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Best Rubbing Alcohol for Use for Children

I often go wonder what kind of alcohol I use for disinfecting my children’s things. Sometimes I ‘d go out and buy ethyl alcohol and other times I’d grab isopropyl alcohol off the shelf.

Price didn’t really matter so much as we didn’t use it as often as other families did.

Rubbing alcohol is topically used as a disinfectant . There are two kinds of alcohol presents in the market, ethyl and isopropyl alcohol.

Ethyl Alcohol is made from 70 to 95% ethanol, water, acetone and other chemicals.
It is unfit for human consumption and can be toxic or even a cause of death if it is consumed.

Ethyl Alcohol is good for reducing bacterial count. It is not as effective against viruses and fungi. It is ineffective against spores.

Isopropyl is made by combining water with propylene. People often used isopropyl alcohol to do medicinal rubdowns to help bring reduce temperature during a fever. This practice is now discouraged as it was found that the rapid reduction of temperature is considered detrimental to the patient.

Things to Remember About Rubbing Alcohol:

(1) Store in a dark, cool, place.
(2) Keep away from exposure to fire as it is highly flammable.
(3) Keep away from children as it is toxic if drunk or inhaled.
(4) Best used for disinfecting items or preparing skin for an injection.
(5) Never use for open wounds.
(6) Can dry skin easily.
(7) Always tightly close the bottle cap of your rubbing alcohol.
(8) Great to use as a solvent for cleaning electronic equipment without the
Risk of electrocution as it evaporates quickly in small amounts.

I prefer using Ethyl Alcohol for 3 reasons:

(1) it is more “natural “ product as it is a by product of yeast fermentation compared to isopropyl alcohol which is a chemical reaction from water and propylene.

(2) Ethyl alcohol is approximately 50% less toxic than isopropyl alchol when ingested.
(not that anyone of us plan on drinking it).

(3) Isopropyl alcohol in particular has a drying effect and in fact is recommended for use to help dry water in ears for the treatment of Swimmer’s ear. Isopropyl alcohol now has variants that have moisturizers added to them to counteract the drying effect.

NOTE: You can use any brand of 70% ethyl alcohol you like. This just happened to be the one that was available.


A Parent’s Anti-Mosquito Arsenal

Just wanted to share this very interesting and useful article on the various kinds of insect repellents available to us. Personally, we only use products that are DEET FREE. So please do go and read the labels on lotions before you apply them on your children.

A Parent’s Anti-Mosquito Arsenal
by: Pam Pastor

Protect your family from dengue by arming yourselves with these products
What: Anti-Bug Balm is created by Badger, the same company behind the popular Sleep Balm (another product we love). Badger Anti-Bug Balm is a USDA-certified organic insect repellent that contains all-natural ingredients, including citronella oil, cedar oil and lemongrass oil. Don’t let the pretty packaging fool you—this balm is effective. And we’re not the only ones who love it. It has gotten great reviews from people who used it, including one who brought it to the jungles of the Amazon and swears the balm kept her protected.

Where: Rustan’s Essenses

How much: P495 for the big 2-oz tin

How: Apply it to your face, hands and other exposed areas.

Why it’s good: This balm doesn’t just drive bugs away, it’s good for your children’s skin, too.

Bite Be Gone

What: Bite Be Gone Mosquito Duo is a two-in-one product—the tube contains a repellent cream that promises to prevent mosquito bites while the cap holds a balm that can be used to soothe mosquito bites.

Where: Rustan’s Essenses

How much: P295

How: Apply a small amount of the repellent cream on the skin. Apply the balm onto bites and massage lightly. Apply two to three times a day.

Why it’s good: Bite Be Gone comes in a tube that’s handy and can easily be slipped into your bag.

Off! Soft & Scented

What: Off! Soft & Scented is an insect repellent lotion that contains chamomile. Dermatologically tested, Off! Soft & Scented doesn’t just offer protection from mosquitoes, it also promises to soothe the skin.

Where: Ace Hardware

How much: P114.75 for 100 ml

How: Apply lotion on exposed areas.

Why it’s good: Off! Soft & Scented is extra gentle on the skin.

Off! Aqua Spritz

What: Off! Aqua Spritz is an insect repellent spray that feels light on the skin.

Where: Watsons

How much: P79.75 for 30 ml

How: Spray evenly on exposed skin. To use on your face and neck, spray onto hand and rub on. Repeat application after four hours. Do not spray onto the hands of small children—they might rub their eyes and cause irritation.

Why it’s good: Off! Aqua Spritz’s formula is non-greasy. We love the convenience of easy application—no mess!

Bug Off! Wristband

What: Bug Off! is an insect repelling wristband that contains no DEET and no chemical-based insecticides. Since it uses plant oil-based ingredients such as citronella, lemongrass and geranium to keep bugs away, it is safe and nontoxic. There are Bug Off! wristbands for adults and for kids.

Where: Ace Hardware

How much: P179.75

How: Wear it like a bracelet.

Why it’s good: If your kids don’t like being rubbed with lotion, this wristband might be a good way to go. Bug Off! lasts for as long as 180 hours. If used for just eight hours a day and stored properly after every use, it can last up to 22 days. A bonus? The wristbands for kids glow in the dark, making it fun for kids to wear.

Off! For Kids

What: Off! For Kids is an insect repelling lotion that was formulated for kids. It offers three hours of protection and comes with a tropical fresh fragrance.

Where: Watsons

How much: P65

How: Apply lotion to exposed skin.

Why it’s good: Off! For Kids’ formula is gentle and smells like melons and berries.

Off! Overtime

What: Off! Overtime is an insect repelling lotion that offers eight-hour protection.

Where: Ace Hardware

How much: P79.75 for 50 ml

How: Rub lotion on the exposed skin.

Why it’s good: Its long-lasting effect offers convenience. No need to reapply every four hours.

Pest Off! Anti-Mosquito Patch

What: Pest Off! Anti-Mosquito Patches are patches that can be attached to clothes to offer up to 12 hours of protection from mosquitoes.

Where: Ace Hardware

How much: P97.75 for five patches

How: Attach adhesive side to clothes.

Why it’s good: Pest Off! is chemical-free and can also be attached to furniture to drive mosquitoes away from your home.


What: Para’Kito wrist bands are natural refillable wrist bands that offer protection from mosquitoes by using natural essences.

Where: Kidz Station (Power Plant, Glorietta, Shangri-La Mall)

How much: P495

How: Insert the active pellet into one of the wristbands and wear it.

Why it’s good: Para’Kito is easy to wear and safe. There are different colors you and your kids can choose from.

Buzz Away

What: Buzz Away is a natural repellent that doesn’t just protect you from mosquitoes—it keeps ticks, flies, gnats away, too.

Where: Healthy Options

How much: P745

How: Just spray it on.

Why it’s good: The spray offers ultimate convenience. Buzz Away’s formula is non-sticky and leaves the skin feeling cool.


FDA Recalls Milk Products in Manila

FDA ordered the recall of two milk products: Sustagen Junior milk Drink Powder Vanilla Flavor and Alactagrow Bibo Trio Milk Supplement. Both milk products are manufactured by Mead Johnson and are alleged to be deficient in fat level content.

According to FDA standards, the required fat content for milk supplements should be between 3 to 6 grams per 100 calories. Based on FDA evaluation, the fat contents of Sustagen and Alactagrow were only 1.5 grams and 1.34 grams per 100 calories.

If you have purchased any of these products, please return them to the manufacturer or the licensed distributor. as they are non-compliant with FDA standards and have technical compliance issues.


Coxsackie Virus in School

What’s with the coxsackie virus?

A friend of mine texted me that one child in his daughter’s school in Alabang came down with Coxsackie virus and described it as having sores in the mouth with fever and rashes. He refused to allow his daughter to go to school for 2 days.

I’ m called to school one afternoon to bring home my son who is running a fever with headache and some stomach discomfort. I bring him to a pediatrician and she tells him to rest.

A day after my daughter develops a fever as well and refuses to eat and drink. I try giving her yoghurt and pedialyte, since I ‘m afraid she’ll dehydrate if she keeps that up.

My pediatrician tells me it’s herpangina- caused by Type A coxsackie virus. It’s a virus that’s common among children age 1 to 4.

There’s no medicine for it and antibiotics are useless since it’s a viral infection. My toddler had a big sore on her throat. It was a wonder that she wasn’t getting a high fever.

The best way I ‘m told to prevent Herpangina is to keep WASHING HANDS. A tough thing for me to implement on a 2 year old who still likes putting things into her mouth.

The next day I try to look for an old Chinese drugstore remedy they call watermelon frost. It’s actually good for canker sores and mouth ulcers.

Unfortunately, the Beijing Ton Ren Tang drugstore near our place is closed. My father-in-law had to go downtown to get me a bottle spray.

Watermelon Frost contains: Watermelon Fruit Extract, Fritillaria Bulb, Belamcanda Chinensis Rhizome, Sophora Root, Indigo Puverata Levis, Menthol, Licorice Root.

Watermelon frost is used for treating sore and/or swollen throat, hoarse voice, and ulcers of the mouth, tongue and gums. Applicable in acute and chronic pharyngitis, tonsillitis, inflammation of the oral cavity, and painful and swollen gums.

I had to get 2 people to help hold her down, get some the grayish powder into a straw ( I cut a red straw in half for this purpose) and blew it into her throat.

We did this twice a day, and it must have relieved some of her pain because a few hours later, she was asking for a drink of water and other liquids.

I’m not a very big fan of Chinese medicine, but this is one application wherein I find where I find that the wonders of Western medicine are no use.

After my daughter’s bout with the virus, I find out from my friend that there were also kids affected by the virus in a progressive preschool. One of the students actually ended up being hospitalized for dehydration. The virus even spread as far as the grade school part of the school.

NOTE: Please be very careful where you buy your Watermelon Frost. Try to buy at more reputable stores. There a lot of fakes nowadays.

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Is your Plastic Bottle Safe?


I bought some water bottles from Rustan’s today, it felt like a good deal since they marked down the bottles from Php 239.75 each to Php 189.75 each.

When I buy bottles, I usually look for clear ones (so I can see if they’re squeaky clean), with no sippy straws (because they’re difficult to clean), and a cap on the bottle that doubles as a drinking cup (which makes it travel friendlier for kids).

I ended up choosing between Lock Lock and Xeonic. I counted out a brand called Gallery because the PP plastic cups they had had they really awfully rough edges ( I honestly did not like the quality).

I ended up with Xeonic because it was cheaper than Lock lock (it’s bigger and price wise a lot cheaper). The PP cup on my son’s Lock lock bottle had cracked (my Lock lock bottle was barely a year old). Xeonic had a thicker and sturdier cup.

When I got home, I decided to look up the meaning of the number markings on my bottles. For those who don’t know or are unaware, most plastic bottles in the market today have these little number markings for recycling. ‘

Brands like Lock Lock (blue cap and crystal clear plastic bottles) and Xeonic which I both bought at Rustan’s have markings indicated.

Both use PP polypropylene for the cups. The caps are pretty much safe, heat resistant and haven’t been found to leech chemicals. Polypropylene is the same plastic used other recyclable and reusable containers a la Tupperware and Rubbermaid types.

The body is another story. Both are made of polycarbonate which has been found to leech bisphenol A which is a hormone disruptor that mimics estrogen. The benefit in using polycarbonate as a material is that it is thin and durable. According to the Rustan’s sales person, It can used to be hold hot or cold beverages. Polycarbonate bottles are shatterproof, 100% airtight and water tight, microwave, freezer and dishwasher safe and supposedly resistant to stain.

What is Bisphenol A? According to an article in Scientific American,” BPA is routinely used to line cans to prevent corrosion and food contamination; it also makes plastic cups and baby and other bottles transparent and shatterproof. When the polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins made from the chemical are exposed to hot liquids, BPA leaches out 55 times faster than it does under normal conditions, according to a new study by Scott Belcher, an endocrine biologist at the University of Cincinnati. “When we added boiling water [to bottles made from polycarbonate] and allowed it to cool, the rate [of leakage] was greatly increased,” he says, to a level as high as 32 nanograms per hour. ”

What to do if you’re using polycarbonate water bottles?

1). Try to use a mild detergent in cleaning your bottles (try brands like Seventh Generation, Planet, or coconut based detergents). Please do not use bleach. According to other research made on bisphenol A, it doesn’t necessarily take exposure to harsh detergents for polycarbonate A to leech bisphenol A.

2). The older the plastic is, the faster the leaching rate ( I would suggest disposing the bottles once it starts looking cloudy and has scratches on it).

3). Don’t use it put hot drinks. Heating increases the amount of bisphenol A that leeches.

4). If you can, try not to use polycarbonate bottles.

Some suggestions for cleaning your polycarbonate bottle, since I am again stuck with one :

– soak in soapy water
– soak in warm water with lemon
– soak in warm water with baking soda

If it smells funny :

– put a piece of charcoal wrapped in newspaper for a day or two to absorb the smell annd

I’m going to try Rubbermaid next time, at least they came up with a list of which products do or do not contain BPA.


Scientific American

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Why is Canada Changing its Policy on Flu Shots?

I wanted to share this article posted by Dr. Mercola regarding Canada’s policy change on vaccines as a response to new research. I’m glad that at least one country is doing a better job of reviewing its health care policies and making changes as they see fit.

Why is Canada Changing Its Flu Vaccine Policy?
Posted by: Dr. Mercola
November 10 2009 | 58,964 views

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Which Fish are Safe to Eat?

A friend of mine shared this very relevant and timely article on what fish are safe or unsafe to eat. I’m attaching the link as well as the actual article.

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Serious Vaccine Reactions now to be called Coincidence?

Here’s an interesting article from Dr. Mercola on vaccines:

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Beware of this Helper #2

Emailed to me by a friend of a friend:

Marianne beware of this helper 2

Our house was robbed yesterday before lunch, all of our jewelries, some clothes, bags, my daughter’s rechargeable light with fan and radio, digital camera, cash, credit card, cellphone, two bags of clothes for undoy victims and Samsung flat t.v. were taken.

The person responsible for this is our daughter’s nanny, witness told me and the police that there was a blue green Honda CRV parked at our house, she was seen with two men, one tall and one heavy built wearing a beige baseball cap, this took place while me & my wife were at our workplace, only my mom and our 2 year old daughter were present at our house during the robbery.

Thank God they were not harmed or taken, to think we live in a very strict and secure village, these people are highly organized and have access to different villages.

Im sending you guys this message and picture so that u can avoid harm and possibly prevent this from happening again or be of help to the authorities to be able to arrest her and her accomplices, we know her as Marriane Bollongay (picture attached)

We recruited her from IVYLANA Manpower Services or ILMS located at 48 B Kamias Road, West Kamias, Q.C.

Thank you!


San Juan Police 724-25-15

*She may have your phone number because it is stored in the cellphone they took.


Largest turtle-linked salmonella outbreak detailed

I was thinking of getting my boys a great little pet and was actually trying to choose between a turtle or a fish in a mini aquarium. This article is an interesting read.

By LINDSEY TANNER, AP Medical Writer Lindsey Tanner, Ap Medical Writer – 55 mins ago

CHICAGO – Two girls who swam with pet turtles in a backyard pool were among 107 people sickened in the largest salmonella outbreak blamed on turtles nationwide, researchers report.

The 2007-08 outbreak involved mostly children in 34 states; one-third of all patients had to be hospitalized. In many cases, parents didn’t know that turtles can carry salmonella.

Despite a 1975 ban on selling small turtles as pets, they continue to be sold illegally.

The American Veterinary Medical Association estimates that the number of pet turtles nationwide doubled from 950,000 in 1996 to almost 2 million in 2006.

“It’s very easy to think of turtles as being a very gentle and nice pet,” but many carry salmonella, without showing any signs, said Julie Harris, a scientist at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the report’s lead author.

Salmonella in turtle feces can end up on their shells and body, and can spread to people who handle them.

An infected turtle can spread the same strain of salmonella to others during shipping, which may be how the outbreak occurred. Turtles involved were bought at pet shops, flea markets, from street vendors and online. The Food and Drug Administration contacted retailers involved and their investigation is ongoing, the report said.

“Continued, collective efforts are needed, both on state and federal levels, to enforce the ban and protect public health,” the report said. It appears in October’s Pediatrics, released Monday.

Authorities began investigating in September 2007 after a Union County, N.C., teen swam in her backyard pool with two pet turtles and a friend from South Carolina. Both girls developed bloody diarrhea, vomiting, fever and stomach cramps; one developed kidney failure and spent eight days in the hospital.

Salmonella bacteria traced to those turtles matched salmonella later found in three other North Carolina children. Other cases turned up elsewhere, many involving direct contact with turtles, including children kissing turtles or putting them in their mouths, Harris said.

Indirect contact likely also occurred, she said. For example, children playing with turtles at school may have brought the germs home and spread them to family members, Harris said.

Illnesses from the same kind of salmonella turned up coast to coast through January 2008, including 12 people in California, 10 each in Pennsylvania and Texas, and nine in Illinois.

No one died in the outbreak but many required several days of hospital treatment, Harris said.

“Everyone from pediatricians to other public health professionals needs to really stress that reptiles and especially turtles are a source of salmonella infections,” she said.

The ban only affects turtles less than about 4 inches in diameter because of reports that young children had gotten sick after putting the small reptiles in their mouths.

David Bergmire-Sweat, a North Carolina epidemiologist who investigated the Union County case, said he’s heard of families letting turtles walk on kitchen surfaces where food is prepared, and babies being bathed in sinks where turtle cages are washed.

Because the federal ban was enacted more than 30 years ago, “many people just don’t remember,” he said.

Recent efforts to overturn the ban, backed by turtle farmers, have failed.

Veterinarian Mark Mitchell, a University of Illinois zoological medicine professor, has been working with Louisiana turtle farmers in research aimed at raising salmonella-free turtles. Initial efforts involved cleansing turtle eggs with antibiotics, but that led to strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Mitchell said now he’s focusing on washing eggs in disinfectants similar to chlorine. He says the industry has been unfairly saddled with harsher restrictions than producers of human foods also blamed for recent salmonella outbreaks.


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