Precautions You Should Take To Avoid Skin Problems In Newborns

Precautions you should take to avoid skin problems in newborns

Your baby is finally home and as you settle into a routine, make sure that you are taking adequate care of their delicate skin. Your baby’s skin is thinner and more delicate as compared to your skin. As a result, it is more susceptible to dryness, irritation, sensitivity and redness. Exposure to chemicals, artificial fragrances, dyes, harsh soaps and more can result in skin problems such as redness, skin rashes and irritation.

When it comes to taking care for baby’s skin, it’s best to use products that are natural, safe and free from harmful chemicals such as parabens, silicones, synthetic fragrances and more. Here are some tips you can follow when it comes to taking care of your baby’s skin and prevent skin problems

  • Keeps baths short
    Bathing your baby frequently can dry out their skin. It’s best to keep their baths short. Bathing them three times a week should be sufficient. However, the frequency and duration of baths will change as they grow older and become more independent. 
  • Use mild and gentle baby wash and shampoo
    Typically, washes and shampoos made for babies have harsh chemicals such as Sulphates and artificial fragrances. These ingredients can strip the moisture off your baby’s skin, making it dry and itchy. It’s best to choose a baby body wash and shampoo that are made with mild and gentle ingredients like Coconut-based cleansers, Organic Chamomile Oil and Aloe Vera Gel that clean effectively and nourish your baby’s skin and hair. The Moms Co.’s Natural Baby Wash and Natural Baby Shampoo are clinically-tested tear-free, dermatologically-tested and hypoallergenic, making bath times fun and easy for you and your baby!
  • Moisturize your baby’s skin
    When it comes to choosing products for baby’s dry skin, it’s best to use a baby lotion and cream that are made without ingredients such as Parabens, Mineral oil and Artificial fragrances. Look for natural ingredients such as Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter and oil such as Organic Avocado Oil and Organic Jojoba Oil to moisturize and nourish your baby’s skin.
    The Moms Co.’s Natural Baby Lotion has these ingredients and is dermatologically-tested and hypoallergenic to ensure that no harm comes to your baby’s skin.
  • Use an effective diaper rash cream
    Fow every baby who is in diapers, there has been a case of diaper rashes. While it’s important to keep your baby’s skin clean and dry and change diapers frequently, using an effective diaper rash cream can also help prevent and soothe them. 

What are some common skin issues in newborns?

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  1. Eczema
    Caused by dry, sensitive skin, Eczema is red, itchy patches of skin that are often seen on baby’s chest, arms, legs and elbows. Eczema can also be triggered by allergies and its best to consult with your doctor to get a diagnosis and treatment for your baby. When it comes to taking care of eczema-prone skin, use a mild and gentle cleanser to clean the skin and apply baby body lotion on damp skin to lock in moisture. Choose skincare products that are fragrance free and made with natural ingredients such as Colloidal Oatmeal, Aloe Vera gel and Calendula Oil which are known to keep skin moisturizes and reduce dryness.

  2. Diaper rash
    Diaper rash can appear as reddish skin irritation or rashes on your baby’s bottom or genital area. Diaper rashes are often triggered by enzymes in your baby’s urine or stool or products like baby wipes or soaps. They thrive in moist, warm places and that’s why it’s important to change your baby’s diapers soon as they become wet or soiled. Keep your baby’s skin clean and dry and give it some air time to prevent rashes from forming. You should also use a diaper rash cream on your baby’s skin after every diaper change to prevent and soothe rashes.

  3. Cradle cap
    Cradle cap appears as greasy yellow, crusty patches on the baby’s head. Cradle Cap isn’t itchy or painful and can be cleared up by oiling your baby’s hair with a natural hair oil to loosen the scales. Comb your baby’s hair to remove the yellow scaly patches. Follow this up by cleansing your baby’s hair with a mild and gentle baby shampoo.

  4. Baby acne
    A temporary skin condition, baby acne appears as red pimples on baby’s face and usually occurs at 2 to 3 weeks of age. It is believed that baby acne is caused due to exposure to the mother’s hormones while the baby was in the womb. Baby acne usually clears up on its own over time but its best to keep the skin clean and dry. Don’t pick or rub on the acne. Clean the skin with warm water and gently pat it dry.

  5. Prickly heat
    Prickly heat looks like small, red bumps and appear in areas where babies tend to sweat a lot like armpits, neck and diaper area. It’s best to keep your baby’s skin dry and dress them in loose-fitting cotton clothes to avoid overheating.

What causes skin problems in babies?

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There are many factors that can cause skin problems in babies. Because your baby’s skin is thinner than yours, it readily absorbs skincare products that are used to cleanse and moisturize the skin. Using products with harmful chemicals such as sulphates, mineral oil, artificial fragrances and more can cause skin irritation, dryness and sensitivity. It’s best to use natural baby products when it comes to taking care of your baby’s skin. 

The environment also plays an important factor in determining your baby’s health. Exposure to dust, pollution and harsh rays of the sun can also lead to skin redness and irritation. Similarly, exposure to mould can cause an eczema flare-up. It’s best to keep your house clean to prevent exposing your baby to dust, dirt and mould. If you are looking for baby skincare for eczema then choose soap-free wash and a lotion which has natural ingredients such as Colloidal Oatmeal, Calendula Oil and Aloe Vera Gel. While Colloidal oatmeal is known to moisturize the skin and lock in moisture, Calendula Oil has antiseptic properties and helps in wound healing while Aloe Vera gel soothes and moisturizes the skin. The Moms Co.’s Natural Soothing Relief Wash and Natural Soothing Relief Lotion has these natural ingredients and is clinically proven to keep the skin moisturized for 24 hours. It is also dermatologically tested, hypoallergenic and clinically-tested for very dry, sensitive, eczema-prone skin. 

Skin problems such as diaper rash are common and can be prevented by changing your baby’s diapers immediately if they are wet or soiled. It’s also important to keep your baby’s skin clean and dry as diaper rashes tend to thrive in warm and moist areas. Use a diaper rash cream with 15% Zinc Oxide after every diaper rash change as it creates a barrier between wetness and the skin. Other ingredients to look for in a diaper rash cream include Calendula Oil, Shea Butter and Organic Chamomile Oil which soothe the skin and help it retain moisture. Give your baby the benefits of these ingredients with The Moms Co.’s Natural Diaper Rash Cream.

Use of harsh detergents, especially those with strong fragrances, to wash your baby’s bedding and clothes can also end up irritating their skin, causing redness and itching. It’s best to use a gentle and mild cleanser to cleanse their clothes and bedding. 

Fortunately, most of these skin problems are short-lived and usually clear up over a period of time. However, if you notice that your baby has a skin problem and has fever, cough or blisters then it’s best to consult your doctor immediately and follow their advice. As always, it’s best to use toxin free products to ensure your baby remains healthy and happy.