Skin Care Tips for Your Baby Infants

Perhaps your baby’s skincare routine is essential throughout this transition.  An infant’s skin is not as developed as that of an adult. Because the outer, more keratinised layer is not well-formed, and the dermis is also thin, it must be protected. A good quality moisturiser containing glycerine, liquid paraffin, natural lipids, aquaxyl, oatmeal, ceramides and other natural ingredients like Vitamin E, Jojoba oil, coconut oil, olive oil or aloe vera is recommended.

Moisturiser should be parabens free, fragrance-free, and non-irritant. Thousands of brands are available in the market, and remember, costlier is not always better. Choice of moisturiser depends on skin types, weather conditions and medical conditions. Usually, cream and emollient should be applied in winter. The lotion is preferred during summer. Ointments should be applied on small areas like the palm and sole. Avoid glycerine if the skin is already dried as it is hygroscopic and can worsen the condition. Apply it gently after bath. While bathing, your baby’s temperature in the water should be lukewarm; avoid harsh detergent or additional disinfectant. Use of milder moisturiser based body wash.

Avoid prolonged baths; ideally, it should be limited to 5-10 minutes. Pat dry with a soft towel and apply moisturiser. Recognise early signs of skin allergy/ infections like redness, dried, scaly areas or excoriations. Take prompt care and consult a dermatologist. Avoid using home remedies like the application of garlic, vinegar, toothpaste, and turmeric paste as they may harm or worsen the condition. Never use OTC cream as it may be equally harmful as oral medicine.

As a mother, you to give an umbrella coverage to your little one. Clothing is also a very important part of routine care. Always choose cotton, hypoallergic, breathable fabrics for kids. Avoid synthetic, nylon, elasticated fabric as it may cause allergies. Selection of clothes is very important as is gives comfort as identity both.

Be careful, be safe and enjoy summer.

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