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, and sticky eyes; 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, as 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 great 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. 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.
- 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.
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 babies, although as with most shampoos, contact with the eyes should be avoided.
Why does Sticky Eyes occur?
- 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 mum.
- 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.
If you have any tips or tricks for dealing with cradle cap, colic, and sticky eyes; be sure to leave a comment below.
This article is kindly sponsored by Dentinox; a trusted brand for bringing gentle relief to your little one.