Baby acne is most common during the first few weeks. It is a harmless phenomenon which is probably caused by your own hormones towards the end of pregnancy. You donít have to do anything, but if the acne persists more than a few weeks and babyís skin feels very dry, apply a mild facial cream to soothe the skin. If in doubt you can always ask for advice from the nurse or clinic. Baby acne is sometimes confused with eczema.
Sometimes a baby receives shows a whitish layer of flakes on her head when she is a few weeks old. This layer is called cradle cap and is actually providing an additional protective rub a nourishing oil into the scalp each day. Eventually the flakes will become looser and fall.
Allergy and eczema
In allergic skin reactions and eczema it is not always easy to work out what is causing the sensitivity. Is it skincare products, food or something that you use to wash your clothes? Or is it a combination? At the first signs of an allergy or eczema take baby along to a clinic, so that you can find the cause and provide the right treatment. Very young children are particularly prone to allergy and eczema. Most grow out of it after a few years.
If baby gets intestinal cramps Ė signalled by crying and drawing the knees up to the chest Ė it can help to massage your baby's tummy gently with oil. Warm a little oil on your hands and rub gently with a hand from the navel in a clockwise direction. The rubbing action and the oil is pleasantly soothing, relaxing tummy muscles and promoting easier bowel function. When baby is getting tummy cramps, it can help to apply extra warmth. Place a covered rubber hot water bottle on your shoulder and walk around with your child against your shoulder, the warm bottle against his belly. Or hold a colicky baby upright against your chest, bending his knees so his legs are under his body. Hold him tightly with one hand under his buttocks and your other hand on his back.
The nasal lining of a baby is very sensitive and can get irritated quickly, so with a cold her nose will easily get blocked. Itís worse because she cannot blow her nose herself, so the unpleasantness of the cold is out of proportion to its seriousness. Weleda nasal spray with saline solution cleans and moistens dry nasal passages in a natural way. The added aloe vera gel provides long lasting hydration and care of the delicate nasal mucosa. Put your baby down and turn her head sideways. Spray carefully into the nostril against the inner wall.
Colds and feverish childhood diseases can sees your child's temperature rise considerably. Previously people turned to readily to antipyretics such as acetaminophen or aspirin, but that is fortunately less and less the case. Fever is in fact useful. A high temperature stimulates babyís body to make antibodies and increases the action of his immune system. From this point of view it is better to not grab an antipyretic but to trust your childís healthy body to do its work. Often fever makes him stronger. Cover a feverish baby well and check that his legs and feet feel cool. Keep a close eye that your baby is not too hot. If the temperature gets too high under heavy blankets, your baby could have a febrile convulsion. It is important that a baby with a fever is drinking well. Give lukewarm chamomile tea with a spoon.
A nourishing balm application to the gums softens them and relieves the discomfort of teething. Put a little balm on your finger and rub this on as often as needed. Teething children can also show problems at the other end, with acidic poo which can affect the skin. If babyís bottom looks red and angry, lubricate and soothe with nappy cream or oil at every change. Scratches and bumps
Around the first birthday of your child youíll notice the start of a new era of increased mobility. No longer can you leave him safely to lie and kick, and there are few goals that a healthy toddler canít get to once heís made his mind up! This requires a very different attitude from you as a parent. You probably have the urge to constantly shout: "No, donít!" The urge to discover means your toddler will sometimes get hurt, no matter how well you watch or plan the environment. Worry less about bumps and scrapes and keep a good natural ointment Ė that way youíll cope better with most home and garden mishaps.