Babies have very soft and gentle skin that is very sensitive. As such, it is very important that the right care is taken to protect your baby’s skin. Make sure to use mild, non-irritating products that are specifically recommended for babies or recommended by doctors for babies’ skin. Babies have skin that is much thinner than the skin of adults, which makes their skin particularly permeable to water. This makes their skin very good at absorbing moisture, but unlike adults it is not very good at retaining it. Here are some great tips on how to take care of baby’s skin.
What to remember when caring for your baby’s skin
It’s important to know that the protective film that covers the top layer of skin is still developing in infants, it is for this reason that babies have such sensitive skin that needs so much care. For example, dry skin on an infant can lead to some very unpleasant itching areas. As you can see, Taking care of baby’s skin is not an easy task.
In the first few months after birth, it’s very common for babies to suffer skin problems and have skin rashes. It’s also sometimes difficult to tell if baby is going through any skin problems or not. You need to spot and treat baby’s skin problem along with taking usual skin care.
Bathe the Baby the Right Way
When bathing your infant, make sure to use pleasantly warm water (around 37 – 38 °C). Make sure to use either a gentle soap that won’t irritate your infant’s skin, or simply use water. If you find that your infant’s skin is becoming too dry, it is possible that the water temperature is too warm. You may also consider switching to a glycerin based soap. Remember that water that is too cold can lead to hypothermia. Pay attention to the air temperature of the room, as you don’t want your baby to cool down too quickly. Gently scrub your infants skin, and spend between 3 – 5 minutes bathing them.
Wash your infants hair when you feel it necessary, remember to use only a mild shampoo designed for babies as the shampoo may cause tears. As with the bathing, simply washing with water is an option as well.
Because infants’ skin loses moisture so quickly, you will need to applay a moisturizer after each bath. Tab dry your infant’s skin but leave it slightly moist as this helps the moisturizer to spread evenly and get into the skin properly. Make sure to apply in one direction.
Pay close attention to when your infant’s diaper is wet, or smelly. Urine and feces can burn an infant’s skin if left too long, and cause a rash. Change the diaper as soon as possible, clean the area and then apply a powder.
Baby needs daily massages, and this should be done two to three times per day. A great time to do this is around half an hour before baby’s bath time. As with all skin products, make sure that your massage oil or cream is mild and non-irritating.
It’s very easy to make your own herbal baby oil that is ideal for massage, or even to put in baby’s bath water. All you’ll need are clean glass jars or mason jars, organic chamomile and calendula flowers, and cold pressed extra virgin olive oil.
Simply half fill your jar with a combination of the chamomile and calendula flowers, then fill the rest of the jar with the olive oil. Make sure to leave about a one-inch space at the top. Place a piece of plastic wrap over the top of the jar and then cap it.
The next step is to leave the olive oil for 6 – 8 weeks, shaking it gently daily. After the 6 – 8 weeks strain the oil and discard the herbs. Strain the oil through cheesecloth several times to make sure that no tiny herb particles are left.
When using the oil, simply warm a small amount in your hands before applying it to baby.
Choosing the Right Baby Skin Care Products
There are a number of things to think about when choosing a product to use on your infant.
Firstly, make sure that the product you are going to use is specifically meant for babies. Adult skin is much tougher than infant skin, and a product for an adult may cause severe skin irritation for baby.
Secondly, make sure that the product you are using is mild and chemical free. It’s a good idea to go for fragrance free products, as fragrances are often an irritant. Also avoid products with coloring agents.
Lastly, check the product label for skin irritants. While natural products are usually the best for baby’s skin, certain herbs and oils like peppermint or mentholated oils are not suitable for an infant’s skin. If unsure, do a quick search online to check.