It’s the first day of school in Singapore! This day often rhymes with crying, stress or anxiety. But it rhymes especially with discoveries, new encounters and smiles!
You’ve just arrived in Singapore with your children or you’ve been living there for some time? Find in this article 4 useful tips around the health and well-being of your children in Singapore.
Mosquitoes! Just the word causes irritation!
We all know these noisy and vicious little insects, who love the tender skin of our children. Summer enemy No. 1 in our home countries and of the year in Singapore.
Some mosquitoes bites are only itch, others may carry viruses.
In South-East Asia, many diseases are transmitted by mosquitoes such as dengue or zika. Singapour isn’t an exception, although the risk of infection is low thanks to the government’s anti-mosquito policy.
Marion, UEX member, tell us about her experience:
“I was fined, following a visit from the government mosquito control squad for leaving standing water on my balcony.”
For more information, visit our previous article:Mosquitoes in Singapore, what virus to be aware of?
It remains important to protect your children who are more sensitive than you. We recommend Para’Kito which offers an original concept of bracelets with essential oil clips, respectful of the environment and your children.
Hand, Foot and Mouth disease
The start of the school year often reminds us of good times, new encounters, new friends. A few minor problems can accompany these new encounters. In some countries, lice are a concern for parents, in Singapore the head foot and mouth is the main source of concern.
This infectious disease is quite widespread here because of the hot and humid climate. This viral syndrome mainly affects young children and sometimes adults. It is characterized by the appearance of vesicles on the hands, feet and mouth, hence its name.
Clément, father of little Elise, 2 years old, talks to us about the inconveniences:
“The hand foot and mouth is not very serious in itself, a few not very pretty pimples, a slight fever and a little fatigue. But since the disease is highly contagious, the consequences on the child’s daily routine and his family could be quite inconvenient . Indeed, if your child is affected, he will be quarantined and banned from school. The nursery will probably ask you for a doctor’s certificate authorizing your child to return to school.”
Be careful though, some cases of complications may occur. Go to a doctor immediately and find all the details about this disease in our dedicated article: Hand, Foot & Mouth disease in Singapore; what you should know.
With your UEX health insurance, if you go to the general practitioners of the AXA panel, you will not have to pay either the consultation fees or the prescribed medications.
How do your children catch it?
It is usually caused by coxsackieviruses and enteroviruses and is transmitted by direct contact with someone infected with saliva, feces or dirty hands.
How can I avoid it?
You must be very careful about your child’s hygiene, regular handwashing helps to limit the risk of contagion.
You should know that in Singapore food is becoming almost a religion, for better or for worse. It is no wonder that your children meet at the food court for lunch and rush to chicken rice and other roti prata. Even if they love it, this food is very fatty and not necessarily balanced.
Grégoire, LFS former student, tells us:
“In Ang Mo Kio, at lunchtime we ate in a food court, a chicken rice with an iced tea, without thinking about “eating well”, and my parents didn’t pay much attention on those details nethier.”
Poor nutrition can have a significant impact on your child’s health, in the short or long term (fatigue, overweight, sensitivity to common viruses, respiratory problems, diabetes, bad cholesterol, etc.).
Few tips from Estelle, healthy mother of the UEX team:
- Do not let your children leave without breakfast
- Do not lose the habit of a balanced snack in the schoolbag, fruit ideally
- Educate children about eating well, by involving them in the kitchen
- Follow what they eat and adapt by diversifying the dishes
- Eat light in the evening with a focus on fruits and vegetables
- Being an example
In Singapore, temperature varies drastically between indoor and outdoor space. . Air conditioning or “air-con” is fllied in all closed spaces such as shops, schools, subways, buses, taxis, cinemas…
Singaporeans are sometimes accused of abusing the air conditioning to withstand the heat from the outside.
We therefore regularly switch from stifling heat to polar cold. Our dear little ones are particularly sensitive to these repeated thermal shocks. When they move too often from hot to cold, their mucous membranes become irritated, ignite and retain any dust or virus that passes through.
If, by any bad luck, your children catch a cold, UEX offers a panel of general practitioners.
Estelle, member of the UEX team and mother of two teenagers in Singapore for 5 years shared:
“Hot/cold due to air conditioning can cause many colds. Your child’s best friend will simply be his sweater.”
However, thermal shocks are not the main cause of colds. The main path of contamination is the eyes and nostrils that are touched with unwashed hands. If you manage to correct your children from this habit, the risks become managable.