Child Nutrition Series: Episode 1

I am soooo excited!

You know why?

My dream has come true.

Thanks to The Biofem Group, I have been able to shoot my Child Nutrition Series. This is a matter so close to my heart. I am hopeful that it will sensitize Nigerian moms to work on the nutrition of their kids!

Please share widely. Let the message spread far. Enough is enough! It’s time to take action- if we love our kids.

 

“No Biscuits, Son!”

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“Mummy, I want biscuit” My 3-year old son taps me.
Oh no, not again. I sigh.
“No, son. No biscuit.”
“Mummy, mummy I want biscuit.” He grabs my two legs and wouldn’t let me be.
The temptation to yield to his whims is so strong. I have loads of work to do. This is the last thing I need.
No way, I say to myself. This is not food.
I open his food flask and give it to him
“Have some plantain.” I cajole him.
He turns his head away. “I dont want. I want biscuit.”
“Then you are not hungry” I answer impatiently.
Now he is really upset and throws a tantrum. He rolls on the floor
I bring out my cane and wield it at him.
“You better stand up now!”
He knows mom isn’t joking. Experience has taught him well.
He quickly gets up and goes to lie down on the sofa.
Five minutes later, he returns to my office. He stands by my desk. My heart melts. But I must be firm. Biscuit is junk food as far as I’m concerned. He can’t be having his way every time. He must get used to eating good food.
“Will you eat your food now?”
I set his flask on the floor and surprisingly, he succumbs and eats. He even asked for more beans!
I am delighted. My son has eaten good food!
We have had so many battles like this one. Gradually, his craving for junk food is decreasing

Dear mom, you complain that your child doesn’t eat. If you look closely,, he actually eats but its mostly more of junk. I know its hard to refuse your child. Sometimes we just have to be hard on them for their own good. Stop giving in to their demands for junk food. Give them only what you know is good for their health.

Junk food has become a way of life. It’s almost taking over normal, healthy food. In some homes, it has already become a staple diet. It’s not only a children’s favorite, but even elders often prefer junk food over healthy and nutritious food. There are parents, who are completely fine with their kids chowing down on junk food, mainly because they don’t know the consequences of eating junk food.

Here are some deadly side effects of junk foods on kids:

Adverse Mental Health
A diet high in unhealthy junk food and low in nutrient-rich food was linked to behavioral and emotional problems, including anxiety and depression

Lack of Energy and Focus
Junk food not only depletes energy levels, it also hampers concentration and focus. And, both energy and focus are crucial for school going children.

Nutrient Deficiency
Consuming junk food regularly can result in malnutrition in your child, leading to health issues like fatigue, anemia and insomnia.

Obesity
The calories, fat, carbs and sugar that kids get from junk food result in weight gain, ultimately leading to obesity.

Respiratory Disorders
When a child gets obese, it leads to respiratory problems. That is obese children complain of shortness of breath and wheezing after little exertion

Peptic Ulcer
A peptic ulcer is a type of sore that occurs in the gastrointestinal tract. It is extremely painful.
Fast foods can result in peptic ulcers in kids.

Diabetes
Today, Type II diabetes has become very widespread among kids, and health care professional blame the rising junk food culture for this. If children keep consuming calorific fast foods, it results in chronic ailments like diabetes.

Memory Issues
Junk food also adversely affects your brain’s synapses as well as the molecules associated with memory and learning,

It is okay to have junk once in a while, but not on a daily basis. As a responsible parent, you should be aware of the harmful effects of junk food and take measures today to prevent your child from consuming it. Kids have different nutritional needs and you should prepare food that meets those needs. This is the only way to have a healthy child.

To health of your kids and yours.

I remain Runty Pharmacist.

What Do You When Your Baby’s Nose Is Congested?

 

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A mom narrated a horrible incident she had with her only child some days ago. This has prompted me to take action. Who knows how many children’s lives would be saved by this…

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Happy New Year to you!

Wishing you and yours wellness in 2017

My 6-Year Old Daughter’s Amazing Letter

“Mummy! Mummy!”, my 6 year old daughter tugs my arm.
I am in no mood to be disturbed.
“Yes?”, I answer impatiently
She shoves a piece of paper right under my nose. “Paste this letter on the pharmacy door for customers to read”
I read her note:

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I am sooooo touched. My ever caring daughter is interested in my clients’ well being.

This prompted me to design an e-card just for you:

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Hope you had a happy and fun-filled Christmas. New Year is around the corner. I wish you a prosperous 2017.

However, I have another very important message for you. I observed a disturbing Post-Christmas trend among kids. I have shared this in this video. Please take heed:

I wish you all the joy your heart can hold this season and throughout 2017

How The Peanut Was Removed From My Toddler’s Nostril

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Sunday afternoon (at home):

“Mummy! Mummy!”, my son cries.

“Oh boy, can’t you just let me take a nap?” I roll over to look at him.

He puts his hands into his nostrils.

“Achoo! Achoo!” He rubs his nose frantically.

I sit up. Something is wrong.

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