Heat rash is also known as miliaria or prickly heat. There’s a few different kinds and the rash can range from mild small pimples to deep red lumps. Its generally a pink or red rash which can be made up of dots, spots or pimples – most often these affect the head neck and shoulders. Heat rash occurs when your baby’s sweat glands become blocked and become swollen, itchy and generally uncomfortable! It often occurs under clothes where the heat is worst and the material rubs off it causing further irritation and friction. Continue reading
Here is a little guide with everything you need to know about antihistamines!
Antihistamines are medicines that treat allergic conditions. They work by relieving symptoms rather than curing conditions. They treat symptoms like itching, rash, hives, hay fever, runny eyes or nose due to allergy, irritation from bites or stings or even food allergies.
An oral antihistamine solution may be used if your child is over two years of age. Continue reading
Ringworm is also known as tinea corporis. Surprisingly it has absolutely nothing to do with worms at all, despite its name. It is a common fungal infection which often affects children but can affect adults too and it is thought that 10-20% of people will suffer from ringworm at some stage in their lives! It is a highly contagious infection which can be passed from human to human and even from dog or cat to human. It usually affects the arms or legs but can occur almost anywhere.
What does it look like?
- Affects arms and legs most frequently
- Round, red or silvery patches of skin which can be scaly
- The skin can be itchy and inflamed.
How do I prevent it? Continue reading
We had hand, foot and mouth disease in the house a while ago – fun times…. Not so much! Read my full hand, foot and mouth blog here –https://wonderbaba.ie/2015/09/22/hand-foot-and-mouth-disease-a-wonderbaba-guide/
I just wanted to highlight a common problem that occurs after this illness. One of my little girls had significant damage to her nail bed due to the blisters forming on the skin under her nails. This means that whilst the symptoms and virus have passed – the signs still remain. Continue reading
A trial of 115 newborn babies which was supported by the University of Manchester was published in the journal Acta Dermato-Venereologic. It has shown that whilst using olive or sunflower oil increased levels of hydration in the babies skin over a four week period compared to a group who used no oil at all, it actually hindered proper skin barrier development. The study showed “significantly less improvement in lipid lamellae structure compared to the no oil group.” Continue reading
Uriage Eau Thermal skincare was a range we recently started to stock in Milltown totalhealth Pharmacy – it’s been getting rave reviews and fantastic feedback so I wanted to find out more about the baby skincare range!
One product in particular caught my eye and that was the 1ère Eau Cleansing Water. It comes in a large 500ml bottle and has a well designed lid which makes it easy to squirt onto cotton wool.
So what does it do?
This lightly fragranced water is a no-rinse cleanser for babies. Continue reading
Have a look at the back of your tube of sun cream to see how long it will remain good to use once it has been opened! This symbol indicates that the product is safe to use from twelve months from the day it’s opened! It’s good to get in the habit of writing the date you opened the tube on it with permanent marker so that you are sure the product you are using is still of sufficient quality to protect your child from sunburn – I know in our house we could have cream sitting there opened for years as the Irish weather does not exactly encourage you to finish a tube!! Continue reading
Eczema and Dermatitis – A parent’s complete guide.
What is it and who does it affect?
These two terms are both used to describe the same skin condition which can cause dry, itchy and irritated skin. It is the most common inflammatory disease of the skin. Approximately one in five children under six years of age suffer from eczema. Children often grow out of it and as a result only one in twelve adults have eczema. It can occur in very young babies and often begins with a small patchy rash on the cheeks or scalp. It can be differentiated from cradle cap by examining its colour. Cradle cap tends to be yellow in colour whereas eczema will cause more of a red rash. Continue reading
Baby acne (neonatal acne)
This is a common condition in new born babies. Baby acne occurs predominantly on a baby’s cheeks, nose and forehead but can actually occur anywhere on the face. It looks like small red bumps or little white heads. Continue reading
Nappy rash – causes and cures!
Nappy rash is a common skin condition which affects most children to some extent at some stage during their first year or two. It generally is caused by urine or poo being in contact with the babies skin and causing irritation, but can be as a result of other factors like antibiotic use, a change in diet such as from breast milk to formula, teething or chemical irritants. Continue reading