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Treating Cock Eyes

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Treating Cock Eyes

My girl has cock eyes. It's like a nightmare. She's my little princess, my precious girl, why did this happen? Pediatricians weren't so sure before her 1st birthday, they kept saying "let's wait and see". My boy Brayden has a little cock eye problem too. One of his eye seems to be off center. But it's not so frequent and as he grows up, it goes off too.

But my girl wasn't as lucky as her brother. Both of her eyes seem off center. All the time. It was when the Daycare principal sound me out, shortly after she joined the Daycare upon her 2nd birthday. The principal urged me to bring Charlotte to an eye specialist as she's always knocking and bumping into things. Her words serve as the final straw, for me to do something. And it turns out that, she needs an outpatient surgery to correct her eyes' muscle. The surgery went smoothly, and she fully recovered after a week of red eyes and tears.

It's tough to accept the fact that there's something wrong with your kids, but be brave and face it. It's better and easier to correct the problem early in life, and the best part is, they won't remember much either.

For I will restore health to you, and your wounds I will heal, declares the LORD. Jeremiah 30:17

Just attended an alfresco backyard wedding with my 3yo girl Charlotte, here's what we did: took lots of selfies like BFF, ate delicious cupcakes, enjoyed Hawaii dances performed by the bride and her guests, and played with firework sticks!! Congratulation Cyndi and Chris!!

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看医生

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看医生

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对在狮城长大的我来说,看医生这码事是家常便饭。身体有任何一点状况,第一时间便会向诊所报道,更不用说对如心肝宝贝的宝宝们,几乎每月都会拜访儿科医生 或医院急症室。老大五个月大时,还因普通的发烧呕吐而住院,但住院时不仅没吐,烧也在隔天退了,最后诊断出“住院观察无大恙”而出院,就这样莫名其妙地住 了两天的A级单人冷气病房。我想大多数的狮城父母也抱着同样的“怕死”心态吧,所以儿科诊所与急症室总是挤满了人,多数都是小病,哪怕要等上数小时也毫不 动摇。
到了美国后,特别是换季时,发烧咳嗽感冒、上吐下泻是常有的事。开始时,儿科医生还很有耐性地向我解释幼儿得到这种小病无需看医生打针或吃抗生素,发烧了 就吃退烧药,上吐下泻就多喝水,吃“BRAT diet”(Bread香蕉、Rice米、Apple Sauce苹果泥、Toast面包),三天后一定好。所以医生通常不开药,而一般的幼儿发烧咳嗽感冒药都可在超市或药局买得到。
但在狮城培养多年的“怕死”精神哪能这么快戒掉,不多久又为了小病,半哄半骗地把孩子拉到诊所。最后还是在儿科医生责备的语气下点醒了我:幼儿得小病无须大惊小怪,先自治与控制饮食,若不见效才看医生也不迟。我的“怕死”心态这才在浩瀚的文化冲击下,不得不收敛了,哈哈。

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Bathing Premature Baby

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Bathing Premature Baby

Premature babies are so fragile and delicate, especially with the sight of their reddish pink skin tone and tiny fingers and toes, so when should you start to tub bath your preemie? Our set of triplet preemies never cry during bath time and they enjoy it a lot. Read on for the tips on Happy Bath Time for Preemies!

For full term delivered baby, the standard practice is to start after their belly button heals or the umbilical cord stump falls off. Till then, sponge bath baby everyday (Singapore context). We started on the 3 week after birth, or 1 week after the umbilical cord stump falls off. We make sure that they’re comfortable with sponge bath at a fixed timing per day (preferably before their “bed time”, around 7-8pm) before we progress to tub bath. For a step by step guide on sponge bath, watch the video below.

Our babies never cry during tub bath as we use a *special method and suitable bath tub. Beside changing outfits and comb, here are the basic 5 items you need for a happy bath time:

WASH CLOTH

WASH CLOTH

TOWEL

TOWEL

BABY HAIR AND BODY WASH

BABY HAIR AND BODY WASH

BATH TUB WITH UPLIFTING FABRIC OR SPONGE SUPPORT

BATH TUB WITH UPLIFTING FABRIC OR SPONGE SUPPORT

*SPECIAL METHOD ITEM: DIAPER CLOTH

*SPECIAL METHOD ITEM: DIAPER CLOTH

TIMING

While most articles advise to proceed with bathing slowly with slow encouraging praises, alas preemies are very sensitive to change of environmental factors, such as temperature, water etc. So we prefer to do it gently and promptly… so fast, each baby took us barely 5 min. You can always increase the bath time and add in rubber ducky when babies are bigger (can sit up during bath) or more accustomed to bathing.

LOCATION

We prefer to bath in the bathroom by placing the bath tub on the floor and both of us sit by the side on small stools. Since it’s gonna get wet, where else will be a better place than the bath room? And to prevent accident from happening (drop of baby), placing the bath tub on the floor is the safest.

FREQUENCY

For the initial 3 months, we practice tub bath every alternate day, while for the days in between, with sponge bath.


STEPS

  • Pour 1 inch of warm water into the tub, test the water with your hand and make sure it’s not too hot nor cold.
  • Promptly unwrap the baby on a flat soft surface (e.g. in the cot or on the diaper changing top), telling the baby you’re gonna give him/her a bath.
  • Wrap the baby from the neck to toe with *diaper cloth (special method!), this will help the baby to feel secure and not distress when naked and placed into the water.
  • Place the baby gently on the fabric/sponge support in the bath tub, and with the angle of this support, thefeet will naturally touch the water first (still wrapped), thus accustomed the baby to water.
  • Start by wiping the face with damp cloth.
  • Wet the hair and massage gently in circular motion with baby wash (a drop or coin size). Be careful not to wet his/her face too much (especially eyes).
  • Wipe off the baby wash with the wash cloth.
  • Wet baby’s body (still wrapped) and gently unwrapped. Apply baby wash and cleanse gently from neck down, especially along the folds. Finish off with the diaper area.
  • Wipe off the baby wash with the wash cloth from neck down and lastly the diaper area.
  • Place the towel on your chest, bend near the bath tub and lay baby gently on your chest, with the diaper cloth wrap left in the water. Quickly wrap the baby up with this towel and move the baby to the outfit changing station (e.g. in the cot or on the diaper changing top).
  • Lay the baby on the changing station. Wipe dry with the same wrapping towel before changing into outfit. Remember to wipe the hair dry.You may apply moisturizing lotion if baby has dry skin, otherwise it is not necessary.
  • While dressing the baby, always keep the undress area covered (e.g. when you’re dressing the top, keep the bottom covered).
  • Lastly, give baby a nice combed hair…AND YOU ARE DONE, LESS THAN 5 MIN.

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