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Vaccine Panda brings affordable Home Vaccination Solutions

At Vaccine Panda, we strive to make vaccines affordable to all, right in the comforts of your home. Vaccine is the birth right of all children and we are committed to provide vaccines at the most affordable prices to all.We draw our inspiration from the real life problems faced by parents when they plan the vaccinations of their children.

In today’s challenging times of Corona Pandemic, getting vaccines for your kids can be a huge challenge. You and your family take risk by taking your kids to Clinics, where all are exposed to the deadly virus as Doctor’s Clinics have the maximum exposure to the Covid 19 virus.

At Vaccine Panda, we offer complete Home Vaccination Solutions at prices cheaper than Clinics.

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Q & A- Vaccines and Boosters ?

Booster doses remind the immune system to prepare and protect against future infections. Memory antibody reserves produced by primary doses of vaccine, tends to decline over a period of time and need boosters, especially in case of vaccines with short lived immunity i.e. killed or inactivated vaccines. Boosters thus prevent infections. Memory cell alone are insufficient can’t prevent occurrence of the disease post rapid infections.

Chikungunya and Dengue

The Aedes aegypti mosquito is responsible for the spread of viral infections like Dengue, Chikungunya and Zika.The vector control strategies may work best right now.

If anyone has suffered from Chikungunya once, they are immune for lifetime. Chikungunya disease is caused by one serotype and the chances of repeated infection caused by the same serotype is minimum. The fatalities observed in case of Chikungunya cannot be solely related to it but the concurrent underlying other medical conditions like sepsis, kidney injury and pneumonia in the patient.

Whereas,Dengue is caused by 4 closely related serotypes of the virus. After recovery, a Dengue patient develops life long immunity from one serotype of virus, from which he got sick. Cross immunity to other serotypes is partial and temporary after recovery. Second time infection from other serotypes makes the patient’s condition worse and often turns fatal. This is the biggest challenge in inventing the vaccine for Dengue. 

A vaccine to prevent dengue (Dengvaxia®) is licensed and available in some countries for people ages 9-45 years old. The World Health Organization recommends that the vaccine only be given to persons with confirmed prior dengue virus infection.The vaccine manufacturer, Sanofi Pasteur, announced in 2017 that people who receive the vaccine and have not been previously infected with a dengue virus may be at risk of developing severe dengue if they get dengue after being vaccinated.

As, Dengue vaccine has attenuated or weak virus, which acts very much, like a natural infection, without making the recipient sick. But, if the vaccinated person is infected with the virus again in life, the immune system treats it as a second infection that has much severe consequences. This drawback prohibits the use of the vaccine in children below 9 yrs as they may be the ones who are most likely to be untouched by the prior Dengue infection.

Mirror Mirror on the wall

As the baby grows, he starts cooing, babbling and laughing while staring at her own image in the mirror. He tries to socialize with his reflection believing that another baby is present on the other side. 

A simple unbreakable mirror attached to the side of the crib or play mat will help the  baby focus on a face and read emotions.

Baby feels motivated to respond when he sees someone responding in the mirror. 

At around 18 months of age, kids recognize their own face in the mirror. Self-awareness and recognition is an important cognitive milestone.Till then; kids  talk, dance, poke, press their head onto the glass on seeing their own image. Looking at the mirror and talking will remain his favorite activity for some more time after this milestone.

To test whether the baby can recognise himself in the mirror, we can do a simple,yet scientific test. We can put a baby friendly color (Like Baby powder ) on the baby’s cheek. If the baby tries to touch her cheek to remove it, then he is aware that the mirror is showing his own image. On the other hand, if he touches the mirror and  keeps playing normally, it means that he hasn’t reached the self–recognition milestone yet.

The Crawling baby

Crawling is an important milestone for the baby. It gives mobility without support to the baby for the first time. This milestone follows sitting without support. It indicates good neuromuscular and skeletal strength of the baby’s back, shoulders, arms and knees, which support the baby’s weight and help maintain his balance while moving.

Babies use hand eye coordination to move after focusing on a target like a toy and to try and reach it. They first move back and forth on their tummy (creeping) with straight limbs. Soon, they learn to use both arms and knees to move- ‘crawling’. Initially they need help to put them back to the sitting position after crawling. Later, they become independent and can change positions on their own.

Babies can crawl in various styles before learning to crawl properly on all fours. Scooting (crawling on one leg and dragging the other leg or just moving on bottom while sitting upright), bear walk (on hands and feet with arms and legs straight and hips in the air) is also common in the early attempts to crawl. Leapfrog technique- on all fours using legs to jump forward is another attempt at amateur crawling.

Every technique is fine as long as the baby manages to move. It need not be a perfect crawl coordinated on both arms and knees for every baby.We have to be patient. The final milestone in mobility is walking. Some babies like to stand and walk early.

We expect the baby to reach this milestone around 9 months; some babies reach as early as 7 months, others take more time to reach it and few might even skip this milestone. Parents should try to assess the willingness of their baby to become mobile. If your child is lazy and just likes to sit and enjoy himself. Try to encourage him to become mobile by luring him to reach a distant colorful toy or just you.Crawling boosts the baby’s navigational skills and memory. Babies like to return to the same position each time after they have  accomplished their mission of finding their target.

Social smile and giggles

  • Babies start smiling spontaneously in the mother’s womb. The newborn smiles are not real as they are not in response to any social stimuli. Their smiles are reflex smiles, brief and unintentional. 
  • Real smiles happen when the baby turns 6 weeks or as late as 12 weeks. Baby’s first social or real smile points to an important developmental milestone. It indicates that the baby’s vision has improved and She is able to focus and recognize the parent’s faces. It also indicates that the baby’s brain and nervous system is mature enough to use a smile as a way to connect with others, rather than just smile involuntarily. Smiling is a way to express the feelings of satisfaction, joy and playfulness for your little bundle of joy.
  • We should talk to the baby often, as if she understands everything. Making eye contact with the baby and smiling while you talk is beneficial to them. Babies enjoy seeing funny faces and aping animal action and sounds. Tickle your baby’s belly or blow around her ears. The baby associates smiling as a way to express her emotions every time she looks at you.

Smiles to Giggles

  • Baby’s first laugh is one of the happiest and enjoyable moments in parenthood . This milestone is achieved around 3-4 months of age.Giggling is preceded by other joyful sounds like squealing, chirping, cooing and gurgling 
  •  Babies love to hear their own sound. It’s easy to make a well fed and well-rested baby laugh.Over-stimulation leads to an overwhelmed baby and it does not help.
  • Making funny faces, toys or happy music will make her laugh.

Newborn’s cold – ‘home fixes’

Common cold makes feeding difficult for the newborns. We should abstain from any self medication.Most colds are self limiting and take 1-2 weeks to go.Luckily, there are some safe home remedies that can be of help in this tough time.

  • Saline drops  ease nasal congestion

  Nasal congestion causes  breathing difficulty. Saline drops moisturise the dried mucosa inside the nasal cavity. One drop of saline nasal drops (available as OTC) can be put into each nostril using a dropper. Loose mucous is then pulled out using a bulb syringe. It eases the breathing in babies with stuffy noses. One should clean the nose of babies before feeding and sleeping during cold.

  • Steam inhalation

Dry winter air irritates the lining inside the baby’s nose and throat. A Humidifier steams the air and keeps it hydrated. This keeps nasal passages moist and prevents thickening and sticking of mucous inside the airways. It helps to ease her chest and nasal congestion and get a good night’s sleep.Humidifier should be cleaned and its filters changed to avoid bacteria and mould development inside them. Dirty filters can lead to other infections.

  • Breastfeeding

Breast milk, being rich in antibodies, is like the baby’s first vaccine. It prevents diseases like ear infections, respiratory infections, allergies, stomach infections, meningitis, pneumonia, etc. Even if a baby gets the infection, it provides antibodies to fight against it. Baby’s immune system is immature and totally depends on it for immunity. It not only provides immunity against the infections, for which mother is immune but also against the infections that the child has not come in contact with so far.

  • Adequate breastfeeding during sickness 

During breastfeeding a sick baby, the mother is exposed to the germs and her immune system starts producing antibodies, which are passed to the baby through milk. So, mothers should always breastfeed the sick baby, as it is the best medicine for her.

  • Increase the frequency of feeds

Babies might not suckle sufficient amounts of milk at one time due to congestion. Mothers can express their milk and give it to the baby with a spoon or dropper if she is not able to breastfeed . It is important to keep the baby hydrated. Don’t give plain water before 6 months of age as the baby’s kidneys are immature and can’t handle it and an electrolyte imbalance may occur.

  • Increase the liquid intake

Warm liquids help in melting  phlegm and can be given to the sick baby as lack of sufficient fluids can cause the mucus to harden and worsen the chest congestion and nasal blockage. Babies below 6 months should be exclusively breastfeed or can be given formula feed if former is not a viable option. Babies of age more than 6 months can be given other fluids like warm water, warm fresh fruit juices, vegetable soups, pulse soup etc.

  • Essential Oils fumes 

Essential Oils like Eucalyptus, Ginger, Cedarwood, Clove and Thyme help in relieving congestion.Add one drop of oil along with water in the diffuser. Avoid spraying the oil on the bed or pillows or clothes of the baby. 

Vaccine Panda’s tips to introduce solids to babies

Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended for infants till the age of 6 months as it provides better immunity. Breast milk provides all the essential nutrients till the age of 6 months. However, a 6 months and above age baby has an increased requirement of iron and zinc in his body, which can’t be met by Breast milk alone. Solids in the form of home made food or iron zinc fortified cereals should be started at this age.

  1.  Perfectly cleaned containers should only be used to prepare and serve baby food to avoid contamination with germs. Babies are very sensitive and have less immunity.
  2. Take out small portions of food in a bowl and feed. Keep the remaining food in freeze if you want to use it later.
  3. Throw away  the leftover food from the bowl and do not freeze it, as it may grow bacteria from baby’s saliva in it and get spoiled in 2 hours.
  4. Do not force feed the baby. Let her develop the interest in food by seeing it and smelling it. Try different varieties of foods to keep your baby interested.
  5. Some babies like to mess with food before putting it in their mouths. That’s ok too. Let them explore the food first.
  6. Introduce the food to your baby when he/she is not starving, tired and sleepy.
  7. Make him/her sit on a high chair or in your lap in an upright position.
  8. Don’t rush. Enjoy your baby’s new milestone with leisure.
  9. Start with any cooked and pureed vegetable or fruit or semi-liquid cereal.
  10. The normal transition of baby food is from pureed or semi-liquid food to strained or mashed food followed by small pieces of cooked finger foods.
  11. Home cooked and pureed pumpkins; apples and sweet potatoes are great first foods to start with.
  12. In the first month, stick to the same food for 3 days, then change to another kind of food.
  13. Keep an eye on allergic symptoms like rashes, swollen face, wheezing, diarrhea and vomiting. Those may be triggered by some food. Avoid that specific food and talk to the baby’s doctor.
  14. If you like to start with ready-made baby cereals, mix it with sufficient formula or breast milk to make semi-liquid consistency. You can increase the amount of cereal to make it semisolid in subsequent feeds.
  15. Use a soft plastic spoon rather than steel or silver spoon in starting to avoid hurting her gums.
  16. Keep the quantity of food very less to start with. Don’t make it a full meal on the first day.
  17. Be patient and give your baby enough time to swallow.
  18. If the baby seems thirsty, boiled and cooled water can be given sometimes after the meal.
  19. Know when your baby is full. If the baby starts refusing food after some spoons, turns the head away and starts playing with the spoon. They are the indications that the baby has eaten according to her appetite.

Vaccine Panda’s guidebook to Weaning Foods-Is your baby ready for solid food?

Equipment you may need to cook hygienic baby food at home?

There is nothing better than hygienically prepared fresh baby food with the right nutritious ingredients. Here is a list of some tools, which can help busy moms make mess free meals in a jiffy.

  1.  Squeezer

Fresh fruit juice is great to quench the thirst of your little one. Let your baby enjoy the delicious nutrient rich essence of Mother Nature

  1.   Strainer

Fine pore strainer or sieve can be used to give your delicious puree a finishing touch. Cooked Rice and pulses can be passed through a strainer to give smooth first purees to serve your little one. Paste of Veggies with thick skins like peas can be passed through it to make easy to swallow soup and puree. Strainers can be kept on a clean bowl and food can be pushed through it to make great fresh homemade food.

  1. Blender

This is a must have tool needed to puree the food to give it semi-solid smooth consistency

4. Steamer

Steaming is the best way to cook food to retain its nutrients and color. Steaming trays, which can be kept in a microwave can be used. A blender with inbuilt steamer function can also be used to prepare fresh meals for babies within a few minutes.

  5.Storage containers

Leftover food can be frozen and reheated to use later in microwave and freezer safe and BPA free containers with sealable lids. These are also good to carry food in parks and cars while traveling.

Full term babies should be ready for solid food by the time they reach their half birthday. Clinical reports suggest that the majority of normal babies and obviously premature babies are not developmentally ready for the graduation from milk suckling to manage semi-solids swallowing until between 6-8 months of age. We have to assess the baby’s developmental readiness for solids. Remember, Breast milk alone cannot provide the required amount of zinc and iron to meet baby’s daily dietary need.

Antibiotic Abuse

When your child has a bad cold, it seems quite comforting to give  antibiotics and say  goodbye to sick days . But think hard before giving antibiotics to your child. We enlist some important concerns before starting the antibiotics for kids.

Most sore throats, coughs and runny nose do not require antibiotics for treatment. Antibiotics only treat bacterial infections and not viral infectionS. Viruses thrive inside the patient’s body, completely unaffected by the antibiotic medication. Also, taking an antibiotic comes with its share of risks. Adverse drug reactions or side effects like diarrhea or vomiting can occur in about 1-5 out of 100 children. Some children may have serious life threatening allergies.

Antibiotic resistant bacteria may develop at a faster rate in the whole community as a direct consequence of misuse and overuse of antibiotics. Such bacterial infections are almost impossible to treat with common antibiotics. They need more expensive and rare antibiotics to treat. Doctors are urged to think hard before prescribing an antibiotic. They should do so only after evaluating the real need with their professional acumen.

Some hypothetical case scenarios that prompt Antibiotic use: 

1. Child has a really bad cold and is suffering from a runny nose, cough and congestion. Will the doctor prescribe the antibiotics?

Most Infections caused by viruses present as cold . Child may feel better with care and proper diet and without any medicines in 3-4 days. Antibiotics will not help in viral infections. The duration of symptoms will also not change and cold will take its course.

2. Scare that the Child’s cold will turn into bacterial infections eventually. So, maybe it’s better to start antibiotics on time. Why wait for his condition to get worse?

Do not get scared!! Bacterial infections generally do not follow viral infections. Instead, using the antibiotics without its proper indication, may lead to a secondary infection caused by the resistant bacteria. Also, side effects like nausea, diarrhea and stomach pain along with allergic reactions like rashes may occur with overuse of antibiotics.

3. A child with a stuffy and runny nose with yellow or green mucus discharge is a sign of bacterial infection?

On the contrary, it is quite normal to suffer from a cold and have a runny nose with transparent mucus discharge at first, which turns  to a thick, ropy and colored mucus at a later stage. Cold takes about 10 days to get cured.

5.  Every cold starts with a sore throat. How to differentiate between common cold viruses or bacteria?

More than 80% of sore throats are caused by viruses. If a sore throat is followed by a runny nose and cough it’s most likely viral origin. If the child is suffering from high fever for more than 5 days with only sore throat, doctors test for Streptococcus bacterial infection and prescribe antibiotics in the event of a positive test. Bacterial infection generally makes school going children sick. Young children below 3 years of age do not usually have strep throat.

6. If a child develops allergic symptoms during an antibiotic course, do we stop giving the dose and consult the doctor?

Side effects are very common with antibiotics. Itchy rashes and hives may happen if your child is allergic to any medicine. Stomach pain, nausea and diarrhea may also happen. Inform your child’s doctor timely, as the doctor may want to change the medicine. It is very important to record these events in your child’s medical history for future considerations before prescribing similar antibiotics. Symptoms may revert back after stopping the antibiotic course abruptly without any alternative medication.

7.  When does the child start feeling better after taking the antibiotics?

It takes 48-72 hours to control the bacterial infection with an antibiotic. You should call your child’s doctor if his condition deteriorates further or does not improve within 72 hours. Always complete the full course as prescribed by the pediatrician. Otherwise, infection may not clear completely and the symptoms may reoccur.

8.  Antibiotics overuse may  lead to growth of resistant bacteria?

The overuse and misuse of antibiotics without proper indication can lead to bacterial resistance.These resistant bacteria can spread to other children and adults, besides being difficult to get killed by common antibiotics

It is very important that your child is given the proper antibiotic that is specific for his/her infection rather than a broad-spectrum antibiotic (antibiotic used for many kinds of infections).  If your child develops an antibiotic-resistant infection, it is a serious matter and the child may get hospitalized and sometimes given special antibiotics intravenously.

9.  Are antiviral medicines prescribed for the common cold?

Antiviral medicines are given to treat severe Influenza (flu) infections caused by Influenza viruses. These medicines are often not given in cases of common cold cough symptoms. They are prescribed for children who are at higher risk of becoming very sick if they get flu. Prevention is always better than cure. Yearly Influenza vaccinations can definitely protect the kids from Flu.

10.  Things to keep in mind before using antibiotics for kids?

  1. Never self medicate your child with antibiotics based on previous medical history. Every infection is different and so is its treatment. Always consult a doctor. Do not share your child’s antibiotic with any other child.
  2. Do not save the used antibiotics after the course in refrigerators for future use. Just throw away the remaining medicine as the opened or reconstituted antibiotics may become toxic and harmful.
  3.  Always describe your child’s symptoms well to the doctor and question him if he prescribes antibiotics. Get the assurance from doctor that antibiotics are  the best possible option for treatment in this situation
  4. Always remember that Antibiotics will not work against cold and flu
  5. Make sure that your child takes the full course of antibiotic and take the correct dosage as advised by the pediatrician