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Remedies for Seasonal Flu

Influenza or flu is a highly contagious acute viral infection caused by the influenza virus that affects mainly the nose, throat, bronchi and occasionally , the lungs. The World Health Organization said that there are 3 types of seasonal influenza: type A, B, and C. Type A and B are the most common flu that is why they are included in seasonal influenza vaccines. Here are some helpful tips on how to prevent flu:

Increase fluid intake. Drinks lots of water and fruit juices to prevent dehydration. This way, you are also increasing your intake of Vitamin C which is very good to prevent flu.

Vaccination. This is the safest and best way to prevent flu and may be given as early as 6 months of age.

Wash hands frequently. This will help lessen the chance of transmitting any virus from hand to mouth, nose, or eyes.

Add caloric intake by switching from a soft diet to regular diet.

Cover mouth when coughing and sneezing to prevent the spread of viruses.

Get enough rest of 7 to 8 hours to strengthen your immune system.

 Take in antipyretics like paracetamol every 4 hours for fever. If children experience fever for more than 3 days, it is best to seek your doctor.

Pregnancy Workout

 

We all know that engaging in a meaningful physical activity and other forms of exercise does wonders and benefits to our health.  However, many women become afraid to do any workout during pregnancy because of the harm that it may cause to their baby. While this is understandable as they want to protect their baby as much as possible, studies have already unfounded that pregnant women can exercise safely with minimal risk to herself and her baby.

Exercise can actually help pregnant women decrease swelling,  improve circulation and digestion, get better sleeping patterns, achieve high energy levels, and, for beauty-conscious pregnant women out there, read: less varicose veins, hemorrhoids, and easier time getting back in shape after giving birth. Before beginning any form of workout, it is important to get a doctor’s approval first. Here are some guidelines to a safe and effective pregnancy workout for you and your baby:

Eat well. Take in nutritious food to make up for the calories that you burn through workout. Keep your weight gain at a normal, healthy level.

Avoid high-risk exercise or sport that has a high risk of throwing you off balance like bicycling outdoors. You may opt to ride a stationary bike instead. As your pregnancy progresses, lessen also the intensity and duration of your workout. When performing aerobic exercises such as walking, swimming, dancing, etc., limit its duration to a maximum of 45 minutes to avoid any injury.

Drink plenty of water every 15-20 minutes to stay cool. Do your workout in a well-ventilated place. After workout, do not use hot tubs, saunas or steam rooms. If you feel hot, remember that your baby feels even hotter.

Listen to your body. Stop your workout and seek your doctor if you experience any of the following warning signals: severe headache, fainting, sharp pain on chest or abdomen, bleeding or sudden gush of fluid from the vagina, extreme nausea, or blurred vision.

 

 

Travel Toys

It is high time for fun when you and your family head off to a weekend getaway. One of the best ways to spend time and bond with your family is to go outdoors as children love to play outside. Before you get to your final destination, get ready and bring with you your travel essentials to ensure that you can make the most out of your trip.

Prepare your car essentials first especially when travelling with baby toddlers or kids. These include baby wipes, water, and plastic bags for garbage or soiled clothes, mobile phone, a first aid kid, a flashlight and a diaper bag or duffle bag with a change of clothes for your child so you don’t have to unpack your entire luggage in the trunk. Don’t forget to bring travel games for tots as well to keep your child engaged for most of the trip. Your child’s travel experience will become more enjoyable with safe, fun, and age-appropriate toys that range from rattles, alphabet games, travel memory, puzzles, travel games, books, and much more.

If you are travelling with a baby, don’t forget to pack some lullaby CDs, disposable bibs and feeding bottles with disposable plastic inserts so you can reuse the nipple. Make your travel with your baby a rewarding experience by bringing educational and fun toys from Melissa and Doug. Explore the world with your baby as they play and never get bored with these toys. Whether at the beach or at the mountainside, you need more than just a tent to keep your family in a camping bliss.

More than the picnic basket and eating utensils, you need to consider as well what will be your activities during the picnic so you know what to pack that make for a fun outdoor activities. Keep your child protected as well when exploring the outdoors with baby products from baby banz. They offer perfect seasonal gear for kids like baby hats, baby swimwear, and baby sunglasses.

The Value of Getting Enough Sleep

Sleep stimulates the growth hormone, especially in children. For others, sleep provides a multitude of benefits. Sleep helps repair body tissues, keep heart and blood vessels healthy, strengthen the immune system, and regulate appetite and weight. If you miss out on a few nights’ sleep, you will feel below par and your attention, learning, and physical levels will suffer. People’s sleep requirements change through life. Newborns need 16 to 18 hours of sleep a day, preschool children, 10 to 12 hours, and older children and adolescents, at least nine hours. Adults sleep needs also vary. Some adults need at least nine hours of sleep. Others feel fine on less than seven hours. Generally, the younger you are, the more sleep you need.