Category: Baby Stuff

Home Remedies for Diaper Rash

Posted on Aug 18, 2014 by No Comments

When a baby has diaper rash, the skin may look raw, red, scalded, or burned. It’s not generally considered serious, but diaper rash can be quite painful for your baby.

When it comes to diaper rash, prevention is the best option. Diaper rash is caused by prolonged contact with the chemicals in urine and stool, so it’s important that you change baby’s diaper frequently. Babies should generally be changed at least once every two hours.

If your baby does develop a diaper rash, a sitz soother can be made by adding two tablespoons of baking soda to a basin filled with warm water. Soak baby for 10 to 15 minutes, then gently pat the skin dry. This can be done twice daily, if needed.

There are many commercial creams available to treat diaper rash, but you can also use the gel from an aloe vera plant for an all natural alternative. Once you’ve cleaned your baby’s bottom, spread a thin layer of aloe vera gel across the diaper area before applying a clean diaper.

Calendula is another highly effective natural home remedy for diaper rash. You can make a healing salve for diaper rash by combining one cup calendula oil with ¼ cup melted beeswax. Let the mixture cool completely, then apply a thin coat to baby’s diaper area as needed throughout the day. Store the salve in a cool place when not in use.

Simple home remedies should be sufficient to treat most cases of diaper rash. However, if your baby’s rash has extended beyond the diaper area or there is a discharge from the skin, a trip to the pediatrician is in order.

Photo credit: Sellers Patton via Flickr

Mom Gets Kicked Out of Restaurant for Table Diaper Change

Posted on Aug 15, 2014 by No Comments

When my kids were in diapers, changing tables weren’t a prevalent convenience. That’s right they are a convenience, they are not required even today.

One mom recently was eating out and with her three kids when her four-month-old baby needed a diaper change. She went into the bathroom only to find there was no changing table. Now we’re talking about a stinky, dirty diaper. What would you do?

She returned to the table at Brothers Pizza Express in Spring, Texas, and instead of dragging her eight year old, four year old, and 4 month-old baby back to her mini van, she opted for changing the diaper at the table. In her view, going back out to the van was just too inconvenient.

However, messy diapers are rarely “convenient.” She placed her changing pad on the table and changed the baby right there with other diners watching and smelling the diaper change. Needless to say other patrons complained.

The restaurant brought the woman’s food to the table in to-go containers and asked her to leave. The request didn’t sit well with her, and now she has filed a complaint with the Better Business Bureau.

Changing a messy diaper on a table where her children would be eating was a poor choice. It’s not like breastfeeding in a restaurant. It is a sanitation issue as well as environmentally offensive.

The smelly whiff  of dirty diaper wafting in the air for other paying customers to bear while they tried to enjoy their meal bred unhappy diners. I mean, would you want to eat at the table where you just changed a dirty diaper or have that smell filling the restaurant while you’re eating? Yuck!

I do understand the hassle of taking all three kids back out to the van to change a diaper, but that’s how things go sometimes with motherhood. In this particular mom’s case, I would recommend that she check with restaurants ahead to see if they have a changing table, or she should be ready to take the changing pad out to the van in the future. I know it’s not convenient but it is the courteous thing to do.

Photo credits: Amazon

Link Round-up: Green Tea, Huckleberry Jam, a Sundress Tutorial, and More

Posted on Aug 14, 2014 by 1 Comment

Today’s link round-up has a green tea recipe, huckleberry jam, a cute sundress tutorial, and more.

Lovely Etc. showed us how to upcycle baby food jars.

Mind Body Green showed us how to make an iced green tea with honey and fresh lemon verbena.

Kleinworth & Co. showed us how to make huckleberry jam.

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The Tip Toe Fairy showed us how to make a tie-dye bustle sundress for a little girl.

With a Blast shared a recipe for lightened up lasagna.

Mabey She Made It showed us how to make alphabet blocks.

Wait Til your Father Gets Home shared a beautiful idea—a birthday memory book.

Photo credit: Lovely Etc. and The Tip Toe Fairy

Grandma Duct Tapes Pacifier as a Joke But No One Is Laughing

Posted on Aug 14, 2014 by 1 Comment

One of my girlfriend’s once duct taped her mouth as a gag gift for her husband’s birthday. It was funny until she peeled the tape and skin from her lips. So when I saw the picture of a baby with a pacifier duct taped to her face, I thought, “Oh no! That tender skin!”

It turns out that an Ohio grandmother, Jackie Sheaks, was responsible for the pic and said she did it as a joke. The duct tape was applied to the pacifier and only on the baby long enough to take the snapshot.

When the grandmother posted the picture to Facebook, her intent was to share the photo of her granddaughter and a few laughs with friends, but instead she received tons of negative feedback.

“It started as just a joke; we put a little tape on the pacifier because we were being silly. We wanted to share it with friends because everybody that knows us, knows we play around like that.” Jackie Sheaks via 10tv

To her surprise, the sheriff and child services ended up making a visit because they were concerned for the baby’s welfare. What started out as a joke caused others to think the baby was in danger.

Sheaks also posted a picture of the baby in a roasting pan with some potatoes. They were just being silly looking for props that were different. But what she thought was playful turned out to be a nightmare with harassment starting almost as soon as the pictures were posted.

The baby’s grandfather, Tommy Sheaks says “It’s been a big toll on the family. We almost feel like we have to relocate.”

The baby’s mom has no problem with the pictures, but Jackie Sheaks has said she won’t be posting pictures of her granddaughter on social media ever again. The lesson she has learned is that what she and her family think is funny, isn’t viewed the same way by others.

Image credit: AP News

Sproutling Offers New Wearable Baby Monitor

Posted on Aug 12, 2014 by 2 Comments

A new wearable baby monitor has been designed by the Sproutling Company with the mobile parent in mind.

This company was started by two young entrepreneurial parents in 2012. They’ve created a monitor that not only measures your baby’s vital signs, but also offers insights into your baby’s mood and sleeping patterns and of course alerts parents to any abnormalities.

This unique system offers a monitor worn by your child and comes in three parts:

  • Band with sensor worn on baby’s ankle
  • Wireless smart charger
  • Mobile app

The band fits on the baby’s ankle and the sensor collects data including your baby’s heart rate, skin temperature, motion and position. The wireless charging dish also measures room temperature and usual noises.

Other wearable monitors like the Mimo do record similar information, but it requires that the child wear a special onesie to which the device attaches. The Sproutling is actually worn on the ankle via a strap that can be changed frequently and washed.

The band is made of soft, hypoallergenic material that’s breathable yet water resistant and equipped with a smart sensor. Just be sure to remove the sensor before washing. The sensor itself can be cleaned using a baby wipe or damp cloth.

This monitor was designed with a growing baby in mind, too, and comes with three sizes. And while it isn’t to be worn while bathing your child,  it will be fine if your baby ends up chewing on it.

While a properly placed monitor should remain secure, if it does happen to fall off the app alerts parents. The app works with the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad Air, iPad Mini, iPad Mini 2, and iPod Touch 5G. An Android version is in the works and should be released in 2015.

Photo credits: Sproutling

Olivia Wilde Does Fashion Shoot while Breastfeeding

Posted on Aug 11, 2014 by No Comments

Rush star Olivia Wilde posed for a Glamour magazine fashion shoot dressed in couture. The dress is a luxe Roberto Cavalli paired with strappy Prada wedges. She is seated in a restaurant booth next to the windows, and she is nursing her 3-month-old baby.

The photo is meant to turn feeding her baby into a style statement. I admit she looks great, and I am thrilled to know she has chosen to breastfeed. However, I can’t help but consider the contrasts between the photo and real life.

First of all, moms who are on this side of reality know that we won’t look like that when we sit feeding our babies. Instead, we’ll be thankful for a moment to sit down. Wilde is portrayed as a working mom on the go, and she is. But for most of us, we don’t have someone to fix our hair, put on our makeup, and dress us.

The other thing that really strikes me in the photo is that Wilde is nursing her baby in a restaurant because it is “lunch time.” Her dress is completely off the shoulder.

In society, breastfeeding has become a hot topic regarding whether or not it is okay to nurse in public. A recent example is the mom who was asked to leave Barnes and Noble when she breastfed her baby while browsing. It’s not unusual for moms to be told to cover up or even that they need to go into the bathroom to feed their babies.

The last thing I noticed is how good she looks considering her baby is 3 months old. I take my hat off to her for that accomplishment. She told the magazine, “Breast-feeding is the most natural thing. Being shot with Otis is so perfect because any portrait of me right now isn’t complete without my identity as a mother. Now it feels like Otis should always be on my breast.”

The photos featuring Olivia Wilde can be seen in Glamour magazine’s September issue.

Photo credits: CelebTV

Vitamin K Shots for Newborns: Are They Safe?

Posted on Aug 5, 2014 by No Comments

There’s a trend with more parents choosing not to have their newborns receive the vitamin K injection. Some think this may be related to anti-vaccination movement, but vitamin K is not a vaccine.

The vitamin is administered at birth because babies are naturally deficient in the vitamin which helps blood to coagulate. The lack of vitamin K increases the risk of vitamin K deficiency bleeding (VKDB), which causes internal bleeding which can lead to brain damage and death.

While this is a rare condition that affects 1 in 100,000 babies, last year doctors at Vanderbilt University in Nashville started diagnosing infants with VKDB and saw seven cases in 8 months. It seemed a mystery until they found that the cases were tied to parents who had refused the vitamin K shot when their babies were born.

The problem is that vitamin K shots have been so successful that most people haven’t heard about VKDB. Since the discovery in Nashville and the media coverage there, parents for the most part have gone back to getting the injections and no new cases have been reported since May.

Newborns who do not get a vitamin K shot are 81 times more likely to develop severe bleeding than those who get the shot. — Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

While the risk remains low for those babies who don’t get the shot, it really is an unnecessary risk. VKDB can happen in otherwise healthy babies up to the age of 6 months. What happens is that babies deficient in vitamin K can’t form clots to stop bleeding. Bleeding can happen in the brain or other important organs and it can happen quickly.

Is the Vitamin K Shot Safe?

The question is: Is the vitamin K shot safe? According to the CDC “Vitamin K is the main ingredient in the shot. The other ingredients make the vitamin K safe to give as a shot. One ingredient keeps the vitamin K mixed in the liquid; another keeps the liquid from being too acidic. One of the ingredients is benzyl alcohol, a preservative. Benzyl alcohol is a common ingredient in many medications.”

I don’t know about you, but even though I knew vitamin K helped with clotting, I wasn’t aware of the bleeding risks. If you have questions about the vitamin K shot for your newborn, talk them over with your doctor.

Photo credits: Derek Clapham

Your Baby’s Fake Cry: Good or Bad?

Posted on Aug 4, 2014 by No Comments

Did you know babies fake cry at times? I did, too. Now a new study from Japan confirms what we already knew.

It was a small study in which the researchers analyzed the cries of two babies over six months. They looked for symptoms of emotion before the crying started. Things like a downturned lip, unhappy sounds, grimacing and even positive emotions indicated by smile or laughter. They also checked for emotional symptoms once the crying stopped.

In almost every instance, the babies showed signs of unhappiness before they started crying. That’s not a surprise to me. Most of the time babies cry because they are unhappy.

For this study, there was one time when an 11-month-old child actually showed positive emotions just seconds before crying. When you look at the cry in context, it’s easy to see it is one of those fake cry times when the child is hoping to get you to do something they want. In this case, the mom had been playing with the child and then walked away. When the baby cried and the mother returned, the baby instantly smiled.

I always looked at this as a way a child grows into the world around them. The cry is a form of communication. It works when they are hungry, need a diaper change, or hurt. Why wouldn’t they try it to get Mom to return for more fun? These are teaching opportunities for us that help our children learn they don’t always get what they want.

Study researcher Hiroko Nakayama of the University of the Sacred Heart in Tokyo seems to agree with me. She suggests the term fake is not something negative in this situation.

Instead, a fake cry “contributes greatly not only to an infant’s social development but also to their emotional development. Infants who are capable of fake crying might communicate successfully with their caregivers in this way on a daily basis. Fake crying could add much to their relationships.” (December issue of the journal Infant Behavior and Development)

Photo credits: cubworld

Baby Wipes May Cause Allergic Reaction

Posted on Aug 1, 2014 by No Comments

When our babies are born we are careful about our laundry soap, the diapers we choose, the foods they are fed, and even steer clear of chemicals in the environment. But did you know your baby could be allergic to baby wipes?

It turns out doctors have known that several of the preservatives used in baby wipes have the potential for developing rashes or irritation to the skin. According to one study, the culprit is a chemical called methylchloroisothiazolinone or MCI.

In this study, baby wipes were predominantly associated with hand dermatitis in parents and there were also reactions to MCI found in shampoos, conditioners, deodorants, moisturizers, skin cleansers and facial wipes.

Another study shows that for some children, using baby wipes can lead to itchy, scaly, red rashes.

Co-author of the study, Dr. Mary Wu Change, an associate professor of dermatology and pediatrics at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, says, “I think it may be more common than people realize.” It is thought that allergic reaction to baby wipes may often be diagnosed as other conditions like eczema, psoriasis, and impetigo.

Honest Wipes

Honest Wipes use botanical ingredients.

The number of kids who showed allergic reaction to the wipes was a low number. With that in mind, I think it is important for us to all be aware it is a possibility, but not to villainize all baby wipes. However, I’m one who would rather use less chemicals and the use of MCI raises a red flag for me.

Wipes certainly make life easier for cleaning up poopy bottoms to messy faces and we do have options out there that don’t contain MCI like Honest Wipes. They’re not only hypoallergenic and biodegradable, they contain gentle, yet effective, ingredients derived from plant extracts that promote healthy skin.

Not every child is allergic to wipes, but if you have suspicions about a rash that may be the result of using wipes stop using them and call your doctor.

Photo credits: lovelihood, Amazon

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