What is the best massage oil to use for babies?
Massaging is an extremely beneficial exercise, which relieves symptoms of colic, regulates your baby's digestive, respiratory and circulatory systems and helps them to relax. Massaging also helps you, as a parent, to become aware your baby's growth and development. However, it is essential to consult your doctor to learn about the correct massaging techniques. This is because your baby's body is extremely delicate and is prone to injury.
For babies, it is important to use a herbal baby oil that will soothe and nourish his skin.
We recommend: Himalaya's Nourishing Baby Oil is a light, non staining oil that can be used before bathing as massage oil or for moisturizing after bathing. It contains Olive Oil, which is enriched with vitamin E that protects and softens skin and Winter Cherry, which has a calming effect on your baby.
How can I ensure that my baby is eating well?
Sometimes feeding your baby seems like a very tough task! The best way to ensure that he is eating well is to feed him when he is awake and happy! Keep a tab on his meal times and try to stick to the same routine each day. Also, refrain from feeding him too much food, too frequently.
Doctors recommend that you breastfeed your baby until the age of six months. Breast milk contains all the important nutrients for your baby's growth and development. Breastfeeding infants also have stronger immunity, which helps them fight infections.
After seeking your doctor's advice, you may start feeding semi-liquid rice cereals, barley or oatmeal between the ages of four to six months. At this point, a lot of mothers are advised to start supplementing the baby's diet with formula feeds. However, if your baby is losing weight, this is a cause for concern. In such cases, it is important to consult your pediatrician.
For more information, read Feeding the Baby
What is the best remedy for babies suffering from colic pains?
Colic pains are extremely common in babies. It usually manifests as an acute pain with intense stomach cramping. The pain, which is a result of too much gas accumulating in the stomach, usually subsides once the baby's digestive system strengthens. However, until then you need to ensure you feed and burp him regularly, help him dispel gas by laying him on your stomach and knees and help him remain calm.
For more information, read What is Colic?
What can I do to prepare for traveling/holidaying with a baby?
After the birth of your baby, it is very important to bond as a family. Holidaying as a family or paying an overnight visit to relatives or friends will help you do just that. However, traveling with a baby can seem like a daunting task at first! So, here are a few guidelines:
• Pack all your baby essentials like diapers, baby products and medicine
• Refrain from traveling by air in the first few months as it can be a very uncomfortable experience for your baby
• Only plan long vacations with you baby after he has completed six months. By this time, he would have had most of his vaccinations and will be better protected against infections
• Try and maintain your baby's daily feeding schedule so that he does not get hungry
• Pay a visit to your doctor and ask him to give you a go-ahead before you plan your first travel. Keep the doctor's number handy for a consultation if anything goes wrong
We recommend: Himalaya's Babycare Travel Kit is the perfect solution for families traveling with babies. All our herbal products are available in smaller packs in an easy-to-carry pouch!
What do you recommend for eradicating heat rashes on baby's skin?
During summer months, it is extremely important to keep your baby cool. So, dress your baby in breathable layers to allow proper ventilation. As cotton clothes are sweat absorbent, it is preferable to dress him in these. If you must take your baby out in the sun, you should try to lessen sun exposure as much as possible. Contrary to what you may think, heat rashes also occur during winter months! Bundling up your baby too warmly can make him sweat and irritate the skin, which can result in a bout of heat rash. Make him wear cotton clothes first, followed by other 'warm' fabrics like wool.
We recommend: Baby Cream protects against skin irritations and can be applied on the rashes, too. It contains Olive Oil, which is enriched with vitamin E, Country Mallow, an antioxidant and Licorice to protect and soothe your baby's skin.
What are some of the skill-building games and activities that I can play with my baby?
Up to the age of one year, your baby will enjoy hanging, pull or push-button toys. But remember that babies lose interest in objects very quickly, so do not spend too much on toys. A simple multi-colored ball might just be enough!
For skill-building at a later stage, you can introduce picture books and innovative toys. Wooden blocks, clays and sand have different texture, so you can slowly introduce them to these. However, you must monitor playtime at all times as foreign objects may become choking hazards.
For more information, read Amusement and Activities.
How can I ensure that my baby sleeps through the night?
Rest and sleep is extremely important for baby's growth and development. It is also important for you, as a parent, to get a good night's sleep! Often, babies sleep through the day and keep the household awake all night. In such cases, you must change his sleep cycle and keep him awake during daytime.
Here are some things night-time routines that might help:
• Feed your baby one or two hours before bedtime
• Play with your baby and spend some time with him just before bedtime
• Play some music
• Sing a lullaby
• Give him a bath
How can I take care of my baby when he has got fever?
Taking care of a baby when he is unwell is very distressing for a parent! However, it is important to keep calm and assess the situation before doing something about it. If he has got the flu or diarrhea, ensure that he's able to breathe well, rehydrate him at regular intervals and keep him warm. Take his temperature and monitor his condition. Only administer the medication that has been prescribed by the doctor.
In some situations, however, it is important to call emergency services right way:
• If he has a very high temperature (more than 100.4 degree)
• If he has uncontrollable diarrhea
• If he refuses to eat anything
It's important to remember that babies will get ill from time to time, so you must speak to a doctor who can advise you on some medications that you should keep handy at all times.
For more information, read Baby's Health.
What is the best bathing procedure for babies?
In warmer climates, it is important to bathe your baby or give him/her sponge baths on a regular basis. First and foremost, you need to keep everything you are likely to keep at hand as you cannot leave your baby alone during bath-time. Fill the baby bath basin with lukewarm water and help your baby to get in. Holding him firmly, apply herbal baby products that are mild and gentle. Post bathing, towel dry your babies thoroughly, apply moisturizer liberally and put on wear clean and comfortable clothes.
We recommend: Himalaya's Gentle Baby Bath is n unique, natural formulation infused with the goodness of Chickpea, Fenugreek and Green Gram, which cleanses your baby's skin, gently.
We recommend: Enriched with oils of Olive and Almond, Himalaya's Moisturizing Baby Soap is completely safe to use on baby's delicate skin. It cleanses and conditions your baby's skin.
We recommend: Himalaya's Baby Shampoo contains Chickpea, a natural source of proteins, which nourishes hair; Hibiscus contains natural oil that acts as a conditioning agent and softens the hair; Khus-khus, with its antibacterial and antifungal properties, cools your baby's scalp.
For more information, read Bathing Your Baby
What is the remedy for diaper rash?
Diaper rash is a very common skin infection that causes baby's skin to become sore, tender and itchy. Moist, warm and enclosed environment of diapers are responsible for bacterial growth and rashes. Today, newer 'breathable' diapers have been designed for ensure a 'cotton-like' feel for babies.
The best treatment for diaper rash is to keep the baby's skin as clean as possible. Most diaper rashes last only a few days and can be treated at home. However, you should:
• Change diapers frequently. If diaper rash is found, diapers should be changed at least every 2 hours during the day and once at night.
• Clean the soiled area with warm, clean water and pat dry. Avoid wipes and soaps
• Use barrier creams over the area before placing another diaper. They protect the skin from coming into contact with urine or stool
• Use talcum powder to protect the skin against moisture
• Use a mild, diaper rash cream to treat the condition
We recommend: Himalaya's Diaper Rash Cream promotes effective healing, soothes red and irritated skin and forms a protective layer on baby's skin. Natural Zinc keeps your baby's skin cool and dry as well as helping rashes heal; vitamin A in Almond Oil fights infections and helps bone development; Aloe Vera soothes and moisturizes your baby's skin and; Five-Leaved Chaste Tree treats sores and skin infections.
We recommend: Himalaya's Gentle Baby Wipes soothe your baby's bottom when changing diapers. It contains the natural goodness of Aloe Vera and Indian Lotus. For more information, read Diapering: The Basics.
Is the use of talc in Himalaya Baby Powder safe for babies?
Baby Powder has talc as its base ingredient. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has determined that talc is Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS).
Does Himalaya Baby Oil contain liquid paraffin or mineral oil?
Himalaya Baby Oil does not contain liquid paraffin or mineral oil; it is a blend of vegetable oils.