Nusrat Anjum has asked for some tips on how to cope with her baby’s frequent cold. Her little one catches cold frequently. It lasts for about a week and every time her baby gets very cranky as a result.
Colds tend to come on slowly. The first thing you might notice is your baby becoming restless and irritable. It will be followed by a nose stuffiness, which will progress to nostrils dripping.
The first thing you should do is to figure out whether your baby has common cold, an allergy, or some serious illness. This can be tricky, a child with common cold is likely to continue playing and eating close to normal. If it’s a serious illness, he’ll possibly be less energetic and more cranky.
Common cold is frequent in small children with runny noses because of low immunity against different cold viruses flying around. Stuffed-up nose can be very uncomfortable as it makes difficult for your baby to breathe which results in irritation. Suction bulb is an easy way to gently extract the excess mucus, you can also use saline nasal drops to soften mucus before suctioning.
You can apply petroleum jelly or other ointment, under baby’s nose to help prevent chapping and reddening of skin. However be careful, it should not get into the babies nostrils, to avoid being inhaled or block breathing.
Offer your little one frequent feeds. They might be a bit off their milk when they have a cold, so little and often is the way to go, to keep them hydrated . Feeding can also be a comfort for them in this difficult situation.
Be very gentle while wiping babies nose because your baby’s skin will quickly redden from all the dampness. Applying some petroleum jelly between the nose and top lip will sooth and protect the area.
Herbal and homeopathy medicines are also quite effective, however you should always consult an expert for the same. Some suggestion by moms are
One spoon Honey with Tulsi, in morning and evening helps a lot to babies
Boil munakka mishri and a pinch of black salt in one cup water. Boil until it comes to half. Give twice a day.
Tulsi drops with turmeric or honey is also
Give tulsi, ginger and honey on a regular basis. Few drops of tulsi and ginger juice with a tea spoon if honey.
Although colds are not generally serious, in young babies you do need to keep a check on fever.
For babies under three months if temperature goes above 38°C you should see a doctor.
If your baby is younger than three months, it’s advisable to take him to the doctor, even if you think it’s just a common cold. Younger babies have less developed immune system that makes them prone to secondary infection.
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Kanika Modi’s son has a habit of sucking his lips. Her 3 year old son does not listen to her and his lip is swollen.
Lip sucking involves repeatedly holding the lower lip beneath the upper front teeth. Sucking of the lower lip may occur by itself or in combination with thumb sucking. This practice results in an overbite and the same kinds of problems as discussed with thumb sucking. Lip sucking gives children a sense of emotional security and comfort. The lips are supplied with a tremendous density of sensory nerves that send pleasure sensations to the brain. However, if lip sucking continues beyond the age of 5, when the permanent teeth begin to come in, dental problems may occur. Depending on the frequency, intensity, and duration of the sucking, the teeth can be pushed out of alignment, causing them to protrude and create an overbite. The child may also have difficulty with the correct pronunciation of words. In addition, the upper and lower jaws can become misaligned and the roof of the mouth might become malformed.
Lip biting in a child would likely be related to the position of his upper and lower dental arch. If the lower jaw is significantly smaller than the upper there is an anatomical positioning of the upper arch over the lower lip that looks like biting. This would be genetic and could only be addressed when he is much older.
How can this habit be cured
- It must be your child’s decision, to stop sucking their lips before the habit will cease. To help toward this goal, parents and family members can offer encouragement and positive reinforcement. Because sucking is a security mechanism, negative reinforcement (such as scolding, nagging, or punishments) are generally ineffective, making children defensive and driving them back to the habit.
- Instead, give praise or rewards for successfully avoiding the habit.
- To help older children break the habit, parents should try to determine why their child is doing it — find out what stresses your child faces and try to correct the situation. Once the problem is gone, the child often finds it is easier to give up sucking.
- To prevent their children from sucking their lips we can use some harsh techniques like applying neem oil or Castor oil, the child will stop sucking due to the bitter taste.
- If your child is sucking lip due of boredom, try getting the child’s attention with a fun activity.
- If your child’s skin is dry try the application of petroleum jelly or ghee on the lips to keep it moisturized
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Sonal Mehra has asked for advice on how to deal with her baby’s severe dandruff. The baby’s hairs are badly tangled and his scalp is dry and flaky.
It’s not likely, although it is possible. Dandruff is very uncommon in young children. Most often dandruff shows up at puberty, spikes in the teen years, and declines again in adulthood. If your baby’s scalp has flaky, dry skin that looks like dandruff, or thick, oily, yellowish or brown scaling or crusting patches, it’s probably cradle cap. Scaly, rough patches on your child’s head or white flakes in her hair are likely severe dandruff or cradle cap, also known as seborrheic dermatitis. Although it’s harmless and typically doesn’t cause discomfort to the child, if it bothers you, it is generally easy to treat to reduce or get rid of the rough scales.
Cradle cap isn’t cute, but it’s harmless. It shows up most often in the first few months of life and usually clears up on its own in about six to 12 months – although some children have it for longer. You might notice the same condition around your baby’s ears or eyebrows, on his eyelids, or even in his armpits and other creases
WHAT CAUSES CRADLE CAP OR SEVERE DANDRUFF IN BABIES?
The cause is unknown. But we do know that cradle cap is not caused by poor hygiene or allergies Some experts believe that the hormones a baby receives from his mother at the end of pregnancy. overstimulate the baby’s oil-producing (seborrheic) glands, resulting in cradle cap. Irritation from a yeast that grows in the sebum (the substance produced by the glands) is also thought to be a possible culprit. But there’s no consensus on the cause. Cradle cap isn’t contagious. And it probably doesn’t bother your baby at all, although if it gets severe it might itch.
How should I treat my baby’s flaky scalp?
Using Home Remedies
1. Remove the scales with your fingers
The baby’s scalp won’t be harmed if you use your hands to take off the “cap.” It’s the simplest, and one of the most effective, ways to get rid of the scales and dry patches that occur when a baby has cradle cap.
- Rub your fingers over the scaly patches, then gently peel and scrape away the scaly dead skin and discard it.
- If you don’t want to use your fingers to pick off the scales, put on a pair of thin latex gloves (as long as your baby isn’t allergic to latex). You could also cover your hands with plastic wrap to prevent directly touching the scales. Keep in mind that cradle cap is not contagious, and picking off the scales will make your baby more comfortable.
- Don’t use tweezers or another sharp tool to remove the scales, since you may accidentally poke the baby’s head and cause an injury.
2. Wash the baby’s head every day
Use warm water to bath the baby’s head, and gently massage his or her scalp with your fingers. The water will help loosen the cradle cap scales, when you can then peel or scrape away.
- Using a mild baby shampoo can help loosen the scales, so consider adding one to your washing routine. However, you may find that shampoo dries the baby’s scalp out further.
- Use a soft-bristled brush to help loosen the scales while the baby’s head is still wet.
3. Use oil and jelly
Sometimes cradle cap scales need a little outside help before you can peel them off. Spread baby oil or petroleum jelly on the dry patches, then wait 15 minutes to let the scales soften before removing them.
- Olive oil and vegetable oil also work well for removing the scales.
- Use shampoo and warm water to wash away the oil when you’re finished. Leaving traces of oil can actually make the problem worse by causing more scales to form.
Implementing Verified Medical Solutions
1. Use a medicated dandruff shampoo
When cradle cap keeps coming back a few days after you scrape it away, switching to a medicated shampoo a few times a week might be an effective treatment. Dandruff shampoos contain tar, which reduces flakiness and helps prevent skin from drying out.
- Shampoos containing the antifungal medication ketoconazole or 1 percent selenium sulfide may also be used to treat cradle cap.
- Dandruff shampoos that contain salicylic acid aren’t recommended for babies, since this ingredient may be harmful to babies and it can be easily absorbed through their skin.
- Talk to your doctor before using a medicated shampoo on your baby’s scalp. He or she will recommend a shampoo brand or provide you with a prescription for the shampoo that is right for your baby’s needs.
2. Consider using hydrocortisone cream
If your baby’s scalp is inflamed, red or itchy, hydrocortisone cream, which is also used to treat rashes and bug bites, might help relieve the symptoms. Check with your doctor before using an over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream.
Taking Preventative Measures
1. Humidify your home
Infants with cradle cap often have other symptoms related to dry, easily-irritated skin. Use a humidifier in your baby’s room to keep the air moist and humid so his or her skin doesn’t get too dry.
2. Moisturize the baby’s scalp after bathing
Applying a moisturizer while the scalp is still slightly damp and warm after bathing can help trap moisture in the skin, preventing it from becoming dry and scaly. Use a lotion or ointment formulated for babies’ sensitive skin.
3. Consider the baby’s diet
Cradle cap is in some cases caused by an allergy to baby formula. If your baby has red patches on his or her face and experiences diarrhea and other allergy symptoms in addition to cradle cap, talk to your doctor about switching to a formula that is healthier for your baby.
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Kavita Anand is having a hard time when she gives her baby a bath. The little one is still crying and Kavita needs your super tips on helping the baby adapt to a bath.
Most babies are over washed. In reality, babies don’t get very dirty. The toddler/mud puddle friendship has not yet begun. Some babies love being in the water, and giving your baby a warm bath can become a fun and relaxing daily ritual. Bath time can be fun. But you need to be very careful with your child around water. Many young babies are frightened of the water and cry the whole time and handling a squirming, slippery baby can cause the most confident parent to break out in a nervous sweat. But with a little preparation, practice, and patience, bath time can become one of those treasured routines of raising a baby.
- If your baby screams every time you try to put her into the water, it either means that she is hungry, the water is too hot or cold, or you have a baby who doesn’t like to be alone in the water.
- Her security may be threatened. Here’s how we have enjoyed bathing our babies.
- Take your baby into the bathtub with you.
- Get the water ready and undress yourself and baby.
- Hold her close to you as you get into the water and then sit back and enjoy the warm skin-to-skin contact.
- If your baby still protests, sit in the tub first and show her how much you are enjoying the bath.
- Then have someone else hand your baby to you while you are sitting in the bathtub.
- Mothers, don’t be surprised if your baby wants to breastfeed at this time. It is the natural result of being close to your breast. In fact, if your baby still fusses upon entering the water in your arms, relax her by putting her to your breast first. Slowly ease your way into the tub. Then gradually lower baby into the water as she continues to suck. This is a special way to enjoy mothering and bathing your baby.
- As your baby gets older, bath toys such as the traditional rubber ducky may entice the reluctant bath taker.
- When bathing together in a tub, take special precautions to avoid slipping.
- While you are getting used to bathing with baby, it is safer to hand baby to another person or place her on a towel as you get out of the tub.
Here’s another family trick for enticing the reluctant bather. This involves getting baby to associate bath time with a pleasant event to follow. After the bath you may spend some special cuddle time together. Or, follow the bath with a soothing massage. Baby will soon develop an association between the bath as the wet stage to put up with in order to get the total body massage.
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Mommy Prachi Shah is worried about the severe rash and heat boils on her 7 month old baby’s face.
It’s normal for babies to develop skin rashes from as early as a few days old, as their sensitive skin adapts to a different environment. Most rashes are harmless and go away on their own. Rashes are one of the most common reasons that parents of small children visit the doctor. In most cases rashes do not indicate a dangerous condition, but in some cases they do. If a child is in good, general health and has no other symptoms, you can simply observe the rash for a few days
The most common causes of skin rashes in babies are:
Milia (blocked oil glands)
Erythema Toxicum (the “normal newborn rash”)
Neonatal Acne (“baby acne”)
Miliaria (“sweat rash”)
Slapped Cheek Syndrome
Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease
How to Spot and Relieve Rashes.
What it looks like: A red, extremely itchy rash with bumps or blisters… hydro-cortisone cream or calamine lotion for itching. Call your doctor if the rash involves the face or eyes. What… it is: A rash that occurs when your child is overheated and her sweat glands get plugged.
Getting Under the Skin
Your baby’s soft, beautiful skin is probably a pleasure to caress and squeeze. And then there’s that heavenly scent. But beautiful baby skin can develop blotches and spots. Although most new parents know about diaper rash as a baby-specific phenomenon, they may be surprised by some of the other rashes that can crop up in childhood. Here are some of the common ones, most of which can be easily treated.
Symptoms of Heat Rash on Face
Before one thinks of treatment, it is important to identify heat rash correctly. A heat rash consists of small bumps on skin that causes the surrounding skin area to appear red. You will find the rash often appears on body parts covered by clothes like trunk, groin and armpits. In case of face, it appears on the forehead generally, especially if the child is made to wear caps and scarfs. It may appear on the side of the face and neck, where the child rests his/her head while sleeping on the pillow or the mother’s shoulder. If you use a magnifying glass, you will find there are no hair follicles covered by the heat bumps. Thus, indicating it is not a case of folliculitis. Let us now go into the details of how to treat heat rash on baby’s face.
How to Cure Baby Heat Rash
There are a few baby heat rash remedies that you can try at home. First and foremost, you need to cool off your baby. You can do so by dipping a cotton cloth in a solution containing one teaspoon baking soda and a cup of cool water. Then place the cloth on the baby’s rash for about 5 to 10 minutes for about five times a day. This will help prevent itching and reduce the rash. You can even apply a thin coat of calamine lotion on the skin to ease irritation. Another effective baby heat rash treatment includes application of Aloe Vera gel. This will help sooth the irritated skin of your baby. You can even apply salicylic acid pads on your baby’s skin to unclog the pores. Antihistamine and hydro-cortisone cream too helps prevent the constant itching and helps your baby fall asleep.
You should change their clothes into something light and cotton. Do not make the baby wear synthetic clothes in summer as it will lead to prickly heat. Cotton is a breathable clothing that will help keep your baby cool and dry. You should avoid taking your baby outdoors on a hot day. Keep the infant well hydrated and continue breastfeeding him. You too should avoid wearing synthetic, woolen or abrasive fabrics. When you hold your baby in your arms, your clothes cause skin irritation leading to heat rash.
Baby heat rash will disappear in a few days. However, if you find the baby heat rash on face does not go away after a few days or appears worse than ever, visit a doctor immediately. In summers, keep your baby cool and dry. Keep a calamine lotion at hand as it will help get rid of dry skin as well as heat rash. Hope the above information has been helpful for you in understanding prickly heat affecting babies.
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Nisha Anand’s 5 month old baby girl who is underweight and still not coping up. Her baby refuses to have formula milk too, is asking for help to cope up with the situation
These days we mostly hear about obesity in children but an underweight child can also be a cause for concern. There are several factors to take into consideration when evaluating your child’s weight. Has he always been thin? Are both of his parents very thin? A child who has a genetic tendency to be thin is in a different boat than a child who has always been normal to hefty and who has recently stopped gaining — or started losing — weight. Even if your child has just recently thinned out, though, there may be nothing to worry about.
Growth and development remain one of the most important indicators of your child’s health. Your child’s doctor will take into consideration the factors mentioned above — how much his parents weigh and how long he’s been thin. He will also evaluate your child’s eating habits and his overall health. She’ll probably ask if your child has had any medical problems that may have contributed to weight loss, like chronic diarrhea or vomiting.
In most instances it is likely to be a case of genetics; that their genetically predetermined weight and height is as it is.
A child can be very active and therefore require a lot of energy input (calories) just to meet their daily needs
Underlying nutrient deficiencies such as iron can affect eating habits
Some children are over-reliant on nutrient-dense fluids such as juice or milk. The former can cause toddler diarrhoea and both can displace food and meals as well as create nutrient imbalances.
Sometimes we can become overbearing with food and put children off
Pure disinterest in food can be due to distractions or just general busyness
Food allergies and restricted diets can lead to difficulties
Short and protracted illnesses
Oral mechanical issues, such as muscle development, enlarged tonsils and being tongue-tied
So what should we do?
You may well be offering a wide variety of healthy foods, your child drinks only water, is healthy and growing at a steady rate despite not weighing what we believe is ideal.
Initially concentrate on diet by ensuring regular protein foods and a little more fat
Offer your child’s main meal when they are hungriest, so if you find your little one eats best at lunch then offer a substantial dinner-type meal.
Track how many calories your child eats each day
Breast milk or formula will continue to provide the majority of her nutrients and will do so for the remainder of her first year
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Twinkle Shah has written to us about her 10 month old baby. She’s noticed that her baby gets extremely cranky and scared when the pet is around.
If children don’t have too much exposure to animals – it can mean that they get afraid of them early on in their lives. They may even have had a bad experience when they were younger and its meant that they are really worried around a particular animal. Some children are afraid of pet animals. They may not have had a lot of experience with these pets or perhaps an incident which has made them fearful. Helping children overcome their fears can sometimes be challenging and tiring but very worthwhile.
Adults can be worried by things they don’t understand or haven’t had experiences of before so why not a child?
For most children, however, this fear is not triggered by an attack, but by an event such as a large dog running toward them. While the dog’s intentions may have been to play, the sight of a large animal with unknown intentions loping toward them can prompt an anxiety toward all canines in some children.
Here are some tips to help:
1. Put yourself in their shoes. The animal is something they don’t understand, so that’s why they are worried. With larger animals, a toddler is pretty small compared to a big dog – so is there any wonder they are a little scared?
2. Don’t use emotive language. Try to use word like “what a nice dog” and not “what a big dog.” When they are younger they may only understand some of the words so keeping them neutral means they won’t pick up the words that you don’t want them to associate with the animal, such as big, or scary. Fluffy and cuddly might be better!
3. Keep your tones light. When you meet an animal, try to act natural, or be as relaxed as you can. Sometimes its hard to do so when your child is crying hard of course.
4. Show understanding. It’s important to empathise with your child. Explaining you understand how they feel. Again, try not to say that you understand why they are scared. Just how they feel. If they only have limited understanding the danger is they only hear the word scared and see the dog, for example, and the association may be re-inforced.
5. Give them time. My boy was scared from day one pretty much, of dogs. But now he is six, he wants one. He was frightened of cats too, and we have two beautiful ones of our own which he adores. It may take a few years, but as they get bigger, and so the animals get smaller, the fear will diminish.
6. Get yourself a pet. It’s probably a bit mad to get the pet which your child is really scared of, but getting another animal, can help show your toddler that they aren’t all scary. My little boy started to become happy with cats, so we got two. We even have a reward chart behaviour to choose for looking after your pets to encourage your children with them as well.
7. Encouraging them to be respectful not scared is fine. It’s always important to check the temperament of an animal first with the owner if its an animal you don’t know. It’s better to keep your distance, and then ask questions. If you do this, then your children will pick up this habit from you. They do, after all, copy a lot, don’t they?!
Patience, as with all things kiddie, is the watchword here.
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Mommy Komal Khushlani wants to know what else can she feed her 9 month old baby other than khichdi and dalia.
Making appropriate food choices for your baby during the first year of life are very important. More growth occurs during the first year than at any other time in your child’s life. It is important to feed your baby a variety of healthy foods at the proper time. Starting good eating habits at this early stage will help set healthy eating patterns for life.
If your baby has conquered jarred food but doesn’t have the teeth for solid foods we’re talking about “tweens,” who are 9 to 12 months old — what are your options? Don’t worry. The following ideas will get you started:
1. Babies need the same variety of nutrients adults do, for instance, they should get five servings of fruits and vegetables each day.
2. A good phrase to remember is “Eat the rainbow”, i.e over the course of a day, serve lots of different colors.
3. Breads and grains the base of the food pyramid are no-brainers. Babies readily eat cereal, cooked noodles, soft breads, and rice. It’s just as easy to give them enough dairy, since babies this age are still drinking 16 to 24 ounces of breast milk or formula a day.
4. Don’t forget to serve extra protein in the form of chicken, fish, beans, or eggs.
5. Tiny babies still have tiny tummies. Small, frequent feedings are still the best. Also, give your baby small helpings. Most babies seldom take more than 1 or 2 tablespoons of a food at any one meal.
6. Don’t force-feed food, as this could create long-term unhealthy attitudes about eating. The parent’s roles are to select nutritious foods, prepare them well, and serve them creatively, matched to baby’s individual capabilities and preferences.
7. Expect erratic feeding habits.
8. Understand that food fears are normal.
9. Gradually increase variety and texture
Let’s have a look at some meal suggestions foe your “tween”
1. Oatmeal - Start with any unsweetened oats. Make it with breast milk, formula, water, or even juice.
2. Pancakes or waffles – Try to use a whole-grain mix. Add just a bit of wheat germ for a health boost. For some variety, top with pureed fruit — avoid sugary syrup.
3. Eggs – Add a tablespoon of cottage cheese and scramble. For some variety, turn eggs into a lunch by mixing in mashed tofu or a softened vegetable.
4. Yogurt – Stick to unsweetened yogurt — babies don’t know any better. For flavor, add jarred or home-steamed fresh fruit. For some variety, try stirring in wheat germ and combining several fruits for new tastes.
5. Soup – Broil broth with soft veggies and noodles. Serve lukewarm — not hot — and only a little at a time. For some variety, add mashed beans, well-shredded meats, or shredded cheese.
6. Macaroni and cheese – Try making it from scratch: toss soft, whole-wheat noodles cooked in broth with butter and shredded cheese. For some variety, stir in pureed green vegetables, such as peas, spinach, or broccoli, or mix with mashed beans or shredded meat.
7. Baked potato – Remove the potato from its skin and mash in butter, cheese, and soft veggies. Or put it through a mini food processor with veggies, cheese, butter, and broth. For some variety, try a mix of sweet and white potatoes, or mash in tofu, meats, and beans.
8. Pasta/rice/couscous – Run it through a mini food processor with a sauce. If you’re using a package, use the seasoning sparingly. For some variety, add cooked veggies, such as zucchini and squash or well-shredded meats.
9. If your baby does not eat iron rich foods like meat, fish or poultry, give your baby legumes (beans, peas, lentils), tofu, iron fortified infant cereal or other iron rich foods.
10. Soft fruit like chopped banana, avocado, peach, seedless watermelon, cantaloupe, papaya, plum or kiwi
11. Grated apple or chopped strawberries are also be nutritious.
12. Ragi Mix is another healthly option mothers can opt for.
This is a messy age and stage. Your baby will be keen to try and feed themselves and it will be difficult to keep them clean when they eat. It is important that you let your baby explore their food and learn for themselves what is involved in transferring food to their mouth. Meal times are not about parents controlling the process and the earlier your baby learns how to feed themselves, the better.
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Mommy Roshni Modi has written to us about her one and a half year old baby who doesn’t drink water and needs help.
Water is crucial for your child’s health. It hydrates, helps regulate body temperature, and even helps prevent constipation and urinary tract infections, all this without adding any extra calories or sugar to your kids diet. Your toddler’s entire body relies on adequate amounts of water to function properly. Your kids need between 5 and 8 cups of water approximately everyday to meet their body’s water requirement. If kids’ first drink from a sippy cup is water, and they see their family enjoying it, chances are that they will happily drink water without ever questioning whether they like it or not.
If you’ve got young children, start them early with water and be consistent. They’ll drink it and like it. Half of the human body is water; we’re hard-wired to crave it. It’s a good idea to offer your child something to drink often, especially during warm weather, because young bodies can become dehydrated so easily. Children are also more likely than adults to ignore their thirst when they’re busy. In fact, by the time your child realizes she’s thirsty, she’s probably already a little dehydrated.
If your children aren’t in the habit of drinking water, or are rebelling against it, here are some tricks to keep them hydrated
- Make it special: Get some bendy straws for big glasses of ice water. Find some big, colorful, insulated mugs. Let your kids pick out their own drinking vessels. Many Kids love their cartoon water bottles more than some of their toys, so it’s always near them and ready for a sip.
- Make it portable: Water bottles are your best ally. Get your kid a water bottle he likes. Keep it with him. If he’s little, make him feel important by allowing him to fill it himself. If he’s older, make sure it’s a bottle he’s willing to carry. You want water to always be accessible.
- Spike it: Some people, especially kids in the habit of drinking juice or sports drinks, think water is too plain. Don’t fight with them. Splash in a little lemon or lime juice. Throw in frozen fruit (raspberries work great for this), or mint leaves. You’ll add enough flavor to get them to drink it, which is what’s important.
- Get icy cold: Kids love ice. Even as an adult, there’s something fun and a bit festive about the clinking of cubes in a glass. As my sons say, icy cold water is just good.
- Make sure that your child sees you drinking water – and enjoying it!
- If she steadfastly won’t drink water, try diluting her drinks with water – half juice, half water. Gradually increase the dilution until she is basically drinking water.
- If all else fails, feed her water-rich foods. Most soups, vegetables and milk have high water content, somewhere around 80%. Try home-made juice iceblocks and fruit smoothies.
- Make drinking water into a game: Challenge your kid to drink to a certain level of the cup.
- Freeze some cool shapes: There are many different shapes of ice trays available in the market, get the favorite shape and slip it in your child’s drink to make it more fun for him.
- Teach your kid to self serve: Set up some cups in an accessible place and tell your child that they are free to get her own water whenever they want. Independence can be a motivating factor for your child to sip in some extra liquid.
- Create a Pissing Match: Yeah. Literally. Tell your kid you can tell how much water she is drinking by the color of her pee. Very yellow means not enough and pretty clear means you are winning at water.
- Make a cup of juice the reward for finishing the water.
Water is easier for the body to break down than other beverages, leading to less stress on the kidneys. And water is free of calories, sugar, fat, additives, and preservatives, so it’s a good first choice. Children get an added benefit from drinking fluoridated water: It helps their teeth grow strong. Fluoride strengthens the outer coating of the teeth and makes teeth less susceptible to decay. It can also help repair damage to teeth. Fluoride even strengthens teeth that are growing in the gums, so if your child still has her baby teeth, getting enough fluoride helps to ensure the health of her adult teeth.
Finally, don’t be afraid to let your kids know why you want them to drink water. Tell them how important it is to stay hydrated. Tell them how sugary drinks don’t really quench your thirst. This is especially true for older kids, but I’ve found that even my little guys appreciate knowing how their bodies work. It’s cool and becomes something for them to be proud about–that they know the WHY behind a family rule as well as the fact that they’re doing something good for themselves.
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Mommy Neeta Shah asks us about how to stop / prevent skin peeling in her 3 week old baby!
Infant skin is five times thinner than adult skin and doesn’t produce enough oil or melanin to adequately protect itself. In the moments after birth, newborns are often red, bluish, or even grayish and bruised from their rocky trip down the birth canal. During the first few weeks, your baby may have peeling or cracking of the skin, especially on the wrists, hands, ankles and feet. The flaky skin on newborns often puzzles first-time parents. This is because their own experience with dry, peeling or flaky skin is often due to exposure to harsh chemicals or cold, dry weather. Knowing the causes of an infant’s flaky skin and what to do about it will help soothe your concerns.
A newborn’s skin typically looks delicate and wrinkly. Parents may notice skin patches that are flaky and dry in appearance, particularly in areas like the ankles, wrists and other skin folds. One reason for the flaky appearance is due to the loss of the vernix caseosa. “Vernix” is the latin word for “varnish”. It is a flaky, waxy white coating that slightly resembles cheese. In utero, vernix protects the sensitive skin of the fetus from becoming waterlogged by amniotic fluid. After birth, the vernix helps balance the skin’s pH, protects newborns from becoming scaly or dehydrated, and is believed to have antibacterial properties. Vernix is a very healthy coating on the skin and not a symptom of dry or problem skin. After birth, much of the substance is washed away. Exposure to air after floating in amniotic fluid for nine months will also cause an infant’s delicate skin to flake. Remnants of the vernix slough off naturally during the first couple weeks of life, but because it looks funny, it is often removed immediately after birth.
When the vernix sloughs off during the first days after birth, it looks like dry, flaky skin. It generally takes about some weeks to go away. Although it concerns some parents so applying mild lotions or creams to smooth and moisturize the flaky skin is safe. A mild cleanser is safe, though many people recommend just plain water. These days, baby wipes, especially ones for sensitive skin, are so gentle that they’re generally safe. There are many baby oils available in market which can also be helpful. Coconut oil or Almond oil also have other nourishing factors than just moisturising your child’s skin.
During the first few weeks of life, a sponge bath a couple of times a week is all that is necessary to keep your infant’s skin clean and healthy. Water is effective at keeping the infant’s mouth and genitals clean in-between the baths. Once the flakiness disappears, your baby’s skin will stay smooth and healthy with the proper care. So, there is nothing to worry about the peeling skin of your new born.
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Mommy Harshita Khanna writes to us about her 15 month old daughter who suffers from rashes due to the diapers she makes her wear. We reached out to our expert Moms for their valuable inputs.
Diaper rash doesn’t mark you as a negligent parent. Dealing with diaper rash is part and parcel of childcare, especially in the initial years of your child’s life. Almost every baby will develop diaper rash at some time or another. If your child’s diaper area looks irritated and red, chances are it’s diaper rash. The skin may also be a little puffy and warm when you touch it. Diaper rash can be mild – a few prickly red spots in a small area – or extensive, with tender red bumps that spread to your child’s tummy and thighs.
Diapers, whether reusable or disposable, create a hot moist environment that traps diaper contents (e.g., urine and feces) against the skin, which causes irritation and can promote infection. Almost every baby will get diaper rash at least once during the first 3 years of life, with the majority of these babies 9-12 months old. This is the time when the baby is just sitting most of the time and is also eating solid foods, which may change the acidity of the bowel movements.
Causes of Diaper Rashes
- Wetness – Even the most absorbent diaper leaves some moisture on your child’s skin, and when your child’s urine mixes with bacteria from his stool, it breaks down and forms ammonia, which can be very harsh.
- Chafing or chemical sensitivity – Your child’s diaper rash may be the result of his diaper rubbing against his skin, especially if he’s particularly sensitive to chemicals like the fragrances in a disposable diaper or the detergents used to wash a cloth diaper.
- New foods – It’s common for children to get diaper rash when they start eating solid foods or are introduced to a new food.
- Infection – The dark, damp, and moist environment created by a diaper is a perfect breeding ground for bacterial or yeast infections on the skin. These types of infections are more common in babies who have a diaper rash.
- Antibiotics – Children on antibiotics sometimes get yeast infections because these drugs reduce the number of healthy bacteria that help keep yeast in check as well as the harmful bacteria they’re meant to destroy.
- Contact with urine and feces – Prolonged exposure to urine and feces can irritate the skin. Both urine and feces can cause moisture to come into contact with the skin, which makes it more prone to damage and irritation. Contact with digestive enzymes found in feces can also increase the risk of diaper rash.
- Method of feeding – Breast-fed babies may experience fewer diaper rashes than bottle-fed babies because breast-fed babies tend to have stools of a smaller volume, which in turn are less irritating to the skin.
- Friction and rubbing – Tight-fitting diapers that chafe against the skin can lead to a diaper rash. This damage to the skin can be made worse if the skin is wet. Also, skin-to-skin contact within skin folds in the diaper area can promote a diaper rash.
- Pre – existing skin conditions – Infants and children with preexisting skin conditions such as eczema and atopic dermatitis are more prone to developing a diaper rash.
- Contact with irritating chemicals – Your baby’s bottom is very delicate. Some common chemicals that are found in fabric softeners, detergents, baby lotions, fragrances, soaps, and baby wipes can be very irritating to the skin and should be avoided.
- Allergy to diaper elastic chemicals – A linear, red rash across the belly and in the skin creases can indicate an allergic reaction to chemicals in disposable diaper elastic. This is a common occurrence when you change to a different brand of diapers.
Tips for Treating a Diaper Rash
- Keep your child clean and dry by changing his diaper frequently.
- Rinse the diaper area well at each diaper change. Don’t use wipes that contain alcohol or fragrance.
- Pat your child’s skin dry , don’t rub.
- Use an ointment that forms a protective barrier on the skin after every diaper change to help protect your child’s irritated skin from stool and urine.
- Put your child’s diaper on loosely or use a diaper that’s a little big on him to allow for better air circulation.
- When the weather is warm and your child can play outside or in a room with a floor that’s easy to clean, leave you child’s diaper off for as long as possible every day. Exposure to the air will speed healing.
- Consider letting your child sleep with a bare bottom whenever he has a rash.
- The skin should be cleaned, but avoid any rough scrubbing, which could lead to further skin irritation. After cleaning, the skin should be exposed to air, leaving the diaper off for several hours if possible.
- Certain foods may seem to worsen the rash. If this is the case, avoid these foods until the rash has cleared.
- If the rash is caused by a contact or allergic dermatitis, stop using any new soaps or detergents that may be causing the rash.
- Use plain water. When you need to get poop off, use a mild cleanser.
Next Step – Prevention
- The best defense against diaper rash is a dry bottom, so change your child’s diaper frequently or as soon as possible after it becomes wet or soiled.
- When applying the diaper, avoid tape adhering to the skin, because this can also lead to breakdown and irritate the skin.
- Clean your child’s genital area thoroughly with each diaper change.
- Pat their skin dry, never rub it. You might also try drying the diaper area after a diaper change with a hair dryer set on low.
- If your child seems prone to diaper rash, coat her bottom with a thin layer of protective ointment after each diaper change.
- Skip the talcum powder, as the dust is harmful to your child’s lungs. If you want to use powder, choose one that’s made from cornstarch. Shake the powder into your hand, away from your child, never directly on or near them and keep the container well out of their reach at all times.
- At every diaper change, carefully wash away any powder that accumulates in the folds of your child’s skin.
- When your child starts eating solid foods, introduce one item at a time. Waiting a few days between each introduction will make it easier to determine whether sensitivity to the food causes a diaper rash. If it does, you can eliminate that food for the time being.
- Don’t secure the diaper so tightly that there’s no room for air to circulate. Dress your child in loose clothing.
- Don’t wash cloth diapers with detergents that contain fragrances, and skip the fabric softener. Both can irritate your child’s skin.
- Use hot water and double rinse your child’s diapers. You might also add half a cup of vinegar to the first rinse to eliminate alkaline irritants.
- Breastfeed your child for as long as you can. Breastfeeding boosts your child’s resistance to infections in general and makes her less likely to need antibiotics, which can contribute to diaper rash.
- When your child does need to take an antibiotic, ask the doctor about giving her a probiotic as well. Probiotics encourage the growth of healthy bacteria in the gut, which may reduce your child’s chances of getting a diaper rash.
- Use diapers that draw moisture away from the skin.
- Avoid using products that expose your child’s skin to irritating chemicals
- Wash reusable diapers carefully to remove all the germs. Be sure to completely rinse out any soap or detergent.
- Wash your hands thoroughly after each diaper change.
No matter how careful you are, your little one will probably get diaper rash at some point. Most babies do. So plan ahead. Learn how to treat diaper rash, plus prevent flare-ups. Your baby’s little bottom will thank you!
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Mommy Nidhi Shah shares her query with us today!
Her little one gets scared of the Ganpati processions around and she wants to make her feel comfortable. She needed some tips to comfort her daughter.
FC Suggests: Exposing a newborn baby to loud noises is not advisable. However, if your baby is a toddler or a kid, we at FC, suggest you to initially show her processions from a distance. This will not make her uncomfortable, and she’ll be able to observe the processions better. Gradually introduce her to small Ganpati pandals to acquaint her with the lighting and sound. Once you feel she is completely relaxed, you can take her to the processions.
We asked the lovely parents on our SOS Mom forum to help and here’s what they shared with their tips and suggestions:
1. Don’t stop going to processions just because she isn’t comfortable. Make it a normal routine for her all these 10 days and soon her inhibitions will vanish.
2. Dance and enjoy with her in the procession. It will relax her and she might start enjoying with you.
3. Recite stories of Lord Ganesha. Show her the animated cartoons and let her listen the bhajans that are normally played in the processions. It will help her get familiar to the songs and tunes.
4. Get her stickers and stuff toys of Ganesha, these will help to eliminate her fear while she plays with them.
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Mommy Sonali Pandhare is worried about her 18 month old son who eats the corners of the walls.
Many young kids put non-food items in their mouths at one time or another. They’re naturally curious about their environment and might for instance, eat some dirt out of the sandbox. It is quite common for them to experiment occasionally with eating items such as those we normally don’t eat. Your child is probably enjoying the independence of getting around and making his own choices as far as food is concerned. When this goes beyond the occasional sand from the sandbox, however, you are right to be concerned.
There is an eating disorder called ‘Pica’ in which the child eats non food items. Pica is the term used to describe the intense craving for – and eating of – non-food items, such as soil, clay, starch, plaster, paint chips, and coffee grounds. The word “Pica” comes from the Latin word for magpie, a bird known for its large and indiscriminate appetite. Some of these items are harmless if consumed in small quantity, but the others could lead to infections, such as bowel obstructions or dental problems.
The exact cause of ‘Pica’ is not known, but research associates it with mineral or iron deficiency. The relation of these unusual cravings is also associated to biochemical, psychological and cultural factors.
The treatment of ‘Pica’ varies from child to child. A paediatric may emphasize on psychosocial, environmental any family guidance approach for a child, or may treat a child through iron supplements if he thinks that a child lacks that, through dietary changes. An initial approach often involves screening for and, if necessary, treating any mineral deficiencies. Looking back at the different causes of pica related to assessment, the clinician will try to develop a treatment. First, there is pica as a result of social attention. A strategy might be used of ignoring the person’s behaviour or giving them the least possible attention. If their pica is a result of obtaining a favourite item, a strategy may be used where the person is able to receive the item or activity without eating inedible items. The individual’s communication skills should increase so that they can relate what they want to another person without engaging in this behaviour. If pica is a way for a person to escape an activity or situation, the reason why the person wants to escape the activity should be examined and the person should be moved to a new situation. If pica is motivated by sensory feedback, an alternative method of feeling that sensation should be provided. Foods such as popcorn have also been found helpful. Behaviour-based treatment options can be useful for developmentally disabled and mentally ill individuals with pica. These may involve using positive reinforcement normal behaviour. Many use aversion therapy, where the patient learns through positive reinforcement which foods are good and which ones they should not eat.
There is no specific way to prevent ‘Pica’. However, careful attention to eating habits and close supervision of children known to put things in their mouths may help catch the disorder before complications can occur.
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Mommy Deepti Saini has written to us about her 19 months old baby who refuses to eat and only wants milk. She has tried giving him calcium and syrups for low appetite but failed.
Your toddler may experience this in life, partly because of a temporary mental condition called food neophobia. This is a fear of tasting new food, which naturally leads to reluctance to try them. Most children will experience neophobia around the age of two. It’s definitely a phase, as we all have gone through the same thing when we were a child. But your child’s changeable nature can be a source of exasperation, especially when you try to feed your toddler a balanced diet. In short, your child has become the dreaded “picky eater.”
In Toddlers mealtimes are more about tantrums, screaming and bribery than healthy eating. Fussy eating is a normal phase in toddler’s development. Do not get anxious about mealtimes. This might make the problem worse, particularly if you are expecting your toddler to eat more than he needs. You’ll probably experience bad days, when your toddler refuses foods he usually likes. Try not to fret too much about what your toddler eats at a single meal, or in a single day. Instead, think about what your toddler eats over a week.
Try these tips for making mealtimes run smoothly
- Eat as a family when you can – Eat with your toddler as often as possible, at these shared meals eat the same food you are willing, your toddler to have. They learn to eat new foods by watching and copying parents.
- Make positive comments about the food you are eating. You’re a role model for your toddler. If you make positive comments about food, such as “This is yummy!”, your toddler may be more willing to try it.
- Praise your toddler when he eats well, because toddlers respond positively to praise. If you only give him attention when he is not eating, he may start to refuse food just to get some attention from you. Toddlers like attention, even if it is negative.
- Allow your toddler to touch his food, play with it if he wants to, and make a mess as well. Toddlers enjoy having the control of feeding themselves with on their own.
- Work out a daily routine of meals and snacks that fits around your toddler’s sleep pattern. Your toddler won’t eat well if he gets over-hungry. Your toddler might also be reluctant to eat if he’s tired. Give your toddler a small snack or drink before naps. Save his proper meals until after he has woken from a nap.
- Keep your toddler interested – At lunch and dinner offer your toddler a savoury course followed by a sweet course. After one course, he might be bored with too much of one taste and ready to try something new.
- Give small portions. Toddlers can be overwhelmed by big platefuls and lose their appetite. If your toddler finishes his small portion, praise him and offer him more.
- Offer a variety of healthy food choices and let your toddler feed herself. This way she gets to exercise a little independence.
- Don’t take something off the menu if she doesn’t like it. Kids are slow to accept new tastes and textures, so if she spits out green beans the first time, try making them again the following week. She may surprise you and decide that’s her new favorite food. And be patient: You may have to offer a new food many times before she’s willing to make it a regular part of her diet.
- Don’t coax, bribe or plead to your toddler to eat more - A little gentle encouragement is OK, but never insist that he finishes everything on his plate.
- Don’t offer large drinks of milk an hour before a meal - Large drinks will reduce your toddler’s appetite. If he is thirsty, give him water instead.
- Don’t assume that because your toddler has refused food he will never eat it again – Taste changes with time. Some toddlers need to be offered a new food 10 and 15 times before they feel confident to try it.
- Don’t feel guilty if one meal turns into a disaster - You and your toddler are both on a learning curve. Your toddler is learning to try new flavours and textures, and you are learning to cope with tricky mealtimes.
If you are really concerned about your toddler’s eating habits, make a list of all the food and drink he has over a week. Check that your toddler has had food from the four main groups. These are starchy foods, protein, dairy produce and fruit and vegetables. If you know your toddler has eaten foods from each group, you don’t need to worry.
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We don’t buy a new house without checking all the details, we never take up a any new project without knowing all the details, same is the case with your child and their preschool. The first step in your child’s educational journey, preschool is the beginning of an amazing adventure of learning and discovery. Young children often struggle with change. Leaving the comforting rituals of life at home for a new set of people and rules can be scary. To help make the transition as easy as possible, take some steps ahead of time to prepare your child.
Going to school is usually an exciting and enjoyable event for young children. However, for some it can cause intense fear or panic. The child’s panic and refusal to go to school can be difficult for parents to cope up with.
Mommy Shehnaz John’s 2.5 year old baby is scared and cries while going to school. Here are some expert moms advice.
Downplay the milestone – Try to compare the Kindergarten with something that your child is already familiar with like, an activity class they are being attending or the playground where your take them to play everyday.
Read a book to your child about starting school, which may have illustrated pictures to make your child excited and familiar to the new environment he would have to deal with.
The school and the school teacher plays a very important role here. Please check if the baby is comfortable with the teacher or not.
Don’t stay too long – Assure your child that you will be back soon and say a quick good bye. Lingering on will only make it more difficult for your child to see you walk away and could make a bigger fuss as they know it is an effective way to make your stay.
Identify your child’s anxiety – Try to find out what exactly is your child is afraid of? Talk to your child and find out what he is worried about. Is he concerned that you will not return? Is he afraid that someone will be mean to him? Or that he won’t know where the bathroom is or that he won’t know what he’s supposed to do? Once you establish what his specific fears are you will be better able to address his concerns and work with your child and his teacher to find ways to handle them.
Send along a favorite comfort object – Every child has a special toy that he keeps with his and is comfortable with, ask the school teacher if you can send that along with your child.
Connect school to home – Take your kid for a visit to school before the first day to make the place familiar. Some teachers ask parents to send a family picture with their kid to feel more connected to home.
Don’t put a time limit on how long it should take – Tears and fear of school may go gradually, each child has its own set of experiences and anxiety level that influence their feelings about starting school, so each child will take his own time to settle down at school.
Share your own experiences – If your child expresses a worry about school, reassure her with your own experiences
Always be positive. Don’t set your child up for negative attitudes by saying how much you hated school or a particular subject. If there are older siblings, talk to them about conveying a positive attitude about school to their younger brother or sister.
Remember, not all children will enter school with complete comfort. Starting school is one of the earliest and most challenging goodbyes between a child and parent. But successfully mastering this new challenge can increase a child’s feeling of self-confidence and security.
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A tantrum is the emotional equivalent of a summer storm sudden and sometimes fierce. A tantrum is a young child’s way of physically expressing feelings such as anger, frustration, hurt and being upset. Tantrums tend to occur when young children do not have the language to express how they feel or the ability to handle their feelings without adult assistance. This often occurs between the ages of 18 months and four years, but each child is different. Some children don’t throw tantrums at all.
Every child will throw a tantrum at some point. But there are ways to deal with tantrum episodes and prevent them from happening again. In the tantrum phase, children realize that they are independent people with their own thoughts and desires with all the previous strategies in place, parents are likely to have a relatively tantrum-free life. But it makes sense to have a few ideas up your sleeve for how to deal with them.
The primary causes of baby tantrums may be
Afraid or anxiety
Inability to communication about their needs
Resistance to change
Mommy Rachna shared her query on dealing with her toddler’s tantrums without being harsh and a few of our expert Moms have suggested the following steps to handle child’s tantrum.
Create a Diversion – Get your kid engaged and interested in something else so that they forget the meltdown they were having.
Give your Child Some Space – Sometimes your child just need time to get out of the emotional meltdown they going through, just let them have it.
Ignore the Kid – This is a well tested and commonly used measure to handle a tantrum as, during a tantrum, your child is literally out of his mind, and it just some matter of time it need to get back to normal.
Find out what is really frustrating your child – Their communication is limited, yet they have all these thoughts and wishes and needs to be met. When you don’t get the message or misunderstand, they freak out to release their frustration.
Hugs – This may feel like the last thing you want to do when your kid is freaking out, but it really can help her settle down.
Offer food or suggest a little Reward and Recognition – Being tired and hungry are the two biggest tantrum triggers, normally these things are observed during specific time of the day.FC suggests feed them and keep them busy either by putting them to bed or letting them watch a little TV.
Give your kids incentive to behave – Certain situations are trying for kids, try to analyse what hits the tigger for your child temper, It’s just all about recognizing when you’re asking a lot of your child and offering him a little bribe.
Speak Calmly – This step is much easier to be said than done, but most of the mom’s say you must keep your cool during a child’s tantrum. Talking in a soothing voice shows your child that you’re not going to let her behavior get to you. It also helps you stay relaxed when what you really want to do is yell right back. In fact, the calm tone is as much for the parent as the child! If you’re tense, your kid will pick up on it, and it’s going to amp her up even more.
Get out of there – Getting kids away from the scene of the tantrum can snap them out of it.
Another approach is to empathize with your kid, which helps take some of the edge off the tantrum, and then play detective, what exactly is the cause of the situation.
Music – This is also a well tested and tried distraction for your child from the tantrum situation.
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Mommy Nidhi Karan Garg’s six month old baby is fair but her legs got tanned due to the exposure to sun to prevent jaundice when the baby newborn…so what does she do now?
Yes, about 60 percent of full-term babies have a yellowish cast to their skin called Jaundice. In fact, virtually most of newborn babies have slight traces of Jaundice, but it is not always noticeable. If your baby is full-term and healthy, mild symptoms of Jaundice is nothing to worry about.
As our elders have been suggesting, the normal trend followed to cure jaundice is placing your baby under sunlight, but direct sunlight on a naked baby can sometimes tan your baby’s body. So what about the tanning then..? Here are some home remedies suggested by our expert moms.
- The most commonly used remedy for sun tan is the mixture of besan (Bengal gram powder) with malai (Fresh cream), that works wonders on the tanned skin.
- Take some fresh milk and add a pinch of turmeric powder and mix well. Apply this mixture to the tanned part of body and allow it to dry, wipe it off with a soft cotton cloth.
- Clean the tanned area with lukewarm water and apply fresh coconut water all over and leave it to dry. After half an hour you can wash with normal water.
- Apply orange juice mixed with yogurt to cure suntan. Orange’s alpha hydroxyl acid, vitamin C help in fading suntan and yogurt’s lactic acid lightens the tanned skin.
- A mixture of Barley, yoghurt and turmeric in equal amounts is also a natural and safe remedy to cure suntan.
- A mixture of Kaju (Cashew nut) powder with a pinch of turmeric, milk and coconut oil can be used to massage the baby before bath, which reduces the tanning on the baby’s body.
- A mixture of kesar strands (Saffron strands) with fresh cream is also a good option for baby’s soft skin.
- Massaging your baby with coconut oil everyday before bath can help you get rid of the tanning problem.
- Raw milk or milk cream can also be used for treating sun tanned skin. Take small amount of fresh milk in a bowl and add a pinch of turmeric and some lemon juice to it.
- Lemon is great for curing sun tanned skin due to its natural bleach properties. You can simply apply some fresh lemon juice on the affected skin area and allow it to dry before washing the area with water.
- Cucumber juice also helps a lot in reducing sun tan. It has got cooling effect that soothes skin and help in curing suntan. Also the Vitamin C present in cucumber will help in keeping the skin moisturized.
- You can also use Aloe Vera gel for treating sun tanned skin. Aloe Vera gel will lighten the skin within a week, if applied daily to the affected area. It also helps to cleanse and nourish the skin.
- For treating sun tanned skin you can prepare a mixture of oatmeal powder and buttermilk. While the oats will help in ex-foliating the skin, butter milk will soothe the skin.
- For mild tanned skin, rub peeled potato skin on the affected area or raw potato juice for fast relief.
- Apply yoghurt before bath; curd is a powerful anti tanning agent for baby’s skin. Few drops of lemon juice can be added to yoghurt to give better results.
So now we can continue with the sunlight treatment, as prescribed by the doctors, the above remedies are for your rescue to make sure that the baby does not get sun tanned.
With Special Thanks to all Moms:
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Baby has lice in her scalp: SOS Moms Reply
Mom ‘Amreen Khan’ shared with us her query about her 9 month old daughter who has lice in her scalp.
We asked the lovely parents on our SOS Mom forum to help.
Many moms are not comfortable with the idea of applying strong shampoos, as they may contain strong chemicals to get the parasites out. Here are a few tips and suggestions.
1) Before any sort of treatment, make sure that nobody in your family has got lice too otherwise these pinhead sized parasites can clamber from one head to another in no time.
2) One of the home remedies we have got seems a quite known one in most of the households: Mix up powder made up of camphor tablets in the coconut oil. Apply this liquid on the baby’s scalp. Leave it there for at least next 15 minutes. Having done that, you can wash head with a mild shampoo ( suited for the infants).
3) Pay a bit more attention to your baby’s room and things in it. Let no amount of moisture seep into room. Keep it dry, warm and clean. Same thing applies to all sorts of assortments such as: Prams,Rockers, Baby Blanket and wraps etc.
4) Wet combing is one of the ways to detect lice and shiny white eggs in the hair,and to get them out of there. Wash your baby’s hair with a prescribed shampoo then run a detection comb through their wet hair. During this bug bursting, don’t forget to wipe the comb on a tissue after every such stroke.
5) Don’t keep your baby’s hair wet for long. Towel dry them after you have applied a shampoo or a conditioner almost immediately.
6) One of the remedies is to apply Methi seeds on a baby’s scalp. Just soak Methi overnight, grind it well and leave this mixture on a baby’s head for the next half an hour. Having done that, rinse your baby’s hair dry, and see the effect from the first wash itself.
7) You can apply little onion juice on the scalp for 10 minutes and then wash the hair thoroughly.
8) You can shave baby’s hairs and if problem continues, you can apply yogurt on baby’s head.
With special thanks to parents : Shweta Mishra,Divya Deepak,Anjali Bhaik,Deepika Prabhu,Shama Desai,Priyanka Gupta,Mini Gautam and Asha Sachin
This week Mommy, ‘Anamika Sinha’ shared her query about her two & half month old daughter who is losing hair and has started getting bald spots. She wanted to know how the reason and the cure for this situation.
We asked the parents on our SOS Mom Forum and here’s what they suggested:
- It is normal for little ones to shed hair when they are 2-4 months old as they tend to lie down in the same position. Once they start toddling they will learn to change positions while sleeping and this hair problem will not occur.
- Using a pillow stuffed with mustard seeds can help since it minimizes constant pressure from one position. It is popular in Nepal.
- Putting your little one on tummy for a few minutes will make her learn to move her head in all directions and she will move in her sleep. This way she will not lose hair and get bald patches. This method is absolutely safe when the baby’s stomach is not full. The baby must be under observation.
- This condition is normal unless you observe any redness in the scalp or flaking (cradle cap), in that case it is best to consult a doctor
- Home remedies such as virgin coconut oil, Aloevera can help.
- Often situations like this occur as a result of cradle cap which happens to 80 to 85% of newborns. If the scalp is flaky, a lot of hair will come out with the skin and this will get over by 7 months. After that new hair will grow.
- Many mothers have recommended SPOO shampoo. That has given them good results when prescribed by their doctors.
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