Added/Modified on January 11, 2017
Your baby’s skin is at least 5 times more sensitive than yours and it requires special care and attention. With all the special infant care kits that have flooded the market it becomes really difficult to select the genuine ones. Additives, preservatives, chemicals present in most baby care products may harm the tender skin of the new born. It is your responsibility to ensure that your little one is well protected.
You’re who’ll be personally personally handling the baby so make sure you chip your nails and keep them clean. Your baby’s skin is super sensitive and might break into rashes or other skin conditions if you handle them with unhygienic hands. In fact, ensure that who ever want to handle or take care of the baby, washes his/her hands first.
Baby Skin Conditions
A new born baby retains some of the maternal hormones and hence shows some skin allergies at first. These tend to go away on their own. Howvevr, there are a few conditions that you need to look into and if need be treat medically.
Many babies are prone to rashes as well as diaper rashes. Most body rashes are heat rashes, so make sure your baby is clothed in good, loose fabric which is comfortable. If your baby has diaper rash make sure you apply a zinc oxide cream to the affected region. Change diapers as soon as they get wet.
The acne is caused due to clogging of oil pores and tend to go away on their own in just a few weeks. Do not use any other lotion or cream because this will clog the pores more.
It is also known as Seborrheic dermatitis and appears in the first few months. Crusty,patch skin appears on the scalp which should be treated with lotion or creams as prescribed by a doctor.
Baby eczema is a skin condition when the baby’s skin becomes dry, flaky and red. You’ll need a product that treats eczema meant for sensitive skin. Always consult a doctor before using any product on you baby’s skin.
If you’re taking your baby outdoors, apply generous amounts of a sunscreen with high SPF to protect the baby against the harmful UV rays.
Know Your Baby Products
Dermatologists say that some baby skin care products have phthalates and parabens in them which may be harmful for the infant’s skin. It is advised that you always choose the products with extreme caution. Remember, unscented products are best for baby care.
When you’re giving a bath usually warm water is enough to clean the baby’s body. If you want to use a soap, buy a mild soap which is made from natural ingredients like olive oil, coconut etc.
If your baby has hair, you may use some milk shampoo. Do not buy the shampoo if it has triethanolamine.
Moisture is very important for the baby’s body. Apply lotion or cream on the baby’s body after a bath to replenish the lost moisture. Look for lotions and creams that are made with natural ingredients. You can use natural moisturizers like almond oil, olive oil or cocoa butter instead of a bottled baby lotion.
Normally baby skin does not require powder. In fact some consider it as a health hazard as the fine granules of the powder may enter the baby’s nostrils and ears. Avoid talc instead use corn starch based powders and apply only near the genital area, arm pits and skin folds.
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