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Best Remedy to Unblock Your Baby’s Nose

With the onset of monsoons, viral infections are on a high. Cold, cough, stomach ache and diarrhoea become common in every household. It is very difficult for a mother to see her baby falling sick due to these. Children become cranky all day and are unable to sleep at night. This is a very painful sight for a mother.

During monsoons, when the weather becomes cooler, children also suffer from blocked nose. Children get extremely cranky because of the discomfort caused due to nasal congestion. Both the bacteria and viruses are there all through the year but they become more active during the rainy season. There could be many reasons for the increased viral infections and common colds during this time – the cold, the growth of germs in stagnant water, mixing of clean and infected water and decreased immunity. 

How Nasal Congestion Affects Babies?

1)    Obligatory nose breathers

Babies who are less than 1 year of age are obligatory nose breathers which means that they can only breathe through their nose. When they suffer from Nasal congestion, they have difficulty breathing. 

2)    Mental and physical growth

Chronic nasal congestion leads to mouth breathing. Mouth breathing disrupts our natural body mechanics and adversely affects other bodily functions. 

3)    Food intake of toddlers

Toddlers are obligatory nose breathers. With a blocked nose, they use their mouth to breathe. When they are eating food they find it difficult to breathe. A blocked nose also affects their hunger since they cannot smell or taste the food. 

4)     Kids become highly cranky and restless due to nasal congestion.

What are the symptoms of nasal congestion in children below 6 years of age?

1)    The nose is runny and drooling all the time. 

2)    You can hear a whistling sound in the breathing of the child.

3)     Nasal congestion leads to snoring while the baby is sleeping. 

4)    You will find the child picking up on his nose often. 

Best remedies for nasal congestion in babies

  1.    Increase the humidity in the room with the help of a humidifier. 
  2.    Increase the intake of liquids and water throughout the day.
  3.    Give steam inhalation to babies to give relief from congestion.
  4.   Put a well squeezed towel soaked in warm water gently on the forehead and around the nose to give warm compress. 
  5.    Give a lot of quiet time and rest to recover speedily. 
  6.   Give saline solution nasal drops to relieve the nasal blockage.
  7.    For children above 2 years of age, place a pillow under the mattress so that there is an angle with the child’s head higher than the feet. This may help out in draining mucus out of sinusitis.
  8.    Consult a doctor if the blockage persists and take proper medication. 

About Nasivion Nose Drops

Nasivion nose drops is a nasal decongestants in an easy drop form. It unblocks the nose and provides relief to the baby. It comes in different strength according to the age of the child. Give it only after consulting a doctor.

  1. a)    Nasivion (0.01%) Mini is for infants below 1 year. 
  2. b)    Nasivion (0.25) Paediatric is for children between the ages of 1-6 years. 
  3. c)    Nasivion saline nasal solution helps soothe nasal dryness and improve nasal hygiene.

Give the dosage as per the advice of the doctor. 

Nasal congestion is troublesome not only for the baby but for mothers too. Maintaining hygiene and sanitation in and around the house proves beneficial especially during the monsoons as it checks the growth of bacteria and viruses.

Hope you found these tips helpful do share with me your experiences and tips in the comments box below. 

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Home hacks I swear by every monsoon

Monsoon is a beautiful season. It is poetic, romantic, dreamy and just lovely. However, it monsoon also means dampness, moisture, mud, and leaks. Muddy footprints in the house is an unavoidable issue. It also brings with it a lot of infections and mosquitoes. That’s why It becomes essential to take care of health, hygiene, and sanitation in and around the house.

Here are some tips which I follow every year to make my house ready before monsoons in order to prevent mosquitoes and diseases.

1. Timely repair of taps and pipes

I keep a check on all the pipes and get them repaired in time to avoid any water seepage or water accumulation at any place around the house. Also, the place where water purifiers are installed generally remains damp and moist. It is a must to keep it dry and clean during this season.

2. Dark areas

It becomes a must before the onset of monsoons to spot all the dark areas of the house and get them cleaned regularly. Areas that are underneath the sink especially become a breeding ground for mosquitoes and germs during this season. Every night I clean these places and spray mosquito repellents or a disinfectant liquid in this place.

3. Sewage

It is extremely important to de-clog the sewages regularly. Even if the sewage is not clogged, I put de-clog and drain cleaning powders regularly during monsoons. It prevents mosquitoes and cockroaches from entering the house.

4. Declutter is a must

It is very important to declutter and organise the house especially kitchen before monsoons. The unused items lying around the house often clutter the house and become the breeding ground of mosquitoes and spread infections.

Also, organise the house and kitchen in such a way that every member should be able to access the things easily.

5. Care for the closets

It is useful to put some neem leaves or cloves in the between the clothes in the cupboards to keep the silverfish at bay and keep them fresh.

6. Roll away those carpets

If you have carpets in the house, it is better to roll them away during monsoons. It is a very common sight to have wet feet and shoes in the house, carpets become damp with wet feet and do not dry easily during this season. It becomes difficult to maintain hygiene with carpets around during rains as they can house germs.

7. Keep an antiseptic liquid handy

It is important to keep hygiene essentials like antiseptic liquid and a liquid handwash at an easily accessible place and ensure that everyone uses it at least once after coming from outside and especially after getting caught in the rains. Cuts and bruises are not uncommon, so for that, I keep a bottle of antiseptic liquid handy since the chances of infections are very high in this season.

8. Checking the doors and windows

It is always better to keep the doors and windows tightly shut and see that the rainwater does not come inside from beneath the doors. For this, one can get a rubber strip fixed at the bottom of the door which would keep rainwater away.

9. Change and wash upholstery

I wash the curtains with Antiseptic liquid before the monsoons because these catch a lot of dust and do not dry easily during the rainy season. It is advisable to either change them and opt for light colours and wash them before the onset of monsoons to keep a check on mosquitoes.

10. Throw away unwanted shoes

Shoes if lying unused for some time, start catching fungus due to dampness. It is better to get rid of them before monsoons and clean and wash those which are being used regularly. Also, whenever possible keep them under the sun to ensure there is no moisture in them.

11. Regular cleaning of dustbins

It is always better to change the dustbins or clean and dry them properly. Also, if possible to use dustbin bags for proper disposal of garbage.

12. Door knobs and handles

I remember when my father was discharged from hospital last year, doctors especially advised us to clean the switchboards, door knobs and handles with a good surface cleaner like Dettol. These are touched by everybody especially the maids and have a lot of germs in them. To avoid the spread of germs in the house, it is important to clean them every day.

I follow these tips to take care of the health and hygiene for my family. Let me know your tips and hacks for monsoons too in the comment box.

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Mother’s Day Special Recipes By FunFoods by Dr. Oetkar

We are celebrating Mother’s Day today. What could be a better way to make mothers happy than to give her a day’s rest and cook some special recipes for her? Today, I am going to share with you some fun recipes by FunFoods by Dr. Oetkar.

Roti Salad

Roti Salad
Serving: 2
Ingredients:
2 Rotis
2 tbsp Onions
3 tsp Lemon Juice
2 tbsp Spring Onions
2 tbsp Tomatoes (chopped)
1 tsp Sabzi Masala
½ tsp Garam Masala Powder
2 tbspDr. Oetker FunFoods Mayonnaise Diet
50 g Paneer
20 – 25g Green Bell Peppers
20 – 25g Carrot
20 – 25gCucumber
Coriander Leaves
15g Almonds Slivers
Directions:
1. Roll the 2 rotis together and cut into thin juliennes.
2. For the dressing, in a mixing bowl add 2 tbsp chopped onions, 1 tbsp. lemon juice, 2 tbsp spring onions, 2 tbsp chopped tomatoes, mix it. Now add 1 tsp. sabji masala, ½ tsp garam masala and 2 tbsp diet mayonnaise, stir and mix the dressing. Now add the roti juliennes to the dressing and 50 gm of crumbled. Mix everything together and plate it.
3. Now in the same bowl, add juliennes of ¼ green bell pepper, ¼ carrot & ¼ cucumber and fresh coriander leaves, mix it with the leftover juices from the dressing. Use this as the garnish over the roti salad and finish with a sprinkle of about 1 tbsp of almond slivers.

Level: Beginner

Preparation time: 15 Minutes

Aloo Tikki

Aloo Tikki Burger

Serving: 1

Ingredients:

3 tbsp Dr. Oetker FunFoods Mayonnaise Burger
1 Portion Burger Bun
1 Portion Aloo Tikki
1 Piece Tomato (Medium, sliced)
1 Piece Onion (Medium, sliced)
Directions:
1. Spread 1 tbsp burger mayonnaise on each half of burger bun.
2. On bottom, half of burger bun place burger patty, tomato slices, onion slices. Add a dollop of mayo and top it up with other half of the bun. Serve

Level: Beginner

Preparation time: 5 Minutes

Chatpata Creamy Corn Cups

Chatpata Creamy Corn Cups
Serving: 2
Ingredients:
100 g Jaggery
100 ml Water
1 tbsp Tamarind Pulp
1 Cinnamon Stick
1 Bay Leaf
½ tsp Black Peppercorn
2 ½ g Ginger (ginger)
150 g Corns
3 tbsp Dr. Oetker FunFoods Mayonnaise Garlic
75 g Cheese (processed)
4 – 5 g Mint Leaves
Salt
Directions:
1. Put the pan on flame, add 100 gm jaggery, 100 ml water & 1 tbsp tamarind pulp & stir. Add 1cinnamon stick, 1 bay leaf, ½ tsp black peppercorn and salt. Add the chopped ginger & 150 gm sweet corn. Cover the lid and let it cook for at least 30 minutes.
2. After 30 minutes, add 3 tbsp of garlic mayonnaise, and mix with a whisk finely. Now add 75 gm processed cheese grated into the preparation. Add a few mint leaves, cook more for about 5 minutes and prepare to plate.
3. Serve as suggested in a glass with tamarind pulp.
Level: Beginner
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes

Chocolate Cupcake

Chocolate Cupcakes
Serving: 3
Ingredients:
250 g Dr. Oetker FunFoods Eggless Bake Mix 11 Cakes
8 tbsp Dr. Oetker FunFoods Mayonnaise Veg
100 ml Water
50 g Butter
3 tbsp Whipped Cream
50 g Blueberry Jelly
2 tsp Sugar (icing)
Directions:
1. Empty the eggless bake mix into a mixing bowl. Add 7 tbsp of Mayonnaise Veg & 100 ml water, stir thoroughly & then add 50 gm of melted butter. Stir continuously till batter has blended evenly.
2. Preheat the oven to 180degree C, fill the mix into the moulds. Bake it for about 20 minutes roughly, check once with a toothpick a little after 15 minutes. Remove them once ready and keep it aside to cool.
3. For frosting, mix the whipped cream with 1 tbsp of Mayonnaise Veg, fill this mix into the piping bag. Start frosting the cup cakes with the cream and top it/garnish with the blueberry jelly. Give a touch of icing sugar in the end.
Level: Beginner
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes

This is a sponsored post written for FunFoods By Dr. Oetkar. However, the views and expressions are all mine.

 

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Go Stylish This Summers with Divatress

Disclaimer : This is a sponsored post. The views and opinions expressed are entirely mine

I had become very tired of my looks and was looking for some change. Having worked as a hairstylist myself and been in the beauty industry for more than a decade, I am extremely conscious about the health of my hair and avoid getting chemical treatments done on my hair.

Hair are a very important part of beauty and a good hairstyle goes a long way in making your style statement. Also, at the same time, we easily become tired of carrying the same hairstyle for a long time. Especially during the wedding season, when one has to attend a number of functions, we need a new hair style for every function. While surfing the net and looking for some new hairstyling options, I came across Divatress.com. Divatress, is a company that sells thousands of wigs and hair care products.

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The idea of hair braiding and trying different braids and curls really struck with me. I always find curls and braids more fascinating since I have straight hair. They make the hair look thicker, voluminous and more glamorous. But braiding or curling your own hair is really time consuming. Divatress offer crochet braids hair which can be easily installed in your own hair. They merge in the hair beautifully and look absolutely natural. 

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Why Crochet Braids

1.  Easy to use-

        Crochet braids can be easily installed in your own  hair with the help of a crochet needle.

2.  Less time consuming-

It takes less time than braiding your own natural hair.

3.   Variety of hairstyles-

There is a huge variety of crochet braids ranging from pre-braided and twisted-style to wavy and curly styles along with different colour options too.

4.   Hassle free hairstyles-

Crochet braid is completely hassle free way of changing your hairstyles.

5.   Safe for hair-

There is no chemical treatment or heat treatment involved in the process. So, you can have any colour or any kinds of curls in your hair without having to worry about the hair getting damaged.

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So, whether you are a stay at home mom and looking for some change in your hairstyle or are a professional who needs to change her looks every now and then, go ahead for crochet braids hair and look glamorous this summer.  Crochet braids hair is for everybody who wants to experiment with their looks and is looking for a change in hairstyle.

 

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Fun Filled Family Getaway: KidZania Delhi NCR

As soon as exams got over, my kids started insisting us to take them to their favourite place which is KidZania Delhi NCR. We happily obliged as it was a much deserved break and also it’s a place where they can have unlimited fun along with some learning too. KidZania is an entire city full of fun for kids.


It’s a place which offers various role play activities for kids ranging from doctors, engineers, lawyers, judges, dancers, radio jockeys and many more. There is a hospital, a dental clinic, petrol pump, driving school, airport, Pepper fry furniture store, services like DHL, Bajaj energy conservation hub to name a few. All these are child driven activities which provide children real hands on experience of the working of these places.


The best part of KidZania is their security system. They provide a device to every member of the family which helps parents to keep a track of the kids and locate where they are. So, while the kids are engaged in all the activities, parents can easily sit back and enjoy themselves at the parents lounge. There are a number of food joints which offer a variety of food and coffee shops. To keep the memories of KidZania, there is a photo shop and a souvenir shop as well.


KidZania has also come up with some activities for adults too. So, parents who want to participate can opt for activities like Amity University, Archaeological site, Bollywood, courthouse, Disco lounge, Furtado’s school of music and Shiamak Dance academy and many more.


KidZania is the best place to celebrate your kid’s birthday and let their friends have an experience they will cherish forever. This place has so much to do for everyone that it makes it impossible to complete all the activities in one visit. Kids also get to open an account in Yes Bank and manage their own Kidzos, debit card and Pazzport.

For performing the role activities the kids have to either earn or spend their kidzos which enables them to learn the concept of earning, spending and saving money. At the end of their visit, they can also shop for themselves at the departmental store.

The activities which became a hit for my kids were rock climbing for my elder one and nursing the baby for my younger one. Apart from that my kids also enjoyed performing surgeries at the hospital and the dental treatment at the clinic.
For us, the most joyful sight was watching the kids running around as cops catching a thief and extinguishing fire as fire men. The experience of sitting at a fire engine was simply unforgettable.

So, what are you waiting for, take your kids to the most exciting place in the city and just sit back and enjoy.
For more details visit: http://india.kidzania.com/en-in