Well your gorgeous bundle of joy is finally home and in your arms, but who knew such tiny babies could have so many issues to handle so soon. There are many effective and natural remedies for common newborn conditions such as thrush, pimples, and diaper rash. Arming yourself with the knowledge of how to help your little one when these common conditions arise will save you and your baby from unnecessary discomfort and loss of sleep.
Thrush is a yeast infection which in a healthy infant is normally a mild infection. Some of the most common conditions include white patches on the tongue and roof of mouth, decrease in appetite, and diaper rash. If your child is formula fed a mild form of thrush can be treated by cleaning the bottle nipples/pacifier regularly and cleaning the inside of your infant’s mouth with a clean, moist cloth. This should help speed up the healing process of thrush. If you are breastfeeding use an anti-fungal medicine on your nipples and dry your nipples after each time you breastfeed. Please contact your pediatrician if your infant’s symptoms continue to worsen or do not improve in about a week.
Baby acne is a very common condition in newborns. A few infants have acne at birth although many times it does not appear for a couple of weeks. Pimples are not harmful to your infant in any way, they are usually more of a bother for the parents. Washing your infant’s face too much can worsen the acne. Wash your baby’s face once a day with mild soap, this is the best method for clearing up the pimples. Infants skin is very delicate so please avoid applying any acne creams or oils, also do not scrub the area that has pimples these things will only worsen your child’s skin.
Diaper rash is an extremely common condition among all babies in diapers. Generally the best methods to prevent diaper rash are very easy to do and help quickly. It is key to keep your infant’s skin dry during this time, that means checking and changing diapers very often. As soon as your baby has a wet or soiled diaper it is imperative to change them immediately. Cleaning the diaper area with a soft, clean cloth and warm water is best. Using wipes that contain alcohol or propylene glycol may worsen the rash. Over the counter diaper rash creams are a very effective treatment. For diaper rash that is very uncomfortable and obviously bothersome to your infant having him sit in a warm bath can be very soothing. Also before putting powder and a new diaper always ensure your infants skin is completely dry. If the rash worsens and no improvement is seen after a week a call to the pediatrician may be necessary.
“Thrush – Home Treatment” Web MD
“Baby Acne” Baby Center
“Diaper Rash – Home Treatment” Web MD