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Diaper Rash 101

These small suggestions can make a big difference in treating and preventing diaper rash for your little one!

Comforting Diaper Rash Bath

Next time your baby has a diaper rash, you may want to try giving them a soothing baking soda bath. This simple recipe can be a lifesaver:

  • Mix 2 tablespoons of baking soda in lukewarm water.
  • Absorb a soft, clean, and dry washcloth in the mixture.
  • Wash babies skin, patting dry (rubbing will cause further irritation).

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How to Avoid Diaper Rash

Diaper rash is typically caused by babies that are not kept clean and dry, diapers that do not fit well, or allergies (to either food, baby wipes, or diapers). Knowing what creates a rash is the first part in preventing diaper rash.

Here are a few tips to remember if your baby has a diaper rash:

  • Never rub your baby’s bottom with a towel. Patting dry is best to avoid irritation.
  • Avoid using diapers with plastic edges or plastic diaper covers as they create conditions for bacteria to grow.
  • Make sure that you are using the correct sized diaper.
  • Use protective barrier creams with zinc to help clear rashes and prevent future rashes.
  • Change diapers frequently.
  • Wash baby’s bottom with lukewarm water and fragrance free, mild soap after very messy diapers. Let baby air dry before replacing the diaper.

The Dangers of Hot Cars

By the Car Seat Safety Team at McKay-Dee Hospital

Did you know that your car will get hot enough to bake cookies when it is only 82 degrees outside?

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Hot Cars

As temperatures climb we need to be aware that temperatures can reach over 130 degrees on an 82 degree day in just a few minutes.

A sad trend is that in the last 10 years over 700 children have died of heat stroke while being left unattended in hot cars or getting into cars on their own.

Leaving your car idling with air conditioning on or windows cracked is not effective at cooling your car’s interior.  A young child’s body is not able to regulate its internal temperature like adults do. This causes a child’s body temperature to rise 3 to 5 times faster than an adult, making them more vulnerable to heat stroke.

This video (click here) demonstrates how quickly the temperature can increase in a parked car during the heat of the summer. In the matter of minutes a parked car reaches 126 degrees and objects like crayons, cookies, chapstick, and pizza are melted.

A few quick tips to prevent tragedy:

  • Keep cars locked and keys out of reach.
  • Teach kids that cars are not toys; do not allow them to play in your car.
  • Create reminders on your phone to drop children off at daycare providers.
  • Keep something valuable like your left shoe, a cell phone or a purse by baby’s car seat, so you will be more likely to remember to look in the back seat.
  • Get in the habit of looking in the back seat; make sure everyone is out and valuables stored out of sight…”LOOK BEFORE YOU LOCK!!”
  • Encourage people to ask about your children if they are not with you. Ask daycare providers to call you if your child is not dropped off by a certain time.
  • If you use a car seat cover that attaches to an infant car seat handle make sure you remove it for summer, so you will be able to see your child more easily.

Primary Children’s Hospital has a FAQ blog post about heatstroke in children and other heat related questions parent have.

What should you do if you see a child alone in a hot car?

Look at your surroundings to see if the child’s parents are nearby. If not, call 911 and follow their instructions.

From the Car Seat Team at McKay-Dee Hospital. Call 801-387-7800 for a free car seat check. 

What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag

By Alexis Tanner

I recently had my third baby, so I feel like I finally know what I need in my hospital bag.  All three of my children have been born at Intermountain Hospitals and they’re about the same in what they provide.  Here’s my list:

For the baby

  1. Take home outfit – I’ve had a bigger and smaller baby so I’m bringing a newborn size and 0-3 month just in case
  2. Baby mits
  3. Socks
  4. Hat (for cold weather babies)
  5. Jacket (for cold weather babies)
  6. Baby blanket
  7. Car seat – this has to be installed in the car and they’ll check that the baby is in right before you leave
  8. Pacifiers – some babies don’t like the ones from the hospital and it’s always good to have extras
  9. Burp Cloths – I use cloth diapers for this.  They are so absorbent!
  10. Journal – I write about my child and their birth story while I’m at the hospital so it’s fresh in my mind.  This is the beginning of a journal I start for them and write in every few months and on their birthday.

Intermountain hospitals provide diapers, wipes, nasal aspirators, onesies (we even got a cute skier one at the Park City hospital). They also have a recommended list of items to bring with you.

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For your spouse

  1. Extra change of clothes
  2. Reading materials
  3. Toiletries if they’re staying overnight (my husband only did with the first baby 😉 )
  4. Camera and/or video camera
  5. Phone and charger
  6. Snacks

For you

  1. Nursing bra
  2. Nursing pads – I prefer washable ones, they’re so much softer!
  3. Maternity clothes to wear home – sadly you won’t snap back to your pre-baby weight overnight.  In fact you’ll still look about 6 months pregnant.  So make sure you bring clothes that fit you while you were pregnant.  I’m bringing a maternity shirt and a baggy pair of sweats.  I also just wear the hospital gown while I’m at the hospital.  It’s just easier.
  4. Underwear for when you leave
  5. Socks or slippers, but the hospital also provides a pair
  6. Reading materials – books and magazines while you wait for the baby to come (I do an epidural) or for down time after the baby is born and they have him/her in the nursery or when they sleep.
  7. Nipple cream – if you’re breastfeeding, you’re going to need this! Those first few days are pretty painful. I’ve used Lansinoh in the past and this time I’m trying an all natural kind (it was cheaper).
  8. Toiletries – deodorant, face wash, hair ties, toothbrush, toothpaste, brush, shampoo, conditioner, you know the basics
  9. Contacts and glasses if you wear them
  10. Your journal – if you keep one to write down your thoughts and feelings
  11. Phone and charger
  12. A list of people you want to call/text/email/Facebook that your baby is here!
  13. A few snacks if there’s something specific you like, but most hospitals have a snack room.

The hospital will provide all the large pads you need for bleeding, towels, hospital gowns, meals, and pain medicine.

Well this is what I’m taking!  Is there anything I’m forgetting or something you like to bring that I didn’t mention?  And don’t worry, it will all be ok!  Good luck!

This blog post is from one of our great Intermountain Moms. This should not be taken or substituted for medical advice. Always check with your provider if you have questions.

Whether you are an expectant mother, new parent, grandparent or caregiver, our clinicians are here for support! Join other moms to learn and grow together at Facebook.com/IntermountainMoms.

To learn more, visit intermountainhealthcare.org.

Seven Ways to Calm Teething Baby

When your little one is in big teething pain, their behavior can change drastically; short naps, drooling, and face rashes show up right around the same time as whining and complaining. What can parents do to soothe an uncomfortable baby until the new tooth pops in? Plum Organics has some popular remedies below to get you and your baby through those first growing pains. We just recommend that you keep your baby supervised when you test these teething tips for gumption.

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FROZEN CELERY

Not only is it a little chewy, but it’s cold! If frozen seems too cold, try putting a piece of clean (organic) celery in a glass of water in the fridge. It will be nice and cool. You can also try this with a carrot. Just don’t use a “baby” carrot; those can be choking hazards. And watch out for those celery strings.

FROZEN WASHCLOTH

The nubby ridges of an organic cotton cloth washed in a safe-for-baby detergent can massage gums in mysteriously soothing ways. If frozen is too cold for your babe, dip it in water and refrigerate before offering.

SPOONS

It can be hard to get anything done when your babe starts teething and is miserable, but dinner does need to be made. Install her in the kitchen with you and let her chew on BPA-free spoons—cold silver ones, or whatever seems to help her pain. Just watch the handles; those can poke eyes!

POPSICLES

If your little teether is already eating solids, take a puree and freeze it in a popsicle mold. Just watch to make sure she doesn’t manage to pry loose a piece she could choke on. Or offer frozen fruits and veggies in a mesh bag. If she reacts well, try offering her only cold instead of warm purees until the offending tooth arrives.

CLOVE OIL, REAL VANILLA EXTRACT, CATNIP OIL, ROSEHIPS

Check with your pediatrician before trying any of these teething remedies, which are commonly used all over the world on teething babies to relieve pain and generally calm miserable tots. Usually they’re just rubbed on sore gums in tiny amounts. That pressure alone is surely soothing.

CHAMOMILE TEA

You’ve probably relied on chamomile tea at some point in life in an attempt to calm or soothe yourself, maybe even before bed. It’s said to work on babies, too, in very diluted amounts (do not exceeding four ounces of chamomile tea in a 24-hour period). Some parents even freeze it.

LITTLE YUMS TEETHING WAFERS

On-the-go?  Keep a pack of Little Yums in your diaper bag or car and you’ll have something nutritious for your little one to gnaw on in no time.
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You won’t want to miss this Pampers giveaway!

Each time you purchase a Pampers item using your rewards account during the month of March, you’ll be entered to win a $3,000 scholarship and a year of free Pampers diapers! This giveaway is open from March 1-31 to rewards members. Click on the image below for more details on how to enter:

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Moms with small babies spend a lot of time changing diapers. Diaper-changing is one of the most fundamental baby-care techniques to master. Try these mom-tested tips to streamline and improve the diapering process.

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Preparation makes perfect
Minimize the time your baby will have to be uncomfortable by keeping all the necessary changing goods (diapers, wipes, bags for dirty diapers) close at hand.

Go double duty 
A great trick some moms use to catch any unexpected spillage is to place a clean diaper underneath their baby before removing the dirty one. Any ways to limit the mess are always good to consider.

Chat him up
Tell your baby what you’re doing. Hearing your voice will keep him calm and distract him from what’s happening. Changing time can actually be great bonding time too. Instead of thinking of diaper changes as an unpleasant chore, slow down, take a breath and start a conversation with your baby.

Make it fun
Entertain your baby while putting on a fresh diaper by placing something eye-catching near your changing spot. A colorful toy, or one that sparkles or sings, is a good option.

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With these smart strategies in place, you’ll be able to make diaper duty less of a chore and more of a bonding experience for both you and your baby.

 

When Baby Met Solids

Have questions on introducing your baby to solid foods? Intermountain Healthcare breaks it down for you with bite-sized answers.

The transition from breastfeeding to solid foods is a gradual process. Nurse Dani shares advice on how to make the change easy on your little one.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life, but some babies are ready for solids after four months. Ask your pediatrician if they think your little one is ready before that six-month mark, but generally speaking, there are certain milestones that need to be met before solids should be given:

  • Your baby should be at least 4 months old.
  • Your baby should be able to hold his/her head up.
  • When food is brought to your baby’s mouth, he/she opens up and acts excited about it.
  • When a small amount of food is put on your baby’s tongue, he/she shallows it instead of spitting it out.
  • Your baby has at least doubled his/her birth weight or is a minimum of 13 lbs.

Once I’ve determined my little one is ready, what should be given?

A lot of people think that you need to start with single grain cereal, like rice, but you can actually start with pureed fruits or veggies (introducing fruits first has not been proven to make them dislike veggies). Just pick one and stick with it for at least two to three days. Introducing one food at a time helps you to monitor for allergies. Symptoms include diarrhea, rashes, or vomiting. If you see those signs, stop giving your baby the food and see if the symptoms disappear. If not, call your pediatrician.

How often should I feed my baby solid foods in the beginning?

Remember that the process is gradual. You are working towards giving your baby solid foods for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks once he or she is 8 to 12 months old, but when you’re just starting out, one meal a day is enough. Pick the time of day that works best for you and feed your baby a solid food – just a spoonful or less – and see how it goes. Follow it up with a nursing session or bottle. Once your baby has that one down, add another meat, then another, then snacks until your baby is having five solid food feedings each day.

Is homemade baby food safe for my baby?

It’s totally fine to make your own baby food, just make sure it’s properly prepared and stored to prevent spoilage or contamination. There are certain foods that should only be given to your baby if they’re commercially prepared because if not, they can contain high levels of nitrates that can cause anemia in babies. These foods include carrots, squash, beets, green beans, and spinach. Peas, corn, and sweet potatoes are good choices for homemade foods.

If you have other questions about introducing solid foods to your little one, feel free to ask them on our Intermountain Moms Facebook page or make an appointment with a physician through Intermountain’s Women and Newborn Services.

Happy eating!

Kids’ Night with KraftHeinz

Making homemade play dough is a quick and easy activity your kids will love! You and your family are all set to make colorful creations with this KraftHeinz recipe featured below.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 envelope KOOL-AID Unsweetened Drink Mix (any flavor)
  • 2 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp. oil

Directions

  1. Mix the first 4 ingredients in medium saucepan until blended.
  2. Stir in water and oil.
  3. Cook on medium heat for 5 minutes or until mixture forms a ball, stirring frequently.
  4. Transfer to plate and cool slightly.

Spend $50 in Baby save $5

Take advantage of our current Baby Club promotion designed to help you save the most on your baby needs:

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Each time you spend $50 in baby products* with your rewards account in one month, you will instantly save $5. Watch the bottom of your receipt to see when you reach $50. Stop by today and save on your baby’s needs.

*$50 can be spent throughout the month during multiple trips. Excludes baby formula.