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Protecting your kids from Dengue

Doggie boy, Tiger girl and Me

Doggie boy, Tiger girl and Me

Taking care of my kids’ health is one of my top priorities. It is important for me to keep them healthy, so that they can fully enjoy their childhood.

Solo parenting is not an easy task and my greatest fear would be for any one of my kids to fall ill and be hospitalized. Their great grandfather died from post complications due to dengue hemorrhagic fever in 2006 and I sincerely hope that this painful disease will inflict none of them. 

So despite the never-ending struggle to balance four different schedules, I always make sure that our home is adequately protected against dengue, especially now in 2016, when the number of dengue cases is unusually high and could hit 30,000 cases – higher than the record in 2013 when 22,170 cases were reported.

I’ve read that this surge in dengue cases is mostly due to warmer weather conditions, high mosquito population and change of main circulating virus. To break the rising dengue transmissions, immediate action must be taken to bring down the Aedes mosquito population in our environment.

If you do not know, the Aedes mosquito is the vector that carries and transmits the dengue virus, which can be fatal in certain circumstances. There is currently no treatment or known effective vaccine for the disease, so the best way to prevent it will be to prevent the breeding of these mosquitoes.

As Aedes mosquitoes prefer to breed in clean, stagnant water commonly found in homes, the kids and I have been actively removing stagnant water around our house to destroy any possible breeding grounds for these pesky mosquitoes. In our house, everyone chips in to make sure the place is kept clean and neat. The kids have been assigned age appropriate chores and we do have a routine that everyone follows.

 

 

Doggie boy throwing away water from a vase

Doggie boy throwing away water from a vase

I’ve recently incorporated the 5-Step Mozzie Wipeout in our family’s list of household chores. As you can see above, Doggie boy has been taught that the water in vases/bowls has to be poured away on alternate days and filled with fresh water. He scrubs the insides to remove mosquito eggs that may be sticking to the surface of the vase too! This preventive measure will not only ensure that mozzies do not have a chance to breed, but also ensure that the cut flowers retain their optimal appearance for a longer duration.

Doggie boy turning the pail over after mopping the floor

Doggie boy turning the pail over after mopping the floor

The kids take turn to mop the floor and they have developed the practice of turning over the pail after using it. This is also to prevent stagnant water from collecting and making it an ideal breeding ground for the mozzies. 

Spraying Tiger girl with insect repellent before she leaves for school

Spraying Tiger girl with insect repellent before she leaves for school

When we are heading out, we will always spray insect repellent over sunscreen before leaving the house. We also apply repellent while home at times. The Aedes mosquito is more active in the day and the kids may be prone to mosquito bites, especially when our neighbourhood is a dengue cluster area. 

hanks to making this an active daily routine, it has become second nature to the kids to carry out these preventive measures as part of their daily routines. 

How does your family play their part
in the preventing dengue?

Start today by doing the 5-Step Mozzie Wipeout!

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Disclaimer: This is an advertorial in collaboration  with NEA Singapore. All opinions are 100% mine.

Sun-Maid California Raisins

 

Sun-Maid Raisins in 14.1g packs , 500g canister and 283g resealable packet

Sun-Maid Raisins in 14.1g packs , 500g canister and 283g resealable packet

Looking at the packets of Sun-Maid California Raisins on my kitchen counter had me thinking back to my childhood days. We use to have them as snacks and in some of the dishes that grandmother used to cook

I remember that  grandmother used to add raisins into the pineapple  fried rice that she cooked and it tasted absolutely yummy!!

Raisins in the Pineapple fried rice we had for dinner

Raisins in the Pineapple fried rice we had for dinner

This is one of my favourite Thai dishes and I too have learned how to make this dish at home for the kids to savour. The traditional Thai Pineapple fried rice recipe doesn’t require one to add raisins. However with this additional ingredient it changes the taste from an average tasting one to something seriously mouth-watering.

Sun-Maid Raisins

Sun-Maid Raisins

Raisins add a “kick” to any dish.  Made from sun dried natural seedless grapes grown in California’s San Joaquin Valley, these raisins have been available in Singapore for a very long time.  They are available in all major retailing supermarkets.  The variety of packaging sizes makes it  and really easy to pick up a packet for any occasion

With no added sugars, or salt, these raisins are naturally fat and cholesterol free.  Raisins are also a good source of fibre  and nutrients which  can supplement our diet.

Directly imported in from USA  they are available in a selection of sizes –   mini packs of 14.1g,  Canister  of 500g,  and resealable packets of 283g.

The kids love the mini packets as they are excellent for bringing out as snacks.  We normally pop a few packets into the kids carry on bags when we go travelling.  They are really convenient to bring around.

 

Grapefruit salad with Raisins

Grapefruit salad with Raisins

I normally use the bigger packets at home and add them to salads or baked  goods that we make at home.  As you can see above I recently added raisins to give more flavour to my grapefruit salad.

To keep the raisins in optimal conditions I normally store them in the fridge to prevent them from going bad due to our unpredictable weather  and humid conditions here in Singapore.

Grapefruit Salad and Thai Pineapple Fried Rice

Grapefruit Salad and Thai Pineapple Fried Rice

The Sun-Maid – raisins can be used in almost any dish from appetizers to desserts. I put them in my salads and 1- dish meals that I create at home.

If salads and fried rice are not what you fancy eating you can always check out the   Sun-Maid Website for ideas.  To celebrate their 100 anniversary,  Sun-Maid is giving away a free downloadable E-book with lots of recipes to try out.

Disclaimer: This is an advertorial in collaboration with Sun-Maid . All opinions are 100% mine.