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Here’s Everything You Need to Know About Babies and Skin Rashes

These natural ingredients help soothe skin rashes and accelerate the healing of baby’s skin:

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A newborn, one of 12 babies born by C-section, cries inside an incubator at the Bunda Hospital in Jakarta, Indonesia, Dec. 12, 2012. VOA

Skin care for babies is an essential step in their overall health routine. Babies have delicate skin which is more prone to skin concerns than adults. A change in the weather also impacts their sensitive skin. Be it heat, cold, or the rain, each one impacts your baby in different ways. Heat rashes and diaper rashes are very common among babies, and the right care is required to manage these rashes.

“Heat rashes is the most common problem that occurs in babies during summer and humid seasons. Excessive heat and sweat gets trapped in the folds of babies’ skin, thus leading to a rash. Diaper rashes, on the other hand, are caused if the diaper is too small and tight. Another reason that can cause rashes and other skin concerns is the use of products which are not chemical free. It is very important to use products which are natural and mild, and maintain the healthy pH of your baby’s skin. So, look out for products that contain natural ingredients and are free from harsh chemicals for the best care of your baby,” adds The Himalaya Drug Company’s Ayurveda Expert (R&D) Subhashini N.S.

These natural ingredients help soothe skin rashes and accelerate the healing of baby’s skin:

* Calamine: Calamine is an effective ingredient that helps in healing wounds and soothing skin rashes. It contains zinc oxide that helps reduce red bumps. You can opt for a calamine infused lotion and apply it on the irritated skin after a bath or anytime during the day on clean skin.

* Neem: Antifungal, antibacterial, antioxidant in nature, Neem helps relieve itching and soothes baby’s skin. It also helps protect teh baby’s skin from infections.

Neem has some amazing properties which can do wonders for babies skin.

* Vetiver: Due to its astringent property, Vetiver helps manage excessive sweating and keeps baby’s skin cool and fresh. Applying a prickly heat powder with the benefits of Neem and Vetiver after a bath can help keep your baby’s skin cool and free from prickly heat.

* Aloe Vera: Aloe Vera is used extensively in Ayurveda. It acts as an antibacterial agent and an astringent, which helps accelerate the healing of baby skin. Aloe Vera in combination with Almond Oil and Yashada Bhasma works best to help heal diaper rashes. You can use a cream infused with these ingredients post-bath and during every diaper change.

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Additionally, ensure to keep baby’s skin hydrated with the help of a lotion or cream infused with natural ingredients like mustard, nutgrass, calamine, and aloe, which help nourish the skin and help soothe skin rashes.

While rashes can be troublesome for your baby, it can be managed with the right care and products. If rashes still prevail, please visit your dermatologist. (IANS)

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Babies already have a Sense of what Counting Means: Study

For the study, published in the journal Developmental Science, the researchers worked with 14 and 18-month-old infants

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Research like ours shows that Babies actually have a pretty sophisticated understanding of the world -- they're already trying to make sense of what adults around them are saying, and that includes this domain of counting and numbers. Pixabay

Babies who are years away from being able to say ‘one’, ‘two’, and ‘three’ actually already have a sense of what counting means, said a new study.

“Research like ours shows that babies actually have a pretty sophisticated understanding of the world — they’re already trying to make sense of what adults around them are saying, and that includes this domain of counting and numbers,” said the study’s senior author Lisa Feigenson from the Johns Hopkins University in the US.

For the study, published in the journal Developmental Science, the researchers worked with 14 and 18-month-old infants.

The babies watched as toys, little dogs or cars, were hidden in a box that they couldn’t see inside of, but could reach into.

Sometimes the researchers counted each toy aloud as they dropped them into the box, saying, ‘Look! One, two, three, four — four dogs!’ Other times the researchers simply dropped each toy into the box, saying, ‘This, this, this and this — these dogs’.

Without counting, the babies had a hard time remembering that the box held four things.

They tended to become distracted after the researchers pulled just one out — as if there was nothing else to see. But when the toys were counted, the babies clearly expected more than one to be pulled from the box.

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Babies who are years away from being able to say ‘one’, ‘two’, and ‘three’ actually already have a sense of what counting means, said a new study. Pixabay

According to the study, they didn’t remember the exact but they did remember the approximate number.

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“When we counted the toys for the babies before we hid them, the babies were much better at remembering how many toys there were,” said the study’s researcher Jenny Wang, Assistant Professor at the Rutgers University. (IANS)