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A Simple Habit Instilled in a Fun Way, Here is How

Kids these days are much smarter and aware than earlier. They observe and start noticing everything from a very young age. I remember when my younger one was a year old and we all went to Goa for a holiday. It was her first time on the beach and when we made her stand on the beach, she would not let her feet down in the sand saying, “chhi, chhi,” then slowly when she noticed that sand could be washed away easily with the waves, she started having fun with it. She enjoyed getting her feet “dirty” with the sand and letting the waves clean her feet. We had great fun watching her antics and her liking for cleanliness.

It is extremely important for kids to learn the habit of maintaining hygiene in order to grow up as an adult who practices hygiene. The other day my elder one was telling me an incident that happened at her school. She told me that during lunch time all her friends were having lunch together in the playground. All of them had washed their hands before eating lunch but there was one child who hadn’t and didn’t want to go all the way to the handwashing area. Following from the 1-2-3 regime that I had taught her, my daughter asked him to close his eyes and bring his hands in front. Then she flipped open the cap, poured a coin-sized drop of Dettol hand sanitizer in his hands and asked him to rub them. After that, she asked him to open his eyes and He noticed his hands were clean he thanked her. He went back home and asked his mother to buy him a Dettol Sanitizer with a sling to tie it to his bag. The next day, during lunchtime, he asked my daughter to close her eyes and bring her hands in front. He put a drop of the sanitizer and asked her to rub her hands. He then asked her to open her eyes and she immediately guessed the product and was happy to see her friend using it too.

I have always taught my kids to clean their hands in a fun way and love the way they follow it for themselves but are teaching it to their friends also. Here are a few games and tips by which I make hand washing fun for them:

1.    Rhyme and song

We sing a rhyme while washing hands which goes-

Wash, wash, wash your hands,

Wash it every day,

Father, mother, sister, brother,

Wash it every day”

The rhyme makes it fun for kids and they love to sing it together whenever they wash their hands.

2.    Making bubbles

Kids love playing with bubbles. I always keep a liquid hand wash on the wash basin and show them how fun it is to make bubbles during a hand wash. We can build a story like how there are several germs in their hands which can make them sick. The bubbles of hand wash have germ kill in it. Kids enjoy stories and love to wash their hands themselves and play with bubbles in the washroom.

3. Attractive hygiene essentials

Getting attractive bath accessories with kids’ favourite cartoon helps a lot in developing their interest in hand wash regime. A beautiful towel with Peppa Pig and a beautiful hand wash dispenser bottle are two of my kids’ favourite hygiene essentials.

 4.   Fun in park

I usually notice that while playing in the park mothers of small kids carry their snack boxes with them. Small kids are generally impatient and instantly grab on their snacks without even waiting to clean their hands. It is important at that time to sanitize their hands before eating. Teaching them to use a hand sanitizer using the1,2,3 Germs se ho free regime that Dettol sanitizer has in its ad is a helpful way to remember using it before eating.

Also because its monsoons it is more important to take care of health and hygiene during this season. Developing hygiene habits and teaching them to maintain personal hygiene helps in preventing diseases caused by viruses in this season. Good hygiene habits also ensure good health for kids. Helping them learn about hygiene solutions is therefore very important.

This blog was first published on momspresso. You can also read it here : A Simple Habit Instilled in a Fun Way, Here is How

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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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Super Healthy Recipe for the Super Speedy Recovery of a Sick Toddler

One of the cutest and adorable stage of childhood is the toddler stage. However, even the cutest toddler throws the most difficult tantrum to handle. It is at this stage that the children are developing food habits. They start showing up their likes and dislikes. Children become fussy eaters also. Children become fussy eaters also at this stage. The most difficult and dreaded part comes when they fall sick and refuse to eat anything.

I used to feel like pulling my hair and crying when they would fall ill and would not allow even a single bite to go down their tummies. A slight push and you will find yourself mopping the floor with all the food that had gone into the little tummies with so much struggle. The challenge is to be patient at this time.

Super Healthy Recipe for the Super Speedy Recovery of a Sick Toddler

After researching a lot, I found one super food that works like magic potion during such days and that is quinoa.
Quinoa is a super food and has many benefits. It is easily digestible and has many health benefits. It is tasty, crunchy and can be cooked in a variety of ways. Here are some of its benefits:
1. It is high in vitamin A, C, and E.
2. It is high in magnesium, potassium, and calcium.
3. It has 8 essential amino acids.
4. It is an excellent source of iron.
5. It is rich in protein.

Quinoa is a great option for parents who have a tough time feeding their kids with healthy food. It can be cooked like rice and served with curries and gravies.

A simple way of giving it to a toddler is in the form of khichdi.

Quinoa Khichdi
Ingredients:
¼ cup – quinoa
½ cup – moong dal
2 cup – water
Salt- to taste
¼ cup – finely chopped vegetables like peas, beans, carrots, cauliflower etc.
1 tbsp – Ghee
¼ tsp – turmeric
¼ tsp – cumin seeds

Method:
1. Rinse quinoa several times to remove its bitterness.
2. Rinse moong dal 3-4 times.
3. Soak quinoa and moong dal for 30 minutes.
4. In a pressure cooker, put ghee and let it heat.
5. Add cumin seeds, and let it splutter.
6. Add chopped vegetables and sauté them.
7. Add quinoa, moong dal and water. Add salt and turmeric.
8. Close the pressure cooker and allow it to whistle.
9. After about 1-2 whistles, remove from gas and allow it to cool.
10. Before serving, add a spoon full of ghee or butter.

I find this recipe especially useful when my kids fall ill and are unable to eat much. Quinoa khichdi is easy to chew and digest. With the benefits of quinoa, it helps in their speedy recovery also.

This blog post is a part of #Baby_ToddlerFood Blog Train hosted by Anisha from Momzdiary, Deepali from Myteenytot and Danisha from Lovethatyoucanbuy

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How to Help Kids Develop Interest in Maths

Maths is an interesting subject, however, it is often perceived as difficult or tough by most of us. This perception of ours often gets ingrained among the children which later gets converted in maths phobia. To get rid of this phobia or to make sure that kids do not develop it, I always made sure to make my kids number friendly right from the very beginning. It is not about making kids study maths or drilling them with maths exercises instead it is about involving and creating activities with numbers so that kids develop an interest in them.

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Maths in Nature
Maths is everywhere around us. We often fail to notice or observe it. Recently, while helping my daughter in her school projects, I came across this very interesting topic of Maths in Nature. It’s a great way of letting kids know how maths is present in nature and is an essential part of it. For older kids, let them observe and notice the patterns and symmetry in leaves, flowers, trees and animals.
For younger kids, take them for a nature walk and let them observe the lines, shapes and sizes of different leaves and flowers. Let them compare their colours, textures, sizes.

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Maths in Real Life
Let the kids explore the various aspects of Maths in everyday life. While walking on the road, we can point out the pattern of the zebra crossing. The comparison in the size of different vehicles, the shapes of various buildings. Older kids can be asked to observe 3 D shapes in various buildings. They can be shown the pictures of different structures like pyramids, tombs, rectangular buildings and so on.

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Fun Games with Maths
Remember, hopscotch? We could play this fun game based on numbers for hours at a stretch. This game is based on numbers, forward counting, backward and skip counting. How about taking this game a little forward and writing multiplication tables in each block? Children will have fun learning tables and never forget them.

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Maths Based Board Games

Games like Snakes and ladder, monopoly, Business, Ludo and various card games like UNO, playing cards and even Tambola help kids develop an interest in numbers from the very beginning. If parents get involved while playing such games with their children, they will find numbers fun.

There are a number of other activities which I did with my daughters to make them number friendly. Once, the child develops an inclination towards numbers, they will always find it easy while learning in their later life in school.

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Activities for Learning Patterns and Free Printable

Patterns are found everywhere around us. They bring order and regularity in our lives. You must have noticed how even a small child starts forming patterns and learns to put up random objects in a certain kind of pattern. For example, even a toddler quickly starts joining blocks and gives them a certain order. Kids find it too interesting to arrange utensils like bowls and spoons in a certain order or pattern. This is because it is our basic tendency to create an order or arrange the things out of unorderly things.

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Why learning patterns is important for children?
Patterns are all around us, be it buildings, flowers, trees, bridges, floor tiles and so on. Patterns are taught as a part of maths, bet they are used in almost every subject. Even music and dance has patterns. Learning about patterns is an important part of future learning. They help in making predictions and generalizations. It is a basic maths skill. Patterns help us to create a balance and bring harmony in our everyday lives. They also help us in learning logic, sequencing and structure.

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How to teach patterns to kids?
Patterns are not only easy to learn but interesting also. Recently, I did a few simple activities to teach pattern to my daughter. I used simple things like spoons, butter knives, forks, pens and pencils for this activity.

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I arranged similar objects in simple pattern and asked her to put in the line which object comes next. We did this activity for a while taking various objects and changing the pattern. She enjoyed it a lot.

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Also, the best way to teach pattern is take the kids outdoor and let them observe pattern in real life like zebra crossing, pattern on a tree, the arrangement of various pots and plants in the garden and so on.
Once, the child has learnt patterns and can create pattern on his own. You can give them worksheets or printable for practice.
I am attaching here the downloadable version of a few worksheets that I created and gave my daughter to practice patterns. Click on the link below to download free printable for learning patterns.

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