How to properly look after the skin of your new born baby.

KID'S HEALTH

A baby playing with soap.

Your infant's skin was protected by the amniotic sac before birth, but they lose this protection upon birth. The skin of your newborn baby is too sensitive to be exposed to the harsh chemical in many products and the consequences of the choices that we make as parents are huge. As parents, we should be skeptical as we want to protect our baby's skin from chemicals, microbes and other contaminants that can harm or irritate. What your baby's skin really needs is soft and gentle care, in order to keep it clean and remove germs that can cause irritations. Many of the babies' skin cleansing products don’t have any properly documented studies on the effects of frequent use.

The first thing you have to do is to get informed. This will help you to avoid mistakes and pick the right products.

Cleansing wipes:

Water is the ideal choice but not the easiest when you are out. When it is impossible to clean your infant's skin with water and clean tissue use wet wipes. It is better to choose a wet wipe that will clean the skin and leave it dry, soft and perfumed. Have a look at the ingredients at the back of the package. Make some research and avoid wet wipes that contain any harmful ingredients. On the other hand, if you notice any irritation on your first use, stop using it. In this case, have some cotton in a small sealed plastic bag and a bottle of water so you can wipe your baby's skin.

Baby powder:

Powder use is aimed at reducing irritation and drying of the diaper area. In recent years, powder use has overly decreased. Your goal should always be the proper care of your baby's skin by avoiding pathogens such as infections. The systematic fight against infections with the excessive use of powder or care creams can have the opposite effect.

Moisturizers:

Moisturized skin is healthy skin. As adults, we moisturize our skin through our diet and the frequent use of creams. Moisturizers, generally, help the skin to maintain their elasticity and usually, babies do not need additional moisture. However, some babies have dry skin in areas like ankles and hands. Lotions can be used on dry and normal skin in order to reduce the transdermal loss of water.

Anti-inflammatory skin creams:

These creams are thick and have anti-inflammatory properties. They provide lubrication, but their use should always be used in moderation. Avoid using them every time you changed the baby's diaper.

When you bathe your infant:

Lukewarm water is not enough. For your baby's bath, you can use several cleaning products. Various soaps and shampoos exist to clean the scalp of the infant's head from impurities. Pay attention when making your choice - anything you choose should be near the natural pH of the skin to avoiding dryness or the stinging eyes.

Nail cutting:

Use baby nail clippers or round nail scissors to cut nails your infants in square shape without cutting the edges. In the first 40 days, you don’t have to cut the baby's toenails, as they grow very slow. Choose the time of the day that the baby will be calm and quiet and put it to sit at your feet. If they react, try to avoid injuries or try to cut their nails while they are sleeping. You can ask someone to help you by talking to the infant or holding his attention with some toys.