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I have been contemplating of posting this topic for quite a while now. If you have read some of my posts, you know that I have a five year old son. That he’s speech is somewhat delayed.

Just a few moments ago, a facebook post very relevant to parents showed up on my feed. It is a very long post, as what helpful posts usually looks like. I’m thankful that I had the interest in reading it as it adds so much to my parenting knowledge.

The post was about a mother’s call out to all the parents to be aware on kids’ mental/behavioural misdiagnoses. I will drop the link of the facebook post below for you to read it yourself, but I am sharing my own sort of experience and thoughts on this matter.

As I mentioned, my son is a little behind in his speaking ability compared to other kids his age. This, I think, was being perceived as “in the spectrum” by other people which I believe to the best of my parenting ability, that is not true and of course, were just being drawn from their naked eyes.

Conclusions, conclusions… Unless there is a solid evidence that my son has autism in whatever level, I will not accept people’s judgement that he is autistic due to the fact that there are factors that contributes to his speech delay. In addition, this delay is also manifested in other kids that has similar situation as ours.

Those assessment papers grading kids’ mental/behavioural state? Yes, we’ve had it a couple weeks ago. I was chuckling sarcastically while filling it up as the questions were ridiculous. It was like kindergartens are expected to behave like a 20 year old.

I’m not mocking the system, I’m just trying to say that it is not about the behavior at all times. Just like the famous facebook post of that mom (thanks to her), there could be an underlying physical problem leading to such behavior. And if you do some research, there are cases of misdiagnosed mental conditions that were in fact due to diseases.

“You can’t treat your cold with antibiotics.” This is also true to diseases that were misdiagnosed as mental/behavioural disorder. This is an interesting topic for me. Imagine how many people can be saved from being locked behind mental hospital bars if every family member and medical professional were keen in knowing the real cause. Please watch the Netflix movie “Brain On Fire”. It’s about a young working woman being diagnosed as schizophrenic by psychiatrists which turned out to be an autoimmune disease. She was saved!

Just one of the stories that will make you believe in misdiagnosis and overdiagnosis. Medical practitioners are just human beings, their brains function the same as ours. It does not hurt to do our own extensive research and seek second and third opinions especially if you’re gut says that things isn’t right.

Needless to say, we parents and direct care providers, know our kids more than anybody else does.

Here is the link to the post: https://www.facebook.com/94400086/posts/558947832845/

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Flu season is about to make its full bloom,  whether you like it or not. It’s the last quarter of the year again when it gets seriously cold and flu bugs start to celebrate. 

Some Epedimiology

According to Canada.ca, influenza is among the top 10 causes of death in Canada with an estimated number of 3,500 deaths each year. All over the world, there are approximately 250,000 deaths because of the disease. Those are such huge numbers of mortality for an illness that is mostly preventable with proper caution, awareness, and implementation.

Every year, the Canadian government takes its utmost initiative to manage influenza. Information dissemination, vaccination, hospitalization and case studies – these are implemented in order to control the spread of the virus, if not totally eradicated which is far from possibility.

What is Flu?

Flu is a viral infection. It is easily transmitted by droplets when someone coughs or sneezes. It can also be acquired through direct contact from someone who is infected with the virus.

The most common symptoms of Flu are: high fever, cough, and muscle pain. One can also experience fatigue, loss of appetite, headache, chills, and sore throat. If you have some of these symptoms, it is advisable to go see your doctor immediately.

Flu Season Prevention

“Prevention is better than cure.” This saying is old but gold and applies to almost anything especially when talking about health. Making yourself aware of the nature of influenza is one step in preventing the acquisition and spread of the virus.

The following are some tips in on how to stay away from Flu every Flu season and keeping yourself and your family healthy.

1. Proper Handwashing

While most people are well aware of the benefits of handwashing, unless you have a medical background, I believe not many people can demonstrate it properly. Here is an infographic from Inquirer.net on how to wash your hands properly.


This is the most accurate steps that I found on the internet with my quick search.

These steps may look like exaggerating but know that each of them is crucial in eliminating the germs on your hands. Using soap in washing your hands is very important. While you may think that the germs will be flooded with water and will eventually come off, without soap, you are just introducing more germs into your hands. Remember, germs like dark, wet, and warm environment.

Wash your hands frequently and save yourself some flu burden.

2. Coughing and Sneezing Etiquette

As a child, we were taught to cover our mouth when coughing and sneezing. We may not fully understand the reasoning back then, but as an adult, it is important to continue reminding ourselves and our children to avoid spreading germs by simply using a handkerchief or your sleeves when you’re about to sneeze and/or cough. Saliva microdroplets can spread up to 6 feet away like an aerosol.

3. Clean Shared Areas

There are multiple areas in our house that is shared with the entire family. Make sure cleanliness is maintained in those areas paired with some sanitation especially the washrooms. Every door knob and tap water handle, and flush handle should be sanitized accordingly as these are the most-touched objects. 

In the office, the mouse and telephone in your desk are also a good hideout for germs. It is important to sanitize them as well especially if you and your co-worker share the same devices.

4. Eat Healthy

Healthy diet is a must, not just during the flu season but all-year-round. Germs may enter your body but as long as you are healthy and immune, your body will be able to fight against them. 

5. Stay Hydrated

“You are not just what you eat; you are what you drink.”

Majority of contents in our body is fluid. From that alone, it is clear that our body needs an adequate amount to maintain its proper bodily functions. Like a vehicle, our body will start malfunctioning when there is not enough fluid. Some signs and symptoms of mild to moderate dehydration includes; headache, dry mouth, decreased urination, reduced sweating, and dizziness.

Water flushes out toxins from our body. Imagine being dehydrated while fighting off flu infection. Not a pleasant thought, right? Even cough and colds can easily be managed by adequate fluid intake. Try to bring a bottled water with you everywhere, and every time your throat tickles, drink some water. Your cough/cold length of stay will shorten significantly.

6. Get Vaccinated

Up to this date, vaccination is still debatable and will be as long as vaccines exist. I have observed that this issue is not noticeable in developing countries. Being born in the place where vaccination is imperative, everyone gets vaccinated accordingly. Contrary to developed countries, where I came from, parents even have to fight for their child’s spot to get a vaccine when there is scarcity.

Just some disclaimer, yes, I am pro-vaccination. Apart from my childhood culture, I have a medical background as well. Thus, I suggest everyone to get the flu vaccine every year. Everyone is entitled to their life decisions, so if you are against vaccination, I respect your belief.

Canadians are lucky to have a government that takes care of its people when it comes to managing contiguous diseases. Having free abundant flu vaccine that is readily available in every corner of the country is a luxury for most underdeveloped and developing countries. 

Do not wait to have the symptoms, prevent it firsthand by following these tips in staying healthy this Flu season. 

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Flu season is about to make its full bloom,  whether you like it or not. It’s the last quarter of the year again when it gets seriously cold and flu bugs start to celebrate. 

Some Epedimiology

According to Canada.ca, influenza is among the top 10 causes of death in Canada with an estimated number of 3,500 deaths each year. All over the world, there are approximately 250,000 deaths because of the disease. Those are such huge numbers of mortality for an illness that is mostly preventable with proper caution, awareness, and implementation.

Every year, the Canadian government takes its utmost initiative to manage influenza. Information dissemination, vaccination, hospitalization and case studies – these are implemented in order to control the spread of the virus, if not totally eradicated which is far from possibility.

What is Flu?

Flu is a viral infection. It is easily transmitted by droplets when someone coughs or sneezes. It can also be acquired through direct contact from someone who is infected with the virus.

The most common symptoms of Flu are: high fever, cough, and muscle pain. One can also experience fatigue, loss of appetite, headache, chills, and sore throat. If you have some of these symptoms, it is advisable to go see your doctor immediately.

Flu Season Prevention

“Prevention is better than cure.” This saying is old but gold and applies to almost anything especially when talking about health. Making yourself aware of the nature of influenza is one step in preventing the acquisition and spread of the virus.

The following are some tips in on how to stay away from Flu every Flu season and keeping yourself and your family healthy.

Proper Handwashing

While most people are well aware of the benefits of handwashing, unless you have a medical background, I believe not many people can demonstrate it properly. Here is an infographic from Inquirer.net on how to wash your hands properly.


This is the most accurate steps that I found on the internet with my quick search.

These steps may look like exaggerating but know that each of them is crucial in eliminating the germs on your hands. Using soap in washing your hands is very important. While you may think that the germs will be flooded with water and will eventually come off, without soap, you are just introducing more germs into your hands. Remember, germs like dark, wet, and warm environment.

Wash your hands frequently and save yourself some flu burden.

Coughing and Sneezing Etiquette

As a child, we were taught to cover our mouth when coughing and sneezing. We may not fully understand the reasoning back then, but as an adult, it is important to continue reminding ourselves and our children to avoid spreading germs by simply using a handkerchief or your sleeves when you’re about to sneeze and/or cough. Saliva microdroplets can spread up to 6 feet away like an aerosol.

Clean Shared Areas

There are multiple areas in our house that is shared with the entire family. Make sure cleanliness is maintained in those areas paired with some sanitation especially the washrooms. Every door knob and tap water handle, and flush handle should be sanitized accordingly as these are the most-touched objects. 

In the office, the mouse and telephone in your desk are also a good hideout for germs. It is important to sanitize them as well especially if you and your co-worker share the same devices.

Eat Healthy

Healthy diet is a must, not just during the flu season but all-year-round. Germs may enter your body but as long as you are healthy and immune, your body will be able to fight against them. 

Stay Hydrated

“You are not just what you eat; you are what you drink.”

Majority of contents in our body is fluid. From that alone, it is clear that our body needs an adequate amount to maintain its proper bodily functions. Like a vehicle, our body will start malfunctioning when there is not enough fluid. Some signs and symptoms of mild to moderate dehydration includes; headache, dry mouth, decreased urination, reduced sweating, and dizziness.

Water flushes out toxins from our body. Imagine being dehydrated while fighting off flu infection. Not a pleasant thought, right? Even cough and colds can easily be managed by adequate fluid intake. Try to bring a bottled water with you everywhere, and every time your throat tickles, drink some water. Your cough/cold length of stay will shorten significantly.

Get Vaccinated

Up to this date, vaccination is still debatable and will be as long as vaccines exist. I have observed that this issue is not noticeable in developing countries. Being born in the place where vaccination is imperative, everyone gets vaccinated accordingly. Contrary to developed countries, where I came from, parents even have to fight for their child’s spot to get a vaccine when there is scarcity.

Just some disclaimer, yes, I am pro-vaccination. Apart from my childhood culture, I have a medical background as well. Thus, I suggest everyone to get the flu vaccine every year. Everyone is entitled to their life decisions, so if you are against vaccination, I respect your belief.

Canadians are lucky to have a government that takes care of its people when it comes to managing contiguous diseases. Having free abundant flu vaccine that is readily available in every corner of the country is a luxury for most underdeveloped and developing countries. 

Do not wait to have the symptoms, prevent it firsthand by following these tips in staying healthy this Flu season. 

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Every immigrant has varied reasons and/or situations that pushed them to move to a totally new country. Migration has advantages and disadvantages. As an immigrant myself, I believe the latter surpasses the former.

What Does Moving Mean To You?

Second home comes in varied forms for every individual. It can be a town, a city, a house, or a country. The ones that we live when we opened our eyes for the first time in this world are what mostly considered as first homes.

When you move to a different house across the street, chances are, there’s not much difference in everything. Your neighbors are the same, the surroundings are the same, and there is absolutely no difference in the culture. In other words, you do not need to adjust in anything aside from the positioning of your bed in your room or the location of your kitchen from the living room.

Moving For The Better

Most people move from a town to another. This is something so common that I have observed over the past few years. Probably, there is something cool in the new town where they wanted to move to. One of the main reasons as well is job acquisition. Seems like everyone moves due to the shifting of work and career these days. Going where the money is, as they say.

In Western countries, the number of people and families who moved to other continent is very low. It is highly uncommon for a family from the US or Canada to immigrate to a country in Asia. I’ve seen some people who do it but they are single and traveling, and are doing it as leisure.

Over the past decade, there has been a surge in immigration to the Western and Middle East countries. United States, Canada, Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom, France, Russia, and Germany are on the top of the list. It is known that these countries are developed, the reason why people tend to immigrate to due to its promising economic structure.

First Home = First Loved

Your first home is your first love, there is no doubt to that. Where you’ve grown is the home that will forever linger in your being. That being said, moving to a country that you have never stepped in before is all about culture shock to a large extent.

Before I came to Canada, I was very positive that I will be able to adapt seamlessly. When I landed, I quickly realized that it isn’t the case and it will take me a whole lot longer of stay before I can say that I’ve already absorbed and got immune to my new environment and my second home.

Immigrant Adaptation

There are many reasons for a person to hardly adapt to a new surrounding. The physical aspect of adaptation is the first one that will immerse into oneself. Following is the mental state, where some people can be depressed from not being able to withstand the “culture shock storm”.

  • Weather

Weather is the top reason for immigrants to overcome with especially for someone from a very humid country moving to a country where most of the year is cold and can get extremely cold during winter time.

It was fall season when I first set my foot into this country. Moving from the Philippines to Canada is common for Filipinos but little did they know that the big difference in temperature is very hard to accept. It took me two winters before I can go out in -20 degrees Celsius or below without reminiscing the warm weather back home.

Seven years have gone by and I can finally say that I have totally adapted to the cold weather. I used to hate going out because I needed to wear 2 layers of uncomfortable pants. Now, I can quickly change and go out with no fuss wearing just a pair of comfortable pants and 2 layers of clothes plus a jacket.

  • Food

I used to hear from an immigrant friend that she still can’t let a day pass without having rice in every meal. As for me, food was one of my struggles too. I got pregnant after a few months of my stay here. Nausea plus the “strange” food sickened me really good.

One thing that I noticed was, the food that I never eat in the Philippines had slowly become my favorite here in Canada. So strange yet so true. I never eat burgers back there. The smell disgusts me. Two years ago, I started eating it and liking it until I can have it every day. It has now become one of my cravings when I’m starving. Onion is part of the list as well. Before, I can tell right away that I have chewed a tiny piece of cooked onion. However today, I can eat a raw one with no problem.

  • Family

The loneliness from being away from your family is one of the hardest parts of migrating. Thanks to chats and video calls, they fill in some space of missing the whole family back home. I could not fathom the amount of lonesome hearts before these forms of communication was invented.

Migrating thousands of miles away from your first home also means missing all the important family occasions. Not being there on your siblings’ most important events and your parents’ birthdays is very hard for us migrants. This kind of absence has shed tears among thousands of immigrant.

  • Finance

So, you went and moved where the pasture is greener. What happens to your finances in the long run? This is a question that everyone planning on emigrating needs to consider. You’re looking for a better life, thus migrating. But, are you aware of the consequences in your financial status after spending a good amount of time in the new country? 

Immigrating also means restarting your finances. I know some families who earn a good amount of income in their home country yet struggling to make ends meet in the new country of residence. It is more like starting a whole new life, re-learning to balance everything which includes tangible and intangible aspects.

Are you considering to migrate to a country very far away from home? Think many times before deciding if becoming an immigrant is the best for you and your family.

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Language in a Nutshell

Language is a complex process by our brain using words to communicate and understand. This process is made inside the brain but with the influence of environmental factors. 

While there is no exact count for the number of languages present on planet Earth as of today, there are approximately 7,000 of it living and being used in each corner of the world. There are even countries that speak hundreds of languages. Papua New Guinea, for example, has around 840 spoken languages.

Language Processing in the Brain

It is amazing how the brain works in processing these words in order to become understandable and being understood by its own. When we use a language we have been born of, it is very easy for us to neglect that other foreign people can’t make it up at all with the said language. When a person is just starting to learn a foreign language during adulthood, the chance of being fluent in speaking is very slim. Some overcome the barrier but it only takes them to a basic conversational level.

Second Language In Adults

There is a study conducted by Cornell University using fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) to determine how multiple languages are represented in the human brain. The study suggests that the difficulty adult learners of a second language may have is not with understanding the words of the second language, but with the physical skills of combining the words with the mouth and tongue. This explains why most people who learn the second language find it difficult to speak fluently even though they can write the same words smoothly.

Born Native Speakers of Two Languages

A child’s brain, as they say, is like a sponge – ready to absorb learning. This is a fact and indeed the reason why we have to model appropriately around kids as they take all their environment happenings into their brains.

Learning two languages in early childhood means being a native speaker of both. Research shows that babies learn a language even before they’re born through their mother’s voice inside the womb. At birth, infants’ brain can distinguish hundreds of language sounds and slowly figure out which sound they’re hearing the most. By the age of one, they gradually lose this ability.

My Bilingual Family

As a bilingual parent, I was often worried about my son’s language development growing up. Over the course of 5 years, I’ve spent a good amount of time doing my research on what pace does a baby born with bilingual parents talk in native tongue (English). There’s indeed a significant difference in the conversational ability of a bilingual child than a mono.

I remember a community nurse telling us to continue speaking in our born language so as to expose the little human and be able to comprehend it, if not speak at all. Just as what we’ve been doing. It’s not easy because half of the time, we have to use English command as he would not understand.

Normal Differences as Bilingual

Growing up in a bilingual home, my son is behind in his ability to speak fluently. A monolingual home raised child learns to talk at the age of 2-3, while my son barely talks at the age of 3. He had phrases at the age of 4 but if you are not used to his “talking”, you won’t probably get what he’s trying to say. This is considered concerning for some but I wasn’t worried, not a bit. I did my thorough observation and consideration on him whether he needs to be seen by a medical professional. He was not, he even started reading simple words few months after he turned 3.

It’s just been a month since a leap on his age. He turned 5 years old and started kindergarten last month and his language progressed a ton! Being in the school where everyone he hears speaks the same sound, he’s taken it fast with his talking. The “mumbling” he had at 3-4 years old while trying to talk to me was a manifestation that the language was already in his head but his motor skill to put it into spoken words was not fully developed.

There are Delays and it’s Okay

There has been a rise in “cases” of Autism in the last generation. In my opinion, Autism is over-diagnosed. A thing or two does not exactly mean something, especially to toddlers. People jump into conclusion right away and easily label kids as “in the spectrum”. That is just wrong, without considering and looking deeper into the child’s environment and roots, such as bilingualism.

Every bilingual family that I know of have speech-delayed young children. It is not something to cause panic. In fact, it’s common to kids raised in an atmosphere with two spoken languages like immigrant parents.

Bilinguals’ brain is special because it has a more complex task to tackle which usually causes delays. However, these delays have no significant negative impact on their overall learning in the long run. Nevertheless, learning a second language is pretty much the same as learning to walk all over again.

Are you or do you know any bilingual individual/family? Share your remarks about it in the comments below.

sources: Brain Connection, Wikipedia, IFL Science, Mcgill

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Sewing and crafting are two words that always go hand-in-hand in the hobby world.

What Is a Hobby For You?

Spare time is a luxury term. We do not really have a spare time. We do what we do and if that’s out of the normal job, it’s a hobby.

A hobby can be anything you do aside from your regular routine. Some people call sleeping a hobby, which is justifiable in my point of view. In lieu of that, I consider hobby as subjective. You can’t call somebody out for being lazy if that person considers sleeping as a hobby. That is up for him or her to call the shots. It isn’t the norm but everyone is entitled to their own life.

Hobbies can be in any form. Others do crafts while some go out hunting for ghosts. It really does depend on one’s liking.

Crafting And Sewing Is My Hobby

According to takelessons.com, crafting benefits our brain and reduce chances of developing mild cognitive impairment by 30-50% especially to older people.

I, myself, did crafting as far as I can remember. I used to embroider old jeans with colorful threads when I was in grade school. As well as cutting old clothing and make them into a little purse or wallet.

When I became a little older, I was fascinated with sewing machines. I dreamed of making clothes using one. I was in high school when I made tiny clothes from scrap fabrics or an old shirt.

At college, I was always designated to do the documentation. It was about putting pictures together in a book with all the kinds of crafting inside. More like a scrapbook, I would say. I loved doing it and I would do it again.

Growing At Something You Love To Do

I thought getting married would make me forget about my crafty self. What happened next was contradictory to my speculations. I made myself more crafty after having a baby. Long maternity leave in a country where there’s no family around aside from my husband left me persuaded with my hobby.

I had owned a second-hand crap 80’s sewing machine when I was pregnant with my son. I made a thing or two out of it before it totally crashed and was useless. Few months after my son was born, I bought my first ever brand new sewing machine, and it was a Singer brand! A dream come true for me.

I then could not stop sewing. I’ve learned so much about sewing through the internet. I’ve made so many little clothing for my tiny human. The first few ones were “okay” and my sewing ability kept progressing.

From pajamas to little robes and cloth diapers, my sewing machine pieced them together. Until one day I joined a group on facebook for sewers. From newbies to expert tailors, that group was my source of golden nuggets about sewing, fabrics, and other things related.

Self-taught Success Is The Best

I brought myself up to what I call, 80% expert. During this time, I’ve already sewed much clothing including for myself and my husband. It wasn’t later after when I bought a used serger. A serger is more like three or four sewing machines working as one. It makes clothes super fast with finished edges. The shirt you are wearing right now is pieced together by an industrial serger.

The sewing journey was more enjoyable having owned a serger. A regular sewing machine and a serger make a perfect tandem because there are works that a serger could not do and a sewing machine is needed.

From sewing, I became an entrepreneurial mom. I have sold small things in my bidding group for crafters, such as baby booties, bibs and the like. Cloth diapers and mama cloths/cloth pads are part of my selling items, too.

And then I went back to work full time which left me unable to put my hands on my machines. There are days that I look at them and just sigh. I know they missed me. They wanted to offer themselves to work for me but I don’t have time for them. A pretty sad scene for a crafter.

My Singer and Brother – they’ve filled up a black hole in my life.

If you are hobbyist like me, please share your own short story in the comments below.

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Journey Of This Life by Rowenabalaba - 7M ago
A Little Background

Eczema is a chronic inflammatory skin condition, characterized by extra dry skin, with red, rough patches that are super itchy.

I want to discuss this “hot” topic because, as we know, it’s been getting colder each day. I can feel the winter getting so close. Thus, eczema is slowly appearing.

Disclaimer: Before I state my opinion on this matter, I would like to clear out that I am not a health expert nor a medical doctor. All the information that I’m about to share is from my very own experience with years of battling eczema, and also from my research and nursing background.

We Had The Worst Eczema Experience

Around December of 2013, 3 months after my son was born, these red patches appeared on his face. Being a first-time mom in a cold country, I had no idea what it was. My son kept on scratching it until I noticed that it was getting worse. The next thing I know, it already spread on his back and legs. His cheek looked so raw and painful and would bleed sometimes. We came to the point that we didn’t bring him outside anymore so people won’t see him. That’s how devastating eczema did for us.

My son with eczema on both cheeks.

Thank God for monthly check-ups, I then knew it was eczema, and that it is very common to Asian babies born in cold countries like Canada. 

What Causes Eczema

Eczema is a skin asthma. The risk of getting this skin condition is very likely if you or your family has a history of asthma. My mom’s side is asthmatic. No wonder why my son has eczema. Allergy runs in our blood.

I did countless research about eczema online, which made me aware of the routine that I need to consider and the things that I need to avoid in order to manage the skin allergy. Every year my son gets eczema. It keeps coming back every winter. With those years that we battle to keep it minimized, I found a working solution. It does not fully eradicate the condition, but it keeps the itchiness and red patches from getting worse.

Eczema is mainly caused by the dry atmosphere during the cold season such as winter, exacerbated when the skin is not properly moisturized. If you understand this, congrats, you are halfway through kicking this heck out of your baby’s body!

Understanding the Nature of Eczema

To simplify, here is my “formula” for the cause and solution of eczema: Dry environment = eczema. Eczema + proper skin moisturizing = relief

Let’s focus on proper or should I say, STRICT moisturizing routine + right moisturizer which are the holy grail. Over the few months after my son’s eczema flared up, we went through countless lotion brands, concentrating in hypoallergenic ones. That includes top-to-toe wash and laundry detergent. We even have him consumed a hypoallergenic formula up until he was a year old.

The Routine – How To Manage Eczema

After 5 years of all the interventions and considerations, these are my highly suggested routine to properly manage eczema and hopefully to keep it minimized to the lowest level:

  • Wash your baby every night using a hypoallergenic baby wash soap.
  • Only pat-dry the baby’s skin with a clean towel.
  • Do not prolong the drying process (maximum of 1 minute). Make sure that you don’t totally dry the skin. Leave lots of moisture on it and immediately spread plenty of lotion all over the body, even the areas without patches.
  • Use thick lotion only. I highly suggest Cetaphil brand. It works awesome!
  • Do not be scared to cover your baby’s body with lotion. Trust me, the dryness will just eat it. So make sure there’s enough to last for hours.
  • Every time the baby’s skin gets wet, lotion it up RIGHT AWAY. That is the holiest grail of all when it comes to managing this bastard. If it gets wet with pee or anything that is not plain water, wash it first or wipe with a damp cloth then lotion it up immediately. Your friend here would be – wet + lotion immediately.
  • Do not let him scratch the affected area as much as possible. I bought a “special swaddle” for this called Woombie. It worked like wonders!
  • For the areas that you can’t put lotion on such as around the lips, use an edible counterpart. I highly suggest virgin coconut oil. We went through 3 big tubs already since my son was a baby up until now that he’s 5 years old already.
  • The crotch/bum part can be challenging as well as it gets wet from pee all the time. I use coconut oil as a barrier to this. Apply coconut oil every time you change diapers. My son never had bum rashes because of this routine.
  • Do not just put lotion on the dry skin, prepare it first by wiping/patting with a damp cloth. This way, the “lotioning” works. Otherwise, it’s just like eating a candy with the wrapper on.
Key Point

Wet skin is moisturized skin. The idea is that you have to trap the moisture into the skin, thus you apply lotion. Now you get my point why I suggested a thick kind of lotion, fragrance-free of course. A well-moisturized skin is 80% eczema-free.

I hope I am very clear in explaining the main idea about eczema and it’s proper management. I tried my best to keep it simple and informative but if in case I missed a point, do not hesitate to ask away in the comments below. 

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Munchbox is a bento box made intentionally for kids as school lunch box.

Online Shopping is more Convenient

In the middle of August, I was panic-buying for my son’s school supplies as he was late registered for school. I do online shopping most of the time due to its convenience and price point. As we all parents know, finding these small items at a local store can be very daunting. The reason why I just hop into my computer all the time and search for the specific item rather than making circles at Walmart looking for a specific kind of pencil.

Bento Box for Picky Eaters

One of my main interest was getting a bento box for school lunches. Although my son eats good, he can be very picky as well. So, I decided on getting a lunch box that would accommodate a variety of food. I then searched on Amazon (my go-to online store) and Walmart, soliciting ideas on which is a good brand. Yes, I look for reviews first when I buy something for the first time.

I did my Research

There were a few brands that have fair feedbacks including Yumbox which is quite popular and pricey. After 3 days of deliberation, I finally decided on getting the Munchbox brand.

The Review

These are my thoughts on the product after a month of using it:

  • Sleek-looking – This lunchbox sure looks neat.
  • Durable – Still intact and free from cracks.
  • Good size – Keeps a nice amount of food for kids and even adults.
  • Very easy to wash as you only have to take the part that holds the food off from its shell.
  • It is dishwasher-safe (top rack only) which is a bonus.
  • Not that expensive compared to Yumbox ($29.99 CAD vs $41.99 CAD)
  • It’s very easy for the kids to open and close. My kindergartener figured it out right away.
  • Comes with its own little bag which is great because I didn’t have to buy an extra bag for it. Another saving of $10 or more.

Rave for Munchbox!

As you can tell, I’m raving for this product. Hands down to the brand for coming up with a less expensive bento box for parents that opted for this kind of lunchbox for their kids.

Do you own this same specific brand of bento box? What’s your experience with it? Share it in the comments below.

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