Is He Drinking Enough?

The pediatrician of Toby has requested another routine urinalysis to be done after seeing the initial first 2 results from the past 2 months. She said that we should give Toby more fluids and hopefully, the results of this 3rd urinalysis would be better. We are going for the 3rd urinalysis on the weekend, hope it shows better results.

Toby drinks water, but not so much. I have to use the spoon to feed him water to make sure he is drinking it. I know he is drinking far too less water. I am afraid that he might be dehydrated. When he was a baby, this was also a problem for him. He is really quite prone to dehydration.

I have been researching the Internet to see what is the required water intake for toddlers and this is what I found…infants ages birth to two years (6 to 26 pounds), should have three to six cups of water per day. Children age’s two to 12 years (26 to 100 pounds), should have four to eight cups of water per day. (taken from Water, Fluids & Hydration)

That is more than what I have been giving him… so I really have to increase his water intake. I also realized that toddlers normally don’t ask for water even if they are already thirsty. I read in one article that when your older child asks for a glass of water, make sure you give your toddler one too. Or if you are thirsty, give your child a cup too. Another way to make sure he increases his water intake is by offering him a cup every hour or so.

I also realized that I should check the urine color. His urine color has been quite dark recently. It has been mentioned several times on articles I read that when the child goes to the bathroom, his/her urine should be light yellow or colorless and odorless, unless it is the first urine after getting up in morning.


The other night, Toby suddenly had a nosebleed. It was quite a lot too. We were so surprised. What we did was to slightly tilt his head and wipe the blood off. We got an icepack and put it on his head. It was a scary sight but as I did a research, nosebleeds are common in children.

Here are some tips I got from this site. If your kid has a nosebleed:
– Make the kid sit down and slightly tilt head up.
– Make sure that the kid will not lie down because blood might run down the throat.
– Pinch the lower soft part of the nose. The pressure on the nose should be steady at least for 10 minutes.

Mommy Moments – Doctor, Doctor Am I Sick?

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Hello everyone! This week’s mommy moments theme was suggested by Beth. Thanks!!

As moms, we all have our share of experiences with doctors and hospitals. Of my two kids, only my son has been hospitalized when he was only 6 days old. He was diagnosed with breastfeeding jaundice after 5 days of stay in the hospital. His pedia was concerned why at 6 days, he was still yellowish so she had him confined… anyway, it was a quite memorable for us since we almost lost our baby. On our last night, the nurses were giving him his last dose of medication thru the IV when our baby suddenly stiffened and was giving out a different cry… I was so alarmed that we saw his body turning blue and when the doctor and nurses came in, they immediately stopped the IV and he returned to normal. We were really so happy that nothing happened to Toby. We didnt know whether it was the nurse giving him a wrong dosage or wrong medicine since he was already receiving the same medication before… I dont recall why we didnt pursue with what happened that night… we were so relieved that he was okay and we checked out the next day… I didnt have any pictures taken during that time. I was really tired since I just gave birth roughly a week before all these happened and staying in the hospital with Toby was tiring too.

Anyway, I have other moments, I would like to share. Here is a picture of my son when he was having severe cough and had to use the nebulizer…

And here are some of the recent pictures taken when we went visit the pedia for their flu vaccine last week. These pics were taken while taking their height… they were still smiling before they got their shot…

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My Valentine’s Day

I am spending my Valentine’s day here at home with the kids. Hubby is out on a meeting with church leaders. My baby boy is sick! Since last night, he has been a bit warmer and couldn’t sleep straight. This morning, I could tell he is sick, because he is not his usual bubbly self. He always wants to be cuddled and is still a bit warm. His body temp is slightly higher than his usual. Hope its not something serious.

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Eye Discharge

For the past few days, Toby has colds and cough. He also has some eye discharge especially early in the morning. We have noticed that whenever Toby has some colds and cough, he would also have some eye discharge for a couple of days. It really gets me worried but eventually, as he gets better, the discharge also goes away. So, I am observing and waiting for his colds and cough to get better and see whether the discharge will also go away.

Here are some more information I want to share with you. Its taken from Home Treatment from Pinkeye and Eye Discharge.

In older children, conjunctivitis often accompanies a viral cold. Eye discharge of a viral origin is usually mild and not as thick as in more severe bacterial infections.

Eye discharge in bacterial infections is usually very heavy and thick, and the pus forms a heavy crust. Children often wake up in the morning with their eye glued shut. A lot of discharge can run from the eye as well.

Bacterial infections require a visit to the doctor and some prescription eyedrops.

Viral infections related to a cold or flu will clear up by themselves in time.

In all the cases, a safe and practical home supplemental treatment suitable for babies, children, and adults, is available in the form of chamomile solution. Chamomile is a well known herb, widely used in Europe for its anti-inflammatory effect.

You can make your own solution simply by steeping an organic chamomile tea bag for 15 minutes. Simply pour some boling water over the tea bag, cover, and let it sit for 15 minutes. Always let it cool down to luke warm temperature before applying to the eyes. Use a clean cotton ball or a cotton cleansing pad, soak it in the luke warm liquid and gently wipe the infected eye. Never use the same cotton ball or pad on both eyes. Discard after one wipe. Don’t double dip. Repeat with a new ball or pad at least three times at a time, or until you get most of the discharge off. Repeat 3 or 4 times a day or as needed.

The luke warm temperature of the chamomile solution helps to wipe the discharge away more easily than a cold solution would.