Parenting 101 – the basics of what happens to you

 

Zoe and the perpetual mess

Zoe and the perpetual mess

Dear readers: One doesn’t need to get too medical or too technical to know that parenting is one heck of a job. Well, curiously enough, before the thing hits you on the head, you don’t really appreciate the fact that having a child takes up most (if not all at times) of your resources and faculties – it occupies your time, it stands your sleeping habits on their head – you no longer sleep – you nap, it deprives you of the most of your (former) social life, it gives you that recognizable pale-looking face of exhaustion so you resemble more a hospital patient than a happy parent, you start hearing voices of babies even when there are none, etc. Continue reading

Caught a cold?

Dear Dr. Mo: What exactly is ‘common cold’ and how to recognize it – is that the same as flu? Should I be worried and what to do?

Dear reader: These days you can’t seem to escape people who sneeze, cough, have a runny nose or all of it together – in fact, you may be one of them.

Don’t worry, it’s usually nothing serious, just a mild viral infection of upper airways also known as common cold and it requires no special treatment.

Chicken soup helps in recovery

Chicken soup helps in recovery

The symptoms of common cold may bug us for up to two weeks at a time and if we can maintain our daily function, if there are no serious muscle or joint pains, no high fever or strong headaches and prolonged fatigue it’s not the flu or other serious conditions and you shouldn’t be concerned. But if symptoms persist even after two weeks or start to get worse after 7 – 10 days, visit your doctor to see what’s going on.

Over 100 viruses can cause a common cold and you may experience anything from a runny nose to sore throat, cough and sneezing to watery eyes and strong congestion. Part of the package may also be mild muscle ache and headache, slightly elevated body temperature, mild fatigue and upset fellow elevator passengers. Those unlucky enough may get all these symptoms at once. Continue reading