• 31May

    When Cass had a bad bout of productive cough recently, it never crossed my mind to feed her with King To Nin Jiom Pei Pa Koa – the most trusted brand of cough syrup used by many for decades. King To Nin Jiom Pei Pa Koa is so popular that it is even listed in Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia.

    It was when Cass kept producing a very ‘phlegmy’ sound when she coughed that my mil and hubs urged me to bring her to the paed’s clinice to get some cough syrup. But I was determined not to feed her with cough mixture after reading about deaths in toddlers resulting from cough mixture consumption in the newspapers recently. When I opened the kitchen cabinet to get my vitamins, I saw the bottle of Nin Jiom Pei Pa Koa seated on the shelf. I took it out, read the instructions and then gave Cass 1/3 teaspoon. Thank God Cass tolerated the taste and texture of the Pei Pa Koa and did not throw up like Alycia and Sherilyn used to. After 3 days on Pei Pa Koa (2-3x a day), the ‘phlegmy’ sound was totally gone. Cass was healed from her cough and phlegm. Since Alycia and Sherilyn also got the cough bugs from mil and Cass, I fed them with Pei Pa Koa too. They too stopped coughing after a few doses.

    While Pei Pa Koa was effective in treating my girls from cough and phlegm, it may not work on your child. Every child is different. If you are doubtful of feeding your child with Pei Pa Koa, it is best to bring him/her to the doctor.

    Extracted from Wikipedia :
    Nin Jiom Pei Pa Koa or simply Pei Pa Koa is a Traditional Chinese natural herbal remedy used for the relief of sore throat, coughs, hoarseness, and loss of voice. It is a throat demulcent and expectorant. Today, it is manufactured and sold by Nin Jiom Medicine Manufactory Limited, a Hong Kong corporation. It is available worldwide. In the name of the company, “King-to” means “capital”, referring to Peking, and “Nin Jiom” means “in memory of my mother”. “Pei Pa Koa” means “Loquat syrup

    Pei Pa Koa is made up of a blend of herbal ingredients[3] including the fritillary bulb (Fritillariae cirrhosae, Chinese: ???), loquat leaf (Eriobotrya japonica, Chinese: ???), ladybell root (Adenophora stricta, Chinese: ???), Indian bread (Wolfiporia extensa, Chinese: ??), pomelo peel (Citrus maxima, Chinese: ???), chinese bellflower root (Platycodon grandiflorum, Chinese: ??), pinellia rhizome (Pinellia ternata, Chinese: ??), Schisandra seed (Schisandra chinensis, Chinese: ???), Trichosanthes seed (Trichosanthes cucumerina, Chinese: ???), coltsfoot flower (Tussilago farfara, Chinese: ???), thinleaf milkwort root (Polygala tenuifolia, Chinese: ??), bitter apricot kernel (Prunus armeniaca, Chinese: ???), fresh ginger (Zingiber officinale, Chinese: ??), licorice root (Glycyrrhiza uralensis, Chinese: ??),[4] and menthol in a syrup and honey base; giving the cough syrup a favorable taste.

    The above is NOT a medical advice. It is only based on my own experience and observation on my own children.

  • 26May

    After 3 weeks of flu and a productive cough (with thick greenish phlegm) WITHOUT feeding  her with any medication, my 4YO baby girl is A-OK now!  Good thing I did not listen to my hubs to bring her to the paed’s clinic.  I am pro anti-antibiotics and anti-cough meds for my kids and for myself. In some countries, cough mixture for kids is banned. I know what sort of havoc antibiotics can wreck to one’s body.  Yeast infection, diarrhea, tummy discomfort, nausea, resistance to antibiotics, the list goes.  These are some of the side effects of antibiotics and I had experienced all these side-effects myself and  absolutely HATED the side effects. I had seen how my girls suffered each time they were fed with antibiotics when they were younger.  My 4YO baby girl has had antibiotics more than her body needed for the first 15 months of her raw life where she had no choice but to be put on daily oral prophylactic antibiotics with almost monthly powerful doses of antibiotics jabs and drips as a result of the monthly UTI attacks which resulted from her past Grade III Kidney Reflux and Duplex System of the urinary tract.  Anyway, that’s past, thank you Lord! That is why I do not want to burden her kidneys, liver and body with any more oral meds if I can help it.   I rather treat her body the natural way, albeit the recovery period will be longer than if she were given antibiotics and meds.  And yes, do you know how I managed to get rid of all the irritating phlegm from Cass?  That will be in my next post…

  • 26May

    Today is the start of the 2-week long school holidays and I have been starting to feel my headache coming since early this week! While some of my friends started to get excited and were switched into holiday mode a few days before the mid school term ended, I am feeling stressed actually. Our getaway from the city is only in a week’s time and I am thinking hard on what sort of activities I should engage my 3 active kids in to drain off their boundless energy. This morning, we brought them to the tennis court of our condo to play badminton and scooter while I worked out in the gym. Now they are doing painting while I have to do a review on vonage promotion. That’s half a day gone. So far no outburst and fights from them yet. I welcome ideas from parents on how they spend their days with their kids during the school holidays, inexpensively.

  • 25May

    If there is such a thing as healthy junk food  snacks that give you the same addictive kick as the really unhealthy ones, I think I have found yet another one! Check out Blue Diamond’s All Natural Nacho chips made from brown rice and almonds. They are wheat and gluten free and are less fattening than potato chips. I tried the cheese flavor one recently and got hooked on it, albeit I must say that they are saltier than Food For Friends organic corn chips, which is my other favorite ‘healthy junk food’.

    Yesterday I bought the Sour Cream And Chives flavor, which is one of the other flavors of baked nut chips from Blue Diamond.  Between the cheese and sour cream flavor, the latter is less saltier.   But I like them both.  Despite these snacks branding themselves as healthy snacks, I still keep them away from my kids by gorging  lightly snacking on them in the morning when they are all in school.  Ah, the morning is my favorite time of the day when the house is oh so quiet and peaceful.   I really enjoy such bliss and serenity of munching on my favorite junk food snacks without having to eat them stealthily, hurriedly and choking myself wakakakaka!

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  • 20May

    Here’s one of our typical dinners whipped up by the mil.  Nothing fancy and elaborate but I love them all.  Nothing beats homecooked food, cooked with good quality cooking oil, vegetables that are thoroughly cleaned and dishes cooked with love.  Dishes that we can all eat confidently without worry of lack of hygiene,  recycled oil and burnt wok remnants. And not to mention the comfy environment at home.  When my mil is around, I look forward to each dinner.  I await what she has on her menu. A different dish will be placed on the dining table almost everyday.  She sure can cook and bake very well and we all appreciate it.

    Stir-fried organic red spinach,Taj Mahal rice (low in carbs), chives omelete, stir-fried curly long beans with roast pork and pan fried white pomfret fish.  The small bowl on the right is my mil’s 10-grain rice.

  • 19May

    Here’s yet another of Alycia’s quirky snack ideas — Honey Stars with strawberry yoghurt. Sometimes she would eat Cheerios or other types of breakfast cereals with yoghurt drink but never likes her cereals with fresh milk. Sometimes she would dunk Oreos into her juice or Ribena! I think she got some of the quirky snack ideas from her mummy as her mummy loves to eat yoghurt with a concoction of nuts, seeds and even peanut butter, not to mention pairing freshly grated coconut meat with bread and butter!

  • 17May

    Last night I got a scare from my 4-year old baby girl. At about 8pm, while almost finishing her dinner, all of a sudden she complained of ear pain. We thought that it was just a lame excuse from her so that she could avoid finishing the remaining rice and veggie. But she cried (which is not usual) and kept complaining that her right ear was painful. This went on for almost an hour. I immediately google searched ’symptoms and causes of ear infection in children’. One of the causes is recent flu and upper respiratory throat infection, so bingo! As she is still recovering from a flu and cough, this could be one of the reasons. My hubs sped home and brought his precious to the hospital. Though the MO diagnosed inflamed ear, I did not feel confident with his answer. First, the otoscope did not appear to be in a tip top condition as I saw the MO checking it many times and later he brought it out of the clinic. Secondly, when I asked him whether an ear infection could be caused by a recent flu and upper respiratory throat infection (URTI), he said NO NO NO! Before going to the hospital, I had checked a few websites to read up on ear infection and here’s what I gathered:

    An ear infection usually is caused by bacteria and often begins after a child has a sore throat, cold, or other upper respiratory infection. If the upper respiratory infection is bacterial, these same bacteria may spread to the middle ear; if the upper respiratory infection is caused by a virus, such as a cold, bacteria may be drawn to the microbe-friendly environment and move into the middle ear as a secondary infection. Because of the infection, fluid builds up behind the eardrum.

    So how could the MO have told me that ear infection has no connection with a flu and URTI? My hubs and I both think that he is not a full-fledge doctor.

    Anyway, the MO prescribed Cass with Neo Deca ear drops and Nurofen for the pain / fever. I only gave Cass the ear drop but skipped the Nurofen since she had stopped complaining about the pain. I am not too keen in giving my kids oral meds unless absolutely necessary.

    The entire night Cass was in a very foul mood and very crabby. This is just so unlike my chatty and lively baby girl, which made me a tad worried. I let her sleep with hubs and I on our king-size bed so that I could monitor her body temperature throughout the night. Today she skipped class. Thank God she has no fever and has since stopped telling me that her right ear hurt. My baby girl is back to her normal mischievous self again today! I shall continue with the ear drops for the next few days.

    Ear Infection Information:

    How can I tell if my child has an ear infection?
    Most ear infections happen to children before they’ve learned how to talk. If your child isn’t old enough to say “My ear hurts,” here are a few things to look for:

    Tugging or pulling at the ear(s)
    Fussiness and crying
    Trouble sleeping
    Fever (especially in infants and younger children)
    Fluid draining from the ear
    Clumsiness or problems with balance
    Trouble hearing or responding to quiet sounds

    Why are children more likely than adults to get ear infections?
    There are several reasons why children are more likely than adults to get ear infections.

    Eustachian tubes are smaller and more level in children than they are in adults. This makes it difficult for fluid to drain out of the ear, even under normal conditions. If the eustachian tubes are swollen or blocked with mucus due to a cold or other respiratory illness, fluid may not be able to drain.

    A child’s immune system isn’t as effective as an adult’s because it’s still developing. This makes it harder for children to fight infections.

    As part of the immune system, the adenoids respond to bacteria passing through the nose and mouth. Sometimes bacteria get trapped in the adenoids, causing a chronic infection that can then pass on to the eustachian tubes and the middle ear.

    How does a doctor diagnose a middle ear infection?
    The first thing a doctor will do is ask you about your child’s health. Has your child had a head cold or sore throat recently? Is he having trouble sleeping? Is she pulling at her ears? If an ear infection seems likely, the simplest way for a doctor to tell is to use a lighted instrument, called an otoscope, to look at the eardrum. A red, bulging eardrum indicates an infection.

    A doctor also may use a pneumatic otoscope, which blows a puff of air into the ear canal, to check for fluid behind the eardrum. A normal eardrum will move back and forth more easily than an eardrum with fluid behind it.

    Tympanometry, which uses sound tones and air pressure, is a diagnostic test a doctor might use if the diagnosis still isn’t clear. A tympanometer is a small, soft plug that contains a tiny microphone and speaker as well as a device that varies air pressure in the ear. It measures how flexible the eardrum is at different pressures.

    How is an acute middle ear infection treated?
    Many doctors will prescribe an antibiotic, such as amoxicillin, to be taken over seven to 10 days. Your doctor also may recommend over-the-counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, or eardrops, to help with fever and pain. (Because aspirin is considered a major preventable risk factor for Reye’s syndrome, a child who has a fever or other flu-like symptoms should not be given aspirin unless instructed to by your doctor.)

    If your doctor isn’t able to make a definite diagnosis of OM and your child doesn’t have severe ear pain or a fever, your doctor might ask you to wait a day to see if the earache goes away. Sometimes ear pain isn’t caused by infection, and some ear infections may get better without antibiotics. Using antibiotics cautiously and with good reason helps prevent the development of bacteria that become resistant to antibiotics.

    If your doctor prescribes an antibiotic, it’s important to make sure your child takes it exactly as prescribed and for the full amount of time. Even though your child may seem better in a few days, the infection still hasn’t completely cleared from the ear. Stopping the medicine too soon could allow the infection to come back. It’s also important to return for your child’s follow-up visit, so that the doctor can check if the infection is gone.

    How long will it take my child to get better?
    Your child should start feeling better within a few days after visiting the doctor. If it’s been several days and your child still seems sick, call your doctor. Your child might need a different antibiotic. Once the infection clears, fluid may still remain in the middle ear but usually disappears within three to six weeks.

    Can ear infections be prevented?
    Currently, the best way to prevent ear infections is to reduce the risk factors associated with them. Here are some things you might want to do to lower your child’s risk for ear infections.

    Vaccinate your child against the flu. Make sure your child gets the influenza, or flu, vaccine every year.
    It is recommended that you vaccinate your child with the 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13). The PCV13 protects against more types of infection-causing bacteria than the previous vaccine, the PCV7. If your child already has begun PCV7 vaccination, consult your physician about how to transition to PCV13. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that children under age 2 be vaccinated, starting at 2 months of age. Studies have shown that vaccinated children get far fewer ear infections than children who aren’t vaccinated. The vaccine is strongly recommended for children in daycare.
    Wash hands frequently. Washing hands prevents the spread of germs and can help keep your child from catching a cold or the flu.

    Avoid exposing your baby to cigarette smoke. Studies have shown that babies who are around smokers have more ear infections.

    Never put your baby down for a nap, or for the night, with a bottle.

    Don’t allow sick children to spend time together. As much as possible, limit your child’s exposure to other children when your child or your child’s playmates are sick.

    Ear drops for Cassandra :

  • 15May

    My 4-year old has an appetite bigger than her tummy can possibly hold.  She eats more than me I kid you not.  She can also eat more than her 2 sisters.

    Here, she had just finished a bowl of fried vermicelli. But she told me that she still felt hungry!!  So I made her a sandwich with granny’s homemade strawberry jam with half a slice of cheese. Then she gulped down a cup of fresh coconut water. During recess in school each day, she will wallop both the food that the pre-school provides as well as snacks that I pack for her. With such a ravenous and insatiable appetite, I hope she will not balloon up in just a few months. I still prefer her to be petite 🙂

  • 11May

    Almost everyone in the house is down with a very bad productive cough and runny nose. My mil and Cassandra are the hardest hit with Alycia and Sherilyn recovering slowly but steadily. Cassandra has been having a productive cough and runny nose for almost 2 weeks now. She had almost recovered from the flu but caught the bug again early this week. But thank God she does not have any fever. It must be the Esberitox working and preventing something more serious from flaring up. Though she has been having flu for 2 weeks already, I am not bringing her to the paed’s clinic just yet. I try to avoid feeding my kids with cold meds and antibiotics as best as I can. I try to treat them naturally with Esberitox, Manuka honey, lots of fresh fruits and veggie and daily gargling of sea salt water. I had expected Cassandra to catch all sorts of bugs when she first started attending kindergarten at the start of April this year. Alycia and Sherilyn were not sparred when they first attended kindy. Alycia was the hardest hit. She was sick every month on end till I pulled her out from school and had a 1/2 year hiatus. When she resumed attending kindy, she got bitten by those pesky flu bugs again, very easily. It took her body about 3 years to ‘recognize’ all the common viruses and bugs that attack kids before the body eventually became stronger and more resilient.

    When I asked Cassandra if all her classmates were having cold and cough, she said yes. She said “Sasha coughed at me and I coughed back at her. Everyone coughed at each other!” I wasn’t horrified as I had seen those kids from Alycia’s class with long and stringy goo goo dribbling out from their noses and those kids wiped them off with their hands and then touched everything surrounding them.  This is an inevitable part of growing up. Only time will strengthen their body’s immune system. Yesterday my throat felt very itchy and I could feel that a cough was about to erupt. I was sneezing too. After popping some Esberitox and going to be at 10pm, I think my body has managed to fend off those pesky bugs. I hope my body’s defense system is strong enough to continue fending off those bugs as I keep getting coughed at and sneezed at by Cassandra and not to mention getting lots of wet kisses from her too!

  • 06May

    I am a nutty mummy. I love anything that has coconut in it. Whether it is plain coconut water, coconut milk, coconut flesh or grated coconut meat, I am game for it!  The other day I bought a packet of grated coconut meat to go with steamed lin goe. As it was a big packet, there was a surplus of grated coconut meat. Knowing that grated coconut meat will turn rancid or bad very quickly, I finished off the grated coconut meat by adding it on everything that I ate that day… from my breakfast to my dinner!

    Here’s my breakfast – toasted homemade pumpkin bread with butter and grated coconut! As for dinner, I sprinkled the grated coconut generously over my kids’ rice and dishes of grilled salmon fish, omelette and long beans!

    Oh, did you know that coconut is not a nut but a fruit?

    Food For Thought :

    Coconut as a Weight-Loss Assistant
    Coconut increases the metabolic rate of the body, which means that energy is consumed faster and excess body weight is burned off. This process is completely natural, and doesn’t cause the body any harm.

    Coconut prevents weight and obesity problems by speeding up the metabolism.

    Coconut as a Beautifying Agent
    Coconut contains a PH that is good for the skin, supporting the natural chemical balance of the skin. It softens the skin and helps to relieve dryness and flaking. Coconut can prevent wrinkles, sagging skin and age spots.

    Coconut promotes healthy looking hair and helps to control dandruff. For both the skin and hair, coconut protects from the damaging, aging effects of the sun.

    Coconut for Kids
    Coconut contains many of the vitamins and minerals essential for healthy growth in children.

    It improves calcium and magnesium absorption and supports the development of strong bones and teeth. Coconut helps to protect the skin from the harmful effects of the sun, while promoting a healthy complexion and beautiful hair.

    This nut is a tasty boost of energy for kids.

    Coconut for Relieving Complaints and Illnesses
    Coconut kills the contagious viruses that cause the common cold, influenza, hepatitis C, measles and herpes.

    As an antibacterial, it kills the bacteria that cause ulcers, throat infections, urinary tract infections, gum disease and cavities, pneumonia, and gonorrhea, and other diseases.

    It also has antifungal agents that kill fungi and yeasts that cause candidiasis, ringworm, athlete’s foot, thrush, diaper rash, and other infections.

    Expels or kills tapeworms, lice, giardia, and other parasites.

    Coconut relieves stress on the pancreas and enzyme systems of the body, therefore reducing the symptoms associated with pancreatitis.

    For diabetics, coconut relieves the symptoms and health risks associated with diabetes.

    It reduces the problems associated with melabsorption syndrome and cystic fibrosis.

    Coconut helps to relieve the symptoms associated with gallbladder disease, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and stomach ulcers.

    It improves digestion and bowel function, solving the complaints of diarrhea or constipation.

    Coconut also reduces the symptoms associated the psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis.

    Coconut as a Preventive Measure against Disease

    Coconut helps to protect the body against osteoporosis, kidney disease, liver disease and bladder infections. It also protects the body from breast, colon and other cancers.

    Coconut is heart healthy; it improves the cholesterol ratio and protects the arteries from injury that causes atherosclerosis, therefore reducing the risk of heart disease.

    It helps to prevent periodontal disease and tooth decay.

    Coconut also helps to protect the body from harmful free radicals that promote premature aging and degenerative disease.

    Coconut isn’t just a versatile tropical nut that adds flavor to curries, soups, stews and desserts; it is also a highly beneficial health food.


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I am a WFHM with 3 beautiful girls - Alycia, Sherilyn and Cassandra. I quit the job that I love to stay home with my 3 angels as that's what I've always wanted to do. I am a health freak, fitness freak and a clean freak too. I love to eat and live healthily and I want my kids and hubby to do the same too. Apart from being obsessed with good health, I am obsessed with fashion! I own an online store that sells ladies and kids clothing. Check out my online store at Old & New Stuff For Sale

I always believe that your health is your wealth and if you have good health, that's the best gift you can ever ask for from God.

Do check out my other blogs Health Freak Mommy and Health Freak Mommy’s Journal too!

I have been writing product reviews, food reviews / restaurant reviews and product advertorials since 2007. Please email Shireen at shireenyong@gmail.com to inquire if you are interested to place an advertorial or review in this blog.

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