Summer Sun and Indoors is Fun! May 2016 Blog

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We can’t deny how beautiful the weather has been for the past couple of weeks, but in the back of our minds we are all bracing ourselves as we know what’s looming around the corner… Summer is here!

What better way to start off the Summer than having a long weekend. The excitement is shared between parents and kids. What is there to do whilst keeping parents’ sanity intact together with keeping the kids occupied at the same time? We have some perfect solutions for you, and remember to stay hydrated!

Afterschool.ae helps parents to find, connect and book Kid’s Activities, Nursery Schools and Schools across the UAE. http://afterschool.ae/

Kids HealthMediclinic

Dr. Kenneth Dougan MD, has kindly shared some insights to help educate parents this Summer!

Summertime for children can be both enjoyable as well as a time for illnesses we don’t see in wintertime. The problems come from the heat and the sun. Sunburns obtained when we are children can develop into skin cancers 20-30 years in our future.  So avoiding sunburns, especially blistering burns, will avoid the increase in basal cell skin cancers in the child’s fourth decade.

Though not fatal, these skin cancers need to be removed surgically and leave scars upon removal. There is also an alarming trend in an increase in melanoma diagnosis in sun exposed adolescents. This is something we never used to see in children. Now, though still rare, there is a definite upswing in this disease in children after age 6. Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer and often is untreatable.

Some postulate the depletion of the ozone layer and it protective effect is the cause for this increase.  Avoiding sun exposure especially from 10AM to 3PM is the best way to avoid these skin cancer risks. Sunscreen with a SPF of 30 is MANDATORY for all going out in the sun and application every hour is advised because sweating can dilute its effect.

The second problem with sun exposure is the risk for heat exhaustion which is caused from dehydration. This is preventable by avoiding direct sun exposure in the midday, but if unavoidable…then HYDRATION is a must. One litre of water or a sports drink like Gatorade should be routine for children going to the beach for a few hours (2 litres for children over 40 kg).

Finally, continuous exposure to sunlight can cause early cataract development and development of pterygium (surfer’s eye).  This is a fleshy pink nodule that grows on the white of the eye near the iris, is unsightly and can interfere with vision in the future as it can grow to cover the pupil. Both of these eye problems can be avoided by wearing sunglasses when outside. I recommend getting children used to wearing sunglasses from an early age to avoid these sun related problems as teenagers or young adults.

So my best advice is to avoid exposing your child to the sun from 10AM-3PM if possible. If unavoidable then Sunscreen SPF 30 or higher with hourly application when outside, 1-2 litres of water and sunglasses are your child’s best friend.
Dr
Dr. Kenneth Dougan MD

Specialist Pediatrician

American Board of Pediatrics Certified

MEDICLINIC DUBAI MALL

www.mediclinic.ae


Parents Care

We are so excited to have Helen Farmer, founder of parenting blog The Mothership, https://www.facebook.com/themothershipdxb/, as she shares practical advice for real parents,12936711_1083924628334464_1905265879995804120_n

Keep your child hydrated with these 7 easy tips:

  1. Let them choose the cup or bottle – if they enjoy using it (or it’s covered in their favourite character) they’re more likely to drink up. Novelty straws can help too.
  2. Keep it somewhere accessible, so they don’t need to ask every time.
  3. Explain why it’s important for them to sip up – and make it relatable, such as “You’ll need lots of energy for football practice later, and water will make you go fast”.
  4. Add some flavour and fun. Water is boring (deny it all you want – it’s true) so add fruits like strawberries, kiwis and oranges, plus cucumber, mint and lemon to keep kids interested.
  5. Freeze it, with homemade popsicles of pureed fruit mixed with water. Add chunks of fruit for older children. You can also make ice-cubes with fruit and herbs to brighten up drinks.
  6. Water isn’t just in… water. Hydration comes via food too, so keep snacks like watermelon, cucumber and celery around.
  7. Remind and reward. Set up a system or alert to prompt everyone to drink water – you can get apps with audio reminders. If they need a further nudge, offer rewards for finishing a certain amount per day – just make sure they don’t pour it away to score that prize!

One last thing… Set a good example. If your children see you drinking water regularly they’ll view it as part of normal day-to-day life, and not a chore. ~X


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Parents Play Date

Keep the little ones busy indoors with exciting projects. Having fun and learning at the same time, they develop their problem solving, decision making and fine motor skills. We nurture tomorrow’s innovators! Learn more on http://www.kenzibox.com/

Competition Nook

We are giving away 3 Inventors of the Orient KenziBoxes to 3 Lucky Parents.

Please tag a picture of you and your little one having fun in the summer sun, tag it, #Afterschoolae #Kenzibox #Investinmykid #Dubaisummersun

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Our Top Picks:

Aquatix May

Aquatix Swimming Training, what better way to take advantage of Summer than to dive right in, and why not the Pool? With lessons for swimmers from 4 months of age through to Adult Squad level, and tailor-made swimming programmes.

http://afterschool.ae/company/activities/aquatix-swimming-trainingdubai_ice_rink

Dubai Ice Rink, not in the mood for the outdoors and want a little cooling down?
Why not head down to the Dubai Mall and take to the ice, with some swivels and possibly some falls, let the Penguins guide you.

http://www.dubaiicerink.com/en/


Recipe Corner:

Snow Cones

What’s better than to make snow cones to keep yourself cool and hydrated, and we doing it the healthy way. 

Prep time ~ 5 mins ~

Cook time ~ 5 mins ~

Total time 10 mins

Ingredients: 1 cup of your favourite fruit juice, ice

Tools: Food Processor and Paper Cups

Instructions:

  1. In a small pan pour in your fruit juice, bring to the boil, reduce the heat and allow to simmer for approximately 5 minutes until the liquid gets slightly thicker. Put aside to cool.
  2. Take the Ice and add to blender to crush the ice.
  3. Scoop the ice into the paper cups, and spoon on your fruit syrup. Enjoy!

***(Remember all cooking is to be supervised by an Adult)Snow Cone

Meet a Teacher:

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Ms Nazan Asgher, has been teaching for 12 Years, and works at Kid’s Island and Cocoon Nursery, she teaches Nursery level.

We asked Ms Asgher why she loves teaching, she says, “I have always been in awe of how creatively and amazingly the minds of children work and wanted to hold the privilege of interacting with such little yet great minds on a regular basis. This is what makes me happy which is why I chose teaching as a career”

Ms Asgher has two cats, Prince and Spin, they are her babies.

We think teachers are Super Stars and we asked Ms Asgher if she could be any Super Star in the world who would she be, and we like her answer: “I would have to be Michael Jackson. He is a great musician who created phenomenal music. His music just makes me want to dance and it is fun to listen to. Music makes me happy!”

http://afterschool.ae/nurseries-offers/dubai/all-areas/kid-s-island-and-cocoon-nursery


Spelling Bees:bee

Practice the word of the month with your kids, the word this month is:

Temperature


Hang Out:

In the Theatre:

James and the Giant Peach

When: 7th May 2016

Location: Abu Dhabi Theatre

When: 12th to 13th May 2016

Location: DUCTAC in the Mall of Emirates

https://ductac.etixdubai.com/shows/show.aspx?sh=JAMESPEA16

The Tiger Who Came for Tea

When: 18th May 2016

Location: Madinat Theatre

Dancin’ on The Sidewalk

When: 3rd and 4th of June 2016

Location: Madinat Theatre

https://madinatjumeirah.etixdubai.com/

Events, Exhibitions and Shows:

Mummy and Me

When:  19-21st May 2016

Location: Dubai International Marine Club

Mummy and Me, is a family-friendly event for new and expectant parents. Guests can explore a mix of top products and services for maternity, baby and toddler, along with an inspiring menu of seminars and demonstrations from highly regarded figures from the world of parenting and pregnancy. Over the course of the three days, attendees will enjoy live entertainment, interactive play areas for babies and toddlers. http://show.motherbabyandchild.com/register


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