Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Birth is not only about making babies. Birth is about making mothers; strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and know their inner strength.”
- Barbara Katz Rothman


I’m currently feeling a bit under the weather; runny nose and constant sneezing is so not cool. My baby too, is suffering from blocked nose. We’re a couple of mother-son virus bergerak, so stay away from us. But bayi sakit is heart wrenching, no? Mothers would all go, oh Tuhan, sembuhkanlah anakku, biar aku yang sakitpun tak apa. Because they’re helpless little creature; nak hembus hinguspun tak pandai, how kesian.


As a note to new mommies, here's what I think are the must have items in your First Aid Kit:

(1) Digital ear thermometer. This is especially important if your child is below the age of 2. Temp should always be monitored. 38.5 and above is high. Mine is the type that would go ‘beep, beep’ with red lights if the temperature is beyond normal. Real scary. Ngeh.

(2) NoseFrida the snot sucker; as the name suggests, ia adalah untuk menyedut hingus. Our parents dulu sedut direct guna mulut OK! Tabik. But innovation is made untuk mudahkan kehidupan and this one certainly does, although you’d have to master kemahiran bersilat mengepit anak sambil menyedut. Aah you’re all supermoms, apa ada hal?

(3) Koyok KoolFever for babies. Babies will have no choice but to redha when you tampal this koyok on their dahi but toddlers, haha toddlers will surely tarik once you put it. Hence, my tips? Well, I’ve got none. Except maybe, try pakaikan bila dah lena. It helps to kurangkan the temp.

(4) Vicks Baby Balsam. Be sure to get the one for babies, they come in pink penutup. According to this one doctor I know, the normal one is not suitable for baby’s skin. I don’t know if this is true or just a penipuan kapitalisme because this one is priced slightly higher at RM12. Gah!

(5) The kembung perut med combo; minyak Yuyi Cap Limau and gripe water! My baby, like most breastfed babies, rarely had kembung perut problem but I make sure I have these two, just in case. When Hadi was smaller, if all else failed, I’d feed him the gripe water and it always worked like a charm. Jangan selalu though. Manis.

(6) An oral syringe, for administering medicines, to ensure the dosage is accurate. Senang gila guna syringe but you can also opt to use dropper. Most clinic will provide this together with the medicines but keep spare at home, just in case. I give gripe water guna syringe juga. Easier.

(7) Diaper rash cream! This is especially for newborn, sebab they have sensitive skin. I’d like to recommend the one that my family has been using for years, Drapolene. But the Earth Mama Baby Angel bottom balm is just as good if not better. Well it is better actually, sebab boleh guna for other skin problems and insect bites as well.

(8) And the ultimate must have, is *drum roll* UBAT BON BON! This ubat demam is inserted through the baby’s bon bon (oh don’t be scared, mommies, sangat mudah to administer) and can beli from farmasi and kaunter klinik. Immediately kurangkan temperature bayi, a real lifesaver!

That’s all I can think of for now. I’m no expert hence my tips/opinion above are entirely from my reading, experience and knowledge sharing with fellow mommies on Twitter. Feel free to disagree and let me know if you have any other tips to share :)

Oh here’s another tips: When your baby reaches the magic age of ONE, HONEY is the best natural remedy for flu, sore throat and what not. Oh so yummy too!


10 comments:

Lin Ghazale said...

I have all except Vicks Baby. Do all pharmacies sell them? AND honey. Thanks!

Marliza Radzi said...

Yes, all pharmacies ada rasanya :D

Farah said...

My hubby sedut hingus Adrian dulu hehe

Anyway klu block nose, kitaorg guna Vicks vaporizer. It's a wonder! Tak tau la msia Ada jual ke tAk. Tapi so far bile guna memang Adrian senang nak breath & tido most importantly

Marliza Radzi said...

Farah: Ada dan ada juga dalam kotak kesihatan bayi. Hehe.

thehealthinspector: said...

i usually tampal koolfever at the back sbb adam sure will cabut. sometimes i tampal both at the back n forehead. esp if temp too high.
also i use krim gamat for insect bites and nappy rash. which is good for jerawat n what not also. tp hanya jumpa di langkawi. melaka takdak.
but ubat bon bon mmg lifesaver. simply because it sure gets to the baby and faster action/ absorption. kalau ubat biasa tak tau berapa byk yg masuk perut sbb separuh pasti disembur keluar :p

Marliza Radzi said...

Kan! Ubat makan ada yang terkeluarlah apa, dosage jadi tak betul. Mama Adam doktor, tak acilah. Hehe.

lyeza said...

am: vicks yg biasa tu ade ingredient yg x sesuai utk bdak bwh 2 thn.... aku pernah bace kt mane ntah.....

Marliza Radzi said...

Rom: Yep ada relative aku, a doctor, kata tak sesuai untuk babies skin sebenarnya.

lyeza said...

ade gak yg ckp CHAMPOR tu blh sbbkan radang paru2.....

Brunohpyn said...

i usually tampal koolfever at the back sbb adam sure will cabut. sometimes i tampal both at the back n forehead. esp if temp too high. also i use krim gamat for insect bites and nappy rash. which is good for jerawat n what not also. tp hanya jumpa di langkawi. melaka takdak. but ubat bon bon mmg lifesaver. simply because it sure gets to the baby and faster action/ absorption. kalau ubat biasa tak tau berapa byk yg masuk perut sbb separuh pasti disembur keluar :p