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Rashes – what’s common and what’s not

The journey of parenthood can be quite scary if not armed with enough knowledge or the right information. There are too many things that end up happening which can either set off a panic attack or push you off the road of sanity. One of the things that likely come up is baby rashes. As your baby grows, you’ll notice skin conditions developing or growing – some alarming and some not – but how to tell if it’s something you don’t need to worry about or something that needs medical attention? Read on to know more about rashes – what’s common and what’s not.

What causes rashes in babies?

To better understand what’s to be considered as something concerning or not, let’s first understand what typically causes rashes in babies.

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Newborn baby skin, even up to toddler life, can be very sensitive and susceptible to irritation – depending on family allergy history and other factors – there are many things that can trigger rashes in baby’s skin. Baby’s skin is easily affected by things like heat, dust, their own drool, and a lot more. Fortunately, most of these skin reactions and conditions are short-lived and tend to clear on their own – of course with proper hygiene practice and constant skin care.

In severe cases, however, there will be a need for creams, medication, ointments, and even steroids. Of course, all these will be prescribed by your baby’s pediatrician and the dosage for the need, depending on the severity of the rash.

Common causes of rashes in babies include:

  • heat
  • allergies
  • friction
  • dampness
  • chemicals
  • fragrances
  • fabrics

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Common types of rashes

Some of the most common types of infant skin rashes include:

  • Heat rash
    Also called prickly heat or miliaria, occurs when sweat ducts become clogged and the sweat cannot get to the surface of the skin. Instead, it becomes trapped beneath the skin’s surface causing a mild inflammation or rash.
  • Cradle Cap
    Appears as patchy scaling or thick crusts on the scalp and greasy skin covered with flaky white or yellow scales. Cradle cap usually doesn’t bother the infant.
  • Baby Acne
    Also known as neonatal acne, is a common, usually temporary skin condition that develops on a baby’s face or body. It results in tiny red or white bumps or pimples. In almost all cases, the acne resolves on its own without treatment.
  • Diaper/Nappy Rash
    The main cause is wearing a wet or dirty nappy for too long. Soaps and detergents left on cloth nappies after washing can also contribute to nappy rash. Sometimes children also have other conditions like eczema, psoriasis, thrush or impetigo, which might make nappy rash worse.
  • Eczema
    Is most prominent on the cheeks, forehead, and scalp of an infant within the first few months of life, and often tends to make the skin look redder and “weepy” than at other ages. Eczema can appear on other parts of the body as well, including the diaper area.
  • Drool Rash
    Can appear around the mouth and cheeks, in the folds of your baby’s neck, and on your baby’s chest as a result of too much saliva causing wet skin.

When to be concerned with rashes?

If you answer Yes to the following questions below – then it’s a telltale sign that you should bring your child to their pediatrician for a checkup.

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Baby food for first-time parents

Giving your baby his or her first food is one of the most nerve-racking moments for first-time parents. When’s the right time? What solid food is allowed and what food is healthy for my baby? These are the types of questions that will run through our mind. Not to mention the recipe. Thankfully, there are now a lot of ways to make baby food around the internet. Read on to know more about feeding your baby plus a few tips.

When is the baby allowed to take solid food?

According to Mayo Clinic, newborns only need breast milk or formula, and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breast milk only for the first six months after birth.

Babies 4 to 6 months old are ready to begin eating solid foods as a complement to breast-feeding or formula-feeding.

4 to 6 months old: Puree them all!

A good steamer and blender are all you need. It doesn’t take a master chef to feed a baby. We suggest a simple single ingredient puree. You may ask, “why to use a single ingredient?”. Single-ingredient purees are the way to go simply because this will help you identify if your baby has food allergies or sensitivity to certain types of food. If you mix ingredients early on, it would be difficult to tell which ingredient caused the allergy. Make sure to check your baby’s tolerance to food if you are going to combine ingredients.

Tips:

  • You can only cook one vegetable at a time. This will ensure even cooking and a smooth puree, plus it makes the preparation super easy and quick.
  • You can use mild seasoning like cinnamon, basil, garlic powder, ginger and many more. This makes the food’s taste even better.
  • Always have a bib or towel ready when feeding your baby. Expect a messy table.

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7 to 9 months old: Unleash your inner chef

Babies around this age can enjoy various types of purees and mashes. You can now try a more complex combination puree. This is the time to experiment with new flavors and textures. Like we’ve mentioned, there are a lot of recipes floating around the internet that you can follow. On this stage, you can also start training them to hold the spoon and fork properly. In the next few months, they’ll be able to feed themselves and can join in the family meals.

Conclusion

Babies usually reject their first pureed food. Don’t be angry and don’t even try to force-feed them. This is because the taste and texture are new to them. If they refuse, it’s fine, you can try another day or another recipe. If this habit persists, go to your baby’s doctor just to make sure that the resistance is not a sign of a problem.

Being a new parent will require a huge amount of patience and understanding especially because your baby will not like each and every food you will prepare, that’s guaranteed. But whenever you feel tired, just look at your baby’s sloppy tray, gooey hands and sticky face! That’ll crack you up. It’ll be great to capture moments like this too, so when they’re older you can show pictures and videos of them wiping their face with puree!