Posts Tagged ‘diaper rash’

Signs of Food Intolerance

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

signs of food intoleranceI could tell something wasn’t right when my baby spent most of the evening hours screaming if she was not sleeping in my arms.  If I put her down, she would wake up and scream.  I couldn’t figure it out, so I did what many moms might do, I did a search online for something like “newborns who scream all night long.”  One search result that caught my interest was the possibility of a food intolerance for my baby.

So, I hopped to it and cut out my dinnertime glass of milk that I had each night since dairy was one of the top intolerances for many babies.  I figured it was easy enough.  At my daughter’s 2-week check up, I informed our pediatrician that I thought that my daughter was intolerant of dairy.  When she asked me to tell her why I thought this, these are the symptoms that I told her about:

  • My baby screamed in pain and did not want to be put down.

  • Tons of spit up!  I used receiving blankets as burp cloths.  At least 4 per day.  She went through many sleepers and swaddles each and every day.

  • She had projectile diarrhea numerous times per day.  It flew out of her during diaper changes.  A diaper change sometimes required 2 people and 5 diapers.

  • She went through triple the amount of diapers in a day as my first baby.  I never felt like I had enough diapers on hand unless I had a box of diapers from Costco.

  • She had a constant diaper rash.  It was so sad.  Nothing would clear the rash up.

  • Her breathing was affected at times.  She would have high pitched hiccups that didn’t sound right.

Our pediatrician agreed that something wasn’t right, but warned me that cutting out dairy was going to be much more involved than eliminating a glass of milk each day.  She offered me the option to try dairy-free formulas, but I was determined to try to make it work with breastfeeding.

It took a ton of research, self-education, and commitment, but I was able to eliminate dairy and soy from my diet for over 14 months.  My daughter’s negative symptoms disappeared as soon as dairy and soy were out of my system.  By the age of 16 months, she outgrew her intolerances and we were thrilled to introduce her to our favorite food, pizza!

Sarah Cole is a freelance write and stay at home mom to two busy toddlers. She eliminated dairy and soy out of her diet for over 14 months so she could continue to breastfeed her baby even though her favorite food is melted cheese.  

 

 

Diaper Rash Solutions

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Diaper Rash SolutionsWhen you have a new baby, there are so many things to learn. You want to be there to take care of every pain and uncomfortable feeling they feel. But with the amount of diaper changes–and let’s face it, giant poos–a baby goes through daily, diaper rash can sometimes be inevitable.

Diaper rashes are usually red, irritated skin that can appear warm to the touch, puffy, and even bumpy.  Here are some easy ways to remedy even the most stubborn diaper rash.

Store Bought Remedies:

  1. CJ’s Butter:  This stuff is amazing. I have used the stick form and spray form on both of my kid’s bums. The best part about this product is it is completely cloth diaper safe. CJ’s Butter comes in a variety of creatively named scents as well as unscented. “Monkey Farts” and “Narwhals and Unicorns” have been my favorites. You simply rub it on baby and wait for the magic to happen.
  2. Balm Baby Diaper Balm: I have recently discovered Balm Baby and I am in love. I have used the Pucker Up lip balm and Glowing Mama scrub. Now, to try the diaper balm! This is also cloth-diaper safe and made of healing herbs and healing oils from Hawaii. It can be used on baby’s bum along with other areas to treat eczema and even cradle cap.
  3. California Baby Diaper Rash Cream: French lavender and organic tea tree are in this cream that can be used on newborns and older babies alike. This cream has soothing and healing powers.

Home Remedies:

  1. Colloidal Oatmeal Application: Allow baby to soak in the tub (if older) or just apply to the skin. Be sure to wash and dry thoroughly.  The oatmeal will soothe the pain and dry the skin.
  2. Make Smart Choices: Stop using wipes with fragrance and alcohol. Consider switching to cloth wipes and water or use a cloth wipe solution that you can make easily at home. Be aware of irritants from laundry detergents and switch to one that works best for your family. I love Charlie’s Soap.
  3. Baking Soda: Allow baby to soak in the baking soda which will soothe and also regulate the pH balance of the affected area.
  4. Calendula Extract: This is from a marigold flower. Find it in an anti-inflammatory water based cream. California Baby also makes a cream with this extract!

Tips for Preventing Diaper Rashes:

  1. Keep baby’s skin dry.
  2. Change diapers frequently and make sure you are laundering your diapers correctly.
  3. Get some air down there!
  4. Use ointments to create a moisture barrier when things start to become irritated.
  5. Pat your baby’s skin instead of rubbing it with wipes.

Whatever you choose to do, just take care of your little one. Diaper rashes aren’t fun, so make sure you get in some extra snuggles and kisses, too.

Karyn Meyerhoff is a mom of two in Northeast Indiana. She loves happy babies, and she hates to see her little ones in pain

Sunday Funday Giveaway: A Little Something for Baby

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

A friend of mine is getting very close to meeting her little one. Her and her sweet baby have been on my mind a lot this weekend and thus inspired this week’s giveaway!

This week’s giveaway is for “A Little Something for Baby” gift pack by Earth Mama Angel Baby. We LOVE Earth Mama Angel Baby products here in our house…in fact my toddler who is suddenly obsessed with taking a “baf” (how he says bath) uses the Shampoo and Body Wash daily. I love that it’s a foam soap and a little goes a long way. My son likes it when I squirt a little on his tub toys, lol! 🙂

The “A Little Something for Baby” gift pack includes:

  • Angel Baby Shampoo & Body Wash 1.67oz
  • Angel Baby Bottom Balm 1oz
  • Angel Baby Lotion 2oz
  • Angel Baby Oil 1 oz

The Baby Oil is perfect for a calming baby massage and the Bottom Balm helps soothe diaper rash. All 4 products included in the “A Little Something for Baby” gift pack are travel sized so fit perfectly in a diaper bag for on-the-go access to some of your most favorite baby care products!

All Earth Mama Angel Baby products are made from safe, pure, non-toxic, eco-friendly, organic ingredients! You won’t find any sodium laureth sulfate, cocoamidylpropyl betaine, Quaternium-15, 1,4-Dioxane, formaldehyde or phthalates here! Only high quality and super gentle ingredients such as organic aloe, organic lavender, and organic vanilla. Yum…sounds kind of heavenly to me. 🙂

Would you like to win a FREE “A Little Something for Baby” gift pack for your wee one? Then be sure to enter this week’s giveaway below for your chance to win. Winner will be announced on Sunday February 10, 2013. Winner will be notified via email and is asked to reply within 48 hours of email in order to claim prize.

Good Luck All!

Sarah
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Friday Family Spotlight: Meet Karyn’s Family

Friday, January 25th, 2013

I am excited to introduce you Karyn and her family! Read on to learn more about one of our happy Mom’s Milk Boutique costumers:

Who are the members of your family? My family consists of: James, myself, our daughter Johanna Grace. We also have some dogs and cats: Janie Mae, Annabelle, Kate & Miley

How did you meet your significant other? My husband James and I met in a mutual friend’s wedding. He was a groomsmen, and I was a bridesmaid. Our friends paired us up to walk together.

What is your favorite Mom’s Milk Boutique Product? My favorite product is the CJ’s Butter stick. It works great for any diaper rash or irritation on my little girl, and it comes in fun scents. Our favorite is “Monkey Farts.” It smells like bananas!

What is your favorite baby carrier and why? My favorite carrier is the Boba 3G. It is so easy to get Johanna in and out of. This is the only carrier I have tried that she truly loves to be in. We got the cute kangaroo print carrier. It is super comfortable and doesn’t hurt my back. Best investment ever!

Describe your cloth diaper stash: We have a few different brands. We use Thirsties, Grovia, Bum Genius, & Bottombumpers. All of Johanna’s diapers are bright, fun colors. Of course, she looks adorable in them.

What has been your toughest challenge as a mom so far? I would say my toughest challenge has been giving up the idea that I can do it all. I tend to be a perfectionist, and I have had to learn that there will be days when the floor doesn’t get mopped. Also, I have had to learn that being a mom means that you have to be flexible. Sometimes you have a fussy baby who smells like spit-up. It happens to everyone, but in the end, you wouldn’t change a thing.

What are some of your favorite “me” time indulgences? Definitely Starbucks! I love my coffee. I also like to read, exercise, and watch movies with James.

What is one of your favorite quotes? “Always look for the sunshine after the rain.” Not sure who said that, but I’ve always liked it. Things will always look-up.

Thanks Karyn for sharing your lovely family with us!!

Would you like to have your family featured in a Friday Family Spotlight AND win a FREE $10 gift certificate to Mom’s Milk Boutique for your participation? If so email sarah@momsmilkboutique.com with the subject line “Friday Family Spotlight Inquiry” and share something interesting about your family in your email message.

Happy Friday Everyone!!

-Sarah

Alternative Comfort Measures for Teething Baby

Monday, March 19th, 2012

Raise your hand if you have a teething baby! I do! Teething can definitely be hard on the whole family due to sleepless nights and an unhappy baby. Some of the signs/symptoms of teething include:

  • excessive drooling
  • chewing, biting, gnawing objects
  • excessive fussiness
  • low grade fever
  • loose stools
  • vomiting
  • disrupted sleep
  • increase in breastfeeding/comfort nursing
  • decrease in appetite
  • red, inflamed/swollen gums
  • diaper rash

Caring for a teething baby is certainly challenging as it may take some experimenting to find what comfort measures are effective for your baby. Also what works one day, may not work the next. Here are 3 alternative ideas to provide comfort for a teething baby:

  • Amber teething necklace – you may have seen babies (or mamas) wearing Amber necklaces and wondered if they were just a fashionable trend? While babies do look incredibly adorable in them, amber necklaces actually hold healing properties. Wearing amber can help restore energy, provide pain relief, reduce inflammation, and help maintain overall wellness. How can a necklace do that? Baltic Amber is a fossilized tree resin that has a high concentration of succinic acid which is a powerful anti-oxidant that can protect and heal our body. Although these are called teething necklaces, they don’t actually go into baby’s mouth. Rather succinic acid gets absorbed into the skin through contact. Some parents are concerned about the safety of amber teething necklaces. While adult supervision while baby wears necklace is strongly recommended, the necklaces are designed with these key safety features: 1) The thread is knotted after each bead so if the strand should break, loose beads will not scatter everywhere and 2) the clasp is designed and tested to release if excessive force is applied to the necklace.

13 month old teething baby happily playing thanks to two Amber Teething Necklaces

 

  • Breast Milk Popsicle – Often cold objects help soothe inflamed gums. You could just use ice or frozen fruit, however you might consider making breast milk popsicles (also known as “momsicles”) for your teething baby. Pour expressed breast milk into small popsicle molds and freeze. These are also a good option for a sick baby if you are concerned about potential dehydration.

 

  • Teething tablets – Teething tablets are a homeopathic remedy use to reduce the pain and inflammation associated with cutting teeth. They are made of all natural ingredients such as Chamomilla which is known for decreasing irritability. The tablets are white balls about the size of a pine nut. You can place them under baby’s tongue and they will dissolve in saliva or you can dissolve in a teaspoon of water before giving to baby. Teething tablets are a safe, effective, and gentle way to provide relief to teething baby.

Getting through those teething periods can be difficult! We all want to ease our baby’s discomfort quickly and ensure adequate sleep for everyone! What has worked to comfort your teething baby? Would love to hear your tried and true methods! 🙂

-Sarah