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HOW TO TREAT FLU OR INFLUENZA IN CHILDREN

Although there is no definitive cure for the complaint or the common cold, antibiotics help fight bacterial infections, but they have no effect on viruses. Here are some practical tips to take care of your child during the flu season:

– Ideally parents should help their children feel comfortable, make sure they get more rest and drink plenty of water.

– The child’s doctor can consult your child or ask him to show you the nearest, if there is no improvement and a trusted pediatrician.

– Salt water nasal drops or saline help to release the nasal passages, as well as constant oxygen flow. You can apply between 1 or 2 drops in each nostril, this with the supervision of a specialist.

– Humidifier, also known as vaporizer, can help keep nasal secretions more moist and allow your child to breathe better. Place it in the room near your child Be sure to clean and dry the humidifier very well to avoid contamination with bacteria or mold.

 

TO RELIEVE THE COUGH:

 

– For children from 5 to 11 years old, with a teaspoon of honey.

– For children over 5 years old.

– Menthol ointments: rub a little on the chest or the front of the neck.

 

Last but not least, remember to give your child fruits and juices rich in vitamin C to help your immune system to rest its defenses and combat the complaint.

 

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WHY MONTESSORI METHOD IS SO SPECIAL?

First: there are methodologies, rules and limits that must be explained clearly and logically to children. The guide does not repeat them at every moment, because he assumes that each individual is responsible from the first moment the rules were discussed.

Second: throughout the day the guide remains at the bottom of the classroom observing, helping, presenting the child new materials that are interesting to him.

Third: the guide interferes in the relations between children only when it is absolutely necessary.

Fourth: each child decides if he wants to develop individual or collective work. However, sometimes the guide can suggest students work in groups to observe issues of general interest.

Fifth: according to the Montessori pedagogy, in normal schools children receive education in a frontal way. There is a teacher always stood in front of a group of members of the same age, so the advancement in knowledge is collective. In consequence, some children are left with gaps in their learning, because they feel ashamed to communicate doubts or the teacher talks so quickly without giving him time to raise its disadvantages.

The goal in the Montessori system is that every student acquire knowledge by his own methods, thus several degrees in the same classroom are managed, causing that students of different ages are together in the same classroom. The older children help the young ones and these also help the first ones to remember forgotten knowledge from previous years.

Seventh: Finally, it is important to highlight that the silence and mobility are important elements within this educational model. Children can move their tables, group them or separate them according to the exploration activity they are developing.

 

 

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HOW IS THE MONTESSORI EDUCATION?

One of the principles of Montessori education is that school is not the place in which teacher transmits knowledge, but the place where intelligence and the psyche of the child are developed through a free work with specialized training materials. In other words, the classroom is the space in which a child decides what knowledge he wants to achieve and how he wants to do it.

Maria Montessori argued that each individual had to do things for himself, because otherwise he would never learn them. According to her, “an educated person continues learning after hours and years spend in a classroom, because is internally motivated by a natural curiosity, as well as the love of learning”.

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