Did you happen to watch the new TV show "Up All Night?" I must say I don't watch a lot of TV, but I had been looking forward to this show as I love the cast!
At the same time, if you are a parent you get the title. One thing I want to tell Christina Applegate, "up all night" does not end after the baby gets older, it really continues for at least 18 years, and even longer (hate to burst her bubble so early in parenthood).
But, an important point was made at the end of the show. Once you become a parent you have to suddenly "watch your language". That is a really important fact of parenting and one that parents learn early on.
You know that one of the earliest milestones that your baby reaches is mimicking. Think about all of the funny faces and noises we make when playing with an infant. Then you suddenly notice that your baby is sticking their tongue out when you do, or they blow raspberries right back at you. It is such fun to watch this happening and parents make sure you try to capture those sweet moments on camera.
The next phase of development involves listening and mimicking language. All of the times that we say Da-Da-Da and Ma-Ma-Ma and then suddenly; your baby mimics language! What a wonderful moment. Again, whip out your I-phone to record this for you will want to watch it again and again. There is nothing better.
But suddenly you realize your baby/toddler is listening to everything that you say both good AND bad. I have parents who come into my office all of the time talking about a word that their child is saying that is not appropriate. The next question is, "where did they learn this?" Usually from us. Suddenly, their language may not be quite as cute, and that is not a milestone any parent wants to record!
Your child is listening to everything that you say, as well as any language they may hear in the background from TV or radio. The language that a young child hears needs to be "G" rated. Think of acceptable words for your child to repeat, and that is your new vocabulary. You will soon find yourself using expressions like, "shucks", "gee whiz" or my favorite was "geezy peezy!" I do remember the words I used when I was really frustrated, angry, or at my wit's end, "doo-doo, poo-poo, tee-tee!" The funny thing? My children thought I was talking about their bathroom habits during potty training!
That's' your daily dose for today. I'm Dr. Sue Hubbard from The Kid's Doctor.
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I recently received a question from a Twitter follower related to cradle cap and dandruff. She wanted to know if there was a difference in the two.
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You know there really isn't as they are both due to seborrheic dermatitis, an inflammatory condition of the skin in which the skin overproduces skin cells and sebum (the skins natural oil).
Cradle cap is the term used for the scaly dermatitis seen on the scalp in infants. It is also seen on the eyelids, eyebrows, and behind the ears. It is typically seen after about three months of age and will often resolve on its own by the time a baby is eight to 12 months old. It is usually simply a cosmetic problem for a baby as it looks like a yellowish plaque on a baby's scalp and is often not even noticed by anyone other than the parents.
Unlike seborrheic dermatitis in adults, cradle cap typically doesn't itch. It is thought that cradle cap may occur in infancy due to hormonal influences from the mother that were passed across the placenta to the baby.
These hormones cause the sebaceous glands to become over active. In some severe cases an infant's scalp becomes really scaly and inflamed and causes even more parental concern, as it appears that the infant is uncomfortable and may be trying to scratch their head by rubbing it on surfaces.
The treatment for cradle cap is to wash the baby's scalp daily with a mild shampoo and then to use a soft comb or brush to help remove the scales once they have been loosened with washing. When washing the head make sure to get the shampoo behind the ears and in the brows (keeping the soap out of baby's eyes).
This is usually sufficient treatment for most cradle cap. In situations where the greasy scales seem to be worsening it may help to put a small amount of mineral oil or olive oil on the baby's head and let it sit (I left a small amount on my children's heads overnight) and then to shampoo the following day. The oil will help the scales to loosen up and come off more easily.
For babies that have very inflamed irritated cradle cap a visit to your pediatrician may be warranted to confirm the diagnosis. In persistent cases I often recommend shampooing several times a week with a dandruff shampoo that has either selenium (Selsun) or zinc pyrithione (Head and Shoulders) making sure not to get any in the infant's eyes. I may then also use a hydrocortisone cream or foam on the scalp that will lessen the inflammation and itching. In these cases it may take several weeks to totally clear up the problem.
As children get older, especially during puberty, you may see a return of seborrhea as dandruff. Again you can use dandruff shampoos. It also seems that with the overproduction of sebum there is an overgrowth of a fungus called malessizia so using a shampoo for dandruff as well as a antifungal shampoo (Nizoral) often works.
I have teens alternate different shampoos, as sometimes it seems to work better than always using the same shampoo for months on end. Teens don't like white flakes falling from their scalp and unlike a baby, a teen is worried about the cosmetic issues of seborrhea!
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