The skin of a newborn baby is soft and wonderful to touch. The low levels of melanin production in the skin keep it tender and beautiful. It is also important to keep in mind that the thin skin of the baby is extremely delicate and prone to a number of skin problems including chaffing, dryness and skin rashes.
This is aggravated because of the immature immune system of the baby that weakens its resistance to fight against such skin problems. It is thus crucial to guard against skin problems such as baby acne, eczema, diaper rashes, heat rashes and cradle crap.
When it comes to baby skin care, pediatricians recommend keeping it simple. A common mistake that most parents make is to use a number of baby products on their newborn without understanding the implications and the risks posed by the harsh chemicals. Using bubble baths or soaps containing detergents may cause your baby’s skin to dry up. Moreover they can reduce the good bacteria in the body leading to urinary and other bacterial infections in babies. It is thus best to stick to water and if needed a mild soap containing coconut or olive oil.
When using baby oil look for ones made with natural herbal ingredients rather than mineral oil that can damage your baby’s skin and clog up the pores. You also need to make sure that you protect the baby from allergens such as triethanolamine that are present in baby shampoos. Use baby powders made of natural products like cornstarch rather than talc.
You do not have to give a full bath to your baby everyday as the excessive bathing can cause skin dryness and chaffing. Little sponge baths can do the job just as well. Once you have given the baby a bath, dry its skin with a soft cloth. Ensure that the folds of the skin in the neck and behind the ear are clean and dry. Retention of moisture in the folds can cause skin irritation and other problems.
If the baby’s skin is excessively dry after the bath, then apply some moisture to restore the natural moisture balance of the skin. Protect the baby’s skin from sunlight or excessive cold. If you are traveling then ensure that you apply some baby sunscreen to protect its skin from harsh rays of the run and sunburn.
Choose your baby’s clothing and bedding with care. Dress the baby in loose fitting clothes to prevent sweating. Clean the baby’s bedding regularly to ensure that there are no dust mites that can cause skin rashes.