New babies are exciting and exhausting! They come with their own problems such as teething, colic, cradle cap and nappy rash, all of which can cause discomfort.
Teething tends to start at around six months old. Children do not have a full set of baby teeth until they are around two and half years old. You can usually spot teething problems by the appearance of flushed cheeks, excessive dribbling, the chewing of toys and anything else they can get hold of. They can be clingy, cry a lot and be irritable. They can also experience a fever.
There are many ways you can help your new baby through this process; teething gels, teething rings, something cold to chew on (such as a carrot stick or a piece of apple straight from the fridge, or a clean, cold wet flannel).
The key is to cool the area affected, which is why having cold (but not freezing) items for your baby to chew on can help. If you need further information on how to deal with this potentially stressful time, speak to your Pharmacist.
Around one in five babies suffer with colic. This is a kind of abdominal pain, possibly associated with trapped wind, which seems to occur at the same time every day. It can be very stressful for both you and the baby, so it is important to try to stay calm. There are products available which are designed to help remove the trapped wind. Speak to your Pharmacist about these.
Cradle cap is characterised by scaly, crusty patches on your baby's scalp. It is most commonly found in newborn babies. No one is quite sure why this happens but it can be alleviated by massaging a little olive oil onto your baby's head and shampooing it off.
Alternatively, there are treatments available, which can help. Cradle cap is not painful and probably will not come back after it has cleared up. Do not be tempted to pick at the scaly patches as this will made your baby's scalp sore and can lead to an infection.
Nappy rash is sore, red (or sometimes yellow) spots around a baby's bottom and groin, which are caused by irritation from a wet nappy, urine and / or stools. Urine contains ammonia and stools contain bacteria, which burn and irritate your baby's skin.
To treat or prevent nappy rash, make sure you use a barrier cream every time you change
your baby's nappy and ensure you change them frequently. A barrier cream does just what
it says; it provides a barrier between the skin and the urine/stools. There are many products
available, so speak to your Pharmacist about the best product for your baby.
If you need further Mother & Baby information please visit our Pharmacy Locator to find your local Alphega Pharmacy and ask your pharmacist, for advice.
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