If your child's scalp is very crusty, put some baby oil or olive oil on the scalp 1 hour before washing to soften the crust ||Reading aloud will help your baby be a better reader when she's older. ||Bathe baby for no more than ten minutes in warm water especially if he shows signs of skin eczema. ||If you have trouble emptying your breast, apply warm compresses to the breast or take a warm shower before breast-feeding ||AAP recommends to avoid blankets (a potential suffocation hazard) until your baby reaches her first birthday ||Plan for regular family meals. Enjoy being together as a family and give a chance for everyone to decompress from the day ||In case of eczema, use mild, unscented body and laundry soaps. Pat baby's skin dry; don't rub ||Your baby should have 4-6 wet diapers per day. This is a great way to monitor if they're getting enough milk ||The AAP recommends sponge baths until the umbilical cord stump falls off — which might take up to three weeks ||Don't ever be afraid to ask for help from a friend or relative. Time away will let you recharge. ||
What should I do if my child has swallowed poison?


Do not panic! Remain calm and call a poison centre as soon as possible

In most cases, children will require little or no treatment following an exposure to something poisonous.

 
If the child is awake
  • Remain calm
  • Protect yourself from poisoning
  • Call the Toxicology Centre on 23640402.
  • Do not make child vomit (vomiting is not effective at removing a swallowed substance. Vomit can sometimes be inhaled into the lungs, causing lung injury.
  • Bring the medicine or chemical container to phone if possible
  • A small amount of water can be given if the substance is corrosive or irritating (household cleaners). Do not give any fluids if a child has ingested too much medicine.
 

If the child is sleepy or unconscious:

  • Check their pulse, ensure they are breathing
  • Place in recovery position
  • Ring an ambulance
 

If the child is not breathing or does not have a pulse

  • Call an ambulance
  • Apply CPR
 
Following eye exposures:
  • Flush eye with room-temperature water for at least 15 minutes (do not use an eye bath or eye drops)
  • Get eye examination performed at Medical Center or Hospital.
 
What happens at the hospital?

Children who need assessment at the hospital may require:

  • Medical observation for a set time period
  • Activated charcoal. This is sometimes given as a slurry to adsorb some of the poison from the stomach. It may not be effective in some cases.
  • Monitoring of heart, lungs, breathing, fluids and salts depending on what they were poisoned by.

Sometimes more treatment might be needed, such as specific antidotes


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