As with anything that has to do with health and wellness, it’s always wise to seek the advice of an expert when it comes to general baby care. With 27 years in pedia practice, Dr. Royce Mangubat shares useful information on baby care, focusing on basic care for your baby’s skin. Read up, mommies!
On differences between adult and baby skin
Infant skin is found to have higher water content. It is able to absorb and lose water faster than adult skin. A baby’s paper cut will heal faster than yours because a little one’s skin is a growing, healing machine. It all has to do with the skin’s structure, which changes dramatically as we age from 9 weeks to 90 years.
On baby care, specifically proper care for newborn’s skin
It is normal for babies to have dry, ﬂaky skin. This is treated with ointment or cream that’s safe for very little babies. Their skin is so thin that anything that you put on their skin can go right through, into the body. The chemicals in some products could hurt your baby.
Do not use any powder or oil on your baby’s skin. Powders get in the air, babies could breathe them in and they can hurt their lungs. Oils clog the skin pores and cause rashes and infections.
On the common skin and baby care mistakes moms commit
Sometimes, parents simply try to do too much. Doing less when caring for baby’s skin is very often more. The thing to remember is that babies go from a fluid-filled environment to a much drier one. So during the first month, please do not use creams or ointments on a baby’s skin. Even if baby acne appears, almost always nothing needs to be done. Parents just need to give their baby’s skin time to adjust to its new environment.
Also, although fragrances can leave a very nice scent, your baby’s skin can actually be very sensitive to them. This can result in a rash or increased nasal congestion. And be careful of “natural” creams or ointments — just because it says “natural” doesn’t mean your baby’s skin will not be sensitive to it.
On baby care and rashes
1. Prickly Heat
Babies can get heat rash sometimes called ‘prickly heat’ when they are dressed too warmly or when the weather is very hot. This is a red or pink rash usually found on body areas covered by clothing. It often itches and makes your baby uncomfortable. Doctors call this rash ‘miliaria.’
To help the rash go away, remove your baby from the warm setting. Dress your child in light, loose clothing and give him or her a cool bath.
2. Diaper Rash
Diaper rash is red and sore skin on a baby’s bottom or genitals, caused by wearing a wet diaper for a long time. Urine and stool can irritate the skin. Diaper rash can happen when babies sleep for many hours without waking. Sometimes an infection from bacteria or yeast can cause a diaper rash.
If your baby has diaper rash, take extra care to keep him or her as dry as possible.
3. Rash Around the Mouth Area
Avoiding skin rashes will keep your baby smiling and happy: use a gentle detergent to wash everything that touches your infant’s skin, from bedding and blankets, to towels and even your own clothes. You’ll cut down on the likelihood of baby developing irritated or itchy skin.
Quick points on what to consider when choosing skin care product for babies
- Less is more
- Skip the antibacterial soap
- Avoid fragrances
- Try the product first
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