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Another school year has started, and parents are more than ever concerned about their child’s welfare, especially their health. Since they won’t be around to look after them all the time, they are naturally wary.

Their kids interact with other kids and do activities that will most likely get their hands dirty and make them prone to certain skin infections. With their fragile skin at their young age, parents will necessarily do everything to protect their children from contracting skin infections.

Dr. Maria Lourdes Palmero, FPDS, explained that there are three forms of skin infections that parents should watch out for in their kids: bacterial, fungal and viral. She said the infections are based on etiology or the kind of organisms that cause it.

Bacterial infection is the most common, she said, caused mainly by Staphylococcus aureus, with minor skin infections such as impetigo or “mamaso” that usually has noticeable golden-yellow crusting that multiplies over time. There can also be folliculitis or small deposits of pus, usually in the hair follicles; then there’s furunculosis or “pigsa” in the vernacular, plus carbunculosis.

For fungal infections, there’s ringworm that is common to children; on the feet, it is called “alipunga” or tinea pedis; on the hands, tinea manum; on the face, tinea faciale; and on the groin, tinea cruris or “hadhad.” In terms of viral infections, it’s the common warts or verruca vulgaris, known in the vernacular as “kulugo” that may be seen more often in children.

Dr. Palmero explained the most common mode of transmission is through contact with an infected person but of course there are other factors. “Food is not a factor, but the environment, specifically the heat or moisture, may be associated to development of fungal infections. A child’s immune status can also be a factor; or if a child has skin barrier issues, like eczema or extremely dry skin, infection may be more easily acquired. These factors make the child prone to infections since organisms can easily enter the skin. Infectious agents may also come from other sources such as animal or pet fur, or even from soil.”

As interactions among kids happen mostly in school, Dr. Palmero said awareness and hygiene are key. “Kids in school who touch things everywhere should have a habit of frequent hand washing to lessen transmission of skin infection. Moisturization also helps to guarantee the skin’s barrier function so they don’t get infected easily.”

To know if their child has bacterial skin infection, parents can look for blisters with golden-yellow crusting that’s slightly moist. If there are small deposits of pus in the skin, that may be folliculitis; or if with nodules, child may have boils. For fungal skin infection, there’s usually a round patch with central clearing (ringworm). For viral warts, there’s usually rough lesions  on the hands or feet.

“These are the common presentations to watch out for; but if there’s increasing severity, parents may notice symptoms like loss of appetite, fever, or body malaise, where the child feels tired or weak. This means the infection is progressing. Fever is the most important sign of worsening infection” Dr. Palmero continues.

She emphasized that parents should have basic ideas on the form of treatment for skin infections. For superficial bacterial skin infections), best options are topical medications that contain mupirocin. But if the infection comes with fever or if it prolongs, Dr. Palmero said it’s best to see a doctor. “Depending on the severity, seek doctor’s advice for systemic treatment, which can be oral or through IV (intravenous) that is administered directly through the bloodstream.”

Fungal infections merit a different medication, mostly the antifungals, such as clotrimazoles or the allylamines. For viral warts, salicylic acid may be used. Again, the treatment depends on the severity of the infection.

Dr. Palmero stresses one piece of advice for parents, though. Aside from teaching their kids proper hygiene, she said there are pediatric dermatologists in the Philippines that they can consult and rely on for advice to keep their kids infection-free. She said for the most effective and safe medical, surgical and cosmetic treatments for the skin, hair and nails, it is better to consult a dermatologist, preferably a member of the Philippine Dermatological Society (PDS), the country’s dermatology authority.

“The problem is many parents resort to self-diagnosis and self-medication. They give drugs that’s most of the time not really warranted. What’s scary is that what they’re doing may worsen the situation and prolong the child’s suffering from infection,” Dra. Palmero stated.

For more about First Aid for Kids follow them on  Instagram (@firstaidforkidsph) or www.facebook.com/firstaidforkidsph.   For topical medications that contain mupirocin, visit Foskina at www.glenmarkpharma.com.

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Pacifiers, is this a good or bad habit to give a pacifier to your baby? There are millions of debates about pacifiers online. Yet, people don’t really know if this is a good idea or bad to give a pacifier to your baby. But at the end of the day, what option you choose is what’s best for you and your baby. If you are considering buying a pacifier, then you might need to know about the different types of pacifiers, the different prices, and its benefits.

There are a large variety of pacifiers, and you need to make the right choice when you are purchasing one for the first time. This is everything you need to know as a first-time parent about pacifiers.

Can it really damage the teeth at a later stage?

There are many parents that believe that giving a pacifier to your baby is going to influence the growth of their teeth. However, only with a proper use of it, developing pacifier teeth can be avoided. 

Why do parents give pacifiers to their children?

A parent with an infant will know what a lifesaver a pacifier can be. Especially, if a baby is crying all the time. This is why parents are using a pacifier often times. It calms the baby down and gives the parent some time to prepare a bottle for feeding. 

It is also a great way to ensure that a baby is comfortable when they are sick. Normally, a baby needs to be comforted when they are sick, and this is what a dummy does.

Buying guide to purchasing the right one

The problem that many parents have, is the fact that there are different pacifiers that they can purchase. And, they never know which one suits best. You don’t need to purchase the most expensive pacifier that you can get. However, there are pacifiers for breastfeeding babies, and there are pacifiers for bottle-fed babies too. This is something that you should consider when you purchase one.

There are also some pacifiers that are suitable for a certain age. Meaning that there are pacifiers for infants and for toddlers. Making sure that you purchase one for the right age can be necessary for safety reasons (Source).

Pacifiers are still helpful in so many ways. Aside from the convenience it gives to some moms, it is believed to help lower the risks for babies to get SIDs. The only important thing is that just make sure that the pacifier you get is according to your baby needs. 

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It’s been a long hiatus, eh? But glad I’m back. I hope this calls for a back on track. Anyhow, I’m here to share my recent dilemma which I happened to resolve just recently. So without further ado, go check my story below!

This article is about on how we should be careful in shopping for spare parts online.

We happen to encounter issues with our stuff at home particularly appliances and from time to time, we need to fix things instead of throwing it up and buy a new one. Thus, looking for spare parts is sometimes the solution.

What’s convenient with today is that we can easily find the spare parts we need whether for your appliances or for your vehicles and that is through the help of online shops. Internet plays an important role towards our lives today and we sure can’t deny the fact how it makes our life more convenient in snap.

So here are the things that you should keep in mind when it comes to shopping for spare parts online.

(c) google.com The Dos
  • Check if the shop is legit even if it is hosted on known platforms like Lazada, Amazon, and more.
  • Always check the shop’s feedback. If you are looking for spare parts for your vehicles, make sure to be cautious in choosing the sellers particularly if you are looking for Discount atv parts. This is to avoid from purchasing a low quality or worst, fake products.
  • Make sure to opt for nothing but known legit stores. To make sure you can get the best spare parts for your vehicle and the like, only go for trusted Honda parts house. Recommendations are the best places to go. This is to ensure that you wouldn’t be spending your money and effort to waste.
The Don’ts
  • Don’t settle for anything that is too good to be true. If you found something online where you can save more than the cheapest value the stuff you are looking for can get, think twice about investing in it. You may become a victim instead.
  • If it is your first time to order and if you happen to become one of the first customers (no feedback in short), don’t risk your credit card information. If you think it is worth risking, try to check if they have cash on delivery as an option to purchase the spare parts. It’s safer though.

Perhaps, it isn’t different from being caution when it comes to shopping online, in general. So whether you are looking for spare parts for your fridge or Honda four wheeler parts, one thing you should keep in mind, never trust fully most especially if it is your first time to purchase in that particular store. Be safe than sorry.

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