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Babies can have a ton of little issues, and we worry ourselves silly over them, though most are no real threat to baby`s health. Here are a list of the most common little ailments, how to treat them at home, and when to call the doctor


by: Sarah Veda

Babies can have a ton of little issues, and we worry ourselves silly over them,
though most are no real threat to baby`s health. Here are a list of the most common
little ailments, how to treat them at home, and when to call the doctor.

- Diaper Rash - Diaper rash is caused by baby`s bottom being constantly exposed to wetness.
For most babies, changing their diaper a little more often and applying an over
the counter cream are enough to solve the problem. If all your measures don`t
work, or if the rash looks different than a typical diaper rash, call the doctor.

- Cradle Cap - Cradle cap is the presence of scales on the baby`s scalp, and usually occurs
in very young infants. It is actually a form of dermatitis, and usually is not
bothersome to the child. For most babies, a massage using petroleum jelly followed
by a shampoo will take care of the problem. Try this at every bath until the problem
stops recurring. Cradle cap is worsened by sweating, so keep your baby`s head
cool, avoiding the use of hats. If these measures don`t work, your doctor can
prescribe an ointment or shampoo. Babies typically outgrow cradle cap within the
first six months of life.

- Mystery Fever - Nearly all babies have this at one time or another. A low grade fever, with
no other accompanying symptoms. If your baby is under two months of age, you should
seek medical attention with any fever. Otherwise, as long as the fever doesn`t
go above 102A



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