Last week, I finally found the courage to do something I have always wanted: try out a new pedia. Ever since Aki was born, we have been trooping to Medical City all the way from Paranaque to see his first pedia. After reading my N@wie sis Sieggy’s blog post , I decided to bring Aki to Dra. Vienna Saulog to consult his on-off cough and runny nose. It was a good decision and I wish I learned about her earlier.
Let’s start with the clinic. She has three, one in Asian Hospital, one in St. Luke’s Global and one in Paseo de Magallanes. We went to the Paseo clinic. It is on the same building as Brother’s Burger and Kublai’s Rock. Doctora set up this cozy play area with toys and books. Aki immediately fell in love with the rocking helicopter and the number 9 of the rubber playmats. hehe. The walls are adorned with large pictures of cute babies in monochromatic colors. Aside from the mobile, there are also animal plush toys hanging in the ceiling. I like! Since Aki is not a fan of stuffed toys, I think we will just hang them in his play room.
Dra Saulog’s clinic hours in Paseo every Saturdays are from 4PM-6PM. This is perfect for us. Franco still gets to sleep after his Friday night shift. I love that the secretary allows pre enlisting. We were scheduled at 4:30PM and was attended to by Dra a little before 5PM. Not bad compared to the two to three hours wait in Medical City.
And when it was our turn, I really felt that it was our turn. She was not at all rushing to finish our session. I was expecting her to be thorough as Sieggy mentioned but I was not expecting her to be THAT thorough. She ran her fingers thru Aki’s scalp and was able to notice a lymph node. She said that is a sign of teething which might explain why Aki has been pooping more often than usual. She asked that we remove Aki’s clothes so she can inspect his body, even removing the diapers to check the bikini area and anal opening. She also noticed that small rough patch in my boy’s cheeks. She did not make me feel bad when I told her I have been noticing that for months now but have not been putting moisturizer regularly. For the occassional cough and runny nose, she said it might be an allergic reaction to the weather. She suggested that we give Allerkid for one week, 2x a day and a saline solution thrice a day.
Some concerns that I raised
On speech delay – she said most kids in Aki’s age can speak about 5 words. Hmm, Aki can say Mamamama for Mummy, Duh/Dah for Daddy, Ija for Manang Lydia, Babababababa for baba and Hoooooo for taho. She said the fact that Aki can speak two syllable words means we should not be concerned. Plus she stressed that the important thing is that he can communicate. To encourage speaking, she said we should talk to Aki all time and minimize if not completely ban TV viewing.
On ADHD – Aki can get hyper and jumps from one toy to another in just a few seconds. She asked if there are toys that he showed prolonged interest in. Well, Aki used to be crazy about basketballs. Now, drivey drivey or sitting in the driver’s seat is his favorite obsession. I also told Doc that Aki has favorite books. Doc said if Aki can sit thru an entire book then that is a good sign that he can focus. She recommended that we continue our reading ritual every night.
On sterilizing bottles and Wilkins for his milk – Doc said that at Aki’s age, his tummy is not as sensitive as it used to be. If sterilizing is a major hassle for us, we can now skip it but make sure we dip newly washed bottles in hot water. She also gave us the go signal to ditch the expensive Wilkins and go for boiled mineral water instead. She said mineral water is actually better because they contain, guess what, minerals.
On my no-shoes-and-slippers-inside-the-house policy – I asked her because my mom is bothered by cold floors. She said so long as we are consistent, there is no problem. Manang should just mop regularly.
On Aki’s first swim – She said we should buy him a sun block made for kids. I didn’t know there is such a thing.
On Manang’s accent – I did not ask directly but good thing she was able to pick up my cue. She said I need not worry because as kids get older, they learn to self correct.
Dra Vienne De Lou Saulog’s Contact Information
One Health Medical Clinic
4th Floor, Oakridge Building
Paseo De Magallanes
Magallanes Village, Makati
MWF – 2PM-3PM
TThSat – 4PM-6PM