Ashy skin and other new baby issues

Denene Millner, Bestselling Author & Founder of MyBrownBaby, shares advice for parents on common hair and skin issues in new born babies of color
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Ashy skin and other new baby issues

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There are a lot of issues that pertain specifically to parents of color. Some of them are just plain physical. When you have a baby and your baby's hair looks like this and there's no information telling you how to take care of hair like this on a baby, that's an issue that we have to deal with that maybe a mom who has straight fine hair does not. My baby's skin was different. It gets ashy. It's rough. There are issues that you have to deal with with putting specific chemicals on their skin. That's something I can't necessarily read about in a book or in a parenting magazine, but it's a reality for every mother who has a black child. Some of the other things we have to deal with as mothers is preparing them for a world that maybe judges them for the color of their skin. So it's a constant conversation. It's about going to the internet and connecting with other mothers and making sure you find that information that you need on how to take care of your baby physically. It's also about connecting with other mothers and talking to them about issues you may have to deal with - having sons that look big and strong and may be scary to somebody else, but you know that they're perfectly lovely kids. Or dealing with a little black girl who may be in a classroom and may be encouraged to dumb down her intelligence or listen to specific music because people think that's what black kids do. It's a constant conversation that you have to have with your children, a constant conversation that you have to have with your mate, a constant conversation that you have to have with yourself to prepare your child for all of the different things that happen to them that may not necessarily happen to other kids.

Denene Millner, Bestselling Author & Founder of MyBrownBaby, shares advice for parents on common hair and skin issues in new born babies of color

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Denene Millner

Author & Founder of MyBrownBaby.com

New York Times best-selling author Denene Millner is a hotly sought after award-winning journalist whose insightful and captivating pieces have secured her foothold in the entertainment, parenting and book publishing industries. Millner spent the last decade working as a columnist, contributing editor and blogger for Parenting, a national magazine for which she provided witty, engaging, mom-to-mom advice on ethics and etiquette in everything from childrearing and marriage to work and friendship. Currently, she also is the founder and editor of MyBrownBaby.com, a critically acclaimed, award-winning blog that examines parenting and motherhood through the multi-cultural experience. Millner frequently contributes as an entertainment writer for Essence, the most well-read and respected magazine for African American women, and has written for a plethora of national publications and prestigious websites, including Parenting, HealthEbony, JetHeart & SoulReal Health, Money, iVillage, Parenting.com, TodayMoms, and The Root, among others. Her extensive television experience includes regular appearances on the The Today Show, CBS Early ShowThe Nate Berkus Show, HLN, CNN, MSNBC, VH1, and the Rachel Ray show. Millner also is the author of 21 books. The former political reporter and entertainment journalist lives in the Atlanta area with her husband and their two daughters.

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