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What should you do when you have a sick baby?

Posted on 18 October 2012 by hulda

With their weak immune systems, babies can easily pick up minor viral and bacterial infections that probably don’t even have a name they’re so minor. However, because babies are so small, an inexperienced parent doesn’t want to take chances when they have a sick baby in the house.

  1. Prevention is better than cure: Besides having to maintain a clean and fresh home, general cleanliness and hygiene, you have to worry that siblings attending kindergarten or school can bring home a host of germs. Encourage older children to wash hands often and if they have to cough, to cough into the bend of their elbow rather than onto their hands. If they do cough into their hands – teach them that they must wash their hands immediately!
  2. Feeling hot, hot hot: If the baby’s temperature is above 38-38.50C the first step is to ensure that the baby is not overdressed, dehydrated or in an overheated environment. If, after adjusting the environment, the temperature is still raised you might consider a dose of infant paracetamol but if the baby’s raised temperature is also accompanied by a loss of appetite, lethargy and an inability to sleep, you should see a doctor.
  3. It’s a gusher!: During the first year, digestive discomforts are rather common. Young babies will frequently spit up milk after feeding but if the vomit becomes projected, then it is time to see a doctor.We often see cases of mild diarrhea for one to two days in babies. In such cases it is important to give plenty of fluids to replace what gets lost with the loose stools. We note that sometimes a lack of fat in the diet can cause loose stools.If a baby gets severe diarrhea, does not want to drink, does not urinate and is otherwise lethargic and very sick, you should always get in contact with your family doctor or a pediatrician.
  4. The torment of teething: It can catch inexperienced parent out but a teething baby will often have a slight temperature and runnier stools than usual. Another common symptom of teething is red cheeks. Observe your baby closely and be sure that the baby is teething — otherwise… it’s a trip to the doctor again.

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Maid in Hong Kong: domestic helper training course

Maid in Hong Kong: domestic helper training course

Posted on 12 October 2012 by hulda

Annerley’s Domestic Helper Training Course and weekly playgroup provides confidence for helpers and mothers alike.

The expression “it takes a village to raise a child” challenges many mothers in Hong Kong who feel that they alone are the best able to raise their child, and struggle when they must hand some of that responsibility to their helper. A large part of this concern is to do with a fear that the helper won’t do it “right” and it is this fear that the Annerley Domestic Helper’s Course and playgroup addresses head on by providing helpers with training in hygiene and care for minor ailments through to appropriate play activities for the different stages of the baby’s development.

The Domestic Helper’s Course at Annerley shows helpers how to care for a baby in a safe and secure way, while focusing on developmental care with the aim of raising stimulated and happy young children. Many younger helpers may not have had babies of their own so this is a new world for them, too. “At Annerley we have trained more than 1200 helpers over the last 10 years,” says Donna Watts, mothercraft and registered nurse for over 25 years, “and it is encouraging for us to know that we have brought peace of mind to so many families in Hong Kong.” Through our course, helpers leave feeling more confident in assuming their new responsibility, and that means mothers can go off to work, or out to meet friends, safe in the knowledge that her baby is in good hands.

The Annerley Domestic Helper’s Training Course runs for four days and extensively covers all the major topics for child care, including:

  • Hygiene and minor ailments,
  • How to ensure babies sleep well and learn self-settling techniques
  • Breastfeeding support
  • Use of infant formula and introducing solid foods
  • Developmental milestones and appropriate play for different stages
  • Infant CPR, first aid and safety.

Course materials are provided and Annerley will provide feedback to you and your domestic helper about their progress at the end of the course.

Helper Training Course and Baby Playgroup

In addition, Annerley also offers regular Helper and Baby Playgroups for helpers and babies under the age of one.  Helpers and babies spend time together in our playgroup environment and get the additional benefit of informal talks, weight checks if needed, and advice on the development and care of babies. Different topics are also discussed with the helpers, including safety and diet, as well as hands-on support on how to take care of babies. The playgroup also includes singing and play sessions where trainers discuss with the helpers ways in which to stimulate the babies safely at home.

The Helper and Baby Playgroup is a great opportunity for Annerley’s midwives to follow up with the Domestic Helpers Course and reinforce the training. Attending the Helper and Baby Playgroup will also allow our midwives to give feedback to your helper so she can improve on her interactions with the child and ensure that the child’s safety is maintained.

Be the leader: bridge the gap between you and your domestic helper with training

Kristrún offers her advice on how to bridge the gap between you and your domestic helper for raising your child:

“You need to be a strong leader and a good teacher,” says Kristrún Lind, practice manager with Annerley, a centre specialising in maternity and early childhood care. The company has been running its Domestic Helpers course for 11 years, which covers everything from how to assess the temperature of babies’ bathwater, to assisting breastfeeding mothers, to first aid and CPR. Expect to spend time showing rather than telling. Particularly with helpers who are new to Hong Kong and may live very simply in their home country, tasks such as cleaning wooden floors or even working a washing machine may be brand new experiences, says Kristrún. “Show them clearly with your own hands. It’s about building a bridge between their world and yours.”

Read more about finding a good domestic helper for your child or new baby in the current issue of Playtimes MagazineMaid in Hong Kong

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Got Milk? Read Hulda’s breastfeeding advice for new moms in Playtimes Magazine

Got Milk? Read Hulda’s breastfeeding advice for new moms in Playtimes Magazine

Posted on 12 October 2012 by hulda

Hulda shares breastfeeding advice and tips so you can breastfeed more smoothly:

Many new mothers describe similar experiences, with resounding feelings of shock and disappointment that the early days of breastfeeding were not at all as they had imagined. So where did it all go wrong? Hulda believes that there are many ways that successful breastfeeding can be hindered from the moment a baby is born, generally occurring “in the environment, rather than [because of ] anatomy or physiology. [At the very beginning] the baby needs to go straight to the mum, without clothing ideally, and stay there, uninterrupted, until it has breastfed. Too much noise, smell, lights and handling can really interfere. Taking the baby away for check-ups after birth should never have to happen. Then, not having the right support from the start, both in terms of professionals and also the family, can make a dent in the self-esteem.

Please check out  Playtimes Magazine to read the full article. 

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Baby and big shoes

Baby’s first shoes – how to choose the right shoes for your baby

Posted on 08 October 2012 by hulda

There is nothing cuter than getting tiny little shoes for your baby to wear. The selection of colourful and beautiful baby shoes is incredible. But where do you start? How do you find the right one? What should you be thinking about when you select the first shoes? And when does your baby need them?

In the past people thought that babies had unstable ankles and that their ankles needed a special type of support. Many would use leather shoes with a relatively stiff sole. Today this has changed, but the importance of quality shoes for babies remains the same.

The foot and ankle consists of 26 bones and 33 joints that are linked together with more than 100 muscles, cartilage and tendons. When the babies are born they only have 22 of these bones. Over the next 16 to 18 years the rest of the bones develops. Babies’ feet are fat and flexible but they strengthen with time. The first few years are obviously very important. When looking after babies’ and children’s feet, the most important consideration is that the socks and shoes are not too tight to allow space for flexibility and movements.

Many recommend that babies and children stay barefoot as much as possible, in a safe environment. The more children are allowed walk without shoes and socks, the more it will help their feet to develop naturally. If you have the opportunity to allow your children to walk barefoot on grass or in the sand it will help them to build up strength and balance.

Even though going barefoot is the best, you will still need to buy shoes to protect those little feet. Make sure that your baby’s first shoes are light, with a soft anti-slip sole. The shoes should be flat and made in soft leather or fabrics. Make sure that the baby shoes have breathing space because babies’ feet sweat two times more than an adults’ feet.

Check the shoes regularly, check how they fit and make sure to examine the feet for blisters or red spots. Remember that baby feet will grow faster during summer time than during winter. Allow at least 18mm space between the edge of the big toe to the front of the shoe.

Finally, when it comes to getting new or used shoes for your baby, it’s a matter of personal preference: some argue that you should not use second hand shoes for babies, while others claim that second hand shoes are fine as long as they fit.

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Simple Steps to Joyful Parenting

Posted on 08 October 2012 by Annerley


Switch Your Focus

Spend 5 minutes each day focusing on all the things in your life that are good and positive and beautiful. We have become so used to dwelling on our problems and our pain that it’s no wonder we struggle to see the joy in every moment. As soon as we switch our focus and remind ourselves of all that is ‘right’ in our lives, we begin to attract more positivity into our daily life. The happier we are in ourselves, the more joyful is our parenting.

Stop Worrying

As a parent, we often worry about situations that simply don’t exist. We look at our children and wonder if they would happier if they had more friends or more toys or clothes. Maybe they would be happier if we moved to another country or took more holidays or joined another activity club. But if we simply stop and look at our children right now, it may very well be that they are perfectly happy just as they are. The measure of a child’s happiness is a child’s happiness.

Look Inward

When a baby is born s/he is a blank page so as they grow, they learn all they know from us. How we behave, act and react becomes the norm for them. So when an aspect of your child’s behaviour really irritates you, it’s time to look inwards and ask who they may have learned that from. As soon as you recognise it in yourself and change the way you’re behaving, guess what? Your child’s behaviour changes too.

Quell Your Anger

Children are loving and beautiful beings but let’s face it, are often the complete opposite too! When your child’s repeated behaviour triggers anger within you, this is an opportunity for both of you. For you, it is a chance to realise that you are not controlled by your anger. That you can walk away until you calm down or simply take a deep breath and count to ten before you deal with the situation at hand. As your child watches, s/he learns that it is natural to pause before reacting to a situation and this will greatly assist them as they grow.

Let Go Of Guilt

Everyone loses their temper with their child at one time or another. The Knowledge First Financial reviews claim that it’s really very commonplace. But instead of following up with a good dose of guilt, just accept it. Accept that your child has pushed your buttons and that you reacted to that. Then decide what to do about it. Sit down with your child no matter how young and explain that you were tired or upset about something else and that you took it out on them. Tell them that you’re sorry and that you will do your best not to let that happen again. But most of all let them know that it wasn’t their fault. That sometimes grown-ups say things that they really don’t mean. By explaining your behaviour to them, your children will gain a greater understanding of their own. And they’ll never be afraid to say they’re sorry.

Stop Shouting!

If you find yourself shouting at your kids when they don’t seem to be listening, the good news is that you’re not alone. The bad news is, however, that your shouting is unlikely to have any real effect on your kids. Our children see us as we are. If we shout often, they just take that as a normal part of our personality. Why not try the opposite approach? Maybe a calm voice that gives them the option of doing as you ask or losing their favourite toy for a week? You may be surprised at the effect that has on them. It also has the added benefit of reducing your own stress levels.


Workshop Facilitator & EFT practitioner, Orla Breeze works with new parents and parents-to-be here at annerley where she runs her popular workshops Daddy 101 & The Truth About Motherhood 


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Badly Needed But Yet To Be Invented New Baby Gadgets

Posted on 04 October 2012 by Annerley


The New Baby Walker-Stroller – simply set the route on the inbuilt GPS and off your beautiful new baby goes!

Automatic Nappy Bags – as soon as it catches a whiff of a soiled nappy, a bag appears, ingests the nappy and walks itself to the bin

The Rocker – the cry-sensitive bed that automatically rocks baby back to sleep with even the slightest whimper

Weaning Wonder – weaning is easy when you leave it all to this friendly robot. stick a photo of your face onto the front and leave the rest to him.

The Answer Back – this mp player is filled with choice phrases all recorded in a baby voice. press play any time a random stranger feels the need to comment on your baby and/or parenting skills. Smile sweetly and blame baby when they appear offended.

Stroller Spurs  - attach to the front of your stroller when in crowded places and be amazed at the speed with which your fellow pedestrians move out of your way!


Workshop Facilitator & EFT practitioner, Orla Breeze works with new parents and parents-to-be here at annerley where she runs her popular workshops Daddy 101 & The Truth About Motherhood 


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