Health

How to Prepare for Your Baby’s Arrival

Spring has finally sprung after our long cold winter of discontent. The joy of new life all around focuses our attention on our smallest most precious arrivals, our babies. Having a baby is one of the most life-changing milestones you will ever experience. Whilst they bring constant joy, there are some pitfalls. Especially when you take into account the challenging situation created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our pharmacists, Jenny and Jill, and staff members Helen, Fiona and Jenny, feel well equipped to help new parents with advice based on our own experiences in pharmacy and as parents. Our tips should help you prepare for your baby’s arrival.

We will focus on three conditions in this blog: infant colic, nappy rashes and the tiredness that overwhelm some Mums and Dads.

Infant Colic

Not all babies experience reflux but if they do, you should be prepared! We understand the plight of parents whose newborn babies are suffering from wind, colic and reflux. Our wonderful compound pharmacists have formulated the Calming Colic Formula comprising Simethicone, Sodium Citrate, Chamomile and Licorice.

Heathershaw’s Calming Colic Formula
  • Simethicone helps with passing gas and reducing bloating of the stomach. 
  • Sodium Citrate prevents gas products which are produced when milk curdles.
  • Chamomile relaxes the digestive tract to relieve spasms. 
  • Liquorice is an anti inflammatory which aids healing of the digestive tract and adds sweetness.

Not only is our formula completely natural and free of side-effects, but we also tailor the dosage individually for each baby. Our aim is to help ease your baby’s troubled tummy and make parenthood as comfortable as possible for Mums as well. We also suggest the addition of probiotics to protect the baby’s gut.

Nappy Rash

Summer is right around the corner. It’s the season of sun, sweat and nappy rashes. Our amazing Baby Bum Barrier has origins from a lifetime ago when Jill Heathershaw herself adapted an RCH formula. It has more than stood the test of time and has made its way all around the world. It’s formulated with ingredients that are extremely gentle on the baby’s skin making it perfect for babies with sensitive skin as well.

Heathershaw’s Baby Bum Barrier
  • Wool fat, which is an excellent moisturiser, well absorbed by skin.
  • Friars Balsam, which is a mild antiseptic and protects skin if cracked.
  • White soft Paraffin, that moisturises and acts as a skin barrier.

A rash-free bum means a happy baby!

Managing Stress of New Parenthood

Now let’s focus on the Mums and Dads, who are naturally overwhelmed. Adapting to parenthood can be tiresome and stressful. 

Becoming a new parent during the pandemic just adds an additional layer of stress. To navigate this tricky time and protect your physical and mental health, we have prepared our B Complex Stress Relief Formula* contains a special blend of B vitamins and nutrients to reduce the effects of stress. It can help to re-energise the body, improve mood and boost immunity.

Also, remember that it’s ok to not have it all figured out. Seek help early by either speaking to your therapist, doctor or even reaching out to helplines for new parents like https://www.panda.org.au/ 

*Consult a pharmacist before use if pregnant or breastfeeding. To be consumed with or after food. Can induce nausea if consumed on an empty stomach.

Disclaimer: The products mentioned in this blog may not be right for you. Always consult your pharmacist and read the label, including warnings and instructions for use, before consumption. Vitamin and mineral supplements should not replace a balanced diet.

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