Top 4 Baby Skin Care Tips October 4, 2016 – Posted in: Babies – Tags: baby, care, health, medical tips
I’m sure you’ll agree with me that the baby skin care is an expensive treatment
I will share with you some tips I got from my baby’s dermatologist that I’m sure will be very useful.
Babies have very sensitive skin, much different from that of adults.
Your baby’s skin plays a vital role in protecting his body against irritants, germs and microbes and also in maintaining his health. It also regulates his internal body temperature. That’s why it needs special care and nourishment.
Using baby products on the delicate skin of your newborn baby can sometimes lead to dryness, irritation, and rashes.
Yes, it is!
After my daughter’s first 3 months, I noticed I noticed some irritation around her lips and her back as a result of using few of those common products dedicated for baby.
Although it may look smooth and perfect, your baby’s skin requires extra care because compared to adults it is thinner, more susceptible to irritation and can lose moisture quickly. There are several things you can do protect your little one’s beautiful skin.
Let’s explore a few of them:
Your newborn’s skin will be wrinkly and covered with a protective layer known as vernix that usually peels off after the first week.
Some parents may have the urge to bathe their babies daily in order to get rid of the vernix layer.
It’s highly advised not to bathe your baby frequently as it may eliminate the natural oils that protect the skin, leading to dryness and conditions like eczema.
As a result, babies need to be bathed only two or three times a week.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends sponge baths using just plain water without the use of soaps and shampoos until the umbilical cord stump falls off.
Moisturize your baby’s skin
Your Baby’s skin needs to stay moisturized in order to prevent it from getting dry. So applying fragrant-free emollient creams on the skin soon after the bath is a great way to prevent skin dryness.
Wash your baby’s clothes before it is worn
Clean clothes are an absolute must when it comes to caring for your baby’s skin.
When you wash your baby’s clothes, make sure to use fragrance-free and dye-free detergents, as these substances can cause skin irritation.
Change the diapers often
Diapers often expose the skin to a lot of friction from rubbing, leading to rashes.
Besides, urine and poop in the diaper can also irritate the skin. So it is very important to change your baby’s diaper often.
While changing diapers, make sure to clean the area using a damp washcloth or alcohol- free and fragrance-free wipes.
Before putting on the new diaper, apply a barrier cream such as petroleum jelly to prevent it from getting wet.
The tons of baby skincare products available these days makes parents all the more confused about what to use for their baby.
However, recent studies suggest that ‘less is most definitely more’ and it is always better to avoid the use of these products at least for the first few weeks after the baby is born.