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KidsDoc Monthly Newsletter from AllForKids
February 2008, Vol-1, Issue-2

"Teach your children the virtues of Hand washing – one simple step that can save you lots of trouble"

By Dr. M.Vijayalakshmi M.D(Peds), M.D(USA), FAAP

 

Keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. It is best to wash your hands with soap and clean running water for 20 seconds. However, if soap and clean water are not available, use an alcohol-based product to clean your hands. Alcohol-based hand rubs significantly reduce the number of germs on skin and are fast acting.

When washing hands with soap and water:

  • Wet your hands with clean running water and apply soap. Use warm water if it is available.
  • Rub hands together to make a lather and scrub all surfaces.
  • Continue rubbing hands for 20 seconds. Need a timer? Imagine singing "Happy Birthday" twice through to a friend!
  • Rinse hands well under running water
  • Dry your hands using a paper towel or air dryer. If possible, use your paper towel to turn off the faucet
Remember: If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based gel to clean hands.

 

When using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer:

  • Apply product to the palm of one hand .
  • Rub hands together.
  • Rub the product over all surfaces of hands and fingers until hands are dry.

 

When should you wash your hands?

  • Before preparing or eating food
  • After going to the bathroom
  • After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has gone to the bathroom
  • Before and after tending to someone who is sick
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • After handling an animal or animal waste
  • After handling garbage
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound

Teach your children the virtues of hand washing and be sure to practice what your preach


Physical Activity

Your child needs regular physical activity through play and sports to stay fit. Good physical activity habits learned early can help your child become an active and healthy adult. Adults who are physically active are less likely to be overweight or to have heart disease, high blood pressure, and other diseases. Adults and children should try to get at least 30 minutes of physical activity most days of the week.

  • Encourage your child to participate in physical activities, including sports.
  • Encourage involvement in activities that can be enjoyed into adulthood (for example, walking, running, swimming, basketball, tennis, golf, dancing, and bicycle riding).
  • Plan physical activities with family or friends; exercise is more fun with others.
  • Limit the time your child spends watching TV to less than 1 ½ hours per day.
  • Encourage going to the playground, park, gym, or swimming pool instead.
  • Physical activity should be fun. Don't make winning the only goal.

The myth about ‘Optional’ Vaccines

There is lot of mention in health articles and health talk about ‘Optional Vaccines’ . The notion is that some of the vaccines are ‘Optional’. This usage is misleading as these optional vaccines like Hepatitis-A, Chickenpox and Pneumococcal vaccines are part of the standard of care and national schedule in many countries. Some of these vaccines are more expensive and not part of the free vaccine programs sponsored by the government. You should consider the efficacy and safety of these vaccines, their cost and the direct and indirect cost on the quality of life and loss of productivity if your children are not protected from one of those vaccine preventable diseases. The recent outbreak of Hepatitis-A in Kakkandu which affected both adults and children could have been prevented if there was better Hepatitis-A vaccine coverage. Talk to your Pediatrician for more information about the vaccines appropriate for your children.


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Nutrition Tips

What your child eats is important for his or her health. Follow the nutrition guidelines below.

Guidelines for a Healthy Diet

Birth to 2 Years Old:

  • Breast milk is the best single food for infants from birth to 6 months of age. It provides good nutrition and protects against infection. Breast-feeding should be continued for at least the first year, if possible. If breast-feeding is not possible or not desired, iron-enriched formula (not cow's milk) should be used during the first 12 months of life. Whole cow's milk can be used to replace formula or breast milk after 12 months of age.
  • Begin suitable solid foods at 4 to 6 months of age.
  • Start new foods one at a time to make it easier to identify problem foods. For example, wait 1 week before adding each new cereal, vegetable, or other food.
  • Use iron-rich foods, such as grains and iron-enriched cereals.
  • Do not give honey or corn syrup to infants during their first year.
  • Do not limit fat intake during the first 2 years of life.

Two Years and Older:

  • Provide a variety of foods, including plenty of fruit, vegetables, and whole grains.
  • Use salt (sodium) and sugars in moderation.
  • Encourage a diet low in fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol.
  • Help your child maintain a healthy weight by providing proper foods and encouraging regular exercise.

 

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