Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Fever - tips on tackling them

Children's fever has always been the number one headache for all parents. Imagine the increased in crying and fussiness your child exhibits. Here are few tips which i have acquired over the years, hope it helps:

My test subject: 3 year old daughter
  1. Sponging : Sponging really helps to cool your child down. Not only will they feel better, they will also join in the fun by sponging themselves. No requirement to buy a good sponge though, normal cloth will do. But do remember to prepare another set of clothes after sponging, you don't want them to catch a cold as well.
  2. Glucose drink: Does your child refuses to eat? Why not try glucose drink. I found out this tip the hard way when i brought my child down to the hospital, her fever was close to 40 degrees and she just refuses to eat anything or vomits whatever she had eaten. So the nurse made her a glucose drink, and guess what, she drank it all up. Apparently, it tasted sweet. Glucose drink can be bought at your local supermarkets, add a few scoops and top it up with water and thats it! If your child tend to be fussy, you can try those glucose with added flavours such as orange or blackcurrant. Colored water tend to attract the kids as well. Word of caution though, i would only give glucose as my last resort if my child simply refuses to eat or drink. I stll feel that milk formula or decent meals should be given instead. So parents, understand your situation before reacting.
  3. Cooling gel paste( for forehead): Whoever invented this is a god sent, i will always stock up on gel paste whenever i can. And 1 box will always be in the fridge to be ready for usage. My advice, buy 2 or boxes. You never know when you need it.
  4. Thermometer: Parents, please invest in a good thermometer. Preferably those that can tell the reading within seconds. Can you imagine the frustration when they are furiously fighting you from letting you take their temperature?! Technology has been advancing everyday and thermometers have improved drastically, so don't save money. Buy a good one!!
Disclaimer : All posts are based on blogger's experience and solely for informational purposes. 

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Instructions to parents on newborns

Well, it has been a hell of a week! Got this valuable information from the hospital when we checked out the ward. How i hoped that they were given to us before the baby was born, so that we can be prepared with whats gonna happen next. Haha, sometimes we have to learn the hard way...

Instructions to Parents
The following phenomena are normal in newborns:
1. Slight Jaundice
2. Skin dryness / Peeling
3. Red rashes on body
4. Watery Eyes
5. Hiccuping during or after feeds
6. Regurgitation and occasional vomiting after feeds
7. Mucus in the the regurgitate / vomits
8. Frequent stools
9. Stool colour - Yellow and or Green
10. Breast engorgement even in baby
11. Withdrawal bleed in vagina
12. Sneezing / occasional cough
13. Cord usually drops off at the end of the 2nd Week (See another post on what happen if the cord drops off earlier)

If your baby becomes ill at any time, you should bring him/her to your doctor. It is important if you see any of the following:
1. Vomiting (Not just spitting up)
2. Not sucking or nursing well or strongly several times in a row
3. More than 2 or 3 watery bowel movement in a day (After 2 weeks). Especially if not on breast feeding
4. Lack of normal activity or hard to wake up / lethargy
5. Temperature over 37.7 Degree Centigrade
6. Jaundice (After 3 weeks)
7. Bleeding, pus or very bad smell at the umbilical cord (Naval) or circumcision site
8. A lot more crying or a strange sounding cry
  • Anyone want to elaborate on this strange sounding cry? I for one have not encountered this before..
9. A cough that does not go away
10. An unusual or sever rash

 Hope these information helps when you are looking after your baby. But like i say said, these are purely informational. If in the event that you feel that your newborn is not developing right or showing signs of abnormal signs and symptoms, please do not hesitate to consult your doctor!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Understanding your baby, Priscilla Dunstan


I am sure that everyone of us have had our fustrations of not understanding what our baby actually wants. Now, here comes Priscilla Dunstan who have in a way managed to decipher baby languages. Attached is a video which strongly i urge all mummys and daddys to watch!

Pregnant Daddy is back! Armed with knowledge and thirsting to share!

Hello dearest bloggers! It has been a while since i last blog. 3 years and counting, my daughter have grown so much and she's now in her second year of nursery. There are so many things to share based on what i have learnt during my 3 years of tough training as a daddy. Alot of trials and error, but i am proud to say that i have survived it well. My lovely wife will be delivering our second child  around March this year and we have definitely prepared well this time for her arrival.  Attached is a checklist which i got from my gynae's advertising vendor, i added some more information based on the experience i had with my first child. Hope this helps! Do stay tuned for more posts, this time with more informative stuff for both 1st timers and experienced parents who are willing to share their experiences. See ya!


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