Category Archives: Health Advisory

Safe Gifts for Kids

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You cannot go wrong with toys if your recipients are mostly young kids. Toys remain the most popular Christmas gifts, however, there are several things to consider when buying toys for children. It isn’t just the color or physical make up of toys or design of iphone 3g cases, but make sure toys are age proper or suitable for the kids’ physical and social development.

Characteristics of a good toy:
1. It should suit the child’s physical capabilities, mental and social development;
2. It should appeal to the child; and
3. It should be well constructed, durable and safe for the child’s age.

Dos and Don’ts in Toy Safety:
1. Check labels on the packaging and observe precautions appearing in the labels to ensure the safety of the child;
2. Ensure that the child will play with a toy suited for his age under adult supervision;
3. Dispose plastic packaging accordingly. Keep it out of reach of children;
4. For children under age three (3), do not buy the following toys:

• balls with a diameter of 1.75 inches or less so as to prevent choking;
• that easily breaks into small parts or pieces (glass or brittle plastics);
• containing small detachable parts or pieces which could become lodged in the throat;
• with sharp points and edges;
• with electrical parts, unless supervised by an adult;
• with parts that could pinch or entrap fingers, toes or hair;
• with parts put together by straight pins, sharp wires or nails that are exposed and easily detached.

Note: Safety information issued by the Bureau of Health Devices and Technology (BHDT)-Department of Health.

Image courtesy of Sicha Pongjivanich at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

How We Can Protect Ourselves from the Extreme Heat of the Sun

We all have to admit that summer is here. You may love the weather or hate it but no matter what, you have to think of ways to protect yourself from the extreme heat. There are repercussions if you would ignore this warning. Serious conditions can develop because of the heat. Here are some tips that you have to remember when you are exposed to the heat of the sun:

  • Wear sunglasses. Sunglasses especially if they have good UV protection like ray ban original wayfarer, can help protect the eyes since they are also sensitive to the harmful effects of the sun’s excessive heat.
  • Drink water. Not drinking water will make you dehydrated. This can lead to serious conditions like heat stroke and UTI (Urinary Tract Infection).
  • Slather on sunscreen to protect your skin. Do not take your skin for granted. You may want to tan but tanning will have harmful effects on the skin.

Protect yourself further from the heat of the sun by wearing comfortable clothing and hats to keep the rays of the sun away.

Family Emergency Preparedness Food Checklist

Have you had this panic attack every time you read or heard about the earthquake which experts said could strike and isolate Metro Manila? I do. While the family discussed about this in passing, we don’t have a solid plan yet on what to prepare or do when earthquake happens. I told the kids that wherever they may be when earthquake hits the area they should try not to panic and protect themselves (and please try to reach home safe).

family emergency preparedness food checklist

Department of Health Photo: There is a high risk of malnutrition during emergencies like typhoons. What should be in your emergency food stock list to prevent this from happening to you and your family? (Please click on image to enlarge.)

Useful information about emergency preparedness suggests that a family secure a food checklist. The 72-hour emergency kit includes non-perishable goods, medicine, among others, but the food checklist includes a variety of non-perishable and nutritious goods enough to sustain a family for a few days.

Please check on the picture above to find out the necessary goods to stock at home in preparation for emergency situation.