Baby Skin Care: A Simple Guide
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Who doesn’t love kissable soft delicate baby skin? The tender skin of children bound to get dry often. Some kids are naturally predisposed to dryness, but all kids have skin that's thinner and more sensitive than adults, making it more unprotected to changes in the weather.
A baby’s sweat glands are not operational until they are at least 5-6 months, so the naturally hot and humid condition will cause irritation, and for the very same reason baby’s skin lacks stability and is very sensitive to tough chemicals.
Why we should use pH balanced products ?
There’s one protective layer on baby’s skin called Acid Mantle. It is a natural protective layer that sits on the skin of, a new-born. And it prevents the entry of harmful chemicals and irritants into the skin from outside, and help baby’s tender skin to maintain hydration and moisture.
The pH of the skin is around 5.5. For maintaining healthy skin this pH should not get disturbed. Cosmetic products, hard detergents, soaps disturb the natural pH of the skin and damage the Acid mantle. Using pH balanced products will help to protect the layer which will help prevents water loss and dryness of the skin.
How to choose baby skin care products?
Choosing the right product for baby skin care is essential, In this era of advertisings we get confused with recommendations, Labels of Natural products are not 100% free of chemicals and preservatives. So read the label before purchasing and research for the unfamiliar ingredients, also choose baby products as per your baby’s skin. Avoid products with perfumes, alcohol, detergents. Use soap-free cleansers.
Moisturizers can be exceptionally beneficial in preventing and dealing with a baby's dry skin. For kids with dry or delicate skin, stick to products that contain both water and oils but no fragrances. For the best results, apply moisturizer generously after bath time, when your child’s skin is wet. Use products free of parabens, dyes & phthalates.
Baby Laundry Products:-
We parents often get over cautious to buy and choose safe baby laundry products, but as long as you are washing your clothing properly to ensure that detergent residue doesn’t last in the fabric, then routine laundry detergents do not certainly pose a trouble to baby skin, so the best advice is to rinse one more time after a wash to make sure there is no residue detergent.
Pro tips to maintain healthy skin for babies & Toddler.
- Clip the nails regularly to prevent those minor scratches on the skin.
- Maintain Hydration – giving an adequate amount of juice and water to babies will help to maintain skin moisture. However, babies up to 6 months should be given exclusive breastfeeding, they don’t require additional water.
- Use coconut oil or petroleum gel for new-born to prevent diaper rashes.
- Limit sun exposure between 10 am to 4 pm when UV rays are strongest.
- Massaging daily is helping to improve blood circulation and keeps the skin healthy. Using natural oil like coconut, olive or Almond oil is the best choice.
- Don’t rub baby skin after bath, instead tap gently and make dry. rubbing will harm the thin skin layer and will cause more irritation to skin.
Contact your paediatric or dermatologist doctor if you notice Rash, patch, scaly skin or any unusual symptom on baby’s skin.
Dr. Mariya Vhora is an Ayurveda doctor and diploma in Emergency Medical Services with 7 years of clinical experience. After being promoted to precious Motherhood, now she is a SAHM, who shares her beautiful journey of motherhood with a positive parenting approach through her informative blogs.
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