Tips and tricks for treating common baby ailments
Babies come in all different shapes and sizes, have different temperaments and different personalities.
As well as that, they can all suffer from different ailments from time to time, especially newborn babies who are learning to balance out their hormones and immune systems. Not all babies will experience colic, cradle cap, sticky eyes or uncomfortable teething pain, but it is important for you to know the symptoms and how to treat it.
What is colic?
- The cause of colic isn’t known, although eating too much, too fast or swallowing too much air without burping are all thought to be linked to colic
- Colic appears at around two to four weeks of age and can last for three months, or longer in some cases
- A sign of colic is when baby cries loudly, roughly at the same time of day (usually in the evening) and cannot be comforted. Baby pulling his feet up under his body and clenching fists can also be a sign of colic
- It can be helpful to rock baby or massage baby’s stomach with a little almond oil to ease discomfort
Many babies suffer from colic at one time or another. Whether they are bottle or breast fed, they’re bound to take in a certain amount of air when they feed. This can build up in a baby’s immature digestive system, causing discomfort and prolonged crying.
There are many products available to help easy the discomfort caused by colic. Dentinox® Infant Colic Drops is one of the options available. Just half a teaspoon given with or after the feed will help your baby enjoy feeding without suffering afterwards. It contains an ingredient called activated dimethicone that gently disperses trapped air bubbles. It is pleasant tasting and can be given to babies from birth onwards.
What is cradle Cap?
- Cradle cap is a condition of the skin called seborrhoeic dermatitis, which causes a dry, flaky, itchy scalp
- The cause is unknown but the condition is temporary and harmless. Cradle cap is not caused by allergy or lack of hygiene, and is not contagious either
- The affected area can suffer from hair loss. It is important to remember not to pick the plaques off, as this can mean baby loses more hair
- Cradle cap is very common in babies. Cradle cap is a form of seborrhoeic dermatitis, which can cause a dry, flaky, itchy scalp. It usually appears during the first couple of weeks after birth. The condition is not serious but isn’t pleasant looking, appearing as scaly patches on the scalp.
A specially formulated shampoo, such as Dentinox® Cradle Cap Treatment Shampoo, massaged gently but firmly over the entire scalp, can help lift the scaly patches and help to leave the scalp clear. You can use this shampoo for even the youngest baby although, as with most shampoos, contact with the eyes should be avoided.
Babies tend to suffer from sticky eyes due to the size of their tear ducts. If left unchecked, it can cause distress for both little one and mom. Sticky eyes can continue for some time, although babies tend to outgrow the problem eventually. Sticky eye can occur in one or both eyes and is often more noticeable after a sleep. Some say that using cotton wool and cooled boiled water may be the best option. For a mom on the go, Dentinox® Eye Wipes can help gently remove any watery, sticky or gunky residue from your baby’s eyes, leaving them cleansed and refreshed.
- Occasionally, children are born with one or more teeth. Other children may not develop any until they are more than a year old
- Six months is a common age for the first tooth to appear. It often pops through in the middle of the bottom gum
- Some babies go through teething with little fuss, while others find it painful
- Most children will have all of their milk teeth by the time they are two and a half years old
New teeth are a big event for baby and for mom, but they can bring problems too. When babies are cutting new teeth, many of them will experience some discomfort. Sometimes, it can be quite distressing for baby – and that’s distressing for you too, especially when it leads to sleepless nights and troublesome feeding times. Naturally, when baby is miserable, all you want to do is help. Dentinox has the answer with their new improved Teething Toothpaste. It’s a really gentle toothpaste made especially to clean and care for brand new teeth. It comes complete with a unique Fingertip Toothbrush which you wear on your finger to make brushing much easier and more pleasant for baby. And as it cleans, it soothes too. Dentinox® Teething Toothpaste contains clove oil, a natural essential oil to help ease the pain of teething.
If you have any tips or tricks for dealing with cradle cap, colic, sticky eyes and teething, be sure to leave a comment below.
This article is sponsored by Dentinox.