According to data Statistics gathered from the U.S. Census and Simmons National Consumer Survey, the average American spends $322.88 on skin care each year. As you would have guessed, a huge portion of this spending is made by adults who prioritize skincare. But what about babies? Shouldn’t we be prioritizing baby skincare as well? Of course, if you have one!
Baby’s skin is very delicate and soft, unlike that of an adult or teenager. Since their skin is sensitive, you expect it to be prone to many skin conditions, like diaper rash, heat rash, atopic eczema, etc.
To protect your baby’s skin from these conditions, you must prioritize skincare. And by that, we aren’t referring to the typical three times a day bath or baby lotion used to supposedly protect their skin. Baby skincare is far more than that.
Here are some tips to ensure that your baby’s skin stays fresh and healthy.
4 Tips for Protecting Baby’s Skin
- Keep Your Baby Out of the Sun
Seriously, no one should be telling you this as it is a no-brainer. If too much sun exposure is harmful to your skin, you expect it to be worse for your baby. To prevent the development of skin conditions as a result of sun exposure, try to reduce your baby’s time in the sun. For instance, when you go out on a walk or shopping, ensure that your baby’s skin is not exposed to the sun.
Sunscreen is an effective solution in this case. However, the Food and Drug Administration advises against applying it to a baby under six months of age. Do these instead:
- Reduce sun exposure between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when ultraviolet (UV) rays are strongest
- Wear a hat for your baby. Ensure that it covers its neck and ears
- Dress your baby in loose-fitting, lightweight clothing that covers the arms and legs
See that your baby is hydrated with breastmilk or formula if you are staying outdoors for more than a few minutes.
- Be cautious of dry skin.
Some parents panic when they observe signs of dry skin on their baby. While this development is worthy of such reaction, you should understand that dry skin isn’t an indication of an underlying skin condition that should incite fear. Instead, it is something that happens if your baby is born a little late.
However, this doesn’t mean you should fold your hands and do nothing if your baby’s skin is very dry and cracked. Such skin can get itchy, and when it does, your baby may be compelled to scratch it until it becomes irritated. To prevent such an ugly scenario, apply moisturizing baby oil to the dry skin to restore the natural balance of your baby’s skin. This oil can also nurture your little one’s skin.
- Avoid contact dermatitis triggers.
Another effective way to keep your baby’s skin fresh, soft, and healthy is by avoiding contact dermatitis triggers. Contact dramatist means that something has caused an allergic reaction on your baby’s skin. It may come in several forms. For some babies, signs of contact dermatitis include red and swollen skin or skin that is cracked, dried, or peeling.
Here are common irritants and allergens that may give rise to contact dermatitis.
- Some metals like nickel and mercury
- Soaps or detergents
If you notice that your baby’s skin reacts to something you cannot figure out, ensure you contact its doctor.
- Adhere to best practices for bathing
Many women assume that bathing their children six times a day is the highest form of skincare. But that isn’t true. Bathing your child is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to baby skincare. You have to look at how you bathe our kid. Also, it isn’t a must that you bathe your baby every day. Experts recommend that you bathe them regularly, not every day.
Lastly, don’t make the mistake of bathing your kid with a sponge. Instead, use a soft washcloth and lukewarm water to clean their hands, face, genitals, and other parts of their body.
Your baby’s skin needs quality attention and care, even more than yours (due to its sensitivity). Ensure you stick with the tips above to maintain your baby’s healthy and smooth skin. Contact a pediatric dermatologist if you observe any skin issue that requires the attention of a professional.