As promised, this month I’ll be chatting about how best to look after your baby’s skin.
The first thing to remember is that your baby has spent nine months in fluid. Their skin is thinner than ours and obviously paler. But it is also blemish free (barring the odd birthmark) and remarkably adaptable.
Yes, they are prone to rashes and irritations every now and again, but the most incredible thing about their skin is its ability to 100% repair itself. Their cell turn over is very high, so the skin repairs itself incredibly quickly.
If your baby has normal skin, it doesn’t need very much doing to it, except cleaning and moisturising. As I mentioned before, you need to use the correct products, otherwise you could strip the skin of its protective barrier, and then you’ll get problems like eczema.
Always bath them in warm water (literally just above room temperature) for 5 or so minutes. Try not to keep them in there too long, or you’ll start to compromise their barrier (like when your skin starts to wrinkle after you’ve been in a bath for a while).
Pat your baby dry instead of rubbing, as this will reduce friction on the skin, and apply moisturising cream while the skin is still damp, but make sure your baby is dry before dressing.
Applying a good quality body cream that is rich in emollients like Cetaphil Baby’s new Daily Body Lotion with Shea Butter, will help to keep their skin soft and supple, as well as help protect that all-important barrier. You could also use a baby oil, (try Kiehl’s or SOiL) but be careful, as they can get incredibly slippery afterwards. Learning some baby massage techniques will help to boost blood circulation as well as calm your baby before bed.
Keeping your baby’s skin healthy isn’t complicated, but it does require consistency. Stick with your programme, and you should have no problems. But obviously if you do have any concerns, it’s best to talk to your nurse or paed for their advice.