Childhood is a time to be carefree, happy, and most importantly healthy. As a mom, I feel its parent’s responsibility to make sure the kids are healthy. You can just follow a few things and be alert as a parent.
A few things which I do to ensure my kids are happy and healthy are –
- Regular health check-ups with their paediatrician.
- Not missing any vaccinations and getting them to put on time by following a schedule.
- Staying happy as a mom as a happy mom means a happy child.
- Be a role model and make sure you work out or stay physically active. Kids follow their parents. Teach them the significance of exercise.
- Eating healthy. Cook healthy meals and avoiding junk food.
I am an anxious mom and the reason I worry too much is that I have always stayed away from my family. Having kids has taken my anxiety to completely another level. I used to always instruct my kids about what to do and what not to do. There were days when I would worry about my daughter while sitting at home when was out on a field trip with school.
As they say, a worried mom does better research than FBI, I am always researching and reading about the topics related to kids’ health and safety. But over the years, I realised that an anxious mom results in an anxious child. So, it’s better to relax and always consult your child’s paediatrician for any health-related matters.
A few days back, I had a discussion with my daughter’s paediatrician and came to know about meningitis. We were talking about vaccinations when this topic came up. Like any other mom, I was confused and overwhelmed. So, after coming back from the doctor’s office, I read about it on the internet. Finally, I also came to know a lot from Blogchatter’s sessions on Meningitis awareness.
I am just sharing what I came to know from my kids’ paediatrician and online sessions. It is a deadly disease which is of two types – Bacterial and Viral. Viral meningitis can kill within 24 hours and bacterial is caused by many different bacteria. The good news is that there are safe and effective vaccines available to protect against these.
How it spreads?
It spreads easily through sneezing, coughing, or using the same utensils as the infected person. It mostly affects young children and infants and thus awareness is key to combat this disease.
The awareness is important as there are some strains which are not preventable through vaccines. It is important to be alert and conscious. I immediately called up my paediatrician after my research to make sure my kids are protected against all types of bacterial meningitis. Please make sure you contact your paediatrician and ask him/her about the vaccine against meningococcal meningitis.
It’s always better to be smart than sorry later. I make sure my kids stay happy and healthy by staying updated about health-related matters. Hope you also make a right decision and make sure to get your kids regular health check-ups and vaccinations on time. Please share this information with other parents and spread this awareness. Let’s make sure our kids are happy and healthy.
In case you are unsure about your child’s need for protection and vaccination you must consult your pediatrician. For more information on meningococcal meningitis and its prevention check: http://www.comomeningitis.org/
The views expressed in the blog content are independent and unbiased views of solely the blogger. This is a part of public awareness initiative on meningococcal meningitis supported by Sanofi Pasteur India. Sanofi Pasteur bears no responsibility for the content of the blog. One should consult their healthcare provider for any health-related information.
September 13, 2018 at 3:20 pm
This is a very useful article. Glad you came up with the detailed information.
September 13, 2018 at 4:15 pm
Glad you are sharing important information about Meningitis, Deepa. It is sure to help a lot of parents.
September 13, 2018 at 8:17 pm
Thanks for reading Mayuri.
September 13, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Much required information. I am glad you wrote about this. We have had a horrifying time in 2013 when my son who was four then, suffered with encephalitis another deadly disease. We were just not prepared for that one. And I am guessing most of the parents don’t know about it too. I wonder if there’s any vaccination against encephalitis.
September 13, 2018 at 8:14 pm
You must have had a tough time, Shilpi. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
September 13, 2018 at 7:50 pm
You are right, Deepa, childhood is meant to be happy, carefree and healthy. And as parents it is our responsibility to make sure that our kids stay healthy. This information about Meningitis will be really helpful for parents to understand the severity of this disease. Thanks for sharing your experience!
September 13, 2018 at 8:16 pm
Yes Neha. Hoping this will help create awareness. Thanks Neha.
September 14, 2018 at 12:28 am
That’s very helpful post get to know a lot about meningitis and it’s I’ll effects. It’s good that Vaccination can help to combat the disease.
September 14, 2018 at 10:17 am
I knew about meningitis but not in this detail. I am sharing this with my other moms too, it is important t o know about the prevention/vaccination of this.
September 14, 2018 at 11:40 pm
Meningitis can be deadly but is preventable with proper health checkups and vaccinations. It hence becomes our responsibility as parents to make sure we get our kids checked and vaccinated timely. Thanks for sharing this useful information, Deepa.
September 15, 2018 at 6:04 am
We vaccinate ALL of our kiddos- we want to protect those too small as well as those unable to be vaccinated while still protecting our own kiddos. Thank you for sharing about meningitis- there’s so much we just don’t know or remember, it’s great to be reminded.
September 15, 2018 at 3:26 pm
Meningitis poses a huge threat to kids and children, it’s silent and at times the signs are not string to catch, Thanks for sharing the information and creating awareness about it.
September 16, 2018 at 2:51 am
I agree with all you have mentioned here. A happy mum means a happy child. It makes sense to stay on top of all vaccinations too.
September 20, 2018 at 1:19 pm
Prevention is better than cure. And when prevention is just one time vaccination, all the more better. Hope all the children are protected by it and live a healthy life.
September 20, 2018 at 8:42 pm
a very informative write about a possible dangerous medical condition among kids. Thanks for sharing this. But I loved the part where you talked about yourself more.
September 20, 2018 at 11:41 pm
I read about meningitis the other day and I was surprised to know that though most affected by this are kids but it can happen to anyone.
December 23, 2018 at 2:22 pm
Paediatrician is the most trusted person to whom we mothers consult for our child’s health. I have also just heard about this vaccine and should be included in the regular chat.