We always say, “Smooth as a baby’s bottom!” Below are six myths about your baby’s skin care:
- No. 1: Baby skin is perfect and does not need moisturizing.
- No. 2: It is enough to clean your baby with water.
- No. 3: It is good to give your baby milk baths.
- No. 4: Powder soothes baby skin.
- No. 5: It is necessary to give your baby a bath a day.
- No. 6: Only babies with sensitive skin get rashes or other skin conditions.
We normally put much work into making our skin as perfect as a baby’s. Nonetheless, little do we know that a baby’s skin needs much more protection.
There are several chemicals, fragrances, and dyes in clothing and baby products that can lead to skin conditions. Hence, taking care of your baby’s skin is as essential as taking care of yours. Here is how you can help keep your little one’s skin smooth and healthy:
How to Protect Your Baby’s Skin:
1. Be Careful of the Sun.
Try to keep your baby away from the sun as much as possible, and do not apply sunscreen to a baby under six months of age. Whenever you are outside, dress her in loose light-weight clothes that cover all her body and a wide hat. Remember that the sun is sharp between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm, when the ultraviolet rays are the strongest.
2. Do not Fret Dry Baby Skin.
Not all babies need moisturizing. It is normal for your baby to develop small patches of dry skin during the first weeks of life; however, these patches will gradually disappear on their own.
If you recognize cracking skin, you can apply jelly-based products or lotion. Always check if the lotion is paraben, dye, and alcohol free.
3. Bathe Your Baby Correctly.
Give your baby regular baths but not necessarily every day. This is how you can give your baby the healthiest baths:
- Do not leave your baby unattended and hold her securely.
- Make sure the water is lukewarm – not too hot and not cold.
- Place the bathtub in a warm room.
- Keep baths short, no longer than 10 minutes.
- Use water only to wash your baby’s eyes and face.
- Use soaps and shampoos suitable for baby care.
4. Avoid Contact Dermatitis.
Contact dermatitis is an allergic reaction to your baby’s skin. Here are some allergens that may cause contact dermatitis: saliva, urine, soaps, detergents, lotions, dyes, perfumes, cosmetics, latex, and some metals. Make sure you contact your baby’s doctor whenever you notice red, swollen, and dry spots on her skin.
5. Keep an Eye on Your Baby’s Nails.
No matter how soft and thin baby nails are, they can still be sharp and cause scratches on your baby’s skin. Your baby’s nails grow quickly, so you have to trim them once or twice a week to keep their length reduced.
6. Prevent Heat Rash.
Hot weather and dressing your baby too much may lead to a heat rash that looks like tiny red spots on her skin. It occurs when the sweat glands are blocked by hot humid weather or oils. Hence, always keep your baby cool and give her a bath whenever you notice a heat rash.
7. Protect the Area Around the Umbilical Cord.
You do not need to busy your mind with the umbilical cord, for it falls off on its own. However, you do need to keep the area around it as dry and clean as possible without applying any substance.
The skin is the largest organ in your baby’s body, so it is essential to keep it clean and healthy. Avoid the sun, over-moisturizing, oils, perfumes, humidity, and overdressing. Babies are prone to skin conditions as skin rashes and contact dermatitis. Always contact your doctor for exact information.