Friday, September 25, 2009

What's Your Baby's Milk After Breastfeeding?

I stopped breastfeeding with my 2 babies after a month they were born due to my poor health condition. Now, the issue with what brand of milk they will need was decided by my babies' Pedias. Amber's milk was S-26 while Ariella is Enfalac A+. What I like with these 2 brands are their many listed nutrients indicated on the cans. However, for those mothers who are tight on budget, you may ask your Pedia what brands are best to fit your budget, and they will understand. The infant formula though is just a milk substitute since breastmilk is still best for babies.. :-)

Monday, September 21, 2009

Have You Heard of Prevenar?

Amber has finished her Prevenar, which was explained by her Pedia as a vaccine that prevents pneumococcal disease in children. And Ariella will get her 1st dose this October. However, it's quite costly but still availed for the sake of their health since pneumococcal infections are sometimes fatal medical conditions caused by the pneumo bug and responsible for causing diseases such as pneumonia, blood poisoning and meningitis. :-)

This information was given to us by the Pedias of my babies so I would like everyone to know what you've paid for :-)

Friday, September 18, 2009

The Benefits of Rotarix Vaccine

We skipped the Rotarix vaccine for Amber but we did not skip it with Ariella... This particular vaccine as explained by Ariella's Pedia Doctor Glenn Chua prevents children from diarrhea/vomiting. He gave us a leaflet which talks about Rotavirus. It was indicated on the leaflet that Rotavirus is a serious virus that is most common cause of severe dehydrating diarrhea in children worldwide. Of course I got scared, with our environment today, we can't be complacent, a rotavirus infection can seem like a normal upset stomach but could lead to vomiting or diarrhea more than 20 times a day and symptoms may last up to 9 days.

To all the mothers out there, these are the signs and symptoms of severe dehydration:

- Tiredness or Weakness

- Inability to Drink

- Deep Breathing

- No Tears When Crying

- And Cold Extremities (such as hands and feet)

Now, don't wait for this to happen to your baby, protect your baby and talk to your doctor about rotavirus and prevention... :-)

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Protect Your Newborn, I Protected Mine...

A single shot can protect your newborn... These were the words coming from Ariella's Pedia. He was referring to 6-in-1 combination vaccine. This vaccine covers 6 serious diseases:

- Hepatitis B
- Polio
- HiB Disease
- Tetanus
- Pertussis
- Diphtheria

For more information, I suggest you ask your Pediatrician about the benefits of the 6-in-1 Combination Vaccine today... :-)

Friday, September 11, 2009

What is BCG Vaccination?

Here's a simple definition of BCG Vaccination to all new and expectant Moms:

BCG stands for Bacillus Calmette-Guerin. This vaccine is usually given to newborn babies, so that they are protected very early in life against tuberculosis (TB). Only one dose of BCG vaccine is given at birth and it will normally leave a scar... :-)

Important Reminders for Mothers

Being a first time Mom for Amber was quite scary, babies as we all know are very delicate. So, I followed the reminders that Amber's Pedia, Dr. Mercy Po has written on Amber's baby book. I would like to share it with all the parents reading my blog since these are indeed very useful...

Motherhood is a wonderful experience. You must be very excited. Here are some helpful tips from someone who is foremost a mother above anything else.

- Feeding

Breastfeed your baby! It is the best milk you can offer.
Burp baby after every feeding.
Offer 1 to 3 oz. of sterile water daily (Sterilize water by boiling water for 15 to 30 minutes. Bottled water has to be boiled, too!).
Should your baby sleep while waiting for the burp, put your baby on the bed on his/her right side.

- Sun Exposure

Before bathing, between 6am to 8am, expose your baby under direct sunlight.
Remove all clothes, and spend 15minutes each for the front and back.

- Bathing

Check your baby's temperature.
Prepare all things you need for bathing as well as baby's clothes.
Use lukewarm water with mild/baby soap.
Liquid soap has to be diluted - 1 part soap + 2-3 parts of water.
Give a whole body bath and then wipe dry.

- Cord Care

Clean the cord with Hydrogen Peroxide, 10% (Agua Oxygenada).
Start from inside going out.
Do not be afraid, cord infection is more frightening.
Cord will fall off at 2 weeks of age.

- Sleeping

After bath, most babies will feed and go to sleep.
Newborns sleep most of the time and sleep-wake cycle can not be predicted yet.
They are awake for only a short time, when they are asleep, get some rest, too! We need a healthy Mommy to have a healthy baby.

- Others

Lotion, cologne, baby oil and powder are not recommended. These are irritating to newborn.
Talk to your baby... she/he can hear you.
Touch your baby... she/he can feel you.
Look at your baby, newborns are capable of visual fixation.
They respond to human face.

- What then is Abnormal?

Vomiting and diarrhea
Weak cry and poor suck
Decrease in activity
Excessive yellowish color of skin
Temperature below 36.5 degrees C
Temperature above 37.5 degrees C
Inconsolable crying

Hope these reminders helped you a LOT! :-)

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Save Your Baby From Mental Retardation...

When my first baby, Amber was born, we were advised by her Pedia to let Amber undergo Newborn Screening . Just like Ariella, the Newborn Screening result was negative. The tests performed were the following:

- Congenital Hypothyroidism

- Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia

- Galactosemia

- Phenylketonuria

- Glucose-6 Phosphate Dehydrogenase Deficiency.

The Newborn Screening was actually carried out in this address:

Philippine Newborn Screening Program
Newborn Screening Center Visayas
West Visayas State University Medical Center
Jaro, Iloilo City, Philippines

So to all parents out there, I recommend that you let your baby be screened :-) IT'S IMPORTANT! WHY? Please read below:

Because Newborn Screening is a simple procedure to find out if your baby has a congenital metabolic disorder that may lead to mental retardation or even death if left untreated... By doing newborn screening, metabolic disorders may be detected even before clinical signs and symptoms become present. And as a result of this, treatment can be given to prevent the consequences of untreated conditions... :-)

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Family Picture

This picture was taken last July at Orosia Food Park, Consolacion, Cebu with Daddy, Mommy, Amber and Ariella :-)

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Amber with Mommy

Mommy with Amber, bonding time :-)

More Shots of Amber Jewel

photos taken at parkmall, cebu.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Amber Jewel's candid shots

Amber's so many facet...

Daddy's eyes

Butchoy's eyes are quite chinky just like her daddy's eyes... She acts so cool when her daddy is around... :-)

bUtChOy (nickname i gave to ariella)

At her stage now, she's always salivating hehe... And she actually giggles already and talks nonsense, but i hear Ma-ma when she's irate haha..

Cute Pix of Ariella

Ariella's charming smile will make your day bright, she has that aura that will fill your heart with laughter... So cute!