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As soon as a little one comes into your world, every little thing that happens to the baby becomes a big concern. With such strong emotions in play, it becomes very difficult for a parent to objectively deal with skin-related problems in babies. To up your baby care game, it is even more imperative that a newborn’s skin is well attended to. Try to follow these skincare tips for babies in order to avoid absolutely any complications.
A newborn’s skin, as compared to an adult’s skin, has a very thin upper layer. Also a baby’s skin is more porous. The water retention mechanism and the melanin in the skin are also not fully developed.
A newborn’s skin tends to lose more water than an adult’s skin and hence is often more dry. So, it is advisable to use a thick moisturizing lotion at least twice a day. It will not only provide the additional needed hydration to the skin but also act as a barrier for preventing escape of the natural moisture from the skin.
Avoid using oil and giving oil massages on a baby’s skin. Massages are not medically proven to strengthen the bones of a baby but the oil used can surely block the pores of the skin. This may result in making it the perfect environment for bacteria to proliferate leading to all types of skin irritation. If you can’t avoid a massage, use a moisturizer instead of oil and be very gentle.
The worst enemy of dry skin is powder. Please do not use powder on the baby. Even if you want to keep your baby dry in his / her diaper, use a diaper cream from a reputed pharmaceutical company.
Make sure that the baby does not remain in a wet diaper for long. Ensure that the diaper rash cream used has zinc oxide as a content in it. Speak to a dermatologist in case there are recurrent rashes.
Avoid any ‘organic’ skin care products and home remedies on babies. A baby’s skin is much more porous and hence the absorption rates are also different. A DIY skincare that may be suitable for you as an adult may not be safe or suitable for a baby.
Use cotton clothes and ensure that you cut away any labels on the inside of clothes so that it does not cause constant irritation leading to eczema.
The melanin levels in a baby’s skin is also low and hence it is extremely important to protect them from UV rays. It is best to avoid direct sunlight on a baby’s skin. But if you must stay out for an extended period of time, use a dermatologist recommended skin cream for a baby that gives him or her sun protection.
Long baths and showers for a baby are something you should avoid at all costs. These tend to speed up the drying of the baby’s skin.
As parents of a newborn, we are all very anxious. But this anxiousness does not help the baby. The only way to deal with the issue if it occurs is to see a doctor. Believe me, medical science has advanced enough to deal with most things that life can throw at you. Most of all enjoy your newborn, these will be the moments that you will treasure for your life.