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Diaper Rash in Babies

Diaper Rash looks like a redness on the skin in the diaper area, sometimes with small pimples and dry skin.

It can be itchy and painful for babies. Hence, it’s very important to take proper care.

Causes:

Tight diapers

Baby itching the diaper area

Wearing a wet diaper for long

Introducing Solid food

Tight clothes

Remedies:

Keep the diaper area clean and dry: Wash the area gently with mild soap or wash, wipes and pat dry before putting on new diaper.

Use gentle baby wipes: Use a mild and gentle wipe that has glycerin, aloe Vera and no alcohol. While wiping, avoid rubbing the skin.

Diaper free time: When babies have diaper rash give them diaper free time. If possible, giving diaper free time daily will be very helpful, it can be 5-10 minutes.

Wiping the area with a warm cloth: You can wipe the area with warm cloth when changing diaper.

Changing diaper frequently: Change the diaper for babies at least every 4 hours and whenever you come to know there is poop as the acid causes the rash.

Using cloth diapers: You can also switch to cloth diapers during day time till the rash heals. Cloth diapers once wet you will need to change. You will need to do the extra work of washing those diapers.

Applying diaper rash cream: Apply a thick layer of diaper rash cream on the affected area.

Coconut oil: Apply little coconut oil and massage over the area. It forms a protective layer between the diaper and the skin to prevent irritation and reduces itching.

Diaper Rash usually goes away in few days. But in case the rash is not improving and you see the area is infected then consult pediatrician.

Happy 8th Month to my baby

I never knew I could love someone so much

You my dear baby I love you very much

Your smile, claps, the super fast crawling

The way you are eager to explore even the little things

You are happy to touch and feel the little things that we ignore

You have taught me that each and everything in our life is important

I thank God for keeping you safe and pray that all the babies and kids be blessed and stay healthy.

Happy 7th Month to my baby

Each day with you is a blessing.
It was like yestrday that I first took you in my arms..a scared mother who did not know how to hold a tiny baby.
Now I am a proud mommy , I am now an expert in spending sleepless night. I will tell you the truth I do scold your dad in my mind when I see him sleeping peacefully. 😄
I am managing my job and taking care of you at same time. So you know how talented your mommy is. 😇
I can now cook baby food, though I mess that up sometimes..I have to improve a lot.


You have now started sleeping at nights.
You clap hands even when you are crying sometimes.
Most times you laugh for no reason.
You can now sit with support and you love to stand.
You make funny and cute sounds.

My baby angel you are perfect and beautiful
Love you lots.

Home remedies for cold in babies

Till 6 months babies are given breastmilk and not offered any water / food hence it becomes difficult for you to find any natural remedies especially for first time Moms. Most of the common cold lasts for about a week or two and can be followed by cough. We get so worried when baby coughs as it tends to make them vomit. But it seems vomiting is fine as that’s the only way babies can take out the mucus and also through their poop. In case of extreme vomiting / if baby is unable to feed / have fever/ unable to breathe/ crying a lot please check with pediatrician.

Here are some remedies that you can do to help your baby when they have cold and cough:

  1. Breastmilk: Feed baby breastmilk frequently to keep them hydrated which will help to reduce the discomfort and congestion for baby.
  2. Nasal spray: If baby’s nose is stuffy then you can use nasal spray. It will be a challenging task to put nasal spray or drops on baby’s nose but it helps to clear the congestion quickly. You can buy nasal spray from medical store or it can be made at home. It’s basically saline water and does not cause any harm.

How to use Saline drops / Spray:

  • Hold the baby in your lap in upright or slightly reclined position with baby head resting on your arm.
  • Put 2-3 drops in one nostril and wait for few seconds. Repeat the same in the other nostril. Tilt the baby head little backwards just to allow the drops to go inside the nose and hold it back straight.
  • Keep a cloth in hand to wipe the excess saline and the mucus.
  • If the nose is still congested use a suction bulb to clear baby’s nose.

3. Suction bulb: Helps to clear babies’ nose when its congested. After using Saline drops you can use the suction bulb to squeeze out the mucus.

How to use Suction bulb:

  • Keep the Suction bulb away from the baby and squeeze it to take the air out.
  • Place the tip of the bulb as per the mark or the instruction provided with the suction bulb on the baby nostril.
  • Slowly release the bulb and it will release the extra saline and mucus.
  • Repeat the same in another nostril
  • Do not use suction bulb too many times a day as it might irritate babies. I prefer not to use saline drops more than 3 times a day as sometimes it can dry baby’s nose. Use only when its required.
  • Clean the suction bulb immediately after use.

4. Steam: It helps in loosen up the mucus but for babies it has to be done with care.

How to use Steam for babies:

  • Keep the Steam Vapouriser away from the baby.
  • You can hold the baby facing away from the steamer and to be careful just ask another person to hold a cloth or towel near to the steamer so that direct steam does not go to the baby.  Sit in the closed room for 15-20 minutes and it will help to reduce cold and provide relief.
  • You can also steam the bathroom by filling a bucket with hot water and hold the baby and sit away from the bucket.

5. Mustard oil: Massaging baby with mustard oil is a traditional method and has many benefits.

  • Boil mustard oil with one or two garlic in low heat.
  • Once the oil is warm, massage the oil on baby’s chest and the foot. Helps to keep the baby warm and fight cold and cough.

6. Keep a towel rolled up under the mattress to keep the baby head little raised while sleeping, this helps them to breathe.

7. Humidifier: Placing a humidifier in room will moisten the air and reduce the cough. Replace the water daily to prevent any bacteria.

8. Keep the house clean to make sure no dust is irritating the baby.

9. Wipe the baby’s nose with a warm cloth and you can also place a warm cloth on the baby’s nose for few seconds to loosen up the mucus and also to clean the surrounding of nose.

10. Encourage baby to take rest.

These are the remedies that I came across when my baby caught cold. If you know any other remedies please share in the comment section. It will be very helpful for all the New Parents😊

Happy 6th month to my baby girl

My baby girl turned 6 months old on Oct 29th. I couldn’t post on the exact date but here I am baby girl. I really wanted to write my feelings for you even though I am a bit late. 💝


You are already 6 months old.
I thank God as I hold you in my arms.
I have fallen in love with your laugh and smile.
As I hug you, I feel as if you are the one who’s comforting me.
You jump with joy , play and clap your hands.
Your big eyes that just brighten up.
My worries just flies away as I see you.
You always put a smile on me.
You are the reason that keeps me motivated.
You make me want to be a strong person.
Your innocent smile, laugh and love makes me want to be a better person.
You are my angel. Love you lots my Angela sweetu.

Tips for Flying with baby

Travelling with infant can be overwhelming especially if it’s your first time. My baby girl first flight was when she was 2 and half months old. Doctors usually recommend to wait for at least 3-6 months for the baby immune system to develop before air travel. Especially during pandemic, it’s not safe to travel but if its unavoidable then always good to consult with a pediatrician and follow safety measures.

Here are somethings I would like to share which can make your travel easier:

  • Reduce hand baggage as much as possible: Not only hand baggage but try to reduce the overall luggage. While packing try to carry only needed things. Try to courier the things that you will not need immediately. This will make your travel easier. On our first travel, we did a mistake of taking overweight baggage and had to pay lot extra for it. Also, carried 3 back bags along with the baby it was really exhausting.
  • Baby carrier: Wear the baby in a baby carrier or a baby sling so that you can be hands free. If you will be using the baby carrier for the first time, its always better to try it on with the baby and see how it works before your travel day. When my baby was 2 months old, I took her in a sleeping bag so I could not carry anything else except a diaper bag. In my second travel, I used a baby carrier, I could carry 1 laptop bag, camera bag and diaper bag with me and it was not exhausting.
  • Security check at Airport: Security check might be different in every airport. My first travel I carried baby in sleeping bag and the security person did not make me wait for long and helped me first. My second travel I used baby carrier and a kind girl helped me to keep my bags in the checking area tray. She even asked the security check person to help me first as I am carrying baby. But when I walked in to the security check place the security asked me to go back and put the baby carrier in the tray. I had never practiced taking out baby by myself from the baby carrier, I was too scared that I will put the baby down but it went well and was not that difficult.
  • Extra diapers: Carry in diaper bag only the number of diapers that baby needs with a 1 or 2 extras.
  • Baby wipes: Take baby wipes with you its very useful in cleaning baby and also you can use for yourself. Hand wash is not available in most of the baby care rooms, they are replaced with sanitizers now.
  • Baby clothes and Towels: Take 2 or 3 extra clothes and towels incase baby vomits or overflow of diapers.
  • Extra cloth for yourself: Carry an extra dress for you incase gets dirty.
  • Blankets/ swaddles: A small baby blanket to cover the baby if it gets cold while travelling.
  • Socks and Gloves: Take an extra pair of baby socks and gloves. Babies will suck their fingers hence to keep them clean its better to have a change of gloves.
  • Cover baby in layers: Before you travel it can be hot and when you are travelling it can be cold. Instead of directly putting warm clothes on baby, it’s always better to first make them wear something light and then add a layer of another clothing if it becomes cold. In my first travel I did a mistake of putting on a thick sleepwear for my baby as the flight travel will be cold. But once we reached our destination the climate was hot. This made her to get red bumps on her legs, which took at least 2 weeks to clear up.
  • Toys: Keep a small toy for your baby in your hand bag/ diaper bag, take something which your baby likes to keep them happy.
  • Feeding: It is said that don’t feed the baby before boarding flight but its better to feed them before boarding if they are hungry or else you will have to handle a fussy baby throughout your travel. If possible, schedule your feeding so that you will be able to feed the baby while take off and landing to help them swallow to avoid the ear pain. This worked for my baby in my first travel when she was only 2 months old. I fed her during takeoff and she was sleeping in most of the travel. But did not work in my second travel, she was all playing while takeoff and she cried when I tried to feed. I just left her to play but before landing she started crying out so loud. The flight attendant asked me to keep speaking to the baby as she was crying due to ear pain. She calmed down after around 10 minutes.
  • Stay hydrated: All the mommies make sure you eat well and drink lots of water during your travel. Also keep your baby hydrated.
  • Pre book cabs: If you have the option to pre-book the cabs in your destination then do it, this will help you to avoid the waiting time and to avoid the last minute cab troubles.

To my baby girl

My baby girl has been suffering from cold and cough for the past few days. Seeing her suffer feels so terrible. Past few days had been busy. Hugging her, being there with her, noting all the medications and giving to her on time. Lots to follow – cannot give medicine after feeding and then taking her from sleep and giving medicine (forgetting to give some of them). All the changing of cloths after she vomits, fighting with her hands to put that nasal spray. Calming her, singing to her, making her sleep and jumping out of bed when I hear any sound. Now she’s recovering and its my turn to be sick. Since Yesterday I am down with cold and horrible throat pain but that’s fine as long as baby gets well. You feel so helpless when your tiny one is not well, when all you can do is hug them when they are sick as you never know if they are in pain.

Today she stepped into 5 Months. I am so grateful and thankful to God for bringing her to this world and keeping her safe.

To my baby girl:

It seems like yesterday you were born

Time flies and you are soon 5 months old

Can’t have enough of your laughter and cries

Its so fun playing with you

I never get tired of taking care of you

I know I am a lazy one but I will do everything for you

You make me realize that I have lot to improve

To the world you may not be perfect but for me you are most perfect and beautiful

You bring more happiness each day in my life

Love you lots, Hugs and Kisses

Home remedies for constipation in babies

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Constipation in babies is a cause of concern for a parent. Past few days my baby had to go through the same. She did not show any signs of irritation or pain and was playing happily. It was 4 days and I was all over searching for remedies. Though the people I know told me that babies can go up to 5-10 days without a bowel movement. Initial 2-3 months babies do poop a lot and after that there will be days when they don’t do. Since she was not showing any signs of discomfort I thought of trying natural remedies and wait for a day. It actually worked.

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These are some of the home remedies:

Exercise:

  • Gently move babies legs while they are lying on their back in cycling motions.
  • Gently hold babies legs and push it towards the belly.

Massage: Massage the babies stomach in a circular clockwise motion.

Tummy time:  Place baby on their stomach. Tummy time helps to strengthen babies muscles.

Raisin water: (for babies above 4 months)

  • Wash 4-5 raisins in warm water to clean it. Keep it in a bowl.
  • Boil 3 spoons of water and soak the cleaned raisin in the boiled water and leave it overnight.
  • At morning, Squeeze the soaked raisins and filter it. You will get the raisin water. If its cold then keep the bowl with raisin water on warm water. Feed the raisin water to baby once a day in empty stomach.

Black raisins are more effective. Raisin water worked for my baby within 1 hour.

If these remedies did not work and also baby is showing signs of discomfort then consult Pediatrician.

Things New Mom shouldn’t worry about

Saying No: Your friends and family will be eager to meet your baby but you need your time to rest and adapt. Its okay to say no to any visits.

Baby crying: As a newborn your baby will cry out loud and you never know the reason. You will get worried but its normal. Mostly they cry due to wet diaper, colic or just need you to lift them.

Sneezing: Babies sneeze often. You get scared thinking baby might have caught cold. Sneezing in babies is good in a way it helps in cleaning their nose.

Startle reflex: Your baby will be in deep sleep and suddenly you see your baby lift both their hands and cry out loud. This is scary and you will worry that your baby is unable to get enough sleep. Its normal for babies to have this Moro reflex for initial 1 or 2 months

Feeding: At hospital they ask you to feed your newborn every 1 or 2 hours for 30 minutes. Every baby is different and they feed different amounts. Sometimes you may feel your baby does not feed that much. Don’t worry about it if your baby is gaining weight.

Finding me time: You will be so tired feeding and caring your baby that you will find it difficult to look after yourself. In the initial months or weeks you will rarely sleep for 2 hours. Don’t worry, after few weeks you will be able to increase the gap between feedings at night as your baby will gain weight and you can set a routine. Still you will need to continue feeding baby every 2 hours during the day. Its always good to ask for help so that you can get some rest.

Milestones: Growth will differ for each baby. You cant expect the weight, height and activities of your baby to be same as how it is mentioned by someone else. You leave this to pediatrician to decide. Never compare your baby with other babies.