Nothing can compare to the deliciousness of your newborn’s skin in terms of texture and scent. Skincare for newborns ensures that your baby’s skin is smooth and supple. The market’s plethora of baby bath products, including baby lotions and potions, may leave you a little bewildered. However, there are several safe and effective products available. Regarding skincare for your newborn, keep in mind that it is up to 30% thinner than adult skin. During the first year, it continues to grow and thicken.
Consequently, allergens, topical treatments and sunlight aggravate it. Additionally, it dries up much faster. The FDA and the Skin Deep database, which contains more than 2,000 infant goods, are valuable sources of information about product safety. You need these six basic, evidence-based methods to care for and protect your baby’s skin, armed with product safety information:
Start with the fundamentals
Body wash for babies, baby shampoo, and lotion for diaper rash. Avoid using lotions and creams unless necessary. Initially, most healthy, full-term newborns don’t need any lotions or creams on their skin. It’s natural for a baby’s vernix (a creamy white covering) to fade off over time gradually. Flaky skin may also appear when your infant sheds her first layer of skin. Consult your baby’s doctor if you have any concerns about applying creams or lotions on them. Your baby’s skin may be more susceptible to allergies and eczema if irritated by things they come into contact with.
Just one new product should be introduced at a time
For each new item, do a skin patch test to determine whether or not you have sensitive skin. After applying a tiny quantity of the lotion to the baby’s inner forearm, let it sit for around 24 hours before removing it with warm water and soap. Inflammation, scaling, pimples or imperfections on the skin are all signs of sensitivity. Speak to your baby’s doctor if any of these symptoms appear in them, especially if the response is severe.
Early on, limit the number of baths you take
Your infant only needs brief and occasional showers beginning in the first few weeks of life. For this reason, doctors discourage regular washing since it might affect the pH of a baby’s skin. Soap and wash her diaper area as required. Bathe your baby more often and for longer lengths of time after she reaches the age of six months or when she begins to crawl. Avoid using unnecessary antibacterial cleansers, which contain harsh chemicals, and only use gentle baby washes for newborn skin.
Make sure the diaper changing space is spotless
Commercial wipes are suitable for cleaning a baby’s diaper, despite controversies. Choose wipes that are alcohol-free and do not include any additional aroma. Try a new brand of wipes, or use warm water and a baby wash if necessary. Diaper rash may be treated with a zinc oxide lotion. Talk to your baby’s doctor about switching to a product with a greater concentration of zinc oxide if your regular zinc oxide creams aren’t working. Dry skin should be slathered with diaper cream in a thick layer, similar to how you would like icing.
Skincare and baby bath product labels, like those on food, will give you the information you need to make an informed purchasing decision. The FDA does not control “natural” or “environmentally friendly.” A fast method to tell whether a product is more natural is to check the back label and see how many and what kinds of ingredients are listed there. How many ingredients are there, and can you swiftly count them? Chemical names or something you’ve seen before? Natural substances have been shown in the medical literature to produce skin reactions in children and adults. Before using a large quantity, always do a little test on the product.