Thursday, January 21, 2010

CHILDREN'S BALL PITS – Are they safe?

I just received this in my email and I think it is important that I share this with so that you can take precautions for the safety of your children.

“Hi. My name is Lauren Archer, a friend of mine that resides in The Hill, Johannesburg, took his only son to McDonald's for his 3rd birthday.
After he finished lunch, his parents allowed him to play in the ball pit. When he started whining later on, and his mother asked him what was wrong, he pointed to the back of his pull-up and simply said 'Mommy, it hurts.' they couldn't find anything wrong with him at that time. After bathing him when they got home, they found what looked like insect bites at the time.
Upon investigating, it seemed as if there was matter coming out of the wounds. They were on their way to the hospital, but soon he started vomiting and shaking, then his eyes rolled back into his head. From there, they went to the emergency room. He died later that night.
He was found to have snake bites all over his legs & buttocks. When they cleaned the ball pit they found that there was a snake's nest in the ball pit. He had suffered numerous bites from a very poisonous snake.”


There was a similar incidence in one of the department stores in the Klang Valley about five years ago. Unfortunately, the case was not highlighted in the local media. My advice is to be careful about letting your children play in areas where you cannot see what may be hiding there. It may not necessarily be snakes but sharp obstacles and even germs from other children.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Update on using onions to prevent flu

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! May 2010 bring you health, happiness and wealth.

On 25 December I mentioned that I will start putting onions all over the areas where the babies are and so far the children seems to be ok with less runny noses and coughs. However, the most significant outcome is its’ effect on Nash. Two weeks ago Nash had a very severe chest infection and was hospitalized for 6 days. When he came back to the centre, he was still coughing and had a lot of phlegm.

I placed an onion next to him and surprising by evening he was coughing less. Could this be due to the medication that he was taking? He was on antibiotics and ventolin. However, the next day he had stopped coughing and his chest was clear. I asked his mother if she used the onions and she said that being “kiasu” she put 2 onions in his cot and all over the house.

Maybe this is a fluke shot but I am monitoring the other children to see if the onions are helping to prevent them getting the flu so frequently. Have you tried it out? Do let me know the results.