Common Baby Care Questions
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Rather you’re a new parent, step parent, or grandparent, you may run across a situation where a little advice may come in handy. We’ve put together a list of the most common questions we receive. Have a look below, but keep in mind this is not medical advice, and should not be used in lieu of going to the doctor.
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First of all, take your baby to the doctor, right now. If you’ve already done that, then you might have been told you need a nebulizer and/or nebulizer medication. Nebulizers come in a variety of shapes to help your child relax during the use these medical devices. Nebulizers are often covered by insurance. If for some reason they’re not covered by your insurance, we carry a variety of types to help fit any budget. Children’s nebulizers range from $27 to $56 depending on which one you choose.
If your child is older, the doctor may opt instead for an inhaler. Often overlooked, a spacer is necessary to ensure your child is using their inhaler correctly and to make sure their lungs absorb ALL of the medication administered from each actuation of the inhaler. The spacer helps the medication reach much deeper into the lungs, resulting in greater effectiveness of the inhaler. Not all inhalers require the use of a spacer, ask your pharmacist if your inhaler would benefit from the use of a spacer. Spacers start at $13.70.
In order for insurance to cover a nebulizer and/or a spacer, you will need a prescription from your doctor. If you need one of these devices quickly, or can’t wait for the doctor to write or call in a prescription, both devices can be bought over the counter.
Almost every baby will get diaper rash once (at least) between 0 and 3 years of age. Diaper rash is most commonly caused by friction and irritation, manifesting in the form or red and irritated skin anywhere (and sometimes everywhere) in the diaper area. If you’ve ever looked at the shelf in the baby section of our store, you’ll see there are a plethora of different diaper rash creams and ointments.
Diaper rash treatments almost always center around one active ingredient, Zinc Oxide. Every diaper rash cream/ointment we sell contains Zinc Oxide. The percentage of Zinc Oxide in each product varies, often leaving the consumer confused. Here is a breakdown of the different diaper rash treatments:
- Flanders Buttocks Ointment – Active ingredients: White petrolatum 66.2% & Zinc Oxide 13.4%
- Boudreaux’s Butt Paste – Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide 16%
- Endit Ointment – Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide 18.5%-21.5%
- Dr. Smith’s Diaper Rash Ointment – Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide 10%
- Desitin Rapid Relief Cream – Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide 13%
- Desitin Maximum Strength – Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide 40%
- Coconut Oil – Active Ingredients: Coconut Oil
The coconut oil listed above is an all natural remedy used by many parents. Some have even made their own diaper rash treatments by mixing coconut oil and a small bit of lavender. Coconut oil is also favored by cloth diaper parents, as any product containing zinc oxide can and will cause problems with cloth diapers. Coconut oil, however, can’t tackle anything above a mild diaper rash. If diaper rash starts to go above mild, or stays more than a day or so, you’ll need something with Zinc Oxide.
Diaper rashes shouldn’t last more than a few days, often lasting only one day if treated right away with a diaper rash remedy. But, if you have a child who’s diaper rash hasn’t improved in 4-7 days, then you’ll need to take them to the doctor. If the rash keeps getting more severe, or if the affected area starts draining or crusting (impetigo), then you should take your little one to the pediatrician for evaluation.
Fever, the most worrisome symptom of all, is also one of the most common. It’s important to have a general idea as to what temperature your baby is normally, this helps you identify early if their temp is rising. A baby’s normal temperature can range from 97 degrees Fahrenheit to 100.3 degrees Fahrenheit (rectal temps).
If you baby has a fever, report it to your pediatrician immediately. Your doctor will recommend the most appropriate treatment for the fever. Usually, if the baby is over 3 months of age, they will have your little one take Tylenol to reduce fever.
If Tylenol is the recommended treatment, be sure to consult your doctor or pharmacist on proper dosage before administering the medication.
Gas and babies don’t jive, in fact a gassy baby is very common, and can be caused by a number of factors. If your baby is formula fed, it could be the formula causing the gas. If your baby is breast fed, it could be the mother’s diet causing gas. If your baby is bottle fed, it could be the bottle has too many air bubbles, or they eat too quickly, or too slowly.
As your brain cools from the above statement, there is hope, there are a number of things you can try to help relieve your baby’s gas problems:
- Routine burping after feeding
- You could try changing their formula (best to do this with your pediatrician’s consent)
- The breastfeeding mother could change her diet to accommodate less gas producing foods
- Change the bottle your baby feeds from, it may be too restrictive or have too high a flow rate (this can often be accomplished by changing the bottle’s nipple size)
- Using a pacifier, although considered a “no no” for new babies that are still learning to breast feed (can cause nipple confusion)
- Swaddling a baby tightly (but not too tight of course) can help soothe a gassy baby
- Rocking and/or bouncing a baby that is swaddled can help mimic movement in the womb, which relaxes baby
- Bicycling your baby: Laying your baby on it’s back, and moving their legs in a bicycling motion relaxes the intestines and helps the gas get out
- Infant Gas drops: Simethicone can shrink gas bubbles, making them much easier for baby to pass (consult your doctor or pharmacist before starting simethicone to ensure proper dosage)
- Gripe water: Although homeopathic, Mommy’s Bliss Gripe Water contains fennel, ginger and sodium bicarbonate, which helps relieve gas in the stomach and can even help with some Colic symptoms (make sure your child has no allergies to the listed ingredients)
Teething, the first set of teeth your baby gets (primary teeth), can start occurring anytime between 3 months and 12 months of age. Some babies get very fussy while teething, and some aren’t affected at all. When your baby has a tooth about to pop through the gum line, they’ll experience soreness and swelling of the gums that starts 3 to 5 days before the tooth shows. Luckily, these symptoms quickly vanish the moment the tooth has made its appearance.
You may be wondering, what can I give my baby to help with teething? The short answer is nothing, it’s just a natural process that you have to let play out. There are, however, tricks to help make baby more comfortable during this process:
- Gently rub your baby’s gums with your finger (after you’ve cleaned it of course) or use a teething ring
- Provide objects specifically made for a baby to chew on during teething, such as a teething ring
- Wet with clean water and place the teething ring in the freezer, let it get good and cold, then give it to the baby to chew on.
- If teething rings aren’t helping, you can give your little one Tylenol or Motrin. Be sure to check with your doctor or pharmacist before administering pain reliever to ensure age appropriateness and accurate dosing.
NEVER GIVE A BABY, OR ANYONE UNDER THE AGE OF 20, ASPIRIN*
*According to WebMD, Reye Syndrome has been linked to children who have recently had chickenpox, a cold, or flu and taken aspirin.