A newborn baby’s skin is extremely sensitive. As your baby’s immune system develops, you will want to be delicate about baby skin care. For instance, chemicals, fragrances, and dyes in baby products, clothing, and detergents can cause your newborn problems, such as skin irritation, rashes, and dryness. Check out these 7 things you need to know about baby skin care.
1. Baby born with wrinkly skin
A newborn baby is born with a protective covering known as vernix. This vernix naturally peels off during the first week, so there is no need to “treat” it with lotions or ointments. However, if your baby is born after her due date, the vernix will peel off while she is in your womb.
2. Do not use scented baby products
Many scents are made from petroleum products and other chemicals which will agitate a baby’s sensitive skin.
3. Avoid bathing your baby every day
Did you know that too much bathing can remove the natural oils that protect your baby’s skin? You shouldn’t bathe your baby more than three times per week during her first year. This will prevent your baby’s skin from becoming too dry, which can also worsen eczema.
4. Wash your baby’s clothing with mild detergents
It’s true. Your baby’s skin is so sensitive that baby skin care involves how clothing is washed! Always wash your baby’s clothes before it is worn. In addition, only use detergents that are fragrance-free and dye-free. Although it is troublesome, it is best to wash your baby’s clothing and bedding separately from your laundry.
5. Caring for skin problems
Newborn skin problems, such as dry skin, eczema, or diaper rash can potentially develop after one month or two. You can prevent some of these problems by only bathing your baby once a week, avoiding baby scented products and synthetic clothing materials.
6. Diaper care
Diaper rash is very common among newborns, though they are usually caused by negligence on the parents’ end. So, take the following baby skin care precautions. First of all, check your baby’s diaper often and change them immediately when she soils it. Secondly, use soft and clean cloth instead of baby wipes. When changing her diapers, pat her dry instead of rubbing. Follow with petroleum jelly or baby powder. Most importantly, make sure her diaper area is dry before putting on her diaper as this leads to diaper rash.
7. Give your baby a massage
This is probably the best part about baby skin care. Babies love massages as they find touch calming. As a matter of fact, your baby’s immune system is closely linked to being touched by others. Most importantly, babies that get frequent massages sleep better and cry less.