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Childrens Health - An Introduction

Every parent wants to keep their children safe and healthy, but it can sometimes be hard to know what the best choices are. As our knowledge increases, what was considered safe in the past is sometimes found to be ineffective or can actually be harmful. You can’t always trust the age-old home remedies recommended by your parents or grandparents, but where do you turn for accurate information?

Today there are so many choices available, including different types of thermometers, nappies, and rash treatments. Sunglasses are also a good way to protect your child’s eyes for harmful UVA and UVB rays, which would not have been a consideration even a few years ago. Syringes let you accurately measure your child’s medicine.

Sleep mats are designed to keep your child comfortable and safe during naps or night-time. Children have sensitive skin, so avoiding or treating rashes is a common concern. Coughs and Colic are worrisome, especially for new parents who haven’t already been down this path.

At Price Inspector, we bring you all the latest information to keep your child healthy. Our buying guide will let you sort through the available products to find the best options for your child. When you know which product you want to buy, we help you get the cheapest prices by comparing all the UK shops.


It’s an unfortunate fact that children get sick. When your child is not feeling well, it’s important to get an easy, accurate temperature reading. Struggling with a difficult-to-use thermometer, especially with a sick child, is not what you want to be doing. Also, researchers have learned that the older thermometers that used mercury simply are not safe.

A rectal Childrens Thermometer is the most accurate choice, but many parents are not comfortable using this style of thermometer. Having to hold a struggling, sick child while you take a rectal temperature can be a challenge.

A Childrens Digital Thermometer gives you fast, easily readable results. These come in many different varieties, including a Childs Ear Thermometer. These are easy to use; simply insert the thermometer in the ear canal, push a button, and wait a few seconds for the readout. Ear thermometers aren’t quite as accurate as a rectal thermometer, but they will give you good results. Your child will be more comfortable as well.

A Forehead Thermometer works in a similar manner. With this style, you just place the sensor on your child’s forehead. Unfortunately, ear and forehead thermometers are not recommended for children under the age of 3 years because the results are not precise. Younger children, especially infants, are also in more danger from a high fever, so it is important to get an accurate reading.

A Safety 1st Thermometer is available in several different styles, including underarm, oral, or rectal thermometers. They are designed to give fast and accurate readings.

Lotions, Medicines, and Other Items

  • Omega supplements are designed for pregnant or nursing women, giving you the recommended daily allowance of 300mg of DHA. DHA encourages healthy development of the baby’s eyes, brain, and nervous system, and it enhances the mother’s mental clarity. This peach-flavoured liquid is easy on your stomach and does not have a fishy aftertaste like fish oil gels.
  • A Syringe 100 Milliliters lets you accurately measure your child’s medicine, and it makes it easy to dispense, with no more worries about spilled medicine.
  • Baby Formulas provide a healthy alternative to breast feeding for women who aren’t able to nurse their babies. Today’s formulas mimic a mother’s milk, although there are still many important health benefits of nursing. There are versions for different sensitivities, such as allergies or intolerances.
  • Babies Cough Cold may help relieve your child’s cold symptoms, but there is research that shows these are either unnecessary or harmful. Be sure to check with your doctor before choosing a medicine, especially for infants.
  • Petroleum Jelly has long been a favourite way to protect your child against nappy rash. Simply apply it after every nappy change, and it forms a protective barrier on your baby’s skin against wetness, the cause of nappy rash.
  • Clover Nappy Care Cream is an earth-friendly way to treat and prevent rashes. It’s made from red clover for a natural remedy. If your child is sensitive to any ingredients, such as plant allergies, avoid using. Otherwise, it’s a great, natural way to care for your baby.
  • Weleda Calendula Nappy Cream gives a fast, effective treatment for nappy rashes. It works by forming a moisture shield. Apply when changing the nappies to prevent rashes.
  • Baby Banz Sunglasses are a great way to protect your baby’s eyes, designed for newborns to toddlers. The silicone nose and brow are embedded for comfort. The lenses offer 100 per cent UVA and UVB protection. The lenses are of ophthalmic quality, and they can be replaced with a prescription lens if necessary. The neoprene strap can be adjusted as your child grows.


Every infant needs nappies, and they go through so many that this can quickly become a considerable expense. Disposable Nappies are a convenient option, but you may have concerns about their environmental impact. Biodegradable Diapers give you the convenience of disposable nappies, but they are 100 per cent biodegradable. Some are either flushable or break down in compost.

  • If you prefer cotton nappies, consider the Bambino Mio Premium Pack. Bambino Mio nappies offer comfort and simplicity. When you need to change the nappy, simply remove its liner and use it to flush as solids. All their nappies are made from 100 per cent cotton, making them soft for your baby’s skin while maintaining a healthy body temperature. The Premium Pack comes with 24 size 1 nappies and 24 size 2 nappies. It has 4 newborn nappy covers and three each of the small, medium, large and extra large nappy covers. It also has a pack of flushable wipes, liners, nappy deodorizer, a nappy bucket, and two laundry bags.
  • Moltex Oko Nappies use a biodegradable gel to absorb urine, keeping your baby’s skin dry. The nappies are chlorine-free and avoid using any unnecessary chemicals. Their Biodegradable Nappies are fully compostable, making them an environmentally friendly choice.
  • Bambo Nature Nappies use environmentally friendly materials and do not use chlorine or perfumes. The skin-friendly disposable nappies use an absorbent core of starch, which is a 100 per cent biodegradable and natural absorber. They offer cloth-like comfort to provide a convenient alternative to cloth nappies.
  • A Baby Changing Mat is helpful for outings, as you won’t have to worry about using an unhygienic counter or floor. Most Changing Mats will wipe off easily and then fold for easy storage in your bag. They are also helpful for a small nursery, if you don’t have room for a changing table.
  • Natural Baby Wipes are good for the environment and for your child’s skin. They are chlorine-free, unscented, and use natural ingredients. The chlorine used in many wipes creates chlorinated hydrocarbons which harm the environment. Look for wipes that don’t contain alcohol, and good wipes will contain Aloe Vera or Vitamin E to protect your baby’s delicate skin.
  • A Baby Wipes Warmer takes the shock out of a cold wipe during a nappy change, which is especially helpful for night-time or winter changes. Removing a warm nappy to expose damp skin can be startling enough, without adding a cold, wet wipe. Simply lift the lid to drop in your favourite wipes. Look for a model that won’t brown or dry out the wipes. It should also be able to accommodate pop-up style wipes.

Tips to consider before buying Childrens Health Products

  • Listen to your doctor’s advice, but also trust your own instincts. You know when something isn’t right with your child, and working with the doctor to learn safe treatment options is the best course.
  • Don’t stock up too much on one size of nappies, especially when your baby is first born. Babies grow quickly, and you might find yourself with a supply of nappies that no longer fit following a sudden growth spurt. This can also be a concern if you buy a large supply of a particular nappy, only to find that you don’t like the product or it irritates your baby’s skin.
  • For your first thermometer, look for an inexpensive digital thermometer that can be used rectally and then orally when the child is older. You will want an LCD display that can easily be read. Make sure the start button is easy to read as well. Don’t choose a thermometer that claims to give instant results. One that reads within 20 to 60 seconds will be more accurate.
  • The most expensive thermometers aren’t always the best performing. While thermometers can be expensive, the some of the best models can be found for less than £10.
  • Read the recommended ages on any product you will use for your child. It’s especially important with medications. A common mistake, especially for a tired parent of a sick child, is to inadvertently buy the ‘children’s’ version rather than the ‘infant’ dose. This can lead to dangerous over-dosing.
  • Any of the major brands of baby formulas should be safe and effective. Consult your doctor about preferred brands and varieties. Some are easier for your child to digest, and there are variations for children with allergies such as soy-based products for babies with milk allergies.
  • If you plan to use a particular brand of formula, register your child’s birth on the company’s web site. Many of the brands will send you free samples or valuable coupons, which is nice because formula can quickly get expensive. This is also a good tip for nappies.

Jargon Explained

SyringeA simple piston with a plunger which fits tightly in the tube. The plunger is pulled up to take in medicine and then pushed down to dispense it into your child’s mouth. A syringe gives you more accurate dosing than relying on a measuring spoon, and there’s no risk of spilling.
DHAAn omega-3 fatty acid. It is critical to your child’s development of brain and eye tissue. Many baby formulas now routinely add DHA, and there are also supplements for pregnant or nursing women. It is found in fish oil and some plants such as flax seed.
Baby FormulaSigns of formula intolerance will include excessive gas, diarrhoea, unexplained fussiness, spitting up or vomiting, and slow weight gain.  

Buying Guide to Childrens Health
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