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Helpful Things for New Parents

Before having a baby you’re going through the rollercoaster ride of emotions, excitement, apprehension and pride for yourself, each other and the baby. But, once you have a baby, you also understand that you are now in charge of raising a tiny human. And along with all the butterflies in your stomach, you bring your little angel back home from the hospital, his tiny hand wrapped around your finger.

This article is here to help prepare you for the future. It contains a list of things to buy that will be the most helpful to you and your baby in future.

So let’s get going!

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Melatonin for Babies: Everything You Need to Know

Melatonin for Babies

You’re woken up in the middle night by the screaming cry of your child. Again.

It’s a situation almost any new parent has found themselves in. Early on in a child’s life, minor sleep issues and disruptions are a normal part of the nightly routine.

Some children, though, can experience sleep problems that are much more severe. These issues can cause unnatural sleep disruptions and leave the child feeling tired. It can even cause them to suffer from physical, mental and emotional side effects.

Melatonin is a popular sleep aid for adults, and many seem to advocate for its use with children. With a little melatonin supplement, your child may be able to sleep fully through the night and feel all the healthier for it– and you could say the same for yourself.

But is melatonin for babies safe? And how is it administered? Read on and we’ll tell you everything you need to know before administering melatonin to children.

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All Through The Night: How to Make Your Baby Sleep

How to Make Your Baby Sleep

If your baby is not sleeping through the night, you might be feeling the lack of sleep in your daily life.

After all, you want for you and your baby to enjoy a good night sleep. As hard as it may seem, there are things you can do to help your baby sleep through the night.

Ready to get some well-deserved Zzzs? Let’s get started.

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Why Is Your Baby Vomiting and How to Provide Relief?

Baby Vomiting and How to Provide Relief

When your baby starts to vomit, it can be quite scary.

This is especially true for first-time mothers.

Your baby may be vomiting due to several different reasons. However, certain specific conditions may trigger baby vomiting.

Once you know what they are and how you can help to make your baby comfortable, you will have greater peace of mind.

Here is a guide to help you identify why your baby is vomiting and how to help them when it happens.

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7 Safe, Natural Ways to Relieve Baby Constipation

7 Safe, Natural Ways to Relieve Baby Constipation

Looking for natural remedies to cure baby constipation? You have come to the right place.

Constipation in children is a common problem and is most frequently the result of dietary changes as your child grows. In fact, it accounts for 3-5% of all visits to pediatric outpatient clinics and over 30% of all visits to pediatric gastroenterologists.

Alarming right? But that doesn’t mean you’ve to rush to a doctor every time your child shows signs of constipation.

There are many natural home remedies you can use that have been tested and proven to work great at relieving infant constipation. In this post, we’re going to introduce you to the 7 safe, and natural ways to relieve baby constipation.

But first, a primer on infant constipation.

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5 Signs You’re Dealing with a Gassy Baby and What to Do about It

5 Signs You're Dealing with a Gassy Baby and What to Do about It

Is your baby crying uncontrollably because of gassy pain? Are you worried if your baby has colic?

You are not alone. In fact, experts say that colic happens in all babies. But, the only difference is that some babies are diagnosed with “colic” based on to which degree they cry.

About 20% to 25% of babies meet the criteria to be dubbed as colic or gassy newborn.

Though having a gassy baby is common, the exact cause of colic is still unknown. Gas buildup in babies can be annoying, uncomfortable, and painful. Sometimes, it may cause sleepless nights and disrupted feeding schedules.

It is then important to know how to spot a colic baby.

Everyone has experienced having tummy gas and, you know it’s infuriating and irritable. Can you imagine how it feels for babies? Well, here are the signs of a gassy infant and how to provide comfort.

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A Guide on Acid Reflux in Infants

acid reflux in infants

Does your baby throw up all the time? Is he choking or gagging during meals? These problems might be a sign of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

Commonly referred to as acid reflux, this condition affects children and grownups alike. More than 20 percent of Americans are struggling with it.

The primary symptom of acid reflux in infants is throwing up or spitting up more often than usual. Babies may also experience nausea, vomiting, and colic.

Even though GERD isn’t a life-threatening disorder, it may cause discomfort and affect your baby’s health. Luckily, there are ways to manage its symptoms naturally through diet and simple lifestyle changes.

First, let’s see what causes GERD in infants and how to identify its symptoms.

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Taking Care of a Coughing Baby

Taking Care of a Coughing Baby

There’s nothing worse than hearing your little one struggle with a cough all night. But as a parent, this is something you’ll likely encounter many times, since the

But as a parent, this is something you’ll likely encounter many times, since the common cold is one of the most communicable illnesses in babies and young children.

Interested in learning how to care for your coughing baby? Then read on as we explore some of the best ways so both you and your baby can get some rest.

Best Ways to Care For a Coughing Baby

Rest

Being sick can take quite a toll on your baby, especially since their immune systems are still developing at this time. One of the best ways to treat a coughing baby is rest.

It sounds simple, but a well-rested baby will be better equipped to fight off a cold. Feel free to put on their favorite movie or show, or spend some time reading to your child.

By avoiding allergens from outside, your baby’s immune system can focus on healing.

Humidifier

The next time your baby’s cough flares up, use a humidifier or cold mist vaporizer in their bedroom.

By adding moisture to the air, these devices help to soothe coughing and ease congestion. This is especially helpful if you happen to live in a dry climate.

For safety purposes, it’s recommended that you use a cool-mist humidifier for babies and young children. But according to medical experts, both cool-mist and warm-mist humidifiers are equally effective.

To keep your humidifier clean and safe for use, be sure to clean and empty the tank daily so that bacteria can’t build up. And it’s always a safe bet to use distilled or purified water instead of regular tap water.

Hydration

Regular hydration is crucial when caring for your coughing baby. Make sure you’re giving your baby fluids every hour in order to help loosen mucus.

For babies who are six months or younger, it’s best to stick with breast milk or baby formula.

Vapor Rub

When you were a child you probably remember being slathered with this fragrant cream whenever you had a cold, but this classic method actually does work.

In fact, in a recent medical study, vapor rub was shown to improve children’s cough, congestion, and sleep difficulty. The blend of camphor and eucalyptus helps open airway passages, allowing your baby to breathe easier.

Make sure you’re using a vapor rub formula that’s safe for babies, and it should only be used on babies over two years old.

Elevate With Pillows

One of the main causes of a constant, tickling cough is from mucus irritating the throat. To help your coughing baby, you can elevate their mattress by stacking a few pillows under one end of their mattress.

You can also build a wedge by stacking several pillows under your baby’s head so that he or she can sleep at an angle. This will ensure your baby lays upright, preventing mucus from dripping into their throat.

Bath Time

Just like with air humidifiers, the warm, steamy air from a bath can help soothe your coughing baby. To begin, let the shower run for a few minutes with the door closed, letting the room get moist and warm.

Afterwards, give your baby a short bath. This will not only allow your baby to play and relax, but the warm steam in the room can help loosen mucus and ease congestion.

Percussion Technique

Lightly patting your baby on the back, also known as the “percussion technique,” can help dislodge stubborn mucus. Most babies have difficulty coughing up mucus on their own, so this method will give them a little boost.

To do this, use a cupped hand with your thumb remaining straight and first practice by tapping your own skin. It should produce a hollow sound, rather than a slapping sound.

Once you have the technique down, lightly pat your baby’s clothed back, not on their bare skin.

This technique is often used by parents of children who have cystic fibrosis, and it’s a great way to clear the lungs of mucus. Be sure to consult with your doctor so you’re using the correct method.

Saline Solution

Babies can’t blow their noses on their own, but you can help your little one out with a bulb syringe to remove excess mucus. When used with a saline solution, this is even more effective.

To create your own saline solution, mix about one-quarter teaspoon of salt into one cup of distilled water. Insert a few drops of the solution into your baby’s nostrils, and let it sit for about a minute.

Afterward, use the bulb syringe to suck out the solution and mucus. Removing excess mucus allows your baby to breathe better, and prevents more mucus from pooling in the throat, which can lead to more coughing.

Warm Liquids

Chicken soup is a timeless method of battling the common cold, but it’s not just a comfort food. Warm liquids are a proven way of relieving congestion for your coughing baby.

The use of warm liquids when dealing with symptoms related to colds is even backed by science. In a medical study, sipping hot water and hot chicken soup increased nasal mucus velocity when compared to cold liquids.

This is especially helpful if your baby is having difficulty breathing because of nasal congestion. For babies who are six months or older, feel free to use warm water, natural chamomile tea, or apple juice.

If your baby is still getting accustomed to solid foods, warm broth is a good alternative instead of soup.

Honey

Honey has been used since ancient times for its multitude of health benefits, one of which is its ability to soothe the throat. While young babies should never be given honey, babies who are 12 months or older will enjoy this natural treatment option.

To prepare a honey treatment for your coughing baby, spoon out some honey into a microwave-safe container, and briefly microwave it so the honey softens. You can also put the container of honey in hot water for about 10 minutes.

Then, administer about one teaspoon of honey to your baby. For an added boost of vitamin C, add in a squirt of lemon. This can also help your baby’s immune system.

Ginger

In addition to honey, ginger is an effective way to naturally treat a coughing baby. Because of its strong taste, the addition of honey will make this treatment option more palatable for your baby.

To prepare a ginger treatment, mix one-fourth teaspoon of crushed or grated ginger with a tablespoon of honey. Add in about two tablespoons of water until you achieve a syrupy consistency.

Administer two tablespoons to your coughing baby for best results. Natural treatments like these are recommended for babies who are at least 12 months old.

Milk and Turmeric

For symptoms associated with the common cold, turmeric and milk are another natural treatment option, especially for whooping cough.

Likewise, turmeric’s antiseptic qualities have been shown to be helpful in treating viral infections.

To whip up a milk-and-turmeric concoction, simply add turmeric powder to a glass of warm milk. This treatment option is best for babies who are two years or older.

Check for Acid Reflux

Adults aren’t the only ones who suffer from acid reflux. If your baby doesn’t have a cold or illness, but is still coughing, it might be a sign of acid reflux.

This can have several causes, but in general, it is due to stomach contents backing up into the throat.

Besides coughing, symptoms associated with acid reflux in infants and babies include the following: wheezing after feeding, irritability, feeding difficulties, and trouble gaining weight.

The treatment options vary based on the specific cause of the type of acid reflux your baby is suffering from. To find the best treatment option for your coughing baby, it’s always best to consult with your doctor.

Lactose-Free Formula

Lactose has been known to cause coughing and phlegm in people suffering from lactose intolerance. If your coughing baby doesn’t have a cold or illness, you might want to consider the coughing is a sign of lactose intolerance.

Baby care isn’t always a one-size-fits-all approach, so sometimes you have to explore your options to see what’s best for your child’s unique needs. Luckily, there are many high-quality, lactose-free baby formula options for mothers who don’t breastfeed.

Call a Doctor

Sometimes, at-home treatments just don’t cut it. But how do you know when to call the doctor? Listen carefully to how your baby is coughing, and observe how he or she is acting.

If your coughing baby is very sleepy or listless, that should be an alarm sign. Generally, babies and young children can be sleepy or irritable when sick, but if your baby is exhibiting signs of extreme fatigue, then a call to the doctor might be necessary.

Likewise, if this is accompanied by a wet and phlegmy cough with green or yellow sputum, this can be a sign of pneumonia, or a viral or bacterial infection.

Dealing with a coughing baby is difficult for any parent, but with these home-treatment options, your little one can get the rest and comfort they need. What’s your favorite method of treating a coughing baby?

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Proper Brushing of Your Baby’s Teeth

Proper Brushing of Your Baby's Teeth

Do you clean your baby’s teeth?

Many parents, especially first-time parents, don’t see the point in cleaning teeth that are just going to fall out anyway.

But your little one’s oral health is incredibly important. Not only for their teeth, but for their overall health as well.

Want to learn more?

We put together and in-depth guide to cleaning your child’s teeth, preventing cavities, and improving their overall oral health.

Check out our guide below!

Why Should I Brush My Baby’s Teeth?

Most moms think that cleaning their baby’s teeth is pointless. After all, they’re just going to fall out and new permanent ones will grow in, right?

However, baby teeth are much more important than you’d think. Your child’s first set of teeth create the space and shape for new teeth to come in. Your baby’s first teeth also help them learn how to chew and speak.

Should you not properly care for your child’s baby teeth, they can decay just as easily as permanent teeth. Gum infections are also a possibility as well and could lead to misshapen, poorly-spaced permanent teeth in the future that could require braces.

Are you a little lost on how to properly clean your baby’s teeth?

Check out our in-depth guide on how to do it right.

How To Properly Brush Your Baby’s Teeth

Cleaning your child’s teeth should be done properly every time, but most moms don’t have a clue where to start with their baby’s delicate teeth.

Be Mindful Of Their Formula

It’s crucial to be informed of the health risks and ingredients of any particular type of formula. Not just for your baby’s teeth, but for their overall health.

Opting for an organic goat milk formula is a fantastic first step to preventing tooth and mouth problems in your little one. Just be sure you do your research on the best brand for your baby.

Start Cleaning Your Baby’s Teeth Before They Come In

Keeping your baby’s mouth clean is important, even before their little chompers start to come in.

After every feeding, whether it’s breastmilk or formula, gently wipe down your baby’s gums with a warm damp cloth or a piece of sterile gauze.

When The Teeth Come In, Act Quickly

Once you notice your child’s teeth are starting to come in, it’s important to keep them clean immediately.

Teething may be a nightmare for some parents and your baby may want to use your finger as a teething ring, but it’s still important to wipe their gums and budding teeth down to prevent any bacterial infection from starting.

Deal With Teething Properly To Help Those Chompers Grow

On average, it can take around twenty-four months for a child’s teeth to make it all the way through the gums. The process of teething is often uncomfortable or painful for babies and the subsequent crying can be stressful for parents.

Sometimes it can take weeks for one baby tooth to come in, leaving your baby a crying mess for that duration. Symptoms of teething often include crying more frequently, drooling, and swollen gums. Luckily, you can make the process a little less terrible for them by helping them cope.

Teething rings are a great way to help your baby deal with the pain of teething and it can also help facilitate tooth breakthrough. A teething ring should be clean, cold to the touch (but not frozen), and big enough that your baby can go to town on it without the possibility of choking.

Always avoid teething rings or toys for chewing that have liquid inside.

Another way to help ease your baby’s pain and get those teeth to pop out is to give your little one regular gum massages. This may not be the most comfortable thing on your end, but gently massaging your little one’s gums with a clean index finger can help them get some relief and stimulate those teeth to come through.

Cavities? No Way!

Your baby’s teeth can absolutely get cavities the same way that permanent teeth do. The early signs of tooth decay in children’s teeth are brownish or yellowish coloring as well as pitting.

To prevent cavities, stop leaving your baby with their bottle for an extended amount of time. If your baby has stopped feeding, take the bottle away.

Babies like to chew on their bottles after feeding for comfort, but that’s a surefire way to dig more formula into their gums and teeth. As always, wipe down their mouths after every feeding.

Some parents like to put sweet things like honey on their baby’s pacifier to encourage them to use it. This is not good for baby’s teeth and should be avoided.

In that same vein, you should only ever fill your baby’s bottle with water, formula, or breast milk.

Do not give your baby juice, soda, or anything loaded with sugars or high fructose corn syrup at an early age if you want your baby’s teeth (and body) to be healthy.

Bacteria loves to flock to baby bottles with sugary residue, and it produces acid that can seriously harm your little one’s teeth.

Supplement With Water After Eating

Baby food, formula, and breast milk can easily be washed away from baby’s teeth with a simple drink of water after a feeding.

Once your baby starts eating baby food and has a lot of teeth, you can start using a baby toothbrush (or a toothbrush with extremely plush bristles) to start cleaning your baby’s teeth. This helps your baby get used to having a toothbrush in their mouth at an early age and will help facilitate learning how to brush their own teeth in a few years.

If your little one has eaten anything sticky or full of sugar, it’s important to brush their teeth right after with a little bit of soda water to prevent tooth decay.

As a general rule, babies should not consume water until they are around six months old.

Go To The Dentist

Once your child’s teeth have come in, it’s time to take them on their first trip to the dentist.

Your dentist can give you the rundown on things like fluoride, tooth care, products, and any other questions you may have about your baby’s oral care.

Brush Those Babies Properly

Brushing your child’s teeth is a particular process.

When their teeth start coming in, use a toothbrush soft, small-headed toothbrush with a long handle. Baby toothbrushes are easy to find at most baby stores.

Nobody likes having a bristled plastic object shoved in their mouth against their will, and your baby has never experienced a toothbrush before. In most cases, babies will be fussy about brushing for the first time.

You can make the process of brushing for the first time less strange for your little one by singing or doing something else to distract your child while brushing. This can also help them associate brushing time with something positive and not so weird.

It can also be helpful to let your baby chew on the toothbrush (under supervision, of course) to help demystify it and satiate their curiosity.

When you first upgrade from the finger to the toothbrush, just use water. Once the teeth really start coming in, use a teeny tiny bit of fluoride toothpaste or baby-specific toothpaste.

The amount of toothpaste you use should increase gradually, as too much can harm your baby’s super-sensitive teeth. By the time they are around three years of age, that amount of toothpaste shouldn’t be bigger than a chickpea.

Brush very gently around your baby’s teeth, and be sure to get the front and back of each tooth.

Brush your child’s teeth until they are old enough to use the toothbrush on their own, which varies. Most children can start using their toothbrush at around four or five.

Supervise Your Children As They Learn To Brush Their Teeth On Their Own

It always helps to show your child how to brush by example. Once your little one is old enough to hold a toothbrush by themselves, make an event out of it.

Each morning and night, make “group tooth brushing” a ritual between you, your partner, and your child. To help your child get used to tooth-brushing, make a game out of it.

Watching how it’s done from adults will help your child learn how to brush their teeth in a more fluid and natural way. Let your little one get the hang of it at their own pace — they’ll figure it out eventually, we promise.

Just because your child can hold a toothbrush doesn’t mean they aren’t at risk for swallowing toothpaste or choking on water.

Be sure to supervise your little one as they learn to brush, rinse, and spit after brushing their teeth until they no longer need help. In most cases, a child between six and seven years can brush their teeth without help.

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What to Do When Your Baby is Spitting Up More than Normal

What to Do When Your Baby is Spitting Up More

As a new mother, you can expect that spit up is a way of life.

Every baby does it so most moms just have some extra baby wipes on hand or deal with spit up as part of their daily wardrobe.

And yes, if your baby is spitting up, that’s normal.

But there comes a point when it’s not healthy.

Here is what to look for and what to do if your baby is spitting up.

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