Babies are born with very soft and fragile skin. New parents are often concerned about their baby’s skin, which is not surprising. A baby’s skin is very sensitive and he / she can probably develop rashes and allergies if proper skin care is not practiced. New parents should be very careful with the needs of their baby’s skin and should use products that are natural and free from chemical additives that may harm the baby’s skin.

How to Take Care of Your Baby’s Skin

Natural products
Babies have very tender and fragile skin. After birth, a baby’s skin needs time to get used to the new hostile environment and its varying changes. Therefore, natural and organic baby products that do not contain any chemicals are a safer option than scent or harsh antibacterial products that can cause rashes and dryness. It is not recommended to test new products on the baby’s skin to avoid any possible reaction. It is advisable to use products specially designed for babies like mild baby soaps, tear-free shampoos, and gentle lotions. Be aware of your baby’s reactions to the products used and see a doctor if necessary.
Bathing
Baby Care: Keep Newborn's Skin Healthy
Parents prefer to bathe their child every day. It is best to use shampoos and soaps that do not cause an allergic reaction in the baby. Wash your baby’s skin with lukewarm water and a mild soap. The room you use to dry your baby should be warm and all air conditioners and fans should be turned off to avoid the cold. Do not try any new product on your baby’s skin. Do not use antibacterial soaps as they can be too harsh on the baby’s sensitive skin. It is better to wipe the baby with natural cotton and smooth towels to ensure that the moisture is gently wiped off the skin, avoiding unexpected scratches.
Nappy rash
Diaper rash can develop if the baby has been wearing a dirty diaper for a long time, if the diaper is too tight, or if the baby is allergic to a specific brand of diapers. It is desirable to change diapers immediately after the baby has soiled them in order to avoid rashes and skin infections. Choose absorbent and soft diapers. Most rashes may not be a cause for serious concern, but if the rash persists, it is prudent to see a pediatrician.

Skin concerns:

Usually, many babies have birthmarks (areas of the skin have a slight discoloration) and this condition is not hereditary. Parents do not have to worry about birthmarks because they do absolutely no harm to the baby and do not require any 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 the knees, chest. If the baby’s family has allergies, asthma or atopic dermatitis, the baby is at risk for eczema. Use mild soaps and apply gentle amounts of moisturizers Some babies also tend to develop acne; however, they are not the same as teenage acne. 

The newborn baby skin is very delicate and so is their immune system.

  • 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
  • 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
  • Prickly heat appears due to sweating, like the armpits, skin folds, neck diaper areas. Loose clothes and cool environment are all you need to treat from prickly heat rashes
  • Chemical detergents, talcum powders and certain baby products can cause skin irritation, rashes, dryness etc. Stick to using organic products as often as possible to protect your baby’s skin from harmful infections or allergic reactions

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