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Baby Photo with Cousin: Mas Farel

I am a 236 days / 7 months 3 weeks & 5 days old baby

His full name is Ahmad Fauril Izzi bin Badrul Munib we call him simply Farel or Mas Farel as I call him. He's the youngest member of Kyai Badrul Munib and Bu Nyai Alfi Hidayati the founders and directors of Pondok Pesantren Putri Al-Kamaliyah Jl KH Ahmad Dahlan Kauman Kepanjen, Malang. His elder brothers are Mas Tajul, Mas Syidan and Mas Kia.

Baby Photo with Cousin: Mas Syidan

I am a 235 days / 7 months 3 weeks & 4 days old baby
A part of baby photos with cousin series

His name is Muhammad Azka Mursyidan Kan bin Badrul Munib. He's an 8 year of age and is a son of Mr. Ustadz Badrul Munib and Ms. Alvi Hidayati who run Pondok Pesantren Putri Al-Kamaliyah Kauman Kepanjen Malang.

Syidan, so we call him, therefore is my cousin since aunty Alvi Hidayati is mom's elder sister and for that I call him Mas Syidan (elder brother Syidan).

Syidan is the second son of aunt Alvi and is a cute and handsome boy. He's got a nice attitude as well. I'd love to make friend with him four years from now.

These are my photos with him.

Farzan Social Networks

I am a 234 days / 7 months 3 weeks & 3 days old baby

It's a social networks era, you know. Even a baby like me should be connected with his counterpart babies around the world.

So, to stay connected with global babies and so that they are able to connect with me, I sign-up to several networking services to make it easy for everyone, babies and adults alike, to connect with me.

These are the lists of social notworking services I follow. Please add me as your networks even if you are a grown-ups. Who knows I am of beneficial for your future babies. :)

1. Facebook

2. Twitter

3. Friendfeed

4. MyBlogLog

5. Digg

6. Blogcatalog

7. MySpace

8. Metacafe

9. Google Profile

10. Profile

11. Multiply

farzan esfandiar sevent months baby


I am a 234 days / 7 months 3 weeks & 3 days old baby

Macrocephaly (from the ancient Greek μακρό- macro- long- + -κέφαλος -kephalos -head), occurs when the head is abnormally large; this includes the scalp, the cranial bone, and the contents of the cranium.

Macrocephaly may be due to megalencephaly (enlarged brain), hydrocephalus (water on the brain), cranial hyperostosis (bone overgrowth), and other conditions. It is called "syndromic" when it is associated with any other noteworthy condition, and "non-syndromic" otherwise. It can be caused by genetic conditions or by environmental events.[1]


* Benign familial macrocephaly (family tendency toward large head size)
* Canavan disease
* Hurler syndrome
* Hydrocephalus (congenital, post-traumatic, or obstructive)
* Intracranial bleeding
* Morquio syndrome [2]


Macrocephaly is usually diagnosed by the pediatrician during a physical examination. In some cases this may be the only diagnosis necessary. Some children will require additional diagnostic imaging procedures, such as computed tomography scan (CAT scan), x ray, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), to determine the cause of the macrocephaly and the appropriate treatment.


There is no specific treatment for macrocephaly. Medical care for children with macrocephaly focuses on management of specific symptoms such as developmental delays and mental retardation and treatment of the primary diagnosis responsible for the macrocephaly.[3]


For children with benign familial macrocephaly, the prognosis is excellent. These children usually do not have any complications and have normal intelligence. For other children with macrocephaly, the prognosis is dependent upon the cause. In children with hydrocephalus, the prognosis can be excellent depending on what type of hydrocephalus they have. Unfortunately, many children with macrocephaly experience delayed development, slow growth, seizure disorders, and limited intelligence. All of these are related to the underlying condition that caused the macrocephaly.[4]

Is my big head a benign familial macrocephaly? I hope so. That means I take this big head tendency from uncle Ja'far Shodiq (dad's brother) whose head size is probably the largest on earth.

Dad and mom just measured my head circumference which is 47 cm. It's still normal according to a pediatric manual book.

farzan baby big head


[4] ibid

Baby Fever

I am a 234 days / 7 months 3 weeks & 3 days old baby

A fever is usually a sign that the body is waging a war against infection. Taking your baby's temperature can confirm your suspicions and help you and your child's doctor figure out the best way to get your baby back on the road to health.

Most doctors — and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) — agree that a normal body temperature for a healthy baby is between 97 and 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit (36 to 38 degrees Celsius). If your baby's rectal temperature is above this range, he has a fever.[1]

How should I take my child's temperature?
Taking baby's temperature
The most accurate way to take your child's temperature is orally or rectally with a digital thermometer. In a child younger than about 4 years, take the temperature rectally. In an older child, take it orally.

* Mercury thermometers should not be used. Mercury is an environmental toxin, and you don't want to risk exposing your family to it. If you have a mercury thermometer at home, you should remove it and use a digital thermometer.
* Don't bundle your baby or child up too tightly before taking his or her temperature.
* Never leave your child alone while taking his or her temperature.[2]


There can be many causes for a baby’s fever. Dehydration is one. Or the infant might be over-bundled with clothes in a relatively warm environment­ - the rule of thumb is to dress your baby in just one more layer of clothing than you are comfortable in.

Most commonly, fever is caused by an infection. The body’s immune system senses the “foreign invader” - such as bacteria or a virus - and sends a chemical message to the brain’s temperature centre instructing it to crank up the heat inside the body.[3]


Treatment of a fever can include using an over-the-counter fever reducer, including products that contain acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil). If you child has an infection, using a fever reducer will not help your child to get better any faster, but they will probably make him feel better.

You should also give your child a lot of fluids when he has a fever, so that he does not get dehydrated. Keep in mind that treatment of a fever is usually to help your child feel better, so if he has a fever, but doesn't feel bad, especially if the fever is low grade, then you do not need to treat the fever.[4]



Baby Flu

I am a 233 days / 7 months 3 weeks & 2 days old baby

The flu is caused by a specific bug: the influenza virus. Children under 2 years old who become infected are more likely to wind up in the hospital with a bout of the flu than older children, and the flu can be especially dangerous to young babies.

It's not always easy whether your baby has the flu. A baby with the flu may simply be lethargic and not eat as well as usual. Or he may have symptoms remarkably similar to those of a cold or other viral illness.[1]


* Suddenly develops a high fever (above 101° F)
* Has chills
* Has muscle aches
* Is very tired
* Has a headache
* Has a dry cough (Do not give over-the-counter cough and cold products to infants and young chiildren. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, these medications can have serious and life-threatening side effects.)
* Has a runny nose[2]

Preventive Measures

Flu shots

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all healthy people – children and adults – get an annual flu vaccination starting at age 6 months. Even if your baby is too young for a flu shot, those in close contact with him can limit his chances of exposure by getting vaccinated.

Hygiene and more

You can help keep your baby healthy by practicing good hygiene: Wash his hands with soap and warm water, and have everyone in the family wash their hands often, too, to prevent spreading germs at home.


Like most viruses, there isn't a medicine that provides a cure. The best flu treatment is supportive. For muscle aches and fever, give your child a pain reliever such as children's acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Good, old-fashioned bed rest is also recommended (though who feels like getting out of bed anyway?). Also fluids are extremely important, especially for small children who dehydrate quickly. During the worst of the illness, getting fluids into a child is more important than pushing food. Try frozen fruit bars as a way of encouraging him to get extra liquids along with soup or broth, which may ease congestion as well.[3]



Visiting Uncles and Aunties

I am a 232 days / 7 months 3 weeks & 1 day old baby

Hari Raya Idul Fitri 1430 / 2009 has gone by for seven days now. And as a part of tradition in Indonesia, we spend the first seven days after Idul Fitri to visit each other's house called silaturrahmi.

The younger in family tree used to visit the elder first. For example, we visit our uncles and aunties first before they visit us later.

I have many grand fathers and grand mothers from dad and mom's side.

A night before Idul Fitri, I joined dad and mom visiting dad's uncles and aunties in Jalan Murcoyo, Gondanglegi, Malang. They are (as dad call them) man Abdul Wahab Muzakki and his wife bulek Ruqoyyah; bik Masmu'ah or just bik Mu'ah; bulek Tri.

Five days later, on Thursday 24 September 2009 I joined dad and mom to visit mom's uncles and aunties in Malang. A tiring trip but exciting to meet many sisters and brothers of mine.


I am a 231 days / 7 months 3 weeks old baby

Rhinitis (pronounced /raɪˈnaɪtɪs/), commonly known as a runny nose, is the medical term describing irritation and inflammation of some internal areas of the nose. The primary symptom of rhinitis is nasal dripping. It is caused by chronic or acute inflammation of the mucous membrane of the nose due to viruses, bacteria or irritants. The inflammation results in the generating of excessive amounts of mucus, commonly producing the aforementioned runny nose, as well as nasal congestion and post-nasal drip.[1]


Rhinitis is caused by an increase in histamine. This increase is most often caused by airborne allergens. These allergens may affect an individual's nose, throat, or eyes and cause an increase in fluid production within these areas.[2]

Allergic Rhinitis

Allergic rhinitis is an allergic response to outdoor or indoor allergens. Outdoor triggers of allergic rhinitis include ragweed, grass, tree pollen, and mold spores. Indoor triggers include dust mites, pet dander, or mold that grows in humid indoor places such as carpets. Outdoor allergens cause seasonal allergic rhinitis (also known as hayfever), that typically occurs during the spring and summer. Indoor allergens can cause pereniall (year-round) allergic rhinitis.[3]

[1] Wikipedia
[2] ibid


I am a 230 days / 7 months 2 weeks & 6 days old baby


Bedwetting (ngompol, in Bahasa Indonesia) is involuntary urination while asleep after the age at which bladder control would normally be anticipated. The medical term for this condition is "nocturnal enuresis." Primary nocturnal enuresis (PNE) is when a child has not yet stayed dry on a regular basis. Secondary nocturnal enuresis (SNE) is when a child or adult begins wetting again after having stayed dry.[1]

Treatment Steps

# Reassure your child that this is normal at this age and not his fault and understand that he is not doing it on purpose. Also, do not punish or blame your child for wetting the bed and make sure that other family members do not tease him about it.
# Avoid letting your child drink large amounts of fluid two hours before bedtime.
# Have your child use the toilet just before going to bed.
# Protect the bed with a plastic cover between the sheets and mattress.
# Let your child help change the wet sheets.
# Consider practicing bladder-stretching exercises, in which your child will try and increase the time between urinating during the daytime so that the bladder can learn to stretch and hold more urine at night.
# Consider practicing an awakening routine, in which you wake your child to urinate two to three hours after he goes to bed, either at the parent's bedtime or after setting an alarm clock.[2]




I am a 229 days / 7 months 2 weeks & 5 days old baby

What is Hydrocephalus?

The Definition:
Hydrocephalus (pronounced /ˌhaɪdrɵˈsɛfələs/) is a term derived from the Greek words "hydro" meaning water, and "cephalus" meaning head, and this condition is sometimes known as "water on the brain". People with hydrocephalus have abnormal accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in the ventricles, or cavities, of the brain. This may cause increased intracranial pressure inside the skull and progressive enlargement of the head, convulsion, and mental disability. Hydrocephalus can also cause death.[1]

The Causes

The causes of hydrocephalus are still not well understood. Hydrocephalus may result from inherited genetic abnormalities (such as the genetic defect that causes aqueductal stenosis) or developmental disorders (such as those associated with neural tube defects including spina bifida and encephalocele). Other possible causes include complications of premature birth such as intraventricular hemorrhage, diseases such as meningitis, tumors, traumatic head injury, or subarachnoid hemorrhage, which block the exit of CSF from the ventricles to the cisterns or eliminate the passageway for CSF into the cisterns.[2]

The Symptoms:

Symptoms of hydrocephalus vary with age, disease progression, and individual differences in tolerance to the condition. For example, an infant's ability to compensate for increased CSF pressure and enlargement of the ventricles differs from an adult's. The infant skull can expand to accommodate the buildup of CSF because the sutures (the fibrous joints that connect the bones of the skull) have not yet closed.

In infancy, the most obvious indication of hydrocephalus is often a rapid increase in head circumference or an unusually large head size. Other symptoms may include vomiting, sleepiness, irritability, downward deviation of the eyes (also called "sunsetting"), and seizures.

Older children and adults may experience different symptoms because their skulls cannot expand to accommodate the buildup of CSF. Symptoms may include headache followed by vomiting, nausea, papilledema (swelling of the optic disk which is part of the optic nerve), blurred or double vision, sunsetting of the eyes, problems with balance, poor coordination, gait disturbance, urinary incontinence, slowing or loss of developmental progress, lethargy, drowsiness, irritability, or other changes in personality or cognition including memory loss.[3]


Hydrocephalus treatment is surgical. It involves the placement of a ventricular catheter (a tube made of silastic), into the cerebral ventricles to bypass the flow obstruction/malfunctioning arachnoidal granulations and drain the excess fluid into other body cavities, from where it can be resorbed. Most shunts drain the fluid into the peritoneal cavity (ventriculo-peritoneal shunt), but alternative sites include the right atrium (ventriculo-atrial shunt), pleural cavity (ventriculo-pleural shunt), and gallbladder. A shunt system can also be placed in the lumbar space of the spine and have the CSF redirected to the peritoneal cavity (Lumbar-peritoneal shunt). An alternative treatment for obstructive hydrocephalus in selected patients is the endoscopic third ventriculostomy (ETV), whereby a surgically created opening in the floor of the third ventricle allows the CSF to flow directly to the basal cisterns, thereby shortcutting any obstruction, as in aqueductal stenosis. This may or may not be appropriate based on individual anatomy.[4]


Because hydrocephalus can injure the brain, thought and behavior may be adversely affected. Learning disabilities including short-term memory loss are common among those with hydrocephalus, who tend to score better on verbal IQ than on performance IQ, which is thought to reflect the distribution of nerve damage to the brain. However the severity of hydrocephalus can differ considerably between individuals and some are of average or above-average intelligence. Someone with hydrocephalus may have motion and visual problems, problems with coordination, or may be clumsy. They may reach puberty earlier than the average child (see precocious puberty). About one in four develops epilepsy.[5]


[3] ibid
[4] Wikipedia
[5] ibid


I am a 228 days / 7 months 2 weeks & 4 days old baby


Hypospadias is a malformation that affects the urethral tube and the foreskin on a male's penis. The urethra is the tube that carries urine from the bladder to the outside of the body. Hypospadias is a disorder in which the male urethral opening is not located at the tip of the penis. The urethral opening can be located anywhere along the urethra. Most commonly with hypospadias, the opening is located along the underside of the penis, near the tip.[1]

The Causes

Hypospadias is a congenital (present at birth) abnormality, which means that the malformation occurs during fetal development, but its exact cause is not known. As the fetus develops, hypospadias occurs when there is incomplete closure of tissue on the undersurface of the penis, known as the urethral folds, which form the urethra.[2]

The Symptoms of Hypospadias

What are the symptoms of hypospadias?
The following are the most common symptoms of hypospadias. However, each child may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:

* abnormal appearance of foreskin and penis on exam
* abnormal direction of urine stream
* the end of the penis may be curved downward

The symptoms of hypospadias may resemble other conditions or medical problems. Always consult your child's physician for a diagnosis.[3]

Can hypospadias be prevented?

There is no known way to prevent this type of defect, but some of the problems that can occur later in life can be prevented or lessened if the defect is found early.

Even so, mothers can take steps before and during pregnancy to have a healthy pregnancy. Steps include taking a daily multivitamin with folic acid (400 micrograms), not smoking, and not drinking alcohol during pregnancy.[4]

Picture of Hypospadias


[3] ibid

Rolling Over Again and Idul Fitri Photos

I am a 227 days / 7 months 2 weeks & 3 days old baby

Finally, I am rolling over again today after a few days of scary-feeling of making a move because the painful left shoulder felt strongly after falling out of the bed a while back.

Obviously, dad and mom feel happy seeing this. I am also glad to feel nothing painful in my shoulder making me feel free to do whatever movement I wanted.

By the way these are other photos of mine after Idul Fitri celebration yesterday where I wore a new clothes mom bought for me for the special occasion.

Celebrating Idul Fitri 2009 AD / 1430 AH

I am a 226 days / 7 months 2 weeks & 2 days old baby

For the first time in my life I celebrate Idul Fitri or hari raya lebaran.

Last time today, I was still in my mother's womb, so let's say I celebrated last year's Idul Fitri from there if you'd like to call it celebration.

I am so happy that mom bought me a Muslim clothes for this event. Yes, dad saya that for many children, Idul Fitri symbolized by wearing new clothes while praying in the mosque with their parents. And I am wearing one today.

Mom obvserves Eid ul Fitr with female counterparts while dad in the mosque for men.

Many adult people kiss me call me so funny with this clothes. Mom is so happy with the praise because it's she who selected the clothes for me.

So, to all Muslim babies around the world let me say "Happy Idul Fitri" for you all. Tell me how you celebrate this occasion.

Photos of Farzan during hari raya lebaran Idul Fitri 20 September 2009 / 1 Shawal 1430 Hijriyah

Baby Got Cold

I am a 225 days / 7 months 2 weeks & 1 day old baby

Since the early morning, probably from 2 a.m. I got cold. It's so bad. The mucus flowing from my nose so smoothly. Dad and mom are busy remove it with tissue. They are also passionately caressing me.

I feel uncomfortable with this cold that's why I crying every now and then and hard to sleep.

Dad asks mom to bring me to pediatrician nearby named Bu Wahyu, 100 m from home.

After having bath, mom brings me there and after diagnosing that my cold is only an ordinary cold, not the dangerous flu, Bu Wahyu gives me two syrup. One for antibiotic and another for my cold. To be consumed 3 times a day. One tea spoon each.

After the first time consuming two spoons of those medicine I fall asleep. Wish me well soon because I wanted to celebrate hari raya lebaran tomorrow along with others.


How can I tell if he has a cold and not the flu or some other illness, or even allergies?

It can be tricky. If your baby has a cold, he might have a runny nose with clear mucus that may thicken and turn gray or yellow or green over the next week or so. He might have a cough or a low-grade fever.[1]

Prevention Steps


To reduce your baby’s risk of getting a cold:

*Breastfeed your baby if possible, as long as possible. Breast milk provides your baby with antibodies, which are important for fighting infection and strengthening baby’s immune system.

*Wash your hands. Make sure everyone in the household washes their hands frequently. If small children are unable to wash their own hands, do it for them. Use plenty of soap and water, and dry thoroughly to prevent chapping.

*Avoid second-hand smoke, which can increase susceptibility to illness, aggravate cold symptoms, and damage lungs.

*Avoid contact with people who are sick, and wash hands thoroughly after any exposure.[2]



Baby Massage from Masseur Pak Giman

I am a 224 days / 7 months & 2 weeks old baby

Around 7.30 am in the morning we go to Ngipik, Kanigoro, Gondanglegi (Malang) to Pak Giman's house. As planned yesterday, I wanted to get massage again on my left-shoulder from him. He's a good masseur, Mas Bessam said, compared to another masseur called Paitun, Brongkal (near Mbak Pardi's house as mom said), Gondanglegi.

Pak Giman stands up when we arrive. Dad is having chat with him for a little while before dad request him to start massaging me.

It's a painful massage actually. So, I cried all the time during the process. But I feel a bit comfy after that.

I even eat enjoyfully the biscuit Pak Giman's wife give me.

I hope I'll get well soon.

Left Shoulder Painful

I am a 223 days / 7 months 1 week & 6 days old baby

I feel so painful on my left shoulder 2 days after the falling from bed accident.

Aunt Juwairiyah told mom that my left shoulder a bit swollen.

I need another massage from Pak Giman Ngipik, kanigoro I think. Gramma also advised mom and dad likewise.

But this time mom is a bit busy. We go to gramma's house, to Pasar Kepanjen (Malang) for buying foods and to Gondanglegi in the afternoon for buying juices (melon, water-melon, apple, etc for iftar).

So, there's no time obviously to bring me to the masseur Pak Giman today.

Well, may be tommorrow morning. I hope this will not bring my swollen left-shoulder become worse.

Hydrocele and Hernia

I am a 222 days / 7 months 1 week & 5 days old baby

What is a hydrocele?

A hydrocele is a collection of watery fluid in the scrotum that makes the scrotum appear swollen.

What is a hernia?

A hernia is similar to a hydrocele except that abdominal contents in addition to fluid make the scrotum and/or groin appear swollen. Girls can also develop hernias that appear as a bulge or swelling in the groin or labia. In girls, this swelling may result from either a piece of the intestine or, less commonly, a fallopian tube or ovary in the hernia bulge or ‘sac’.[1]

There are two types of hydroceles:

* Communicating hydrocele -- This is a hydrocele that has contact (or communication) with the fluids of the abdominal cavity. A communicating hydrocele is caused by the failure of the processus vaginalis (the thin membrane that extends through the inguinal canal and descends into the scrotum) to close completely during prenatal development. If this membrane remains open, there is a potential for both a hernia and a hydrocele to develop.
* Non-communicating hydrocele -- This condition might be present at birth or might develop years later for no obvious reason. A non-communicating hydrocele usually remains the same size or has a very slow growth.

Unlike an inguinal hernia, a hydrocele generally is not painful and does not have noticeable symptoms. (An inguinal hernia is tender and causes intestinal symptoms.)[2]

How can a hydrocele be repaired?

A non-communicating hydrocele usually does not need to be surgically repaired, since it usually goes away spontaneously within six to 12 months. A communicating hydrocele needs to be surgically repaired to prevent further complications. The surgery takes about an hour and is usually an outpatient procedure (which means the patient can go home the same day of the procedure).[3]

baby hydrocele hernia


[3] ibid

Hip Dysplasia

I am a 221 days / 7 months 1 week & 4 days old baby

Hip dysplasia is normally called developmental (DDH), and occasionally congenital (CHD), and occurs when the top of the femur (leg bone) is not properly located in the hip socket or not located where the hip socket is expected to develop. Hip dysplasia in humans is normally diagnosed in babies. Statistically, girls have a higher incidence of hip dysplasia than boys.[1]


The exact cause of hip dysplasia is not easy to pin down, as there are thought to be several factors that contribute to developing this condition. Hip dysplasia occurs in about 0.4% of all births, and is most common in first born girls. Some known risk factors for a child to have hip dysplasia include:

o Children with a family history of hip dysplasia
o Babies born in breech position
o Babies born with other "packaging problems"*
o Oligohydraminos (lack of intrauterine fluid) [2]

How do you prevent it?

It is difficult to prevent something the cause of which is still quite elusive. However, it is well known that in cultures that practice infant swaddling and using cradle boards to carry their babies, the incidence of hip dysplasia is very high. On the other hand, cultures that carry their babies astride the mother’s backs have a low incidence of hip dysplasia. Hence it appears logical to discourage putting the baby’s legs in the extended position, and encourage keeping the baby’s hips spread apart. This latter position places the head of the femur (the ball) against the acetabulum (the socket), and encourages deepening of the socket.[3]


Baby Falls from Bed

I am a 220 days / 7 months 1 week & 3 day old baby

It's a bad day and bad luck for me. I fall from bed this early morning around 3 am.

Mom went out of room to make a baby formula for me when I was enjoyfully rolling over without knowing that I am going to fall from bed.

It happens so fast. I just felt so painful. I saw dad run over me and a bit blaming mom for leaving me alone (he should be more patient, I hope).

Mom was so scared that she carried me all the time while I was crying not aware that carrying me too long would make my would be sibling in the womb at risk.


Dad and mom were all panick. Dad quickly connected to internet to find out if this incident dangerous to me. Here's what he got from

Baby fall from bed

My baby fell from my bed (about 3 feet high) the other day, my older daughter was watching her and turned around, just them my 7 month old rolled off bed. She cried immediately for about 2 minutes, then stopped. No other symptoms but I feel just horrible. Did this happen to anyone else? My friends tell me their babys fell too and she is okay.

Exact same thing with same age baby, same height bed. Most falls 3 feet and under are unlikely to cause serious injury. I took her to the ER just to be safe. They checked all limbs for full rotation, checked to see if she was tender anywhere, and checked to make sure pupils responded to light normally. Advice from ER doctor was to watch her for vomiting, diarrhea, extreme behavior changes, and eating changes for three weeks. Advice from our regular pediatrician was that if she vomits (not spits up, their words were "empties the contents of her stomach") twice in the three days following the fall, go to the ER right away. Also, if she was inconsolable during the three days after the fall, go to the doctor. Lesson learned, baby hangs out on lower surfaces these days. Also, while in the ER, EVERYONE told me the stories of their babies falling because I was so upset about it - the doctor, the triage nurse, a second nurse, and the lady who takes payments.


Reading the short article above make dad a bit calmer since I don't have any symptom mentioned. I don't vomit, diarrhea, extreme behaviour changes etc except crying every now and then when mom or dad hold my left shoulder.


At about 7 am in the morning, dad and mom along with mbak Muthi'ah (my baby sitter) bring me to Pak Giman, the masseur, to massage me. He said it's ok and no broken bonds occured.

I think I have to be more careful and use my good "wisdom" when I wanted to roll over or do a tummy time.

Baby Fever

I am a 219 days / 7 months 1 week & 2 day old baby

Doctors usually say a baby has a fever if the temperature rises to 38C (100.4F), or above. Learn what your baby’s normal temperature is by taking it a few times when he or she is well.

There can be many causes for a baby’s fever. Dehydration is one. Or the infant might be over-bundled with clothes in a relatively warm environment­ - the rule of thumb is to dress your baby in just one more layer of clothing than you are comfortable in.[1]

A temperature reading isn't the only indication of whether a fever is serious. Your baby's age is a factor (fever is more serious in babies under 3 months), as is his behavior (a high fever that doesn't stop him from playing and feeding normally may not be cause for alarm).

Keep in mind that everyone's temperature rises in the late afternoon and early evening and falls between midnight and early morning. The natural cycle of our internal thermostat explains why doctors get most of their phone calls about fever in the late afternoon and early evening.[2]

Fever Four to Nine Months

Not every baby who feels warm has a fever
Babies at this age don't control their body temperatures as well as older children. Becoming too warm is often related to how warmly they are dressed. If your baby feels warm to the touch but cools down quickly when unbundled, and is otherwise acting well, chances are it isn't a true fever or cause for concern.

When to take fever seriously
Somewhere around six months of age, your baby's immune system becomes more fully developed, and she will start to fight infections more effectively.

I consider four to nine months a transitional period when fevers in otherwise healthy babies (they're eating well and not acting sick) don't automatically require a phone call to the doctor. However, most healthcare professionals will still use a little extra caution when evaluating babies this age.[3]



Baby Eyes Problem

I am a 218 days / 7 months 1 week & 1 day old baby

There are at least two eye problems in newborns including matting or a green discharge and blocked tear ducts (dacryostenosis)

Green eye discharge usually associated with conjunctivitis, an eye discharge is the excretion of any substance other than tears.

It is suggestive of pus in the eye of which bacterial conjuncitivitis may be one of the causes. Pus that forms on the eye appears yellow or green.[1]

Blocked tear ducts, or dacryostenosis, is a very common condition of newborn infants, occurring in about 1 in 20 babies born. Technically speaking, dacryostenosis refers to blockage of the drainage system that carries tears away from the eye as they are formed.

Normally tears flow out of the eye through the tiny pores easily visible in the corners of the eyelids nearest the nose. Tears normally drain through the tear ducts into the nose, which explains why one sniffs at a sad movie. The blockage may be temporary, caused by old mucus and debris in the duct; or it may be more permanent, caused by narrowing of the duct or actual blockage. True physical blockage is caused by the failure of a proper channel to form in a little flap of tissue that lies right at the end of the duct where it empties into the nose.[2]

Baby Picture

farzan esfandiar baby eye problem

Allergic Colitis of Infant

I am a 217 days / 7 months & 1 week old baby
Colitis, according to Jagvir Singh, MD, Director, Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Lutheran General Hospital of Park Ridge, is an inflammation of the colon. It may be associated with enteritis (inflammation of the intestine) and/or proctitis (inflammation of the rectum). Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a generic term used to describe 2 idiopathic disorders that are associated with GI inflammation: Crohn disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC). A study from Scotland reported a 3-fold rise in newly diagnosed CD from 1968-1983 and a 4.4-fold rise from 1968-1988. However, a consistent upward trend in cases of UC in the same period did not occur.[1]

Wikipedia defines it as "one of a group of conditions which are inflammatory and auto-immune, affecting the tissue that lines the gastrointestinal system (the large and small intestine). It is classed as an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), not to be confused with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)."[2]

Signs and symptoms

General signs and symptoms of colitis include intense pain, tenderness in the abdomen, depression, rapid weight loss, aches and pains within the joints, loss of appetite, fatigue, changes in bowel habits (increased frequency), fever; swelling of the colon tissue, erythema (redness) of the surface of the colon, ulcers on the colon (in ulcerative colitis) which can bleed, mucus in the stool, blood in stool and rectal bleeding. Diarrhea may present itself, although some forms of colitis are constipation so the stool and bowel movements can appear normal.

Other symptoms may include: gas, bloating, indigestion, heartburn, reflux, Gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD, or GORD when using the alternative spelling oesophageal), cramps, urgency and many other uncomfortable aches in the gastrointestinal system.[3]

Many of these babies will also have an intolerance to soy protein and usually need to be on an elemental formula, such as Nutramagen or Alimentum.

Breast fed babies can also develop allergic colitis, usually secondary to maternal milk drinking. Eliminating milk and other dairy products from the mother's diet is usually necessary, but you can continue to breast feed.

Babies with allergic colitis should be seen by their doctor, especially if they have poor weight gain, vomiting, or abdominal pain.

Infants with allergic colitis will be normal except for having small bright red streaks of blood in their stool. It is usually caused by a protein.[4]

Picture / image of Colitis

allergic colitis baby


[2] Wikipedia
[3] ibid.

Baby Laughing Video

I am a 216 days / 7 months & 6 days old baby

Ever since I reach 7 months hallmark, I become easily lauging or smiling whenever I see somthing funny.

I don't know excactly the reason behind my change of attitude.

The thing is dad and mom become so happy and often tease me to make me laugh or just smile.

Look, for example, at the following video where dad teases me to laugh and then records me.

Oh boy, I am looking forward to be able to talk; to give a comment or two about this video. Watch.

Cradle Cap

I am a 215 days / 7 months & 5 days old baby

Cradle Cap (infantile or neonatal seborrhoeic dermatitis, also known as crusta lactea, milk crust, honeycomb disease) is a yellowish, patchy, greasy, scaly and crusty skin rash that occurs on the scalp of recently born babies. It is usually not itchy, and does not bother the baby. Cradle cap most commonly begins sometime in the first 3 months. Similar symptoms in older children are more likely to be dandruff than cradle cap. The rash is often prominent around the ear, the eyebrows or the eyelids. It may appear in other locations as well, where it is called seborrhoeic dermatitis rather than cradle cap. Some countries use the term pityriasis capitis for cradle cap. It is extremely common, with about half of all babies affected. Most of them have a mild version of the disorder. Severe cradle cap is rare.[1]

Unlike eczema and other forms of red scaly skin, these conditions are not itchy and shouldn't cause your baby any discomfort. It will improve on its own, but cradle cap can be treated by frequent use of an antiseborrheic shampoo, such as Selsun Blue, and then using a soft brush to remove the scales. Gentle scrubbing may be required to help remove the scale.

Persistent cases may require treatment with a low potency topical steroid cream. You can also try massaging baby oil into the scalp and then gently scrubbing with a soft brush to remove the scales.[2]



Baby's Birthmark

I am a 214 days / 7 months & 4 days old baby

I forget to tell you that I got a birthmark on the back of my head. It's called tho in Javanese, or tandeh in Madura language or stork bites in English.

My birthmarks resembles to the one belong to aunty Shuva, mas Najah's mother; or aunty Saroh, kak Itsbat's mother.

Unfortunately, my stork bites marks are in the back on the front of my face like the ones belong to aunty Saroh and aunty Shuva.

Here're lists of baby birthmarks names taken from

Birthmarks are common in children and can include:

Stork Bites
Stork bites (also called angel's kisses or salmon patches) are common birthmarks in children and usually begin as a flat, pink or red area on the skin on the back of the neck, forehead, eyelids, or around the nose. Stork bites usually fade as your child gets older, but faint remnants may persist.

Mongolian Spots
Mongolian spots are dark flat bluish-black areas on the lower back or buttocks. These birthmarks will darken at first and then fade with by the time he is six to seven years old.

Cafe au lait spots
Cafe au lait spots are flat light brown oval shaped patches of skin that can occur anywhere on the body. They do not fade and may even increase in number as your child gets older, especially around adolescence. If your child has more than 6 cafe au lait spots that are larger than half a centimeter in diameter, you should discuss it with your pediatrician, as this can be associated with some medical problems.

Strawberry hemangioma
Another common type of birthmark that affects ten percent of babies is the strawberry hemangioma. These are soft, firm, raised red areas that can occur anywhere on the body. They may be present at birth as a small red spot or they may appear later in the first month of life. They usually grow rapidly during the first six to twelve months, remain unchanged until your child is about eighteen months old and then slowly become smaller and fade by the time your child is five to ten years old. Fifty percent of hemangiomas will fade by the time your child is five years old and seventy-five percent will fade by the time he is seven years old. Hemangiomas will usually become pale in the center and turn a more purple and then grayish color just before starting to get smaller.

Unless a strawberry is in an area that can interfere with your babies normal development (for example by blocking his vision or causing difficulty breathing or hearing), no treatment is necessary. If it begins bleeding, you should apply firm pressure as you would for any other area of the skin that was bleeding. About 5% of hemangiomas become ulcerated, especially if they are in an area that is under pressure or touched a lot. Other complications, including congestive heart failure from very large lesions and Kasabach-Merritt syndrome are rare.

You may consider treatment if it is not showing any improvement by the time your child is four years old. Treatments for hemangiomas include the use of high doses of steroids (either orally or injected into the lesion) to stop their growth (keep in mind that steroids only keep them from growing, they don't make the hemangioma any smaller), interferon alphs, laser therapy and surgical removal. But remember that most hemangiomas do not require treatment.

Port wine stains
Port wine stains are deep red or purple flat areas on the skin of the face or extremities. They are present at birth and grow at the same rate as the child. They usually occur on one side of the body only and do not fade with time. However, they can usually be treated with laser therapy to help them fade. Port wine stains that are on the face, especially around the eye can be associated with Sturge-Weber Syndrome, in which children can also have seizures and mental retardation.

Seven Months Baby Week One

I am a 213 days / 7 months & 3 days old baby

I start to be able to sit down a bit longer nowadays. I don't know if this has to do with the "pressure" to the fact that I am a seven months baby and that I should push myself a little harder.

Dad and mom think so considering that I also try very hard to be able to stand still which is unlikely for a baby my age.

Mom a bit wonders to see me unable to crawl and not try doing so.

Dad explains that it's in gene that most of his bros and sis didn't crawl. They just walk!

Seven Months Week One

Meanwhile, writes on baby's seven month development week one as follows:

"Recognition skills

Your baby now actively engages in hiding games. Place one of his favorite toys on the floor and cover it with a napkin. Pull the napkin off and say, "There it is!" Cover it again and repeat.

For more fun, hide an object under something and wait for him to discover it. It's one of the easiest ways to keep your baby occupied!

Your baby can remember that the jack-in-the-box pops up at the end of the song — yet he'll still laugh every time. He's also able to recognize different tones and inflections and may burst into tears if you speak harshly.
Stimulating toys and games

Because he likes predictability, your baby enjoys playing the same game or reading the same book over and over. In addition to patty-cake, try adding classics such as "If You're Happy and You Know It" and "This Little Piggy" to your repertoire.
Sippy time

Your baby may have already started feeding himself finger foods, although this can begin as late as 10 months. Once he reaches this stage, you can introduce a sippy cup.

Try giving him a cup with a spout and two handles. If your baby's getting frustrated that he can't get more liquid out of the sippy cup, remove the valve in the top of the cup. If your baby's having trouble figuring out how to suck through the spout, take the lid off the sippy cup and let him first drink straight from the cup (show him how to tip it back so the drink flows into his mouth).

Switching your baby to a cup sooner rather than later might make it easier for him to give up the bottle. If you're breastfeeding, you can even bypass the bottle altogether and go straight to a cup."

If you see your baby doesn't fit in the standard above don't panic. A baby is an individual and unique. He has his own way to develop.

Baby Teeth

I am a 212 days / 7 months & 2 days old baby

Dad wonders about when will I start teething? Since as matter of fact until now when I have passed my 7 months of age, I am yet to have teethed. There is no one tooth on my mouth yet.

According to pediatrician, "generally, teeth start appearing between 4 and 7 months of age. Baby may be drooling more at 4 months. The first teeth to come in are usually the 2 front teeth on the bottom."[1]

Actually, I feel I am in the process of teething. I feel so uncomfortable at times. And I often grab dad or mom's fingers to bite them hard.

Dad thinks that even before I am teething, he advises mom to take care of my mouth to prepare for the incoming teeth.

I think he's right. Here's some advices from expert regarding this matter:

1. Start cleaning your child's mouth even before her teeth come in. Wipe the gums off after each feeding with a warm, wet washcloth or a dampened piece of gauze wrapped around your finger. You can also buy thimblelike, soft rubbery devices (they fit over your index finger) to use for rubbing off excess food.

2. Once the teeth begin coming in, start taking care of them right away. Many parents think baby teeth aren't important because they're eventually replaced by permanent ones. But these first teeth preserve the spacing for the permanent ones and help baby chew and talk. If they're not cared for properly the can decay, leading to a gum infection called gingivitis, which can affect the spacing of permanent teeth.

3. Watch for cavities. The first signs of cavities in baby teeth are discoloration and minor pitting. Putting baby to bed with a bottle of milk (or worse, juice) is notorious for causing cavities. Don't leave your infant with a bottle for long periods of time, especially if you notice he's no longer feeding and is just using the bottle for comfort.

4. Follow meals with water. Most infant foods easily wash off baby's teeth with just a drink of water after meals. But it's good to introduce a toothbrush (choose a very soft one) as soon as possible, so baby can get used to having it in his mouth. You probably won't need to use the brush to actually clean baby's teeth until he's eating only table foods (and has a significant number of teeth), at around 18 months. However, you'll want to gently clean your child's teeth with a toothbrush or thimblelike cleaner and some bicarbonate of soda if your toddler has eaten sticky, sugary foods.

5. Begin using a pea-size amount of nonfluoride toothpaste once baby is about age 2. Wait until at least age 3, when your child is old enough not to swallow the toothpaste, before introducing the fluoride kind.

6. Regulate baby's fluoride intake. Even though your baby isn't using a fluoride toothpaste, he should get enough fluoride -- important for preventing tooth decay -- from drinking tap water. Most communal water supplies have it added just for this beneficial purpose. Ask your doctor about fluoride supplements baby can take once he's 6 months old if your tap water is not fluoridated or your child doesn't drink any tap water.

7. Schedule a dental exam. The American Dental Association recommends that baby get his first dental exam at age 1, but most pediatricians agree that the first visit can wait until age 3, as long as you practice good home care.[2]

My Photo taken on 27 August 2009



Baby Photo with Cousin: Mas Tajul

I am a 211 days / 7 months & 1 day old baby
This is part of baby photo with cousin series

His full name is Muhammad Mahbub Tajul Arifin. We simply call him Tajul, or Mas Tajul to most of his cousin. "Mas" stands for elder brother in Javanese.

He's the oldest son of Kyai Munib and Bu Nyai Elvy (or mbak Elvy as mom used to call her). Aunty Elvy is mom's elder sister. So, in accordance with Javanese tradition I have to call Tajul as Mas Tajul even if his age were younger than me.

Mas Tajul's mom leads a pesantren putri (an Islamic boarding school for girl) called Pondok Pesantren Putri Al Kamaliyah at Kauman Kepanjen Malang. While his father is engage in preaching activities as a preacher or as qari' (Quranic reciter) invited for special occation such as wedding party etc.

Mas Tajul is in sixth grade now. So, he's older than me by about 11 years. I wish I can be like him: going to school, meeting with friends, studying and playing together.

I have to be patient though. I am just 7 months old baby you know.

These are mas Tajul photos with me taken in gramma (Mbah Umi)'s house in Kauman Kepanjen.

Seven Months Baby

I am a 210 days / 7 months old baby

I hardly believe that I have reached seven months milestone.

While it's still long way to go, it worth remembering as one of the sweetest milestone in my life.

This seven month hallmark is important for more than one reasons.

First off, this month marks the departure of habit; from exclusively breastfeeding into consuming almost baby formula. Despite mom still still breastfeed me, I start enjoying baby formula more.

Second, I also enjoy eating porridge lately. My eating-porridge habit rises from one piece of Milna biscuit into one and half. No wonder, if I look chubby nowadays. At least that's what uncle Ali (KH Zainal Ali Suyuthi) said yesterday.

This new habit of eating solid foods and drinking baby formula and enjoy doing both are a good sign for me. It's because I have to do so as mom's breast-milk no longer smooth and that makes it "less enjoyable."

What a 7 Month Baby like me is Doing

Bouncing up and down

Your baby can now support some of her weight on her legs, and she loves to bounce. What's more, she's probably able to sit unsupported (which will free her hands for exploring), and she'll turn when sitting to reach a desired object. She may even be able to get into a sitting position from lying on her stomach by pushing up on her arms.[1]

Recognition skills

Your baby now actively engages in hiding games. Place one of his favorite toys on the floor and cover it with a napkin. Pull the napkin off and say, "There it is!" Cover it again and repeat.

Stimulating toys and games

Because he likes predictability, your baby enjoys playing the same game or reading the same book over and over.[2]

Learning to grab

Your baby's fine motor skills are coming along, too. By now she can probably scoop things up with just one little hand and transfer them from one hand to the other fairly easily. She may also be able to clasp her hands together and sip from a two-handled cup (with your assistance). Before long you'll probably notice the noise level increasing, not only because of your baby's babble, but also because she'll find out how much fun it is to bang objects together.[3]



Here are my latest photos

Farzan Esfandiar 7 months baby
Farzan Esfandiar 7 months baby

Baby Photos with Cousin: Mas Najah

I am a 209 days / 6 months, 4 weeks & 2 days old baby
Part of baby photo with cousin series.

Najah is another cousin of mine. His full name is Muhammad Najah Atallah Biqalbin Salim. Yes, the five words are his full name. But you can call him simply Najah.

He's the son of Gus Nawawi bin Kyai Haji Muhammad Ganjaran Gondanglegi and Ning Shuva Abdullah Kamal Mufid, Kauman, Kepanjen, Malang. His mother (khala [aunty] Shuva) is mom's elder sister and that's why he's my cousin.

His age is about 2 years 6 months old.

He's got a congenial personality and he could be my good friend in the near future when I am able to talk and walk.

These are some photos between me and Najah (do you still remember his full name? Scroll up if not!)

Farzan Esfandiar and Najah Nawawi Ganjaran
Farzan Esfandiar and Najah Nawawi Ganjaran
Farzan Esfandiar and Najah Nawawi Ganjaran
Farzan Esfandiar and Najah Nawawi Ganjaran
Farzan Esfandiar and Najah Nawawi Ganjaran

I am Rolling Over!

I am a 208 days / 6 months, 4 weeks & 1 day old baby

Today for the first time I am able to roll over on my own. I do a tummy time many times today.

I am so glad with this development.

Dad and mom are also very happy to know I can manage another milestone.

Now, dad and mom have to be more careful. Dad told mom, they should watch every step and movement I make.

Dad also said, they should not leave me alone. And if

The following is my photo with mas Najah my cousin from mom side

Farzan Esfandiar

When Baby Starts Crawling?

I am a 207 days / 6 months, 4 weeks old baby

This kind of question is all around dad and mom's head.

You know, I am almost 7 month. Just 3 days from now. Yet, I am still unable to sit well, not to say crawling.

Is it ok?, they said to each other. Moreover, there's a neighbor who is younger than me but he's able to sit well and is now learning to crawl.

Does he grow faster or do I develop slower?

According to, baby's ability to sit and crawl varies (emphasis mine).

At about six to eight months most babies will learn to balance on their hands and knees. Babies work out how to move forwards and backwards from this position by pushing off with the knees. However some children never crawl because they get comfortable with some other method of locomotion. Instead they bottom shuffle, slither on their tummies or go straight to walking. It does not matter how your baby gets around, it is getting mobile that is important.

Crawling is your baby's first way of getting around by himself, it strengthens the muscles in preparation for walking, ensuring arm, leg, and back muscles are strong enough to keep him from falling on the floor.

According to, 7 to 9 months of age is a ready period for baby to crawl.

For the first six months of his life, your baby has relied on you to set him in motion. You've carried him, bounced him, rocked him, propped him up with pillows, and danced with him on your lap. Now he's driven to move and groove on his own.

Baby's Body Is Ready

Two developments converge to help baby put one arm in front of the other and crawl. For one, your baby's sense of balance dramatically improves. Second, your baby's muscles have grown stronger from having had a repertoire of experiences in different positions. Here's a typical scenario: Your 7-month-old is sitting up on her own and reaches across her body to grab at a toy. The act of reaching causes her to lose her balance. In an attempt to right herself, she twists her body and thrusts her hands out in front of her, landing on her tummy. Once on the floor, she may raise her head and gather her knees under her as well as her hands. She's on the runway in crawling position![1]

How it develops

Your baby will likely start crawling soon after he's able to sit well without support (probably by the time he's 6 or 7 months old). After this point, he can hold his head up to look around, and his arm, leg, and back muscles are strong enough to keep him from falling on the floor when he gets up on his hands and knees.

Your baby will gradually (over a couple of months) learn to move confidently from a sitting position to being on all fours, and he'll soon realize he can rock back and forth when his limbs are straight and his trunk is parallel to the floor.[2]

A technique to train your baby crawl faster

There is a technique which claims to help your baby crawl earlier (should you wish him or her to). In essence the technique makes your baby more tolerable to stomach lying.

* Step one place your baby on his or her stomach on a carpet on the floor.

* Step two gently hold your baby by the elbows and encourage supporting him or herself on elbows. Continue to provide support.

* Step three measure, or try to get some measure of the distance between the floor and your baby's armpit in the supported position.

* Step four get a roller with approximately the same diameter as you've just measured. Rollers are soft cylindrical shaped toys, preferably firm. The roller should be placed underneath your baby's upper body for support. It is important that you do not buy the roller too big. Your baby's elbows must still reach the floor when lying over the roller.

* Step five put the roller underneath your baby's upper body with elbows touching the ground in front of the roller. This supported position also allows your baby to lift his or her head and discover the surroundings.

* Step six get down on the floor directly in front of your baby, face towards your baby. Now let your baby look at your face while you talk to, amuse and encourage your baby to lift his head and take part in the conversation.

* Step seven step six is the most important step of this activity. And your baby will surely endure longer sessions and crawl sooner if it is enjoyable.Remember, your baby should focus on you and naturally develop a sense of using both legs for support. In no time you will see your baby supporting the upper body on straight arms and bearing weight on both knees ready to crawl.

Spend three to five minutes daily, results will come even faster if you can do more than one session per day.[3]


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