A newborn baby skin is DIFFERENT from adult skin.
The differences are newborns have a thinner outer layer (aka epidermis) of skin than adults. A thinner outer layer of skin means increased risk to irritation.
Be cautious of using too much soap and fragranced products for this reason. Secondly, baby skin has higher water content than adult skin. Thus, baby skin has quicker absorption as well as quicker water loss. Because of these differences your baby needs a special daily skin care routine.
Baby Skin Care Basic
- A massage is an important one-on-one time. Research shows that a baby’s very survival depends on being touched by others – as touch triggers hormones, boosts immunity, and helps fight disease. Also, massaged babies are calmer, sleep better, and cry less — every parent’s dream!
- There’s no special technique for massage. Lay the baby on a soft blanket or fabric massage the baby’s chest and tummy with a warm baby oil or lotion and make eye contact and talk to the baby.
Following a regular bath calms a baby and also washes away oils and excess dry skin which is not good for the baby.
- Using warm water in most areas is more than sufficient. Save your fragrance-free, ph-balanced soap for the areas that need it, like baby bottoms and chubby folds of skin.
- Moisturisers replenishes what your baby’s skin loses and gives your child a protective barrier.
- Ensure that you moisturiser your baby within 2- 3 minutes after bathing.
- When choosing the moisturiser it is preferable to use a fragrance free, hypoallergenic, preservative free moisturiser as your baby’s skin will be very sensitive.
- Most often, diaper rash is caused by the irritating wetness of a soiled diaper.
- The rash can also develop when baby’s skin is not properly dried after a bath.
- Sometimes, a bacteria or yeast infection will cause diaper rash.
- Babies taking antibiotics are especially vulnerable to a yeast infection diaper rash because the drugs allow fungal growth.
- Check diapers frequently and change every 3 hours
- Wash the diaper area with mild fragrance-free cleanser or plain water.
- Use a soft, baby wipes preferably perfume or alcohol free wipes
- Pat baby dry. Don’t rub. Let the diaper area air-dry fully before putting on a fresh diaper.
- Apply a thick layer of diaper creams containing zinc oxide before every diaper change
See your pediatrician if the rash doesn’t clear up in two to three days. If the rash is caused by eczema, a bacterial or yeast infection, or other condition, you may need a prescription treatment.