Raviv will start going back to school tomorrow. With the consecutive deaths of two children from the same popular private school here in Los Banos last month, Raviv’s friend’s mom expressed to me her apprehensions of sending her child back to school. Kasi nakakatakot naman talaga! When the Department of Health declared that the cause of death of the two children isn’t Japanese encephalitis or dengue, I sighed with relief but only temporarily.
Kung hindi dengue o Japanese encephalitis, Ano?!? As I’ve said on my Facebook page, any least if it were dengue or JE, we know what we’re fighting against. We could take the necessary precautions such as fumigation, insect repelling sprays/essential oils, mosquito repellants, etc. So far, we still don’t know what actually caused the deaths of the two children (unless hull lang ako sa balita). That makes me even paranoid because I have no idea what I need to prepare my child for! Ano bang kalaban?!?
Aside from disease-carrying mosquitoes, so many other things may cause our children’s sickness: even pencils, desks, notebooks, lunch boxes—these surfaces can unknowingly cause germs to spread and infect children easily. Moreover, your child can bring these germs to your own home, infecting the rest of your family. Schools can be a hotbed of all kinds of microorganisms. The Philippine Association of Medical Technologists (PAMET) conducted an experiment to identify what kind and how many germs children came into contact with in a school. They found:
- 3,240,000 Staphylococcus bacteria were detected on the school desk, and 94,000 Influenza germs on books and notebooks.
- 100,000 Streptococcus bacteria were counted on the handrail of the stairs.
- On the monkey bars, 250,000 Hepatitis bacteria may cause infection during playtime
- 2,000,000 E. coli and 1,000,000 Shigella bacteria were identified on the toilet
But I have to fight my paranoia. Raviv is excited to go back to school—he’s eager to see his friends and to play with them. So putting off going back to school is not an option to me. He can’t live in a bubble. Ganun talaga. But of course, I took necessary precautions prior to his going back to school. These include the following:
1. Vaccination. I asked Raviv’s pediatrician whether there are new vaccines, and she said that there are! One of them is the Japanese encephalitis vaccine, which became a must only last year. I already had him injected with a JE vaccine. JE vaccine is good for children 9 months old and above.
2. Stocking of mosquito repellants. Even if he already has JE vaccine, we still have to avoid mosquitoes like the plague—may dengue pa eh! Raviv’s pedia said that dengue vaccines are only for children 9 years old and above. Hay. Plus, the effectivity of JE vaccine takes effect only after a month after injection. So I still need to stock on anti-repellant lotions, bracelets and stickers.
3. Keeping him in peak health. In case he gets in contact with any disease, I make sure may laban si Raviv. We diligently remind him to drink his vitamins every morning; we buy fruits for him to eat (I often make fresh avocado milkshakes because Randy says avocado is one of the best fruits); I make him eat vegetables; I force him to sleep early every night (8-9 p.m.) so his body gets enough rest; and we encourage sports and physical activities.
4. Frequent hand washing. At home, I always remind Raviv how important it is to wash his hands. I am hopeful that he bring this habit to school or everywhere he goes even if I’m not with him. At home, we use either Safeguard bar soap or foaming hand soap.
Since I was young, my mom has always trusted Safeguard. And I’m doing i with Raviv, too. Safeguard has Germshield+ Technology that removes three kinds of germs (gram positive, gram negative and fungi), which can cause skin infections, body odor and pimples. In contrast, other soaps can only remove gram positive germs, which mainly causes body odor.
And because Raviv is no longer a baby (waaah!) and we encourage him to engage in outdoor sports, he bathes with Safeguard Pure White Body Wash. Safeguard Pure White Body Wash not only removes germs, but also prevents the regrowth of germs, all while maintaining the skin’s natural germ barrier so that germs do not stick easily. Also, the formula is as gentle as water and is dermatologically tested to ensure that it keeps the skin soft.
Worry less and let Safeguard give the best protection your children need.
- Safeguard Pure White Body Wash is available in 720ml (PhP 219), 400ml (PhP 145) and 200ml (PhP 85)
- Safeguard Pure White Bar Soap is available in 90g (P 25.75), 135g (P 38), and 180g ml (P 48.00)
- Safeguard Pure White Liquid Hand Soap is available in 225ml (P 80.00)