are some of the issues and problems that you can may expect
to encounter with young babies...
can quite often occur in babies up to about 4 months of age. It is usually milder than the
type that occurs in adults. Your babys cheeks become rough and scaly and this can
also occur in your childs eyebrows and hair (cradle cap).
If infection sets in, the
skin can become scaly, develop cracks and redness and weep.
Caused by overactivity of
the sweat glands. This is usually grown out of in the first 6 months. You should stop
using soap in his bath, ask your pharmacist about alternatives.
If the rash is particularly
bad, you should limit the bathing to 2 times per week. Do not use baby creams and lotions.
Moisturise the skin with
sorbolene cream. Your doctor may prescribe a very mild steroid cream which you can add to
the sorbolene cream and apply to your babys skin. This is perfectly safe and will
usually sooth the pain. A natural option is chamomile
applied on babies head - do not use on children under 2 weeks old and always use one drop
diluted in carrier oil. (see our
section on Aromatherapy).
Is a type of eczema, a
build up of natural oils. This causes a dry scaly crust on your babys head.
Petroleum jelly (vaseline) can help soften the scales and allow their removal.
system have not fully developed and can not often withstand infection of the candida
albicans fungus. It most often occurs in their mouth. It will look like white milk curds
stuck to the inside of the mouth. They will not be removed or scraped off however.
Thrush can be painful but
more than likely your child will tolerate it. Your will need to speak to your doctor or
pharmacist about specific products which will remove the thrush.
Also treat your nipples if
breastfeeding as it can spread to you. You must also sterilise all feeding equipment and
anything else your baby puts in his or her mouth. Change your sterilisation equipment you
use for your feeding equipment often when your child has thrush.
This can happen often
in new babies. It occurs when your child vomits up most of the food swallowed. It is
caused by a poorly formed valve between the gullet and the stomach. The valve usually
rights itself as the child becomes older.
This can be a worrying time
for parents as they worry if their child is putting on enough weight. The problem with
reflux occurs when the vomiting becomes very regular and annoying, your baby does not put
on weight. Usually the child will grow out of this problem in the first few months.
A few helpful hints are to
adjust the babys resting position. Put the cot up at the head end about 30 degrees.
Bowel motions of a
Your baby may have many
motions per day or only one every few days. The motion may be yellow, green, brown or a
combination of these. The consistency may be pasty, fluid or seedy. It will not normally
be hard in texture.
If your child is passing
hard stools, this is not normal. Another thing to look out for is overly fluid stools that
resemble urine. See your doctor if this happens.
Bottle-fed babies will
usually have more firmer stools and pass them more frequently - four times per day to once
every couple of days. The colour of the stool will be more red-brown and green. They may
become constipated or just simply pass harder stools.
If your child is passing
watery stools - check with your doctor and take a sample of the stool with you.