The beautiful, fragile skin of your new little one requires the utmost care to keep it that way. A baby's skin is thin, soft, and fragile, but it can also fall prey to skin conditions like:
- Baby acne
- Heat rash
- Cradle cap
When babies are just born, their skin is wrinkly and vernix naturally peels off during the first couple of weeks. Avoid rubbing the skin or treating it with lotions or creams. Things like chemicals, dyes used on clothing, fragrances, detergents, and baby products can all have an affect on your little ones skin. Remember that when it comes to caring for your little one's skin: less is more. Here are some things you can do to help protect your baby from skin problems:
Avoid bathing your baby too often. Frequent bathes, more than three times a week, during your baby's first year will remove the natural oils that are meant to protect your baby's skin. This leaves the skin vulnerable to allergens, dust, and dirt, which can trigger eczema. Most pediatricians suggest a sponge bath two or three times a week to help keep your baby clean, instead of a full bath. While babies do drool and need diaper changes, cleaning the area with water and a gentle cleanser should suffice in most cases. Keep in mind too that certain infants are more prone to dry skin than others.
Avoid using baby products too often during your baby's younger months. Because the immune system is still developing, your baby's skin is more prone to skin problems like asthma and other allergies cause by allergic reaction to products. It's important to give your baby's immune system time to fully develop.
Wash your baby clothes before trying them on your little one. Only use laundry detergents that are free of fragrances and dyes. It's always a good idea to wash your baby's clothes, bedding, and blankets separately from the rest of the family's laundry.
Till your little one is above six months of age, you should keep them out of direct sunlight. Dress your baby in protective clothing when going outdoors, but keep it lightweight at the same time. Wearing heavy clothes during warm weather can cause heat rash and discomfort to your little one.