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Blood Health and Keeping It In Check

 

As a mom, everything about your child is important especially when it comes to their health. A healthy child has good appetite, bright eyes, healthy skin, healthy vigor, and has that natural glow. But what not a lot of moms know is that one way to ensure your child’s overall health is keeping his blood health in check. Hey Mom gives you information about blood health, signs of low blood health, and ways to keep it on an optimum level.

 

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What is Blood Health?

The body makes blood by mixing white blood cells, red blood cells, platelets, and plasma. Blood is an important part of the circulatory system. It supplies essential nutrients to cells and fights infection among other things. Healthy blood is when it carries out its duties and its very important role of transporting nutrients all over the body without a hitch.

 

Because our blood is the transporter of nutrients across the body, it plays a major role in reaching your child's optimum development. You’ll notice this in your child’s healthy color, glow, and vigor. Besides that it keeps your child active and on the go, it prevents symptoms that may cause weariness and pallor.

 

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What is Poor Blood Health?

Poor blood health causes your child to be sluggish, lethargic, and pale. When you notice your child tires easily, among the other symptoms mentioned, it might be a sign of declining blood health.

 

Blood deficiency, particularly red blood cells and hemoglobin, results in Anemia. Anemia is the term used for any condition in which the body does not produce healthy red blood cells. In extreme cases, your child may develop Anemia if the signs of poor blood health aren’t treated or prevented from the get go.

 

There are different stages and types of Anemia, and unhealthy blood can lead to more serious cases of Anemia. The most common for children is Iron Deficiency Anemia. It happens when the body does not have enough iron to produce hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is a component of red blood cells that gives blood its red color. It enables the red blood cells to circulate oxygenated blood all throughout the body.

 

If your child is not consuming enough iron, their little bodies will not make enough hemoglobin. This may lead to poor blood health that results in sluggishness, paleness, and lethargy. Iron Deficiency Anemia may eventually develop as well.

 

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Signs and Symptoms of Poor Blood Health

SHORT TERM EFFECTS

Manifestations of poor blood health are so mild that sometimes it goes unnoticed. Observe your child is he is pale (check also the eyes, lips, and nail beds), gets easily fatigued, confused, has shortness of breath, irritable, and easily gets dizzy or light headed.

 

LONG TERM EFFECTS

If left untreated in children, your child may develop Anemia that can seriously affect their growth and development. It impacts their mental development. Behavioral and cognitive functions are affected leading to delays in reading ability and inability to retain attention or focus.

 

Anemia can also cause arrhythmias or irregular heartbeats. This may lead to damaged heart muscle that can contribute to heart failure, organ damages, and stroke.

 

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How to Ensure Optimum Blood Health

Maintaining a healthy, iron rich diet and supplementing with quality iron vitamins is key to prevent poor blood health. Don’t wait for the symptoms to affect your child because blood health should be a daily concern. It is critical in keeping the body healthy and functioning as it transports important nutrients all over the body.

 

Give your child iron-rich foods like red meat, dark green leafy vegetables, pork, poultry, raisins, and iron-fortified foods such as pasta, breads and cereals. Aside from this, don’t forget to supplement your child’s diet with Ferlin everyday. The Iron and Vitamin B Complex supplement supports his development and ensures his blood circulates the nutrients he needs.

 

Ferlin can be your partner in ensuring your child’s blood healthy as it contains Ferrous Sulfate, the gold standard when in comes to iron supplementation. The body easily absorbs Ferrous Sulfate, which activates the blood to transport nutrients all over the body. It helps produce RBCs and is needed to treat and prevent Iron Deficiency Anemia. Ferlin also contains Folic Acid, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B12, and Vitamin B6, vitamins that are essential for healthy blood synthesis and hemoglobin. They aid in production of new cells, help generate new RBCs, and extracts energy from the food your child eats.

 

Ferlin is not just used to prevent and treat Iron Deficiency Anemia. The right combination of vitamins and minerals ensures healthy blood for your child everyday. It assists in your child’s physical and mental development so that he can have healthy looking skin and healthy vigor.

 

Ferlin is available in Oral Drops and in Syrup. Ferlin Oral Drops are for 0 to 2 years old, and Ferlin Syrup is for 2 years old and above.

 

Remember that prevention is better than cure, and ways to ensure optimum blood health lies on the food and supplement your child takes. Make sure your child eats a well-balanced diet with iron-rich foods and takes his Ferlin supplement regularly. This way, you can keep your child’s blood health in check.

Allergic to Allergies: How To Cope With Allergies

 

Allergies are a pain: between the constant sneezing, runny nose, swollen and itchy eyes, and sore throat, allergies can quickly turn an otherwise happy child into a miserable one. Allergies happen when the immune system overreacts to a substance (known as an allergen) that would otherwise be harmless to most people. The body treats the allergen as a foreign invader and threat causing it to go to extreme lengths to get rid of it.

 

If your child suffers from allergies, here are a few ways you can help them cope with it:

 

1. Keep it clean.

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Dust and pollen are often the biggest culprits when it comes to allergic rhinitis. Make sure the environment your child is exposed to is clean, with minimal exposure to allergens that could trigger a reaction.

 

2. Beware of hidden threats.

While you might be keeping your living room clean and dust-free, make sure your child’s room — from the air-conditioning filter to his pillows and sheets — are cleaned and changed regularly.

 

3. Eliminate exposure to allergens.

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If your child is sensitive to pollen, switch playtime to indoor activities and reduce his exposure to the allergens that are causing the problem. If it’s dust that’s the culprit, do the opposite. The fresh air can help cleanse his nasal passages and the absence of the allergens should give him instant relief. Just make sure the house is dust-free before he returns.

 

4. Drink water.

If your child is in the middle of a bad allergy attack, make sure he stays hydrated by drinking plenty of water. If all the drainage has caused a sore throat, you can help him hydrate and soothe his throat with some warm tea (non-caffeinated) mixed with honey and lemon juice.

 

5. Wash hands regularly.

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An allergy attack can spell trouble in terms of cleanliness and hygiene. Scratching itchy eyes with dirty hands can lead to conjunctivitis (also known as sore eyes). Make sure your child is washing his hands regularly and not touching his face too much.

 

6. Steam will do you good.

If your child's symptoms are getting to him, let him take a warm shower. The steam from the water will help loosen up his nasal passages providing temporary relief. Just make sure the water isn't too hot.

 

7. Fight allergies with Allerkid.

Allerkid contains cetirizine, an anti-allergy that blocks the effect of undesirable effect of histamines and provides relief from allergies. Unlike older classes of anti-allergy medicines, Allerkid is less likely to cause drowsiness and dizziness.

 

 

 

 

DIY Halloween Costumes

 

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October has finally arrived and the season of trick or treat is here. It’s time for your little ones to wear their costumes for a day of collecting candies and fun activities with other kids! If you’re on a budget or just into DIY, here are several tips you can try for homemade costumes great for one-time wear!

 

FOR GIRLS

 

NO-SEW-TULLE

Tulle is a great material to work with, and the affordable fabric is best used for dreamy fairy, ballerina, or princess costumes. Here’s how to make a tulle dress for your trick-or-treater.

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Materials needed:

Scissors

Tape

3 yards or more of tulle for kids ages 2-3 years, choose combination of colors or a solid one

1 yard of 2-inch wide ribbon

Ruler or hard cardboard

 

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STEP 1: Cut tulle into strips. 

Cut the tulle into even strips for a neat and clean look. The tulle will be tied in the center, so measure the length from the middle of the strip (so if the length is 12 inches, you need a strip of 24 inches). Cut the fabric to 2 ½ inches each until you have at least 80 strips. It’s easier to place it on a table or floor before cutting to ensure equal cuts.

 

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STEP 2: Tie the tulle.

Tie the tulle strips onto the ribbon by using knots. Start by folding the fabric in half. Place the folded end under the ribbon and stick the other ends up and through it to make a slipknot. Continue putting strips until the ribbon is full enough to wrap around your child’s waist or chest. Make sure to tightly secure the knots. Experiment and alternate colors, or make a statement by using bold uniform hues.

 

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STEP 3: Add color and thickness.

Pull the tulle together to fill in spaces and tie more fabric until you get the desired fullness. For a thicker and fuller tutu, use three or four strips at a time and twist them all in one knot. For different tutu styles, use sharp scissors to shape and cut off bits from the top layer for a layering effect, or simply tie longer tulle strips at the back. You can start from the chest or from the waist to create a dress or a skirt.

 

STEP 4: Make different designs using the tulle skirt/dress.

Using the directions for the tulle skirt and dress mentioned above, you could make different costumes for your little one. Explore how this simple design can make princess, angel, fairy and pixie, ballerina, and rock star looks!

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PRINCESS: Make the tutu’s length long enough to be a dress and start from the chest. Just put a textured ribbon to define the waist and an additional ribbon for the sleeves. For added sparkle, glue jewels to make the dress more sophisticated, and don’t forget let her wear a tiara too.

 

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ANGEL: Just like the princess dress, but opt for all white. Use cardboard for the wings and glue cotton or feathers. A halo made of wire and covered with gold or silver metallic paper completes your angel’s outfit.

 

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FAIRY AND PIXIE: For a Pixie twist to your tulle creation, make the skirt just above the knee and cut the edge in a pointed manner for an uneven puffy effect. Glue handmade or artificial flowers on the tutu. Let your little fairy wear painted cardboard wings and give her a wand made of a stick covered in ribbon and glitters.

 

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BALLERINA: Make a tulle skirt that falls right on the mid-thigh. Pick tulle that’s thicker and harder so it will stand up and will maintain its shape. Dress your little ballerina in stockings, a headband, and ballet shoes.

 

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ROCKSTAR: Opt for a short skirt with mixed tulle in neon colors. Add leggings or high socks, a statement shirt, arm stockings or a glove, and a toy guitar and your baby girl is ready to rock the stage.

 

 

FOR BOYS

 

HOMEMADE MAKEUP TRICKS

There are several household items you can use to create crazy Halloween makeup. Your boys will revel in their zombie, skull, Frankenstein, or clown looks with these!

 

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Materials needed:

White Makeup Base:

  • 3 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon white shortening
  • 2 drops glycerin

Face Paint:

  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon white shortening
  • ½ teaspoon water
  • 2 drops (or more) food coloring of your choice

Fake Blood:

  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 3 tablespoon corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon flour
  • 3 drops (or more) red food color

Rotting Skin Effect:

  • Elmer’s glue
  • 2-ply toilet paper

 

Using these make up tricks, you can create different looks for your trick-or-treater like the zombie, skull, Frankenstein, or clown explained below!

 

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LOOK 1: ZOMBIE

If your child’s skin isn’t sensitive, you can go all out with a zombie look complete with rotting skin and all. Apply a thin amount of Elmer’s glue on your kid’s face, careful to not go close to the eyes and mouth areas. Place small squares of tissue on the glue and smear more glue on top of the tissue squares until you cover the area of the face you want to look “rotting” (you can cover most of the face if you wish). Mix up the face paint ingredients above and paint over the rotting skin and face at a color you desire, such as gray, green, or even light purple. You can also add fake blood by mixing the ingredients above, or bruises by blending blue, purple, green eye shadows. Finish the look with dirty tattered clothes and messy hair!

 

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LOOK 2: SKULL

Mix up the white makeup base ingredients and apply on the face evenly. Don’t forget the neck. After so, create black face paint with the ingredients above, adding black food color. Paint this on closed eyes to create eye sockets, on the tip of the nose for the nose hole, and on the mouth area for the bare teeth. An all black attire or a black hoodie will go well with this look.

 

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LOOK 3: FRANKENSTEIN

Work on the face paint ingredients by adding green as the color of choice. Evenly paint the face to make your boy look like Frankenstein. You can also use the rotting skin effect on parts of the forehead, plus fake stitches, to complete the look. Your child can even go as the Hulk if he prefers to be that kind of green!

 

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LOOK 4: CLOWN

Apply the white makeup base on your child’s face. Mix up some face paint on red, sky blue, and other fun colors you can think of. You can paint the eyes sky blue, the signature exaggerated smile red, and the nose red too. You can also add yellow stars or orange freckles on the cheeks. Poofy pants, suspenders, and a polo shirt will tie in the theme.

 

 

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