Traveling with your baby can make traveling just a bit more challenging. You now have two travel lists- one for yourself and one for your baby. Dr. Amy and the Baby Pibu team want to provide you with some baby travel essentials to make your travel planning easier.
Stock up on the diapers. You never know when your flight may be delayed, traffic backed up, or a diarrhea episode may occur. Pack enough diapers for 2-3 days extra than intended. With the diapers, you will need a diaper rash cream like Baby Pibu’s Bottom Balm. Other diaper travel essentials include a changing pad, wipes, and hand sanitizer.
Have plenty to eat and drink! Consider your food and beverage baby essentials list. Make sure to have plenty of formula, bottles, breast milk, and breast pump. Double check the TSA regulations so that your precious formula or breast milk isn’t taken from you at security. Pack age-appropriate food along with a bib and plastic utensils. Bring extra for that that “just in case” moment when things don’t go as planned. A hungry baby makes for tougher traveling.
When sickness or injury comes, you want to be prepared. Sickness and traveling do not mix well together. Sickness travel essentials include a thermometer, infant pain reliever like acetaminophen or ibuprofen, antihistamine like Benadryl, topical hydrocortisone like Cortaid or Cortizone, topical antibiotic ointment like Polysporin, and bandaids.
Extra clothing is always a must. You never know when that blow-out diaper or major spit-up may occur. Pack a large ziplock bag with an extra outfit.
Playtime essentials are needed even with traveling. Do not bring the whole playroom, but do bring those essential toys, stuffed animals or books that can keep your baby entertained while traveling.
Remember to pack baby’s skincare essentials!
Bath time and night time essentials should not be forgotten. Shampoos and soaps found in hotels are heavily fragranced and typically made of ingredients that are more irritating to baby’s delicate skin. Consider traveling with a travel sized bottle of Baby Pibu’s Bathtime Wash along with Baby Pibu’s moisturizing Baby Butter and Hydrating Ointment. Do not forget the swaddling blanket or sound machine as well to make night time as consistent for baby as possible.
Traveling with your baby can be done and be done with less stress. Knowing the baby travel essentials can make traveling easier by knowing that you have your basic essentials on hand. Enjoy your traveling times with your baby! Before you know it, your baby will grow up and be old enough to self-pack one day.
Mineral versus chemical sunscreen has been a hot topic of discussion over the past few months as it surfaced from a recent JAMA study. In the study, the question of whether active sunscreen ingredients can be found in the bloodstream was studied. In this study of less than 25 healthy volunteers, each volunteer applied a commercially available sunscreen for four days on more than 75% of the body four times a day. This is consistent with the maximum dose of an every two hour re-application that is recommended by most sunscreen manufacturers. Blood samples were taken from the volunteers to look for four active sunscreen ingredients: avobenzone, oxybenzone, octocrylene, and ecamsule. All four of these ingredients were found in the bloodstream. Results of this study has the FDA recommending further testing on the safety and effectiveness of these and other chemical sunscreen ingredients.
The FDA considers two other ingredients, zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, as safe and effective sunscreen ingredients. Both zinc oxide and titanium dioxide can be found in chemical-free sunscreens as these active ingredients are not chemicals but minerals. Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are physical blockers of both UVA and UVB rays. Since they are not chemicals, zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are non-irritating to the skin and gentler on the eyes. These chemical-free sunscreens are the best sunscreens for babies, from baby to toddler years, because of this low irritation. For the years past babyhood and toddlerhood, these products are great to use on the face while using a different type of sunscreen on the rest of the body. Watch out for nanoparticle-sized zinc oxide and titanium dioxide because of the concern of absorption through the skin to the rest of the body. Rather, micronized zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are best. The micronized versions will leave a whitish residue on the skin after application, and that is a good thing to see. (Read more on titanium dioxide in sunscreen)
With this new information, you may be wondering what is best for you and your family. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
Many, many studies have shown that sunburns cause DNA damage. Repeated DNA damage can lead to skin cancer development. Just one blistering childhood sunburn can increase the melanoma risk. Continue sunscreen use to avoid a sunburn.
Sunscreens are not the only tactic to avoid a sunburn. Remember that UPF sun shirts and sun hats are great ways to avoid a sunburn. Avoid the peak sunshine hours of 10 A.M. to 4 P.M.
Consider using chemical-free sunscreens with zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide as the active sunscreen ingredients.
As a mom, you know that birthdays are a BIG deal, so it’s no wonder that the birthday of our country is a great time to celebrate! The Fourth of July is all about family, food and fun! People are off from work, neighbors are out and about, and there’s no better time to have some fun! Whether you do it big or make it small and casual, the 4th is holiday that everyone can enjoy so we’re here to help in getting your family ready for a 4th of July celebration!
It’s All about the Food: This holiday is the perfect time to enjoy some great food. So make up some red, white and blue recipes and have fun! Whether it’s festive cupcakes, fruit parfaits, flag cake or tri-colored daiquiris, there are many culinary options from which to choose (Red White and Blue recipes). As long as you’re cooking, why not make it social and invite some friends, family or neighbors? Coordinate a neighborhood block party with food and games, or host a potluck dinner. Of course, the Fourth is a terrific reason to fire up the grill for some delicious burgers and hot dogs with neighbors. Have everybody bring something, and it’s a low key, yet high fun evening for everyone.
Get Outside: The Fourth of July is the middle of summer, so the weather is good and the fun’s just beginning! Take the family out for a bike ride, visit a local park or go hiking. If you want to keep it local, coordinate with neighbors to have some backyard kickball or cul-de-sac corn hole. The Kennedy Family made football famous, and if their family can do it, so can yours! If you spread the word, before you know it, you’ll have people offering badminton nets, Whiffle ball bats and all sorts of family-friendly toys that everyone can enjoy!
Down by the Water: Many families choose to spend July 4th by the water. Whether you’re at the lake, pool or beach, you’re sure to have a good time! Be aware that it’s going to be crowded so it’s more important than ever that you keep watch over your little ones (Water Safety). On that note, go prepared with snacks, drinks, sun screen, sun shade, swim diapers, toys, towels and more! Have a plan to take a break from the sun so you’ll be ready to enjoy food and festivities later in the day. When it comes to the 4th of July, being in the water is a great way to celebrate!
Respect the Holiday: The Fourth of July is a great time to have fun, but help your children understand why. Talk to them about freedom and the responsibility it bears. Raise a flag at your house. Attend your town or city’s local parade – your family will not only see the flag carried but possibly veterans, first responders and other representatives of your community. There are also many televised Fourth of July concerts on PBS and other networks; record some or let your children watch them live. You’re never too young to feel chills when you hear God Bless America or the National Anthem played by an orchestra.
The Fourth and Fireworks: It wouldn’t be July 4th without fireworks, so determine the best way for your family to enjoy these. It might be a park or city celebration or even in your own neighborhood based on local laws. As a mom, remember that your little ones might not be ready for fireworks so if your children find them too loud or scary, it’s ok to walk away or sit in the car – you can always catch them later on TV! However, if your family wants to catch them live and in person, be prepared. Bring chairs or blankets, bug spray and something to occupy the kiddos until the show starts. It’s hard waiting at any age, but little ones have little patience for dark to come. Please keep a careful watch over your children — especially at backyard or casual neighborhood firework displays – and ensure they are nowhere near the actual fireworks.
The Fourth of July is a wonderful time to enjoy family, friends, fun, food and of course, our freedom. Regardless of how your family chooses to celebrate, be safe, have a wonderful time and make some memories! Happy 4th of July!
Once upon a time, you spent your days and nights in a continuum of Feed, Diaper Change, Sleep and Repeat. Now your baby is on the move, and life takes on a whole new meaning! It’s a wonderful time, watching your baby explore, seeing what he can do, and delighting in the new sensations and experiences available to him. However, it also takes parenting to the next level with the importance of baby proofing your home! Items you never considered are potential hazards and rooms you thought were lovely now pose risks. Never fear – we’ve got your Baby Proofing 101 so you and your baby can enjoy your home – safely!
Think about your whole house: Do you have smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors throughout your home? Have you covered all outlets — yes, even the ones you don’t think he can access? Do you have gates at the top and bottom of all stairs? Other safety measures include door knob covers, toilet locks, cabinet locks or safety latches so your little one can’t access rooms or cabinets he shouldn’t. Nonskid pads for rugs are also great so that neither your baby nor anyone who might be holding your baby slips.
In the Kitchen: Most families spend a lot of time in the kitchen, and this is a great room for your baby to have things he can play with like Tupperware, pots and pans, spatulas and other things that make fun toys. However, there are plenty of non-play items that can be dangerous for your baby. Be sure to cover your stove knobs so little fingers can’t turn them. Think about where you keep cleaning supplies and other toxic items and ensure they are locked or moved. Even simple things like refrigerator magnets can be dangerous if your baby puts them in his mouth. Another area people sometimes forget is table cloths and runners – if your little one can grab it, he probably will and a pulled table cloth will bring scalding hot food and liquids crashing down. Another area parents sometimes forget is cords to small appliances. If you have a slow cooker, coffee maker or toaster oven plugged in on the island, your baby can potentially reach the cord. Keep all cords and appliances way above baby’s reach!
In the Bathroom: This is one room where your child should never be left alone. Be sure all toilet lids are closed or latched. Use cabinet locks so that vitamins pills, ointments, medicines and cleaning supplies are not accessible – or store these items in a higher cabinet. A little one should never be left alone in a tub, even for a second, so be sure you’re there for every moment of bath time. Speaking of bath time, check your hot water heater to ensure water temps are safe. You want to set it at 120 degrees or lower to eliminate any scald risk for your baby. (Learn more about bathtime safety.)
Who would have thought? Once you become a parent, you realize there are so many things you never would have considered. Some of those items include:
Blinds and curtains: The cords on these can be strangling hazards; opt for cordless ones or else ensure the cords are attached to mounting brackets and stay – high out of reach. On that note, keep Baby’s crib away from windows.
House plants: If your baby can put something in his mouth, he will! Be sure any houseplants are nontoxic. It’s just not worth the risk.
Sharp edges: The corners of tables, steps and fireplaces can all be dangerous if your baby bumps or toddler toddles into one of these. Cover any corners with padding or corner guards.
Computer and phone chargers: In this day and age, we are always charging something; any electrical cord is a safety hazard so keep them up high and out of reach.
Heavy Objects: In this case, you want to be aware of what your little one could pull down or knock over, especially as he starts to pull up and start cruising. Bolt bookshelves to the wall, secure or gate off heavy items like TVs or lamps. Meghann Wellard, a pediatric nurse practitioner says that new parents should “lay on the floor and look from their [your child’s] point of view.” (Peters & Migala, 2017).
Baby proofing sounds like it should be easy, but as a parent, you learn that your children will constantly surprise you! Whether this was a crash course or a light refresher for you, walk away and take another look around your home. As actress Mayim Bialik said on parenting, “I came to parenting the way most of us do – knowing nothing and trying to learn everything.” (Bongiorno, n.d.).
Did you know that your baby is born with soft bones? Your baby’s skull does not harden and fuse together until after they are several months old. Passing through the birth canal can be a tight and traumatic space for your baby to enter the world! To protect your baby’s brain during birth and to allow your baby’s brain to grow during their first year, your baby’s head is designed with soft bones that can be molded as needed during birth and to allow for brain growth that happens during the first year for baby.
A flat head in babies is quite common with almost 40 to 50% of babies six to 12 weeks old having flat head syndrome. Flat head syndrome is more properly known as plagiocephaly. There are two type of plagiocephaly: positional and congenital. Positional plagiocephaly is the most common type whereas congenital plagiocephaly is a rare birth defect in which the skull bones prematurely fuse together. Positional plagiocephaly causes cosmetic concern and does not pose risk to brain development.
You can identify plagiocephaly by:
recognizing a bald spot or shortened hairs on one area of the head.
seeing a flattened area of the head.
noticing uneven ears.
not feeling the fontanelle or soft spot of the head (for congenital plagiocephaly).
The most common causes of plagiocephaly are
sleeping position. It is ALWAYS recommended that your baby lay on the back to lower risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome). During the first four months of life, your baby has limited ability to move and spends much of the time on the back. This constant laying on the back leads to the constant positional pressure on the occiput (back of head), causing plagiocephaly.
not enough tummy time. One of the best things you can do to prevent positional plagiocephaly is giving your baby plenty of tummy time when they are awake. Tummy time allows your baby to develop the strength in the neck muscles and will allow your baby to move the head more easily when laid on the back.
Premature babies have even softer skulls and tend to spend more time on their backs. Premature babies may have to stay in the hospital longer and may not have the luxury of being picked up as often and as easily due to circumstances.
This is a type of stiffening of the neck muscles causing baby’s head to favor one side over another. This can occur due to tight space in utero or due to baby being in the breech position.
difficult delivery using forceps or other device.
being a multiple. For example, plagiocephaly may even start in mother’s womb due to direct pressure from the other baby or from mother’s pelvis due to cramped space.
As your baby’s head is flexible during the first several months of life, you and your pediatrician may just routinely monitor your baby’s head to see if anything specifically needs to be done. Positional plagiocephaly may correct itself on its own.
How to treat flat head in babies:
Always discuss treatment options with your pediatrician.
Change the position. To help prevent SIDS, ALWAYS lay your baby on the back in the crib. You can change baby’s head position to the counter-position when your lay your baby down. For example, if your baby tends to turn to the right, then lay your baby down with the head turning to the left. DO NOT use wedge pillows or other positional devices as these could increase the risk of SIDS.
Keep that tummy time going! Tummy time is needed to help get your baby’s muscles stronger to move around when needed.
In torticollis, stretching exercises of the neck muscles can help after recommendation by your doctor.
Molding helmet therapy may be considered when your baby is four to twelve months old if repositioning your baby’s head, stretching exercises and tummy time don’t do the trick. Discuss with your pediatrician first and they can refer you appropriately if needed.
Flat head syndrome or positional plagiocephaly tends to improve on its own. When babies begin to move their necks, roll around, and eventually sit up at six months old, they tend not to favor one spot and the flattened area slowly improves. Your baby’s head may end up not being perfect but you will notice the asymmetry less as your baby gets more hair and your baby grows into more cuteness!
It is that time of the year – the days are long, the sun is high and swimming season is upon us! Whether you lounge at the pool, hit the lake or spend the day at the ocean, water safety for babies is absolutely critical. As a new mom, this can be stressful and if you’ve done it before, you know it only gets crazier the more your family grows. So before you pack up the pool bag, the cabana and all the other gear your family needs, let’s think “Safety First!”
It’s all about the Touch: “Touch supervision” in the water means that your child is never so far that you can’t touch him. Even if he’s in a flotation device or wearing a life vest, it takes one big splash or wave for the water to be too much. If you need to get out of the water for a moment, take your child with you. Even running to the sand or the lounge chair for just a second is a moment too long. Again, always have your child within your reach.
Safeguards in Place: When everyone is out of the water, you want it to stay that way. That means that your little one shouldn’t have the opportunity – or reason – to toddle, tumble or crawl back in. When you’re taking a break, take the toys with you so that they don’t pose a distraction. Ensure that any pool fences are closed – and latched – if you’re no longer in the pool area. If you’re at the beach, have your baby with you on the sand and not able to access the water, even at the shoreline.
No Children Allowed: All too often, adults are having fun and ask one of the kids to “keep an eye on things” for a minute. When it comes to water safety, this is not the way to go. The person in charge of your baby near the water should either be you, your spouse or another trusted adult/babysitter. Your nephew, your neighbor’s daughter or that nice friend who’s visiting – none of these should be responsible for your child around water. It’s too easy for children to get caught up in the fun of summer activities – and too easy for things to happen when there are lots of children around – to entrust your baby to just anyone. So, be the adult.
Phone: Foe or Friend? Let’s admit it – our smartphones are incredibly helpful yet incredibly distracting for us. It’s no different when it comes to water safety. First, you want to have your phone on you should you have any issues or need to make an emergency call. It’s always good to have a means of getting in. However, you should never let your phone distract you from your child, especially around water. The compromise? Find a protective bag or carrier for your phone and keep it there. It’ll stay dry and safe should you need it but not take your attention away from what’s important.
Are You Certified? As a mom, you may have already thought about doing this – or already have done it – but it is never bad to be CPR-certified. Like insurance, it is one of those things that you never know if you’ll need it but if you do, you’ll be glad you have it. Knowing CPR just gives your family, even when you’re not at the water, that extra layer of protection that will help you sleep better at night.
Parenting at the pool, the lake or the ocean definitely involves more detail but when it comes to water safety for your baby, you want to be at the top of your game. So play it safe and happy summering!
Infant jaundice is a common condition that affects more than 50% of newborns. The most impressive and recognizable sign of being jaundice is the yellowing of the skin and of the sclerae (the whites of the eyes). In a healthy full-term newborn, nothing may have to be done. Jaundice baby treatment may have to be done in premature babies, who are particularly prone to being jaundice. Infant jaundice must be diagnosed and treated as untreated severe jaundice could lead to brain damage.
Besides yellowing of the skin, what are other symptoms of jaundice in babies?
Look at your baby’s poop. Both breastfed and bottle-fed babies have greenish-yellow stools. Babies with jaundice have pale colored stools.
Look at your baby’s pee. Baby’s urine should be colorless. Dark urine can be seen in jaundiced babies.
This may be difficult to assess in a newborn since all your baby does is eat, sleep and pee/poop. If you notice drowsiness in combination with poor sucking and/or feeding, then check for the other symptoms of infant jaundice.
Now that you may be able to recognize symptoms of jaundice in babies, you may be wondering what the causes are. First, excess bilirubin is what leads to infant jaundice. Bilirubin is the waste product when red blood cells are broken down. Bilirubin is typically cleared out of our body via our liver and then our poop. Infants can develop high levels of bilirubin because newborns are born with a different type of hemoglobin that is quickly broken down after baby is born. This rapid breakdown is what can lead to high levels of bilirubin and ultimately infant jaundice.
Risk factors and causes of infant jaundice include:
Premature birth. Premature babies have underdeveloped livers and have increased bilirubin levels as a result.
Breast-feeding. This is due to a combination of breast-fed babies being more prone to being dehydrated and the breast milk containing substances that interferes with bilirubin breakdown.
Sickle cell anemia
Infection (bacterial, viral, syphilis, rubella)
Rhesus or ABO incompatibility. When mother’s antibodies attacks baby’s red blood cells, there is increased red blood cell breakdown and increased bilirubin.
Jaundice baby treatment depends on the severity of the bilirubin. In mild cases, no treatment may be needed in healthy full-term babies as these babies will eventually clear the bilirubin on their own. In mild to moderate infant jaundice, home treatment may be done with light therapy. The phototherapy is with light in the blue-green spectrum (430-490nm). This special spectrum of light converts the bilirubin to a form that can be excreted in the urine and stool. Phototherapy typically lasts for up to a week for a jaundiced baby needing it. In severe jaundice, a baby may have to be hospitalized to receive special treatment with IVIG or an exchange blood transfusion.
Infant jaundice is common. Before your baby leaves the hospital, bilirubin levels are typically checked. Many newborn checks are done at the pediatrician’s office when baby is one to two weeks old. This is when the pediatrician will check for signs and symptoms of infant jaundice as well. One of the best ways to prevent infant jaundice is to keep your baby well fed and hydrated with breast milk or formula feedings.
You’ve heard all the research, articles, websites and warnings about keeping your baby out of the sun. With summer right around the corner, the last thing you or your child want is to stay cooped up inside over the next few months, just because of a little UVA and UVB rays. Thankfully, we live in a modern age when you can find anything you need and that includes protective clothing for your little one. So, sit back and let us do the work for you as we give you some of the best sun hats and best sun shirts for Baby this season!
One Step Ahead Sun Smarties Swim Trunks: With cute, beach designs, these board shorts are not only UPF 50+ but also extremely comfortable for your little guy. The shorts are a soft material with an elastic waist and even include a built-in swim diaper! Moms have their choice of 3 different styles and sizing from 12 months to 5T.
L.Bean: This retailer always seems to know what to do and their options for baby swimwear does not disappoint. First, they have their BeanSport swimwear that includes a myriad of swimsuits (all with UPF 50+) that you can put together for a precious summer look – and still be protecting your baby! From board shorts and rash guards to a wide array of girls’ swimsuit styles, choose from fun styles, sizes and colors. And if this wasn’t enough, the fabrics are also chlorine-resistant so you’ll get a lot of life out of your little one’s suit! But it doesn’t stop there. Sometimes, you just need a single piece and the BeanSport Long-sleeved Surf Shirt is perfect. It is soft, full-coverage, UPF 50+ and able to be handed down since it’s unisex! It saves moms from having to apply and reapply the covered areas and is comfy for your child to wear. Sizes 3 months to 4T give you what you need.
Play sun protective gear is another great line to know for summer. This brand offers well-priced, comfortable, UPF 50+ sun shirts ranging in sizes from 6 months to 4T. Called the Breathe Easy Sun Protection Shirt, this product allows your little one to be out and about with less worry for you. i.Play also offers an excellent sun hat, featuring a wide brim and a longer flap in the back so your baby’s face, head and neck are all protected. But i.Play doesn’t stop there. They also feature the very popular, stylish Flap Sun Protection Swim Hat that comes in several patterns and fabrics, all with wide brims and straps and an adjustable toggle that lets your baby use this hat as she grows. The wicking liner and quick dry material make this hat great to use throughout the day.
Garnet Hill Swimlids: This product combines the best of both worlds – the protection and coverage of a baseball cap with the fit of a swim cap! This is a seamless hat so it won’t bother your baby and the quick dry material makes it great to take in the pool, ocean and out again. Featured in a variety of fun colors, your little one will be easy to spot this summer!
Coolibar Kids Surfs Up All Sport Hat: With a 3 inch brim and a draped neck guard, you are protecting your baby’s skin in a comfortable, safe yet stylish way. Because the hat is comfy, your little one is more likely to keep it on. With UPF 50+, you reduce your stress – and your sunscreen application process!
Mott50 Mini Swimsuit: Switching back to swimsuits for a moment, the UPF 50+ protection is a great feature but what moms love about this is the zipper in back so you can just peel your little girl out of her swimsuit! With little to no fuss, this swimsuit comes in a variety of styles and colors, long sleeves and thumbholes so even your daughter’s hands are protected from the sun’s harmful rays.
Sunscreen is key for you and your children, but protective clothing makes your job even easier. Saving time on sunscreen application and reapplication as well as peace of mind that you didn’t forget or “miss a spot,” you’ll feel more confident taking your little ones out in the sun this summer with one or some of these sun hats and sun shirts. We’ve hit some of the highlights in protective wear but there are many options available – UV Skinz, Flap Happy, SwimZip, Twinklebelle, Mott 50 and Sun Precautions are also great brands to shop.
So don’t be scared of a little summer – avoid the burn, protect your babies and earn some Mom of the Year Points by ensuring your little ones are dressed for success in the sun!
Your baby may experience chapped lips, which is a common. Remember- your baby’s overall skin and lips are more sensitive and prone to getting dry. Chapped lips on your baby may look concerning but usually does not cause pain or discomfort. Concern for baby chapped lips should occur if there are any signs of dehydration or infection. Dr. Amy and the Baby Pibu team want to help you know the causes of baby chapped lips as well as easy home remedies for baby chapped lips.
When your baby has chapped lips, dehydration may be a concern, and you want to be able to recognize the signs of dehydration. Newborns and young babies may become dehydrated if they don’t intake enough breast milk or formula. Be wary on particularly hot days when your baby may need more liquids. Watch out for a drop in the number of wet diapers and poops as another sign of dehydration. Other significant signs of dehydration include a sunken fontanelle, dry skin, crying without tears, and a faster heart rate.
Other causes of baby chapped lips include:
Sucking or licking of the lips. Newborns may continue sucking when they are not eating and this continuous sucking can cause the continued saliva exposure to dry out the lips.
Mouth breathing. The continued air movement in mouth breathing can dry out the lips and cause the lips to chap.
Infection or Kawasaki disease. If you see that your baby has a more toxic or sick appearance, have your baby seen by the pediatrician to make sure your baby does not have an infection or Kawasaki disease deserving special attention.
There are easy and quick home remedies for baby chapped lips. Consider these easy home remedies as easy available options for you and your baby.
Breast milk. Coat on a layer of breast milk to your baby’s chapped lips. Your breast milk is special emollient and contains immune properties to help nourish and protect your baby chapped lips.
Coconut oil. Coconut oil is a must-have to keep in your house. It is one of the best natural moisturizers to apply on both the skin and lips whenever you need it.
Petroleum jelly/ointment. There are no chemicals in petroleum ointment that your baby can be allergic or irritated to. It is one of the best moisturizers to use on your baby’s skin and lips. Despite what other critics may say, petroleum ointment is a safe moisturizer for your baby.
Who knew you would need a home remedy for baby chapped lips one day? Consider what the cause of the chapped lips may be, and then consider how to make your baby chapped lips better with a simple home remedy!
Teething is a process that can begin as early as 3 months old and can last until 2 years old. Babies will be impacted differently from teething, with some babies popping out teeth without any effort while other babies show irritability with each tooth erupting. You may find yourself faced with the question- is my baby sick with a runny nose or teething?
Drooling is one of the first signs of your baby teething. With teething, you may also begin to notice your baby wanting to chew on anything. With this desire to gnaw and chew on anything, your baby is at an increased risk of getting exposed to germs and getting sick. This is where the chicken or the egg phenomenon takes place with teething or being sick with a runny nose. Is the sickness or runny nose related to the teething or is your baby actually getting sick from the increased germ exposure?
The lower front teeth are typically the first to appear. Even though these teeth may not appear until 6 months old, your baby may begin drooling by 3 months old. A 2011 study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics found that there are teething symptoms a baby can have. These include irritability, drooling, runny nose, and loss of appetite. These symptoms usually start the day before the tooth erupts and lasts until the day after.
Be careful not to blame everything on teething. You want to be able to notice when your baby is actually getting sick and not teething. For example, if your baby is irritable for more than 2 days, has diarrhea for more than a day, or has a fever greater than 100.4°F, your baby is likely not teething but is sick. A runny nose is a common symptom that babies can have often, with or without sickness. If a fever and/or cough is present with the runny nose or the runny nose produces green or yellow mucus, then the runny nose is likely to be accompanying a cold or other illness.
A few tips to help you manage your baby’s teething include:
Chilled teething products. There are teething products designed to be cooled in the refrigerator or freezer. Use these to give your irritable baby some relief.
If your baby is particularly irritable or miserable with discomfort, consider giving acetaminophen for pain relief.
Chronic drooling can lead to a facial rash. Slather on a protective ointment such as Baby Pibu’s Hydrating Ointment to protect your baby’s skin and prevent a facial drool rash. Slather on the ointment particularly with naptimes and bedtime.
Remember to contact your pediatrician if your baby is showing signs of being sick (fever, diarrhea, colored runny nose with cough).