7 tips for baby skin care
Babies are born with very gentle and fragile skin. New parents are often concerned about their baby’s skin, which is not surprising. A baby’s skin is very delicate and need a lot of care. New parents should be extremely careful about their baby’s skin needs, and must use products that are natural and free of any chemical additives that may cause harm to the baby’s skin. Why? Well, here’s your answer-
- As mentioned earlier, the skin of a baby is very thin and fragile.
- A new born baby’s skin needs time to get adjusted to the new environment around him/her. A baby’s skin faces a lot of challenges- think diaper rashes, chemical soaps and shampoos etc.
- Babies are prone to skin allergies in the first few months.
Here we have listed some of the best ways to ensure optimum skin health for your precious little one-
1. Bathing: Parents prefer to bathe their child every day. It is better to use shampoo and soaps which do not cause an allergic reaction to the baby. Wash your baby’s skin with lukewarm water and a gentle soap. Only a pea-sized amount of soap and shampoo is enough to clean your baby's body and it isn't necessary to bathe your little one daily. You can give a bath to your baby on alternate days. Not only will it help to maintain the natural oils of the body but also prevent your baby from catching a cold. The room that you use to dry off your baby should be warm and all air conditioners and fans should be switched off to avoid the chill.
2. Powdering: You need to be even more careful while choosing a talcum powder for your baby. Choose products that are designed specifically for babies and avoid using powders that have fragrances and other chemicals as they may irritate the baby’s sensitive skin. Check with your paediatrician before using a powder since most doctors advise parents to abstain from using powders nowadays.
3. Nappies and Diapers: The diapers that are used for babies are actually helpful for keeping the baby clean and fresh. However, certain diapers may also irritate the baby’s skin and may cause rashes or infections. It is best to change the diaper as soon as you find that your baby has ‘used’ it. Diaper rashes often occur due to skin irritation due to wet diaper left on for too long, too-tight diapers or due to the use of a specific soap or wipes. Irrespective of the fact whether the diaper is soiled or not, do change it every 3-4 hours. Change the diaper as soon as it is wet and after using wipes to clean the area, sprinkle some powder to keep the area dry and clean or apply a non-allergenic diaper rash cream. Also, allow some naked time to the private parts of your baby so that they can get some fresh air.
4. Skin Problems: Generally, lots of babies have birthmarks (areas of skin have a slight discoloration) and this condition is not hereditary. Parents need not worry about birthmarks, as they cause absolutely no harm to the baby and needs no treatment.
Eczema is a red, itchy rash that may or may not occur in response to a cause. It usually occurs on the baby’s face, elbow, arms or behind knees, chest. If the child’s family has a history of allergies, asthma or atopic dermatitis, the baby may be at a higher risk of getting affected by eczema. Use mild soaps and apply soft amounts of moisturizers.
5. Dry Skin: If your baby has dry skin, use a natural moisturizer to keep the skin hydrated, soft and supple. Pure coconut oil is a favourite. Avoid bathing your baby too often, as it may sap the vital nutrients from the skin, leaving it dull and dry. During your baby’s first month, gently sponge her with plain water two or three times a week; this should keep the baby clean while preventing her skin from losing its natural moisture.
6. Sunlight exposure: Babies should not be exposed to direct sunlight until they are 6 months old. The tender skin of the baby can be protected with long-sleeved tops, pants and hats.
7. Baby clothes: Make sure that your little one’s new outfits are clean; it is preferable to wash (and soften) new outfits before your baby wears them.