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HORLICKS FEARLESS SONGS: LEARNING WITH A RHYME

Parenting - Anupriya kapur - March 8, 2019

March is a crucial month of the year; corporate executives are busy settling annual accounts while children are busy with last-minute exam preparations. Speak of extremes! The season of the dreaded exams is looming and there is a mammoth wave of tension shuttling between parents and their children from time to time.

Blessed are those kids who prepare well ahead of exams; but again, who hasn’t fallen prey to the monster called “procrastination”? I remember my mother’s warning ringing in my head every time I now advise my child to study in advance, keep up with the syllabus and revise on regular basis. Truth be told, all of us are pearls of the same string. Almost every child dedicatedly studies just before the exams and not throughout the year. They cram in everything just the night before instead of utilizing all those months! Now as the clock rapidly runs towards the exam hour, do you think your child can master concepts and retain them for the big finale?

I think children don’t mind studying when it’s fun and interesting. Think of teachers who make history interesting by acting out situations in the classroom and science projects that kids truly enjoy working on. Learning can also be made interesting with a                                                       musical twist.

Remember when our teachers advised to use mnemonics and other tricks to memorize material? Exactly! I recently came across the collaboration between A.R Rahman and Horlicks in their newest spin on facing exams fearlessly. To make exam time less stressful for all parties involved, Fearless Songs gives a melodious musical spin to the stressful exam season. And kids, when A.R Rahman tells you “Fikar mat karo..”, there is no reason to bog yourself down with added stress of coping with studies, peer pressure or even comparisons with your classmates, friends or cousins!

If you haven’t already seen this video, please do because it’s so much fun. A big salute to the music maestro for unraveling the horrifying confusion between present participle and past participle! This really hits the chord as kids find such kind of topics a little difficult to tackle. I think this video has helped me look at studies from a totally different angle and I am going to take cues from this and come up with something of my own to help my child cope with his problem areas in studies.

Horlicks, as a brand has extensively campaigned on several deep-rooted problems revolving around children and their battle; whether with exam pressure, peer competition resulting into suicide and many more psychological issues sprouting at a tender age. Some of their latest campaigns like Passion Paathshala and Bottle Of Love are eye-openers! The brand has successfully managed to churn out many campaigns, targeting alarming exam issues and helped parents empathize and deal with problems on a positive note.

I had my 11-year old watch the fun Fearless Songs video and was amazed how he was hooked onto to the rap music “H+PP..bolo HPP”! I think this idea is definitely going to ease the burden on kids trying out ways to retain what they learn in a fun way rather than just mugging up everything. Music embedded in studies is the future of making exams go from fearful to fearless!

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Making breathing easier

Uncategorized - Anupriya kapur - March 6, 2019

Too many external factors are responsible for our health conditions these days and being healthy consistently is a task that most of us fail to master. With the levels of dust and smoke present in the air we are breathing today, one might consider getting admitted to a hospital and breathing oxygen straight out of an oxygen cylinder! And it is this polluted air that our children breathe, which most often leads to Allergic Rhinitis, Asthma, COPD and various other respiratory problems.

The factors to be blamed for respiratory problems including climate change, vehicular smoke, dust from the road and building construction, not to mention countless smokers surrounding us! We know just how torturous it feels to have a sore throat, leaking nose, bronchitis, and chest pain when we catch a common cold, suffer from sinusitis or bronchitis. And once our kids get affected, the added fuss to the mayhem is to have them take medicines they absolutely hate!

I have always been into fitness and have made sure Kabir too has some healthy habits; however, sometimes maintaining your son’s health is not that easy. I can’t stop him from doing the average stuff kids do! How much can I protect him from exposure to the heat, dust and infamous Delhi pollution! And believe me, I know as a mom what it takes to make your 11-year-old take medicines which aren’t exactly tasty! I know a couple of kids in my neighborhood who were suggested hospitalization every time they needed nebulization.

In simple words, a nebulizer is a drug delivery machine which converts your liquid medicine into aerosol droplets that the patient can easily inhale through a mouthpiece or mask that comes with the nebulizer kit. It is no longer a necessity to have a professional nurse hook you to a large and noisy nebulizing machine. With independent alternatives available for everything we do, easy-to-use nebulizers too are now all over the market.

While I see my friends discussing and debating on the best nebulizer to get for their children, I came to know from a close family friend about Omron’s Nebulizer NE-C101, a portable nebulizer for children. This nebulizer is very easy to use and takes little effort to understand how it works. It is one of the easiest and most portable breathing devices I have come across and is quite handy if you have to carry it with you.

The nebulizer you choose will ensure whether your medicine reaches the upper airways, mid airways or the lower airways depending on the one you need. Nebulizers are great if you are suffering from Allergic Rhinitis (Hay Fever), Rhinitis (Common Cold), Sinusitis, Laryngitis, Bronchitis, Bronchiolitis and Pneumonia and by just breathing you can be relieved. Check the particle size of the nebulizer and don’t fall prey to the myths that say the more mist produced, the more effective treatment happens, which is often the case in using steamers.

A pack of Omron’s Nebulizer NE-C101 consists of a mouthpiece, nosepiece, nebulizer kit as well as an adult mask and a child mask made of PVC. The transparent design and wide medicine chamber make it easy to check how much medicine you are pouring in. All you have to do is let your child breathe for 7 to 10 minutes and the nebulizer will deliver the medicine to the target problem area with no extra effort, which seriously is one the best features of this device. An added advantage is that the nebulizers manufactured by Omron are less noisy, making its use on babies nice and easy without getting the little ones startled by the weird noises the general devices make. You can readily administer the medicines even when your baby is fast asleep.

Cleaning a compressor nebulizer is easy too, though it might sound tricky! Just like Omron’s portable mesh nebulizer NE-U100, the compressor nebulizer NE-C101 is easy to clean by using lukewarm water to disinfect the nebulization kit (mouthpiece/nosepiece/mask /medicine kit & pipe) which is known to be one of the most convenient ways to disinfect tools and attachments of medical devices.

So to all moms out there, all you have to do is make your child sit with his favorite cartoon or Lego set and put on the nebulizer for him and all the medical job of getting the medicine into his system is done, as he simply inhales through the mask. No more running around to force down bitter pills or having to get the little ones to adjust to a noisy steamer. The portability of Omron only adds to the advantages.

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