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Written by: Staff Post on 29/05/17
Welcome to motherhood — a phase in life you probably didn’t expect to be that hard, but comes right at you anyway. No matter how unimaginable changing dirty nappies can be for you in the past, it’s your thing now; something that’s already a part of your daily grind. A point of no return where you sigh in contentment and resign to the fact that from now on, you will have to live a life full of learning about the best and most effective child health tips and other beautiful discoveries. Indeed, no matter how kids can drive you nuts at times, your baby is still a ball of sunshine, capable of making you happy most of the time, or at least when they’re smiling ear to ear.
The sad truth is that this isn’t always the case for our babies. It kills us to see them crying their heart out for things we may or may not really understand. Although children their age couldn’t really tell you, “Hey Mom, my stomach hurts so I need to cry” As mothers, we would know when there is something wrong prompting us to do whatever parenting strategies we need to, basically anything just to eradicate the cause of that pain.
Nappy rash and baby eczema are two of the most common skin problems that make babies upset. Although it’s treatable and there are many child health tips that are very effective, beside from the fact that most infants outgrow it, having such skin problems make infants irritable, fussy, and demanding.
Baby eczema can show up as red, dry and crusty patches on baby’s skin, just about anywhere on the body, often affecting the cheeks and joints of the arms and legs. It’s almost always itchy and usually appears during the first few months after birth. Baby eczema can be hereditary if both parents have it.
The skin barrier, which allows the passage of moisture and germs, can cause this illness too. Another cause of Baby eczema is when the body produces too few ceramides or fatty cells. The lack thereof makes skin lose water and become super dry. Eczema can get worse when triggered by different factors such as weather, irritants, stress, and allergens. Low humidity, especially in winter, makes the skin dry and itchier. On the other hand, heat and too much sweat on summer months can make the itch of baby eczema worse. Irritants such as perfumes, laundry and body soaps, and clothes such as polyester and wool can also trigger eczema. Allergens in certain foods can also be factors, as well as stress. This causes the baby to react to it through flushes, which in turn makes it more itchy and irritated, thus, ramps up the condition.
Meanwhile, nappy rash usually happens to babies between 9 months to 12 months regardless of the type of diaper being used. It’s a very common skin condition but can cause more serious problems such as yeast infection and bacterial infection when left untreated. You can easily spot a nappy rash as it’ll look red and swollen in areas that have been in close contact with diapers. It may affect the genital area, and on the outer skin, even on the fold of thighs and bottoms. Areas that are affected with nappy rash appear to be either moist or dry and could sometimes look pimply or shiny. This is usually caused by wetness due to contact with wee and poo. Wee and poo, when compressed together in a nappy can be bad for baby’s sensitive skin. Babies left in a dirty nappy for too long are more likely to develop this skin condition.
Baby eczema and nappy rash shouldn’t be taken lightly. Other than the fact that it could lead to more serious conditions, it’s practically giving your baby discomfort, making him/her upset.
I had my fair share of worries when the kiddos had their nappy rash back when they were small. I had to check out a lot of child health tips and asked around for suggestions. To be honest, I wasn’t really confident and didn’t know what to do until I found a very reliable product that has been around since 1931 – I guess their 80 years of providing soothing treatment for baby’s skin problems proved a point, didn’t they? It’s called Sudocrem Healing Cream, a cream with unique properties that soothe, protect, and heal your skin from life’s little dramas. The effective formula in Sudocrem contains Zinc oxide which reduces the loss of tissue fluids as the main ingredient.
How does Sudocrem work? In 3 ways. First, it has emollient that relieves sore and inflamed skin. Second, it acts like a mild, local anesthetic to help soothe pain and alleviate irritation. Lastly, its water-repellent base serves as a protective barrier, blocking any irritants (including wee and poo) coming into contact with the skin. Sudocrem works best against baby eczema as it contains a cooling effect, which in turn eases the itchy feeling. It also helps maintain my baby’s skin’s natural moisture and helps bring back supple and healthy skin.
So here’s how to use it: As a basic child health tips rule, ensure that the affected areas are well cleaned, especially the bottom area. Wash your hands dry and apply an ample amount of Sudocrem using your fingertips, gently massaging it in circular movements. You want to see a thin, translucent film on the skin. Spread it well. Reapply when necessary.
Here’s another baby tip for you, mumsies. Aside from baby eczema and nappy rashes, you can also include Sudocrem in your first aid kit and use it for cuts, grazes, and minor burns in children and adults. For abrasions, clean the affected area first using a clean cloth or cotton wool swab with water with mild soap. Once clean, apply Sudocrem to soothe the pain and prevent the risk of infection. For small cuts, clean the area just the same, but you may want to hold it under cold, running water to make sure all dirt are removed. Apply a small dab of Sudocrem before covering the area with gauze. As for larger cuts, raise the injury above the heart to slow down the blood flow. Consult a doctor if needed especially if the bleeding continues. For minor burns, cool the affected area down as quickly as possible by holding it under tap running water or plunging it into cold water. Apply Sudocrem after to treat the sore and tender the skin.
Sudocream didn’t stay long in the healing industry for no reason and I can attest to that. Although I can’t say it helped all the issues mothers need to face each day, it sure was a big help. If we talk about healthy living tips for families, baby skin issues aren’t just minor problems; they should be dealt with seriously.
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