Crazy Monday morning to begin the week with
I was expecting a crazy chicken poxy day but Noelle woke up with ‘ear pain’. I thought it was her usual ear wax removing thing and also as per advice from ear specialist to drop few drips of olive oil -it didn’t get any better. She was crying the whole morning. Following mama instinct, I think I should bring her to the paed if the pain doesn’t go off. I even tried ice pack as suggested by a Michelle Tai. It works initially but then the pain came back.
I asked Noelle if she wants to see the dr. Yes was the answer but I got to get ready Norrah – nurse and bath (while Noelle was crying along the way). After I was done with Norrah, Nikki cried and said she wanted to poo! 🤦🏻♀️🤦🏻♀️ so, I have to ask Noelle to wait (crying continues). It took about 20 minutes to settle Nikki by which Noelle fell asleep – so thought of letting her sleep until she wakes and the pain might go off! Not even 5 minutes, she woke and screamed ‘I want to go to hospital!’
I have to admit I was a little skeptical of her. After several assurance by her (I questioned her), I decided to go! And hubby hasn’t place the new car seat into the myvi which he has just brought to wash and vacuum yesterday! 🤦🏻♀️ But I decided to go, asking Noelle to sit still (which she did). So we went to the paed (luckily not too far from our place).
Fortunately we went. She has ear drum infection (though no sore throat). Dr showed me the reddish ear drum which supposed to be white. The dr says her immune is down due to chicken pox and hence infection comes easily. She has to be on antibiotics for 4 days (this is her first antibiotic after more than 3 years!)
I nursed Norrah before we left the clinic. We got home and fortunately my mum tapau for us her homecooked soup and fish yesterday – so we just ate them with mee suah (I haven’t have time to do anything this morning)! Noelle fed herself the medicine (macam so desperate eat medicine only 🙄)!
Nikki slept while I was tandem nursing. So she just slept on the sofa and I waited for Norrah to sleep before putting her into the cot. Noelle saw Nikki sleeping on the sofa and put her blanket on Nikki (while I was having lunch). Noelle was feeling better with the ibuprofen which serves as ‘pain killer’ and started to request that I cut pear for her to eat. Thereafter she napped!
What a morning!
I didn’t bother to inform hubby when everything was happening as he did told me he was in the midst of conducting training. I think I handled everything calmly. I only informed him after seeing the paed!
This morning Nicole Lee was asking about my girls condition when everything was happening- so she was aware of the happenings and even offered to come over during her lunch time to send us to the paed (thank you, I am very touched)! But it was like an immediate ‘do or die’ because of Noelle’s wailing 🙄🤦🏻♀️ macam I abuse her!
Before we set off, I reminded them not to run about but follow carefully! Noelle even held Nikki’s hand. Putting three in the car – put Norrah into carrier without belt first. Then Nikki to her car seat (before she walks/runs away) with her belt (while asking Noelle to stand next to me). Next put Noelle to her seat and belt her. Finally belt Norrah before starting the car! 🙄
When I entered the paed’s room (fortunately no long wait), he immediately coined me ‘super woman’ 😂😂😂 for bringing all three alone!
Nikki’s day 7 and Noelle’s day 3 chicken pox
Nikki’s chickenpox is starting to dry up; the first one which we spotted actually peeled off midday!
Neem leaves water really works miraculously! Yesterday before sleep, I wiped Noelle’s affected area with it and apply the cream. Compared to the previous nights, she actually slept through without crying/wailing (but then woke with an ear infection🙄). Hers appear very reddish today. I didn’t spot any new ones! Anyway, she is back to her usual self after her nap!
Actually this was told by the paed during our first visit for Nikki’s chicken pox – it didn’t make sense at first until a friend related the same incident; plus the paed again repeated the same thing today – so sharing here: apparently newborn has their own immunity plus the immunity from their mummies (who already had chicken pox before) and thus more likely to be immune from chicken pox! So far no reaction from Norrah (cross fingers) and we will see how it goes! Anyway, she has a little cough ‘spread around’ by papa and Noelle! 😒
Nikki is more or less back to herself- the most active and talkative one! Only occasionally telling us that it is ‘ciiii’ (itchy); still wailing when we want to apply cream.
Noelle is back to her big baby mode! 🤦🏻♀️ She didn’t really sleep well last night and woke up close to 6 am (the more she needs to rest, the more active she is) – whining and crying ‘pain’! 😔 A lot of her pox turns blister – still focus on her eczema area. None on her back or body but I spotted few on her butt! Towards evening, she says they are itchy! She is also in between battling cough too. Hence, she is on her very cranky and clingy mode.
She took everything I made for her from steam onion juice, orange juice, watermelon to blueberries! Finally she took the longest nap in this week – about 3 hours!
Nikki’s Day 5 and Noelle gets her chicken ‘pork’ 🤦🏻♀️(day 1)
I guess Nikki is recovering and thus Noelle gets it now! 🙄 and most likely, the virus gets through the flu/cough and then fever. It starts with the pink dotes (which looks like bed bugs bites).
For Noelle, mostly spotted at her eczema spots – toes and feet🤦🏻♀️🤦🏻♀️ ( we suspected it yesterday night)! She turns a big baby now🙄🙄- cranky 😪 I decide not to put her on anti viral medication as she is willing to take whatever I do for her (as she trust it help soothes herself)!
Day 4 – Nikki’s chicken pox
No new pox. But she is in ‘pain’ – doesn’t want us to apply cream/bedak sejuk on the areas (crying when we do so). Neem leaves bath continues. Appetite improving – still rejects breakfast but she has her mid morning snacks – honeydew, blueberries (just like Jeh Jeh)!
Nikki’s 3rd day chicken pox –
after 4 times neem leaves bath; and some wiping with neem leaves water during diaper change
We still continue her with anti viral medication – since it isn’t easy for us to make her eat anything that can improve/contain her situation
Don’t see any new pox; most pox concentrated at her feet, leg, palm and hand still. There are few tiny ones on her face. The pox are turning reddish. Hasn’t spotted any on her back body. In fact, the one on her front body not there anymore! 🤔
She is active as usual!
Today I took the opportunity of my first official time off from my babies (since the arrival of baby no.2) to attend this water kefir and milk kefir class – something that I wanted to learn since I know about kefir’s healing for eczema
It was a four hours class and I would say never a moment I ‘fell bored/asleep’ (this is despite the hourly wakes last night since my baby wasn’t too well!)
Besides the detailed explanation given, the bubbly Mandy has made the class lively and interesting by giving her real life examples – on the benefits of both water kefir and milk kefir towards herself (and some of her students). We actually went in with (maybe) only 10% knowledge about water kefir and milk kefir but have so much to bring home – in fact, I guess we will need time to digest the information. Mandy is so informative and her knowledge on kefir is at her finger tips!
Not only notes were given, we were also provided with the ingredients (which include the ‘babies’ or kefir grains) and some tools to get started. This is because Mandy wants to ensure that our ‘getting started’ journey is easy. She also provides whatsapp support group after signing up for her class!
I can’t wait for my first harvest in 24 hours time! 😂 I think I ‘crave’ the natural water kefir taste now! The first taste was totally ‘awesome’!
For more information on her class, contact Mandy via fb messenger at https://m.facebook.com/profile.php?id=547466597
Today will be the LAST Chinese coriander/ parsley; yin sai (in canto); daun ketumbar (in Malay) bath for Noelle – she calls it ‘vege bath’! *cross fingers*
The eczema sort of came back at her toes/feet area after returning from Phuket. We tried the usual ezerra lotion and sudo cream; works to certain extent only! Her skin wrinkled and the itch part actually stops from healing completely.
So, we persistently bath/soak her once a day in this Chinese coriander bath (usually bath Nikki in it too because Noelle wants to bath together)! At first, it doesn’t seem improving; on the verge of giving up – but just continued since it does no harm. It is a slow recovery – but best of all, no application of lotion or cream at all! We just have to remind her to wear socks at night when she goes to bed! The most crucial thing is to stop the itch – which it did! Eventually, it recovered! (Even the areas prone to eczema such as elbow – has no sign of itch! 😊)
^^Chinese coriander is cheaper in Hero supermarket (and some say in NSK😂) compared to wet market and pasar malam!
••Boil a bunch of Chinese coriander in a pot of water for 30 minutes. Then pour into tub and add water. Just bath with it without any shampoo. We did it once a day!
**For my record, not proving anything, sharing so that others who need this can consider this method
After a month plus bathing with boiled Chinese parsley once a day (with occasional days going without it – because not easy to get them), slight improvement- at least did not spread, doesn’t itch and doesn’t dry up skin; and we went mostly without her sudocream and ezerra lotion!
Baby Nikki experienced a series of diaper rash two weeks back and we don’t really the actual cause of it. This time around I am persistent on not to send her to the paed as I didn’t want to apply steroid kind of cream which will repeat the same story as the elder sister.
It did not improve but in fact worsen with application of sudo cream (which works wonder on Noelle)! Many googling and I found the best way is to let her go on cloth diaper as much as possible. Also, I went to find a more suitable cream – which did an amazing job so far – buds nappy soothing cream!
Besides putting on cloth diaper, I also make sure the area is only cleaned with plain water and further wiped with a dry handkerchief. At first the buds nappy soothing cream was applied at each change of diaper (cloth diaper is changed approximately 2 hours once) but soon when the skin improved, I only apply it when I put her on disposable diaper (at night bedtime and out of home).
It is seriously great to find it to taper off. And we are currently thinking of putting her on cloth diaper whenever we are at home!