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Childrens health matters – colic, cradle cap, teeth and ears



When your child has colic, you can bake
an onion in the oven or microwave, extract the juice by squeezing, add a
little sugar to make it palatable, put it in a bottle and feed to the ailing
baby.  Within a few minutes the colic will have eased and your baby
will be ready to sleep.  If they have runny bowels after this don’t
worry it is just cleaning them ou

Thanks to Anita Jones for this


Babies begin cutting their first teeth between about
six months and one year, and usually have a full set by the time they are three.  At
six the milk teeth (which is what the first teeth are called) start to fall out to make
way for the permanent set.

So they get used to the shape and feel, it is a good
idea to buy your baby a toothbrush to play with before the first teeth appear. Never
leave a baby unattended with a brush as this can be dangerous.

Start a gentle brushing routine as soon as the first
teeth appear and brush regularly after meals.

It is always best to start as you mean to go on and,
with this in mind, offer young children raw carrots and apples between meals rather than
sweets and biscuits.  However, remember the acid in apples can also cause damage so,
whenever possible, clean teeth after eating.  It is also well to remember a lot of
soft drinks contain sugar so these should also be kept to a minimum and never put in a

Start taking children to the dentist as early as
possible, this way they get used to the dentists’ environment before actually having to
undergo any treatment which should allay any fears.


Earache is a common and unpleasant
symptom in
childhood.  Most ear infections will clear up on their own but there are ways you can
help relieve the symptoms.

First check that –

  • your child has not injured the ear or stuck something
    into it.

  • there is no yellow or blood stained liquid coming
    from the ear.

  • your child appears to be getting worse or is very
    distressed with pain even after being given a pain killer.

If any of the above apply seek professional help

If none of the above symptoms are apparent, the
following may help alleviate the pain:-

  • A specialised children’s painkiller will help relieve
    the pain.  Ensure the manufacturers’ dosage is adhered to.

  • Place your child in an upright position with pillows.

  • A warm hot water bottle wrapped in a towel placed
    over the infected ear may give some pain relief.

  • Keep your child away from smoky environments.

  • Don’t let your child drink from a bottle lying down.

  • Decongestants will NOT help to relieve symptoms.

  • NEVER poke any objects into the ear (e.g. cotton
    buds).  These can often impact wax and can damage the ear.

If the symptoms persist, get worse or new
symptoms develop seek medical advice

Cradle Cap

Pour a little bit of baby oil on the child’s head and
comb out the flakes very gently.  You may need to repeat a
few times but it works.  Follow this by a good shampooing.

Thanks to an anonymous contributor.