Your newborn is home now, and you are settling into a daily routine. Keeping your baby warm and nourished stays in the top of your priority list.
Your baby’s skin is delicate and so is the baby’s immune system. Chemicals and dyes in clothing, detergents, and baby products can cause skin irritation, dryness, and rashes in your baby. So taking at most care is much needed.
A newborn is born with a wrinkly skin and a protective covering called vernix that peels off naturally. So, you do not need to rush it, rub it, or treat it with lotions.
Here a few tips on how to care for your baby’s skin, and subsequently protect your baby from rashes and skin diseases:
● Frequent bathing more than three times a week during the first year of life removes the natural oils from your baby’s skin. It leaves the baby’s skin dry and vulnerable, aggravating eczema. Except for drool and diaper changes, babies don’t get very dirty. So, resist the urge to bathe your baby frequently. Choose a syndet over the soap , soap has alkaline pH and dries your skin further. Syndets are skin friendly with pH 5.5
● Change your baby’s diaper frequently and wipe gently but thoroughly each time with baby wipes. Air-dry your baby’s bottom properly so moisture doesn’t lead to an irritating diaper rash.
● Make use of laundry detergents that are fragrance-free and dye-free. Wash your baby’s clothes, bedding, and blankets separately from the family’s laundry.
● Use skin-care products made especially for babies, such as fragrance-free and tear-free shampoos and lotions. Also, be watchful of baby’s reaction to these products in case of allergy. It’s important to keep your baby’s skin moisturized, so always have lotions in hand.