Originally Posted by nancy11
I just wish I could promise him ice cream or something.
Zack's a tough dude, though... he probably won't make a big deal out of it.
It can't be worse than when I clipped his finger instead of his nail. >.<
I clipped my son's finger while cutting his nail when he was a baby and he's perfectly fine. And really the shots always seemed worse on me than on him. This time we're waiting on shots a bit, I am glad to not have to worry about it in the first few months.
Shine, I looked it up and DUH, not the silver but "gentian violet" is what the local folks have been recommending for breastfeeding. I've copied the treatment instructions below just in case you find the baking soda/vinegar/probiotics/avoiding sugars doesn't work. (This info below is from our MW who is also a lactation specialist and traditional Chinese medicine practitioner. And has been doing homebirths (including PP care) and well-woman care for 20 years.)
I'm just editing to make sure its crystal clear... I've never tried this nor am I qualified to specifically recommend it. Just some information I've come across elsewhere.
Gentian violet is a rapid cure for oral thrush and nipple yeast, and with the onslaught of such virulent strains in the last several years, it may be the only over-the-counter remedy to be truly effective for some people. Prescription Nystatin is rarely effective in recommended doses.
Purchase GV at a local pharmacy, but call around first as they sometimes have to order it. It costs about $3-5 for a half-ounce bottle, and you will need only a few drops. This remedy is recommended by La Leche League, many lactation consultants and pediatrician Jack Newman, nationally well-known for his strong support of breastfeeding and help in overcoming lactation problems.
Gentian violet is a lovely shade of deep purple, and it will stain clothing, carpeting and linens; it will stain human skin for only a day or two, but your baby will have a purple mouth and lips during treatment. Although not likely, it is possible for deep cuts on human skin to be tattooed purple. In rare cases, babies may develop mouth sores during use, though this has been most often experienced when using concentrations higher than 1%. Most nipple pain will decrease within 24 hours, and oral thrush will diminish during treatment.
• PURCHASE ONLY 1%.
• Use at bedtime only to minimize staining.
• Put dark sheets on bed and have dark towels available for absorbing leaking milk.
• Wear loose, old, dark clothing during treatment.
• Apply layer of un-petroleum jelly or other ointment around baby’s mouth.
• Dip cotton swab quickly into GV and out.
• Put swab into baby’s mouth; baby will reflexively suck.
• Within 10 seconds or so, entire inside of baby’s mouth will be purple. Inspect to be sure palates, tongue and lips are fully coated.
• Dip clean swab and apply THIN layer to nipples and areolae.
• Repeat each night for 4 nights.
• One cycle of 4 nights is usually sufficient, but repeat if necessary.
• To replenish a normal bacterial balance in your intestines to overcome the yeast, administer probiotics to both mother and baby: give baby a daily dose of a child’s probiotic, and take 4x the adult dose of an adult probiotic for yourself. Continue for at least 30 days.
• Limit sugars, fruit, juices and breads in your diet for at least 30 days.
• Yeast thrives in dark, moist places and colonies regrow in 2 hours. For yeast diaper rash, allow bottom to air dry as much as possible, and spritz bottom with a 50-50 vinegar-water solution at every diaper change. For very persistent diaper rash, use diluted tea tree oil or gentian violet.
What is Gentian Violet? From Wikipedia: Gentian violet (aka crystal violet, methyl violet 10B, hexamethyl pararosaniline chloride) is an antifungal agent used primarily in the Gram stain test and is used by hospitals for the treatment of serious heat burns and other injuries to the skin and gums. Gentian violet is not completely harmless and is considered carcinogenic after tests with feeding mice with very large doses of this chemical.