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Is this heat rash?

heat rash wonderbabaHeat 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


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Scarlet Fever – A WonderBaba Guide

 

scareltfeverwonderbabaScarlet Fever is a rare bacterial illness which causes a red-pink rash with the feel of sand paper. It can start in one area but spread to many.  It often causes a flushed looking red face which gives rise to the name scarlet fever and is also referred to sometimes in mild forms as scarlatina.  It is caused by  haemolytic streptococci which is a member of the streptococcus group of bacteria.  It most commonly affects children between the ages of four and eight and often affects people who have been in contact with someone with a streptococcal throat or skin infection.  Children under two have some immunity from their mothers and children over ten will have developed immunity themselves to the toxins from streptoccal bacteria. Continue reading


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Wonder Review – Uriage Soin Peri-Oral Cream & Cu-Zn+ Spray!

 

 

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I was going to review the Soin Peri-Oral cream on its own but as the week started I realised there was another product which would compliment the treatment of my sons dribble rash and so I decided to use them both in combination!  The other product, which I have mentioned in blogs before, is the Uriage Cu-Zn+ Spray.  I will explain the reason that I think these products go hand in hand together now!

There are two areas which dribble rash affects – the first is the area directly surrounding the mouth (the peri-oral area) and the other is the folds in the skin under the baby’s chin. Continue reading


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Should you be using olive or sunflower oil on your baby’s skin?

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


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Eczema and Dermatitis – A parent’s complete guide.

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


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Nappy rash – causes and cures!

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