Thursday, July 25, 2013

The Season of Flu

T's the season of the flu! Our pedia, Dr. Romero of Healthway, Market! Market! is only available for schedule on a Sunday this whole month of July from 8am to 3pm because he is attending a seminar-training for this year - that means, the babies for schedule will pile up every Sunday. And just in time, my baby got a waterlike flu, deep cough and vomits from time to time.
growing fondness  addiction to sunnies! BD
Though we've just came from the clinic last week due to his scheduled PCV10 vaccine - and that time his lungs were clear - I didn't hesitate to go back, knowing the line would be long and the waiting would be painful in the back if not on the butt! As I hunched, the occasional coughing to the point of vomiting is my babe's way to "release" phlegm and mucus stucked on his stomach, plus, the gag reflex - which is the usual culprit.. Thankfully, he doesn't have a high fever. Though in the end, Doctor concluded babe is "about to get Pulmonary Infection". Thank goodness, I brought him earlier! To prevent the transition, he prescribe a week of three times a day Erythromycin Estolate as his antibiotic, Paracetamol in case of temperature higher than 37.8 degree Celsius, a Phenylephrine HCL/Chlorphenamine Maleate as nasal decongestant and antihistamine, and Cetirizine DHCL for his allergy reaction like sneezing and asthma-like breath.
*whisper mode: "I don't think this is the culprit, but is it?"
"just a sip, okay?"... and the rest of Quickly Taro Special with Assorted Pudding was a history...
Upright feeding position, drinking lots of fluid in form of water and juices is also recommended. The fever and fast breathing should also be monitored from time to time. Aside from my doctor's prescription, I started giving him Ascorbic Acid and honey-lemon concoction! :D
awkward hand gesture is not a biggie with our 2nd Chocolate Quickly with chocolate puddings and natos! Nata de coco!
I sure hope my babe gets better soon because he's scheduled for in1 booster this coming August!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The Versatile Blogger Award

Awhile while back I received an award as

Thanks to Cris of Love Conquers All for giving me this award. I love reading her blog, her experiences with all her gala. Ah she is such a wanderer, her blog will take you to places and adventures she's been. Reading her blog wakes the adventurous side of me. hehehe

Am I worthy of such award? OF COURSE. hahahaha.... I write anything and everything under the sun. Mostly from personal experiences, observations and things and people that inspires me.

I've already made a post about me here, but the award requires me to share another seven more random things about me, I hope I'm not going to bore you, I've been staring at lappy for more than 10 minutes now not knowing what to write. Geez... This isn't going to be as easy as I thought.

Anyways, here goes 7 Random things about me. The first 7 things that comes out of my mind.

  1. I love to laugh. In fact I laugh very loud, and my laugh is usually contagious. It's very therapeutic, at least for me.
  2. I collect so many cute things, mostly cute notebooks, I just love cute notebooks I buy it without purpose, I even have notebooks I bought when I was still in High School still untouched.
  3. I love peanuts. I love to dip my peanuts in a cola, then drink and eat it at the same time. Yeah yeah. I am weird like that. What's weirder is,
  4. I love bananas, and I love to eat it with soy sauce.
  5. I was in Grade 3 when I became the school president and it lasted my whole elementary years. So basically I learned about responsibility at an early age.
  6. I am very chatty. And when I am not, there are only three things I am tired, I am mad or I am sleeping. :)
  7. Lastly, I am a reality tv addict. It just amuses me.

So there you go, seven very random things about me. Now I have to choose 15 worthy bloggers to pass  on the VERSATILE BLOGGER AWARD. Here goes in no particular order:
  1. Bee of Before I turn 25
  2. Ielenna of My so called Experimented Blog
  3. Gerilen of The Chronicles of a Young Wife
  4. Pepper of The Pepperific Life
  5. Momaye of Momaye's Diary
  6. The advetures of the dilettante Single Mom
  7. Louise of Mommy Practility
  8. Anney of Blog ni Ako
  9. Allan of Chemist Dad
  10. Jelly of Sugary and Bittery
  11. Farida of In love with Sunflower
  12. Dhemz of My Life's Perception and Inspiration
  13. Mylene of Online Mommy's Corner
  14. Rona of Rona's home Blog
  15. Ae mi Lee of My Baby, My Star
If you are nominated, you’ve been awarded the Versatile Blogger award.
  • Thank the person who gave you this award. That’s common courtesy.
  • Include a link to their blog. That’s also common courtesy — if you can figure out how to do it.
  • Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly. ( I would add, pick blogs or bloggers that are excellent!)
  • Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award — you might include a link to this site.
  • Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

Thanks again for the award Cris.


Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Steifel Staples for My Sensitive Baby


Baby's First Oral Hygiene

Read a lot of tips about introducing oral hygiene to infants and one of those are gum massage using soft cotton cloth soaked in lukewarm water or transparent finger-brushes. Bought one but didn't get the chance to use it because I lost it on our "way" of moving back here - and I didn't go and grab one, I didn't use any soft cloth either. (Am I lazy or what?) But what I did? Clipped nails gently massaging his gums during bathtime. It worked well. No hassle. Just bite marks. lol

Kidding aside, I let him get use to the feeling of "toothbrushing" by gently massaging his mouth- inside cheeks, gums, front teeth and back. Did I jumped out on brushing his budding tooth just like that? No. Not yet. I let him watch me brush my own teeth. Even hubby shows him how to do it too. :)

And once we saw babe trying to eat his daddy's toothbrush... that's when we decided to buy him his first. For a year and a month old, I think it's the perfect time. He now have 6 little tiny milk teeth and still counting. :)

This is what we bought for him at Watsons.
Photos grab from IG: @gerilen (follow me!)
aquafresh milk teeth pasteAquafresh toothpaste Php73.00 for a 50ml milky concoction of 1000ppm fluoride protection.

It is especially design for infants 0 to 3 years old. Since he cannot spit yet, a smear on his toothbrush is just enough for once a day brushing every 3days. :) I personally decided to use this schedule because I don't want to overbrush his teeth - that is not good at all, it will destroy the enamel of his teeth that will lead to cracks then tooth decay or worse lost tooth - and I want him to have that longing - to find it exciting and fun to brush his teeth... hihi #talkaboutteasing! Of course, the latter is useless without this

Oral B baby toothbrush
Oral-B Stages 1 toothbrush  Php125.00 for 4-24months to e used for 3 to 4months

The bristles of this brush is especially designed for babies  to gently clean and massage babe's gum area, budding teeth and tender cheek walls. The back of the bristles is also soft and "cushioned" to avoid hitting and soaring the soft spots like budding tooth and hence avoiding swollen or bleeding gums.

As I said earlier, just a smear of toothpaste on his brush is enough - a smear. After so, I'll help him remove the bubbles and all that need to be spit out using my clean clipped index finger gently removing it from his mouth - we are still trying to teach him to spit it out. Why?

Although it is okay to swallow a little. Fluoride ingestion may have adverse health effects such as IQ deficit, weight gain and heart disease. Some research even show that excess fluoride intake may result to reduced motor skill performance and impaired intelligence, also it could cause discoloration of the teeth (Enamel Fluorosis) and become poison in the body (Fluoride Toxicity). These facts scared the sh*t out of me - maybe you will too but don't skip it either. After 6months of exclusive breastfeeding, I had to introduce "solid" on his diet - this is also the time teeth will come out so definitely, food leftover on mouth would produce acids that could dissolve the outer hard enamel, penetrates and cause decay.

Remember, right amount of fluoride can and will prevent cavity and can even "reverse" early stages of tooth decay and it can strengthen the "future" permanent teeth as well. So the key here is balance - and good estimate of the amount of smear you'll put on his toothbrush and the interval time you'll brush him. If you still have doubt, ask your pedia, dentist or healthcare provider. My pedia recommends a visit to the dentist after he reach his first year - and so far the dentist is giving me the thumbs up. Yay!

Have fun and make brushing teeth a quality time with your kiddo! ;) I try to enjoy his infant-hood as much as I can, 'cause he grows in every blink of my eye. #bittersweet

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Honey Lemon Concoction!

If you are following me on IG and/or Twitter then you already saw this:
What I do is, I squeeze a calamansi or a half teaspoon of "beaten" lemon on a saucer and mixed it with 1 and a half teaspoon of honey or sweet enough for babe to eat it. I give this mixture every night before going to bed or after his evening meal. Why? Well, to sooth his throat, lessening his urge to cough and avoiding vomiting due to his gag reflex.
Aside from this, 2 teaspoons of Honey and 2 teaspoons of fresh lemon juice could also be mixed with a cup of water (preferably hot or lukewarm for kids) just before bedtime or as a good morning cup!
Honey-lemon combo is also used as a thirst-quencher this humid rainy days here in the pacific and summa-time on the opposite side of the world.
Trick is, beat that lemon up - and beat it good! Mixed honey and lemon on a hot cup of water until the honey is completely dissolved. Then pour everything on a pitcher, add water, ice and mix again. ;)
Stay flu and cough free everyone!

Monday, July 1, 2013

BlueWaterDaySpa Search for Baby Model 2013: Jerson Clyde!

Hey everyone! Readers, BC Bloggers, friends and family, can I ask all of you a favor? Please help my baby - Jerson Clyde just by clicking the image below and liking it on Facebook?

The photo will send you on The Blue Water Day Spa Facebook Page Relax In Style and Make Your Baby A Star Batch 1 Photo Album. (You have to log on to Facebook to like the page).
Sharing his photo on your wall publicly won't hurt too. ^^

Criteria for Judging
Number of Likes: 25%
Creativity and Uniqueness of Photo: 25%
Management Decision: 50%

Your likes/shares/links/comments counts! :)

Thank you all so much! <3