Last weekend, we visited Dra. Saulog again for Aki’s vaccine shot. Just like the other two visits, I came home feeling like a better mother because she never tires of answering my questions. And because I learn a lot of things from her, I now have this little note pad for my questions and her answers.
Dra Saulog said Aki is “very perceptive”. As soon as we entered her room, Aki kept pointing at the jar of lollipops! Haha. And when Dra started washing her hands (she has her own sink inside her clinic. I am not sure if it is a usual practice because some of the other pedias I met before did not have their own sinks), Aki did the no-no sign (I don’t like what you are doing so please stop). When Dra was preparing the vaccine, Aki then did the scared sign.
These are the concerns that I raised during our last check up:
Aki has not been drinking as much milk as he used to. What should we do?
At Aki’s age, he should be eating three full meals. He does not need to drink as much milk because he should be getting most of his nutrition from food. Milk consumption of 2-3 bottles is enough for my active growing boy.
Dra pointed out two possible reason for the lack of appetite for milk. One is teething. The second is milk fatigue. Milk fatigue in Filipino is nagsasawa sa gatas. She said we can switch to other milk brands or try those which are flavored. Aki is addicted to Very Berry Bear Brand tetra packs. He can finish one in one sitting. Silly me, I didn’t really consider it as “milk” until our last check up. So next time, Aki refuses to drink milk from his bottle, I will just give him Bear Brand pack.
What is the best toddler milk in the market?
According to Dra, all milks are equal. What differentiates premium formula ( Enfa- line, Promil Gold etc), is the chaloric factor. And for kids like Aki who are just in the right weight, it would not matter if we go for premium or non premium. High chaloric milk brands would be prescribed for kids who need to gain some pounds.
As for formula versus fresh milk, Dra said either is fine. Her foreigner patients drink fresh milk once they reach their first birthdays. Here in the Philippines, more moms go for formula maybe because of the need for milk that has longer shelf life.
We will be trying out Lactum in choco flavor next week!
How should we take care of Aki’s teeth?
A co-n@wie’s toddler, who is just few days older than Aki, went thru tooth extractions recently. I got bothered upon learning that because when it comes to brushing Aki’s teeth, I was not so OC. Yikes!
Dra said to prevent tooth decay, we should brush at least twice a day. I told Dra that our nightime routine includes reading a book as Aki drinks his final bottle for the day. As soon as he is finished, he just rolls over and sleeps. Brushing his teeth after his bottle might disrupt our routine. Dra recommended that we make Aki drink water after his bottle if we can’t brush his teeth. We have been doing that for a week now. Surprisingly, no resistance at all from Aki. In fact, earlier, he even asked for water after he drank his evening milk. Yey!
When should we bring a feverish child to the clinic?
Two indicators. 1) If fever persists for two days and 2) Sudden lack of appetite and energy. The second is sign of dengue. Afraid.
When we brought Aki early this month, he had rashes. I was afraid it was dengue. But because Aki had energy to push Dra’s face and stethoscope away, our pedia confirmed that it was just due to viral infection and not dengue. Continue reading “Toddler 101 from our Pedia plus her clinic hours”