Why my Heart Broke During her First Blood Test

This little hand. It was this little hand they stuck the needle in. It was a needle removed from a standard syringe and then stuck at the back of her hand. When she was four and a half months old, she had a fever. I took her to the paediatrician and a dengue antigen test… Continue reading Why my Heart Broke During her First Blood Test

A Flu, a Rash, Consultations, Medication and Solo Parenting my way through it all!

The past two weeks have quite honestly been hell. First I caught the flu, again. Then, she caught the flu from me. Her fever was over 101 and a dengue antigen test was recommended by her pead. Thank god it was negative. But the process of drawing blood, drop by drop, with a needle stuck… Continue reading A Flu, a Rash, Consultations, Medication and Solo Parenting my way through it all!

The Dangers of using Baby Powder

For baby nappy rash, heat rash and intertrigo*, a lot of Sri Lankan parents look to baby powders for prevention and healing. But I would seriously warn against its use. Baby powder can cause breathing trouble, respiratory illnesses and serious lung damage, once babies inhale its particles. Premature babies and those with a history of… Continue reading The Dangers of using Baby Powder

Help! It’s the Drool.

It started at 2.7 weeks. Drool. Constant drool dripping down her chin onto her neck and chest. A week later, we had a saliva rash on our hands. I was constantly wiping saliva off her face and cursing all baby rashes to the depths of hell. I mean how many did I have to deal… Continue reading Help! It’s the Drool.

Severe Dry Skin is worrying me sick…

At her last doctor’s visit, Ahalya's pediatrician told me that she had severe dry skin. At the time, the heat was unbearable and this probably attributed to it. I was also using the Johnson's baby lotion which really didn't do much. But I was also under the impression that creams and ointments were bad for… Continue reading Severe Dry Skin is worrying me sick…

Water Intoxication in Infants

Every time my baby hiccups or seems thirsty, the usual suggestion from anyone (including family member or complete stranger) is to give her some water. And even though I insist that her pediatrician has advised against it, I am told that it has been practiced for many decades by so many that there really is… Continue reading Water Intoxication in Infants

Sweat-induced Fungal Infections

It started around a month ago, when she was about 1.5 months old. She got a rash in the folds of her neck. I thought it was because of milk dribbling there but then she also got it on her armpits too. I knew it was because of the accumulation of sweat due to the… Continue reading Sweat-induced Fungal Infections

Passing Urine; when to freak out!

This is Ahali's pee nappy bucket, which I didn't care for much before (it's the bucket that carries Ahalya's pee nappies). That was until last Friday, when she was just above two months old. Last Friday, my little one didn't pass urine from 3pm or so onwards until around 10pm. By the time it was… Continue reading Passing Urine; when to freak out!

Nasal Congestion vs. Colic

During a terrible week just recently, my baby was crying for hours, fussing at the breast and refusing to be kept down. I had to carry her and rock her in my tired arms constantly to comfort her. Everyone I spoke to told me it was colic, others suspected a growth spurt. I was asked… Continue reading Nasal Congestion vs. Colic