REMEDIES FOR BABY PROBLEMS

COLD COMPRESSES
Fill a basin ( a polystyrene bucket or cooler is best ) with cold water and a tray or two of ice cubes. Dip a clean flannel into the water, wring it out, and place it over the affected area. Repeat the process when the flannel is no longer cold.

COLD SOCKS
Fill a basin ( a polystyrene bucket or cooler is best ) with cold water and a few ice cubes. Immerse the injured part for 15 to 30 minutes, if possible. Repeat 30 minutes after first soak, if necessary. Do not apply ice directly to baby’s skin.

COOL COMPRESSES
Fill a basin with cold water. Dip a flannel or towel into the water, wring it out, and place it over the affected area. Repeat the process when the flannel is no longer wet and cool.

EYE SOCKS
For eyes, dip a clean a flannel in warm, not hot, water ( test it for comfort on your inner wrist or forearm ) and apply to baby’s eye for 5 to 10 minutes every 3 hours.

HEATING PAD
A hot-water bottle,which has no cords or heating element, is usually safer to use with an infant. If you use a heating pad, reread directions before each use, be sure the pad and cord are in good condition, and cover entirely with a cloth nappy if the pad doesn’t have cloth covering. Keep the temperature low, do not leave baby during treatment, and use for no more than 15 minutes at a time.

HOT SOCKS
Fill a basin with water that feels comfortably hot on your inner wrist or arm ( not to your fingers ). Never use water you haven’t tested first. Immerse injured part in basin.

HOT-WATER BOTTLE
Fill a hot-water bottle with water that is just a little warm to the touch. Wrap the bottle in a towel or cloth nappy before applying to baby’s skin.

ICE PACK
Use a commercial ice pack you keep in the freezer or a plastic bag filled with ice cubes ( and a couple of paper towels to absorb the melting ice ) and closed with a twist tie or rubber band. You can also use an unopened can of frozen juice concentrate or an unopened packet of frozen food. Do not apply the ice pack directly to a baby’s skin.

INCREASED FLUIDS
If you are advise to increase fluids; frequently nurse the solely breast fed baby. Give formula to a bottle-fed baby,Unless instructed otherwise by the doctor. Give water between feedings for babies older than six months,if recommended by your doctor. When baby is taking juice,dilute to half juice,half water. For an older baby,ask the doctor about re hydration fluids. Do not force fluids unless the doctor tells you to. When baby is vomiting, tiny sips of fluids spaced out stay better than large quantities.

NASAL ASPIRATION
With baby held upright,squeeze the bulb of an aspirator and place the tip carefully in one nostril. Slowly release the bulb no draw mucus into it. Repeat with the second nostril. If mucus is dried and caked, irrigate with salt water ( see below ) and aspirate again.



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