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5 Common Skin Infections That Affect Babies

 

Babies are so cute but very fragile and are susceptible to common skin conditions. As a parent, it can get worrisome when your child develops a skin condition you have no idea about. Many times, most of the skin infections babies get are so common and not life threatening but is always advisable to take your child to visit the doctor whenever a skin problem flairs up. Because babies skin are so sensitive, it is bound to break up in a rash and other skin infections. It takes about one year for your babies skin to get up to speed and function effectively. Here are 6 common skin conditions that affects babies and how to treat it when it does occur.

DIAPER RASH

   

This is the most common skin infection babies suffer from. Because your baby's bum is extra sensitive and always moist, sitting in pee and poo is the perfect breeding ground for rash. What it looks like Pinkness or redness over a small or large area, dryness or peeling (scaling of the skin), dry raised bumps or fluid filled raised bumps. What to do Change your baby's diaper often and use petroleum Jelly or other skin barrier with zinc oxide to protect his bum. Remember to allow him/her to roll around naked sometimes to allow his bum to air out. This will help keep extrememe moisture at bay.

INTERTRIGO

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Intertrigo is a type of rash found mostly in chubby babies under 6 months old. It is usually found in the neck and attaches itself under a baby's skin folds. It is caused by moisture caused by excessive drooling and spit up. What It Looks Like It is red and raw and looks worse inside the skin creases. Depending on the amount of friction your baby gets, he/she might not even notice it is there. What To Do Be sure to wash underneath skin creases to avoid excessive moisture build up. Apply petroleum jelly or other cream barrier with zinc oxide to keep the area protected.

ECZEMA

 

Eczema can appear anywhere on a baby's body starting starting at the tender age of around 3 or 4 months. It is a very itchy rash and is said that 20% of babies will develop this type of rash. What It Looks Like Eczema forms in dry and patchy areas on the skin. It  may cause the skin to turn red, ooze pus and crust over. It is caused by different factors such as hot weather, cold weather or things such as soap or clothing that may irritate the skin. What To Do Try and use the gentlest detergent out there. Go for fragrance free ones. Be sure to keep your baby's skin moisturized at all times to avoid over drying. If it gets worse, be sure to visit a doctor to get professional advise.

CRADLE CAP

 

Cradle cap, also scientifically known as infantile seborrheic dermatitis is a flaky dry skin condition that looks like dandruff, or thick, oily, yellowish or brown scaling or crusting patches. It can appear in your baby's scalp, around ears, eyebrows, armpits, eyelids and in some other creases. It appears in the beginning of your baby's life and disappears in the next 6-12 months. The cause of cradle cap is unknown but some doctors speculate it is caused by hormones the child receives from his mother towards the end of pregnancy over stimulates the seborrheic glands causing cradle cap which sometimes leads to hair loss. What It Looks Like Flaky dry skin or yellowish crusty patches on scalp. It is not contagious and won't bother your baby if it is mild but it might get itchy if it does get severe. What To Do You can purchase shampoos specifically catered to treating cradle cap. Be sure to shampoo your babies hair more frequently. For other areas, be sure to keep it moisturized frequently to keep it from drying out.

PRICKLY HEAT

 

Prickly heat, also known as miliaria is a common skin infection that affects babies. They appear as tiny red bumps and can affect the face, neck, bottom or back. Caused by extreme heat conditions or putting him/her in layers of clothing, prickly heat easily flares up because babies skin do not regulate heat very well and are not fully developed. Prickly heat can also occur in the winter caused by blocked sweat glands. What It Looks Like Tiny red spots or bumps surrounded by an area of red skin. What To Do Dress your baby in light and loose clothing in warmer weather and keep your babies skin cool. Use Calamine lotion (available at your nearest pharmacist) to help sooth the irritated skin. Did your little one suffer from any of these skin infections? Tell us more in the comment section below.

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How To Care For Your Baby's Gum & Teeth

Baby's are so adorable when they smile and you have no will to stop your heart from melting when you see their wide toothless grin spread across from cheek to cheek. Soon enough, their toothless grin will be filled with small little teeth that will need lots of care to keep them healthy. It is important to keep your baby's teeth healthy not only for obvious reasons like chewing probably and for speaking clearly, but because baby teeth act as placeholders for adult teeth and keeping them healthy when they are babies determines how well their adult ones grow. So, before you spot that one little tooth pop from underneath his/her gum, how soon should you start cleaning their gums before they a tooth springs to life? You can start cleaning your baby's gum right away. Obviously, because they have no teeth, you should NOT use a toothbrush.

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CLEANING YOUR BABY'S GUMS

Without any toothpaste, simply wrap a soft moistened washcloth or a piece of gauze around your index finger and rub it gently over his gums. Wipe down your baby's gums and tongue after feeding and right before bedtime and clean at least twice a day. Following these routines will keep bacteria at bay. Infants with no teeth can develop sticky plaque that can cause bad breath and damage their teeth as they begin to grow out.

CLEANING BABY'S FIRST TOOTH

At the sign of the first tooth (usually around 6 months) get a small soft toothbrush with a small head and large handle to give you a good grip. Make sure it can fit in your child's small mouth without causing any bruising.

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To start, use toothpaste the size of a grain of rice and gradually increase the size of the toothpaste to the size of a pea. As they grow, begin incorporating toothpaste that contains flouride by the time he/she turns three. This will help strengthen tooth enamel and prevent tooth decay. Brush your child's teeth very gently (front and back) and be sure to brush only the parts with teeth. As your child continues to grow more teeth, help your child brush his teeth until old enough to do so on his own.  

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Getting your child accustomed to brushing his teeth twice a day will help him get into a routine that can help him well into adulthood. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, you should take your child to the dentist after his first tooth appears or by the time he/she is a year old. As a reminder, be sure to avoid giving your child candy or foods that can stick to their teeth such as dried fruit, peanut butter, and jelly, pretzels, and crackers during snack time. Rather, give it to time at meal time so the food doesn't sit on their teeth too long without brushing. This way, you can prevent cavities from forming. If you notice brown or white spots or pits on your child's teeth, it might be a sign of tooth decay. Make an appointment with your dentist immediately.

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The Ist Year: The Cost Of Having A Baby

Having a baby is no walk in the park, figuratively and literally! It's no secret that having a baby in this day and age is not cheap and it's pretty easy to get flustered and get carried away with spending more than you need if you do not budget well. There are numerous baby cost calculators you can find on the web to give you an idea of what it will cost you and your family for the 1st year of your baby's life. The amount of money you spend greatly depends on where you live and how much you earn. According to multiple sources, the average american middle class family will spend an average of $11,000 on their baby's first year on earth. So how much does it really cost to have a baby you ask?

1. DIAPERS

 

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Babies change diapers at least 10-12 times in a day. That means you will need a stock up on lots of it. Disposable diapers are estimated to cost about $72 per month which will bring to t total of $864 for a whole year. For those parents who prefer cloth diapers (which is considerably much cheaper), you average cost for that per month is only $19, an equivalent to $247 for a year.

2. BABY FOOD

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Food isn't cheap for adults and neither it is for babies. If you are not breastfeeding, baby formula estimated cost an average of $105 per month (1,260 per year) and another $57 for solid baby foods ($684 for the year.) Deciding to breastfeed you baby will cost you..you guessed it mamas, $0 dollars. Whoop! Whoop!

3. TOILETRIES

 
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This is a MUST HAVE for every baby. Babies throw up and poop and they will need wipes, baby lotion, shampoo et cetera for their every need. The average cost for toiletries for babies is an estimated $21 a month, which is a total of $252 for the entire year.

4. TOYS

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Weather its a teddy bear or a drool teether, it will cost an estimated $35 dollars a month, a total of $420 for the year. That's not so bad but this price tag greatly depends on how big of a shopper you are.

5. CLOTHING

 
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  Again, don't go overboard with clothes because its easy to get carried away with cute little pink dresses and shoes. Remember kids grow really fast and they won't wear a particular piece of clothing for too long. Again, this estimated price depends on how big of a shopper you are.The estimated cost for clothes is $60 per month, a total of $720 for the year.

6. DAYCARE

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Not every parent have the luxury of staying at home to look after their baby so enrolling him/her in a day care center is the alternative many parents turn to. Because the cost can be a bit steep, many moms make the decision to stay at home with their child to significantly reduce the cost of having to put their baby in a daycare center or have someone else watch their child. The estimated cost for daycare ranges from $600 - 800 per month, bringing this price tag to a whopping $7,200 - $9,600. Whew! That is a whole lot of money! Here is a list of some one-time costs to include in the first year estimated budget for your child. * Prepping a nursery room - $693 * Gears such as strollers, car seats, etc. - $417 * Activity sets such as bouncers, etc  - $90 * Feeding utensils such as bottles, bibs, etc. - $234 * Breastfeeding accessories such as breast pumps - $177 * Bathing tools such as baby bathtubs, towels, etc. - $49 * Miscellaneous items such as baby memory books, baby proofing, etc. - $398 Having a baby is a huge responsibility and cost a lot of money.  Don't forget other bills such as mortgage, car payments, utility bills and student loans should be factored in when planning for his/her first year of life. Planning ahead will not only help you spend smarter, it will help you mentally prepare for what's to come. Are there some things missing from our list? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Ashton Kutcher Wants More Baby Changing Tables In Men's Room

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Famous Hollywood actor, director and father Ashton Kutcher, wants to know why there aren't any baby changing stations in the men's public bathrooms and he's got a lot of parents talking. Kutcher voiced his frustration via his Facebook page and has since gotten 12,473 comments and over 11,000 shares. The new father to 5-month old daughter, Wyatt Isabelle, promises to give a Facebook shout out to the first men's room he walks into that has a baby changing station.  

  Today, many men carry diaper bags and some even baby wear while running errands and it does come as a surprise that many men's restrooms have no changing stations for babies. I mean...men diaper change too so it's only fair to install them in the men's public bathrooms right? Many Facebook users commented with suggestions of where he can go find changing tables such as Home Depot, Walmart and Cracker Barrel while others say they've never encountered such problems.  Someone goes on to thank Kutcher for bringing the issue to light saying "Thank you Ashton for bringing attention to this and helping us become more conscious of what we do to perpetuate stereotypes." "My husband is a stay at home dad, he couldn't agree with you more!" says another writer. Kutcher used hashtag #BeTheChange to call attention to this problem that hasn't really been tackled at all.  Kutcher welcomed his beautiful daughter, Wyatt Isabelle with actress and partner, Mila Kunis on October 1st, 2014. According to Mila Kunis, diaper changing is one of the actor’s hidden talents. She told Ellen DeGeneres: “The second she was born he changed the first diaper and has changed multiple diapers ever since. If he’s home he changes the diaper. He became a master swaddler. He can swaddle anyone’s baby.” What do you think? Has your significant other ever complained about not finding baby changing stations in the men's public bathroom?
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Baby & Toddler Tech: Must Have Gadgets

Babies and toddlers have so many cool techs, it's hard to guess what type of gadgets will come out next because it seems with these cool stuff, the future is already here. Here are pretty awesome gadgets that are a must have for babies and toddlers.

iBaby Home Ultrasound Device

Although this is still a concept and is not yet sold in stores, this awesome device can capture your baby's ultrasound when connected to an iphone. It also has a built-in printer. That way, you are a click of a button away from sharing your baby's ultrasound with family and friends. Hopefully, this will hit the shelves real soon. Cool stuff huh?

The Mimo Smart Baby Monitor

Considered the world's smartest onesie, the mimo smart baby monitor uses a sensor shaped like a turtle (attached to a onesie) to give you real time audio, skin temperature, monitor your baby's sleep pattern and body position while they sleep. How awesome is this? You can purchase the Mimo monitor from Toys R Us 

Ilamo Go Self Warming Bottles

This amazing self-heating bottle is one of the coolest things I've ever seen! Made for moms on the go, It warms milk in four minutes without any electricity or cords. Baby tech doesn't get any better than this. You can purchase the Ilamo Go Self Warming Bottles from Amazon.  

Origami Power Folding Stroller

These strollers are so cool because, at the press of a button, it folds itself in 10 seconds. No hassle, just easy breezy. It has generators in the wheel that can help you charge your phone, and it comes with a thermometer and odometer. Oh and the best part, it has lots of storage space. You can purchase this item from Amazon.

Fisher Price Apptivity Seat

Maybe it's a bit too soon to have your new born dependent on ipads but you gotta admit, this is super cool. You can purchase this Fisher Price Apptivity Seat from Amazon. 

Withings Smart Baby Monitor For Iphone

Your iphone is automatically turned into a webcam, lullaby generator and this monitor has the capability to text alerts for motion, sounds, temperature and humidity changes. You can purchase the Withings Smart Baby Monitor from Amazon
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