While there’s plenty of health news that just seems like its designed to scare the pants off us, there’s plenty that we need to pay attention to, too. This monthly update will answer a few questions and give you news that’s relevant to keeping you fit and healthy in Singapore.
Vitamins for kids
Many kids (and adults) don’t get enough vitamins, minerals, nutrients or antioxidants, even when they’re eating a balanced diet. And, if kids are picky eaters, they’ll be getting even less of them. So, taking a multivitamin supplement can be a great idea for improving your child’s health and development.
An all-round health booster, High Q Plus is a chewable vitamin supplement that’s got DHA (an omega-3 fatty acid that’s essential for brain development), probiotics, antioxidants and other essential vitamins and minerals that are necessary for growth and development. Available in two flavours – orange and strawberry – the supplement can be beneficial for nursing mamas and elderly adults too, as it promotes skeletal and muscular growth, general development and a healthy immune system. Find it in Singapore at herbalpharm.com.
Psst – get a free toy with every purchase of High Q Plus from Herbal Pharm!
New Dentist on Duty
Family dental clinic Smilefocus has welcomed orthodontist Dr Thushala Ubaya to its team of international dentists. Originally from Singapore, Dr Ubaya spent the last 20 years in the UK, where she had many senior roles, including head of the orthodontic department at Queen’s Hospital in Essex, and working in private practice. Now back in Singapore, Dr Ubaya aims to continue using her extensive knowledge in all orthodontic techniques, and carry on her passion for delivering a positive body-image experience with orthodontics.
#08-02/03 and #08-07/08 Camden Medical Centre, 1 Orchard Boulevard. 6733 9882 | smilefocus.com.sg
Health help: Does wearing a higher SPF mean I can spend more time in the sun?
“Yes and no. SPF stands for “Sun Protection Factor”, and the number beside it indicates how well the sunscreen protects skin against sunburn. It’s not an indicator of how long you can stay out in the sun; rather, it specifies how much longer it takes untanned skin to start to redden with sunscreen applied, compared to how long it takes to start reddening without it. There are a couple of other things that are good to know when it comes to SPF. SPF is determined by tests in which liberal amounts of sunscreen are applied. This means that, to actually achieve the protection indicated, sunscreen needs to be applied thickly enough – and many people don’t. You also need to reapply the sunscreen every two hours, as it can come off through sweat or by being rubbed off by clothing. Hence, a higher SPF doesn’t necessarily mean you can spend more time in the sun.
Likewise, when it comes to a sunscreen’s SPF, is bigger better? Although the differences in SPF values seem large, there’s actually very little difference between how much UVB they filter. An SPF 50 or higher filters 98 percent of UVB, compared with 96.7 percent filtered by SPF 30 sunscreens. And, an SPF 30 sunscreen applied properly, will give better protection than an SPF 50 or higher sunscreen applied too thinly or not frequently enough.” – Dr Angeline Yong Dermatologist
Bald & Brave!
After being cancelled for the first time in its 18-year history in 2020, Hair of Hope kicked off again last month. The Children’s Cancer Foundation’s annual flagship fundraising and public awareness campaign runs until the end of June, with participants coming forward in big numbers to go bald in support of children with cancer. Donors, fundraisers and other potential supporters can follow the campaign at hairforhope.org.sg and facebook.com/hairforhopesg
What To Know Before You Go
Now that flights have started up, you may be asking, “Is it safe to travel again” and “What will be the process for pre-departure testing?” Head to expatliving.sg/health to find out everything you need to know about travel safety and pre-flight requirements in Singapore.