Sunday, June 18, 2006

Caretenaemia and toothiepegs

For the past couple of months I have been a little worried about Romily. SHe has had a yellow tinge to the skin around her nose and top lip. I thought it might just have been that she has quite a bit of pumpkin and carrot in her diet, but when my dentist asked if it was jaundice I began to worry.

I rang the government health info line (which was surprisingly good and surprisingly helpful) and we worked out that it wasn't jaundice (no yellowing of the eyes or tongue). After putting me on hold for a minute while he conferred with his colleagues, the nice nurse said there was a condition not uncommon in infants called caretenaemia. It's totally benign and doesn't require any treatment and usually disappears by the time the child is two or three. Basically the yellow colouring is caused by the body struggling to get rid of the beta-carotene and vitamin A found in many fruits and vegetables, including, of course, carrots. I could try to take carrots, pumpkin, mangoes, paw paw, pineapple, tomatoes, dairy, leafy greens, etc out of her diet, but what would she eat?

I am not at all concerned about a yellow moosh, so we won't be making any changes. She'll grow out of it eventually. I am just glad it's nothing serious.

What is serious is Romy's top gum! Four teeth came through within a week - three of them within 24 hours. She now has her two top front teeth and two top incisors. These make an interesting addition to the bottom two. The right incisor is much further down than the other three top teeth, which makes her look a little like a pirate!

An orange pirate!!!!!!

She is being very good despite the obvious discomfort. She's still a happy little bubba and with the help of baby paracetamol, is coming through it all like a little trooper. Bless :)


anne bebbington said...

Lily - can't remember if I told you this before but the homeopathic remedy camomilla which you should be able to buy in powder form - usually sold as 'teething granules' - really helped all my three, not just as babies but when losing their baby teeth and the eldest when her mouth was achy from having her brace adjusted at the orthodontists (and at that age they can really tell you whether things work or not) - hope this helps your little sweetie :o)

Nines said...

Poor baby with the teething. Never fun. Bet her snaggle toothed smile is gorgeous! Mine would get the worst diaper rash with it- all that excess drool. I have a friend who has an olive complection and her daughters loved pumpkin and sweet potatoes- they were absolutely orange from head to foot- not sure how much they were ingesting, but maybe more than enough! Glad it's nothing serious.

Finn said...

So happy to hear that all is well...but what a wise thing to do and check on it..*CVS*