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).
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.
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?
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.
Springboard your summer with this cute beachy recipe from KraftHeinz!
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes (including cooling)
Makes: 24 servings
- 1 pkg. (2-layer size) white cake mix
- 2-1/4 cups thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, divided
- 6 drops blue food coloring
- 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
- 48 bear-shaped graham snacks
- 24 JET-PUFFED FUNMALLOWS Miniature Marshmallows
- Prepare cake butter and bake as directed on package for 24 cupcakes. Cool in pans for 15 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks; cool completely.
- Remove 1-1/4 cups COOL WHIP; set aside. Tint remaining COOL WHIP with food coloring. Spread top of each cupcake with some of each color COOL WHIP to resemble the ocean and beach. Sprinkle 1 tsp. graham crumbs over white COOL WHIP on each cupcake for sand.
- Insert 1 small cocktail umbrella into beach area on each cupcake for the beach umbrella. Decorate cupcakes with remaining ingredients as shown in photo. Keep refrigerated.
Shortcut: Spoon each color of COOL WHIP into separate resealable plastic bag; cut small corner off bottom of each bag. Use to squeeze COOL WHIP from bag to frost cupcakes.
Special Extra: Flatten additional marshmallows with rolling pin to resemble beach towels. Or, cut wide, soft candy ribbon into pieces to resemble towels.
Nutrition Information Per Serving: 140 calories, 5g total fat, 2g saturated fat, 20mg cholesterol, 115mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate, 0g dietary fiber, 12g sugars, 2g protein, 0%DV vitamin A, 0%DV vitamin C, 4%DV calcium, 4%DV iron.
Stop, Hammer Time
While there’s hopefully a part of every adult that treasures the nostalgic throw-back to MC Hammer, this activity is about introducing kids to proper meat handling techniques, not parachute pants. And did I mention it also gives kids the chance to help pound chicken breasts to their hearts content with a meat mallet?
The activity can be appropriate for children of all ages. However, you should gauge how much of the activity will be demonstrated by you and how much you’ll allow them to be involved in. Improper handling of raw meat or poor hand washing can result in very serious food borne illness. By introducing kids to the potential risks of food borne illness now, however, you may help save them from getting sick later.
Learning objective – kids will assist in the preparation of chicken cordon bleu and learn about proper meat handling techniques.
You will need, for each chicken cordon bleu:
- 1 chicken breast
- 1 slice ham
- 1 slice Swiss cheese
- 2 tbsp bread crumbs
- Plastic wrap
- Meat tenderizer mallet
- Vinegar or bleach
Throughout, emphasize the 4 keys to preventing food borne illness:
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Have kids CLEAN their hands. Address the need to wash before preparing any food and after handling any raw meat or eggs.
- Place a cutting board on the counter. Emphasize this is a SEPARATE cutting board just for raw meats.
- Remove chicken from the fridge. Show how it has been kept SEPARATE from other food items.
- Place chicken on cutting board and cover with plastic wrap to prevent chicken juices from splattering on other kitchen surfaces.
- Pound chicken breast with flat end of meat tenderizer until it is ¼ inch thick.
- Note: this is a service that your local grocery store butcher can provide for you if you prefer.
- Remove and discard plastic wrap and place ham and Swiss cheese on chicken.
- Roll chicken, ham, and cheese and secure with toothpick.
- Sprinkle with breadcrumbs and place on baking pan.
- CLEAN your hands and remind kids that always after touching raw meats you should wash your hands.
- Bake chicken for 30-35 minutes. Tell kids that properly COOKING meats will kill all bacteria and make them safe to eat.
- While chicken is baking, CLEAN cutting board and meat mallet by wiping them down with pure vinegar or soaking them in a combination of 1 tbsp bleach in 1 gallon water and then washing with soap and water. Alternatively, you can put them in a dish washer that reaches 170 degrees.
- Emphasize that the last step to CHILL any leftovers is still important. Cooked meats and other perishable foods shouldn’t be left out of the fridge for more than 2 hours.
- Enjoy a delicious chicken cordon bleu that your children can be proud they helped make!
Not only is this activity fun and educational, it’s also functional since you’ll be getting your dinner made at the same time. For additional activities, videos, and resources, visit the website www.fightbac.org.
Looking for a fun & tasty activity to do with your kids for Easter? Check out this JELL-O Jigglers recipe from KraftHeinz. Enjoy!
- 2 1/2 cups boiling water
- 2 packages (6 oz. each) JELL-O Gelatin, any flavor
- 1 package (3.4 oz.) JELL-O Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding
- 1 cup cold milk
- Assorted decorating gels
- Add boiling water to gelatin mixes in large bowl; stir for 2 minutes until completely dissolved. Cool for 30 minutes at room temperature.
- Beat pudding mix and milk with whisk for 2 minutes. Add to gelatin; stir until blended. Pour into 13×9-inch pan.
- Refrigerate for 3 hours or until firm. Dip bottom of pan in warm water for 15 seconds. Use 2-inch egg-shaped cookie cutter to cut gelatin into 24 shapes, being careful to cut all the way through gelatin to bottom of pan.
- Remove Jigglers from pan. Decorate with gels to resemble Easter eggs. Keep refrigerated.
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.
- 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
- Mix the first 4 ingredients in medium saucepan until blended.
- Stir in water and oil.
- Cook on medium heat for 5 minutes or until mixture forms a ball, stirring frequently.
- Transfer to plate and cool slightly.