Category Archives: Child safety tips

6 Kid-Friendly Snacks for Fuss-Free Travel

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You’re all set to go on a fabulous road trip, but then there’s that one question — ‘What to give the kids if they get hungry while travelling?’. Believe it or not, we’ve got some quick, nutrient-packed snacks that can come to the rescue (These are way better than store bought chips )!

  • Fruits
  • Roasted Makhane
  • Banana chips
  • Dry Fruits (Avoid in very small babies)
  • Roasted pumpkin seeds/Sunflower seeds
  • Khakra
  • Biscuits
  • Pop Corn
  • Granola bars

It’s an all-time favorite with kids in western countries. Low on sugar and high in fiber, they’re a great way to enhance nutrient uptake while on the move. Team them up with mini yogurt cups for an added calcium boost.

Kiddy cereal (Honey loops/chocos /oat-bites)

Breakfast need not be an ordeal. Think outside the box by carrying with you store brought kiddie cereal. Make a nifty necklace out of ring cereal and have your kids wear it while travelling. They will have a blast snacking on these neck munchies.

Celery sticks with peanut butter

Stuff a half-filled jar of peanut butter with celery sticks and carry it with you while on the move. When hungry, pull out a stick and let them munch away. Full of protein, vitamins, and energy, this yummy snack will ensure a fuss-free travelling experience.

Baby carrots with sour cream

Cut and peel a few baby carrots and store them in an airtight container along with a small cup of sour cream. Yummy ‘and’ healthy! What more could you ask for?

Spinach and cheese wraps

Cook some chopped spinach with cheese and spread it out onto whole wheat pita bread. Cut them into mini rolls and store them in an air-tight container along with napkins. Remember to pull this one out first as they don’t store too well.

Banana bon-bons

Slice up some bananas, dip them in the kids’ favorite yoghurt and roll them up in crushed crackers. Freeze them overnight in an airtight container and carry along. They are great for road trips as they defrost slowly.

So for your next grand adventure or holiday, try these simple recipes to appease the kiddie hunger pangs.

Bon voyage!

Tips to Prevent Motion Sickness

Motion sickness as we all know happens while traveling. It is more common in young children. Simple definition is nausea and fatigue which is caused by motion of head. It is associated with disorientation as well.

Motion sickness is very common while traveling especially to hilly areas. It can happen in any mode of transportation.

Symptoms can start suddenly or gradually. Most common symptoms are nausea, vomiting, dizziness, sweating etc. It usually stops as soon as we journey is completed. More frequent travellers have less of these symptoms.

How to prevent it

  • Try to occupy the seat where minimum motion will be felt. Seating arrangement should be such that you are as close to front as possible, so that you can see through the front of car and focus on the road and destination.
  • Stay clear of sick people; it may sound mean but if you have other people vomiting around you, there is high chances you will yourself end vomiting.
  • Do not eat heavy, oily meals just before the journey.
  • Road Trip: better to sit in front seat or drive yourself
  • Train travel: Window seat and face forward
  • Plane travel: Seat over front edge of wing is better. Direct the air vent flow towards your face
  • By water (Ship): Try to get front or middle cabin which is near the water level.

Treatment options:

  • Focus on distant stationary object. Do not stress yourself and avoid reading.
  • Try to keep your head still
  • Avoid smoking
  • Avoid spicy food or heavy meals
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Drink carbonated beverage to help settle stomach or Eat dry crackers

Drugs:

  • Antihistaminics: 30 to 60 minutes prior to journey
  • Transdermal Patch
  • Hyosine (Buscopan)
  • Phenergan (Promthazine)

These drugs should be given only under medical supervision after advice from your doctor.

 

regards

Dr Rahul Varma

Making the Holidays and Vacation Time Safe for Kids

Child's drawing happy family on the holiday car trip

With winter vacation round the corner, this is the time where most of the families plan a holiday with family and friends. It could be your favorite tourist destination or home town visit to grandparents. Lot of travelling, odd time sleep, special traditions and awesome food and hectic schedule; it all can take a toll on the health of your little ones.

Here are few tips which might come handy in making holidays memorable and preventing emergency visits to hospital.

  • Choking and swallowing: avoid keeping foods which can cause choking near young kids. In less than 3-4 years old kids, peanuts, ground nuts, any small round items like tree decoration, small toys can be very dangerous, if accidentally swallowed. Danger of these items going into lungs and causing breathing difficulty. We get lots of Emergency room visits for the same, it might even need bronchscopy to remove these items.
  • Poisoning: Lots of accidental ingestion of poisonous decorative items, which might look very attractive to small babies (eg Christmas decorative items, toilet cleaner, floor cleaner). Sometime kids might accidentally drink alcohol based drinks (left over of party), dispose of all those stuff safely, before going to sleep.
  • Fire: Accident burn injuries are common near bonfire. Whenever partying make sure kids are under constant supervision.
  • Road safety tips to avoid accidents: Use Car seats for small kids and proper size seat belts for older kids (it can be life saving in case of accidents on long road trips).
  • Accidents: Keep fancy decoration items which are easily breakable out of reach of children. Keep children under constant supervisions. Outdoor activities of kids need to be monitored too.
  • Kit of emergency drugs to be kept safely with you before travelling. Common medicines for vomiting, gas , fever can be kept to be used in case of emergency before you are able to consult any doctor.
  • Maintain general Hygiene measures at all time and follow universal precautions. It is always advisable to have a general check up done with your doctor before you head for long holidays.

Happy Holidaying

Swimming pool safety tips for kids to prevent water borne diseases

Water illnesses can happen when someone has contact with, swallows, or breathes in water that is contaminated with germs. This can happen in a swimming pool, hot tub, water fountain, water park, lake, or ocean.

Most such infections are diarrhea-related and often are caused by the parasite Cryptosporidium, which normally lives in the gastrointestinal tract and is found in feces (poop). Other infections can affect the skin, eyes, ears, and respiratory tract. Kids, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems can be the most affected by these infections.

A few tips to protect against recreational water illnesses:

  • Kids with diarrhea should not swim.
  • Take kids on bathroom breaks often and change swim diapers often (not at the poolside).
  • If you are taking a baby in the water who is not potty trained, use a swim diaper.
  • Wash hands after using the bathroom or changing diapers.
  • Avoid swallowing or getting water in your mouth.
  • Keep a pool’s water clean by showering before entering the pool.
  • After swimming, dry ears well with a towel/washcloth, tilting each ear down to help water drip out of the ear canal. This can help prevent swimmer’s ear (an ear infection due to trapped water in the ear canal).

 

Regards

Dr Rahul Varma