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Baby healthcare products

Healthy babies = happy babies!

Baby healthcare products. Healthy babies = happy babies!

Know when your little one has a fever, keep the air in their environment clean and at the right humidity level and watch their weight. Remember that every baby is different, and to speak to your doctor if you have any concerns about your baby's health.

Baby thermometers

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What should a baby's temperature be?

No baby is the same, so what's normal for one, may be abnormal for another. It's also important to know that a typical fever temperature changes with age so while a 1-year-old may have a fever with a certain temperature, a 4-year-old wouldn't necessarily have one too.

Use the chart above to get an idea of what temperature is considered normal and what's considered feverish for your child's age. You should only use this for guidance though - if you're ever unsure or concerned your child has a fever, consult your doctor.

    How to take a baby's temperature

    Different thermometers can require you to take your little one's temperature slightly differently, so it's best to check the user manual for specific instructions. But here's a few tips for the preparation: 

    - Keep your baby as still as possible as wriggly babies can affect measurements.
    - Make sure they're in a comfortable position - most parents will lie them down or sit them on their laps.
    - Try to avoid taking their temperature after a bath, when they're wearing lots of layers, or are in a warm room as these could skew the reading.

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    Nasal aspirators

    What is a nasal aspirator?

    A nasal aspirator is the helping hand you and your baby needs when they develop a stuffy nose. With either an electrical or manual version, it can relieve bunged up noses by quickly, gently and quietly removing mucus from your baby's nose.

    Humidifiers

    Why use a humidifier?

    One of the benefits of having a humidifier is the protection it provides against dry air, especially in winter when your heating system can take natural moisture out of the air. Since babies are much more susceptible to congestion, they easily fall prey to the infections and sicknesses that often run rampant in the cold months. Humidifiers add much-needed moisture, allowing your baby to breathe more easily, prevents their skin drying out and can help to ward off viruses.

    Some humidifiers can also be combined with a variety of essential oils. Menthol oils offer extra comfort to your child if they are congested or have a cough but can only be used over the age of 3, whereas lavender can be used for babies over 3 months to help them sleep better.

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    Air purifiers

    Air purifier. Image by @elleryflorrieandme on Instagram.

    Benefits of air purifiers for babies

    Babies take in more air than adults due to their smaller lungs, so it's important the air they're breathing is as clean as it can be.

    Air purifiers help to eliminate toxins, allergens and chemicals, providing a pollution-reduced environment. This is invaluable for babies already suffering from allergies or respiratory conditions such as asthma. But even if they aren't, the cleaner air quality can help to prevent your baby even developing these problems in the first place.

    Image by @elleryflorrieandme on Instagram.

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    Baby scales

    How to weigh a baby

    If you're using an ordinary baby scale, make it comfortable for them first by placing down a blanket or something similar. Then set to zero before laying your baby gently on top of it. You should wait until your little one is relatively still before taking the measurement as movement can affect the result.

    If you're a fan of multitasking, you can purchase a baby bath with a built-in scale, so you can weigh them while they're relaxing in the water.

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