Baby Skin Care Tips

The skin of your baby is extremely vulnerable and needs special care to maintain its softness and smoothness. Any abrasive product or poor handling of your baby’s skin can lead to rashes, acne or dryness.  “Babies’ skin is thinner and more prone to irritation, but it’s very resilient,” says Bruce Brod, MD, a dermatologist in Philadelphia. So it is important to take utmost care while choosing the products you use for your child, as you cannot afford to compromise on quality when it comes to your child. Let us go through certain things you can do so that your baby’s skin remain protected and glowing.

Things to keep in mind while choosing a baby product

Scan labels and choose products with the natural safe ingredients and no parabens, formaldehyde, or fragrances suggests most dermatologists. Make it a habit to look closer at the ingredients used in the products and this simple guide will tell you what you should look out for and what you should steer clear from.

Shampoo

  • Free of Parabens, Phthalates, and sulfates

  • Hypoallergenic

  • Tear-free

  • Use natural ingredient based safe and gentle cleanser

Diaper cream

  • Free of Parabens, Phthalates, and Sulfates

  • Naturally derived ingredients

Wipes

  • Hypoallergenic

  • Chlorine Free

  • Prefer plant Based & Biodegradable

  • No Parabens, Phthalates or Petrochemicals

  • No synthetic fragrances

Moisturizer

  • Hypoallergenic

  • Paraben & Phthalate Free

  • Prefer natural derived ingredient based lotions and creams

Powder

  • Talc-free

  • Fragrance-free

  • Hypoallergenic

  • Natural Derived

Detergent

  • Specifically designed for baby’s skin

  • NO sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), sodium laureth sulfate (SLES), sodium coco sulfate (SCS), petrochemicals, sulfates, animal by-products, dyes, chlorine, allergens,

  • Naturally derived

  • Hypoallergenic and non-toxic

Tips for best baby skin care

Bath Time: Bathe your baby only when they require a bath. Sponge baths work best in the initial days until the umbilical cord falls off. After that, bathing your baby every third day is enough. Babies don't get dirty too often and frequent baths can strip the natural oils from the baby’s skin. Use a dermatologist tested, allergy tested, paraben & phthalate free bathing solution for your little one which handles your child’s skin with gentleness and makes bath time a fun time for them.

Massage: Babies love massage and they feel revived after being massaged by an experienced hand.  However, this should be done by someone who knows how to do it, as massaging your baby wrong can lead to unfavorable consequences. There are many baby oils available on the market, however, most Indian household still swears by the tried and tested coconut oil and mustard oil.

Diaper change: Use the diapers with the highest absorbing capacity so the baby’s skin is not exposed wetness for long. This helps in avoiding diaper rash too. If your baby gets diaper rash, use a mild diaper cream which is free of parabens and will not aggravate the inflammation any further and provide soothing comfort to your baby. Use wipes which are natural, hypoallergenic and chlorine free which gently cleans your baby’s hands and feet without compromising on their skin care.  

Weather Protect: Keep the baby away from direct sunlight at least till the baby is 6 months old. Sun protection is an important part of skin care and should be initiated from the early years. Make sure you use a sunscreen which does not contain any potential hormone disruptors and is made using natural derivatives, whenever your baby steps out of the house. Choose a sunscreen which has a mineral formula instead of a chemical formula, hypoallergenic and has a high SPF coverage.

Using physical barriers is the safest option so stock up on umbrellas and sun hats.

Use a humidifier if the baby's skin seems to be getting too dry so that the skin maintains the moisture and stays supple, even if the season is too dry.

Laundry precautions: Make it a habit to wash any new clothes with a mild fragrance-free detergent before making your baby wear it. Make sure you wash your baby’s clothes in a separate load and not with the adult’s clothes, as it keeps any possible infections away.

Baby’s skin is very delicate and it is essential to handle it with utmost care. Using reliable products and looking into the ingredients they contain is the first step before you decide to use anything on your baby. Do a bit of research and be more conscious so that your baby’s silky soft skin will remain just the way it is.