Skin care for babies has undeniably created a big industry. When you go out to purchase just a baby shampoo, you will find yourself browsing through an aisle filled with so many varieties to choose from. Babies have very delicate skin, and the best way to take care of it is to avoid exposure to any potential allergens and chemicals.
Babies born to parents who have allergies and skin problems should be protected to exposure to such allergens. Typically a laundry detergent that is fragrance free and dye free can be less irritating to your baby’s skin. It is also important to wash your baby’s clothes, blankets and beddings separately from the rest of the family’s laundry. This will minimize any possible contact with allergens that can cause skin problems for your baby. Newly purchased baby clothes should also be washed prior to use.
The immune system of a baby at birth is still developing. With babies who are prone to having allergic reactions, try not to use baby soaps too often because it can irritate and dry your baby’s sensitive skin. You can safely use cleansers and washes because they are mild for babies. A baby who is exposed to too much chemicals early on, can develop skin allergies as they grow older. It is also not recommended to bathe your baby too often because it will only remove natural oils, which serve to protect your baby’s skin.
Parents should remember that babies usually spend their time indoors, and most of their time is spent either feeding or sleeping. Sponge baths can do the job in keeping your baby clean. A simple routine of using water and cleansers are essential during diaper changes. Baby wipes are convenient but choose the non-perfumed and alcohol free variety because it will prevent your baby’s skin from irritation and drying.
Parents often safely assume that when a product is labeled hypoallergenic, it is less likely to cause allergies. However, this will not mean that the product is gentle on the skin as compared to others. A better alternative is to choose natural skin care products for your baby. Although this may less likely cause irritation, parents with a history of allergies should still watch out for any reactions on their baby. There is a tendency that your baby may be sensitive to herbs or botanicals contained in some products.
You can protect your baby’s skin from diaper rash by liberally applying petroleum jelly. It will create a barrier that prevents direct contact with the soiled diaper, which then prevents skin irritation. Frequent diaper changes as well as proper cleansing are also necessary in preventing diaper rash. Avoid rubbing your baby’s skin after a wash. Instead, pat dry your baby’s skin to prevent further irritation. There are also eczema cortisone creams that are readily available, which help in decreasing inflammation and redness.
It may also be wise to avoid using baby powder if you can. Cornstarch based powders are safer for infants because talcum powder can cause lung problems when inhaled. A diaper rash can be caused by yeast, and it can feed on cornstarch. It may not be best to use baby powders if your baby is too sensitive.
If you need to moisturize your baby’s skin, you can use baby lotion. Parents can use baby lotion sparingly for newborns. Some parents would substitute baby oil to lotion, but your baby’s skin does not absorb baby oil well. A good way to use baby oils is during massages. Your baby will greatly benefit from massages because it can trigger hormones and boost immunity. It is also a wonderful time to bond with your baby.
Caring for your baby’s skin may seem too complicated. The truth in the matter is that, the lesser you expose your baby to certain chemicals, the better it will be for his skin. While it may be tempting to purchase so many products, which may be good for your baby’s skin, sometimes it is best to just stick to the basics.