Love Learning with These Online Learning Tools from Globe

From self-care courses to mind-blowing science experiments, exploring South Africa’s wild reserves to learning important life skills—all these can now be done by kids and adults alike using their gadgets and Globe’s new learning partners.

As part of its Globe for Education campaign, “Tuloy ang Edukasyon, Tuloy ang Pag-asa,” the telco giant is bringing new learning opportunities within reach of every Filipino home with discounted subscriptions to educational platforms, Da Vinci Kids and upskillist, to make education both a worthwhile and rewarding recreational activity for all.

Create, experiment, and explore with Da Vinci Kids

Families can create meaningful moments with Da Vinci Kids’ impressive collection of unique educational shows and games that offer a wealth of knowledge and discovery to children for only 169 pesos every month when they subscribe through GCash or the GlobeOne app.

A family-oriented learning app available on both mobile and TV, Da Vinci Kids offers thousands of award-winning TV shows, videos, and games designed to capture your imagination, including fun DIY experiments and challenging quizzes, covering a wide range of topics, from STEM to soft skills and social emotional learning.

Da Vinci Kids offers more than 200 games developed by academics that are designed to encourage kids to develop their creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving, and memory skills.

Its most popular shows include “Marvelous Makes,” an original production that lets children discover the joys of creating things with simple household items; “My Petsaurus,” which follows the adventures of a seven-year-old named Chloe taking care of her troublesome pet triceratops; and “Darwin & Newts,” a show about two siblings who love to explore the outdoors and find out how things work.

Upgrade skills, discover new passions with upskillist

Meanwhile, adults with a constant thirst for learning have over a hundred certification courses at their fingertips through upskillist, a global online education institution formerly known as Shaw Academy.

Globe customers can enjoy upskillist’s extensive catalogue of courses on almost anything to feed a new passion or upgrade a skill for career advancement—from candle making to fashion design, photography to blogging, cryptocurrency to crystal healing—all available at a special subscription fee of P849 for 3 months via GCash and the GlobeOne app.

upskillist also offers a space for those who want to learn more about taking care of their wellness with its wide range of self-care courses taught by expert instructors. Among these wellness-related courses include mindfulness and meditation, yoga, pilates, meal planning and building resilience.

Globe Platinum and Postpaid subscribers can avail these exclusive GCash offers on GLife by heading to the Shop Lifestyle Daily Deals section, while Globe Prepaid customers can use the GlobeOne app to access Da Vinci Kids and upskillist’s extensive collection of educational materials.

Globe has been at the forefront of creating resilience in education and promoting 21st century learning through various initiatives that provide both educators and students enough support to ease learning disruptions and get education back on track.

Through its Globe for Education campaign, it seeks to create more spaces for learning and give every Filipino a greater chance to access quality education.

To learn more about Globe’s initiatives and offers for education, visit https://www.globe.com.ph/learning.html

6 Tips to Make Caring for Elderly Family Members at Home Easier

Taking care of elderly loved ones can be quite a challenge. They may not be able to move around unassisted, or their vision may not be as good as it used to be. A chronic condition or an illness like dementia may also complicate matters even further.

To make things a little easier for you (or whoever is the assigned caregiver), here are some tips for caring for the elderly at home:

Buy Medicines Online

Most of the time, the elderly experience health issues like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis. Recurring aches and pains are also common due to the weakening of the bones. Fortunately, many of these conditions can be maintained with the help of medication. The problem is that you may not always have the time to step out and make a purchase, particularly if your elderly relative requires constant supervision.

This is where technology can be extremely helpful. Specifically, you can now buy medicines online. Just make sure that you go to an online drugstore Philippines’s consumers trust so you can be assured of quality and effectiveness. Another benefit of buying medicines online is that it’s easier to keep your first aid kit well-stocked. This is particularly important in case of emergencies (e.g., typhoons and other natural disasters).

Ensure Ample Lighting

Our eyesight naturally deteriorates over time, which is why most elderly people experience vision problems. To help them navigate your home safely and easily, it’s a good idea to have ample lighting in every area. You should also take note of accident-prone areas and dim spots that could use the extra illumination. These include stairways, corners, and corridors. If you have a pantry, make sure it’s well-lit too.

There should also be a lamp that’s easy to switch on beside your loved one’s bed. Installing night lights to make going to the bathroom in the dark easier would also be helpful. If you can, get motion sensors or touch-sensitive switches.

Manage Tripping Hazards

The elderly are prone to tripping because their sense of balance may be affected by nerve diseases, poor circulation, or conditions like Parkinson’s or arthritis. To make things safer, it’s best to have flat, even flooring like tile or wood as much as possible. If you have carpeting, wall-to-wall is better because it’s less likely to get rumpled or loose. Always check the seams so that they’re always lying flat. Avoid area rugs completely because feet and walking aids can get caught on the edges.

If you have pets like cats and dogs in the house, it would be better to confine them in certain areas. While pets can be pleasant company, there may be times when they can get too affectionate or playful and cause the elderly to get off-balance. For a quick solution, install gates or similar barricades that won’t be easily knocked over.

Finally, try to fix uneven floors. If they can’t be completely eliminated—for example, bathroom floors are usually set lower than the rest of the house—try smoothing them over with a ramp.

Install Grab Bars in the Bathroom and Hallways

Speaking of bathrooms, they’re notorious areas for slips and falls due to their floors being almost always wet. For added safety, install grab bars in the shower area and beside the bathtub. You should also have grab bars along hallways, as well as in other areas that are prone to similar accidents like the kitchen.

In relation, anti-skid coatings may also be helpful in preventing nasty falls and slips. Rubber mats may be a more affordable solution; that said, their edges (like those of area rugs) may curl up or otherwise cause uneven surfaces.

Rearrange Furniture

If your elderly loved one has mobility issues, consider rearranging the furniture at home so they can access what they need with ease. For the best results, consult them regarding the layout so you know exactly where to place which piece of furniture. You should also place frequently used items like TV remotes, eyeglasses, and the like on low and stable surfaces.

Install a Ramp

Last but certainly not least, if your elderly loved one needs a wheelchair to move around, ramps would be valuable additions to your home. These would make navigation easier, as well as minimize accidents like falls and bumps. Some of the best places to install ramps are the entrance to your home, as well as the doors leading to the bathroom.

When you make your home a safe and accessible place for the elderly, you’re not only making things easier for yourself as the caretaker. Rather, you’re also giving your aging loved ones a sense of independence and agency. This can be a good thing for their mental state and overall health.

What’s great about these tips is that many of them are easy to do on your own. They also don’t cost a lot of money, which means you can implement them as soon as possible! 

HairReve to the Rescue for Breastfeeding Moms losing Hair

On top of worrying about that additional pregnancy weight, the amount of breastmilk that I produce and making sure that my new born baby’s still breathing in the morning, I have hair loss to deal with. My husband always says that living with women means living with a lot of hair shedding (haha!). After giving birth, I’ve noticed a significant increase in the amount of hair loss that I have.

Is hair loss for breastfeeding moms normal? What causes excessive hair fall?

For first time moms, don’t panic. You may have noticed collecting big clumps of hair whenever you clean the house. I, personally felt, that I was going bald! The reason why you’re shedding a lot of hair is because of the falling levels of estrogen in your body. I’ve read in this research by the Australian Breastfeeding Association that losing hair is not associated with breastfeeding (so please do continue to breastfeed your baby). Post partum hair loss is attributed to the changing levels of hormones in your body, and it will return to normal 6 to 12 months after the birth of your baby, regardless of whether you are breastfeeding or not. It’s also not due to lack of nutrients in your body. So even if you take your vitamins regularly, your hair may still fall off.

HairReve

Why I’m not worried about it?

During my first pregnancy 8 years ago, it took a while before I grew my hair back. I felt insecure. I never really had thick hair, so losing even some of it, was quite saddening for me. And we know what lack of confidence does to you, right? So this time around, I was more prepared. I researched on what can help me grow my hair quickly and bring it back to how it was before. I found HairReve Hair Rescue Thickening Serum.

HairReve Hair Rescue Thickening Serum

HairReve is a hair rescue thickening serum. What it does is it moisturizes and strengthens hair follicles that helps prevent hair fall (as much as it can). It also revitalizes and nourishes the scalp so my hair looks visibly thicker and radiant.

My experience and how I used HairReve

I started using HairReve a month ago. I’ve been religiously spraying it twice a day. In the morning, during my learning time (I usually watch videos on business and productivity), I spray it and make sure that the serum reaches my scalp. It smells good so I don’t mind having it on during the day. And then I use it again after I shower at night, and spray it before sleeping. By the way, after spraying, you have to massage it gently, so it gets absorbed by the scalp.

You have to part your hair and spray the exposed scalp

My personal reason why I tried this product is that aside from post partum hair loss, I knew that I was losing hair because of stress. Hair loss happens when the number of hair in the growing phase is less than the number of hairs that fall off. I knew that I wasn’t growing enough hair to compensate for the hair loss, and I knew that it was because of stress and probably because I’m older now, too.

So this was me, the day I got my HairReve. This was 8 months post partum. Hair fall was not as much anymore, but hair growth was really slow. I had a few baby hairs growing as you can see. My hair was thinner and flat.

8 month post partum prior to using HairReve

And this is me a month after! I have baby hair growing from all over my head. Although it’s hard to manage these baby hair (I’m not complaining! haha!), I’m very grateful that I’ll have thicker hair. This really proves that HairReve works. I’ve seen how it increased my hair growth and hair density.

9 months post partum after one month of religiously using HairReve
Look at all of my baby hair!

What I love about it is that HairReve’s active ingredients from Switzerland are all natural and safe for breastfeeding moms. It has larch tree extracts, Zinc, Green Tea Extract, Coffee Extract and Rosemary extract. It doesn’t have any harmful chemicals as well. With a few sprays a day, it really helps nourish hair follicles to reduce hair fall for thicker, stronger and healthier hair.

Do check out HairReve at http://www.hairreve.com.ph, Facebook and on Instagram @hairreverescue.

HairReve is available in selected Mercury Drug outlets nationwide, Lazmall and Shopee Mall. Try it and share with me your experience with the product.

Stay healthy and gorgeous!

Handling a Child’s Fever: Top 5 Tips

According to most contemporary healthcare practitioners, a person has a fever if they have a body temperature of 37.8°C or higher (taken with a mouth thermometer). An elevated body temperature can be worrisome or even downright scary when it happens to your child, particularly if they’re very young.

However, do note that it’s normal for kids to get a fever every so often. Usually, it’s because they have a minor infection like a cold. What’s more, fever is not an illness; rather, it’s a symptom that indicates an illness and that the body is fighting off the cause of that ailment.

Causes of a fever can include viral diseases, heat exhaustion, and even receiving certain medicines or vaccines. Your child may also experience a fever if they’ve recently undergone a medical procedure (e.g., blood transfusion), or is suffering an autoimmune condition.

If your child has a fever, you can try these home remedies to help bring down their body temperature. Just remember that it may take some time for the fever to be completely gone, so be patient.

Give Fever Reducers

If your child is old enough (make sure to ask your pediatrician), you can give them fever-reducing medicines like acetaminophen or paracetamol. It doesn’t matter if it’s a branded one or a generic medicine Philippines-based companies produce and sell in trusted drugstores. As long as the right active ingredients are present, it will provide some fever relief.

Of course, make sure that your child isn’t allergic to any of the components. You should also check the label so you can give the correct dosage at the right intervals. Most importantly, don’t give aspirin to infants or toddlers. When in doubt, consult your doctor.

Dress Your Child in Light Clothes

One of the most persistent old wives’ tales in the Philippines regarding fevers is that you have to sweat them out. Thus, a lot of mothers dress their feverish kids in warm clothing or bundle them up in extra thick blankets. Depending on when you were born, you’ve probably experienced this (or even done it to your own child).

However, this practice actually causes a further increase in body temperature and even results in discomfort. The better thing to do is to dress your child in comfortable, breathable clothing so that they can feel cooler as they recover from their illness. This doesn’t mean that you should crank up the setting of the electric fan or air conditioner to maximum, though. Rather, simply ensure that your child feels at ease and isn’t getting overheated.

Try a Lukewarm Bath

If dressing your child in light clothing doesn’t do much, try giving them a lukewarm bath or sponge bath. Using alcohol isn’t recommended, since it dries quickly and can result in shivers; in turn, this can cause a further increase in body temperature. A quick bath or shower will do.

In case you have a bathtub, don’t leave your child unattended even for a few seconds. Get them out of the tub after a couple of minutes and make sure they’re completely dry before dressing them up in cool, comfortable clothes.

Hydrate

Sometimes, your child might lose their appetite or find it difficult to eat or to swallow their food when they have a fever. This can cause a lot of problems, especially since the body needs to stay hydrated to regulate body temperature.

If your feverish child isn’t in the mood or thinks that plain water is boring, try giving them fruit-infused water instead. You can also try fruit juices or even popsicles. When it comes to food, soups are a great source of fluids and electrolytes. Meanwhile, small treats like flavored gelatin can also help a bit with hydration and whetting their appetite.

Let Them Rest

Finally, your child needs a lot of rest to let their body recover from their illness and fever. Minimize their screen time and let them sleep as much as possible. If it’s time to drink fever medicine but your child is still asleep, don’t wake them up. Unless you have to adhere to a strict schedule, just give the medicine once your child wakes up and then adjust the timetable as needed.

Final Words

A fever can certainly be nerve-racking but it’s not always something serious. If your child is still active, alert, as well as able to eat and drink (and keep it down), then they’re probably only dealing with a minor infection. 

However, if your child is unnaturally pale or flushed, be on the alert. Take note of their body temperature, and if it reaches 40°C or higher, go to the hospital right away. A high fever in children, particularly infants, is a serious matter and often caused by severe infections.

You should also get immediate medical attention if your child’s fever goes on for days. If your child is younger than 2 years, a fever that lasts for more than a day is a cause of concern. If your child is 2 years of age or older, go to your doctor if the fever persists for more than 3 days.

4 Tips for When You’re Shopping for Baby Products

Buying products for your baby can be stressful for so many reasons. They can be expensive, and you want them to last, but most importantly, you want to make sure that they’re safe for your little one. 

Commercial products are all full of chemicals and other potential dangers – all our food, beauty products, cleaning products, and even our clothes and furniture. With a baby’s immune system that’s still building and strengthening, you want to do everything you can to keep them safe from potential harm.

Here are some tips to help you navigate the shopping process and understand what to buy. 

Understand Toxins and Dangers

First of all, before you scare yourself silly and panic about nothing, make sure you do a little research to really understand what is considered a toxin, or what might be dangerous for your baby. There are certain ingredients or fabrics you might want to avoid, but that doesn’t mean you need to be fearful of every product. 

When it comes to clothing, rather opt for organic cotton baby bodysuits instead of cheap fabrics. Be aware of ingredients in formulas and early baby food, and try to choose gentle, baby-safe bath products and cleaning formulas for your home. 

Talk to Your Paediatrician

If you’re concerned about certain products or items, you should feel free and comfortable talking to your paediatrician about them. Their professional opinion is valuable, and they will be able to tell you whether or not a product is worth worrying about. 

They will also probably have recommendations for safer alternatives that you could use in the case that you have brought up something that they advise against. 

Ask Other Moms

Of course, one of the most comforting things to do is to get advice from another mom who feels the same way you do. 

If none of your friends or close family members are parenting babies or young kids right now, you might feel a little alone in your journey. Joining a moms group is a great way to find people to relate to, ask for advice and share your struggles with.

Try to find like-minded people who share your values and ideals when it comes to parenting. You’ll be more likely to feel comfortable using something if you know it’s a product trusted by someone who feels the same way you do about certain issues. 

Use Trial and Error and Trust Your Gut

Even with all the advice in the world, everyone is different. Every mom is different and every baby is different too, which means that just because a product is recommended to you, doesn’t mean that you or your little one will love it.

After all the research is done and advice given, it’s up to you to buy what you think is right for you and your baby and decide for yourself whether or not you like how it feels and works. When you become a mom, your gut instincts about your baby will be your best way of knowing what’s right or wrong.