Doctor, Doctor, My Baby is Sick

It is difficult to be sure when your baby is truly sick, so never leave anything to chance. Call your doctor immediately, specially if your baby…

  • Cries more than usual (his crying sounds unusual or abnormal for more than an hour)
  • Seems abnormally quiet, drowsy, or listless
  • Refuses two successive feedings or does not demand to be fed  for 6 hours.
  • Seems particularly irritable or restless

Call for emergency help if your baby…

  • Throws up green vomit
  • Has a temperature over 102°F (39°C) and cries for more than half an hour
  • Vomits and cries uncontrollably as if in great pain
  • Is breathing very noisily or rapidly
  • Has a taut, bulging fontanelle when he is crying
  • Screams as if in pain and turns pale when he screams
  • Has bowel movements containing blood and mucus

Even if your baby has no definite symptoms, you can often tell he is getting sick by his whiny, clingy behavior. Children may become pale, lose their appetite, and may have irritable temper tantrums. Take symptoms seriously and consult your doctor at the first sign that your child is sick.


Care for a Family Member Who Has Had a Stroke

It was Thursday last week when my husband received a text message from my father-in-law’s neighbor. The neighbor said FIL is feeling dizzy and can’t stand by himself. So hubby went straight to FIL’s house and have him checked by his doctor and confined in the hospital for two days. According to the doctor, FIL had a Cerebellar stroke due to his high blood pressure and high sugar level.

*The cerebellum is located in the lower part of the brain, towards the back. It plays a role in body movement, eye movement, and balance. A cerebellar stroke occurs when the brain’s blood supply to the cerebellum is interrupted. Without oxygen and nutrients from blood, the brain tissue quickly dies. This results in the loss of certain functions and difficulty in walking because of problem with balance. The patient also experiences tremors and abnormal reflexes.

FIL and RJ

I remember the first time I met FIL. I wasn’t sure how to act around but when he smiled and shook my hand, I felt that he is a loving father. FIL is a joker and I am glad that hubby got the humor and everything else from him except for FIL’s being McGyver. Yes, FIL can fix everything from broken appliances to dripping roof. But now that he is having tremors, it would be hard for him to even shoot nuts in the bolts.

I don’t have any problem with my father-in-law. He is caring, compassionate and easy to be with. Now that he is down with stroke, it is my and hubby’s turn to repay his kindness by giving him the day-to-day attention that he needs…feeding, bathing, dressing, grooming. etc.

A person who had stroke suffers from many disabilities. This will change not only the life of the patient but the life of the whole family as well. The patient is going to have special needs not to mention the extra expenses that go along with it. But it is not the end of the world yet. There is life after stroke. Aside from the full medical attention, give the patient extra care and try to understand him/her the best way you can. Most of all…treat the person with the same dignity and respect you would want to be given to you.


Daily Nutrition Guide for Filipino Children

Proper nutrition for the babies and kids are necessary for their healthy growth and development. Giving the right food to children can help achieve their full potential. However, parents should know that their nutritional needs varies on their age, sex, height, weight and level of activity.

The source of children’s strengths are fats, carbohydrates and proteins. Included in the foods that make up a balance diet are meat, fish, vegetables and milk. Adequate amount of nutrients is important to expedite proper growth of children.

It is also important to give the active children enough water. For infants aged four to six months, the breast milk is sufficient. But starting six months or older, children need four to six glasses of water a day.

To guide the parents about proper nutrition and to ensure the health of their children, the daily nutrition guide or food pyramid was formed.

Based on research, instilling to children the right eating habits is important because diseases of the elderly are rooted in their health when they were young. Heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes are examples of diseases resulting from unbalanced diet.

Preventing Child Accidents in Your Home

The home is our safe haven, but it is also the place where accidents are most likely to occur. According to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, millions of children are accidentally injured and thousands are killed every year (in US alone).

from Google Images

You should be aware of the dangers in your home. Though you can teach your child to behave well, it is however useless to detail the “do’s and don’ts” in your home as your baby and toddler’s young mind cannot absorb them yet. As parent, it is your responsibility to carefully child-proof your home to prevent child accidents. If you will take your baby’s eye view of your home, child-proofing your home could be overwhelming. So here are the list of the most important things to do.

  • Keep matches/lighters, candles, portable heaters, kettles, airpots away from children. Open fires must be well-guarded.
  • Keep small objects like marbles, pins, buttons, etc., inside a tightly sealed container or drawer.
  • Don’t keep knives and sharp tools in lower drawers.
  • Medicines, cleansers, detergents and other chemicals must be stored in safe place where children can’t see and reach them.
  • Big appliances like television must be fixed on a stand or well-mounted on the wall. Appliances with blades like fans must be out of reach of children. Use ceiling fan, something like casablanca ceiling fan, as much as possible.
  • Electrical sockets must be covered when not in use.
  • Furniture with pointed corners must be covered with bumpers.
  • Bolt shelves and cabinets on the wall as much as possible.
  • Rooms with glass walls or dividers must be properly lit to avoid bumps.
  • Avoid using long curtains and window blinds with cords.
  • Always keep the house doors, cabinet and closet doors closed.
  • Stairs must have safety gates.
  • Playpens and cribs must be away from the windows.
  • Post emergency numbers near your telephone.

Bridging Generation Gap

♫♪♫  So get out, get out, get out of my head
And fall into my arms instead
I don’t, I don’t, don’t know what it is
But I need that one thing  ♪♫♪

Yes, it’s a song from One Direction…the song that I hear everyday. One Direction is a British-Iris boy band that I didn’t know exists if not for RJ. This boy band is RJ’s favorite. I don’t like them but I can nearly memorize their best-known songs because RJ is playing them everyday, over and over.

I suddenly saw my self to RJ. I was madly, deeply in-love with Menudo, the Puerto Rican boy band in the 80’s. I don’t like one direction  (may be because of my age) but I am curious if RJ would like Menudo so I showed her this video…


RJ said Menudo is very unfashionable. What else would I expect? The video was shot in the 80’s…acid washed jeans, shoulder pads, teased hair, etc.

RJ and I have a very big generation gap but it is not a big problem for us because we understand each other. I am trying to be flexible and let her enjoy the present generation while guiding her.