Baby Health GuideBelow are five baby health and safety topics. While there are certainly many more, these are just a few of the more common ones that parents will encounter or should be aware of.

Diaper Rash:
Diaper rash is a very common skin irritation that is easily preventable. The key to preventing diaper rash is to check your baby’s diaper often and change it as soon as it becomes wet or soiled. Make sure to thoroughly clean your baby’s bottom between diaper changes and allow your baby’s skin to dry completely before putting on the new diaper. Let your baby go without a diaper whenever possible to allow the skin to breathe. Try placing your baby on an open cloth diaper during nap time. Check the diaper shortly after your baby falls asleep and carefully replace it if it’s wet. Babies will often urinate right after falling asleep. Diaper rash can be treated with any number of over the counter medicated creams or gels.

Teething:
Every baby has to deal with this, and every parent has to deal with a baby going through this. Teething can begin in infants as young as 2 months of age, even though the first tooth usually does not appear until about age 6 months of age. Some symptoms of teething include an increase in drooling, restless sleeping due to gum discomfort, a refusal of food due to soreness of the gums, random and excessive fussiness, and the repeated bringing of the hands to the mouth area or rubbing the cheek or ear area because of pain in the back of the mouth. Treating teething pain is very easy. Special teething rings are sold that you place in the freezer and then allow the baby to suck on them. The coolness of the plastic helps ease gum pain. If your baby is over 6 months old you can give him children’s Tylenol or ibuprofen. Monitor your baby’s gums for signs of infection and go to a doctor immediately if signs are present.

Good Hand Washing Habits:
Teaching your child good hand washing habits will be a great way to help your child prevent illnesses throughout his entire life. Teach your child to wash his hands after coming home from being out in public, before and after eating, after touching pets or animals, and immediately after using the toilet. Buy fun types of children’s soaps in fun containers and in delicious scents to encourage hand washing and to make your child want to wash his hands. Remember, hands should be lathered with soap for at least 15 seconds to ensure germs and dirt will be fully removed.

Sunscreen and Sun Protection:
Protecting your baby from sunburns is very important to preventing future skin damage and skin cancers. While some parents choose to just use umbrellas, hats, and protective clothing to keep UV rays off of baby, using a very gentle sunscreen is also an option. If you do use a sunscreen try to find one specially formulated for babies or one that is very gentle and filled with natural or organic ingredients. Remember, for every sunburn your skin gets your risk of developing skin cancer increases! It’s never too early to prevent skin cancer.

Baby Acne:
Baby acne is very common among newborns and causes tiny red spots on the cheeks and other areas of the face. This tends to go away on its own when the baby reaches about 6 months old, but in the meantime there are a few natural ways to treat this. If your baby has acne, mix a teaspoon of honey and lemon juice and apply it to the affected area. After about 30 minutes, wash it off with warm water. Do this twice a day until the acne clears up.