What does baby powder do for babies?

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In fact, the baby powder is a must have option in the new born baby’s set of beauty products. Over the years, the mind-set overdue the spiritual usage of this talcum powder is gradually fluctuating. So, the new moms are becoming attentive of the detail that there is a casual side to apply this talcum powder. Nowadays, the paediatricians depress the use of talcum or baby powder; because the babies are unavoidable to inhale the tiny baby powder particles that in turn lead to breathing illnesses such as asthma. There is another ugly finding the use of talcum powder, which could also lead to the improved danger of cancer. So, it is much essential to select the best baby powders and also consider the ingredients and quality used.

Usually, the babies have delicate and sensitive skin, so it is more crucial to consider which products you select for them. It is also more important to keep in your mind that any baby powder, lotion or moisturizer might be swallowed by your small infants and therefore it is advisable that the entire baby care products are as natural and healthy as possible. Before using any kind of baby powder for your babies, you must always read the labels and also look for the natural and effective products for your baby, which are completely free from the petroleum, mineral oils, synthetic colours and fragrances. Hence, choose the right baby products that consist of organic components that would help you as well as your baby to live a healthy and a happy life.

Choosing the best baby powder for babies

  • First of all, you must know how to select the best baby powder for your babies. The foremost thing to do is to obtain a sample and put a small portion of it on your wrist. You can also put it in the neck or other areas between the ears.
  • There are some areas in your body that is able to keep the scent for a long time. So, it is good to put it in that area.
  • If you ever have allergic reactions to the powder, there will not be more damage. Also, you remember that not all powders may fit for your baby. So, it is good to attempt different varieties, before deciding on what to wear.
  • As a parent, you must be aware of the natural baby powder that is made of specific ingredients like flower extract, leaf cell extract, corn starch and bark powder.
  • When you are using this baby powder, as a parent while sleeping at night you should know your child is safe from any dangerous ingredients.
  • You can also make sure that the ideal baby powder you select is completely safe and also non-irritating your baby’s skin.
  • The baby powder is always perfect for the parents who do not even need to use a powder that consists of talc.
  • Before using any type of baby powder, it is essential to shake the bottle thoroughly to prevent the oily residue.

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Advantages of using baby powder

  • The major benefits of using baby powder for toddlers are:
  • Helps to avoid nappy rashes
  • It stops the too much sweating in babies
  • Helps to captivate the additional moisture after bath
  • Minimizes the chances of growing rashes in the sensitive areas such as neck, thighs, genitals and armpits

A review of best baby powders

If you have a newborn baby, first you must know the rashes that occur. Actually, these rashes are unhappy and can cause your valuable babies itchiness, discomfort and also pain. This problem comes in, when you understand that not entire products are made from the same ingredients. Right now, there are thousands of various choices available to select from, so it can be quite difficult to find the best ones that are really the best and also know which ones are not good at all. Also, you need to be specifically careful while selecting the best baby powders for your toddlers; because some of the powder consists of potentially harmful substances. Therefore, making a decision is little bit simpler for you by narrowing down your options available on the market now, which are all both effective and safe as well.

Postpartum

Many women have mood swings or disturbances after pregnancy. One minute they are happy and the next they are crying. Many feel guilty for their feelings during this time.
Most symptoms are mild and go away on their own within 10 days after delivery. However, approximately 10-20% will develop more serious forms of mood disorders.

Postpartum Depression

Many women have mood swings or disturbances after pregnancy.  One minute they are happy and the next they are crying.  Many feel guilty for their feelings during this time.  Most symptoms are mild and go away on their own within 10 days after delivery.
However, approximately 10-20% will develop more serious forms of mood disorders.
Postpartum mood swings/disorders fall into five categories:
“Baby Blues”
Postpartum Depression
Postpartum Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Postpartum Panic Disorder
Postpartum Psychosis
“Baby Blues”
» “Baby Blues” is not considered a disorder because it is a common, mild mood disturbance that affects approximately 80% of new mothers.
» May cause crying, irritability, sadness, and trouble sleeping
» Lasts from several days to two weeks.
» Does not interfere with a mother’s ability to care for her baby
» Is not caused by stress and is not related to a previous mental illness.

Postpartum Depression
Many women have mood swings or disturbances after pregnancy.  One minute they are happy and the next they are crying.  Many feel guilty for their feelings during this time.  Most symptoms are mild and go away on their own within 10 days after delivery.  However, approximately 10-20% will develop more serious forms of mood disorders.
Postpartum depression has no specific cause but hormone imbalance, mental illness before pregnancy, family history of mental illness, or a pregnancy loss appears to be contributing factors.

» Occurs in approximately 10-20% of new mothers
» Can begin anytime within the first year
» May cause excessive worry or anxiety, irritability, sadness, sleep problems, feelings of hopelessness, loss of focus and concentration, significant weight loss or gain, or discomfort or lack of feeling toward the baby
» May have feelings about harming the baby (although most with postpartum depression rarely act on these feelings)
» Interferes with a mother’s ability to care for her baby
» Previous major depression, psychosocial stress, inadequate social support or thyroid dysfunction may contribute to its development

Postpartum Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
» Occurs in 3% to 5% of new mothers
» Repetitive and persistent thoughts about hurting or killing the baby
» Feelings of revulsion and loathing about these thoughts
» Counting, checking, cleaning or other repetitive behaviors
» Personal/family history of obsessive-compulsive behavior may contribute to its occurrence
Postpartum Panic Disorder
» Occurs in approximately 10% of new mothers
» Causes extreme anxiety, shortness of breath, chest pain, restlessness, dizziness, agitation, irritability, or numbness
» During the panic attack, the new mother may fear she is going crazy or dying
» Causes excessive worry or fears including the fear of having another panic attack
» Thyroid dysfunction or personal/family history of anxiety or panic disorder may contribute to its occurrence
Postpartum Psychosis
» Occurs in one to two per thousand
» The most serious postpartum disorder and requires immediate treatment
» Has a 5% suicide and 4% infanticide rate
» Causes visual or auditory hallucinations, delusional thinking (about the infant’s death, denial of birth, or need to kill the baby), or delirium and/or mania
» Risk factors are personal/family history of psychosis, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia and a previous psychotic or bipolar episode
If you have mood swings or feel depressed for more than a few days after the birth of your baby; feel you are unable to cope with everyday activities, or have strong feelings of depression or anger after childbirth call your physician.
If you experience thoughts of hurting or killing yourself; hurting your baby or your other children; hear voices or see things; or have thoughts that your baby is evil – call a friend or neighbor AND 911 immediately.
Treatment for postpartum depression may include therapy, support groups, and/or antidepressants.

Labor and Birth

The process of labor and childbirth can be divided into three stages:
The first stage consists of Early Labor, Active Labor and Transition.
The second stage consists of Pushing and Delivery.
The third stage is Delivering the Placenta. The length of time for each labor and delivery varies not only from woman to woman, but also each time a particular woman goes through this process.  The average length of time is fifteen hours for first-time moms and eight hours for those who have had previous deliveries.

First Stage: Early Labor
Early labor begins after the contractions are coming at regular intervals and the cervix begins to dilate and efface. The contractions will get stronger and closer together, but should not be as painful as those later on during the labor process. You will probably be able to still walk around or do light chores.
It is normal to have a mucousy vaginal discharge tinged with blood, but if there is more than a slight trace of blood call your doctor. Also call if your water breaks, even if you are not having contractions yet.
It is difficult to predict how long this phase will last. There are different variables that can affect how much time this process takes. Early labor ends when your cervix is 3 to 4 centimeters dilated.
First Stage: Active Labor
During active labor the contractions become more frequent and stronger. As a rule, you should call your doctor when you have had regular, painful contractions every five minutes for an hour.
Breathing exercises and relaxation techniques can help you through this stage.
Although you may want to walk, you will probably have to stop and lean against something when you are having a contraction.
This phase averages about 6 hours, but varies widely with each individual.

Second Stage: Pushing
The second stage, which is the final descent and birth of the baby, begins when the cervix is fully dilated. The baby’s descent may be gradual or rapid. With each contraction, the force of the uterus and your abdominal muscles when pushing will move the baby down the birth canal.
When the baby’s scalp becomes visible, the urge to push will become more compelling. The baby’s head will continue to advance until it “crowns” – the time the widest part of the head is visible.
After the head fully emerges, the doctor or nurse will suction her mouth and nose and check to make sure the umbilical cord is not wrapped around the baby’s neck. With the next contractions, the baby’s shoulders and then body should emerge.
As soon as the baby is fully emerged, she will be wiped off with a towel and the umbilical cord clamped off.
This second stage can take anywhere from a few minutes to several hours.
Third Stage: Delivering the placenta
The uterus will begin to contract immediately after giving birth. At this time the placenta will separate from the uterine wall and be expelled. This stage typically takes five to ten minutes, but can last up to thirty minutes.

After delivering the placenta, the uterus should contract and become firm again.

Pregnancy Terms

The comprehension of pregnancy terminology is important to the health of you and your unborn child.  The following list of pregnancy terms will help you better understand what your doctor is talking about when she discusses your pregnancy with you.
Some of the terms will be familiar, some you will have heard before but not know the meaning, and some you may never have heard prior to being pregnant.

A
Afterpains – contractions of the uterus that happen the first few days after birth
Amniotic fluid – the liquid inside the amniotic sac which surrounds the fetus
Amniotic sac
– a thin-walled bag that holds the fetus and amniotic fluid
B
Bloody show – light bleeding from the vagina during labor, especially at the end of the first stage
Braxton-Hicks contractions – irregular tightening of the uterus; false labor
Breech position – instead of a normal head-down position, the fetus is in a head-up position with feet or buttocks ready to emerge first
C
Cervix – the opening to the uterus, located inside the vagina
Cesarean section (C-section) – a surgical procedure to deliver a baby through an incision in the mother’s abdomen and uterus
Childbirth – the emergence of a child from its mother’s uterus
Circumcision – a surgical operation to remove the loose fold of skin covering the tip of the penis
Colostrum – the first milk, a clear yellowish fluid secreted by the breast during pregnancy and the first few days postpartum
Contraction – a rhythmic tightening of the muscles in the uterus which squeezes the fetus through the birth canal
D
Delivery – the birth of a baby
Dilation – the process of being expanded; getting larger or wider
Doppler machine – a machine that picks up the heartbeat of a fetus as early as 8 to 12 weeks of pregnancy
E
Ectopic pregnancy – when the fertilized ovum is implanted in any tissue other than the uterine wall
Effacement – a change in the cervix during labor which shortens and thins the walls of the cervix
Epidural anesthesia – pain medication given in the spinal area
Episiotomy – a surgical cut to enlarge the vagina and prevent tearing of tissue during delivery
F
Fetal monitor – a machine that allows tracking of the fetal heart rate and the contractions of the uterus
Fetoscope – a special stethoscope for hearing the fetal heartbeat through the mother’s abdomen
Fetus – the unborn baby from the 8th week after conception until birth
First trimester – from conception to 12 weeks
K
Kegels exercise – exercises done during pregnancy or postpartum to strengthen the muscles used while giving birth.
L
Labor – the time and process of giving birth
Latch on – a term for the proper position and sucking of a baby at the breast.

M
Miscarriage – spontaneous abortion, when a pregnancy ends on its own within the first 20 weeks.
N
Non-stress test – recording of the heartbeat and movement of the fetus through the mother’s abdomen by a special machine
O
Ovary
– female organ that produces the egg
Ovulate – to release an egg from the ovary
Oxytocin – a hormone that causes the uterus to contract
P
Placenta – organ inside the uterus which transfers nutrients between the mother and the fetus
Postpartum – after giving birth
Postpartum hemorrhage – the loss of more than a pint of blood within the first 24 hours after the baby is delivered
Pre-eclampsia – a condition which causes high blood pressure and protein leaks from the kidneys during pregnancy
Pregnancy – the period of time between conception and birth
Pregnancy test – a blood or urine test used to determine pregnancy
Pregnancy stages – three stages of three months each called trimesters
Pregnancy ultrasound – a method of imaging the fetus and the female pelvic organ during pregnancy
Premature birth – a birth occurring earlier than 37 weeks
Prenatal care – health care that a woman receives before her baby is born.
Prenatal diagnosis – the process of detecting and diagnosing fetal abnormalities before birth.
S
Second trimester 
– the fetus is recognizable but usually is not developed enough to be viable if born.
SIDS – Sudden Infant Death Syndrome – the unexpected and sudden death of an apparently normal, healthy infant that occurs during sleep.
Sonogram – a picture which results from an ultrasound or ultrasonograph test
Stillbirth – the death of a baby after 24 weeks of pregnancy but before birth.
Stress test – recording of the fetal heartbeat and movement through the mother’s abdomen during the stress of a contraction
Stretch marks – streaking of the skin due to rapid expansion
T
Third trimester – from 29 weeks until the baby is born
Toxoplasmosis – infection with a parasite found in cat feces and undercooked meat; can cause brain deformities in the fetus
U
Ultrasound – a process which measures and records special sound waves reflected from body structures, such as the uterus
Uterus – the womb, the muscular organ in which the infant develops before birth
W
“Water breaks” – flow of amniotic fluid out of the vagina during labor

Stages of Pregnancy

During your pregnancy you will experience many changes, both emotionally and physically.  It is an exciting time and you may even want to keep a journal of the changes as they occur.

Knowing what these changes are and what to expect will help eliminate the worry and anxiety that may arise.

FIRST TRIMESTER Conception to 12 weeks

» More changes occur during this trimester, both to the mother and the baby, than any other time during the pregnancy.

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The baby is more susceptible to harm from alcohol, drugs, and illnesses.

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The mother may experience nausea, heartburn/indigestion, tender breasts, headaches, or faintness.

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At the end of the first trimester, the baby will weigh approximately 1⁄2 to 1 ounce and will be 3 to 4 inches long.

SECOND TRIMESTER – 13 to 28 weeks


» This trimester is usually the most enjoyable for the mother because nausea, extreme fatigue, and breast tenderness usually subside.

» Physical changes for the mother may include: nipples getting darker; pressure on blood vessels resulting in hemorrhoids or varicose veins; and skin changes (dark splotches) occurring on the face.

» The baby’s heart and kidneys continue to develop, fingernails form, body hair develops, and periods of activity occur when the baby kicks or moves.

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 The placenta and umbilical cord fully develop during this period

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At the end of the sixth month, the baby weighs approximately 1 1⁄2 pounds and is 11-14 inches long.

THIRD TRIMESTER – 29 to 40 weeks 

» The mother may feel more uncomfortable as she continues to gain weight and the baby continues growing and taking up more room in the abdominal cavity.

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 The baby continues developing and maturing.

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 Between the 37 and 40th week the head will settle into the pelvic canal.

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 During the last month the baby weighs 6-8 pounds and is 18-21 inches long.

Planning to Conceive

You can maximize your chances of having a healthy pregnancy and labor by making sure you are physically fit and healthy before getting pregnant. Start getting your body in shape by exercising and eating properly both before and during your pregnancy.

Most women do not conceive right away. Relax and do not worry if it takes longer than you anticipated. If you have not conceived after trying for a year, you may want to consult with your doctor.

Planning to Conceive

If you and your partner are trying to conceive then we can provide tips, advice and will support you every step of the way from baby’s conception to detecting early signs of pregnancy!

When you are trying to conceive it might feel like a lonely struggle, rest assured however that you are not alone. You can listen to what other men and women say about their infertility, talk about help if you are having trouble trying to conceive and get conception tips from others in our “Members Tips” section.

Preparing Your Body for Pregnancy

There are several things you can do to increase your chances of conceiving and to prepare your body for pregnancy.

» Wait approximately six weeks to three months after discontinuing birth control pills to give your uterus time to sufficiently rebuild its lining.

» Have a complete physical to check your overall health. Review your medical history with a doctor to determine if you have any medical conditions or if you are using any medications that may adversely affect your chances of getting pregnant or the well-being of you or your baby.

» Discuss with your doctor how to determine when you are ovulating so your chance of fertilization is at its maximum.

» Begin taking prenatal vitamins with folic acid as soon as you stop contraception and continue until the 12th week of pregnancy. Folic acid helps in the development of the baby’s spine.

» Eat a balanced diet with plenty of fresh fruit, vegetables, and protein-rich food such as fish, poultry, and whole grains.

» Exercise regularly before and during your pregnancy. Walking, swimming, and water aerobics are exercises that can be performed throughout your pregnancy. Drink plenty of water and listen to your body – if you are breathing too fast or feel too tired then slow down or stop.

» Stop smoking. When you smoke, unsafe chemicals get into your baby’s bloodstream which makes it more difficult for oxygen to reach your baby. Babies of mothers who smoke tend to be smaller, are at risk of being born premature, may develop respiratory distress syndrome, and are more likely to succumb to sudden infant death syndrome.

» Eliminate drinking alcoholic beverages. Alcohol affects fertility in both men and women. It can cause your baby to be born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome or other birth defects.

» Check with your doctor before taking any medications including over-the-counter medicines such as aspirin, ibuprofen, antacids, or cold remedies. All street drugs should be avoided. Mothers addicted to drugs such as heroin or cocaine, may deliver babies who are also addicted.