• Paula Peralejo Reveals Baby Had Surgery to Correct Tongue and Lip Tie

    Plus, you have to see the latest Scarlet Snow video, Jodi Sta. Maria clarifies drugs statement, and more!
    by SmartParenting Staff .
  • 1. Paula Peralejo-Fernandez says son had tongue and lip tie

    On Instagram, Paula Peralejo-Fernandez revealed her son, Pablo, had a frenectomy after a pedia-dentist confirmed her baby had “a tongue and lip tie,” a condition, she says, that can lead to speech delay and dental problems. During a frenectomy procedure, a doctor clips the tissue or membrane (called the frenulum) that attaches the tongue to the floor of the mouth or when the upper lip is tethered to the gum. A lactation consultant tipped off Paula of the condition after she kept experiencing breastfeeding pain despite the proper latch. Paula clarifies that the procedure is a parent’s option and it is not “necessarily the only action you need to take.” In her case, she chose to do it while Pablo is a baby, when the “nerve endings are not yet fully developed so it's supposedly painless for them (or sore at most and they recover quickly).” The new mom says the surgery has already made a difference -- Pablo is latching better and the breastfeeding pain has definitely subsided. 

    2. Hayden Kho's new ode to Scarlet just makes you go 'awww'

    Hayden has certainly been prolific about his love for Scarlet Snow, his daughter with Dr. Vicki Belo. And his latest ode to his daughter may just top all his past declarations of love. The video above, which he uploaded on Instagram today, shows him and Scarlet having a father-and-daughter day. They’re having tea, watching a movie outdoors, and clearly having fun together. Parents can relate to Hayden’s caption, which is brimming with love: “There are some things you die for; and some people you live for. If my only purpose in life is to be your father and to raise you as a God-fearing woman who will be a blessing to others, I would not ask for a greater role.” The video was by Pram & Cradle, who also uploaded the video on their Instagram. You can see the rest of the photos here.

    3 Jodi Sta. Maria clarifies drugs statement

    The actress clarified that she took anti-anxiety drugs in the past, not shabu and cocaine. She said people assumed she took the said drugs after the statements she made at the A Perfect Love conference held last October at the Convention Hall of J Centre Mall in Mandaue City, Cebu. Jodi said she will be more specific about details from now on but she continues to hope that people will be inspired by her story. “Iyong story na pinagdaanan ko sa buhay ko, I'm praying that it brings strength and inspiration and hope to people na dumadaan doon sa pinagdaanan ko.” The actress is currently in New York to attend the International Emmys where Jodi is nominated for Best Actress as Amor Powers in Pangako Sa 'Yo. Above photo shows her with Charo Santos Concio and friends from Star Magic on their way to the opening cocktails of the awards show. (pep.ph)

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    4. Protests held after surprise Ferdinand Marcos burial

    After news of the surprise burial of former Philippine president Ferdinand Marcos at Libingan ng mga Bayani broke out yesterday, November 18, protests began with people converging at the People Power Monument in Edsa. But as early as noon, faculty and students at the University of the Philippines, Ateneo De Manila University and Miriam College were already mobilizing to show their indignation. Those from Ateneo and UP walked along Katipunan Avenue to converge in Miriam to show solidarity. Youth protests also took place in universities along Taft Avenue and in the university belt. By late afternoon, a protest also began in Ayala Triangle in Makati. By nightfall, hundreds of people were already at the People Power monument, railing against the Marcos burial. The government maintains it had no previous knowledge of the burial’s date. (rappler.com)

    5. Over 100 U.S. malls to hold "autism-friendly" hour during holidays
    In the United States, advocacy group Autism Speaks and The Noerr Programs, a company that provides “sensory-friendly” Santa events, are teaming up to make sure kids autism get their turn on Santa’s lap. On November 20 and December 4, over 180 malls across the United States will offer a “controlled and welcoming environment” where the Santas will do whatever it takes to make the children with special needs comfortable to allow parents to capture these moments on camera. The events will happen two hours before the malls open so the families can avoid the noisy and busy crowd. (babble.com

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