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Things To Know About Influenza In Children

posted by Anupriya June 11, 2019 13 Comments

As educated and informed parents, we want to be diligent about matters that concern our kids. But sometimes, due to lack of enough authentic information we tend to take some calls that cost us, rather our kids dearly. One such area of concern is their health. I have been extremely careful about my kids’ vaccinations throughout.  So much so that I almost memorized their vaccination schedules and always took an appointment well in advance to not miss any deadline. In line with the vaccination calendar, I also got my kids administered with the Influenza (commonly known as ‘Flu’) vaccination in the first year itself. But I was in for a shock when my elder one suffered from flu in the middle of his playschool session when he was just about 2 years. No, missing the studies part wasn’t that difficult for his age, but dealing with the ailment while he brooded about missing his play time at school was.

On my subsequent visit to the pediatrician, I had loads of queries as to why he got infected by Flu even when he was vaccinated for the same last year. What follows in this write up is a summary of some important things that every parent must know about Influenza in Children.

Influenza is different from Upper Respiratory Tract Infections (URTIs)

It is an air-borne viral infection, different from common cold, cough and sneezing or any other form of URTIs which are normally bacterial infections. Thus administering any antibiotics is of no use.

Major symptoms of Influenza are –

  • Sudden fever
  • Chills and shakes
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches
  • Weakness
  • Dry cough, sore throat
  • Loss of appetite

Influenza in children may not show all the above-mentioned symptoms. But high fever, febrile seizures, body ache and loss of appetite are some prominent symptoms of Influenza in kids.[i]

Influenza Virus is an ever-changing virus

Influenza is a virus that changes its shape frequently. That answered my question about why my kid suffer from ‘flu’despite having given the vaccination against it. Actually, because it changes its form very frequently, the vaccination already administered is not able to recognize the virus and the anti-bodies are incapable of doing their job. To handle this situation, it is best if the vaccination is administered every year.

Influenza Vaccination is safe for all age groups, even as young as 6 months, and should be administered once a year to prevent occurrence of Flu.[ii]

What should you do if your child has the flu?

Influenza is an air-borne infection; thus, your child should be quarantined inhouse for atleast 5-7 days or up to 2 weeks. Inability to do so, will have several repercussions. One is that other children become high on risk of getting infected. Secondly, your kid is very weak due to the infection. If enough rest is not taken, it may cause prolonged weakness. That will weigh adversely on his performance even if he starts going to school. Given enough rest to the child, with sufficient liquid intake and a balanced nutritious diet to expedite the recovery.

Children upto the age of five years are most susceptible to this viral infection. Thus, get them vaccinated at proper intervals to avoid contamination with the virus.[iii]

When protection for your child is available in the form of a vaccine, it is recommended you use it to prevent occurrences of the flue.

#IPromiseToStopFlu for my child. You?

[i]https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3098742/

[ii]https://www.stanfordchildrens.org/en/topic/default?id=influenza-flu-in-children-90-P02514

[iii]https://www.stanfordchildrens.org/en/topic/default?id=influenza-flu-in-children-90-P02514

ADHD
Kid Issues

Creative Parenting: Can Aromatherapy Be Used to Calm down Kids with ADHD?

posted by Anupriya March 27, 2019 1 Comment

Aromatherapy is often touted as a way to help people relax, typically with the use of essential oils. Many parents say it helps to reduce symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in their children. Children with ADHD find it difficult to pay attention, sit still, and control their impulses but some parents report a significant difference when they use certain oils. This article will look at some of the most popular oils and how they are thought to work. If you already have oils in mind and you just want some options for diffusers, browse www.aromatechscent.com.  Continue Reading

Kid IssuesKids Learning

Will My Child Grow Up To Be What He Should Grow Up To Be?

posted by Anupriya April 26, 2018 3 Comments

Oh No! Please do not judge me as a mother who has already set goals for her kids to grow up to be a doctor, or an engineer or even a dancer or musician for that matter. At the same time neither am I sure nor do I commit to be that liberal mother who might just take it in my stride when Nik might grow up and come up to me saying, “Mom! I want to be a communist activist! I will fight against the capitalist system that is ruining our country!”

Then, what is it that I am really scared of? Before I answer my own question, let me take you through a small background of why this question has been troubling me for a couple of days.
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A Worried Single Mom – #AtoZChallenge

posted by Anupriya April 26, 2018 0 comments

Amrita picked up some pastries and muffins from their favorite bakery and proceeded to her friend’s place. Sakshi had been a sole friend in the town ever since she came to live here post her marriage. They had met as client and vendor in her first job at a web designing company and hit it off almost immediately.  What Amrita appreciated most about Sakshi was that despite being a single mother of a 14 year old boy, she never played the sympathy card in any of her commitments. Instead Sakshi was a bad-ass woman, who knew what she wanted from life.

“The father of my child, my then boyfriend doesn’t know that I gave birth to this child. I decided to bring my child into this world and raise him all alone. And I have no regrets about my decision”, Sakshi was often quoted saying to her friends. Continue Reading

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My Aggression..My Guilt..My Confession

posted by Anupriya September 22, 2017 9 Comments

A natural challenge for any parent is dealing with toddler tantrums. The sweet happy baby disappears into a demanding and irrational toddler. Sure they are the cutest in this phase, but they’re also very demanding.

So, when I set out to read some self-help books on how to tackle my aggression in reaction to tantrums thrown in by my 2-year-old son, I found very little information on the worldwide net. What I found instead were numerous articles and write-ups elaborating on how to manage aggressive toddler behavior.

I sighed at the futility of trying to manage his rash behavior when I cannot check my own knee-jerk reactions to his one naughty act here or a tantrum there.

One primary reason for my impatience while dealing with my son is that being a working mother, I always have a long To-Do list which impacts my willingness to be more patient. And over time, I have got into a habitual pattern where even if I don’t have anything urgent to do, my mind is always thinking about pending tasks and thus I am prone to knee-jerk reactions to his naughtiness.
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Moms Get Unplugged – Don’t be too harsh on yourself

posted by Anupriya September 1, 2017 13 Comments

Ever since I decided to become a mother, I have seen umpteen messages, graphics and videos that recount experiences and overwhelming journeys of mothers across the globe. Now that I am a mother of two, I identify with most of these experiences yet I feel that these narratives are highly skewed towards creating a rosy picture of motherhood. Especially in India, where becoming a mother is still considered to as be-all and end-all of the life for a woman, I often wonder why many mothers don’t embark on the dark side of motherhood.

Yes, the dark side! For starters, there’s this lost sense of individual space along with this continual trigger that keeps them thinking about their kid even when they are away from their little one. Continue Reading

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Why I Need Nutrition Supplement For My Vegetarian Kids

posted by Anupriya August 18, 2017 2 Comments

My elder son is an extremely picky eater. In last the 3 years after he stopped breastfeeding, I really do not remember a time when I have not been worried or bogged down because my son wasn’t eating enough. He was hardly eating, I was quite convinced that he was definitely falling short on significant nutrients that he requires in his initial years of growth. By the time he was 2 years old, I was contemplating various options on how I could supplement the nutrition that he was falling short of.

In the meanwhile, I met a cousin who had kids slightly older than my son and shared with her my concerns about his eating habits and how I need to start some supplements for him. I remember mentioning to her very categorically that how she was lucky that her kids were enthusiastic eaters and she did not have to worry about supplementing their nutritional requirements.  She took a deep sigh and told me that as vegetarians, we ran a high risk of losing out on various nutrients that vegetarian foods cannot provide adequately. Thus she too had to resort to health food drink for her kids. Her reply surprised me and I decided to take this up with my doc.

On my next visit to the family doctor I brought up the issue and following were my most significant points to take away from the discussion –

  1. A meal devoid of meat, fish and eggs is generally devoid of sufficient amount of nutrients like vitamin B12, vitamin D, calcium, Omega-3 etc.
  2. Though most of the above nutrients are available in milk and dairy products, they may not be sufficient to fulfill the needs of a healthy growth rate among children.
  3. Vegetarian or non-vegetarian picky eaters run a risk of hampered growth due to various deficiencies from an age as early as 2 years onwards.
  4. Nutrients such as DHA and Choline play a vital role in development of brain cells. Incidentally DHA is available in extremely limited vegetarian food items such as flax seeds, soy products etc. And introducing these foods to toddlers may be a little tricky especially in case of picky eaters.

Thus my family doctor’s safest bet to ensure that my kid got all the nutrients that he needed was to introduce him to a health drink that contained all the necessary nutrition to ensure healthy physical and brain development and at the same time was tasty enough to make it easy to include it in his daily diet.

I had been prescribed a mother’s health drink by Horlicks’ during my pregnancy. And as I recalled my pregnancy that was laced with food aversions, the health drink was a high point of my meal routine that I looked forward to. Thus I checked with my doc if Junior Horlicks’ was a good choice. Once he approved of the alternative, I began by mixing a small quantity of Junior Horlicks’ in my son’s milk, so as to acclimatize him with new taste. To my relief he took it positively, so within a week I was adding the prescribed quantity to his daily milk intake.

Within a couple of months,I could see some definite positive effects. Ability to engage himself in any activity with sustained level of interest was one of the most significant impacts. Also, earlier my little one used to be extremely fidgety and lacked interest in following instructions. His reactions to certain situations were sometimes very aggressive. But with time, he began to look more composed and confident about himself and displayed significant improvement in terms of following instructions at play-school.

Even if I discounted the behavioral irregularities to growth spurts and credited the subsequent settling down of the same to time, I felt very nice about a health drink in my kid’s otherwise stingy diet routine, because I knew that not only was it aiding in proper brain development, but was also a source of sufficient proteins to provide for a good physical growth and not to forget, its immuno-nutrients were actively working towards a stronger immune system.

Kid IssuesParenting

Teaching Your Kid – Good Touch Bad Touch

posted by Anupriya April 15, 2017 2 Comments

Given the known history of child abuse I realized that when it comes to abuse, you have to be vigilant enough to not eliminate anyone as a prospect abuser. In today’s times kids come across so many people during their daily routine that you can never be sure about your kids safety. Though it is not advisable to turn into a maniac worrying about or suspecting every other person as a possible abuser, yet an effective way of dealing with this situation is to Continue Reading

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Parenting Is Not A Corporate Job

posted by Anupriya April 7, 2017 1 Comment

As a corporate professional, one’s mind is attuned to think in terms of expectations, KRAs, deadlines, quality etc. as means to attaining success. This is likely to have a spillover in your personal life because every challenge becomes a matter of your honor and an opportunity to prove your capability. Because you are used to accepting professional challenges you take your parenting tasks equally seriously and embark upon completing them with similar vigor as you would do your professional tasks. Gradually, you realize you are exhausted and frustrated at the same time. You set certain expectations of yourself and your kid. When they are not met with, a sense of failure sets in. You feel that your efforts have not been acknowledged by your kid. You become even more desperate to get your kids to fall in line with your demands. Continue Reading

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Autism Makes A Child Different Not Disabled

posted by Anupriya March 15, 2017 1 Comment

Until recently, my exposure to autism was limited to Aamir Khan’s representation of the disorder in his movie “Taare Zameen Par”. A couple of weeks back when I was at my son’s activity class, I observed a fellow mother who had come to drop her son; along with her was a slightly elder boy whom she was constantly instructing and monitoring. One day I summoned courage to exchange greetings with her and inquired if her son was suffering from some special attention scenario. “He is Autistic” were her plain and simple words. I could see nothing in her words or her tone or expressions that invited any sympathy, Continue Reading