When you’re caring for a newborn baby, your priority is keeping them healthy and comfortable while ensuring they have everything they need to get through their most vital stage of growth. Issues such as nappy rash and sore gums caused by teething can cause distress, but you can treat them to give your baby relief.
Growth and development
It’s essential that a newborn baby gets the core nutrients they need to support their healthy growth. For example, vitamin A will aid their vision and the development of their immune system, while vitamin D2 will encourage bone, teeth and muscle development. It’s not always easy to ensure your baby is getting enough of these through feeding alone, so you should consider giving them a supplement like Abidec Multivitamin Drops.
When it comes to teething, every baby is different. Most babies begin teething at around 4 to 6 months, while for others it can happen much later. Baby teeth sometimes emerge with little to no discomfort, but generally teething will invite one or more mild symptoms, such as:
- Sore gums
- A mild temperature
- Flushed cheeks
- A facial rash
- Excess dribbling
- Gnawing and chewing on objects more frequently
- Disrupted sleep
Sore gums can be especially uncomfortable, but a fast-acting solution like Bonjela Teething Gel will help relieve pain and inflammation, helping to soothe your baby to a restful sleep.
Temporary lactose intolerance
Colic in babies can have many causes, and one of them is temporary lactose intolerance. Temporary lactose intolerance can present in babies shortly after birth, but will usually last for just a few months until your baby’s digestive system is more developed. It results from your baby’s inability to digest sugars or lactose in either breast or formula milk, and can cause them some pain and discomfort.
If your baby often cries for long periods following a feed, this could be a sign of temporary lactose intolerance. We suggest looking into Colief Infant Drops. Though we recommend speaking to your doctor or another health professional before using a new treatment, Colief is safe and effective at treating colic caused by temporary lactose intolerance.
Generally harmless and very common in babies, cradle cap is a skin condition that causes rough, scaly patches on the scalp. The cause isn’t fully understood, but cradle cap is most common in babies up to 3 months old (though it can last up to a year or longer).
If your baby is suffering from cradle cap, it’ll likely clear up by itself before they reach their first birthday, but in the meantime you can use a baby shampoo like Dentinox Cradle Cap Treatment Shampoo to relieve the symptoms and provide gentle care for their hair and scalp. You can also lightly massage an emollient into your baby's scalp to loosen the scales.
Especially during their first few months, babies have very delicate and sensitive skin, so it’s important that your baby’s skin is protected and cared for. Nappy rash is extremely common (almost all babies will get nappy rash at some point) and can occur at any age while your baby is in nappies, but most commonly appears when they’re between 6 and 18 months.
Nappy rash is caused by your baby’s skin being in contact with wee or poo for a long time, or sometimes from their nappy rubbing against their skin. This may lead to redness or blistering on your baby’s bottom, and it may feel hot to the touch. Bepanthen and Metanium Ointment are both used to protect your baby’s skin from nappy rash and allow gentle skin recovery without it drying out.