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Is It OK If Your Infant Runs A High Temperature

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Since your bundle of joy is too little to develop an immune system that will protect her from harmful diseases, it is important to keep a check even when there are slight changes such as a rise in temperature. If your baby runs a fever the doctor is your superman. We harnessed the power of a few paediatricians to guide you when the temperature runs high.

A fever, which otherwise is not very harmful, could be a cause of worry in the first few months of a baby’s life. When newborns run a fever, it often indicates some problem. It’s the body’s way of communicating that something is wrong.

Dr. Manish Mannan, Consultant, Pediatrics and Neonatology, Paras Hospitals, Gurgaon, says “It is NOT ok for a baby to run a high temperature. There can be various causes from casual viral fever to very serious life threatening conditions which can cause fever.”

“It would be best to see your paediatrician as soon as possible if your child runs a high fever,” specifies Dr. Mannan.

You would know that your tiny tot is running a fever by touching her forehead. Reach out for a thermometer for a more accurate reading. A temperature above 38 degree Celsius or 100 degree Fahrenheit is considered high.

Don’t panic

Dr. Rohit Agrawal, Indian Academy of Pediatrics (IAP) says, “However the panic button should not be pressed always as it is normally done. Fever is not a foe at all times; it could also be a friend.  It is nature’s indicator which tells you that something is wrong with the body, which should be diagnosed and treated.”

A fever would also indicate that the immune system of the child is working its way to ward off any underlying infections. Healthy babies are capable enough to tolerate a fever up to 106 degree Fahrenheit.

Causes:

There could be multiple causes that could give rise to an increase in the body temperature of infants. Sometimes an infection may trigger a rise in temperature and at other times a basic vaccination could initiate a low grade fever. Teething children may also have a higher body temperature which is sometimes misunderstood as fever.

The important thing to keep in mind is that if your baby doesn’t show any signs of being ill and is at her playful best, then there probably isn’t any cause of worry at all.

Visit your doctor if:

1)   Your child, who is less than three months old, runs a high temperature and shows signs of any other illness such as a sore throat, runny nose, body aches, cough, headaches, fatigue and diarrhea.

2)  The temperature has been consistently high for more than one day.

3)  Your child’s behavior has changed and she is more cranky, lethargic, irritable and dull. She might also have a rash or itching, and blue lips, tongue or nails.

Treatment:

Doctors recommend that a baby who is less than three months old needs immediate medical attention if the fever exceeds 100.4 degree Fahrenheit.  Babies at this age are vulnerable to life threatening infections such as pneumonia or meningitis. In most cases, a sudden increase in body temperature is the only cause.

Children who are 3-6 months old should be checked by a doctor when the fever has exceeded 101 deg F. For infants who are more than six months old, it is safe enough to wait out till the temperature has reached 103 degree Fahrenheit, if there are no other symptoms such as cough, runny nose, headaches, sore throat, diarrhea etc. In case there are other symptoms present, then the doctor should be called immediately.

It is important to consult a doctor before you give any medicine to the child. “In some children who are below the age of six years, there is a risk of developing “Febrile Convulsions” (Seizures). In case of very high fever, child at any age may get “delirium” (disturbed state of mind). This may happen if the fever is persistently high despite having given a Paracetamol and Tepid Sponging,” says Dr. Agrawal.

It is important to inform the doctor of other symptoms that you come across such as pain while peeing, a sore throat or ear pain. These could also signal either an ear infection or urinary tract infection.

Kids under six months can be given an infant acetaminophen which is the only recommended fever reducer. Older babies are given ibuprofen.

Doctors advice avoiding Aspirin for children less than 16 years of age since it can cause severe health problems.

It is also important to keep a check on the time intervals of medicines given so as to avoid an overdose.

Apart from the medication keeping a washcloth on the child’s forehead may help cool off the temperature but the best treatment would be to give a lot of fluids which will keep the body hydrated. Also, keep the kid dressed in simple light weight clothing for maximum comfort.

 

Travel

Exotic Resorts May Be the Best Bet for a Holiday

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An exotic vacation usually means exploring a distant foreign country, whilst resorts are places
to go for rest, sport, or which offers a particular speciality, with many resorts being part of a
popular tourist destination or on or near a beach. If you are planning a vacation to an exotic
resort it can be a once-in-a-lifetime vacation to a far-flung destination or a luxurious place to
stay closer to home where you can enjoy some pampering.

Why stay at an exotic resort

Exotic resorts often offer all-inclusive vacation deals, along with other options that leave you
to plan your stay more precisely to your own wishes. These resorts offer excellent customer
service, superb accommodation and facilities and are usually to be found in beautiful settings.
Here are some of the best resorts from around the world for you to consider:

Four Seasons Resort, Seychelles
This famous resort has made many feel they have entered Paradise. The gentle ocean breeze
floats up the granite hillside and into your tree-house villa tucked away from the other guests
staying at the resort. This is perfect for encouraging you to relax, either by your private pool
or in the clear blue waters of Petite Anse Bay. Perfect for a romantic stay, there is a Spa for
pampering and the chance for a sunset meal on a deserted beach.

Some enjoy simply sitting on their balcony, gazing at the ocean between reading their book,
sketching or checking out international bookmakers and betting sites for the chance of a
flutter. If you want another type of adrenaline kick, check out the resorts excellent kayaking
and snorkelling facilities, which are recommended by nearly all who try it.

Anantara Resort, Hua Hin, Thailand

The ultimate tropical getaway, the Anantara Resort is an award-winning site modelled on a
traditional Thai village and is just three hours drive south of Bangkok. The location is where
Thai royalty and aristocrats have been holidaying for almost one-hundred years. Today, you
can visit historical attractions alongside theme parks and shops as well as vineyards and golf
courses.

The resort is set among 14 acres of lush tropical grounds with lotus-filled lagoons and
meandering pathways through exotic foliage, with many rooms overlooking the shoreline.
Each day, chefs prepare freshly caught local seafood alongside Thai specialities. The resort
also has an award-winning spa located within a lagoon-inspired oasis offering you the perfect
opportunity to relax.

Kurumba, Maldives

Kurumba is a well-established resort that opened almost 50 years ago and continues to offer
superb hospitality and contemporary facilities. There are seven speciality restaurants offering
cuisine from Italy to the Middle East as well as Thila, a restaurant which extends out over the
water which offers gourmet breakfasts and seafood dinners.

You can go snorkelling over the nearby reef full of colourful marine life or sign up to a dive
package as part of your stay, or just enjoy a private pool when staying at one of the spacious
villages. There are also deluxe beachfront bungalows offering direct beach access and views
of the crystal-clear waters.

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Coronavirus

Healthcare Workers To Receive Coca-Cola-Funded PPEs From Nigerian Red Cross

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Since the outbreak of the Coronavirus disease in Nigeria, our healthcare workers have continued to lead the charge against the disease. As the number of recorded COVID-19 cases in Nigeria began to increase, these healthcare workers rose to the challenge and fought tirelessly to protect the lives of Nigerians impacted by the disease.

Considering the risks these healthcare workers face, there is a crucial need for adequate protective equipment for these brave frontline workers.

Coca-Cola is excited that over 400,000 Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) procured to support the intervention efforts of the Nigerian Government and other key stakeholders to fight the COVID 19 pandemic have arrived. We do believe that this will to provide succor to our healthcare workers on the frontlines

These PPEs comprise N95 respirators, surgical masks, examination gloves, face shields, medical gowns, no-touch thermometers, disposable aprons, heavy-duty rubber gloves, rubber boots, basic masks, disposable gloves, and hand sanitizers.

Since the first confirmed case of the disease in Nigeria reported in February, over 800 healthcare workers have contracted the disease. While Nigerians are encouraged to stay home where possible and practice social distancing, these healthcare workers are needed across the country in the continued fight against the disease.

This donation forms part of The Coca-Cola Foundation’s COVID-19 relief interventions in Nigeria. The Coca-Cola Foundation has provided $2.5m in grant to IFRC who seeks to directly impact the lives of 1.4 million people in Nigeria and across other countries in West and Central Africa under this partnership.

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Taking Care of Tomorrow’s Leaders Today – The itel, Lagos Food Bank Example

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Waking up to a special meal or choice gift is the best feeling ever. Hundreds of children in Mushin, mainland Lagos, had a filling taste of this feeling for the October 1 st celebrations. It’s an experience they will remember for a long time.

Being one of the most responsible corporate citizens around, celebrating Independence Day was always going to be on the radar for itel Mobile. To make this possible and memorable, the brand got to work in earnest. The focus of the work was picking the best way to commemorate the 60th independence anniversary of the most populous black nation on earth.

The efforts soon paid off through an impact-driven partnership with the Lagos Food Bank Initiative. With the arrangement, both partners considered a couple of activities capable of affecting communities positively and bringing smiles to people’s faces in Lagos. At the end of the exercise, taking care of children, the leaders of tomorrow, in the commercial city secured the highest votes.

With the decision, itel Mobile set about making this happen. Not surprisingly, the decision was
influenced by giving children the means to excel and prepare them for leadership and nation-building, for them to enjoy better life. For the good of their immediate family, community and the Nigerian society.

Idiko, Mushin, a suburb of mainland Lagos, was chosen as the benefiting community. And the partners strategically reached out to the beneficiaries, children and families, with gifts of love, care, happiness and support made possible by the itel Love Always On CSR initiative.

Over 1,000 families benefited from the gesture as well as 600 children, and each one of them received food packages to celebrate Nigeria’s 60 th Independence Day commemoration.

Speaking on the event and itel’s Love Always On CSR Initiative, Oke Umurhohwo, itel’s Marketing Manager said, ‘We wanted to mark this year’s Independence Day celebrations differently, and that is why we did something so momentous for our children. Children are the backbone of any longstanding community, and as such, we are proud to be able to give back and support them on their journey as leaders of tomorrow and for a better life.’

To meet the demands of the memorable event, 30 volunteers joined the customer-centric brand and the Lagos-based NGO to share smiles, and to convey just how important it is to love and take care of today’s children who will ultimately become leaders of tomorrow.

With the thoughtful activity, there are insights for everyone, from the government to citizens, on partnerships that are capable of making life better for children. Indeed, itel Mobile and the Lagos Food Bank Initiative have offered a great template on bringing this to reality.

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