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Monkey boy washing his hands

Monkey boy washing his hands

Sung to the tune of “Are you Sleeping”

Tops and Bottoms, Tops and Bottoms (Rub tops and bottoms of hands)
In between, in between (rub fingers inside on both hands)
All around your hands, all around your hands
Makes them clean, makes them clean

Do your kids know how to wash their hands properly? Do they follow a routine? My kids now wash their hands to the tune of the above hand washing song. It’s fun and easy and your kids too can enjoy themselves while they get a through cleanse of their hands through hand washing.

Washing your hands with antibacterial soap before meals and after an outing is a must to ensure that the harmful bacterial which one may have picked up is removed from your hands.  The little hands touch anything and everything and sometimes even end up in their mouth resulting in them falling ill.

Here are the  six steps which Monkey boy uses to wash his hands

Monkey boy washing his hands

Monkey boy washing his hands

He squeezes a bit of Lifebuoy Color Changing Soap onto the palm of his hand.  The soap gradually changes colour as he rubs the soap across his hand. It turns from a colourless gel to a lime green.   Singing the tune for his younger siblings to listen to as he goes along, he ensures that  the soap is spread on the  top of his hand , bottom and in between his fingers.

Once the soap has changed colour, it is an indication that he has used it for at least 10 seconds. This signals  that  99.9% of  bacteria that had accumulated on his hand have been killed and that it’s time to wash off the soap.

Monkey boy washing off the soap

Monkey boy washing off the soap

To ensure that his hand is properly cleansed he has to make sure that all the soap is properly rinsed off he sings the ditty again  It only takes 10 seconds  to keep your hands germ free.

Are your kids washing their hands too?

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Do the Mozzie Wipeout

Dengue Banner from NEA

Dengue Banner from NEA

It is still Dengue Season here in Singapore. Have you been doing the Mozzie Wipeout?

Since the “ Do the Mozzie Wipeout” was kicked off last weekend the number of Dengue cases has risen even further. From  5023 cases to 5712 cases. That’s another 700+ cases within a week!!

My grandfather with my 1st born back in 2004

My late grandfather with my 1st born back in 2004

I personally encountered Dengue fever when my late grandfather was stricken with the disease. Complications which arose from the bout of Dengue fever which he suffered from back in 2006 inevitably let to his death.

 

(My Grandfather’s Story)

 

My late grandfather has had a history of high blood pressure. When he was 84 years old he was inflicted with Dengue fever and it led to complications due to internal bleeding. He had to be hospitalized and had to have blood transfusion as his blood platelet  count dropped to a very dangerous level. While he was undergoing treatment at Alexandra Hospital he suffered a heart attack and had to be placed in the ICU for three days.  In all he was in hospital for about a month undergoing various treatments to deal with  Dengue fever and the complications that arose with it due to his advance age.

Everyone heaved a sigh of relief when he was finally discharged from the hospital and given the all clear. My grandfather couldn’t wait to return home and back to normal life after all the sufferings of being pricked and being subjected to numerous treatments while  being hospitalized.

Unfortunately, his time back home was short lived as he suffered another heart attack a month later. His body was weaken by the fight with Dengue and couldn’t withstand the impact of the 2nd heart attack. He passed away at home while my grandmother was out marketing one morning.

We were all sadden by his sudden departure  on the 26th of July which was 2 days before my grandmother’s birthday. The birthday celebrations that year for grandma had to be cancelled due to funeral.

Since that episode I had another mommy blogger share with me their experience with Dengue.

 

(My Husband’s Encounter with Dengue)

Jiahui from Mumseword.com shared with me the agony she had to go through  when her husband Edmund from Edunloaded.com suffered not from one but two attacks of dengue fever.

In 2008 Edmund contracted Dengue fever for the first time. Back then he suffered from high fever and had major body aches. He didn’t know that he had Dengue fever until it was Day 6 of the onset. It was only through the blood test conducted at the GP that he knew of his diagnosis.  He wasn’t hospitalized but had to take a blood test daily to monitor the blood count. He was tired all the time and didn’t even have energy to watch television or sit up. He was practically in bed the whole week.

The second time Edmund was conflicted with Dengue in 2011  he was hospitalized for  over two weeks for low blood pressure. This time the virus had hit him harder then the first time.

 

 

Staying in the RED zone I have taken some extra precautions to ensure that my home is free from stagnant water and there is no chance of them breeding inside or outside our house.

Here are the activities which I have done.

1)  Replaced the Bamboo Hole caps

 

Bamboo Hole Caps

Bamboo Hole Caps

It is important that you check that your bamboo hole caps are in “working order”. I was shocked to see the  condition of my bamboo hole caps when I checked it over the weekend. Some of the caps had fallen off or even broken off  due to the harsh local weather conditions. We hang our clothes indoors in the laundry area  so I haven’t noticed the state of the bamboo hole caps. It was really timely that I made a check over the weekend.

I used a bottle brush to check if there was any stagnant water within each bamboo holder before replacing the old caps with the newly purchased ones.

 

2) Checked for stagnant water in the 5 prone areas.

 

The areas in the house to look out for stagnant water.

The areas in the house to look out for stagnant water.

 

Do check the following areas in your house for stagnant water.

– Refrigerator Tray ( if your refrigerator has one)

– Dish Rack Tray

– Air-Con Tray

– Gully Trap

– Toilet Pan Collar.

3) Using Insect repellent inside and outside the house.

Plug in Mosquito repellant

Plug in Mosquito repellent

I’ve been making the kids wear long sleeves and pants when we go out at night. They also get sprayed with insect repellent from head to toe each time before they leave the house.

We too have been using the plug-in mosquito repellent in the bedrooms and spraying insecticide in dark corners of the house.

 

What have you been doing to prevent the spread of  Dengue fever in your household?

For the  latest community updates and read stories on the experiences of dengue survivors do visit the  Stop Dengue Now Facebook page. You can also   follow @NEAsg on twitter for live updates.

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