Caring for Your Baby’s Skin. 4 Ways to Ensure Your Child’s Skin Stays Beautiful
One of the joys of parenthood is the feeling of holding your baby close and enjoying the feel of perfect skin against your own. This feeling rapidly disappears if your child suffers from one of the many baby’s skin ailments they are at risk of, and that is why it is so important to be aware of how to help your baby keep its skin healthy. Your doctor or midwife should give you advice about this soon after leaving the hospital (if not before), but just in case you are still in the dark about the best things to do, and the things to avoid, here are some suggestions that will help you care for your baby’s skin.
You will obviously need to keep your baby as clean as possible, but unfortunately, some parents can become obsessive about bathing. If you think that it is necessary to bath your baby every day, you are far from the mark, and need to cut down. Too much bathing can actually lead to dry skin, so only bathe a child when necessary, and never for more than 10 minutes. Two or Three times a week is plenty for a baby.
Your new born child produces less natural oil in their skin than you or I, and this means you need to help. Make sure that you moisturize your baby’s skin at least twice a day, but only use an appropriate lotion. In reality, hypoallergenic only means less likely to cause a reaction; though the product could still contain chemicals, so natural, organic products are probably safer. However, your baby could still suffer from an allergic reaction to some plants and herbs used, so as always be vigilant for pimples and rashes. You should definitely avoid using anything containing phthalate and paraben as these are known to have bad effects.
Often overlooked when thinking about a child’s skin are the fabrics that it may encounter, but the right fabrics are, in fact, vital for a child. The chemicals used in the preparation of fabrics a baby may wear are often the cause of allergies and eczema, and can have far worse effects. It must also be remembered that the detergents used to clean clothes can be incredibly irritating to a baby’s sensitive skin, so avoid them at all costs. It is vital that your child’s clothes are always washed before being worn and choosing natural fabrics will help to lessen any likely hood of a reaction to the materials your baby will encounter. Even a baby’s crib mattress could have an effect on a child’s health and skin condition, and using an organic crib mattress will help alleviate any possible problems that a conventional mattress could cause through added chemicals and treatments that may have been used.
Last but not least, you need to think about the weather. Needless to say, your baby should never be left exposed to the sun, so make sure you always take the proper precautions against exposure to the sun’s rays; making sure any products you use are suitable. Your baby should also never be exposed to the wind or the cold, as both of these can also cause skin problems.
Your baby is vulnerable to so many things that you, as the parent, will have a full time job protecting it from danger. However, if you are trying to look after your children’s skin, hopefully these tips will make your job a little easier.