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

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A baby playing with soap.

Your infant skin was protected by the amniotic sac before birth, but their skin loses this protection upon birth. The skin of your newborn infant is too sensitive to be exposed to the harsh chemical in many products and the choices that you face as a parents are huge. As parents, you should be skeptical and want to protect your baby's skin from chemicals, microbes and other factors that can harm or irritate. What your child'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 children's skin cleansing products don’t have properly documented studies on their effects or frequent use.

The best protection for your infant's skin is information. As a parent, the best thing you can do is be informed so you can make informed choices on the right products.

Cleansing wipes:

When it is impossible to clean your infant's skin with water you can use wipes. It is best to choose a wipe that will clean the skin and leave it dry, soft and perfumed. If you notice irritation on first use - it is better to revert to cleaning your infant's skin with cotton and water.

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 infant'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:

The moisturizers help to maintain your infant's skin moisture and improve elasticity. They can be used on dry and normal skin reducing 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 babies 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 he reacts try to avoid injuries or try to cut his nails while he is sleeping. You can ask someone to help you by talking to the infant or holding his attention with some toys.