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Positive impact of Coronavirus

As the coronavirus pandemic has taken over the entire world, most of the countries have gone under a lock-down. Majority of the people are now staying at home and working remotely.

Many have stopped all of their outdoor activities and quarantined themselves at their homes as a smart decision. However, the sudden halt in everyone’s social life has had adverse effects.

Nevertheless, there may be a silver lining.

First, by being “forced” to stay inside your homes, many of you (with healthy and functional families) may be spending more than usual time with them. You can take advantage of this opportunity to bond with your loved ones, maybe over a board game, a cuppa or a comedy movie. Prior to this situation, you may have always complained about not having enough time to sit down with your family. Now, instead of focusing on the negative aspects of this epidemic, you can spend time with your children, parents or life partner and develop a strong bond.

Second, with my munchkins being at home 24/7, I have decided to train them to be independent and responsible. All the house chores have been assigned to every member of my family, which has brought us together and also lessened my burden. With my children learning to make instant noodles, wash their dishes and make their beds, I couldn’t feel any prouder. You could do the same with your children, who will then grow up to be strong and capable.

Third, you also have a golden chance to homeschool your children and become their first-ever best friend. You can start by painting together, baking a delicious chocolate cake, learning a new language or playing a sport. You can also form a trusting, friendly and comforting relationship with them. After all, the relationship of a parent and a child is beautiful, yet delicate; the connection you make with each other now will greatly impact their future.

In a nutshell, I understand that this situation is not all glitters and rainbows. Many of you may still be going out to work or may not have a loving family. However, all I’m going to say is that focus on improving your mental health and choose to look at the bright side of this situation. This too shall pass.

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What Parents Need to Know About the Coronavirus

What Parents Need to Know About the Coronavirus

The latest on COVID-19, including some encouraging news for parents.

I understand the concern about the coronavirus most of us have right now. After all, it’s dominating the headlines and probably your work and home conversation.

But as a pediatrician, let’s talk first about what’s most important to me and you: our kids.

Fortunately, we have not seen any cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) at Cook Children’s. The other good news is based on confirmed cases of COVID-19 from around the world, kids have been relatively protected from serious illnesses. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children are less likely to get Novel coronavirus infections (COVID-19) than adults. And the good news is if they do get it, it’s usually a mild case.

In a study of more than 72,000 patients by the Centers for Disease Control in China, only about 400 cases occurred in children under age 9 with zero deaths.

Most of the kids who caught COVID-19 had mild symptoms, including a fever, runny nose and cough.

“These limited reports suggest that children with confirmed COVID-19 have generally presented with mild symptoms, and though severe complications (acute respiratory distress syndrome, septic shock) have been reported, they appear to be uncommon,” the CDC wrote.

The CDC adds, “However, as with other respiratory illnesses, certain populations of children may be at increased risk of severe infection, such as children with underlying conditions.”

So now let’s get to some of the basics you may be wondering about.

What is the “Coronavirus?”

COVID-19 is a novel respiratory coronavirus which most often presents with symptoms of fever, coughing and shortness of breath. The rapid spread throughout China (and now outside of China) as well the significant percentage of cases that result in severe illness is what makes COVID-19 a particular concern.

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5 ways for super-moms to recharge themselves

5 ways for super-moms to recharge themselves

 

It is troubling to see how so many beautiful moms start neglecting their health once they give birth. It is as if they feel that by pampering themselves, they would be labelled as ‘selfish’ and ‘self-centered’. But, here’s the catch; nobody thinks that and neither should they because self-care is extremely important! Since children imitate their parents, if their mothers do not unwind themselves and stay on their toes all the time, their tinnies will end up doing the same when they grow up. Hence, giving yourself a time-out and nourishing your body and soul with some me-time will keep you and your family happy!

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Screen Time – How much is too much?

Screen Time - How much is too much?

Screen Time – How much is too much?

Screen time is not good for kids, it can cause psychological damage, lead to depression and behavioral problems. Is it any good for adults?

Psychological damage doesn’t depend upon age, so beware you are at risk too!
Sitting behind screens and scrolling down the news feed is what every young mind is addicted to.
Social media has become the modern newspaper, the cool calendar that marks events, the most updated gossip girl and a vicious energy-draining system!

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she

She.

She is birthed. She is loved, cared for and respected. She is educated. She is wanted. She is confident. She is strong. She takes a stand for herself and others. She voices her opinion. She makes herself heard. She is the light in a dark room. She is independent!

A woman is as strong as she makes herself. The society has seen a drastic change in the roles that a woman plays. From being responsible for house chores alone to stepping out and being the breadwinner. From being dependent to being independent.

Earlier centuries have experienced the main decisions of a woman’s life being made by either her father, brother or husband. Whether she will be sent to school, when she will be married, to whom she will get married and work, that was unquestionably disapproved.

Today its a necessity to be financially stable and independent, irrespective of gender, irrespective of marital status. There are two sides of this coin, one that experiences inflation and the other that faces individuality. Under both circumstances its important for a woman to be able to manage her finances herself.

Step out, learn to earn, make your own choices, make your own decisions, be stronger above all, be a helping hand.

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5 ways to give milk to toddlers

5 ways to give milk to toddlers

5 ways to give milk to toddlers

 

3 kids, all with distinct likes and dislikes. Sounds challenging, right? Well that’s motherhood for you. I guess the trickiest part of any mother’s life is how to make her running-at-the-mere-sight-of-broccoli children eat healthy foods. Milk, however, is the most neglected protein.
“But, why do I have to drink milk? It tastes so boring!” This sentence is familiar to all the mothers. Well, instead of just forcing your kids to drink milk, why not come up with some creative ideas? Children should look forward to drinking milk instead of calling it boring. Find out what they love to eat or drink and see if adding milk doesn’t make them ask for more. I always have some great tricks up my sleeves which I use to sneak milk into my children’s diet.

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