Baby, Behaviors, Dad, Health & Hygiene, Mums, safety, School Kids, toddlers

Safety comes first

Ok so I’ve spent the last 10 months on this tiny island of Mauritius with my family, after spending the last 30 years in Australia.  I think that Sydney is massively over-regulated and do like that there are far more freedoms offered to us here on the island, but one thing I think is a massive issue is that people do not seem to risk assess very well.  It particularly annoys me when it affects the safety and well being of children.

The ridiculous risk taking that I have seen here in the last few months is beyond me. Especially on the road: Carrying full gas bottles or a plastic tub of kerosene on a motorbike, massive rice sacs flopped over a pushbike – riding in traffic, people who choose not to use a blinker, or a seat belt or shoes and a bunch of workers riding unsecured (standing) in the back of an open truck.

I drive Chance to school every morning and pick him up every afternoon.  The amount of parents that let their kids ride in the car without a seat belt or an appropriate car seat is crazy.  It is not law to have to wear a seat belt in the back seat here.  But why the Fuck wouldn’t you?  Why the fuck would you let your child stand on the passenger or back seat of your car whilst driving. I’ve seen this twice this month.  Where are your fucking parenting skills?  How do you not see the risk in this and why don’t you know better?  As parents we have the responsibility to appropriately assess any situation and make sure our kids are safe before anything. But its like some people have the “It won’t happen to me” attitude and that is how they are navigating through life.  Until that unfortunate day that your child flies through the window-screen.  No one wants to see a child injured or worse.  So parents, For Fucks Sake, take extra precautions to ensure their safety, even if the cost is a litte higher.  You can always make more money, but you will never be able to replace a child you’ve lost.

I’m going to list a few points based on the things I’ve seen here in hopes to enlighten some people (maybe education is what is lacking):

On the road 

  • If you have a baby, invest in a baby car-seat or capsule, and keep your kids in there until they can’t fit in it anymore (can be to 3 or 4 years old, and some boosters allow for children up to 8 years old).
  • Put a seatbelt on your children and tighten the strap to fit them properly.
  • Kids should never ride in the front passenger seat.
  • When you can, put your child in the back middle seat.
  • Babies do not belong on motor scooters.
  • Maximum 2 people on a scooter (i’ve see up to 5)
  • Children should not be allowed to pump petrol
  • Check and replace your tires when regularly.

Out and About

  • Don’t let your kid pet a stray dog, cat, human, whatever.
  • Pigeons are gross and carry disease, keep the kids away from them
  • It’s fucking hot here.  Put sunscreen and a hat on them. Yes coloured people still can get skin cancer
  • It’s fucking hot here, keep your kids hydrated (with water).
  • Get them into the habit of washing their hands regularly
  • Hold their hands when you are walking through outdoor areas where there are cars or a crowd of people 

In the Kitchen

  • If it has been left out overnight (without being refrigerated) throw it out
  • The microwave is not a place to store food,neither is the oven. 
  • Baby bottles should be sanitised (using boiled water)
  • If you have a water fountain that dispenses hot water, put a child proof handle on it 

Around the house

  • Wash new clothes before you give them to your kids to wear.
  • Do not leave plugged-in charger cables lying around.
  • Dust your fans regularly.
  • Medecines and cleaning products need to be put away so kids can’t get into them.
  • Don’t let them play on the stairs. 
  • Put a fence around your fucking pool!
  • Rusty items are dangerous.
  • Don’t let little kids touch the hot and cold shower faucets.
  • Don’t leave them unattended in any kind of water.

    This is just a start of a list. There is so much more I could add. Above all, Parents, teach your children how to be safe, play safe, and look after themselves and others.  Teach them how to identify risk. And when you ask them not to do something, explain why. They are sponges to information and will learn quickly how to keep safe if we put in the effort into teaching them. 

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    Health & Hygiene, School, School Kids, Uncategorized

    Attack of the School Germs

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    Let’s be honest.  Kids are grotty. Their hands have touched and poked random crap out of curiosity, they sweat buckets from playing, the are professional nose pickers (he literally handed me a booger yesterday), and most have yet to grasp the idea of covering their mouths when sneezing or coughing.

    My 3 year old started school 2 weeks ago.  In 2 weeks I’ve kept him home 3 days, 2 separate infections, the first, fever and sore throat, and the second, a cold/cough… Both times he’s almost lost his voice..  Apparently I’m getting off easy… I haven’t experienced ‘Attack of the school gastro’ yet. (And I’m heavily crossing my fingers).

    I started to think that maybe schools and other kid areas are dirty and gross and aren’t well kept.  I send my child to a private and brand new (newly built in December last year) school with a small amount of students.  There are only 10 kids in his class and still he has picked up the germies.  He also got sick in the small time frame I sent him to childcare in Sydney. Surely they (all schools etc) cant be germ infested holes.

    I’ve been reading up this stuff and have come to the conclusion that:

    Kids are just gross (including mine) and germy

    They soak up infection and bacteria like sponges

    They have low immunity if they don’t mingle with the rest of the world.

    So what to do?

    Apparently, not much. I can boost my kid’s immune system by feeding him veggies or if he doesn’t like a variety of them, get him on some chewy kid vitamins.  I can teach him to regularly wash his hands (which is no problem, Chance doesn’t like his hands dirty anyway).  I can show him to cover up when sneezing & coughing and I can shower and clean him regularly (at least once a day).

    Also I’ve heard the more he interacts with other kids and gets sick, the better immunity he will have to infection later on.

    So let your kid be social, don’t stress too much if they eat a bit of dirt and roll through those minor infections, it is said to be good for them.

    And for Fs sake, if your kid has a contagious something, please don’t send them to school to infect mine…The attack of the school germs is not fun!

    I’ve added a guide below

    Lastly, if anyone has any tips on how we can battle through this please comment below. I would love to know how you have coped with the germ factor.

     

     

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