How to care for your baby’s sensitive skin
February 27, 2019
There’s a reason we talk about skin being “baby-soft”. There really is nothing like your beautiful baby’s super-soft skin! But baby skin is highly sensitive, too. In this post, we’ll look at common skincare problems for babies and newborns, such as diaper rash or allergies – and how you can help your child.
Common skincare issues for babies
Most parents will have to manage skincare issues at some point. Because of how sensitive babies are, their skin is vulnerable to rashes and allergies. Here are some of the most common problems you might see:
⁃ Diaper rash. Diaper rash is a common problem, and it’s very uncomfortable for your baby! Make sure you change and clean the baby frequently. Diarrhea, taking antibiotics, or a change in diet can also cause an outbreak.
⁃ Sensitive skin. If you use products with harsh chemicals, your baby’s skin may react badly. That’s why it’s always better to use dermatologically-tested, child-friendly products – with as few additives as possible.
⁃ Allergies. If your child gets rashes very frequently, or seems unusually sensitive, then look into the possibility of allergies. They might be reacting to certain foods, chemicals, or other triggers in their environment.
⁃ Eczema or dermatitis. Many babies will also suffer from eczema, also known as dermatitis. This is when their immune system is hyperactive, causing painful red rashes. Talk to your pediatrician about how to recognize and manage eczema.
Of course, rashes can be caused by other diseases, too. Make sure you can recognize serious rashes, such as the distinctive pattern of measles, meningitis, or hand-foot-and-mouth. This article has lots of valuable info!
Skincare for babies
The best strategy is prevention. It’s much easier to maintain healthy skin than to cure a rash or outbreak! So here are some top tips for healthy skin:
• Stay hydrated. Make sure your child drinks plenty of fluids, including milk, juice and water.
• Eat oily fish. There is some evidence to suggest that oily fish helps keep skin hydrated, too. Start your baby with oily fish such as salmon.
• Keep fingernails short. Yes, we know – cutting baby’s nails is a chore for both of you. But short nails reduce the possibility of scratching and itching, that could make rashes worse.
• Bathtime routine. When you finish bathing, gently pat baby’s skin dry – don’t rub with a harsh towel. Follow up with a gentle moisturizer that’s designed for infant skin.
A healthy diet makes a big difference to your baby’s skin. All First Spoons meals are free from allergy-triggering additives, and give your baby all the nutrients they need to grow healthy and strong.