The Department of Health declared a Measles outbreak and parents are alarmed. The virus spreads through air and in contact with the infected person. (Sounds like a Bird Box thing if you ask me).
Anyway, as Mom I know that there is a health plan I can do and implement in our household to help prevent Measles.
Let me share with you my Mommy tips on how we can help prevent Measles. This list does not only apply to Measles alone…
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Parenting Ways To Help Prevent Sickness and Stay Healthy
1. Get Vaccinated
The MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine is given for free in public hospitals and health centers.
The 1st dose is given during a baby’s 9th month and 2nd dose when the baby turns 1. Now due to the outbreak, the vaccine can be given as early as 6 months old.
Recently, there’s been a controversy on vaccines and parents have become reluctant to have their child vaccinated. But it is the only tool that can protect your child from such diseases. Don’t leave your child and other children vulnerable. The more you know about vaccines, the better you can do informed decisions.
2. Team Bahay Plan
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To lessen virus exposure, its best to stay inside the house. Staying away from malls, playgrounds and other crowded places in the meantime.
Instead, keep your child busy with fun and learning activities, Disney movies and family bonding.
3. Boost the Immune System
Vitamins are good supplements to strengthen your child’s immune system. Vitamin A, C and D are the essentials in fighting off sickness.
Make sure that your baby gets enough rest and sleep.
If you are breastfeeding, now is the best time to continue more than ever as the anti bodies can help fight off viruses.
4. Good Nutrition
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Serve the family with homecooked meals that are rich in proteins and vegetables.
Skip the best desserts first (chocolate, cakes, cookies etc…) and go with fruits as they are the top sources of vitamins too. Make sure to keep everyome hydrated with water and milk. No sodas, milk teas and lattes.
Try to have a balanced diet to keep the body healthy and with nutrients.
5. Proper Hygiene
Maintain a clean environment. Sanitize the household and your child’s toys.
Regular bathing and change of clothes, proper handwashing, alcohol sanitization and even wearing of mask when you go out.
These are the basic and effective ways to avoid spreading of virus and achieving safe surroundings.
6. Be A Conscious Adult
Remember the common etiquettes of covering your mouth when you cough, or nose when you sneeze.
It’s better to be maarte and cautious but safe, than sorry. We are the adults here, and we should know better.
If you arrive home from work or outside, avoid kissing or hugging your child immediately. Wash you hands first, change your clothes or much better, to take a bath.
7. Be Informed
Update yourself on health news and the status of the outbreak in your community so you can plan ahead.
Ask medical and healthcare professionals if you have any medical questions for they know and will be able to handle situations much better.
Our family is doing this and I hope that you get to share these tips to others as well so they can do a health plan too.
Its never too late to start and we all want our babies to be safe always. The more we know, the better we can act accordingly.
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I did an infographic on this topic and shared it to my social media accounts. Please check them out here
To the parents and guardians reading this, any other things I can add to this list? Let me know on the comments below.
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Stay safe and healthy everyone!