Fever in Babies

One of the symptoms the parents scare most is fever in babies. The scariest is when that fever is high or the baby is only a few weeks old.

Fever isn’t an illness, it’s considered a symptom of one. Fever usually indicates that the body is fighting an illness and the immune system is functioning. Causes of fever in babies include:

  • Picked up cold
  • Viral infection
  • Reaction to a vaccination
  • Overheated by overdressed
  • Spending too much time outside on a hot day

And here are the signs when your baby is in fever:

  • Warm forehead
  • Crankier and fussier than usual
  • Poor sleeping
  • Poor eating
  • Less active
  • Convulsions or seizures

When your baby is showing the few signs above, it is the best that the parents take the baby’s temperature to confirm the symptom. There are few ways to measure a baby’s temperature, such as via the rectum (rectally), mouth (orally), ear, underarm (axillary) or at the temples. Rectal temperature readings are the most accurate, and can be the easiest to take in infant. Typically, babies can’t hold an oral thermometer in place, and the reading of an ear, temporal, or underarm thermometer are not as accurate.

A baby’s normal temperature inside your baby’s body is usually around 37 degree Celsius. Your baby has a mild fever if the temperature is higher than 38 degree Celsius. A high fever usually means more than 39 degree Celsius.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends only using digital thermometers in children. Mercury thermometers should not be used because there is a risk of mercury exposure and poisoning if they break.

You may want to consider some of our recommended thermometers:

Little Bean Digital Thermometer


1 second fast responsive with high accuracy. it has beeper function, 10 group memory recording and auto shut-off in 1 minute after no use. Operated by 2 AAA alkaline batteries that last for approximately 4,000 tunes of readings.

Obebe Baby Flexible Tip Digital Thermometer


Comes in 4 attractive cute animal designs – Duck, Cow, Owl and Penguin. The flexible tip makes temperature measurement easier. With standard 30 seconds reading, this thermometer is waterproof. It also has beeper, fever alarm and memory of the last measurement.

Bremed Multifunction Infra Red Thermometer (Ear & Scanning)


It is designed with convenience in mind: lightweight, compact and soft touch material for easy grip. It products instant measurement (about 1 second) and comes with professional accuracy. It has 2 functions; ear and scanning. In scanning mode, it can also measure baby bottle temperature (operating from 0 to 100 degree Celsius). Comes with LCD backlight, selectable Celsius or Fahrenheit mode, 8 memories storage, auto shut-off and fever alarm.

Rycom Non Contact Infrared Thermometer


High accuracy and fast response within 1 second. Non-contact readings will not disturb a sleeping baby. Non-contact infrared technology reads from forehead with no physical contact. It records up to 32 previous readings. Uses 2 AAA alkaline batteries with auto power off feature.

If you are concerned about your baby’s fever, call your health care provider for advice and reassurance.


10 Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Baby

Do you have a newborn, or even a toddler or older children at home and you have no babysitter around to take care of them so that you can have a date night with your partner at a romantic restaurant for a candle light dinner? Let’s be honest. It just goes without saying that you’re so exhausted that a date night seems out of reach. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t set aside some one-on-one time with your partner on this special day which is only once in a year! Here we have 10 stay-at-home date night ideas that are perfect for Valentine’s Day.

1. A Romantic Dinner


A simple homemade romantic meal is easy to manage, most suitable for parents with a newborn or toddler. Your partner or you can handle the baby duty, while the other can spend some time in the kitchen and whip up a romantic meal for you both to enjoy. Once the meal is ready, pack your little one into bed, sit down, eat, talk (NOT about your baby), listen to soft music and relax.

2. A Special Breakfast


We know babies may not sleep through dinner, hence you may want a special breakfast; enjoy a home-cooked breakfast like heart-shaped eggs or toast or pancakes. Here’s some Valentine’s Day breakfast ideas for your reference.

3. Movie Night
Everything is fun when we're together
Rear view shot of a young couple watching TV together

Having a movie at the end of a long day is a great way to relax and it feels much better than having to head out to the cinema, worrying about how your kids doing at home. Find a romantic love story, prepare some snacks and cuddle around with your partner on a couch. Or if the entire family is watching, enjoy a kid-friendly love story, like Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast etc.

4. Love Letters
Envelope with love letter and dried rose on rustic wooden table background
Envelope with love letter and dried rose on rustic wooden table background

Put aside your electronic devices, grab a piece of paper and a pen, and start writing. Don’t worry about your handwriting as nothing could be more romantic to tell your partner how you feel about him/her than a love letter you wrote with your own hand. It’ll be even better if you and your partner exchange a love letter, and do this every year on the Valentine’s Day.

5. Make Something Together


It can be fun doing or making something together with your partner on this special day. It can be cake baking, decorating a love corner in the house (here’s a sample you can refer to), making soaps, candles and many more. If your kids are old enough, involve them too in a Valentine’s craft project.

6. Have Friends Over


It sounds more romantic to have time for just you and your partner, but you may be surprised of how refreshed you’ll feel after spending some time with other adults vs just your newborn and partner. Just sit around and chat over a simple dinner. Oh ya… remember DO NOT talk endlessly about the baby. It’s tempting but you may bore your pals who aren’t parents yet.

7. Play Games


Keep those kind of games later! What we are saying here are games like Scrabble, chess, UNO cards or even break into your kids’ board games, or yes, the PS4! Research shows a healthy dose of competition can keep couples happy. You can have some snacks to accompany the game match too.

8. Enjoy Your Music

Couple Listening To MP3 Player On Headphones Relaxing Laying On Rug At Home

How many of you who already forgotten about your own music and stick to lullabies, nursery rhymes and silly kids music? Please raise your hands. Well, you may not be able to sneak away to a concert, but you still can enjoy your favourite music right at home. Enjoying your own music again may be so awesome – dance to music, sing along with your partner while laying in bed and more.

9. Give A Gift


You have probably been falling in love with your partner all over again since your baby arrived; she is now in a brand new, motherly nurturing role while he is being so kind in helping to look after the baby so that she can have a minute to herself. Chances are, however, that either of you are so busy with the baby, you are not getting that connection time with you partner like you used to. A gift doesn’t have to be big, nor expensive. It just has to remind your partner that you love him/her dearly.

10. Get Physical


Many new parents actually neglected their sex lives – energies all goes to the newborn and are always exhausted towards the end of the day. It is absolutely normal for newer parents to be nervous about sex, but it’s not OK if it goes to, “Let’s not touch at all.” A couple who doesn’t get physical is usually not happy and won’t stick together long. Give each other massages, take a bubble bath together, cuddle and tell each other how much you love him/her. And there goes the night… If you need protection, we do have here.

What about you? Share with us your way of celebrating Valentine’s Day this year.

9 Child-Proofing Checklist to Follow

On average, babies start to crawl at 8 months and many are even earlier. A crawling baby will soon start pulling up too. Counters, drawers or other surfaces are no longer out of reach. When it comes to baby-proofing, what you’ll need will depend on the particular features of your home. However, some items are nearly universal and here we compiled a list for you.

1. Make baths safe


2. Protect little hands


3. Prevent toilet trouble


  • Install a toilet-seat lock to prevent drowning.
4. Take care of your furniture


  • Soften the sharp edges of your coffee table with corner cushions.
  • Secure furniture that can topple (bookcases, chests of drawers) to the walls with furniture straps.
  • Anchor flat-screen TVs with safety straps so they can’t fall on your baby.
5. Avoid electrocution accidents


6. Preventing falls


  • Use window guards, window stops, and safety netting on windows, decks, and landings.
  • Block openings wider than 4 inches on railings with plastic garden fencing, Plexiglas, or other material.
7. Keep drawers shut


  • Put locks or latches on accessible cabinets and drawers that contain unsafe items.
8. Gate off stairs and problem areas


  • Install safety gates at the top and bottom of every stairway to prevent your child from taking a tumble on the steps.
  • Control access to unsafe areas with safety gates, door locks, and knob covers.
9. Kitchen safety

Child playing with electric oven.

  • Secure oven door with an appliance latch.
  • Use stove guard that blocks access to burners.
  • Secure refrigerator with appliance latch.

7 Must Know Tips to Prevent Hair Loss After Delivery

Many new moms are surprised to find themselves losing more hair than usual in the first few months after giving birth, but that’s normal. Don’t be panic, you’re not going bald. This is a temporary phase. Patience is the key to dealing with this because the condition will back to normal after about 6 to 12 months after you give birth.

So here’s what’s going on. Normally, an average woman sheds about 100 hairs a day. During pregnancy, the increase levels of estrogen stimulates hair growth while keeping hair loss to a minimum. Hence you have thicker, more luxuriant tresses.

After delivery, the estrogen levels drop back down to normal and this leads to rapid hair fall. This usually starts the third or fourth postpartum and ends by six months, says Joanne Stone, MD, an ob-gyn at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City and coauthor of Pregnancy for Dummies (John Wiley & Sons). But some women claim that it last for about a year.

By the way, not all women notice dramatic changes in their hair during pregnancy or the postpartum period. Among those who do, it tends to be more obvious among women with longer hair. The sudden contrast from pre to post-delivery can really affect confidence and self-esteem.

Here are 6 ways that can help you in minimizing hair fall after pregnancy:

1. Live life healthy


It is essential that you eat hearty meals. Try monitoring your diet for protein, iron, flavonoids and antioxidants.

2. Start taking supplements


While you wait for your hormone levels and hair growth back to normal, you can try supplements like vitamins B, C, E and zinc. There is also some evidence that taking biotin in oral form can help with hair loss.

3. Avoid using shampoo too often


It is the best that you avoid using shampoo too often than you need to and choose a mild, nourishing shampoo when you do shampoo.

4. Always use a wide-toothed comb


This type of comb helps detangle your hair gently without causing any damage.

5. Pick the right hairstyle


To minimize hair loss, it is important that you pick a hairstyle that causes minimal stress and damage on your tresses. Tight hairstyles and elastic bands are a NO-NO! Or you can try a new haircut that makes it look fuller.

6. Avoid chemical treatments to your hair


It is best that you stay clear of procedures and treatments like highlighting, perming and straightening. This means, you should avoid curling and flat irons as well as blow dryers.

7. Avoid stress

Mother's love

Being under stress can increase hair fall. Be patient and not panic. But it also important to consult a doctor if your gut tells you that the hair loss is a bit excessive. It could be a symptom of a bigger problem.

A note to new moms with long hair:
Strands of hair can end up tightly wrapped around your baby’s tiny fingers, toes, wrists, ankles and penis and it can be quite painful for your little one. If you find him/her crying for no apparent reason, check carefully for tight bands of hair.