UNDER THE SKIN
Being parents, you will want your newborn to be healthy, happy, and comfortable at all times, but most infants have skin that’s up to ten times more delicate and sensitive than that of older children or adults.
Your munchkin's skin develops continuously throughout its first year of life and makes the skin more prone to damages caused by exposure to sun, cold, wind, and few other irritants. Read on further to know few facts about your new-born baby’s skin and some remedies for relief –
SKIN THAT’S SUPER THIN
A newborn’s skin is ultra-thin, fragile, and super sensitive as compared to that of a grown-up adult. You can see most of the blood vessels underneath the skin, which experts say, is a way to gauge your newborn’s body temperature and mood. The skin turns red or pink when the baby is hot and turns a shade of blue when cold. Your baby’s thin skin can lead to a potential risk of bacterial growth and have a lower resistance to irritation. You must wrap your baby in an extra layer of clothing than what you’re wearing.
At the time of birth, the skin's pH value is somewhere in the range of 7, which is a neutral value and there is a gradual decline in the pH value between day 3 to day 30 post baby’s birth. By the time the child is three months, the skin’s pH increases in certain areas like the cheek, forehead, lower part of the forearm, and buttocks. Never use an adult wash on a baby’s delicate skin. The use of products that maintain the skin’s pH balance helps prevent the occurrence of baby acne, eczema, rashes, and dry skin.
Like most other parts of the body, the scalp too is a very sensitive part of the newborn. Cradle caps may occur as a result of excessive oil on the skin glands surrounding the hair follicles. One contributing factor could be hormones passed on from the mother to the baby before birth. These hormones can cause too much production of oil (sebum) in the oil glands and hair follicles. This condition doesn’t need treatment and tends to clear up on its own within a few days or months.
DON’T BATHE THEM DAILY
Make sure to bathe them just two to three times a week until the time they start crawling. Use a clean wet cloth instead to give them a thorough wipe around their mouth, genital area, and anywhere they have skin folds. Daily baths tend to dry out their skin. When bathing them, opt for a fragrance-free and chemical-free baby wash.
NAPPY AREA SKIN
The baby’s skin has to be cleaned of all impurities, especially around the nappy area, which is caused by irritants found in urine and faeces. If left unclean, these could lead to rashes and redness around the genital area. Sometimes, cleaning with water alone isn’t enough and you need to use products with natural ingredients. Follow up with a thin layer of Diaper rash gel to keep the skin around the genital area protected.
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Most babies tend to develop rashes, dry skin, or some other skin conditions during their initial months of life and the ones with sensitive skin develop allergic reactions due to fragrance, dyes, and harsh soaps. Showering some TLC for your baby’s fragile skin and excerpting caution while using products is an extremely important aspect and goes a long way in keeping infections at bay.