Baby first

Spending a day boating on your favorite lake, river or ocean is fun for almost the whole family. The U.S. Coast Guard recommends against taking infants weighing 18 pounds or less who cannot fit in a Type II infant flotation device onboard recreational boats. Only after a flotation device has been tested and proven to keep the infant’s head out of the water without harming the child is it deemed safe for them to board a recreational boat. Here are a few other tips to remember when taking the family on the water.

  • Teach your children how to swim in a personal flotation device (PFD). Children often struggle or panic when they fall into the water suddenly making it hard to float in a PFD.
  • Try on your PFD to ensure it fits properly, then test it in shallow water to see how it handles.
  • Always wear your PFD. It can’t save your life if you don’t wear it.
  • PFDs include:
    • Type I (best for all waters, open ocean, rough seas or remote locations)
    • Type II (general boating, calm or lake waters)

Picky-eating infants

Is your baby, who just started eating solid foods, already a picky eater? Fear not, pediatricians with the National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families say this is perfectly normal behavior. In fact, this shows your baby is doing very well in many key areas of development. She knows what she likes and doesn’t like and is able to communicate her needs. Keep offering a variety of foods and encouraging her expression.

Quick to color

An infant’s exposed skin can be damaged from the sun in under 10 minutes. Dr. Manju Elizabeth George, pediatric dermatologist, says just one blistering sunburn in your lifetime increases the risk of skin cancer. Dr. George recommends using a physical sunscreen, that covers the skin and doesn’t absorb into the body. It should also contain titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, have an SPF of 30, and is PABA free, paraben free and fragrance free.

Pregnancy gingivitis

Pregnancy gingivitis generally occurs in the second trimester, when the hormonal changes can also hinder the body’s normal response to bacteria. This condition is caused by hormonal changes that increase blood flow to the gums and cause sensitivity, irritation and swelling. The American Pregnancy Association says with good oral hygiene, periodic warm salt water rinses and at least one checkup with your dentist during pregnancy this occasional flare-up can be managed.