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You Got This, Mom: Surviving Baby’s First Uh-Oh Moments
Written by February 4th, 2019on
Life with a new baby has plenty of magical first moments, but there are lots of “uh-oh” moments too. When you’re a new mom, it feels like your brain is always at odds with itself. If your baby gets the sniffles or gas bubbles or even diaper rash, in your heart you know it’s not a big deal, but your inner mama bear may hit the panic button.
We get it. We’re moms too. That’s why we’re sharing tried-and-true tips for all of your baby’s no-fun firsts. That way you can stay calm and mommy on with confidence. Plus, we’ll tell you exactly which product to grab to soothe your baby pronto.
Gas Bubbles & Tummy Pain
The words “gas bubble” may not sound intimidating, but the cries from a gassy baby who’s in discomfort can be scary. Gas pain usually triggers a high-pitched scream along with tears. When you hear this cry, you know something’s wrong. Since gas pain can be sharp and intense, it makes sense why your baby cries out.
But once you know what you’re dealing with, you can quickly take action to ease symptoms. Burping your baby is probably the fastest way to provide relief, because as soon as your baby burps, the pain subsides. Tummy time and gentle tummy massage can also help expel bubbles.
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Stuffy & Runny Nose
Baby’s first stuffy nose can really throw you for a loop. Who knew one tiny button nose could cause so much unhappiness. A runny nose might just be messy and gross, but a stuffy nose can bring your happy home to a halt. Even if your baby isn’t running a fever, she usually will feel rotten with a stuffy nose, which also means she doesn’t eat or sleep as well.
First, start a cool mist humidifier in her nursery and grab the saline spray and a sucker ball. The faster you can clear the mucus from her little nasal passages, the sooner she can breathe more comfortably. Remember, runny mucus is moving, so that’s good. She’s expelling it naturally.
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Crying & Colic
A crying baby is a normal baby. That’s how they communicate. But it can be hard during the newborn phase, because you can’t quite decipher what each cry means. Believe it or not, that’s a skill you’ll quickly acquire. Most cries can be soothed with some cuddles, a clean diaper or a feeding. However, a colicky baby can catch you off guard, because she might cry for hours at a time, and no mama is prepared for that.
If your baby is healthy, clean, fed and otherwise fine, but she’s inconsolable for hours during the day, that’s colic. Despite all of the research, doctors still don’t know exactly why some babies are colicky and others are not. It tends to happen when babies are 6 weeks old and it usually resolves on its own by the time baby is 3 months old.
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The first time you spot angry red bumps in your baby’s diaper area, it’s hard not to freak out. Diaper rash can look really ugly, not to mention it’s on very sensitive skin that needs to be continually wiped and cleaned. No matter how much you change your baby’s diapers, her skin will still be exposed to irritants from urine and feces.
Your best line of defense against diaper rash is being mindful during diaper changes. Make sure you give baby’s bottom time to air dry and wipe the area gently when cleaning as to not cause further irritation. If you start using Boudreaux’s Butt Paste® – AKA moms’ “miracle ointment,” – that nasty diaper rash will look better overnight.
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What’s your mommy advice for those first uh-oh baby moments? Let us know in the comments section on our Facebook page.