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Using Over-the-Counter Medications in Children

Over the counter medication means  you can buy the medicine without  a doctor’s prescription. However this doesnt mean that OTCs are harmless. OTCs  can be dangerous  when not taken the right way. Talk to your doctor before  giving any medication to your child for the first time.

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All over the counter medications have the same kind of label. The label gives important information such as what it is used for, how it is used and  what to watch out for . Look on the bottle to see  where it says  drug facts. read more

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Low Blood Sugar During Pregnancy

Low blood sugar also known as  hypoglycemia  is when the blood sugar level drops too low. This condition is more likely to occur if you treat diabetes with insulin rather from diet and metformin.

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There  can be some fluctuations  in blood sugar during pregnancy despite our best efforts to maintain it. If you are having problems maintaining  blood sugar during pregnancy, it is important to discuss this with your doctor.

What are the causes of blood sugar during pregnancy  ?

Causes of blood sugar during pregnancy include the following : read more

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Keeping Children Safe While They Exercise in Warm Weather

Its important for children to get some exercise to stay healthy.  You should not discourage them  from getting outside  and have fun when the sun is out. However you have to look out for signs of overheating especially on hot days.

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Tips on how to keep children safe  while exercising in warm weather

  • The intensity of  activities that last 15 or more minutes should be reduced  whenever high heat and humidity reaches high levels.
  • Children should stay well hydrated before outdoor activities. During activities less than an hour, water alone is fine. Kids should always have water or sports drink available  and take a break to drink every 20 minutes while active in the heat.
  • At the beginning of strenuous exercise program or  after traveling to a warmer climate, the intensity and duration of outdoor activities should start low and then gradually increase over 7 to 14 days to acclimate to the heat, particularly if it is very humid.
  • Wear light colored and light weight clothing  and limit it to one layer of absorbent material to speed the evaporation of sweat. Sweat saturated shirt should be replaced by dry clothing.
  •  Practices and games played in the heat  should be shortened.  There should be more water/hydration breaks . Children  should promptly move to cooler  environments  if they feel lightheaded, dizzy  or nauseated.
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    Fun Rainy Day Activities for Kids

    Do not  let a rainy day ruin your child’s day. There are cheap and fun activities that you can do on a rainy days. These include the following :

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  • Visit the library
  • Tidy out the playroom
  • Make music using kitchen utensils such as pots, wooden spoons, spatula and tins.
  • Play board games
  • Set up a home cinema and watch some fun family movies together.
  • Play cards
  • Bake
  • Make special cards or write letters.
  • Coloring
  • Have a Read-a-thon. Set a  challenge to see how many books/chapters can be read during the day.
  • Have a tea party or indoor picnic
  • Go through photo albums
  • Play dress up
  • Do some craft  work
  • Have an indoor treasure hunt
  • Build a fort with blankets and pillows
  • Have kids put on a play or show and don’t forget to record it.
  • Go camping in the great indoors
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    AUGUST GIVEWAY

    AUGUST GIVEAWAY !!!! Inbox us your child’s favorite character and we will surprise him/her with a gift. NOTE: The toys below are just samples so don’t choose from them. Send any character of your choice.5 WINNERS will be announced on AUGUST 31st, 2018 on our Facebook page.

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    Signs of Sexual Abuse in Children

    Child sexual abuse involves both touching and non touching activities.

    Some examples of touching activities  include :

    • Touching a child’s genitals  for pleasure.
    • Making a child touch someone’s genitals , encouraging a child to play sexual games or putting objects or  body parts in the vagina, anus or mouth of a child for pleasure.

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    Non touching activities include the following :

    • Showing pornography to a child.
    • Photographing a child in sexual poses
    • Deliberately exposing an adult’s genitals to children .
    • Encouraging a  child to watch or hear sexual acts.
    • Inappropriately watching a child undress or use the bathroom

    It is not always easy to spot sexual abuse because the perpetrators takes steps to hide it. However there are certain signs that can help you know that something is not right. If you feel its  not right ,it is always better to talk to your child than ignore the signs.

    Warning signs of sexual abuse in children

    Physical signs

    • Sexually Transmitted Infections STI.
    • Signs of trauma to genital areas such as unexplained bleeding, bruising, or blood on the sheets .

    Behavioral signs

    • Sexual behavior that is not appropriate  for the child’s age .
    • Bedwetting or soiling the bed  if the child has already outgrown these behaviors.
    •  The child doesn’t want to be left alone with certain people or being afraid to be away from caregiver especially if this is a new behavior.
    • The child doesnt want to remove clothing to take a bath or change .

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