She carries Lola and comes out of the car. With her free hands she brings out her house keys and opens the door, sets Lola on the sofa and shuts the door. Funmi does all these absent-mindedly.
Antibiotics have saved many lives over the years. We are truly fortunate to have them available for serious bacterial infections. Unfortunately, antibiotics are excessively prescribed, especially to children.
Yes, it’s true. Antibiotics kill bacteria. The problem is that they not only kill off the bad guys, they kill off the good ones too.
Using antibiotics irrationally destroys the beneficial germs, which significantly increases the risk of our children developing long-term health problems.
The risk of getting germs from toys rises when other kids are handling the same toys. Most of the time, washing toys with soap and water and letting them air-dry every couple weeks is fine. But when we have a couple of kids manhandling the same toys, the risk of bacteria infection rises. These times call for a regular household bleach wash (one-quarter cup of household bleach in one gallon of water). Wash, rinse thoroughly and air-dry the goods. Fuzzy toys are germ magnets and are harder to clean, so you might want to put these away other kids are around.
“Aunty Pharmacist, na wetin be this?” Mama Kosi asked me as I examined her baby girl’s face closely.
I could see that this was a classic case of impetigo on Kosi’s face.
“Na skin infection”, I replied, for want of a better description.
“Infection kwa! For small pikin whey never know man?” She queried in disbelief. You see in my rural community, the word ‘nfection’ is synonymous with sexually transmitted infections.
“Wetin cos this kine infection?” She queried further, looking very worried.
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