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GIVE A PRESENT THIS CHRISTMAS!
We are collecting 1000 presents to be sent to Roslin Orphanage in West Timor.
ABOUT ROSLIN ORPHANAGE
Roslin Orphanage is located in West Timor, about 10 minutes from “Eltari Airport” in Kupang City. Founded by Pak Budi and Peggy, very kind hearted couple who set up this orphanage in 2002 through their own funds. The couple believes in their mission and are now “parents” to more than 100 children! From a humble home with no much food and water, Pak Budi has created farms, paddy fields, schools so that the orphanage can be provided with their own resources. The most wonderful part of Roslin is that they do not give any child away for adoption.
Why do we need 1000 presents? The presents are to be given to the children in West Timor. Other than the support to the orphanage, Pak Budi also supports the children in West Timor itself. Should you wish to donate cash to support their work, please go to http://www.roslinorphanage.com.
Are you planning a trip during school holiday? Go to Christati Hotel instead, a hotel set up by Roslin Orphanage to generate funds for the orphanage and to teach the kids about hospitality and generating jobs for them.
This is a project initiated by Linda Tan, the instructor and one of the founders of Inspire Mum & Baby. She has been supporting Roslin Orphanage and greatly admire Pak Budi, his family and the team that started the orphanage.
Your contribution is greatly appreciated! How to go about it?
Drop an unwrapped present in Fun@Giggles/Inspire Mum & Baby 87, Marine Parade Central, anytime from now till 1st Dec 13. Age: 0-18 years old. Please only donate NEW ITEMS.
Should you wish to donate cash, please go to http://www.roslinorphanage.com.
As requested by Pak Budi, we are collecting this year’s presents unwrapped to make it easier for packing plus the older kids prefer to do the wrapping instead. We thank you once again for your contribution. Please share this wonderful mission and Roslin Orphanage to your friends so that more people will know about them and visit these wonderful children. Blessing to you all!
Rotavirus disease is the most common cause of serious diarrhoea in infants and young children. It is a highly contagious infection, but can be prevented by vaccinating against the rotavirus. Read on to understand more about the rotavirus disease.
Causes & risk factors
The disease is caused by a virus named rotavirus. There are different strains of rotavirus, and repeat infections with different viral strains may occur in both vaccinated and unvaccinated children. The virus is shed in high amounts in the stools of an infected individual. Rotavirus infection is highly contagious and can spread from person-to-person via contaminated surfaces, hands and objects. The virus enters the body through the mouth and infects the intestinal lining.
Signs & symptoms
Rotavirus infection is most commonly seen in infants and young children. Symptoms are seen within one to three days of exposure to the rotavirus and include:
§ Watery diarrhoea
§ Abdominal pain
§ Loss of appetite
Symptoms may be mild or not occur at all with repeat infections. Adults can also be affected sometimes, but the resulting illness is usually mild. Rotavirus infection is usually self-limiting and resolves on its own after three to nine days of symptoms.
In infants and young children, rotavirus infection can lead to complications such as severe dehydration and electrolyte imbalances. This is due to ongoing loss of body fluids caused by persistent diarrhoea, vomiting and fever. Parents should be aware of the symptoms of dehydration which incude:
§ Cool skin
§ Sunken eyes
§ Dry mouth, extreme thirst sensation
§ Dizziness when standing up
Severe dehydration can often be fatal in rare cases, hence it is important to recognise and treat dehydration in time.
Diagnosis is made by stool examination to identify and confirm rotavirus as the cause of the diarrhoeal illness.
There is no specific medication to treat the rotavirus infection. The infection is usually self-limiting for a few days in those with good immunity. Treatment generally consists of increased oral fluid intake to prevent dehydration.
Severe cases of dehydration may need to be hospitalised for replacing the lost fluids directly through the veins.
Although vaccination is the best prevention against rotavirus infection in infants and young children, good personal hygiene such as hand washing is also important in controlling the spread of the infection.
Rotavirus vaccine prevents diarrhoea and vomiting caused by rotavirus only. It does not prevent diarrhoea and vomiting caused by other germs.
Two different rotavirus vaccines are currently used in infants in Singapore. Both vaccines are given orally (by mouth), and differ in the number of doses given. The vaccines may be given at the same time as other childhood vaccines. Discuss with your doctor if you are considering immunisation against rotavirus.
3 Must-Know Ways to Be a Great Parent
There are of course many other ways to be a great parent but we’ll stick to these 3 for now.
Take charge. Children crave limits, which help them understand and manage an often confusing world. Show your love by setting boundaries so your kids can explore and discover their passions safely.
Don't try to fix everything. Give young kids a chance to find their own solutions. When you lovingly acknowledge a child's minor frustrations without immediately rushing in to save her, you teach her self-reliance and resilience
Remember that discipline is not punishment. Enforcing limits is really about teaching kids how to behave in the world and helping them to become competent, caring, and in control.
Give us your ideas!
SELF TREATMENT OF COMMON ILLNESSES & ACCIDENTS
Many common aches and pains can be simply treated by you at home.
Back pain causes 13 million working days to be lost in Britain each year. The spine supports the whole weight of the upper body so it is understandable that is sometimes goes wrong. Because of the complex nature of the spine it is advisable to consult your doctor if back pain persists for more that a few days or if you get shooting pains down the leg. If, as is usual, the pain has been caused by abuse ie lifting to heavy weights etc, be sensible and take things easy. Take care to sit as upright as possible with a support for the small of the back. Take aspirin, Neurofen or Paracetamol which will not only relieve the pain but will help to relieve inflammation. Your doctor may well prescribe stronger drugs, heat treatment or gentle exercise.
Apply large quantities of cold water to the affected area as soon as possible and maintain this until the pain subsides. This may take as long as 15 minutes! Repeat every two hours. If the skin is unbroken but blistered, apply a loose dry dressing. If the burn is larger that four or five inches in diameter or if the skin is broken, consult your doctor or practice nurse as soon as possible.
On the first day a rash appears as small red patches about 3-4mm across. Within a few hours of these developing, small blisters appear in the centre of these patches. During the next three or four days further patches will appear in crops and the earlier ones will turn 'crusty' and fall off. Antihistamines may soothe the often severe itching. Cool baths may also help. The most infectious period is from two to three days before the rash appears and up to five days after this date. Children may return to school as soon as the last 'crusts' have dropped off.
Even in this day and age there is still no cure for the common cold. Rest, take plenty of drinks. If you have a headache or are feverish, take Aspirin or Paracetamol. Do not take antibiotics as these will have no effect! If after 4 days you are getting worse then call the surgery.
In ADULTS, diarrhoea is usually caused by a virus infection and therefore cannot be treated directly. The symptoms can usually be eased by fluids only and occasionally anti diarrhoeal medication. Holiday diarrhoea may be due to a bacteria. Consult your doctor if the symptoms persist for more than a few days.
Diarrhoea in VERY YOUNG CHILDREN AND BABIES needs careful attention. Most babies have loose bowel action during their first six months due to their predominantly liquid diet. Sudden bouts of unusually watery diarrhoea should be treated by taking the baby off solids and feeding a cooled solution of boiled water (with a teaspoon of sugar and half a teaspoone of salt to the pint). If the symptoms persist for more than 24 hours, or are accompanied by vomiting or weakness, consult your doctor.
An influenza vaccination is particularly recommended for patients with heart, lung and kidney disease, diabetes and residents of nursing and rest homes and patients over 65 years of age. Please contact the reception staff in September for details of the vaccination dates and to make an appointment. If you are unable to attend the surgery, a home visit will be arranged to undertake this facility.
Gastroenteritis describes a group of diseases affecting the stomach or part of the intestine. Symptoms are often diarrhoea, sickness and stomachache. Because the lining of the stomach is likely to be inflamed medicines are often immediately vomited up. Large quantities of water, orange juice or thin soup should be taken to counter the effects of dehydration. Consult your doctor if symptoms persist for more than a day or, in the case of babies or young children, six hours.
These creatures, prefer clean hair and are, therefore, not a sign of poor personal hygiene. Wash the hair with conditioner and use a nit comb every three days for 2 weeks. Medicated head lotion can be obtained from the chemist without prescription.
Insect Bites and Stings
Antihistamine tablets can be obtained from the chemist without prescription and will usually relieve most symptoms. Note: Bee stings should be scraped away rather than «plucked¡ in order to aviod squeezing the contents of the venom sac into the wound.
Minor Cuts and Grazes
Wash the wound thoroughly with water and a little soap to remove grit and clean wound. To stop bleeding apply a clean handkerchief or dressing firmly to the wound for about five minutes. Cover with a clean dry dressing. Change daily. Expose to air until dry.
Sit in a chair, lean forward with your mouth open over a bowl, and pinch the soft part of your nose just below the bone for at least ten minutes, by which time the bleeding should have stopped. Avoid hot drinks or hot foods for 24 hours. If symptoms persist, consult your doctor.
Treat with a cold compress, containing ice if possible, for 15 minutes to reduce the swelling 4 times a day for 24 hours. Then apply, firmly, a crepe bandage and give the sprain plenty of rest until all discomfort has subsided. Further strain will inevitably lead to further swelling and a longer recovery period. Keep joint elevated when possible.
Most attacks are not serious and are usually caused by indigestion or wind. A hot water bottle will often relieve the symptoms and, in the case of indigestion, a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda in half a glass of water will help. If the pain lasts for longer than eight hours or increases in intensity you should consult your doctor.
Treat as for other burns with cold water to remove the heat. Antihistamine tablets from the chemist will relieve the irritation whilst Paracetamol will also help the pain. Drink plenty of fluids. Children are particularly susceptible to sunburn and great care should be taken to avoid over-exposure to the harmful effects of the sun.
Asthma Treatment in Pregnancy
A MEDICAL discovery of “unexpected magnitude” by University of Newcastle researchers could lead to major breakthroughs that could prevent children from developing asthma.
A trial has found that improved asthma treatment of pregnant women delivers profound benefits to their babies.
The treatment their mothers received reduced the newborns’ chances of developing the common respiratory diseases croup and bronchiolitis by 90per cent.
These illnesses increase a baby’s chance of developing asthma later in life.
The research also confirmed that environmental factors – not just genetics – play a part in the development of asthma.
Professor Joerg Mattes and Dr Vanessa Murphy were part of the team of Newcastle researchers who studied 220 pregnant women.
They will now look to confirm their results on a larger trial of 1000 women.
“The results have been really exciting, it’s great it could lead to a possible way of preventing asthma in children,” Dr Murphy said.
Professor Mattes pointed to the study’s “stunning” results in improving the health of babies after halving the number of asthma attacks their pregnant mums’ had.
“We were really stunned by the magnitude of the effect on respiratory health in infancy,” he said.
“We believe it is now important to follow this up in a larger study to verify the results and move to translate this into health policy.”
Professor Mattes said it was possible that asthma attacks could trigger an immune system response in the mother and baby and the stress this caused might affect the child’s lung growth, although more research needed to be done.
For Newcastle mum Jodi Slinn, who was involved in the trial and had the improved treatment, the thought that her daughter Olivia, 3, might not have to go through asthma like she did is an exciting one.
Mrs Slinn grew up struggling to cope with certain sports because of her asthma and always had to make sure she had her puffer near by.
The mother and daughter were at the Hunter Medical Research Institute yesterday where tests were done on Olivia’s lungs – and everything was found to be working perfectly.
“I just like the thought that asthma can come under environmental factors,” Mrs Slinn said.