When holding your baby, you will immediately notice how smooth and soft their skin is. However, despite their young age, your baby can develop a range of skin conditions. As can be seen in this article, these include eczema, acne, and heat rash. Thankfully, these conditions are rarely serious, although you should still see your child’s GP for advice. However, to prevent the onset of certain skin conditions, there is a number of things you can do.
Limit the amount of baths they take
Sure, your baby will get a little smelly occasionally, but you should resist the urge to bathe them daily. Experts suggest 2-3 times a week, as constant bathing could dry out their skin and remove those substances that can protect them from infections and various skin irritants. So, wash and clean your baby by all means, but use gentle wipes and specialist cleaning products on those days when they aren’t in the bath. Then, when it is time for them to have their weekly bath, follow these tips to protect your little one’s skin from any harm.
Choose gentle skincare products
There is much you will need to buy for your baby, but in everything you purchase, care must always be taken. Their safety must always be your first priority, so research the various products that your baby needs. These include the skincare products you buy for your little one, as certain products contain harsh chemicals that can be bad for your baby’s skin. These can include the soaps and moisturisers you might buy, as not all of them will be suitable for children of a very young age. So, commit to research online, find out what products are safe to use, and make a note of those ingredients that need to be avoided.
Moisturise your baby regularly
Baby skin gets dry very easily, so you need to moisturise it as much as possible. This is especially important on a warm day or when they have just come out of the bath, as these are the instances in which their skin might become dryer than normal. As we suggested above, be sure to use those gentle products that are good for your baby’s skin, so be sure to check the ingredients within. Aveeno cream is worth considering and is suitable for baby’s over 3 months, but check online or with your pharmacist for any other lotions that are suitable for your baby.
Be careful when out in the sun
This is common sense, of course, because like you, your baby could get sunburn. They might also suffer from heat rash and dry skin when out in the sun, so you do need to protect your baby. This means keeping them in the shade as much as possible, whether they are in the car or in their stroller. And this means keeping their skin covered as much as possible, with loose-fitting clothes (to avoid becoming too hot) and a sun hat to protect their delicate bodies. Read this article by Babycentre for more sun-related advice.
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