Baby’s skin is super sensitive and needs extra care and attention throughout the year. Their skin undergoes a lot of changes that can result in rashes and reddening. In the beginning, you might also find your baby’s skin peeling off and that’s a very natural process. They are shedding off their flaky skin and letting healthier skin grow.
Also, you might not know this but, you cannot continue with the same skincare tips that you use during summers, in winters. Different months require different skincare methods because a baby’s skin reacts differently to all weathers and conditions.
Here are some basics about skincare methods for babies that as parents might help you efficiently. We are also helping you understand different methods during different times of the year.
A perfect bath does exist and that is what you should provide to your child. They do not need to take a bath every day because their skin is sensitive and they don’t do much work to get wholesome cleaning (bath) every day. Remember that you are not using hot water for your baby as it might damage your baby’s skin. Use warm water and check the temperature with your elbows for perfect results.
While bathing your baby, use a handful of water and pour it over their shoulders. That will help them get attuned to the bathing experience and not feel suffocated with the sudden rush of water on their face. This will also prevent your baby from catching a cold.
Be extremely gentle while cleaning their heads. Use a washcloth to clean the scalp while using shampoo. Also, if you are not planning for a complete bath and just want to clean the baby’s head, use a kitchen sink instead. By using the sink, you will not have to crouch, which can be difficult for mothers after childbirth. Also, the sink’s height will be perfect with that of yours. Remember to sterilize the sink before use.
While picking up, make sure you are not exerting extra force on the baby’s skin in order to hold them tightly. Baby’s skin is extremely sensitive and can bear marks from pressure immediately. Hold them from beneath their arms and use your fingers to support their head. That way, you will not put any unnecessary pressure on the skin and your baby won’t have any risk of slipping either.
Diapers can be a nightmare for the babies and for you as well. If you don’t change them frequently, your baby will get rashes that will pain them and as a result, you will suffer! Diaper rules are quite easy when followed correctly. Remember that when urine and stool mix, they cause ammonia acid that causes all the rashes on the baby’s bum. As you don’t want that to happen, remember to keep a check on your baby’s diaper from time to time, especially after they’re fed. While cleaning, use the softest wipes possible and do not forget to clean between the skin folds. Once the cleaning is done, use oil or jelly-based products to moisturize their bums. It will prevent rashes from all the wiping. Also, let the moisture dry off before putting back the diaper. Remember to not use any diaper or product with a strong fragrance.
Always use baby products like shampoos, moisturizers, soaps that are fragrance-free and tear-free. Do not use any anti-bacterial product as they might be too harsh on your baby. Even if you are using the most expensive baby-product that you could afford, do not be 100% sure. Sometimes, your baby’s skin might react differently to the products that you use. So, always wait and check if your baby is having any reaction to the product.
Skincare Tips During Summers.
Providing your child with enough sunlight is extremely important for them during their growing phase. There are plenty of natural vitamins that the sun provides that your child needs. However, remember that your child cannot understand when they have had too much sun and when it’s harming them. Their skin is extremely delicate and they won’t be able to tell you if they are having a sunburn. Keep a check on your baby’s skin and if there’s an alarming amount of reddening, retreat immediately. Use an umbrella to make sure your baby is having a balanced amount of vitamin D.
Consult with your pediatrician regarding the best sunscreen for your child. Babies after the age of 6 months can have sunscreen applied to their skin. Use a good, smell-free sunscreen lotion with a good amount of SPF (else it will be a waste). Apply it like a ritual before you take your baby out in the sun.
Para-aminobenzoic or PABA and cinnamates are the main ingredients in any baby product that can cause skin allergies in your kid. If your baby is showing any kind of allergy to the product that you’re using, check whether the product contains these ingredients. If they do, switch to something different immediately.
Skincare Tips During Winters
Dry skin is not the skincare problem faced only by adults – it is common among babies too. During winters, the air has a lesser amount of moisture and that makes the skin dry. Babies’ skins are especially sensitive so they dry out fast. The simplest way is to apply a good amount of moisturizer on their skin. Make sure the products do not have any strong fragrance or alcohol content. Also, remember not to use too warm or hot water while bathing them.
Babies are always drooling and licking their lips. Sometimes, parents forget to clean the lips properly after they are done feeding the baby and some times, babies have a drippy nose. These all can be the reason for your baby to have chapped lips during the winters. We all know that when lips get extremely chapped, they crack. And, while it might be bearable for us, it is painful for babies. Use petroleum jelly to keep your babies’ lips moisturized.
During winters, because of the cold, the blood circulation becomes a little slow and as a result, the extreme points in the body get less blood. Hence, the extremities like finger, toes, etc. can get frostbites. To avoid the frostbite and the reddening, make sure your baby is well covered when outside. Use mittens, cap, gloves, and socks and do not stay out with your baby for too long in cold.