Keeping My Son Dengue-Free with Natural Products

Mosquitoes are everywhere.

Let’s face it, no matter how diligent you are in cleaning your house and spraying your rooms with some good ol’ Baygon, one or two mosquitoes somehow manage to leave an itchy surprise on your skin. Over the past few weeks I have noticed how much more frequently I’d spot a few mosquitoes, and I was really upset when I saw my son’s legs covered in mosquito bites! Not only are the red marks irritating to look at, but there is always the risk of encountering the dreaded “D” word – Dengue. I simply cannot afford to expose my son to such possibility, so I decided to take action.

I decided to buy two things to keep my son dengue-free: A natural and safe insect repellent and a balm for mosquito bites.

I really wanted to keep my son safe from mosquitoes and at the same time I wanted my son to be free of harmful chemicals. So I headed to Sesou, a store that carries natural products, in Alabang Town Center.

INSECT REPELLANT

There were a lot of good choices for insect repellants, but I narrowed down my choices to Human Nature’s 100% Natural Bug Shield DEET-Free Oil and GIGA’s Baby Insect Repellant Spray.

Photo grabbed from humanheartnature.com

I used to be a dealer of Human Nature products, so I was familiar with their Bug Shield Oil. This product is very effective in warding off mosquitoes, however, I find the scent too overpowering for a baby, and the consistency it quite thick. I’ll probably use this though when my son is a few years older.


I decided to purchase GIGA’s Baby Insect Repellant Spray instead. It has a mild scent and not only can you spray it on your baby’s skin, but you can also spray your room with it, which I find much preferable over Baygon and other chemical sprays. You can spray it on baby’s clothes too if you prefer not to spray it directly onto his/her skin.

This spray is effective. I spray our rooms and bed covers with this before we go to sleep. When my son is on the walker I spray the bottom of the walker with this, too. He still has a mosquito bite or two occasionally, but not like before when you could use a marker to connect all the red dots on his legs.

I got this for P185. It is a versatile product and I will definitely consider buying refills for this.

HEALING BALM

There weren’t many choices for baby healing balms, probably because I was looking for products specifically for mosquito bites. I was eyeing Indigo Baby’s Jar of Hope First Aid Gel instead of a balm as I read a lot of good reviews about it. However, I remember purchasing it before when I was about to have my first baby and I found it too expensive considering that it runs out easily with it’s watery consistency. This was a few years ago, though, so I’m not sure if they’ve made any changes to the product since then. This costs about P425 for 30ml. A lot of mommies swear by this product, so feel free to give it a try!

Photo grabbed from indigobabyshop.com

I could not find any other products similar to the Jar of Hope, but just when I was about to give up on finding a balm for mosquito bites, one of the salesladies recommended GIGA’s Tea Tree Cream.

As you can see on the cover, it is made of VCO, aloe vera and lavender – all known for healing and soothing properties. When I checked the back, though, it lists more ingredients: beeswax, tea tree oil and lemongrass oil. I decided to purchase this instead, I got it for P85.

This product is a godsend! My son’s mosquito bites were gone overnight, two days at the most, and it does not leave any marks or scars behind. Not only is it affordable, but with it’s consistency it can last quite long. Since baby’s mosquito bites are tiny, you will only need to use just a bit at a time. This is definitely a keeper, and I would not hesitate to purchase this again.

I hope you found this somewhat informative.There are many other natural products that offer protection for our babies from mosquitoes, so don’t hesitate to try them. I urge you mommies to use natural and safe products for your babies as it keeps them safe from harmful chemicals. If you cannot convert wholly to natural products that is perfectly fine. You can start gradually, with the little things, like these insect repellents. Eventually, you will grow to prefer natural products over chemical laden ones that lure you with their cheaper prices. If you’re not the type who wants to “go green for the environment”, then at least do it for your child.

Let’s keep our babies dengue free! Til my next post, mommies! My baby is starting to grab the laptop cables.. ack!

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Our Son’s Baptism at Santuario de San Antonio

Now that I’m on holiday break I finally have the time to blog about our son’s baptism at Santuario de San Antonio and our supplier reviews.

I know many mom’s consider other people’s reviews and experiences when choosing suppliers, so I’d be glad to share mine and I hope that this post would prove to be useful to some of you moms out there. I’ll be writing a separate post about the actual event soon.

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Maternity Philhealth Requirements

I initially planned posting about the maternity Philhealth requirements when I gave birth, however, due to my full time job and schedule I had almost forgotten about this blog. I apologize to those who inquired and never got a response.
I’ll keep it sweet and short as there is not much to discuss. Please note that Philhealth deductions will be separate for you and your baby. Mine was automatically deducted from the bill, however, my son’s was supposed to be reimbursed after securing additional documents. Unfortunately, I was not able to take care of his Philhealth reimbursement as I had no time to do so.
To inquire about the Philhealth requirements, I called Makati Medical Center (this is where I gave birth. You may refer to my previous post about my birthing experiencefor more information) and I think I was transferred to the hospital “Delivery Room” and one of their staff discussed the requirements with me. You can reach Makati Medical Center at 888 8999.
Here is the list of requirements. I am not sure if this is standard across all hospitals, but you can always call them to check.
Two copies of the CF1 Form – To be accomplished by you and signed by your employer, one form for yourself, the other for your baby. I had mine accomplished prior to being admitted at the hospital.
Photocopy of Philhealth ID – I brought the original one and a copy, just in case
Updated MDR (Member Data Record) – You can either request one from your HR department or from your nearest Philhealth office
Two copies of the CF2 Form – This needs to be accomplished by your OB and requires your signature at the back. After giving birth I handed these to one of the nurses and requested to have them filled out and signed before being billed.
Certificate of Philhealth Contributions– You can request for this document from your HR department. I asked for two copies.
Marriage Contract
I remember that they did not ask me for all of these documents when I was at the hospital, but then again it’s better to be sure and ready. If you would like to double check the list of requirements you can always call Makati Medical Center at the number provided earlier.
As for baby’s reimbursement, you can refer to this list provided to me by the Philhealth officer at Makati Med. I won’t be able discuss this in detail though since I was not able to accomplish this after giving birth.
Please keep in mind that it is a whole lot easier to have the deductions processed before leaving the hospital. If you are unable to secure the documents before or while you’re admitted, the deductions can always be reimbursed but remember that you have to process it within 60 days upon discharge otherwise it will no longer be honored by Philhealth.

I hope you moms find this post useful!

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Busy September!

After my last blog post I have been so busy preparing for my son’s baptism and completely forgot about this blog. Then after his baptism I returned to work from my maternity leave. It was so hard for me to leave my baby at home, but I’m at ease because my mom and brother are taking good care of him while I’m still looking for a yaya.

Going back to work was really difficult at first. My shift was horrible and I barely slept. I’m glad I’ve gotten used to it and I’m happy that I still get to breastfeed my son. He’s now three months old, by the way!

I’m so in love with his smile!

So anyway, I’m working on a separate blog post for my son’s baptism and our suppliers. I believe that first-time moms like me would appreciate such information. It may be quite lengthy as I want to be as detailed as possible about the entire experience and supplier reviews. Please look forward to it!

 

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What People Never Told Me About Newborns

You’ll notice that it has been a while since my last entry. Well I thought I could manage blogging while taking care of my newborn baby.. I was so wrong!

The last two months have been exhausting, but I’m glad I have adapted well. I’m quite sure though that there will be a lot more challenges along the way and I’m trying to stay as positive as I can to get through everything.

 

What People Never Told Me About Newborns - What to expect in the first few weeks

 

I guess things would have been easier if someone at least told me what to expect in the first few weeks. Sure, I was occasionally told about losing sleep but there’s so much more to sleepless nights and diaper changes.

Here are a few things that people never told me about newborns.

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