A newborn’s arrival brings a lot of happiness and concern in the lives of parents. It also brings a huge responsibility for the parents to choose the best for the baby. Understanding your baby might be difficult initially but as you get along with the baby, you start noticing things and habits that your baby is comfortable with.
Baby’s skin is 3 times thinner than adult skin and takes time to develop the protective barrier, which is why it is more prone to infections, dryness, and rashes. Here’s a list of the 11 most effective skincare tips to keep your newborn’s skin perfectly healthy.
The umbilical stump takes about 2 weeks to fall off and it might even take a little longer in some other babies. Parents should be patient till it turns black and falls off on its own. Don’t try to clean it just because it might look yellow, greasy and smell a little foul.
Newborn babies have extremely flexible nails that grow quickly. The nails may grow to be quite sharp for the baby’s soft skin, which can easily scratch or hurt the baby. Use a pair of baby nail scissors to carefully cut your baby’s nails avoiding nicking their skin.
Massage your baby regularly with baby oil which is free from harsh chemicals like parabens, mineral oil, has a botanical base and is non-sticky hydrates your baby’s delicate skin. Sebamed soothing massage oil contains wheat germ oil & soya oil which provides 100% protection to your babies’ skin.
Benefits of massaging include-
Do not bathe your baby more than once a day as babies don’t get as dirty as adults do. Sponge bath your baby with lukewarm water till the time the umbilical cord has fallen off. Bathing too frequently removes the natural oils present in the skin causing dryness, redness, and rashes and increases the risk for eczema. Use a gentle baby wash with pH 5.5 which builds the protective barrier of the skin, necessary to prevent any infections. It also nourishes the skin in addition to removing dirt.
Baby skincare products must be free from harsh chemicals. Gentle Cleansers like Sebamed pH 5.5 baby skincare range is ideal for the baby’s delicate skin.
The pH value of perfectly healthy baby skin is 5.5. At this pH level, the protective barrier of the skin remains intact. Due to this the skin immunity is greatly improved leading to protection from dryness, rashes, and infections.
When buying products for your baby, make sure you check the pH.
Dry Skin is a very common problem in kids. It can also lead to rashes and redness. Baby’s skin absorbs moisture easily but can lose it even faster which is why it is extremely important to keep your baby’s skin hydrated.
Moisturizing the baby with a baby cream that takes gentle care of the skin’s protective barrier, enriched with the goodness of natural oils and free from harsh chemicals like parabens, phthalates etc, helps in keeping the skin soft and supple.
#7. Avoid Excessive Sunlight
The human body requires vitamin D to absorb calcium which strengthens the bones and teeth of babies. It also provides immunity against diseases at later stages in life. Sun is the best source of vitamin D. But it is not wise to expose babies to direct sunlight for a longer duration as their skin is more prone to heat rashes and harmful rays of the sun.
Limit sun exposure during the peak intensity hours i.e. between 10 am to 4 pm. Dress your baby in full-sleeved cotton clothing and use a wide-brimmed hat to protect your baby from heat rash.
#8. Shampoo Your Baby’s Hair
Do not be afraid to wash your baby’s hair with a shampoo. The key is to use a shampoo that is really gentle for your baby and can maintain the protective barrier of the scalp. Irritation in the eyes due to the irritants present in the shampoo could be a major discomfort for the baby.
Choose a shampoo that is irritant free like Sebamed’s baby shampoo which is 100% soap-free and maintains a pH value of 5.5 for the development of healthy scalp and hair. It is ideal for your little one as it is specially designed for babies with no tears formula.
#9. Use Cleansing Wipes
Babies need extra care and protection from germs in the initial days as their skin immunity is not developed properly. Cleaning their skin with a wipe in the folds like creases in the arms or legs, behind the ears and after changing diapers maintains proper hygiene.
Sebamed wipes are soft and come with a mild cleansing lotion and an antibacterial effect, ideal for your baby’s delicate skin.
#10. Choose Soft Fabrics
A baby’s skin is more prone to skin irritation, allergies, and rashes. Using clothes made up of synthetic fibers or clothes with heavy dyes or chemicals may increase the risk of these allergies or skin conditions.
Make sure you use soft and comfortable clothing like cotton for your baby as it minimizes skin irritation. Even the blankets must also be selected keeping the same thing in the mind.
#11. Diaper Rash
Diaper rash is a common skin problem. However, it can be totally avoided by changing wet diapers frequently. Don’t use diapers that are too tight for your baby. Use a rash cream that is based on pH 5.5 and natural oils which will protect the baby’s delicate skin from rashes.
When To See A Doctor
In case of medical emergencies like an unexplained painful skin rash or redness, it is always better to see a doctor instead of trying a homemade remedy. In case a problem persists for a longer time, rush to a doctor. Keep these 11 tips in mind for healthy baby skin.