Tuesday, June 28, 2011

CDA Credits Account opening letter?

2 more days before end of June, and haven't receive letter from MYCS on account opening for my elder kid who is born between 1 jan 2005 and 31 Dec 2011. What's happening? Have MCYS forgotten my kid who is entitled to the CDA credits? They are suppose to inform all eligible kids by end June 2011.

I've just called MCYS, and they mentioned that we should receive the letter in next few days. The officer mentioned that we need to fill up the letter and send it back to MCYS before they will send out another letter on account opening. And the credits will be made in one month after account opening.

Just wondering why the hassle? Shouldn't they already know which child is eligible before sending out mails to us? why do they need more information from us?

what to do? we still have to follow their "process" to get the CDA credits though it doesn't make sense to me at the moment.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

An Extract from KiasuParents.com on Birthday Cakes available in Singapore

Children's Birthday Cakes

The birthday cake is always the center of attraction in a birthday party. This cake sits in a place of honor, with beautiful candles glowing on top it, as we sing the “Happy Birthday” song. After the birthday song and all the oooh-and-aaah are over, it’s time to cut and taste how delicious the cake is.

Besides the taste, we also need to consider the shape, color, size and design of the birthday cake. If the birthday cake has a theme or cartoon characters, the children will definitely love it. It is better to decorate the birthday cake using the favorite color of the birthday boy or girl.

For the girls, we can choose something like Cinderella castle cake, Dora the Explorer, Winnie the Pooh, Barbie, Barney, Care Bears etc. For the boys, we can pick Bob the Builder, Thomas the Train, Cars, SpongeBob, Nemo and even sports theme.

Here is a list of bakery shops (with websites) in Singapore with wonderful children birthday cakes to choose from.

1. Eatzi Gourmet - http://www.eatzi.com.sg/

3D cake is available at ~$45/kg. Sponge cake is at ~$34/kg. Mousse cake is at ~$40/kg. The pricing is indeed very reasonable.

2. Bengawan Solo - http://www.bengawansolo.com.sg/

Assorted design of cartoon cream cakes at $40 - $45/kg. 3D cakes are available too. I bought this Baby Bugs cream cake for my son's 1st birthday. It was very creamy and yummy!

3. Four Leaves - http://www.fourleaves.com.sg/

Novelty cake starts from $65. The pricing is by size, instead of weight. Look at this Animals Train cake, it is so CUTE! Cartoon cakes look great too, with so many flavors to choose from.

4. Smiling Orchid - http://www.smilingorchid.com/

Their 3D cake designs are wonderful, creative and detailed. Price is from $60/kg. Use real toys as decorations. The kids will definitely love them.

5. Glad Cake - http://gladcake.blogspot.com/

This is certainly the most beautiful cake I’ve ever seen. Glad is really good in baking and decorating. But her schedule is quite packed now, do book in advance if you are keen.

6. Ecreativehttp://www.ecreative.com.sg/

Ecreative has the most beautiful 3D cakes. Look at this! Even the adults couldn’t resist!

Price is from ~$80/kg. Perfect for children’s birthday party, it will never fail to impress all the kiddos.

7. Emicakes - http://www.emicakes.com.sg/

Durian lovers, you come to the right place. You’ll definitely fall in love with this premium D24 durian cake. Durian cakes are also available in fanciful 3D designs.

Price is from ~$80/kg.

8. 7th Manna - http://www.7thmanna.com/

Customs 3D cakes are available.

9. Room for Desserts -http://www.roomfordessert.com.sg/

Nice 3D designs. Minimum 2kg/cake. Need to order 2 weeks in advance. Prices vary depending on the size, flavours and design. Oh, this cake is so sweet, isn’t it?

10. Sweet Secrets - http://www.sweetsecrets.com.sg/

Have a memorable birthday party with this unique photocake. Indeed very special!

Photocake is available at $40/kg.

11. Cake Avenue - http://www.cakeavenue.com/

Customized novelty cakes and elegant cup cakes available for all occasions.

12. The Patissier - http://www.thepatissier.com/

Another fantastic novelty cake design that is hard to resist. Price is from ~$100/kg.

I admire the meticulous work on each cake, making them so special. Just like a special treat from heaven.

13. Cedele - http://www.cedeledepot.com/
Customized first month cakes, classic and home-style cakes.

14. Yiling Confectionery - http://www.yilingcakes.com.sg/

15. Tempting Treats - http://temptingtreats.biz/

16. Royal Cakes - http://www.royalcakes.com/ - Halal

17. Online Cake Shop - http://www.onlinecakeshop.com/

18. Birthday Cake To Go - http://www.birthdaycaketogo.com/

19. Jia Lei Confectionery - http://www.jialei.com/

20. Prima Deli - http://www.primadeli.com/ - Halal

21. Melrose - http://www.melrose.com.sg/

22. Angie The Choice - http://www.angiethechoice.com.sg/

23. Sweetest Moments - http://www.sweetestmoments.com.sg/

24. Hot Fuchsia - http://www.hotfuchsia.com/

25. Pine Garden - http://www.pgcake.com/

26. Swensen’s Ice-Cream Cake - http://www.swensens.com.sg/ - Halal

27. Cupcake Obsessionhttp://www.cupcakeobsession.com/
Customized cakes and cup cakes for all special occasions

28. Delectable Delites - http://delectabledelites.blogspot.com/

29. Yummyumkins Cupcakes & Muffins - http://www.yummyumkins.com/ - Halal

30. Polar Puffs & Cakes - http://www.polarpuffs-cakes.com/ - Halal

31. Secret Recipe - http://www.secretrecipe.com.sg/ - Halal

32. Cherylshuen - http://cherylshuen.com/

Friday, June 10, 2011

thumb vs pacifier

It's always a mental torture for mummy when the new born keeps crying? How to stop them crying? Pacifier? thumb sucker? drive them out for a ride? carry and pat them? Every decision made has it's pros and cons.

For my elder son, we resort to giving him a pacifier. It's a good option when i think back. At about 18 mths, we manage to get him off pacifier. How we do it? we tried the following and mostly works and he fell asleep without the pacifier. Ultimately, we told him he lost it and the end.
  • Talk to him til he sleeps
  • sing to him
  • story telling

Then come my number 2. I do not want to start him on a pacifier, so trying very hard to hold back. Anyway, he is the one who rejected the pacifier when given (cos cannot stand him crying). Then we realised that he is a thumb sucker. And i recalled that he is already a thumb sucker before he is born. During ultrason scan, he is already sucking his thumb. Then i know, it's going to be tough to stop him.. I regretted that i didn't stop him. His thumb was swollen, bled, infected with pus etc due to thumb sucking... Should have stopped him before he started. A lesson learnt but too late. now he is turning 2, and still sucks his thumb. I cannot throw it away like a pacifier... Hopefully, he will outgrow it.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The Importance of Naps

Nap. It's a small word, but for most parents a hugely important one. Why? Sleep is a major requirement for good health, and for young kids to get enough of it, some daytime sleep is usually needed. Crucial physical and mental development occurs in early childhood, and naps provide much-needed downtime for growth and rejuvenation.

Naps also help keep kids from becoming overtired, which not only takes a toll on their moods but may also make it harder for them to fall asleep at night. And naptime gives parents a brief oasis during the day and time to tackle household chores or just unwind.

Sleep Needs by Age

There's no one-size-fits-all answer regarding how much daytime sleep kids need. It all depends on the age, the child, and the sleep total during a 24-hour period. For example, one toddler may sleep 13 hours at night with only some daytime catnapping, while another gets 9 hours at night but takes a solid 2-hour nap each afternoon.

Though sleep needs are highly individual, these age-by-age guidelines give an idea of average daily sleep requirements:

Birth to 6 months: Infants require about 16 to 20 total hours of sleep per day. Younger infants tend to sleep on and off around the clock, waking every 2 or 3 hours to eat. As they approach 4 months of age, sleep rhythms become more established. Most babies sleep 10 to 12 hours at night, usually with an interruption for feeding, and average 3 to 5 hours of sleep during the day (usually grouped into two or three naps).

6 to 12 months: Babies this age usually sleep about 11 hours at night, plus two daytime naps totaling 3 to 4 hours. At this age, most infants do not need to wake at night to feed, but may begin to experience separation anxiety, which can contribute to sleep disturbances.

Toddlers (1 to 3 years): Toddlers generally require 10 to 13 hours of sleep, including an afternoon nap of 1 to 3 hours. Young toddlers might still be taking two naps, but naps should not occur too close to bedtime, as they may make it harder for toddlers to fall asleep at night.

Preschoolers (3 to 5 years): Preschoolers average about 10 to 12 hours at night, plus an afternoon nap. Most give up this nap by 5 years of age.

School-age (5 to 12 years): School-age kids need about 10 to 12 hours at night. Some 5-year-olds might still need a nap, and if a regular nap isn't possible, they might need an earlier bedtime.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Night Sweats

by Joan

Welcome to Night Sweats, a site dedicated to helping women understand and combat their Menopause Night Sweats and to helping men identify and prevent the lesser known but still common Night Sweats In Men. I also address a wide range of causes and treatments for night sweating.
My aim is to provide the most complete yet accessible resource on the web for identifying, understanding and treating night sweats. The big medical sites often cover this topic in a sparse or inaccessible manner. I really hope that won’t be the case with my site. I battled night sweat for years, and after several medical doctor and therapist visits, I finally achieved my own effective treatment for my sleep hyperhidrosis. Now I’ll do my best to help you get through the night.
Before you develop your own night sweats treatment, please understand the importance of an accurate diagnosis and never let the Internet replace a personal visit with a qualified medical professional.
Table of Contents for Night Sweats:

What Is Sleep Hyperhidrosis?

So what is night sweating? Night sweats occur when you experience soaking, severe sweating at night or sweating while asleep. True night sweating will usually soak your pajamas or sleepwear as well as your sheets and bedding and occur regardless of the temperature in your bedroom. Although unpleasant, night sweating is not uncommon and usually it is not a sign of a serious health problem.
Night Sweat
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Sweating is simply our body’s primary means of thermoregulation. Perspiration is a natural mechanism of our autonomic nervous system and in many cases even excessive perspiration derives from a perfectly natural trigger. You will discover a remarkable number of causes of night sweats. Unfortunately, our hypothalamus — our brain’s internal thermostat — is quite susceptible to influence.
You could be a woman suffering from menopause night sweats or you could be a man suffering one of the many reasons for night sweats in men, but either way, you may struggle for comfortable sleep and peace of mind. The clinical name is sleep hyperhidrosis or nocturnal hyperhidrosis, but you simply know it as night sweats(or casually as nite sweats). And while much of the health products industry emphasizes menopausal night sweats or hot flashes, male night sweats orandropause night sweats are not uncommon and can be just as frustrating.


I discovered several things to help me, both in terms of diet and supplements as well as cool products to wear or to use while I fought my sweating while sleeping. With this site, I hope to share with you what really worked for me and hopefully save you some of the time and money I wasted.

What Causes Night Sweats?

Everyone is different; I will try to elucidate the most common and most serious conditions which cause night sweat, including those well beyond my own experience.What causes night sweats for one person may be very different for another person suffering from sleep hyperhidrosis and sometimes the signs of serious illness manifest themselves differently in different people.
Among the causes of night sweating you should note and consider are the following:
  • Idiopathic Hyperhidrosis, known as Nocturnal Hyperhidrosis when it occurs while sleeping.
  • Diet and Personal Habits
  • Certain foods and food allergies
  • High Cholesterol, High Blood Pressure and Heart Conditions
  • Caffeine, Alcohol (especially Alcohol Withdrawal), Drugs and Smoking (Nicotine)
  • Menopause Night Sweats and Andropause Night Sweats
  • Diabetes Insipidus (Type I Diabetes or Type II Diabetes) and Hypoglycemia (low blood glucose)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Arthritis, especially Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
  • Tuberculosis
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Stroke
  • Infectious Diseases, including HIV and AIDS
  • Stress and Anxiety
  • Chronic Pain
  • Depression
  • Psychological and Neurological Conditions (sometimes cause cold sweats)
  • Specific neurologic conditions may cause severe night sweats, includingAutonomic neuropathy, autonomic dysreflexia, and post-traumatic syringomyelia.
  • GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease), Heartburn or Barrett’s Esophagus
  • Any Inflammation, but especially Endocarditis (inflammation of the inner heart valves)
  • Medicines, especially antipyretic medicines like acetaminophen (Tylenol) and aspirin.
  • Prescription medications, especially antibiotics, mental health medications like Seroquel and other antidepressant medications, may manifest night sweating as a side-effect.
  • Uncommon but serious conditions, such as Cancer, especially Lymphoma(Hodgin’s Disease or Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma). In fact, one of the most common symptoms of lymphoma is severe night sweating.
I’ll try to address all these hyperhidrosis concerns with a comprehensive approach that will address broad matters such as diet to clever little tricks such as running cool water over your wrists to cool your overall body temperature. For an expansion on the most common causes of your night sweating, see my new night sweats causes guide.

Night Sweats In Men

This site is for both women for their hot flashes and men and the sometimes mysterious night sweats men experience. I will address conditions leading to night sweat experienced by both genders. And believe it or not, many doctors believenight sweats in men occur during a kind of andropause phase similar to the more publicized menopause experienced by women.
However, night sweating in men may occur in males of any age. Weight-lifting, weight loss, weight gain, stress and overall diet collectively create a wide range of circumstances for men to develop persistent sweating at night.
It is important you work with your doctor to disqualify any of the common night sweats causes before you isolate and focus on just night sweats in men. I’ve expanded on this topic with a full, dedicated article available here: Night Sweats in Men

Night Sweats In Women

The most obvious example of night sweats in women are the severe hot flashes suffered by women entering menopause or perimenopause. I know menopause night hot flashes can be among the most futile conditions to combat. For more information and support on the menopausal transition, visit the North American Menopause Society (NAMS).
The entire perimenopause phase may involve persevering hot flashes andperimenopause night sweats. However, one promising note is that recent research indicated that women who experience more severe hot flashes and sleep hyperhidrosis during menopause are less likely to develop cancer later. So perhaps those beads of sweat on your brow late in the night are a blessing in disguise.
However night sweating in younger women may occur as a result of low estrogen symptoms. It isn’t uncommon for adolescent girls to experience night sweating as well while their bodies go through dramatic hormonal changes similar to menopause. Rapid weight loss or weight gain may also cause dramatic hormonal fluctuations, which in turn may lead to sweating at night in women or girls of any age.
Pregnancy, of course, is another night sweat cause unique to women. Pregnancy puts stress on the entire feminine anatomy and incurs great fluctuations in hormone balance. Both pregnancy and the postnatal phase may create hormonal conditions ripe for hot flashes and severe sweating at night. Some research indicates that postpartum depression and postnatal hot flashes often occur together.
I expand on night sweat in women further in these articles: night sweats in women and menopause night sweats.

Night Sweats in Children

I know it isn’t easy, but the first thing you should do if you suspect your child is suffering from night sweating is not panic. As I alluded to earlier, a huge percentage of the population worries about severe night sweating but a much smaller percentage is actually suffering from a serious condition or disease that causes night sweats.
In most cases, night sweats in children occurs when children go to bed after too much activity, they’re wearing pajamas too warm for the temperature in their room, or their blankets and sheets are too heavy and hot. In particular, it isn’t uncommon for kids wearing pajamas with feet (sometimes called footies) to experience a little bit of extra perspiration in their sleep. Most childhood night sweating is related to something innocent.
However, there can be legitimate serious concerns as well. If your child continues to experience excessive perspiration after he or she falls asleep or cold sweats while sleeping despite a change of pajamas, room temperature and bedding, you should consult your pediatrician. While almost all the conditions I noted in the section aboutnight sweats causes may apply to children, there are a few that are more common causes of night sweats in children.
Hyperthyroidism may cause sleep hyperhidrosis in children. This means your child’s little body is producing too many thyroid hormones. If your child has been experiencing weight loss and unusual fatigue or lethargy, hyperthyroidism may be a possibility. Another common medical problem which may cause your child to sweat at night is diabetes. If your child is experiencing excessive night sweats, I encourage you to discuss the possibility of diabetes with your child’s doctor.
The most common night sweats children suffer occur as a result of a fever from an infection, with common culprits being bronchitis, strep (Streptococcal pharyngitis), a sinus infection or pneumonia.
A common symptom of Tuberculosis (TB), an infectious disease often affecting the lungs, is sweating at night or sweating while asleep. TB can weaken your child’s immune system, making him or her more susceptible to other bacteria.
Perhaps the most serious underlying condition that may lead to severe night sweating is cancer. This is rare, so don’t panic, but nocturnal hyperhidrosis can be an early symptom of various cancers, in particular lymphoma or Hodgkin’s disease. The kind of night sweats cancer causes often involves sudden, severe perspiration. One of the first lymphoma symptoms an oncologist will look for will be severe night sweating.
Learn more on this sensitive issue in my night sweats in children guide. Regardless, you should always consult your primary care physician or pediatrician if you have any concerns about night sweats in children. While it is my aim to help you, you should never diagnose your child based on information on the Internet. Always seek direct help from a medical professional.

Night Sweats Treatment

While you will find a wide range of night sweats treatments these days, not all of them will work for everyone. The best place to start is with simple, safe and common sense solutions. For example, humans often prefer a cooler temperature for sleeping than they find comfortable while awake. If possible, try sleeping in slightly cooler temperature before you rush to conclusions about any underlying conditions. Along the same line of reasoning, try using lighter and more breathable materials for your sleepwear or pajamas and your sheets or blankets. I suggest a 100 percent cotton or linen for the material. You might even try a wicking pajama (Cool-Jams makes some great ones).
To supplement these common sense approaches, you might implement a bedfan or use a cooling pillow called a chillow. These safe, natural products have helped me a great deal. If you would like to try supplements, women often use black cohosh for hot flashes (although it didn’t work for me) while a niacin-free vitamin b complex (niacin can cause flushing, which in turn can trigger night sweat) or a magnesium supplement may help. However, if your hot flashes or night sweats persist and your doctor has ruled out any underlying condition or disease, you might have to bring out the more aggressive remedies or therapies.
These include using a strong antiperspirant, aluminum chloride hexahydrate. It requires a prescription and can be found under the brand name Drysol. It is basically a prescription-strength version of your common grocery store or drug store antiperspirant. It is very effective for underarm sweat (axillary hyperhidrosis) but it can cause dryness and irritation. Some researchers are also concerned about the long term effects of bring too much aluminum into the bloodstream.
Iontophoresis is another method used to treat excessive sweating. It pushes a very light electrical charge across your skin to temporarily minimize your sweat ducts. This usually must be administered by a medical professional, although some home devices are available through a medical prescription.
Sometimes it isn’t about what you do but what you don’t do. The kind of night sweats stress causes requires reducing anxiety while the kind of night sweats alcohol causes requires cutting alcoholic beverages from your diet.
For additional help and a more comprehensive discussion of night sweating treatments, please read my full page on the subject: Night Sweats Treatment
So whether you suffer from common menopause night sweats or night sweats in men, I hope to provide some helpful, inexpensive techniques for you to try right away.
The night sweats men experience can be quite a bit different than the hot flashes and nights sweats experienced by women, so I’m sure this site will develop divergent areas.