grow up Darin

Darin getting bigger now, she is almost three years old now,
well, 2 years and ten months now :)
enjoying sunlight in the backyard
this is the first time she ride a horse, suprisingly she was not affraid to ride the horse by herself
welcome to the sea world
emm where I want to go?

smiling at the Rino

Give your baby sucrose before immunization

By baby care

Give your infant sucrose before immunization, it can reduce the pain during immunization

I still remember when my 6 month baby visiting our pediatrician for vaccination. At that age Darin already know that she will get a vaccine shot, than she began crying because I know she can feel the pain during injections. After that she will refuses when I ask her to visit our pediatrician.

Well, maybe now you can reduce the pain when your baby gets vaccine shot. The latest news come to my mail inbox mentioned about giving oral sucrose can reduce pain during immunization.

In the research trial, giving 10 mL of 25% sucrose two minutes before the injections, followed by provision of a pacifier or bottle can help reducing the pain during injections. Yeah, your baby will still crying, but she will cry shorter.

Previous studies substantiated the use of oral sugar solutions as effective analgesia in newborn infants; for example, newborns given oral glucose experienced less pain during venipuncture than did those given a topical anesthetic (JW Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine Jan 13 2003). Oral sucrose, used in the current study, has a peak onset of action of 2 minutes and a duration of action of 5 to 10 minutes. This study demonstrates that the analgesic effect of oral sucrose is enhanced when combined with nonnutritive sucking and parental holding. This combined approach will dramatically reduce postimmunization crying and lessen parental stress.

Continuing my blog entry about: sucrose as pain reducer for infant vaccination

sucrose as pain reducer for infant vaccination

Oral sucrose is an effective, easy-to-administer, short-acting analgesic for use during routine immunizations in infants 2 to 4 months of age, according to the results of a prospective, randomized, placebo-controlled trial reported in the February issue of Pediatrics.
“Oral sucrose is an effective, easy-to-administer, short-acting analgesic for use during routine immunizations,” the study authors write. “Number-needed-to-treat (NNT) analysis provides additional support for the use of oral sucrose before immunization in infants. . . . Although sucrose did not eliminate pain at any point in time, other pain reduction or comforting measures (acetaminophen, distraction, holding, feeding, etc) used in conjunction with sucrose administration could provide additional comfort for infants.”
for now the articel just copy paste from other site..
I’ll write to full post tomorrow…
see you tommorow
bye.. I must go home now..!

Breast-fed Smarts from Salt Lake City Mother

By Baby Care

I just read a very good public forum letter from Melissa Knighton , The Salt Like City mother who considering about smarts breast fed, is this mother choice or baby choice? And about the interfere of formula milk company to substitute or even replace breast milk with their product to their baby by claiming that formula fed baby are just as smart as any other baby.

I totally agree with Melissa Knighton about supporting breastfeeding to provide all children with the cognitive support of breast milk.

To read the full article about Melissa Knighton public forum letter, better I copy the article here,to spread this breastfeeding campaign on my blog;

Breast-fed smarts

Public Forum Letter

Jamie Simons states that breast-feeding is a “mother’s choice” (“Mother’s choice,” Forum, June 25). What would a child choose?

The more breast milk a child receives, the greater the protection from illnesses such as ear infections, respiratory infections, diarrhea and other serious childhood illnesses.

It is critical that mothers receive appropriate ongoing support from health-care providers during and after pregnancy. Unfortunately, formula companies do interfere with this critical need of support, as the recent nationwide survey of hospitals shows.

This is the time when a mother’s milk supply is most susceptible to interference from supplements.

Many formula-fed babies are “just as smart as any other baby,” but there is no ceiling to health and intelligence. Studies show differences of five to 10 IQ points between children who were breast-fed and those who were formula-fed.

It makes sense to provide all children with the cognitive support of breast milk.

Yes, a mother does have the choice to breast-feed or not. An informed decision is important.

It is unfortunate that children do not get more of a say in this life-altering decision.

Melissa Knighton

Salt Lake City

from The Salt Lake Tribune website:

The important of focusing on parenting at first year of age

By Baby Care

Research suggests that your interaction with your baby during the first year of life can predict the odds of behavior problems later on as can the baby’s natural temperament.

that’s why this findings suggest that both earlyparenting style and infant temperament are strong predictors of future behavior, and with teaching new parents with the skills they need and focusing on parenting during the first year of life would be beneficial in preventing future child conduct problems.

I think I agree with this suggests, we raise our baby very well at her first year of life, always communicate, always give her an option and always ask her to choose, also try to minimise cry, so we always react fast to know what she want and give the answer quick, not wait until she cry begging for our attention. and the result is, now my three years old baby is easy going, have a good confidence to choose or make decision and always happy.

But still baby has her own caracteristic, and it will show up naturally and grow stronger along with her age. One important caracter of my baby is she has a very strong willing, if she want something than I can’t hold her,so if we think what she want is to not good for my Daughter, what we can do is just give her another “more interesting” option, and let her make a choose, we just wish she will choose our option…

If we just say no or don’t, whitout giving other option she will ignored et all!

That’s my Daughter, Darin!

You can read the complete article about Infant temperament can predict behavior problems on reuters

Baby Product Recall: How to find it

By Baby Care

I just wondering, there are many “baby product recall alert in my email, including infant formula, baby food etc, but I never heard about recalled breastmilk… :)

breast milk never expired and never recall because of missproccessed or contain harmfull chemical to our baby.

here are some recent news about recall baby food product;

Boots recalls baby formula product

Boots Ireland has recalled several batches of baby formula and is advising customers not to use the affected product after it was found to have an “unusual consistency”.

The pharmacy chain said the 900-gramme cans of SMA progress follow-on milk powder is not harmful to babies but it was recalling the product as a precautionary measure.

The affected batch numbers were Q8E103R26 with a best before date of 09/10/2009 and Q8E113R26 with a best before date of 10/10/2009.

Consumers who have purchased the product can get a refund by returning the product packaging to the relevant outlet.

People seeking further advice can also telephone the SMA careline freephone number 1800 931 832.

Boots said: “No other SMA products or batches (either liquid or powder formulations) are affected by this recall, and parents can continue to use other SMA liquid and powder infant milk products with confidence.”

Huge Recall Of Similac Baby Formula

(AP) The Abbott health care company is recalling hundreds of thousands of bottles of infant formula distributed nationwide because they might not have enough vitamin C.

The recall is for approximately 100,000 32-ounce plastic bottles of Similac Alimentum Advance liquid formula and approximately 200,000 bottles of Similac Advance with Iron, Abbott spokeswoman Tracey Noe said Friday.

The bottles, distributed by Abbott’s Ross Products division, are missing a special layer that keeps air out of the bottle, Noe said. When the oxygen enters the bottle, it causes the level of vitamin C to decrease over time, she said. …..

Baby Food and Baby Formula Recalls

Recalls of baby food and formula are rare, thankfully. Occasionally, though, a batch of formula or baby food raises safety concerns that warrant a recall. Here are the most recent recalls involving baby formula or food products:

qVeggie Booty Snack Food

qPear Baby Juice

qEarth’s Best Organic 2 Apple Peach Barley Wholesome Breakfast Baby Food

qSimilac Advance and Similac Alimentum Advance Baby Formula

qWalgreens Iron Supplements

qSimilac Advance Baby Formula

From United State Food and Drug Administration:

Abbott Announces Voluntary Worldwide Recall of Two Lots of Calcilo XD Low-Calcium/Vitamin D-Free Infant Formula with Iron Powder in 14.1-Ounce (400g) Cans

There are so many product recall, if you want to know how to find new product recall, Here’s How:

  1. Visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission website.
  2. Click on Recalls and Product Safety News.
  3. Decide how you want to search for recalls. You can search by recalls in recent months, by month and year, by manufacturer or by product type. If you want to see product recalls related to babies, you can simply click on Child Products or Toys.
  4. Browse the list of recalled products and click on any products that you may have in your home. Check product numbers on your items against those listed under Description on the product’s recall information page to see if your items are included in the recall.

Probiotic to Block HIV Transmission on Breastfeeding Infant

By Baby Care

I think this is a very interesting information about the prospect of new technology to block HIV transmission on breastfeeding baby by using probiotic.

we know that the HIV can transmitted from the mother to the baby during breastfeeding, so for HIV infected mother they have no chance to breastfeeding their infant without risking the baby of HIV infection. But this new research result can be the out way to breastfeeding baby with minimum risk of HIV infection.

here is the news I found on my email:

A team of researchers from Lavax (Palatine, Ill.) and the University of Illinois at Chicago, reporting today during the 86th General Session of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR), is developing a new technology that prevents the infection of HIV by breastfeeding. They have isolated a special strain of probiotic lactobacilli from the human mouth. It belongs to the same species as those found in dairy foods, such as yogurt and kefir. This strain captures the HIV virus by binding to its outer ‘envelope’. Because it grows and reproduces itself in milk, once an infant is inoculated with the Lactobacillus, the protection may last until the infant is weaned. This technology offers an easily administered alternative to HIV vaccines, which are currently unavailable. However, the hot climate and the lack of refrigeration in Africa pose a great challenge for the shelf life of lactobacilli. The aim of this study was to develop a lasting formula of lactobacilli for infants to be used as prevention against the transmission of HIV through breastfeeding.

Currently, the best bio-protecting agents for lactobacilli are sucrose and trehalose. These sugars preserve freeze-dried lactobacilli well at 4°C and 20°C. However, at a warmer temperature (33°C), after 4 weeks of storage, all Lactobacillus cells protected with sucrose or trehalose die. By screening a variety of food ingredients for a better protective agent, the investigators have identified a new alternative. This new agent kept the HIV-capturing Lactobacillus strain viable for more than 12 weeks at 33°C. Their analysis showed that, after 12 weeks, the Lactobacillus in the infant formula was as good as fresh Lactobacillus in capturing HIV and blocking the HIV infection of cultured mammalian cells.

In summary, scientists have developed a new preservation method that can maintain HIV-capturing lactobacilli in a hot climate without refrigeration. This method will facilitate the development of a safe and effective prophylactic formula to protect infants from HIV in mother’s milk.

copied from:

so the chalange now is how to develop a new preservaton method that can maintain lactobacilii without keeping it on refrigeration.

Hope they found the methode soon, because so many baby around the world waiting to be help.


Infant Pain

By; Baby Care

Last time I blog about the use of sucrose to reduce the pain during infant immunization. The degree of pain was scored just based on how long the infant cry and another physical behavior that related with infant pain.

I do googling about infant pain, and I realize that actually it is hard to measure infant pain, because the baby can’t say it, and even their facial or physical expressions may not describe the real pain that baby feels. So infants can be in pain without making it immediately known.

Currently there is another advance method to score the infant pain. This study of infant pain profile is using brain activity responses to behavioral and physiological changes regarding with infant pain.

You can read the article here:

“Rebeccah Slater of the University College of London and colleagues wanted to see how well current clinical pain assessment tools reflected pain in infants. Their study involved 12 infants with stable vital signs. The team compared brain activity responses to behavioral and physiological changes (such as facial expression and heart rate changes) on 33 occasions when the infants needed a heel stick for a medical reason. No heel sticks were done solely for the purpose of the study. Brain activity was measured using a noninvasive technique called near-infrared spectroscopy, which is widely used in neonatal research.

Researchers examined the relationship between brain activity and infant pain scores, which were calculated using the well-established premature infant pain profile (PIPP). PIPP assigns a value to infant behaviors, such as facial expressions, based on age.

In 10 heel stick occasions, infants had changes in pain-related brain activity without displaying a change in facial expression. Overall, the study showed that brain activity changes were more strongly linked to infant behavior changes (facial expressions) than physical changes, such as heart rate fluctuations.

The findings suggest that infants may process pain at the brain level without producing detectable behavioral changes. The lack of a grimace or similar facial expression may be due to immature muscle responses, or it truly could be an absence of emotion, the researchers say.

“Either way, the infants may not actually be pain free,” the researchers conclude in the journal article. “As a result, pain assessment based on behavioral tools alone should be interpreted with caution as they could under estimate the total pain response.”

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The experience of bonding ( part 2)

By baby care

Continuing from first post about You and Your Newborn; the first hours of life, now I make a blog post about The Experience of Bonding, when you meet with your baby at the first time just after you delivering your baby in to this world.

The Experience of Bonding


The environment into which the baby is born and the attitude of all those handling the baby are important not only for the baby’s sake but for yours, too, and for the relationship between you. It is far more difficult for a mother to feel that her baby belongs to her and she to him – to bond – if she does not have time immediately following birth to begin to get know her baby. An important element in this is naked skin contact. The baby should not be wrapped up and turned into a solid little package which you are allowed to hold but not to explore. He should be delivered on to your body and you should be able to put the baby to the breast as soon as he is ready to suck.


The expert recommended that mothers be able to hold their babies naked on the delivery bed and have undisturbed time to get to know them, and then be encouraged to look after them themselves, with help available if they needed it. They should have their babies with them and be responsible for them at least five hours a day, and be given ample emotional support from hospital staff. They found that when mothers and infants remained together undisturbed for the first hour after birth, and had extended contact with their babies in the first 48 hours, the attachment between mother and baby was stronger than when minimal contact (for feeds only) was allowed.


Still, in many hospitals the hours after birth are used mainly for medically processing you and your baby; and you must pass tests of fitness before being pronounced not “at risk” and discharged.