Our Experience with Jaundice in Our Children

~ Posted on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 8:31 AM ~

I thank God for the 3 wonderful children we are blessed with. I thank God that although they have jaundice, we know and have experience through 3 times and know what to do and how to handle the jaundice episode.

Please google around if you do not know what is jaundice. For Asian babies - especially us Chinese who have fair skin, the first thing to confirm that your child has jaundice is to look at the whites of his/her eyes. That's the first AND last place to see the bilirubin still in your child's body. Another method is to gently press your child's skin and the imprint left after you pressed will show you whether she/he has jaundice or not.

With our first child, Benjamin started having jaundice on day 5. Being a first-time parent, we don't know what to do and upon advice by the antenatal class trainer who did a post natal home visit for us, we sent Ben to his birth hospital for further check-up. The results showed he had high levels of bilirubin but due to the insufficient rooms/beds in the NICU unit, we stayed overnight at the peadictric ward. That night, Ben roomed in with me, his metal cot underneath the bili lights next to my bed. The moment he cried, I picked him up and sooth him and nursed him. 

It goes on and on that the next day, I was told to go back home and expressed my breastmilk instead and Ben was placed in the NICU unit as his bilirubin levels shot higher (due to me keep taking him out of the bili lights the night before) At home, I keep expressing every hour, as much as I can, just so we can packed as much breastmilk as possible to feed Ben while he was in NICU. His level dropped back to normal the next day and he was discharged and we came back home.

With our second child, Alyson started having jaundice on day 5 as well. But this time, we decided not to bring her to the hospital as she is nursing, sleeping, peeing, pooping as normal and active alert as well. Her prolonged jaundice lasted nearly 2 months. The mistakes we did with our second child is not having enough faith to believe that the jaundice is going to go off. We were not able to contact our pead for days (he was involved in an accident) and hence not able to consult his advice.

At my 6 weeks post partum check-up, my gynae said that we should get our child tested as she is still yellow. Results showed she had bacterias in her urine (I have no idea how the urine was collected) and we were given antibiotic for her to finish off in 5 days course. Few days later, we managed to get hold of our pead and brought our 2nd child to see him. He checked her and confirmed everything is fine, notihng wrong with her liver or anything and explained to us that urine test results can be easily compromised if the collection method is not thorough.

Meaning, if the hospital staff just collect the urine over the child's diaper then for sure there will be bacteria. The right method is to use a syringe/needle to suck out the urine from the bladder itself but this process will be painful for the child. Anyway, we did not finish the antibiotic after that. Coincidence or not, Alyson's jaundice went off a week after that.

With our third child, Carolyn started having jaundice on day 5 as well. This time the signs are all same as her sister. Nursing, sleeping, peeing, pooping all normal, active alert as well. So we decided to let it run its course. The annoying part of a prolonged jaundice is everytime I posted some pictures of Carolyn, there will be people commenting she is still yellow. Yes, we know that and as a parent of 3 kiddos, all whom had jaundice, we know well enough this is breastmilk jaundice and it will go away on its own, in its own time.

Look at the pictures of Carolyn below, how the yellow in her eyes and skin shows and slowly goes away week by week. I am happy to share that her jaundice is going off soon!


** Disclaimer: Do note that this post is my sharing of our experiences with jaundice in our 3 children, we do consult with the pead to confirm there is nothing wrong with our kiddos' liver or other factors such as blood incompatibility etc and most importantly is our kiddos were nursing (exclusive breastfeeding), sleeping, peeing, pooping, active and alert as usual so there was no cause of alarm for us.

That's all for now, thank you for reading this post of mine. Feel free to ask and share if you have questions or feedback!

iPad App Review - Merry Christmas Mom and Dad

~ Posted on Monday, November 18, 2013 at 7:40 AM ~

We have recently reviewed "Little Critter-The Lost Dinosaur Bone" and so happy we get to add this story app to our collection! We are a big fan of Little Critter's apps and I think it is great to be able to review this app since we will be celebrating Christmas in a month's time!

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* Title: Merry Christmas Mom and Dad
* Price: $0.99
* Category: Books
* Released: Nov 04, 2013
* Version: 2.4
* Size: 30.1 MB
* Language: English
* Seller: Oceanhouse Media, Inc.
* Rated: 4+
* Requirements: Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

Description from the product page:

"Join Little Critter in this interactive book app as he helps his family prepare for Christmas! Explore pictures, learn new vocabulary, and personalize the story with your own narration. Will Little Critter be helpful, or will get just get tangled up in tape and Christmas lights?" 

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* This app is engaging and interactive and I love that we can also touch the objects in each page on the screen and the words pop out to tell you what it is!

* I used the opportunity to teach our boy to be helpful like Little Critter even though most of the times he ended up causing more problems when he tries to help his parents preparing for Christmas celebrations. Well, important thing is the thoughts that counts right?

* I also wanted to teach our boy that even though Little Critter may be very enthusiastic with helping his parents out, there are some tasks that still required a grown up person to do.

* I also used the opportunity to teach our boy the spelling in the main page for Christmas should be 'Christmas' instead of 'Krismas' which has been crossed out - this is just to ensure that our boy did not get the wrong concept!

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You can purchase the "Merry Christmas Mom and Dad" app from the iTunes App Store.

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I received no monetary compensation for this review, I was provided with the promo code to redeem the application for free from iTunes Store in order to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed in this post are my own. Please do your own research when purchasing products, as your opinions may differ from mine. And if you'd like to read my previous iPad Apps reviews, you can do so by reading this post of mine called "My iPad App Reviews"

How to Remove a Facebook User From a Fan Page

~ Posted on Friday, November 15, 2013 at 7:25 AM ~

In this post, I am sharing my personal tutorial on how to remove Facebook user(s) from a Facebook fan page. I spent quite some time going over tons of websites that claims to be able to guide you to remove users but it does not work for my case because I have over 15K followers on my page and a lot of these website guides are feasible for fan pages with less than 1000 followers.

For example, if you have less than 1000 fans on your page, you can simply scroll through your likes page from your admin panel and click the X button to remove and/or ban the particular user. But anything more than the 1000 fans, you cannot scroll past the amount as Facebook does not do that!

So, I managed to find this very helpful website and hence am sharing my methods here (please note that I'm using Firefox to do this):

1. Find the Facebook numeric user ID of the user you want to remove. As most user pages now display the user’s name instead of the numeric ID, you can go to http://findmyfacebookid.com to find the ID.

2. Paste the profile url of the user (it will be something like www.facebook.com/username) and it will show you the numeric ID. Copy that numeric ID.

3. Next go your Facebook fan page, look for the "Get More Likes" section on the left, you can see the "See Likes" link. Click on it and you will see a pop up window showing you the list of all your fans.

4. I choose the 1st one on the list and right click on the X button next the user and select ‘Inspect Element (Q)‘. A developer window should open below the page as shown in the screenshot.

5. In the developer window below, look for the user-id keyword. You can double click the 'value' field entry and paste the user's numeric ID that you want to remove from your fan page.

6. While the developer window is still open, just click on the X link on the same 1st user again (instead of right click as in step 4), and a window will pop up to ask you whether you want to remove the user. Click OK to remove the user from liking your fan page.

7. You can also tick the 'Ban permanently' option at the bottom if you do not want the user to comment on your fan page in the future.


** IMPORTANT NOTE - I did a test using my fan page (which I have restrict to readers 17 years old and above):

  • Test #1 - Age Limit: I did a test by creating a test user profile in Facebook, firstly by putting my age as 13 years old. Once I'm in Facebook, I cannot find my fan page - this is due to my fan page only allows readers above 17 years old.

  • Test #2 - Changing my test profile age: I changed my test profile age to above 17 years old and this time I can find my fan page. I click the 'Like' button to subscribe to the fan page.

  • Test #3 - Remove and ban the test profile: Using my own FB ID, I look for the test profile ID and remove it using the above tutorial steps.

  • Test #4 - Trying to comment using test profile: I look for my fan page but am no longer able to comment on any posts in the page. I also noticed that the 'Like' button is no longer checked, meaning I have been unsubscribed from the page. However, I am still able to click 'Like' again and browse through all the posts and everything. Just not able to comment.

  • Conclusion: Setting age limit to above 17 years old will not work if the user purposely faked their birth year to bypass Facebook checking. Also, after removing and banning a user profile from FB, they can still go to your page and stalk you, or click 'Like' to subscribe again. So you will need to repeat this tutorial whenever they click 'Like' to your fan page.

I hope the above tutorial helps you!