Baby’s are known for their soft skin which is very delightful to touch and it is very important to take extra care of their skin often more carefully than your own. The baby’s skin is sensitive and prone to bouts of the occasional irritating skin problem which causes irritation to baby and you. It is important to only use baby products or the products recommended by doctors on baby’s skin. Here are a few tips for taking care of baby’s skin.
- Babies are not advised for a daily bath. Twice or thrice a week is really as much as necessary. Cleaning the diaper area as often is essential. Frequent bathing dries out skin and remove oils and other substances that protect against infections and other irritants. Until infants are about one year old, it’s best to use soaps and shampoos that are specifically formulated for this age group as these products are ‘nontoxic,’ containing no or few dyes, deodorants, alcohols and other ingredients that can be harmful to baby skin. Hygiene needs to be careful and a little sponge bath in between baths is good enough.
- Wash the baby’s hair at regular intervals. Cradle cap is very common in babies. Gently wash the scalp with an appropriate no tears shampoo that hopefully will put off cradle cap. Don’t pick at cradle cap and avoid using shampoos that are not specifically formulated to deal with the flakes associated with cradle cap.
- While moisturizing is encouraged, the baby’s skin should not be left damp. Moisture gets in into folds — areas made up of thin, irritable skin prone to rashes. To prevent redness, chaffing and peeling, cleaning all of baby’s nooks twice a day is recommended. Rashes clear up in few days, but if you want you can apply Vaseline to help sooth baby’s discomfort.
- Insects are outdoors as well indoors but that doesn’t mean you allow them to bite the skin and damage baby’s skin. Proper clothing which would protect skin from the sun helps to protect the baby from the bugs and insects too. It’s also safe to use DEET-based insect repellents on babies over two months old. Spray it on your hands and then rub it onto exposed skin, avoiding the mouth and eyes.
- You can further keep baby’s skin protected by dressing him/her in loose-fitting clothing, to prevent chafing. As the baby grows, their skin will adapt and grow along. You may also notice baby’s skin peels slightly – especially on the palms, hands, soles and ankles. This is perfectly normal. Just remember to apply a moisturiser made for babies to help maintain soft skin.
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