Becoming a new parent is one of the best things that will ever happen to you, but also one of the most terrifying.

You leave the hospital with this tiny, dependent little person and you're tasked with ensuring they're okay and looked after for the foreseeable future. 

What follows is countless sleepless nights worrying and trying to decode their little cries, noises and moods. 

 As get to grips with all the thrills and spills of being a parent, it is important to note that you are not alone in this. You don't have to have it all worked out.

There's a lot of support and advice out there for new parents so don't be afraid to seek it out.

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Your pharmacist can be a great point of contact for some of your most common concerns. 

Boots pharmacist Heather Feeney spoke to us about the most common concerns new parents face and how to treat them. 

'It’s all about using the supports that are out there, as they say 'it takes a village',' she quips.

Colic
Colic is generally ‘mega-crying’ that lasts about three hours.

'It can go as long as six months but it generally lasts about three months,' Heather says.

Colicky babies may pull up their knees, clench their fists and scream. There’s no exact reason for it, which sometimes can make it all the more frustrating.

If the colic does not seem to be related to trapped wind, giving your baby a dummy to suck on or a soothing warm bath can sometimes help to calm things down, advises Heather. 

Alternatively, try holding them in different positions – such as on your shoulder, cradled in your arms, or lying with their tummy facing down along your forearm.

Infacol is a type of supplement that you can add to your baby's bottle, or breast milk before a feed.

The drops are designed to help release bubbles of trapped air in your baby's digestive system.

If you’re concerned about your baby’s colic or just need some help with it, speak to your Boots Pharmacist, health visitor or GP.

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Constipation
Constipation in babies is quite common. If your baby drinks formula or eats solid food, they'll probably have a regular bowel movement at least once a day. If your baby is breastfed, there's no ‘normal’ number or schedule.

'Check the constancy of the stools and the form of your baby and if they seem uncomfortable. There’s some over the counter remedies you can give so check with your pharmacist,' Heather says.

'There are also some practical things you can try to help relieve constipation which include baby massage or adding a little prune juice to formula or breast milk if your baby is at least 4 weeks old.'

Try giving baby a few tablespoons of pureed prunes, apricots, or pears to help loosen her bowel movements.

There are also glycerin suppositories if a baby is severely constipated.

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Teething
Most babies cut their first tooth at around six months, but it’s a milestone that is a long time in the making – your baby is born with a full set of 20 milk teeth just below the surface of the gums.

Don’t worry though, when those early pearly whites start to poke through, you’ll soon know about it!

In the pharmacy you can get teething rings which give the baby something to safely chew on, which may ease their discomfort and provide a distraction from any pain. One of the signs that a baby is teething is that they start to chew on their fingers, toys or other objects they get hold of.

Try and give healthy things for a baby to chew, such as raw fruit and vegetables. If your baby is in pain or has a raised temperature, some paracetamol or ibuprofen may be given, but always check with your pharmacist.

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Nappy rash
Appearing around the bottom area only, nappy rash can usually be cleared up by changing your baby’s nappy frequently and letting the skin breathe whenever possible.

It may also be useful to use a suitable barrier cream.

Make sure you thoroughly clean your baby’s bottom. You should stick to water only for the first few weeks, and then can use fragrance and alcohol-free wipes or a mild wash and cotton wool, always wiping from front to back.

Rinse with plain water and pat dry, then apply gentle hypoallergenic nappy rash barrier cream just before the new nappy goes on. This will help provide protection as the skin heals.

For more information on newborn baby care, visit www.boots.ie. 

Contact your GP with any concerns you may have about your child's health.