Unlike adult skin that has been exposed to numerous chemicals and pollution, baby’s skin is unexposed and extremely vulnerable. Baby’s skin is ten times more sensitive than adults and requires TLC. They take time to adapt to the outside world and take upto 12 months to mature.
Although the little bundle was super fast to grow from an embryo to a fully functional human being, it still takes a lot of TLC and time for the skin to adjust to the changing setting. Baby skin can be up to ten times more vulnerable than adult skin, making it susceptible to conditions such as eczema and atopic dermatitis.
Here are some skincare tips to keep your baby’s skin safe and smooth
1. Avoid harsh sun:
You should limit your baby’s time in the sun as much as possible. When you do take them outside, try to keep their skin away from the sun, even in the winter. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), you should not apply sunscreen to a baby under 6 months of age. Instead, you can take some other measures to protect them like:
- Keep your baby in shade as much as possible
- Put your child in a cap that protects both ears and neck.
- Dress your child in lightweight, loose-fitting clothing covering the arms and legs.
- Limit exposure to the sun when ultraviolet (UV) rays are highest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
- If you’re spending over a few more minutes outdoors, it is also necessary to keep your baby hydrated with breastmilk or formula.
2. Dealing with dry skin:
Not all children ought to have a hydrating agent added in their skincare. In the first few weeks of the baby’s arrival at home, it’s common for babies to grow tiny patches of dry skin. These sports tend to go away without any additional care from your end, however you can consult your pediatrician and apply petroleum-jelly-based products if your baby has extremely dry or cracking skin. Make sure to use creams that are free of any harsh chemicals or fragrances to keep your baby safe.
3. Bathing practices:
Stick to some best practices that need to be followed when you are bathing your baby. You’re supposed to regularly bathe your baby but does that mean you need to do it every day. To keep their hands, face, genitals, and other body parts clean between washing in the shower, you may need to use a gentle washcloth and lukewarm water. However, they can cause additional roughness in some babies, so check to see what works for your baby’s skin.
4. Contact dermatitis:
- Contact dermatitis indicates an allergic reaction on your baby’s skin and it can emerge in various manners ranging from redness in the skin to peeling of skin. Sometimes it can even be dry, cracked skin. Some of the common reasons for contact dermatitis is
- Artificial fragrances
- Harsh chemical detergents
- Clothing fabrics
If you want to avoid this
- Dress your baby in loose-fitting soft organic cotton baby clothes and organic baby blankets that allow the skin to breathe and avoid fabrics like wool.
- Find out what caused the rash and immediately eliminate it. Use unscented and chemical-free cosmetics and detergents
- Give a bath in lukewarm water to soothe the babies skin
5. Practice mindfulness when you use products on your baby’s skin:
It is best to use skincare, such as fragrance-free and tear-free shampoos, bath gels, and lotions, designed especially for infants. For each one you use, if they are allergic, be observant of the reaction of your child. It’s also important to keep the skin of your newborn hydrated, to keep them from drying out, causing discomfort, so always have a stock of creams around. Some requirements to look out for
- PH balanced
- Allergy tested
- Tear free
- Alcohol free
Give a warm soothing bath to an unsettled infant, followed by a massage using fingertips with baby oil to prevent discomfort and pain. To avoid any skin discomfort it is advisable to complete the routine with a moisturiser that is suitable for babies.
The key is to always do a patch test and not use too many products. Hopefully, these tips keep rashes at bay and help maintain your baby’s delicate skin.