within a few hours of the shot, your child will not be in any major discomfort.
When shall I get My Child Vaccinated?
Hepatitis B vaccine is given in three doses.
1. The First Dose is administered within the a few hours of birth. If the mother is a Hepatitis B virus
carrier then the child is vaccinated as soon as possible.
2. The Second Dose can be given in between 1 and 3 months of the child.
3. The Third Dose is administered from 6 through 18 months of the child.
In some cases the child might require a fourth dose, for that you can consult your physician.
Make healthy choices for your family and keep an updated vaccine calendar to prevent rather than cure.
After a child is born, a mother realizes how harder it’s only going to get as the child is going to grow older. They are not sure what to feed the child with and are often worried because of it. To help ease their mind and put their worries to rest, we have produced this article.
From the time of birth to 4 months, the feeding behavior consists of breastfeeding or formula. Rooting reflex helps your baby to turn toward a nipple to find nourishment. As your baby’s digestive tract is still developing, no solid food is allowed for now.
By the time your child reaches the age of 4 to 6 months, you will want to shift to solid foods but know that it doesn’t matter whether your baby is breastfed or bottle-fed, there’s no rush to start solids. However, you can let the baby eat solid food if it can hold his/her head up, sits well in a highchair, makes chewing motions, shows significant weight gain and weighs at least 13 pounds, shows interest in food and/or can close mouth around a spoon. You can feed it breast milk or formula, and in case of solid food, you can feed it following:
The next question of how much per day can you feed; begin with 1 teaspoon pureed food or cereal. Mix cereal with 4 to 5 teaspoons breast milk or formula. Then increase to 1 tablespoon of pureed food or 1 tablespoon of cereal mixed with breast milk or formula. You may give it twice a day.
Next, for the ages between 6 and 8 months, it is essential that your child shows an interest in food. If he/she doesn’t, don’t hesitate to see a doctor. The feed is same as the above (for 4 to 6 months). You can include the following:
Again, start with a teaspoon fruit; then gradually increase it to 2 or 3 tablespoons. Same for the vegetables and for cereal, 3 to 9 tablespoons would be fine.
As the child reaches a period between the ages of 8 to 10 months, there are only minute changes to his/her diet. You will notice how your baby will pick up objects with a pincer grasp and can transfer items from one hand to the other. In addition to what you were feeding before, add small amounts of soft pasteurized cheese and cottage cheese, mashed vegetables, mashed fruits, finger foods (O-shaped cereal, small bits of scrambled eggs, well-cooked pieces of potato, well-cooked spiral pasta, teething crackers, and small pieces of bagel) and proteins. From teaspoons and tablespoons shift to cups.
Lastly, during 10 to 12 months, you may feed your child soft pasteurized cheese, yogurt, cottage cheese fruit mashed or cut into cubes or strips, bite-size, soft-cooked vegetables, combo foods (macaroni and cheese, casseroles), proteins, finger foods and iron-fortified cereals (barley, wheat, oats, mixed cereals).
Following this, your child will be healthiest and will grow according to his/her age.
Raising a kid efficiently is as tough as giving birth to one, really. If you think your job is done after taking the pain of 9 months of pregnancy, the struggles of labor and the trouble of delivery; then you are wrong. Your job doesn’t end with the entry of your mini-me into this world rather it is an indication for you to get into a new journey, a long roller-coaster ride. So if you are new parents or going to be one soon, keep in mind that this calls for a lot of stuff to handle.
From changing diapers to taking care of them, parents have to be concerned about everything regarding their kids making sure they are safe, sound and healthy. Nothing are more alarming and demanding than health concerns. You have to make sure your kid eats on proper time and in required amount, his habits are not unhealthy, he is responsive and not dull, his sleep cycle is good, his physique and weight is according to the set measures, he is interactive with the surroundings and there is nothing unusual that might put you in a big worry.
In this regard the aspect that always takes a lot of attention from the parents is the right time for their child to start sitting, walking and speaking. Every kid is different than the other one. Some starts walking and try to sit earlier than others while some do it late. The right time for a healthy child to start trying to walk is between 9 months to 12 months. Majority of the kids are walking properly by the age of 14 and 15 months. This is the standard recommended time by health professionals. There is wide age of normal age kids to start walking. Deviation from this set age is seen frequently. Some of the kids start walking by the age of 17 months. Similarly, a child will try to talk by the age of 18 months to 2 years. They do response earlier than this but in an unclear attempt. However, the clear speech is heard in this set age limit. Also, a child attempts to sit by the age of 7 months. Some might try to sit on their own in failed attempts even earlier than this phase.
Since every individual differs from the other, variation must be expected and one should not fret over a delay in their kid’s activity right away as there is always a window for the unusual. However, a prolonged delay in the above-stated activities by the kids as long as that till the age of 6-7 years should worry you and must grab your attention. It is an indication to consult a professional pediatrician, discuss the situation and give all the details about your child in order to exclude any chance of suspected illness, muscle weakness or any other compromise on health.
Remember, parenting is beautiful but with a lot of responsibilities, show patience and enjoy it!
One phrase which represents the life and tragedy of every Pakistani is ‘log kya kahein gey’. This four word statement has had a stronger impact on most of our lives than that of the political turmoil and 4 martial laws in our country. From childhood, all of us are taught at home, school, in fact by society as a whole, to consider what other people will think of us. Be it our appearance, our achievements, our lifestyle, or our friendships. A materialistic attentiveness takes over our practical and true self, whose main objective in life is to please and be the envy of others.
As a Pakistani child, our brain is programmed to always think of the opinion others have regarding us. This gradually becomes less of a voluntary act, and more of a reflex action, or a necessity. With time, majority of the things we do in life begin to revolve around what other people will think or say. As we begin our own lives as adults, the fear and approach of ‘log kya kahein gey’ becomes deeply ingrained in our entire being. So is the vicious cycle which would forever govern your life.
One day then, you start a family of your own. There’s a little human being whose life is to be shaped by you and your SO. As that tiny tot grows, you realize that every word you say, every action you carry out will define his personality. You try to do away with your bad habits and negative vibes, such as bad language, pessimism, etc. However, even at this point, you forget to throw out the ‘log kya kahein gey’ mindset. As your child grows, he learns the best of manners, etiquette, culture, tradition, faith, etc., but he also becomes trapped with money-oriented values and people-pleasing disposition.
As a parent, there is a constant worry on your head of how your child will turn out in life, what their future beholds, and also, ‘log kya kahein gey’. You scrutinize everything from your child’s grades, to their friends, approving or disapproving according to the standards and norms set by society. When your son comes home with a bad test result, the more vexing issue at hand is not of your child’s education, but of what your neighbor whose son got 98% will say. When your daughter wishes to sleepover at a friend’s house for her birthday, the deciding factor for you is what will people say when they find out that a young girl was at someone else’s house the whole night.
Slowly, you proceed to impose the same choices and views upon your child which were thrust upon you in your early years, and teach them the basics of superficiality and small-mindedness. You buy them impractical, expensive products, teaching them to look for brand names which impress their friends rather than pragmatism. You teach them to suppress their individuality and conform to the stereotypes approved by society, killing their uniqueness. With time, you re-create the same tragedy which you went through as a child and create another dysfunctional human being whose sole purpose in life is to worry about ‘log kya kahein gey’.
This way, you not only ruin your child’s personality, but also add another conformist robot to society. Rather than focusing on comparing your child, or his wants and dreams with others, teach him to be his own competition. Instead of training him to choose expensive branded clothes, make him work on personal development and self improvement. Forget about what people say as their main job is to criticize and take down others. Let your child break free from the societal norms and negativity and become a strong, independent adult who is able to walk their own path.
After each day at the end, life boils down to all your experiences. You are supposed to have good experiences and you’ll also have some bad experiences but you are a culmination of the things you’ve done and learned – the outcome is always a result of everything combined that you have had to go through. That refers to the fact it is always very important and crucial to keep those memories around so you can enjoy them. Would you rather stay in the moment, live it to its fullest or would you rather want the memories to remain intact as well so when tomorrow, you look at them, you end up smiling? The answer is usually both of them. But keeping all the memories together is a hassle. The human brain is a wonderful creation but it is a bit faulty in remembering every minute detail and event. However, with the advancement of technology it has become easy to track record of all the memories made with the right tools and habits.
What are the best ways to keep memories? How can we save them all without a lot of hassle and enjoy them later?
Let’s take a look at some of the proposed ideas in this regard.
You don’t need to be a super creative photographer or you must not own a fancy DSLR in order to capture photos and freeze the moments. Just a sharp instinct and a decent camera – and you are there, start clicking and keep saving your precious memories.
As they say, ‘A snapshot keeps a good moment from running away.’
People go all sorts of crazy in order to show their creativity. You can get your kids a crayon box and a drawing book – the two will help them draw it all and you can keep them safe. You can make them write their favorite memories on wall-hangings, charts, cards or even dinner plates. These ideas might sound funny but when done with interest can help one collect a stash of fun memories that can be called as art as well.
This is a fun idea and you’ll have decoration pieces by the end as well. If you go camping or just go for some fun party at the beach; start collecting whatever is available there, from seashells to pine needles and pine cones – collect them all, put them in jars with other cute items including a family picture and you have all your memories saved in one place that can serve as a nice center piece on your table as well.
Today is the era of technology and we like to have everything easy, saved at a single spot. A website sounds the best idea where you can put up your pictures and write your journeys in the fanciest ways.
Nothing feels better than inked words – write them away in journals and keep the memories save.
Having a record of all the memories is a hassle but the above mentioned ideas will help you manage the entire pile effectively.
In this age of technology, capturing picture has become easier than ever before. Most of us have smart phones which have brilliant quality built in cameras which help us attain fine pictures of our children. But what do we do when our SD cards or IOS memory fills up?
Storage is a lot of trouble especially in Apple’s iPhone. When this hour strikes we start selecting the “less” important pictures in a frenzy to capture the current moments which seem more important at that time. This is what I did as well.
After the birth of my child, I would make tons of videos of him to show them to my husband, who complained about missing our child’s precious moments due to work. On the 2nd of October, he had his first recital at play school. His care taker, also known as “aunty”, made him a star costume and he was cued to recite ‘Twinkle Twinkle little star’. I had prepared him well but due to last minute frenzy I forgot my digital camera at home. When he appeared on stage, I started looking for my camera which was nowhere to be found. So I switched to my iPhone and tapped on the camera icon. But to my surprise, a message popped in on my screen “storage unavailable”. In great panic I started deleting all the existing photos and videos and managed capture his recital.
But to my dismay, when I reached home and went over my gallery I had accidently deleted the pictures from his first day of school, his Eid pictures and some birthday pictures as well. This left me heartbroken and the mommy guilt set in. If only I had remembered to clear the gallery and transfer all the images on Google drive or my Facebook account this would have never happened.
My story is a lesson for both Mums and Dads. When we have a child the excitement and frenzy is immense, we want to spend every single moment with our new bundle of joy, watching there every single move but nature has its own plans. Our children are growing up and they grow fast. One day they are learning how to crawl and the next day they are walking and soon they are off to school. It is only natural to save our child’s memories for the future, for them to see when they grow up, for their wedding days, for our grandchildren to see and for the days when we will get old.
In this age of time everything has a solution. I found Kidlr lately which has proved to be my diary. Kidlr is an app which can be downloaded on our smart phones; it helps save pictures and videos by uploading them on Kidlr. You can also share your media with your friends and family whom you add in your account.
Kidlr also serves as a reminder for your child’s upcoming doctor’s appointments, vaccination appointments and also allows you to mark your child’s milestones; be it the day he took his first step or the day he goes to school, Kidlr will help you document all important dates.