My Key Takeaways On Nutrition and Diseases from the #StayHomeSeries by PLDT Home and Mommy Mundo

In my last blog post on things we do these days to ensure our family is kept safe and healthy these days, I invited you to tune in to PLDT H...

In my last blog post on things we do these days to ensure our family is kept safe and healthy these days, I invited you to tune in to PLDT Home's #StayHomeSeries Stay Healthy Program over at Mommy Mundo's Facebook Page.  The live talks they produced were relevant and timely because moms these days could get anxious about their children's health.

As a mom, have you asked these questions?

  • Is it safe to bring my child out for a check up?
  • My child has a slight fever and is coughing, should I bring him to ER?
  • Is it safe to self-medicate my sick child?
  • How do I know if my child is getting the right nutrients, vitamins and minerals he needs for his age?

It's normal for us moms to worry about our children's health especially this time of pandemic.  That's why I didn't miss the chance to watch the two LIVE talks on Mommy Mundo's Page about this popular topic.

Here were my key takeaways that will surely help many moms too:

  • A child's FIRST 1000 DAYS nutrition is most crucial.  This starts from conception until the child reaches two yeas of age.  This is critical because nutritional damage that occurs during this time is irreversible.  So make sure that you eat well so your child will eat well too.
  • Immunity is the capability of the body to resist harmful microorganisms from entering it.
  • There are two types of NUTRIENTS:
    • Essential are nutrients required that can't by synthesized by the body and must be obtained from a dietary source.
    • Non-essential are nutrients synthesized by the human body so they need not be obtained directly from food.
  • 5210 Every Day! - You heard this right!  This means 5 or more fruits and vegetables; 2 hous or less recreational screen time; 1 hour or more of physical activity; and 0 sugary drinks - moe of water and low fat milk.  Some more inputs, canned and frozen fruits/veggies are just as nutritious as fresh.  As parents we should walk the talk.
  • Increase Immunity in 2 ways
    • Natural - by eating and drinking healthy, sleeping smart, exercising, and laughing a lot.
    • Supplements - by getting it from "food supplements" or what moms usually call multivitamins and minerals.  Important vitamins/minerals: Zink, DHA/AHA during first 1000 days, Omega 3 Fatty Acids, Vitamin D3, Vitamin C, and Probiotics.
  • Bacterial and Viral Infections are totally different
    • Viruses are smaller than bacteria (smaller than our red blood cells)
    • Bacteria has a cell wall Viruses has no cell wall  - both have genetic material
    • Bacteria can reproduce itself (moisture and heat).  Viruses need a living organism o host cell.
  • Antibiotics are made for bacterial infections.  This just simply means one cannot take just any antibiotics without checking if the illness is caused by bacteria or virus.
  • Never self-medicate - there's a correct prescription of the medicines to take depending on the progression of the disease.  
  • Strictly practice the following: 
    • Proper hand washing - at all times.  This is the most effective way of sanitizing vs applying alcohol or alcogel
    • Food safety - wash food for cooking, separate raw from cooked food, etc.
    • Avoid close contact when you have cough
    • Avoid spitting in public
  • Seek medical attention immediately when symptoms show.
  • Good nutrition, exercise and breastfeeding - all help in staying fit and healthy.
  • Vaccination is the most important and effective weapon against bacterial and viral diseases
    • Viral:
      • Polio
      • Measles
      • Rotavirus
      • Japanese encephalitis
      • Mumps 
      • Rubella
      • Hepatitis B
      • Hepatitis A
    • Bacterial
      • Pneumococcal
      • Diphtheria
      • Pertussis
      • Tetanus
      • Typhoid
I learned so much from PLDT Home and Mommy Mundo's #StayHomeSeries Stay Healthy Program.  As moms, we're always busy making sure the house is clean, they learn and discover new things each day with our guidance.  But the most important of all is to make sure we are all intentional in keeping a tab on their over-all health.  :Some of what I learned from the FB Live videos were known to me before but I admit to not adhering to all of them.  I'm grateful there are webinars such as these that educate us moms on taking charge on our kids' health, especially during these times.  Follow PLDT Home on Facebook and Instagram for more #StayHomeSeries.

Mommy, will you be interested to join me so we could learn together about all things mom and our kids' health?  Mommy Mundo is constantly bringing experts to talk on many topics that help us with motherhood, parenting, and even self-love.  Follow Mommy Mundo on Facebook and Instagram. too.

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