• Toni Gonzaga on Managing Child's Fever: 'Make Sure Na Pantay Yung Init ng Buong Katawan'

    Toni Gonzaga shares tips on fever management, watch Scarlet Snow Belo sing a nursery rhyme in Filipino, and more!
    by Rachel Perez .
  • How Toni Gonzaga managed Seve's fever

    When then 7-month-old Seve Soriano had a high fever due to teething every two hours, mom Toni Gonzaga barely slept. When Seve's temperature went up, Toni would give him a sponge bath to lower the fever. 

    "That was my very first time to experience first-hand what it was like to not sleep at all 'cause you're just looking and checking on the baby," the first time mom told Pep.ph.

    Toni was worried that Seve's fever could lead to convulsions, which happened to her when she was a baby.

    But Toni's mom, Pinty Gonzaga, knew what to do. "Hindi ko makakalimutan yun, bata pa lang ako, sinasabi na ng mommy sa akin, kapag mainit ang ulo ng bata, may fever, always make sure na pantay yung init ng buong katawan," Toni shared. 

    "Hindi puwedeng mainit yung ulo, malamig yung paa, malamig yung kamay. Kasi ibig sabihin nun, lahat ng lagnat niya nasa ulo," she explained. "Pag ganun, magsi-seizure yung bata kasi hindi kakayanin nung brain niya yung init, yung fever na naipon lang sa ulo," Toni said. 

    Fever is the body's way to fight off an infection. It's a manageable symptom, but it needs careful monitoring, especially in babies since it could be a sign of a more serious illness, warranting urgent attention. (Read more about managing fever here.)

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    Scarlet Snow Belo adorably sings "Ako Ay May Lobo"

    After challenging everyone to recite the Pledge of Allegiance to the Philippine Flag, Scarlet Snow Belo, already fluent in English and is also learning to speak Chinese, continues to practice her Filipino speaking skills. 

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    Her mom Dr. Vicki Belo posted on Instagram her daughter's version of the local nursery rhyme, "Ako Ay May Lobo," asking for feedback how the adorable tot's Tagalog skills are coming along. A lot of people reacted to her cute rendition of the song, though Scarlet's thick English accent can still be heard. 

    Some people commended Scarlet Snow and her parents for making an effort to learn Filipino. Everyone's convinced that with more practice and more people speaking to her in the local tongue that she'll be fluent in Filipino, soon.

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    James Yap and Michela Cazzola's son MJ turns 2 Years Old!

    The couple opted to mark their son's second birthday with an intimate celebration at home. James Yap and girlfriend Michela Cazzola welcomed MJ Yap last August 8, 2016. MJ already has a baby sister, one-month-old Franchesca.

    "Happy second birthday to my Bugoy," James wrote as a caption to a collage of their photos. "I pray that you grow up to be a loving son and brother. Papa and Mama love you so much, and we will always be here to guide you. I am grateful for having you in my life," he added. 

    "Buon compleanno, mio Piccolo Principe! Happy 2nd birthday, my love!" Michela wrote in her birthday greeting post on Instagram. MJ's birthday cake was inspired by The Little Prince.

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    Child neglect is child abuse, reminds DSWD

    Parents or guardians who neglect their children may be charged with child abuse, according to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). It is a crime under Republic Act 7610 or the Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation, and Discrimination.

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    The DSWD issued the warning after the agency noted an increase in the number of street children, especially in major cities. "Parents are responsible for taking care [of] and providing for their children’s needs. No child should be on the streets, exposed to danger at their young age,” DSWD's acting secretary, Virginia Orogo explained.

    The department will launch the 'Silungan sa Barangay" a project that aims to provide temporary shelter for street children and homeless families. It will also serve as a learning and livelihood center for children and families at risk.

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    Limiting screen time can protect your child's heart

    The American Health Association (AHA) now cautions parents about screen time and heart issues. Prolonged screen time has been linked with increased hours of physical inactivity in children and teens, which has long been associated with obesity and poor cardiovascular health. Once those two issues start in childhood, they'll likely continue into adulthood. 

    AHA recommends that children under age 6 should spend no longer than one hour of screen time per day, while those older than 6 years of age should limit screen time to up to two hours max per day. Children under age 2 should have no screen time at all. Screen time refers to the use of smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles, TV, and other outlets. 

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