Friday, December 31, 2010

Giving Baby a Bath

Get Organized

Gather the things you need around you - a towel, baby shampoo, moisturizing soap, baby wipes, a clean diaper and a change of clothes. Depending on your routine, have things close by so that you do not have to walk a distance to retrieve things. Under no circumstances should you leave your baby unattended, not even for a second. Take the baby with you if you need to take a phone-call or look for a bottle of lotion.


Giving a Sponge Bath

Prepare an area for baby's bath. Ensure that whatever room you are in, it is warm enough and free of drafts. Make sure that the bathing area is safe, whether it is the counter next to the sink, the floor, or a table. If you use a table top, make sure that it is stable. Table top would be a good choice because you will be able to work at a comfortable height without hurting your back. Pad hard surfaces with a changing pad, blanket or towel.

Test for the right water temperature by immersing your elbow into it. Dip a washcloth into the water and wring it.

You must have one hand holding onto your baby armpit at all times. Clean the upper eyelids gently with the wash cloth. Wipe the face and the outer part of the ears. Wash the creases of the neck, arms, and legs. Squeeze clean water form a wet wash cloth on baby's hair. A baby bottom should be washed from front to back. This helps prevent infection. Dry, diaper, and dress your baby.


Bathing in a Tub

Once your baby has progressed form the sponge bath, you can use a bathtub specially designed for babies or plain plastic basin. As with sponge baths, exercise safety and precaution at all times especially when deciding where to place the tub and checking the water temperature. The tub should contain only a few inches of warm water.

When the water is ready, place baby in the tub. Keep one hand on the baby at all times. Lean baby forward on your arm, keeping a firm grasp on the armpit. With your free hand, wet a soft wash cloth. Begin by gently cleaning baby and rinsing with the water.

Wash the cleanest parts first and then move to the diaper areas. Support the baby's head, neck, and back when rinsing hair. Many soaps for baby can be used for their hair. Or you have the option of not using soap.

Fully dry your baby after every bath to prevent rash and protect sensitive skin.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Food Guide During Pregnancy (Part 2)

Drink 8 glasses of water a day to prevent constipation. Additional servings of fruits and vegetables a day is encouraged. Include whole grain in each meal and snack. Stay active everyday.

Limit your caffeine to 1 small cup of coffee or 2 cups of light tea a day. Reduce your intake of other sweetened beverages. Do not use artificial sweeteners such as saccharine and do not drink alcohol while you are pregnant

During pregnancy it may do you good to take multivitamin and mineral supplement that includes Vitamin D, iodine, iron, calcium and folic acid which is especially crucial within the first weeks of your unborn baby's development. Many dietary and herbal supplements are not safe during pregnancy, so a doctor's advice is advisable.

Hormonal changes during pregnancy weaken your immune system. So it is important that you give consideration to food handling especially meat, fish and poultry. Washing your hands before and after food preparation is a must. Eggs should be cooked until firm. Where possible, freshly cooked food is recommended.

You many be pregnant but that does not mean that your lifestyle has to change. Eating out can be even fun and interesting. Exercise caution and discipline when it comes to the amount you eat. Plan where you want to eat so that you have an option of grilled fish or meat, or steamed or fresh vegetables.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Food Guide During Pregnancy (Part 1)

What you choose to eat when you're pregnant may influence you and your baby's health for years to come. Giving yourself the right nutrition is a sure way of giving your baby a healthy head start. The dietary choices you make invariably affect your baby besides ensuring a healthy lifestyle for your self.

It is healthy for you to gain some extra weight but it must be as a result of a healthy and balanced nutrition. If you had been trying to lose weight prior to pregnancy, you will need to put your plans on hold and consult your doctor if there is continued weight loss or loss in appetite.

Food containing protein, fats, carbohydrates and DHA are essential during pregnancy. Low fat yoghurt and cereals made with all or mostly whole grains are great for breakfast. Hardboiled egg and fruit add variety to your meal. White meat such as fish and chicken with rice and a portion of vegetable like broccoli and spinach or whole grain bread and toufu to go with slices of fresh fruit such as papaya and guava are ideal for lunch and dinner.

Fish such as sardines, tuna, mackerel, algae and omega 3 enriched eggs are great sources of DHA. Eggs are rich in choline which helps with brain development and memory function in the early years. A healthy portion of fluid intake especially water and pasteurized low fat milk should be included.

For a snack, take an apple, a banana, or an orange. A cream cracker and cheese, or a milky drink can be just as nourishing.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Gummy Bears Health Information

Squishy, soft, gummy (or gummi) bear candies have a consistency somewhere between a gumdrop and a jelly candy that is beloved by children (and adults) around the world.


Supplements
Gummy bear candy-style multivitamin and mineral supplements are made with organic or conventional ingredients. Organic and natural brands may or may not be gelatin-free, but they contain natural colorings and flavors and are made with organic products similar to those in organic gummy candies.


Dental Health

A University of Washington study of 200 elementary schoolchildren, published in a 2008 edition of the journal BMC Oral Health, found that regular consumption of gummy bears made with with the sugar alcohols xylitol or maltitol, reduced the amount of bacteria in the mouth that contributes to plaque.

Read more: Gummy Bears Health Information | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/about_5434394_gummy-bears-health-information.html#ixzz0uzjKqC8N

Vitamins that all kids will love

As my son has entered child care center, i've been giving him the liquid form vitamin c supplement. It works well for him til recently that he rejected it. He has become picky on the food that he take. According to his teacher, it's a phase for kids at his age (2+).

Since then, i'm sourcing for alternatives and i come across multivitamins and supplements in gummy bears form (no artificial preservative, colour and flavourings). I bought a bottle and tried it prior to giving it to my son. It tastes like any other gummies, with less sugar. And my son love it! He even remember to ask from me every morning. I no longer need to constantly remind myself to give him the supplements!

I bought University Nutritions for Kids, Multi-vitamins from local store. to see how it looks like http://www.uttx.com/Organics/UN-products/Kids.html

3 Cheers!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Brobchitis

What is Bronchitis?

Bronchitis is an inflammation of the air passages that extend from windpipe into the lungs. This may be caused by a virus, bacteria, smoking or the inhalation of chemical pollutants or dust. When the cells of the bronchial-lining tissue are irritated beyond a certain point, the tiny hairs (cilia) within them, which normally trap and eliminate pollutants stop functioning. As a result, they become clogged by debris and the irritation increases. In response, secretion of mucus is increased resulting in cough and if severe enough shortness of breath.

Bronchitis comes in two forms: acute (less than 6 weeks) or chronic (recurring frequently for more than two years):

Acute Bronchitis:

This is responsible for the hacking cough and phlegm production that accompany an upper respiratory tract infection. In most cases, it is viral in origin, sometimes it is caused by bacteria. The mucosal area will return to normal after several days unless there is an underlying lung problem. The presence of fever, chills, muscle ache and chest pain suggest a more serious infection like pneumonia. Chest x-ray should be ordered.

Chronic Bronchitis

Chronic bronchitis is defined as excessive mucus secretion in the bronchi presenting with a chronic or recurrent mucus-producing cough that lasts three or more months and recurs year after year. Chronic bronchitis may result from a series of attacks of acute bronchitis, or it may evolve gradually because of heavy smoking or inhalation of polluted air. When the mucus producing layer of the bronchial lining has thickened, narrowing the airways to the point where breathing becomes increasingly more difficult. When the cilia cannot sweep the air clean of foreign irritants, the air passages become more vulnerable to infection. This results in further tissue damage. Unlike acute bronchitis, chronic bronchitis is an ongoing, serious disease.

Symptoms

* Persistent cough
* Productive cough
* Shortness of breath
* Wheezing
* Fever

Investigations

* Chest x-ray
* Blood test example blood count
* Sputum test
* Lung Function test

The doctor will decide on above tests if indicated and necessary.
Treatment

* Plenty of rest
* Adequate fluid intake
* Avoid smoke and fumes
* Stop smoking in chronic bronchitis
* Cough syrup
* Bronchodilator
* Inhaled or oral steroid if severe
* Oxygen therapy if severe
* Antibiotic if indicated

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

old folks sayings: never say your little one is healthy

This has been a really long, tiring and exhausting week.

After blogging that my son is healthy in the previous post, my son started to fall sick. cough, flu, fever... before he fully recover, another phase begin.

He was down with cough that morning, and we continue to send him to childcare thinking that it was tail cough, which the doctor has mentioned. When we picked him up in the evening, he was coughing very badly and we brought him to a doctor. His favorite doctor is off duty and consulted a locum. The locum doctor acts like a robot. no smile, not much of a word, just checked on him and out we are. Saying that it is cough and bit of flu... Once we reached home, my son's temperature keep escalating. Paracetamol has little effect on him. It didn't bring down him temperature after an hour. I gave him brufen and managed to bring his temperature down. Next 3 days, 24 hours per day repeats itself. sleepless nights, cranky son. Previously, his fever only come back at night. But this time, it's all day. On 4th day,still having fever, we bring him back to doctor as normal viral fever should subside in 3-4 days time.

He was given antibiotics and his temperature is back to normal. Thank Goodness. However, he started coughing badly, vomiting, choking by his phlegm Then refuse to drink water, no appetite in food... And the fever came back. We sent him to hospital for a thorough check up and he is diagnosed to be minor lung infection. Now, he is recovering.

Is this a reflection of the old folks saying? if you say that your little one is healthy, he/she will fall sick. Or is it a coincidence?

Monday, April 26, 2010

Sending son to in Childcare

Sending to my son to child care is a nightmare. But I've no option but to send him there the day he turn 18 months.

It started off with Separation Anxiety, crying to a few months when we dropped him off. Really can't bear to let him cry daily, especially when he cling on and cried "mummy mummy!!!" Many times, i hug and cried with him. Many times, i wanted to bring him home but was stopped by my husband and teachers.

Next, when he get used to the child care centre, there comes the illness... Sick continuously for 3 months plus. cough, flu, fever.. one after another. Before he recover from one, next virus got hold of him. He has seen many doctors, Pediatrician but non works. practically out of action from childlcare, but still paying school fees. Then I get him on a routine of Fish oil, initially he still willing to take it, but not for long. Then on vitamin C for below 2yrs. Luckily he love it. Slowly, he recovered. and now he is healthy most of the time.

Then here comes hand foot mouth disease. My son didn't experience the symptoms, he is healthy jumping and running. But he bring the virus back home and infected my husband. We only realised that he is the carrier when his feet started to peel like my husband's feet. We need to isolate my husband, and sanitised everything. I borrowed the sanitiser and cleaning liquid from child care center. Thanks a tons to the principal of child care centre for lending us all types of liquid and santiser they have in the centre.! Even though so, my kids and I moved out of our house till my husband recovered. Poor hubby...

However all the above, I'm still glad that I've sent him to child care. I can see that he has progressed significantly, from speech to play, being more independent, etc.

Cheers!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Sold : Medela Pump in Style Advance Backpack (used)


Medela PIS Advance Backpack (used)
- used for less than 6 months, together with manual pump
- Stopped using PIS since Dec 2009, now using manual pump.
- selling full set
- US set (no local warranty)
- SGD 350


Pump In Style® Advanced Breastpump Backpack

Pump In Style Advanced is a daily use breastpump designed for moms who pump several times a day. All Pump In Style Advanced breastpumps offer portable convenience for quiet, discreet pumping anywhere.

What is 2-Phase Expression® technology?

Through research, Medela learned that there are two distinct phases of how babies breastfeed. The Stimulation Phase is fast and light sucking to start milk flowing followed by the Expression Phase, slow and stronger sucking to deliver more milk faster. Pump In Style Advanced breastpumps have exclusive 2-Phase Expression technology that mimics a baby's natural nursing pattern.

Features and Benefits

  • Daily use · double pump · electric
  • Adjustable speed/vacuum dial lets mom choose her most comfortable setting.
  • Removable PVC-free cooler bag with countoured ice pack keeps milk cool for up to 12 hours.
  • Battery pack lets mom pump anywhere, anytime.
  • More milk in less time with 2-Phase Expression® technology when pumping at Maximum Comfort Vacuum™.
  • Stylish PVC-free microfiber backpack holds everything mom needs to pump.
  • Ergonomic padded straps for extra carrying comfort.
  • Convenient integrated work surface for mom.
  • Double pumping kit includes PersonalFit™ breastshields.

What’s Included

  • Stylish backpack design
  • Battery pack (8AA batteries not included)
  • Removable cooler carrier
  • 4 - 5oz breastmilk bottles, lids & travel cap
  • 2 - 24mm PersonalFit™ Breastshields
  • 2 valves
  • 4 membranes ( 2 pieces used, 2 pieces new)
  • Contoured ice pack
  • Breastfeeding Information Guide
  • Instructions