CAN COLDS,FLU IN CHILDREN BE MANAGED DIFFERENTLY ?

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If you have raised or are raising children ,you probably know by heart the most common antibiotics prescribed to children .

Names like Klacid,Zinnat,Augmentin and Amoxi roll easily off your tongue. Most children within the course of an year will have visited a doctor and got to take an antibiotic at least 4 times each year. At least i can say that for my children.

And so i took some time to read up on antibiotics and understand how they work and when they should be given. Then last week while flipping through TV channels i chanced upon a documentary by the BBC that was talking about how scientists are worried about our rising resistance to the commonly used antibiotics .

What got me really worried was i remembered reading  an article that said we seem to be developing resistance to the most commonly used ones faster than we can develop new ones.

The last class of antibiotics was discovered three decades ago .

You can read the BBC article on the rise in antibiotic resistance.

Back to my story….

It is in the background of all of this that i sat down to discuss with a close family member whose children are the same age as mine on whether our children were being given too many antibiotics when we took them to hospital.

And if so, could we learn to manage colds,coughs and flu differently. That is when she shared something i found pretty interesting….

Her son who suffers from several bouts of colds and flu had had such a serious bout of flu he had had to go for nebulization .

When the pharmacist whom she picks her prescriptions from told her the boy was taking too many antibiotics she decided to visit an ENT specialist.

The ENT advised her to give her 4 year old  zinc supplements and they came out of the doctors without any antibiotics prescribed and  what a huge relief it was! So she has been using the supplements for a few weeks now together with some echinecea drops.

Zinc is an important mineral required by the body,in an article in Medical News Today ,intake of the recommended daily allowance of zinc is especially important for young children as it reduces the risk of infections and respiratory diseases.

While zinc supplements are available and should only be taken after advise from a qualified doctor,it is much better to get them from food.

Some of the foods from where you can get your RDA of zinc include beef,yogurt,peas,and peanuts.

Echinecea on the other hand is a herb whose leaves,flower and root are used to make medicine.

Echinecea has been shown to modestly reduce symptoms of colds but research is not clear on whether it prevents colds.It works by releasing chemicals in the body that reduce inflammation and relieves cold and flu symptoms.

In light of all these findings i would like to hear and learn from fellow mothers who have used supplements or echinecea with successful results.

Not only will we help each other learn how we can reduce incidences of colds and flu,we may also start asking more questions the next time we get a dose of antibiotics prescribed for our little ones.

If there are any doctors reading this could you also please enlighten us on how best to manage colds,flu in our little ones.

Let us learn together.

Xx,

Ina

SUNSCREEN THE NATURAL WAY

Sunscreen is good for you!
Sunscreen is good for you!

Whatever your age you need sunscreen.

And seeing that i am not very good at using chemical sunscreen,I decided to do some research on natural ways to reduce sun damage.

The result….some new green  ideas for protecting your skin against sun burns and damage.

1.Wearing a hat

Wearing a wide brimmed hat when the sun is really hot  will go a long way towards protecting your skin against sun damage.

Your  skin is the biggest organ your body has and protecting it against sun damage will protect you against a lot of wrinkles as well as some form of cancers.

2.Eating well.

By eating well you not only nourish and protect your body but these nutrients also get passed on to your skin.

By adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet you are going to be introducing anti oxidants to your body that help fight  and control skin damage.

3.Natural Oils

Some of natures best kept secrets are in the natural oils it provides.

According to Wellness Mama some of  these natural oils actually contain SPF properties.

Shea Butter-SPF 4-6

Coconut oil- SPF-4-6

Almond Oil-SPF of about 5.

Maridadi Living!

Xoxo,

Ina

HOW TO LOSE WEIGHT FOR GOOD

The holiday season is almost here and taste buds all over the world are getting ready to get tantalized,wooed and swooned with all manner of delicacies.

The holiday season is when we indulge and party like it was 1999.

That is when decisions made earlier in the year on healthy eating eating,great food choices are thrown out of the window to be picked up in January of the next year.

But it does not have to be that way.

Healthy eating can be lifestyle you can keep for the rest of your life.

Here is a guide to get your started.

1.Make your food choices consciously not based on your emotions.

Always know what goes in your mouth and what it is going to do to your body.

2.Mange your food portions

Once you have made the conscious decision to eat well,mind your portion choices.

We all know too much of a good thing is not good at all,so keep your portions sizes reasonable.

3.Chew your food,slowly.

Don’t just swallow your food,taste it ,chew it deliberately and swallow it

You will be surprised that you eat less this way.

It will help you know when you have had your fill.

4.Drink drink drink water

Yes the 6-8 glasses of water daily,make sure your body is hydrated,sometimes those hunger pangs are a sign your o needs more water.

Take water 15 minutes before your main meal or an hour after meals.

5.Exercise

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exercise guide

Moderate exercises of between 60-90 minutes daily will help you keep the kilos off.

The cheapest way to exercise is taking daily walks.

Keep moving.

 

LIVING WITH GOUT

An increasing number of young Kenyans are getting diagnosed with gout.

What was once called a rich man’s disease is now affecting a large number of both men and women.

Factors that may increase your chances of developing gout include family history ,being overweight,consuming more than 2 drinks a day if you are a man and more than 1 drink for women,diets high in meat and fats which are high in purine and result in production of uric acid.

Gout develops when your body produces too much uric acid.

Uric acid is a waste product the human body produces,when produced in excess by the body it finds its way into  crystallizes and joints where it causes the swellings commonly associated with gout.

A simple blood test at a medical facility will confirm if you have gout.

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For anyone with a family history of gout or already having the condition some guidelines on living with gout and managing it with diet are:

1.  Avoid alcohol  especially beer and distilled spirits,if you have to drink take just a glass of wine.

2.Take meat,meat products,sea food,poultry in moderation.

3.Keep a high intake of water,6-8 glasses a day is ideal.

4.At every meal ensure you have vegetables and fruit..

5.If you are over  weight ,exercise and adopt healthier food choices.

Here is a link to a diet plan i recently made for a client.

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