Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Diaper Rash

A diaper rash, known as Dermatitis, is an inflamed, red and patchy area of skin on a baby’s bottom. The common causes are:  

§  Prolonged urine and fecal matter against the skin
§  Inadequate drying of the skin after a bath
§  Seborrheic Dermatitis
§  Thrush and Candidiasis
o   Babies on antibiotics are extremely susceptible to candida-related rashes
§  Food sensitivities, most commonly dairy

When a rash does occur, and most babies will have a mild one even with the most vigilant of moms, early treatment of is the best solution to the problem.  Zara got her first small rash after having a poopy diaper in the middle of the night and not waking for us to change it.  Here are the best prevention and treatment options:

§  Frequent diaper changes, at least every 3 hours while awake
§  Drying off completely after bath time
§  Using non-alcohol diaper wipes as the alcohol can be more irritating to the skin and spread the bacteria. Kaiser sells some wipes that you just add warm water to.
§  Giving the baby more fluids. If on solids offer water in a sippy cup.
§  Add 2 Tbsp. of baking soda to a warm bath to help dry and heal the skin.
§  Use creams like Burt’s Bee’s diaper rash to protect healthy skin.  Desitin can be used in more extreme cases to keep skin dry. 
§  Don’t use baby powder as it can cause skin moisture to get trapped in the creases.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014


Unfortunately teething will occur way before you are ready for it or want to deal with it.  So what happens when those evil teeth try to come in?  You will go from having a cheerful sweet baby to one that goes from laughing to crying for, what seems to be, absolutely no reason.  It’s a stressful situation for both mom and baby.  Typically this is a time when your baby will be very clingy and want mom a lot more than any one else, even dad. 

Are your little one’s first two teeth trying to come in?  Here are some soothing remedies to try:

o   Amber necklace
o   Clove necklace
o   Camilia Homeopathic remedy
o   Tylenol/ibuprofen (some side-effects)
o   Teething toys (Sophie the giraffe and ones that go in the freezer are best)
o   Frozen pacifier (set it in an empty ice cube tray)
o   Frozen fruit in the munchkin cloth bags (make sure to sterilize between each use)
o   Warm bath to break the fever

To soothe Miss Zara we used a frozen pacifier, Camilia drops and teething toys.   The Camilia drops are really helpful because you can treat baby every 15 minutes. They also relax baby and can help her sleep.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Outrageous Outgrowns


Outrageous Outgrowns has been in business for more than 15 years, bringing Bay Area families together for a huge semi-annual sale. Families can sell items their kids no longer need and buy items they will soon need. We all know that kids grow way too fast to pay high retail prices, and you don’t have to! Every item at the show is hand-checked for quality, so you won’t find anything but gently used (or new) stuff for your kids at prices you won’t believe! And for your convenience, all clothing is hanging on racks, sorted by size and gender. All other items are sorted by category and neatly arranged. It’s easy to shop because you can easily find the items you’re interested in.

Dr. Walker Found lots of great items last year for her baby and this year she and Zara are going again for some toddler toys and cloths.