A health freak mom's thoughts on health and all things healthy

Month: June 2009

Health Benefits Of Aloe Vera

Health Benefits Of Aloe Vera

A relative gave us a few huge stalks of aloe vera last week.  I know that aloe vera has been known for many years as an amazing plant, with amazing healing properties.  Some people whom I know of eat the flesh in its raw form, […]

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Home Remedies For Mouth Ulcers

Home Remedies For Mouth Ulcers

Alycia has a huge ulcer on her lower inner lip.  She and Sherilyn seem to take after daddy’s bad genes coz he is always attacked by ulcers on his lips and tongue.  One time, many many moons ago, he was hospitalized for a week for […]

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Beet Root Porridge

Beet Root Porridge

I was told by Baby C’s surgeon that beet roots are very nourishing and nutrients-packed and he had suggested to me several times feeding baby with beet roots, radishes, peas, spinach and fresh fish.  I bought 2 beet roots the other day and grated about 1/4 of it into baby’s porridge.


Baby’s colorful and sweet porridge made up of rice, millet, grated beet root, broccoli, spinach, pumpkin, ma yau fish and pork (she doesn’t eat the pork).  It tasted really good and even I liked it!

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Praying Hard

Praying Hard

…. that Baby C does not have anymore Klabsiella bacteria in her urinary tract.  More than a week has passed since the last urine culture test was done.  I haven’t sent Baby C’s pee for another culture as her purging had stopped, her down under […]

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My Healthy Sandwich

My Healthy Sandwich

Here’s my breakfast today: 2 slices of toasted sprouted-wheat (flour-free) bread. One slice is an open sandwich with tuna fish, a squeeze of Japanese mayo, avocado and some toasted sesame seeds sprinkled on top.  Another slice is spread with Steffi’s sugar-free peanut butter and my mum’s homemade […]

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I Had Mastitis Or Plugged Milk Ducts

I Had Mastitis Or Plugged Milk Ducts

After breastfeeding Baby C for over 14 months, I had my first Mastitis yesterday, on my left boop.  I felt pain on my boop early in the morning yesterday during my jogging session, especially when I lifted my left hand.  The pain gradually intensified and by afternoon, it was unbearable.  It felt tender and extremely painful when touched.  I could not even carry Baby C with my left hand.   I could feel a hard lump, as big or even bigger than a rambutan seed, inside my boop.   No wonder my milk supply on the left side had dwindled for the past few days, but the real pain only surfaced yesterday.  My left boop has always been the more active one, producing much more milk than the right one… for all my 3 kids. 

The last time I had an extremely painful Mastitis was 5 years ago, when I was nursing Alycia. I can’t really remember how the duct was unblocked but it was unblocked after 1 long torturous night and day. It was so painful that I was in tears… I hardly cry when in pain! I tried the frozen cabbage method, hot compress and even cold compress.  Somehow, it was unblocked again.

Anyway, last night I used an ice-cube, wrapped it in a hanky and put it on my left boop for about 15 minutes. It felt better when the ice-cube (without the hanky on) touches my boop directly. I also let Baby C suckle longer on the left boop. By 4 or 5am today, the lump in my boop could no longer be felt and the pain had also subsided, thank God!

If you are suffering from Mastitis, you can click here to read more about it and to find treatment for it.

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The Wonders Of Lemon Grass Or Serai

The Wonders Of Lemon Grass Or Serai

Did you know that the lemon grass or serai or heong mau (in Cantonese) that some people find as nuisance as they tend to grow like lalang have many health benefits? It is anti-cancerous and anti-bacterial and can treat a range of ailments. Recently I […]

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Baby C’s Post Ureteral Reimplantation Surgery

Baby C’s Post Ureteral Reimplantation Surgery

Baby C has been poo pooing 3-5 times a day ever since she was discharged from the hospital more than 2 weeks ago. Several days ago, her down under turned sore and her pee also smelled a tad funny in the wee hours of the […]

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Parrafin Syrup For Chapped Lips

Parrafin Syrup For Chapped Lips

When Baby C was hospitalized and could not eat or drink for almost 3 weeks, her lips became really dry and chapped. It did not help that she was in an air-conditioned room 24 hours a day for 3 weeks… which exacerbated the chapped skin on her lips. The skin became so chapped that it turned hard. I had to use a piece of face cotton, soaked it with some drinking water and dabbed it on her lips.  On some days when baby looked really thirsty, I  secretly gave her sips of water, which helped the skin on her lips  turn soft again…. shhhhh!

Our surgeon also prescribed liquid parrafin to apply on baby’s chapped lips. I must say that the parrafin syrup was pretty effective in moisturizing baby’s lips and to prevent them from chapping. 2 days ago, my lips were dry… so dry that the edge of my lips cracked. I dabbed some parrafin syrup on my lips and the following day, the crack healed. The best thing about parrafin syrup is that it’s really cheap.

The small bottle above which contains about 2-3 tablespoons of parrafin syrup only cost 20 sen! So the next time your kids or you have dry and chapped lips, forget about spending a fortune on lip balm…. get parrafin syrup instead! 

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This policy is valid from 10 June 2009. This blog is a personal blog written and edited by me. For questions about this blog, please contact shireenyong@gmail.com. This blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorship, paid insertions or other forms of compensation. The compensation received may influence […]

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