Viajando, El virus Zika, y Aceite de Cedro

La cosa mas importante para que sepan los viajeros sobre Zika es que aunque no sea una condición médica serio para la mayoría de personas, todavía deben de tomar precauciones para no difundirlo.

Esto implica que no le piquen los zancudos en primer lugar.

Secundo, si le han picado, talvez sí o talvez no va a estar infectado. Sí usted ha estado infectado, es posible no saberlo, ya que solo uno en cinco personas muestran los síntomas. Todavía, que le piquen repetidamente puede pasar el virus a otros zancudos, que en cambio pueden pasar a otras personas.

Aquí está el producto que altamente recomiendo, y voy a explicar porque en un minuto: Cedarcide

Aquí están unos hechos del WHO y del CDC:

El 1 de Febrero, el World Health Organization (WHO) declaró que Zika es una Emergencia de Salud Pública de Importancia Internacional, similar al Virus Ebola del año pasado. Aunque la difusión del virus (especialmente en mujeres embarazadas) es de preocupación, el viajero común no tiene mucho que preocuparse. El “Centers for Disease Control and Prevention” dice que “ Personas normalmente no se enferman suficientemente para ir al hospital, y muy rara vez en cuando se mueren de Zika.” (Pagina de Web CDC)

Los factores de riesgo son los más altos para bebes que no han nacido, cómo el CDC dice “El virus Zika se puede pasar de una mujer embarazada a su hijo que no ha nacido.” El aumento de la microcefalia (o pequeño cerebro), un defecto asociado con el aumento de Zika, en su totalidad no ha sido confirmado por los científicos, pero se sospecha. El CDC recomienda precaución para las mujeres embarazadas, y recomienda evitar las zonas con Zika, si es posible.

Para la persona promedio, Zika dura aproximadamente una semana, y causa algunas molestias, tales como erupciones cutáneas, conjuntivitis y dolor en las articulaciones. En casos raros, puede causar una especie de parálisis. (Sitio web del CDC).

Hay muchas otras enfermedades en las zonas tropicales que provienen de los mosquitos, como el dengue y el plaudismo.

Los productos de Cedarcide usan el aceite de cedro, que se ha utilizado como insecticida durante miles de años sin que los insectos desarrollan ningún signo de resistencia. Mi marido y yo tenemos experiencia con cedarcide. El año que tuvimos nuestro primer bebé, los gatos decidieron traer pulgas. Una plaga de pulgas se desarrolló rápidamente, y debido al bebé, mi marido y yo quería algo natural. Después de hacer algunas investigaciones, pedimos grandes contenedores de cedarcide y fumigamos nuestra casa con ella. A pesar de que tuvimos que salir de la casa durante unas horas, es una fórmula natural y no deja residuos tóxicos.

Nos quedamos muy contentos al saber que Cedarcide ha desarrollado un repelente de insectos aún más fuerte, que mata a los insectos más grandes, tales como mosquitos, garrapatas y chinches. Sí, aceite de cedro no sólo los repele, pero puede matar al entrar en contacto! La fórmula ha sido probada en cuanto a potencia por laboratorios independientes, y es eficaz para estar en la espesura del bosque. Cedarcide vende Tick Shield (Escudo Contra Garrapatas) fórmula de fuerza industrial para este tipo de actividades al aire libre, repelente de insectos para los bebés no tóxico, y todo en el medio. Si está embarazada y teniendo en cuenta los viajes, yo recomiendo hacer su propia investigación primero. Es mejor tomar precauciones durante esos nueve meses. Pero para el resto de nosotros, Zika y otras enfermedades no deben detenernos! De hecho, Cedarcide vende un repelente de tamaño de viaje y un kit de chinches de cama para los viajeros para llevar en los aviones.

Travel, Zika Virus, and Cedar Oil

The most important thing for travelers to know about Zika is that though it is not a serious health condition for most people, they still need to take precaution not to spread it.

This implies not getting bitten by mosquitos in the first place.

Secondly, if you have been bitten, you may or may not become infected. If you have become infected, you may or may not know it, because only one in five people will show symptoms. Still, being bitten repeatedly can spread the disease to other mosquitos, who in turn can spread it to other people.

Here is the product I highly recommend, and I’ll explain why in a minute: Cedarcide

Here are some facts from the WHO and the CDC:

On February 1, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that Zika is a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, similar to last year’s Ebola virus outbreak. Though the spread of the disease (especially to pregnant women) is of concern, the average traveler does not have much reason to fear. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that, “People usually don’t get sick enough to go to the hospital, and they very rarely die of Zika.” (CDC website)

The risk factors are highest for unborn babies, as the CDC states, “Zika virus can be spread from a pregnant woman to her unborn baby.” The rise of microcephaly (or small brain), a defect associated with the rise of Zika, has not entirely been confirmed by scientists, but is suspected. The CDC advises caution for pregnant women, and recommends avoiding areas with Zika, if possible.

For the average person, Zika lasts about a week, and causes some discomfort, such as rashes, pink eye, and joint pain. In rare cases, it can cause a sort of paralysis. (CDC website).

There are many other diseases in the tropics that come from mosquitos, such as dengue and malaria.

Cedarcide products use cedar oil, which has been used as an insecticide for thousands of years without insects developing any sign of resistance. My husband and I have experience with cedarcide. The year that we had our first baby, the cats decided to bring in fleas. A flea infestation developed rapidly that fall, and because of the baby, my husband and I wanted something natural. After doing some research, we ordered large containers of cedarcide and fumigated our house with it. Although we did have to leave the house for a few hours, it is a natural formula with no toxic residue.

We were happy to learn that  Cedarcide has developed an even stronger bug spray, that kills bigger bugs, such as mosquitos, ticks and bed bugs. Yes, cedar oil not only repels them, but can kill them on contact! The formula has been tested for potency by independent labs, and it is effective for being in the deep woods. Cedarcide sells Tick Shield industrial strength formula for outdoorsy types, nontoxic bug repellent for babies, and everything in between. If you are pregnant and considering travel, I recommend doing your own research first. Better to take precaution during those nine months. But for the rest of us, Zika and other diseases should not hold us back! In fact Cedarcide sells a travel size repellent and a bed bug kit for travelers to take on airplanes.

 

“Are We There Yet” Prevention, Learning on the Go! Part One

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“Are we there yet?” are four words that parent’s ears should not have to deal with when traveling. And likewise, day trips to museums and cultural places should be filled with excitement and anticipation! Read on to see how to make these statements as reality in your family!

Stamps, stickers and passports:

Kids love to feel like grown-ups! Just like us, they love rewards and a sense of completion. These rewards should not be treats or toys; they should be acknowledgements. In fact, it makes sense to reward them for achievements outside of school; this way they understand that focus and discipline can help us in every day life!

When Sophia was at White Pine Montessori school her first year of preschool, they made a mock passport with her photo in it. I never dreamed how handy something like that can be! Here are some new ways you can use this idea:

  • For each trip you go on, whether its abroad or near home, make a mock passport.
  • for a long car trip, give them a sticker or stamp for each hour spent reading or learning in the car. (More tips on car learning time to follow)
  • Use rubber stamps or stickers to represent places they go. Some museums might use stamps or stickers for admission. You can ask someone to stamp their “passport”– they’ll probably be delighted to!
  • If you go to a cultural event, find a stamp or sticker that would represent that country. For instance, our 4 H group hosted an international night, and each child had a mock passport. Our group represented the Netherlands, so we used a windmill stamp.
  • If you can’t afford stamps, why not write something like “Hello” or “Welcome” in that language on their passport along with the name of the country.
  • Not traveling abroad? Get stickers of all 50 states, and use them, whether you’re on an adventure or just visiting the grandparents. I would love to have an accurate record of all the states I’ve been to throughout my life!

Learning Toys:

If you’re going to reward them for learning in the car, on a camping trip, or on the way back from a day trip, you need to provide them something to work with! My next post will continue this theme with some good suggestions for learning toys!

Have Books, Will Travel!

150312_002When I was young, I couldn’t travel anywhere without books! My parents used to tease me when we left for a trip– “are you really going to read all those books?” Well, now my husband does the same thing since I bring books for my two children, ages 7 and 4, as well as for myself. And I usually like to have a wide selection: some fiction, some history, some practical reading, such as health, or survival skills. I never know what might come in handy or what I might feel like reading.

Transporting a library can be challenging, though. Fortunately, my husband Jim has tapped into some great sites for free audio downloads. www.librivox.org is  one of our favorites. They have many classics, read by volunteers, all free, because they are in the public domain. On our recent trips, we have enjoyed listening to Paula the Waldensian, Master NoBook, the original Pinochio, The Outdoor Girls of Deep Dale, by Laura Lee Hope (author of the Bobsey Twins.) We enjoyed them as much as the children. If you’re not sure if your little ones are really listening, don’t worry. They do pick up on things more than we know. Are they learning to read? Sure they are! The logic and love of language comes from hearing things spoken, as well as reading them with your eyes. If you prefer, you can find the classics at the library, with pictures and then download the free audio so that they can be following along. This method is great for little ones that are just starting to read!

I love to bring Geography Songs from Sonlight along on almost any trip. We can listen to the song about the United States and look at the map. I have some additional map coloring/activity books to add to this exercise. Because so many books from Sonlight cover geography and different peoples all over the world, I can also tie these into the terrain we are visiting. My children were learning a little bit about the Middle East from the book Window on the World, when we took our trip to Arizona in the February/ March (the perfect time to go, as far as I’m concerned!) Since we visited the Sonora Desert, I was able to talk about other desert climates in the world and how they were similar or different. (The Sonora Desert actually gets a good deal of rainfall, it just happens to evaporate quickly because there are no roots or soil to hold it. This results in different and more plentiful vegetation than other types of desert.)

When we left for the trip, I brought some books we were finishing up. Naturally, it’s good to teach the children to finish what they start. One of them was Box Car Children, a book we have from Sonlight. My six year old and I were taking turns reading parts of it. In this beautiful story, the orphaned children live for a few months in a stationary, abandoned boxcar. We discussed the different parts of the country and what part of the country this story was likely to have taken place. As we had driven South from Illinois to Tennessee, across Arkansas and Texas, through New Mexico and over to Azrizona, then North to the Grand Canyon, then to Denver, and finally back to Illinois, we were able to observe first hand the contrasts in climate and wildlife, in a way that you cannot do during mid- summer, when life is vibrant (and hot) everywhere.

Additionally, we brought books that my husband and I had from previous trips West– some about desert life and some about the Grand Canyon. Never worry about bringing too many books! Encourage learning and it will happen readily! And you can always follow up at home, by going to the library and checking out books that have to do with where you’ve just been…

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