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Protecting children from flu

By on 3rd October 2017

Flu can be a very unpleasant illness in children. It can last for several days or more causing fever, stuffy nose, dry cough, sore throat and aching muscles.

This can be worse for some children involving serious complications including painful ear infection, acute bronchitis and pneumonia requiring hospital treatment. 

As part of the NHS’s Stay Well This Winter Campaign 2017/18, the flu vaccine is being offered to:

•             Children aged two and three years

•             Children in reception class and school years 1, 2, 3 and 4

•             Children with a health condition that puts them at greater risk of flu

•             All children of primary school age in some parts of the country (in former pilot areas)

Technology dangers

By on 31st August 2017

Users have been targeting the children’s show Peppa Pig by distorting episodes so that they feature inappropriate content that has left children feeling frightened.

Creators have designed the episodes to closely resemble the art of the TV show, with some legitimate clips of the show placed in between the harmful clips, so that it is difficult for parents or children to distinguish between episodes that are fake. A simple Google search will have parents and childminders stumble across the videos that were once placed on channels like YouTube Kids, these have now been removed.

 

Some of the videos show Peppa Pig involved in knife attacks and abductions where the characters are taken by ‘gangster’ pigs, by being captured in a net and dragged into a forest while the characters are distressed. There is another video of Peppa Pig being viciously attacked in a forest by wild animals. A number of the videos have been viewed by users over three million times.

 

Disguising harmful content

The creators of the harmful content have also targeted Twitter by making accounts that incorporate Peppa into their handle but then post inappropriate content. This ranges from Islamophobic tweets of “Jihadi Peppa Pig” and a satanic account that posts sexual and explicit images.

Children who are familiar with Peppa Pig and have access to the internet and channels such as YouTube and Twitter, are likely to follow these accounts but could quickly find themselves in a vulnerable and unsuitable environment that could influence their actions.

Psychology academic Dr.Linda Kaye said that: “Younger people are arguably more vulnerable to persuasive and radical messages than adults, so these accounts may be deliberately setting up their accounts in this way to capture younger people with an intention for encouraging them to align their attitudes to that of the community”.

 

A vulnerable audience

Children are vulnerable and will easily fall into the trap of these harmful videos, which makes it even more important for parents and those caring for children to be vigilant when allowing them to use the internet.

As the internet continues to grow, it becomes increasingly difficult to police the numerous apps and websites children use, with YouTube included. In the last couple of years, numerous studies have shown that children are increasingly being exposed to videos containing advertising and disturbing imagery that is indistinguishable from the usual regular kids’ programming. It’s also been noted that many children are accessing inappropriate content through their parents’ accounts or devices.

 

How can we protect children from harmful content?

Parents and those working or caring for children can safeguard against harmful materials in a number of ways while still allowing children to watch videos from their favourite shows. Although the Peppa Pig content managed to seep through to the YouTube kids channel, the app still manages to filter the majority of disturbing videos.

 

The social media video platform also recommends parents change channel settings to ‘restricted mode’ and turn off the search feature in the app. In addition to this, parents can adjust privacy controls and settings within any device that children are using.

Prop feeding dangers

By on 4th July 2017

Choking

When you prop your baby’s bottle, the milk keeps flowing into the mouth, whether your baby is ready to swallow or not. If your baby gets more milk than they can handle, they can choke and aspirate formula into the lungs. If your baby aspirates a large quantity of formula, it could affect their ability to get air into the lungs and could result in death.

Cavities

Propping a bottle enables formula to pool in your baby’s mouth, where teeth can rot. A child with bottle-mouth syndrome develops multiple cavities because the sugar in the formula destroys the enamel that protects the tooth from decay. Teeth can turn black, break off and require extensive root canal repair, capping or fillings. Infection can spread to the gums, causing painful abscesses that need surgical drainage.

Ear Infections

Bottle-fed babies have a higher risk of ear infections than breastfed babies. Sucking creates negative pressure within the bottle, which can lead to excessive sucking that causes negative pressure within the ear. When your baby lies down to drink a bottle, the formula that pools in the back of the mouth can enter the ear through the Eustachian tubes, which are shorter, more horizontal and wider in children than adults are. This creates an ideal environment for ear infections. Being held upright makes it less likely that formula will enter the Eustachian tubes

Suffocation

Propping a bottle requires the use of blankets, bottle holders or other soft material, and these pose a suffocation risk to young infants. Don’t place any soft material into a baby’s crib. The material you use to prop the bottle could fall over the baby’s face leading to suffocation.

Emotional Harm

Bottle feeding can be a warm, loving experience which prop feeding does not offer and you will miss an opportunity to bond with your baby.

 

Over or Underfeeding

Bottle propping poses two nutrition risks: overfeeding and underfeeding. If your baby is too young to push the bottle from their mouth, they have to drink all of it. If the bottle slips out of their mouth they won’t get the nutrition they need.

The risk of sleeping babies in car seats

By on 31st May 2017

Parents are being warned of the dangers of letting their babies sleep in car seats after a study finds that more than a dozen children under two have suffocated after being left to nap in sitting devices. 

 

Many parents use sitting or carrying devices, such as car seats or swings as alternative sleeping environments, which could lead to potential injury or death.

 

Cases show that deaths occurred due to sitting in a car seat, found that babies had either suffocated or been strangled by the seat straps.


As a young child’s airways are still very soft, and babies lack the muscle strength to move or lift their neck, their airways can close as a result of the position they are sitting in, resulting in the baby suffocating.

 

Experts recommend babies are put to sleep on their back in a Moses basket or cot or if using a sling to ensure that the baby’s head is in the correct position at all times. Once they are old enough to roll, a baby can find their own sleeping position.

Cough medicine

By on 15th May 2017

With all of the recent coughs and cold we have been informed by a local paramedic that it is in fact

better and safer for your child to be given calpol or ibuprofen than cough medicine for a common cold.

 

Advice given was that cough medicine has no evidence of helping with coughs and colds and is full of sugar.

It is also advised to not give any over the counter cough medicines to children under the age of

6 as the risks can often out way the benefits.

 

What should we do when a child has a cough or cold?

Cough and colds are self-limiting conditions and will usually get better by themselves.

Simple measures such as ensuring your child has plenty to drink and gets enough rest will help.

Paracetamol or ibuprofen can also be used to reduce your child’s temperature.

For young babies, particularly those who are having difficulty feeding, nasal saline drops

are available to help thin and clear nasal secretions. If your child is over the age of one,

a warm drink of lemon and honey may help to ease a cough. If your child is not getting better

after five days, ask a health professional for advice.

Please see http://www.nhs.uk/news/2009/02february/pages/childcoldflumedicines.aspx or http://www.nhs.uk/chq/Pages/2570.aspx for further information regarding cough medicines and coughs/colds

The Hunnies Easter Fete

By on 3rd April 2017

Join us:

Saturday 8th April

Hunny Bee, Paget Street, Kibworth

11am-1pm

 

Cake sale, visit from the Easter Bunny, crafts, bouncy castle, face painting and much more! Family and friends welcome

The danger of grapes

By on 2nd March 2017

Grapes are the third most common cause of death among children who die in food-related choking incidents, and doctors say a lack of awareness among parents, carers and health professionals could be leaving young children at risk.

It is vital that you slice grapes before giving them to young children as finger foods. This includes older children as they sometimes are less likely to chew their foods properly. Grapes should always be cut by length so that they can pass more easily, never by width because they will still be big enough to cause choking.  For babies, you may wish to cut them by length again into quarters.

 

 

Outstanding!

By on 17th February 2017

 

The time has come to proudly announce that after our recent inspection by Ofsted, The Hunny Bee Day nursery received an OUTSTANDING grading!! We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the children and their parents for their support on the day and all year round. We are all extremely proud of the staff at the Hunny Bee as they have been finally recognised for all of their hard work and commitment towards the care and learning of the children of Kibworth and neighbouring villages.

New addition to the Hunny Nurseries Family

By on 8th September 2016

hive-logoFantastic news for the Hunny Nurseries, we have officially opened our new addition to the family:

Our purpose built nursery based in the heart of the Birstall community. We have a new team raring to educate and guide the children of Birstall. Situated on Hallam Fields Road and just a short journey from the main A6 route into Leicester, we offer TV surveillance, air conditioned rooms and a fully qualified team to offer your child the best building blocks for learning.

For more information visit our new Hunny Hive page.

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