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Searching for a pediatrician starts as early as third trimester, before our precious one is born. Getting referral and opinions from experienced parents is commonly practiced. We were once in that boat. Testimonials prove as a good screening to pick the best pediatrician.

That's exactly what we did. We engaged with one of the best pediatricians in town after our first baby was born. Caring and thank goodness, the pediatrician (PedA) is a breastfeeding enthusiast. PedA is a favorite in the private hospital we visited. Everyday, PedA clinic never fail to attract a beeline of patients. When Austin was barely a week old, we experienced once, staying in hospital premise longer than 5 hours. My mom screamed when we reached home. She felt this was insane for a neonate! I agree, there must be a better solution. We thought of breaking up with PedA but Austin’s jaundice still persisted. And PedA kept putting us on schedule to go back every few days to monitor the serum bilirubin count (to my knowledge, reading above 200 µmol/L is a red flag, verify this fact please!). We were so exhausted! Instead of making way for rejuvenation and recovery, my confinement period was spent running around in hospital! If we get to turn back the clock, we are going to do it differently. First, jaundice is pretty common in babies. Usually harmless with sufficient monitoring, or if necessary in more serious case, phototherapy is the treatment. Read more about the symptoms and treatment in summary here. Secondly, we will go for the convenience and efficiency sake on top above all. Perhaps opting for blood test to be run at the nearest government health center that we heard is efficient and zero cost. I am going to share on how to obtain the cost-free immunization for your little one in Malaysia soon.  
Syringes and medicine dispenser on tray 
Going back to our story, we continued seeing PedA for a month. Our baby was fully recovered after 6 weeks on his own. No phototherapy. Lots of morning sun did help. In addition, I totally avoided all the ginger-related dishes/meals despite there is no conclusive evidence that this is deemed necessary.

If your baby is an exclusive booby baby, you are likely to make less trip to hospital. True. We take scheduled jabs at government health center instead of going back to hospital during the in-between. We are happy with this arrangement.

Until, we noticed a few streaks of fresh blood in Austin's stool when he was about 3 months old. This time, we were not going back to PedA, we told ourselves. We went to see PedB. PedB was picked after we consulted our friends. Caring, patience and a breastfeeding supporter, PedB concluded this case was due to bacterial infection. Antibiotics was not prescribed since Austin obtained abundance of antibodies from his momma. Nursing directly was an advantage. We were also advised to keep feeding bottle hygiene at top notch condition.

Not too long after, we saw the fresh blood in stool again. Little but frightening. This time, it occurred in three consecutive poos. We sensed a big trouble. Seeking for second opinion, we went to see PedC, after recommended by a few experienced parents. PedC arrived late at the clinic, kept us waiting for almost 3 hours in hospital premise! Our first good impression was gone. Knowledgeable, sounded expert in diagnosis, PedC eliminated constipation (exclusive booby baby, 99.9% unlikely) and intussusception. High chances, PedC ruled out the possibility of broken/torn capillary in large intestine caused by motional friction. Austin was active, calm and not crying when his tummy was pressed on. No fever. I guess we passed the toughest test. Something not serious but we still needed an answer.

Not too long after, we saw that scary streaks of fresh blood coming back. Alarming! We read online literature about bloody stools and reviewed tons of parental comments. I talked to other breastfeeding mommas but none could offer us a good clue for our case. We also consulted experienced nurses/midwives but they had never heard of what we experienced. We opted to trust our research and finding this round. Almost helpless, we went for elimination diagnosis. Top on the list, food intolerance. I reshuffled my dairy diet. Cut them down to minimal. No cow's milk. No soy milk too, on safe side. No excessive dairy stuff e.g. cheese, yogurt, butter. No doctor has ever told us about this, but we chose to trust our instinct.

Since then, we have never see that freaky streaky blood anymore! Guess we hit the nail on its head. Austin's poo was more accumulative rather than loose and frequent. He has performed better in weight gain too. Falling behind, less than 5th percentile in his third month, he picked up and stayed within 10-25th percentile onwards (same percentile as he was born) all the way until today!

The above experience was not intended to rob the rice bowl of any children expert or specialist. Musings from a mother, hope it helps to remind us (parents) again and again, never leave your child's health record ONLY with your doctors. Keep the log with you, always. Whether it is written down somewhere or in your brain cells, health history is a powerful tool to medical diagnosis and treatment down the road. Parents are born with instinct to care and protect the little ones. That's what the cave man did! They survived, right?

So, who is the best doctor for your baby? YOU!

~Great Health is the Greatest Wealth~


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