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 We are excited to share our expert answers from our first Pediatrician Corner! We would like to thank you all for sending in your questions and a very special thank you to our experts Dr. White and Dr. Waldstein.  ped corner

1. What’s good to use for baby eczema? (from Bridget R.)
 
Eczema (or atopic dermatitis) is a condition where a baby’s skin is dry, red, scaling and very itchy.  It is often genetic, or can be associated with allergies or asthma.  Eczema typically has periods where it is worse, and periods when it clears.  Unfortunately there is not a cure for eczema, but learning to control it and avoiding triggers can help.  The good news is that many babies outgrow it as they get older.
Since atopic dermatitis is often triggered by allergies, talking with your pediatrician about testing for allergies may be warranted.  If you know what the allergic triggers are, you can avoid them.  Second, you want to maintain moisturization of the skin.  This is important to help control it.  Good products for this that we find a lot of dermatologists recommend are Aveeno eczema therapy, Vanicream, or Cerave.  Even moisturizing with Aquaphor or Vaseline can be helpful.  Do short baths, pat the skin dry afterward, and immediately apply your moisturizer.  You can even moisturize more than once a day to help.  Using mild soaps that are fragrance and dye free is important as they are less irritating. Finally, using laundry detergents free and clear of fragrance  and other chemicals is important.  One we often recommend is Planet detergent.  Despite doing all of this, you will have times when the eczema flares.  If it is getting worse despite your typical skin care regimen, you should see your pediatrician.  He or she may prescribe steroid creams or ointments to help calm down the flare so you can prevent secondary infection.
 
2. What is the best way to soothe teething children? (from Camille L.)
Teething for some children may be extremely painful, while others may have no symptoms at all.  Providing a child with cool teething toys/rings can be helpful, and is often enough for some children.  Do not put the items in the freezer – as this can result in injury if it is too cold.  You can also massage the child’s gums.  If this is not enough, we recommend using benzocaine free homeopathic medications.  Examples to try which are helpful include Camilia, Hyland’s Teething Tablets, or benzocaine free gels.  Benzocaine has been associated with methemoglobinemia is babies and is potentially harmful.
 
3. What is the healthiest way to put a baby to bed? (from Tina T.)
 
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all babies up until the age of 1 should be placed on the back (aka supine) position to sleep to decrease the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).  The sleeping environment should also be on a firm mattress and be free from soft objects such as pillows/blankets/stuffed animals, etc.  There is concern regarding positional plagiocephaly (flatness of the head) due to sleep position.  Due to this, supervised tummy time during the day is recommended so the baby has some time off the back of the head.  Sleeping in car seats, swings, etc. is not recommended, especially for small babies who could get into positions that could be dangerous.  Aside from the sleep environment to keep your baby healthy, we recommend developing a nighttime routine.  This can consist of a bath, infant massage, quiet time, and even reading.  Developing this routine sticking to it will eventually help the baby sense these cues as the time for sleep.  To see the American Academy of Pediatrics Policy Statement regarding safe sleeping environment and SIDS reduction click here.
 
4. What is the best way to get rid of cradle cap? (from Huson T.)
 
Cradle cap (aka seborrheic dermatitis) is scaling and sometimes redness of the scalp in babies.  It can sometimes spread onto the face/eyebrows, behind the ear, or even into the diaper area.  It is a self limited condition, and will go away over a period of weeks to months.  To control it, do frequent shampooing of the hair/scalp.  Prior to the shampooing, you can apply oil to the scalp (such as baby/mineral oil or coconut oil), let it soak, and then use a very soft bristled brush afterward to brush out the scales.  In some more severe cases,  T-Gel shampoo may be recommended – however consult with your pediatrician prior to using medicated shampoos.
 
5. My twins slept great until they turned 4 months. Now they both wake up at least three times in the night to eat. I try to rock them back to sleep because but it can be 20 minutes and they still won’t sleep. So I cave and give them about 2 oz of formula in the night. During the day I give them about 26 oz of formula and they have 4 oz each of oatmeal cereal and 4 oz of a fruit and 4 oz of a veggie. I know they’re not hungry in the night! I don’t know what to do to get them to sleep but if I don’t get some sleep soon, I’m going to lose it!! They’re now 7 months old! (from Cyndi A.)
 
Sleep is often one of the most challenging problems parents face.  Babies at this age start to have some separation anxiety as a normal part of development.  We find that oftentimes this will interfere with sleep patterns.  There are differing theories/methods on the best way to get your child to sleep – ranging from the “cry it out” method to attachment parenting where there is no training.  Each family has to decide what they are comfortable with.  Wheras I have some families who are all about crying it out, some cannot do this.  Most of my families fall somewhere in the middle.  In general, a baby at this age does not need to eat at night.  It is a comfort measure for them – and if it has been going on for a while they may now be conditioned to wake up for it.  I would decide what level of comfort you have with sleep training and then stick to it.  For our local families who have difficulty, we often refer them to www.sleepyplanet.com. Their Sleep Easy Solution is a middle ground which many parents have more comfort with.  

Halloween is a fun time for kids to get and receive treats, to help save their tummies and teeth I try to find healthy alternatives to send into my kids’ classes. Here are a few of my favorite non-candy Halloween treats.

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1. Frightful Fruit Kebabs via SheKnows

 2. GoGo Squeeze Mummy Pouches via the nerds wife

 3. Halloween Monster Mouths via Raining Hot Coupons

 4. Halloween Fruit Cups via Stockpiling Moms

5. Nature’s Candy Corn and Fruit Dip via Super Healthy Kids

6. Jack-O-Lantern Clementines via Don’t Waste the Crumbs

If your kids over indulge in too many sweet treats this Halloween, have some Kids Upset Tummy and Nausea Relief on hand to help ease their stomach discomfort.

With Halloween around the corner we wanted to round up some of our favorite Mom and Baby Halloween costumes.

Popcorn Vendor via This Place is Now a Home

Milk and Cookies via HGTV

Bank Robber and Money Bag via Coolest Homemade Costumes

Superheroes via Positively Splendid  

Owl in a Tree via Rookie Moms

Mom and Baby Aviator via Coolest Homemade Costumes

Pillsbury Doughboy via Costume Works 

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With Halloween right around the corner there are sure to be plenty of sweet treats in your child’s near future. From class parties to trunk-or-treating and trick-or-treating there will be a lot candy and the temptation to eat all of that candy. As both my siblings and my children have experienced first hand the consequences of eating too much candy are not fun.

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What Causes the Stomach Pain?

Your child may be experiencing pain after eating too much Halloween candy as a result of hypoglycemia (also know as a sugar hangover). After eating large amounts of sugar the body produces insulin to keep sugar levels down, but after the sugar levels fall the insulin is still around causing the hypoglycemia. Another reason for the discomfort could be gas.

Ways to Ease Stomach Pain

To help ease your child’s discomfort you can:

Ways to Prevent Stomach Pain

After all treats have been collected sit with your kids and sort through the candy and have them pick some favorites and set them aside in a baggy. Try to space out when they eat the candy over the next few days and get rid of the excess candy (well after you have a few pieces of course).

You can also make sure that your kids eat a healthy meal and drink plenty of water before eating candy.

Instead of throwing away the excess candy you can donate to troops, to find a donation location in your area click here.