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Help stop the spread of infections this winter

28 Jun

 I don’t know how many of you out there just cannot seem to shake the lingering cough, cold or snot! Just this morning, I had to take my Sunny Bunny to the doctor for the fourth time in three months for another set of antibiotics to add to this ongoing saga. He’s not sick! He just won’t stop snotting and coughing, simple. And yes he’s on Creche Guard and the works. On my kitchen counter is about six boxes of meds and we’re not counting the ones cooling in the fridge. It’s just plain ridiculous! In my upset, I ranted a little on Twitter and thankfully two moms responded so that I didn’t look or feel like a complete twat. My friend Rene said she uses Echinacea and then she said something I knew but never quite considered, she said that in her home, she makes a big deal about washing hands! Simple enough right?!

Well here are some handy information from the people over at Lifebouy:

Are you and your family ready for the winter season? Everyone has a part to play in helping to prevent the spread of common winter respiratory infections including flu, sore throat and cough viruses. According to health soap brand Lifebuoy, hand washing with soap and warm water is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of infections and germs in your home.

 Most of the common winter viruses are carried in the air and transmitted when someone sneezes. However respiratory infections leave the body feeling stressed and decrease immunity opening up the possibility of additional common viruses.  These include gastroenterological illness, which cause diarrhea and vomiting.  Certain germs can also be transmitted by physical contact and enter the body when infected hands touch vulnerable parts of your body like our eyes, mouths and noses.

 Lifebuoy is highlighting the fact that frequent hand washing, with warm soapy water for 30 seconds at a time can significantly reduce the spread of these common illnesses. The best times to remember to wash hands is before handling food, after using the bathroom and when in the shower/ bath.

 We can’t avoid winter, but we can prevent the spread of germs that are the real cause of infections. Here, we look at some ways you can minimise your risk of catching infections during this cold season.

 1.       Keep warm throughout

Although getting cold doesn’t actually cause a cold or flu (the viruses do), being cold can reduce your stamina and make you feel miserable and fatigued. You might think that big winter jumpers are the way to go but wearing layers of thin clothes may keep you warmer as this traps body heat. Also, keep in mind that we lose up to 30% of our body heat through our heads, so remember to wear a hat.

 2.       Watch the weather

Cloudy and cold conditions tend to bring an increase in germs, and viruses survive longer when the weather is moist. When it’s cloudy and dull there are fewer breezes to blow the germs away.

 3.       Avoid close contact

People often huddle together physically during winter, this makes it easier for infections to pass between them. Crowded trains and taxis with little ventilation, department stores bustling with shoppers, and people gathering for parties all make catching a cold more likely.  Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.

4.       H2O is the way to go

Doctors recommend drinking between five-eight glasses of water a day to stay healthy.  Water helps the kidneys function properly and flushes out the toxins that accumulate in our bodies. If you have a cold, you may become dehydrated, which makes your mucus drier and thicker and less able to cope against invading bacteria and viruses.

 5.       Practice other good health habits

Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Dispose of used tissues. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

 These simple measures can make a big difference and will help protect you, your family and those around you throughout the season. Remember to also be smart about washing hands in public places. Viruses can live on surfaces like tables and keyboards for two to eight hours. Between grimy countertops, doorknobs and sweaty machines at the gym, there is really no better defense against germs than washing your hands with soap.

With a product range to match your family’s needs, the Lifebuoy Hand Wash is available in 4 Variants (Total, Deofresh, Herbal and Care) and in two pack sizes (200ml Primary Pack & 180ml Refill Pack): Lifebuoy Total: For mothers with active kids who need all day protection.

  • ·         Lifebuoy Deofresh: For young adults with an active lifestyle who value the benefits of hygiene.
  • ·         Lifebuoy Herbal: For traditional mothers who enjoy herbal fragrance.
  • ·         Lifebuoy Care: For people with sensitive skin, who need extra care.

 For more information on how you can protect your family this winter visit www.lifebuoy.com.

More Guilt

22 Feb

So I’m up for yet another award – “Worst Mother of the Year”, February isn’t even up yet and the year has just begun!!!

This is all happening in my little mind and in my little world!

Two weeks ago, I spent the weekend at my parents’ place because my hubby was away for the weekend. On the Saturday morning, Sunny Bunny had made his way to the pool (as usual) and we were all out on the patio with him. We were enjoying our breakfast outside for a change. I sat with my back to the pool and my parents sat facing the pool. Sunny bunny was not wearing his swimming gear but was happily playing on the first  step under the watchful eye of his grandfather. It was only after I had heard the sound of splashing that I turned around and we saw that Sam had slipped off the first step and was floundering in the deeper water. All I could do was stand there and watch in utter shock! My dad bolted off to grab him out of the water, bedroom slippers and all – thank God he did because I was numb. I remember shouting for my dad to get him but couldn’t understand why I had frozen. I ran inside to fetch them towels but also to hide the tears streaming down my face – I could have lost my only dear, dear son. I came back out with the towels and his swimming gear and my dad put him back into the water to get a healthy sense of respect for the water and partly to teach him to try swim to the steps. Even Stevie Wonder could tell that Sam was shaken up as well.

Fast forward to this weekend gone and we were at a friend’s son’s birthday party. The adults and kids were all seated outside, around the pool. I was going to make sure that my child was the most over-dressed-for-the-pool and I didn’t care! All the other kids had floaters on at the most and some (who could swim) not even. At first I felt sorry for him for being so over-protective but I quickly recalled how things went the last time he was in the water. This time I made sure that on top of his little life jacket, Sam wore floaters but believe it or not, he point blankly refused to even stand on the first step. When Lester tried (from outside the pool) to put him even on the second step, he started to lose it so we left him to wade quietly on the pool ledge. Once all the kids were out of the water and dressed again, no sooner were they on their little bikes and racing around the pool again when Sam fell in, full kit!!!

I’ve stopped typing for a moment to reflect on that horrible moment again. I did not see him fall in but Lester did (thank God he was sitting closest to where Sam fell in) and he got up to fish him out. I only got up because I heard all the commotion and AGAIN, all I could do was stand there and scream for Lester to get him out. As soon as he was out, he literally clung to his father for dear life, I’ve never seen my child like that ever, it just broke my heart.

I’m so angry at myself! I haven’t sent him for lessons! I haven’t warned him of the dangers of playing around the pool! For not being vigilant enough! But more than anything, for being gripped so tightly (but I don’t know what yet) that the sight of watching my child go under was not  enough to make me move to save him. How dare I just stand there? The one person whose life depends on me hung in the balance and all I could do was just stand and watch him! I’m so upset with myself because this is the one person that ALL my life’s efforts are directed towards and someone else hauled him out of what could have been a really been a bad situation!

On Saturday and Sunday night Sam refused to sleep alone and that was really okay with me. As I lay next to him, all I could do was thank God that things turned out well and that I wasn’t still at a morgue aching for my child to be alive. Just the thought of his room being bare because he wasn’t around would have sent me to a deep dark place I would not know how to navigate. How on earth do you deal with the loss of a little life? How on earth do you ever come to terms with it? How do you ever get closure when so much potential is snuffed out?  How do you ever recover from burying your own child????

I know I’m not a bad mother. In fact I was reminded of how over-protective I am and what good care I do take of my child and despite such a wonderful compliment, I can’t get past myself. It will take me a while to get over this but I am Googling swimming lessons for my precious Sunny Bunny in the mean time.

The highlights of Sam’s first birthday party….

27 Nov

Cool dudes Cooper and Noah wanted to join me

There was a splishing and a splashing

The candle was way more important than the cake

The Birthday Cake, minus a few characters after I had my way

Granny and grampa love

I just had to fix Ethan's hair

Mamma love

Mia familia

Pressie time

This look is priceless, great Kodak moment!

If you know anything about me at all, it’s that I LOVE/must/need to and have to be super-organised much to the irritation of my husband but I know for a fact that I definitely got it from my mother. Whether my somewhat OCD is genetic or a learned trait is another discussion for a whole other day. The point of me saying that was that this party was planned months in advance and if I could have rented a crowd of kids to make up for my friends kids who couldn’t be there then the party would have gone off as I had originally planned. Yes, this party was all about me! Even though it was my son’s birthday, I felt that I also needed recognition for spending eight whole hours in labor, come on, give me some credit too, just kidding. Needless to say, the venue had to be changed a week before the party date but it turned out to be a lovely afternoon shared with loved ones. Sam did manage to exhaust himself after all the swimming splashing so he had a nice long nap half way through the event which gave hubby and I a chance to mingle with our guests without the worry of one busy little body. It was truly wonderful and special day. If there’s anything I would imagine Samuel could say about his special day it would probably be: “Next year’s party better be this much fun mom!”

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