Baby skin care is a bit different from that of older children and grownups because a newborn’s skin is very thin and delicate. It’s also still adjusting to life outside the womb. There’s nothing quite like the soft, delicate skin of a baby and nothing like a cranky infant irritated by diaper rash, cradle cap, or another skin condition. While your baby is perfect, your baby’s skin may not be. Many babies are prone to skin irritation in the first few months after birth.
While we talked about the traditional knowledge and its importance for your baby’s proper growth and development, for this post we will focus on all the ways you can take care of your baby’s skin better.While we are very concerned about the environment we chose for the baby, we have also covered the topic of teratogens and the effects of certain foods during the baby’s development in the womb in a previous post.
Since many things go into caring for your baby’s skin from day to day and you’ll need to keep a few essentials on hand to get skin care tasks done. You might be wondering how much time it will take. Rest assured that most skin care steps follow natural habits and instincts and won’t take you more than a few minutes.
Even if your little one is born without much hair, caring for the fuzz that is there is important, not only for clean hair, but for a healthy scalp. You should not use shampoo designed for adults on your baby’s tender and delicate skin.
It’s a good idea to use a moisturizer after bathing the baby. In a study, only 10 percent of the mothers surveyed believed that their baby’s skin was dry, when more than 60 percent of babies showed the clinical signs associated with skin dryness.
Since a baby’s skin tends to absorb water faster when compared to the skin of an adult, it also tends to lose water quite fast. So moisturising a baby’s skin is a way to help protect it from dryness. You can use cold creams, nourishing creams and lotions that have been clinically proven to be mild and gentle and protect the baby’s skin.
The fabrics that come into contact with your baby’s skin have a tendency to damage the baby’s skin and make the baby irritable. Baby skin is very thin and delicate, so rough fabrics can make him uncomfortable and can enhance some skin conditions, such as eczema. Also some babies are allergic to synthetics like polyester and nylons, so if the baby show’s any signs of agitation upon wearing a mixed fabric, you must immediately check the baby’s skin for redness and patches. It’s best to use soft cotton for clothing that covers most part of the skin and that has been disinfected thoroughly and is starch free.
Read labels when you choose fabrics and clothing for your baby, but if anything seems to be irritating his skin, stop use and find an alternative.
Earlier it was recommended that no sunscreen be used on a baby’s delicate skin. It was also recommended to avoid sun exposure for babies. Nowadays, its a acceptable practice to apply a little sunscreen with SPF 15 on the baby’s skin. A large hat is also recommended for the baby to shade the parts of the body most prone to sun burn.
Outdoor play during peak sunlight hours (10 am to 4 pm) is also best avoided.
Another given when it comes to parenting a baby is the increase in laundry. You have to be especially careful when picking out laundry detergent for the baby. A specifically designed detergent will contain less irritants.
Can diapers keep your baby’s skin soft?
Today, diapers have become an inevitable part of Motherhood. Diapers play a very important role in a baby’s health and well-being. Make sure that the diaper you are using for your baby is made of the softest material. Diapers should have “cotton-like” softness and should allow the baby’s skin to breathe and help in keeping it soft and healthy, and your baby happy.
To prevent diaper rashes, change your baby’s diaper as frequently as recommended, clean your baby’s bottom thoroughly and apply a good diaper cream. Inadequate diaper changing increases the risk of health problems.
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Follow the above simple and easy steps and see your baby smile daily!
All images are google doodle screen shots from Mother’s day 2015.