Saturday, January 26, 2013

A Recipe for Sick Babies

Little Tiana was under the weather the whole of yesterday...

A day after returning from Singapore, right after lunch her temperature just went up and thermometer showed 39.4deg celcius later that night. gulp.

This is only her second high fever throughout her life at the moment...and this 2nd time around she already know how to complain so we can hear a couple of merengek and banging of toys due to frustration here and there although she still plays and wander around in our house. boy it was pretty exhausting tending her.She wasnt sure of what she was feeling and what she needs which makes us even more clueless T_T

 But she's finally fever free this morning.
She was her ownself again today, playing with her toys, babbling in her own language and wandering about in the house and following mummy and daddy's butt everywhere we go (not too convinient for daddy cuz he was on a passive call shift today and answering a whole lot of calls asking blood pints for patients).

Oh by the way, just a little message while i'm writing here, our National Blood Centre is short of blood so go help donate some blood ok? :)

Since i'm in the traditional medicine line at the moment, i would like to share a recipe with y'all today. it's not some grand annabel karmel or jamie oliver version recipe but just some useful ingredients i combined in tia's porridge and soups while she was unwell.

Fishball Pasta Soup for Sick Babies
1 Shallot + 1tbsp of ikan bilis (tumbuk/blend)
A few cloves of Garlic (ketuk je)
Fishballs, Crabsticks, Chicken (can choose one but i put in all cuz i made this soup for our whole family)
A handful of Goji berries (rinsed)
A handful of barley (rinsed)
Pasta (as much as desired. I used spirals but had a hard time cutting it to pieces for her of course. you can use the pasta stars from heinz) 
Sesame Oil
Tarragon & Season All (pakai trial error je but works. hohoho) 
A teeny bit of salt

How To
1. Heat up a weeedle bit of sesame oil and fry the shallots, bilis n garlic. not til golden brown, just until naik bau.
2. Fill up the pot with water and dump all the other ingredients in (except pasta. pasta must cook according to packet instructions ok)
3. Wait for it to boil up. and thats it. hehe

I kind of believe that tia's speedy recovery wasnt her immune system at all. she's just a baby. so perhaps its the diet. We were lucky tias appetite is still ok (she did refuse to eat but we distracted her with the ipad). My weapon ingredients (cewah) would probably be the barley and Gojiberries. 

Now time for a little factual read:
Goji Berry
The goji berry is also called the wolfberry. It is a bright orange-red berry that comes from a shrub that's native to China. In Asia, goji berries have been eaten for generations in the hopes of living longer.
Over time, people have used goji berries to treat many common health problems like diabetes, high blood pressure, fever, and age-related eye problems. Goji berries are eaten raw, cooked, or dried (like raisins) and are used in herbal teas, juices, wines, and medicines.

Some more pretty awesome facts:
Goji berries also have compounds rich in vitamin A that may have anti-aging benefits. These special compounds help boost immune function, protect vision, and may help prevent heart disease.
Some research suggests that goji berry extracts may boost brain health and may protect against age-related diseases such as Alzheimer's.

Other studies using goji berry juice founds benefits in mental well-being, and calmness, athletic performance, happiness, quality of sleep, and feelings of good health

One of the seven sacred cereals, barley comes from the eastern Balkans. From an esoteric point of view, barley is considered a mild nourishing force which stimulates the heart and is used for easing the emotional tension of a person.

Barley diet is indicated for eliminating toxins from the body, including the blood, for immune stimulation, cicatrisation and regeneration. Barley helps regulate arterial pressure, eliminates the excess of weight, hydrates the teguments and increases virility. This diet is recommended to be held for a minimum period of 2 weeks. For chronic diseases it can last for a month. 

In cases of high fever, barley extract helps reduce the patient's fever.   

Cool interesting stuff kan? I love knowing about all these medicinal foods. So back to our story, The whole time Tia was sick i put these in every meal. soup, or porridge. and it worked for us. so mommies out there can give it a try too, who knows if it works for y'all too. of course we do give her panadol syrup and suppository (when the fever got too high) but at least these foods will limit the drugs. especially in our tiny humans:)

This is the cheeky tia again this morning:

Forever putting stuff in her mouth and this time handing the stuff to the mouth. not the hand. ish ishh. haha

All in all, we're all good and happy again today, alhamdulillah:)

Till next post, cheers!:)



  1. may i know where to get the goji berries?i also want to use traditional medicine fir my little boy.

  2. Hi Reyna, sorry for the late reply, i got the gojiberries from a chinese herb shop opposite central market cuz i work nearby...but im sure you can get them at any other chinese med or herbs shop:)

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