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Baby Health Products

There are many ways you can be proactive against germs and illnesses when it comes to your baby. While you do not want to keep them too sheltered from people and the outdoors, over exposure can lead to them getting sick. Dealing with an ill baby is never fun. The following are a few tips on keeping your baby well through the use of baby healthy products as well as other ideas.

Keeping cleansing wipes on hand will help you to prevent too many germs from getting to your baby. Some germs are okay to help your child build up their immune system, but you do want to make sure they are taken care of. These wipes will come in handy when their bottle or pacifier hits the floor. When dining out, you can use these baby health products to sanitize the highchair and table.

Avoid overdressing your baby. New parents may think that babies will get cold, so they layer them in two or more outfits to keep them warm. However, most infants are okay being dressed just as adults would. It is a good idea to keep them bundled up when outdoors in cool weather, but once inside, one layer of clothing is all that is needed in a heated environment. If you child’s clothing is layered and they are fussy, they may be trying to tell you they are hot.

It is quite common for new babies to suffer from dry skin and irritations. Laundry detergent can be a common cause, so it is important that you use a gentle cleansing agent that is free of dyes and harsh chemicals. Other babies may break out as a result of coming into contact with certain fabrics. The winter season may be even worse when it comes to skin rashes and splotches. There are baby health oils on the market that are specifically designed to help clean up irritated skin.

When an infection occurs on the skin, you should use baby health products to assist your child’s immune system to fight the bacteria. Ointments work great to reduce the appearance of an infection. Some are designed specifically for use on babies, as their skin may not be able to tolerate medications that are made for adults. Be sure to follow the directions carefully, and do not use the ointment too much.

As you can see, there are various methods you can use to keep your baby from getting sick. Baby health products will really help to fight colds and other illnesses. Oils, ointments, and disinfectant wipes are all good investments to make, especially when your child is first born. Having these items around will allow you to reduce the amount of germs in your baby’s environment.

Some Important Baby Care Tips

Every new mother is in search for the best way to take care of their babies and grow them in a healthy and safe way. They take every possible measure to ensure the safety and comfort of their baby. Health is very important for every human being and health care is very important for babies as they are very delicate and very easily susceptible to infections. Here are some tips that will help them in taking care of their babies.

A good sound sleep is very important in determining the health of a baby. There are certain things to be considered that enables your little one to sleep well. If the baby is healthy, then it sleeps most of the time during the day, and it sleeps the entire night – which in turn leads to the growth of the baby. If your baby is finding it difficult to sleep, massage your baby with natural oils that have a good mild smell. Massage the body of your baby in a regular rhythmical way. This gives them a good feel and makes them comfortable to sleep. Almond oil is one such oil which is very good for the skin of the baby and it also makes them feel relaxed and comfortable.

The other common problem in babies is nappy rash. A nappy rash makes the baby feel very uncomfortable and babies with nappy rash cry most of the time because of the irritation caused due to the rashes. This type of rash can be prevented by washing the baby’s bottom with warm water and mild soap when you replace the diaper. When the diaper is removed, give some time gap before you place the next diaper. The diaper area should be kept free for sometime. The continuous use of diaper can make the baby feel very uncomfortable. There are certain organic creams available to prevent rashes. Use of cloth diapers or cotton cloth is also a good preventive measure for nappy rash.

Baby Health Problems

Baby health problems are worrying on many counts. First and foremost your concern is for your baby. You want the best for them, you want them to have the most healthy start to life you can provide. But you also need to look after you and the other members of the family.

Babies have a piercing and shrill cry for a very good reason. It ensures you notice them. But it can also leave parents exhausted and other members of the family feeling left out with all the attention going to the latest member.

You may well sympathise with your baby’s teething problems and would love to help them with the pain. The earache which keeps recurring despite repeated antibiotics is beginning to seriously concern you. The periodic fevers seem to be increasing.

Worrying though these can be, you might also be feeling the effects of months without a good night’s sleep. You may be irritable, short, distant from your partner. Life has just become too difficult, too complex. Will it ever end?

How can you do your best for your baby and for your sanity? The following tips can make your job as a parent much easier.

    1. Everyone wants to give new parents advice. Not only can this be overwhelming and conflicting, it can block out your own feelings and wisdom. Fashions and fads come and go. What was good advice last year is often bad advice this year. But parents, especially mothers, tend to know on a deep level what they should do. Learn to take outside advice with a pinch of salt and follow your own feelings and instincts.

    1. If you are breast feeding your baby, ensure your diet is healthy, nutritious, natural, free from chemicals and processed foods. Eat lots of fresh fruit and veggies. Take a whole food supplement like blue-green algae. Get plenty of exercise and fresh air. Walking in nature is therapeutic for you and your baby. If your baby is on solids, ensure their diet is just as healthy.

    1. When any problem arises, get professional homeopathic help. Homeopathy is nature’s perfect medicine. It is natural, quick acting, free from side effects, easy to administer and babies love the medicines.

  1. Homeopathy also offers you the ability to do some home prescribing. You don’t need to know very much to become good at this. This is a particularly useful support to have for any problems that occur in the middle of the night. Quick, easy solutions that can get the whole family back to sleep are invaluable.

Health Tips For First Time Dads

Four years ago the National Fatherhood Initiative surveyed more than 700 U.S. dads about their perspectives on fathering.

A scant 54 percent of the dads said they had felt adequately prepared for the role.

This one’s for you first time dads feeling less confident: 35 health tips for the first year of fatherhood. Brother, can you spare some butt paste?

Debrief the delivery. “We think we’re doing a good job in the labor-and-delivery room of explaining things, but we deliver hundreds of babies,” says Kaiser Permanente Colorado OB/Gyn Kim Warner, MD. “Our explanations may not sink in the first time.” Follow up on any and all lingering questions about the birth process.

Carry car seats close to your body. When lugging junior around in his baby seat, hold the seat as close to your torso as possible. This will engage your back muscles in addition to your arms, and you won’t tire as quickly.

Limit your child’s exposure to the sun. REALLY limit exposure until the infant is at least 6 months old. After 6 months, limit direct exposure to 20 minutes-and not without a hat, pants, long-sleeved shirt and sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher). Sunburn is not the only concern. Dehydration and heat exhaustion also are possible.

Don’t overthink Rover’s affection. “I’ve never really heard of a child getting sick from a dog licking them on the face,” says Kaiser Permanente Colorado pediatrician, Scott Zimbelman, MD. “It won’t cause any harm if it happens once in a while.” Also: that whole thing about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome as a result of cats sleeping with babies? Old wives tale.

Fan the baby’s room. A 2008 Kaiser Permanente research study found infants sleeping in bedrooms with fans ventilating the air had a 72 percent lower risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome compared to infants sleeping in bedrooms without fans.

Go to the six-week OB/Gyn appointment. “There’s so much going on at that point, and it’s good validation that you’re doing a good job,” Dr. Warner says. “The can-we-have-sex-yet conversation is particularly valuable. Having both partners there makes for a better discussion.”

Beat barrier No. 1 to losing the sympathy weight: Ignoring the calorie count.

Hold the baby. The research on parent-baby bonding historically has focused on the mother-baby bond. The attachment between father and baby also takes nurturing. Be present. Change diapers. Talk to your child. “It’s good for the child, and it builds your confidence and competence as a parent,” says Joe Barfoot, licensed clinical social worker with Kaiser Permanente Colorado. “The only thing dads can’t do is breastfeed.”

Know the signs of post-partum depression. Mood swings, tears, feeling overwhelmed-expect she’ll experience all of it after welcoming your newborn into the world. This is the so-called (and common) baby blues. If the emotional bouts last beyond two weeks, and those feelings turn toward deep sadness, and trouble bonding with the baby, it could be post-partum depression.

Resist putting dropped pacifiers and utensils in your mouth. Doing so can increase your baby’s risk of infections and cavities. Clean dropped pacifiers and utensils with soap and water.

Lift with your legs. When moving the wife’s 200-pound heirloom dresser, you know to keep your back straight and bend your knees (rather than your back) to lift. Same rule applies when lifting and putting down your child. “Repetitive bending can lead to injury, muscle strain, or a disk herniation,” says Gregory Mills, PT, Kaiser Permanente Colorado’s clinical service director for rehabilitation services.

Get your child vaccinated. Studies from Kaiser Permanente’s Institute for Health Research have found clear links between illnesses (including whooping cough and chicken pox) and children whose parents refuse vaccinations. “Every one of these immunizations that we want to give your child I had no qualms about giving my kids,” Dr. Zimbelman says.

Use birth control for at least nine months. If you and your partner want more children, don’t rush right back into pregnancy. Her body isn’t ready. She needs time to rebuild vitamin and mineral stores, and resume a normal menstrual cycle. If she’s breastfeeding, it’s best that she continue as long as works for her and the baby. Her uterus also needs time to regain strength.

Beat barrier No. 2 to losing the sympathy weight: Taking seconds (and thirds).

Note: your child may have reactions from vaccinations. The four main side effects your child may experience: low-grade temperature (100 to 101 degrees), pain at the site of injection, tender red skin around the vaccination spot, and general fussiness.

Step into the car when installing car seats. Placing a baby seat in the car can be surprisingly awkward. You duck, twist, lift and lunge-all in one motion. That takes a toll on your back, neck and shoulders. Minimize strain by stepping one leg into the car and positioning the seat using a forward motion-rather than twisting from the side.

Ask stay-at-home moms, ‘How was your day?’ You’re back at work. If she’s not, that probably means her 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. arrangement has fundamentally changed. Yours hasn’t. Showing interest in how it’s going, at the very least, acknowledges the shift.

Avoid sling-style baby carriers. Look for carriers with dual strap systems instead of those that rest on one shoulder. Distributing the baby’s weight to both sides of your body will decrease the chance of a neck injury.

Keep a house calendar. “If you’re disorganized, you’ll be more frustrated, more stressed out,” Barfoot says. “When you’re more frustrated and stressed, it’s more likely to show up in your relationships. The more organized you are, the lower your stress level.”

Babyproof your living space a.s.a.p. This includes covering outlets, gating stairs, moving cleaning chemicals to higher shelves-addressing all possible hazards within reach (and mouth) of a curious toddler. Why a.s.a.p.? Between sleep deprivation and adjusting to new routines, the seven(ish) months between birth and crawling pass quickly.

Beat barrier No. 3 to losing the sympathy weight: Restaurant food.

Go easy on antibacterial soaps. These soaps are much harsher than their non-antibacterial brethren, and they tend to pull moisture from the skin. Baby soaps are much milder. And, the evidence suggests friction is what removes most bacteria when washing hands.

Enjoy the low dirt factor. Sponge bathe newborns until their umbilical cords fall off. After that, infants need only two or three baths per week. Enjoy the low frequency while it lasts. Because it won’t last.

Say, ‘I’m here. I want to be involved.’ “A lot of new dads feel like the mom knows everything, and they don’t have a place, so they back off,” Dr. Warner says. “What that feels like to the woman is the dad doesn’t want to be involved.” Note: your involvement may include doing laundry, washing dishes, or taking the 2 a.m. diaper shift.

Don’t make your own list. Related to Tip 24, when offering help, prioritize what she says she needs, not what you think she needs.

Make time for yourself. Same goes for your partner. (Not yet for the baby.)

Strengthen your core. Whether by way of pilates, yoga, or plain-old sit-ups and pushups, there’s no better preparation for carrying your child than improving your core stability.

Beat barrier No. 4 to losing the sympathy weight: Going easy on exercise.

Help moderate her drive to exercise. It’s good for your partner to start walking as soon as possible after giving birth, but play it smart. “If it hurts, don’t do it,” Dr. Warner says. “If it causes bleeding, don’t do it.” Usually it’s six weeks before she can resume full exercise. Gradually increase the walking distance, and no swimming for at least that first six weeks.

Reprioritize date night. Carve out at least one night per month to nurture the relationship with your partner. Start making time for each other while still staying at home. Look toward date night out once you have identified a babysitter you are both comfortable with.

Read up on the baby’s first year. Note the broad definitions of “normal” child development. “You’re preventing parenting anxiety by knowing some things to expect,” Barfoot says.

Communicate with the grandparents. If you’re thinking where are they? They may be thinking Where’s my invitation? If you’re thinking Can we get some space? They may be thinking I’m getting older… I need to spend time with my grandchild? “It’s all about communication,” Barfoot says.

Accept that babies sometimes cry for no reason. New babies may cry as many as 3 hours per day. Sometimes they’re too hot. Sometimes too cold. Maybe hungry or lying in a messy diaper. And sometimes it’s just unexplainable. Good news is it’s not because you’re doing a bad job.

Baby Care Tips For You

What baby care tips are essential for you and your newborn??

The mother of a baby is the busiest person on earth, and these baby care tips are designed to put a little order and routine back into your day to day routine. In no time at all, these baby care tips will become second nature for you and your baby helping you to get back to a somewhat ‘normal’ life.

Breastfeeding Baby Care

There is, has and always will be a lot of controversy on breastfeeding depending on where you live in the world. In some countries it’s the norm and most people would not bat an eyelid if they saw a mother sit down in a restaurant and start to breastfeed her baby. In other countries such as the UK and the US, surprisingly and quite sadly, breastfeeding is frowned upon by many. I personally breastfed both my children and though I made a point of being discreet, I valued my right to feed my child where, when and how I chose to.

However, I also appreciated the fact that I was lucky to be able to breastfeed as I know many mothers want to but can’t for whatever reason. Even those that choose not to breast feed should not be maligned. The majority of us live in a society where we have a freedom of choice and whatever our feelings or opinions on a matter, we should allow everyone the right to choose what is best for them and their baby.

That said it is common knowledge that there are huge health benefits to breastfeeding for both mom and baby so that’s why this is key to baby care. Baby’s first drink of breast milk is colostrum which is full of antibodies which help babies immune system and is full of fat and protein to help baby put on weight in their first few days. Breastfeeding also helps mom’s uterus to contract more quickly. A weird sensation when it happens but utterly amazing when you think about it.

Then consider the other positives of breastfeeding to baby care. Milk is on tap, ready to go at the right temperature whatever the time of day and if baby emptied one ‘bottle’ or boob, there was another ready and waiting to go. I did co-sleeping with my second baby as I was concerned about waking the house up in the middle of the night for feeds which worked out well for all as most times throughout the night, she would latch on herself and feed without me being barely aware. Baby care doesn’t really get any easier than that.

I did express so that my husband could also be involved and there were times that he did the night feeds with both children so that I could get a complete nights rest.

Bottle Feeding Baby Care

If you are bottle-feeding your baby then make sure that the bottles are well sterilized and clean. There are many makes of bottle sterilizers that are available. There are some that you can put in the microwave and some that will continually sterilize throughout the day so that you always have clean bottles and teats available to go when you need them.

Also consider your formula well. Check the ingredients and look for those that have the friendly bacteria for the gut. Make sure that you buy the formula appropriate for your baby’s age. To rich and it may cause constipation, too thin and lacking in vitamins etc, and your baby may not gain weight as they should.

Baby Sleeping Baby Care

With your first child, you will have probably read numerous books about how to put your baby to bed and have bought a moses basket, then a cot or cot bed. Come your subsequent children, you then realise though nice to have, the most important thing is whether your baby is comfortable, safe and warm or cool enough. My first child went into his own cot bed when he was 3 weeks old as we couldn’t stand anymore of his warthog snoring. He was also in a baby sleeping bag. Our daughter slept with me in our bed until she slept through most of the night before moving to her own bed. Especially as I was breast feeding both, I made sure that I didn’t drink a lot (the odd glass of wine at a weekend is fine), I don’t do drugs, they weren’t too hot or cold and the room was well ventilated. Use your common sense here regarding baby care and use and do what’s best for you.

Clothing Baby Care

Summer clothes should be light cotton ones. When baby is taken out, make sure that his head does not get the direct sun. Make the most of parasols or stroller sun covers. The covers in particular also help against wasps. An important baby care tip to remember for all – sun cream is essential even if your baby is dark skinned. My children are mixed race and even with factor 50, they still tan.

In winter, there may be sweaters, trousers and other woollens. Just bear in mind that if they are in nappies or diapers still, you need quick and easy access to change them especially when you are out and about. Some changing facilities are tiny or cramped and you don’t really want to spend more time there than you should. Remember a change of clothes too. My son was the worst but they both had explosive poos the force of which sent their poo right up their backs and it was far easier to take the whole lot off than to try and clean around it!

Changing Baby Care

Changing of nappies or diapers whether disposable or not should take place regularly. Sometimes babies will let you know in their own particular way but it’s best to get into the habit of checking their bottoms at least every 3 hours. That way you’ll soon get to know baby’s toilet habits and can adjust it accordingly.

Bathing Baby Care

I hope that I don’t sound too patronising but the best advice here is common sense. Make sure that you have everything that you need BEFORE you start bathing. Have baby’s towel ready on his changing mat, his nappy and night clothes all in place before you start.

Please ensure that the bath water is not too hot and not too cold – 9of or 32c is ideal. It should only be a couple of inches deep if it is in a family bath. At this age baby doesn’t need bubble bath, just gentle no-tears formula soap should suffice.

Ensure that you support baby’s head safely. Once washed and dried, massage a little moisturizing cream into baby’s skin and get him dressed for bed.

Immunisation Baby Care

The baby should be immunized against Small Pox & Measles with BCG within 3 months of its age. The first DPT (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Psertussis, Polio, HIB, Meningitis C) is due within the first 2 months followed by the 2nd and the 3rd one at one month intervals. The MMR vaccination against Measles, Mumps and Rubella should be done within 1 years of age. The boosters should be taken after the baby is 4 years old.

Training and Education Baby Care

Babies learn by watching and listening. Yes I babble baby talk to my two but I also talked sensibly to them like an adult. When getting them dressed I would put their left arm in its sleeve and say to them, ‘let’s put your left arm in your sleeve’. By 18 months both children knew their right from their left, could say things like open door, shut door, roof, bus, sky drink, biscuit etc because I constantly read or pointed things like this out to them. Learning can and at this age, should be fun.

The most important baby care tip of all

The parents should find enough time to spend quality with the baby but also together and by themselves. Find time for baby time, couple time and me time!

Baby Health Tips and Advice

When children are born, their immune system is normally not so strong. This is the reason why most of them are very vulnerable to many different kinds of sicknesses. Therefore, there is need for the parents to take extra care of their babies to ensure that they do not get sick all the time.

One of the most important things that you should know is children’s vaccines. There are a number of vaccines which you must ensure that your child gets. At birth, the baby should be given the first Hepatitis B vaccine. The second dose is given at least a month later. When the infant is two months old, the following vaccines should be administered: Rotavirus, DTaP, Haemophilus influenzae (HiB), Pneumococcal Conjugate and the inactivated poliovirus vaccines. You can make the shots less by having combination vaccines.

Follow up doses of the age 2 months vaccines are given at four and six months. The other vaccines that are administered after two months include chicken pox vaccine, Hepatitis A vaccine and the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine. Vaccines do not cost a lot and in some instances, they are given for free.

Skin care is also an important aspect of baby health. A newborn’s skin is very tender and delicate, therefore there is need to take gentle care of it. You should never apply lotions and creams which you use on your own skin. There are a number of baby skin products that you can use. These infant lotion s and oils are very light and they do not cause any skin irritations to the child.

Another key issue in baby health is proper nutrition. You want your newborn to grow to be a strong child; therefore you should make sure that you feed him properly all the time. Breast feeding is very important in the early stages of their development. Breast milk contains all the nutrients that the newborn needs to develop his immune system and grow strong. However, if the mother is sick and cannot breastfeed, there are some formula foods that the infant can take.

Baby health concerns are the responsibilities of all parents. If you want your child to live a healthy and happy life, you should ensure that you do everything possible to make that a reality. Since infants cannot speak when they feel ill or uncomfortable, you should be always on the lookout in case your baby gets sick. You should be able to observe any facial expressions and other activities that might signify that your child is not well. For instance, irregularities in the child’s sleeping and eating habits, frequent crying and changes in excretion are some of the things that can tell you there is something wrong. When you notice any such sign, you should see a pediatrician as soon as possible.

Baby Care Tips

Most of the time when people talk about Baby Care Tips what they mean is health care tips for the baby. Everyone has some particular personal wisdom to impart from their child-rearing days. They want to be sure you benefit from their experience. That is not bad. Just listen carefully, some of what they say is not appropriate for today.

Many people continue to use vasoline petroleum jelly for a variety of baby care needs. Honestly, it did not kill us. But  we know more about petroleum products now than we did when many of my siblings were babies. Today petro products are not often recommended for baby care. Your baby’s skin is still developing. You can find many more gentle products available for natural baby care.

If you are a new parent and have never held a baby before, be gentle . Give your baby support from top to bottom. Your baby’s neck muscles are not strong enough to support the weight of her own head yet, so do not let her head fall back. You can ask the health care people at the hospital to coach you so you are not yanking the infant around by arms or feet by default.

NEVER NEVER shake a baby. Even if you are frustrated because your baby will not stop crying. Especially in situations like that! Shaking your baby results in giving its brain a bashing on the inside of its skull. That can cause short or long term damage depending on how badly the infant was injured. Besides, it will hurt your baby and major crying will follow, so it is self-defeating too. It is considered a form of child endangerment today. That is obviously not good baby care.

When you put your baby down to sleep, be sure you have her lying on her back . That will minimize the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.). This simple baby health care [http://babyhealthcareproducts.org] tip has saved many lives and a lot of grief.

Perhaps the best baby care tips I can offer are to provide a safe environment for your infant, remember they wiggle and squirm. Be sure there is food, water and shelter from the blazing sun for her. Hold your baby as much as possible and provide necessary hygiene when you are cleaning up her wastes. Give your baby love and gentle care and these basics and you have a great foundation for building sensible and strong baby health care practices into your life.

Baby Health Information

When it comes to your baby, health information is some of the most important stuff that you need to pay attention to. If you are a new parent, there are probably lots of little tips and tricks that you will soon learn. But, to help you get started, here are three important bits of information concerning your baby’s health that you might not have known before.

Keep your baby warm, but not too warm

Dr. William Sears, a father of eight children and a practicing pediatrician for over 30 years, advises new parents all the time. He says that many parents try to keep their baby too warm. A young child does not need to be at a temperature much higher than room temperature. Over-bundling your child can lead to a lot of health problems – foremost, overheating can lead to the disruption of a baby’s neurological systems. This could cause your baby to stop breathing or to slow breathing to the point where brain damage might actually occur.

You should also be careful to keep your baby at a constant temperature. A baby’s brain does not react well to abrupt changes in temperature. So, in the winter months when it is time to take your baby outside into the cold, you should bundle them up inside to allow their body heat to create a barrier to the cold. In the same way, during the summer you should always be mindful of taking your baby from an air conditioned home out into the heat.

Think about using baby massage

Baby massage techniques have been used for centuries throughout different cultures around the world – but, it still remains some of the least known baby health information in modern North America. A baby massage is the simple act of rubbing and massaging your baby very gently and with love. A 10 minute massage one or two times each week will really help to strengthen the parent-child relationship. Children need touch just as much as they need food, so setting some time aside to gently massage your baby is a great way to make them feel more comfortable with you and relax them at the same time.

Try swaddling

Swaddling refers to covering your baby from head to toe with a small blanket. Swaddling has been used in just about every culture and is really making some headway in the modern baby health information age. Swaddling does a lot to help nurture the relationship that a parent has with their child. However, it has some additional benefits as well. Swaddling helps to regulate a child’s internal body temperature and it just makes the baby into a cute little package!

You can safely swaddle your child until they are about four months old. If they start to get a little bit squirmy, you can free their arms and give them a little bit more room to move. However, it is likely that your baby will get used to swaddling quickly and enjoy being so close to you.

Baby Health Tips Every Mother Should

How to take care of minor problems.

CARE OF UMBILICAL CORD:

The end of the cord will fall off in a couple of weeks after birth.

Until it falls off, keep it clean and dry.

Keep diaper below cord so that the cord stays dry.

Dab with alcohol on a cotton swab 1-2 times each day.

Call your baby’s health care giver if it looks red, irritated, bleeds or oozes, or
has a bad odor.

CARE OF CIRCUMCISION:

A circumcision should heal in 7-10 days.

If the tip of the penis is irritated by the diaper, put a little bit of petroleum jelly
on the irritated area each time you change the diaper.

PREVENT DIAPER RASH:

Change diapers often.

Wash baby’s bottom with soap and warm water at each change.

Use zinc oxide paste or diaper rash cream on irritated areas.

TREAT DIAPER RASH:

Leave baby’s diaper area uncovered for a few hours each day. (Place several
folded cloth diapers under baby.)

Use zinc oxide or diaper rash cream on irritated areas after washing.

TREAT DIARRHEA:

If you are breastfeeding, continue to do so.

Call baby’s health care giver if your baby won’t take liquids, can’t keep them
down, has a lot of diarrhea, or has diarrhea for longer than 12 hours. (Diarrhea can be a very serious problem for little babies, who can lose a lot of fluid quickly.)

There are special drinks –called oral electrolyte solutions– that infants with diarrhea should be given to keep them from becoming very sick.

TREAT COLIC:

Make sure that your baby is not crying for some other reason (wet diaper, hunger, tight clothing, loneliness).

Hold baby, stomach down, across your knees.

Rock your baby.

Push your baby in a carriage or stroller.

TREAT A COLD:

Try to make your baby more comfortable.

Call baby’s health care provider if your baby has a fever.

When to call the doctor …

YOU SHOULD CALL YOUR BABY’S HEALTH CARE GIVER IMMEDIATELY
IF YOUR BABY
:

  1. Has breathing problems (has to work hard to get air in and out).
  2. Cries (more or differently from the usual), or moans as if in pain, or is very fussy.
  3. Has a temperature higher than 100° F.
  4. Vomits (more than a spit up) or has diarrhea (very watery, loose, foulsmelling stools) more than 2-3 times in a day.
  5. Has even one large, very watery bowel movement and is less than 3 months old.
  6. Passes blood or blood clots with urine or bowel movement.
  7. Has a convulsion (shaking arms and legs).

ALSO CALL IF YOUR BABY:

  1. Seems weak, has no energy to cry as loudly as usual.
  2. Refuses to feed or nurses poorly (or doesn’t want more than 1/2 of the usual bottle).
  3. Doesn’t wake up as alert as usual, or for older babies, is not playful, even for a short time.
  4. Just doesn’t “seem right” and you are worried.
  5. When you call the health care provider about your sick baby, write down the advice you get. Have available the telephone number of a pharmacy in case your care giver wants to phone in a prescription.

Baby Health Tips

When you are a first time parent, being responsible for another human being is a fairly daunting prospect! It is difficult to know when you are just being a slightly over protective parent and when you really do need to call in medical assistance for your baby. If your baby is very ill and has difficulty in breathing has a very high temperature, is vomiting or defecating excessively, having convulsions or passing blood then you certainly need to call a doctor. Similarly if he is weak and has no energy you may wish to check with a professional. However, in most cases you will be able to simply treat minor problems yourself. Here are a few of the most common baby health issues and tips about treating them.

Caring For A Newborns Umbilical Cord

When your baby comes home, he will still have a part of the umbilical cord attached to his belly button. This will all off within a few weeks. However, it can become infected so until it does drop off you should take care to keep it clean and dry. It is recommended that you gently dab the area once or twice a day with some alcohol on a cotton swab. It is also important to make sure that the baby’s diaper is below the cord so that it is not rubbed or wet with urine. In the event that the cord becomes red and irritated or bleeds and leaks a foul smelling pus, you should contact your baby’s health provider. In the first few weeks this will likely be your midwife.

Preventing And Treating Diaper Rash

It is possible to prevent diaper rash all together by changing your baby’s diaper frequently and washing her bottom with soap and warm water between changes. However, if the skin does become irritated you can apply zinc oxide paste to the affected area. It can also be useful to leave baby uncovered for a few hours each day to let her bottom enjoy fresh air. Do not forget to put some towels underneath her to catch any accidents!

Treating Colic

Colic can be one of the most frustrating issues far both parents and babies. It is severe pain caused by wind, and can only really be soothed until it passes. You should ensure that all other needs are taken care of before assuming that it is colic causing baby to cry. Is he wet, hot, lonely or tired? If you are sure it is colic there are a number of ways to calm the pain. Try holding baby stomach down across your lap and rubbing his back. You may also wish to add a gentle rocking motion. Sometimes pushing the baby in a stroller can sooth them. If colic is frequent then consider swapping baby’s diet.