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Why Are Vaccinations Important For Your Baby?

posted by Anupriya January 8, 2020 0 comments

It has been well established time and again that vaccinations impact infants’ immune system and help them develop a defense mechanism against several diseases. Some of these diseases are known to be even deadly.

If I am to believe my mother’s account of the time when they were kids, the infant mortality rate due to life threatening diseases among kids was very high. She recounts that things improved during the time I was born. According to her, a major factor that contributed to this was the introduction of many new vaccinations. Today, if we hardly see any rates of infant mortality due to preventable diseases, all the credit goes to vaccines. Vaccines have made some several life-threatening diseases almost non-existent. I tried to dig deep and find out the figures behind her observations. And what I learnt was very encouraging. Continue Reading


Here’s everything you need to know about WHO prequalified vaccines

posted by Anupriya November 30, 2019 1 Comment

There is no denying the significance of vaccination for babies. It is our responsibility to provide our babies with required vaccines and in a timely manner. This is to ensure their health and safety. But yes, I have to agree that as a new mother I was overwhelmed by the frequency of the needles being pricked into my baby’s skin. Also, to visit the doctor every other week became a little difficult in the midst of the disturbed sleep cycles and the coping up with post-partum life. Honestly, I didn’t think so much about the inconveniences at the time I was in the situation. But now in hindsight it all sounds so overwhelming to me.

I was in a discussion with a friend who has recently had a baby and was pleasantly surprised that science and research and development has led to immense benefits in the field of vaccines too. There are now combination vaccines available that reduce the number of injections required. What’s more, less painful vaccines have been developed that significantly reduce the discomfort caused to the baby.

The Benefits of Combination Vaccines

I was delighted as well as curious about the new combination vaccines. So I did research of my own and found out some facts:

  • The combination vaccines protect kids from multiple(upto six) major childhood diseases.
  • It effectively reduces the number of injections without compromising on the right amount of doze to be given.
  • The acellular vaccines against whooping cough are baby friendly, as they cause less pain than other whole cell vaccines thus resulting in lower adverse side effects.
  • Most importantly some of the combination vaccines are WHO pre-qualified. This means that an authority as widely recognized as the WHO is constantly checking among others the safety and effectiveness of a vaccine. As a parent, what more could you ask for?

I am a relatively apathetic mother when it comes to things that ought to be done. But I have seen so many of my friends turn into vaccination nerds even while they were expecting. And when I shared this update with them, they really seemed to be very happy about this latest vaccine development. I guess then, I will go by their verdict.WHO pre-qualified combination vaccines sure are going to be a hit with new parents!

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Disclaimer: The views expressed in the blog content are independent and unbiased views of solely the blogger/ third party This is a part of public awareness initiative supported by Sanofi Pasteur India. Sanofi Pasteur bears no responsibility for the content of the blog. One should consult their healthcare provider for any health related information.


Boys Dresses for Party

Tips For Selecting Boys Dresses For A Party

posted by Anupriya June 19, 2019 1 Comment

I have iterated this numerous times that for me comfort always comes before style. But if the two can be combined then I am the first one to grab such boys dresses for my kids. This summer season saw us attending at least half a dozen family ceremonies, including an engagement, a wedding, a couple of birthdays, a kirtan etc.

This meant a lot of planning on my part as every party was different in its mood and I wanted the boys to be dressed accordingly. Also, the boys are still young and I did not want to hassle them with too elaborate a costume. So, here is my checklist that I ticked off while shopping for their outfits (click here to buy boys dress online) for the chain of parties that we have been attending over the last month – Continue Reading


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?




Sibling Fights

5 Tips to Deal With Sibling Fights #Momology

posted by Anupriya February 27, 2019 3 Comments

Life of a mother is an extremely overwhelming journey. Adding cream to the milk is having more than one kids. Yes, if as a mother of a single child you have been struggling with your kid’s tantrums, then you have no clue how jealous I am of you.  My life comprises of a primary schooler and a toddler, both constantly vying for my attention and taking the home by storm if their demands are not met. Sounds gory! Well, I do have my WOW moments ( a lot of them to my delight), when I watch the two boys busy with a toy car or both of them huddled up together to scheme something. And then there is this assurance that they will always be there for each other. No matter what… But such moments in this phase of life are shortlived. For what I see now is a continuing tussle to prove who mumma loves more(read who will come and jump on to mumma’s lap first), or a fight over who will play with what toy.  For me it is a perpetual dilemma about paying attention to the elder one with his studies versus spending some quality time with the younger one.

But one thing that I know for sure, is that sibling fights are a reality. If not with blood siblings, these fights could be a part of your life if your kids are living with cousins (similar age) too. But what does one do about these fights? Continue Reading

Child Behavior

Decoding Child Behavior – Getting My Kids To Listen To Me

posted by Anupriya February 13, 2019 5 Comments

“Why do you have to do this?”

“What kind of a behavior is that?”

“You will create all this mess, and I will clean it up? Am I your mother or a maid?”

“Why do you keep fighting with your cousin?”

“Please have another bite, please! Ok I will switch the television on… please now have a bite..”

“God! Why wouldn’t you listen? I have been after you for the entire day. Have not been able to get one pence of work done today.

This was me until a few months ago.  I was always tired and fatigued. And then, I was constantly surrounded by women, old (whose kids are now grown up) and young (who have no kids yet) who didn’t stop singing eulogies about how blessed I was to have such cute little kids. Little yes, but cute? They seem more devilish to me. I wished to retort, but I knew something was amiss within me only. Because all those moms on the social media have such a pally equation with their kid(s). They keep blowing the trumpet of gentle parenting, when I am constantly struggling to not raise my voice at my kids. Despite reading up so much on parenting techniques, and writing too much myself about parenting experiences, there definitely had to be something I was not doing right. But what? Everytime I raised my voice, I wondered what is it about child behavior that I am not able to put my finger on. Continue Reading

Movie Haami

Bengali Movie Haami – A Curious Case Of Paranoid Parenting

posted by Anupriya February 8, 2019 20 Comments

I have some fond childhood memories of watching some coveted movies in regional language every Sunday on Doordarshan TV. Ever since, I have been quite open to watching movies in vernacular languages given they have acquired the acclaimed and appreciated status. One such movie I recently came across was the Bengali movie Haami. This movie was highly recommended by my Bengali friends in Kolkata and the title song ‘Bhuttu Bhaijaan’ also caught my kids’ fancy. Only that it took me some while to arrange for the movie to be viewed on television.

Why I call the movie Haami as a curious case of paranoid parenting is, because from the word go, the movie is a reflection of how indulged a generation of parents we are.  Here’s a peep into how this movie is a study in itself of parenting behavior and how it impacts our kids. Continue Reading


20 Tiny Stories That Surmise The Joys and Challenges Of Parenting

posted by Anupriya January 28, 2019 2 Comments

I read somewhere that parenting is like making a fresher the Head of Department without any experience, training or briefing. Who ever said this could not be more correct. This is the magic of Parenting. It is both exhilarating and overwhelming at the same time. And you just can’t give up. Here in this post I bring to you 20 terribly tiny stories that present in few words some magical and heart-wrenching moments in a parents life.


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Nutrition For My Picky Eater

Nutrition For My Picky Eater – The Minimalist Way

posted by Anupriya October 10, 2018 18 Comments

You are onboard the ‘Get Fit Stay Fit’ Blog Train with some amazing bloggers and Bonhappetee.

I thank Anshu Bhojnagarwaala for introducing me on her blog.  Anshu is one of the most versatile bloggers who blogs about wellness during pregnancy, parenting practices and a whole lot of interesting gripping fiction. Do check out her blog.

My elder son is a picky eater. “I don’t blame him – he got it from you!” Not my words!  Whenever I call up my mother and rant about how Nik gives me a tough time having his meals, she says the same words with an air of finality. So the next logical step for me was to figure from her only, how to ensure that he is getting is full nutrition. In this write-up here, I am going to share her tips and tricks of how to pack nutrition into a picky eaters tummy (read – how she did it with me)

Here are a couple of tips and tricks she share with me on how to ensure nutrition for my picky eater. She asked me to imbibe these in my conscience so that I do not loose my temper, everytime my boy refuses to eat – Continue Reading

Equal Parenting

Equal Parenting ? Not My Thing !

posted by Anupriya August 20, 2018 20 Comments

I know. I know! I can already feel your piercing gaze with your raised eye brows questioning my sanity. After all what kind of a woman I am who does not want her husband to be an equal participant in our kids’ upbringing.  Uhhh! Let me make a confession. I’d love for my husband to be an equal parenting partner. The kind who can make adjustments to his work schedule and spend as much time with the kids as I do. Or the kind that would allow me to be able to commit to a job or atleast spend some me time. But I never see it panning out that way! But I am not complaining. Why? Continue Reading