Have you ever gushed over your baby’s soft and supple skin?
Seems flawlessly perfect right?
To add to that, you just can’t get your hands off of him/her. From the looks of it, your baby seems to like your touch too.
But, have you noticed how delicate and fragile your baby’s skin is?
A baby’s skin is much thinner and sensitive compared to an adult’s skin, making it even more susceptible to allergies, rashes, infections, and other irritants.
As you are aware of the fact that the skin is the first line of defense from microbes, the same applies to a baby’s skin as well. A proper skincare routine for your baby is more vital than you think. It is essentially your responsibility as a parent to take care of your child’s skin. In this article, we will let you in on 8 tips to keep your baby’s skin healthy and glowing.
1. Basic cleaning
A newborn baby’s skin will be covered with a greasy wax-like layer called vernix. This biofilm peels off on its own during the first few weeks after birth. However, you may want to delay your baby’s first bath as this layer has anti-infection and anti-inflammatory properties that will protect the newborn from infections after birth.
While few mothers delay a baby’s first bath for up to a week, waiting for 24-48 hours is also beneficial. Gently sponge the baby clean if you decide to bath your child.
2. Moderate bathing
A Newborn baby’s skin consists of many natural oils that protect it from dryness and also act as an antimicrobial layer. Bathing your baby excessively would strip the natural oil from the surface of the skin.
So, bath your baby 2-3 times a week using a mild soap in lukewarm water so that the baby does not get burned or catch a cold. After bathing, pat your baby dry using a soft cotton towel.
It is important to powder your baby to keep the surface of the skin dry and in turn, prevents rashes caused by wet diapers. However, make sure that you use a good quality talcum powder and refrain from using perfumed powder as its chemicals can harm your baby’s delicate skin.
Rashes caused by diapers are one of the most common skin issues in babies. These rashes are caused due to letting the wet diapers remain for a longer period of time. Replace the diaper with a fresh one as soon as your baby is done with it.
Letting a diaper remain for long not only causes rashes but also causes infections. A diaper rash can also be caused due to a specific brand of diapers. Immediately change the brand if that is the case.
While these rashes are common, consult with a pediatrician if it persists for long.
5. Moisturize for dry skin
If your baby has dry and flaky skin, use a natural moisturizer to keep the skin well hydrated. Your baby’s skin can get dry if you bath your baby too often. As mentioned above, it strips the skin of vital natural oils.
Do remember to use products made especially for newborn babies and do not use moisturizers containing harsh chemicals. When in doubt, using natural coconut oil is always wise.
Gently massaging your baby with natural oil is a great way to bond with your baby. We are pretty sure, your baby would love that.
6. No sun
As you are aware by now that a baby’s skin is pretty fragile and supple, it must be protected from direct sunlight, as it may get sunburned. Always cover your baby in comfortable clothing from top to bottom before going out in the sun.
You may also use a safe sunscreen that is recommended for babies.
7. Proper clothing
Using good and proper clothing is of utmost importance that your baby must not feel either suffocated or too chilly. Layer him/her according to the weather. The most important point to remember is to choose clothing materials that are soft and breathable like cotton. Do not use synthetic materials as it may cause a rash or irritate your baby’s skin.
Also, make sure that you wash your baby’s clothing and bedding separately using a gentle unperfumed detergent.
8. Skin problems
No matter how much care you take, a few skin issues like eczema or atopic dermatitis may still creep in. Skin diseases like eczema are inherited by babies and are sometimes grown out gradually. Few babies may even develop acne, which is different from adult acne.
Serious skin issue or not, it is always wise to check with a Pediatrician or Skin Expert when it comes to your precious newborn bundle of joy.
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