Needless to say…
In his mother’s womb, the baby is well protected…
From birth and throughout its growth, your mother will always do her best to take care of your skin..
Keep in mind, though, each month your little one is developing new skills and starts exploring the world..
Thus, more vulnerable to the outside environment
Click here to know your baby’s basic stages of development
If this is your first baby and you are wondering what is the best thing to do, then keep reading to know more..
Here are our tips for taking good care of your child’s skin…
Ensure good skin hydration
The skin ensures in particular the exchange of heat and water between the body and the air.
It is therefore essential that it is always well hydrated.
Good hydration in infants begins with a good intake of milk and water.
Remember to offer it regularly, whatever the season, especially if the child is moving a lot or if he is sick.
If your baby has dry skin, do not hesitate to seek advice from a health professional (pediatrician, midwife, attending physician) who will direct you to a suitable cream or milk.
In any case, do not use your own creams, designed for adult skin.
Likewise, change your baby’s diaper very regularly to avoid any kind of skin irritation or infection.
If your baby has sensitive skin, the change can be made with water and baby soap.
Beware of sometimes aggressive wipes…
If in doubt, ask your doctor!
Check out the Newbabysmell.com guide on how to keep your baby’s skin healthy
Protect the skin surface from water
The surface of the baby’s skin is fragile, so the first layer that protects it must be preserved.
That’s being said, Mommy..
Avoid too frequent and too long baths, especially if your water is hot.
Another point of attention: the shampoo and the washing gel must be adapted to the age of the child.
Here is a Newborn Checklist to get suitable products for your baby…
Keep in mind, though,
.. it is highly recommended to use formulas with neutral pH (such as superfatted soap) and use them sparingly and gently.
After the bath, drying is an important moment..
.. the gestures will be light so as not to irritate the skin, without forgetting the folds (neck, groin, seat…).
In fact, on the one hand, the evaporation of water dries up the skin area, on the other hand, fungi can develop in wet areas.
Likewise, limit the toddler’s swimming in swimming pools (presence of cleaning products) or in natural environments whose quality is not necessarily optimal.
Beware of external aggressions
For infants: Infants have very fragile eyes and skin, so it is important not to expose them to the sun.
For kids: Avoid exposure between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. as much as possible.
… even under a beach umbrella that filters only 95% of UV rays and lets 5% pass through its canvas.
Give your kid a drink regularly to avoid any risk of heatstroke.
In general, be sure to limit the length of exposure.
Regardless of the time and place of exposure, kids should wear a hat and sunglasses with a UV filter and wrap-around frames.
It is helpful to have them wear protective clothing that protects the skin from the sun’s rays.
Even more than adults, toddlers are very sensitive to external aggressions.
Thus, the sun can cause sunburn, that is, burns!
Remember to always cover your child with an anti-UV t-shirt or overalls, a hat, and high protection sunscreen (minimum index 50)..
If your kid bathes, in the sea or the swimming pool, it will be necessary to do it again once you get home…
If you live in a windy area, in the mountains, or by the sea, be aware that the wind or cold can dry out or even irritate the skin,
So, be careful not to expose your baby too much to it.
Minimize the risk of irritation
Your child’s skin is mainly in contact with their diapers and clothing.
Choose gentle and soft materials such as cotton and don’t forget to wash them the first time before they are worn.
Also, limit the use of detergent and fabric softener, check that its composition is hypoallergenic and as natural as possible.
If you observe the appearance of dryness or irritation, do not hesitate to change the material used.
If possible, wash your child’s laundry separately from the rest of the family.
In the event of a suspected skin allergy, it is essential to contact your doctor to perform the appropriate verification tests.
It is important to protect your child’s skin well from birth.
As your baby grows up, his skin will become mature and able to protect himself better.
However, be sure to keep the right skin care routine to make the baby ready to face the outside conditions of all kinds!
Dema JS is the founder of newbabysmell.com and a mother of two little kids.
Dema had her MBA from St. John’s University- NYC in dual concentrations: Executive Management and Marketing Management.