Monday, November 2, 2009

Play dough for toddler

My toddler loves making shapes out of play dough and due to a very young age she is not using the same play dough you get from stores. I made her a dough safe enough to play, and here is how to make one.
Put 1 cup of water, 1 cup of plain flour, 2 tbsp of cream of tartar, ½ cup salt, 1 tbsp of cooking oil, and some food colouring or powder paint in a pan. Stir over a medium heat until this make into a dough. Cool, and store in plastic box in the fridge.
This is good for babies 18 months above.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Implanon on me

I got this contraceptive method since it is the easiest yet the most effective method of contraception. It is a small plastic implant injected by a nurse or a doctor underneath the skin which releases the hormone progesterone every month and said to last up to 3 years, a highly reliable contraception! I was reading through some of the websites about implanon side effects and I think I got most of it. After a year with this implanon, I got a prolonged period which lasted about 2 months, it only stopped when I was given pills to increase the progesterone hormone. I have also encountered breast tenderness, depressed mood, mood swings, sometimes dizziness, spots all over my arms and legs and most of all weight gain problem. It seems that I have most of the side effects and sometimes I am thinking of having it taken out. I have actually read a lot of forum in the Internet and some says having it out is very painful, so I am still thinking about it, whether I will or will not have it taken out.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

When do babies start eating?

This is a question always ask by first time parents like me, and these below are the answers usually given by relatives and health professionals. As far as I can remember, these were the advice given to me by a health visitor during the first few months she been visiting my baby.

The first 6 months babies only need breast milk or infant formula milk, but you can however try introducing solids, just a little amount every now and then if your baby shows interest of what you are eating. Most babies are ready to eat solids when they are 6 months old, as he or she now needs more than milk alone can provide, so you should continue with breast milk or formula milk to drink alongside.

These are signs that your baby is ready to eat solid foods:

1. When the baby shows interest of what you and your family are eating.
2. When the baby can sit up on her or his own or even if the baby need some support.
3. Wanting to chew and may have teeth.
4. Still hungry after a feed when you have increased his or her milk feed for a few days.

Always remember that all babies are different, some babies take solid food quickly, some takes longer; some are choosy, other like anything and everything. So don’t force your baby to eat when he or she is not ready yet.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Reducing the risk of cot death

I don’t know if you have heard about this SIDS but I have been informed by my health visitor that this does exists! Yes, some babies die suddenly with no apparent reason, and they call it cot death or sudden infant death syndrome. There are no exact findings why it happens and how, but there are precautions that would help reduce the risk of cot death and other danger such as:

1. Always put your baby to sleep on his or her back in a cot in a room with you, at least for the first 6 months.

2. You cut down smoking in pregnancy and fathers too.

3. Don’t let anyone smoke in the room with your baby.

4. Don’t let baby get too hot and don’t overheat the room. About 16 to 20 Celsius is the right temperature for your baby.

5. Keep your baby’s head uncovered in bed. Place your baby in feet to foot position.

6. If your baby is unwell, seek advice promptly.

7. Do not share bed with your baby, if you’re drinking alcohol, take drugs, or if you are a smoker.

Do remember that cot death is rare, so don’t let worrying about cot death spoil the first precious months with your baby. By following these things to do above, this will help reduce the risk of cot death.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Baby & toddlers books

These two books were presents given by Chloe’s Godparents, during their visit in our place last summer. The books were very educational as it will help in toddler’s language development. The first book title is Let’s say our numbers, it has pictures of different things and animals with corresponding numbers on it and pressing the buttons, it has a matching sound to the pictures. Same as the second book, title let’s talk. My little girl loves these books, and I would say she got a few words out of it now.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Baby Eczema

My daughter used to have face eczema; it started when she was 3 months until 12 months. I would say from 3 to 6 months these are the worst eczema flare up on her face, and it so frustrating because we don’t know what is making it trigger. Her doctor had given me a steroids cream for her face but she told me not to prolong the use of steroids because over time they can lead to thinning of the skin. The doctor only has advice me to use it on her face once a day, for 2 weeks and then stop using it. It did disappear, but once I stop using it, it came back again. So I came up of an idea to at least help lessen the eczema. We have notice is that when it is cold and damp, her eczema will flare up quickly, so we did turn the heating on even if it is summer, and I attach her mittens on her sleep suits and long sleeve shirts, to prevent her from scratching. Warm bath every night before bed and change her soap to dove moisturizing. It did work out great! Now that she is 20 months old, it has totally disappeared.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

baby hair loss

My baby was born with thick hair, then just weeks after, I have notice that she’s losing hair. By the time she gets to 3 months, she got bald. A bit worrying but the doctor told me, it is normal for babies to lose hair. Anyway the doctor was right, at exactly 6 months her hair grows back.

These are some good information from baby centre about baby hair loss:
Babies often lose their hair during the first few months, the reason for this is hormones – before birth, your baby had high levels of hormones in his body from you. After he was born, these levels started to drop; causing his hair to enter a resting state, which means it isn’t growing any more.

This resting hair will then fall out when your baby’s hair enters a new growth cycle, as new hair comes up underneath and pushes it out. Your baby’s hair may look patchy for a while, but new, stronger hair is gradually growing through.

Your baby may also have bald patches on his scalp from sleeping in the same position, or from rubbing his head against his mattress or car seat. Once he starts sitting up her hair will grow back.

There's nothing you can do about your baby’s hair loss, except let time pass until it grows back, but if your baby is still losing a lot of hair after 6 months, it is recommended that you should talk to a Doctor about it.