Top 10 facts you should know about Swine flu

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With some much said and preached about the deadly swine flu we would like to  give a quick guide on protecting you and your family.

Here are the top 10 facts you should know about the disease:

#1 Swine flu or H1N1 type A influenza is transmitted from people and NOT from pigs or swine.

#2 If you have good immunity, you may not be prone to swine flu.

#3 People who are at high-risk include very young children, pregnant women, diabetics, people with heart and those whose immune systems may be weak and compromised.

#4 Sudden fever of more than 100 degree Fahrenheit, fatigue, chills, headaches, cough and sneezing, sore throat, diarrhoea, loss of appetite are some of the symptoms of swine flu.

#5 one cannot exactly know that he/she is suffering from swine flu because the symptoms are very similar to regular flu. If you have very high fever for more than a day or two, sudden breathlessness, you should contact your doctor immediately.

#6 If you already have fever, it’s better to stay at home in order to prevent the disease from spreading. Always cover your face while coughing and sneezing. Avoid touching your face, nose and eyes often. It can also spread through inanimate objects like the mobile phone, laptop etc. which we end up frequently using. So, it’s better to avoid using others’ belongings. In case of sore throat, gargle with warm salt water.

#7 It is possible to prevent swine flu. Maintain your health and immunity well. Eat healthy food, get good sleep, and avoid stress. Avoid visiting crowded public places if you can. If you do visit them, wash your hands and feet well. Better still, just take a shower.

#8 Though injectable vaccines (Influvac, Agrippal, Vaxigrip, Vaxiflu-S and Fluarix) against swine flu are available, the Government has ruled out universal vaccination for now and has recommended that it be used only for people who are actively treating the swine flu patients (doctors and other medical practitioners).

#10 There are certain antiviral drugs which help treat swine flu – Zanamivir (Relenza) and Oseltamivir (Tamiflu).One should take these only with a doctor’s prescription since indiscriminate use could lead to resistance to the virus. The patient will need to hospitalized, isolated and put on a ventilator in severe cases.

Here’s how you can prevent the spread of H1N1.

  •        It can spread through coughing and sneezing so always       cover your face while doing so. And make sure people         around you in office or home also follow this.
  •         Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth too often
  •         Maintain a high level of personal hygiene. Always                  wash your hands before or after eating and                             particularly after returning from a public place.
  •         Sometimes virus can spread through droplets that              have remained on surfaces of things like laptops,                  phones so avoid using someone else’s items.
  •       Avoid public places, unhygienic conditions, etc.
  •        If your city/area is swine-flu endemic, always wear a standard swine flu mask  in public places (the H-95 mask which is worn by nurses and doctors while collecting samples from swine flu victims). Normal surgical masks which sell like hot cakes during swine flu season might not give enough protection.
  •    If you feel sick and look like you are developing a cold or fever, stay at home and take enough rest. Rest has also been shown to increase ‘interferon’ which help our immunity to fight the virus better. Keeping away from others also prevents spread of the infection.

And lastly how to prevent the virus from spreading from the upper respiratory tract:

  •       Gargling with warm water in which a little salt is added; several times a day acts like an irritants for the virus and washes it off.
  •         Drinking lots of warm water and other warm fluids wash off the virus into the stomach where they cannot survive.

Stay safe. stay healthy. take care!

My Child My Way

We all do things in reaction to our parents, don’t we? I mean, who didn’t say to herself when she was younger, “I’ll never do that when I have children!” On the other hand, we also grow to see—usually much later in life—the wisdom behind some of the parenting tactics our mothers used (as well as our grandmothers). It’s not that their parenting method was bad, but that we later learned a much better way to achieve the same result.

In short, we end up creating our own value systems and parenting styles in reaction to what happened to us as children. When you’re a new parent, everyone has an opinion about what you should do and why.  It seems everyone had ideas about religion, discipline, feeding, and almost everything else. Though you might receive plenty of unsolicited advice, you will also make your own decisions—some of which are accepted readily, others which shock and sadden extended family.

We have few very remarkable “my child my way” experiences that were shared by mothers on #mychildmyway contest on Babyoye Facebook page. We at Babyoye believe and recommend that you should listen to your heart when it comes to parenting and doing the best for your child.Sharing some experiences of mothers shared with us-

My father- in-Law never like pets. few months back my 2 years daughter saw a street puppy crying at the road side. She said mamma guggi which means doggie and ran towards him and hold him in her arms. She forcefully asked me to take her home and feed her but I get confused how to do take that puppy home as I know that my Father-in-law will never allow me to do that. But I cant even refuse my daughter as its me only who is teaching her lesson to help others and if I don’t take the puppy home this will set a negative example to my daughter as parents are kids role models and they learn from their parents most. So, finally I took the puppy home and as I don’t want to disobey in Father-In-law I kept that puppy in garage. Me and my daughter make a little home for that puppy in garage and feed him . I tell my daughter to not to get puppy inside and we will our self come to meet him in Garage. My Father-In-law was little upset with me for few days but with passing days he too develop liking with “Mizo” yes thats what we named the puppy and now after 6 months Mizo is part of our family. I am happy that I broke the barrier for my Daughter and for that little Puppy.- Varsha Joshi

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An unspoken bond is formed between a mother and child in her womb through umbilical cord. A mother has a sixth sense along with an emotional heart and whatever decision a mother takes for her child proves right for the kid. But sometimes you have to break the barriers and listen to your heart. I was pregnant with my second child 3 years back and everyone pressurised me to get it checked as I have a daughter as my first child. I was totally blown out with the thought of it as I could feel my baby inside me. I refused to do so and get along with my pregnancy and my husband supported me saying that how can a woman kill another woman. I gave birth to a baby boy. Everyone was happy me also but more then that I stood for my child. If it was a baby girl I was equally happy. Today I have sent my daughter t the country’s best boarding school and cultivating the same good values in my son. I just want to say to my kids:

My little Angel you are to me God’s Gift Bestest

My life is so beautiful with you!!

Thankyou for always showering on me your innocent love true

I am absolutely incomplete without you!- Mamta Gupta

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#thegreatbabyoyesale #mychildmyway I adopted a 4 year old girl child two months ago and life feels so different,, meaningful and fulfilling. The close bonding, the trust my baby feels for me, looking up to me for all her wants and frustrations. One doesn’t need to have a baby by birth to be a mother. One can be equally good or better than natural mothers. The warmth in my child’s eyes, her touch makes me feel so blessed to belong to her. Helping her to explore and learn giving her the best education and keeping her grounded and as natural as possible is what I wish for her. Bringing her up close to nature away from the mechanical lives we lead will help her evolve into more human and be more humane.- Smitha Jayin

#mychildmyway my twin daughters were put in two different sessions in Kg1 and all people kept saying don’t separate the twins for so many reasons but I felt their individuality will be highlighted n continued with two different sessions. Now it’s 8 months in school and both are excelling in their class- Sindhuja Manish

Buyer’s guide for Car Seat

It can be a matter of concern to travel with your little ones. While nothing will totally take away your fears about safety of your little one, a car seat will provide peace of mind while travelling.

Here’s what to consider when you are looking for buying a car seat-

Primarily a newborn can be put into two kinds of car seat- An infant car seat & a convertible car seatinfant carseat

Infant car seat / carriers are generally good for about year and function as an entire travel system: They latch into a base that stays in your car and can also be snapped into (onto) specific strollers or stroller frames. (If you decide to go this route, make sure your carrier is compatible with your stroller.) This means when you’re out with baby, there’s no need to unbuckle and buckle (and risk waking up a sleeping baby). For suburban families who use both the car and stroller frequently, this is generally the way to go. Look for a handle that’s comfortable for carrying –this becomes more and more important the older (and bigger) baby gets.

Convertible seats simply stay in the car. You’ll have to snap baby in and out every time and there’s no carrying option or separate base, but the advantage is they can be used much later into babyhood. If you’re looking to save money and will generally be using the same car, this is a good option. The best thing about convertible car seats is that they grow with the baby. It’s cheaper to buy a car seat-Gbconvertible car seat for a new-born instead of starting with an infant car seat and then transitioning to a convertible. But experts say young babies are safer in an infant car seat. Many parents say their new-born seems to be swimming in a convertible seat, and they have to use head rests, towels, or other cushioning to prop him safely in place until he grows into the seat.

Booster Seats-You can safely making switch to booster seat once your child is 4 years old or over 18 kg. Once your child outgrows the forward-facing car seat withbosster seat a harness, it’s time to travel in a booster seat, but still in the back seat of car. Booster seat can be generally used till your child is 12 years old.

Expiration date
yes, car seats have expiration dates. Car seat is a safety device, it is best when used new. It is like a helmet, once there is an impact on it, the  best thing is to do is replace the helmet. Similarly, only accept hand-me-downs from someone you truly trust, make sure the car seat has not had any impact. Avoid buying car seat from a second hand store as it might have been recalled or might not be in line with the current safety standards.

Few other things to keep in mind:

A five point harnesses would give a better safety and hold during an event of collision.

Avoid-Car seats with fancy mirrors or accessories as they can harm the child during collision.

Although all companies continue to simplify the installation process — videos on YouTube.com supplement some instruction books. So YouTube comes handy when you need guidance on installing the car seat.

We all think that we will never face any uneventful thing on our journey or travel but it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Take Care.