Sunday, 28 August 2016

Enjoy Monsoon Sans Any Dampness!

Monsoon is the most loved season, especially by kids as they weave their lifetime memories. From lush green tree-tops to misty landscapes, from puddles to paper boats, monsoon weaves endless memories to cherish lifetime, isn’t it?
While monsoon welcome muddy, yet pleasant fragrance, it allows opens door for numerous problems. From viral health diseases to life loss due to floods, from massive property damages to monsoon hit city, monsoon is capable to bring miseries too.   

As a child I use to love monsoon for more than one reason. I use to love dancing in rain carelessly, eat steaming hot pakodas, participate in local paper boat race, and the best part was declared holidays in school ;) I remember my mom always busy drying clothes all day and screaming at us to keep our dirty shoes outside the house. But now being a mom I do understand her concern for high hygiene and health especially during monsoons. #monsoonhygiene

It’s very common to have little bit of cold or running nose during monsoon, just like finding few rough patches with seeping leakages. But dare not ignore any of them as it may lead to disastrous effect on health of home and family.  

The much awaited season of the year monsoon lingers with few early rains and heavy storms every now and then. Also it’s a myth that once should start fixing the house repairs, loose wires, leakages, and dampness only after season is over. The rainy season makes you and family vulnerable to diseases and your house likely breed insects, bugs due to dampness, humidity, and water leakage too.
So, it’s high time not to wait for season to get over, put on your gum-boots and start working towards making your house monsoon proof. Here are few tips and tricks to maintain high hygiene level in your house for you and your family.
  1. Choose Dry Over Wet To Clean Furniture
    Keep you furniture shinny and clean by cleaning it with dry cloths, vacuum cleaner, or special furniture cleaning solutions. Its known fact that water is not at all wood’s friend. So use special cleaning agents to clean wooden furniture. There are many cleaning products are readily available in the market.
  2. Roll All mats, rugs and Carpets:
    Monsoon season makes your carpet moisten, humid and thus, with no or minimal sunlight it can easily breed  pest in your house. So it’s always a good idea to disinfect, clean, and roll away your carpet and store it in dry place. Make sure you do not use your favorite carpets until the rainy season has gone.
  3. Change Your Floor Cleaning Solution
    Rainy season also brings creepy crawlers like rodents, bugs and what not. So make you’re your floor cleaning solution is strong enough to fight the germs which are threat to your family health. Also try to keep your floor dry by mopping regularly to keep the dampness away. Use effective floor cleaning solution or you may also add any medicated or antiseptic solutions.

  1. Fix All Loose Wires!
    Make sure you fix all unattended, loose wires inside as well as outside house before it starts raining. Don’t ever ignore any loose or faulty wires to avoid any mishaps or life loss as water leakages is sure to cause short circuits or any electrical accidents.
  2. Fight Dampness To Keep Your House Pest Free:
    Make sure that you do away with any kind of dampness to keep your house pest free. A moist, wetty and humid climate welcomes pests like fleas, moths and carpet beetles.  Keep your house safe from pest by keeping it dry. Make sure there is no dampness in the house and your house is ventilated enough. You can use ventilators, naphthalol or phenyl balls, to prevent entrance and growth of pest. A well ventilated house, without any traces of dampness will also keep your family healthy.
  3. Say No To Any Kind Of Home Renovation
Getting any kind of home renovation in monsoon is of course a bad idea.  It is observed house renovation may lead to cracks in the walls, and thus leading to water leakage. It is highly advised not to do any kind of renovation during monsoon season.  And if all you notice any cracks in your house get it plastered, and painted before monsoon begins to prevent and future water leakage. (See Point no. 8 for Crack Repairs)

  1. Prepare Your Drainage System for Monsoon:
We often see TV channels flashing headlines focusing on over flooding of gutter lines, or poor sanitation in the city. To avoid such mishaps it’s highly important that you take charge of your drainage system and upgrade the same. You can do so by installing trench drain to driveway slopes, sidewalks and other solid surfaces to prevent it from running down right into your house, and also connect the downspouts to underground drains that will carry the water away from your house.
Don’t forget to unclog at least once in a week, so that you face any clogged drains, and gutter water running in your house premises. Poor drainage management in monsoon will not only release foul smell but also the dampness, humidity will breed pests leading to serious health concerns for your family.
  1. Repair Leakages & Cracks ASAP
Heavy rains are one of the most responsible factors for leakages and cracks in the house. No to forget ones the leakages and cracks are developed it’s highly an expensive affair to treat them. So, it is advised to rectify them as soon as you spot them. Cracks and leakages both seeps water into your house and thus causes dampness leading to various hazards to health and hygiene of your house. Make sure you do not overlook ever the minor cracks and leakages as soon as you notice them. Don’t wait for them to grow big enough to cause major damages in your house.  There various ways to fix these cracks and leakages to stop rain water to seep into your house.

But it’s highly advisable to water-proof your house before monsoon arrives. This will allow you to prevent any water leakages and enjoy the rainy season with your family without any worries of water leakages or wall cracks.  

The solution to prevent the water leakages and the damp patches in your house is using the damp-proof exterior wall coating like “Dr. Fixit Raincoat” which is a waterproof cum decorative exterior coating that repels the rain water away and creates the waterproofing barrier.

Also gain “Freedom from dampness” and keep your home, family happy and healthy.

After all no matter how much you love dancing in rains but you’ll surely need a warm and cozy house to sip hot cup of coffee and cover yourself under blanket for comfort yourself.

Meanwhile, I am sure you would enjoy this interesting ad of Dr.Fixit which totally showcases in a funny manner that definitely Dr.Fixit is the waterproofing ka expert and the highlight is Mr.Amitabh Bacchan:)

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Friday, 29 July 2016

World Breastfeeding week 2016>> A Key To Sustainable Development

Breast feeding is one of the closest topic to me as a mother and also as a blogger and influencer. From 1st August -7th August will be celebrated as World Breastfeeding Week for 2016.  I firmly believe that it's not only mother's sole responsibility to ensure that child is breast fed, but it takes each of us as spouse, partner, all family members and also your colleagues and work culture to support her to do so with no stress attached. 

I've already emphasized on how important is the Dad's role in breast feeding and how he can support you to breast feed your child. It's everyone's responsibility to create a conducive environment and culture where breastfeeding is accepted as a norm. Thus, this practice will eventually lead to healthy mother, child and society at large.

On 29th August 2016, Cloudnine hosted a media round table to discuss and find solutions for the challenges faced by breast feeding mothers. Below are few highlights of the roundtable discussion;

While sharing her thoughts a breastfeeding practices in India Dr. Asha Benkappa, (Of National Neonatology Forum, Karnataka) said, “Breastfeeding practices in India have been improved over the last decade, but we still need to achieve optimum exclusive breastfeeding rates at WBTi (World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative). To see more improvement India requires a clear national policy on Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF), a stringent Infant Milk Substitutes (IMS) Act. Besides policy perspective we need to train health professionals and community workers on how to educate mothers on the optimal breastfeeding practices in rural areas to create more awareness."

Another highlight of the roundtable discussion was (again my favourite topic) how to reduce the pressure working mothers who are breastfeeding their children for at least six months and how employers can support and encourage a working mother to breastfeed with no stress. Following pointers encourages working mother to breastfeed without any obstacles even.
  • Provide adequate paid maternity leave.
  • Make their workplace breastfeeding-friendly
  • Provide other maternity entitlements.
While discussing on how to encourage working mother to breastfeed, Dr.Sheela,  President, BSOG (Bangalore Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology), said, “There is an acute to increase the maternity leave to 24 weeks to for all women employees irrespective to their working set up. This will not only improve breastfeeding rates in India but it will also reduce infant mortality rate, malnutrition, diarrhea and other diseases in infants. 

Dr. Kishore concluded the event, and said, "Cloudnine is planning to provide accreditation to corporate with breastfeeding-friendly environments, and facilities at workspace. We have already tied-up  with leading companies like Infosys."

You may also like to read; 

Breastfeeding! What's Dad Role In It?  
10 Common Myths About Breastfeed
Pregnancy Guide>> All Trimesters
How To Overcome Depression Post Motherhood
10 Best Things Motherhood Taught Me

Get more information on Breastfeeding Week and download useful resources.