Banana oatmeal cookies recipe : Insanely delicious, sneakily nutritious!

Banana oatmeal cookies recipe : Insanely delicious, sneakily nutritious!

Banana Oatmeal Cookies Recipe (with hidden Zucchini)

I have a new FAVOURITE recipe and this is it –  my banana oatmeal cookies recipe! These are so yummy your kids will be fighting over them, little do they know they are eating veges!!! These banana oatmeal cookies are so sneaky hiding raisins, banana and zucchini from even the fussiest eaters. These banana oatmeal cookies will have our whole family begging for more!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup wholemeal flour
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 firmly backed brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons trans fat free margarine
  • 1/2 cup banana puree
  • 1/2 cup zucchinni puree (chop, steam and puree)
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Method:

  1. Preheat you oven to 180 degrees and line 2 baking trays with baking paper.
  2. Combine the dry ingredients (flour, oats, baking soda and cinnamon) in a large bowl and mix well.
  3. In another large bowl mix the sugar and margarine together with a wooden spoon, do not over mix.
  4. Add the banana and zucchini puree, then the egg white. Mix until just combined.
  5. Add the dry ingredient mix and raisins and walnuts  and stir until just combined.
  6. Using a table spoon drop lumps of the dough onto the baking sheet approximately 1 inch apart.
  7. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Leave on baking tray for 5 minutes before carefully transferring to cooling wrack.

ENJOY!!!

Enjoy my banana oatmeal cookies recipe? Why not check out some of my other recipes for kids HERE?

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Apricot, Almond and Coconut Energy Balls!

Apricot, Almond and Coconut Energy Balls!

These delicious and nutritious apricot, almond and coconut energy balls are the perfect family snack. They are great for lunch boxes, look gorgeous and are really easy to make. This is a great recipe to get your kids involved in the kitchen as it is simple, quick and hands on! Get creative and add different ingredients: why not try using 50% dried figs and 50% apricots or adding coconut water instead of plain water? These tasty apricot, almond and coconut energy balls are a winner for both adults and kids so consider making a double batch as they are likely to disappear in record time!

Ingredients: (makes 20-25 balls)

  • 50 g almonds
  • 200 g dried apricots
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 70 g desiccated coconut (plus extra for rolling)
  • 3 tablespoons wheat germ
  • 1-2 table spoons maple syrup

Method:

  1. Place almonds into a blender (or food processor) and blend until a rough texture is achieved.
  2. Chop apricots into quarters and then add to the blender. Blend until apricots are broken down.
  3. Scrape down the sides of your blender and add the orange juice and water. Blend for 10 seconds and then allow to soak for 1 minute.
  4. Add the coconut, wheat germ and syrup and mix for 30 seconds or until well combined.
  5. Roll mixture into small balls and then roll in extra coconut to coat.

Why not try another quick and simple energy ball recipe by clicking HERE?

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Christmas Shopping For Kids

Christmas shopping for kids…. what on earth to buy?

It’s that time of year again. The shopping centres have already hung the tinsel and everyone starts asking that dreaded question, “Have you done your Christmas shopping yet?” My children’s birthdays happen to fall fairly close to Christmas (September and November), I feel like we have hardly finished singing Happy Birthday and the next minute we’re busting out Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer. This makes present shopping even more difficult than usual as all my clever ideas get used up on the birthdays and by Christmas I am literally grabbing just about anything off the shelves to fill the stockings, with both ridiculous and dire consequences.

Well this year I decided to plan ahead instead of further contributing to the “toy grave yard” that has become our play room. I have chosen fun, interactive, educational and outdoor toys all of which were purchased on online specials. WIN! With about 20 clicks of my mouse I have managed to completely avoid pre-chistmas shopping centre car park chaos, impulse purchases and overly spoilt children! I thought I would share with you not only what I bought but where I bought it…. just don’t tell my kids!

First I visited : Ozsale

Ozsale is one of my favorite online discount shops and runs different sales everyday. This time I won big with a great brand called Britt. Each of the kids will be getting a matching lunch box and backpack for daycare for christmas.

Handy Hint: Think ahead. What is coming up in the first few months  of the year that you may need to but things for? Perhaps a holiday or the beginning of a new activity, class or school routine? These items (football boots, ballet costumes and pencil cases) make great xmas gifts and help to take the pressure off the budget in January and February.

Then: Brands Exclusive.

From a massive range of sales available on Brands Exclusive I chose a range of small gifts. I tried to choose gifts that encourage musical expression, outdoor and/or physical play and of course creativity.

Then came the big mumma!

I went to http://www.climbingframes.com.au and got 50% of an outdoor play gym!

Handy Hint: Buying one big present your children can share creates excitement, encourages them to play together and saves you from being buried in 100′s of toys!

Online Shopping Handy Hints:

  1. Create a Pay Pal account. This protects your financial information and saves you time at check out.
  2. Be aware of delivery times. Many sites (especially discount sites) take up to 21 days to delivery so order early or pay a little more for quick delivery.
  3. Check out the returns policy. Always best to read the fine print before buying!
  4. Shop around, there are so many deals out there in cyber space!
  5. Sign up. Many of these sites offer member only deals and early entry to sales. Don’t miss out!

Happy Christmas Shopping!

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Childhood Obesity, No longer on the rise?

Childhood Obesity, No longer on the rise?

Childhood obesity is no longer on the rise according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). Hooray! But don’t go and celebrate just yet. Although the numbers of  children becoming seriously overweight or obese have all but plateaued the underlying statistics and issues have all stayed very much the same, with 25% of 7-15 year olds considered overweight or obese. Significant intervention from governments and schools may have put the brakes on what was a run away bus, but now it seems the bus is still cruising along with a bunch of our most vulnerable kids. In some lower socio economic and ethnic communities up to 36% of primary school children are overweight or obese.

You can read more about the statistical trends and the opinion of the experts by clicking HERE.

The thing that leaves me a little annoyed after reading this article is the fact that no one seems all that outraged that 1 in 4 kids is overweight or obese!??! Patting themselves on the back and claiming the problem has been overstated, these “experts” seem to be ignoring the long term ramifications for these children’s physical and mental health, focusing only on the fact that the “blow out” has slowed down.

Ok so we are eating less sugar, more veggies and more fruit, GREAT. How is it then that we have 1 out of 4 kids sitting squarely in he high risk category. Studies have shown that once children become obese they are more likely to stay obese into adulthood and have an increased risk of developing both short and long term health issues like type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Think it doesn’t effect you? In 2008 the annual cost of treating and dealing with obesity in Australia was estimated by the ABS to be around $58 billion.

So what can you do to help childhood obesity become a thing of the past? Most parents have a general understanding that good nutrition and an active lifestyle is best for their kids. It comes down to the one thing we all can’t get enough of- TIME. If you can donate your time you can help instigate real change in communities that need it the most. The Community Coach Training Program  is a free course offered by the Australian Sports Commission to train people interested in delivering the Active After School Community Program (AACP). Open to parents and many others (conditions apply), it is a fantastic opportunity to gain a new skill that can be so widely used to the benefit of the community (and of course your kids). Active kids are healthy confident kids, it’s a simple equation. So if you do have some spare time (or know someone who does- perhaps encourage a grandparent) why not gain a new skill and help kids be the best they can be? I with education, intervention and communication we can do far better than a plateau in the make the numbers on childhood obesity, we can get them to shrink!

Why not check out some of my healthy recipes while you are here? CLICK HERE

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5 Minutes With Birthing and Baby Expert: Amanda Bude From GroovyBabies!

Introducing birthing and baby expert Amanda Bude from Groovy Babies!

Since the first moment I found out I was pregnant with my first child there have been plenty of days (and nights) that I have wished I had access to a birthing and baby expert. Why won’t he sleep? Is he eating enough? How do I wrap him? Is he teething? The list was endless.  My local child health nurse, lactation consultant and midwife all tried to give me information, but I found that this was not the help I needed. What I needed was someone to come and show me how it was done on a real day to day basis. I eventually found my way, but I would have gotten there a lot faster and with a lot less stress if I had know about this amazing lady!

When I met Amanda I was surprised to find a midwife with a difference, she didn’t preach about the best way, she described the real, everyday way. Then I found out that like me she was a mother of twins! (AHHH HA!) Moreover she was a midwife and twin mother who wasn’t able to breastfeed her twins (due to an allergy that both twins have). I believe that it is this life experience that makes her truly unique. She has experience both sides of the coin. A normal healthy pregnancy and birth of a single baby that fed well and a twin pregnancy, where the babies were unable to breastfeed.

Let’s spend 5 minutes getting to know Amanda:

Tell us about you training and qualifications? 

I am a busy mum of 3, a 6 year old and twins nearly 5.

I am a registered nurse, a registered midwife and a reproductive medicine (IVF) nurse specialist.

I also hold a diploma of  the IMI Maternity and Child Sleep Consultant Program, making me a “Maternity and Child Sleep and Settling Consultant.”

I’m also a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI) with Infant Massage Australia and a HypnoBirthing® Childbirth Educator, certified and affilated with the HypnoBirthing® Institute, a Reiki Practitioner and a NLP Practitioner.

Wow! What a list!  Tell us a bit about HypnoBirthing®?  

It is the international gold standard in childbirth education classes that combine techniques of breathing, relaxation, visualisation and deepening.  HypnoBirthing  teaches women to relax quickly and completely with uterine contractions, and to use visualization to help facilitate the cervix opening and thinning, and calm baby descent.  Women and their birthing companions are taught that fear and tension lead to increased levels of catecholamines, which ultimately causes increased pain during labor.  The positive effects of visualization are thought to be similar to those achieved by athletes using mental imagery to prepare for competition.  Rather than using multiple types of breathing and imagery to distract the laboring woman from her discomfort, HypnoBirthing allows a woman to become deeply focused upon the birthing process.

Our Facebook page went nuts when I posted an image of a CD: HypnoBirthing® Affirmations For Caesarean Deliveries that you provided? Tell us a bit about this?

Just because you are having a C-section does not mean you cannot be empowered. Having a baby can cause parents to have some serious fears. If you couple those fears with that of the major surgery of a C-section you have a parents who are stressed, worried, and not relaxed to welcome their baby into the world.HypnoBirthing® can assure that mums having a c/s can do so in a calm, informed and peaceful manner.

Nerves and stress can impact the mother’s ability to take anesthesia and impact her surgery. Using the breathing techniques can help facilitate the body accepting the anesthesia easily. It allows a Mom to relax and use hypnosis effectively. Breathing deeply can be a quick way to calm oneself to be consciously present in the moment without stress. This is an effective tool for parenting, breast feeding, and life. Parents who use hypnotherapy for pre- and post-surgery preparation find their anxiety is reduced. They are calm, and confident which promotes healing and a speedy recovery. Hypnosis will help to reduce pain and discomfort after surgery. It will help reduce bleeding during and after surgery which is helpful for mothers recovering from birth. Many mums report that it reduces the need for post operative drugs so they can breast feed without worry of drugs passing through to the baby.

Once the baby is born, whats the most common thing parents ask for help with?

Is my baby getting enough food?

When will he sleep through the night?

 What the most common issue for parents these days?

I think parent’s these days work way to hard on being the “perfect parent”. This is as much of a bad thing as it is a good thing!

I think the thing that is lacking the most it that parent’s are not taught about how biologically baby’s sleep. This is a huge area of stress for new parents! Why won’t my baby sleep? If parents can be educated to understand how babies sleep they have a lot more confidence and success in achieving healthy sleep patterns for their baby.

How do you help parents that contact you?

As a starting point I offer a free 15 min phone consultation. My survey’s showed simply that as mums we just want to chat to an expert and a mum. We want to hear that voice on the other end of the line and be reassured.

What if someone needs more help?

Depending on their goals and needs I can offer anything from 60min expert chat to my complete sleep packages- via home visit, phone, skype and email.

Where do most of your clients come from?

I have clients in NT, QLD, WA, NSW, TAS and VIC! With skype and phone consults there is no limit to who I can help.

When parents are looking to co-feed (breast and bottle) what should they look for in a bottle?

A complete system, that is easy to assemble. Importantly the bottle should mimic nature and the breast-feeding process. The baby should have to suck, avoid free flow bottles where the milk just pours out- I used to hate how my babies would choke and drip milk everywhere! The 1,2,3,4 systems of never ending teats never matched their needs!

At what age do you suggest parents introduce a bottle?

It’s important to introduce at least one feed at around 3-4 weeks and continue to do this, (even if its once a day) in order to establish co-feeding. You don’t want to end up in a situation where you need to leave your baby for the first time and have never previously given them a bottle.

If you had one piece of advice for a new mum what would it be?

Your instincts make you the expert on your baby, trust yourself!

If you would like to contact Amanda you can visit her website by clicking HERE

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Easy Energy Balls: A healthy explosion!

Easy Energy Balls: A Healthy Explosion!

Jammed packed with everything healthy I could find in my cupboard, these easy energy balls will save you from the junk food shelf! Great for lunch boxes they taste sweet enough to fool even the fussiest kids! With energy balls you are limited only by your imagination, so don’t be scared to try different flavour combinations, just make sure you have a balance of wet and dry ingredients to ensure the correct consistency. This combo is super healthy, packed full of seeds, nuts, oats and dried fruit.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup mixed seeds of your choice (chia, flaked and puffed quinoa, sesame seed)
  • 12 dates dried (or 5 medjool)
  • 6 dried apricots (can substitute for additional dates)
  • 2 tbs organic honey (optional)
  • 1/3 cup cacao powder
  • 1/4 cup boiling water
  • desiccated coconut for decorating

Method:

  1. Chop the date and apricots and soak in the boiling water for 15 minutes.
  2. Place almonds, pecans, oats and all seeds into food processor and blend until a coarse crumb is achieved. Set aside.
  3. Place the apricots, dates and water in the blender and puree.
  4. Add the nut and seed mix back in bit by bit. Check the consistency as you go. If the mix appears to be getting too dry discard the remaining nuts/seed mix.
  5. Add the cacao powder, combine.
  6. Add the honey, combine.
  7. Roll the mixture into balls.
  8. Coat each ball in coconut or decorate with your choice of topping.

Handy hint: check the consistency of the mix through the recipe by tasting the dough!

Christmas tip: Why not give these easy energy balls as a christmas gift? Decorate the balls with coconut, pumpkins seeds and dried cranberries (white, green and red) and place 3 or 6 in a cellophane bag and tie with a christmas gift tag. They are the perfect christmas favour.

If you liked this easy energy balls recipe why not check out some more of my recipes for kids? CLICK HERE!

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Parenting and the Marshall Method: Who comes first? Your partner or your kids?

Who comes first? Your partner or your kids?

In our household of 3 kids under 3, the answer is pretty simple: the kids come first. This is not some conscientious choice we made, it’s simply how the chips fell. Since the twins were born a year ago life has been a little busy, with all 3 of our children competing in a daily battle to come first! My husband and I make an excellent team but I guarantee you there has been many occasions over the past year where one or both of us has been left feeling unloved, unappreciated and unwanted. Yet at no time during the past year have either of us actually been unloved, unappreciated or unwanted. So the question is what is making us feel this way? Perhaps it the feeling that we have both slipped pretty far down the pecking order in each others lives.

Andrew G Marshall’s ‘I Love You But You Always Put Me Last: How To Childproof Your Marriage’ offers insight, answers and strategies to the questions and conundrums parents face. Whether they are correct and whether they work is for each individual to decide. In researching this man an interesting thought crossed my mind: if someone where to ask about my life what would I say first? “I’m married?” or “I have 3 kids,” or “I love to travel, I have a degree in Journalism, my favourite colour is etc etc?” I know that the first thing I would mention would be my kids. I guess this demonstrates the battle inherent to motherhood. Once you are a mother it is hard to define yourself another way. Standing with a baby on your hip, it is hard to get the rest of the world to see you any other way. Even if you manage to include the other titles, such as wife, lover, career women, and friend they tend to fall further down the list. Men on the other hand seem to be defined first and foremost by their career and secondarily by their marital status and the number of children they have.

So what to do about it? Marshall offers a “revolutionary” theory: You should put your children second. SHOCKING I KNOW! The idea is actually pretty common sense. Children are just passing through, while marriage should be for ever. Your children benefit if your relationship thrives and your children suffer if your relationship breaks down so by tending to your relationship first you are in fact protecting your children. “A happy marriage means happy children. If you put your children first, day in and day out, you will exhaust your marriage. Children sense the unhappiness; they try to build bridges for their parents and get drawn into things they are too young to understand or, worse still, think the problem is down to them in some way.”

The only way Marshall’s first theory works is in sync with his second theory: “Be a good enough parent.” Enjoy, love, cherish and encourage your kids but don’t micromanage them. Parenting and perfection do not go together. Marshall suggest, “If you put all your energy into raising the next generation, you risk identifying so closely with your children that their success is your success and their failure is yours, and this will put them under unnecessary pressure.”

He has some pretty logical tips on how to translate these theories into practice. Greet your partner first when you enter a room, put a lock on your bedroom door (and use it!), teach your children not to interrupt you when you and your partner are talking, openly communicate  your needs and priorities, spend one on one time together with the TV and phones off and make sex a priority. Now although all of these tips sound logical, in reality they actually seem a bit fanciful. Marshall himself does not have children, he says that he is not advising people on how to raise  their kids but rather drawing on his 30 plus year experience as a therapist to advise parents how to create an environment where a marriage can thrive.

There is this strange relationship between motherhood and guilt. Ask the latest mother of the year award recipient and I promise you she will have some feelings of guilt associated with her parenting choices. Parenting is “supposed” to be a selfless act but in order to be happy and to create happy relationships sometimes we need to be a bit self shish. Thus, I am having a crack at the Marshall method. Hopefully one day my kids will thank me for it…. at least I know my hubby will.

If you would like to read more about parenting and the Marshall Method Click HERE to view an excerpt from his book.

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Premature Birth: Born at 25 weeks! Jaeda’s Story

Born at 25 weeks! Jaeda’s Story

By Lauren (Jaeda’s Mum)

The 31st of March 2008 is a day we will never forget. At 24 weeks pregnant I was at my obstetrician appointment and was told go straight to women’s and children’s hospital as I was having contractions and my cervix had started to open. I was about to have a premature birth. Shocked and confused still in my work clothes I crossed the road to the hospital and was taken straight into a labour room. I was pumped full of drugs to try and stop the premature labour whilst at the same time doctors were preparing me for a c section if  the labour couldn’t be stopped. Thankfully the drugs began to work and the contractions stopped so once we were reasuured the excitement was over, Russell (my husband) went home for the night. The next day April 1st (yes, April fool’s day), at just 25 weeks pregnant, I went into full labour and our beautiful little girl was born very quickly (all natural) no time for a c section. Jaeda Hope Tarca weighting only 750 grams (1.65 pounds) was born 15 weeks premature.

After years of trying to conceive and many, many IVF cycles, we were about to face our worst nightmare: the possibility of loosing our baby. All I remember is Jaeda being rushed out the room, as she was taken from us my heart broke. We were about to go on a roller-coaster ride (as the nurses call it). When I first saw her she was like a tiny doll with cords and tubes attached to her. I somehow blocked all that out and focused on the fact hat she was my little miracle girl and that was all. For the first couple of weeks I was numb. I couldn’t think straight and I was shocked. I felt robbed, I wasn’t pregnant nor did I have my baby by my side, my emotions were all over the place. Nobody could understand what we were going through, unless you have been through a premature birth yourself it something that you just cant explain. Jaeda was ventilated for 5 days and in NICU, it was a scary and intense time. After 7 days had passed I was finally allowed to hold her, it was the most amazing feeling.

For the next 3 months the hospital was like our second home or should I say first home I was there 2 or 3 times a day. Bonding with a premature baby is very hard I had her dressed up in different clothes (dolls clothes) changed her nappies, fed her through her nose and did  just about anything I could to feel closer to her. Staying positive was a way we got through the days. There were days I didn’t want to get out of bed but Jaeda needed me and she was fighting so I had to fight with her. Days were passing by but a month on Jaeda needed an operation. Although this operation was common for babies after a premature birth it was something we weren’t prepared for. We knew she needed this operation to move forward but it was still terrifying. That day I remember feeling sick to the stomach as we waited for her surgery to be over. Jaeda finally came back into the room with 8 machines attached to every part of her body including her head.

Two weeks passed as she lied there lifeless and I felt helpless. But as each day passed my belief that she was going to be ok grew stronger and stronger, just as she did. I spent my first mother’s day in the hospital which just wasn’t right, I didn’t feel like a mum at that point. At 33 weeks I got to try breastfeeding her it was a very special moment she took to it like a champ. Up until that point I had been expressing in order to maintain my milk supply. We like to call Jaeda our pocket rocket small but fiery. Weeks passed Jaeda was getting stronger and bigger by the day moving from room to room, then before we knew it we were moved into the final room before home. A few weeks before Jaeda came home my mum had her first cuddle, as up to this point Russell and I were the only ones allowed to hold her. It was a very special moment for us. On 24th June 2008 Jaeda came home for the first time still only weighting about 2 kgs, she was breastfeeding and on no oxygen. One thing I remember the doctors saying is Jaeda had exceeded their expectations everyday and you know what? She still does – everyday! For the first year Jaeda was in and out of hospital with viruses as her lungs were so underdeveloped. 5 years on Jaeda is now a big school girl happy and healthy. We could not be more proud of her. She is a go getter and always try’s her best.

We now joke about how loud and active she is blaming all the drugs she had when she was a baby. Having a premature baby is something that has changed my life, it’s something you never forget. We are forever grateful for the love and support we got from our families and friends, they were our rock. The experience has left us feeling grateful and positive about life, we know know that together we can face anything life throws at us. If you are  ever faced with this situation the best advice I can give you is to stay positive and surround yourself with positive people. Look towards the future, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Be involved as much as you can with your baby while they are in hospital to form a bond. There is always Hope (ie Jaeda’s middle name).

A huge thank you to Laura for sharing her story with us. If you would like to make contact with Lauren she is happy to be contacted through mimijumi. Email us at info@mimijumi.com.au

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Family NACHOS! The perfect Sunday night family meal!

Family NACHOS Recipe!

I am always looking for fun and tasty recipes to serve as family meals. I tend to get stuck in patterns of the the same old same old. So when a friend showed me this little gem I knew I had found a new weekend wonder meal! This family nachos recipe is a cheeky throw together, you will see that no quantities are given, its all about your own personal tastes and what you have in the fridge! There are cheeky veges hidden deep below so even the fussiest toddlers will dig in and mums can rest assured that although a little naughty, this family nachos packs a sneaky nutritious punch!

Ingredients:

  • olive oil
  • onions
  • garlic
  • carrots
  • gated zucchini
  • can of tomatoes
  • can of kidney beans
  • 1 bag pre cooked brown rice
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • shredded tasty cheese
  • shallots
  • sour cream
  • avocado
  • corn chips

Method:

In an oven safe dish lightly fry the onions, garlic, carrots (grated) and zucchini (grated), tomatoes, beans, rice and seasoning  in a dash of olive oil, until soft but not brown. Then remove from heat and  top with cheese and shallots an put under grill for 5-10 minutes, or until cheese is melted and golden.

Once golden remove from grill and layer with corn chips and cheese and return to grill for approx 5 minutes or until cheese is melted and golden and chips are crisp.  Sprinkle with shallots and serve with sides of sour cream and guacamole (or mashed avocado if you want to keep it really simple).

Then just dig in!

Handy hint: Why not turn your family nachos into a more adult flavour by adding capsicum, corn and chilli! Oh and of course serve with beer!

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Measles Outbreak at Dreamworld….

Measles Outbreak

I have always been quite vocal about the fact that I am pro vaccination. I believe in medical science and protecting our kids and our society from disease. I have heard every argument from the anti-vaxers and I am honestly fed up trying to get people to see sense. BUT! Since I believe actions and consequences speak louder than words I thought I would share this article with you….

For all of those who think that “it wont happen to me” and naively rely on herd immunity, it turns out measles infections are happening all around us!

Measles Afftected Tourist Visit Dreamworld Brisbane Times

The long and short of this article is that a teenager from Byron Bay who was unvaccinated and unknowingly infected with the highly contagious measles virus visited Dreamworld during the school holidays- it’s busiest time of year.  This news had Facebook going mad and parents scrambling to their doctors with every sneeze and cough fearing that their kids might be infected, and really, with good reason. Currently, 13,117 children in QLD between the age of 4 and 6 are not vaccinated against the easily transmittable disease. (!#*!?)

So far 21 cases of measles have been confirmed in Queensland, 13 of them in a cluster in Ipswich. Yet in neighbouring Byron Bay fears of a serious measles outbreak are well grounded with several cases being confirmed in the last week alone.

Fears Of Measles Outbreak In Byron News.com

Byron Shire has the lowest rates of immunisation in NSW – just 46 per cent of two-year-olds in Mullumbimby and 69 per cent in Byron, are vaccinated, well below the state average of 92 per cent.

Several cases have also been confirmed in Western Australia. These cases have been linked to holidaying in Bali, an incredibly popular holiday  spot for Australians.

According to the latest National Communicable Diseases Surveillance Report there have been 69 cases of measles reported so far this year.

Just incase you are like me and from a generation that has not even seen a case of measles, here is some info on what measles is!

Measles is a very infectious disease. The measles virus is spread when saliva droplets containing the virus are breathed in by others. This can happen when someone with the infection sneezes or coughs.

You can catch measles if you are in the same room as someone with the infection, and for up to 2 hours after someone with measles has left the room (e.g. in a doctor’s waiting room or an Accident and Emergency department).

Complications of measles include ear and lung infections. One in every 1,000 children who gets measles will get encephalitis (inflammation of the brain). 1 in 4 children with encephalitis will suffer brain damage and 1 in 10 children are likely to die.

Information from: NPS MedicineWise Click HERE for full article

Symptoms to look out for:

  • Fever
  • General discomfort, illness or lack of wellbeing (malaise)
  • Runny nose
  • Dry cough
  • Sore and red eyes (conjunctivitis)
  • Red and bluish spots inside the mouth (Koplik’s spots)
  • Red and blotchy skin rash that appears first on the face and hairline and then spreads to the body.

Remember if you are ever concerned about your or your child’s health you should immediately consult your health care provider.

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