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Allison discusses the emotional weight of infertility in Healthy Matters newsletter

Allison discusses the emotional weight of infertility in Healthy Matters newsletter

Posted on 12 September 2018 by Ailish Cotton

The inability to become pregnant is often associated to one of the most distressing life crises for women and couples. Struggling with infertility can cause tremendous pain and if you are feeling sad, anxious, depressed or isolated, you are not alone.
Healthy Matters talked to Hong Kong psychotherapist Allison Heiliczer about the emotional weight of infertility and some of the coping strategies she recommends.

Why do fertility problems cause so much pain?

Fertility problems are often a huge source of emotional pain as they reflect feelings of not only personal failure but also communal. Infertility, even the very word, often connotes an inability to create, produce, and nurture and therefore places a heavy psychological load onto an individual or couple.
As much as we might not be aware of social forces at play while trying to procreate, there are still assumptions in many cultures and religions that in order for one to be fulfilled, he/she must have a baby, and by having that baby, those babies, that a couple fulfils a societal obligation. This often gets socially reinforced as people watch other people have babies and assume that they had no challenges doing so and wonder why they cannot. Their mind then often jumps to thinking they have failed or will miss out on experiences others have. This is often connected to emotional pain as the mind starts to wonder whether having a baby will ever be possible and if not, then could they be fulfilled? Some people also do not have the financial and/or emotional reserves to invest in fertility treatments or adoption and therefore feel that that if they cannot get pregnant “naturally”, they are doomed.
Click here to read the full article in the Healthy Matters newsletter
Allison Heiliczer is a psychotherapist and part of the Annerley team. She has a special interest in women and couples and has helped many of our Annerley families. If you would like to book a therapy session or consultation with Allison, please email info@annerley.com.hk or call 29831558. Allison also facilitates our postnatal depression group at Annerley. This is free of charge – please see www.annerley.com.hk for details or give us a call.

allison heilczer

Allison Heiliczer, Annerley psychotherapist, runs the postnatal Depression Group and offers private consultations to women and couples.

 

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Power of the pride – thank you team Annerley & family

Power of the pride – thank you team Annerley & family

Posted on 12 March 2018 by hulda

We have all noticed the international day of women came and went. Like some other special days, it makes me, once again endlessly grateful.

Thanks to some other women, my name was mentioned in one of the articles published in Hong Kong on this day, along with some other women, amazing ones, funnily enough many of which I have been fortunate enough to walk alongside here in this fun city.

The article also mentioned my sister in law, Kristrun Lind, who re-established Annerley Midwives with me, something that not everyone would have been capable of doing. She put in endless hours to help to create what we have today. Annerley had previously been setup as mostly an education and lactation company by Ann Illingworth in 1995, then taken over and changed into a more wide range service clinic – pretty much one of its kind in Hong Kong, where traditionally women either saw a private obstetrician and gave birth in a private hospital, or went to government hospitals and clinics for their care. Private midwives rarely performed routine antenatal care.

Inspiration every day

Inspiration every day

Since then, a lot of water under the bridge and Annerley now offers a wide range of antenatal care, we have an obstetrician who tends to our women and a special shared care programme, NEXUS, that gives families an option of a great continuous care by midwives and obstetricians at a very affordable price. We are just about to publish our clinical outcomes from this programme and we are very excited.

But back to where I started. I remember when I got married in 2001 and I was thanking all my family and friends for all the help they had offered and given me in my life. Right from birth of course, parents and siblings, grandparents and many more – but then ongoing: I would never have finished school, university and my postgraduate midwifery degree, had it not been for my sister Rebekka for example, help from friends and family that babysat, fed, offered lodgings, cars, money and more and more – for years. Other friends who are always there, on the phone if not in person, always willing, listening, practical, loving and just there.

I also would never have survived here in Hong Kong, had it not been for all the friends and families that came through Annerley, all the staff that I have been fortunate to been surrounded by. I don’t think anyone can really imagine what it is to run a little business like this, that is so dependent on that everyone puts in their best and that – when nature rules what time babies are born, everyone is emotional, happy, helpless, sad, – the whole lot, many times over during the months of the parenting journey – completely depends on the whole team to be amazingly committed.
Families of those employees, the midwives, team in our office, they also have had their share. There are phone-calls, strange working hours and discussions about stuff that none of them really would love to hear. But they put up with it and fortunately I think I can say that most of the time our little team is a happy one.

Since 2001 in my marriage speech, I have many times stood in front of crowds and written blogs like this. All quite similar. About the same people.

And I can never say it enough. Women and men, – there are so many around me that I really cannot thank enough. People who stand by me and I want to say to that I will always, too, stand by you.

Sometimes this is obvious, sometimes it is not. But it is there. The it. Believe in it, lean into it, feel it. I really hope that one day, I can return all those favors, love and generosity, not that anyone seems to be counting.

I have had a tough year myself. I divorced and my whole family has suffered. We all try to make it work though and in my 45th year of living, I am making it my passion to try and live in peace and harmony and try to make the world a little better than when I came into it.
With the help of all these wonderful role-models around me, I would never be able to think that way. Of course, on the darkest days, it is even hard. But I am so lucky to be able to always be knocked into a beautiful path, if ever I seem to wander out of it. By you all, beautifulies. My family is an amazing one. Unusual and strange I suppose, but I am so glad to be in it. My birth family and my Annerley family.

“The power of the pride” – our little team mantra, this one led by the only man in our Annerley team. We are all there to support each other, to support families, who then support each other and so it goes.

Power of the pride

Power of the pride

I would like to dedicate my song on this day to my beautiful daughter Freyja, who is my inspiration every day. If we could all just be like her, the sun would always shine. Happy (just after) international day to all women in this world.

From the forever grateful mum and midwife,
Hulda

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Job Opportunity at Annerley – Office/Client Relationship Manager

Job Opportunity at Annerley – Office/Client Relationship Manager

Posted on 07 November 2017 by Ailish Cotton

November 2017

We are looking for a real multi-tasker who is highly organised with an interest in people, an eye for detail, and to top it all is a kind and happy homemaker!

The role is a full-time Office Manager of a small, well-established midwife-led clinic in Hong Kong. Over the past decade we have built a unique, boutique business, very personal and and totally client-focused. We are looking for an empathetic individual capable of performing tasks requiring a talent for interpersonal-communication, organization and planning. The successful applicant will be expected to rapidly acquire a comprehensive knowledge of our core business objectives and master the details of all of our services and products while demonstrating all the key, basic, small-office, housekeeping skills.

This post requires a special individual who will take care of everything from setting the mood at the start of the day, welcoming clients, handling bookings, stock control, keeping the place tidy, managing the midwives’ schedules and making sure cups are clean and drinks are always offered. We have intentionally cultivated a secure and intimate working environment cognisant of the fact that our clients are going through a very special event and often emotionally dynamic period in their lives. Our clients will often be disclosing very intimate details of their private lives so absolute discretion allied with a sensitive and a non-judgemental attitude are essential attributes. Work in this field can be hugely rewarding but it can be busy and not infrequently you may find that you have several balls in the air at the same time. The Office Manager needs to be highly organized, able to think ahead and be willing to turn their hand to pretty much anything. An ability to maintain calm under pressure would be a definite advantage. Basic accounting skills will be sufficient but a well developed understanding in social media, email and communication in English is required. An ability to speak Cantonese and Mandarin and Icelandic would be a bonus. We are a tech-savvy company who devote a significant amount of time and energy to developing our communication and marketing strategies thus skills in using basic 21st century tools such as Facebook, Pinterest, WordPress, Canva etc would be highly desirable. Our basic email and filing systems are built on Google Business – all systems are in place and easy to navigate.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Manages all daily administrative operations of the clinic, including establishing work priorities, and ensures a smooth running of the day-to-day operations of the business, including keeping the clinic manned, neat and welcoming for clients at all times.
  • First contact with client and manages all incoming calls, emails, direct face-to-face enquiries and requests from clients regarding services and products provided, and main contact for all sales and bookings of such services.
  • Client relationship management – shared with the Practice Manager.
  • Some responsibility for financial and accounting duties, mainly very simple daily reports. Responsible for petty cash and day to day expenses.
  • Maintains the booking system and website and makes sure everything is up to date.
  • Use social media for marketing and promoting. Update and maintain advertising schedule and marketing schedule.
  • Oversees scheduling of all classes at least one year in advance, including allocating the teachers to each course.
  • Provides administrative assistance and support to the midwives, including problem solving, project planning and management, day-to-day office coordination, and secretarial services.
  • Manages and oversees business computer system and filing. We use Google drive as our filing operating system.
  • In charge of sales and stock control.
  • Manages day-to-day running of the office, such as stationery and printing, snacks and drinks for classes etc.
  • Assists with coordinating programs, seminars, workshops, travel arrangements, special projects, and/or events.
  • Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

WORKING CONDITIONS AND PHYSICAL EFFORT:

  • Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.
  • Some work will be done outside office, such as necessary tasks in banks, post office, suppliers, government offices etc.
  • Working hours are from 9.00am to 6.30pm.
  • The role is under general supervision and in line with the Managing Directors.
  • Holidays 15 working days per year plus all public holidays.

Please contact Ailish ailish@annerley.com.hk if you feel you are the perfect fit to the Annerley team. To find out more about Annerley, please see our website www.annerley.com.hk

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10 Top Tips for New Parents – Sue shares her advice in ‘Around DB’ magazine

10 Top Tips for New Parents – Sue shares her advice in ‘Around DB’ magazine

Posted on 06 November 2017 by Kristrun

Becoming a parent is a life-changing event to say the least. Add in sleep deprivation, sore breasts, cramping and a demanding newborn, and it’s no wonder new parents struggle at times. Here are 10 tips to help keep mum, dad and baby healthy through the first few weeks. If your spouse snores at night and you’re having a hard time sleeping at night get some comfortable ear plugs for sleeping to help block out the snoring.

1. Expect that you will fit around the baby’s needs, and not the other way around. Don’t put undue pressure on yourself to keep to your old routine.

2. Sleep when the baby sleeps—Facebook can wait. A proper rest will leave you feeling refreshed and better able to cope when the baby wakes.

3. Accept help when it is offered. Although many people in Hong Kong are fortunate enough to employ domestic helpers, there are still times that you need that extra pair of hands from a friend.

4. Sit in front of the TV with the family while feeding. You don’t need to live in the bedroom for months!

5. Go out for gentle walks. Getting out is good for you both physically and mentally, but halve the distance you think you can walk—your body has been through a lot!

6. Eat and drink well. Have healthy snacks and a bottle of water nearby when feeding. Give your body the nutrients that it needs to cope with the demands being placed on it.

7. Babies cry. Accept it.

8. There is no magic formula for sleeping and feeding routines. There are, however, many wealthy book authors.

9. Listen to the friendly, contradicting advice of friends and relatives, then take what you want and disregard the rest.

10. Babies are tiny for such a short time. Enjoy them. Remember everything is just a phase.


To read the full article in Around DB – click here

Sue is a registered midwife and lactation consultant and she and our other midwives are available for office consultation, home visits as well as teaching group antenatal classes at Annerley. Please call 29831558 or visit www.annerley.com.hk for more details.

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What sounds and behaviours should we expect from our babies?

What sounds and behaviours should we expect from our babies?

Posted on 24 October 2016 by Kristrun

My 8 month-old son, Thomas, loves to squark. Sometimes he sounds like a bird, other times he resembles a baby dinosaur on the hunt for his next feed. We lovingly gave him the nickname “Thomosaurus Rex” and shamelessly plan to dress him as a baby Stegosaurus for Halloween. At times the squawking can be loud – so loud that he receives curious looks from passersby (“is that a baby boy or dinosaur?” I assume they are thinking). My husband notices these glances and kindly shushes our son, as it may not be a socially appropriate noise to make when out and about in Hong Kong where children are typically ‘seen but not heard’. As a Speech Therapist, I am usually crouching down to face him while squarking right back at him while pulling crazy faces (getting shushed by my husband at the same time).

Babies and toddlers who coo, gurgle, babble, squark, squeak or squeal are gr2eat in my opinion, and should be supported, praised and encouraged. Ok, maybe there is a time and place for some sounds children make (shouting in a library may not be ideal) but vocalising is communication, and communication is extremely important to live a happy, productive and healthy life.

So what sounds and behaviours should we expect from our babies? Cooing, crying, smiling and making eye contact are all expected between 0-3 months of age. Between 3-6 months you should start to see some pointing, blowing raspberries and laughing (and perhaps some shrieking and squealing). You should hear some babbling with sounds made with the lips (such as ‘b’ and ‘m’) in sequences like “baba” and “mabada” between 6-9 months. More sounds should be used between 9-12 months, such as d, m, n, h, w and t. First words are generally heard at around 12 months.

Parents and carers can do a lot to help babies learn to speak by interacting with them from birth onwards by making lots of eye contact, singing, talking to the baby (even if the baby is too young to respond), playing, and imitating sounds, gestures and actions that the baby makes. This shows the baby that their sounds and actions are meaningful, and encourages them to make more of them! It is never too early to read to a baby, making sure that you choose books that are simple and colourful. Read slowly with lots of expression and point to pictures while naming them. Don’t forget to respond to your baby when they try to communicate with you, even if the noises made sound prehistoric.

Hailing from Sydney, Australia, Stephanie Eber has been working as a Speech and Language Therapist for over 10 years. She is the Senior Speech Therapist at an international school in Hong Kong while running Beyond Words Speech Therapy, a consultancy practice which runs workshops for parents, carers, domestic helpers, educators and other therapists. Visit facebook.com/BeyondWordsHK to find out more about upcoming workshops.

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When to go to the hospital to give birth?

When to go to the hospital to give birth?

Posted on 28 January 2016 by Kristrun

Midwife with woman during labour

Midwife with woman during labour

It is usually best to wait until you are in active labour before going to the hospital, or around 3cm dilated or if the membranes have ruptured (breaking waters).

This is for a number of reasons. Firstly, some hospitals have a policy where until you are at least 3 cm dilated, you do not go to a birthing (delivery) room. Whilst the policy is good, the implementation is not always optimal.

Labouring women tend to be more comfortable in their own environment. Remember how the hormones work – this will promote the endorphins and oxytocin, which will result in a shorter, less painful labour.

Added to this, until you are in active labour we have no idea of how fast your cervix will open. Getting to 3cm could take 2 hours or 22 hours and once you are in hospital there will be an expectation that you will progress and if you do not, someone will want to help you. This is where the cascade of intervention plays a role. Research has shown that whenever a form of intervention is utilized in your labour, there will be an increased chance of further interventions. Once you are in active or established labour, it is likely that your labour will continue to progress and there will be less likelihood of further intervention or a cascading scale of intervention.

A possible (but not inevitable) example would be that you are at the hospital in early labour and your cervix is open about 1 cm. After 4 hours the cervix has thinned out but is only open 2cm now. You are advised that your membranes should be ruptured to speed up labour, by approximately 30-60 minutes for a first time mum. Evidence tells us that having your membranes ruptured increases pain for the mother, so you choose to have an epidural. Evidence also tells us that the baby has an increased chance of demonstrating a concerning fetal heart rate pattern (CTG) – you are then advised that the baby is distressed and needs to be born imminently. Assuming the cervix is completely open and the baby is in a good position, a vacuum birth is safely attended, with an episiotomy. The baby is born in good condition, but subsequently develops jaundice, which requires photo-therapy and an artificial milk formula to clear the jaundice and you then develop problems with breastfeeding!

Other reasons to go to hospital would be:

  • Amniotic fluid is leaking
  • Concerns about baby’s movements
  • Bleeding, not mixed with mucous
  • Contractions 3-5 min apart, regular in length, strength and frequency
  • You do not feel comfortable at home

You are not trying to avoid the hospital, but trying to identify when there is a real need to go.  If labour comes on very quickly, sometimes there is also a need to move swiftly as you do not want to be on your way to the hospital with very strong contractions – better to have settled into the labour ward nicely.   Any woman with a high risk pregnancy, or if it is a second or third baby, needs to go into hospital as soon as the labour starts.

Please let us know if we can help!

The midwives

Do you want to know more? Consultation with the midwives, available on Skype (face time or other platforms), over the phone, or in the office. Click here to book. More information about our services on our website.

Private Labour Care at home is a great way to secure a private support in your home environment. Read more here.

 

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Should my child eat in front of the screen?

Should my child eat in front of the screen?

Posted on 22 December 2015 by Kristrun

Screen timeThe very recent widespread access to mobile screens has changed our behaviour and – without a doubt – our children’s behaviour. Until very recently we would only have televisions in our homes – and very few would have access to mobile TV screens. Nowadays we see many babies and children with a screen in restaurants, sitting in prams or in the lap of a parent – absorbed, quiet and calm.

Because of this recent change the effects of children using a screen from early days has not been researched much – there are no adults yet who have had this experience – so long term research does not exist. The interest to fund such research is probably not great as a lot of powerful companies around the world are much more focused on making our children future consumers in front of the screen.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that kids under 2 years of age watch nothing at all and children older than 2 – not more than two hours daily. Of course not all screen time is the same – catching up with grandparents on Skype is not the same as spending time alone with the iPad.

What about eating whilst in front of the screen? Many parents use this as a regular means of keeping their little ones in their seats at meal times. Here are a few things to consider.

-It can affect the amount of food the child consumes – and they may overeat without realising it.

-It´s important for children to copy adult behaviour during mealtimes. That is how they really learn how to behave – the distraction of the screen will very likely delay this learning procedure.

-For the same reason, they may lose interest in certain types of food as they miss out on seeing an adult show interest, talk about and consume the foods.

-It can be extremely difficult to wean the child from using the screen at mealtimes.

-It can affect their language development to miss out on the communication during mealtimes. Mealtimes are meant to be a social time.

-The need for the screen may create a false need for food.

-The child can be very upset when the screen is taken away from her, causing other problems after mealtimes.

It can take time to teach children to behave as we would like them to around mealtimes. Don’t expect them to last long at the table in the beginning – they will gradually and slowly learn this skill and grow to enjoy it. Some enjoy it from young age whilst for others it can take a lot longer. Eventually all normal healthy children will get there.

Happy eating

Kristrun

B.Ed, M. Ed. (Iceland, HK) C.E.C.E. (HK)

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About Grandparents

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About Grandparents

Posted on 07 September 2015 by Kristrun

Most of us were lucky enough to grow up in a loving family and environment.  Most of us have parents that we love and who love us back.  As mentioned in my last blog, parents can be helpful, and also unhelpful, when it comes to the first days with a new baby, partly because when they were raising their children, the environment and advice was very different to now.

It is hard for parents to abandon their beliefs and habits and they do not always understand the way our generation does things as parents – all the access to courses and information, how we research and investigate before we do anything.

In fact, our parents are often of the belief that despite it being great to be able to get support from the internet and our friends, the overflow of the same is only making our lives more confusing and frustrating. Taking away the independence and “get on with it” parenting.

Of course, we all know this and probably agree to a point, but we cannot go back in time.  And to be honest, there are so many things from the past that we are grateful to not have to go through. I am not even going to start the list of comparison.

What I wanted to remind us all of was that grandparents, despite their perhaps different opinions and other difficulties (the typical MIL issue), are not something we should take for granted.

The day will come, and has already come for some, that the grandparents will say goodbye for good. There will be no more remarks or comments, no more unrealistic demands or opinions, no more decisions on how to split the holidays etc. 

And in my opinion, to have grandparents in my children’s lives, is such a treasure.  They add such tremendous value and richness into the lives of those kids – they teach them so much by just being there.  By their manners, their personalities, the way they speak, think, the things they have gone through in life, their way of handling situations, money, travels, how they hold books when they read and how they patiently cut the food for the children.  How they have time, and make time, and quietly teach them without teaching them.

Everything about the grandparents is different and not easily emulated by those of a younger generation.  It is something that comes from living through the times they lived through, growing up amongst larger families and more generations of people under the same roof. Having gone through the times where money, electricity, heat, access to all sorts of products and services was limited, travel was not an option so easily and more and more.

If we grew up in a loving household where our parents were kind to us and did their best, our parents deserve, however annoying they may sometimes be (I mean this in a humorous way), that we treat them with dignity and kindness back. Perhaps they can sometimes just have their way with the kids, without us getting annoyed.  Perhaps it will not do any harm to our children.  And perhaps, we need sometimes to slow down and remember to enjoy all the moments that we have with our own parents too. 

Every year I try and “let go“ of my kids for a few weeks and they grow up in the arms of their grandparents. I try and let them not be guests in the homes of their grandparents, but rather to live with them. I am lucky, as the grandparents have health and the willingness to offer and welcome this.  They get something out of it too, of course.  But it is not something I take for granted. 

 

Of things in life that my children have, I rate this amongst the highest of all things.

 

Hulda 2015

 

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The Lulla doll. Sleep longer. Sleep better.

The Lulla doll. Sleep longer. Sleep better.

Posted on 23 June 2015 by Kristrun

sleep_helpWe are happy to announce the arrival of the the Lulla doll in Hong Kong. Sleep is an ongoing topic in our clinic and a day does not go by without the subject of babies’ sleep being addressed. We are truly happy to bring the Lulla doll to the market in Asia – it is such a simple, safe and practical solution for better sleep for both parents and babies.

As many of you know, Hulda and Kristrun come from Iceland – that odd little cold country way up there. The woman who invented the Lulla doll is also Icelandic. In Iceland it is very common for parents to co-sleep with their babies, and it comes very naturally to Icelandic parents to keep their infants very close to them in the beginning. Of course this is universal, but in Iceland we normally take this one step further and sleep with our babies in our beds, or at least very close to our beds – and sometimes for a long time.

Eyrun, the founder of the Lulla doll was heartbroken to see her friend having to leave her little newborn baby in the Special Care Baby Unit every night for two weeks. Eyrun went ahead and designed the amazing Lulla doll that plays a real life recording of the breathing and heartbeat of a mother at rest in order to keep the babies calm whilst away from their parents. The recording lasts throughout the whole night, unlike many white noise machines that only last for a few minutes. Lulla’s aim is to also help babies stabilize their own breathing and heartbeat, resulting in longer and better sleep.

We are so proud of Eyrun and her team in Iceland – the Lulla doll has been recognised all over the world, there has been lots of media involvement and they have received many awards and grants. The Lulla doll is now available for every newborn, and is a perfect solution for all healthy babies as well as those who unfortunately need to spend time in hospital (or anywhere else) away from their parents.

The Lulla doll is now available in our webshop – we can ship anywhere in Asia (additional charges will apply outside of HK). We are just a click away. http://annerley.com.hk/index.php/Product/714/The-Lulla-doll.html

Do you want to know more? Consultation with the midwives, available on Skype (face time or other platforms), over the phone or in the office. Click here to book. More information about our services on our website.

The Annerley team 

 

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Checklist for traveling parents by Hulda

Checklist for traveling parents by Hulda

Posted on 12 May 2015 by Kristrun

shutterstock_251728762Checklist for traveling parents by Hulda

To feel safe and to enjoy your journey when traveling with a newborn, there are several things that are important to take care of.

You can minimise the risk of any problems by only travelling once you feel confident in taking care of your baby.  This means waiting until he is a few weeks old at least and ideally seeing a doctor prior to your trip to ensure that there are no physical problems, such as ear or chest infection.   The same applies for the mother; it is better to make sure that breastfeeding, if done, is under control and well established and that adequate measures are taken to ensure this continues while traveling.

Fortunately serious illnesses or accidents during travel with a newborn are relatively rare.  Partly this is a result of the parents’ instinctive need to keep newborns close and protected. Also too, when breastfeeding, mothers supply the baby with antigens that provide a major barrier to many germs that otherwise could cause problems for the baby.

To keep in mind when traveling with a newborn:

  • Flying:

As a rule of thumb, most problems related to plane travel can be prevented or solved with breastfeeding, since the main concerns are ear pressure problems (sucking will minimize the risk of this), threat of infection in the confined area (antibacterial action) and dehydration (long flights).  If not breastfeeding, then make sure a bottle is available at all times and have boiled, distilled water to give in case of need for the suction/hydration but not the food.

  • Exposure to sun and heat:

Make sure a newborn is never exposed to direct sunlight.  Keep the baby in the shade, avoid midday outings and make sure to use sun block on the skin (after 3-4 months old). In warmer areas, it is better if baby wears light cotton clothes.  Swimsuits with UV protection are a good idea but generally spend little time in pools and only during early morning or late afternoon. Hats are good.  Aloe Vera gel is helpful in case of burning. Breast milk, water or formula needs to be available at all times and make sure the baby does not sleep too long at a time without some hydration.  Dehydration would be obvious by less wet diapers, firmer stools, fontanels on top of head dipping and sometimes lethargy.  Give fluids immediately if this happens.

  • Hygiene:

At all times when traveling, you must make sure to wash your hands regularly, use alcohol wipes for you and baby and sterilize all containers for food frequently.  Gastrointestinal infections would give symptoms like diarrhea, explosive vomiting, dry skin, sometimes fever and general irritation and crying.  In this case you must consult a doctor immediately and give plenty of fluids. Prevention of nappy rash by airing the bottom and using zinc oxide barrier creams is also important when baby has diarrhea.

  • Mosquitoes and other insects:

Always use a mosquito net when baby sleeps, have baby wearing light clothes that cover the body and use mosquito barrier on exposed areas.  If the baby gets bitten, observe symptoms such as generalized swelling, puffy eyes, swelling of the face and neck, wheezing and gasping and blotchy skin.  If this happens, call a doctor immediately. If minor swelling, lavender, lemon and tea tree oils can calm the skin.

  • Symptoms of illness:

If your baby has fever, excessive vomiting, lethargy, and diarrhea or is off food, make sure to ventilate and cool your hotel room well, give fluids as much as possible and undress the baby.  Keep the baby close to you at all times.  Observe the symptoms and if not better in few hours, especially if fever over 38´C persists, consult a doctor.

  • Last but not least:
  1. Keep your baby with you at all times.
  2. A dedicated car seat is the only safe option when travelling by car or taxi.
  3. Always have useful emergency numbers available, both local to the area you are traveling to and your doctor in Hong Kong as well.
  4. Have a First Aid bag with you.  It needs to have:
  • Infant paracetamol, Calpol (for minor fever)
  • Antiseptic wipes or ointment (70% Isopropyl Alcohol or/and Dettol)
  • Paracetamol for adults (in a case of mastitis)
  • Sunscreen for babies
  • Burn relief (Calamine, Aloe Vera)
  • Antibacterial cream
  • Lansinoh ointment (for dry lips and breasts)
  • Eye and nose drops, antibacterial and saline (Infection or blockage)
  • Adhesive bandages
  • Insect repellant
  • Insect bite soothing balm
  • Zink Oxide for diaper rash
  • Scissors
  • Gauze pads
  • Thermometer (rectal)
  • Tweezers
  • First Aid booklet

Consultation with the midwives, available on Skype (face time or other platforms), over the phone or in the office. Click here to book. More information about our services on our website.

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