Are you ready to fight Chikungunya and protect your family?

Chikungunya is a latent threat that most of us are unaware of and extremely ill-equipped against. You might wonder, why am I being so dramatic, but sadly there is more truth here than drama.

I too was a part of the major population that assumed such cases only happened to those who weren’t prepared or those who lived in shabby places. But when my in-laws suffered from Chikungunya last year, I was in for a rude shock.

Let’s look at some of the facts

  • In just three years chikungunya cases in India have increased by 390 %
  • The states that top the list of maximum reported cases of Chikungunya are Karnataka, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Delhi.

I came across this information while reading up about the disease and I was shocked and scared for my family. These are well-developed states in the country and yet they were the places where maximum cases of Chikungunya were found! There was something terribly wrong here!

What is Chikungunya?

Chikungunya is a mosquito-borne viral disease with the first recorded outbreak in southern Tanzania in 1952. It is an RNA virus that belongs to the alphavirus genus of the family Togaviridae. The name “chikungunya” derives from a word in the Kimakonde language, meaning “to become contorted”. A person suffering from this diseases experiences acute joint pain.

Symptoms of Chikungunya

The major symptoms of Chikungunya are abrupt fever accompanied by acute joint pain. Apart from this there could be rashes, nausea, headache, and fatigue. As this is similar to symptoms of dengue there is a probability of misdiagnosis. However never ignore abrupt fever and always get timely medical help. The joint pain is often very incapacitating, but usually lasts for a few days or may be prolonged to weeks. The recovery might take longer with old age. Most patients recover fully, but in some cases joint pain may persist for several months, or even years. If you have other complications like diabetes or heart diseases the doctors might want to keep you under observation.

Care and Precaution against Chikungunya

There is no vaccine or medicines to treat Chikungunya. The medicines help manage the symptoms and avoid any other complications; hence it is extremely important to take precautions against this disease. As this disease is spread by mosquitoes, Aedes aegypti or Aedes albopictus mosquito to be specific, ensuring that there are no mosquitoes in and around the house is the first step.

  • Always use a mosquito repellent at home, even during the mornings, as Aedes Aegypti is most active during early morning hours.
  • While going out use fabric roll-on’s or patches to avoid mosquito bites.
  • Clean surroundings and don’t let water stagnate around your house. This mosquito can breed even in small amounts of waters, so watch out.
  • Regularly fumigate surroundings and grow mosquito repellent plants like lemon grass in the balconies.

How do you protect your family from diseases like Dengue, Chikungunya and Malaria? What steps do you take to get rid of mosquitoes? Do share in the comments below.

Sources

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bengaluru/52-of-suspected-chikungunya-cases-recorded-in-karnataka/articleshow/59816964.cms

http://www.downtoearth.org.in/news/390-per-cent-increase-in-chikungunya-cases-despite-rise-in-vector-borne-diseases-58283

 

Is RO water purifier really necessary for your family?

Clean water which should be a basic right, is something that we are struggling to provide our families today. The ever increasing pollution, stress on natural resources and meaningless wastage is adding to the woes. According to a report, published in hindustan times 63 million Indians do not have access to clean drinking water. But this is just scratching the surface, as this data is related only to rural India.

Have you ever given a thought to consider if urban population is receiving clean water? The cities are ever expanding, thus putting immense pressure on the meager resources. The water bodies that are present in the cities are being polluted, then how can we assure clean water to our future generation?

Quality drinking water is one of the key concerns in the modern era. Pollution is on a gradual rise, which makes it necessary to ensure proper purification standards to safeguard health of our family members. Gone are the days when simple filter was enough to clean the water. The old filtration methods cannot tackle impurities like pesticides, heavy metals and THM hence the need for an RO water purifier.

What is RO Water Filtration?

RO (Reverse Osmosis) is a water filtration process that uses a semipermeable membrane to remove molecules and other particles from the water. In this process dissolved inorganic salts and other solids are removed by passing the water at high pressures from a semipermeable membrane. This process can remove impurities like fluoride, chlorine, detergents, lead, pesticides etc.

Why is RO purification necessary today?

As the cities expand, the fringes rely on tanker or bore wells for water supply. This water is not necessarily fit for drinking. Having an RO purifier at home, helps you keep a check on the quality of water that your family is consuming.

Investing in clean and healthy water is the need of the hour. But what kind of filter should you look for? Here are a few things that you should look for in an RO filter, before making your purchase decision.

  

An RO filter should offer atleast three stages of purification

Sediment Filtration

RO Membrane

UF and UV filtration

If a filter offers Mineralizer and anti-scalant cartridge then that’s the best RO water purifier to have as anti- scalant increases the life of RO membrane by softening the water and mineralizer adds minerals and manages the pH value of the water, which not only improves the taste of the water but also makes it healthy. Do check if the company offers replacement of the RO membrane within the warranty period as that is a major contributor in the cleaning process.

Livpure’s RO purifier is equipped with an extensive purification process that filters all-possible impurities from the water and offers replacement of membrane within the warranty period.

Source of the report

http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/6-3-crore-indians-do-not-have-access-to-clean-drinking-water/story-dWIEyP962FnM8Mturbc52N.html

Disclaimer – This is a sponsored post, however the views here expressed are my own. I have done the necessary read-up and the information provided is true to my knowledge.

 

Why mosquito repellent is a necessity?

Earlier, mosquitoes were slotted in the category of being a pest, a nuisance that one could get rid of using mosquito repellent. Today, however they are seen as carriers of death! The increase in awareness about mosquitoes borne diseases has made us more vigilant, but sadly we don’t realize the importance of products such as repellents till diseases strike close at home.

As any normal family, we used mosquito repellent machines at night in our bedrooms and assumed we were sufficiently protected against mosquito menace. However, it came as a rude shock when my in-laws were detected with Chikungunya. The whole episode left me scared and worried about protecting my family against diseases such as Dengue, Chikungunya and Malaria.

Mosquito Repellent is a necessity today

The information about dengue mosquitoes being active in the daytime scared me even more. I realized just protecting my family at night is not enough! My in-laws go for walks in the morning and in the evenings. Children enjoy being outdoors and my husband travels for work. Everyone had different needs and I wanted a simple solution that provided all round protection. That’s when I came across the happiness protectors of my family – Good knight! They have a range of products that are suitable for various needs of my family.

mosquito repellent liquid

Solutions to protect your family

Following the ever increasing cases of Dengue and Chikungunya in Pune, I did a lot of reading to come up with solutions that will help my family lead a normal life, while being protected from mosquito borne diseases. Here are a few tips that we use in our family.

  1. I use mosquito repellant bands and patches when my children go out to school, play areas and their classes. My children loved the patches as they were fun, did not have any repulsive odor nor were obstructive. I was happy that my children could play freely and I could send them without worry.
  2. During travels we use fabric roll on to ensure better protection. Travelling in public transport would mean no control on the surroundings or the places where the vehicle stops. The fabric roll on protects us while being travel friendly
  3. When we host garden parties or have private get-together we use coils. I am not a big fan of Mosquito coils as have a toddler at home, but they are extremely useful when there is a power outage. I only choose low –smoke coils when needed.Goodnight mosquito repellent patch

Tips to get rid of mosquitoes

  1. Keep your surroundings clean. Clean water too can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Make sure that there is no stagnant water around you.
  2. If you have water bodies near you, make sure that the water is changed regularly. Aedes aegypti mosquito can breed even in small amounts of water.
  3. Use mosquito nets and screens for your windows and doors.
  4. When going out, use personal protectors like roll-on, bands and patches.
  5. Use mosquito repellents, even during the day time.
  6. Clean the waters in air-conditioners or fridge at regular intervals.
  7. If you live in a society, ensure that there is regular fumigation done in the surrounding areas.
  8. Plant mosquito repellent plants like lemon grass in your terrace gardens.
  9. Some age-old wisdom that can be easily implemented is close all the doors and windows and burn camphor in the house. Camphor too acts as a natural mosquito repellent.

Over to you

Till disease came close, I was oblivious to the mosquito menace. These diseases are not something that one should take lightly as they can easily turn deadly. I chose protection over cure and certainly believe mosquito repellents are a necessity in today’s world. What are your thoughts? Do share in the comments below.

 

A DAY OF FUN THAT WAS THE PUNE PREGNANCY FIESTA


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The moment a baby’s arrival is announced, the entire family gears up to help the new parents. There are a lot of advises and conflicting views on every aspect. This at times can be overwhelming for the new parents-to-be. With busy work schedules, long waits at doctor’s and multiples opinions on social channels it is difficult to find answers. Keeping this in mind, Cloudnine organized Pune’s Biggest Pregnancy Fiesta.

Cloudnine, recently organized a Pregnancy Fiesta at their Kalyaninagar center in Pune. I went in expecting a typical session, but was in for a surprise. Along with a lot of interactive sessions with doctors, they also had some fun games for parents to be. All possible information about pregnancy and aftercare was available under one roof.

 

About CloudNine Hospitals

Cloudnine is India’s leading chain of maternity hospitals where a baby is delivered every 30 minutes and more than 1000 babies are born in a month. Cloudnine hospitals believe that a child is life’s greatest gift and pregnancy is one of the magical experiences that nature can offer.

Some facts that set Cloudnine apart

50,000 births across India

19 facilities in

6 cities – Bengaluru, Chennai, Gurugram, Pune, Mumbai and Chandigarh

Best care in maternity services

Comprehensive care in high-risk pregnancy care, gynecology, pediatrics, 24*7 neonatal care,fertility and foetal medicines.

Baby Ready Programs like Prenatal Workshop, an award winning Management of Baby Affairs program, Pre & Post natal Fitness & Nutrition Sessions, Lactation Counselling and Baby Shower

The #PunePregnancyFiesta organized by Cloudnine was a combination of fun and informative sessions by renowned doctors that helped bust a lot of myths around pregnancy. There were talks by doctors that focused on the whole journey of pregnancy.

What to expect when expecting – by Dr. Manjari Kulkarni

Dr. Manjari Kulkarni is a well-known gynecologist in Pune. She touched upon various symptoms and problems that a woman faces during her pregnancy and how they should be addressed. A few interesting and useful tips that she shared were

  • In the first trimester a woman might feel terribly nauseous, have acne, acidity or have no symptoms at all, both are normal and that unnecessary stress should not be placed on the symptoms. Staying hydrated and eating in small quantities should be followed.
  • Limit the intake of caffeine. One cup of coffee is fine, however it should not be dark coffee.
  • Gradual weight gain helps in reducing stretch marks. The skin is losing moisture, hence use good moisturizer or oil.
  • Follow a good exercise regime and keep yourself fit. Eat healthy diet, do light exercises all through the pregnancy and prepare yourself physically and mentally for labor. You need strength to push the baby.
  • We try for normal deliveries, however if due to whatever reasons the delivery is c-section, that should not be a cause for worry. A healthy baby and mother are most important.
  • Avoid sitting for long hours, walk as much as possible. If you have a sedentary work profile, take breaks and do some walking or light stretchingDr. Manjari Kulkarni

Next up was a session

Exercising when expecting – Dr. Archana Kankal

Dr. Archana gave a practical approach to pregnancy and exercising. She emphasized on the fact that pregnancy is a natural process hence the most important thing to do is be normal. In the first trimester, exercises which does not involve jumping or jogging can be done, if all things are normal. A few takeaways from her session

  • Walking is a form of exercise that one can do all through the pregnancy.
  • Exercising should be done consistently and regularly, don’t exert yourself.
  • If all things are normal, then normal speed treadmill, cycling and swimming can be done
  • Safest time to exercise is the second trimester
  • Avoid standing for long hours as that leads to swelling in feet
  • If you are suffering from swelling in feet or varicose veins keep pillows under your feet while sleeping, exercise by keeping your feet at 45 degrees.

This was followed by an interesting session where the in-house nutritionist Shivani Bavalekar busted some myths about pregnancy and nutrition.

Myths revolving nutrition in pregnancy – Shivani Bavalekar

When a woman is pregnant she is asked to eat or avoid certain foods. It was another interesting session by Shivani Bavalekar, where she busted these common myths and explained the reasoning behind eating such foods. Myths like eating saffron daily or drinking coconut water daily will give baby a fair complexion were busted. She explained that as these foods helped in one way or the other to improve symptoms in first trimester, the myths got percolated. Eating saffron and drinking coconut water in moderation will certainly help in pregnancy but it has nothing to do with baby’s complexion.

There were a few more sessions about Johnson&Johnson baby care range and Life Cell for Stem Cell preservation which gave a detailed account about the need of these services and how they will help the new born and their family.

 

 

There were a few fun games that the expectant parents enjoyed and had a delightful Saturday. A photo booth and some fun props let the soon to be parents have some fun before the big day. The best part was that many would be parents won a lot of prizes ranging from vouchers to free deliveries! The smiles on their faces were the true success of the event.

Contest Alert-Spot a Tigor and Win

So Happy Mommies, with kids back to school and husbands in their offices what are you doing with your new found freedom? Binge watching, shopping, kitty parties et.al. are so passé. How about getting a free makeover? Sound’s interesting isn’t it? All you need to do is click a selfie. And who doesn’t love clicking a selfie, right? It’s that simple.

Well I think I am putting the cart before the horse, so let me back up a little. A new contest has been unveiled by Tata Tigor #TigorStyleBack. All you need to do is check out the new Tata Tigor and take a selfie with it to win fabulous goodies from Zara!

Contest Alert

So while the kids are safely in school, you visit the closest Tata showroom, specifically the one with a shiny new Tata Tigor and check out its cool features, for example did you know that the new Tata Tigor has GPS navigation and gives an average of 24kmpl? That’s smart and economical! Once you have appreciated the sedan (and maybe collect some brochures to mouth off fancy features in front of your dumbfound husband) click a stunning selfie with the car. Get creative and click a perfect selfie that might take the social media by storm.

Once your selfies are clicked, simply upload them on any of the social media platforms. Don’t forget to tag Tata Motors and use the hashtag #TigorStyleback. That’s it! You have participated in the contest. The winners get stylish makeovers and vouchers from Zara!

For more information visit the social media links below

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Tiny Steps towards a Quality Life

It was Ganesh Chaturthi. Bappa had come home and after the pooja and aarti’s it was time for lunch. It was a typical Maharashtrian festive lunch with Ukadiche Modak, papad, bhaji’s in excess. After a great festive lunch everyone in the house was enjoying a siesta when the phone rang. I got up, assuming it to be another festive greeting call. It was my Mum’s cell number. I answered gaily while wishing her but was met with unusual silence on the other side.
She quietly said that a cousin of mine had a massive heart attack and is admitted in the hospital. He stayed in the same city that I did and she was telling me to go visit them as she could only reach by tomorrow. I didn’t know what to say. He was a young man running his own business. How could this be happening to him? My mind was spinning. I answered in affirmative and me and my husband quickly left for the hospital.
In the corridor, his family – wife and two children were waiting restlessly. He was in the ICU. Living in a different city meant no family to rely on. As I sat next to her, she broke into a sob. Not too older than me, I didn’t know how to comfort her. Her small children aged around 10 and 5 years were looking at me in confusion. They weren’t really sure what was happening. Priya, my cousins wife told me that he was at his warehouse when he had a heart attack. The workers there shifted him to a hospital and called her. She hadn’t met him yet as the doctors weren’t allowing anyone in. My heart went out to her. I understood the distress and pain she was in but all we could do was pray.
With God’s grace, he recovered and the next time we went to visit him in the hospital he was in much better condition. “The doctors said I could be discharged after the consultant’s visit today. He will take a call,” my cousin informed me. I was super happy to listen to the news and we were just having a good laugh about some old memories, when the doctor came in. “Yes, Mr. Vaidya, do have a good laugh. It is very good for your heart!” the doctor said. Looking at our bewildered faces, the doctor continued, I need to give you some tips. First let me finish my examination. While the checkup was underway I went out to fetch Priya, who had gone to the canteen.
Once the checkup was done, doctor started instructing Priya and Ramesh, my brother “You will have to care for your heart. Do some changes in your lifestyle. I understand you have a self-made business and there are no fixed timings for anything, but all this will have to change. You have to decide if you want to earn 500 more or live 50 more. Be active and do some exercise, have meals at fixed timings, avoid junk and don’t take too much stress. Improve the quality of life and you will see the difference.” I was listening on the side and those words struck a chord with me.
My husband worked in an MNC and worked long hours. There was hardly any physical exercise that we could talk about and the daily chaotic routine hardly gave us any time to laugh. As I reflected more on the doctor’s words I realized we were leading an equally unhealthy lifestyle. I couldn’t shake the feeling that it could have been us. I decided at once that we had to make some changes. While surfing online, I came across some great tips on SaffolaLife website. That and in consultation with a dietician I am joining the Saffolalife #ChhoteKadam initiative in association with BlogAdda and follow these small steps for a healthy heart.”
1. Going on a brisk walk daily. Try and exercise atleast 3-4 times in a week.
2. Include green leafy vegetables in the diet more often.
3. Eat a fruit daily
4. Eat early dinners and sleep on time to ensure minimum 7 hour sleep
5. Keep fixed time for lunch and dinner and maintain those timings even with busy work schedules.
6. Enjoy some good music or comedy shows for atleast 20 minutes daily.

These are Chhote Kadam indeed but we know we will have a more fulfilling life with such tiny steps. As Alexis Carrel said “The quality of life is more important than the life itself.”