De-Worming of Children in India

Children in India, aged 1 Year and Above, are often infested with intestinal worms. Worms in the intestines aggravate malnutrition and anemia in the child. This can hamper the physical and cognitive development of the child.

Treating our child for worms is important for the overall health of our child. While the govt. (or equivalent agencies) conduct de-worming drives from time to time, we recommend our parents to keep track of the same from time to time.

De-worming medicine may come in the form of Tablet or Syrup. The dosage of de-worming medicine to be given varies for different age-groups. Eg.: Children aged 12 to 23 Months will be given a smaller dose as compared to 24 to 36 Months. Similarly, for children above 3 years, a higher dose is recommended. The medicine should not be given to a child who is currently unwell / sick. The tablet is often given in a specific way to younger children who are under 4 years (by crushing it and mixing it with water).

The deworming treatment has very few side effects. There may be some mild side effects like dizziness, nausea, headache, and vomiting, likely due to worms being passed through the child’s body. These side effects disappear after some time. If symptoms are severe or do not go away within 24 hours, consult your doctor.

Certain de-worming medicines available in India are : Zentel, Albendazole, Mebendazole, Etc.

* Consult your doctor for more details about your child and the need for de-worming.

 

Prabhas Ghai

Manager

Rising Stars Junior School
Sec-10, Dwarka,
New Delhi, India

prabhas.ghai@gmail.com

Preventing Mosquito Borne Diseases in India

The summer season, rainy season (Monsoon), and post-rainy season is a breeding ground for mosquitoes in the country. Mosquito borne diseases can be prevented by following certain simple measures. Let us have a look at some actions we can take to prevent mosquitoes from breeding in and around our homes.

Mosquito Borne Diseases

There are a number of mosquito borne diseases, popular among which are Dengue and Malaria. Others include : Filaria, brain fever, yellow fever, chikungunya, etc.

In this text we will focus on Dengue and Malaria.

Vaccination

There are no vaccines available as of now (August 2015) in India to prevent Dengue / Malaria. Hence PRECAUTION by way of PREVENTING of Mosquito Breeding is the best option we have at our hands.

Preventing Mosquito Breeding / Mosquito Bites

There are various measures we can take to prevent Mosquito Borne diseases, the prime principle behind them being either preventing Mosquitoes to bite you, or preventing them from breeding around your habitat.

  • Wear Full-Sleeved clothes. T-Shirts / Shirts which cover the whole arm, Trousers / Leggings instead of Shorts / Skirts. Footwear which covers the whole foot (Shoes with socks instead of Slippers, Floaters, Slip-ons, etc.).
  • Make sure there is no standing water (clean or otherwise) in or around your home.
    • Check potted plants, water coolers, etc. and ensure there is no standing water.
    • Any waste-water must either be removed (dried out) or you must spray insecticide in it.
    • Mosquitoes can breed in clean water as well.
  • In case of Air-Conditioners too you must check where the waste-water from the AC is being disposed.
  • Any water tanks, water containers must be covered.
  • Use Mosquito Repellents (Spray, Etc.) to ensure there are no mosquitoes in and around your home.
    • This must be done during the Day or Night, whenever you see any mosquitoes around you.
    • Use UV light based mosquito devices.
  • Use Bed-Nets / Mosquito-Nets if required.

* Dengue mosquito is known to bite during the day.

Symptoms

Fever, Headache, Pain in the eyes, Pain in Muscles / Joints, Loss of Appetite, Nausea, Vomiting, Abdominal Pain, Bleeding in the Gums, Chills, Diarrhea, Anemia, etc. are some of the symptoms of Dengue and / or Malaria.

Diagnosis

If you encounter any of the symptoms, immediately consult your doctor. Dengue / Malaria can be diagnosed by Blood Test.

Treatment

The diseases are treatable if diagnosed on time. On encountering any of the symptoms, refer to your doctor immediately for Diagnosis and Treatment.

Can it Strike Again ?

Yes, Dengue has more than one type of dengue virus (DEN1, DEN 2, DEN 3, and DEN 4), any which can affect the person. Since these do not cross-immune each other, you may get Dengue again in your life.

Are they communicable from Human to Human ?

No, an infected person cannot spread dengue / malaria directly, the disease is transmitted via mosquito bites.

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Prevention is better than cure, hence it is in our hands to minimize the chances of falling prey to any mosquito borne diseases.

Let us always be safe, healthy, and happy.

– Prabhas Ghai

Manager
Rising Stars Junior School
Sector-10, Dwarka
New Delhi, India

prabhas.ghai@gmail.com

Parenting the Next Generation in today’s fast moving lifestyle of India

There is no responsibility greater than being a parent; we all want the best for our children, the best of health, education, lifestyle, and future. There is no denying the fact that our children mean the world to us, yet we find ourselves in the fast moving and ever so busy lifestyles of today, struggling to enjoy their childhood.

However, we can still make the best of the time we have by doing little things to nurture our children. Let us look at certain important tips for parenting in today’s world :

  1. Notice the Good Qualities
    Make an effort to identify and compliment the good qualities of your child. Point out the positive qualities and let them build them further. We need to pause from the rush of our lives and enjoy the wonderful qualities that our children possess.

  2. Avoid the 3 C’s : Never Criticize, Compel, or Condemn
    We should avoid these 3 C’s while interacting with our children, this may induce a tendency to rebel and make them aggressive. Unfair criticism may hamper the child’s holistic development.

  3. Communicate Positively
    Talk to your kids in a positive way, Kids will get your attention most easily when they are getting into trouble or there is a disciplinary issue, but this should not be the only time to talk to them. Talk to them in a friendly and positive way about any topic they want to discuss.

  4. Listen Attentively
    The way we listen to our children is very important, especially when we are busy. Look at your children when they talk to you and give importance to what they have to say. It will make them feel a lot closer to you.

  5. Tell them you love them
    Sounds simple, yet most of us do not practice it, we know that we love them unconditionally, but we do not communicate it. Developing the feeling of care and affection is very important. It is important for your child to know that you love him / her unconditionally.

  6. Make Time
    Life will always have a way of consuming our time, we as parents need to be sure that we take out at least 30 minutes daily for our children. The idea is to spend some time on a daily basis, doing anything you wish to do with your children.

  7. Involve children in Family and Household Activities
    Do not allow children to become isolated in some remote corner of the house. Encourage family time, talk to each other, allow your children to express themselves and their ideas. Make it a habit of giving children something to look forward to with the family.

  8. Be a Role Model
    We need to practice the traits that we want to cultivate in our children. It is important that you realize that your children learn constantly from your actions. They observe us a lot more closely than we realise.

  9. Do not argue with your spouse in front of your children
    Our children observe us continuously, and arguments affect our children and their feelings. We must treat our spouse with respect in front of our children and avoid any negative arguments in front of them. How you treat people in front of your children will affect how they behave with others.

  10. Respect our Elders
    Develop a culture of respect in your family. Do not allow your children to disrespect you or your spouse.  Be certain that your children respect elders. Try to be consistent with the rules you set so that the children are aware of the boundaries.

Prabhas Ghai

Manager

Rising Stars Junior School
Sec-10, Dwarka,
New Delhi, India

prabhas.ghai@gmail.com