Baby’s skin is simply wonderful. So tender and gentle, yet also quite sensitive and fragile, which is why it needs special care and protection. If the right kind of protection is not applied, babies are likely to develop rash and allergies.
One of the most important properties of newborn baby’s skin is that it needs time to adjust to the new environment, i.e. contact with diapers, soaps and shampoos, just to mention some of the substances that baby’s skin is exposed to. So, what is it that we need to know about keeping our baby’s skin healthy?
Most parents bathe their baby every day and are smart enough to use shampoos and soaps that don’t cause an allergic reaction. Make sure the water is neither too hot, nor too warm and that you use the right products. Once you’ve finished bathing, bring the baby into a warm room, where all air-conditioners and fans are switched off to avoid the chill.
Antibacterial soaps are not good for your baby’s skin, since they are usually too harsh for the sensitive skin of the baby. When it comes to towels, you should use natural cotton and smooth ones to gently remove moisture out of the skin and avoid unexpected scratches.
A talcum powder is very important for your baby’s skin. Again, you need to use only those products that are specifically designed for babies and contain no fragrances and other chemicals, since they can be very irritating. Instead of powders that contain grains, opt for herbal powders.
Nappies and diapers
Diapers keep the baby clean and fresh, which is why they are very important for every baby and their parents. Still, some diapers can irritate the baby’s skin and cause rashes or infections, especially if you don’t change the diaper soon enough after your baby has dirtied it. When it comes to the type of nappies and diapers you should opt for, it’s always the safest bet to use natural organic baby skincare products. Don’t wait for a rash to develop to switch to reliable diapers, but use the right kind from the very beginning to keep your baby’s skin healthy.
Many babies have birthmarks, which are not hereditary and you shouldn’t worry about it. Eczema, on the other hand, is a red, itchy rash that could occur in response to a cause. It usually appears on the baby’s face, arms, elbows or behind knees and is more common in children who have family history of allergies, asthma or atopic dermatitis. Use only mild soaps to treat eczema and apply soft amounts of moisturisers.
Baby’s skin should be hydrated to remain soft and supple, which is why you should use a natural moisturiser, such as coconut oil. Dry skin can also be a problem arising from the fact that you bathe your baby too often, which may sap the vital nutrients from the skin, leaving it dull and dry. During your baby’s first months, it’s enough to sponge them with plain water twice or three times a week to keep the skin clean and moisture enough.
Protection from sun
The weather has a great influence on your baby and their skin. You should always dress your baby to be comfortable and protected from the sun, even if the weather is not scorching. Your baby’s skin is too sensitive to harsh UV rays and can react if not provided with the right kind of protection. Also, don’t dress your baby in tight-fitted clothing or items with scratchy materials, such as lace or even certain types of wool and cashmere. Soft cottons are ideal for babies and their skin.