Baby Care

Nappy rash? Blocked nose? Oral thrush?

Follow our Haven Health Tips on the most frequent complaints in young babies. For older children take a look at common childhood illnesses. Remember to talk to your Haven Pharmacist if you are concerned your baby or child may have a health problem.

Blocked nose (click to close)

Saline nasal drops will help clear a blocked nose or if you’re finding these difficult to apply try some capsules containing light aromatic oils and sprinkle on the bed sheets. (Not suitable for children under three months)

Colic (click to close)

Colic in young babies is not a permanent condition and one they generally grow out of. Colic may be caused by wind or by a temporary reaction to the lactose in milk which can cause bloated stomach or tummy upset.

Talk to your Haven Pharmacist about the products available to help reduce the effects of colic.

Nappy rash (click to close)

Most babies will suffer from nappy rash and there are many creams or powder that will help prevent, treat and soothe the condition. It’s important to change the nappy frequently when a baby has nappy rash as the baby’s urine may make the rash worse.

Immunization (click to close)

Babies and children are immunized to protect them from certain diseases. Please consult your doctor about the vaccination routine for your baby or child.

Constipation (click to close)

Babies should only very rarely be constipated. If your baby is constipated please contact your doctor or pharmacist first.

Oral thrush (click to close)

Oral thrush appears like white patches on the cheeks and tongue.

If a baby is being bottle fed or is using a soother, then make sure to rinse the soother or bottle teat with water. Do not place the teat/soother in your mouth and do not let other children use the teat/soother as thrush can spread easily in this way.

If you think your baby may have thrush then ask your Haven Pharmacist for help.

Teething and pain (click to close)

Paracetamol and ibuprofen can be used to help reduce the pain of teething. Ibuprofen should not be given to children who are asthmatic. It is important to use the correct dosage and not to overdose and these drugs should not be used routinely. Aspirin should not be given to children under 16.

Cradle cap (click to close)

Cradle cap is a greasy, yellow, flaky condition on the scalp –which can be easily treated. Your Haven Pharmacist will be able to advise you on treatments containing liquid paraffin in addition to a mild shampoo.

Skin conditions and rashes (click to close)

If your baby has a rash or skin condition make sure you talk to your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Worms (click to close)

Worms may be visible in the nappy or in the toilet bowl. Quite often the child will be scratching their bottom and may be grinding their teeth when they are asleep. Talk to your pharmacist about the best advice for worm treatment.
Find out more about baby care from your local Haven Pharmacist.