On 20th May 1999, a mother was born. Me.I was horrified for a few moments. This little bundle of joy(?) was going to change my life forever. I think I got a panic attack, which subdued the moment the little bundle was placed on my arms.
An instant connection with the soft skin sent tremors down my being. A whiff of baby smell still has a nostalgic effect on me. Today I have given a name to that moment – Love.
Every small detail of my first-born started concerning me. Her one cough, a slight rise in her body temperature or even if she refused to smile at me. Please cut some slack to this first time mom, I had every right to be paranoid.
Then one night, they came. The small tine bumps all over her small, cute butt. To say I was agitated is too small a word. I was hysterical. I ran to the doctors and told them she has developed chicken pox. It took a lot of patience on the pediatrician’s part to make me understand that my little one has developed - diaper rash.
The new wave of guilt washed over me. Was it not I who had chosen with great care the diapers for her? Was it true what the oldies said about not using diapers at all!
“It’s western culture, my dear,” Shanta aunty, our neighborhood busybody never failed to remind me. “Use a cotton triangle cloth and wash it every time with antiseptic.”
.. and cook, clean the house and shop for groceries? Those were the chores I added in my list, silently fuming. How could I explain to this old croon that I was a NRI homemaker? Not the Bisleri-water-kind, Bollywood is so happy to depict, but the one who carried an MBA degree and did all the household work like an aaya. And this NRI mom was self-sufficient to take care of her daughter. Google uncle Zindabad!
That day I researched whenever I could find time. There was loads of info I got out of which a few I would love to share with you. These are the ones I followed religiously.
- As soon as you give your baby a bath, moisturize her skin with a non perfumed crème.
- Never make her wear diapers when her skin is still moist. Dry the skin completely.
- Keep a No Rash crème always available by your beside.
- During winter, keep a humidifier in the baby’s room.
- Get a snug diaper for your baby that allows plenty of room for air circulation. Neither too loose nor too tight. Too loose will scratch her skin and too tight will give her rashes.
I chose Pampers and never used the No Rash Crème again. :)
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